Cars to be fitted with automatic emergency calling from mid-2018

Some members EU Parliament say the proposal does not go far enough to protect drivers' privacy

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - All cars and light vans in Europe will have to be fitted with automatic emergency calling devices from April 2018 under new rules approved by European Union lawmakers on Tuesday, which could cut road deaths by 10 percent a year.

The so-called eCall device will automatically alert the nearest emergency centre in the event of a crash by calling the EU-wide emergency number 112, which will give authorities information such as the exact location and time of the crash and the number of passengers in the vehicle.

Turkey minister says might cancel 4G tender, switch to 5G

Officials have previously said 4G services would be offered from the start of 2016

Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey could cancel a May tender for 4G telecoms infrastructure after President Tayyip Erdogan urged the country not to "lose time" with the technology and move straight to 5G, the trade minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Erdogan last week called for a move to fifth-generation mobile networks, within two years, skipping the current 4G technology, which cast doubt over the ongoing tender process.

Turkish telecommunications are currently based on 3G technology.

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Google rolls out new U.S. wireless service

Will be available on only one device and has limited carrier coverage

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc on Wednesday launched a new U.S. wireless service that switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to curb data use and keep phone bills low.

The service, Google's first entry into the wireless industry, will work only on the company's Nexus 6 phones and be hosted through Sprint Corp and T-Mobile's networks, Google said in a statement.

The service, called Project Fi, will automatically switch between the two networks and more than 1 million open, free Wi-Fi spots, depending on which signal is strongest.

Swedish mobile operators battle it out in Kazakhstan

Numbers of users is rising Central Asia's biggest economy, which has a population 17 million

Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A battle being played out in Kazakhstan between Sweden's two leading mobile operators has intensified this year as Tele2 slowly makes up ground on market leader TeliaSonera.

Kazakhstan is Central Asia's biggest economy and while it has a population of just 17 million, the number of mobile users is rising. TeliaSonera has been in the country for more than a decade, while Tele2 entered in 2010 and is investing in its network as it seeks to win market share.

FCC to open up valuable airwaves for tech and telecom companies

'Citizens Broadband Radio Service' has been under development since 2012

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Friday voted to open a swath of government-controlled airwaves for commercial use by tech and telecom companies such as Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc as they seek to meet growing data demands from new wireless devices.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to chalk out a process to allow companies free access to the frequencies in the 3.5 gigahertz band.

Those airwaves' ability to carry heavy data across short distances makes them particularly attractive to companies.

Sprint unit launches prepaid cell-phone service to Cuba

Less than 2 million out of Cuba's population of 11 million have cell phones

Reuters

MIAMI (Reuters) - Boost Mobile, part of Sprint Corp, on Thursday launched a prepaid plan for U.S. consumers calling and texting Cuba, taking advantage of new, relaxed U.S. commercial regulations with the Communist-run island nation.

The Obama administration's new Cuban policy regulations approved by the Treasury and Commerce departments have opened the door for U.S.-based telecommunications firms to start potentially lucrative services to Cuba.

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.

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