We don’t know what 5G is, but the UK will be a leader – promises Prime Minister

The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised that the UK will not be missing out on the opportunity of 5G. He speaks at the CeBIT technology show in Hannover on his plan to make Blighty the “most digital nation in the G8.”

In the rollout of 4G, the UK has been notoriously slow. Spectrum auctions played a big part in this; which led Orange and T-Mobile partnership, EE, being the sole network capable of provisioning 4G to the UK public over a frustratingly long-period.

“With 4G,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

Bargain pricing on 4G LTE in some competitive markets

If you thought that you'll likely

have to pay more for the best mobile network service offering, then think again. According to the latest global market study by ABI Research, more than 55 percent of the least expensive country tariff plans are now on 4G LTE technology -- that's compared to just 22 percent a year ago.This performance has been driven by the aggressive deployment of LTE-based mobile networks and a wider choice of consumer-centric LTE smartphones."However, we found that the average cost of mobile Internet tariff plans across the cheapest 20 markets increased by 8.24 percent between...

By David H. Deans, 04 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Operators.

Mobile World Congress: What is the future of Wi-Fi in an LTE-heavy landscape?

Telecoms Tech’s travels at Mobile World Congress earlier this week have involved reporting on everything from Mark Zuckerberg to operator strategies and the future of voice.

Yet the most popular story filed from Barcelona focused on a 5G panel featuring European Commission VP Neelie Kroes. Here, Tech Portfolio editor James Bourne looks at an...

By James Bourne, 28 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, WiFi, Wireless.

Why contextual voice could be the future of voice communications #MWC14

Voice communication is gaining a reputation as being an outdated technology. Whether that’s right or wrong is open to debate, but when you’ve got Facebook purchasing WhatsApp for $19bn, it’s always going to raise a few eyebrows.

But voice has been on a hugely transformative journey in the last 10 years alone. The growth and popularity of VoIP, with increasing numbers of consumers opting for free VoIP offerings, has forced operators to muck their hands and start over trying to recapture lost...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, VoiP.

Virgin Media provides backhaul for Three’s 4G – Where could it leave Fibre Broadband?

This makes the third article in a week that TelecomsTech has published about UK network Three, and their rapid-push to hopefully rise from the UK’s smallest mobile operator title.

But our coverage is due; on Tuesday we wrote about a new partnership with the UK’s largest network, EE, resulting in the sharing of infrastructure and £1 billion ($1.63 billion) joint investment into the future.

On Wednesday, we wrote about the company’s surprising

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

Three and EE join forces to boost UK 4G

The 4G rollout in the UK has been a slow process filled with controversy around spectrum availability and related exclusivity periods – of which EE gained a significant head start. Since the period has finished; every major network in the UK has launched 4G.

Three was the last to offer their 4G service, and is still only available in limited areas whilst being subject to an ongoing, slow rollout.

Today, Three and EE have revealed a partnership and investment strategy to share their networks and boost...

By Ryan Daws, 03 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators.

SK Telecom and LG U+ to bring 300Mbps LTE speeds to market

Through utilising 3 distinct bands, combining two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz band, SK Telecom and LG U+ will be supporting 300Mbps speeds using LTE-Advanced technology.

To demonstrate capabilities above this incredible feat, the South Korean telecoms company will be taking to MWC in Barcelona to show off speeds of 450Mbps. According to the Korea Herald, LG U+, the nation's third most popular carrier, will also deploy 300Mbps speeds in 2014.

These blistering speeds are over 4x faster than the highest speeds...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

Ramping up 4G globally

Deloitte predicts that global revenues from 4G are likely to reach £60 billion by 2014, with more than 200 operators running networks in 75 countries. In the UK, O2 is to launch its 4G offering, finally bringing competition to EE. And, China Mobile is planning to spend $30.1 billion on its network this year with about a quarter of that amount earmarked for TD-LTE technology.

Deloitte predicts that 4G subscriber numbers will triple as compared to 2012, reaching around 200 million globally, as customers...

By John Hayduk, 02 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

How to solve the second wave of mobile infrastructure

By Rajeev Tankha, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing at Oracle Communications

The fast pace of growth in the mobile devices market has seen consumers get closer than ever to their smartphones and tablets. A recent Gartner study suggested that tablet sales will increase by 70 per cent in the next year, and that over 2 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017.

These trends have placed more pressure than ever on Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to adopt full data networks to ensure the...

By Oracle Communications, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Operators, OTT Services.

Three UK changes the game (again) with free US roaming

UK MNO, Three, has been on a string of well-praised announcements this year; the first being to offer a free upgrade to 4G for all 3G customers (including unlimited data packages.)

