Category: 4G/LTE


UK Broadband CTO, “We’re moving from a voice world into a world of data”

Philip Marnick, CTO of UK Broadband is speaking at the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 CCIB, Barcelona, Spain. UKB will be the first operator to launch a commercial LTE service in the UK. Ahead of the conference Telecoms.com speaks to him about why UK Broadband’s extensive spectrum holdings and wholesale model will make it significant player in the UK LTE market.

FCC approves AT&T’s spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

US authority The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer of $1bn worth of radio spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile USA as part of the break-up fee owed following AT&T’s failed $39bn takeover bid.

Swindon’s offices to gain LTE boost courtesy of UK Broadband

The borough of Swindon is to become the first area in the UK to be covered by a live commercial LTE network courtesy of the 4G network wholesaler UK Broadband. The service will be aimed predominantly at public sector and businesses via a fixed-wireless services, but local residents will be able to take advantage of the network through retail partnerships via Mifi type devices, which it said would be available from September.

China Mobile launches 4G in Hong Kong

China Mobile has announced that it is launching FDD-LTE services in Hong Kong. It joins CSL, a unit of Australia’s Telstra, which has has already launched 4G services in Hong Kong. China Mobile is also currently conducting tests aimed at launching LTE services in two years in mainland China.

NSN adds 1.9GHz support to TD-LTE portfolio

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) will extend its TD-LTE technology to support the 1.9GHz frequency bands, in a move that will enable operators to use existing 1.9GHz spectrum to provide LTE services. The vendor has now upgraded its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station to support 1.9GHz TD-LTE and will be conducting trials of its capabilities in China. The offering is expected to be commercially available by Q4 2012.

Altibox CTO: “Companies able to stay close to the customer will win”

Tore Kristoffersen is the CTO of Altibox, an internet, IPTV and VoIP service delivered over FTTH in Norway and Denmark. Kristoffersen is speaking at the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 CCIB, Barcelona, Spain. Ahead of the conference we speak to him about where LTE fits into this fibre provider’s strategy.

Telecom Personal, Paraguay: “OTT behaviour is something we have to change”

Christian Costa is CFO of Telecom Personal, Paraguay and is speaking at the LTE Latin America Conference taking place on the 17-18 April 2012 at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Just ahead of the conference Telecoms.com catches up with him to see what challenges the operator is facing as it rolls out LTE.

Softbank teams with Ericsson for LTE network in Japan

Japanese operator Softbank Mobile has selected Ericsson to build its LTE network. Ericsson will upgrade, expand and perform systems integration of Softbank’s existing packet core network to evolved packet core, for its largest LTE contract in Japan.

Du: “Revenues generated by mobile broadband will be the dominant factor”

Hatem Bamatraf is the senior VP of network development at Du in the UAE. He is speaking on the subject of LTE as an evolution to technology and business, on Day One of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 29th-30th April 2012 Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai. He tells Telecoms.com his views on how to arrest declining revenues, the sustainability of unlimited tariffs and touches on issues around spectrum use.

Personal Telecom, Paraguay: “LTE is the road we have to take sooner or later”

Adolfo Avalos is Engineering Manager for Personal Telecom Paraguay and is appearing on Day One of the LTE Latin America 2012 conference, taking place on the 17-18 April 2012 at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Ahead of the conference Telecoms.com speaks to him on his views on the engineering challenges that have to be met as LTE is adopted.

Telefonica Ecuador: “Innovation in the telecommunications business is vital for users”

Rafael Amores is senior network development engineer for Telefonica Ecuador and is appearing at the LTE Latin America 2012 conference, taking place the 17-18 April 2012 at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, where he will be speaking on the topic of how LTE can benefit from economies of scale. Ahead of the conference Telecoms.com speaks to him on the current state of play for LTE in Ecuador.

CTIO, Etisalat: “We should not wait for standards to innovate”

Marwan Zawaydeh is the CTIO of Etisalat, the largest mobile operator in the UAE. He is appearing on Day One of the LTE World Summit taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 CCIB, Barcelona, Spain, where he will be speaking on the topic of the impact of LTE on operator business models. Ahead of the conference, Telecoms.com catches up with him to found out the latest on Etisalat’s LTE roll-out.

Group CTO, STC: “We are just at the beginning of the most exciting phase of mobile network development.”

Dr Zeyad Bin Thamer Al Otaibi is the group CTO of STC, one of the leading operators in the Middle East region and will be conducting operator interviews on stage on Day One of the LTE MENA conference taking place on the 29th-30th April 2012 at the Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai. We talk to him about his views on how OTTs can contribute to the cost of networks, how LTE will leads to increased revenues and why unlimited deals may have a future after all.

Ofcom puts 700MHz on the table for mobile broadband

Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has proposed that 700MHz spectrum could be refarmed from digital TV and used for mobile broadband instead, in order to cope with the expected demand for data. However, in its view, this is unlikely to happen until 2018, due to the need to establish European wide agreement.

Sprint CTO: “The growth in usage we have seen represents an Apollo 13 moment for service providers”

Stephen Bye, is CTO and vice president of technology development & strategy for Sprint, the third largest wireless operator in the United States. Ahead of his appearance at the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 CCIB, Barcelona, Spain, we speak to him about Sprint’s LTE launch plans, the progress being made on its Network Vision plan and how Sprint is moving forward without LightSquared.

Boaventura, Oi, Brazil: “LTE is one the most impressive frameworks and has brought about several technology innovations.”

Alberto Boaventura is a technology consultant for Oi, Brazil, with a focus on technology strategy and service integration. He is presenting on Day One of the LTE Latin America 2012 conference taking place on the taking place on the 17-18 April 2012 at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Here he gives his views on FDD and TDD spectrum for LTE, the timelines for VoLTE and the innovations present in the LTE industry.

UK operators slam Ofcom’s proposals

The UK’s mobile operators have hit out at Ofcom’s latest proposals to allow Everything Everywhere to use its existing 1800MHz spectrum to offer LTE services ahead of its competitors. Earlier this month, Ofcom accepted an application from Everything Everywhere, allowing it to use its existing spectrum, which would see the firm offering 4G mobile services in the UK by the end of 2012.

Orange pledges LTE across Europe by 2015

International carrier Orange/France Telecom has committed itself to rolling out LTE networks across ten European countries by 2015. France Telecom’s CEO Stéphane Richard made the announcement at a meeting with the European Commission in Brussels this week.

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