Why the mobile industry must unite or miss a big opportunity

Mobile operators are the gatekeepers for the UK’s favourite device - yet year on year they report decreasing average customer value. It is time that the mobile industry harnessed the potential of operator driven mobile payments enabling merchants to reach their customer on their preferred device, offering a truly mobile payment service.

The Phone-paid Services Authority’s (PSA) Annual...

By Michael Tomlins, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Customer Service, Licensing, Operators.

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.

Ofcom calls Brits to speak their mind about 5GHz WiFi (or forever hold your peace)

British airwaves regulator Ofcom is calling for citizen’s opinions about whether the 5GHz frequency should be freely available for public use, or otherwise auctioned off to a corporate giant.

Ofcom’s job is to ensure the efficient use of radio frequencies. As usage increases this role is becoming ever more important for preventing any interference - especially within shared spectrums.

The typical 2.4GHz - used by the majority of WiFi devices - is becoming overcrowded, with the resulting conflicts...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Licensing, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

Countdown to China LTE Launch

Signs abound that China is very close to first LTE rollout as a license is expected in a few months.

This is certainly good news for equipment makers fighting off slowing capex and fierce competition.

China Mobile also stands to benefit from TD-LTE on its preemptive position; more important, the standard has the government behind.

The latter is crucial for commercial success. Of course the government is not always failsafe as we have seen in ill-fated TD-SCDMA, but it does lend a heavy hand in things like...

By Dr Lin Sun, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Consumers, Licensing, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Streaming movies whilst still in theatres, enough to combat piracy?

Piracy is an issue which has plagued studios of various mediums for years, and controversially, sometimes helps to push boundaries, as was the case with the music industry. Now Disney and Sony wish to do the same with film and are trialling streaming brand-new titles whilst they’re in theatres.

First, let’s take a look at how music rose, fell, and has got back stronger than ever.

When music had to be obtained from your local record shop; you had to think long and hard about which artist...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Licensing, Mobile, Piracy.

Raisin Defenses at the FCC

A Supreme Court case offers a possible route to appealing a forfeiture without having to pay it first.

A pair of California raisin farmers might have made it easier to challenge an FCC forfeiture.

A party dinged with a forfeiture that it thinks is unfair now has two options under the Communications Act. One is to challenge the forfeiture order directly in the Court of Appeals. The problem...

By Francisco Montero, 17 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Licensing.

China and Taiwan to issue LTE licenses in 2013, but not without controversy

The Chinese press recently reported that sources “close to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)” have stated that the MIIT is planning to issue TD-LTE licenses to all three Chinese MNOs – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. The licenses are expected to be issued in 2013. However, the problem is that only China Mobile wants a TD-LTE license as it is a natural evolution from its TD-SCDMA air interface. Issuing China Mobile with a TD-LTE license as early as this year would also...

By Ovum Research, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Smartphones.

Closing gavel comes down in auction 94

It’s a buyer’s market when it comes to FM construction permits.

[WARNING! While Auction 94 has closed, strict federal anti-collusion rules remain in effect for several more weeks. Parties who were involved in any way in the auction – including folks who filed applications but then elected not to participate in the auction – should refrain from discussing any aspect of the auction with anyone who...

By Francisco Montero, 07 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, Infrastructure, Licensing, Telematics.

FCC bars non-emergency robocalls to PSAP numbers

New rules impose new obligations, hefty potential penalties, on politicians and non-profits (including NCE broadcasters) who use automatic phone dialing gear for public outreach.

By Peter TannenwaldUnwanted marketing telephone calls are merely annoying for most of us, but in some cases they’re actually dangerous. A marketing call that goes to a number in a 911 service centre can block...

By Francisco Montero, 11 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Licensing.