A state-owned operator enters the 3G market in Argentina

Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation, Ovum

The Argentinean government has cancelled an auction of 42.5MHz of additional spectrum in the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands it had designed in 2011, and assigned all the frequencies up for grabs to the state-owned operator Arsat.

The move comes as quite a surprise, despite the delays to the initial schedule set out by the government. The award was initially expected to occur by the end of 2011, but was deferred first to 2Q12 and then to 3Q12, with five operators presenting...

By Ovum Research, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Operators, Wireless.

Cisco targets small to mid-market with cloud networking acquisition

Cisco plans to boost its cloud networking capabilities with the acquisition of the San Francisco-based firm Meraki for $1.2bn.

The cash deal, expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013, gives Cisco access to a host of wireless networking tools and, perhaps more importantly, a route into the rapidly growing small to mid-sized market that Cisco has so far struggled to grab a share of.

Meraki, a Google-backed company founded in 2006, employs around 330 people. It provides Wi-Fi,...

By Matt Henkes, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Wireless.

Unrealistic pricing blamed for lacklustre Indian 2G auction

A disappointing first day’s bidding in India’s 2G spectrum auctions has seen two of the country’s most valuable regions attract no bids, following a number of complaints from operators that the prices set by the Indian government were just too high.

The government received bids worth Rs9.2bn ($1.7bn) on day one of the auction on Monday, less than a quarter of the amount it hoped to raise; an embarrassing result that comes at a bad time for India’s telecoms industry, and for the...

By Matt Henkes, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: India, Operators, Wireless.

The FCC wants to know: How much spectrum is too much spectrum?

FCC opens inquiry into whether, and how, and how much, wireless spectrum holdings should be limited.

By Donald EvansIt’s undeniable that a small handful of carriers control an overwhelming amount of mobile spectrum in the U.S. 

Many observers of the communications landscape believe that that intense concentration has reached alarming proportions. Unfortunately, to date federal...

By Francisco Montero, 12 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Operators, Wireless.

What are the latest broadband speed trends?

The UK suffers from a “massive discrepancy” in broadband speeds and should be aiming for the standards of Singapore where broadband speeds have doubled, according to a report.

A report from UK-based wireless comparison providers uSwitch.com has uncovered a ‘massive discrepancy’ between certain streets for broadband speed – and warns that the gap...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Wireless.

Wireless services still source of consumer anger, says regulator

A worrying trend from Canada, where consumer complaints go up 35% year on year: should this make service providers rethink their strategy?

A report from the Canadian Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) has revealed that, in the North American country, consumer complaints went up 35% in 2012, with wireless services being the biggest bugbear for the fourth year in a row.

10,838 complaints were lodged by the regulator, with 10,678 concluded. 7,221 of the issues derived from...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Government, N America, Wireless.

AT&T is fined for not having an unobtainable licence

FCC action follows interference to airport weather radar.

The FCC has confirmed a fine of $25,000 against AT&T for operating a Wi-Fi-type device that caused interference to a weather radar at a Puerto Rico airport. 

Yes, it appears that AT&T slipped up. But we think the FCC fined it for the wrong offence.

The problem stems – as do many FCC...

By Francisco Montero, 12 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Licensing, WiFi, Wireless.

How mobile broadband is driving a transformation

Mobile broadband related advances are changing the legacy business models of the telecom sector. In developing nations around the globe, many people will likely encounter the internet for the first time via an inexpensive smartphone. Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest 3G and 4G (LTE, WiMAX) Broadband Devices and Subscribers market study that highlights these changes. The global study and resulting report tracks smartphones, smartphone OS, mobile broadband USBs, embedded mobile broadband cards and...

By David H. Deans, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Smartphones, Wireless.

Does latest Juniper research show a watershed for NFC?

A report from Juniper Research has revealed that the mobile payments and NFC market will exponentially increase and eventually exceed $180bn in five years’ time – a sevenfold increase over this year.

Just over a third of that figure (35%) will be generated by Western Europe, with North America (30%) and the Far East and China (26%) trailing behind.

To put it into context, Juniper forecasts one in four people from Western Europe and the United...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, Research, Wireless.

Sprint rolls out US 4G LTE network – a bit late to the party?

The American telecoms carrier Sprint Nextel has announced a rolling out of their 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network in the US.

Sprint, one of the ‘big four’ American long distance providers, has launched their 4G network in 15 American cities, mainly in Georgia and Texas with plans to bring out additional 4G LTE markets later this year.

“This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, N America, Operators, Wireless.