Category: 4G/LTE


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.

Vodafone to cap LTE pricing based on speed

Vodafone Germany will cap its LTE pricing plans based on speed when it launches them before year end. The operator will offer 10GB of data at 7.2Mbps for €40 a month, 15GB of data at 21.6MBps for €50, and 30GB at 50Mbps for €60.

WiMAX player Scartel launches LTE in Russia

Russian WiMAX player, Scartel, which operates under the Yota brand has finished its implementation of an LTE network in Kazan. The operator also plans to deploy further LTE networks in Novosibirsk and Samara by the end of 2010.

Metro PCS to launch LTE in September

US carrier Metro PCS will launch LTE networks in September in both Dallas and Las Vegas. Samsung will supply the operator’s first LTE handset, the Craft SCH-R900, for the launch.

Intel spends $1.4bn on Infineon chip unit

German chipset manufacturer Infineon confirmed the rumours on Monday, announcing the sale of its Wireless Solutions division (WLS) to US chip giant Intel for $1.4bn.

Telenor takes LTE to Hungary

The Hungarian subsidiary of European carrier Telenor has tapped Chinese equipment vendor ZTE to build a 4G LTE network supporting multi mode and multi band services.

Polish regulator to tender LTE spectrum in mid-2011

Poland’s telecommunications regulator, the UKE, has begun a tender process for frequencies in the range 2500-2570/2620-2690MHz and 790-862MHz, which will enable operators to deploy LTE. The tender is expected to be carried out in mid-2011.

LTE will not be a competitive differentiator, says NSN exec

Consumers are unlikely to buy mobile services based on speed of throughput and operators’ LTE deployments will even out so quickly that LTE in itself will not be an effective competitive differentiator, according to Mark Neild, head of business transformation, Western Europe, at Nokia Siemens Networks.

ZTE, NSN win European LTE deals

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera continued to spearhead the adoption of LTE, with an announcement on Monday that the company’s Uzbekistan subsidiary, UCell, has constructed a 4G network.

Clearwire mulls LTE options

US operator and WiMAX pin up Clearwire is to trial LTE and examine coexistence scenarios between the 4G technologies. The announcement was accompanied by much bravado about how Clearwire is better placed to do LTE than any other US carrier.

UK outlines plans to auction 4G spectrum

UK communications regulator Ofcom has finally been given the go ahead to move forward with the auctioning of 4G spectrum, as well as the refarming of 2G spectrum so it can be used for 3G services. However, ongoing delays have put the country behind other parts of Western Europe and operators are unlikely to get their hands on the attractive 2.6GHz band before 2012.

NSN wins $7bn LTE contract from new US player

Forthcoming US 4G wholesale network LightSquared said Tuesday it has tapped Nokia Siemens Networks in a deal worth $7bn to deploy infrastructure for its LTE/satellite combination network.

Nokia Siemens confirms Motorola network assets purchase

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks has announced that it is to acquire “certain network infrastructure assets” from US competitor Motorola for $1.2bn. The Finnish-German joint venture said that it expects to gain new relationships with 50 wireless carriers and strengthen existing commercial ties as a result of the deal, which the two firms expect to close before the end fo 2010.

WiMAX founder backs TD-LTE

Israeli infrastructure vendor Alvarion, a company that bills itself as a “founder of the WiMAX industry,” is to start making LTE kit for the TDD flavour of the 4G technology.

Sprint extends WiMAX reach; considers LTE

US carrier Sprint this week launched WiMAX in a handful of new metropolitan areas amid speculation that the firm is also considering an LTE strategy that could pave the way to a merger with T-Mobile USA.

Intel eyeing up Infineon’s mobile assets?

Chip giant Intel could be angling to position itself as a cellular powerhouse if there’s any truth to the speculation that it is sizing up Infineon as an acquisition target.

Telstra trials LTE in 1800MHz band

The LTE news keeps rolling in, with Australian carrier Telstra on Monday announcing that it has successfully tested the 4G technology in its 1800MHz spectrum.

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