LTERSS

Clearwire postpones spectrum sell-off

Clearwire has postponed its planned spectrum sell off

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 selects Ericsson to prep network for LTE upgrade path

Hungary's Magyar Telekom will be moving from 2G straight to HSPA+ with LTE to follow, thanks to Ericsson upgrades

Magyar Telekom, the Hungarian operator and part of the Deutsche Telekom group, has selected Ericsson to overhaul its ageing network.

Setting the Standards

The second annual LTE Awards are taking place on 17 May in Amsterdam

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.

NSN offers migration path to Motorola customers

NSN has offered Motorola base station users a migration path

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.

Australian communications authority calls for submissions on spectrum management

The Australian communications authority is calling for submissions on the future of the country's spectrum

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”.

MetroPCS Q1 results beat analyst expectations

Things are looking up for MetroPCS as it continues to roll out its LTE network

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.

Speakers’ Corner

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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 announces rural partnership with Verizon Wireless

Verizon will loan 700MHz upper C block spectrum in the Indiana area to CTI

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 gets the go-ahead for Nortel patents bid; RIM also interested

Google has got the go-ahead for its $900bn bid for Nortel's patent assets

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.

Rogers Canada announces LTE network on Ericsson kit for this year

Canadian operator Rogers will launch its LTE network this year

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 wins Rogers LTE network deal

Roger's LTE network is to be built exclusively using Ericsson kit

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.

Huawei to sue ZTE

ZTE has responded to Ericsson's legal action with one of its own

Fresh from its most recent bout of litigation against Motorola, Huawei has announced that it is suing ZTE for patent infringement. The world’s second biggest kit maker has revealed that it is to file suits against its rival in France, Germany and Hungary over what it claims are patent and trademark infringements relating to data card and LTE technologies. In addition, Huawei alleges that ZTE used one of its registered trademarks illegally on some of its data card products.

Verizon’s LTE network goes down

Verizon Wireless' LTE service has been down for more than 24 hours

Verizon Wireless’ LTE network ground to a halt on Wednesday, as users of the HTC Thunderbolt handset reported difficulties getting online. As word began to spread, Verizon acknowledged on its Twitter page that it was experiencing “an issue” with the service, following up with a post stating that the problem had been identified and the telco was “working with major vendors to restore connections.”

Google on a mission to stock up its patents war chest

Google is rumoured to be bidding for device manufacturer Modu's patent portfolio

Google looks to be filling its patents war chest further, if rumours of a bid for bankrupt Israeli device manufacturer Modu are accurate. With the Android platform under increasing threat from patent challenges, Google is reported to have offered $2m for the patent portfolio of the company, which was founded by USB-Flash drive inventor Dov Moran and which made what it claimed to be the world’s lightest modular mobile phone.

Chunghwa trials LTE in Taiwan

Chunghwa has been testing LTE for six months

Taiwanese carrier Chunghwa Telecom has demonstrated LTE in a field trial enabled by Alcatel-Lucent’s equipment, supporting a wide variety of LTE devices from various Taiwanese terminal manufacturers.

Apple posts another record quarter as Cook raises doubts over LTE iPhone

Tim Cook's comments have dampened hopes that Apple will release an LTE iPhone this year

Cupertino based computer, handset and tablet manufacturer Apple has posted yet another record quarter, raking in second quarter revenue of US$24.67b, producing a net profit of US$5.99b. This was achieved with sales of 3.76m Mac computers, a 28 per cent increase over the year-ago quarter, and 18.65m sales of iPhones, representing growth of 113 per cent.

Alcatel-Lucent; China Mobile sign MoU for next-gen network development

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile have agreed to co-operate on research and developement

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile have announced a joint memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the pair co-operating on research, testing and development of next generation mobile and cloud computing technologies. The MoU will see the extension of a previous joint-development arrangement on Alcatel’s ‘lightRadio’ technology.

LightSquared adds Cellular South to partner roster

Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of US wholesale carrier Lightsquared

LightSquared, the wholesale LTE network provider that’s set to shake up the US carrier market in 2011, has announced another customer in the guise of Cellular South, a privately owner wireless communications provider.

SK Telecom eyes LTE-A in 2013

SKT aims to adopt LTE-A in 2013

South Korean carrier SK Telecom this week held a demonstration of LTE technology ahead of a planned commercial launch in July, announcing its intention to upgrade to LTE-Advanced during 2013.

Clearwire squeezes $1bn out of Sprint for wholesale

Clearwire gets a minimum of $1bn from Sprint over the course of 2011 and 2012

US carriers Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have come to an accord over their somewhat unhappy marriage in the US. The pair had been bickering over wholesale prices that Sprint pays to Clearwire for the resale of WiMAX services. In an amendment to their existing agreement, new wholesale pricing terms will see that Clearwire gets a minimum of $1bn from Sprint over the course of 2011 and 2012. This breaks down to a commitment of $300m in 2011, $550m in 2012 and $175m in pre-payments.

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