Category: 4G/LTE


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.

Canada’s Telus launches LTE service in 14 areas

A third player has entered the Canadian LTE market after the operator Telus turned on its LTE network across 14 metropolitan areas. The operator said that from 10 February its LTE network would be available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Belleville, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, Halifax and Yellowknife. Outside of these areas, customers would fall back to either its 21Mbps HSPA+ service or its 42Mbps DS-HSPA+ service. Telus said the network would deliver peak speeds of up to 75Mbps, but would average around 12-25Mbps.

First LTE phone coming to Vodafone Germany

Vodafone D2, the German arm of the UK-based carrier, has revealed that it will soon have an LTE ready smartphone from Taiwanese handset maker HTC available on its network. German publication Computer Week has said that the Vodafone press office in Germany has confirmed that the HTC Velocity 4G will soon be coming to market, though the exact launch date and pricing has not been confirmed.

Getting ahead in an LTE World

Operators around the world are facing tremendous challenges in terms of growth in data traffic, operational efficiency and customer experience. In order to address these demands, further attention and financial investment are being directed to the upgrade of existing network infrastructure-and with peak download speeds of 100Mbps and above being promised, LTE has been widely hailed as the solution to operators’ congestion troubles.

U.S. Cellular to launch LTE network in March

The North American carrier U.S. Cellular has announced that it will launch its LTE network in March, along with accompanying LTE ready devices. The network which will be launched in conjunction with its build partner King Street Wireless, was originally meant to come online by the end of 2011, and no specific reason was provided for the delay.

Etisalat: “We went to LTE to be prepared – before the traffic comes”

Etisalat is the largest mobile operator is the UAE, commanding 60 per cent of its local market. As one of the major operators in the region the recent launch of an LTE service across most of the major cities in the county can be viewed as a major statement of its intent to stay ahead of the competition.

LightSquared and GPS will never work together says report

LightSquared, the aspiring US LTE carrier, has received a hammer blow to its hopes of shaking up the US market with a wholesale LTE network from a damning report released last week by the executive committee for Space-based Positioning Navigation & Timing (PNT).

China Mobile and Clearwire collaborate on TD-LTE

The world’s biggest carrier in terms of subscribers, China Mobile, is testing interoperability specifications for the time division flavour of LTE (TD-LTE) with US operator Clearwire.

ITC: “The challenge what we can squeeze out of our investment. These are the major concerns for operators.”

As one of the biggest economies in the Middle East, high-speed connectivity has long been important to Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s Integrated Telecom Company, (ITC), is a service provider that offers internet access to both businesses and consumers. It possesses over 15,000km of fibre optic backbone infrastructure and two independent international gateways, providing it with a competitive advantage over its local rivals.

Magyar launches LTE in Hungary

T-Mobile’s Hungarian subsidiary Magyar Telekom has become the first operator to offer a 4G-LTE mobile broadband service in the country. The service was launched across ten districts of Budapest after the operator carried out a three-month extended network testing phase, involving over a hundred personal and business users.

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