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Today's Tech: 4G auction bids are lodged, Russia drops Internet regulation plans at UN talks, eBook reader sales crash

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by Will Dalton
, 11 Dec 2012News
Today's Tech: 4G auction bids are lodged, Russia drops Internet regulation plans at UN talks, eBook reader sales crash

The UK’s journey towards universal access to 4G made progress today, as Ofcom has now received applications for prospective bidders in the upcoming LTE spectrum auction. All the major domestic telecom firms are expected to have sent their applications to the regulator prior to today's 16:00 deadline. Applicants will not have to wait long before they know if their request was successful as Ofcom has said that it will inform them of their decision by the end of this year. For more on this story follow the link.

The World Congress on Telecommunications rumbles on in Dubai this week, and the latest developments seem to indicate advantage America. The US delegation had been meeting strong opposition in its bid to keep Internet regulation to a minimum – with some reports speculating it may even withdraw from the talks altogether – but its plans seem to be back on track with the news that key adversary Russia is dropping its proposals for countries being given the right to regulate the net. Follow the link for more on the latest twist at the UN conference.

Networking and telecommunications equipment firm Huawei has struck a deal with Three that will make it responsible for running the mobile operator's core UK network, transport network and ICT applications. The partnership sees the Chinese company replace Ericsson, which held a similar contract with Three. 200 Ericsson employees will be transferred to Three, while a body of Three employees will make the move to Huawei. Huawei has meanwhile chosen to subcontract Three's ICT management duties to Indian entity Tech Mahindra.

Elsewhere, sales of eBook readers have fallen by a whopping 36 per cent compared to last year, prompting fears that the market may be collapsing. Figures published by research firm iSuppli show that worldwide sales of eBook readers fell from 23.2 million units in 2011 to 14.9 million by the end of this year. Like MP3 players, eBook readers could follow other single-use devices in the road to becoming defunct.

Google's maps dominance became especially apparent following the fiasco that was Apple Maps. But what does the company have planned next in the navigation sphere? John C. Dvorak explores Ingress, a location-based augmented reality game that Google will use to improve its photographic database. Its mechanism works to help Google fine-tune its map data - the epitome of gamifcation, as Dvorak describes it. Read on for more details about how Google continues to revolutionise navigtion systems.

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