Not dead yet: Copper and its new lease on life

When it comes to access networks, fiber is the technology that’s getting all the attention these days, and for good reason, as it offers superfast speeds for the latest broadband services. Yet for all the talk of fiber, the reality is that the majority of the world’s existing access wireline infrastructure is copper based, and service providers everywhere are looking to make the best use of this installed infrastructure.

India Telecom Commission seeks clarity on 2G spectrum auction price

Reuters

India's Telecom Commission is seeking clarity from the sector regulator on some of its 2G airwaves auction proposals including the base price, which mobile carriers want to be cut by 80%.


R. Chandrashekhar, the top bureaucrat in the country's telecoms ministry, said the Telecom Commission did not have a view yet if the proposed near 10-fold rise in auction starting price from what carriers had paid in a 2008 sale was "too high."

Acme Packet, Accuris Networks provide a Wi-Fi mobile interworking service

Accuris Networks, a provider of mobile technology interworking, and Acme Packet, a provider of session delivery network services, on Monday announced a partnership to launch a Wi-Fi Mobile Interworking service, which gives mobile operators a way to extend network coverage and network capacity to Wi-Fi, provide carrier-grade security and offer value-added services even when users offload to Wi-Fi networks.

NRF urges FTC to move cautiously on mobile payments

On Thursday, The National Retail Federation urged the U.S.

Futurecom 2012

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, October 8, 2012
End Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Futurecom is the largest and most qualified Telecommunications event in Latin America, with special focus in Brazil. 14000 attendees from more than 40 countries participate at Futurecom Brazil. It has a 20.000sqm exhibition area and an outstanding International Congress with more than 250 speakers and 3500+ delegates. Most of worldwide ICT companies participate at Futurecom, as well as all Brazilian Fixed and Mobile Carriers. Futurecom 14th edition will be held in the city of Rio de Janeiro, from October 8th to 12th, 2012!

Apps World

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
End Date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

London:


Some industry commentators believe that operators risk being relegated to ‘dumb pipes’ as Over The Top (OTT) players form closer and closer relationships with users; but through the formation of innovative partnerships and leveraging dynamic assets that offer creative enhancements in user experience, many have avoided this fate, so far. 


Mobile data explosion makes Ka Band satellite profitable in LTE backhaul

In the past, satellite was dismissed as a wireless backhaul technology, mainly for cost reasons; but as pricing for wireless data increases and carriers shift away from unlimited plans, there is now a compelling, and profitable argument for Ka Band’s use in LTE network backhaul. Ka Band plays well with LTE’s all-packet architecture.

Court finds Apple infringes on Motorola Mobility patent

Reuters

Apple Inc infringed on a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc patent in making its popular iPhones, iPads and other products, a judge for the International Trade Commission ruled on Tuesday.


ITC Judge Thomas Pender said in a preliminary ruling that Apple (Cupertino, Calif., USA) infringed on a patent for eliminating noise and other interference during voice and data transmissions. The full commission will now review the judge's decision and issue a final ruling in August.

Massachusetts commuter rails launch e-ticketing system

This week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Masabi US Ltd, a provider of transit mobile ticketing, jointly announced that they will be bringing mobile ticketing to MBTA commuter rail riders this fall. With applications for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, customers will be able to purchase commuter rail tickets and passes.  Once tickets are purchased, customers will be able to use and display directly via their phone screen.

Vending machine company to be 100% cashless by end of 2012

USA Technologies, Inc., a provider of wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry services for self-serve, small-ticket retailing industries, last week announced that its customer, Pepi Food Services, has signed an agreement to go 100% cashless by the end of 2012. Using USA Technologies ePort Connect cashless payment and telemetry service, Pepi plans to convert its entire vending machine base to 100% cashless three years ahead of Pepi's original plan.

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