Category: 4G/LTE


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.

Safaricom threatens to pull out of LTE venture

Kenya’s Safaricom has said it will pull out of a joint venture to build an LTE network in the county if it is forced by its government to use the 2.6GHz frequency band. The company has pointed out that the 2.6GHz frequency band will make it be prohibitively expensive to build out an LTE network across the country, due to its limited range. Safaricom is instead seeking assurances that it will be able to use 700MHz, which requires far fewer base stations and has higher in building penetration capabilities.

Sprint, LightSquared officially end spectrum agreement

US carrier Sprint has officially broken up with troubled LTE wholesale opportunist LightSquared, ending the spectrum hosting agreement signed in June 2011. As part of the break up, Sprint has repaid $65m to LightSquared, for expected costs that have not been incurred.

LightSquared hires Bush lawyer to take on FCC

LightSquared, the embattled LTE 4G US player, has hired well-known solicitor Theodore Olsen in a final bid to save its seemingly doomed terrestrial LTE network project. Olsen’s main claim to fame was helping George W. Bush claim a victory in the 2000 US election in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case.

3 Italia taps Ericsson for LTE upgrade

Europe will soon gain another LTE network after 3 Italia announced that it has signed an agreement with Ericsson that will see the vendor upgrade the operator’s network to LTE offering speeds up to a theoretical limit of 100Mbps. The operator said the upgrade would be ready for a commercial launch in 2012, but did not give an exact time frame.

Altran: The transformation model

Amadou Diop, Global Practice Manager, Infrastrcuture and Networks, Altran, talks to telecoms.com about the evolution of network traffic to data and the associated customer expectations. He speaks about scalability and cost efficiency by bringing down the cost per MB, through a complete transformation model.

Tektronix: Scaling up

Lyn Cantor, president of Tektronix Communications, talks to telecoms.com about the key issues facing operators in terms of LTE deployment, particularly the scale of voice, video and data and the delivery of Quality of Service. Cantor gives insight on how to monetise this traffic by leveraging the service experience.

Dr Iluyemi, MoDise: LTE can “make a difference” for mHealth

Dr Adesina Iluyemi is co-founder and vice president of MoDise, a mobile diagnostic company focused on preventing diseases in the developing world. An mHeath and telemedicine expert, he is speaking at the LTE MENA conference taking place on the 29th-30th April, Westin Mina Seyali, Dubai, UAE. He speaks to Telecoms to explain how next generation mobile technology such as LTE is in unique position to make a crucial difference in this valuable field.

TD-LTE wholesaler to launch in UK in May

UK LTE licensee UK Broadband (UKB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong’s PCCW, has said it aims to offer commercial services from May after building out the first TD-LTE network in the country.

Everything Everywhere to bring LTE to the UK by end of 2012

UK operator Everything Everywhere has announced plans to launch an LTE network in the UK by the end of 2012. The operator, a joint venture formed in 2010 between France Telecom’s Orange and Deutsche Telecom’s T-Mobile UK brands, said that it would have the network ready by the end of the year, subject to approval from UK regulator Ofcom.

LightSquared to cut costs by slashing jobs

A double whammy of bad news for US wannabe carrier LightSquared this week, as reports come in that the firm plans to prune 45 per cent of its staff in order to save money. Earlier this week it emerged that satellite operator Inmarsat was claiming that it has not received a payment of $56.25m from the company.

Making LTE roaming work

In terms of deployment, LTE is the fastest growing mobile technology ever. But it is also the most disruptive element to appear since the introduction of WCDMA, bringing with it fundamental changes to the network and telecom provider business model.

Small cell maturity raises management issues

Femtocells have grown up and left home, according to ip.access founder and CTO Nick Johnson, commenting on the news Wednesday that the Femto Forum had rebranded as the Small Cell Forum. Johnson was unveiling the firm’s first 4G small cell – an event that highlights the growing maturing of the sector – yet brings with it some interesting network planning considerations.

Femto Forum rebrands to Small Cell Forum as Ericsson joins board

The Femto Forum has announced that is has changed its name to the Small Cell Forum, as it look to bring all outdoor small cell technologies under its umbrella. Small Cell Forum chair Simon Saunders told Telecoms.com that the new name would better reflect its work, which embraces residential, enterprise, metro and rural small cells in addition to indoor Femtocells and that the expanded outlook beyond residential devices had encouraged telecoms vendor Ericsson to join the board.

Salkic: “Operators in the Middle East have consistently driven innovation”

Adnan Salkic is a senior business consultant of strategic planning for SwedTel Management Group, who include Saudi Arabian carrier STC among its clients. We speak to Salkic about his perspective on LTE deployment strategies in the Middle East region and his thoughts on why it is a key technology for operators looking to lower costs and increase network efficiency.

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