FCC begins opening up white spaces frequencies

FCC begins opening up white spaces frequencies
(Telecompaper) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken steps to free up vacant airwaves between TV channels, so called white spaces, in order to unleash new wireless technologies, such as “super Wi-Fi,” and other applications. The FCC noted that this was the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years. TV white space spectrum is considered prime real estate because its signals travel well, making it ideally suited for mobile wireless devices. The National Broadband Plan recommended that the Commission complete the TV white spaces proceeding as soon as possible. The FCC also adopted other legal and technical issues, notably the requirement that TV band devices that incorporate geo-location and database access must also include sensing technology to detect the signals of TV stations and low-power auxiliary service stations (wireless microphones). The commission said it also took steps to ensure that incumbent services are protected from interference from the use of white spaces in different ways.[Lees verder]

Universal internet app platform project wins EU funding
(Telecompaper) An international research consortium, led by the Frauenhofer Fokus Institute, has been awarded EU funding to drove developments for Future Internet. The Europe-wide Webinos project aims to develop a single universal platform for the development of mobile internet applications and includes over 20 partners from research and industry, representing the mobile web, consumer electronics and the automotive industry. They aim to develop an source platform and software components that will allow cross-platform use of services and technologies that can be operated on multiple screens. The standardized technology which the consortium is developing, will allow software designers from across the industry to create web applications and services that can be used and shared over a broad spectrum of converged and connected devices – regardless of their respective hardware specifications and operating systems. The three year project will start in September 2010 and is co-funded by the EU, which has provided a EUR 10 million grant. Among the industry partners who have already committed to the initiative are Deutsche Telekom, Telcom Italia, BMW Research and Technology, Sony Ericsson and Samsung Electronics. Webinos (Secure WebOS Application Environment) intends delivering a platform for web applications across mobile, PC, home media (TV) and in-car devices.[Lees verder]

Facebook developing Android phones with INQ – report
(Telecompaper) Facebook is working with mobile-handset manufacturer INQ Mobile on two smartphones that may be carried by AT&T, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The devices, which will feature Facebook social-networking services, are due to be introduced in Europe in the first half of 2011 and the US in the second half, said one of the people. AT&T is still considering whether to carry the devices and hasn’t made a deal, another of the people said. The new phones are slated to run Google’s Android operating system. Facebook hasn’t decided whether its name will be used on the devices, one of the sources said. While Facebook declined to comment on plans for specific phones, the company said it continues to work with INQ Mobile, which has previously sold phones with Facebook features. London-based INQ is backed by Hutchison Whampoa and has developed a number of phones for European operator 3. One of the new phones under development with Facebook is expected to feature a Qwerty-style keyboard and a touch screen, while the other would only have a touch screen and resemble the iPhone, according to the report. The devices will go on sale first in Europe through Carphone Warehouse and several European carriers, said one of the sources, who predicted a release in March or early April 2011. In the US, the phones may carry a price of less than USD 100 after AT&T subsidies and could reach stores in July or August.[Lees verder]

Tunisie Telecom awarded 3G licence
(Telecompaper) Tunisia has sold a 3G licence to state-owned operator Tunisie Telecom for about USD 80 million, putting it in competition with France Telecom’s local unit, Reuters reported. The ministry said in a statement that it had granted the second 3G licence to Tunisie Telecom. The operator is majority owned by the state while Dubai’s Tecom Investments and Dubai Investment Group jointly hold 35 percent. The statement did not give further details, but a government official who declined to be named told Reuters that Tunisie Telecom had paid TND 116 million (USD 80 million) for the licence. Last year, Tunisia’s Telecommunications Ministry granted the northern African country’s first 3G licence to Orange Tunisie, in which France Telecom has a 49 percent stake with the rest owned by Tunisian firm Divona.[Lees verder]

Sagem Wireless terminates contract with Myriad Group
(Telecompaper) Mobile software developer Myriad Group’s major customer Sagem Wireless has, due to its difficulties, terminated the contractual agreement with Myriad Group with immediate effect. Myriad has supplied mobile software applications to Sagem Wireless since 2009. The remaining value of this contract for Myriad Group amounts to revenue of USD 16.4 million for the period 1 September to 31 December and USD 35.8 million in FY 2011. Outstanding receivables and accrued income amount to USD 12.8 million. Sagem had contractually committed to pay Myriad Group fixed licence and professional service fees for a three year period, starting in 2009. Myriad Group, Sagem Wireless and Sagem’s main shareholders have signed a settlement agreement under whose terms Myriad shall receive a final amount of EUR 9 million in cash paid in three installments during October/November. Myriad has also secured the transfer of over 250 mobile patents from Sagem Wireless as part of the settlement agreement. In addition and subject to consultation with the Myriad France works council, a majority of the employees that have served Sagem Wireless will be offered job opportunities outside Myriad Group. Sales of Myriad’s mobile software applications to other major mobile handset manufacturers are not affected by this situation. Myriad will continue to supply its other handset customers with software services and its network operator customers with USSD-based self-care platforms and social networking services. Myriad said that this event will have a material impact on its planned financial results. However, it does not change the longer-term prospects of the company. Its corporate strategy to move towards social networking and life services remains unchanged.[Lees verder]

