LightSquared files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Wireless telecoms developer LightSquared Inc. has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after owner Philip Falcone was unable to resolve his long-standing wrangling with creditors.

The Virginia-based company, whose ambitious pledge is to provide “wireless connectivity to every American” in Falcone's words, said that the bankruptcy order was “necessary to preserve the value of our business and to ensure continued operations.”

Falcone will remain with the company, despite creditors...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Satellite, Wireless.

Samsung and Visa in NFC partnership for the Olympics

A limited edition model of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will utilise Visa’s payment app, Visa payWave, and be used by athletes and selected partners for the duration of the Olympics.

Visa and Samsung jointly announced the deal making it possible for privileged users to make transactions instantly at “thousands of retail locations throughout London”.

Any transaction of over £20 will require the user to input a passcode.

The move implements near field communication (NFC) technology which allows...

By James Bourne, 15 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Smartphones, Wireless.

Why is China taking so long to implement 4G?

China, expected to be the largest market of TD-LTE, is sending out mixed signals: China Mobile demoed LTE of a sort in Hangzhou in March. After more than a year in testing, the event was intended to impress media and government officials. Meanwhile, Shenzhena in south China is rumored to launch LTE service in late May to a small number of customers.

You’d think LTE is in the offing, but China Mobile says more testing is needed for dual-mode terminals and...

By Dr Lin Sun, 15 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, Mobile, Wireless.

UK broadband targets face £1bn shortfall

A report from the London School of Economics predicts that the UK government’s plans for universal access to fast broadband will face a £1.1bn ($1.8bn) shortfall unless private investors step in.The report states that the likely cost of meeting the targets (which stipulate 100 per cent access to fast broadband and 90 per cent access to superfast broadband by 2015) will come to £2.4bn, but funding from all public sources will come to £1.3bn.“The government target of 100 per cent coverage by basic...

By Connected Numbers, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Networks, Wireless.

Can Telefónica halt the OTT smash and grab with "TU Me"?

European telecoms giant Telefónica has released its own VoIP-based communication app, in a direct challenge to the popular OTT services that have usurped billions of dollars of operators’ revenue over the last year.

European operators have been feeling the pinch from services like Skype and WhatsApp, and companies including Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and Vodfone have been making noises about introducing their own rich...

By Matt Henkes, 09 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Operators, Wireless.

Determining if there really is a spectrum shortage

Those of us who have been in the wireless space for years take for granted that there is a spectrum shortage but the New York Times had a compelling story discussing how spectrum sharing and smart antennas will help alleviate the problem.

They even have a quote from David P. Reed saying that radio frequencies are not finite. TMC's Peter Bernstein disagrees with this last point and has some

By Rich Tehrani, 20 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, N America, Operators, Wireless.

Telecom Service Providers Await Economic Recovery

Due to a partial improvement in both the fixed (wireline) and mobile (wireless) network communication sectors, telecom service provider revenues passed the $1.91 trillion mark in 2011 -- that's compared to $1.79 trillion in 2010, according to the latest global market study by Ovum. Carrier capital expenditure (capex) investment also rose in 2011, but late-year economic jitters depressed the global growth rates. In a new Ovum report, Matt Walker, a Principal Analyst in Ovum’s Networks practice, said: "Economic worries caused budget cuts late in the year, hitting Service Provider capex." Overall for 2011, capex grew 9 percent to...

By David H. Deans, 17 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Operators, Wireless.

Feathers fly over Ofcom's Everything Everywhere LTE deal

Feathers are flying again over the forthcoming divvy-up of UK LTE bandwidth, with Vodafone accusing the UK regulator Ofcom of “taking leave of its senses”, for allowing Everything Everywhere to use existing spectrum to run 4G services.

Everything Everywhere is a joint venture involving T-Mobile and Orange. Last week Ofcom announced that it would allow the companies to operate LTE services over the 1,800MHz band previously used by 2G mobile...

By Matt Henkes, 20 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Licensing, LTE, Mobile, Wireless.

The Real Trend at CES - No Connectivity

I have been in about 30 product briefings so far at CES so far and the trend is the same. No mater where I go exhibitors and sponsors tell me the connectivity is not good in this room or in this booth or in this part of the hotel or this part of the convention center. Yesterday I was at the Las Vegas Convention Center and today in the Venetian and Palazzo hotels and the connectivity in all locations was terrible.

That leaves the wireless carriers...

By Rich Tehrani, 12 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Top Ten Wireless Telecom Predictions for 2012

As the year comes to a close, most industry analysts are upbeat about the prospects for continued adoption of new mobile devices. However, some are more cautionary in their guidance. Juniper Research has compiled a list of their predictions for the top trends in the mobile and wireless communications industry during 2012. A free report detailing their market research study findings is available on their website. According to the latest Juniper assessment, there is a strong possibility that recessionary conditions will have an adverse impact on...

By David H. Deans, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Wireless.

Should We Define 4G Before the Government Does?

Every few years the American people elect politicians who say one thing to get elected and do another once in office. Conflicts of interest, scandals related to campaign contributors, tax evasion and other related issues have made us numb and political ethics is a phrase you may have just read now for the first time.But of course politicians being politicians need to help the people - at least that is what they say they want to do. One of the latest focus areas is 4G - what exactly is it? My company TMC runs a show on 4G called

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

WiFi for Trading Centers in Developing Countries

Consider This:

  • 2G GSM towers are widely deployed worldwide
  • Extremely inexpensive 1000mW point-to-point WiFi gear can deliver excellent throughput over long distances to connect towers in ring topologies
  • High performance mesh WiFi routers that can cover the most important areas of a trading village in developing countries can be as low as $2000 to $3000 (based on prices in America). 
  • Affordable Android-based WiFi tablets (under $199) and dual-SIM Android phones (under $99) with economies of scale in the BILLIONS made in China will hit the market within a year
  • Substantial numbers of refurbished laptops...

By Malawi WiFi Project, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Wireless.

How Seamless Mobility will shape the the Digial Swarm: Blurring Boundaries

As devices get smarter and users can access resources and applications from anywhere, the domains of work, home, and personal life will eventually become blurred. Will it really matter when, where, and how you watch your ethics training video, as long as you do it? Will anyone be willing to carry more than one device hat supports the full spectrum of enterprise and entertainment applications?

We are already seeing strong signals today as users are insisting on bringing their consumer-based applications and...

By Alex Wanda, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Devices, Europe, Geo-location, Industry, Mobile, Wireless.

Kindle Fire turns up heat on competition

Amazon has finally unveiled its new colour tablet, the Kindle Fire, as it prepares to lock horns with a number of industry leaders on various fronts in what is a ferociously competitive market.

The new device, already being touted as stiff competition to the market dominance of Apple’s iPad, will be available to purchase for roughly $300 less than the cheapest Apple equivalent.

Kindle is already a well established brand, with the new Fire model standing on the shoulders of several generations of popular...

By Matt Henkes, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Industry, Marketing, N America, Wireless.

Missing: 2000 US wireless industry jobs

Despite a booming industry over the past few years, the number of jobs in the US wireless industry has waned, according to figures from the US Bureau of Labor.

In June, citing data from the Bureau, the WSJ reported that the industry recorded 166,000 jobs with US wireless carriers, the lowest figure for 12 years and down on last year by a massive 2000.

However, since 2006 the industry’s overall revenue has rocketed by 28%.

So what’s happened? Wireless operators are making do with less staff, and...

By Matt Henkes, 19 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Research, Wireless.