News Scan: Mobile broadband spectrum auction rules issued; Apple supplier Foxconn shuts down Vietnamese factory; more

>> FCC adopts rules for mobile broadband spectrum auction

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued rules this week on its upcoming 600 MHz band incentive auction, which will take television broadcast spectrum and make it available for mobile broadband use. The FCC will pay TV broadcasters who voluntarily give up their spectrum. "By making more spectrum available for mobile broadband use, the incentive auction will benefit consumers by easing congestion on wireless networks, expediting the development of new, more robust wireless services and applications and helping fill in coverage gaps particularly in rural America," the agency says in a release. The auction is planned to be held in mid-2015. Read more

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>> Apple supplier Foxconn shuts down Vietnam factory over protests

Apple's main supplier Foxconn has been forced to shut down its Vietnam factory in response to protests about China's oil drilling near the Paracel Islands, which are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan. Foxconn told its workers in Vietnam to take a three-day leave starting Saturday in response to protests, AppleInsider reports, citing a Financial Times story. Protestors have ransacked a number of factories near the capital of Ho Chi Minh City. Read more

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>> Mobile device slowdown prompts IDC to lower IT spending forecast

A slowdown in mobile device sales--due to price erosion and a more mature installed base--is one of the factors prompting market research firm IDC to lower its estimates of IT spending growth for 2014 to 4.1 percent from its previous forecast of 4.6 percent. "As smartphone growth continues to cool from the phenomenal expansion of the past few years, tablet shipments have performed weaker than expected over the past couple of quarters," says Stephen Minton, vice president in IDC's Global Technology and Industry Research Organization. Read more

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>> China's LTE rollout, EU network upgrades fuel growth in telecom gear spending

China's LTE roll out and the European Union's network upgrades will push carrier capital expenditures to $354 billion in 2014, forecasts Infonetics Research. Expenditures for most types of telecom equipment, except TDM voice, video infrastructure and customer premise equipment, grew on a year-over-year basis in 2013, with IP voice rising 32 percent as a result of IMS-based LTE rollouts and VoLTE preparations, the firm says. Read more

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>> Revenues from mobile sports, fitness and activity monitors to reach $2.8B in 2019

Market revenues for mobile sports, fitness and activity monitors are forecast by IHS Technology to increase by 46 percent from 2013 through 2019, expanding by nearly $1 billion over the time frame. Revenue from the sale of such devices is expected to reach $2.8 billion in 2019, up from $1.9 billion in 2013. Revenue will rise 22 percent to $2.2 billion in 2014. The total installed base will expand to 120 million units in 2019, up from 84 in 2013. Read more

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