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Ericsson conducts world’s first commercial LTE-A call

Ericsson conducts world’s first commercial LTE-A call

August 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm 0 comments

Ericsson today announced that Australia’s leading telecommunications provider Telstra is the first to use the LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology on 1800 MHz and 900 MHz spectrum bands on a commercial network. This took place on July 31, when Telstra transferred data across its live network on a number ofRead More

CSC acquires Infochimps

CSC acquires Infochimps

August 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm 0 comments

CSC has acquired Infochimps, a provider of big data platform-as-a-service for enterprise businesses and an open source innovator based in Austin, Texas. Infochimps’ team of highly skilled big data and analytics professionals and engineers will accelerate the development of CSC’s big data business and offering customers as-a-service access to advancedRead More

8 years on, SWAN still not complete

8 years on, SWAN still not complete

August 12, 2013 at 4:56 pm 0 comments

It is more than eight years but India’s SWAN (state wide area network) is still not completed. SWANs in 4 states/UTs, namely Andaman & Nicobar, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Jammu & Kashmir are still in the process of implementation. The government has sanctioned a total ofRead More

American Tower announces acquisition of NII Holdings

American Tower announces acquisition of NII Holdings

August 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm 0 comments

American Tower has announced that it has reached an agreement with NII Holdings to acquire up to 2,790 towers in Brazil and 1,666 towers in Mexico in two separate transactions, for approximately $413 million and $398 million, respectively. The transaction agreements provide that all payments, including the tower rent, willRead More

Why FDD is the preferred choice for LTE

Why FDD is the preferred choice for LTE

August 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

According to GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association), 200 commercial LTE networks in 76 countries were launched by 31 July, 2013 of which 182 networks are based on FDD technology. LTE has seen good traction as 443 operators in 130 countries are investing in LTE technology. 1800 MHz is the dominantRead More

236 mn mobiles shipped in Q2, 2013: IDC

236 mn mobiles shipped in Q2, 2013: IDC

August 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm 0 comments

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 236.4 million mbiles in 2Q13. This is an increase of 51.3 percent from 156.2 million units shipped in 2Q12. Second quarter shipments grew 9.3 percent when compared to the 216.3 million units shippedRead More

Subex bags BSS order from Reliance Jio

Subex bags BSS order from Reliance Jio

August 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm 0 comments

Subex, a leading global provider of Business Support Systems (BSS) has bagged revenue assurance and fraud management deal from Reliance Jio, India’s pan India BWA operator. ROC Revenue Assurance is designed not only to detect potential revenue loss, but also to assist an operator with its investigation, diagnosis and recoveryRead More

NSN India sales at EUR 150 mn, down 23.5 percent

NSN India sales at EUR 150 mn, down 23.5 percent

August 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm 0 comments

NSN (Nokia Solutions and Networks) India Q2 net sales reached EUR 150 million, down 23.5 percent with the corresponding quarter in 2012 due to slow 3G uptake. NSN second quarter 2013 net sales was EUR 2.8 billion declined 14.7 percent year-on-year, but increased 1.5 percent sequentially. If one excludes businessesRead More

Telecel Zimbabwe renews 2G/3G license

Telecel Zimbabwe renews 2G/3G license

August 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

Orascom Telecom Holding has announced that its indirectly held Zimbabwean subsidiary, Telecel Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, has reached an agreement with the government of Zimbabwe to renew its 2G/3G license in Zimbabwe for twenty years for $137.5 million. Ahmed Abou Doma, CEO, Orascom Telecom Holding said, “I am very glad thatRead More

Sub-$200 smartphone demand to exceed 750 mn in 2018

Sub-$200 smartphone demand to exceed 750 mn in 2018

August 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm 0 comments

ABI Research forecasts low cost smartphone shipments to grow from 238 million in 2013 to 758 million by 2018 Low cost smartphones, defined as hones with a wholesale ASP below $200, are increasingly appearing in OEM and operator portfolios in both emerging and developed markets. The low hanging fruit forRead More