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Hylan Appoints COO of Telecom Operations for NYC

HOLMDEL, N.J. , Aug.andnbsp;Hylan has announced the appointment of Carmine V. Manna as the Chief Operating Officer of Telecom Operations for its New York City franchise, Hylan Datacom and Electrical. Carmine is a 17-year veteran of Hylan Datacom and Electrical where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Wireline and provided its telecom customers with turn-key solutions for their communications infrastructure needs. Prior to joining Hylan Datacom and Electrical, Carmine managed internationally known sports and convention facilities in New York City . While at these facilities, he was responsible for directing major construction and renovation projects. Click here for more.

Cellular News

Fitch Puts Oi and Portugal Telecom on Ratings Watch Ahead of Merger

Fitch Ratings has put both Brazil’s Oi and Portugal’s Portugal Telecom on watch for a possible debt ratings downgrade ahead of their planned merger. Click here for more.


SK Telecom platform knows what subscribers are doing

SK Telecom has launched a platform that it says will provide information on what specific situation a customer is in

SK Telecom has launched a platform that it says will provide information on what specific situation a customer is in

South Korean operator SK Telecom has launched a platform that it says will provide real time information on what its customers are doing. The Context Platform uses data collected by a customer’s smartphone, if it is embedded with the platform, via its camera, GPS, sensors and wifi to discover contextual information about that subscriber.

The firm explained that the platform allows it to make informed guesses about whether  the user is walking, for example, as the handset detects the user’s repeated movement and speed via its sensors and GPS. It then analyses the data it has collected through an algorithm to conclude that the user is “in a walking situation”. SK Telecom added that the more the platform repeats this process of analysis, the more accurate the platform becomes.

The operator said the platform can also make conclusions based on customers’ usage patterns involving social networking, voice calls, SMS and applications.

The operator announced the platform at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and also showcased a service running on the platform. ‘Life Log’ monitors a user’s daily life, such as their leisure activities, habits and health-related activities. The subscriber can later look up their past records and statistics.

Other examples of services that can run on the platform include money management applications and recommended song playlists, SK Telecom added.

The operator said it “will take all steps necessary” to safeguard the sensitive personal information on its subscribers. It said that information generated from each smartphone can only be stored in and accessed via that particular device. It added that it is currently developing an application lock feature and a feature that records certain pre-selected types of information to prevent that information being accessed by third parties.

“Along with Big Data, Context Platform is an important pillar of the newly emerging field of ICT intelligence,” said Park Jin-hyo, SVP and head of network technology R&D Center at SK Telecom.

“With Context Platform, smartphones will truly become an indispensable life partner for customers.”

Astellia acquires Ingenia Telecom

Astellia has bought Ingenia

Astellia has bought Ingenia

Network intelligence firm Astellia has acquired Ingenia Telecom, a mobile network monitoring and analysis firm, for an undisclosed sum.

The move will allow Astellia to reinforce its offering with a probeless tool for RAN and SON analysis of the network from a customer´s perspective, using real subscriber data.

Multiple drivers are pushing mobile operators to introduce SON in their networks, from OPEX savings to customer experience enhancements and Ingenia has developed an advanced SON solution for real-time analysis of self optimisation and self organisation networks which can be sold in addition to or independently of Astellia’s own SON monitoring solution.

Ingenia will bring 70 people, mainly in R&D, to Astellia. The company generates revenues of just under ten per cent of Astellia’s revenues and operates close to breakeven.

China Telecom Customer Base Shrinks as 4G Lures Customers to Rival Network

China Telecom has posted its first decline in mobile subscribers since 2008, as customers migrate to China Mobile’s 4G service. Click here for more.


Mongolia Telecom Plans $500 Million Investment in 4G Network

Mongolia Telecom is reportedly looking at spending US$ 500 million on an initial 4G network deployment. Click here for more.


SK Telecom to expand LTE-A network with 1.8GHz spectrum

SK Telecom has announced plans to extend its LTE and LTE-A networks by building additional base stations using the 1.8GHz band by the end of this year

SK Telecom has announced plans to extend its LTE and LTE-A networks by building additional base stations using the 1.8GHz band by the end of this year

South Korean LTE pioneer SK Telecom has announced plans to extend its LTE and LTE-A networks by building additional base stations using the 1.8GHz band by the end of this year. The operator claims that the network improvement will result in subscribers experiencing mobile broadband speeds of 150Mbps nationwide.

SK Telecom had already rolled out its LTE network nationwide using 10MHz in the 800MHz frequency band in April last year.

The operator has spectrum holdings in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands and said that it has developed technology that can combine three blocks of spectrum – 20MHz, 10MHz and 10MHz – across these bands to support LTE-Advanced technology offering speeds of up to 300Mbps.

SK Telecom has also gained approval to use 10MHz bandwidth in the 2.1GHz band for LTE after securing 30MHz bandwidth in the 2.1GHz band in South Korea’s spectrum auction in 2010.

“With the newly added 10 MHz LTE bandwidth in the 2.1GHz band, SK Telecom now secures LTE bandwidth in three different frequency bands – i.e. 10MHz in 800MHz band, 20MHz in 1.8GHz band and 10MHz in 2.1GHz band – thus moving one step closer to realising LTE-Advanced tri-band carrier aggregation technology that supports up to 300Mbps,” the operator said in a statement.

SK Telecom plans to begin building base stations for LTE in the 2.1GHz band in the second quarter of this year and will commercially roll out the network when supporting handsets come to the market.

Last month, the operator announced it had seen a modest year on year increase in revenue for FY2013, but recorded a 44.3 per cent increase in consolidated net income.


LTE Asia 2014 takes place on the 23rd to 25th September at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Quantzig Releases Their Guide to Marketing Mix Modeling, Completes Studies for Telecom, BFSI, and Pharma Industries

Market mix modeling (MMM) is gaining popularity because of its ability to forecast future outcomes based on past performance and present trends. Marketing mix modeling includes the four ‘P’s: Product, Price, Promotion and Place, and is used as a tool by analysts for fixing prices and formulating prudent managerial decisions. Click here for more.

Cellular News

Green Telecom Networks Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 32% by 2016

All told, investments could reduce GHG emissions from the telecom industry by 32 percent by 2016 compared to a business-as-usual scenario, the study concludes. Click here for more.


Italian Government Might Not Block Naguib Sawiris Buying Stake in Telecom Italia

The Italian government has slightly reversed from its previous stance and has now indicated that it might welcome an investment in ailing Telecom Italia from Egypt’s Naguib Sawiris. Click here for more.