Indian 3G Auction May Be Delayed Over Uncertainty of Spectrum Slots
from The Economic Times
The much-awaited 3G spectrum auction in India will be delayed beyond the scheduled date of January 14, 2010, due to uncertainty over the available spectrum and the number of slots to be put up for bidding. The government was to invite bids yesterday from operators to participate in the auction. But the Department of Telecom said the Notice Inviting Applications are being fine-tuned and will be issued shortly.
Airspan Selected by COTES for Bolivian WiMAX Network
WCAI member Airspan Networks announced today that it has been selected by Cooperativa de Telecomunicaciones Sucre (COTES) for a multi-phase Bolivian WiMAX deployment. Employing Airspanís advanced technology WiMAX solutions, the first phase of the WiMAX network is to be completed in the first quarter of 2010. The project will commence with the city of Sucre, where local residents and businesses will be served with broadband Internet and Internet telephony. Further expansion to additional cities is expected later in the year. COTES operates in the 3.6 GHz frequency band.
Hitachi Now Owns Some Nortel 4G Packet Core Assets
Hitachi is now the proud owner of Nortel Networks' next-gen packet core network assets. The $10 million deal, announced in October, includes certain wireless data-transfer software, some equipment and a non-exclusive license of some patents and other intellectual property. It does not include legacy packet core components for Nortel's UMTS and GSM businesses. Regulators and bankruptcy officials in the United States and Canada have approved the sale.
Verizon: LTE Will Bring 5-12 Mbps Download Speeds
from Fierce Wireless
Verizon Wireless disclosed that its forthcoming LTE network will provide average data speeds of 5-12 Mbps for downloads and 2-5 Mbps for uploads, according to a website the carrier has set up touting its next-generation wireless service. The carrier, which reiterates on the site that it plans to deploy LTE in 25 to 30 markets in 2010, also said that latency will be one quarter of what it is in existing 3G technologies.
Survey: 50% of U.S. Mobile Subscribers Interested in Femtocells
from ABI Research
The results of a recent online survey of 1000 consumers in the United States suggest that operators are losing out on a significant portion of the market due to their lack of initiative in marketing femtocells or educating consumers on a mass-market scale. "Close to 25% of respondents to our survey were 'very' or 'extremely' interested in using a femtocell," reports ABI Research principal analyst Aditya Kaul. "Consistent with last year's survey results, this shows that interest remains high. A further 31% were 'somewhat' interested. So even in the absence of real marketing by carriers, more than 50% of respondents seem interested in the idea. This significant finding shows that more aggressive marketing and consumer education campaigns by carriers should be able to produce positive outcomes for the market."
Nokia Backs Indian Developers to Boost Local Content
from Rethink Wireless
Nokia may struggle to defend itself against Google and Apple in developed markets, especially the US, but in emerging economies its devices and web services rule supreme and are increasing market share. India has been the key launch market for high end phones, like the N97, as well as the more predictable low cost web phones, and a large number of the Nokia devices are now coming to the Indian market with localized content and with the Ovi apps, including the LifeTools suite for functions such as farming information. Now the Finnish giant is boosting the range of local Indian content and services it can offer, investing Ä6.7 million in four local apps developers, providing funding for Bollywood Hungama, Eros Bollywood, India Today and Aaj Tak Videos.