Category: 4G/LTE


Telstra lights up first LTE base stations

Telstra, the Australian telecommunications company has announced that it has switched on the first base stations in Australia that use LTE technology. The stations are located in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane and the telco said 4G data had been sent over the network for the first time.

China Mobile and Apple agree on LTE-TDD iPhone

While the signs are that the next iPhone will not feature LTE, Apple has “reached consensus” with China Mobile on the use of the carrier’s forthcoming TDD-LTE network for a future iPhone.

Verizon to appeal data roaming requirement

Verizon Wireless is suing US telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a bid to have it overturn a decision forcing larger operators to share their data networks with smaller players. Verizon claims that the decision represents an “arbitrary, capricious abuse of discretion”.

Clearwire signs Ericsson for managed services; LTE can’t be far off

US WiMAX player Clearwire has announced a managed services deal with Ericsson, lending further weight to the expectation that the carrier will soon abandon WiMAX technology in favour of LTE, now established as a global standard. Ericsson also has a managed services deal with Clearwire parent Sprint, another carrier widely believed to be about to switch technological horses to LTE.

Winners toast success at Informa LTE Awards 2011

The 2011 Informa LTE Awards winners were announced on Tuesday night at a gala event that was part of the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, where the winners were finally announced to the industry. The ceremony, held at the spectacular De Duif in Amsterdam and compered by BBC television sports journalist Rob Bonnet, saw eight companies recognised for their achievements across ten categories. There were 49 nominations.

European giants call for 1800MHz device support for LTE

In a major shift in operator preferences for LTE spectrum, three of Europe’s most influential carriers have joined together to encourage vendor support for LTE devices operating in the 1800MHz spectrum. Making their announcement at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and TeliaSonera earmarked the soon-to-be-re-farmed 1800MHz spectrum as their preferred choice for rolling out LTE networks.

Eight core LTE bands emerging as most popular for LTE launches

Research undertaken by Informa indicates that, when it comes to LTE launches, eight core bands are emerging as the most popular choices for initial rollouts. In a survey of 150 operators and 50 national regulators, Informa found that these core bands are concentrated around the 700-800MHz, 1800-2100MHz and 2500-2600MHz bands. More than half of the mobile operators surveyed said they were planning to launch LTE in the 2.6GHz band initially.

Samsung makes European LTE network play

Korean vendor Samsung, better known for its success with devices than networks, has announced the creation of a new division tasked with breaking into the European LTE network equipment market.

Allot announces deal with multinational cellco

Service optimisation and revenue generation specialist Allot has announced at the LTE World Summit taking place in Amsterdam this week that an as-yet unnamed multinational mobile operator has selected its ChargeSmart intelligent charging solution

Sequans and Ericsson to collaborate on TD-LTE

4G Chipmaker Sequans Communications has announced the formation of a collaborative partnership with Ericsson that will see the pair working on developing and maturing TD-LTE technologies.

LTE investment now totals 208 countries

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has said in an update to its Evolution to LTE reports that since June 2010 98 additional countries have invested in LTE, bringing the total to 208. In terms of hard deployments, either existing or planned, the numbers have gone up by 32, taking it to 154 across 60 countries.

Apple iPhone 5 unlikely to feature LTE

The next iPhone will not feature LTE and is likely to be called the iPhone 4S, according to an analyst report from Peter Misek from Jefferies & Co.

Huawei bags MobileOne Singapore LTE network deal

Singaporean operator M1 has announced the deployment of the market’s first commercial LTE network.Huawei will be supplying the kit and the network is due for completion in Q1 2012.

Mavenir platform to simplify Voice over LTE deployments

Mavenir Systems, a provider of mobile infrastructure, has announced the availability of the VoLTE Edition of its mOne Convergence Platform, a tool designed to provide operators with options for deploying voice and messaging services over LTE.

Carriers must think laterally to score in an OTT market

Carriers are going to need to think and act laterally if they’re to gain relevance in an over-the-top (OTT) mobile data market. This is the message from Openwave SVP for product management and marketing, John Giere, who said that with customer experience representing a key driver of growth, carriers need to drop their linear approach to billing and services and start taking advantage of their unique access to end-user data.

Ofcom report: LTE networks to up capacity by 200 per cent

Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulatory body, has released a report stating that it expects future UK LTE networks to be 3.3 times more spectrally efficient as current 3G technologies, giving capacity gains of 230 per cent using the same amount of spectrum.

Ericsson and LG U+ announce Korean LTE network deal

Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications giant, has announced a deal with Korean wireless service provider LG U+ to create a commercial LTE network. The agreement, made via Ericsson’s local Korean arm, LG-Ericsson, will enable LG U+ to operate existing CDMA services concurrently with new LTE services. The aim is then to transition fully to LTE as the network is rolled out.

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