UK telecoms regulator Ofcom says BT, Google and Microsoft are among the companies to have registered interest in participating in trials of so-called “white space” technology, which could provide a major spur to the development of M2M services.
Ofcom says approximately 20 companies will be chosen to test a wide range of applications based on white space technology, which uses unlicensed spectrum freed up by the transition from analog to digital broadcasting.
Telecom New Zealand has announced plans to launch LTE services at no extra charge to customers, putting pressure on rival Vodafone in the country’s nascent 4G market.
The operator said its service will go live in the cities of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington on November 12, allowing prepaid and contract customers to take advantage of the higher-speed network technology on existing tariffs.
Honduras has awarded Mexican telecoms giant America Movil and emerging markets telecoms group Millicom licenses to offer 4G high-speed mobile services, telecoms commission Conatel said on Tuesday.
America Movil (Mexico City, Mexico) operates under the brand Claro in Honduras, while Millicom (Luxembourg) operates under the name Tigo. The licenses cost $12.05 million each.
The companies must start operating 4G networks within 18 months, Conatel said.
(Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
The 4G lead established by the UK’s EE has helped the operator secure a three-year deal to support telematics services for the RAC, one of the country’s biggest motoring organizations.
Under the terms of the contract announced this week, EE (Hatfield, UK) is to provide embedded SIMs for the RAC’s (Walsall, UK) in-car telematics technology, allowing fleet managers to monitor vehicles remotely.
UK-based Weightless says consulting and technology services group Accenture has joined its board of directors.
Accenture’s (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) membership should boost efforts by Weightless (Cambridge, UK) to popularize its M2M communications standard based on the use of white-space spectrum – gaps in frequency bands freed up by the transition from analog to digital broadcasting systems.
Czech authorities say five companies have registered to participate in a forthcoming auction of 4G spectrum, including all three of the incumbents plus two new entrants.
Entities known as Revolution Mobile and Tasciane are to line up alongside Telefonica (Madrid, Spain), T-Mobile (Bonn, Germany) and Vodafone (Newbury, UK) in the auction of frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands.
Some 15 companies have tendered applications to bid for 700MHz spectrum in an auction scheduled for January 2014, said Canada’s government this week.
The list of prospective bidders includes the country’s three incumbent operators as well as new entrant Wind Mobile (Toronto, Canada).
However, the list of candidates includes no foreign entities despite long-running speculation that Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) was looking to enter the Canadian market through a potential takeover of a small operator and likely participation in the frequency sale.
Vodafone Netherlands has become the world’s first operator to deploy an entirely scalable small cell system for its enterprise customers.
The technology is being supplied by SpiderCloud Wireless (San Jose, CA, USA) and is designed to boost in-building capacity and coverage for the operator’s range of enterprise customers.
The system can be installed much faster than older small-cell technologies and incorporates a node allowing the operator to control more than 100 multi-access small cells.
AT&T says it has completed the acquisition of spectrum from rival operator Verizon Wireless that will help it speed up the deployment of its high-speed 4G network.
The operator has paid $1.9 billion for a swathe of 700MHz licenses covering some 42 million people in 18 states.
Besides the cash payment, AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) has also transferred to Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) several Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) licenses covering Phoenix (AZ), Los Angeles (CA), Fresno (CA), Albuquerque (NM) and Portland (OR).
French telecoms incumbent Orange is speeding up the pace of its 4G deployment and claims to have reached the important milestone of covering all of Paris with the high-speed network.
By the end of September, the operator says its 4G service will cover 70 “agglomerations” – meaning cities and surrounding urban areas – including more than 500 towns across the country.
Moreover, having originally planned to provide services to 30% of the French population by the end of 2013, Orange (Paris, France) is now aiming for a target of 40%.