Category: 4G/LTE

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 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.

LightSquared names new CFO

US LTE wholesaler LightSquared on Tuesday announced the appointment of Marc Montagner as chief financial officer, who until recently held the role of senior vice president of corporate development and M&A at Sprint Nextel.

Accommodating growth: How operators can get ready for the LTE future

Growth in the Long-term Evolution (LTE) market is accelerating. Operators are moving forward with plans and auctions taking place, helping the technology to become a global standard. As of August this year, operators had launched 24 commercial networks in 16 countries worldwide. Only one year ago, the total was three, and the number is expected to grow to 71 by the end of this year, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Etisalat launches the UAE’s first commercial LTE network

Etisalat, the largest carrier in the UAE, has launched a commercial LTE network in the country. The service will offer customers mobile LTE-based broadband using E398-LTE USB modems, which it said were available immediately from Etisalat Business Centres and other outlets.

LTE mobile broadband pricing set to decline by 60 per cent

The price of LTE services will drop by 60 per cent over the next five years, according to new research. UK based pricing and tariff services analysis firm, Tariff Consultancy, claims that LTE mobile broadband will lose its premium tag by 2016.

Clearwire raises $715.5m to fund LTE plans

US WiMAX player Clearwire has announced that it has raised $715.5m from its shareholders to fund its deployment of 4G LTE technology. The firm said it will use the funds for operations and maintenance as well as new network construction.

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