Category: 4G/LTE


Irish Government announces rural broadband & next-generation schemes

Irish Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has announced details of a rural broadband scheme for the country. The scheme is geared towards ensuring universal broadband access in Ireland before the end of 2012. According to the Minister, individual premises in rural areas that have been unable to obtain a broadband service will be able to avail of one on request.

MTN South Africa planning LTE network

MTN South Africa is rolling out a pilot LTE network in Gauteng, the company’s MD, Karel Pienaar, has told South African tech site TechCentral.

T-Mobile USA drags profits down at Deutsche Telekom

German carrier Deutsche Telekom on Friday announced a 37 per cent drop in first quarter profits compared to the same period last year. The poor showing was mainly due to weak performance of its T-Mobile USA arm, which it is planning to sell to AT&T.

Clearwire postpones spectrum sell-off

Clearwire has announced the postponement of plans to sell off radio spectrum this year in an effort to raise funds. Following record subscriber growth of 1.8 million in the first quarter of the year and a revenue increase of over $130m, CFO Hope Cochrane said that “With the near-term capital needs of our current business now satisfied, we will be extremely judicious with our spectrum assets.”

Setting the Standards

The LTE Award for Best Contribution to LTE Standards is the only honour in the LTE World Summit Awards that is awarded to an individual. It recognises vital contribution at the most fundamental level of the technology and this year three veterans of the industry are competing for this prestigious accolade.

NSN offers migration path to Motorola customers

Fresh from its recently completed acquisition of Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks has announced technology that will connect existing Motorola GSM base stations to NSN’s Flexi Base Station Controller, giving them a path to 3G and LTE services.

MetroPCS Q1 results beat analyst expectations

Things are looking up for MetroPCS as it continues to roll out its LTE network. The operator, which was the first US network to launch LTE, has announced record first quarter results of US$285m, an increase of approximately 28 per cent over first quarter of 2010.

Speakers’ Corner

Ahead of the LTE World Summit 2011 we posed a range of questions to a number of our speakers to gain some more insight into the complex world of LTE.

Google gets the go-ahead for Nortel patents bid; RIM also interested

Google’s bid to buy $900m worth of Nortel patents and patent applications was approved on Monday. The planned sale required the approval of courts overseeing Nortel’s bankruptcy proceedings in Canada and the US. Under the terms of the auction, other parties may submit bids until June 13th, with the auction taking place on June 20th. Nortel filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

Rogers Canada announces LTE network on Ericsson kit for this year

Following successful trials in Ottawa and Montreal in 2010, Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s biggest service providers, has announced that it will launch its LTE network this year. The roll out will kick off initially in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa before extending into a further 25 markets in 2012. Ericsson has inked the deal to supply the radio sites, using its multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 technology; it will also upgrade and expand Rogers’ existing packet core network into an Evolved Packet Core in support of the new LTE infrastructure.

Ericsson wins Rogers LTE network deal

Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications network supplier has won a multi-year deal to supply Canada’s Rogers network with an end-to-end LTE network.

Huawei to sue ZTE

Fresh from its most recent bout of litigation against Motorola, Huawei has announced that it is suing ZTE for patent infringement. The world’s second biggest kit maker has revealed that it is to file suits against its rival in France, Germany and Hungary over what it claims are patent and trademark infringements relating to data card and LTE technologies. In addition, Huawei alleges that ZTE used one of its registered trademarks illegally on some of its data card products.

Verizon’s LTE network goes down

Verizon Wireless’ LTE network ground to a halt on Wednesday, as users of the HTC Thunderbolt handset reported difficulties getting online. As word began to spread, Verizon acknowledged on its Twitter page that it was experiencing “an issue” with the service, following up with a post stating that the problem had been identified and the telco was “working with major vendors to restore connections.”

Google on a mission to stock up its patents war chest

Google looks to be filling its patents war chest further, if rumours of a bid for bankrupt Israeli device manufacturer Modu are accurate. With the Android platform under increasing threat from patent challenges, Google is reported to have offered $2m for the patent portfolio of the company, which was founded by USB-Flash drive inventor Dov Moran and which made what it claimed to be the world’s lightest modular mobile phone.

Chunghwa trials LTE in Taiwan

Taiwanese carrier Chunghwa Telecom has demonstrated LTE in a field trial enabled by Alcatel-Lucent’s equipment, supporting a wide variety of LTE devices from various Taiwanese terminal manufacturers.

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