Brazil penalizes mobile carriers for poor service


Brazil's telecom regulator on Wednesday ordered three leading carriers to stop selling new mobile plans in certain states, an unusually strong punishment in response to rising consumer complaints about dropped calls and spotty coverage.

Regulator Anatel said that, in each of Brazil's 26 states plus the federal district of Brasilia, the company with the poorest service would be unable to sell new plans. The suspension will be effective on Monday and remain in place until the carriers present an investment plan to improve service quality, the agency said.

More outdoor small cells will be shipped in 2012 than macrocells

In its latest issue of outdoor small cells market data, ABI Research forecasts that the equipment market will grow to be worth $14.3 billion by 2017. Including outdoor femtocells, picocells, microcells, and carrier Wi-Fi access points, at just over 1 million units forecast in 2012, the number of outdoor small cells sold will surpass the 954,000 macrocells forecast for this year.

Ericsson hit by slowing network sales


The world's leading mobile telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson was hit by a sharp drop in sales of networks in the second quarter as carriers cut spending in the face of a global slowdown.

Makers of network hardware, such as radio base stations, face lean times as major economies weaken, hitting telecoms operators' revenues, and a decade-long price war continues to rage. Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) rivals Alcatel-Lucent (Paris) and Chinese group ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) have both issued profit warnings in the past week.

Coast Radio selects Exalt microwave backhaul systems for FM Radio stations

Exalt Communications, a provider of next-generation microwave backhaul systems, last week announced that Coast Radio Company, Inc. has selected Exalt microwave backhaul systems to replace leased T1 connections among its multiple FM radio stations, main broadcast sites, and transmission booster sites located throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

The wireless backhaul network built using Exalt microwave systems will also extend IP communications to all sites, add advanced management features, and provide increased bandwidth, says Exalt (Campbell, Calif., USA).

Google unit says will avoid U.S. import ban on smartphones


Google unit Motorola Mobility said on Tuesday it has taken steps to avert an interruption of U.S. imports and sales of its smartphones after the devices were found to infringe on a Microsoft patent.

The importation to the United States of some Motorola Mobility (Libertyville, Ill., USA) smartphones was supposed to stop Wednesday as the result of an International Trade Commission ruling that the phones infringed on technology that makes it possible for consumers to use the devices to generate meeting requests and schedule gatherings.

UK Government prepares for largest smart meter deployment in world

The UK Government is preparing for the task of replacing the country’s 53 million gas and electric meters with smart meters.

Turkcell M2M aims to save TRY1 billion for Turkish economy

Turkcell, the biggest mobile-phone operator in Turkey, has claimed that its M2M services could save the Turkish economy as much as 1 billion Turkish lira ($553 million) in 2012.

The announcement follows a new ruling on taxation. Previously, customers had to pay a special communications tax of TRY37 on new subscriptions on SIM cards, but recent legislative changes have lifted that tax.

EU urges greater IT security for smart grids

The European Union (EU) has issued a series of recommendations on IT security for smart grids to lessen the risks of a cyber-attack.

UK telematics motor insurance sales increase fivefold in two years

Sales of ‘black box’ motor insurance in the UK have increased fivefold over the past two years, according to new research published by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA).

‘Black box’ or telematics technology works by recording journeys and driving behavior so that premiums can be accurately applied to a driver’s exact risk profile.

Report: Jasper Wireless clear leader in CDP

New data from ABI Research singles out Jasper Wireless as a “clear leader” among vendors of Connected Device Platforms (CDPs), ahead of Ericsson, NSN and NEC.

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