Huawei’s announcement on Monday of its first big UK equipment deal has kicked off speculation that the Chinese vendor is now poised to roll out 4G/LTE services in the country too. The four year deal with T-Mobile and Orange parent Everything Everywhere will involve a major upgrade of the UK telco’s 2G radio network, allowing it to carry 3G data services over the spectrum assigned for 2G use.
Sri Lankan telco Dialog Axiata has launched 4G/LTE network trials at a variety of locations across Colombo. The trials are taking place in parallel with the carrier’s countrywide expansion of HSPA+ services and, according to the carrier, is “the first exposition of an LTE network in the South Asian region.” The pilot networks are running on Huawei kit.
Malaysian operator Maxis isreported to be in talks with local WiMAX player Asiaspace over a potential collaboration to roll out LTE in the country.
Competition in the mobile chip market is heating up, as graphics giant Nvidia agreed on Monday to acquire a UK-based baseband processor manufacturer, adding wireless connectivity to its arsenal.
North American rural operator US Cellular has announced that it will launch its LTE network by the end of the year in conjunction with King Street Wireless.
Irish Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has announced details of a rural broadband scheme for the country. The scheme is geared towards ensuring universal broadband access in Ireland before the end of 2012. According to the Minister, individual premises in rural areas that have been unable to obtain a broadband service will be able to avail of one on request.
Californian semiconductor firm NetLogic Microsystems on Monday unveiled the XLP316 microprocessor; a chip it claims will radically improve aspects of LTE performance.
MTN South Africa is rolling out a pilot LTE network in Gauteng, the company’s MD, Karel Pienaar, has told South African tech site TechCentral.
German carrier Deutsche Telekom on Friday announced a 37 per cent drop in first quarter profits compared to the same period last year. The poor showing was mainly due to weak performance of its T-Mobile USA arm, which it is planning to sell to AT&T.
Clearwire has announced the postponement of plans to sell off radio spectrum this year in an effort to raise funds. Following record subscriber growth of 1.8 million in the first quarter of the year and a revenue increase of over $130m, CFO Hope Cochrane said that “With the near-term capital needs of our current business now satisfied, we will be extremely judicious with our spectrum assets.”
Magyar Telekom, the Hungarian operator and part of the Deutsche Telekom group, has selected Ericsson to overhaul its ageing network.
The LTE Award for Best Contribution to LTE Standards is the only honour in the LTE World Summit Awards that is awarded to an individual. It recognises vital contribution at the most fundamental level of the technology and this year three veterans of the industry are competing for this prestigious accolade.
Fresh from its recently completed acquisition of Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks has announced technology that will connect existing Motorola GSM base stations to NSN’s Flexi Base Station Controller, giving them a path to 3G and LTE services.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority(ACMA) has released two papers outlining its intentions for the development of a future spectrum strategy. Chairman Chris Chapman has called for input from industry stakeholders “on a number of relevant issues”.
Things are looking up for MetroPCS as it continues to roll out its LTE network. The operator, which was the first US network to launch LTE, has announced record first quarter results of US$285m, an increase of approximately 28 per cent over first quarter of 2010.
Ahead of the LTE World Summit 2011 we posed a range of questions to a number of our speakers to gain some more insight into the complex world of LTE.
Convergence Technologies, a US network provider, has announced that it has signed up to the Verizon Wireless LTE in Rural America Program. As part of the deal, CTI will provide LTE to rural communities in Indiana that are within the IN-5 Cellular Market Area.
Google’s bid to buy $900m worth of Nortel patents and patent applications was approved on Monday. The planned sale required the approval of courts overseeing Nortel’s bankruptcy proceedings in Canada and the US. Under the terms of the auction, other parties may submit bids until June 13th, with the auction taking place on June 20th. Nortel filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.
Following successful trials in Ottawa and Montreal in 2010, Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s biggest service providers, has announced that it will launch its LTE network this year. The roll out will kick off initially in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa before extending into a further 25 markets in 2012. Ericsson has inked the deal to supply the radio sites, using its multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 technology; it will also upgrade and expand Rogers’ existing packet core network into an Evolved Packet Core in support of the new LTE infrastructure.
Ericsson, the Swedish telecommunications network supplier has won a multi-year deal to supply Canada’s Rogers network with an end-to-end LTE network.