Chunghwa, Alcatel-Lucent to conduct LTE trial

Chunghwa, Alcatel-Lucent to conduct LTE trial
(Telecompaper) Alcatel-Lucent will cooperate with Chunghwa Telecom Laboratories, the R&D arm of the Taiwanese communications firm Chunghwa Telecom, to conduct a LTE trial, using both the 2.6 GHz and 700 MHz bands. The trial, which will begin in October, will enable CHT to test the performance of LTE-based services and multimedia applications, and assess the related business models. Alcatel-Lucent will be using its LTE expertise to provide a pre-integrated service including LTE base stations, its Evolved Packet Core, IP service routing network elements, application portal for services as well as operation, administration and maintenance system. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a range of services including project management, planning, installation, integration and commissioning, and testing.[Lees verder]

China Mobile revenues up 7.8% in first nine months
(Telecompaper) China Mobile reported revenues for the first nine months of 2010 of CNY 352.6 billion, up 7.8 percent from a year earlier. EBITDA increased 6.0 percent to CNY 177.8 billion, and the margin fell to 50.4 percent from 51.3 a year ago. Net profit rose 3.9 percent to CNY 87.2 billion. The company finished September with 569.76 million customers, up from 554.04 million a year ago, with average monthly net additions of 5.27 million in the first nine months of 2010. Average revenue per user was stable over the year at CNY 72 per month. Voice traffic increased to 2.55 trillion minutes in the nine-month period, from 1.66 trillion last year, while minutes of use per customer were stable at 520 per month. China Mobile had 15.28 million customers with 3G handsets at the end of the period.[Lees verder]

Argentina launches national broadband, digital TV programme
(Telecompaper) Argentina’s president, Cristina Kirchner, has launched the ‘Argentina Conectada’ plan to bring broadband internet access and free-to-air digital TV throughout the country, writes La Nacion. The project will require around USD 2.02 billion of government investment. A 26,000 km backbone will be deployed by state-owned company Arsat and is intended to complement existing networks operated by the private sector by reaching areas where they do not expect to achieve a return on investment. At the programme’s presentation, the president inaugurated the first five of twenty-seven digital TV antennas, located in Buenos Aires province and Chaco. The remainder are due to be up and running by the middle of next year, boosting coverage to 75 percent of the population. Satellite TV will be used to reach the remaining 25 percent. The country’s planning minister, Julio de Vido, said that the first 10,000 km of fibre to be deployed by Arsat will target the most remote parts of the country. Spanish newspaper Efe reports that Arsat could become a direct competitor to Telefonica and Telecom Italia-controlledTelecom Argentina, the two biggest fixed-line operators in the country.[Lees verder]

Ofcom will not investigate Project Canvas
(Telecompaper) UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced that it will not open an investigation into ‘Project Canvas’ under the Competition Act following complaints made by Virgin Media and IPVision. Project Canvas is a partnership between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva which will offer digital terrestrial channels and internet-delivered TV services via a set-top box connected to viewers’ TV sets. It also involves creating technical standards which can be used by participating services to deliver content via a single set-top box using a branded user interface which will be known as YouView. It is currently expected to launch in H1 2011. Virgin Media and IP Vision submitted complaints to Ofcom that alleged potential breaches of the Competition Act 1998. Ofcom also received submissions from 11 other parties, including BSkyB. The complainants raised a number of concerns, including that: Project Canvas partners are incentivised to withhold content from competing platforms; technical standards produced by Project Canvas had not been developed openly and were not made available for use by those outside the joint venture; use of the Project Canvas brand (YouView) is tied to the specified user interface/ electronic programming guide; and it is likely to restrict competition between TV platforms. At the current stage of YouView’s development, Ofcom believes it would be premature to open an investigation because the the IPTV market is still an emerging sector and the impact of YouView on the market will not be known with any confidence for some time; it is likely that YouView will bring benefits to viewers and consumers. Any potential harm to competition would need to be offset against these benefits. The impact of YouView on content syndication is difficult to determine with any confidence at this point. If YouView did lead to its partners restricting the supply of video on demand content to rival firms, this could lead to consumer harm and may well generate competition concerns. But at the present time, there is little evidence that YouView’s partners are likely to withhold content as a result of their involvement in the project. Given the possibility that harmful effects might emerge later, Ofcom will keep the content syndication policies of the YouView partners under review. Even though Ofcom does not propose to open a Competition Act investigation, it will continue to monitor developments, particularly in relation to YouView’s approach to sharing standards and its effects on content syndication.[Lees verder]

