Category: 4G/LTE


Italy LTE spectrum auction exceeds expectations

The Italian government has confirmed that the country’s LTE spectrum auction has closed with bids from the four local operators reaching in excess of €3.9bn, double the reserve price placed on the frequencies. The bidding process lasted just 22 days and saw bids from the main carriers: Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), Vodafone Italy, Wind Comunicazioni (Wind Italy) and 3 Italia (H3G Italia).

Middle East operators jump on LTE bandwagon

Following launches in Saudi from Mobily and STC, and in the UAE from Etisalat, Qatar’s QTel has launched its own LTE services and UAE’s Du has announced that it is working on an LTE service to launch before the end of the year.

Huawei ramps up Middle East efforts

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has been stepping up its efforts in the Middle East after partnering with UAE incumbent Etisalat to improve the competencies and capabilities of the operator’s staff, and recently partnering with Saudi operator STC to roll out an LTE-TDD service in the country.

EU wants to make copper less attractive

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes has announced a public consultation looking for ways to make copper-based telecommunications networks less attractive to operators in a bid to spur investment in fiber.

“We have to extend beyond cellular”, says Verizon spokesperson

US carrier Verizon should think of itself as a hub for all internet connectivity and not just a service provider, the company said to an audience at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday. Aparna Khurjekar, executive director of business solutions group at Verizon said: “We could be providing a gamut of services that could be supported by Verizon and monetising them. You have to extend beyond cellular.”

Etisalat brings LTE to UAE

Etisalat has announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in the UAE.

The LTE-FDD mobile network will cover all major cities in the country in the first deployment phase, with Etisalat promising data download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

France allocates LTE spectrum

French regulator Arcep has announced that all four of the country’s major operators have won licences to use its 2.6 GHz frequency band, which will be used in the deployment of LTE mobile networks. Orange/France Telecom will be allocated a duplex frequency block of 20 MHz, for which it bid €287.12m, while Iliad’s Free Mobile will also be allocated the same, after bidding €271m.

LightSquared says interference issue solved by filter

Aspiring US wholesale player LightSquared, which is planning a nationwide wireless broadband offering over satellite and LTE networks, has released details of a technical solution that it says will put an end to interference between its network and GPS devices.

Remote control

Steven K. Berry is President & CEO of the Rural Cellular Association (RCA), and is speaking on Day 2 of the LTE North America conference. We quiz him on the function of the RCA and find out his thoughts on Verizon’s Rural America Programme and the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile venture.

More LTE spectrum rolls in for Vodafone Australia

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has bolstered its 1800MHz spectrum holding with an eye on future LTE roll-outs, following a deal with state rail authorities. The operator has said that an agreement between itself and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), which holds the licenses to the 1800MHZ spectrum, to create contiguous blocks of spectrum in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, had been approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Early signs promising for AT&T LTE network speeds

AT&T’s LTE network, which launched on Sunday, is delivering impressive speeds, according to initial testing from Signals Research cited by Mobile Business Briefing. The operator launched its LTE network in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, and at the latter location the analyst house achieved an average speed of 23.6Mbps after downloading a hefty 90Gb of data over a three-day period using a Sierra Wireless USBConnect Momentum 4G dongle.

AT&T network to go live in five markets on 18 September

US operator AT&T will officially launch its LTE network next week, lighting up five markets on Sunday 18th September. The news was revealed by its CFO John Stephens during the Entertainment & Communications conference at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media.

Pass Master

Marcio Avillez, is vice president of network operations of iPass will be speaking at the LTE North America conference on 8-9 November. We spend a few minutes with him to gain his perspective on how wifi is likely to fit into an LTE world.

Qualcomm to lose $1bn and India licences

Qualcomm stands to lose over $1bn and its wireless broadband service permits in India, after a spokesperson for the Department of Telecoms (DoT) said that the company’s application for licences was invalid. A senior official from India’s DoT has said that the company did not apply for and acquire licences within three months of the wireless broadband airwaves (BWA) auction.

Saudi operators deliver LTE to Middle East

Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily has launched the first LTE service in the Middle East, but rival STC was hot on its heels, launching its own service a day later.

Does it really matter who really wins the race to LTE in MENA?

We at Informa have been closely tracking developments on the LTE front in the Middle East. One week ago, it had not launched commercially in the region. But with five operators (Mobily, Zain Saudi, STC, Etisalat and du) having expressed interest in being credited as the first launcher of LTE in the region, I could see the potential war-of-words over the ‘photo finish’ coming from a mile off.

Marvell announces first ‘world’ modem chip for LTE

Chip maker Marvell has announced what it says is the world’s first single-chip solution for LTE and has aimed it at a wide variety of internet enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops , set-top-boxes, TVs and automotive applications.

France rejects call to stop wireless auction

France’s Conseil d’Etat (Council of State)has rejected a bid by mobile operator Iliad to stop the government’s auction of 4G mobile licences. The company had petitioned the court for an emergency injunction to halt the auction, ahead of its September 15 launch date, saying it was not fair to all telecom operators.

Ofcom claims delay speculation is irrelevant

Mobile network operators will not be able to roll out 4G LTE services until 2013 at the earliest, due to technical issues, according to UK regulatory body Ofcom, rendering speculation about whether the spectrum auction will be delayed as irrelevant.

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