Semtech LoRa Wireless RF Technology Adopted by Metering Companies throughout China

LoRa RF technology’s unique feature set offers cost-optimized, scalable solution for automated metering services

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Wireless Broadband Alliance and UCLG liaise on development of Connected Cities

Partnership will play key role in development of Wireless Global Congress and Connected City Advisory Board

Singapore

The Wireless Broadband Alliance today announced that it has signed a formal agreement with United Cities and Local Governments Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities (UCLG-CDC) to work closely together on the development of Connected City initiatives. The partnership will play an integral role in the development of the Connected City Summit at the WBA Wireless Global Congress, taking place on 28th June in Liverpool.

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Mobile Now Act to Increase Spectrum

Bill increases the development of 5G wireless broadband

Today, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to approve the MOBILE NOW Act (S. 2555) with amendments for consideration by the full Senate. This bill, introduced by Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would increase the development of next-generation 5G wireless broadband by freeing up more spectrum for both commercial licensed and unlicensed use and improving broadband infrastructure deployment.

The following can be attributed to Phillip Berenbroick, Counsel for Government Affairs at Public Knowledge:

Samsung Electronics to produce new Qualcomm chips in blow to TSMC

Samsung could gain more than $1B from the Snapdragon 820 orders at its Taiwanese rival's expense

Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc said on Thursday Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will become the sole manufacturer of its new flagship mobile chip, a major boost for the South Korean tech giant as it vies for deals with bigger rival TSMC.

The deal, which some analysts estimate is worth over $1 billion, comes as Samsung, a major Apple Inc supplier, is heading into another profit drop this year due to slowing demand for consumer electronics and components.

Thailand's telecoms regulator extends 4G auction time

Regulator also plans to hold another auction for two 4G licenses of 900 MHz frequency on Dec. 15

Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's telecoms regulator on Wednesday has extended auction time for two licenses of fourth generation (4G) mobile spectrum after almost 10 hours of bidding that pushed up a combined prices to more than 49 billion baht ($1.37 billion).

Thailand's top mobile operators have bid aggressively to win licenses for bandwidth on the 1800 MHz frequency with base prices of 15.91 billion baht per license.

Looking ahead Towards the Anticipated Benefits of 5G

Key motivator of 5G is to meet the growing demand for high quality and high speed wireless connectivity across the globe beyond 2020

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Alphabet, Indonesian companies to expand Web access via balloons

Solar-powered balloons to deliver Internet access to antennae connected to buildings on the ground

Reuters

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc, the new holding company for Google, has teamed up with three Indonesian telecommunications companies to expand Internet access in that country using solar-powered balloons.

Alphabet officials, including co-founder Sergey Brin, and representatives from Indonesian companies Telkomsel, XL Axiata Tbk PT and Indosat Tbk PT signed an agreement Wednesday to bring so-called Project Loon to the nation of 250 million people.

Ericsson profit misses forecasts, hit by China slowdown

Reinforces concerns that another major growth market had passed its peak

Reuters

STOCKHOLM/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Slowing demand for new mobile networks in China pushed third quarter sales and profit for Sweden's Ericsson below forecasts and reinforced concerns that another major growth market had passed its peak.

Like-for-like sales at Ericsson, the world's biggest maker of mobile telecoms network equipment, dropped 9 percent in the third quarter, with declines in China and Europe.

Argentina celebrates second satellite launch, technology milestone

Local construction is a source of national pride and a relatively new industry for the country

Reuters

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - With the launch of its second telecommunications satellite made in Argentina on Wednesday, President Cristina Fernandez celebrated the country's technology milestone and wants the South American nation to manufacture eight more over the next 20 years.

Launched from French Guyana atop an Ariane 5 rocket, the satellite will provide telecommunications services across much of the western hemisphere. Argentina last year launched its first satellite which provided country-wide coverage.

China's Xiaomi announces telecom carrier service, new flagship handset

Foray into sector could kickstart MVNO industry and provide a boost for Chinese telecom regulators

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Xiaomi Inc, China's leading smartphone maker, announced on Tuesday two prepaid wireless plans to mark its debut as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) competing against China's national carriers.

MVNOs, which purchase network capacity from large carriers and resell mobile plans under their own branding, have failed to gain traction in China, where three state-owned giants dominate the telecoms industry.

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