4G evolution continues to gain traction with Hong Kong operator CSL demonstrating its progress in the deployment of what it claims is the world’s first Dual Cell HSPA+/LTE network.
Nokia Siemens Networks has won a five-year deal from Telekom Austria Group (TAG) to improve the carrier’s mobile networks performance and energy efficiency. The firms did not announce the value of the contract.
Polish mobile operators, Play (P4) and Orange are to form a joint venture dedicated to selling wholesale broadband access. The venture will allow both operators to sell services under a common name, rather than the seperate brands of P4 (Play) and PTK Centertel (Orange). The still to be named organisation will take part in the LTE tender for the provision of wholesale broadband data transmission.
Vodafone Germany will cap its LTE pricing plans based on speed when it launches them before year end. The operator will offer 10GB of data at 7.2Mbps for €40 a month, 15GB of data at 21.6MBps for €50, and 30GB at 50Mbps for €60.
Russian WiMAX player, Scartel, which operates under the Yota brand has finished its implementation of an LTE network in Kazan. The operator also plans to deploy further LTE networks in Novosibirsk and Samara by the end of 2010.
US carrier Metro PCS will launch LTE networks in September in both Dallas and Las Vegas. Samsung will supply the operator’s first LTE handset, the Craft SCH-R900, for the launch.
German chipset manufacturer Infineon confirmed the rumours on Monday, announcing the sale of its Wireless Solutions division (WLS) to US chip giant Intel for $1.4bn.
Nordic LTE champion TeliaSonera has successfully launched commercial 4G services in Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg.
The Hungarian subsidiary of European carrier Telenor has tapped Chinese equipment vendor ZTE to build a 4G LTE network supporting multi mode and multi band services.
Poland’s telecommunications regulator, the UKE, has begun a tender process for frequencies in the range 2500-2570/2620-2690MHz and 790-862MHz, which will enable operators to deploy LTE. The tender is expected to be carried out in mid-2011.
Australian incumbent carrier Telstra launched its nationwide HSPA network in 2006, making the improved performance that gave it the centre of its marketing message. This year the carrier began a series of trials of LTE. Mike Wright, the firm’s executive director for wireless talks to Telecoms.com about the firm’s plans for 4G deployment.
Consumers are unlikely to buy mobile services based on speed of throughput and operators’ LTE deployments will even out so quickly that LTE in itself will not be an effective competitive differentiator, according to Mark Neild, head of business transformation, Western Europe, at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Nordic carrier TeliaSonera continued to spearhead the adoption of LTE, with an announcement on Monday that the company’s Uzbekistan subsidiary, UCell, has constructed a 4G network.
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.
We can’t see it, touch it, or hear it, but radio spectrum is central to our lives. It is the essential raw material for all mobile services and, like many raw materials, it is a finite and therefore extremely valuable resource for which demand is increasing all the time.
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.
Forthcoming US 4G wholesale network LightSquared said Tuesday it has tapped Nokia Siemens Networks in a deal worth $7bn to deploy infrastructure for its LTE/satellite combination network.
Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks has announced that it is to acquire “certain network infrastructure assets” from US competitor Motorola for $1.2bn. The Finnish-German joint venture said that it expects to gain new relationships with 50 wireless carriers and strengthen existing commercial ties as a result of the deal, which the two firms expect to close before the end fo 2010.
There were growing signs of a turnaround in the industry this week, with a number of mobile players reporting investor-satisfying quarters. First up was once-troubled handset vendor Sony Ericsson, which delivered its second consecutive quarterly profit during Q2 with a whopping €12m. Ok, it’s not a lot but it’s better than the loss of €213m delivered in the second quarter of last year, although it is down from a profit of €21m in Q1.