Behind the touchscreen and ‘app store’ fanfare at the MWC event in Barcelona last week, WiMAX was taking quiet but significant steps towards having what the WiMAX Forum believes will be 800 million people within reach of WiMAX networks by 2010.
WiMAX supporters can claim with some justification that telecom regulators, in some of the world’s key markets, are dampening the technology’s growth prospects in the near term through overlong periods of ‘consultation’. India is an obvious example. Ongoing disputes between different government departments, blurred divisions of responsibility between the regulator (TRAI) and the Department of [...]
The Mobile World Congress was noticeably quieter this year but nonetheless produced a number of announcements that should increase the already considerable momentum behind mobile broadband. What was significant, and encouraging, was a theme of companies forming partnerships. Although commercial gain is obviously the main impetus behind these partnerships, they should also have the desired [...]
Verizon CTO, Dick Lynch, has named Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as the company’s LTE base station suppliers. Speaking at the MWC event in Barcelona, Lynch added that further LTE trials will take place this summer using the 700MHz frequency band with commercial deployment slated for next year in ’20 to 30 markets in the US’. Verizon [...]
Despite all the marketing noise that is sure to be generated by LTE supporters during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week, Agilent – a test & measurement specialist – believes there is still some way to go before LTE is widely commercially available and delivering the much-touted speeds of 100Mbps and above. [...]
The Pirate Bay, one of the world’s leading peer to peer sites and tormentor in chief of the music and movie industries, has released statistics breaking down the location of its users by country.
As new rounds of IPR negotiations over OFDM/OFDMA technologies loom, Qualcomm is out to persuade critics that its approach to IPR is vastly transparent, not to mention fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory. But will that forestall future licensing disagreements?
It hasn’t been an easy ride for mobile content developers. In the value chain that feeds content to operator portals, developers are always right at the bottom, and revenue from the sale of the content they create tends to filter down several middle layers before the, often, smallest portion ends up in their hands.
Troubled US manufacturer Motorola said Monday that it has launched an LTE trial network and testing lab in the UK. The project, based in Swindon, has carried out standards compliant LTE calls during which high speed data services were streamed using Motorola’s LTE infrastructure operating in the 2.6GHz spectrum and a prototype LTE device. Moto [...]
Nortel is exiting the WiMAX market, the latest in a string of bad news for the technology. The move comes after Nortel declared bankruptcy earlier this month, forcing it to make harsh decisions about emerging or marginal product lines.
It’s premature to say that WiMAX is losing its time-to-market advantage over rival LTE, despite some of the hard knocks the technology has undoubtedly taken in recent weeks.
Scandinavian carrier TeliaSonera said Thursday that it has tapped Swedish vendor Ericsson and Chinese firm Huawei for the roll out of an LTE network in Sweden and Norway. Although LTE has won much support worldwide, the TeliaSonera announcement marks a first in terms of commercial contracts struck. Ericsson said it has already started the rollout [...]
Popular opinion has it that China Mobile has been saddled with a major burden because it has to roll out a 3G network using TD-SCDMA technology. China Unicom and China Mobile, by contrast, are seen to be lucky in that they can roll out 3G networks using established global standards.
Worldwide mobile WiMAX infrastructure revenues nearly quadrupled in 3Q 2008 compared with the same quarter the year previously. This is according to analyst firm the Dell’Oro Group. “With LTE still a couple of years away, WiMAX has become the first next-generation technology with commercial service,” says Scott Siegler, senior analyst of mobile infrastructure research at [...]
Economic gloom does not appear to have dampened operator enthusiasm for LTE, with analysts forecasting more than $8.6bn to be spent on the technology over the next five years. More than 18 operators worldwide have announced LTE deployment plans, with many looking at a 2011-2012 timeframe for rollout. However, US carrier Verizon Wireless has announced [...]
How spectrum is allocated causes controversy pretty much everywhere and, in the process, regulators invariably become easy targets for abuse. It’s not a job for the faint-hearted. Yet many national regulators in Latin America are arguably under more pressure than most, conscious on the one hand that low broadband penetration rates are making their economies [...]
Don’t expect to see a major breakthrough in IPR with LTE vendors. The companies that dominate in this arena are so firmly entrenched in their opposing attitudes to licensing IPR that only a combination of pressures will bring about change – and gradual change at that. As such, LTE IPR rates will closely resemble WCDMA’s: The sizable reduction operators want to see won’t happen.
WiMAX is a tale of two markets – in one, the emerging wireless broadband technology has gained significant momentum in the last year, but in the larger converging broadband market, the runaway success of rival system HSDPA and the acceleration of LTE threatens the opportunity for WiMAX in some markets. In the past year, the [...]
The story of WiMAX is a tale of two markets: one in which WiMAX, as an emerging technology, has made enormous progress over the past year; and one in which its opportunities are being threatened by developments in the larger converging broadband market, such as the relentless advance of rival mobile broadband system HSDPA and the acceleration of LTE developmen
The move by Canadian CDMA operators Bell Mobility and Telus to launch WCDMA/HSPA probably won’t disrupt the market anytime soon, though it does put the companies in position to gain new roaming revenue and ultimately launch LTE.