FASTTAKES: European Commission, NGMN Alliance, Ditech Networks

Staff Writer
03 Sep 2009

EU gives LTE a $26m boost

The European Commission has put further fiscal weight behind the push towards LTE, announcing that it will kick €18 million ($25.6 million) into 4G mobile research.

The EC has been a strong supporter of LTE research funding since 2004. During 2004 - 2007, the EU supported the Winner I and II research projects on optimization and standardization of LTE.

The projects were run by a consortium of 41 European companies and universities with €25 million in commission funding.

Last month, EU member states and the European Parliament approved the commission's proposal to make the 900 MHz band available for use in LTE and other technologies.

The commission said that based on Europe's joint research and the strength of the EU's single market, LTE should enjoy that same dominance of usage as the GSM standard.

NGMN eyes LTE patent pool admins

The NGMN Alliance has issued a public request for information on LTE (long term evolution) patent pool administration, inviting prospective administrators to take part in the process. The exercise is meant to gather information on potential LTE patent pools for NGMN partners.

Ditech Networks joins VoLGA Forum

Ditech Networks has joined the Voice over LTE via Generic Access (VoLGA) Forum. The move is aimed at helping Ditech's efforts in providing carriers with solutions that satisfy customers, control costs, and generate revenue as telcos migrate into long term evolution.

P1 W1MAX signs up 80,000 customers in first year

Packet One Networks said it has signed up more than 80,000 subscribers a year after rolling out its P1 W1MAX high-speed wireless broadband service. The company is also contributing in the Malaysian government's efforts to ensure that the country achieves 50% household broadband penetration rate by 2010.

Yota subscribers top 100,000

Yota said its base of active subscribers has breached the 100,000 mark in mid-August, only two and a half months since it started commercial operation. In July alone, average subscriber traffic was pegged at 10.3GB.

SRA unit puts in $5m in Proxim Wireless

Proxim Wireless said it has received an equity investment of $7.5 million, with $5 million coming from Japan's SRA OSS and the rest coming from existing investors. SRA's investment in Proxim will aid in the continued development and marketing of the latter’s Wimax and 4G wireless solutions for the carrier, service provider, government and enterprise markets.

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