Ericsson acquisition boosts WiFi offering

Reuters

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.

Report: Optical Network Equipment up 8% in 4Q11 as big vendors surge

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.

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Clearwire soars after govt blocks LightSquared

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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.

FTTH Conference: Scandinavia may be overtaken by South, East Europe

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 network stressed by Iliad roaming

Reuters

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.

Will long-life M2M applications keep 2G around?

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.

Wi-Fi network controller module introduced for M2M market

Murata Wireless Solutions (MWS), a manufacturer of wireless modules, on Tuesday announced the introduction of its Wi-Fi Network Controller Module.  The SN8200 is a small, low power, self-contained, certified Wi-Fi network controller module that provides serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity to the internet, and can be used by manufacturers who are looking to add wireless connectivity to machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, such as home appliances,

Cisco projects 18-Fold growth in mobile internet data traffic by 2016

According to the Cisco Visual Network Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2011 to 2016, worldwide mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold during this time period reaching 10.8 exabytes per month - or an annual run rate of 130 exabytes - by 2016.

France Telecom to buy most of Mobinil in Egypt

Reuters

France Telecom said it had reached a preliminary accord to buy out most of Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris' stake in their jointly owned telecom operator Mobinil, in a deal that will see the French group pay out about $1.9 billion, according to Reuters.

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