EE has become the first of the UK’s mobile operators to launch services based on Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A), the next-generation standard that represents an evolution of the 4G LTE technology now taking off in the UK market.
The network is being rolled out across what is known as London Tech City in the east of the capital and will provide connection speeds of up to 300Mbps, according to EE.
Services are not, however, available on a commercial basis.
Loss-making telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent plans to raise 955 million euros ($1.3 billion) from shareholders and $750 million from a high-yield bond to cut debt and drive what its boss has called a last-ditch effort to save the group.
Satellite operators Orbcomm and Inmarsat have formed a strategic alliance aimed at developing products and services for the fast-growing satellite M2M market.
The companies say their collaboration will also investigate opportunities for the future expansion and integration of their satellite networks.
However, the tie-up will mainly work on developing a standard satellite platform as well as cost-effective hardware and flexible service pricing models for the M2M industry.
Spain’s Telefonica is trying to spur M2M development through a new module certification program, designed to help customers launch M2M products and services more quickly.
Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) has branded its initiative the “Global M2M Module Certification Program” and says it has already certified modules from Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada), Telit (London, UK) and u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), all of which had to undergo a series of interoperability and other tests before being approved.
Dutch telecoms incumbent has launched a fleet-management service for business customers in the Dutch and Belgian markets.
Branded KPN Fleet Management, the service is described as a “management tool” for companies maintaining large fleets.
KPN (The Hague, Netherlands) says it provides real-time insights allowing fleet managers to reduce costs as well as bolster efficiency and safety.
The operator is offering the service in partnership with fleet-management solutions provider Masternaut.
Investment firm PPF Group is on the verge of agreeing a €2.5 billion ($3.38 billion) deal to acquire a controlling stake in Telefonica’s Czech business, reports the Financial Times.
According to sources cited by the UK newspaper, the companies are set to reach an agreement over the next few days.
Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) has been reported to be looking for a buyer of its 66% stake in Telefonica Czech Republic ever since regulatory authorities decided to reserve spectrum in a forthcoming frequency auction for a new entrant to the telecoms sector.
Swisscom is building a "Swiss Cloud" that could loosen the grip of U.S. technology giants and attract foreign companies looking for a way to shield sensitive data from the prying eyes of foreign intelligence services.
Companies are increasingly turning to cloud computing - an umbrella term for technology services such as email and business software offered remotely via the Internet instead of on-site - to cut costs and add flexibility to their IT departments.
Shares in Vodafone Group rose on Friday after a media report that U.S. mobile operator AT&T was exploring strategies for a potential takeover of the British telecoms firm.
AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) Chief Executive Randall Stephenson has said there is a "huge opportunity" to invest in mobile broadband in Europe and he would buy wireless assets if they were available at the right price.
Nokia Siemens Networks says it has expanded the scope of its research partnership with China Mobile to cover 5G as well as other next-generation technologies.
The two companies first teamed up in 2010 to collaborate in the area of mobile broadband, and the extension of their agreement could spur China Mobile’s (Beijing, China) efforts to popularize the TD-LTE variant of 4G, which it is now rolling out across China.
As technology and passenger´s expectations have evolved and outpaced what current systems can offer, the challenges for the aviation industry are rapidly increasing:
Which high throughput satellite systems and networks offer the most cost-efficient solution?
What are the current trends and how can in-flight and wireless technologies be best combined and integrated into the aircraft?