The top U.S. telecommunications regulator on Thursday reasserted his commitment to helping smaller national wireless carriers get access to valuable lower-frequency airwaves in the upcoming spectrum auction.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, in a letter to Representative John Barrow, reaffirmed his plans to restrict how much spectrum the biggest U.S. carriers, Verizon Communications Inc (New York City, NY, USA) and AT&T Inc (Dallas, TX, USA), could buy in the auction scheduled for mid-2015.
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.
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French cable operator Numericable has agreed a €13.5 billion ($18.5 billion) takeover of Vivendi’s SFR, beating off competition from communications rival Bouygues for the country’s second-biggest mobile operator.
The acquisition promises to radically alter the shape of the French telecoms market, putting Numericable (Paris, France) in control of mobile assets and giving it the opportunity to challenge telecoms incumbent Orange (Paris, France) in the market for bundled services that include fixed, broadband and mobile elements.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced another network-sharing deal with Reliance Communications (RCOM) in a further sign of improving relations between India’s Ambani brothers.
The so-called Master Service Agreement will give Reliance Jio (Mumbai, India) access to RCOM’s (Mumbai, India) nationwide inter-city fiber network, which it hopes will help to speed up its deployment of a 4G network across India.
Reliance Jio said the agreement was based on “arm’s length pricing at prevailing market prices”.
The United States on Friday criticized proposals to build a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States, warning that such rules could breach international trade laws.
In its annual review of telecommunications trade barriers, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said impediments to cross-border data flows were a serious and growing concern.
The European Parliament voted to end mobile phone roaming fees by 2016 and barred telecoms operators from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others, moves that will cheer Europe's consumers and frustrate industry seeking new forms of revenue.
In a session in Brussels, lawmakers backed telecom reform legislation that will phase out roaming fees across the 28-country European Union by December 2015, bolster consumer protections on mobile and broadband contracts and seek to make the sale of mobile licenses more uniform across Europe.