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No Health Risks from Mobile Phones, NEC Report Findings

A report released by a Norwegian Expert Committee says there is no scientific evidence that low-level electromagnetic field exposure from mobile phones causes adverse health effects. The group found no evidence that the low-level fields around mobile phones and other transmitters increase the risk of cancer, impair male fertility, cause other reproductive damage, or lead to other diseases and adverse health effects, such as changes to the endocrine and immune systems. Since there are no uncertainties in the health risk assessment of low-level electromagnetic fields that warrant introduction of the precautionary principle, the Committee believes that general caution is sufficient. This means that exposure should not be higher than needed to achieve the intended purpose. In addition, the Committee also provides advice to authorities about risk management and regulatory practice in the report.

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Mobile phone sale touches one million mark in Pakistan

The development of telecom sector has resulted in a gush in the sale of mobile handsets in Pakistan, reaching the mark of around one million per month. There is a flood of different mobile handsets in the market, especially Chinese sets are the most favorite as they are available in latest features and designs and the price is also within the range of everyone.

Sale of mobile sets remains the same, no matter the economy is in shambles. The ratio of mobile subscribers has reached around 100 million in Pakistan, which is a clear manifestation of telecom development in the country.

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NTC plans to lay submarine cable between Pakistan, UAE

National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) has planned to lay a submarine cable between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The estimated cost of laying the cable will be worked out by a consultant in the proposed techno-commercial study and feasibility, besides tracing source of funding, an official source told APP on Sunday.

The official said Pakistan was already connected with three international fiber-optic cables, but the reason for carrying out the feasibility of fiber-optic cable was to examine the technical and commercial viability of the project and have another option of SMW-3 & 4 and other networks at Fujairah (UAE) through NTC network Pakistan with Trans-Asia-Europe-Fiber-Optic-System (TAEFOS) for linking Central Asian Countries through China and Iran.


3 Denmark plans 4G switch-on

Danish cellular operator 3 Denmark has revealed that it plans to switch on its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network on 28  September. The firm will at the same time begin selling the new iPhone 5 handset. At launch, 3 Denmark’s 1800MHz and 2600           MHz LTE networks will cover 37% of the population, with coverage increasing to 50% by the end of the year. 3 Denmark is the operating brand of Hi3G Access Denmark, which is 60%-owned by Hong Kong-based telco Hutchison Whampoa and 40% by       Sweden’s Investor Group. It launched its 3G services in 2003 and claimed 829,000 subscribers and a 10.3% market share at                the end of June 2012.

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M1 goes live with commercial LTE network

M1 Limited (M1) has launched its nationwide commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in Singapore, in collaboration with network partner Huawei. Having inaugurated its 4G network in the city-state’s financial district in June 2011, the carrier has now expanded the LTE service countrywide to take advantage of the population’s appetite for mobile data and smartphones. Working with the Chinese vendor, M1 has launched the nationwide service using Huawei’s end-to-end single RAN LTE/EPC solution, which supports dual-band 1800MHz/2600MHz LTE, to maximise the cellco’s spectrum assets.

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Smart Communications now offering tri-band LTE

Smart Communications has successfully deployed Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the 1800MHz band, making its 4G service tri-band.

The cellco was already using the 850MHz band and the higher 2600MHz band to carry the service. PLDT, Smart network and IP systems head Rolando Pena said on the launch of its LTE services ‘We have the equipment, we have the capability, we have the system and we have the frequency asset. Why don’t we use it?’

The frequencies in question in the 1800MHz band once belonged to Smart’s former sister unit Pilipino Telephone Corp (or Piltel). Piltel’s frequencies and nationwide cellular mobile licence were transferred to Smart Broadband Inc, a subsidiary of Smart, when the former ceased to be a cellular operator.

Pena confirmed that the addition of the 1800MHz band brings to three the frequencies being used to support the LTE service. ‘By making these three bandwidths available, this deployment ensures that the Smart network has superior coverage and capacity, and the flexibility and resiliency to serve the needs of subscribers,’ said Pena. Smart is currently the only tri-band 4G/LTE operator in the region


Two Japanese LTE Network Launches Due This Friday

Japan’s Softbank and KDDI have both announced that they will launch LTE services this coming Friday (21st Sept), on the same day that they start sales of the LTE enabled iPhone 5.

Currently only NTT DoCoMo offers conventional LTE services, although Softbank has been offering a TD-LTE service which was unique to the country.

Softbank Mobile said that its FDD-LTE based service will cover all cities by the end of the year, with theoretical speeds of either 75Mbps or 37.5Mbps depending on location.

KDDI said that it would offer a theoretical peak download speed of upto 75Mbps, with an upgrade to 112.5Mbps next year. Coverage would be initially in the main cities, and then expanded to 96% of the population by next April.

Softbank Mobile said that its FDD-LTE based service will cover all cities by the end of the year, with theoretical speeds of either 75Mbps or 37.5Mbps depending on location.

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Iinet to offer mobile broadband via Optus’ LTE network

IiNet has signed an MVNO agreement with Optus Wholesale. Under the agreement, iiNet will offer services through the Optus 4G FD-LTE network to iiNet, Westnet, Netspace, and Internode customers.

The company will launch the 4G services with a choice of iiNet-branded devices, including a 4G wireless USB modem and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. The company will announce product details and service availability within the coming months, once Optus has confirmed the launch date of its wholesale 4G service, which will occur initially in selected areas of Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, and Perth.



Qualcomm Gobi LTE Modem Powers SoftBank Mobile Router

Qualcomm’s Gobi LTE modem, the MDM9215, has been implemented in the SoftBank 102Z, a new mobile broadband router for Japan.

The device, designed by ZTE, represents the second generation of Gobi-powered LTE products from SoftBank Mobile and features MDM9x15 chipsets built on the 28nm manufacturing process. The MDM9x15 chipset, which is part of Qualcomm’s Gobi family of modems, offers several gains to device manufactures. Qualcomm’s design and optimisations in the MDM9x15 chipset allowed ZTE to launch the product with SoftBank Mobile only two months.

The MDM9x15 chipset uses 30 percent less power and enables product designs with 30 percent less printed circuit board area, allowing for smaller and thinner form factors, while its multimode capacity enables connectivity between LTE TDD and DC-HSDPA networks. The MDM9x15 chipset features an integrated application processor that allows OEMs to develop and integrate value-added services, including hotspot functionality when the mobile access point feature is used.

In the case of the SoftBank 102Z, a mobile broadband router was fully implemented in connection with the chipset, allowing for 3G/LTE connectivity to be shared by up to ten devices via Wi-Fi.

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Ukraine dashes any hopes of 3G licensing this year

Ukrainian cellcos will have to continue their long wait for a 2100MHz 3G licence auction, as the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI), has confirmed that no funds will be released this year for         the conversion of frequencies from their current military allocation to commercial usage.

The regulator said that the military had not cleared the UAH800 million (USD97 million) necessary, while no other plan for raising funds had yet been approved by the government. The allocation of 3G licensing funding was not in the state’s 2012 budget, while the private sector’s hopes for an alternative route to 2100MHz – the sale of state-run Ukrtelecom’s TriMob 3G division – also stalled earlier this year on failure to agree over pricing.

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