Category: 5G and Beyond

France begins super fast broadband rollout

France Telecom on Friday morning stepped up plans for the roll out of its super fast Fibre To The Home (FTTH) broadband network. The operator said that the early stage deployment phase will run from 2007 to 2008, with the aim of having 150,000 to 200,000 customers connected by the end of 2008 out of […]

Ericsson swings axe, 400 jobs to go

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson said Monday that its reorganization project is running according to plan and the new organization will be up and running as of January 1. However, the company said it “has identified certain excess headcount as a consequence of the new organization.” Although Ericsson has said it will reduce headcount by an […]

O2 favours picocells

UK mobileco O2 has been heard making encouraging noises about picocells and femtocells of late. Where many of its peers are opting to do Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) via wifi, using UMA or SIP-enable phones, O2 looks to be favouring small indoor GSM basestations to do the same job. The news should come as no […]

DoCoMo steps up Super 3G plans

Japan’s first placed mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, said Tuesday that it has selected local vendors NEC and Fujitsu to deliver prototype and commercial equipment for the deployment of Super 3G. Super 3G is DoCoMo’s own proposal for the evolution of 3G and has been submitted to the 3GPP working group for consideration as part of […]

Vodafone targets business users

UK mobileco Vodafone steeped up its enterprise mobility strategy on Monday afternoon via the acquisition of two companies and a partnership with a third. Vodafone UK is to acquire enterprise mobility consultancy Aspective and customer services and fleet management provider Isis Telecommunications. In addition, the operator has also signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Fiberlink, […]

3 Denmark intros HSPA

Hutchison Whampoa’s Danish 3G operation, 3 Scandinavia, switched on its High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network on Tuesday, delivering download speeds averaging 1Mbps to 1.5Mbps and peak speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. The higher speeds will initially be supported buy data cards targeted at business users but consumers are likely to benefit from more accessible […]

Wifi users “reckless”

UK wifi users are knowingly exposing themselves to the risk of data and identity theft, according to research commissioned by security shop Steganos. The study estimates that 86 per cent of UK wifi users know there is a risk that their data could be intercepted when connecting via a hotspot, yet only 22 per cent […]

Iraq to get WiMAX

Iraqi telecoms firm Iraqtel, a subsidiary of Al Emaar Holding Group, said on Saturday that it plans to roll out the country’s first WiMAX network to deliver advanced voice and broadband services. Iraqtel has tapped WiMAX equipment vendor Redline Communications to deliver the infrastructure and will begin deployment of the network in Basrah, to be […]

BT flogs satellite broadcast unit

Just one day after splashing out £67m on broadband player PlusNet, BT has agreed to sell its satellite broadcast business to Arqiva for £25m in cash. On Friday, broadcast network owner Arqiva said it would acquire BT’s Satellite Broadcast Services customer contracts and operations in the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the US. The […]

Birmingham goes wireless

Birmingham city centre in the UK has signed an agreement with BT for the creation of a street-based wireless network. The network, which forms part of Digital Birmingham’s aim to make Birmingham a “European digital city” by 2010, will be funded by BT and will use the city’s lamp posts to create the infrastructure. From […]

BT to make Newcastle wireless

One of Britain’s biggest cities, Newcastle, is set to become another wireless city by the middle of next year, according to BT. The British incumbent says it will install Wireless City equipment on existing street furniture and lamp posts in the city centre, giving coverage for users with wifi hardware. BT said it will be […]

Finns test UMTS900

Nokia and Finnish mobile operator Elisa claimed Monday to have carried out the world’s first UMTS/WCDMA/HSDPA data call using equipment in the 900MHz band on a commercial network. Nokia said the call demonstrated the possibility of enhancing existing 3G networks with WCDMA/UMTS infrastructure in the 900MHz band. Because of its lower frequency, UMTS900 would be […]

BSNL monster contract de

Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has been forced to withhold awarding the contract for its monster GSM tender until at least November 16, after a Delhi High Court hearing on the matter. European equipment vendors Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens have emerged as the final three players in the running for what is thought […]

Finland to get wireless broadband in 2007

Finnish broadcast network Digita said Thursday that the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has approved the rollout schedule for a nationwide wireless broadband network. The schedule has already been delayed for about seven months as the plan requires coordination of radio frequencies with neighbouring countries. But Digita said it has now condensed the schedule […]

3G “to fail” in China, says 4G forum

Third generation mobile technology will be largely unsuccessful and nothing more than a stop gap in China, according to the country’s administrative body for the development of fourth generation wireless. On Thursday, Willie Lu, an independent special advisor for China’s 4G administration and chairman of Fourth Generation Mobile Forum (4GMF), said that the country’s foresightedness […]

Wireless hi-def group formed

A handful of major consumer electronics manufacturers have banded together under the banner of the WirelessHD special interest group, announced Tuesday, to develop a specification for shifting high definition content around the home wirelessly. LG Electronics, Matsushita/Panasonic, NEC, Samsung, SiBEAM, Sony and Toshiba form the group that has tasked itself with developing a specification for […]

3G comes to Ukraine

Ukrainian fixed line operator Ukrtelecom has announced plans to launch what it claims to be the first 3G network in the country. The operator on Friday said it has tapped Nokia for the supply of 3G core and radio networks to its Utel wireless unit. The network will be launched in the Kiev area, from […]

Ericsson cleans up call quality

Swedish vendor Ericsson said Tuesday it has made the first steps in improving the quality of mobile voice calls to a level above that currently achieved in fixed networks. During a field trial in Cologne and Hamburg, Germany, in partnership with T-Mobile, Ericsson tested its AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate) Wideband standardised voice codec. The codec is […]

Private GSM network available

The first fully commercial ‘private GSM network’ offering launched in the UK on Tuesday, using low power UK spectrum auction off by Ofcom in April. Private Mobile Networks, owned by Teleware, released PMN SIM cards into the UK market today, enabling business users on a private mobile network to move, seamlessly, between the private and […]

T-Mobile rolls out picocells

T-Mobile International said Wednesday it has begun deploying picocells through a partnership with equipment vendor ip.access. The move explains T-Mobile UK’s recent interest in the 414-420MHz spectrum band. Picocells and femtocells are used to supplement cellular networks by providing dedicated in building coverage and extended capacity. The platform uses existing IP connections to provide cost-effective […]