Report: small cell backhaul to shift away from copper, fiber toward wireless

According to the recent report "Mobile Backhaul for Small Cells" by research firm ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), by 2016 an estimated 58% of outdoor small cells will be backhauled using wireless techniques.

Samsung signs pact with Intel, Microsoft

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Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea) unveiled on Wednesday software pacts with Intel (Santa, Clara, Calif., U.S.A.) and Microsoft (Redmond, Wash., U.S.A.) as the world's second largest cellphone maker strengthens its mobile software push.

Samsung has quickly become one of the largest smartphone makers globally, helped by its strong offering of devices using Google's Android platform.  Analysts said Wednesday's deals signaled Samsung's aim to lower its exposure to Android following Google's $12.5 billion August acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Google plans start-up center in London

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Google (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) has thrown its weight behind Tech City, East London's fast-growing hub for Internet companies, by signing a lease for a seven-floor building that will serve as a launch-pad for new start-ups and developers.

The center, due to open in 2012, will house advisers from Google and other organizations that support technology entrepreneurs, the company said on Wednesday.

It will be located close to Old Street roundabout; dubbed "Silicon Roundabout" in an area of London that has already attracted hundreds of new Internet start-ups.

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France sells 4G mobile licenses for $1.2 billion

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France sold off a first batch of fourth-generation mobile frequencies for 1.28 billion, granting licenses to all four major telecom operators in an auction that will structure the market for years to come.

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom (Paris, France) and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad (Paris, France) put in the highest bids to win the two larger blocks of 20 megahertz.

Vivendi's SFR (Paris, France) and Bouygues Telecom (Paris, France) were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz, ARCEP said in a statement on Thursday.

Clearwire talks capacity sale with AT&T, Verizon, others

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Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.) is in talks with U.S. wireless operators, including AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and Verizon Wireless (New York), about selling network capacity while it also eyes raising new funding through equity, debt and vendor financing, according to top company executives.

Clearwire, which needs $900 million in new funding, is also open to selling wireless spectrum, but is not running a sale process, Chief Financial Officer Hope Cochran told Reuters.

Multiservice field equipment and the future of 10G testing: EXFO one-on-one

Today’s telecom field technicians need to be equip with tools that are able to test a variety of technologies, especially as the industry transitions to a converged network infrastructure.  Not only does the equipment need to be versatile, it has to maintain a level of simplicity for technicians troubleshooting in the field.  TelecomEngine got a chance to speak with Karim Fahim, Senior Product Line Manager of Transport at EXFO, to discuss the FTB-1 NetBlazer platform, and specifically Exfo’s new offering, the FTB-880.

AT&T may have to settle for weaker T-Mobile tie-up

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If AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) fails to convince U.S. regulators that its proposed purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's (Bonn, Germany) T-Mobile USA should go ahead, the pair may end up having to settle for a lesser relationship.  While it wouldn't be as attractive as an all-out marriage, a network partnership would sidestep the regulatory heat and give the spectrum-hungry companies more capacity to support high-speed wireless services, according to analysts.

Cloud could cut energy data center consumption 31% by 2020

According to a report by research firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), the continued adoption of cloud computing will lead to a reduction of data center energy consumption of 31% from 2010 to 2020.  The energy-efficiency benefits of cloud computing are substantial, says the research firm, and growth in the market will have important implications for both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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