Monday, December 18, 2006

Three operators acquire Germany-wide WiMAX licences

The German WiMAX licence auction ended on 15 December after 35 bidding rounds in three days with total bids amounting to EUR 56.07 million, reports German telecommunications regulator BNA. Three operators have acquired a licence in all 28 regions: Luxembourg-based Clearwire Europe, German regional WiMAX operator DBD and German operator Inquam Broadband. German ISP Televersa Online acquired licence packages in two regions, while Italy-based MGM Productions Group acquire a licence package in one region. German regional telecoms operator Ewe Tel dropped out of the auction on 13 December, because the bids for regional WiMAX licences in the north of Germany passed their economical viable targets. Clearwire paid the most for its 28 WiMAX licences almost EUR 20 million, followed by Inquam that paid around EUR 18 million and DBD with EUR 16.5 million. MGM paid EUR 1.2 million for its only licence and Televersa paid EUR 342,000 for its two licences.

DBD directly announced that it will start to roll-out WiMAX networks from the beginning of 2007, complementing its current regional WiMAX networks and plans to provide WiMAX services in the whole of Germany within a few years. The company plans to invest almost EUR 1 billion in the roll-out.

Monday, December 11, 2006

ATV's News Archive December 11th - December 15th

UK media regulator Ofcom plans to auction licences for the country's largest single release of radio spectrum with a total of 215 MHz, which can be used for services such as mobile broadband and advanced wireless.

The proposals are part of a wider programme to release around 400 MHz of prime spectrum over the next few years, the regulator said in a statement.

For now, Ofcom proposes to auction licences to use three spectrum bands: 2500-2690 MHz, 2010-2025 MHz and 2290-2300 MHz. It plans to release the spectrum on a technology and service neutral basis.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Government working with Nortel, Toshiba to test WiMAX services: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

The Japanese government is working with Nortel and Toshiba to trial next generation wireless broadband services using WiMAX technology to deliver mobile high speed broadband services in the northern Tohoku region. The pilot, being conducted by the Tohoku Bureau of Telecommunications, a regional arm of Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), is part of the regulator’s 'Next Generation Broadband Strategy 2010'.

Huawei Completes 3.6 Mbps Video Trials on 3G UMTS 900 MHz Network

Huawei technologies said it has completed video phone and HSDPA 3.6 Mbps services trials on a network in Europe using UMTS 900 MHz and that it plans to continue to conduct multiple UMTS 900 MHz field trials in Australia and Europe.