Ericsson finishes LTE sites for PLDT

Swedish telecommunications firm Ericsson has completed the installation of new high-speed Internet LTE sites for Smart Communications, a unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., a statement on Friday showed.

Ericsson said the 250 sites were meant to improve mobile services, in particular for users of smartphones. Smart’s LTE network spans 46 cities and 69 municipalities across the country.

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MegaFon Weighs Buying Scartel to Expand Data Business

OAO MegaFon (MFON), Russia’s second-largest wireless carrier, is considering buying smaller operator Scartel to expand its network as mobile Internet use increases, Chief Executive Officer Ivan Tavrin said.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-17/megafon-weighs-buying-scartel-to-expand-data-business.html

Sprint Files Lawsuit Against DISH Network Corporation and Clearwire Corporation...

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 17, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that it has filed a complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery against DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) and Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR) asking the Court to prevent the consummation of the DISH tender offer for Clearwire. Sprint believes the transaction violates Delaware law and the rights of both Sprint and Clearwire’s other strategic investors under Clearwire’s charter and under the Equity Holders Agreement (“EHA”). In addition to seeking to enjoin the tender offer, Sprint’s lawsuit seeks to rescind certain parts of the tender offer agreement and seeks declaratory, injunctive, compensatory and other relief. 

Read more: http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-files-lawsuit-against-dish-network-corporation-and-clearwire-corporation-citing-the-illegality-of-the-dish-tender-offer-for-clearwire.htm

Stay Connected This Summer: Sprint 4G LTE Expands Into 22 New Cities

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the availability of its all-new 4G LTE network in 22 new cities, just in time for the official start of summer. Customers in “hotspots” such as Miami, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., are now able to download videos, access the Internet and send photos with greater speed and reliability thanks to the power of Sprint 4G LTE.



Ooredoo launches 4G network to provide ultra-fast mobile broadband in Qatar

Press-release, via LTE Depot. Nokia Siemens Networks has provided a complete radio and core network infrastructure

Ooredoo has launched ultra-fast 4G mobile broadband services with data speeds up to three to six times faster than 3G for its customers in Doha. Nokia Siemens Networks as the sole supplier built the complete LTE (long term evolution) radio and core network for the operator.

“Mobile broadband use in Qatar is growing at a dramatic pace and so is subscriber demand for faster mobile broadband,” said Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo. “With the support of our long-standing partner Nokia Siemens Networks, our LTE network delivers truly satisfying super-fast 4G services for bandwidth hungry customers in today’s data-dominated world.”

“With our LTE infrastructure, Ooredoo’s LTE network raises the bar for data services in the country and the operator can keep pace with the surge in smartphone adoption and bandwidth-intensive applications and services,” said Qais Esrawee, head of sub-region, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Nokia Siemens Networks’ radio network platform saves not only energy and space with its compact nature, but also capital costs for Ooredoo, as our radio access network is future-proof and runs 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE) services concurrently on the same platform.”

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks as the sole supplier provided its Single RAN (radio access network) based on its award-winning, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. In addition, the company provided its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (network server), Flexi NG (network gateway), and Liquid Core based SGSN (serving GPRS support node). Nokia Siemens Networks’ voice call solution Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB)* has enabled Ooredoo’s 4G customers to make voice calls using either the operator’s GSM or 3G networks while enjoying text messaging (SMS) and data services through the LTE network. At a later stage, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) will be introduced allowing Ooredoo’s 4G customers to make voice calls without having to fall back to GSM or 3G networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks also upgraded its NetAct network management system for consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimization of Ooredoo’s GSM, 3G and LTE networks. In order to provide the most secure LTE network without any degradation in throughput, Nokia Siemens Networks supplied its 3GPP LTE security solution. The company also provided its network implementation services for a smooth and rapid rollout. It will continue to maintain the high quality of the LTE network for Ooredoo with its care services.

