LTE

Rural Australia to get Ericsson LTE broadband network

Ericsson has been appointed by Australia’s National Broadband Network to build and operate a fixed wireless LTE network to service the country’s rural areas. Rural households will gain access to the service from mid 2012 with the project to be completed by 2015.

Mavenir Systems announces Airwide acquisition

Mavenir Systems, a provider of mobile network infrastructure for LTE operators, has announced the acquisition of Airwide Solutions, a provider of mobile messaging solutions.

Ford demos car communication via LTE modules

A research project conducted by Ford has demonstrated that LTE is highly suitable for automotive communications applications. The findings of the CoOperative Card Extended (CoCarEX) research project were demonstrated yesterday in Dusseldorf, Germany and proved that LTE latency is low enough for it to provide time-critical driver assistance functions.

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”.

Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale join forces for first UK LTE trial

The UK will finally get a taste of LTE following the announcement that Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale are to combine for a live trial of the technology. The trial will begin in September and is set to run into early next year. It will take place in the St Newlyn East area of South Newquay, Cornwall.

T-Mobile USA launches 42Mbps HSPA+ network upgrade

T-Mobile USA said it has doubled the headline speeds of its HSPA+ network to 42Mbps in 55 US markets, taking the fight to rival LTE network operators. It will this week release a mobile broadband dongle capable of making use of the increased speeds, the ZTE manufactured T-Mobile Rocket 3.0.

Telstra lights up first LTE base stations

Telstra, the Australian telecommunications company has announced that it has switched on the first base stations in Australia that use LTE technology. The stations are located in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane and the telco said 4G data had been sent over the network for the first time.

Rohde & Schwarz and Synopsys form LTE testing alliance

Rohde & Schwarz, a supplier of test and measurement solutions, and Synopsys, which owns telecoms IP and libraries, have announced a collaboration that should accelerate the design and verification of LTE-related equipment.

China Mobile and Apple agree on LTE-TDD iPhone

While the signs are that the next iPhone will not feature LTE, Apple has “reached consensus” with China Mobile on the use of the carrier’s forthcoming TDD-LTE network for a future iPhone.

Clearwire signs Ericsson for managed services; LTE can’t be far off

US WiMAX player Clearwire has announced a managed services deal with Ericsson, lending further weight to the expectation that the carrier will soon abandon WiMAX technology in favour of LTE, now established as a global standard. Ericsson also has a managed services deal with Clearwire parent Sprint, another carrier widely believed to be about to switch technological horses to LTE.

Eight core LTE bands emerging as most popular for LTE launches

Research undertaken by Informa indicates that, when it comes to LTE launches, eight core bands are emerging as the most popular choices for initial rollouts. In a survey of 150 operators and 50 national regulators, Informa found that these core bands are concentrated around the 700-800MHz, 1800-2100MHz and 2500-2600MHz bands. More than half of the mobile operators surveyed said they were planning to launch LTE in the 2.6GHz band initially.

LTE investment now totals 208 countries

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has said in an update to its Evolution to LTE reports that since June 2010 98 additional countries have invested in LTE, bringing the total to 208. In terms of hard deployments, either existing or planned, the numbers have gone up by 32, taking it to 154 across 60 countries.

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.

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.

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