Today's HeadlinesJan. 25, 2011
US Regulator Mandates LTE for Public Safety Network
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to adopt an order and notice of proposed rulemaking aimed at establishing interoperability requirements for a nationwide public safety network. As expected, one of the requirements is for the network to use 4G LTE technology. "In general, the FCC is not in the business of picking standards and picking platforms but this is an exception," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "There is widespread agreement that this step needs to be taken." More
ComReg Wireless Spectrum Sale to Net EUR250 Million in Ireland
Plans by the Irish regulator, the Commission for Communications Regulation, to auction off valuable radio spectrum for broadband and mobile services in late 2011 could net the exchequer at least EUR250 million ($340 million), says the watchdog's chairman Alex Chisholm. More
MetroPCS Launches 4G LTE Service in 4 New Cities in US Metropolitan Areas
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U.S. operator MetroPCS Communications, Inc. expanded its no-annual-contract 4G LTE service into the Atlanta, Jacksonville, Fla., Miami and Orlando, Fla., metropolitan areas. Accessible on the Samsung Craft, the world's first, and currently only, commercially available 4G LTE handset, MetroPCS' 4G LTE network allows consumers to do more with unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE web browsing for an affordable price. Service plans range from $40 to $60 a month, including all applicable taxes and regulatory fees. More
Samsung, TeliaSonera Launch LTE Laptop
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Operator TeliaSonera has joined forces with Samsung Electronics to launch an LTE-equipped laptop, which will go on sale in Sweden, they said. The laptop is a modified version of Samsung's X430, which weighs about 2 kilograms, has a 14-inch display and an Intel i3 processor. Besides LTE, the laptop can also access the Internet using 3G or GSM. Without a contract, the laptop will cost about 7,100 Swedish kronor ($1,080) excluding the value-added tax. The price drops to 4,800 kronor for users willing to sign a 24-month contract. More
Huawei Suit Creates Problems for Nokia Siemens Networks-Motorola Deal
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Nokia Siemens Networks attempts to buy Motorola's networks business may be delayed even further as Huawei is suing the companies to alter the terms of their deal, claiming that Moto is essentially selling Huawei's secrets to the European network vendor. Huawei is trying to prevent Motorola from transferring anything related to GSM or UMTS—basically half of the business—due to a partnership Moto and Huawei have had since 2000. More
Application of FCC's Internet Regulations to Wireless Network Management: WCAI Webinar
Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. EST/19:00 GMT
This webinar will provide a brief overview of the FCC's new rules, followed by a discussion of current network management practices, the impact of the FCC's rules on those practices, and potential solutions going forward. Register now!
WCAI 4G Caucus
April 6-7, 2011
Arlington, VA (Washington, D.C. metro area)
The 4G Caucus will bring together high-level executives from leading operators, vendors and system integrators, as well as government officials and media representatives. Industry experts will examine operational, technical and regulatory challenges companies face as they are rolling out next-generation networks and services in the United States and beyond. Register now!
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