Source: http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/ooredoo-launches-4g-network-to-provide-ultra-fast-mobile-broadband-in-qatar

More about Ooredoo (Qtel), Qatar https://sites.google.com/site/ltedepot/home/country/quatar/qtel-quatar


Verizon Wireless Expands Its 4G LTE Network In Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Press-release, via LTE Depot. 

Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network.

Verizon Wireless customers in more portions of Huntingdon County can now experience the speed and capabilities offered by the nation’s largest 4G LTE network with the company’s expansion of 4G LTE in the area.

The north and northeast portions of Raystown Lake, and;
The southeast portion of the county including the borough of Orbisonia.

For street-level detail of coverage and more, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE.

The growth of the company’s 4G LTE network has enabled innovative solutions that consumers and businesses across Pennsylvania and the country take advantage of in their daily lives. These solutions include everything from LTE-connected cars to healthcare solutions for monitoring patients remotely.

With the continued rollout of its 4G LTE network, Verizon Wireless is maintaining its excellence in customer service and continuing to offer its customers consistently reliable 4G LTE speeds. A recent survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates determined that not only were 4G LTE customers happier with their experience than 3G customers, but Verizon Wireless scored above the regional average in all six regions surveyed and ranked highest among major U.S. wireless service providers in five regions.

“With our 4G LTE network, customers can take advantage of the speeds offered by our 4G LTE devices and the innovative solutions that leverage 4G LTE technology to enhance connectivity,” said Mark Frazier, president-Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia, Verizon Wireless. “We were the first to bring 4G LTE to Pennsylvania. As we continue to expand and enhance our 4G LTE network, our customers will be able to see, firsthand, the innovations that are being brought to market through 4G LTE technology.”

As of today, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available to 287 million people in 491 markets across the nation, covering more than 95 percent of Verizon’s current 3G network footprint.


TELUS’ 4G LTE wireless service launches in Saskatchewan

Regina and Saskatoon now home to the fastest wireless technology in the world

Regina/Saskatoon, SK, 2013-04-11, press-release via LTE Depot – TELUS today announced it is offering service on Canada’s largest 4G LTE network to customers in Regina and Saskatoon. Now even more customers in Saskatchewan can experience dramatically faster downloads when surfing the web, reading emails or getting the latest chart topping music and social media sites.

“Already enjoying Saskatchewan’s largest 4G network, we are pleased to welcome residents of Regina and Saskatoon to our 4G LTE wireless network service, which now covers more than 24 million Canadians across the country,” said Brent Johnston, vice-president, TELUS Mobility Solutions. “TELUS is committed to putting customers in Saskatchewan first by providing the best service, the fastest wireless technology available in the world today and the latest devices to keep connected while on the go.”

TELUS’ blazing fast 4G LTE service now covers more than 70 per cent of the Canadian population across approximately 170 markets. TELUS will launch its 4G LTE service in other regions of Saskatchewan in the coming months.

4G LTE is the new global standard for wireless technology with most new handsets built to take advantage of its superior speed with manufacturers’ rated peak download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 10 to 15 Mbps.  TELUS customers can already experience the full capabilities of TELUS’ 4G LTE network service on  popular devices such as the BlackBerry Z10, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Rugby LTE, Samsung ATIV S, LG Optimus G, HTC One X+, and the Huawei E397 4G LTE Mobile Internet Key and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE.

For the best possible wireless experience, TELUS also recently launched the TELUS Network Experience app which gives customers an easy way to report any network issues while on-the-go right from their mobile device. Customers can download the TELUS Network Experience (TNE) application for free through app stores on 4G phones including Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. TNE will be available on BlackBerry Z10 devices in the coming months.

4G LTE is the latest evolution in TELUS’ wireless network technology plan made possible by the 2009 launch of its coast-to-coast 4G HSPA wireless network service. Today this network reaches more than 97 per cent of Canadians. The 4G HSPA network in Saskatchewan covers 99 per cent of the province’s population. Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $30 billion to bring Canadians some of the most advanced wireless networks in the world.

