O2 Germany will launch commercial LTE services on July 1st this year. The announcement, which was made at a CeBIT press conference yesterday, was sketchy on details regarding speed and pricing. The new network will reportedly offer speeds in line with an “average DSL connection” and run on Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei kit.
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.
Nokia Siemens Networks has said that its planned acquisition of Motorola’s wireless infrastructure assets will not now complete in the first quarter of this year, as it had previously predicted. The deal had already been pushed back from the fourth quarter of 2010 and NSN is now offering “no further guidance” on when it may be finalised, stressing only that it remains committed to the acquisition.
China Unicom has announced the development of its own smartphone operating system built on a Linux core. The ‘Wophone’ OS, which reports claim will not be based on Android, will run on a new brand of devices which, it is hoped, will help China Unicom expand its handset offering in order to grow demand for its 3G services.
The chairman of Huawei USA, Ken Hu, published an extraordinary open letter on Thursday night in a bid to smooth the way for the firm’s continued presence in the land of the free. The letter addressed the suspicions surrounding the company which came to a head recently when it was forced to back out of its acquisition of 3Leaf by the Committee for Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS). Invoking the words of two US presidents, Huawei’s letter cannot be read without strains of the Star Spangled Banner coming to mind, as if it were printed in one of those musical greeting cards, or the image of Old Glory fluttering in the breeze appearing as a mental backdrop.
An internally distributed study undertaken by China’s Ministry of Commerce reportedly suggests imminent action against the EU for its subsidisation of major telecoms infrastructure companies.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has announced plans to rip and replace its entire network of 2G and 3G base station equipment following months of customer complaints about the quality of its service. The complete overhaul will see 2G equipment at every one of VHA’s 8,000 mobile base stations replaced with Huawei 3G kit, promising customers speeds of up to 42 Mbps while improving coverage.
Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei has pulled out of its deal to buy bankrupt US server company 3Leaf Systems following a recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) that Huawei divest itself of its newly-acquired assets.
The Wholesale Applications Community has received a further boost with the news that Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a WAC-enabled app store for the Philippines’ leading mobile operator, Smart. Crucially, Huawei will also be providing a compatible handset to the carrier.
This white paper, presented by Huawei, assesses the various advantages that LTE technology can bring to mobile operators.
Greater spectral efficiency, reduced cost of ownership and improved capacity are among the key benefits discussed in the paper. Operators deploying the technology in the first wave stand to reap the rewards of leadership.
Russian operator MegaFon has selected Chinese vendor Huawei to construct backbone nodes for a 40Gb IP/MPLS network in Russia’s largest cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Chinese vendor Huawei has launched the Ideos, or U8150, an Android 2.2-based smartphone, which will cost between $100-200, depending on the market. The phone features a 2.8-inch touchscreen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, wifi and HSDPA. The phone will start shipping this month in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America.
Having built reliable, high-bandwidth networks, mobile operators are now focusing on business models that will generate revenues from new IP-centric, converged communications services. Mobile operators have encouraged first penetration, and then churn, by offering basic voice, messaging and data services at extremely competitive prices. So telecom operators must now think about their retention and customer relation strategies through new services, a new market approach and new business models that help differentiate them from their competitors, and increase customer value and subscription lifetime.
China’s homegrown 3G technology, TD-SCDMA, won a little more support this week as device vendors Motorola and Sony Ericsson got behind the platform with a raft of new devices catering to the country’s nascent data services market.
US operator and WiMAX pin up Clearwire is to trial LTE and examine coexistence scenarios between the 4G technologies. The announcement was accompanied by much bravado about how Clearwire is better placed to do LTE than any other US carrier.
It has emerged that US vendor Motorola, which earlier this week agreed the sale of its networks unit to rival Nokia Siemens Networks, has sued Chinese firm Huawei over the alleged theft of trade secrets. The legal action follows a suit from 2008 in which Motorola sued five former employees for sharing information with IP networking firm Lemko, headquartered like Motorola in Schaumberg, Illinois. Lemko has a reseller agreement with Huawei.
The LTE news keeps rolling in, with Australian carrier Telstra on Monday announcing that it has successfully tested the 4G technology in its 1800MHz spectrum.
Few companies have established influence in the mobile industry as quickly and effectively as Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei.
The first WiMAX products to be certified for use in the 2.3GHz band have been unveiled by infrastructure vendors Samsung and Huawei.
In a development that may give infrastructure suppliers cause for concern, it has emerged that 4G pioneer TeliaSonera selected its LTE vendor partners exclusively on price, having found nothing to distinguish them from one another within the technical performance of their products.