Saturday, November 17, 2007

China to Allow Fixed-Line Operators to Enter Mobile Market

China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII) will grant fixed-line operators licenses for mobile telecom services "at an early date", according to a report from Xinhua news service. Mobile services are growing rapidly in China, while the number of fixed line additions (excluding broadband) has been stagnant in recent months.

Spreadtrum Acquires Quorum Systems for CMOS RF

Spreadtrum Communications agreed to acquire Quorum Systems, a San Diego-based fabless semiconductor company that specializes in CMOS radio frequency (RF) transceivers, for $55 million in cash and $15 million in stock, with up to an additional $6 million in cash for performance based earn-outs expected to be achieved over the next two years.
Spreadtrum offers baseband processors for the mobile wireless communications market.

Quorum, which was founded in 2003, has developed CMOS multi-band multi-mode RF transceivers, including its QS1000 transceiver for multi-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE applications and its QS3000 transceiver for combined GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3G HSDPA applications.

SES SIRIUS 4 Satellite Successfully Launched

The SES SIRIUS 4 communications satellite was successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Proton/Breeze M launch vehicle by International Launch Services (ILS).

SIRIUS 4, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin, will provide direct-to-home broadcast and interactive services across Scandinavia, Europe and Africa. It features 46 active Ku-band high-power transponders in the BSS and FSS frequency band. In addition, it is equipped with an active Ka-band transponder for interactive applications in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The spacecraft is equipped with a sub-Sahara African beam to complement existing coverage of Africa, which is accomplished using six additional active Ku-band FSS transponders. Additionally, there is an interconnect payload that connects Africa and Europe with a second Ka-band transponder.