DoCoMo squeezes 120Mbps out of LTE

LTE hits 120Mbps

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said Monday that it has successfully field tested LTE technology, claiming wireless transmissions in the range of 120Mbps in an urban environment.

WiMAX and the regulator

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 [...]

MWC is quieter, but major noise surrounds mobile broadband

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 [...]

WiMAX: willing and scalable

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.

Verizon names LTE suppliers

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 [...]

LTE is ‘embryonic’, says Agilent

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. [...]

Ya-har! The Pirate Bay busts some piracy and peer-to-peer myths

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.

Qualcomm focused on bilateral deals for LTE IPR

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?

Developers have finally found their pot of gold in the iPhone

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.

Moto launches LTE trial in UK

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 [...]

Tough times for WiMAX as Nortel exits – market coming full circle?

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.

Time still on the side of WiMAX

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.

TeliaSonera hands out Nordic LTE contracts

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 [...]

China Telecom has a greater 3G burden than China Mobile

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.

Mobile WiMAX sales ramp up in 3Q 2008

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 [...]

Gloom fails to curb enthusiasm for LTE

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 [...]

All eyes on LatAm regulators in Rio

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 bank on a big agreement on LTE IPR

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.

The best and worst of times for WiMAX

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 [...]

It’s the best and worst of times for WiMAX

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