ChinaTel signs contract for ZTE to supply equipment and services for wireless broadband network in Fujian Province

ZTE Corporation, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, and China Tel Group, Inc., a US-based operator of wireless broadband and telecommunications networks, today jointly announced they have signed a contract for ZTE to supply ChinaTel with infrastructure equipment for the nine city wireless broadband network ChinaTel is deploying in the Fujian province.

Altobridge receives funding from Intel Capital, IFC

Altobridge to increase pace of roll-out of low-cost remote communications solution

Altobridge Limited, an Irish company that makes low-cost wireless network technology, announced this week that Intel Capital and IFC will together invest $12 million in the company. 

O2 signs smart meter deal with G4S Utility Services

Broadband provider O2 enters smart metering market with multi-million pound agreement

Telefónica O2 UK last week announced that they signed a multi-million pound contract with international security solutions group and major UK smart meter operations service provider G4S Utility Services (G4S) to simplify the remote management and monitoring of the O2 UK’s national smart meter network.

5th TMT Finance & Investment Middle East 2011

Conference and Awards Ceremony

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2011
End Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Manama, Bahrain:

Now in its fifth year, the conference is well established as the leading regional gathering for financial and strategic decision makers in the telecom, finance and law sectors.
The event uniquely brings together telecom leaders (CEOs, CFOs, CSOs, FDs and heads of M&A) with Investment Bankers, Lawyers, Financiers and Professional Advisers to debate Investment Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions and Financing.

CeBIT 2011: Deutsche Telekom outlines fiber-to-the-home and LTE plans

10 German cities will be connected this year

Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) discussed rollout plans for both its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and wireless LTE network expansions in a press conference today at CeBIT. As many as 160,000 households in 10 German cities will connect via FTTH this year.

The company claims download speeds in excess of 1 Gbps and upload speeds of 500 Mbps will be available.

Certain districts within Braunschweig, Brühl, Hanover, Hennigsdorf, Neu-Isenburg, Kornwestheim, Mettmann, Offenburg, Potsdam, and Rastatt will get FTTH in 2011.

LightSquared secures $586 million debt loan

UBS AG and JP Morgan will assist the network wholesaler

LightSquared (Reston, VA, USA), a wholesale-only wireless broadband and satellite network provider, has closed on $586 million of debt, led by UBS AG and JP Morgan. LightSquared will use the proceeds of the financing for general corporate purposes, which include constructing its 4G-LTE network. Over the last seven months, the financially troubled company has raised more than $2 billion in debt and equity.

Spotlight on Canada

Cooperation necessary in this tricky market

Just north of the US border lies the second largest country on earth. Canada’s population of 34 million is just over one tenth of the US population. In many ways, Canada is quite similar to the US. However, the mobile environment is quite different.

Canadians are still in the middle of the pack when it comes to mobile penetration. While the country was an early adopter of mobile technology, inexpensive land line phone services kept the growth of mobile at relatively modest levels throughout the 1990s. As of June 2010, Canadian wireless subscribers numbered 23.4 million.

Telecom Argentina posts 28% profit

Mobile phone and broadband drives spike

Telecom Argentina (Buenos Aires), one of Argentina's top telephone companies, said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter net profit jumped 28 percent as the company's mobile phone and broadband sales expanded.

The company -- controlled by Telecom Italia -- reported a net profit of 512 million pesos ($124.7 million) for the last quarter of 2010, up from 399 million pesos a year earlier, according to a statement sent to the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange.

The figure came in a shade above the median forecast for a net profit of 500 million pesos, given in a Reuters poll of four analysts.

Backhaul Optimizer Claims to Double Bandwidth for Voice, Data

New optimizer to be introduced at MWC

A new optimizer for mobile backhaul applications is said to double the amount of data standard networks can handle, allowing network operators to leverage existing networks for significant cost savings. The I-Gate 4000 from Dialogic Inc. (San Jose, CA USA) provides for voice- and data-stream optimization for 3G, 2G, and enterprise traffic, and is said to significantly improve the customer experience. The unit will be introduced at the upcoming Mobile World Congress In Barcelona.

IEEE Publishes Broadband-Over-Power Line Standard

Standard enables communications data rates in excess of 500 Mbps

IEEE (Piscataway, NJ USA) has announced that the final IEEE 1901 Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard was finalized in December 2010 and is now available at its website. Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, this BPL standard is designed for use in a wide range of applications including smart energy, transportation and Local Area Networks (LANs) in both the home and the enterprise.

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