Category: 5G and Beyond

Qualcomm to invest in startups

Qualcomm’s investment arm has pledged to commit Eur100m to European small and medium sized enterprises and startups working on the 3G WCDMA platform. The outfit is targeting mobile application and platform software developers, handset components, network infrastructure and core technologies providers. In addition to cash, Qualcomm Ventures will also provide companies with strategic guidance, advice […]

Hotspot users overpaying for access

Wireless hotspot users are paying through the nose, buying blocks of minutes that they never use, according to a report published at the Wireless Event, taking place in London this week. One of the key findings from the second annual ‘Trustive WLAN Roaming Research Report 2007’, was that users are not getting value for money […]

Motorola intros convergence ecosystem

US equipment vendor Motorola on Thursday announced the companies forming its convergence and IMS ecosystem. While Motorola builds the IMS control server that provides the call session control function (CSCF) and mobility/call continuity seamless mobility application servers, a number of third parties provide key standards-based functionality such as session border control function, home subscriber servers, […]

Messaging vendors face new threats

Messaging is at a turning point. The limited demands made on the old SMSC are a thing of the past and new, more complex services, competition for customers, pressures on margins and churn are growing threats. But according to Vince Kadar, chief technology officer at Airwide Solutions, a supplier of mobile messaging infrastructure and applications, […]

Aricent takes over Nokia R+D centre

Aricent, the full service telecoms software provider, which made its debut in October, has taken over Nokia Siemens Networks’ R+D centre in Southwood near Farnborough, UK. As part of this collaboration, Aricent has announced the establishment of its third European software development centre, where it will employ over 100 software professionals with knowledge in GSM […]

Clearwire tests mobile WiMAX

Craig McCaw’s US-based wireless broadband provider, Clearwire, said Monday that it has successfully completed phase one of its mobile WiMAX field trials. The field trial took place in Portland, Oregon, and was conducted in partnership with Intel and Motorola using kit based on the IEEE 802.16e standard operating in the 2.5GHz frequency band. The first […]

Nortel, Toshiba team up over WiMAX

Nortel and Toshiba have announced an agreement to jointly develop mobile WiMAX base stations for the global market. The base stations will offer low power consumption and will feature miniaturized equipment, the companies said. Toshiba will supply the radio module, while Nortel will provide the digital module. In Japan, Nortel and Toshiba jointly participated in […]

Siemens names new head

The board of directors for German vendor Siemens voted in Peter Loscher as its new president and CEO on Sunday. Loscher, currently president of global human health at pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., will replace the outgoing Klaus Kleinfeld, when he steps down at the end of June. “In Peter Loscher, we have found an […]

Wifi health fears remain unfounded

The ongoing debate about whether or not wireless technologies pose any risk to health looks set to receive further fuel Monday, as BBC1 programme, Panorama, airs an investigation. The programme found that radiation levels emitted by wifi installations at one UK school were three times the level of radiation emitted by a mobile phone mast. […]

Siemens to name new CEO

German vendor Siemens could pick a new chief executive officer over the weekend, as it emerges that an extraordinary meeting of the supervisory board will take place on Sunday. Reports suggest the board will seek to nominate and vote on a new CEO to replace outgoing president and chief executive, Klaus Kleinfeld. Kleinfeld said in […]

Namibia gets wind powered cell sites

Pan-African mobile operator MTC announced its first base station using all renewable power on Thursday, in a project supported by the GSM Association’s Development Fund. The GSM cell site at the village of Dordabis in Namibia will be powered by a mix of solar panels and a wind turbine. Motorola, which showed off a complete […]

China recognises rival 3G technologies

It comes as no great surprise but China’s Ministry of Information Industry has finally named WCDMA and cdma2000 as the other two official 3G standards to join the homegrown TD-SCDMA platform. China ratified its own 3G standard, TD-SCDMA (time division synchronous code division multiple access), in January last year. Despite not yet announcing a timetable […]

Wifi group cheers draft 802.11n certification

The Wi-Fi Alliance said Thursday that its 802.11n Draft 2.0 certification program is on track for a late June launch. Wi-Fi Alliance certification aims to ease the purchase process by delivering 802.11n draft 2.0 products that have been tested for industry wide interoperability, the latest security protection and backward compatibility with previous generations of wifi […]

Two convicted in Siemens scandal probe

German vendor Siemens said Monday it will appeal the decision of the Darmstadt regional court requiring it to pay Eur38m, following the conviction of two former managers in the first of several corruption allegations. The German court gave Andreas Kley, a former manager at Siemens’s power-generation unit, a two year suspended sentence for bribery, and […]

Obscurity may benefit WiMAX

WiMAX looks like it may sidestep the same standardisation problems that occasionally trip up GSM evolution, according to Rob Westwick, principal consultant of wireless technology at PA Consulting. But he adds that this only holds true because WiMAX is not popular enough yet. “With 3G you could see from the outset that it was the […]

BT on the way to WiMAX

Incumbent telco BT issued an RFI (Request for Information) to potential WiMAX suppliers on Tuesday, threatening to shake up the UK telecoms industry dramatically. The British regulator Ofcom is planning to re-open the UMTS Extension 2.5-2.69GHz band some time around the end of 2007 and BT is almost a dead cert to bid for some […]

Sweden faces spying law

Swedish-Finnish operator TeliaSonera said Monday it is moving some of its mail servers to sidestep a proposed law allowing the Swedish government to spy on all electronic communications. The Swedish government has proposed a law which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment to intercept all electronic communications passing the national border. As a result, […]

TeliaSonera taps Nokia for IMS

TeliaSonera has picked Nokia Siemens Networks’ implementation of the IMS core network after what a vendor spokesman called “extensive technical evaluations,” including interworking trials with the GSM Association. In a statement on Tuesday, Nokia and TeliaSonera made reference to the IMS as an “open, standardised system for combining mobile and broadband services, making it possible […]

Axe begins to fall at Nokia Siemens

Mega vendor Nokia Siemens Networks put a damper on things on Friday, when it revealed that it has started sharing its proposed headcount reduction plans with employees in both Finland and Germany. Last year, the company said that it expected to adjust headcount by 10-15 per cent over a four year period from an initial […]

EC steps up proceedings against Germany

The European Commission on Thursday stepped up its infringement proceedings against Germany over provisions to grant a “regulatory holiday” to incumbent carrier Deutsche Telekom. The infringement procedure was launched at the end of February after amendments to Germany’s telecoms law provided for an exemption of Deutsche Telekom’s VDSL fast internet access network from competition. Germany […]