Putting Customers First:
Additionally, TELUS is putting customers first and embracing new ideas to make the TELUS experience even better. By listening to customers, TELUS has not only launched Canada’s first network experience mobile application to report network issues, it has also eliminated activation fees and dramatically simplified its entire fee schedule. This builds on a series of improvements where TELUS has also eliminated carrier 911 and system access fees on all its Clear and Simple rate plans; reduced bill shock with Flex Data Plans, Data Notifications and travel roaming packages; added Caller ID and Voicemail as standard on all TELUS rate plans; simplified device pricing with Anytime Upgrades; and revolutionized mobility contracts by introducing a Device Balance instead of a contract termination fee. Plus starting April 17, TELUS customers can get a one-to-one or group learning session at select TELUS stores in Saskatchewan to learn how to get the most out of their new device.

TELUS is committed to the community in Saskatchewan and every customer helps us give where we live. When customers activate a new smartphone with TELUS, good things happen. For every new smartphone activated on the TELUS network by August 7, 2013, we will give $25 to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, up to a maximum donation of $100,000. Since the Phones for Good campaign began in 2011, TELUS has given more than $2 million to 20 local community projects across Canada.

For more information on TELUS 4G LTE or to sign up for network coverage updates, please visit: telusmobility.com/4GLTE or check out our coverage map at: www.telusmobility.com/coverage.

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than 13.1 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 678,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.


Vodafone Australia speeds up: changes - plan LTE 1800

Vodafone speeds up: changes
  • A network capable of the fastest 4G speeds in 5 capital city areas of Australia
  • 2,000 additional sites this year enhancing coverage 
  • On-shoring customer contact against industry trends 
  • Direct action against bill shock
Monday, 8 April, 2013, рress-release, via LTE-Depot. In the latest move toward earning back customers’ trust, Vodafone CEO, Bill

Morrow, today outlined further network improvements and, thanks to an industry-leading spectrum
position, announced the pending arrival of what will potentially be Australia’s fastest 4G network
across 5 capital cities.

Vodafone customers will be invited to join the company’s 4G network from June, with speeds capable
of exceeding what’s already on offer to Australian mobile consumers.

Outlining a staged roll-out to major metropolitan centres of Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, Wollongong, Newcastle and the Gold Coast, the new 4G service builds on the 3G and 3G+ network upgrades that have occurred over the past two years, showing speeds in test conditions of
downloads and streaming up to 15 times the average speed of the Vodafone 3G network of 1Mbps.

Morrow said customer feedback regarding a 4G service underpinned by a strong 3G service has guided Vodafone’s network build. “Our customers have said they want faster speeds, more coverage, and a dependable network,” he said.

“Our 3G+ and 4G technology provides them with the speed, and we will be adding nearly 2,000 additional sites this year to improve coverage for our customers where they need it most.

“We’ve picked up the pace and are sprinting to meet the current and future needs of our customers.

We are proud to be able to deliver our customers Australia’s fastest 4G network in metro areas backed by a solid 3G+ experience,” said Morrow.

Morrow detailed the raft of changes Vodafone has made to its business and its consumer offering in the past two years, articulating a vision for the future that is designed to win the hearts and minds of Australian mobile consumers.


Source: http://www.vodafone.com.au/doc/VodafoneSpeedsUpChanges.pdf
More about Vodafone Australia: https://sites.google.com/site/ltedepot/home/country/australia/vodafone-4g


GSA Evolution to LTE report: 163 commercial networks launched; 415 operators investing in LTE

This latest update of the GSA Evolution to LTE report confirms 361 firm LTE network deployments are planned or in progress in 114 countries, including 163 networks which are commercially launched in 67 countries. MVNOs are excluded. Multi-band networks are counted as one network.

A further 54 operators in 10 additional countries are engaged in pre-commercial LTE technology pilot trials, tests or studies.

Taken together, it means that 415 operators in 124 countries are now investing in LTE.

