Apple's iPhone 5 puts Europe in 4G slow lane


Apple's iPhone 5, launched to great fanfare in the United States on Wednesday, will not work on superfast mobile broadband networks in much of Europe, potentially confusing consumers and setting back the development of 4G services in the region.

Globecomm warns of tough fiscal 2013 as quarterly profits rise

Globecomm’s fourth-quarter net profit has more than tripled as infrastructure revenues were boosted by work on a major government contract.

The satellite operator reported net income of $7.1 million, compared with $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, but Globecomm (Haupagge, USA) attributes the increase largely to “a change in fair value of the ComSource earn-out”.

Globecomm acquired software developer ComSource in April 2011 for $20 million, funding $18 million of the transaction through a credit facility with Citibank.

M1 turns to Ericsson for mobile backhaul upgrade

Mobile operator M1 (Singapore) has signed up network manufacturer Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) to upgrade its mobile backhaul network.

The operator says the work is necessary because of the increasing demand for bandwidth, caused largely by the rise of internet browsing and video streaming on mobile devices, as well as the launch of LTE services.

Swisscom plans takeover of Telecom Lichtenstein

Swisscom (Worblaufen, Switzerland) has announced plans to buy a 75% stake in Telecom Lichtenstein (Vaduz), the incumbent telecoms operator in the small European principality.

It has already signed a declaration of intent with authorities in the country but has not disclosed the details of any pending financial transaction.

Swisscom intends to acquire the telecoms business and infrastructure that is currently held by the Lichtenstein power company (LKW) and ingrate them with its own operations.

Apple's iPhone needs to dazzle as market gets crowded


The new iPhone 5 has to be more than just another smartphone as it carries the weight of Apple Inc's (Cupertino, USA) future on its slim frame.

Five years after the first iPhone upended the mobile industry, analysts say Apple is looking increasingly defensive as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Seoul, South Korea) and other rivals have been first to market with phones that sport bigger screens or run on faster wireless networks.

Everything Everywhere announces launch of UK's first 4G service

Everything Everywhere (London, UK), the joint venture between Orange (Paris, France) and T-Mobile (Berlin, Germany), has revealed the launch plans for its 4G LTE business, which has been controversially given a headstart on its big rivals by UK authorities.

The company has also announced that its 4G services will be offered under the EE brand. Until now, Orange and T-Mobile had continued to use their separate brands for services provided over the Everything Everywhere network.

FCC to vote on auction of unused broadcasting spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates the US communications industry, is to vote this month on whether to proceed with an auction of unused spectrum currently held by TV broadcasters.

Under the latest proposal, the spectrum would be made available for wireless broadband use, as outlined in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, while broadcasters would receive a share of the auction proceeds.

The proposal has already won the support of Congress and the FCC’s approval could allow an auction to happen as soon as 2014.

Dutch spectrum auction attracts five participants

The Dutch mobile-phone market looks set for a shake-up after five companies signed up to participate in a forthcoming spectrum auction.

Government agency Agentschap Telecom (AT) plans to award spectrum in six separate frequency bands ranging between 800MHz and 2600MHz.

Slots of 2x5MHz will be sold off in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands.

The regulator aims to begin the auction on October 31 and says license winners will be allowed to provide voice and data services using whatever technologies they like.

Indian mobile market records first-ever drop in subscriber numbers

India’s mobile-phone market has registered its first-ever decline in subscriber numbers, according to data recently published by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

The regulatory body says that customer numbers dropped by more than 20 million over the July period, falling from 965.52 million to 944.81 million.

The decline mainly affected Reliance Communications (Mumbai, India), the country’s second-biggest operator, which disconnected some 20.48 million ‘inactive’ customers in July.

Nokia to start selling make-or-break smartphone in November


Nokia (Helsinki, Finland) will start selling its new smartphone, potentially its last chance to break into the most profitable part of mobile phone market and secure its future, in November, sources at European telecoms operators said on Friday.

The Lumia 920, which uses Microsoft's (Seattle, USA) Windows software, is Nokia's bid to catch up with Apple's (Cupertino, USA) iPhone and a string of popular phones using Google's (Mountain View, USA) Android software, like Samsung's (Seoul, South Korea) Galaxy models.

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