Why the mobile industry must unite or miss a big opportunity

Mobile operators are the gatekeepers for the UK’s favourite device - yet year on year they report decreasing average customer value. It is time that the mobile industry harnessed the potential of operator driven mobile payments enabling merchants to reach their customer on their preferred device, offering a truly mobile payment service.

The Phone-paid Services Authority’s (PSA) Annual Market Review has revealed that revenue per user for paid phone services grew 37 per cent...

Broadband forum seeks to counter Microsofts low-cost internet

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A collective of India's top mobile carriers, the Broadband India Forum (BIF), are seeking to counter Microsoft's plan to make use of unused "white space" TV spectrum to deliver low-cost rural broadband connectivity to around 5,000 villages in the country.

The forum has raised their issue with India's telecoms secretary, Rakesh Garg, and urged him to ensure the frequencies are brought to public auction and not given away free to Microsoft....

T-Mobile CEO criticises the FCC over AWS-3 auction

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From an outside viewpoint, it would appear the FCC's recent AWS-3 spectrum auction was an unprecedented success. The telecoms regulator added a record $44.9 billion to the US treasury, and all the major players left with some valuable assets for their current and future networks.

T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, John Legere, wasn't so pleased with the apparant lack of fairness shown in the auction. Despite strategically winning 157...

Ofcom takes TV white space prime time

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UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has announced today the use of 'white space' spectrum in the TV frequency band will be available for use by the industry. It follows a series of successful trials of which TelecomsTech reported on back in October.

Some uses for the spectrum so far include; internet access for ships and boats in the Orkney Islands, wireless video-streaming of animals at ZSL London Zoo, new...

Verkotan buys Microsoft test chambers to recreate wireless environments

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Wireless performance testing specialists, Verkotan, has bought mobile equipment testing laboratories from Microsoft to ensure their facilities are class-leading and able to recreate the same problematic environments found by real-life customers in their day-to-day lives.

The team of six was founded back in November and has its roots in Nokia and Microsoft. Verkotan's co-founder, Miia Nurkkala, is just one...

Apple and Ericsson duke it out over LTE patents

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Patent battles and Apple are often used in the same sentence, but usually alongside Korean giant Samsung. The heat between those two long-term partners/enemies has since died down, but Apple has found itself in a new fight with Ericsson over LTE patents.

They have been a valued partner for years, and we hope to continue that partnership.

Apple has used Ericsson's cellular technology for years, but their agreement with the company...

France to hold DTT spectrum auction in 2015

Spectrum which is currently in-use for Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) is set to be up for auction in France to be awarded to telecoms operators in December 2015. The government plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency for use as mobile broadband in license deals expected to generate upwards of €2 billion.

All of France's four major mobile network operators are expected to take part in the bids, in order to use the spectrum to boost or launch their mobile broadband...

Google cuts Motorola like a RAZR

It’s been less than three years since Google acquired Motorola; a move which observers had hoped would bring the kind of hardware and software synergy boasted by rival Apple in the smartphone space.

In this time, the only flagship to see the light of day was the ‘Moto X’. The handset, whilst unique, has had disappointing sales to the tune of 500,000 units sold. This was calculated over the same period as Samsung flogged 10 million S4's.

This disappointment...

Is LTE a mixed blessing for China Telecom?

China Telecom (CTC) is feeling the heat in LTE after rival China Mobile began massive TD-LTE construction with 200,000 base stations in more than 100 cities, so the third largest wireless operator ran its own LTE bid in early October for LTE TDD and FDD BTSs in anticipation that LTE license is immanent and its 3G service (CDMA EV-DO) does need a makeover in order to stay competitive and LTE is the only way to do it.

CTC did not reveal the value of the bid, but it is estimated at...

Anti-Piracy MUSO reaches agreement with Social Network VK

Perhaps you may have heard of VK - you certainly would if you’re based in Russia – but outside of the motherland it may ring a bell as the network which TelecomsTech reported on as offering US whistleblower Edward Snowden a job.

One of the biggest issues of the network is its rampant Piracy rate, with a reported 77% of transferred files being unauthorised content.

This level of copyrighted content being so freely distributed is incredibly damaging to owners, up to...