LTE

Huawei bags MobileOne Singapore LTE network deal

Singaporean operator M1 has announced the deployment of the market’s first commercial LTE network.Huawei will be supplying the kit and the network is due for completion in Q1 2012.

Mavenir platform to simplify Voice over LTE deployments

Mavenir Systems, a provider of mobile infrastructure, has announced the availability of the VoLTE Edition of its mOne Convergence Platform, a tool designed to provide operators with options for deploying voice and messaging services over LTE.

Carriers must think laterally to score in an OTT market

Carriers are going to need to think and act laterally if they’re to gain relevance in an over-the-top (OTT) mobile data market. This is the message from Openwave SVP for product management and marketing, John Giere, who said that with customer experience representing a key driver of growth, carriers need to drop their linear approach to billing and services and start taking advantage of their unique access to end-user data.

Ofcom report: LTE networks to up capacity by 200 per cent

Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulatory body, has released a report stating that it expects future UK LTE networks to be 3.3 times more spectrally efficient as current 3G technologies, giving capacity gains of 230 per cent using the same amount of spectrum.

Ericsson and LG U+ announce Korean LTE network deal

Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications giant, has announced a deal with Korean wireless service provider LG U+ to create a commercial LTE network. The agreement, made via Ericsson’s local Korean arm, LG-Ericsson, will enable LG U+ to operate existing CDMA services concurrently with new LTE services. The aim is then to transition fully to LTE as the network is rolled out.

Rural France in line for Europe’s fastest LTE service

The future for fast internet in rural areas in France has received a boost with the announcement by the Éric Besson, Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy, that mobile operators would be able to acquire two blocks of 15MHz channels in the 800MHz band. One would be used for download and the other dedicated to upload.

Microsoft confirms Skype puchase for $8.5bn

Software giant Microsoft is set to announce the acquisition of VoIP company Skype in an all cash deal said to be worth $8.5bn. Such a move would give Microsoft a greater presence with internet telephony and video calling capabilities.

Sri Lanka hits the LTE road with trials, rollouts

Sri Lankan telco Dialog Axiata has launched 4G/LTE network trials at a variety of locations across Colombo. The trials are taking place in parallel with the carrier’s countrywide expansion of HSPA+ services and, according to the carrier, is “the first exposition of an LTE network in the South Asian region.” The pilot networks are running on Huawei kit.

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.

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.

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.

Apple posts another record quarter as Cook raises doubts over LTE iPhone

Cupertino based computer, handset and tablet manufacturer Apple has posted yet another record quarter, raking in second quarter revenue of US$24.67b, producing a net profit of US$5.99b. This was achieved with sales of 3.76m Mac computers, a 28 per cent increase over the year-ago quarter, and 18.65m sales of iPhones, representing growth of 113 per cent.

EU agrees technical rules for using LTE devices on GSM frequencies

The European Commission has agreed technical rules for how the opening up of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands should take place. The rules are designed to avoid interference between 4G and existing 3G and GSM devices and, according to the Commission, must be implemented by member states before the end of this year.
The rules put in place a mechanism for the adoption of technical harmonisation rules that will allow GSM bands to be made available for LTE and WiMAX systems. Under EU telecoms regulations, member states have already had to examine competition between operators and address “any distortions of competition.”

Verizon launches 4G LTE MiFi 4510L device

Verizon has released the 4G LTE MiFi 4510L a, a mobile hotspot device that will enable up to five devices to connect to it via wifi and gain access to Verizon’s LTE network.

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