Telekom Austria has been trialling a copper-based broadband technology from Alcatel-Lucent that can support download speeds of more than 1Gbps.
The innovation could be hugely significant, allowing operators to avoid making costly investments in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in order to provide superfast services.
The product from Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) combines VDSL2 and vectoring – are already in commercial use – with a new transmission technology called G.fast, which uses a wide frequency band to boost connection speeds on copper lines over short distances.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has won a three-year contract with MTS to build an LTE network in Moscow and central Russia, following the operator’s receipt of 4G spectrum licenses last year.
The Finnish vendor is to build out the system in the third quarter of this year, according to its statement, with the deal valued at approximately $200 million, according to an MTS (Moscow, Russia) spokesperson cited in a Bloomberg report.
Hutchison Whampoa is losing patience with Telecom Italia over lack of progress on a proposed merger of their Italian mobile phone units, people familiar with the talks said, casting doubt on prospects for a deal.
The Hong Kong-based conglomerate, backed by Asian magnate Li Ka Shing, favors consolidation to bolster its position in its six European markets and is eager to do a deal in Italy, where it is the smallest mobile operator with a 10 percent market share.
Bahrain is to study whether to restrict Internet-based telecom services, the communications minister of the restive Arab state told Reuters, although no final decision was imminent.
Internet-based communications including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), instant messaging and social media helped activists launch and nurture the uprisings that toppled long-standing rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in 2011.
Spain's telecoms watchdog cut the fees mobile operators can charge each other for connecting calls on Monday, which is likely to lower customer phone bills in a nation battling recession.
Competition in the Spanish market has heated up in recent months for operators Telefonica (Madrid, Spain), Vodafone (Alcobendas, Spain), Orange (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) and Yoigo (Alcobendas, Spain) as they struggle to cling on to customers in the country, where 27 percent of the workforce is unemployed.
The automotive industry stands out as the most pioneering vertical market when it comes to adoption of M2M services, according to a new survey conducted by Vodafone.
Some 19% of automotive organizations interviewed by the operator said they had already launched an M2M strategy, while 40% were expecting to launch one in the next two years.
US operator Sprint is working with MVNO M2M DataSmart on an initiative to attract more small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to the M2M marketplace.
The two companies, which struck a wholesale agreement in September last year, say they are promoting more “open access” of data and network services so that entrepreneurial start-ups – as well as traditional OEM companies – can more easily commercialize their M2M concepts.
With a debate raging over the most appropriate cellular technology for M2M services, Aeris Communications has added GSM connectivity services to its offer and revealed that carmaker FIAT has become its first GSM customer.
The company, which describes itself as the only cellular operator catering exclusively to the M2M market, has long provided connectivity services over the rival CDMA standard but evidently felt a need to fortify its position, with various technologies facing an uncertain future.
M2M module maker Telit has taken a huge step in the Japanese market with news that its devices have passed interoperability testing on the network of NTT DoCoMo, the country’s largest mobile phone operator.
According to a statement released by the vendor, some six variants of its HE910 module series have successfully completed a rigorous module testing program run by the Japanese carrier.
The successful testing is a precursor to arrangements that would see NTT DoCoMo (Tokyo, Japan) supporting Telit’s modules on its network.
M2M managed services provider Wyless has become the latest M2M player to court application developers with its launch of a development kit in partnership with ClearConnex, an M2M device engineering company, and components distributor Symmetry.
The companies claim their Telit-based M2M Quickstart Developer Kit will accelerate the development, testing and deployment of M2M applications by providing “everything an M2M device developer requires to accelerate their time to market”.