Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has teamed up with satellite operator Inmarsat plc (London: ISAT) to develop a network that can deliver high-speed broadband services to air passengers. Scheduled to enter commercial service by the end of 2016, the network would be based on LTE technology and consist of an S-band satellite and a Europe-wide S-band ground network. The project partners are promising downlink speeds of up to 75 Mbit/s.
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has carried out a test of its WiFi offload solution, dubbed Real Time Traffic Steering, over Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (NYSE: TKC)'s network. The live trial, carried out in an Istanbul shopping mall, allowed users to be steered between Turkcell's 3G network and WiFi, depending on what worked best. Real Time Traffic Steering constantly assesses key performance indicators in both networks before shifting the user's smartphone connection.
Meanwhile, in another part of its empire, Ericsson has seen its Converged Wallet mobile money offering deployed by MTN Uganda, which has 7 million subscribers making use of phone-based financial services.
Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA), which is now controlled by Mexico's Carlos Slim, may have to set aside up to €40 million (US$50 million) to cover the consequences of a European court ruling on the pay and pensions of thousands of its staff who are still classed as public sector workers. Reuters reports that more than half of Telekom Austria's 9,000 employees are on public sector contracts, and the Court of Justice ruling will determine how their annual pay increases are calculated.
Telekom Slovenia, the state-owned operator that was put up for sale by the government last year, has seen its nine-month group net profit fall 19% year-on-year to €37.7 million ($47.3 million), reports Reuters.
The European Court of Justice has issued a ruling on the patent battle between Chinese rivals Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), which centers on ZTE's use of Huawei's patented LTE software in the basestations it sells in Germany. The court has ruled that it is down to the national regulator to decide on this particular case, but that in future such cases, which revolve around a "standard-essential patent" (SEP), require the holder of the SEP to alert the offending company to the infringement and present it with a written offer of a license on FRAND terms, before seeking an injunction. (See Euronews: ZTE Gets One Over Huawei.)
High-speed broadband services to air passengers Paul,
This is fantastic news. It will be great for airlines like norwegian.com for example, which has been proving free in-flight WiFi for some years now. I don't know specifics about their speed at the moment, but certainly a faster in-flight connection will be welcomed by everyone.
Exchange Catch 22 I guess withe the xchanges, it's a case of which can come first -- will enough cloud providers hook up to an exchange from a company such as Equinix before there is a signigficant mass of end users? And will end users sign up if they can only choose from a handful of cloud services?