4G

Clearwire mulls LTE options

US operator and WiMAX pin up Clearwire is to trial LTE and examine coexistence scenarios between the 4G technologies. The announcement was accompanied by much bravado about how Clearwire is better placed to do LTE than any other US carrier.

UK outlines plans to auction 4G spectrum

UK communications regulator Ofcom has finally been given the go ahead to move forward with the auctioning of 4G spectrum, as well as the refarming of 2G spectrum so it can be used for 3G services. However, ongoing delays have put the country behind other parts of Western Europe and operators are unlikely to get their hands on the attractive 2.6GHz band before 2012.

Agilent offloads wireless operation

Network test and measurement firm exited the telecoms space on Thursday when it sold its wireless testing operations to fixed line measurement firAgilent m JDSU.

Beceem boosts WiMAX performace

WiMAX chipset vendor Beceem Communications has unveiled a number of uplink performance improvements to its portfolio of 4G chips.

Cisco snaps up Starent in $3bn deal

Networking giant Cisco continues to increase its presence in the telco space, on Tuesday announcing an agreement to acquire IP and multimedia kit vendor Starent Networks for $2.9bn.

Verizon opens 4G innovation lab

US carrier Verizon Wireless demonstrated its commitment to 4G technology LTE this week with the formation of a forum designed to develop and promote LTE technologies.

NSN claims first call on commercial LTE kit

Next generation wireless standard LTE continues to pick up steam, with infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks this week claiming to have made the world’s first call using commercial and standards compliant LTE kit.

RIM attacks Nortel for rejecting offer for CDMA, LTE assets

Canadian handset vendor Research In Motion (RIM) has come out swinging against compatriot firm Nortel, alleging that the infrastructure vendor, which is in the process of selling itself off, has obstructed its attempts to purchase assets.

Denmark to auction 4G spectrum

Denmark this week got the auction process for its 2.5GHz spectrum underway, with the National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA) announcing a public consultation on the auction.

Ericsson sets up 4G lab in South Korea

Swedish kit vendor Ericsson said Monday it has struck a deal with the South Korean government to set up a 4G research and development facility in one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries.

Nortel 4G patents may not be worth that much

Embattled Canadian vendor Nortel may have held on to some of its key LTE patents when it flogged much of its mobile business to Nokia Siemens Networks last month, but there is some debate as to whether that IPR will be the nice little earner Nortel hopes.

Finland paves way for 4G rollout

Finnish carriers TeliaSonera, Elisa and DNA have all been allocated additional wireless spectrum, potentially allowing them to start building out 4G mobile networks immediately.

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