Category: 4G/LTE

Verizon has no objections to AT&T/T-Mobile merger

Leading US Carrier Verizon Wireless has no concerns over the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, as long as it does not result in increased industry regulation. The company’s CFO Fran Shammo made the revelation to a Morgan Stanley conference in Spain last week,

Qualcomm integrated 3G/LTE chipset could power iPhone 5

Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the Gobi 4000, its first integrated chipset that supports LTE and various 3G flavours such as HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+, CDMA2000, and 1xEV-DO Rev A and B. The chipset package, which consists of the MDM9600 the MDM9200 chips, is the first integrated 3G/LTE chipset available from Qualcomm, which should bring the increasing efficiency and improved packaging that has prevented Apple from introducing LTE into the iPhone 4GS.

Operators will be able to handle traffic growth claims analyst

The onslaught of data facing operators in the next few years will not be as overwhelming as the industry is being led to believe, an Informa analyst has claimed. Speaking at the Broadband Traffic Management congress in London, Kris Szaniawski, Principal Analyst, at Informa Telecoms & Media said that traffic growth over the news five years would see increases in the 8-10 fold range, rather than the 100s that have been predicted.

3 Austria goes live with LTE

Hutchison Whampoa’s Austrian 3G operation, 3 Austria, on Wednesday switched on its commercial LTE network in Vienna, with a plan to roll out to other major cities in coming months.

eAccess and O2 plan 4G LTE trials in Japan and UK

Japanese operator eAccess has announced that it has begun trialling a 4G LTE service in preparation for a launch in the country in March 2012. Meanwhile Telefonica’s UK arm, O2 has also launched a 4G trial in London. The operator will be using the trial to shape its plans for a commercial 4G rollout, following Ofcom’s 4G spectrum auction, which is expected to take place sometime in 2012.

AT&T reveals LTE Advanced plans

AT&T, the US operator, will introduce LTE Advanced in 2013, according to AT&T Labs president and chief executive, Krish Prabhu. Prabhu made the revelation earlier this week at the LTE North America conference, held in Dallas, Texas, the home city of the US carrier. However, no further details were announced by the company.

Verizon doubles data allowance as report highlights its LTE dominance

US carrier Verizon Wireless has announced a promotion that doubles the data allowances for its LTE subscribers. From now on, customers on the 2GB for US$30 package will receive 4GB a month, while 5GB for US$50 move to 10GB and 10GB for US$80 hits 20GB. The new allowances will be given automatically to new subscribers, while existing customers will receive it upon request from customer services.

Ericsson claims twice as much market share as Huawei

Ericsson has said that it increased its market share in mobile infrastructure by four per cent in the past six months, which means it has twice as large a slice of the market as its nearest rival, Huawei. The firm has increased its market share from 32 per cent in May 2011 to today’s estimated 36 per cent, it said.

Smarter where it counts

With the LTE North America conference taking place on the 8-9 November 2011 at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA, we managed to catch up with Anthony Lacavera, chairman of WIND Mobile, who speaks about the challenges of launching an LTE network in a competitive market.

Mind the gap

Data might be the driving force behind LTE’s gathering pace, but there’s no escaping the fact that voice continues to be the killer application for mobile operators. “Smart” they may be, but drop the “phone” element from the current crop of devices and you’re dropping 64 per cent of your revenues—according to Ovum research, this is the percentage of MNO turnover that voice will generate by 2015.

Safety first for LTE

With the LTE North America conference just two weeks away, we catch up with Emil Olbrich, lead project engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the work that is being done to create a Public Safety network based on LTE.

LTE North America Award preview – Significant Progress for a Commercial Launch of LTE by a carrier

The LTE North America awards 2011 are taking place on the 8th November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA. The awards celebrate the innovation and excellence in that has taken place over the past 12 months in the LTE industry and features 60 nominees across 9 categories.

In the lead up to the awards, we are featuring close looks at each of the companies shortlisted and here we bring you a preview of the category: Significant Progress for a Commercial Launch of LTE by a carrier – 2010/11.

Small cells to provide 2G, 3G and 4G access in one solution

Small cell vendor IP Access has unveiled a new solution, called nanoConverge, which provides mobile operators with a single converged 2G and 3G small cell Radio Access Network. The firm also plans to add LTE capability and also enable operators to run larger volumes of 2G, 3G and 4G small cells from a single converged nanoGateway next year.

Small cells still raising more questions than answers

Small cells promise to boost capacity and throughput in areas of high usage more cheaply than macro cell deployments, while allowing more efficient use of spectrum than macros, and providing improved coverage at the cell edge and indoors. Bringing the radio signal closer to the user should also help to improve device battery life.

Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 LTE handset unveiled

Google and Samsung have unveiled the first smartphone running on the latest version of the Android mobile operating system 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, which is expected to rival Apple’s popular iPhone 4S handset. The Galaxy Nexus is the first Android handset that supports LTE, as well as HSPA+ technology. It also features a 4.65-inch display with 720p resolution and a dual core 1.2ghz processor.

LTE North America 2011 Awards shortlist announced

The LTE North America Awards 2011 take place in just three weeks time on the 8th November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Drawn from a pool of 60 nominees the awards are designed to celebrate the innovation and excellence in LTE that has taken place over the past 12 months.

Verizon partially restores LTE network after nationwide outage

US carrier Verizon Wireless this weekend suffered an outage that affected its LTE network across the country. According to reports, the service went down early Sunday evening, and had only been partially restored across the country on Monday morning. Some users reported that 3G services were affected as well, leaving customers replying on 1xRTT for data access.

The power of small

Rob Riordan, executive vice president, of Nsight is speaking on day two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the on the 8-9 November 2011 at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA. We speak to him to gain his views on how a smaller player fits into the US LTE landscape, and how to deal with the forthcoming data onslaught.

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