Canada allows 10% mark-up on wholesale fibre services

Canada allows 10% mark-up on wholesale fibre services
(Telecompaper) Alternative ISPs will be able to match the top broadband speeds provided by the larger operators under the latest decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The regulator said that large telephone companies must make their existing internet access services available to alternate ISPs at speeds that match those offered to their own retail customers. This reinstates the previous policy that had been withdrawn in 2007 at the request of the incumbents. The new decision includes ADSL services and fibre-based offerings. To recognise and encourage investment in fibre networks, the incumbent operators will be allowed to charge a 10 percent mark-up on their costs for the use of their wholesale internet services’ higher-speed options. Cable operators are already subject to the speed-matching requirements. Under the new decision, they must modify their existing internet access services in such a way that alternate ISPs can connect to their networks at as few points as possible. In addition, the commission denied the alternative ISPs’ requests that the large telephone and cable companies reconfigure their networks. Although these reconfigurations may have permitted ISPs to offer additional services to consumers, the CRTC felt that they would constitute a disincentive to network investments without necessarily enhancing innovation or competition.[Lees verder]

KT launches tablet PC
(Telecompaper) South Korean telecommunications firm KT has unveiled a tablet PC made by local start-up Enspert. The ‘Identity Tab’ will be available from 10 September, the JoongAng Daily writes. The device runs on Android 2.1, features a 7-inch touchscreen, a 1 GHz processor, and 8 GB of memory. The Identity Tab is priced at KRW 490,000 without a contract or free with a two-year contract at KRW 27,000 per month. Samsung Electronics is planning to release its own tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab, shortly.[Lees verder]

Telekom Deutschland deploys 1st LTE base station
(Telecompaper) Telekom Deutschland has deployed its first LT-based base station in the German state of Brandenburg. The base station uses the 800 MHz frequency and is located in Kyritz. The base station is ready for operations and as soon as commercial end-devices such as phones and USB modems are marketed in 2011, the network will be activated. The operator plans to offer mobile broadband services with a maximum download speed of up to 2 Mbps when the end-devices become available. Telekom Deutschland partners with Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE equipment and used NSN equipment for the Kyritz base station. The operator wants to increase the LTE coverage to more than 1,000 locations in Germany, currently without broadband coverage, by the end of this year, followed by another 1,000 locations in 2011.[Lees verder]

Nokia Siemens Networks confirms private equity talks
(Telecompaper) Nokia Siemens Networks has received unsolicited expressions of interest from private equity firms. CEO Rajeev Suri confirmed the development while speaking at a Spanish telecoms summit in Santander. Suri said the interest from investors was “a testament to the progress we are making”, as the Nokia Siemens venture works on cutting costs, moving to profitability and expanding its market share. He said the company’s turnaround was “well underway”, with share gains in key segments, established leadership in next-generation technologies such as LTE, improved financial performance, landmark new deals and the recent deal to acquire Motorola’s networks business. The CEO also addressed industry plans to deal with the growing use of smartphones and accompanying stress on mobile broadband networks. Nokia Siemens Networks is working with Telefonica and Nokia on the Smartphone Experience Lab, which was recently opened in Telefonica premises in Madrid. The lab is developing “the ideal configuration” between mobile handsets, applications and networks to minimize the impact of smart devices on network performance, improve resource consumption and handset and application performance, and provide people with the best possible user experience. The work will include guidelines on the optimum network and handset configurations and application development.[Lees verder]

Microsoft co-founder files patent suit against tech firms
(Telecompaper) Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a patent case against some of the major internet and technology companies, including Google, Apple and Facebook, the Financial Times reports. The case was filed in the federal court in Seattle and marks an attempt to enforce a set of patents on a range of internet activities. Among the eleven companies named in the suit are AOL and Ebay and office supply companies such as Office Depot and Staples. The lawsuit was brought by Interval Licensing, a company set up to exploit the rights from technology research and development financed by Allen. Allen’s spokesman said that the Interval group, which was closed in 2000, was awarded over 300 patents for technologies. The claim, which seeks damages and an injunction to prevent future infringement, names four patents awarded between 2000 and 2004. One of the technologies covers a way to present offers to internet users while they are looking at related items, a common technique used by e-commerce companies that are trying to cross-sell extra products. Another deal include a technique for combining video and text from different sources on to a single web page, an approach that underpins many web services that draw on multiple sources of content. Amazon, along with Microsoft, was not named in the lawsuit, despite Amazon’s use of recommendations to cross-sell products. Allen’s spokesman said Allen is not an investor in Amazon. He declined to say why the e-commerce company had not been included in the suit.[Lees verder]

Nortel to sell multi-service switch business
(Telecompaper) Nortel Networks has entered into a ‘stalking horse’ asset sale agreement with PSP Holding, a special purpose entity to be fully funded at closing by Marlin Equity Partners and Samnite Technologies. The contract is for the sale of substantially all of the assets of Nortel’s Multi Service Switch (MSS) business for USD 39 million in cash. This includes the associated Data Packet Network and Shasta product groups and certain intellectual property related to the MSS business. Currently, subject to the terms of these agreements as well as any changes that may occur through the stalking horse and sale process, substantially all MSS employees would have the opportunity to continue employment with PSP.[Lees verder]

