Category: LTE


CSL switches on dual cell HSPA+ tech

Hong Kong operator CSL on Thursday launched what it claims is the world’s first commercial network based on the extended acronym LTE/DC-HSPA+. This is a combination 4G LTE network featuring Dual Cell HSPA+ technology. In layman’s terms, CSL can boost the quality of experience for users, particularly useful in poor coverage areas, by allocating two carriers for HSPA, effectively doubling the available bandwidth.

LTE conformance test program launches

UK-based fables semiconductor firm Icera is working together with German test and measurement firm Rohde & Schwarz on an LTE protocol conformance test program designed to enable the wireless industry to certify and deploy LTE technology successfully and more quickly.

Ofcom sets out 4G licensing timeline

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has set out the timeline for the award of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum in the UK, which has been set aside for 4G technologies, most likely LTE.

Tele2 says fixed broadband users will move to LTE

Swedish operator Tele2, which will launch LTE through a joint venture with Telenor called Net4Mobility, has announced the results of a survey showing that up to a third of DSL customers will move to LTE once the service is commercially available. Tele2 plans to launch services by the end of 2010 in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Karlskrona.

Sonera to launch LTE in Finland by year end

Finnish operator Sonera will launch LTE services by the end of the year. The operator has announced that services will first be launched in the city of Turku, before being expanded to Helsinki, which are also the two cities where Sonera has been conducting trials since June 2010.

Clearwire announces cuts as losses deepen

If US WiMAX outfit Clearwire, in many ways the poster child of the WiMAX industry, has announced a raft of cost saving measures on the back of disappointing financial results. The firm published its Q3 results this week, with losses for the quarter hitting $139.4m, compared to $82.4m for the same period in 2009. More worrying, the firm conceded that it has yet to sort out funding for its future evolution, hence the cutbacks

Femtos outnumber macrocells in US

Femtocells now outnumber conventional outdoor cell sites in the US, marking a major milestone in the evolution of mobile networks. Conservative estimates suggest there are currently 350,000 femtocells and around 256,000 macrocells in the US. But by March 2011, there are expected to be at least twice as many femtocells as macrocells in the country.

Femto Forum publishes LTE interoperability APIs

The Femto Forum has published a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) which help enable LTE femtocell semiconductors and protocol software stacks from different vendors to interoperate.

Motorola and Nokia cross licence 4G IPR

US vendor Motorola and Finnish vendor Nokia have entered into a 4G licence agreement extending the companies’ existing intellectual property licensing agreement to include 4G technologies, such as LTE, WiMAX and LTE-Advanced.

German operators consider shared LTE network

Leading German mobile operators, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Germany and O2 Germany have started talks focused on the rolling out of a joint LTE network in the country.

Clearwire auctioning spectrum to raise funds

US 4G operator Clearwire is rumoured to be auctioning off a portion of its wireless spectrum as it aims to raise between $2.5bn and $5bn for expansion of its WiMAX network. Interested parties have been named as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA, Time Warner Cable and Sprint Nextel.

Broadcom buys 4G firm Beceem for $316m

US chipset vendor Broadcom on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Beceem Communications, provider of a 4G platform supporting both LTE and WiMAX networks. Broadcom will pay approximately $316m for the firm.

Rogers trials LTE with Ericsson in Canada

Canada’s Rogers Wireless and Ericsson have begun LTE technical trials using AWS spectrum at Ericsson’s Ottawa Research and Development Facility. The technical trial will examine interoperability with Roger’s HSPA+ network.

Verizon details US LTE launch plans

US carrier Verizon has unveiled plans to launch commercial LTE services in 38 major metropolitan areas, providing coverage for around 110 million Americans by the end of the year. The 4G technology will also be deployed in 60 or so airports nationwide by other key cities.

MetroPCS launches LTE in US

US carrier Metro PCS has launched LTE in Las Vegas, marking the launch of the first LTE network in the US and an industry milestone in the shape of the world’s first LTE handset.

Austrian incumbents win LTE spectrum

The Austrian telecoms regulator has concluded the auction of the country’s 2.6GHz spectrum, to be used for LTE deployments, raising €39.5m from the four incumbent operators Telekom Austria, Hutchison, T-Mobile and Orange.

AT&T to launch LTE in mid-2011

US carrier AT&T has revealed more of its plans to deploy LTE technology in the US, ahead of a proposed launch in the summer of 2011.

NSN wins five-year deal from Telekom Austria

Nokia Siemens Networks has won a five-year deal from Telekom Austria Group (TAG) to improve the carrier’s mobile networks performance and energy efficiency. The firms did not announce the value of the contract.

Orange and Play to form Polish JV

Polish mobile operators, Play (P4) and Orange are to form a joint venture dedicated to selling wholesale broadband access. The venture will allow both operators to sell services under a common name, rather than the seperate brands of P4 (Play) and PTK Centertel (Orange). The still to be named organisation will take part in the LTE tender for the provision of wholesale broadband data transmission.

CSL demos Dual Cell LTE/HSPA+ network

4G evolution continues to gain traction with Hong Kong operator CSL demonstrating its progress in the deployment of what it claims is the world’s first Dual Cell HSPA+/LTE network.

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