Category: 5G and Beyond

Vodafone creates Indian network sharing company

Vodafone’s newly acquired Indian mobile unit, Vodafone Essar, has teamed up with two rival GSM carriers to set up a shared network infrastructure in the country. Bharti Infratel and Idea Cellular have both agreed to set up an independent tower company with the Big V, providing passive infrastructure services in India to all operators in […]

Ofcom to release more broadband spectrum in 2008

UK communications watchdog Ofcom has announced details of an auction of high frequency radio spectrum to take place in January. The spectrum bands on offer are between the 10GHz and 40GHz bands and are capable of carrying large amounts of data over distances of up to 12 kilometres. The spectrum is suitable for a number […]

Verizon backing LTE

US CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless has announced that it is to embark upon a 4G LTE deployment plan in the US, with trials beginning in 2008. Vendors involved in the trial include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia Siemens and Nortel. Vodafone, a minority but significant stakeholder in Verizon, has publicly declared its technology neutrality going forward. […]

Global mobile penetration hits 50% today

Figures released by industry analyst Informa Telecoms & Media reveal that worldwide mobile penetration will hit 50 per cent – or around 3.3 billion subscriptions – on Thursday, just over 26 years since the first cellular network was launched. Since its birth in 1981, when the first mobile telephony networks were switched on in Scandinavia […]

CDMA2000 subs reach 421 million worldwide

Industry body the CDMA Development Group (CDG) said Monday that the total cdmaOne and CDMA2000 subscriber base grew by 20 million subscribers in the third quarter, to reach 421.4 million at the end of September. The organisation also said that the CDMA2000 3G subscriber base, which incorporates the various flavours of 1xEV-DO as well as […]

Orange taps Cloud for wifi access

UK mobile operator Orange teamed up with hotspot network The Cloud this week, extending Orange users’ wifi access to more than 10,000 hotspots. Orange already has wifi agreements in place with BT OpenZone, France Telecom and WeRoam. The service can be accessed through Orange’s Business Everywhere mobile datacard offering, which includes a single datacard with […]

MTN deploys WiMAX in Cameroon

Pan-African carrier MTN confirmed it interest in WiMAX on Wednesday, tapping kit vendor Redline Communications to build a 12 city WiMAX network in Cameroon. Christian de Faria, MTN’s vice president for the West and Central Africa Region, confessed his interest in the wireless broadband technology earlier this year, telling that the company was looking […]

Sub-Saharan Africa: The $50bn investment

The GSM Association announced that the mobile industry plans to invest more than $50bn in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years to provide more than 90 per cent of the population with mobile coverage. The investment will be used to extend the reach of GSM mobile networks, enhanced with GPRS, EDGE and HSPA technologies, […]

Amazon Kindles a wireless plan

The mobile services market is turning into a free for all at the moment, with online retailer Amazon announcing an innovative assault on the mobile content space this week. From November 29, the internet book shop will start selling ‘Kindle’, a wireless-enabled electronic book, in the US. The gadget is basically an internet terminal with […]

More spectrum reserved for wireless broadband

The World Radiocommunication Conference, which took place in Geneva last week, concluded with the adoption of an international treaty to increase the spectrum available for mobile broadband services. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) adopted a proposal led by African Governments to identify a swathe of UHF spectrum for the provision of mobile broadband services in […]

Sprint, Clearwire call off WiMAX partnership

Sprint Nextel’s plans for WiMAX took a knock on Friday, as build out partner Clearwire announced a termination of their original agreement. As US-based WiMAX proponent Clearwire reported its third quarter results on Friday, the company revealed that it and Sprint have terminated their obligations regarding the WiMAX build out partnership announced in July. Under […]

Femto Forum wins backing of big guns

The Femto Forum, an industry body promoting femtocell technology, has had a busy few months. When it launched in July, the big question was whether the major equipment vendors would sign up to the organisation. But with a member base that has gone from seven to 40 in three months, that question has been answered. […]

Axe falls again as Alcatel-Lucent goes from bad to worse

Mega vendor Alcatel-Lucent said Wednesday it would cut a further 4,000 jobs before 2009, bringing the total number of workers axed since the merger to 16,500. The news came as the company reported its third consecutive quarterly loss, sinking to a shortfall of Eur258m during the three months to the end of September, compared to […]

Cisco gets in on WiMAX game

Networking giant Cisco said Tuesday that it has agreed to spend $330m on the acquisition of WiMAX kit maker Navini Networks. Texas-based Navini develops smart beamforming technologies with MIMO (Multi-Input Multi-Output) antennas, making it a strategic player in the Mobile WiMAX 802.16e space. The new addition will extend Cisco’s wifi and wifi mesh portfolios to […]

WiMAX approved as 3G standard

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is expected to announce that WiMAX has been approved as a 3G IMT-2000 standard on Friday. The move will allow WiMAX deployments to occupy globally allocated frequency bands and complement or compete with other 3G technologies. The agreement is understood to have been reached in an ITU meeting held late […]

Femtos ready for deployment

During the summer, web giant Google invested some $25m in femtocell maker Ubiquisys and now those devices are ready to be deployed. The Ubiquisys femtocells, which are like mini mobile base stations deployed either in homes or on campus, are presently in mass production. The femtos have completed “intense trials” with eight tier one operators […]

Backhaul a burden for wireless ops.

As bandwidth speeds on cellular networks increase and data intensive services such as email and web access become more popular, traditional backhaul networks are unable to cope, analysts warned this week. Against the background of last week’s Transport Networks for Mobile Operators conference in Hong Kong, industry analyst Ovum highlighted the growing nuisance that wireless […]

More machines now than man

Machine to machine cellular communications is a massively underserved market according to M2M operator Jasper Wireless. Operators are missing a lucrative trick in highly penetrated regions, according to the firm which officially launched in Europe on Monday. Recent stats from Berg Insight reveals that Europe has a potential market of 600 million wireless M2M connections, […]

MySpace goes mobile for the masses

Fox Media’s social networking monster, MySpace, has opened up its mobile offering to all and sundry. As of Tuesday, the MySpace Mobile Web beta service has been live and serving ad-supported content, marking the first time that Fox has delivered an advertising platform to marketers looking to reach mobile web users. To date, MySpace has […]

IMS falling on hard times

The market for global IMS equipment is expected to reach $8.3bn in 2012, less than 3 per cent of the total telecoms infrastructure capex, according to Informa Telecoms & Media. The analyst parent of reckons that equipment vendors are beating the IMS drum so hard to the point that they are now accused of […]