Category: 4G/LTE

Ahuja seeks to reassure authorities over Lightsquared concerns

Sanjiv Ahuja, the chief of forthcoming US wholesale carrier Lightsquared, has sent a letter to the country’s communications authority addressing concerns that the LTE and satellite-based network may interfere with GPS services. Ahuja is seeking to assure the FCC that “there will be no interference,” in order to keep its rollout plans on track.

Ericsson ratchets up profits in 2010

Swedish kit vendor Ericsson benefited from ongoing improvements at its handset joint venture Sony-Ericsson and a decrease in restructuring charges through 2010, reporting on Tuesday a 172 per cent year on year increase in annual net profits.

First African LTE network reveals unexpected usage

Nigerian operator Globacom surprised many recently with its announcement that it had launched Africa’s first LTE network. Among the surprised parties was Informa Telecoms & Media, because just three months ago we reviewed potential deployments of LTE in Africa and forecasted that the first LTE network on the continent beyond South Africa would not go live until 2012. That was because suitable spectrum was yet to be issued and also because compatible devices were yet to become available on the continent.

Lightsquared faces setback as Government agencies call for interference review

Hopeful US market debutante Lightsquared, which is aiming to deploy a combination of LTE and Satellite wireless services on a purely wholesale basis, faces an obstacle to deployment as a number of US governmental agencies have aired concerns that the modification of its licence to allow for terrestrial as well as satellite offerings will cause interference with existing services.

Circuit Switched fallback to protect network investments

Despite the growing momentum behind LTE deployments, one of the greatest concerns for established network operators is the legacy of their mature voice networks and their role in the all-IP future. This week, Chinese vendor Huawei trumpeted circuit switched fallback as an opportunity to leverage these legacy networks.

Globacom brings LTE to Nigeria

Nigerian operator Globacom, which sells services under the Glo Mobile brand, this week launched the African continent’s first LTE network.

Mobile operators need offload to be smart and cost effective

While acknowledging the need to relieve capacity bottlenecks by offloading data traffic from their networks, mobile operators are looking for ways to better manage the process in order to maintain customer contact and build value.

Sweden to auction 800MHz spectrum in February 2011

The Swedish telecoms regulator, PTS, has set a date for the auction of wireless broadband spectrum in the 800GHz band, making the announcement on the eve of the first anniversary of the commercial introduction of LTE. The auction will begin on February 28th 2011, with interested parties required to apply for participation by the end of January. Nordic carrier TeliaSonera launched the world’s first LTE service in Stockholm and Oslo on December 14th last year.

TeliaSonera launches LTE in Denmark

LTE pioneer TeliaSonera has launched commercial services based on the 4G standard in Denmark. In the initial deployment phase, customers in Copenhagen, Arhus, Odense and Aalborg have access to the service. TeliaSoneral hopes to have 75 per cent population coverage in Denmark by 2011. As in previous deployments, the service will be offered with Samsung LTE dongles.

Fourth Coming

2010 was a significant year for LTE as a growing number of carriers prepared to join the handful of first movers in the deployment of the next generation cellular technology.

WiMAX “better for mhealth”

Robert Istepanian, professor of data communications and director of mobile information and network technologies at Kingston University, London, courted controversy with his presentation on “4G health: The Long Term Evolution of mobile health.” Although Istepanian welcomed the advent of 4G, due to its all IP architecture and 100Mbps throughput, which offers lots of opportunities for mhealth in terms of diagnostics potential, he championed WiMAX as the enabler of mhealth services.

UK LTE not economically viable until 2015

Unused capacity in existing HSPA networks will satisfy UK demand for mobile broadband for the next four years, according to research from Informa Telecoms & Media. While there may be a perceived benefit in being first to market with next generation technologies, Informa said that it didn’t believe LTE deployments would make economic sense for UK carriers before 2015.

Verizon to launch LTE on December 5th

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless has announced that it will be activating what it claims is the world’s first “large-scale” LTE network this coming Sunday, December 5th. The carrier’s data plans start at $50 for a monthly data allowance of 5GB, and Verizon will be offering USB modems from LG at launch and Pantech in the near future.

TeliaSonera launches 4G in Finland

LTE pioneer TeliaSonera has launched Finland’s first commercial LTE service, in the cities of Turku and Helsinki. The Nordic and Baltic specialist activated the world’s first LTE service in Stockholm and Oslo a year ago.As in the Swedish and Norwegian deployments, service will be limited to dongle-enabled laptop access, with Korean vendor Samsung supplying the dongles.

CSL switches on dual cell HSPA+ tech

Hong Kong operator CSL on Thursday launched what it claims is the world’s first commercial network based on the extended acronym LTE/DC-HSPA+. This is a combination 4G LTE network featuring Dual Cell HSPA+ technology. In layman’s terms, CSL can boost the quality of experience for users, particularly useful in poor coverage areas, by allocating two carriers for HSPA, effectively doubling the available bandwidth.

LTE conformance test program launches

UK-based fables semiconductor firm Icera is working together with German test and measurement firm Rohde & Schwarz on an LTE protocol conformance test program designed to enable the wireless industry to certify and deploy LTE technology successfully and more quickly.

Ofcom sets out 4G licensing timeline

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has set out the timeline for the award of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum in the UK, which has been set aside for 4G technologies, most likely LTE.

Tele2 says fixed broadband users will move to LTE

Swedish operator Tele2, which will launch LTE through a joint venture with Telenor called Net4Mobility, has announced the results of a survey showing that up to a third of DSL customers will move to LTE once the service is commercially available. Tele2 plans to launch services by the end of 2010 in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Karlskrona.

Sonera to launch LTE in Finland by year end

Finnish operator Sonera will launch LTE services by the end of the year. The operator has announced that services will first be launched in the city of Turku, before being expanded to Helsinki, which are also the two cities where Sonera has been conducting trials since June 2010.

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