From the country where LTE was first deployed on a commercial scale - Sweden - now comes the first live test with LTE Advanced, a true 4G technology , as per the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) first definition, not the wimpy stuff we have now, which the marketing departments forced ITU to be acknowledged as 4G too . The telecom equipment giant Ericsson, which by the way is providing the gear for Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks, was given test spectrum by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency, and the demonstration was done driving around in a van, achieving speeds up to 10 times faster than the current LTE network in the country. The telecom equipment manufacturer was using commercially available hardware, compliant with the 3GPP release 10 standard. How fast is this " 10 times faster "? Well, the captions under the test van pictures say 900+ Mbps, and we unearthed the demo video posted yesterday on Ericsson's YouTube channel, which shows LTE Advanced for … [Read more...] about First commercial LTE Advanced demo great success in Sweden, promises up to 1Gbps downloads
Nokia has just officially announced that the Nokia Lumia 800 will launch in Sweden on January 23, 2012. Pre-orders are already being taken for this handset. It will be available on Telia, Tele2, Telenor, and Three. Nokia’s Windows Phone will set the Swedes back about 3900 SEK, approximately $560.If you're looking for a refresher on Nokia’s first Windows Phone, be sure to take a look at our full review.source: Nokia via WPCentral … [Read more...] about Nokia Lumia 800 gets a release date in Sweden
Since Apple does get a small percentage out of each credit card transaction that is paid for using mobile payment service Apple Pay, this provides the company with the easiest money that it will ever make. On Tuesday, Apple held a conference call after reporting that it had topped estimates during its fiscal Q3 report by announcing that it had sold 41.3 million units iPhone units during the third fiscal quarter. During the call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said that sometime before the end of the fourth fiscal quarter, Apple will offer Apple Pay to iPhone users in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the UAE.Apple has yet to refer to Apple Pay on its regional pages in those aforementioned countries. That most likely means that Apple is still in the middle of negotiating with banks and other financial institutions in these specific regions. Apple receives .15% of each credit card purchase that involves Apple Pay. That means that the tech titan receives 15 cents for each $100 credit card transaction … [Read more...] about By the end of 2017, Apple Pay should be running in Sweden, Finland, UAE and Denmark?
This story is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Safinaz Awad went through hell to get to Sweden. Last year, she -- along with her mother, sister, husband and infant son -- escaped Syria and the civil war there that's so far killed nearly half a million men, women and children. The five crammed into an overcrowded smuggler's boat for the treacherous crossing between Turkey and Greece across the Aegean Sea. Two days after reaching Greece, her mother and sister snuck onto a plane to Sweden, where they could live permanently if granted asylum. Awad and her husband, though, feared their baby would draw too much attention from the authorities. But to leave legally, they'd need official travel documents -- and the only way to get those was by registering for asylum in Greece. That's not something many refugees and migrants want to do because a European law called the Dublin Regulation … [Read more...] about In Sweden and Finland, tech companies help refugees find work
This is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Maria Booth and I sit at a table at Mälarpaviljongen, a gay-friendly bar and cafe in Stockholm. It's a sunny, breezy day on the Baltic waterway that surrounds the city. The cafe's floating patio bobs gently in Riddarfjärden Bay. We're talking about Facebook. She's worried about a change taking place in her country that she saw first on the world's biggest social network: People she knew were posting comments against immigrants, calling them criminals and drains on society. "It has become perfectly legitimate to say we should close our borders," says Booth, her voice tinged with disbelief. To my American ears, the sentiment seems commonplace -- especially in this election year. To Booth, it's unprecedented. For more than 70 years, Sweden has been a haven for people escaping war and persecution. In 1943, it gave asylum to 7,200 … [Read more...] about Social media’s echo chamber fuels migrant backlash in Sweden, Finland