This was followed by the ability to make use of this allowance in their “Feel at Home” initiative which initially spanned the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Italy, Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Networks, Operators.

How Bosbec sees the future of messaging and M2M #TTW

For mobile comms and messaging platforms, the ecosystem is somewhat fractured. With industry leader WhatsApp announcing the integration of voice services back in August, it could be seen as a sign that companies with pure mobile messaging plays might be on the way out.

Bosbec, based in Sweden, is different. The company incorporates a business messaging solution, yet has a play in the Internet of Things (IoT).

And according to technical chief Jakob...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, M2M, Mobile.

Vodafone Carrier Services to play LTE roaming trump card for IPX

Catherine Haslam, Senior Analyst, Telecoms Wholesale

Ever since Vodafone acquired Cable & Wireless Worldwide in July 2012, the carrier market has been waiting with some level of trepidation to see just what impact the newly minted wholesaler Vodafone Carrier Services (VCS) would have on the existing structure and market share. The waiting is over as VCS begins to leverage every advantage possible from Vodafone’s 28 operating companies to improve market share and margin.

VCS has begun by...

By Ovum Research, 19 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks, Operators.

Huawei’s looking forward in $600m 5G investment

Whilst many of us stare at our signal bars, waiting for the 3G to switch to 4G, China-based Huawei is instead looking to the next big thing – with a hefty $600m investment into 5G research. Don’t get too excited though, the rollout of functioning technology isn’t expected until 2020.

This is part of a continued investment which began back in 2009. At the home of mobile, MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has demonstrated 5G base stations capable of 50Gbps.

One of the most promising innovations is an...

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks, Research.

4G not fast enough? EE switches on 300Mbps LTE-Advanced

In a partnership with China-based Huawei, EE has announced today that it will be bringing LTE-Advanced technology – capable of 300Mbps – to “Tech City” in London.

Unveiled at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum; the innovation follows the company’s internal analysis of consumer and business trends - forecasting a data-usage rise of 750% over the next three years.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee says: “Today we are introducing the next age of 4G mobile technology to the UK. Our...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks.

Telstra tests LTE Broadcast on live network: A solution to the capacity crunch?

Telstra, the primary Australian mobile carrier, has achieved what it calls a world first by successfully trialling LTE Broadcast on its network, in partnership with Ericsson.

This has huge potential for the future of mobile networks, as with more and more data being pushed out onto ever increasing numbers of devices, network capacity cannot hold forever.

The future of LTE and the capacity crunch is a burning issue in the industry, yet Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast solution attempts to solve this by only...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, LTE, Networks, Operators.

Is LTE a mixed blessing for China Telecom?

China Telecom (CTC) is feeling the heat in LTE after rival China Mobile began massive TD-LTE construction with 200,000 base stations in more than 100 cities, so the third largest wireless operator ran its own LTE bid in early October for LTE TDD and FDD BTSs in anticipation that LTE license is immanent and its 3G service (CDMA EV-DO) does need a makeover in order to stay competitive and LTE is the only way to do it.

CTC did not reveal the value of the bid, but it is estimated at RMB5bn (US$820mn) or about...

By Dr Lin Sun, 21 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Licensing, LTE.

Why small cells are poised for growth in Latin America

Small cells mean big changes for mobile networks

Already an important element in 3G networks globally, small cells enable network coverage to be easily extended to accommodate data growth, especially in busy outdoor areas. However, as operators move to 4G/LTE networks and introduce heterogeneous networks (HetNets), small cells become even more important. Why?  Because LTE technology promises higher bandwidth in the radio interface, end-users also expect better service, lower latency and more throughput. This...

By Tellabs, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, LTE, M2M, Networks, Small Cells.

Orange launches new LTE Signalling service for global roaming

Hoping to extend its leadership on the wholesale market, telecommunications provider Orange has today launched a new LTE Signalling service which will enable mobile operators to provide 4G roaming to their customers.

Orange has almost 20 years experience, and makes use of that expertise to provide operators with complete solutions; including Orange’s Multiservice IP eXchange – which LTE Signalling is found under that umbrella.

The network’s large footprint spans 30 PoPs (Points of Presence)...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators.

4G LTE connections will reach 1 billion by 2018

4G Americas reports that HSPA and LTE mobile broadband has grown to 192.5 million subscriptions in North America, representing 52 percent of the more than 373 million total mobile subscriptions in the region at the end of the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by Informa Telecoms & Media. The North American market remains in the leadership position of LTE market share worldwide with 51 percent of the world’s 126 million connections at the end of June 2013. In Latin America, the HSPA and LTE mobile broadband market share has risen to 21 percent with 147 million connections of the...

By David H. Deans, 24 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Research.