Silver Spring applauds CEPT's M2M spectrum move

US smart-grid specialist Silver Spring Networks has welcomed the decision by Europe’s CEPT to free up additional radio spectrum for M2M services.

Representing the national regulatory authorities of 48 European countries, the CEPT recently published a framework for members to allocate 5MHz of sub-1GHz spectrum for use with so-called wireless mesh M2M networks.

The spectrum falls between 870MHz and 875.6MHz.

Neul unveils Weightless-based M2M platform

UK-based M2M player Neul has launched a new connectivity platform for Internet of Things services based on the use of so-called white space – gaps between spectrum bands freed up in the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.

The company is one of the main backers of the Weightless standard that has been developed to support M2M communications over white space.

Other prominent supporters include chip designer ARM (Cambridge, UK) and Cable & Wireless Worldwide, now controlled by multinational mobile operator Vodafone (Newbury, UK).

Slovakia 4G auction raises $224 million, produces new entrant

Slovakia’s three existing mobile operators and new entrant Swan have emerged as the winners of new 4G licenses following the conclusion of the country’s multi-band frequency auction.

In a statement published on its website, Slovakia’s telecoms regulator said the auction raised a total of €163.9 million ($224 million) – 15% more than the base price it had set for the various lots on offer.

Regulatory moves to boost India telecoms sector in 2014: report

Indian telecoms authorities are planning to introduce new rules on mergers and acquisitions in January, aimed at providing a further boost to the country’s telecoms industry.

According to a report from the country’s Business Standard newspaper, the legislation on mergers and acquisitions is to be followed by the publication of a new policy on machine-to-machine communications in the first quarter of the year.

Moves already made by Indian regulatory authorities have led to a considerable improvement in the operating environment in 2013 compared with 2012.

Fortress backs new LightSquared bankruptcy exit plan

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LightSquared is proposing a new bankruptcy exit plan with financing from Fortress Investment Group and other backers, as the U.S. wireless communications company seeks to avoid a sale to highest bidder Dish Network Corp.

PCCW to pay $2.43 billion for CSL

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.

Sprint, Dish to test wireless broadband service in Texas

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Wireless service provider Sprint Corp and satellite television company Dish Network Corp said they will jointly develop a trial wireless service in Texas, in an apparent sign of improving relations between the companies.

Dish (Meridian, CO, USA) has been seeking a partnership with an established mobile operator to help it enter the wireless market. However, its efforts earlier this year to buy Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) failed after a bitter public battle with Japan's SoftBank Corp (Tokyo), now the owner of 80 percent of Sprint.

Sprint considering $20 billion bid for T-Mobile: report

US operator Sprint is readying a bid of more than $20 billion for smaller rival T-Mobile US, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the newswire says Sprint is currently studying regulatory concerns but could launch a bid in the first half of next year.

A takeover would combine the country’s third- and fourth-biggest players to create a stronger rival to market leaders AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA).

Bid deadline for Canada's Mobilicity delayed by a week

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The court-appointed monitor for struggling Canadian wireless startup Mobilicity has extended the deadline for suitors to bid for the company by a week to December 16, a regulatory filing shows.

Bidders for the Toronto-based startup, which filed for court protection from its creditors earlier this year, now have until noon next Monday to submit their offers in the court-supervised auction, according to a document posted on the website of monitor Ernst & Young Inc.

Ernst & Young said it extended the deadline following requests from several bidders.

Hong Kong regulator denies 3G re-auction will cause disruption

Hong Kong authorities have denied that plans to re-auction some of the 3G frequencies currently in use will cause disruption and lead to higher prices for the country’s 3G users.

Frequencies in the 2.1GHz band are due to expire in October 2016, but under a so-called “hybrid approach” regulators plan to re-auction just a third of these frequencies, which – it insists – represents just 7–10% of the overall spectrum held by the incumbent operators.

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