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.
M2M device maker Novatel Wireless says US operator AT&T has approved a number of its products supporting vehicle telematics, telemetry and embedded solutions.
The approvals mean devices made by Novatel Wireless (San Diego, CA, USA) can be used on the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) network.
These include the manufacturer’s MiFi-powered SA2100, the MT 4100 mobile tracking device, the SA-G+ telemetry platform and the Enabler HS 3002 module.
Qatari incumbent Ooredoo has launched what it claims is the first 3G network in Algeria, where it is the smallest of the country’s three mobile network operators.
In a statement, Ooredoo (Doha, Qatar) – formerly known as Qtel – said it had switched on its network in the country’s ten biggest cities just hours after getting the final regulatory sign-off.
Although it promises its 3G services will be available “at no additional cost”, the operator requires customers to procure a second 3G-enabled number (which it will supply) and add this to their SIM cards.
Hong Kong’s PCCW has announced plans to buy Telstra’s 76% stake in local rival CSL for the sum of $2.43 billion.
The deal will put PCCW (Hong Kong) in control of assets it sold more than ten years ago, reports Bloomberg, and help to reduce the level of competition in Hong Kong’s saturated phone market, where there are approximately twice as many subscriptions as people.