This year, London will host the Summer Olympic Games. England last hosted the games in 1948, when mobile phones weren’t even invented. This year, the city and venues must prepare to handle the modern day technological issue of wireless communications. There will be a dramatic influx in mobile data and voice traffic by the spectators who have purchased almost 8 million tickets for the 302 events that will take place in London.
LightSquared Inc., the wireless company backed by hedge fund manager Philip Falcone, said on Tuesday it plans to lay off nearly half of its employees to save money.
LightSquared (Reston, Va., USA) said it will cut 45% of its 330-employee workforce and called the planned move a "prudent and necessary cost savings measure to ensure the long-term success of the company."
On Monday, LightSquared failed to pay $56 million it owed to a British satellite partner Inmarsat.
Apple Inc. has signed a deal with China Telecom to sell its iPhone in China as it looks to boost its share in one of the world's biggest mobile phone market. China Telecom plans to offer the iPhone starting next month.
While Apple (Cupertino, Calif., USA) has now signed up with two of China's big three carriers, the largest, China Mobile Ltd (Beijing, P.R.C.), with more than 600 million subscribers, doesn't yet have compatible technology.
Swedish telecoms gear maker Ericsson is to buy privately-held WiFi technology firm BelAir Networks as part of its plan to boost its mobile broadband offering. Demand for wireless connectivity has boomed in the last couple of years with the proliferation of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
BelAir (Ontario, Canada), which produces indoor and outdoor WiFi systems for telecoms operators that allow people to surf the Internet without a physical coupling to a network, has 120 staff.
On Friday, market research firm Infonetics Research released a new report stating that spending on optical gear grew 8% globally in the fourth quarter of 2011 (4Q11) over the previous quarter.
Shares of wireless service provider Clearwire Corp rose 5% on Wednesday following a U.S. government decision to block start-up LightSquared from building a rival wireless network.
Late on Tuesday, regulators said there was no solution to interference problems the LightSquared (Reston, Va., USA) network would have caused with critical services that rely on the Global Positioning System (GPS), including aviation.
The latest European FTTH market panorama for the full year 2011 was presented on Wednesday during a press conference at the FTTH Conference in Munich, Germany. Since the previous edition in June 2011, Europe has added more than 600,000 new FTTH subscribers. FTTH/B roll-out has progressed at an annual rate of 41% in 2011, with more than 5.1 million FTTH/B subscribers and nearly 28 million homes passed at the end of 2011, says the FTTH Council Europe.
France Telecom said its network was being stressed by a rapid growth in traffic brought on by its hosting of new mobile entrant Iliad and vowed to protect its clients from service interruptions, its CEO told magazine Le Point.
The two telecom companies met on Tuesday to discuss the roaming contract under which France Telecom (Paris) carries Iliad's (paris) mobile traffic in areas where the new operator has not yet built its own network.
As telecom operators become increasingly involved in machine-to-machine (M2M) markets, major decisions are going to have to be made about the viability of 2G networks.