Why the future is not super-fast 5G

Will global wireless networks change as much in the period 2015 – 2025 as they did in 2005 – 2015?

Moore’s Law has held for many decades and provided a very sound basis for predicting across multiple industries. But all such empirical laws break down eventually, the question is just when. Is it time to seek a different way of looking at the next generation of mobile phone that has been used in the past?

Nokia close to buying Alcatel's mobile networks unit: Les Echos

The French business daily said an announcement could come 'quickly'

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia Oyj is close to a deal to buy Alcatel-Lucent's mobile networks unit to boost its core business especially in the United States and China, Les Echos newspaper reported on Monday.


The French business daily said an announcement could come "quickly," citing a source close to the matter. The paper said meetings between managers at the two companies had increased since January.


Alcatel and Nokia declined to comment.

U.S. FCC imposes $25 million fine on AT&T over customer data breach

Data was used by call center employees to request handset-unlock codes and shared with third parties

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission reached a $25 million settlement with AT&T Inc over a consumer data breach at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines, the U.S. communications regulator said on Wednesday.


The breaches led to unauthorized disclosure of names and full or partial Social Security numbers and illegal access to account information of about 280,000 U.S customers of AT&T, a senior FCC official told reporters on a conference call.

Rights group sues DEA over bulk collection of phone records

Asks court to declare program unlawful and to bar the DEA from collecting call records in bulk again

Reuters

(Reuters) - Opening another front in the legal challenges to U.S. government surveillance, a human rights group has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration for collecting bulk records of Americans' telephone calls to some foreign countries.


Lawyers for Human Rights Watch filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit asks a judge to declare unlawful the DEA program, which ended in September 2013 after about 15 years, and to bar the DEA from collecting call records in bulk again.

IBM forges mobile app partnership with China Telecom

State-owned carrier to host IBM's MobileFirst service, allowing corporations to manage iPhone and iPad apps

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - International Business Machines (IBM) has struck a deal with China Telecom Corp Ltd to offer and manage corporate-grade mobile apps, the latest in a string of tie-ups with Chinese firms.

Under the agreement, state-owned China Telecom will host on its servers IBM's MobileFirst service, which helps corporations manage apps for Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad devices.

Teardown of new Samsung Galaxy smartphone suggests deeper loss for Qualcomm

In-house semiconductor business to source more parts, including modem and power management IC chips

Reuters

SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd used more of its own chips to power the new Galaxy S6 smartphone than it did for the predecessor S5, according to an early teardown report, in a blow to U.S. chip supplier Qualcomm Inc.

Samsung is not only using its own Exynos mobile processor, as had been widely reported, but also decided to rely on its in-house semiconductor business to source other parts, including the modem and power management integrated circuit chips, Ottawa-based consultancy Chipworks said in a web posting dated April 2.

FCC inches toward reforming airwave auction discounts

Most complex and biggest auction yet is expected in 2016

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are moving forward with plans to change the rules for government airwaves auctions to prevent big companies from tapping a discount program intended for small businesses, according to an FCC official familiar with the matter.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday circulated a so-called "public notice" to the rest of the commissioners, seeking further comments on specific proposals for how to reform a bidding discount program that has recently come under fire, the official said.

Ethiopia launches 4G mobile service in the capital

African telecoms surging, with subscribers across the continent near 650 million in 2013

Reuters

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's state-run telecoms monopoly has launched a fourth generation (4G) mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa, aiming to catch up with the high-speed communications available in some east African neighbors such as Kenya and Uganda.

Africa's telecoms industry is booming, with subscribers across the continent totaling almost 650 million in 2013, up from just 25 million in 2001, according to the World Bank.

But analysts say high-speed connections are vital to maintaining growth and supporting the wider economy.

5th European Data Protection Days 2015

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015
End Date: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Germany:

The event will be taking place for the fifth time in Berlin. We are proud to announce we could win speakers such as Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, USA, Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Fleischer, Google and Ben Wizner, lawyer to Edward Snowden. We bring together international experts for networking, insights and exchange.

U.S labor board says some T-Mobile policies are illegal

NLRB says 'revise or rescind the unlawful rules'

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. National Labor Relations Board ruled that certain labor policies of wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc were unfair, including some practices that discouraged workers from organizing.

NLRB Judge Christine Dibble said in an order on Wednesday that several provisions in T-Mobile's employee handbook, code of conduct, confidentiality agreement and form asking employee's to comply with unlawful work rules were unfair labor practices.

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