Category: 4G/LTE


O2 UK: “We will run out of spectrum by 2014”

Mobile operator O2 UK has revealed that it expects to run out of spectrum on its macro cell layer around 2014. Speaking at a round table briefing hosted by the Small Cells Forum, Telefonica UK’s chief radio engineer Robert Joyce said that, “As we see it, with the increasing demand from tablets and smartphones the macro cell will not be able to cope. We can take the macro cell grid to eight times its current capacity and then we’ll run out of spectrum.”

LTE TDD winning wide acceptance

The time division flavour of LTE, LTE-TDD, has gained wide ecosystem acceptance and backing from leading infrastructure and device vendors, leading analyst house Ovum to predict that 25 per cent of all LTE connections will be on LTE TDD by 2016.

UK Government has “lost the plot” over LTE

The UK Government’s decision not to facilitate the deployment of LTE until 2013 at the earliest is “appalling” and has forced the UK to surrender its position as one of the leading communication markets in the world. This is the judgement of a C-level executive from one of the UK network operators, who asked not to be named.

LTE goes live in Marseille

French mobile operator Orange on Thursday activated its first LTE coverage area in the city of Marseille, promising connectivity speeds of up to 150Mbps. The operator said Lyon and Nantes will also 4G coverage by the end of the year, followed by 12 other cities by summer 2013.

Apple fined in Australia over 4G iPad claims

Apple has been fined AU$2 million for deliberately misleading Australian consumers over the 4G status of its third-gen iPad. Action was brought against the tablet manufacturer by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after Australian consumers complained that they had bought the device on the understanding that it was compatible with Telstra’s LTE networks, only later to discover that it was not.

O2 launches LTE in Czech Republic

Mobile operator Telefónica O2 this week launched LTE services in the Czech Republic. The network covers the municipality of Jesenice and its surroundings; a total population of almost 10,000.

A long term view

Yves Bellego, Director of Technology Strategy for Orange Group comes from a background in managing the firm’s extensive spectrum portfolio – something that gives him a skill set well suited to looking after the technical side of network operations in Europe.

LTE can’t save Australia from required fixed broadband upgrades

Broadly speaking life is pretty sweet for Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s shadow minister for communications and broadband. He has a reported A$200m in the bank, lives in Sydney’s exclusive harbour-side suburb of Point Piper, has a country retreat in the scenic Hunter Valley, three boats, a successful grown family and even a couple of nice dogs.

Several African countries ahead of Europe in the race to LTE

Several African operators have beaten a host of European countries including UK, France and Italy in the race to LTE by launching commercial LTE services in the past two months. Leading the way were Movicel of Angola and MTC of Namibia, the first operators in Africa to deploy LTE helped along by proactive regulators, engaged governments and booming economies.

Vodafone, O2 extend UK net share across 2G, 3G & 4G

UK mobile operators Telefónica and Vodafone on Thursday agreed to extend their existing network sharing deal to create one single national grid providing 2G, 3G and eventually 4G services to 98 per cent of the UK population.

The key benefits of LTE

Xu Weizhong, President of Packet Core Network for Huawei Wireless Network Business Unit, talks to telecoms.com at the LTE World Summit about the key benefits of LTE. Xu talks about future business models and management of the customer experience.

85% of world population to have 3G by 2017, says Ericsson

Ericsson has predicted that by 2017, there will be more than five billion mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide, by which point 85 per cent of the world’s population will have 3G coverage. The Swedish vendor said that by this time, 50 per cent of the world’s population will be covered by 4G and the total number of smartphone subscriptions will reach three billion.

Commercialising TDD LTE

Interview with Deng Taihua, Presidentof LTE TDD & WiMAX & TDS Networks for Huawei Wireless Network Business Unit.

Japan’s KDDI rolls out 3G and 4G SON

Japanese operator KDDI has deployed what it claims to be the “world’s first self operating 3G and 4G mobile network”. The operator chose Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to deliver the system. The operator has deployed an intelligent Self Organising Network (iSON) solution which uses NSN’s advanced NetAct Operations Support System (OSS).

Industry lights up IPv6 addresses

Major network operators around the world permanently enabled IPv6 for their products and services on Wednesday, June 6, as World IPv6 Launch day marked the official debut of dual-support capabilities that will be in place for many years to come.

Diameter a hot topic at the LTE World Summit

Last week’s LTE World Summit included a pre-focus day on signaling for the first time. It was also one of the few times a pre-focus day meant a full room with several standing delegates, many more than the conference team had predicted.

So what made this day particularly interesting? The focus of the signaling day was split in two broad categories: RAN generated signaling and Diameter.

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