As spectrum becomes increasingly scarce for mobile and wireless applications, the European Commission has called for new rules to enable spectrum-sharing in the European Union. Neelie Kroes, the EC's vice president for the Digital Agenda, said that "radio spectrum is economic oxygen," and has urged national regulators to adopt new rules to encourage more spectrum-sharing in a consistent way across the region. (See EC Proposes Spectrum Sharing Rules.)
Speculation continues to simmer over the fate of Nokia Siemens Network's business support systems (BSS) assets, with a report on Dow Jones, cited by Reuters, claiming that Ericsson is in "pole position" to snap them up. The proposed sale is part of a restructuring program NSN announced in November 2011. (See Is NSN Close to BSS Sale?)
Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) has launched LTE services in Moscow, using NSN gear and expertise. Downlink speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s are being touted on what, says MTS, is Russia's first LTE TDD network.
T-Mobile (UK) has started a trial of a mobile VoIP application called Clever Connect, which works over Wi-Fi or 3G. The app can be downloaded from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s App Store and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Play store.