Canada allows 10% mark-up on wholesale fibre services
(Telecompaper) Alternative ISPs will be able to match the top broadband speeds provided by the larger operators under the latest decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The regulator said that large telephone companies must make their existing internet access services available to alternate ISPs at speeds that match those offered to their own retail customers. This reinstates the previous policy that had been withdrawn in 2007 at the request of the incumbents. The new decision includes ADSL services and fibre-based offerings. To recognise and encourage investment in fibre networks, the incumbent operators will be allowed to charge a 10 percent mark-up on their costs for the use of their wholesale internet services’ higher-speed options. Cable operators are already subject to the speed-matching requirements. Under the new decision, they must modify their existing internet access services in such a way that alternate ISPs can connect to their networks at as few points as possible. In addition, the commission denied the alternative ISPs’ requests that the large telephone and cable companies reconfigure their networks. Although these reconfigurations may have permitted ISPs to offer additional services to consumers, the CRTC felt that they would constitute a disincentive to network investments without necessarily enhancing innovation or competition.[Lees verder]

KT launches tablet PC
(Telecompaper) South Korean telecommunications firm KT has unveiled a tablet PC made by local start-up Enspert. The ‘Identity Tab’ will be available from 10 September, the JoongAng Daily writes. The device runs on Android 2.1, features a 7-inch touchscreen, a 1 GHz processor, and 8 GB of memory. The Identity Tab is priced at KRW 490,000 without a contract or free with a two-year contract at KRW 27,000 per month. Samsung Electronics is planning to release its own tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab, shortly.[Lees verder]

Telekom Deutschland deploys 1st LTE base station
(Telecompaper) Telekom Deutschland has deployed its first LT-based base station in the German state of Brandenburg. The base station uses the 800 MHz frequency and is located in Kyritz. The base station is ready for operations and as soon as commercial end-devices such as phones and USB modems are marketed in 2011, the network will be activated. The operator plans to offer mobile broadband services with a maximum download speed of up to 2 Mbps when the end-devices become available. Telekom Deutschland partners with Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE equipment and used NSN equipment for the Kyritz base station. The operator wants to increase the LTE coverage to more than 1,000 locations in Germany, currently without broadband coverage, by the end of this year, followed by another 1,000 locations in 2011.[Lees verder]

Nokia Siemens Networks confirms private equity talks
(Telecompaper) Nokia Siemens Networks has received unsolicited expressions of interest from private equity firms. CEO Rajeev Suri confirmed the development while speaking at a Spanish telecoms summit in Santander. Suri said the interest from investors was “a testament to the progress we are making”, as the Nokia Siemens venture works on cutting costs, moving to profitability and expanding its market share. He said the company’s turnaround was “well underway”, with share gains in key segments, established leadership in next-generation technologies such as LTE, improved financial performance, landmark new deals and the recent deal to acquire Motorola’s networks business. The CEO also addressed industry plans to deal with the growing use of smartphones and accompanying stress on mobile broadband networks. Nokia Siemens Networks is working with Telefonica and Nokia on the Smartphone Experience Lab, which was recently opened in Telefonica premises in Madrid. The lab is developing “the ideal configuration” between mobile handsets, applications and networks to minimize the impact of smart devices on network performance, improve resource consumption and handset and application performance, and provide people with the best possible user experience. The work will include guidelines on the optimum network and handset configurations and application development.[Lees verder]

Microsoft co-founder files patent suit against tech firms
(Telecompaper) Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a patent case against some of the major internet and technology companies, including Google, Apple and Facebook, the Financial Times reports. The case was filed in the federal court in Seattle and marks an attempt to enforce a set of patents on a range of internet activities. Among the eleven companies named in the suit are AOL and Ebay and office supply companies such as Office Depot and Staples. The lawsuit was brought by Interval Licensing, a company set up to exploit the rights from technology research and development financed by Allen. Allen’s spokesman said that the Interval group, which was closed in 2000, was awarded over 300 patents for technologies. The claim, which seeks damages and an injunction to prevent future infringement, names four patents awarded between 2000 and 2004. One of the technologies covers a way to present offers to internet users while they are looking at related items, a common technique used by e-commerce companies that are trying to cross-sell extra products. Another deal include a technique for combining video and text from different sources on to a single web page, an approach that underpins many web services that draw on multiple sources of content. Amazon, along with Microsoft, was not named in the lawsuit, despite Amazon’s use of recommendations to cross-sell products. Allen’s spokesman said Allen is not an investor in Amazon. He declined to say why the e-commerce company had not been included in the suit.[Lees verder]

Nortel to sell multi-service switch business
(Telecompaper) Nortel Networks has entered into a ‘stalking horse’ asset sale agreement with PSP Holding, a special purpose entity to be fully funded at closing by Marlin Equity Partners and Samnite Technologies. The contract is for the sale of substantially all of the assets of Nortel’s Multi Service Switch (MSS) business for USD 39 million in cash. This includes the associated Data Packet Network and Shasta product groups and certain intellectual property related to the MSS business. Currently, subject to the terms of these agreements as well as any changes that may occur through the stalking horse and sale process, substantially all MSS employees would have the opportunity to continue employment with PSP.[Lees verder]