LTERSS

Hungary generates €418 million through spectrum auction

Hungary is utilising previously unused spectrum for mobile broadband

Hungary has raised a total of HUF130.6 billion (€418 million) in a mobile spectrum auction in the 800, 900, 1,800 and 2,600 MHz frequency bands. The auction included the successful allocation of previously unallocated bands.

Apple joins 5G research group

Apple joins 5G research group

The Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance (NGMN) has announced that Apple is the latest organisation to join its ranks, as the association aims to catalyse the development of research and standards for 5G.

Winners of inaugural LTE Asia Awards revealed

The very first

The 9th LTE Asia event, held in Singapore, has announced this year’s inaugural award winners in eight different categories. LTE Asia, part of Informa’s LTE World Series, gathered together some 1,000 attendees from over 50 APAC countries.

Telcos missing out on massive OTT profit opportunity, claims research

Making money from OTT partnerships remains a challenge for operators

Mobile comms consultancy Northstream reckons European telcos are missing out on over €2 billion in potential profits that could come from effectively partnering with Internet players generally referred to as OTTs.

UK targets 5G leadership, commercial availability by 2020

MP David Willets speaks at the 5G Huddle event in London

5G will be commercially available by 2020, industry executives and government representatives from Europe, North America and Asia were told at the 5G Huddle event in London, attended by Telecoms.com.

White space spectrum gets coexistence standard

White space networks are key to the IoT

Standards body the IEEE this week released documentation on TV white space coexistence methods. Specifically, the IEEE 802.19.1 standard is intended to play to the cognitive radio capabilities of TV white space devices, including geolocation awareness and access to information databases.

Ericsson quits modem business to focus on networks

Ericsson will reallocate its lab resources

Ericsson said Thursday it will exit the modem business and redirect its resources into the network side, specifically small cells. The world’s biggest infrastructure firm said it would deliver the M7450 LTE modem as planned but that would be the last such product and the relevant workforce would be redeployed.

Qualcomm takes low-price LTE fight to MediaTek with Snapdragon 210

Cheap as chips

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has launched a new SoC designed to be used in ‘entry-level’ mobile devices. The Snapdragon 210 supports LTE Cat 4 carrier aggregation and has a quad-core CPU and is positioned to take on MediaTek in the booming sub-$200 smartphone market.

Videotron launches LTE network in Canada

Videotron: winning "customers' hearts and hearths".

Canadian telco Videotron has announced the launch of its LTE network in Québec, bringing 4G coverage and speeds of up to 150mbps to 90% of the province’s population.

Telstra focuses on 700MHz LTE boost

Telstra is betting on 700MHz

Australian carrier Telstra has accelerated the launch of LTE services on its 700MHz network and now expects to take LTE coverage to 90 per cent of the Australian population by the end of January 2015 after switching on LTE700 in all major cities.

T-Mo USA backs wifi to plug coverage gaps

T-Mo is using wifi to boost coverage at home

T-Mobile USA is embracing wifi as a network offload technology by making all smartphones it sells capable of HD voice over wifi (VoWifi) calling. In order to plug coverage gaps in homes and businesses the company is also making a wifi hotspot loaded with proprietary technology available to its subscribers.

Ericsson aims to raise the picocell bar with RBS 6402 launch

The discreet RBS 6402 picocell

Infrastructure vendor Ericsson is the latest to unveil a new picocell initiative, with its latest launch featuring carrier aggregation and offering a 300Mbps LTE boost to smaller office buildings.

UK operators reportedly reject network sharing

Network sharing is a no go for UK operators

Despite growing demand for better mobile coverage in rural Britain from the public and the government, UK carriers have rejected national network sharing, an idea trumpeted by the Culture, Media and Sport Minister Savid Javid.

Airtel offloads 3,500 towers to Eaton

Tower sharing is ever popular in Africa

The outsourcing of cell tower management continues apace in Africa as Bharti Airtel on Monday agreed to offload over 3,500 telecom towers to emerging markets management company Eaton Towers.

Nokia unveils ‘first’ commercial NFV solution

When telecoms ad the cloud collide

Nokia Networks has claimed the launch of the first commercial Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) solution, due to bring the power of cloud computing to telecoms grade services, such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

LTE Asia Awards shortlist announced!

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The shortlist for the inaugural LTE Asia Awards, with submissions impressing our panel of expert judges with their innovation, hard-work and commitment to LTE.

Mobile video volume on LTE already 5x greater than 3G

Video over LTE is on the rise

A report commissioned by analytics vendor Citrix has revealed the extent of LTE-based video streaming growth. The report focuses on the consumption of LTE-based services among global tier 1 operators; and concludes LTE is already generating five times greater data volume than 3G at operators that offer both.

Broadcasters concerned over EC plans for 700MHz

The broadcast community is concerned about allocation of 700MHz

The European Commission this week recommended that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the early release of the 700MHz frequencies.

Ericsson-LG and SK Telecom to collaborate on network virtualisation initiative, 5G readiness the aim

Collaboration in the cloud

Ericsson-LG today announced a pledge with SK Telecom, to cooperate on R&D aimed at utilising Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and cloud, in a move aimed towards preparing the next generation of mobile network architecture.

Long term harmony

Is a true LTE 'world phone' even possible?

LTE is the fastest-growing wireless technology yet and it comes at a time when even the world’s poorest people have access to smartphones. However the global LTE picture remains highly fragmented, with no consensus on LTE bands, so is it desirable or even possible to make an LTE world phone?

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