South Korea and US in fast lane for LTE rollout, report reveals

South Korea and the United States are leading the way in devices with 4G LTE capability, while devices from local vendors are on the rise, according to the latest Netbiscuits Web Trends Report.

The quarterly analysis, based on consumer web usage in 242 countries, found that local device vendors are starting to gain traction in Europe, whereas before the trend was largely confined to Asia. Wiko, a French vendor, and bq from Spain have made the top 50 devices in their own countries for the first, time, with 3%...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, LTE.

EE identifies and helps to boost £2.1bn pop-up retail economy

The UK's largest mobile network, EE, has today released a study which indicates pop-up retailers contribute over £2bn to the UK economy. As a result, the company has launched a new initiative to help pop-ups overcome previous challenges.

The "Pop-Up UK" report commissioned by EE and undertaken by CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research) expects the economy to grow by 8.4 percent over the next 12 months. This growth could be higher, up to double-digits, if barriers such as cost and lack of...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research.

4G LTE mobile subscribers will exceed 1 billion in 2017

LTE is a fourth-generation (4G) global standard which is the natural development route for GSM/HSPA network operators - it's also the next generation mobile broadband system for many CDMA network operators.

Juniper Research forecasts a rapid uptake of 4G LTE mobile technology in the next five years, with active connections crossing the 1 billion mark in 2017 - and reaching 1.8 billion by 2019. This will represent 22 percent of the global active mobile subscriber identity module (SIM) connections by this...

By David H. Deans, 18 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, LTE, Research.

Google acquires 5G firm Alpental Technologies

If there’s any company which relies on the web, it’s Google. The giant started life as a search engine and is now behind some of the world’s most popular services, such as YouTube and Gmail, and has even begun to roll-out its own high-speed internet service under the name of Google Fiber.

It’s in Google’s interests to get as many people online as possible, and so beyond becoming an ISP themselves, the company has invested heavily in various different schemes to provide...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Google, LTE, Networks.

OnLive has a "level up" from game-changing to enterprise-changing with CloudLift

The Cloud is a huge topic here at Enterprise Apps World (which is perhaps why the event is cleverly coupled with Cloud World Forum) and few people know the technology’s potential than OnLive who started life as an innovative game-streaming company. Despite a few knocks to the company’s health bar over the years, OnLive is still around and ready to take their expertise to the enterprise.

OnLive’s latest venture,

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, LTE.

Nokia and SK Telecom achieve 3.78 Gbps LTE through the convergence of TDD and FDD spectrums

Nokia and SK Telecom has achieved a throughput speed of 3.78 Gbps through the convergence of TDD and FDD LTE spectrums. It made use of 10 separate frequencies for the two LTE variants across 200MHz bandwidth. It is part of Nokia's Single RAN solution which partners its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station together with software to aggregate carriers on both TDD and FDD LTE spectrum and to implement LTE MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology.

Nokia demonstrated TDD / FDD aggregation earlier this year...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

4G LTE mobile subscribers will exceed 2 Billion by 2019

By the end of 2013, global LTE-related cellular subscriptions had surpassed 230.9 million -- that's 3.3 percent of all mobile subscribers worldwide -- and will continue to grow at a CAGR of 36.6 percent between 2014 and 2019, to exceed 2 billion. Mobile internet usage isn't the only market driver. The extensive presence of 4G LTE networks is also stimulating the deployment of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technologies.By the end of 2014, there are expected to be 59.6 million VoLTE subscriptions in place, and it's...

By David H. Deans, 03 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE.

Will voice get the makeover it deserves with LTE?

Despite the recent Voice over LTE (VoLTE) announcements from several operators, the industry is still unhurried when it comes to rolling out next-generation voice and video calling services. Although interest in VoLTE has increased it is widely understood that most operators are still a year or two from launching such services.

However, VoLTE offers mobile operators a strategic opportunity strengthen their foothold in the voice marketplace, but it requires an acceptance that the game has changed and they must...

By Mark Windle, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, VoiP.

Deutsche Telekom’s solid Q1 results are a boon given aggressive roadmap

Deutsche Telekom’s first quarter 2014 results and subsequent shareholder meeting have shown that the company is on the right footing, with an aggressive strategy and results to keep the shareholders relatively happy.

The goal is an ambitious one: to become Europe’s leading telecommunications provider which will ‘drive the fourth industrial revolution’. According to CEO Tim Hottges, this will be done in four steps: building a pan-European network which brings together fixed line, mobile...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators.

Virgin Media Business gets ready for small cells

Ron Kline, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure

As the talk of small cells heats up, so does the need for backhaul. I recently met with Virgin Media Business (VMB) to discuss backhaul for small cells. The company has a fiber-rich network within major population centers in the UK and provides wholesale mobile backhaul services to mobile providers in the country.

VMB has been developing a concession-based small cell-as-a-service (SCaaS) offering using a mesh network architecture that combines its fiber...

By Ovum Research, 17 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Small Cells.