Broadband coverage in Brazil higher than Italy

A recent report by the Broadband Forum ranked the top ten countries for broadband growth and found that Brazil outperformed Italy to take the ninth spot with 15 million broadband subscribers in the third quarter of 2011.  Brazil broadband subscribers rose by two million from the year-ago quarter, while Italy’s subscriber based rose by only 500,000.

Ofcom say 98% of UK to have 4G

Ofcom, the government-approved regulatory authority for broadcasting in the UK, last week set out a number of new proposals for making 4G mobile spectrum available to at least 98% of the UK population. These new proposals are to be put in place in time for the UK spectrum auction which is to be held at the end of the year.

China Mobile, Clearwire sign agreement on TD-LTE interoperability testing plan

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, and Clearwire Corporation, a provider of 4G wireless broadband services in the United States, on Tuesday announced, in conjunction with the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), an agreement on common test specifications and joint interoperability testing (IOT) for TD-LTE devices in the global band configurations, including 2.3GHz to 2.7GHz.

Pakistan to hold 3G license auction on March 29

Reuters

Pakistan will hold an auction for its first license for third-generation (3G) mobile telecom services on March 29, an official at the country's telecoms authority said on Tuesday. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Mohammed Yaseen said the base price for the auction would be $210 million.

"We're expecting 10 to 15 potential investors in the initial bidding process," says Yaseen.

M2M product round-up at CES

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, with more than 3,100 exhibitors showing off the latest technologies and innovations.  According to CES, this year’s show is the largest in its 44 year history, with 1.861 million net square feet of exhibit space.

Iliad launches in France, France Telecom may need to cut payout

Reuters

France's broadband specialist Iliad launched its long-awaited mobile service on Tuesday with aggressive offers that sharply undercut rival operators' prices in a bid to carve out a profitable chunk of Europe's second-largest telecom market.

Analysts say LightSquared approval is a long shot

Reuters

Telecom startup LightSquared is mounting a last-ditch effort to win U.S. regulatory approval for a new wireless network after being outmaneuvered by the GPS industry, which has cited numerous scenarios of interference problems that could interfere with planes and national security.

BridgeWave secures $10.3 million in series 5 funding

BridgeWave Communications, a supplier of 4G millimeter wave backhaul services, on Tuesday announced that it has secured an additional $10.3 million in series 5 funding. The funds will be used to support accelerating growth in backhaul for network deployments going into 2012 as carriers continue to address the data transport challenges expected with 4G mobile and LTE network deployments worldwide, says the company.

PCCW partners with Ciena for submarine cable upgrade

PCCW Global, an operating division of HKT, a telecommunications provider, and Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Wednesday announced an upgrade to the carrier’s subsea network with Ciena’s optical 100G networking solution.

T-Mobile eyes new strategy, may sell towers

Reuters

T-Mobile USA is finalizing a new business plan which may include a sale of its wireless towers to help pay for a network upgrade as it looks to rebuild its business after its failed effort to sell itself to AT&T Inc, top executives of the Deutsche Telekom unit said.


"T-Mobile USA is alive and we are back in fighting spirit," CEO Philip Humm told reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, as he promise more details about the company's future strategy later this quarter.

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