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Infi ghting is delaying new services, say MPs

on the horizon, a House of Commons committee has condemned “infi ghting” between mobile network operators, which it believes is delaying the rollout of faster broadband services. Introducing a report on its


recent inquiry into spectrum, John Whittingdale MP, chair of the Cul- ture, Media and Sport Commit- tee, said: “Ofcom has had a very diffi cult job adjudicating between competing and polarized interests, and we are concerned that constant disagreement and special pleading from the four mobile network operators appears to have further delayed the spectrum auction. “We believe that the basic rules

for the auction which Ofcom has laid down are sensible and fair, and that further delays will result in the UK falling further behind in this vital area. T e auction needs to proceed as soon as possible.” Ofcom has proposed that one

of the spectrum licences should mobile Internet coverage to be provided to least 95 per cent of the population. But the commit- tee believes that Ofcom should go further, setting the coverage

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Olympics: LOCOG, the London 2012 organizing committee, is preparing to invite tenders for a trunked radio system to cover the Olympic Park and also radio retuning services. Interested parties can register at Congestion: fl eet management systems provider Trimble is calling on companies to prepare now to minimize disruption to London’s roads at the start of next year’s Olympic Games. Monday, July 30 is expected to be one of the most congested days London has ever seen, as tens of thousands of people descend on London. Transport for London has suggested ways of alleviating some of the pressure on businesses, including staggering working hours, temporarily relocating employees and conducting early morning or late night deliveries. Bluetooth: Apple’s new iPhone 4S, launched last month, was the fi rst mobile phone with Bluetooth v4.0 to reach the market. Features of Bluetooth 4.0 include a low-energy mode which, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, now provides the fi rst global standard for ‘smart sensors’ in healthcare, fi tness, sports, the automotive industry and home automation.


Data growth: mobile operator Three UK reports that 97 per cent of all traffi c that passes through its network is now data. In a 14-month period between June last year and September this year, the network’s smartphone-using customers generated an increase in data traffi c of no less than 427 per cent. On the move: British APCO, whose annual exhibition and conference has hitherto taken place in London under the BAPCO banner (British Association of Public Safety Communications Offi cials), is moving to Manchester for its 2012 event, with a fresh agenda focusing on knowledge exchange, integration of new technology, spectrum allocation and harmonization. Dates are April 16–17, 2012. For details, visit M-health: the Continua Health Alliance, an industry organization which focuses on technology for personal healthcare, is to collaborate with the NFC Forum, a body dedicated to Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, to expand standards-based connectivity in the health IT industry. The partners plan to simplify the exchange of digital information in healthcare products.

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ith a major UK spectrum auction looming distantly

requirement at 98 per cent. And it argues that Ofcom should consider applying this obligation to more than one licence. T e committee also says that it

is vital that spectrum users other than mobile service providers are not overlooked by policy makers and regulators. It recommends that Ofcom’s remit be widened in order that the interests of British businesses are best served.

Spectrum resources A report from the Electronic Communications Committee of the CEPT, the European club of telecommunications administra- tions, fi nds that past forecasts of mobile data traffi c have greatly underestimated its rate of growth. Calling for a review of spectrum estimates, the committee states that additional spectrum resources will stimulate competition in mobile broadband landscape to the benefi t of consumers, and will lead to in- novative services and applications. T e report has been welcomed

by the UMTS Form which predicts that daily data traffi c in typical Western European country will grow almost 70 times during the current decade.

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Rocketing data traffi c – predictions from an analysis by Ericsson

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obile data traffi c will grow tenfold between over the

coming fi ve years, according to a new forecast from Ericsson – and video will be the main driver. The forecast comes from

the company’s latest Traffi c and Market Data report, which assesses current trends with the aid of measurements recorded by Ericsson over several years in live networks covering all regions of the world. According to the report,

mobile broadband subscriptions will reach almost fi ve billion in 2016, representing an annual

60 per cent growth over the 900 million expected by the end of 2011. Internet access will continue to drive mobile traffi c growth on all devices; it is expected to grow by 60 per cent annually, driven mainly by video. At the same time, the data

consumed by smartphone users is surging: total smartphone traffi c is expected to triple during this year. By 2016, Ericsson expects, traffi c due to advanced smartphones will have increased 12-fold, to a level where it roughly equals that generated by mobile PCs.

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