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India Seeks to Block 3G Roaming Deals Between Networks

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has again ordered the 3G mobile networks to suspend roaming between each others networks where they lack coverage. Click here for more.


Zain Seeks to Retain Control of Bahrain Network Following IPO

Zain aims to retain control of its Bahrain subsidiary following a listing of shares on the local stock exchange, although the exact details are still being worked out. Click here for more.


Loop Mobile Investor Seeks $1 Billion in Compensation

An investor in India’s Loop Mobile has filed an international arbitration claim against the Indian government seeking US$ 1 billion in damages after Loop Mobile’s licenses were cancelled. Click here for more.


Indian Regulator Seeks Addition Powers to Censure Networks

India’s telecoms regulator is calling for more powers to impose fines on mobile networks who miss its quality of service tests, Click here for more.

Cellular News

Ubuntu seeks crowdfunding support to make Linux phone

The Ubuntu Edge

The Ubuntu Edge

Open source developer and Linux house Ubuntu has turned to crowdfunding to get its latest mobile project off the ground. Parent company Canonical is hoping to raise $ 32m by August 21 to kick start manufacture of a high end smartphone that doubles as a desktop PC.

The Ubuntu Edge will dual boot both Ubuntu’s forthcoming mobile OS as well as Android and while packaged as a smart phone, turns into a desktop PC when connected to a monitor. is sure this has been tried before, perhaps by Palm?) in the days before tablets became popular.

But the Edge does have some power under the hood. Able to support the full fledged Ubuntu desktop interface, it sports a multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, putting it up there with some netbooks.

Android support was selected because of the significant developer community but there’s also a large Ubuntu Linux developer base to exploit as well. “On day one, you’ll be able to launch the Ubuntu desktop from within Android using our existing Ubuntu for Android app. That integration is fully functional today,” the company said.

Still, it’s a big ask for the Indiegogo crowdfunding site, which to date has seen $ 1.6m raised for its most popular project – a Star Trek style medical scanner. At the time of writing, the Edge had raised more than $ 3.2m but still needs to increase that tenfold within 30 days.

“All of the funding we receive goes directly towards producing the device for expected delivery in May 2014,” Canonical said.

Ubuntu parent Canonical is already trying to make waves in the mobile space with a mobile specific version of its OS, having established the Carrier Advisory Group last month. The group is led by David Wood, a former Psion engineer and one of the founder members of the original Symbian collaboration.

A number of large operators, including MTN, China Unicom, LG UPlus, SK Telecom and Korea Telecom from Asia Pacific and Deutsche Telekom, EE, Telecom Italia and Portugal Telecom from Europe have already signed up.

MTN Seeks Court Order Overturning $3.9 Billion Fine

South Africa based MTN says that it is to appeal against the huge US$ 3.9 billion fine imposed on it by Nigeria’s telecoms regulator back in October. Click here for more.

Cellular News

Indian State-Owned Telco Seeks Delay to BlackBerry Messenger Interception Demands

India’s state-owned telco, MTNL has been granted a further extension on the deadline for being able to decode BlackBerry Messages in real-time for the security services. Click here for more.


NTT DoCoMo seeks multi-vendor NFV architecture

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

NTT DoCoMo successfully demonstrated vendor interoperability and openness

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has completed an NFV Proof of Concept (PoC) trial in which interoperability of multi-vendor virtual functions was successfully demonstrated.

The trial, involving Ericsson and NEC, focussed on the orchestration of the virtualised evolved packet core (vEPC) between multiple vendors. Ericsson’s vEPC function successfully integrated onto NEC’s orchestration platform. In return, its own orchestration platform successfully hosted other vendor’s vEPC functions.

As a consequence of the trial, NTT DoCoMo is seeking to evaluate the potential for an open NFV architecture defined by globally standardised environments. The most recent PoC was used by NTT DoCoMo as a testing ground for evaluating future possibilities in openness.

Speaking to, an Ericsson spokesperson explained the targeted outcome of the trial.

