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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?

ZTE to deliver LTE in Slovakia

SWAN is the fourth player in the market

Slovak operator SWAN on Thursday signed up Chinese vendor ZTE to deliver a nationwide LTE project. The deal includes the exclusive construction of a core CS/PS (circuit-switched/packet-switched) network, and a GSM/LTE and VAS network, involving over 1,100 dual-mode base stations.

Claro Peru opens up to LTE roaming

Vodafone UK cuts roaming charges for summer

KPN’s carrier services operation, iBasis, this week scored an LTE signalling exchange and roaming contract from Claro Peru, a subsidiary of America Movil.

Vodafone Australia eyes VoLTE rollout

There have been several VoLTE announcements of late

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has tapped up Ericsson for a network overhaul that will see the operator capable of delivering VoLTE services as it seeks to optimise its network capabilities through virtualization.

China Mobile announces plans for acquisitions

Russian operator group VimpelCom has signed a managed services deal with Huawei

China’s leading carrier, China Mobile, is looking to expand its business through acquisitions the company has revealed. Company chairman Xi Guohua said during the operator’s financial results announcement that it will “look for appropriate external investment opportunities in an active but cautious manner,” as well as looking to increase its presence in the market.

New Zealand activates LTE700 networks

Vodafone NZ has launched one of the first APT700 networks

The 700MHz radio frequency is finding favour among New Zealand mobile operators with Vodafone this week switching on its commercial 700MHz LTE network, marking the activation of one of the first Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz networks in the world.

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