Market outlook: GSA forecasts there will be 248 commercial LTE networks in 87 countries by end 2013.

LTE is the fastest developing mobile system technology ever and is now mainstream. The total number of LTE subscriptions reached 68.33 million in Q4 2012.

74 operators have launched commercial LTE1800 (band 3) systems in 43 countries either as a single band system, or as part of a multi-band deployment. 1800 MHz is the most widely used band for LTE deployments globally. LTE1800 serves millions of subscribers (Q4 2012 = 14.27 million) on over 45% of commercially launched LTE networks today.

The next most widely used band for LTE deployments is 2.6 GHz (50 networks i.e. over 30% of networks in service).

15 LTE TDD systems are commercially launched (within the total of 163 commercial networks) including 6 that are deployed in combined LTE FDD and TDD operations.

The Evolution to LTE report, which covers both FDD and TDD modes, is researched and published by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), and provides a concise update of the business drivers, objectives and targets for LTE - Long Term Evolution and the evolved packet system, standardized by 3GPP and now in commercial service and mainstream, including network operator commitments and deployment/launch plans, trials, the growing eco-system including device and platforms availability, spectrum requirements and developments, 3GPP standardization activities including LTE Advanced, and more.

Published April 7, 2013, by GSA, via LTE-Depot


Number of LTE commercial networks worldwide: https://sites.google.com/site/ltedepot/home/country 


Meilenstein beim 4G/LTE-Ausbau: 159 Orte erschlossen

Press-release, via LTE Depot: Seit November 2012 surfen Swisscom-Kunden mit Hochgeschwindigkeit auf dem ersten Schweizer 4G/LTE-Netz. Seither hat Swisscom den Ausbau forciert. Aktuell verfügt gut jeder dritte Schweizer über 4G/LTE-Empfang. „Schon über 300‘000 Kunden sind auf unserem schnellen 4G/LTE-Netz unterwegs. Sie profitieren von deutlich höheren Kapazitäten, mehr Tempo und kürzeren Reaktionszeiten“, so Heinz Herren, Leiter Netz & IT bei Swisscom.

Vergangenen November ist Swisscom als erste und bisher einzige Schweizer Anbieterin mit der neuen Mobilfunkgeneration 4G/LTE in 26 Städten und Gemeinden gestartet. In nur vier Monaten hat Swisscom nun über 120 weitere Orte erschlossen und deckt damit 35 Prozent der Bevölkerung in urbanen und ländlichen Gebieten ab. Rund 300‘000 Swisscom Kunden nutzen bereits ein 4G/LTE-fähiges Smartphone und profitieren direkt von den höheren Kapazitäten, mehr Tempo und den kürzeren Reaktionszeiten des neuen Netzes. Bis Ende Jahr will Swisscom über 70 Prozent der Schweizer Bevölkerung das mobile Surfen auf dem 4G/LTE-Netz ermöglichen. Swisscom sieht vor, im Rahmen der jährlichen Budgets bis ins Jahr 2017 insgesamt rund CHF 1.5 Milliarden Schweizer Franken ins Mobilfunknetz zu investieren.

Breite Auswahl an 4G/LTE-Smartphones

Seit dem Launch des neuen Mobilfunknetzes ist das Sortiment an 4G/LTE-fähigen Smartphones bei Swisscom laufend gewachsen. Neu hinzugekommen sind das Blackberry Z10, HTC One, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 820, Sony Xperia Z sowie das iPad mini und iPad mit Retina Display. Das Samsung Galaxy S4 kann schon heute vorbestellt werden. Voraussichtlich Ende April halten es Kunden in ihren Händen. Fast jeder zweite Smartphone-Kunde entscheidet sich heute für ein 4G/LTE-fähiges Gerät und surft damit schneller mobil im Internet. Mit Natel infinity XL sind sogar bis zu 100 Mbit/s möglich.


