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New Zealand offers Starlink mobile service

New Zealand telco is offering clients a new collaboration with SpaceX to provide Starlink satellite to mobile service. Beta testing is available now for emergency messages. “When the service goes live, there will be a Starlink satellite to mobile service for far greater coverage than available now. Whether you’re out on your boat, climbing […]

February 12, 2024By Chris Forrester

BT, Ericsson, Qualcomm network slicing success

BT Group, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, have successfully demonstrated end-to-end consumer and enterprise 5G differentiated connectivity enabled by network slicing on Ericsson’s 5G Core and Radio Access Network technology in the UK with devices powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy Mobile Platform. The trial, which took place at Adastral Park, BT Group’s […]

February 9, 2024

Lynk to merge with Slam

Lynk Global and special purchase acquisition company Slam Corp are to merge. The pair announced that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement under which Slam will combine with Lynk. Upon completion, the combined company will operate as Lynk Global Holdings, and its shares expected to be publicly listed on Nasdaq under the […]

February 9, 2024By Chris Forrester

Coordination problem for AST SpaceMobile

Officials from satellite company AST SpaceMobile met with FCC officials on December 14th 2023 over a potential problem with its frequency registrations. AST is building a super-constellation of satellites with the intention of supply a ‘direct-to-smartphone’ service. AT&T, Vodafone and Google are investors in the company. AST is using Papua New Guinea (PNG) as its […]

February 7, 2024

Concerns over AST SpaceMobile’s 5G obligations

The US Rural Wireless Association (RWA) on February 1st wrote to FCC Jessica Rosenworcel about AST SpaceMobile and the satellite operator’s commitment to provide “supplemental coverage from space” at a minimum of 35 Mb/s download (and just 3 Mb/s upload) for broadband. AST is also looking to receive cash from the US government’s 5G Fund […]

February 6, 2024By Chris Forrester

Gogo wins initial legal spat over 5G

In-Flight communications specialist Gogo Business Aviation has won an appeal held at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and which upheld an earlier verdict at the US District Court in Delaware and which involved denying SmartSky Networks’ motion for preliminary injunction against Gogo Business Aviation to keep it from selling its Gogo […]

February 2, 2024By Chris Forrester

Filing explains SpaceX’s Direct-2-Cell service

Chris Forrester There’s considerable interest in what various heavyweight suppliers might be doing in terms of Direct-2-Cell satellite telephony. Apple, Google, AST SpaceMobile and others, including SpaceX’s Starlink, are very busy in this area. A filing with the FCC from T-Mobile on January 18th (which is linked with Starlink) explains their intentions, and the practical […]

February 1, 2024By Chris Forrester

Virgin Media O2, Tesco Mobile renew JV

Virgin Media O2 and Tesco, owners of Tesco Mobile, have signed a 10-year renewal of their 50:50 joint venture. Two decades after it was first formed, Tesco Mobile has grown to be the UK’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), with more than 5.5 million customers. The renewal of the joint venture will ensure that […]

January 31, 2024

New 5G broadcasting experimental licences filed in US

XGen Network, in partnership with HC2 and EGOT Media, has filed for two new experimental 5G broadcast licences in the US with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This move is in collaboration with HC2 stations WTXX-LD as well as EGOT Media’s WYJH-LD, to join Milachi Media’s WWOO-LD in Boston for Phase Two Proof of Concept […]

January 30, 2024

Forecast: NZ telco, pay-TV services revenue to remain stagnant

The total telecom and pay-TV services revenue in New Zealand is poised to register a marginal compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.7 per cent between 2023 and 2028, with continued decline in mobile voice service revenue denting the overall growth prospects, despite considerable revenue growth in mobile data and fixed broadband segments, according to […]

January 29, 2024