Telecom Sector

China's telecoms giant Huawei refutes Australian cyber fears

China's telecoms giant Huawei refutes Australian cyber fears

Telecommunications equipment maker Huawei has criticized Australian Government for its claim that the Chinese firm is a security risk to Australia.

Australian Government recently blocked Huawei from bidding on its ambitious $36 billion-dollar National Broadband Network (NBN) project due to China's reputation for cyber-espionage.

Huawei, which was set up by a former People's Liberation Army engineer, was blocked from bidding after intelligence operatives strongly recommended the government's National Security Committee to do so.

U.S. Cellular enters 4G LTE arena with Samsung Galaxy tablet

U.S. Cellular enters 4G LTE arena with Samsung Galaxy tablet

U. S. Cellular on Thursday announced the launch of its commercial LTE (Long-Term Evolution) service, and the Samsung Galaxy tablet became the first device to be rolled out on its fourth-generation network.

Chicago-based wireless carrier U. S. Cellular is offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for $499.99, following a $100 mail-in rebate.

The tablet is available on two plans, 200MB and 5GB of data plans, which cost $14.99 and $54.99 a month. Those who will cross the allotted data will be charged $0.25 per megabyte.

Qualcomm’s 802.11ac tech may be rolled out simultaneous for access point chips and end-use devices

Qualcomm’s 802.11ac tech may be rolled out simultaneous for access point chips a

Qualcomm Atheros' wireless networking 802.11ac technology will probably be rolled out simultaneous for both access point chips and end-use devices, Qualcomm senior vice president Rob Chandhok said.

The first batch of 802.11ac chipsets are expected to be released late this year or early next year, depending on the confirmation of the engineering standard by an industry consortium.

Speaking on the topic, Chandhok said, "The adoption is going to be much faster once it's ready. We're going to drive this into the market."

FCC not to approve LightSquared's proposal to build 4G-LTE network

FCC not to approve LightSquared's proposal to build 4G-LTE network

According to an e-mailed statement by Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s spokeswoman Tammy Sun, the FCC had decided against approving startup LightSquared's proposal to build a countrywide 4G-LTE network.

The US government's decision to break up with LightSquared is essentially an upshot of the results of a recent testing which showed that the startup's proposed wireless venture - of an open-access, wholesale wireless broadband network that combines satellite and terrestrial technology - disrupts navigation gear, since its signals interfere with global-positioning system.

O2 to conduct one-day remote working trial

O2 to conduct one-day remote working trial

Mobile phone operator O2 will carry out a one-day remote working trial on Wednesday to see how it could avoid any possible disruption during upcoming London Olympic Games.

Under the trial, a total of 2,500 employees at the network provider’s Slough, Berkshire-based headquarters will work from home, cafes and O2 stores.

Ben Dowd, business director at O2, said the Olympic Games would bring operating, travel as well as business challenges.

He added that the trial would help O2 and others companies in planning for contingency plans to meet the potential challenges.

AT&T posts $6.7 billion Q4 loss largely due to failure of T-Mobile deal

AT&T posts $6.7 billion Q4 loss largely due to failure of T-Mobile deal

In comparison to a $1.09 billion profit in the fourth quarter a year back, AT&T has posted a mammoth $6.7 billion fourth-quarter loss this time round, largely due to the breakup fees resulting from the failure of its proposed T-Mobile acquisition.

While the analysts had expected AT&T to report a fourth-quarter profit of 43 cents per share during the quarter, the company's profit - after discounting the charges that it had to undertake because of the $4 billion breakup fee - stood at 42 cents per share. The profit for the same quarter a year earlier was 55 cents per share.

AT&T seeks FCC’s approval for spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

AT&T seeks FCC’s approval for spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

In a formal request to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), AT&T and T-Mobile have sought the commission approval for the transfer of $1 billion in wireless spectrum which AT&T had promised to T-Mobile in case the proposed move to merge the two carriers failed to materialize.

FCC approves AT&T’s 4G spectrum purchase from Qualcomm

FCC approves AT&T’s 4G spectrum purchase from Qualcomm

Within days of its failed T-Mobile merger, AT&T has received the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s approval for its $1.92-billion purchase of 700MHz spectrum from Qualcomm --- a move which will help AT&T expand its 4G LTE network.

The 4G spectrum license which AT&T is acquiring was earlier used by Qualcomm for the FLO TV service which has been discontinued.

AT&T ranks lowest on consumer satisfaction; still manages to retain customers

AT&T ranks lowest on consumer satisfaction; still manages to retain customers

The most recent wireless carrier ratings by Consumer Reports (CR) have revealed that AT&T has, for the second consecutive year, been placed right at the bottom, in terms of customer satisfaction.

Despite the fact that AT&T’s somewhat blemished reputation makes it rather unsurprising that AT&T has ranked at the last place in CR ratings, the key reason for the carrier faring badly on the customer satisfaction front is that the widely increased use of smartphones has led to network congestion problems.

BT files patent-infringement lawsuit against Google

BT files patent-infringement lawsuit against Google

The latest addition to the long list of complainants involved in patent-infringement lawsuits with Google is British Telecommunications (BT) which Thursday filed a civil suit against the Internet search biggie in the US District Court for the District of Delaware.

In its recently-filed lawsuit, BT has accused Google of having breached six of its patents with Android devices and some other services; and is seeking an injunction against Google, along with unspecified damages.