Arqiva objects to Ofcom's "5G" plans

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ofcom_5g_spectrum_700_arqiva_freeviewFreeview provider Arqiva is not happy about Ofcom's proposed re-allocation of spectrum in the 700MHz band for future mobile broadband services, saying that Ofcom is "yet to make the case" for such a transition.

Ofcom, mirroring discussions at the World Radiotelecommunications Conference held from January-February 2012, has proposed that spectrum in the 700MHz band, currently used by digital terrestrial television - is re-allocated for mobile broadband services. 

Vodafone claims win in Irish auction

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Vodafone Ireland has said that it gained a "winning combination" in the Irish spectrum auction, after paying €35 million more than Telefonica, and €110 million more than Hutchison in the multi-band auction.

The operator spent €160 million in up front fees to secure the spectrum, compared to Meteor's €144 million, Telefonica's €125 million, and Three's €51 million.

That bid gave it the largest spectrum holding in the country.

Bouygues Telecom sees 78% drop in net profit

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bouygues_resultsBouygues Telecom's net profit dropped 78% in the fist nine months of 2012, compared to last year.

In 2011, the Telecom business contributed €316 million as net profit to the Group over the first nine months of the year. This year, that contribution was €68 million, a drop of 78%.

Qualcomm launches wireless health platform in Europe

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Qualcomm has officially announced the launch of Qualcomm Life, its wireless healthcare business, in Europe.

The Life business is built on the 2Net Platform and Hub, a data collection and reporting system that has been operational in the USA since December 2011. The system works by collecting data from medical devices that connect through an on-site secure Hub. Certified mobile phone or other cellular-enabled devices or applications can also be used to transmit data to the platform.

(The 2net Platform and Hub are each individually certified as Class I Medical Devices in Europe.)

Once captured, the data is then transferred to either the patient, medical staff or service provider connected to the platform.