Category: 4G/LTE


Samsung deploys Three UK’s LTE network

In a major coup for the Korean firm, Samsung has secured its first significant European network contract by signing a deal to supply 3UK with LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and 3G/LTE core infrastructure equipment.

UK to get 4G on dongles first

Despite being given permission from UK regulator Ofcom to launch LTE services from September 2012, Everything Everywhere will not be in a position to offer 4G-enabled handsets for some time due to a lack of availability. The operator – formed by the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK – is instead more likely to follow the route of early LTE adopter operators and initially launch its service via USB dongles.

3UK to buy 1800MHz spectrum from Everything Everywhere

Following the decision announced today by UK regulator Ofcom to allow Everything Everywhere to offer LTE services in its existing 1800MHz spectrum at any point from September 11, 2012, EE has sold off part of its 1800MHz spectrum to 3UK.

Vodafone seethes as Ofcom clears UK LTE1800 launch

Mobile operator Vodafone has lambasted UK regulator Ofcom for its decision to allow Everything Everywhere to launch LTE services at 1800MHz, ahead of the LTE spectrum auction process. In a statement attributed to a Vodafone UK spokesperson the operator dismissed Ofcom’s ruling as “careless” and “bizarre”, adding that the regulator was “all that stands in the way” of a competitive LTE landscape for the UK.

Everything Everywhere cleared to launch LTE1800

LTE services could be launched in the UK in as early as three weeks, after the country’s regulator has given permission to Everything Everywhere (EE) to use its existing 1800 MHz spectrum to deliver the technology to consumers. Ofcom has ruled that the operator will be allowed to launch LTE services at any point from September 11, 2012.

The end may be in sight for the UK’s 4G saga

Back in April I looked at some of the issues surrounding Everything Everywhere’s proposal to launch LTE services over its existing 1800MHz spectrum, noting that all parties, regulator and operators, have shot themselves in the foot by delaying the upcoming 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction. With O2 and Vodafone complaining about state aid on the one hand, and Ofcom issuing consultation after consultation on the other, it was beginning to look as if the UK might never get 4G.

A different league

CSL is Hong Kong’s leading mobile operator and was the first of the market’s five players to launch LTE. CTO Christian Daigneault talks to Telecoms.com about the unique demands of the Hong Kong market and how the firm is using LTE at 1800MHz and 2600MHz to meet its customers’ needs.

Project Manager, Telkom R&D: “The issue is how to monetise mobile broadband”

Hadi Hariyanto is the Project Manager of Telkom R&D, the R&D arm of Telekom Indonesia. He is speaking on Day Two of the LTE Asia 2012 conference, taking place on the 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Ahead of the conference we catch up with him about the LTE deployment challenges facing Indonesia.

Ericsson expands LTE coverage in Poland

Polish operators Polkomtel and Aero2 are working with Ericsson to expand their LTE and W-CDMA networks in the country. The operator will expand their networks in northern and western Poland as data consumption continues to surge across the nation.

Senior vice president, SK Telecom, Korea: “Focusing on the customer experience will be crucial to differentiate RCS services from OTT.”

Dr. Choi, Jin-sung, is senior vice president and head of technology strategy office for SK Telecom, Korea. He is speaking at the CxO operator panel discussion on the opening day of the LTE Asia conference 2012, taking place on the 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. He is also speaking on Day Two about VoLTE, and ahead of the conference we catch up with him to learn more about SK Telekom’s progress on this important LTE technology.

SKT and MetroPCS launch VoLTE services

South Korean operator SKT and USA’s MetroPCS have both announced launches of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. SKT will brand its VoLTE offering ‘HD Voice’ and said that the service will allow it to begin cutting the ties with legacy voice networks as well as better compete with over-the-top VoIP services.

Bakrie Telecom’s network optimisation GM: “Operators should start looking into other ways of monetising the content through m-commerce”

Rohit Kanwar is the general manager for network optimisation for Bakrie Telecom, Indonesia, and is speaking on Day One of the LTE Asia 2012 conference, taking place on the 18-19 September 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. We speak to him on the recent milestones for Bakrie Telecom and get his views on the challenges currently facing operators.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.

RIM announces LTE enabled 4G PlayBook

Struggling Canadian smartphone and tablet outfit RIM has announced a 4G LTE enabled version of its PlayBook tablet. The device will go on from 9 August initially in Canada, and will work on the LTE networks of all three local operators, Telus, Bell and Rogers.

AT&T to buy NextWave

US operator AT&T has announced that it is to acquire NextWave Wireless, which holds spectrum licences in the US AWS and WCS bands. AT&T will pay $650m NextWave, $600m of which covers NextWave’s debt.

Verizon ordered to stop charging tethering fee

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ruled that Verizon Wireless must stop charging its customers on tiered data tariffs an additional fee for using their LTE smartphones and tablets for tethering.

CTO, UK Broadband: “We need to become a provider of services, not just technology.”

Philip Marnick is CTO of UK Broadband, which operates the first live LTE network in the UK. Marnick is speaking in the Wireless Broadband Summit on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the conference we speak to him on the latest developments at UKB and why he expects its business model to prove successful.

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