Category: LTE

First VoLTE call made on live LTE infrastructure

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) has completed what it says is the first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) test on a live LTE infrastructure. The test, which took place at the SuperOp annual telecoms testing event in Hawaii, involved key industry players Ericsson, Huawei, Samsung, Intel Mobile and ST Ericsson, among others.

Getting the measure of LTE

While operators and network vendors tend to make a name for themselves through headline grabbing deployments in the LTE sector, there are companies working in other areas on the new technology that command less of the limelight but nonetheless play a vital role in a successful LTE network roll out. Test and Measurement is one such area, and JDSU one such company. But, says Per Kangru, head of Business Development for LTE at JDSU, there are more benefits to a proactive T&M strategy than people might realise.

Falling back

Meik Kottkamp, Technology Management – Wireless, Rohde & Schwarz, talks about spectrum issues and supporting voice over LTE.

Connecting everything

IP Hong, Vice President – Head of Marketing Group, Samsung, talks about the company’s expansion into Europe with LTE deployments.

Fast moving market

Antonios Drossos, Managing Partner at Rewheel, talks about how the smartphone boom, combined with HSPA and LTE technologies has opened a window of opportunity for mobile data challengers.

US DoJ reportedly concerned about Nortel patent bids

As interest in defunct kit maker Nortel’s patent portfolio heightens, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is reported to be taking a close interest in the bidders. Apple is the latest company reported to be interested in making a purchase after Google opened bidding with a $900m offer in April. Now the DoJ is said to be concerned that the patents will be used to stymie competition in the telecoms sector.

LightSquared in net share discussions with Sprint

LightSquared, the US wholesale network operator, is in talks with Sprint to strike a network share deal, in a scheme designed to accelerate build out of its LTE network, according to a report by Bloomberg.

France launches LTE spectrum auction

The French auction for LTE spectrum is now imminent after French digital economy minister Éric Besson signed a decree launching the tender for operators to submit their bids, The process will begin in the coming days, French newspaper Le Monde reported, once the announcement is published in an official gazette. Operators will have until September to submit their bids.

Rural Australia to get Ericsson LTE broadband network

Ericsson has been appointed by Australia’s National Broadband Network to build and operate a fixed wireless LTE network to service the country’s rural areas. Rural households will gain access to the service from mid 2012 with the project to be completed by 2015.

Mavenir Systems announces Airwide acquisition

Mavenir Systems, a provider of mobile network infrastructure for LTE operators, has announced the acquisition of Airwide Solutions, a provider of mobile messaging solutions.

LG Revolution LTE smartphone arrives on Verizon Wireless

The limited roster of LTE enabled smartphones worldwide was boosted yesterday by the arrival of the LG Revolution on Verizon Wireless in the US. The operator said that the device, which is now available online and in stores, will deliver download speeds between 5 and 12Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5Mbps, in areas covered by its LTE network.

Ford demos car communication via LTE modules

A research project conducted by Ford has demonstrated that LTE is highly suitable for automotive communications applications. The findings of the CoOperative Card Extended (CoCarEX) research project were demonstrated yesterday in Dusseldorf, Germany and proved that LTE latency is low enough for it to provide time-critical driver assistance functions.

Telstra boss: up to 5GHz to be used for mobile broadband

Frequencies as high as 5GHz could be allocated for mobile broadband, according to Brian Miller, general manager of Australian telco Telstra. The comments were made during Miller’s speech at the Radcomms 2011 conference in Sydney, according to a report from local publication Australian IT.

LTE Awards 2011: The winners

This year’s LTE World Summit 2011 took place in Amsterdam on 17-18th May and marked the seventh successful year for the event. For several fortunate companies the highlight of the gathering was the LTE Awards, where an independent panel of judges had the tricky task of picking out the very best products and services delivered during the year for the LTE industry.

AT&T announces first five markets for LTE

Following a demo of its LTE network last week, US carrier AT&T has announced the first five markets into which it will launch LTE services – Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. The news was made by John Donovan, chief technology officer for AT&T on his company blog. Donovan did not provide an exact date for the launch, stating only that the networks would be rolled out, “this summer”.

Ubiquisys announces Intel powered small cells

Ubiquisys, the femtocell vendor, has announced a partnership with chip manufacturer Intel to develop a new range of intelligent small cell base stations. The devices will feature Ubiquisys application software and will be powered by Intel architecture.

Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale join forces for first UK LTE trial

The UK will finally get a taste of LTE following the announcement that Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale are to combine for a live trial of the technology. The trial will begin in September and is set to run into early next year. It will take place in the St Newlyn East area of South Newquay, Cornwall.

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