SK Telecom Expands its LTE Auto Roaming Service

Press-release SK Telecom, 28.03.2013, via LTE Depot.
  • Scheduled to launch LTE auto roaming service in the Philippines on 1 April 2013 under partnership with Globe
  • Aims to expand LTE roaming service throughout the world after launching LTE devices that function in four different frequency bands in the second quarter of 2013
SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) today announced that it, together with Globe Telecom, a telecommunications company in the Philippines, will begin offering LTE auto roaming service on 1 April 2013. This follows the company's previous LTE roaming service launches in Hong Kong (1 June 2012) and Singapore (1 March 2013) under partnership with CSL and SingTel, respectively.

The commercialization of LTE auto roaming service with Globe (the Philippines) and SingTel (Singapore) follows a consensus among members of the Bridge Alliance (BA) that LTE data roaming takes an important role in the future direction of next-generation roaming services, thus calling for strategic partnerships between carriers around the world. With successful LTE roaming service launches under cooperation with CSL, SingTel and Globe, SK Telecom is strongly positioning itself as the center of cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.

Moreover, SK Telecom plans to launch LTE devices that can function in four different frequency bands – i.e. 850MHz, 1.8GHz, 2.1GHz and 2.6GHz - within the second quarter of this year. These devices carry a great meaning as they mark the first Korean LTE device that can operate in 2.6GHz band, which is chosen by most mobile carriers across the world for LTE service. With these devices, customers will be able to enjoy LTE service in other countries just like they do in Korea.

Kim Young-Sup, Senior Vice President and Head of Collaboration Marketing Office at SK Telecom said, "As the first company in the world to commercialize LTE roaming, SK Telecom is committed to enhancing customer experience through seamless global LTE auto roaming. Going forward, SK Telecom will expand its strategic partnerships with mobile carriers across the globe, while also focusing on enriching the line-up of devices that function in multiple frequency bands."


EE 4G live in 50 towns and cities just five months after launch

Major milestone reached as 50% of the UK population now covered by the country’s first and only 4G mobile network. By the end of June, EE is committed to launching 4G in another 30 towns and cities, bringing the total to 80. On the 4G EE network, customers are seeing average speeds of more than 16Mbps and peak speeds of 50mbp. Customers have access to a wide range of mobile handsets, tablets and dongles, including iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE, iPad mini, Huawei Mobile Wi-Fi, Blackberry Z10, and the newly launched HTC One, all available from EE stores now. 


Ambient Corporation’s Smart Grid Nodes Certified For The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

Ambient Corporation (AMBT), provider of a secure, flexible, and scalable communications and applications platform, today announced that all of the Ambient Smart Grid® Node family is now certified on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. For the first time, a high-speed, high-bandwidth communications network is now available to connect mission-critical utility and M2M smart grid applications.

Read more: http://www.dailymarkets.com/stock/2013/03/18/ambient-corporations-smart-grid-nodes-certified-for-the-verizon-wireless-4g-lte-network/

NSN Signs Contract For LTE CSFB With Polkomtel

Nokia Siemens Networks, the wireless network joint venture of Nokia Corp. (NOK) and Siemens AG (SI), Wednesday said it has signed a contract with Polish operator Polkomtel S.A. to implement a CSFB technology to offer voice services with 4G LTE devices. 

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/03/20/nsn-signs-contract-for-lte-voice-service-with-polkomtel/

Market Research Report -- Public Safety LTE Market to Follow a CAGR of 80% to 2017

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - Mar 20, 2013) - MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of the market research report "Public Safety LTE & Mobile Broadband Market: 2012 - 2017" to their product offering.
According to a recent report from Signals and Systems (SNS) Telecom, investments in the U.S and the Middle East will drive the Public Safety LTE market for future growth. The market which is expected to be worth $11 Billion annually in 2017 will see its installed base of private LTE base stations (or eNodeBs) grow from 5,000 in 2013 to nearly 80,000 in 2017. 


