LTE : Will faster = richer?


A recent study by Arthur D. Little sought to discover what the industry really believes about the impact of LTE European on operator revenue trajectories.

T-Mobile USA offers unlimited HSPA+

T-Mobile USA launches unlimited data plan for HSPA+

In a move that goes against the grain of US operators introducing tiered or shared data plans, T-Mobile USA has announced the return of an unlimited HSPA+ data plan for its customers after killing off a similar service about 12 months ago.

Ericsson solution “triples uplink capacity in 3G networks”

Ericsson triples uplink capacity in HSPA networks

Ericsson claims to have developed a solution that triples uplink capacity in HSPA networks, allowing operators with a large number of users to offer high uplink data speeds. The news comes hot on the heels of an announcement from Nokia-Siemens Networks, which has claimed it has developed a new solution to double throughput and data speeds for users at the edge of a small cell.

Mobitel bringing LTE to Slovenia

Mobitel in Slovenia will launch LTE at 800,1800 and 2600MHz

Eastern Europe is to gain another LTE player with the news that Mobitel, a Slovenian mobile network operator has deployed a test network based on the next generation mobile technology.

Ericsson mobile broadband chip connects Panasonic Toughbooks

Panasonic Toughbooks now feature 21Mbps capable HSPA+ Ericsson chips

Ericsson has announced that its embedded HSPA mobile broadband chip will be used in upcoming 2011 Panasonic Toughbooks.

T-Mobile USA launches 42Mbps HSPA+ network upgrade

T-Mobile's Rocket dongle will enable customers to take advantage of its 42Mbps HSPA+ network upgrades

T-Mobile USA said it has doubled the headline speeds of its HSPA+ network to 42Mbps in 55 US markets, taking the fight to rival LTE network operators. It will this week release a mobile broadband dongle capable of making use of the increased speeds, the ZTE manufactured T-Mobile Rocket 3.0.

Telstra lights up first LTE base stations

Telstra is the first to roll out LTE in Australia using refarmed 1800MHz spectrum

Telstra, the Australian telecommunications company has announced that it has switched on the first base stations in Australia that use LTE technology. The stations are located in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane and the telco said 4G data had been sent over the network for the first time.

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.

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.

South Africa’s 8ta launches Blackberry service with aggressive pricing

South Africa's latest mobile carrier, 8ta, has launched Blackberry services

South African incumbent operator Telkom is to offer ‘free’ mobile YouTube streaming to Blackberry devices in an effort to “Shake up the market.” The fixed-line player’s move into the mobile space took place last year, when it launched its 8ta division. Since then, the unit has pursued an aggressive pricing plan in a market previously known for high tariffs, not least for mobile data packages.

Vodacom South Africa launches HSPA+ network

Vodafone South Africa has launched its HSPA+ service

South Africa’s biggest carrier, Vodacom, has announced the launch of its HSPA+ network. Following the upgrade of 1,000 base stations in the country’s major cities, the carrier is now offering speeds of up to 43.2Mbps and says that this latest development clears the path for 86.4Mbps. According to Vodacom, a further 1,000 3G towers will be added to the telco’s current crop of 4,200 this financial year.

HTC Sensation to bolster T-Mobile 4G line-up

HTC's Sensation will boost T-Mobile's 4G roster when it lands in the summer

T-Mobile USA has announced that it will bring the HTC Sensation 4G handset exclusively to its network later this summer though pricing and exact availability of the handset are yet to be confirmed.

T-Mobile Launches ‘4G’ Mobile Hotspot device

T-Mobile is now offering a Mobile Hotspot device that runs on on its HSPA+ network

T-Mobile USA customers can now purchase a 4G Mobile Hotspot device enabling up to five Wi-Fi devices to connect to its LTE rivalling ‘4G’ network.

Cell C announces 42Mbps HSPA+ with LTE to come

South Africa's Cell C announces 42Mbps HSPA+. LTE is in the offing.

South Africa’s third mobile carrier, Cell C, has announced that it will begin rolling out its 42Mbps HSPA+ service in early April. Following through on plans that were announced in October 2010, the operator is adopting a phased rollout strategy, beginning with Port Elizabeth, where the high speed service will use ZTE modems.

NSN, ZTE win Indian contracts from Aircel

Part of the NSN deal covers Kolkata

Nokia Siemens Networks and its competitor ZTE have both announced contract wins in the high growth Indian market. NSN said it has secured a deal to supply, deploy and manage an HSPA+ network for Indian carrier Aircel in three of the nation’s telecom circles; Punjab, Kolkata and rest of West Bengal. The win is an extension of the firms’ existing relationship, that sees NSN manage Aircel’s GSM/EDGE network in six Indian circles. Aircel is a subsidiary of Malaysian player Maxis.

UK LTE not economically viable until 2015

Dense networks in urban hotspots meet current and near-term demand

Unused capacity in existing HSPA networks will satisfy UK demand for mobile broadband for the next four years, according to research from Informa Telecoms & Media. While there may be a perceived benefit in being first to market with next generation technologies, Informa said that it didn’t believe LTE deployments would make economic sense for UK carriers before 2015.

Bharti Airtel awards 3G contracts to Ericsson, Huawei, NSN

Indian operator Bharti Airtel has selected Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy HSPA networks in the 13 regions where Airtel has licenses. Seven telecom regions have been awarded to Ericsson and three each to Huawei and Nokia Siemens. The financial value of the contracts have not been disclosed.

Movistar Chile selects NSN for upgrade to HSPA+

As part of the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will improve the operator’s network management system based on NetAct. The contract also involves implementation services; software upgrades and implementation; as well as network monitoring to ensure network performance and service quality.

Ericsson wins big in China

Ericsson wins big in China

Swedish equipment firm Ericsson said Monday that it has scored two frame agreements with China’s leading wireless operators, China Mobile and China Unicom, valued at $1.8bn.

3G goes live in Belarus

Velcom Belarus announces the commercial launch of 3G HSPA+

On Thursday, Telekom Austria’s Belarusian subsidiary Velcom announced the commercial launch of 3G HSPA+ in Minsk and Gomel.