IEEE Publishes Broadband-Over-Power Line Standard

Standard enables communications data rates in excess of 500 Mbps

IEEE (Piscataway, NJ USA) has announced that the final IEEE 1901 Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard was finalized in December 2010 and is now available at its website. Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, this BPL standard is designed for use in a wide range of applications including smart energy, transportation and Local Area Networks (LANs) in both the home and the enterprise.

Dish Network buys DBSD for $1 billion

Deal includes DBSD’s existing debt

Dish Network Corp. (Meridian, CO, USA) will purchase DBSD North America for approximately $1 billion. DBSD is a combination satellite and land-based communication company.

DBSD is currently is chapter 11 bankruptcy and, as a condition of the purchase, Dish has agreed to an $87.5 million debtor credit. The deal will include interest that is accruing on DBSD’s existing debt. The transaction will be finalized after regulatory approval and DBSD’s emergence from bankruptcy.

Dish is a satellite TV company that provides service to over 14 million U.S. subscribers.

Vodafone names Gerard Kleisterlee its new chairman

Former Philips Chief Executive takes over for Sir John Bond

Reuters

Vodafone (London) has named outgoing Philips Chief Executive Gerard Kleisterlee as its new chairman. Kleisterlee, who has spent his entire career at Philips, will take over from John Bond at Vodafone's annual general meeting later this year, 12 months after Bond endured a small rebellion over his role in the firm's strategy.

Research suggests mobile backhaul market will exceed $8 billion by 2015

Overall growth of more than 40 percent

Dell'Oro Group

In a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group (Redwood City, CA, USA), mobile backhaul market revenues are expected to exceed $8 billion by 2015. The report tracks two market segments: Transport, which includes microwave transmission and optical transport equipment, and Routers and Switches, which includes cell site devices, carrier Ethernet switches, and service provider edge routers used for IP-based mobile backhaul.

France Telecom and Vodafone report partially restored services in Egypt

Both companies issue statements

Both France Telecom (Paris) and Vodafone Egypt (Cairo) have released statements claiming some services have been restored to their Egyptian customers.

The Vodafone unit and France Telecom (itself a unit of Orange) are the largest carriers in Egypt share the majority of the responsibility for the region’s Internet and mobile blackout last week.

Vodafone posted the following message on its main international website on Friday, which claimed the company was simply following the orders of the Egyptian government:

SK Telecom announces specifics for the first South Korean LTE network

Samsung, LG-Ericsson and Nokia Siemens will provide equipment

SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea) has announced technical specifications for its upcoming 4G LTE network, the first in South Korea. The company will begin providing commercial LTE services in Seoul by July this year and plans to expand the service to the Seoul metropolitan area and six other metropolitan cities by 2012. The service will become nationwide by 2013.

SK Telecom announces specifics for the first South Korean LTE network

Samsung, LG-Ericsson and Nokia Siemens will provide equipment

SK Telecom (Seoul, South Korea) has announced technical specifications for its upcoming 4G LTE network, the first in South Korea. The company will begin providing commercial LTE services in Seoul by July this year and plans to expand the service to the Seoul metropolitan area and six other metropolitan cities by 2012. The service will become nationwide by 2013.

LightSquared secures FCC approval

Concerns over Defense Department interference mitigated

In follow-up to last week's report that LightSquared (Reston, VA, USA), an upstart 4G wholesaler, may interfere with systems such as Defense Department communications, the company announced it has secured approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to offer dual-mode or terrestrial-only devices.

ABI: Handset telematics will spike by 2016

Issues such as safety and interoperability still remain

The number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will explode from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016, with North America as the dominant region, according to the latest ABI Research (New York) forecasts.

Iridium signs five new partners, including KORE Telematics

Digi, ACR Electronics, DeLorme, and Xact Technology also on board

Iridium Communications Inc. (McLean, VA, USA) has signed agreements with five new partners to market Iridium-based solutions for the mobile machine-to-machine sector. The company hopes these new partnerships will open up numerous customer opportunities.

Iridium--formerly "Iridium Satellite LLC"--operates a network of 66 active orbiting satellites used for worldwide voice and data communication from handsets and other transceivers.

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