Everything Everywhere, the mobile operator combining the UK T-Mobile and Orange networks, has appointed Morgan Stanley to oversee the sale of part of its 1800MHz spectrum.The sale, a regulatory condition set when the networks merged in 2010, will potentially give its competitors a chance to roll out 4G LTE wireless data in advance of Ofcom auctioning off new spectrum at 800 and 2600 MHz for these services.
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The Ministry of Defence will donate radio spectrum for wireless use by London Olympics organisers and media during the 2012 Olympics.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will 'lend' spectrum to Ofcom that was slated for public sale in November, a spokesman for the regulator told ZDNet UK on Monday.
The telecoms regulator has told ISPs they must be clearer with broadband customers about when they restrict traffic on their networks, otherwise it may use its powers to force them to be more transparent
The Net Neutrality whistles are blowing and flags are flying this morning over buzz that Verizon Wireless will be throttling data speeds for its heaviest data users. The change, effective immediately, is believed to be part of Verizon's efforts to ensure that its network is ready for the flood of iPhone users who will start powering up those devices next week.
Ofcom has launched a consultation to see how 'white space' technology might be rolled out in the UK.The technology uses the spaces in between TV channels for wireless communications — the spectrum involved is quite low-frequency, so it works over great distances.
Frequencies for new wireless technologies will be auctioned at the end of 2011, while company spectrum ownership limits will be handled by Ofcom
The Kindle DX is too large to carry comfortably, and Amazon has made very little effort to customise it for the UK market. We like the ability to download content over the air, but otherwise prefer e-book readers that eschew the bells and whistles.
The regulators like the CRTC, Ofcom, FCC should be concerned with the opening up of wireless phone operating systems. It is a hacker's dream come true and will likely create vulnerabilities that are beyond the control of a telephone company's ability to secure, operate or manage if hacked.
I have the Nokia N800 and N810 Internet Tablets and while they can be fun to use from time to time, but their performance and speed holds them back. Today Nokia announced the rumored N900 running Maemo 5 and with T-Mobile USA 3G support I am putting my Nokia N97 for sale. The N900 is the latest Linux-powered Internet Tablet with GSM/HSDPA and just about every other wireless technology you could want.
An interesting snippet (via Engadget) claims that the Russian equivalent of Ofcom - Rossvyazokhrankultura, short for the Russian Mass Media, Communications and Cultural Protection Service -- has decided that all WiFi devices in Russia need to be registered. Moreover, if you want to set up your own network - in other words, have broadband wireless at home by bunging a router on your DSL line - you'll need a special license, potentially including the consent of your local security agency.
One of my absolute favorite Windows Mobile Professional devices was the HTC Touch Dual with the excellent TouchFLO interface, very compact form factor, and wonderful keypad design. The only thing that kept me from using it more was the lack of 3G support in the U.S. Today, HTC announced that the HTC Touch Dual will be coming to the U.S. this quarter with support for U.S. HSDPA (AT&T) wireless data networks. The HTC Touch Dual will be sold as a SIM-unlocked device through Best Buy. No pricing information is yet available. It will also include Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
A couple of weeks ago Nokia slipped up and provided evidence that a Nokia N95 8GB device would be coming to North America. That rumor is now reality as Nokia announced the N95 8GB NAM that will support the 850/1900 MHz HSDPA wireless data network found on AT&T in the U.S. The N95 8GB offers an 8GB flash drive and a larger 2.8 inch QVGA display, compared to the 2.6 inch QVGA display of the N95 NAM model.
Arne Hess has been busy digging through the FCC site and found that the LG KS20 Windows Mobile Professional device may be coming to the US in 2008. I saw the LG KS20 at Mobius a couple of weeks ago and thought it had a great form factor for a touch-screen device. According to the FCC details GSM/EDGE at the 850 and 1900 MHz frequencies are supported, but there were no specifics on UMTS or HSDPA. It does have Bluetooth and WiFi as well. These wireless options makes me wonder if this could be the next device in the T-Mobile Shadow lineup.
Do you really care what wireless network you're on? Aside from a few wireless geeks that live in an acronym filled world of 3G, EVDO, HSDPA and CDMA no one cares.
A lot of people involved in live entertainment and events were probably raising a glass or two to Ofcom last night after the regulator announced new proposals for the radio frequencies used by wireless microphones.This has all got to do with the so-called digital dividend, which is what will happen when all the analogue signals get switched off in favour of digital (a process which will happen gradually over the next five years or so).
CTIA Wireless 2007 is taking place in Florida this week with some famous keynote speakers. A ton of mobile news should be coming out this week and Sony Ericsson's announcements included a new HSDPA clamshell phone and a new Walkman phone. They also revealed that the new Z750 will be running the latest Java Platform 8 operating system with advanced security features.
Many new Phone Edition/Professional devices were announced at 3GSM, but another device that I read about on the excellent Howard Forums site has just appeared in the HTC lineup. PDAdb.net has all the specs of this device which state a release date of June 2007. The HTC P4550 (Kaiser) sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, 256 MB ROM, 64MB RAM, 2.8 inch 240x320 display, quad band GSM/UMTS/EDGE/HSDPA/HSUPA wireless radio, Bluetooth 2.0, 802.11 b/g, 2.8 megapixel camera, and integrated GPS radio. While these may be standard specs for the new Windows Mobile high end devices, the unique aspect that caught my attention was the way the display slid up and at an angle to reveal the full QWERTY keyboard.
Cable & Wireless has complained to Ofcom that BT regularly broke the regulator's rules when setting up new lines
What, no 4G? Futurologist and Ofcom technologist Professor William Webb says the future of wireless is here already
Ofcom sees technology as the answer to future wireless networking. It should fix today's problems first
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