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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Next year will see the arrival of dual mode WiMAX/LTE chipsets, according to analyst firm ABI Research. The demand, says ABI, will come from wireless device makers looking for greater economies of scale and to reduce the number of SKUs (stock-keeping units) that comes from creating devices that support both 4G standards. “Some mobile operators [...]
Troubled kit maker Motorola claimed it has completed the industry’s first over the air LTE data session using 700MHz spectrum on Monday. The tests were carried out using Moto’s LTE Radio Access Test Network and LTE eNode-B platform with a prototype LTE device at an outdoor location in central Illinois, US. The sessions included mobile [...]
Introduction: Long Term View
The Debate: LTE with Motorola
Interview: Dan Warren, Director of Technology, GSMA
CDG: we’ll work with LTE and WiMAX
LTE explained: A long-term revolution
Conference Preview: LTE World Summit
Mobile applications and services need to be tailored to the needs of each user in order to drive revenues, according to research released this week.
An unusual announcement came through from the CDMA Development Group (CDG) Tuesday morning, claiming that CDMA operators will be among the first to roll out LTE and Mobile WiMAX. Pitching a 4G strategy based on cooperation with other industry organisations is a dramatic turnaround for the CDG, whose conflicts with lobby groups for competing 2G [...]
Setting the pace for adoption of next generation wireless broadband technology, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu and Nokia Siemens Networks for an LTE core network. According to an announcement released Monday, DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu to implement NSN’s core Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform, which the Japanese operator also calls Super 3G. The [...]
At a recent conference, someone suggested that network sharing is a bit like healthy eating in the UK: Everyone talks about it obsessively and watches endless TV shows about the subject, but nobody actually does anything about it.
Vertical services will account for 24 per cent of WiMAX subscriptions and 14 per cent of LTE subscriptions by 2014. This is one of the headline findings from a new report by Senza Fili Consulting: “Bringing Wireless Broadband to Vertical Markets: a high-margin revenue stream from operators and compelling services for enterprises.” According to the [...]
US communications regulator the FCC is to take another crack at auctioning off the so called ‘D block’ of 700MHz spectrum, with FCC chairman Kevin Martin proposing new and more attractive conditions. Earlier this year, the D block was one of eight licences that remained unsold after failing to meet its reserve price of $1.3bn [...]
Canadian kit maker Nortel this week enjoyed the first fruits of its labour after recently switching its focus to LTE. On Thursday, the company claimed to have completed the world’s first mobile LTE live air handover. Engineers at Nortel’s Research and Development Centre of Excellence in Ottawa, Canada, streamed HD video to a prototype LTE [...]
An estimated 2.1 billion wireless broadband customers are forecast to generate $784bn in service revenue by 2015, according to figures released this week. But industry analyst Analysys Mason warns that cellular technologies are set to dominate the wireless broadband services market, with twenty times as many users as WiMAX by the end of 2015. Analysys [...]
The base station ninjas at OBSAI (the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative) said Friday that it has incorporated LTE into its base station architecture for the first time. OBSAI is an industry forum devoted to the creation of a suite of open specifications for base station architectures, and this latest news means that the forum’s [...]
Next generation wireless technology backers this week outlined plans for cross vendor device to network interoperability testing of Long Term Evolution (LTE). The LTE SAE Trial Initiative (LSTI), a global group of LTE equipment vendors and operators, which is fostering the development of a global LTE ecosystem, launched the initiative to ensure a wide range [...]