Femtocell market ignited by vendor battles, price erosion, shift to the enterprise

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its first quarter Femtocell Equipment market share and forecast report, which tracks femtocells by market segment, technology, and form factor. According to the report, following a 20% surge the previous quarter, global 2G and 3G femtocell revenue dipped 2.7% in 1Q12, even as femtocell unit shipments grew 14.0%

KPN expected to pay shareholders less, invest more

Reuters

KPN is likely to pay less to shareholders and invest more in its telecoms networks after Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim took effective control, analysts said, in a strategy reversal intended to revive the Dutch company. America Movil, owned by Slim, acquired a 27.7% stake in KPN last week, becoming its biggest shareholder with effective control due to the low attendance rate at shareholders meetings.

The 2012 Olympic communication challenges ahead

This summer's Olympic Games in London will be the climax of several years of planning by various organizing committees, including LOCOG - the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - the UK government-appointed organization tasked with preparing and staging the London 2012 Games.

M2M, WiFi likely to offer more roaming opportunities than legislation

The biggest growth opportunities in the roaming market for operators today exist in areas other than regulation, according to a survey conducted by MACH, a provider of cloud-based managed communication services. Wi-Fi and M2M both generated the most interest amongst delegates and industry experts at MACH Insights 2012.

SBA Communications acquires 3,252 towers from TowerCo for $1.45 billion

On Tuesday, SBA Communications Corporation, an independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure across North and Central America, announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with certain affiliates of TowerCo, an independent tower company, that own 3,252 tower sites in 47 states across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The deal will take SBA’s tower count to over 15,000.

Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market to grow eightfold to $2.2 billion by 2017

Global revenue for carrier Wi-Fi access points and controllers will reach $2.2 billion in 2017 to reach a level equivalent to almost one-half of the traditional enterprise or consumer Wi-Fi segments in the same period, says research firm ABI Research.

The majority of the total market in 2011 was accounted for by Cisco, Ruckus Wireless, and Ericsson/BelAir, and as traditional mobile infrastructure vendors add Wi-Fi to their portfolios, these early market share rankings will fluctuate.

Optimizing a service provider network

Broadband access and broadband services will be the main driver of revenue growth for mobile service providers over the next five years. However, there is currently a significant strain being placed on wireless networks. With smartphone and tablet adoption on the rise and user demand for mobile video continuing to explode, service providers are increasingly challenged to manage expanding networks.

European telcos count on 4G for pricing power

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European telecom operators are planning to charge customers more for faster new fourth-generation (4G) mobile services in the hope of recouping massive network investments and clawing back lost pricing power.


It's a risky approach since it could put off recession-weary customers and slow the adoption of a technology that benefits telcos by lowering operating costs and helping reduce network overload.

Ciena helps Samsung deploy optical mesh network

Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Monday announced that Samsung SDS Co., Ltd., an information and communications technology service provider, has deployed Ciena's full portfolio of intelligent Packet-Optical Switching, Packet-Optical Transport, Carrier Ethernet (CES) and ON-Center Management Suite services to create its own private network, which will connect offices and employees across multiple locations globally.

U.S. probes China telecoms for ties to communist government

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U.S. lawmakers are pressing two top Chinese technology companies to disclose their inner workings in a probe into security threats to U.S. telecommunications. Closely held Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp were asked Tuesday by letter to document, among other things, their interactions with the Chinese Communist Party and advice given to them by five consultancies, including International Business Machines Corp, Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). ZTE also was asked about its business in Iran.

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