GSA confirms 821 LTE user devices announced by 97 manufacturers

474 new LTE user devices were announced in the past year. Smartphones remain the largest LTE device category with 4 times as many products released compared to the landscape in April 2012. LTE connected tablets is another fast growing segment.

The underlying research by GSA for the report considered devices that are designed to operate on the FDD and/or TDD modes of the LTE system and their main characteristics, and identified the fallback technologies included for when subscribers move outside LTE coverage (i.e. access to HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSPA+, EV-DO, or TD-SCDMA systems). 562 LTE devices can operate on HSPA networks, including 259 products that incorporate 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+ capabilities, while 215 LTE devices can also operate on EV-DO systems.

Most of the 821 LTE devices operate in the FDD mode. However, 166 devices can operate using the LTE TDD mode, with band 38 (2.6 GHz) and band 40 (2.3 GHz) having the largest number. LTE TDD devices are available in all form factors including smartphones, dongles, routers, portable hotspots, embedded modules, and mobile tablets. In the report GSA calls on semiconductor and device manufacturers to support the many operators who are deploying or planning LTE TDD systems in globally available 3.5 GHz spectrum (bands 42, 43) to ensure a good choice and timely availability of user devices.

GSA recently confirmed that 1800 MHz (band 3) is the most widely used spectrum for LTE networks in commercial service, followed by 2600 MHz (band 7) and 800 MHz (band 20). The frequency band support in LTE devices aligns with this trend (several products support more than one band):

2600 MHz = 280 devices
1800 MHz = 233 devices
800 MHz = 207 devices

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA said: “A user with a dual band 1800/2600 MHz LTE FDD device could potentially use it on around 100 LTE networks in more than 55 countries i.e. 83% of markets where LTE service is commercially available today.”

Source: http://www.gsacom.com/news/gsa_374.php

Jamaica. LTE. The Government plans to auction two telecommunications licences by July.

Approval for operators in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band will pave the way for the roll-out of 4G technology, such as Long Term Evolution (LTE), while the requirements demand that networks or services be deployed across 90 per cent of the country within five years. 


Spanish cable operator ‘R’ trials innovative 4G services in Galicia using LTE solution from Alcatel-Lucent

Press-release, via LTE Depot. Region steps closer to 4G connectivity for residential users in urban and rural environments as well as for hotspots in hotels and convention centers

Madrid, Spain, March 14, 2013 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), and Spanish cable operator Rhave conducted a trial of 4G technology advancing a further step for next generation entertainment and communication services such as on demand video, catch up TV and nomadic internet connectivity.

Licensed for 4G spectrum at 2.6GHz with 10Mhz bandwidth in 2011, R is analysing the full potential of new technologies to maximise its customer offer with this investment. Via groundbreaking LTE technology, Alcatel-Lucent is working with R to test the suitability of LTE in urban and semi-rural areas, for providing services such as business VPN and Internet access, residential fixed wireless access and wholesale connectivity services such as backhaul to mobile network operators.

Key facts:
Providing LTE coverage in three areas of Galicia with FDD and TDD macro cells.
End user field testing has achieved a solid 50Mbps download speeds as well as a consistent experience for nomadic and mobile users
Alcatel-Lucent’s IP solutions capabilities for optimizing infrastructure shared by mobile and business networks were also tested


Arturo Dopico, CEO, R said: “R has always embraced new technologies to provide innovative services with the guarantee of fiber quality. The trial with Alcatel-Lucent shows how LTE can be used along with other technologies to usher in a full array of services to homes and public spaces like hotels and conference or shopping centers - from TV everywhere to high-speed Internet and new entertainment and communications services.”

Roque Lozano, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent Spain said: “Alcatel-Lucent has deep-rooted expertise in delivering latest technology solutions to meet the needs of cable operators across the globe. By working closely with R we have been able to verify LTE as a viable technology in the different business models that many service providers are contemplating.”

