Intelligent Transport Systems CEO's predictions for CeBIT 2011

Norbert Handke reveals plans, expectations for the show

M2M applications that take advantage of LTE networks will dominate this year's CeBIT, said Norbert Handke, CEO of ITS Network Germany (Brussels, Belgium), in an exclusive interview earlier this month. Dr. Handke also let slip a few products and services that his company, Intelligent Communications Systems, will be exhibiting during the week.

LightSquared secures $586 million debt loan

UBS AG and JP Morgan will assist the network wholesaler

LightSquared (Reston, VA, USA), a wholesale-only wireless broadband and satellite network provider, has closed on $586 million of debt, led by UBS AG and JP Morgan. LightSquared will use the proceeds of the financing for general corporate purposes, which include constructing its 4G-LTE network. Over the last seven months, the financially troubled company has raised more than $2 billion in debt and equity.

Spotlight on Canada

Cooperation necessary in this tricky market

Just north of the US border lies the second largest country on earth. Canada’s population of 34 million is just over one tenth of the US population. In many ways, Canada is quite similar to the US. However, the mobile environment is quite different.

Canadians are still in the middle of the pack when it comes to mobile penetration. While the country was an early adopter of mobile technology, inexpensive land line phone services kept the growth of mobile at relatively modest levels throughout the 1990s. As of June 2010, Canadian wireless subscribers numbered 23.4 million.

Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers eye the U.S.

$7 billion market at stake

Chinese telecom equipment makers have their sights set on the United States, a massive market that has so far been largely off limits to them because of fears over the security of key national infrastructure.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China), the world's number three seller of network gear, and ZTE (Shenzhen), number five, both told Reuters in interviews at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that they wanted to crack the United States.

Verizon's iPhone now in stores, ending AT&T exclusivity

Antenna problems may persist

After more than three years of AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) exclusivity, Verizon Wireless' (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) iPhone finally goes on sale today in the U.S. After years of pent-up demand from its customers, Verizon has seen very strong pre-launch demand for Apple's handset. Analysts predict, on average, that Verizon could sell more than 12 million units this year.

Alcatel-Lucent shares leap after CEO optimism

Claims 3-year turnaround is on track

Reuters

Long-troubled telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent sparked investor hopes it had turned a corner when it kept an ambitious free cash flow target and reassured on its 2011 profitability.

Shares in the Franco-American group shot up more than 13 percent to their highest level since October 2009, making it the French CAC 40 index's biggest gainer on Thursday.

Chief Executive Ben Verwaayen, a Dutchman who formerly led BT Group before taking over Alcatel-Lucent in September 2008, said the results showed that the group was on track to complete his promised three-year turnaround.

Verizon Wireless implements network management system

Throttling and compression for 'extraordinary' data users

Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ, USA) has released a PDF containing information about a new network management and throttling system. Two new techniques will be implemented which include network optimization and transcoding technology designed to transmit data files more efficiently, reducing network load. Verizon will also cache less data, using less capacity, and size videos for the appropriate device.

LightSquared secures FCC approval

Concerns over Defense Department interference mitigated

In follow-up to last week's report that LightSquared (Reston, VA, USA), an upstart 4G wholesaler, may interfere with systems such as Defense Department communications, the company announced it has secured approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to offer dual-mode or terrestrial-only devices.

SK Telecom announces specifics for the first South Korean LTE network

Samsung, LG-Ericsson and Nokia Siemens will provide equipment

SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea) has announced technical specifications for its upcoming 4G LTE network, the first in South Korea. The company will begin providing commercial LTE services in Seoul by July this year and plans to expand the service to the Seoul metropolitan area and six other metropolitan cities by 2012. The service will become nationwide by 2013.

SK Telecom announces specifics for the first South Korean LTE network

Samsung, LG-Ericsson and Nokia Siemens will provide equipment

SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea) has announced technical specifications for its upcoming 4G LTE network, the first in South Korea. The company will begin providing commercial LTE services in Seoul by July this year and plans to expand the service to the Seoul metropolitan area and six other metropolitan cities by 2012. The service will become nationwide by 2013.

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