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Ericsson, Telefónica demonstrate LTE smart meter optimisation

Ericsson has teamed up with Telefónica Germany and E.ON Research Center at RWTH Aachen University to demonstrate the use of LTE networks in smart meters for the energy sector. The Swedish infrastructure firm said plans for smart meter roll-outs and LTE deployments are presenting new opportunities for utility companies to take advantage of.

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Nokia claims 10Gbps demo realistically shows future 5G capabilities

Finnish kit maker Nokia and US-based industrial test equipment vendor National Instruments (NI) demonstrated what they described as a 5G speed of 10Gbps peak rate over the air at the 73GHz band (millimetre-wave). Nokia claimed the real-life like conditions of the demo set it apart from other similar ones recently by other players.

Google has announced that it has extended its Android mobile platform to support wearable devices

How important is a modem for smartwatches and wearables?

Samsung is apparently lining up a new addition to its wearable range, according to a blog page heavily associated with Samsung Mobile. According to SamMobile, the Korean consumer tech giant is planning for the next addition to its range of wearable technology, which will feature 3G connectivity, but how important is having a modem to the future success of wearable technology and smartwatches?

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Ofcom declares EE 4G fastest, but disappoints on browsing

Ofcom has done some pretty substantial digging into the comparable differences between 4G and 3G coverage in the UK, and undertook some hefty analysis of individual network performance for the major MNOs in the market.

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Strong core business drives Huawei 2014 net profit up 33%

Huawei has published its full year 2014 financials showing growth in all business areas, which the Chinese kit vendor said was down to its focus on its networking strategy and improved overall business efficiency.

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Alcatel-Lucent, China Telecom in LTE expansion partnership

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a partnership with China Telecom to roll out the operator’s FDD-LTE services to 40 additional cities across 12 Chinese provinces. The French infrastructure vendor said it is one of three suppliers to have been chosen by the telco, and will provide its LTE mobile ultra-broadband access technology to complete the project.

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Idea Cellular biggest bidder in India spectrum auction

Following the Indian Supreme Court lifting its initial embargo on publishing results, Idea Cellular has emerged as the biggest bidder in the country’s latest 2G and 3G spectrum auction. After 19 days and 115 rounds of bidding, the Indian government managed to haul in a nice lot of cash at a record total of INR1.1 trillion ($17.5 billion).

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ZTE credits 2014 94% profit rise to 4G equipment, smartphone sales

ZTE has reported its full year 2014 results showing a 94% increase in net profits, which the Chinese vendor attributed to 4G network equipment and smartphone sales. The kit maker claimed to be the world’s fastest growing provider of 4G solutions in 2014, and said it is using its strong position in the market to take the lead in 5G technology research.

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Mobile money market to be worth $78 billion by 2019 – report

The global mobile money market will be worth $78 billion by 2019, according to research by MarketsandMarkets. The report, titled Mobile Money Market- Global Forecast to 2019, claimed the market will grow at an annual compound growth rate (CAGR) of 44.6% from last year’s total of $12.34 billion.

BT broadband rival CityFibre submits complaint over EE bid – report

UK-based broadband infrastructure specialist CityFibre has submitted a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) saying BT’s proposed acquisition of EE will be anti-competitive and damage the government’s ‘ultrafast’ broadband roll-out plans, a report has claimed.

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Ericsson, EE say LTE broadcast big in converging market

Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has said now that convergence is finally taking off, it is ready to bridge the gap between the broadcast and telecoms industries. Talking at a an event in London, the Swedish firm’s Head of Broadcast and Media Services Thorsten Sauer said the firm predicts by 2020 50% of all content viewed will be on mobile devices and on-demand.

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4G fastest tech but speeds still lag, disparity across LTE networks – report

UK-based network diagnostics company OpenSignal has published its State of LTE report showing significant disparity in LTE services across the world’s markets. While faster than any other mobile network technology, the report claimed, 4G is still not achieving the speeds initially promised.

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Vodafone Germany claims country’s first commercial VoLTE service

Coinciding with the international computer show CeBIT, Vodafone Germany has launched a voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service in Germany. Claiming it is the first such service in the country the telco demonstrated the first live VoLTE call and said it is ready to be rolled-out across its 4G network.

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Gilat, Intelsat in satellite partnership to bring 2G/3G to remote regions

Solution provider for satellite-based broadband communications Gilat Satellite Networks and satellite operator Intelsat have announced a partnership under which they aim to deliver 2G and 3G connectivity to underserved areas by using Gilat’s CellEdge small-cell-over-satellite solution combined with Intelsat’s satellite solutions.

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ZTE Wireline SVP says NFV, SDN will take off in 2015

Chinese kit vendor ZTE’s SVP of Wireline, Jane Chen has said she believes 2015 is the year when network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) will take off and become commercial reality.

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Vodafone UK to launch wifi calling and VoLTE this summer

Vodafone UK has announced it is set to launch wifi calling and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) this summer. According to the telco, wifi calling will be especially helpful for subscribers living in poor coverage areas or where getting an indoor signal is difficult.

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Tele2 to launch as MVNO over T-Mobile Austria

Tele2 has announced its Austrian subsidiary will re-enter the country’s mobile market as a business-to-business MVNO over T-Mobile’s network. The Swedish operator said the move will make Tele2 one of Austria’s most diversified telecoms providers with an offer covering broadband, TV, and fixed and mobile telephony.

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ZTE softens up with SDN, NFV and cloud demos at MWC 2015

Software-defined networking and network functions virtualization took centre stage for ZTE at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, with the vendor making multiple announcements at the show angled towards the emerging networking technologies.

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