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Consumers willing to pay premium for improved service, survey finds

basic network performance is still the biggest problem for consumers

European mobile subscribers rank improved network quality as the service for which they would be happiest to pay a premium and view more widespread connectivity as the most important industry development over the next decade, according to new research from Amdocs.

Altair TD-LTE chipset hits 50Mbps in China Mobile demo

Altair has demoed its TDD chipset to China Mobile delivering 50Mbps down, and 18Mbps up

Altair Semiconductor, a developer of LTE chipsets, has shown off its TD-LTE chipset running at up to 50Mbps on the downlink, and 18Mbps on the uplink. The demonstration was made to China Mobile executives at a Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance board meeting using an AsiaTelco manufactured USB dongle.

Operators could save $550m in opex by powering down base stations

Mobile telcos could save on opex by powering down redundant base stations

Mobile operators could wipe a collective $550m+ off their annual opex costs simply by using data they already have access to to power down redundant base stations. Data released by network performance vendor Arieso indicates that what’s bad for the operators’ pocket is also bad for the environment. According to CTO Mike Flanagan, 3.5bn KWh of electrical power is wasted generating signals in low-demand areas at off-peak times. That equates to 1.9m tonnes of CO2e, or the equivalent of 478,000 cars on the road.

Everyone’s first with VoLTE

Everyone wins with VoLTE

Telcos and kit makers have responded with indignation to last week’s International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium’s (IMTC) announcement to the effect that it had completed the first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) test on a live LTE infrastructure. While it’s not quite Elisha Gray vs Alexander Graham Bell, it seems that, when it comes to VoLTE, everybody wants to be a winner

ROADMS are Red Hot

Cats

In May, Infonetics published a report projecting that ROADMs will top 20 percent growth by 2015, making them the fast-growing segment in the optical communications transport industry.

First VoLTE call made on live LTE infrastructure

The IMTC says the first-ever VoLTE call has been made on a live LTE infrastructure

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) has completed what it says is the first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) test on a live LTE infrastructure. The test, which took place at the SuperOp annual telecoms testing event in Hawaii, involved key industry players Ericsson, Huawei, Samsung, Intel Mobile and ST Ericsson, among others.

Getting the measure of LTE

JDSU's Per Kangru

While operators and network vendors tend to make a name for themselves through headline grabbing deployments in the LTE sector, there are companies working in other areas on the new technology that command less of the limelight but nonetheless play a vital role in a successful LTE network roll out. Test and Measurement is one such area, and JDSU one such company. But, says Per Kangru, head of Business Development for LTE at JDSU, there are more benefits to a proactive T&M strategy than people might realise.

World IPv6 day a success for those that can

IPv6 will provide virtually unlimited IP addresses for the future

Some of the biggest names on the internet offered their content over IPv6 on Wednesday, marking a global ‘test flight’ for the future architecture of the internet. The day’s success will be measured by the number of internet users that don’t see any difference in how they go about their business – a number that is not expected to be very high, given that the leading participants: Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Akamai to name a few, are dual stacking their websites.

Fast moving market

rewheel

Antonios Drossos, Managing Partner at Rewheel, talks about how the smartphone boom, combined with HSPA and LTE technologies has opened a window of opportunity for mobile data challengers.

O2 tops UK mobile broadband performance study

The O2 arena in London

UK mobile broadband users accessing the web over dongles and datacards are getting average throughput of 1.5Mbit/s, according to research released Thursday by UK regulator Ofcom. But there were significant differences between the five carriers’ performance, with O2 delivering the best performance, and Orange the worst. 3UK outperformed T-Mobile, with which it shares a 3G network.

Rohde & Schwarz and Synopsys form LTE testing alliance

Rohde & Schwarz and Synopsys are getting together to form an LTE testing strategic alliance

Rohde & Schwarz, a supplier of test and measurement solutions, and Synopsys, which owns telecoms IP and libraries, have announced a collaboration that should accelerate the design and verification of LTE-related equipment.

EU Commission launches consultation process on cloud computing

The European Commission has called for input on the development of cloud computing in the EU

The EU Commission has launched a public consultation process into how businesses, public administrations and other interested parties can benefit from a cloud computing market that the Commission predicts will be worth €35bn in Europe by 2014.

Winners toast success at Informa LTE Awards 2011

Amsterdam's De Duif, site of the 2011 LTE Awards ceremony

The 2011 Informa LTE Awards winners were announced on Tuesday night at a gala event that was part of the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, where the winners were finally announced to the industry. The ceremony, held at the spectacular De Duif in Amsterdam and compered by BBC television sports journalist Rob Bonnet, saw eight companies recognised for their achievements across ten categories. There were 49 nominations.

Arun with a view

Ericsson's Arun Bhikshesvaran

With experience of a number of LTE deployments in one of the world’s most advanced markets, Ericsson’s VP for strategy and market development in the US, Arun Bhikshesvaran, shares his thoughts on key strategic and technical issues surrounding rollout of the new technology.

Tablets to help carriers regain ground in the enterprise market

Tablet devices could help carriers regain ground in the enterprise market

The boom in popularity of tablets represents an opportunity for carriers to trawl back some ground in the enterprise markets, according to John Giere, SVP at Openwave. Giere told Telecoms.com that the tablet market is shaking up the enterprise space far more than it will the consumer one – at least in the US.

Carriers must think laterally to score in an OTT market

Openwave says carriers need to make more use of their user data

Carriers are going to need to think and act laterally if they’re to gain relevance in an over-the-top (OTT) mobile data market. This is the message from Openwave SVP for product management and marketing, John Giere, who said that with customer experience representing a key driver of growth, carriers need to drop their linear approach to billing and services and start taking advantage of their unique access to end-user data.

Ofcom report: LTE networks to up capacity by 200 per cent

Ofcom's report shows LTE will provide tangible speed increases once UK networks are deployed

Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulatory body, has released a report stating that it expects future UK LTE networks to be 3.3 times more spectrally efficient as current 3G technologies, giving capacity gains of 230 per cent using the same amount of spectrum.

Fixing LTE’s future

Cameron Rejali, BT Wholesale’s MD for Products

Cameron Rejali, BT Wholesale’s MD for Products will be speaking at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam from 17-18th May this year. Telecoms.com spoke to him about whether the future is fixed, network sharing, the practicalities of Wifi offload and taking a heterogeneous network approach.

Sri Lanka hits the LTE road with trials, rollouts

Three Sri Lankan carriers have announced their LTE plans this month

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.

NetLogic XLP316 multi-core processor to boost LTE performance

NetLogic's XLP316 will boost control plane processing, a key aspect of a networks data performance

Californian semiconductor firm NetLogic Microsystems on Monday unveiled the XLP316 microprocessor; a chip it claims will radically improve aspects of LTE performance.

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