Qatari consumers can now begin enjoying 4G services, as the country’s incumbent operator Ooredoo announced the launch of its LTE network. Ooredoo’s 4G service will initially be available via mifi and dongle devices, and the operator is currently working on making 4G available on smartphones in Qatar.
Voice over LTE is one of the most complex technologies being deployed within the framework of the LTE roadmap, says Peter Carson, senior director for marketing at Qualcomm. And operators have a lot of work ahead of them if they are to retain their status as the natural providers of voice and maximise the benefits of the move to a single network technology.
Over the next two years Indian operators plan to invest a significantly lower proportion of their revenues than their Chinese, Indonesian and Philippine counterparts according to financial ratings agency Fitch Ratings.
The benefits afforded by heterogenous network architectures in LTE could be compromised in multi-vendor environments, according to Ericsson’s product manager for LTE.
Philip Marnick, CTO of UK Broadband is speaking on Day Two of the inaugural TD-LTE Summit taking place on the 23rd-24th April 2013 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how TD-LTE will develop and where voice fits in.
UK operator EE has defended Apple’s policy of preventing mobile operators from offering the iPhone 5 as an LTE device until it has tested the performance of their LTE networks. The operator launched its 4G network in September 2012, with the iPhone available at launch as an LTE device.
Australian mobile subscribers are set to benefit from a wider choice of LTE service providers after Vodafone Australia announced it will launch its 4G service in June. In doing so, Vodafone will become Australia’s third 4G network.
UK operator group EE announced Tuesday that it is doubling network speeds for all of its 4G LTE subscribers.
French operator Bouygues Telecom has revealed it will switch on its LTE network in the next few weeks. The firm will use its 2.6GHz spectrum to deploy the service across eight cities CEO Olivier Roussat told local press.
Brazilian operator TIM Brasil has called on network infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks to build its LTE network. NSN will deploy an LTE network layer on top of TIM Brasil’s existing 2G and 3G networks in the 2.6 GHz frequency band, the operator confirmed.
Chief strategy, innovation & technology officer, KPN Group: “LTE will finally allow the internet to go mobile”
Erik Hoving, chief strategy, innovation & technology officer for KPN Group in The Netherlands, is opening the conference on Day One of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands. In an interview ahead of the show we spoke to him about KPN’s LTE launch and the effect that 4G services will have on consumers and the internet in general.
South Korea’s SK Telecom has signed an LTE data roaming deal with Globe Telecom, the second placed operator in the Philippines. The two will begin roaming services on April 1st. SK also announced that it will launch quad-band LTE devices that function on networks at 850, 1800, 2100 and 2600MHz in the second quarter of this year, although it did not reveal which vendor would supply the devices.
Stephen Bye, CTO at leading US operator Sprint is speaking on Day One of the TD-LTE conference, taking place on the 23rd-24th April 2013 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about Sprint’s role is leading the TD-LTE charge.
Torbjorn Pettersson, Technical Sales Manager, Mobile Services, Telenor, Sweden is taking part in two panel discussions at the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about some of the technical issues facing operators as they introduce LTE.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has introduced data sharing plans new data-share plans for LTE and 3G users. In addition, it has lowered monthly prices for existing data-share plan users and customers on LTE sharing plans can now also add one data-only device, such as a tablet, to their plan free of charge.