BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s mobile phone network operators have agreed to pay $307 million each for radio spectrum, enabling them to launch higher-speed 3G mobile internet services in the war-torn country in two months, a senior official at the national regulator told Reuters.
Iraq is one of the few Middle East countries still reliant on 2G networks, which mostly carry voice calls and SMS texts and only the most basic online services, while fixed line internet connections are expensive and unreliable.
Beijing, May 28, 2014 / CEI / -. "Currently, China Mobile, which owns 780 million users, the majority are still using 2G phones," China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua said at the shareholders meeting, the need to push customers to upgrade 3G and 4G, last year the company data flow and therefore the amount of explosive revenue growth. China Mobile CEO Li Yue introduced by Tencent micro-channel business impact, short message service first four months of the company fell more than 20%.
M2M device maker NetComm Wireless has signed a distribution deal with Japan’s Kanematsu Communications that covers the delivery of wireless M2M products to Kanematsu’s major export and telecoms operator customers.
Kanematsu is a distributor for NTT DoCoMo (Tokyo, Japan), Softbank (Tokyo, Japan) and KDDI (Tokyo, Japan) and a subsidiary of Kanematsu Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), which had a market capitalization of around $657 million as of March this year.
A dismal response in this week's auction for next-generation cellphone spectrum licenses means cash-strapped Pakistan will struggle to fund its budget this year, finance and IT ministry officials and telecom industry executives told Reuters.
Pakistan is set to hold long-awaited auctions for 3G and 4G network licenses on April 23, a step the government projects will raise $2 billion to boost foreign reserves.
But officials said there has been scant interest in Monday's bidding process and estimate Pakistan will raise no more than $850 million.
Westbase Technology is to begin distributing Vodafone’s MachineLink 3G router, which has been designed for use across a number of vertical markets globally.
In a statement the company said the router would provide M2M connectivity in areas covered by 2G and 3G cellular networks, and could be “mass deployed” to connect remote assets, premises, equipment and vehicles using Vodafone’s (Newbury, UK) network or infrastructure available from Vodafone partners.
Kore Telematics has taken over Jazz Wireless Data to expand its footprint and expertise in the M2M connectivity area.
Under the deal, whose terms were not disclosed, Kore (Alpharetta, GA, USA) will acquire a “six-figure” subscriber base from Jazz (Raleigh, NC, USA), which provides M2M networking services in North America.
Iraq plans to auction third-generation (3G) telecommunications licenses for a minimum of $307 million each, sources familiar with the matter said, a move that could allow new entrants into the sector but slow the rollout of mobile Internet services.
The country did not have a mobile phone industry under Saddam Hussein but the sector expanded rapidly after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled the dictator.
Kore Telematics has launched an educational program in partnership with modem maker Multi-Tech Systems aimed at supporting M2M players facing a shutdown of 2G networks.
Leading US operators AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) have both announced plans to switch off their 2G networks over the next few years and run all voice and data traffic over 3G and 4G infrastructure.
The plans have generated concern among companies that currently use those 2G networks for their M2M services.
Industrial giant GE has launched a new platform of industrial wireless routers aimed at helping oil and gas and mining companies to expand their communications infrastructure using a variety of technologies.
The company describes its MDS Orbit Platform as a next-generation wireless solution integrating cellular, licensed and unlicensed networks in a single device.