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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian carrier Telstra will conduct trials of LTE in May after signing Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei to deliver kit for the project.
It was a win for the old school on Wednesday when Nordic carrier TeliaSonera announced Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as its suppliers of LTE equipment. The news was particularly good for Swedish vendor Ericsson, which had been faced with the danger of Huawei planting a flag in the Swede’s own back yard.
In the great playground that is the mobile telecoms industry, Huawei has just pulled Ericsson’s hair and run away laughing. The two have been working on LTE projects in the run up to the Christmas holidays, this week announcing a commercial network apiece. On Wednesday, TeliaSonera, the Nordic-Baltic specialist, switched on an Ericsson-supplied LTE network in Stockholm and one from Huawei in Oslo.
Chinese equipment vendor Huawei was making lots of noise on Friday, after it was awarded the contract to build an LTE network in Sweden, beating local rival Ericsson.
Next generation networking technology LTE is on a roll at the moment, doing a whistle stop tour of picturesque locations such as Stockholm, Oslo and Slough in just a few days.
Nordic carrier TeliaSonera has deployed what it claims are the world’s first two commercial LTE networks, offering maximum throughput speeds of 100Mbits/s.
Austrian carrier T-Mobile and Chinese equipment vendor Huawei said Tuesday they had completed testing of what they claim is the world’s first LTE self organising network (SON).
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With the recent explosive growth of mobile broadband, operators are facing a range of new business and technology challenges to maintain profitability and prepare for an even brighter future for packet data services. The paper focuses on the impacts on mobile packet core networks of the various challenges. These include driving down CAPEX, reducing packet core OPEX, incorporating functionality supporting service aware business models, smooth evolution of core architectures to 4G, moving service & transport layer architectures towards All-IP & IMS, and transforming core and service layers to support relevant radio access standards.