News In Brief: O2, BT, AT&T, Qualcomm, France Telecom
O2, Orange and Vodafone will trial IMB mobile broadcasting technology for three months in the UK from October, to assess the potential of the technology to deliver mobile TV services over TDD spectrum. IP Wireless will provide the core broadcast technology, with Ericsson handling service integration and the media platform.
More than half of all the UK’s broadcast services will be carried digitally by the autumn, BT says. The firm is ahead of schedule with an upgrade to the country’s 120 digital transmitters, with a third of the work completed already.
France Telecom will pump 700 million Swiss francs (€514 million) into Orange Switzerland over the next five years, improving 3G coverage and launching entertainment services, WSJ.com reports. The telco is making the investment after a planned merger with TDC fell through.
AT&T and Cinterion Wireless Modules yesterday launched a quick-start kit providing tools to create HSPA-based specialty machine-to-machine products to device developers using Cinterion’s modules.
Qualcomm expects the first commercial products based on its new femtocell chipset to launch by the end of the year, after launching sample quantities of the silicon yesterday. The FSM9xxx-series complies with 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards, and feature a 1GHz microprocessor core.