Chunghwa, Alcatel-Lucent to conduct LTE trial
(Telecompaper) Alcatel-Lucent will cooperate with Chunghwa Telecom Laboratories, the R&D arm of the Taiwanese communications firm Chunghwa Telecom, to conduct a LTE trial, using both the 2.6 GHz and 700 MHz bands. The trial, which will begin in October, will enable CHT to test the performance of LTE-based services and multimedia applications, and assess the related business models. Alcatel-Lucent will be using its LTE expertise to provide a pre-integrated service including LTE base stations, its Evolved Packet Core, IP service routing network elements, application portal for services as well as operation, administration and maintenance system. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a range of services including project management, planning, installation, integration and commissioning, and testing.[Lees verder]

China Mobile revenues up 7.8% in first nine months
(Telecompaper) China Mobile reported revenues for the first nine months of 2010 of CNY 352.6 billion, up 7.8 percent from a year earlier. EBITDA increased 6.0 percent to CNY 177.8 billion, and the margin fell to 50.4 percent from 51.3 a year ago. Net profit rose 3.9 percent to CNY 87.2 billion. The company finished September with 569.76 million customers, up from 554.04 million a year ago, with average monthly net additions of 5.27 million in the first nine months of 2010. Average revenue per user was stable over the year at CNY 72 per month. Voice traffic increased to 2.55 trillion minutes in the nine-month period, from 1.66 trillion last year, while minutes of use per customer were stable at 520 per month. China Mobile had 15.28 million customers with 3G handsets at the end of the period.[Lees verder]

Argentina launches national broadband, digital TV programme
(Telecompaper) Argentina’s president, Cristina Kirchner, has launched the ‘Argentina Conectada’ plan to bring broadband internet access and free-to-air digital TV throughout the country, writes La Nacion. The project will require around USD 2.02 billion of government investment. A 26,000 km backbone will be deployed by state-owned company Arsat and is intended to complement existing networks operated by the private sector by reaching areas where they do not expect to achieve a return on investment. At the programme’s presentation, the president inaugurated the first five of twenty-seven digital TV antennas, located in Buenos Aires province and Chaco. The remainder are due to be up and running by the middle of next year, boosting coverage to 75 percent of the population. Satellite TV will be used to reach the remaining 25 percent. The country’s planning minister, Julio de Vido, said that the first 10,000 km of fibre to be deployed by Arsat will target the most remote parts of the country. Spanish newspaper Efe reports that Arsat could become a direct competitor to Telefonica and Telecom Italia-controlledTelecom Argentina, the two biggest fixed-line operators in the country.[Lees verder]

Ofcom will not investigate Project Canvas
(Telecompaper) UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced that it will not open an investigation into ‘Project Canvas’ under the Competition Act following complaints made by Virgin Media and IPVision. Project Canvas is a partnership between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva which will offer digital terrestrial channels and internet-delivered TV services via a set-top box connected to viewers’ TV sets. It also involves creating technical standards which can be used by participating services to deliver content via a single set-top box using a branded user interface which will be known as YouView. It is currently expected to launch in H1 2011. Virgin Media and IP Vision submitted complaints to Ofcom that alleged potential breaches of the Competition Act 1998. Ofcom also received submissions from 11 other parties, including BSkyB. The complainants raised a number of concerns, including that: Project Canvas partners are incentivised to withhold content from competing platforms; technical standards produced by Project Canvas had not been developed openly and were not made available for use by those outside the joint venture; use of the Project Canvas brand (YouView) is tied to the specified user interface/ electronic programming guide; and it is likely to restrict competition between TV platforms. At the current stage of YouView’s development, Ofcom believes it would be premature to open an investigation because the the IPTV market is still an emerging sector and the impact of YouView on the market will not be known with any confidence for some time; it is likely that YouView will bring benefits to viewers and consumers. Any potential harm to competition would need to be offset against these benefits. The impact of YouView on content syndication is difficult to determine with any confidence at this point. If YouView did lead to its partners restricting the supply of video on demand content to rival firms, this could lead to consumer harm and may well generate competition concerns. But at the present time, there is little evidence that YouView’s partners are likely to withhold content as a result of their involvement in the project. Given the possibility that harmful effects might emerge later, Ofcom will keep the content syndication policies of the YouView partners under review. Even though Ofcom does not propose to open a Competition Act investigation, it will continue to monitor developments, particularly in relation to YouView’s approach to sharing standards and its effects on content syndication.[Lees verder]

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