Category: 5G and Beyond

US mobile TV platform gets dumped

US-based network infrastructure firm Crown Castle has offloaded Modeo, its DVB-H mobile TV venture in New York City. The firm, which owns and operates radio towers in the US and Australia, said that it has entered into a lease of its US nationwide 1670 – 1675MHz spectrum. The Spectrum will be leased to a venture […]

Ericsson earnings up 12%

Swedish kit maker Ericsson recorded a 12 per cent increase in net earnings during the second quarter of the year, taking its profit to SEK6.4bn (US$964m). Sales for the quarter increased to SEK47.6bn, up from SEK44.8bn in the same period last year. Revenues at the vendor’s networks division increased 7 per cent year on year […]

T-Mobile taps BT for backhaul

T-Mobile UK made a landmark agreement this week when it tapped BT wholesale to be its backhaul provider, initially using leased lines but later with Ethernet. Financial details of the contract were not released but analysts say that with mobile call prices falling, wireless operators need to ensure their networks are the lowest cost possible […]

Sprint, Clearwire champion mobile WiMAX

US carrier Sprint Nextel and wireless broadband player Clearwire joined forces on Thursday to build a nationwide WiMAX network. The idea is to foster a quicker, broader and more efficient deployment of a mobile WiMAX broadband network than either company could accomplish on its own. The companies said the WiMAX network is being designed to […]

Ericsson wins $2bn mega deal

Swedish vendor Ericsson won itself a $2bn mega deal on Wednesday, after being tapped by Indian operator Bharti Airtel in a network expansion contract. Under the two year supply and services contract, Ericsson will design, plan, deploy, optimise and manage Bharti’s GSM network across 15 circles in India as well as for its pan-India prepaid […]

EC officially backs DVB-H for mobile TV

The European Commission on Wednesday officially threw its support behind the DVB-H standard for mobile TV, making something of a U turn on its technology neutral stance. On Tuesday, the Commission urged the 27 EU member states to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of mobile TV across Europe and to encourage the use of DVB-H […]

Next gen. technology forum in IPR breakthrough

The Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Forum, an eclectic mix of telecoms seeking a common vision for networks and technologies beyond 3G, reached a breakthrough agreement on intellectual property licensing practices on Tuesday. The alliance announced a new IPR agreement that aims to “deliver more transparency and predictability towards IPR costs associated with next generation […]

NextWave continues shopping spree

US wireless broadband player NextWave said late Friday that it is to become the major shareholder in Japanese wireless operator IP Mobile. Under the deal, NextWave will acquire 69.2 per cent of shares in the Japanese firm from Mori Trust for an undisclosed sum. It looks like NextWave, which is developing proprietary chipsets and related […]

HSPA set to exceed 50 million by end-2008

Informa Telecoms & Media predicts a staggering uptake of HSPA connections over the next 18 months. The analyst firm states that there were 7.25 million HSPA subs at the end of Q107 and that this figure will grow to over 50 million by the end of 2008. Strong growth in North America as well as […]

Nortel on WiMAX R&D spree

According to Nortel Networks CTO, John Roese, the Canadian vendor has pushed up its research spending on WiMAX from $10m to $100m over the last 12 months. After one year in the job, Roese is clearly mad keen to show off the company, especially a big change in the main goals of its research work. […]

BT loses 21CN head

UK incumbent BT said Wednesday that Paul Reynolds, one of the key figures behind the carrier’s 21st Century Network strategy, has resigned. Reynolds will be leaving BT in September to take up the position of CEO of Telecom New Zealand. Reynolds joined BT in 1983, straight out of University, and joined the board in November […]

Title: GSMA argues case for UMTS900

The GSM Association onMonday published a study prepared by industry analyst Ovum that argues in favour of refarming the GSM 900MHz band for 3G use. It’s a suggestion that the GSMA and most of the big carriers are known to be keen on ­ they are the ones with the 900MHz spectrum rights, after all. […]

Vodafone rolls out WiMAX in Malta

Vodafone Malta said Friday it has tapped wireless broadband vendor Airspan to build its first commercial WiMAX network. The network is among Vodafone’s first WiMAX deployments worldwide, bundling together mobile and fixed offerings to provide broadband data and VoIP services to residential and business customers under its ‘Mobile Plus’ strategy. There is no word on […]

picoChip scores $27m

UK chip shop picoChip said Friday that it has secured $27m in new investment in fourth round funding. Highland Capital Partners led the round together with a number of undisclosed strategic investors. Existing investors include Atlas Venture, Pond Venture Partners, Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild, Intel and AT&T. picoChip claims to be the only semiconductor company […]

Strong potential for WiMAX

WiMAX won praise from both sides of the Atlantic on Wednesday as ABI Research suggested that the technology has a bright future wherever technology neutral spectrum is available in Europe, while a survey commissioned by WiMAX proponent Motorola confirmed that there is high consumer demand for mobile broadband in the US. European WiMAX networks are […]

AT&T’s secret, cheap web service

It emerged this week that US carrier AT&T has been forced to offer a basic DSL internet service at $10 a month, compared to its current pricing of $20. The cheap DSL plan apparently forms part of the concessions AT&T agreed to, to get the FCC to sign off its merger with BellSouth. Unsurprisingly, the […]

Net neutrality advocates form coalition

A union of web companies including YouTube, Skype, Google and eBay called on the US communications regulator Tuesday to take a stronger role in promoting a neutral and open internet. The Open Internet Coalition (OIC) filed comments with the FCC, urging the Commission to lead the adoption of “enforceable non-discrimination principles to provide applications developers […]

Emerging markets to drive WiMAX uptake

The early success of WiMAX in emerging markets is crucial to ensuring the long term prospects for the technology, according to a report from US research house Senza Fili Consulting. The consultant estimates that there will be 54 million WiMAX subscribers by 2012, with the gradual introduction of mobility in fixed deployments and the performance […]

Acision comes out fighting

With the demerger of LogicaCMG’s telco division closed down, Acision sailed from the mothership this week with $500m a year in revenues from the cash cow SMSC business, which CTO David King hopes has some way to grow. The interesting stuff is in the technology Acision is investing heavily in mobile advertising, platforms, and new […]

IMS standards get more standard

ETSI TISPAN, the European standards body for the fixed-line half of the Next Generation Network world, this week agreed terms with mobile standards body, the 3GPP, on how to prevent the fixed and mobile versions of IMS from wandering apart. IMS originated with TISPAN before being taken up by 3GPP for UMTS R99/5, but since […]