India to sell 3G spectrum in February
India’s forthcoming spectrum auction will likely include some 3G spectrum, the local press reported on Friday, just days after the publication of inflated reserve prices for 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bandwidth. The country’s defence ministry has agreed to free up 5 MHz of frequencies in the 2.1 GHz band in 17 circles, the Economic Times claimed, citing unnamed sources.
‘Slight’ jobs slowdown expected in telecoms sector says Manpower
A “slight decline” in jobs hiring is expected in the telecoms sector at the start of 2015, said recruitment firm ManpowerGroup. With an outlook of +4 percent for hiring intentions among telecoms firms, the sector is down one percentage point on the last quarter, said Manpower, as businesses prepare for the year ahead following on from Christmas.
MVNO CEO hits out at proposed consolidation in the UK
BT’s bid to take over either O2 or EE represents a major threat to consumer interests by further stifling market competition, the boss of the Phone Co-op has warned. Vivian Woodell said customers would be left paying higher bills than they needed to if the UK’s mobile network remained in the hands of just a few big players who were also service providers.
Ford goes for BlackBerry for its in-car entertainment system
Ford has announced its brand new in-car entertainment system that’ll use BlackBerry’s QNX OS. The car manufacturer is to choose BB’s real-time operating system over Windows, which powers the current in-car device. Drivers will be able to use the Ford Sync 3 via a touch screen or voice recognition, allowing them to control both the vehicle and app so their phone by talking to it.
Microsoft sets the date to take wraps off Windows 10
Microsoft is preparing to unveil Windows 10 to the world at an event on 21 January next year. Reports emerged yesterday suggesting the firm would show off the new OS on that date and Microsoft published a blog last night confirming it. The vendor said: “On Wednesday 21 January we will be holding an event here on Microsoft’s Redmond campus where we will talk about the next chapter of Windows 10.
Law forces Google to end Spanish news
Google is taking its news service offline in Spain after politicians said that it should pay publishers for using content from their websites. The closure, which will affect everyone who searches for news stories in Spanish publications, will take effect on Tuesday. Many online publishers believe that so-called “aggregator” sites, which collect headlines from news reports or other extracts from publications, should pay royalties.
78 percent of legacy pay-TV subscribers have TV Everywhere
Nearly eight in ten legacy pay-TV subscribers in the US have access to authenticated TV Everywhere services from most of the major networks. “Today some 74 million households have access to TV Everywhere programmes from the ‘Top 15′ networks that TDG monitors,” said Bill Niemeyer, TDG senior analyst and author of the new 78 percent of TV Everywhere Deployment among Top US Operators and Networks, 2014 report. “This represents a 30 percent increase from October 2013.”
Facebook stops you posting pics drunk
Social networking site Facebook is creating an artificial intelligence tool that will warn people when they are about to do something they might regret. Apparently the tool can detect if you are about to upload an embarrassing photo of yourself or other people. Yann LeCun, who heads the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab, and his team are laying the basic groundwork for the tool.
JCDecaux in 15-year deal with Vodafone to improve phone coverage
The outdoor media owner will fit small cells into its street furniture in consultation with local authorities and planning regulations. Vodafone will install and manage the telecommunications equipment. The cells will be deployed in more than 100,000 pieces of street furniture across the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Portugal, Australia, Qatar, Czech Republic, India, Turkey, Hungary and South Africa.