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The LTE North America Awards took place on the 8 November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA

LTE North America Award preview – Significant Progress for a Commercial Launch of LTE by a carrier

The LTE North America awards 2011 are taking place on the 8th November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA. The awards celebrate the innovation and excellence in that has taken place over the past 12 months in the LTE industry and features 60 nominees across 9 categories.

In the lead up to the awards, we are featuring close looks at each of the companies shortlisted and here we bring you a preview of the category: Significant Progress for a Commercial Launch of LTE by a carrier – 2010/11.

Telefonica is seeing huge demand for video and cloud services

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.

Reliance Jio has signed an agreement with Indian telecom tower infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel

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.

Sprint's LTE service will begin in 2012, with Network Vision to be launched shortly after

Sprint files suit against AT&T/T-Mo merger

US operator Sprint Nextel has brought a lawsuit against AT&T, seeking to block its rival’s proposed $39bn acquisition of T-Mobile’s US operation. The suit follows a civil antritrust lawsuit from the US Department of Justice, which claimed the deal was anticompetitive.

Reliance Jio has signed an agreement with Indian telecom tower infrastructure provider Bharti Infratel

First AT&T LTE network lights up in Chicago

Ahead of an official launch, glimmers of LTE coverage from AT&T have begun to appear in Chicago, USA, according to reports. The second largest carrier in the US behind Verizon Wireless, had said that its LTE network would go live in the summer, but as September approaches, it has still not officially launched.

Dish Network has been told by the US Department of Labor's OSHA to pay a former employee $157,024 in back wages and $100,000 in compensatory damages

US State bill to push for clearer 4G definition

US operators could be forced to state the capabilities and coverage of their networks more clearly if a bill introduced into the senate this week becomes law. The confusion over the blanket marketing of all types of next generation networks as 4G has long been a contentious issue in the industry, with all the major networks touting 4G services, regardless of the technologies on which they are based and the speeds they actually deliver.

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Working together

Kevin Peters, CMO for AT&T Business Solutions, talks about the need for operators to collaborate on a global basis in order to better serve the end user with cloud technologies and other emerging technologies.

TeliaSonera has confirmed that it is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and has also been approached by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to its operations in Uzbekistan

AT&T announces first five markets for LTE

Following a demo of its LTE network last week, US carrier AT&T has announced the first five markets into which it will launch LTE services – Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. The news was made by John Donovan, chief technology officer for AT&T on his company blog. Donovan did not provide an exact date for the launch, stating only that the networks would be rolled out, “this summer”.

ZTE has responded to Ericsson's legal action with one of its own

Verizon to appeal data roaming requirement

Verizon Wireless is suing US telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a bid to have it overturn a decision forcing larger operators to share their data networks with smaller players. Verizon claims that the decision represents an “arbitrary, capricious abuse of discretion”.

It seems as though LTE won't make it in time for the next iteration of the iPhone

Apple iPhone 5 unlikely to feature LTE

The next iPhone will not feature LTE and is likely to be called the iPhone 4S, according to an analyst report from Peter Misek from Jefferies & Co.

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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.

Ofcom is planning for the next spectrum auction

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.”

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Isis in crisis?

Isis, a mobile payments joint-venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in the US, has scaled back its initial plans to roll out its own mobile payment network in favour of an m-wallet-style offering.

Akbank is using LBS functionality to push out coupons and other marketing to users based on their current location

AT&T launches online deals service

US carrier AT&T is to launch an online coupon service to rival Groupon and Facebook’s offerings. The discount site, which will run on the telco’s yellowpages.com subsidiary, launches in June with initial services in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth. To entice users to sign up, AT&T is offering a $10 credit. More cities are expected to follow after the initial launch, as well as national deals, all of which will be available to mobile device users, according to AT&T.

France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have announced a joint procurement initiative

AT&T, Verizon to be forced to share data networks with rivals

Under rules approved by America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), AT&T and Verizon will be required to share their data networks with smaller operators. Network sharing arrangements for voice calls are already mandatory; prior to yesterday’s ruling, network sharing for mobile data was arranged on a voluntary basis.

AT&T and T-Mobile have dropped their proposed $39bn merger

AT&T stands to make the most from T-Mobile deal

The pending deal between AT&T and T-Mobile USA is symptomatic of growing market maturity in the US but will be better for the American telco than it will for Deutsche Telekom, according to Ovum analyst Steven Hartley.

There are at least three good reasons why this is the right time for America Movil to look at new mature markets in Europe

AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA

Years of speculation regarding T-Mobile USA’s future ended yesterday with the surprise announcement that AT&T is to buy the embattled telco for $39bn. Rumours regarding the possible sale of T-Mobile USA have been circulating for years but almost always worked on the assumption that the telco would unite with a smaller operator, such as Sprint or, more recently, Clearwire.

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