Europe strikes 5G R&D deal with Japan

The European Union (EU) joined forces with Japan to work towards a “common understanding of 5G”, identify “new harmonised frequencies” for the next-generation technology, and cooperate on future 5G applications. “Our agreement with Japan is a milestone on the road …

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Nokia Networks boosts SON portfolio with Eden Rock buy

Nokia Networks, the infrastructure arm of Nokia, reached an agreement to buy US-based Eden Rock Communications, a specialist in multi-vendor self-organising networks (SON). According to Nokia, SON is “one of the fastest growing segments in the mobile broadband industry”. Financial …

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Mexico trims value of mobile network tender – report

Mexico reportedly cut the cost of a proposed tender for a wholesale national mobile broadband network by around a third, from $10 billion to $7 billion, in recognition that competition has improved under reforms led by President Enrique Pena Nieto. …

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AlcaLu claims industry first with ‘carrier SDN’ platform; scores Asia win

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a new network services platform (NSP) that utilises software-defined networking (SDN) at both the IP and optical layers – an industry first says the supplier – and which holds out the promise of allowing mobile and fixed operators …

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Huawei launches “world’s lightest” OS for Internet of Things

Huawei unveiled its ‘Agile IoT’ solution, which includes ‘LiteOS’, an Internet of Things operating system (OS) that the Chinese supplier claims is the lightest of its kind anywhere in the world, weighing in at a feathery 10KB. LiteOS supports zero configuration, …

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Wicab chief says mobile can help blind people ‘see’

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Robert Beckman, CEO of medical firm Wicab, is looking to mobile and wireless technologies to improve the company’s first-generation ‘BrainPort V100’ device, which is designed to help totally blind people ‘see’ by translating digital information from a video …

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Vodafone finds nearly half of UK businesses have no plans for 4G

A survey of British businesses, commissioned by Vodafone UK, found nearly two-thirds do not have 4G, while 41 per cent said they had no plans to adopt the technology. Phil Mottram, enterprise director of Vodafone UK, argued that lack of …

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Verizon agrees $4.4B AOL deal to drive LTE video, mobile advertising

Verizon Communications announced an agreement to buy AOL, the digital content and advertising platform provider, in a deal worth around $4.4 billion, which the operator said would “further drive” its LTE and OTT video strategy, as well as bolster the …

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Internet.org arrives in Bangladesh

Robi, the third-largest mobile operator in Bangladesh, launched Internet.org, a Facebook-led initiative that allows free access to more than two dozen websites with information on health, news, jobs and e-government services. Internet.org was first launched in Zambia, in mid-2014, and …

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