About R

R, the Galician fibre optic communications operator, has been deploying its own network in Galicia for more than a decade, offering businesses and homes advanced communications services including telephone, high speed Internet, multi-channel interactive digital television – services where R is leader in the areas where it can compete – as well as mobile telephony . R is today present in 90 Galician council areas where it has more than 305,000 customers, and has invested 900 million Euros so far in this project for Galicia.

For more information www.mundo-r.com 

CPqD inaugura laboratório de teste e medição para tecnologia LTE


Pre-Launch Details of T-Mobile's New LTE Network



Ooredoo Announces 4G LTE Commercial Launch for April

Ooredoo is First Qatar Operator to Deliver 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Network, Enabling Customers to Stream High-Bandwidth Content and Transfer Large Files

13-03-2013, Doha, Qatar, press-release via LTE Depot.

Ooredoo will be Qatar’s first operator to commercially launch the ultrafast 4G Long –Term-Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network in April.

The 4G LTE network will deliver speeds that are three-to-six times faster than the current 3G network and will offer the best penetration in the Arabian Gulf. Customers will be able to easily stream high-bandwidth content like HD video on their mobile phones, and to transfer large files through 4G USB modems and MiFi devices.

Ooredoo is launching the 4G LTE network in response to strong customer demand, demonstrating the increased emphasis on data in modern communications and the country’s desire for cutting-edge technology. More details on pricing and network availability will be made at the announcement in April.
For the past several months, hundreds of Ooredoo customers have been participating in one of the region’s largest tests of the 4G LTE network. Thanks to customers’ feedback Ooredoo has been able to refine the network to provide the best possible user experience.

Waleed Al-Sayed, COO, Ooredoo: “Being the first operator in Qatar to commercially launch the ultrafast 4G LTE mobile broadband network in April is part of the spirit of the Ooredoo brand. We know what our customers want and we’re delivering it to them in the best way possible. We thank ictQatar for providing us with the spectrum for the 4G LTE network and our customers for their feedback during the trial period. We are confident that the 4G LTE network will not only enhance our customers’ daily lives, but also boost Qatar’s knowledge-based economy.”

Ooredoo will launch the 4G LTE network starting in Doha, where it has already installed 100 antennas, including at popular destinations such as The Pearl, Katara, West Bay, the Corniche and Sealine Beach Resort. Ooredoo will roll-out the network to the rest of the country in phases.

Customers will need to make sure that their mobile devices are compatible with the 4G LTE network, which runs on the 800 Mhz and 2,600 Mhz bandwidth frequencies. Ooredoo is in discussion with vendors to ensure that there will be affordable 4G LTE-enabled mobile devices in stock for April.

The 4G LTE network is part of Ooredoo’s strategy in delivering across-the-board network enhancements. During 2013, Ooredoo has been enhancing indoor and outdoor network coverage, including enhancing 3G network capacity and improving coverage in high-rise buildings.

Ooredoo’s 4G LTE network complements its Ooredoo Fibre service, which delivers home broadband Internet and the Next Generation Mozaic TV service. Ooredoo Fibre has been activated in more than 36,000 homes, and has passed another 131,000 home for later activation.

Source: http://www.ooredoo.qa/en/PR_OOREDOO_PRESS_BRIEF?CSRT=13637024258403880481


More about Ooredoo: https://sites.google.com/site/ltedepot/home/country/quatar/qtel-quatar

Tele2 pradėjo teikti 4G ryšio paslaugas

Press-release via LTE-depot, Vilnius, 2013 m. kovo 18 d. Telekomunikacijų bendrovė „Tele2“ pradėjo teikti 4G ryšio paslaugas. Naujos kartos spartusis mobilusis internetas startavo Alytuje, Jonavoje, Marijampolėje, Mažeikiuose ir Utenoje.
Populiarindama naujas paslaugas, „Tele2” klientams pirmuosiuose 4G miestuose neribos siunčiamų duomenų kiekio ir taikys palankią kainodarą.

