Wavesat, LGS partner for LTE device equipment; HSPA+ attracting fixed broadband subs in Europe

> LTE chip maker Wavesat and Alcatel-Lucent subsidiary LGS Innovations announced a strategic partnership that calls for the two to develop LTE mobile device equipment and technology for private and public network applications. Article

> Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has claimed that it has already signed up 100,000 wireless broadband subscribers after relaunching its 3G mobile and WiMAX-based services last month over upgraded core infrastructure. Article

> Two of Europe's leading wireless design houses, Nomor Research and Node-H, have signed a frame agreement to develop jointly a dual-mode protocol stack solution for LTE/HSPA femtocells. Article

> Consumers' enthusiasm for mobile broadband would appear to be unstoppable. With HSPA+ coverage now becoming widespread in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, a growing proportion--estimated at around 20 per cent--of fixed broadband customers want to migrate to using mobile connectivity. Article

And Finally... ­The world's first floating phone was unveiled last week. Makers of the JCB Toughphone Tradesman said it is fully functional after being submerged in water, and making its way to the surface. Article


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