UK incumbent BT has signed a ten year deal with mobile operator O2 to support its launch of 4G LTE services. BT will build a high capacity transmission network for the Telefónica subsidiary as O2’s roll out of 4G services later this year is expected to place even greater pressure on its network.
Microwave (MW) technologies lead the backhaul evolution toward next-generation mobile networks. While primarily considered as macro-cell backhaul solution, in the upcoming 4G mobile network landscape, MW technologies also extend to the small-cell layer, hence proposing a unified backhaul approach. Two, very significant innovations are introduced
Telecoms.com talks to Mock Pak Lum, CTO of Singaporean operator StarHub, about the ongoing rollout of the firm’s LTE offering.
EE, the first UK player to market with LTE, has announced that it has reached 318,000 LTE subscribers five months after launching the service.
Voice over LTE is one of the most complex technologies being deployed within the framework of the LTE roadmap, says Peter Carson, senior director for marketing at Qualcomm. And operators have a lot of work ahead of them if they are to retain their status as the natural providers of voice and maximise the benefits of the move to a single network technology.
Qatari consumers can now begin enjoying 4G services, as the country’s incumbent operator Ooredoo announced the launch of its LTE network. Ooredoo’s 4G service will initially be available via mifi and dongle devices, and the operator is currently working on making 4G available on smartphones in Qatar.
The benefits afforded by heterogenous network architectures in LTE could be compromised in multi-vendor environments, according to Ericsson’s product manager for LTE.
Brazilian operator TIM Brasil has called on network infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks to build its LTE network. NSN will deploy an LTE network layer on top of TIM Brasil’s existing 2G and 3G networks in the 2.6 GHz frequency band, the operator confirmed.
Chief strategy, innovation & technology officer, KPN Group: “LTE will finally allow the internet to go mobile”
Erik Hoving, chief strategy, innovation & technology officer for KPN Group in The Netherlands, is opening the conference on Day One 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, The Netherlands. In an interview ahead of the show we spoke to him about KPN’s LTE launch and the effect that 4G services will have on consumers and the internet in general.
South Korea’s SK Telecom has signed an LTE data roaming deal with Globe Telecom, the second placed operator in the Philippines. The two will begin roaming services on April 1st. SK also announced that it will launch quad-band LTE devices that function on networks at 850, 1800, 2100 and 2600MHz in the second quarter of this year, although it did not reveal which vendor would supply the devices.
Doran Davies, Director of Products, HTC, Middle East and Africa is speaking on the subject of evolving data consumption habits at the Broadband MEA conference, which took place on the 19th-20th, March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. We caught up with him to find out more about his thoughts regarding the handset market.
Torbjorn Pettersson, Technical Sales Manager, Mobile Services, Telenor, Sweden is taking part in two panel discussions at 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 speak to him about some of the technical issues facing operators as they introduce LTE.
Yousef Mutawe, CTO, Zain, Jordan, is delivering a keynote on Day One of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the challenge of meeting the data demands of Zain’s customers.
Technical Advisor, MOI Qatar: “We see significant benefits to deploying a technology that is universally adopted”
Ged Robinson, Technical Advisor, MOI Qatar is speaking on Day Two of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we gain his insight into the challenges the carrier market is facing in meeting the needs of the critical communications market.
Norwegian operator Telenor is becoming increasingly frustrated with Apple’s failure to support LTE on its network in Norway, the firm’s CEO told Telecoms.com.
Head Innovation and Trends, ENTEL, Chile: “Speed itself has no intrinsic value to the user – it is apps that create value”
Eduardo Duran, Head Innovation and Trends,ENTEL, Chile, is speaking on Day Two of the LTE LATAM conference, taking place on the 16th-17th April 2013 at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the latest LTE developments in the region and the difference LTE will make to its customers.
Customers in the US now have more options to gain access to LTE services as Sprint’s MVNO Boost Mobile brand unveils two LTE handsets available on pre-pay. The two handsets are the HTC One SV and the Boost Force, a Boost Mobile branded Android handset. Customers buy the phones outright and then are required to pre-pay a service plan that cost $55 a month and provides unlimited LTE internet access, texts and voice.
Suresh Sidhu, chief corporate and operating officer at Celcom Axiata Berhad, Malaysia, is taking part in the ‘Quiz the CxO’ segment 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 find out more about Sidhu’s views on how networks can best be optimised for LTE and where RCS/VoLTE fit into the operator picture.
Jayhun Mollazade, CEO of Sazz Internet, Azerbaijan will be speaking on Day One of the inaugural TD-LTE Summit, taking place on the 23 April 2013 at the Fairmont Singapore Hotel, Singapore. We speak to him about how as a WiMAX operator he thinks TD-LTE is of crucial importance, and how operators should go about migrating to the technology.
US carrier Sprint has announced the launch of three LTE smartphones for users on its Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile prepaid MVNO brands, making it the first tier one operator in the US to market LTE services to prepaid customers.