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LTE devices market grows 100% in 12 months

With 941 new LTE devices launched in the past year, the device sector has seen almost 100 per cent annual growth, with the number of manufacturers playing in the space increasing by 68 per cent over the same period, according to statistics released this week by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association).

Telecom New Zealand will make use of the 700MHz band

Telecoms New Zealand to launch LTE 700MHz in August

Incumbent carrier Telecom New Zealand, in the midst of changing its name to Spark, said Tuesday it intends to launch 4G LTE services in late August using the recently acquired licence for the 700MHz spectrum band. The move will supplement existing 4G services on offer in limited regions using the 1800MHz band.

Sky said it would use the acquisition to support its mobile activities

Huawei jumps on 5G bandwagon

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has been elected to join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe at a general assembly held in Bologna last week. The company will be represented on the board by Dr. David Soldani of Huawei’s European Research Centre.

Ericsson

Ericsson flexes 5G muscle with 5Gbps demo

In a live, over-the-air demonstration of pre-standard equipment, the Swedish company achieved 5Gbps throughput in the 15 GHz frequency band using advanced MIMO technology at its lab in Kista, Sweden.

The US House Intelligence Committee has issued a report warning US operators not to trust China's ZTE and Huawei

China awards FDD-LTE licences

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finally awarded FDD-based 4G licences to smaller carriers China Telecom and China Unicom. The pair, which trail China Mobile, have both received FDD-LTE licences, giving them the opportunity to deploy more universally compatible FDD-LTE technology.

Paulo Bernardo, Brazilian Minister of Communications, left, and João Batista de Rezende, President of ANATEL, right

Brazil encourages new bidders in 700MHz 4G auction

The top brass of Brazilian communications regulation gathered at the Institute of Directors in central London today for the latest leg in the 700MHz 4G auction roadshow, with the apparent aim of opening up the process to new bidders outside of the four national incumbents.

Telecoms.com presents an award

Huawei wins twice at Telecoms.com LTE Awards 2014

In the spectacular, if slightly surreal, setting of a former Catholic church in Amsterdam, the Telecoms.com LTE Awards 2014 celebrated the greatest technological achievements in LTE over the past year. There were a diverse group of nominees and winners, with Chinese telco giant Huawei being the only double award winner.

Ericsson will reallocate its lab resources

Agilent to support China Mobile’s 5G endevours

Test and measurement firm Agilent Technologies has announced an agreement to collaborate with China Mobile Communications Research Institute (CMRI) on the development of 5G wireless. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing, under which Agilent will actively support the research and development programs on 5G, led by CMRI, and provide test and measurement solutions for next-generation 5G wireless communication systems.

Discussing 5G strategy at the LTE World Summit 2014

5G dominant theme at LTE World Summit 2014

In keeping with the ultra-innovative nature of the telco industry, an event celebrating the latest generation of mobile technology has been dominated by the need to look forward to the next one. At LTE World Summit 2014, which opened at the Amsterdam RAI today, 5G was the elephant in the auditorium.

Contemplating the future

ZTE sets out its own 5G stall

Fifth generation cellular standards have yet to be defined but that hasn’t stopped vendors coming out with their own early interpretations on the technology. This week Chinese infrastructure firm ZTE released details of a 5G access network architecture based on dynamic mesh networking.

3 is offloading traffic over wifi

3 UK offloads network traffic onto wifi

The UK’s smallest and most disruptive mobile operator, 3 UK, is embracing voice over wifi in an apparent effort to offload traffic from it’s cellular network. The company is launching an app, Three inTouch, which will allow customers to talk and text using a wifi connection.

SK Telecom is offering super fast broadband

SKT cranks LTE-A up to 225Mbps

Maintaining its technological edge, South Korea’s SK Telecom on Thursday announced that it has commercialized 225Mbps LTE-Advanced – three times as fast as 75Mbps LTE – for the first time in the world.

LTE-Advanced is a good potential differentiator for operators

Bouygues announces France’s first commercial LTE-A service

France’s third largest mobile operator – Bouygues Telecom – has brushed of its recent setbacks in the M&A market and the subsequent need to cut costs by announcing it is the first French operator to launch commercial LTE-Advanced service, which it has rebranded as 4G+.

brazil

Nextel brings LTE to Brazil

Less than a year after the launch of 3G services in Rio de Janeiro and just in time to catch most of the World Cup action, Brazilian carrier Nextel this week switched on its 4G network in the city, giving users access to ten times faster download speeds.

The initial proposal was met with strong opposition

Huawei, Vodafone get LTE, GSM to coexist in same spectrum

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has showcased what it claims is the world’s first successful implementation of a Dynamic Spectrum Sharing technology trial with Vodafone Spain, that will allow LTE and GSM to coexist in the same spectrum. Although carrier aggregation technologies hold significant promise for maximising spectrum resources, it’s clear that many operators will be wedded to GSM for years to come and this approach leaves both LTE and GSM free to use the same spectrum.

The deal sees LTE roaming between Saudi and Kuwait

Viva, STC in Gulf LTE roaming deal

Kuwaiti mobile operator Viva on Monday introduced commercial LTE roaming services with neighbouring Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), marking the first 4G LTE roaming agreement between Gulf operators.

Rok Mobile will launch in June

Rok to launch LTE music MVNO in US

Specialist mobile entertainment and streaming music firm Rok Mobile has unveiled plans to launch an LTE MVNO in the US in June bolstered by 20 million on demand audio tracks.

There have been several VoLTE announcements of late

Bouygues jumps on VoLTE bandwagon

In the latest of a rash of VoLTE announcements, French carrier Bouygues Telecom said it would start carrying the first voice and video calls over LTE later this year with a view to commercial launch of the service in 2015.

DoCoMo

DoCoMo to launch VoLTE in July

Japanese incumbent operator NTT DoCoMo has announced plans to launch Voice over LTE services following a planned software update scheduled for late June or early July. DoCoMo said that users will be able to access LTE data throughputs of 150Mbps during voice calls as well as the firm’s disaster information notifications.

There have been several VoLTE announcements of late

BICS opens up IPX to HD voice, VoLTE

Belgacom-owned interconnect specialist BICS this week said its platform is now enabling next generation voice services such as HD voice and VoLTE to end users.

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