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Archive for August, 2009

India’s 3g/4G Auction: On the Move

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 28th, 2009

India’s long-delayed auction of 3G and WiMax spectrum, is finally moving forward, reports Unstung today. India’s Department of Telecom has now set the base prices for the country’s 3G and WiMax spectrum. The starting price for each slot of 3G spectrum is 35 billion Indian Rupees (US$716.4 million), lower than the ($827 million) price previously […]

MobileTV App for Android

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 28th, 2009

SPB TV for Android phones, announced today, a subscription-free mobile IPTV viewer, designed for tuning in to publicly available digital TV channels from all over the world. Developer SPB Software says the SPB TV features exclusive and patent-pending usability innovations like picture-in-picture mode, and gives the mobile subscribers easy access to over a hundred of […]

Smartphones: Data Tsunami Coming

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 28th, 2009

Smartphones are double-edged swords for carriers. They attract big-spending customers, but tax networks designed for simpler times, explains Fortune. Independent telecom analyst Chetan Sharma estimates that the typical wireless subscriber consumes 120 megabytes each month; typical iPhone owners use four times that. And it’s just getting worse. By 2010, global mobile data traffic is expected […]

Augmented Reality: 3 Apps for That

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 28th, 2009

Social review service Yelp has snuck the first Augmented Reality (AR) iPhone app specifically for the US into the iTunes App Store, reports ReadWriteWeb. It uses the phone’s GPS and compass to display markers for restaurants, bars and other nearby businesses on top of the camera’s view. One hour later, ReadWriteWeb reports: The Wall Has […]

FCC to Investigate Wireless Competition

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2009

The Federal Communications Commission decided unanimously on Thursday to review the state of “innovation” in the wireless industry (pdf), reports C/Net. The FCC will investigate (pdf) the state of innovation and competition in the U.S. wireless market, indicating that more regulation may be coming to the industry. The FCC will look for ways it can […]

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announced today that they received almost 2,200 applications requesting nearly $28 billion in funding for proposed broadband projects reaching all 50 U.S. states. This is the first round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding aimed at expanding broadband […]