India's Supreme Court ordered on Thursday telecoms licenses issued under a scandal-tainted 2008 sale be revoked, striking a decisive blow against corruption that plagues the country and roiling the world's second biggest cellular market. The ruling applies to 122 licenses held by eight operators but potentially affects fewer than 5% of users in a fiercely competitive market crowded with more than a dozen players.
The wireless technology known as 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) is expected to claim the lion’s share of wireless infrastructure capital spending next year as mobile carriers migrate to that next-generation standard, according to a report by information and analysis provider IHS.
Service enablement services (SES), the software layer between the network and vertical applications, are set to become a key differentiator in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market and achieve a total market value of $2.2 billion worldwide by 2014, up from a modest $350 million in 2011, according to the latest study by analyst firm Beecham Research.
Mobile Backhaul: Innovations and Challenges in a 4G World
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Backaul of 3G and LTE macrocell traffic is one of the largest problems--and opportunities--in telecom. The world has gone mobile and is “going video”, and the future presents major obstacles. Demands of traffic growth, video applications, and mobility for workplace applications must be fit into limited, finite spectrum—the only viable solution is to multiply the use of that spectrum by introducing outdoor and in-building small cells, for 3G and LTE.
On Thursday, AT&T submitted an ex-parte letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission requesting specific conditions be met in regards to Dish Network’s pending Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) waiver request, raising suspicion that AT&T may be looking to Dish to solve its current spectrum shortage.
Network equipment maker Tellabs Inc reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter revenue, and said it will cut 530 jobs to reduce costs and take a related charge in the first quarter. Another network equipment maker, Nokia Siemens Networks, said it was talking to labor unions in Germany and Finland about cutting more than 4,000 jobs, part of a restructuring program that aims to cut nearly a quarter of its workforce.
France's telecom regulator will carry out an inspection of the network of mobile operator Iliad, in a bid to address accusations levied by its competitors that the new entrant's infrastructure was not operational.
Since Iliad (Paris), which markets its services under the brand name Free, launched its new ultra low cost mobile offers three weeks ago, it has faced criticism from rivals that its network was not up to scratch and its customer service poor.
On Monday, MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the fifth largest broadband mobile wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers, announced it has signed a four-year agreement with telecom equipment maker Ericsson to provide microwave backhaul equipment for its broadband mobile networks. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The two largest telecom operators in the United States posted their quarterly results for the fourth quarter of 2011. Both AT&T and Verizon posted quarterly losses in the fourth quarter, in part due to noncash pension-related charges as well as heavily subsidized smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone. AT&T posted a rather large loss due to its
Telecom equipment maker Ericsson missed fourth-quarter profit forecasts, hit by lower demand from the United States and Russia, and said weak margins and cautiousness from its operator clients would continue in the short term. The company posted a fourth quarter net profit of $222 million, down 66% from $651 million in the year-ago quarter and down 61% from last quarter.