Category: 4G/LTE


LightSquared GPS move “borders on the bizarre”

Greenfield operator LightSquared’s announcement of a solution to its GPS interference problems has been met with derision by GPS industry body, Coalition to Save Our GPS. The Coalition, which counts Garmin, TomTom, FedEx and the Air Transport Association among its members, issued a statement referring to “this latest gambit by LightSquared” as “bordering on the bizarre.”

3G femtocells now outnumber 3G basestations says report

There are now more 3G femtocells globally than 3G base stations, a report from Informa Telecoms and Media has revealed. The report, timed to coincide with the Femtocell World Summit being held in London, reveals that there are now more than 2.3 million 3G femtocells globally, compared to a total of 1.6 million macro 3G base stations.

LTE network plans: Europe

Austrian regulator TKK completed the auction of 2.6 GHz spectrum on September 20, 2010, raising €39.5m from A1 Telekom Austria, Hutchison, T-Mobile and Orange. 14 paired and 9 unpaired frequency blocks were sold. License conditions require coverage of at least 25% of the population by 2013.

The great white space hope

There’s usually no shortage of opinion in this industry, so I’ve been surprised by the reticence I’ve encountered trying to find out what the big operators think about Neul, the UK startup that reckons a new wireless data standard it’s developed for operation in the TV broadcast white space spectrum should—and will—be adopted for M2M services worldwide.

LightSquared has plan to side-step GPS interference

LightSquared has announced a plan to switch spectrum bands in an effort to head-off concerns that its frequencies interfere with GPS systems. The announcement comes just two days after the wholesaler secured a last-minute extension to a deadline requiring it to submit a report on interference to the US Federal Communications Commission.

Regulator approves UK mobile spectrum trading

UK regulator Ofcom, has announced that, from June 20th, mobile operators are permitted to trade the rights to spectrum amongst themselves. The new regulation covers 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum and mean operators will be able to bid for the use of spectrum they believe the have greater need for than other operators.

LightSquared completes network share deal with Sprint

LightSquared, the US operator planning to build a wholesale LTE network, has finalised a 15-year deal with fellow carrier Sprint that will see the two sharing infrastructure. Bloomberg said that it has obtained a letter from LightSquared’s billionaire owner Philip Falcone to his Harpinger Capital Partners hedge fund investors, informing them of the deal.

Altair TD-LTE chipset hits 50Mbps in China Mobile demo

Altair Semiconductor, a developer of LTE chipsets, has shown off its TD-LTE chipset running at up to 50Mbps on the downlink, and 18Mbps on the uplink. The demonstration was made to China Mobile executives at a Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance board meeting using an AsiaTelco manufactured USB dongle.

LTE network plans: Asia Pacific and Oceania

Telstra has been trialing LTE from May 2010, comprizing not only urban, but also rural evaluations and extensive laboratory trials. At MWC 2011, Barcelona, Telstra announced plans to upgrade its Next G™ network with LTE technology in the central business districts of all Australian capital cities and selected regional centers by end of 2011. The upgrade will use Telstra‟s existing 1800 MHz spectrum to deliver LTE to areas where traffic demand is most concentrated.

PCCW looking to build UK’s first LTE network

The UK’s incumbent mobile networks could be beaten to the LTE punch by Hong Kong based telecoms company PCCW, according to a report in the Financial Times. The operator is looking to build out an LTE network as early as 2012, the report states, via its British subsidiary UK Broadband.

The Fiber of Society

Hunter Newby argues that his dark fibre project is the key to making LTE work and explains why the Pixar movie Cars is a prophetic warning about what could happen to those places that miss the boat on fibre.

Microsoft opposes Google bid for Nortel patents

Microsoft has joined HP, Motorola Mobility and Nokia in a growing line of tech companies opposed to Google’s proposed $900m purchase of Nortel’s patent assets. According to Redmond, a 2006 deal means that Microsoft has a “worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free licence to all of Nortel’s patents” and that this agreement is binding regardless of who buys the intellectual property.

LTE network plans: Americas

On September 21, 2010 regional carrier MetroPCS became the first operator in the United States to launch LTE. MetroPCS also offered the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE enabled handset, the Samsung Craft.

Evolution to LTE Report

The 3GPP LTE system delivers capacity and data throughput enhancements and low latency, to support new services and features requiring higher levels of capability and performance. LTE is the next step in the user experience, enhancing more demanding applications such as interactive TV, mobile video blogging, advanced gaming, and professional services. This report from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) tracks the evolution to LTE.

Everyone’s first with VoLTE

Telcos and kit makers have responded with indignation to last week’s International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium’s (IMTC) announcement to the effect that it had completed the first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) test on a live LTE infrastructure. While it’s not quite Elisha Gray vs Alexander Graham Bell, it seems that, when it comes to VoLTE, everybody wants to be a winner

LTE growth of 3400% predicted

LTE is set to be the dominant new mobile network technology of the future, growing by 3,400 per cent between now and 2015, according to a report from In-Stat. This huge growth will be driven by networks looking to accommodate users wanting to connect to the internet at any time and on any device, according to the report author Chris Kissel, an analyst at In-Stat.

Rogers to launch LTE in Ottawa this summer

Canadian mobile operator Rogers, has announced that it will bring LTE services to capital city Ottawa this summer. The service will be limited to laptop/PC access, with Sierra Wireless providing the USB dongle, which the operator has dubbed the ‘Rocket Stick’.

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