France’s third largest mobile operator – Bouygues Telecom – has brushed of its recent setbacks in the M&A market and the subsequent need to cut costs by announcing it is the first French operator to launch commercial LTE-Advanced service, which it has rebranded as 4G+.
Following Vodafone’s carrier aggregation announcement , an EE spokesperson confirmed to Telecoms.com it is also switching on its LTE-A (Cat 6) offering, which should be available in central London by the end of this month.
Vodafone has announced it will begin rolling out LTE Advanced, aka 4.5G, in Birmingham, London and Manchester this month, with rest of the country to follow over a year’s time. The operator will be the first in the UK to launch commercial LTE-A network services.
Belgian operator Mobistar claims to have become the nation’s first to successfully test an LTE-A network, claiming mobile data throughput of over 200Mbps.
LTE pioneer SK Telecom said it has successfully developed LTE-Advanced tri-band carrier aggregation technology. The technology is likely to be used to ease congestion in networks in built up areas in South Korea.
UK LTE operator EE has switched on what it claims is the world’s fastest LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in London’s Tech City, claiming to offer speeds of 300Mbps. The network makes use of carrier aggregation – bringing together 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum. More features will be trialled throughout 2014, EE said.
A recent benchmark test carried out by consultancy Signals Research yielded some impressive results for LTE-Advanced technology carrier aggregation, allowing South Korean operators to deliver consistent peaks in excess of 100Mbps and average downlink speeds of 62Mbps.
South Korean carrier SK Telecom has been granted access to 35MHz of bandwidth in the 1800MHz frequency range, allowing the LTE-Advanced early adopter to enhance its services with faster downlink speeds.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has announced two deals with European kit vendors as it looks to expand and develop its network services. The operator has expanded its LTE-Advanced service across South Korea using equipment supplied by Ericsson and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German radio test and measurement equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz to develop next-generation antenna technologies.
SK Telecom appears to be leading the charge in terms of international LTE roaming, having extended its 4G connection services to Canada and Switzerland.
LTE must be evolved to keep pace with the huge forecast growth in demand for capacity and the need for service enhancement.
South Korean operator SK Telecom has launched what it says is the world’s first commercially available LTE-Advanced service. The operator said it is offering LTE-Advanced at standard LTE prices.
Director, radio access network development, NTT Docomo: “Improvements in backhaul will be essential to meet the requirements of the future”
Takehiro Nakamura, director of radio access network development for NTT Docomo, Japan is speaking in ‘The Future of LTE’ track on Day Two of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we learn about how NTT Docomo is taking a lead in the development of LTE, with many of its home-grown technologies forming part of the latest 3GPP LTE standards.
South Korean carrier SK Telecom this week held a demonstration of LTE technology ahead of a planned commercial launch in July, announcing its intention to upgrade to LTE-Advanced during 2013.