EE becomes first UK operator to launch LTE-Advanced

EE has become the first of the UK’s mobile operators to launch services based on Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A), the next-generation standard that represents an evolution of the 4G LTE technology now taking off in the UK market.

The network is being rolled out across what is known as London Tech City in the east of the capital and will provide connection speeds of up to 300Mbps, according to EE.
Services are not, however, available on a commercial basis.

China's Huawei to invest $600 million in 5G research over next four years

Reuters

Huawei Technologies Co will invest at least $600 million in 5G research over the next four years, the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer said in a statement on Wednesday.

PPF Group to pay 2.5 billion euros for Telefonica Czech Republic: report

Investment firm PPF Group is on the verge of agreeing a €2.5 billion ($3.38 billion) deal to acquire a controlling stake in Telefonica’s Czech business, reports the Financial Times.

According to sources cited by the UK newspaper, the companies are set to reach an agreement over the next few days.

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) has been reported to be looking for a buyer of its 66% stake in Telefonica Czech Republic ever since regulatory authorities decided to reserve spectrum in a forthcoming frequency auction for a new entrant to the telecoms sector.

Leap shareholders approve AT&T takeover

Leap Wireless shareholders have given their seal of approval to a $1.2 billion takeover of the company by mobile giant AT&T.

According to the company’s press release, more than 99% of votes cast were in favor of the transaction, which will boost AT&T’s (Dallas, TX, USA) position in the US prepaid market besides shoring up its spectrum holdings.

Swisscom builds 'Swiss cloud' as spying storm rages

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Swisscom is building a "Swiss Cloud" that could loosen the grip of U.S. technology giants and attract foreign companies looking for a way to shield sensitive data from the prying eyes of foreign intelligence services.

Companies are increasingly turning to cloud computing - an umbrella term for technology services such as email and business software offered remotely via the Internet instead of on-site - to cut costs and add flexibility to their IT departments.

Vodafone rises on report of AT&T takeover interest

Reuters

Shares in Vodafone Group rose on Friday after a media report that U.S. mobile operator AT&T was exploring strategies for a potential takeover of the British telecoms firm.

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) Chief Executive Randall Stephenson has said there is a "huge opportunity" to invest in mobile broadband in Europe and he would buy wireless assets if they were available at the right price.

China Mobile and NSN to collaborate on 5G development

Nokia Siemens Networks says it has expanded the scope of its research partnership with China Mobile to cover 5G as well as other next-generation technologies.

The two companies first teamed up in 2010 to collaborate in the area of mobile broadband, and the extension of their agreement could spur China Mobile’s (Beijing, China) efforts to popularize the TD-LTE variant of 4G, which it is now rolling out across China.

Google, Samsung, Huawei sued over Nortel patents

Reuters

The group that owns thousands of former Nortel patents filed a barrage of patent lawsuits on Thursday against cell phone manufacturers including Google, the company it outbid in the Nortel bankruptcy auction.

2nd International Conference IFE and Connectivity

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
End Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2014

Germany:

As technology and passenger´s expectations have evolved and outpaced what current systems can offer, the challenges for the aviation industry are rapidly increasing: 

Which high throughput satellite systems and networks offer the most cost-efficient solution? 

What are the current trends and how can in-flight and wireless technologies be best combined and integrated into the aircraft? 

Small cell backhaul market set for dramatic growth: ABI Research

The small cell backhaul market is poised for takeoff and set to grow at a compound annual rate of 48%, according to a new study from ABI Research.

The market-research company says vendors are now rushing to deliver the ideal backhaul solution, with the market dividing into a number of camps according to technology specialization.

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