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FCC approves use of white space
23 Dec 2011

US regulator the FCC has announced the approval of the use of white space spectrum, paving the way for a new generation of wireless services. The announcement was made following a green light from the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) over the use of software developer Spectrum Bridge’s white space database system. The database is designed to avoid conflict between broadcasters and wireless service providers in the use of spectrum.

French 4G licences raise €3.5 billion
23 Dec 2011

The Government of France said it has raised €3.5 billion from the auction of 4G mobile network licences, the country’s Energy Ministry has announced.

Friday Network News: December 23
23 Dec 2011

Capacity brings you the latest network news. If you have network developments you’d like us to share, please email or tweet us @capacitymag.

KPN faces regulator scrutiny
22 Dec 2011

Dutch telecoms and ICT provider KPN is facing scrutiny from domestic regulator, Opta, which has said that the firm has violated rules, and that it intends to sharpen its supervision of the company in The Netherlands. The regulator said that it could not elaborate on its claims as an investigation into the company was still on going.

Telstra launches web infrastructure protection
22 Dec 2011

Telstra International has launched its Global Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection service to secure multinational enterprise and network operator customers from a range of infrastructure threats.

Swisscom strikes deal with Ericsson
22 Dec 2011

Swisscom has taken a major step in modernising its mobile network towards LTE standard after signing a five year deal with Ericsson.

SingTel launches LTE
21 Dec 2011

Asian carrier SingTel has launched commercial LTE services in Singapore offering typical download speeds of between 3.4Mbps and 12Mbps.

What next for AT&T and T-Mobile USA?
21 Dec 2011

Following the breakdown of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, the market is rife with rumours over what steps both companies will now to take to counter the impact of the failed deal.

NSN upgrades Indonesian undersea link
21 Dec 2011

Indonesian telecoms operator PT Telkom has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its JaSuKa subsea cable between Dumai and Dangas.

AT&T drops $39 billion bid for T-Mobile USA
20 Dec 2011

When the news of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA first broke in March 2011, it was billed as a consolidation that would create the largest telecoms company in the world. It would also have been the largest consolidation in any sector in 2011. Now, eight months on, AT&T has announced to the market it is dropping its bid, and the entire saga has left a bad taste in the mouth for all involved.

NEC to construct APG cable
20 Dec 2011

A consortium that includes NTT Communications, KT and Chunghwa Telecom has signed a multi-million dollar supply contract with vendor NEC to build the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable system.

Etisalat launches LTE services
19 Dec 2011

Telecom service provider Etisalat has launched LTE services on what it has claimed is the UAE’s fastest 4G network.

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