JDSU wins optimisation deal with Belgacom


Network optimisation specialist JDSU has won a deal with Belgian incumbent Belgacom that will see the operator deploy JDSU’s ariesoGEO location-enabled optimisation solution in its 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The product uses data from a range of user-focused network events cross-referenced with the event location to build a geographical picture of real-time network performance.

Sprint adds 20 new LTE markets

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

US mobile network Sprint has extended its LTE coverage to 20 new markets, taking the total number of cities in which the service is available to 402, the firm said. It also introduced its Spark service, which takes advantage of LTE-Advanced techniques including carrier aggregation, in two new markets. Sprint said that it expects to have LTE coverage of more than 250 million people by the mid point of 2014.

Making the most of the core: Oracle


Doug Suriano, CTO of Tekelec, part of Oracle Communications, talks to at MWC2014 about innovative data plans operators can offer to customers.

NAO claims UK missed out on £160m in 4G spectrum auction

Will LTE deliver?

The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has claimed that the country missed out on an extra £160m in revenue by reserving spectrum during the 4G spectrum auction in February last year.

EE signs LTE roaming deals with Orange in France and Spain

EE has signed outbound LTE roaming agreements in France and Spain with Orange

UK operator EE has signed outbound LTE roaming agreements with Orange in France and Spain. EE, which is jointly owned by operator groups Orange and Deutsche Telekom, said that the deals are the first of a series of outbound roaming agreements. The operator intends to announce similar deals in the USA, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands in the summer.

Vodafone UK hits out at poor network quality rating


A report on the performance of UK mobile operators that named Vodafone as having the poorest overall network performance of the country’s four operators has drawn strong criticism from the firm. Network performance monitoring specialist RootMetrics published its UK mobile network performance review Thursday, ranking Vodafone in last place for network reliability, mobile internet performance and call and text performance.

VoLTE is here: Mavenir Systems


Ian Pattison, International CTO for Mavenir Systems, talks to at MWC 2014 about the rise of VoLTE and IMS-based IP networks.

KPN to trial TV service over LTE

KPN's corporate headquarters

Dutch incumbent KPN has announced that it is to trial a live, interactive TV service over its LTE network. The trial will start later in March, run for three months and involve a number of subscribers to KPN’s multi-play service KPN Compleet.

UK government to encourage spectrum sharing

Ed Vaizey MP, UK minister for culture, communications and creative industries

The UK government has stated that it will further investigate the prospect of encouraging spectrum sharing among operators.

Cameron pledges to work with Germany on Internet of Things

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to work with Germany on research and development on internet of things technology, 5G technology and strengthening the EU’s single digital market

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to work with Germany on research and development on the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G technology and the EU as a single digital market. Cameron made the pledge as he joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel in opening the CeBIT 2014 trade fair in Hanover, Germany.

Vodafone signs up Huawei for Project Spring

Vodafone has signed a five-year agreement with infrastructure vendor Huawei

Pushing on with its £7bn organic investment programme, Project Spring, operator group Vodafone has signed a five-year agreement with infrastructure vendor Huawei. As the third vendor signed up for this initiative, the Chinese firm will carry out a number of network enhancement projects and provide products and services to the operator to expand its single RAN in 15 countries around the world.

Shifting Gear

Michael Combes, incoming CEO of Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes spoke to a handful of press during Mobile World Congress about the various power struggles within the telecoms industry, key technological trends like NFV and his belief that ALU has a portfolio that truly matches operator demands “for the first time ever”.

AT&T to develop in car video streaming service

AT&T plans to develop an in-vehicle video service as part of its connected car offering

US operator AT&T plans to develop an in-vehicle video service as part of its connected car offering, following on from the opening of a connected car centre in Atlanta, the AT&T Drive Studio in January.

Etisalat to extend UAE LTE coverage with Alcatel-Lucent

Etisalat has called on vendor Alcatel-Lucent to extend its LTE coverage in the UAE

UAE operator Etisalat has called on vendor Alcatel-Lucent to extend its LTE coverage in the nation.

Etisalat to work on 5G with Huawei

Etisalat is working on 5G

Middle Eastern operator group Etisalat has signed a series of agreements with Huawei that will see the two companies deepen their cooperation in developing 5G telecom broadband services over the next five years.

Optus builds ‘gigasite’ across six frequency bands

Optus has begun testing what it claims to be the world’s first TD-LTE Advanced carrier aggregation

Australian carrier Optus this week claimed to have attained a blistering 1.7Gbps downlink speed on a live site using carrier aggregation technologies across HSPA+, FDD LTE and TD-LTE.

EE announces six-year partnership with Wembley Stadium

EE has announced a six-year partnership with Wembley Stadium

UK operator EE has signed a six-year partnership deal with the English national football stadium Wembley Stadium. EE will become Wembley Stadium’s lead brand partner, in what is said is the stadium first ever deal of such nature, with immediate effect.

Ericsson and Telstra recognised for LTE-Broadcast work

David Everingham

Australian carrier Telstra and Swedish infrastructure firm Ericsson picked up the award for Pushing the Limits in mobile technology at the inaugural Industry Awards on Monday night in Barcelona.

Vodafone Germany in Europe’s first LTE Broadcast trial

Vodafone is trialling LTE broadcast technology

Vodafone Germany has carried out the first live trial of LTE Broadcast in Europe, Ericsson announced on Tuesday. The trial, which also involved Qualcomm and Samsung, took place at the stadium of German football team Borussia Mönchengladbach during a match played on Saturday.

Tele2 moves to data-only price plans

Tele2 has moved away from pay-as-you-go to ‘bucketised’ plans and started offering all-data mobile plans

Giving a keynote talk at Mobile World Congress, Tele2 Group president and CEO Mats Granryd said that mobile pricing was moving away from pay-as-you-go to ‘bucketised’ plans and that it has already started charging solely for data in some of the 10 countries where the firm operates.