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Global Telecom: China Mobile completes pre-5G testing

• China Mobile has completed field testing for pre-5G base stations. Partnered with ZTE to test pre-5G 3D/massive multiple-input, multiple-output technology, the company reports that the tests exceeded expectations and improved coverage in buildings and in rural areas. Both companies believe the new technology...

Analyst Angle: Service provider success with M2M – the five ‘Ps’

Service providers that prioritize opportunities, place their teams properly, participate knowledgeably in the supply chain, form partnerships effectively and establish credible personae are bound for success in the machine-to-machine services market.

TM Forum: KPN takes cue from lasagna in simplification strategy

DUBLIN – KPN Mobile's CTO Erik Hoving warns if telecom network operators truly want to innovate for the future, it's essential to simplify the IT and network operations now.In a keynote on Tuesday, Hoving spoke to a filled auditorium at Dublin's TM Forum, warning...

Weekly infrastructure awards wrap-up

The following list details this week's infrastructure awards for the cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMAX industries. The contracts are broken down by transmission technology, country and vendor. The value of the contract is included when available. CellularMalta: Nortel Networks said it is providing EDGE technology to...

World Briefs

RUSSIAInfiNet Wireless, which provides broadband wireless access and pre-WiMAX equipment, said Enforta BV selected it to provide equipment for a nationwide broadband network in Russia. The network is expected to span 28 major cities and be constructed during the next two years. InfiNet will...

KPN to buy rival Dutch carrier for $1.2B

Dutch telecom carrier KPN has reached an agreement to acquire rival Dutch mobile operator Telfort for $1.2 billion on a debt and cash-free basis, eliminating a player in the highly competitive Dutch wireless market. Depending on specific performance criteria, the purchase price could be...

I-mode carriers ally for handset procurement

TOKYO-Eight wireless carriers that offer i-mode wireless Internet services based on NTT DoCoMo Inc. technology announced joint procurement for i-mode handsets. The carriers initially have procured Korean vendor LG Electronics Co. Ltd.'s L342i handset, which began reaching markets at the end of last month....

KPN buys rival Dutch carrier for $1.2B

Dutch telecom carrier KPN has reached an agreement to acquire rival Dutch mobile operator Telfort for $1.2 billion on a debt and cash-free basis, eliminating a player in the highly competitive Dutch wireless market.Depending on specific performance criteria, the purchase price could be increased...

I-mode carriers ally for handset procurement

TOKYO-Eight wireless carriers that currently offer i-mode wireless Internet services based on NTT DoCoMo Inc. technology announced joint procurement for i-mode handsets. The carriers initially have procured Korean vendor LG Electronics Co. Ltd.'s L342i handset, which began reaching markets at the end of last...

Dutch government reduces stake in KPN

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands-The Dutch government has sold 150 million shares in KPN Telecom to Lehman Brothers, cutting its stake to about 14 percent. The shares represent about a 6-percent stake.The government also plans to reduce its stake further in the future, according to international...

KPN extends i-mode line with new NEC phone

LONDON-Dutch wireless carrier KPN will add a new NEC i-mode handset to its portfolio, according to NEC UK Ltd. NEC said it launched the tri-band N401i handset, which incorporates video and camera features and an MP3 player, for the European i-mode market. KPN will...

New 3G siting technology to save E-Plus $72M

THE HAUG, The Netherlands-German wireless operator E-Plus has developed and applied for a patent for a new system to expand its UMTS network called Ultra High Sites, which the carrier said would reduce its third-generation buildout costs.The innovation will save E-Plus about $72.3 million...

Lucent, Novatel announce 3G agreement with KPN, E-Plus

SAN DIEGO-Lucent Technologies Inc. and Novatel Wireless announced another third-generation win in the European arena. Lucent and Novatel will supply KPN in the Netherlands and its German subsidiary, E-Plus, with UMTS PC card modems for their 3G deployments. Under the multimillion-dollar agreement, the two...

Australia's Telstra licenses DoCoMo i-mode technology

SYDNEY, Australia-Australia's leading wireless carrier said it will license i-mode technology from NTT DoCoMo Inc. in the Japanese carrier's ninth partnership for the wireless Internet technology.Telstra is licensing the i-mode brand, technology and patents. Financial details were not disclosed."Telstra will work with content partners...

Australia's Telstra licenses i-mode technology

SYDNEY, Australia-Australia's leading wireless carrier said it will license i-mode technology from NTT DoCoMo Inc. in the Japanese carrier's ninth partnership for the wireless Internet technology.Telstra is licensing the i-mode brand, technology and patents. Financial details were not disclosed."Telstra will work with content partners...

KPN to expand InfoSpace relationship

THE HAGUE, Netherlands-KPN in The Netherlands announced it will expand its relationship with InfoSpace Mobile with the purchase of the company's Modalyst Storefront Management product, which the carrier said it will use for its youth-branded Web site as well as its KPN.com portal."InfoSpace Mobile...

Megapixel phones make news at CeBIT

HANOVER, Germany-Megapixel camera phones were the name of the game at the CeBIT trade show, with Nokia Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Siemens and NEC Corp. among those releasing new advanced products.First, Nokia released its first megapixel camera phone, the 7610, which the company...

KPN makes further Wi-Fi commitment

THE HAAG, The Netherlands-Dutch operator KPN said it took full control of Wi-Fi provider HubHop. KPN acquired 51 percent of the company, which offers hot spots in the Netherlands, last May and has now purchased the remaining 49 percent for an undisclosed amount.KPN will...

Hutchison to buy KPN stake in 3 U.K.

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands-KPN Mobile and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. reached an agreement on their disputed U.K. third-generation operator business. KPN Mobile will sell its 15-percent stake in Hutchison 3G U.K. Ltd. to Hutchison Whampoa for $150.4 million.An initial $100.2 million payment will be made and...

Visto scores carrier deal with KPN Mobile

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.-Visto Corp. announced it scored another major carrier deal, with KPN Mobile in the Netherlands planning to use Visto's technology to offer wireless e-mail services over its i-mode wireless data platform.Visto currently counts a handful of carrier customers in the United States,...

KPN to launch prepaid i-mode

PALO ALTO, Calif.-KPN Mobile will be the first operator to launch prepaid i-mode services, and it will use software from U.S.-based Narus for the offering. The carrier is aiming to increase its number of Dutch i-mode customers and its average revenue per user by...

Hutchison to buy KPN stake in 3 U.K.

KPN Mobile and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. reached an agreement on their disputed U.K. third-generation operator business. KPN Mobile will sell its 15-percent stake in Hutchison 3G U.K. Ltd. to Hutchison Whampoa for $150.4 million.An initial $100.2 million payment will be made and three additional...

DoCoMo to expand i-mode to Greece

TOKYO-NTT DoCoMo Inc. has expanded its European i-mode reach to Greece with a partnership agreement with mobile operator Cosmote. DoCoMo is licensing Cosmote to launch i-mode services, the Japanese operator's highly successful mobile Internet service in Greece.Cosmote will offer its i-mode service on its...

World Briefs

A Russian operator has begun a trial of CDMA2000 1X technology at 450 MHz using equipment from Nortel Networks Ltd. The trial is being conducted in Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city, by UralWestcom, a joint venture between Russian Telecommunications Development Corp. and Ural Svyza Inform....

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