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Spectrum efficiency key to 5G, operators say

Spectrum key to 5G, panel  states

T-Mobile USA, China Mobile and 4G Americas discussed the imperative nature of spectrum frequency selection and availability in the development of 5G at LTE North America in Dallas, Texas.

Qualcomm unveils Cat 10 LTE modem, announces server move

Qualcomm's 5th generation LTE modem

Mobile chip giant Qualcomm has unveiled its latest LTE modem, announcing that the Gobi 9×45 modem is the first Category 10 LTE modem. It is manufactured on the 20nm process, supports carrier aggregation across the TDD and FDD spectrum, and promises notional download speeds of up to 450 Mbps.

Sprint to take its time over VoLTE

Sprint's VP of Tchnology, Ron Marquardt

Sprint’s VP of Technology Innovation and Architecture, Dr. Ron Marquardt, opened up LTE North America in Dallas today with a keynote speech offering up a full overview of the US telco’s LTE roll-out to date. Marquart also highlighted the key areas Sprint is looking into at the moment to further advance its LTE network services, [...]

Ericsson, Qualcomm claim first inter-company LTE Cat 9

Ericsson and Quallcomm partner on carrier aggregation

Swedish telecom infrastructure vendor and mobile chip giant Qualcomm have announced what they claim is the world’s first inter-company interoperability trial of LTE Category 9 carrier aggregation. The two firms said the technology offers download speeds of up to 450Mbps.

Mavenir confirms Stoke acquisition for LTE functions

Mavenir acquires Stoke and its LTE security functions

Mavenir Systems, the network software vendor, has confirmed its agreement to acquire Stoke, prior to confirming closing conditions. The acquisition will see Mavenir add Stoke’s mobile broadband gateway solution and LTE security gateways to its portfolio.

EE launches next gen in-car wifi solution

EE brings in-car wifi to drivers and passengers

EE, the UK joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange, has announced the launch of its connected car solution based on 4G technology. Buzzard 2 is a device which EE claims will bring high-speed connectivity to enable in-car entertainment and navigation, without having an in-built solution. The Buzzard 2 plugs directly into the car’s 12 volt [...]

Nokia Networks bags Bharti Airtel 3G contract

A Nokia Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 base station

Nokia Networks has announced it has bagged a 3G contract form Bharti Airtel in Mumbai, west Bengal and Bihar, which according to the Finnish infrastructure provider marks India’s first dual band, dual carrier 3G implementation.

African telcos insist LTE is vital to the region

Panellists at AfricaCom discussed LTE prospects in Africa

Day two of AfricaCom 2014 saw a group of the continent’s most influential telecoms companies engaged in a panel discussion around the importance of LTE to Africa’s digital economy. With fixed broadband infrastructure still relatively thin on the ground, mobile broadband represents the only opportunity many Africans have to get online. While 3G may be the entry point for this, LTE offers many advantages, including simplicity, speed and data-optimization.

Small cells: the only way to 5G

Workable 5G needs small cells, the author argues

It’s been estimated that the volume of global monthly mobile data traffic will exceed 15 exabytes by 2018. LTE is already proving to be a major bandwidth hog. While 4G represents only a fraction of mobile connections today, it accounts for at least 30% of mobile data traffic, thanks to a surge in high-bandwidth content such as video calling and music streaming.

4G, wifi drive out-of-home data boom – report

UK out-of-home data on 4G and wifi stands at 35.6 petabytes per month

4G and public wifi networks now account for approximately 35.6 petabytes of data consumed by the UK public when out-of-home every month, according to a report by UK government advisory firm Broadband Stakholder Group (BSG). The study found that data consumed out of the home accounts for roughly 5% of all data used in the UK, with residential broadband generating approximately 650 petabytes per month.

Vodafone gets data-happy with NOW TV and Spotify

Is Vodafone offering a bottomless pit of data?

Vodafone has announced three initiatives encouraging more data consumption by UK and Australian users. The telco is announcing free subscriptions to BSkyB’s movie streaming service NOW TV for users in the UK, and free Spotify Premium accounts for Australian customers.

Nokia to provide LTE network to Airtel-Vodafone amid exec changes

Airtel-Vodafone bringing 4G to Channel Islands with Nokia Networks

Airtel-Vodafone, the partnership between Bharti Airtel and Vodafone in the Channel Islands, has confirmed Nokia Networks as its LTE network provider to bring 4G to Jersey and Guernsey. Nokia will be its exclusive partner, providing all equipment and service expertise for the installation of 4G.

US carriers unite for VoLTE interoperability, cooperation key

US carriers working on VoLTE interoperability

Engineers from US giants Verizon and AT&T say they have identified the requirements for an interoperable voice over LTE (VoLTE) service, and have begun extensive testing in lab environments. Interoperability field trials are expected to take place before live services launch in 2015.

Rogers Communications launches LTE-Advanced in Canada

Rogers Communications launches LTE-A services across Canada

Canadian mobile operator, Rogers Communications, has announced the launch of its nationwide LTE-Advanced services. The operator has stated the service, which launched over the weekend, will roll out across 12 cities and claims its customers will be the first in Canada to benefit from LTE-A.

Mobile edge video delivery demonstrated by Nokia and StarHub

Nokia and StarHub bring content nearer the user

Nokia Networks has enabled live video streaming based on an LTE base station-enabled local content caching system. In partnership with Singaporean operator StarHub, Nokia helped to deliver a live streaming, multi-camera broadcast of the WTA tennis championships live from Singapore.

Europe lags behind Asia in broadband connectivity, says Ovum

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

International technology research and advisory firm Ovum has announced the launch of the world’s first broadband development index to integrate both fixed and mobile connectivity statistics. The index highlights European struggles in connecting consumers to high speed fixed fibre broadband and LTE mobile broadband.

Telefónica Germany and Ericsson to bring more VoLTE to Europe

More European VoLTE announcements are in the offing

Telefónica’s German subsidiary and Ericsson have announced plans to bring live VoLTE services to the European market. The mobile operator claims to be fully prepared for a commercial launch on its network.

Ericsson, SingTel and Qualcomm claim first FDD/TDD carrier aggregation

Ericsson, SingTel and Qualcomm enable enhanced LTE-A performance

Ericsson, SingTel and Qualcomm Technologies have announced the successful demonstration of frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) carrier aggregation of the LTE Advanced network. The aggregated approach allows for more efficient use of spectrum, and increased network speeds.

Nokia and du claim Middle East’s first VoLTE call

Nokia and du claim first VoLTE call in the Middle East

Nokia Networks and UAE-based telco du claim to have successfully connected the region’s first voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a commercial network. The implementation of Nokia’s VoLTE solution and professional services on du’s network took just 80 days, which the Finnish vendor claims is the world’s fastest deployment of VoLTE.

Hungary generates €418 million through spectrum auction

Hungary is utilising previously unused spectrum for mobile broadband

Hungary has raised a total of HUF130.6 billion (€418 million) in a mobile spectrum auction in the 800, 900, 1,800 and 2,600 MHz frequency bands. The auction included the successful allocation of previously unallocated bands.

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