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It was a week for rules and regulations, as the EC updated telecoms regulations and mulled copyright law reforms, and the TM Forum launched a new automated benchmark scheme.
 
Neelie Kroes, the EC’s digital agenda commissioner, pledged tough action on member states and regulators that fail to introduce new European telecoms rules unveiled on Tuesday.
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A senior SingTel exec has called for regulatory support for the right spectrum frequency to be allocated to operators implementing LTE, in order for the technology to take off.
 
Hurdles in the form of spectrum fragmentation and the lack of voice over LTE are significant challenges that have to be overcome, said SingTel’s VP for consumer products Chan Yim Leng

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ZTE has accused rival Huawei of using Europe’s legal system as a means of competitive bartering, after three courts agreed to block imports of ZTE products into the region. 

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Nokia’s Q1 smartphone shipments demonstrate the firm still has global clout, with Asia-Pacific emerging as a key region for the vendor, industry watchers at Canalys say.

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ZTE has been chosen to build for DiGi Telecommunications a unified mobile network that will provide DiGi with fully transformed 2G/3G/4G network starting in the third quarter.
 
This new network will be immediately capable of delivering download speeds of up to 42Mbps using HSPA+ and thereafter up to four times fa

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Spending on LTE infrastructure gear will expand to $27.9 billion globally, up from just $1.5 billion in 2010, according to report.
 
iSuppli reported that initially, LTE infrastructure spending will occur in North America, which accounted for $90 million out of $97 million in global LTE spending in 2009 and nearly half of worldwide spending in 2010.
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Huawei has thrown a spanner in the works of rival ZTE’s mobile devices plan, suing for patent and trademark infringement in a handful of European courts.
 
The Chinese vendor claims infringement of patents covering data card and LTE technologies, and trademark infringement on data card products, in lawsuits filed in France, Germany and Hungary just days after

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The European Commission dominated proceedings this week with declarations on child protection, mobile networks and net neutrality, while Chinese equipment vendors profited on handset sales.
 
Research showing a quarter of children aged 9 to 16 years leave social network profiles open to all put operators in the EC’s crosshairs.

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The threat a scissor effect in coming years, where mobile network costs outstrip data revenue, has led telecom executives at Mobile Broadband Asia 2011 to explore new methods of managing costs.
 
“Unlimited flat rate data has sped up internet adoption, but is not a sustainable model, especially where resources are limited,” said Herman Hermanudin, Indosa

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Irish operators Eircom and O2 have signed the first mobile network sharing deal in Ireland.

Dylan Bushell-Embling