Feathers fly over Ofcom's Everything Everywhere LTE deal

Feathers are flying again over the forthcoming divvy-up of UK LTE bandwidth, with Vodafone accusing the UK regulator Ofcom of “taking leave of its senses”, for allowing Everything Everywhere to use existing spectrum to run 4G services.

Everything Everywhere is a joint venture involving T-Mobile and Orange. Last week Ofcom announced that it would allow the companies to operate LTE services over the 1,800MHz band previously used by 2G mobile...

By Matt Henkes, 20 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Licensing, LTE, Mobile, Wireless.

ZTE to launch two new LTE handsets at #MWC

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE has announced the launch of two new handsets ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week.

The firm said it was planning to launch two new LTE handsets, the PF200 and N910, running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, with 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz chipsets, though didn’t specify which chip would feature in which handset.

4G LTE phones are expected to be a...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Asia-Pacific Mobile Net Operators Deploy Upgrades

The developed Asian markets -- such as Japan and South Korea -- have always led the way forward in mobile network technology deployments and advanced applications. Now other markets in the region are actively investing in new infrastructure -- as the developing markets in the region catch up. "A number of Asian operators are bracing themselves for a quickening in 3G and 4G subscriber adoption in 2012," says Jake Saunders, vice president of forecasting at ABI Research. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, Asian capital expenditure in 2012 is forecast to...

By David H. Deans, 08 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, LTE, Mobile.

What is China’s outlook for an LTE 2012?

By Beijing correspondent Dr. Lin Sun

In a recent interview, Yang Hua, Secretary General of TD-SCDMA Alliance, called for a “pre-commercial” LTE service in 2012, right after second phase testing, referring to the term used in China for service to a small number of customers before it opens to the public.

Unfortunately, it appears his wishes, along with the members of the group that...

By Dr Lin Sun, 03 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, LTE.

4G LTE Mobile will be Targeted at Early Adopters

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, worldwide service revenues generated by 4G LTE mobile networks are forecast to grow rapidly -- once all the planned networks are launched, and when the early-adopters have subscribed -- eventually exceeding $265 billion by 2016. While the total number of LTE consumer subscribers will be higher than enterprise in 2016, it is a different picture from a service revenue perspective, with the consumer segment accounting for under half of the total. Premium service tariffs -- to provide high-end enterprise users with required guaranteed connections and/or service levels --...

By David H. Deans, 24 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: LTE.

Rapid LTE adoption will only reach 6% globally

The adoption of LTE networks will be rapid over the five years, driven largely by enterprise subscribers, but will only 6% of global subscribers by 2016, according to new research from the analyst firm Juniper Research.

Subscriber numbers will reach 428m in the next five years, with rapid uptake beginning next year, it said. Many operators are already making preparations to hit their roll out targets.

Enterprise will be the first big adopter of the new, faster mobile network technology, the report found, with...

By , 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, N America, Networks.

LTE trial kicks off in London

O2, a UK arm of European telecoms giant Telefonica, has begun the first trial of 4G LTE in the English capital, delivering mobile broadband speeds of up to 150mbps to a sample group of around 100 users.

Over 25 4G sites will go live across London this month, covering a combined area of 40 square kilometres, between now and summer 2012, covering key areas of the capital, including Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross.

In reality, as experienced with 3G, actual download speeds...

By Matt Henkes, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, LTE, Mobile.

Beijing Correspondent - Special Report - LTE for China

Specia Report By Dr Lin Sun, Beijing Correspondent

At ITU Telecom World show in late October, China Mobile unveiled a multi-band smartphone. The ZTE phone is powered by an MTK chipset and runs on Android OS. It is designed for TD-SCDMA and GSM networks for voice and TD-LTE for high-speed data service.

China Mobile is keeping quiet on the launch of TD-LTE service and the cost of LTE phones, but I’d suspect it is at least 10 months...