“The NFV functionality will support NTT DOCOMO‘s business with global standard network environment, speed up new service introduction, and agile network launch,” Ericsson said. “The NFV function is important to DOCOMO for optimized and flexible network resource allocation, agile new service launch, simplify network configuration for OPEX /CAPEX saving, and smooth multi-vendor product deployment.”

Seizo Onoe, who is CTO and Executive Vice President at NTT DoCoMo, believes initiatives such as this help make the once over-hyped NFV become a more tangible and realistic option for service providers.

“Thanks to collaborative efforts in the mobile network industry, NFV is soundly moving toward practical realization, rather than just ending up as a pie-in-the-sky dream,” he said. “I am delighted that we have confirmed the feasibility of NFV through multi-vendor initiatives with Ericsson and other top ICT players.”

Ericsson believes demonstrable interoperability will enable operators to build out standard, agile networks which accelerate service delivery.

“The successful PoC exercise showcases the possibility for the operator of deploying NFV on a broader scale. By using this technology, telecom operators such as NTT DOCOMO are able to build global standard agile networks and speed up their new service introduction,” says Håkan Djuphammar, Head of Technology, at Ericsson’s Cloud & IP Business Unit. “The Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment allows operators to deploy Ericsson’s and other vendors’ virtualized hardware and software products. This also helps them to allocate their network resources more flexibly, simplifying network configuration and ensuring savings in operational and capital expenditure.”

In what has already been a busy week of NFV announcements, it is becoming more noticeable that management and orchestration (MANO) is set to be one of the key NFV enablers, by integrating virtual network functions and NFV infrastructure.

CRTC seeks views on the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced that it is seeking views on whether the wireless market has changed enough to warrant its intervention in the development of a national code for wireless services. Click here for more.


Ofcom seeks to lower UK mobile termination rates yet again

Ofcom-logo-300x98.jpgThe UK communications industry regulator – Ofcom – has announced proposals designed to further reduce mobile termination rates; the wholesale prices mobile operators charge other operators for connecting to their networks.

According to Ofcom (see image below) MTRs are currently at 0.8 pence per minute, down from 4ppm in 2011 and considerably higher a decade before that. It is Ofcom’s policy that MTRs should be as close to what they cost the operator as possible in order to minimise the competitive advantage they offer to the larger operators, which tend to be net beneficiaries of MTRs.

The stated reason for proposing a further reduction in MTRs from 0.8ppm to around 0.5ppm is a perceived lowering of the cost, due to increased network capacity and efficiency, since the last review in 2011. Ofcom believes any savings made by the operators should be passed on to consumers.

“Every operator that connects a call to its network has market dominance because by definition nobody else can connect to its network, so there’s always the potential in the market for connecting calls that an operator might abuse that position,” Joe Smithies, Ofcom spokesperson, told

Any reduction in the cost of making a mobile phone call is in principal good news not just for consumers, but for anyone that pays MTRs, such as fixed-line and smaller mobile operators. However larger operators, for whom MTRs can be net revenue generators, understandably tend to oppose calls to reduce them. The last such move by Ofcom in 2011 was appealed by the larger UK operators, but ultimately upheld. That defeat combined with the relatively minor tweak this time around makes it unlikely they will bother to appeal again.

Phil Kendall, executive director at wireless research house Strategy Analytics, stressed that revenue implications of MTRs these days are minimal. “The net inflow of money into the mobile market from MTRs was equivalent to 0.5 per cent of 2013 service revenue. That net inflow was 15 per cent of service revenue in 2000,” Kendall told, observing that the higher MTRs of the past made prepaid customers desirable even if they made no outgoing calls themselves. “Further reductions from today’s low levels are largely irrelevant, but the reductions have forced operators to rethink what a profitable prepaid customer looks like.”

Regulators have to be seen to be regulating, and having established the principal that MTRs should mirror cost, it’s appropriate for Ofcom to keep reviewing them. However, in the face of persistent regulatory pressure on both a national and European level, expect UK operators to redouble their efforts to recover lost revenues elsewhere.

Historical UK mobile termination rates

Historical UK mobile termination rates