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O2 Germany to launch commercial LTE July 1st

O2 Germany will launch its LTE network in July

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.

China Unicom announces ‘Wophone’ OS

China Unicom says the launch of its new cellular OS is "imminent"

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 United States of Huawei

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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.

EU-China spat brewing over telecoms subsidies

China's government is reportedly ready to hit the ball back into the EU's court over subsidies for telecoms firms

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.

VHA to replace network with Huawei kit

Vodafone CEO Nigel Dews

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.

Huawei withdraws from 3Leaf deal

Huawei has pulled out of its deal to buy bankrupt US server company 3Leaf Systems

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.

Huawei deploys WAC app store for Smart

The Smart store is the first commercial release of Huawei's WAC platform

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.

LTE is Now

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.

MegaFon taps Huawei for 40Gb backbone network

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.

Huawei intros sub $200 Android smartphone

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.

Huawei’s Rich Communication Suite

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.

Device vendors target China with 3G Androids

The Sony Ericsson A8i is based on OPhone, a custom Android flavour

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.

Clearwire mulls LTE options

Clearwire is to examine coexistence scenarios between the WiMAX and LTE 4G technologies

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.

Motorola sues Huawei for corporate espionage

This latest lawsuit follows one from 2008 in which Motorola accused ex-employees of spying

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.

Telstra trials LTE in 1800MHz band

Telstra trials LTE in 1800MHz band

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.

Sun Yafang, chairperson, Huawei

Sun Yafang, chairperson, Huawei

Few companies have established influence in the mobile industry as quickly and effectively as Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei.

WiMAX goes 3.5GHz as questions arise over India

The first WiMAX products to be certified for use in the 2.3GHz band have been unveiled

The first WiMAX products to be certified for use in the 2.3GHz band have been unveiled by infrastructure vendors Samsung and Huawei.

No difference between vendors’ LTE solutions says TeliaSonera

Tommy Ljunggren, SVP and head of system development, mobility services, TeliaSonera

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.

LTE Awards Winners

On Tuesday the Okura hotel, Amsterdam played host to the inaugural LTE Awards, as part of the LTE World Summit.

As the great and good of the LTE ecosystem battled for prominence, the judges were left with the tough decision of highlighting the most deserving entries.

LTE wins favour in Middle East

Welcome to Doha

It’s just coming up to six am in Doha airport, Qatar, on Wednesday morning, with this member of the telecoms.com team part way through the trek back to the UK from China, via Qatar and Turkey. So it seems strangely fitting that local carrier Qatar Telecom (Qtel) should pick today to unveil its preparations for the move to LTE.

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