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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MTS and Nokia make virtualized VoLTE call

Russian operator MTS and network equipment provider Nokia have announced the completion of what Nokia said was the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call to be carried on virtualized telco cloud infrastructure. The test was carried out in MTS’ live network, using Nokia-supplied suite of virtualized core network elements, including IMS, Telephony Application Server (TAS) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS), running in MTS’ private cloud. These were controlled by Nokia’s Cloud Application Manager.

The AIX caters to Indonesia  and Malaysia

IP interconnect hub launches in Asia

IP interconnect provider XConnect and Malaysian and Indonesian ICT specialist Extol this week launched the Asian Interconnect Exchange (AIX), giving local service providers access to an IP hub where they can exchange IP traffic and services.

The 5G hype is building

Docomo to begin 5G trials in Japan

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has farmed out trial contracts to several big infrastructure vendors in order to pilot 5G mobile network technologies, promising data rates of 10Gbps.

Algiers

Algérie Télécom launches VoLTE-capable LTE network

Algerian incumbent operator Algérie Télécom has launched North Africa’s first LTE network, to boost its broadband offering as well as offer VoLTE services. Swedish vendor Ericsson, which supplied the network, said it would help alleviate problems caused by demand for fixed broadband services among Algérie Télécom’s user base.

VEE has posted a year on year drop in revenue for the first quarter of 2014

EE sees quarterly revenue drop but strong 4G subs growth

UK operator EE has posted a year on year drop in revenue for the first quarter of 2014 but said that it saw the highest number of new 4G subscribers during the quarter. The firm’s revenue for the quarter fell 3.6 per cent year on year to reach £1.55bn; the operator did not divulge the size of its quarterly profit or loss.

Far EasTone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide hardware, software and support services as it rolls out its 3G and LTE multi-access RAN and core network

Taiwan’s Far EasTone calls on Ericsson for LTE rollout

Taiwanese mobile operator Far EasTone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide hardware, software and support services as it rolls out its 3G and LTE multi-access RAN and core network nationwide.

SK Telecom is offering super fast broadband

SK Telecom offers unlimited LTE data to subscribers

South Korean operator SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above. The operator has announced three tariffs that offer unlimited LTE data, voice calls and SMS messages.

Nokia and du claim first VoLTE call in the Middle East

Indoor LTE coverage seen as competitive differentiator

A large number of operators feel that indoor LTE coverage is an important competitive differentiator today. When respondents to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2014 were asked to rate on a scale of one to seven where seven represented “extremely important”, 44.4 per cent of respondents and 48 per cent of operator respondents scored indoor LTE coverage six or seven for importance as a differentiator.

China Mobile is looking at purchases

Alcatel-Lucent signs $750m deal with China Mobile

Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has signed a €750m one-year deal with China Mobile. The vendor will supply the technology for the Chinese operator to move to an all-IP network and enable the deployment of NFV technology on its network and cloud based services.

EE will launch its own branded device and has launched an entry level price plan

EE intros own brand LTE device; entry-level price plans

UK operator EE has unveiled its own-brand entry-level handset in a bid to make LTE access more affordable to UK consumers. The operator has also launched a range of entry-level price plans to get more consumers using 4G.

The HTC One M8

HTC flagship smartphone focuses on good looks

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has launched a flagship smartphone, the One M8, focusing on the build quality and user experience of the device in an attempt to distinguish the handset from rivals.

Vizz Africa allows African migrants in the UK to send airtime credit to friends and family back home

Somali operator to deploy LTE this year

Global voice and data services provider Glocall Telecoms, through its Somali operator subsidiary Sahal Telecoms, has announced it will deploy LTE services in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

ProximusBelgacom

JDSU wins optimisation deal with Belgacom

Network optimisation specialist JDSU has won a deal with Belgian incumbent Belgacom that will see the operator deploy JDSU’s ariesoGEO location-enabled optimisation solution in its 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The product uses data from a range of user-focused network events cross-referenced with the event location to build a geographical picture of real-time network performance.

Sprint's LTE service will begin in 2012, with Network Vision to be launched shortly after

Sprint adds 20 new LTE markets

US mobile network Sprint has extended its LTE coverage to 20 new markets, taking the total number of cities in which the service is available to 402, the firm said. It also introduced its Spark service, which takes advantage of LTE-Advanced techniques including carrier aggregation, in two new markets. Sprint said that it expects to have LTE coverage of more than 250 million people by the mid point of 2014.

EE has signed outbound LTE roaming agreements in France and Spain with Orange

EE signs LTE roaming deals with Orange in France and Spain

UK operator EE has signed outbound LTE roaming agreements with Orange in France and Spain. EE, which is jointly owned by operator groups Orange and Deutsche Telekom, said that the deals are the first of a series of outbound roaming agreements. The operator intends to announce similar deals in the USA, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands in the summer.

Etisalat is working on 5G

Etisalat to work on 5G with Huawei

Middle Eastern operator group Etisalat has signed a series of agreements with Huawei that will see the two companies deepen their cooperation in developing 5G telecom broadband services over the next five years.

David Everingham

Ericsson and Telstra recognised for LTE-Broadcast work

Australian carrier Telstra and Swedish infrastructure firm Ericsson picked up the award for Pushing the Limits in mobile technology at the inaugural Telecoms.com Industry Awards on Monday night in Barcelona.

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