Asia Briefs: GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda, Ericsson appoints head of North East Asia & more

GSMA-ITU forum pushes digital societies agenda The GSMA and ITU, with support from ICANN and the Internet Society, organised a forum in Bangkok this week that brought together more than 100 policymakers, regulators and industry executives to discuss the development …

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Vodafone Netherlands goes big on small cell gains

LIVE FROM LTE WORLD SUMMIT 2015: Vodafone Netherlands declared itself a big proponent of small cells, promising it will “definitely” expand its network due to the technology’s ability to deliver “the best customer experience, particularly in crowded places where the …

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Confluence of unlicensed LTE and small cells fuels mobile transformation

NEW ANALYSIS: The mobile industry is at a crossroad. Data traffic demands are driving heterogeneous network architectures with macro, micro, small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS) that use both licensed and unlicensed radio spectrum. At the same time, mobile …

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Asia Briefs: Japan’s mobile network spending falls 19%, Q1 smartphone output in China slows & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Japan’s mobile network spending falls 19% Japan’s mobile infrastructure market dropped 19 per cent to $4.1 billion last year as 3G investments …

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Vodafone to deploy small cells with outdoor advertiser JC Decaux

Vodafone Group signed a global agreement with outdoor advertising giant JCDecaux to install small cells on street furniture and billboards to improve network coverage. The deployment is part of Vodafone’s £19 billion Project Spring investment programme, which is intended to …

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Nokia set to license brand to other handset makers

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri put a stop to rumours suggesting it might re-enter the handset business. But speaking in London at the vendor’s first capital markets day in five years, Suri confirmed the Nokia brand is to be re-licensed to appear on other smartphone makers’ devices.

Nokia Networks bags Bharti Airtel 3G contract

Nokia Networks has announced it has bagged a 3G contract form Bharti Airtel in Mumbai, west Bengal and Bihar, which according to the Finnish infrastructure provider marks India’s first dual band, dual carrier 3G implementation.

Time to turn telecom copper into mobile gold, says Genesis

Broadband solution specialist Genesis Technical Systems claimed copper holds unrealised potential for both fixed and mobile operators, saying it is “time to tap into technologies that turn copper into mobile gold.” The Canadian firm claimed the economics of small cell deployments makes fibre less attractive than enhanced copper solutions.

Alcatel Lucent shares small cells vision

Networking vendor Alcatel Lucent opened up is campus at Villarceaux, just outside of Paris, to showcase some of the projects its R&D arm – Bell Labs – is working on. Principal among these is its focus on small cells, including new partnerships with Qualcomm, JC Decaux and Accenture.