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KT gets busy with IoT, LTE-M and 5G

KT has been busy at Mobile World Congress this week with announcements and demonstrations illustrating the Korean telco’s intentions with making rapid progress in the realms of machine to machine communications and 5G.

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SK Telecom CTO says the operator wants to be the front runner in 5G

Naturally 5G has been one of the most talked about topics of this year’s Mobile World Congress with numerous around the matter been made even before the event from companies including Nokia and Ericsson. While many operators in Europe continue with their LTE roll-outs, South Korea’s SK Telecom has recently shown a lot of push towards the next generation. CTO Alex Jinsung Choi told Telecoms.com why the operator is already so keen on 5G.

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MWC demos suggest NFV commercially ready

NFV was grandiosely unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and was rapidly heralded in as the next-big-thing for carrier networking. This year, multiple pledges have been made by exhibitors to demonstrate the power of an NFV-enabled architecture, with showcases expected to run all week by some of the industry’s largest players, which aim to show the tech’s move towards commercial readiness.

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Mitel agrees deal to acquire Mavenir, targets IP comms growth

Enterprise communications solutions provider Mitel has confirmed it plans to acquire communications network software vendor Mavenir, after entering a definitive merger agreement. The agreement will see Mitel acquire all outstanding shares of Mavenir common stock in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $560 million.

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75% of operators looking to video for LTE revenue – exclusive report

Operators see video content streaming as one of the most lucrative LTE services, according to the Telecoms.com Intelligence Annual Industry Survey 2015. However, the report results also showed telcos still see OTT service providers as a significant competitive concern.

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Huawei unveils technology strategy underpinned by 4.5G ahead of MWC 2015

Huawei has made a host of announcements ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015, offering a peek at its LTE-connected smartband and unveiling plans for a commercialised 4.5G technology next year. These were unveiled as part of the firm’s digital transformation strategy dubbed ROADS (real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social) at an event in London, attended by Telecoms.com.

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Lycamobile CEO hints at upcoming OTT communications app

Lycamobile, the international low-cost calling MVNO, said it will soon be releasing a communications app for its growing international customer base. Speaking to telecoms.com, CEO Chris Tooley hinted the app will be in the same vein as global OTT communications services like Whatsapp and Viber.

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Samsung and SK to deploy NFV in live IoT LTE network

The network functions virtualization (NFV) and internet of things (IoT) movements have taken a step towards mass real-world roll-out, with the news that Korean powerhouses SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics will work together on deploying network virtualization technologies as part of a nationwide mobile network designed to support the development of IoT.

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SK Telecom, Nokia in 5G cooperation deal

SK Telecom has announced it has entered into an agreement with Nokia to collaborate on developing 5G network technologies. The pact was sealed with a memorandum of understanding, a second such agreement between the Korean telco and the Finnish kit vendor.

AT&T trials live LTE broadcast for mass content delivery

American multiplay operator AT&T has confirmed it has undertaken a trial of LTE broadcast technology in Texas, USA. The trial focussed on delivering live digital content in stadia to attendees of an American football match, which took place earlier this week.

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EE claims European record in 4G network growth

EE has announced its 4G customer base has reached 7.7 million, up from 5.7 million since the start of last year. The UK operator claimed this sets a new European record for 4G growth.

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LTE network growth up 25% in 2014 – report

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has released figures detailing the growth of LTE network deployment in 2014. According to the association, 360 global operators have commercially launched LTE networks and services in 124 countries.

Meyers reckons network quality is the key to 2015 success

US Cellular CEO says network quality key to 2015 success

The CEO of US Cellular, Ken Meyers, believes the telco’s success in 2015 relies on the importance of network quality. While the USA’s fifth largest operator intends to roll out limited trials of VoLTE services in the next few months, Meyers conceded poor or incomparable network quality will quickly deter customers.

Nokia looks to increase presence in Japanese base station market

Nokia completes Panasonic network business acquisition

Nokia Networks has completed the acquisition of the network business from Japanese firm Panasonic, including its 3G and LTE base station systems and related equipment. The Finnish infrastructure vendor said the integration of the new resources will improve efficiency and quality control of its product development and R&D.

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Huawei, EE, Qualcomm claim 410Mbps via LTE Cat 9

Huawei, EE and Qualcomm have partnered for an LTE category 9 interoperability trial, claiming to have achieved download speeds of up to 410Mbps. The partners said this represents a significant step forward in the industry’s attempt to improve download speeds and reliability.

MTS and VimpelCom will build LTE networks in Russia

MTS, VimpelCom to collaborate on LTE in Russia

Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Dutch-based operator group VimpelCom have announced a partnership to develop and share LTE networks in Russia and the CIS region. The agreement involves rolling out LTE in 36 Russian regions over the next two years.

Ericsson says it is committed to connecting the unconnected

Telefonica, Ericsson bring 4G to Peruvian Amazon

Telefónica and Ericsson have collaborated on a project to bring 4G to Amazon’s Peruvians connecting schools, healthcare facilities and other public body entities to the internet. The two partners said this marks the first time LTE technology has been brought to the Amazon communities.

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Tele2 to launch 4G-only network in the Netherlands

Sweden-based operator Tele2 has announced it is to launch a 4G-only network in the Netherlands at the beginning of 2015. The move will mark the telco’s transformation from an MVNO to an MNO in the Dutch market.

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Qualcomm adds LTE Category 9 CA support to Snpadragon 810

Qualcomm has announced its Snpadragon 810 processor will add support for LTE Category 9 carrier aggregation (CA) connectivity, which according to the chip giant will enable device download speeds of up to 450Mbps, up from current peak of 300Mbps.

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