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Indian Telcos Bid US$9.9 Billion for Radio Spectrum

India’s radio spectrum auction has concluded, raising far less for the government than it had hoped for. The auction raised just under USD9.9 billion, around 3�0% less than had been expected. Much of the blame was put down to the high reserve price applied to blocks of 700Mhz spectrum which put off bidders. Some 2,200 MHz of spectrum was offered, covering ... Read More »

Orange and Ericsson partner for 5G

Orange and Ericsson will develop 5G use cases and service scenarios, including technical alignment and external demonstrations. The partnership will enable 5G technology building blocks, proof of concepts, and pilots across Europe from 2017 onwards. This collaboration will also cover 4G to 5G solutions evolution, including energy and cost efficiencies, and use of Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function ... Read More »

Worldwide Mobility Revenues Forecast to Reach $1.7 Trillion in 2020

According to the latest Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide mobility revenues are forecast to grow from $1.5 trillion in 2016 to more than $1.7 trillion in 2020. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.2%, or roughly $40 billion in annual revenue gains. �Mobility revenues will primarily come from consumer and enterprise ... Read More »

Smallest. Transistor. Ever.

For more than a decade, engineers have been eyeing the finish line in the race to shrink the size of components in integrated circuits. They knew that the laws of physics had set a 5 nanometer threshold on the size of transistor gates among conventional semiconductors, about one quarter the size of high end 20 nanometer gate transistors now on ... Read More »

Samsung Buys AI Firm Set up by Siri Developer

Samsung has boosted its Artificial Intelligence capabilities after it bought a company set up by the creator’s of Apple’s Siri assistant. Samsung said in a statement that it is buying Viv, a digital assistant. Viv Labs chief executive Dag Kittlaus was behind the development of AI technology which was later bought by Apple and turned into its Siri voice assistant. ... Read More »

Optus and Nokia sign MoU to collaborate on 5G

Australia’s Optus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nokia to collaborate on the network evolution to 5G. As the two companies collaborate on the development of 5G, a key project will be a 5G trial using Optus’ 3500MHz spectrum, a globally harmonised band by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for mobile broadband usage. Optus and Nokia expect to ... Read More »

Telus and Huawei achieve wireless download speeds of nearly 30 Gbps

Canada’s Telus says that it has demonstrated wireless download speeds of nearly 30Gbps, using hardware supplied by Huawei. The speed tests took place in Telus and Huawei’s 5G Living Lab in Vancouver, where both companies have been trialling next generation technologies since late last year in a live, real-world setting. While 5G is anticipated to become mainstream by 2020, Telus ... Read More »

Nepal Approves First 4G License

Nepal’s telecoms regulator, the NTA has said that it will approve a 4G license application from Nepal Telecom, subject to the details of its rollout plan. The company has previously indicated that it could launch 4G services within 2 months of being granted a license. “We have asked NT to submit its plan to begin the 4G service in Nepal. ... Read More »

Vodafone Greece Sees 4-Fold Jump in Mobile Data Traffic

Vodafone Greece has reported a four fold increase in mobile data traffic during this year’s summer holiday season compared to last year. The company said that the increase is a result of the rapid development of the company’s 4G and 4G+ network coverage both in urban areas and in important tourist destinations. The largest data traffic was registered in popular ... Read More »

Vodafone Buys Lebara Mobile's Australian MVNO

Vodafone Australia has bought the local arm of Lebara Mobile, and around 130,000 customers. Lebara Mobile operates in eight countries as an MVNO, and was already using the Vodafone network in Australia, so no major change is expected for customers. Vodafone Australia’s chief strategy officer Dan Lloyd said the move would give Vodafone greater market share, especially with customers who ... Read More »