Such is the Informer’s commitment to bring you, dear Telecoms.com reader, the latest news from across the world that this week’s A Week In Wireless comes to you from not-so-sunny Stockholm. The Swedes have been excellent hosts and the Informer is delighted to report that the country’s reputation for statuesque blondes is well deserved.
Swedish telecom infrastructure vendor and mobile chip giant Qualcomm have announced what they claim is the world’s first inter-company interoperability trial of LTE Category 9 carrier aggregation. The two firms said the technology offers download speeds of up to 450Mbps.
Ericsson has announced its Wallet Platform has been deployed by Millicom-owned Tigo Senegal to offer financial services to customers across West Africa. Tigo Cash mobile services allow subscribers to make payments, store, transfer and withdraw money using a mobile device, even if the user doesn’t have access to traditional banking services.
AT&T and Ericsson announced that the companies have jointly demonstrated a virtualised IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) node call session control function (CSCF) on OpenStack using Ericsson’s cloud execution and management platform.
Ericsson has reported a 3% year-on-year sales growth (after currency adjustment) for the third quarter of 2014, representing a 2% rise since the previous quarter. The Swedish network infrastructure vendor said growth was mainly fuelled by its Middle East, China, India and Russia businesses, but partly offset by declines in North America, where sales fell by -3% year-on-year.
Telefónica’s German subsidiary and Ericsson have announced plans to bring live VoLTE services to the European market. The mobile operator claims to be fully prepared for a commercial launch on its network.
Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has completed an NFV Proof of Concept (PoC) trial in which interoperability of multi-vendor virtual functions was successfully demonstrated. The trial, involving Ericsson and NEC, focussed on the orchestration of the virtualised evolved packet core (vEPC) between multiple vendors.
Ericsson, SingTel and Qualcomm Technologies have announced the successful demonstration of frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) carrier aggregation of the LTE Advanced network. The aggregated approach allows for more efficient use of spectrum, and increased network speeds.
ARM, the silicon designer responsible for much of the world’s mobile processors, has launched the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform. It will provide a free operating system to help simplify the creation of IoT products for chip manufacturers and the broader IoT ecosystem.
Swedish network vendor Ericsson has announced the completed acquisition of Ambient Corporation, which provides smart grid technology to the utilities sector. The announcement comes as part of a wider move by Ericsson to further enable the development of smart grid infrastructure.
Cloud technologies remain a strong investment target as Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson on Tuesday agreed to acquire a majority stake in US-based enterprise services startup Apcera.
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.
In a bid to support more cloud and digital services Telstra announced that it is working with telecoms equipment vendor Ericsson to introduce software defined networking and network function virtualisation into the telco’s network.
Kit vendor Ericsson and Japanese operator SoftBank have collaborated to produce a new piece of software called Mobility-based Policy, which allows SoftBank to manage its resources more efficiently in congested areas.
South Korea was the inevitable location for the first demonstration of a new ‘Elastic Cell’ technology that allows multiple cells to serve a handset simultaneously, thus improving performance at the cell boundary. This technology is likely to contribute to the eventual 5G standard.
Network infrastructure vendor Ericsson has reported Q2 earnings down 1% from the year-ago quarter, but up 13% from Q1. “Sales in the quarter year-over-year were driven by growth in the Middle East, China and India, as well as continued capacity business in North America,” said Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg.
Jonathan Olsson, responsible for security technology at the Ericsson CTO office, talks to Telecoms.com about the evolution of the security landscape, how this is affected by the move to LTE and why the firm is urging industry players to sign up to 3GPP’s SECAM security assurance standards.
With 4G only just reaching commercial maturity 5G is still very much something that remains to be defined. But in this glimpse of the future MCI looks at the access and core technologies that may shape the industry of tomorrow.
Taiwanese operator FarEasTone (FET) has become the first operator in the world to launch commercial LTE services in the APT700 band, according to Swedish vendor Ericsson, which supplied the network equipment for the launch. FET won both APT700 and 1800Mhz spectrum in the market’s October 2013 auction.
In the latest of a spate of announcements relating to Voice over LTE, Singaporean incumbent Singtel has launched what it claims is the world’s first commercial and fully featured VoLTE service. The city state operator, which launched the service in partnership with Samsung and Ericsson, said that its 4G Clearvoice service is the only live VoLTE service offering features such as call waiting and call forwarding over an LTE network.