BLiNQ Networks launches field trials with small cell backhaul

BLiNQ Networks Inc., a provider of small cell wireless backhaul services, on Monday announced that it completed two field trials, one with a tier one global mobile operator and another with a fixed access provider in Europe, to test its small cell backhaul services.

Verizon says will sell billions of dollars of spectrum if cable deal closes

Reuters

Verizon Wireless plans to put a chunk of wireless spectrum up for sale as it looks for regulatory approval of its controversial plan to purchase a block of spectrum from cable service providers.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, the spectrum sale could be worth billions of dollars.

Report shows Apple, Amazon clouds use limited renewable energy

Reuters

Environmental activist group Greenpeace released a report today examining how energy-efficient and clean cloud computing really is. The group found that Apple and Amazon had some of the dirtiest clouds in the industry.

Cell Backhaul: the basics of fiber protection

Copper T1 service to cell tower sites is quickly becoming inadequate.   Wireless cell carriers continue to increase new cell site locations and to upgrade existing 3G sites to 4G/LTE.  The drivers for this increase in bandwidth demand are the millions of ‘multiple screen consumers’ equipped with wireless devices proliferating our social scenes.  The market is demanding that communications consumers be always connected everywhere across multiple devices each often running multiple applications creating a level of Tel

China Unicom signs mobile payments partnership

Trunkbow International Holdings Limited, a provider of mobile payment services in China, on Thursday announced that it has signed a mobile payments deal with China Unicom.  Under the agreement China Unicom will deploy Trunkbow’s new terminal-based MPS platform in Heilongjiang Province. Installation is expected to begin in the second quarter, with services scheduled to launch in the second half of 2012.

Nokia Siemens Networks to provide LTE upgrade in Japan

On Monday, Nokia Siemens Networks announced that Softbank Mobile Corp is upgrading its mobile broadband network across Japan using its technology and services. Softbank has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, deploy and integrate its 4G, FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex – Long Term Evolution) network, which is expects to have running by the fall of 2012.

EU to investigate UK mobile payments joint venture

Reuters

European Union antitrust regulators said on Friday they will examine whether a joint venture between the three largest British telecoms companies on mobile payment technologies and advertising falls foul of competition rules.

Report: Ethernet Microwave growing 5-fold by 2016

Market research firm Infonetics Research on Thursday released excerpts from a pair of recently published forecast reports, which tracks Ethernet, TDM, and hybrid microwave equipment by spectrum, capacity, form factor, and architecture, and Millimeter Wave Equipment, which tracks unlicensed E band 60GHz, licensed E band 70--90GHz, and W band 75--110 GHz millimeter wave equipment by network application.

Mobile money takes different forms in Africa, Japan, U.S.

Over the last decade mobile payments have started to become a reality in many markets.  According to the TM Forum, depending on the conditions of the market communications service providers operate in, different value chains and opportunities can present themselves.  Below are excerpts from TM Forum’s Quick Insights Report, “Mobile Money in Action: Exploring the Value Chain” which covers markets ranging from M-PESA in Kenya to the Google Wallet in the United States.


M-PESA in Kenya

ZTE planned U.S. computer sale to Iran

Reuters

China's ZTE Corp, which recently sold Iran's largest telecommunications firm a powerful surveillance system, later agreed to ship to Iran millions of dollars worth of embargoed U.S. computer equipment, documents show.

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