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Archive for June, 2011

Smartphones Now Dominant in US

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 30th, 2011

According to Nielsen’s May survey of mobile consumers in the U.S., 38 percent now own smartphones. Apple’s iOS up, Android is flat, and RIM is down among recent acquirers. And 55 percent of those who purchased a new handset in the past three months reported buying a smartphone instead of a feature phone. That’s up […]

Ericsson Demos 1 Gbps Advanced LTE

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 30th, 2011

Ericsson this week demonstrated a technology demonstration using LTE Advanced, for the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). The demonstration, held in Kista, Sweden, featured wireless speeds of nearly 1 Gbps The system bonded 3, 20MHz channels together (60MHz aggregated) in a mobile environment for the first time and used their commercial RBS 6000 basestation. […]

Lightsquared Files Official FCC Report

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 30th, 2011

Innovative satphone provider LightSquared officially submitted it’s plan to use satphone frequencies on terrestrial towers to U.S. regulators today. LightSquared claims their proposed solution resolves interference for approximately 99.5 percent of all commercial GPS devices- including 100 percent of the 300 million GPS-enabled cell phones. Its plan to reduce interference would not use half the […]

Skype for Android 2.0

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 30th, 2011

Skype today announced an updated version of its Skype for Android app – Skype for Android 2.0. Handsets that support video calling are currently limited to the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S. The new version can make and receive free 1-to-1 video calls over […]

Ergen Likely Got TerreStar

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2011

TerreStar Networks did not receive any competing bids for its assets Monday, clearing the way for Dish Network to acquire the company for about $1.38 billion, reports Reuters. A 5 p.m. deadline came and went with Dish’s $1.375 billion minimum or “stalking horse” bid, submitted June 15, remaining the only offer on the table, said […]

White Space Test in UK

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2011

The Financial Times said that Microsoft is set to lead a UK consortium trialling the use of “white space” spectrum to deliver mobile broadband services, with other participants including the BBC, BT, Nokia, Samsung and media company BSkyB. “Spectrum is a finite natural resource. We can’t make more and we must use it efficiently and […]