News In Brief: Apple, FCC, Facebook, Nokia Siemens Networks, NTT DoCoMo, SoftBank Mobile
The radio reception on Apple’s iPhone 4 is “significantly worse” than comparable smartphones, according to PA Consulting Group. The device suffered connectivity problems when testers adopted the so-called “death grip” – holding the device in the bottom left corner – in comparison tests with RIM’s BlackBerry 9700 and HTC’s HD2.
The US FCC has cleared the first LTE phone for the US market, the CDMA-based Samsung SCH-R900.
Facebook may postpone its planned IPO until 2012, sources told Bloomberg. The social networking company had intended to go public next year.
Nokia Siemens Networks will provide consultancy services to DigiEcoCity, establishing a business model and ICT architecture for a new city being built in Gongging, China. DigiEcoCity has designed the town to be eco-friendly, and will offer smart metering, energy management and ICT infrastructure to 100,000 residents once completed.
NTT DoCoMo has bought multimedia software firm PacketVideo from NextWave Wireless, agreeing to pay $111.6 million (€85.4 million) for the 65% it didn’t already own. The Japanese carrier – which acquired 35% of PacketVideo in July 2009 - expects the deal to close by September 30.
Japanese carrier SoftBank Mobile is deploying Ericsson’s service aware support node (SASN) to offer new billing options to smartphone users. The carrier hopes to boost service quality by leveraging the SASN’s traffic monitoring functionally.