Broadband forum seeks to counter Microsoft's low-cost internet

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A collective of India's top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF), are seeking to counter Microsoft's plan to make use of unused "white space" TV spectrum to deliver low-cost rural broadband connectivity to around 5,000 villages in the country.

The forum has raised their issue with India's telecoms secretary, Rakesh Garg, and urged him to ensure the frequencies are brought...

By Ryan Daws, 10 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Innovation, Licensing, Regulation, Rural.

T-Mobile CEO criticises the FCC over AWS-3 auction

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From an outside viewpoint, it would appear the FCC's recent AWS-3 spectrum auction was an unprecedented success. The telecoms regulator added a record $44.9 billion to the US treasury, and all the major players left with some valuable assets for their current and future networks.

T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, John Legere, wasn't so pleased with the apparant lack of fairness shown in the auction. Despite...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Licensing, N America, Regulation, Spectrum.

Ofcom takes 'TV white space' prime time

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UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has announced today the use of 'white space' spectrum in the TV frequency band will be available for use by the industry. It follows a series of successful trials of which TelecomsTech reported on back in October.

Some uses for the spectrum so far...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Licensing, M2M, Regulation, Spectrum, Testing & Measurement, Wireless.

Verkotan buys Microsoft test chambers to recreate wireless environments

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Wireless performance testing specialists, Verkotan, has bought mobile equipment testing laboratories from Microsoft to ensure their facilities are class-leading and able to recreate the same problematic environments found by real-life customers in their day-to-day lives.

The team of six was founded back in November and has its roots in Nokia and...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Licensing, Testing & Measurement.

Apple and Ericsson duke it out over LTE patents

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Patent battles and Apple are often used in the same sentence, but usually alongside Korean giant Samsung. The heat between those two long-term partners/enemies has since died down, but Apple has found itself in a new fight with Ericsson over LTE patents.

They have been a valued partner for years, and we hope to continue that partnership.

Apple has used Ericsson's cellular technology for years, but their...

By Ryan Daws, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Licensing, LTE.

France to hold DTT spectrum auction in 2015

Spectrum which is currently in-use for Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) is set to be up for auction in France to be awarded to telecoms operators in December 2015. The government plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency for use as mobile broadband in license deals expected to generate upwards of €2 billion.

All of France's four major mobile network operators are expected to take part in the bids, in order to use the spectrum to boost or launch their mobile broadband offerings between 1st...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

FCC re-whacks TV Max

If you’ve been wondering whatever happened to TV Max, wonder no more. As you may recall, TV Max is the MVPD in the Houston area that – in the FCC’s view – broke the television carriage rules by retransmitting over-the-air stations without getting their permission to do so. If that doesn’t ring a bell, how about $2.25 million, which is the amount of the fine the Commission proposed to dump on TV Max in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture...

By Francisco Montero, 09 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Licensing, Piracy.

Google cuts Motorola like a RAZR

It’s been less than three years since Google acquired Motorola; a move which observers had hoped would bring the kind of hardware and software synergy boasted by rival Apple in the smartphone space.

In this time, the only flagship to see the light of day was the ‘Moto X’. The handset, whilst unique, has had disappointing sales to the tune of 500,000 units sold. This...

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Licensing.

Is LTE a mixed blessing for China Telecom?

China Telecom (CTC) is feeling the heat in LTE after rival China Mobile began massive TD-LTE construction with 200,000 base stations in more than 100 cities, so the third largest wireless operator ran its own LTE bid in early October for LTE TDD and FDD BTSs in anticipation that LTE license is immanent and its 3G service (CDMA EV-DO) does need a makeover in order to stay competitive and LTE is the only way to do it.

CTC did not reveal the value of the bid, but it is estimated at RMB5bn (US$820mn) or about...

By Dr Lin Sun, 21 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Licensing, LTE.

Anti-Piracy MUSO reaches agreement with Social Network VK

Perhaps you may have heard of VK - you certainly would if you’re based in Russia – but outside of the motherland it may ring a bell as the network which TelecomsTech reported on as offering US whistleblower Edward Snowden a job.

One of the biggest issues of the network is its rampant Piracy rate, with a reported 77% of transferred files being unauthorised content.

This level of copyrighted content being so freely...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Licensing, Networks.