By Dr Lin Sun, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

LTE: Backhaul Considerations

Owing to the high peak and average speedsof LTE, high-speed backhaul links are essential to ensure that the capabilitiesof the LTE air interface can be fully utilized. A three sector eNode-B with a channelbandwidth of 20MHz in each sector can easily achieve peak datarates that arethree times 100 Mbit/s, that is, 300 Mbit/s in total.

As eNode-Bs are usuallycolocated with UMTS and GSM base stations, the required combined backhaulbandwidth could hence be even...

By Alex Wanda, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks.

Challenges and Opportunities for 4G Wireless Video

As depicted in the illustration below, the world has become a content producer. People create and upload their own pieces of art onto the network while enjoying other people’s masterpieces. It may be expected that in 4G the communication networks will continue to expand so as to include all kinds of channels with various through puts, quality of services and protocols, and heterogeneous terminals with a wide range of capabilities, accessibilities and user preference.  Thus the gap between the richness of multimedia...

By Alex Wanda, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones, WiFi.

130 Million Mobile Video Communication Users by 2016

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, mobile voice-over-IP (mVoIP) clients downloaded to a smartphone will account for four fifths of 640 million mobile VoIP users by the end of 2016 -- while alliances between carriers and mVoIP specialists will remain relatively few in number. Improved technology, more intuitive interfaces and increased user awareness all account for the increasing dominance of the app model for mVoIP. In addition VoIP specialists are broadening their horizons as they explore the potential of alliances with social media, gaming and software...

By David H. Deans, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones, VoiP.

Building a future-proof IP/Ethernet-based RAN

Friends, family members and even total strangers communicate with each other with an ever-increasing variety of social media and VoIP services. People exchange music, photos and YouTube videos that they want to stream quickly and easily over networks with smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.

These popular new methods of communicating present new challenges for service providers...

By Tellabs, 19 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks.

4G Mobile Network Services Deploy in Slow Motion

The market for fourth-generation (4G) wireless devices continues to shift and evolve, as expectations are being reset and planned network upgrade deployments proceed slowly. Shipments of 4G smartphones are now expected to grow from 4.6 million in 2010 to 245 million in 2016. LTE smartphone shipments will surpass WiMAX smartphones in 2011 -- growing at a 72 percent CAGR over the forecast period. Michael Morgan, senior mobile devices analyst at ABI Research, says, “Nearly all of the world’s mobile operators, including the largest, are supporting

By David H. Deans, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, LTE, Mobile.

Should We Define 4G Before the Government Does?

Every few years the American people elect politicians who say one thing to get elected and do another once in office. Conflicts of interest, scandals related to campaign contributors, tax evasion and other related issues have made us numb and political ethics is a phrase you may have just read now for the first time.But of course politicians being politicians need to help the people - at least that is what they say they want to do. One of the latest focus areas is 4G - what exactly is it? My company TMC runs a show on 4G called

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

It Hits the RIM and Bounces Out…

When you have an older service model, problems just seem tobuild and build: http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/industry-insights/technology/blackberry-breakdown-is-death-sentence

The latest outage and performance issues with the Blackberryservice is another indication that the executives at RIM have not moved withthe times. This has nothing to do with the quality of the network...

By Wesley Kaplow, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, LTE, Mobile.

Wrangles and challenges ahead of UK LTE auction

The UK mobile operator three has warned that it may run out of data capacity in built up areas if LTE spectrum auctions do not take place next year as expected.

The bidding process designed to fairly distribute 4G frequency space for rapidly rising data consumption among consumers is earmarked for 2010. However, Three’s CEO David Dyson warned that the timetable was already slipping.

"There is a huge financial...

By Matt Henkes, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

French regulator grants LTE licenses to all 4 operators

All four of the main French mobile operators have been awarded licenses for blocks of fourth-generation mobile frequencies following the first round of auctions that have set a high bar for the industry, with bids totalling €936m ($1.28bn).

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad put in the highest bids to win the two largest blocks of 20 MHz; SFR and Bouygues Telecom were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz.

The auction has been hailed as a success by the French...

By Matt Henkes, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.