Today's HeadlinesJune 7, 2010
WCAI to Hold a Summer Summit in Conjunction with an FCC Event on Broadband Plan
WCAI will hold a Summer Summit on June 30-July 1 in Herndon, Va., following an FCC event on the U.S. National Broadband Plan. During the first day of the Summit, top operator executives will share operational best practices, discuss the potential WiMAX migration paths to 802.16m and TD-LTE, and address how to "futureproof" today's 4G investments. The Summit will also be the right forum for BRS and EBS licensees to learn what it will take to satisfy FCC substantial service requirements coming due next year and protect their licenses. The first day of the event will be followed by a networking dinner. The second day of the event will feature tours of the Clearwire and DigitalBridge Communications WiMAX facilities followed by a members-only meeting of the WCAI Emerging Markets Committee. The Summit will be held in conjunction with the FCC event designed to educate the industry on the content of the National Broadband Plan. The FCC event will feature Phoebe Yang of the FCC as a speaker and will be co-hosted by the WCAI, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, and DigitalBridge. Both events will be open to WCAI members at no charge. For more information or to register, click here.
SeCom Planning 3G/4G Spectrum Auction in Argentina
Argentina's communications ministry, Secretaria de Comunicaciones (SeCom), is planning to launch a tender for mobile spectrum in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands for the provision of 3G and 4G services such as LTE, local daily La Nacion reports. According to the head of SeCom, Carlos Lisandro Salas, the auction is expected to take place later this year. Salas said that a working committee was formed by SeCom and telecoms regulator Comision Nacional de Comunicaciones last year, which identified the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands as the most suitable for the provision of next generation mobile services, although the plans are still awaiting approval by Planning Minister Julio De Vido. More
HTC WiMAX Handset Breaks Sales Record in US
4G is taking off big time among U.S. consumers, according to WCAI member Sprint Nextel, which trumpeted the launch of its first WiMAX-enabled handset, the HTC Evo 4G. Once again, Taiwanese vendor HTC was at the forefront of the action, using its Android expertise to put out a gadget with a 4.3 inch screen, dual eight megapixel video camera and front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, HDMI output jack, Snapdragon 1GHz processor, WiMAX, Wi-Fi and a built-in mobile hotspot for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices. More
Aspiro, Entel join forces on 4G mobile TV trial in Chile
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Swedish mobile content provider Aspiro AB said that its subsidiary Rubberduck Media Lab has been engaged in trials for high-speed mobile TV over LTE, or 4G, tests with Chilean mobile phone operator Entel PCS. More
China Mobile Aims to Push TD-LTE Overseas
China Mobile, the operator spearheading the momentum of TD-LTE, said it plans to begin trials of TD-LTE networks with overseas mobile networks in the next six months. Wang Jianzhou, chairman of China Mobile, indicated several mobile operators in Asia, Europe and North America have voiced their interest in developing TD-LTE networks. More
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