India Telecom Commission seeks clarity on 2G spectrum auction price

Reuters

India's Telecom Commission is seeking clarity from the sector regulator on some of its 2G airwaves auction proposals including the base price, which mobile carriers want to be cut by 80%.


R. Chandrashekhar, the top bureaucrat in the country's telecoms ministry, said the Telecom Commission did not have a view yet if the proposed near 10-fold rise in auction starting price from what carriers had paid in a 2008 sale was "too high."

Acme Packet, Accuris Networks provide a Wi-Fi mobile interworking service

Accuris Networks, a provider of mobile technology interworking, and Acme Packet, a provider of session delivery network services, on Monday announced a partnership to launch a Wi-Fi Mobile Interworking service, which gives mobile operators a way to extend network coverage and network capacity to Wi-Fi, provide carrier-grade security and offer value-added services even when users offload to Wi-Fi networks.

NRF urges FTC to move cautiously on mobile payments

On Thursday, The National Retail Federation urged the U.S.

Telecom vendors report quarterly results

Reuters

A slowdown in spending by telecom operators globally is hurting all vendors of telecom equipment, just as they were recovering from the last downturn and intense price wars.


Analysts predict slower growth of 3-4% in the overall market for telecom network equipment, down from 7-8% last year.


The market recovered strongly in 2011 as operators invested to catch up with a surge in traffic from smartphones and tablets, but the final quarter saw renewed concern about global growth, especially in Europe.

Top three U.S. telecom carriers report quarterly results

Reuters

The top three U.S. telecom carriers, Verizon Communications, AT&T Inc and Sprint Nextel Inc, recently released financial results for the first quarter of 2012.  All three carriers reported higher-than-expected financial results for 1Q2012. 

Mobile data explosion makes Ka Band satellite profitable in LTE backhaul

In the past, satellite was dismissed as a wireless backhaul technology, mainly for cost reasons; but as pricing for wireless data increases and carriers shift away from unlimited plans, there is now a compelling, and profitable argument for Ka Band’s use in LTE network backhaul. Ka Band plays well with LTE’s all-packet architecture.

Court finds Apple infringes on Motorola Mobility patent

Reuters

Apple Inc infringed on a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc patent in making its popular iPhones, iPads and other products, a judge for the International Trade Commission ruled on Tuesday.


ITC Judge Thomas Pender said in a preliminary ruling that Apple (Cupertino, Calif., USA) infringed on a patent for eliminating noise and other interference during voice and data transmissions. The full commission will now review the judge's decision and issue a final ruling in August.

Germany connects rural towns with LTE before cities

The first places to receive LTE coverage in Germany were not large cities like Berlin or Munich, but towns of 5,000 inhabitants or less. Now that rural areas have been covered, German providers will now start to update urban areas with LTE coverage this year.

Wyless to offer the first Clearwire 4G M2M product

Wyless, a global M2M managed services provider, on Tuesday announced an agreement with Clearwire to offer the first machine-to-machine (M2M) 4G products available on the Clearwire network. The agreement will provide 4G connectivity to Wyless customers and partners in more than 80 markets across the United States.

Report: Cinterion, Sierra Wireless, Telit lead module vendors

Last week, ABI Research released its market share rankings of M2M cellular embedded module vendors for 2011, which evaluated vendors' market share performance for both total unit shipment volume of M2M cellular modules, as well as for total M2M revenue, including modules, terminals, software, and services.

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