Huawei, ZTE deny receiving illegal subsidy

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China's top telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE denied receiving illegal government subsidies that helped them undercut rivals in recent years, after media reported the European Union planned to take action over unfair trade practices. Action by the EU could spark a trade war, analysts warned.

iPhone users account for 80% of the heaviest smartphone data users

On average, iPhone customers use more data than any other smartphone users, and account for 80% of the top 10% of heaviest data users, according to a new report examining consumer smartphone trends from Analysys Mason, a global telecoms, media and technology specialist. Of those smartphone consumers who are in the 70th percentile or above in terms of data usage, iPhone users appear more than three times as frequently as the next most ‘data-hungry’ consumer segment – users who have Android on HTC devices.

Everything Everywhere unveils mobile ticketing trial

Last week, Everything Everywhere announced an agreement with Transport operator Stagecoach Group to offer consumers with a way to use mobile phones as tickets for public transportation. The two companies have unveiled the UK's first Government-standard commercial deployment of mobile contactless transport ticketing, which could lead to a nationwide roll out across select bus and rail services in 2013.

Sprint gets $1 billion credit for Ericsson equipment

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Sprint Nextel Corp has arranged a $1 billion credit facility to buy network equipment from Ericsson for a high-speed wireless project that will involve the shuttering of its Nextel network next year.

Tight spending in China, Europe squeezes broadband aggregation market in 1Q12

Global spending on DSL, PON, and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) equipment declined 22% between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, to $1.8 billion, reports market research firm Infonetics Research.

Bharti to buy 49% in Qualcomm India broadband venture

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Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile phone carrier, said on Thursday it agreed to buy a 49% stake in Qualcomm Inc's fourth-generation (4G) broadband venture in the country for $165 million.

Oracle dealt big blow in Google patent infringement case

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Google Inc's Android mobile platform has not infringed Oracle Corp's patents, a California jury decided, putting an indefinite hold on Oracle's quest for damages in a fight between the two Silicon Valley giants over smartphone technology.


In a case that examined whether computer language that connects programs and operating systems can be copyrighted, Oracle (Redwood, Calif., USA) claimed Google's (Mountain View, Calif., USA) Android tramples on its intellectual property rights to the Java programming language.

Comcast launches free phone calls over WiFi

On Tuesday, Comcast, a U.S. cable operator, announced a free Xfinity Voice feature that brings mobile voice technologies to the home phone. The new feature, called Voice 2go, allows customers to make phone calls and send text messages for free, when made within a WiFi network, such as in a customer's home or on a public WiFi hotspot.  This new service could potentially cut into wireless mobile operators’ revenue.

Ceragon to supply Navajo Tribe with microwave backhaul for $4 million

Ceragon Networks Ltd., a wireless backhaul provider, on Tuesday announced that it has received orders of approximately $4 million to supply microwave backhaul solutions and turnkey services including installation, project management and commissioning to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). The NTUA selected Ceragon's FibeAir IP-10G to power the Navajo Nation's wireless backhaul network. The systems are part of an over 530 mile network which is made up of microwave towers and fiber optics.

Consumers, not Telehealth patients, to drive wireless medical device adoption

IMS Research, a market research firm recently acquired by IHS Inc., projects that medical devices utilized by the consumer to self-monitor their health, rather than those used in managed telehealth systems, will provide the largest opportunity for wireless technologies over the next five years. IMS Research forecasts that more than 50 million wireless health monitoring devices will ship for consumer monitoring applications during the next five years, with a smaller number being used in managed telehealth systems.

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