Category: 4G/LTE

Ericsson expands LTE coverage in Poland

Polish operators Polkomtel and Aero2 are working with Ericsson to expand their LTE and W-CDMA networks in the country. The operator will expand their networks in northern and western Poland as data consumption continues to surge across the nation.

Senior vice president, SK Telecom, Korea: “Focusing on the customer experience will be crucial to differentiate RCS services from OTT.”

Dr. Choi, Jin-sung, is senior vice president and head of technology strategy office for SK Telecom, Korea. He is speaking at the CxO operator panel discussion on the opening day of the LTE Asia conference 2012, taking place on the 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. He is also speaking on Day Two about VoLTE, and ahead of the conference we catch up with him to learn more about SK Telekom’s progress on this important LTE technology.

SKT and MetroPCS launch VoLTE services

South Korean operator SKT and USA’s MetroPCS have both announced launches of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. SKT will brand its VoLTE offering ‘HD Voice’ and said that the service will allow it to begin cutting the ties with legacy voice networks as well as better compete with over-the-top VoIP services.

Bakrie Telecom’s network optimisation GM: “Operators should start looking into other ways of monetising the content through m-commerce”

Rohit Kanwar is the general manager for network optimisation for Bakrie Telecom, Indonesia, and is speaking on Day One of the LTE Asia 2012 conference, taking place on the 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. We speak to him on the recent milestones for Bakrie Telecom and get his views on the challenges currently facing operators.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.

RIM announces LTE enabled 4G PlayBook

Struggling Canadian smartphone and tablet outfit RIM has announced a 4G LTE enabled version of its PlayBook tablet. The device will go on from 9 August initially in Canada, and will work on the LTE networks of all three local operators, Telus, Bell and Rogers.

AT&T to buy NextWave

US operator AT&T has announced that it is to acquire NextWave Wireless, which holds spectrum licences in the US AWS and WCS bands. AT&T will pay $650m NextWave, $600m of which covers NextWave’s debt.

Verizon ordered to stop charging tethering fee

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ruled that Verizon Wireless must stop charging its customers on tiered data tariffs an additional fee for using their LTE smartphones and tablets for tethering.

CTO, UK Broadband: “We need to become a provider of services, not just technology.”

Philip Marnick is CTO of UK Broadband, which operates the first live LTE network in the UK. Marnick is speaking in the Wireless Broadband Summit on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the conference we speak to him on the latest developments at UKB and why he expects its business model to prove successful.

Delayed arrival of 4G in UK puts nation light years behind

The UK is already seen as Europe’s most complex and fragmented telecoms market and it now looks set to add another unwanted title to its repertoire as that of Europe’s 4G laggard. Europe’s telecoms markets are already dividing into two camps of 4G “haves” and “have-nots” and the UK lies firmly stuck in the latter. The auction proposal set out this week by Ofcom means that the UK will not see 4G LTE services go live until later in 2013 at the earliest, putting UK mobile consumers almost four years behind the world’s leading 4G markets.

Ofcom guarantees LTE spectrum for fourth operator

UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans for the country’s 4G spectrum auction. The UK has lagged other leading markets and Ofcom has revealed that spectrum will be allocated in 2013. Ofcom has set aside spectrum intended to guarantee the presence of four LTE operators in the UK market.

The Wizard of Oz

Hugh Bradlow, CTO of Australian operator Telstra, has been at the firm for 16 years, in which time he has overseen the evolution of the firm’s mobile network from GSM to LTE. The market has changed as fundamentally as the technology, and the challenges of 2012 are a lot more complex, as Bradlow explains.

China Mobile to launch LTE-FDD/TDD network in Hong Kong

China Mobile has signed deals with Ericsson and ZTE to help build its converged LTE-FDD/TDD network in Hong Kong. The operator has signed contracts with both vendors for the project after acquiring spectrum in the 2330MHz-2360MHz band. The network will cover Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and the converged network is due to be launched in the fourth quarter of the year.

Director KT, Korea: “Small cells for LTE could be the key”

Denny Kim, director of KT, the second largest operator in Korea, is speaking on Day Two of the LTE Asia 2012 conference taking place on 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. We get his views on the importance of small cells and how he envisions monetising LTE.

Operator CTO Interview Series

Over the past few weeks we interviewed the Chief Technology Officers of several high profile operators to find out what keeps them awake at night. With many carriers juggling several generations of network technologies, as well as a hefty portfolio of spectrum frequencies, there are plenty of challenges to consider, but some of the common ones our executives discuss are: the OTT threat; network optimisation; spectrum fragmentation; network capacity; data revenues; offload; outsourcing; and regulation.

One Vision

US operator Sprint has long juggled a complex mix of network technologies. A current project to overhaul its network strategy is the responsibility of CTO Stephen Bye.

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