Category: 4G/LTE

CSL exits “desperate” Hong Kong auction

Telstra has defended its decision to withdraw from Hong Kong’s spectrum auction. The firm said that “bids were destroying value” and that it had only participated in “an opportunistic way” because it already owns significant spectrum and would therefore “retain leadership no matter what the outcome of the auction could be.”

O2 Germany to launch commercial LTE July 1st

O2 Germany will launch commercial LTE services on July 1st this year. The announcement, which was made at a CeBIT press conference yesterday, was sketchy on details regarding speed and pricing. The new network will reportedly offer speeds in line with an “average DSL connection” and run on Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei kit.

Yota scores deal as Russia’s LTE network operator

Russian network operator Yota has turned its fortunes around, having initially backed WiMAX, then switching to LTE. This week the company signed a deal with the country’s leading players, to act as the network provider for LTE services in over 180 cities with a total population of more than 70 million citizens.

KDDI to offer HTC WiMAX handset

HTC and Japanese carrier KDDI have announced that UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX services subsidiary, will distribute HTC’s EVO WiMAX smartphone from April this year. It will be Japan’s first WiMAX smartphone.

On the LTE bus with Hossein Moiin, CTO, NSN

During the final day of my trip to Barcelona for MWC, I was treated to a bus ride. Not just any bus ride though. This was a bus loaded with tech kit, hooked up to a couple of prototype dongles and connected to the FDD and TDD flavours of LTE radio. The reason was a field demonstration of LTE’s capabilities, set up by Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei, Vodafone and China Mobile.

Sequans tackles 4G deployment headaches

WiMAX and 4G chipmaker Sequans has launched an initiative geared towards streamlining 4G network transition and future-proofing 4G devices for LTE and WiMAX operators. The initiative, called “4Sight”, is offering solutions to some of the technical challenges facing operators looking to deploy 4G networks.

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.

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