FCC begins opening up white spaces frequencies
(Telecompaper) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken steps to free up vacant airwaves between TV channels, so called white spaces, in order to unleash new wireless technologies, such as “super Wi-Fi,” and other applications. The FCC noted that this was the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years. TV white space spectrum is considered prime real estate because its signals travel well, making it ideally suited for mobile wireless devices. The National Broadband Plan recommended that the Commission complete the TV white spaces proceeding as soon as possible. The FCC also adopted other legal and technical issues, notably the requirement that TV band devices that incorporate geo-location and database access must also include sensing technology to detect the signals of TV stations and low-power auxiliary service stations (wireless microphones). The commission said it also took steps to ensure that incumbent services are protected from interference from the use of white spaces in different ways.[Lees verder]

Universal internet app platform project wins EU funding
(Telecompaper) An international research consortium, led by the Frauenhofer Fokus Institute, has been awarded EU funding to drove developments for Future Internet. The Europe-wide Webinos project aims to develop a single universal platform for the development of mobile internet applications and includes over 20 partners from research and industry, representing the mobile web, consumer electronics and the automotive industry. They aim to develop an source platform and software components that will allow cross-platform use of services and technologies that can be operated on multiple screens. The standardized technology which the consortium is developing, will allow software designers from across the industry to create web applications and services that can be used and shared over a broad spectrum of converged and connected devices – regardless of their respective hardware specifications and operating systems. The three year project will start in September 2010 and is co-funded by the EU, which has provided a EUR 10 million grant. Among the industry partners who have already committed to the initiative are Deutsche Telekom, Telcom Italia, BMW Research and Technology, Sony Ericsson and Samsung Electronics. Webinos (Secure WebOS Application Environment) intends delivering a platform for web applications across mobile, PC, home media (TV) and in-car devices.[Lees verder]

Facebook developing Android phones with INQ – report
(Telecompaper) Facebook is working with mobile-handset manufacturer INQ Mobile on two smartphones that may be carried by AT&T, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The devices, which will feature Facebook social-networking services, are due to be introduced in Europe in the first half of 2011 and the US in the second half, said one of the people. AT&T is still considering whether to carry the devices and hasn’t made a deal, another of the people said. The new phones are slated to run Google’s Android operating system. Facebook hasn’t decided whether its name will be used on the devices, one of the sources said. While Facebook declined to comment on plans for specific phones, the company said it continues to work with INQ Mobile, which has previously sold phones with Facebook features. London-based INQ is backed by Hutchison Whampoa and has developed a number of phones for European operator 3. One of the new phones under development with Facebook is expected to feature a Qwerty-style keyboard and a touch screen, while the other would only have a touch screen and resemble the iPhone, according to the report. The devices will go on sale first in Europe through Carphone Warehouse and several European carriers, said one of the sources, who predicted a release in March or early April 2011. In the US, the phones may carry a price of less than USD 100 after AT&T subsidies and could reach stores in July or August.[Lees verder]

Tunisie Telecom awarded 3G licence
(Telecompaper) Tunisia has sold a 3G licence to state-owned operator Tunisie Telecom for about USD 80 million, putting it in competition with France Telecom’s local unit, Reuters reported. The ministry said in a statement that it had granted the second 3G licence to Tunisie Telecom. The operator is majority owned by the state while Dubai’s Tecom Investments and Dubai Investment Group jointly hold 35 percent. The statement did not give further details, but a government official who declined to be named told Reuters that Tunisie Telecom had paid TND 116 million (USD 80 million) for the licence. Last year, Tunisia’s Telecommunications Ministry granted the northern African country’s first 3G licence to Orange Tunisie, in which France Telecom has a 49 percent stake with the rest owned by Tunisian firm Divona.[Lees verder]

Sagem Wireless terminates contract with Myriad Group
(Telecompaper) Mobile software developer Myriad Group’s major customer Sagem Wireless has, due to its difficulties, terminated the contractual agreement with Myriad Group with immediate effect. Myriad has supplied mobile software applications to Sagem Wireless since 2009. The remaining value of this contract for Myriad Group amounts to revenue of USD 16.4 million for the period 1 September to 31 December and USD 35.8 million in FY 2011. Outstanding receivables and accrued income amount to USD 12.8 million. Sagem had contractually committed to pay Myriad Group fixed licence and professional service fees for a three year period, starting in 2009. Myriad Group, Sagem Wireless and Sagem’s main shareholders have signed a settlement agreement under whose terms Myriad shall receive a final amount of EUR 9 million in cash paid in three installments during October/November. Myriad has also secured the transfer of over 250 mobile patents from Sagem Wireless as part of the settlement agreement. In addition and subject to consultation with the Myriad France works council, a majority of the employees that have served Sagem Wireless will be offered job opportunities outside Myriad Group. Sales of Myriad’s mobile software applications to other major mobile handset manufacturers are not affected by this situation. Myriad will continue to supply its other handset customers with software services and its network operator customers with USSD-based self-care platforms and social networking services. Myriad said that this event will have a material impact on its planned financial results. However, it does not change the longer-term prospects of the company. Its corporate strategy to move towards social networking and life services remains unchanged.[Lees verder]

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