Ku-band satellite delivers broadband to sub-Saharan Africa

Eutelsat Communications, a French-based satellite provider, on Monday announced its new 'IP Easy' broadband platform built to extend high-speed Internet access to residential and home office users as well as small and medium-sized enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa.

High quality video: the key to Unified Communications

The Unified Communications (UC) market is on the cusp of a significant transformation, largely fueled by the advent of new technologies and capabilities such as video, making previously complex features and services within the realm of possibility today. In fact, most industry analysts expect the UC market to grow at an aggressive rate over the next several years. One industry estimate has the UC market at $22 billion by 2016, up from approximately $8 to $10 billion today.

Huawei signs managed services agreement with Telefonica UK

Huawei, a provider of telecommunications equipment, on Monday announced it has signed a five year managed services agreement with Telefónica UK.  Under the agreement Huawei will manage planning and implementation of the Telefónica UK mobile core network. 


The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed

Vodafone, O2 team with Virgin Atlantic for in-flight cell service

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Some passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights can now call home from the air. The airline announced on Tuesday it is providing travelers with a new cellphone service to make and receive phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air.

Illiad signs 2.6 million customers since mid-January launch

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France's new mobile phone operator Iliad has signed up 2.6 million customers to take 3.7% of the market since launching its ultra low-cost offers in mid-January, a pace unprecedented among new mobile entrants in Europe.


The buzz around Iliad's 'Free Mobile' offers also allowed the group to recruit 191,000 new customers to its core broadband Internet service business, its highest level ever and 50% of all the new additions in the sector in the first quarter.

Verizon sees revenue increase from shared plans

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Verizon Wireless should see an increase in date revenue after it offers new shared data plans this summer, according to a top executive for parent company Verizon Communications Inc.


Verizon's (New York) intends to allow customers to share their data allowance among different devices, unlike their current offerings, where they have to sign up for a separate data plan for every device connected to the wireless operator's network.

Bridging the gap in LTE Backhaul: Network architectures and business models

As many new LTE networks are deployed globally, some mobile users are starting to enjoy higher access speeds and a better overall user experience. Drive testing has demonstrated the capabilities of these networks to deliver up to 100 Mbps per user – at least while there are not many users. While the availability of devices capable of taking advantage of these higher capacity networks has been scarce, and hence the tele-density of LTE users low, operators have generally managed to boost existing backhaul networks to handle the added capacity.

European telecoms brace for data roaming caps

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Consumers in Europe will pay less for mobile phone calls, texts and Internet access when travelling abroad following a ruling on Thursday that could also prompt telecom companies to introduce cross-border deals to offset lost revenue.

LightSquared files for bankruptcy

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LightSquared, the wireless startup backed by hedge fund manager Philip Falcone, on Monday filed for Chapter 11 protection. The company and many affiliates filed for protection from creditors with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Manhattan. It has more than $1 billion of both assets and liabilities, according to the bankruptcy petition. The filing was expected.

Guidelines for mobile payments announced in Canada

As Canadians continue to adopt mobile technology and as demand for mobile payments capability continues to grow, the banking industry and credit union system on Monday announced a set of voluntary, secure, open guidelines for the development of mobile payments at point-of-sale terminals in Canada.

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