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

Reuters

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.

Brazil's GVT cuts full-year sales forecast

Brazilian telecoms operator GVT (Curitiba, Brazil) has reported impressive gains in revenues while trimming its forecast for overall sales growth this year.

The company saw net income rise by 31.4% to 2.05 billion Brazilian reais ($1.01 billion), compared with the first half of 2011, buoyed by the take-up of fast broadband connections and greater usage of voice services.

Were it not for a new tax rate, the company says its revenues would have grown by 42% year on year.

Vodafone signs roaming deal with Zain

Vodafone (Newbury, UK) and Zain (Kuwait City, Kuwait) have signed an agreement that will allow each operator to use the other’s networks and services in the Middle East.

Vodafone already has similar arrangements in place under its ‘Partner Market’ program. The deal with Zain means this program now runs in 50 countries where Vodafone is active.

The UK operator says it will work with Zain companies in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq to provide customers with new communications services.

Free claims 5.4% share of French mobile-phone market

Just days after rivals blamed it for denting their profits, French telecoms upstart Free (Paris, France) claimed to have secured a 5.4% share of the country’s mobile-phone market, with 3.6 million customers, since launching its services in January this year.

The company has been accused of starting a price war by rivals including Vivendi-owned SFR (Paris, France) and Bouygues (Paris, France), both of which announced disappointing results last week.

Android phone makers back platform but consider other options

Reuters

Some phonemakers are quietly exploring alternatives to the Android operating system implicated in the Samsung-Apple ruling, industry watchers say, despite their public pronouncements they are sticking with the technology.

Last week, a U.S. court ruled Samsung's (Seoul, South Korea) Android devices were violating Apple (Cupertino, USA) patents - a major blow to the leading mobile software platform because it could lead to sales bans and high licensing fees.

ZTE launches Intel-based smartphone

Reuters

Chinese group ZTE (Shenzhen, China), the world's fourth-largest mobile phone maker, unveiled its first smartphone model using Intel (Santa Clara, USA) processors, marking an important break into a top-tier handset maker by the U.S.-based group.

ZTE said on Thursday its Grand X IN model, which will go on sale in Europe next month, will mark the start of a wider portfolio of Intel-based products.

"This is the first among a number of handsets in the next 12 to 18 months," Chris Edwards, European business development and marketing chief at ZTE, said in an interview.

Myanmar Telecoms Reform Update

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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