„Daug 4G ryšio paslaugų teikimo patirties „Tele2” sukaupė Švedijoje, kur buvome vieni 4G pionierių pasaulyje. Dabar šią patirtį pritaikome Lietuvoje. Penkiuose miestuose, kur pradedame teikti 4G paslaugas, mobilųjį internetą siūlysime už mažą kainą, kad visi galėtų išbandyti“, – sakė Petras Masiulis, „Tele2“ generalinis direktorius.

Alytaus, Jonavos, Marijampolės, Mažeikių ir Utenos gyventojai rinkdamiesi mokėjimo planą mokės ne už parsiunčiamų duomenų kiekį, o už pageidaujamą greitį – 1, 2 arba 5 megabitus per sekundę (Mb/s). Tokia sparta bus pakankama net ir filmų peržiūrai internete realiu laiku.

4G mobilusis internetas, priklausomai nuo pasirinktos spartos, kainuos atitinkamai 19, 29 arba 49 litus per mėnesį.

Neribotai internetu naudotis vartotojai 6 mėn. galės visur, kur veikia „Tele2” 4G ryšys. Vėliau tokiomis pat sąlygomis jie galės naršyti savo namų zonoje pasirinktu adresu, o už jos ribų per mėnesį galės nemokamai išnaršyti 3 GB/mėn.

Galimybę teikti 4G ryšio, grįsto LTE technologija, paslaugas „Tele2” gavo prieš metus laimėjusi Ryšių reguliavimo tarnybos (RRT) konkursą dėl teisės naudotis 2,6 Ghz dažnių ruožu.

Ruošdamasi 4G startui, bendrovė modernizavo savo tinklo įrangą ir bazines stotis. „Tele2” penkiuose miestuose įrengė 20 4G ryšio bazinių stočių.

Švedijoje „Tele2“ 4G ryšio tinklą pradėjo kurti viena pirmųjų pasaulyje ir šias paslaugas siūlo nuo 2010 metų. Praėjusiais metais bendrovė pirmoji iš Europos mobiliojo ryšio operatorių pradėjo prekiauti 4G tinkluose veikiančiais išmaniaisiais telefonais. „Tele2” 4G ryšiu Švedijoje jau gali naudotis 99 proc. gyventojų.

Estijoje 4G licenciją „Tele2” laimėjo 2010 m. pabaigoje ir prieš kelis mėnesius pradėjo teikti paslaugas. Latvijoje licencija laimėta 2012 m. sausį, šiuo metu ryšys testuojamas.

Bendrovės „RAIT“ 2012 m. gruodžio mėn. atliktos apklausos duomenimis, „Tele2“ yra populiariausias ir labiausiai rekomenduojamas operatorius Lietuvoje. Beveik pusė apklausos dalyvių teigė, kad naudojasi „Tele2“ paslaugomis.

Tarptautinės personalo vertinimo metodikų ir tyrimų bendrovės „Profiles International“ tyrime „Tele2“ pripažinta 2012 m. produktyviausia IT ir telekomunikacijų sektoriaus bendrove Baltijos šalyse, o investicinio banko „GILD Bankers“ sudarytame vertingiausių Lietuvos bendrovių sąraše „Tele2“ paskelbta vertingiausia šalies mobiliojo ryšio bendrove.

Source: http://www.tele2.lt/tele2_pradejo_teikti_4G_rysio_paslaugas.html


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Ericsson and STMicroelectronics agree on strategic way forward for ST-Ericsson

Press-release, via LTE-Depot. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) today announced an agreement on the way forward for the joint venture (JV) ST-Ericsson. As communicated by the parent companies in December 2012, both have been working together toward a strategic solution for the JV. After months of intensive joint work, the parent companies have selected the strategic option which maximizes their respective future prospects and growth plans.

The main steps agreed upon to split up the JV are the following:

  • Ericsson will take on the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem products, including 2G, 3G and 4G multimode
  • ST will take on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode thin modems, and related business as well as certain assembly and test facilities
  • Starting the close down of the remaining parts of ST-Ericsson

The formal transfer of the relevant parts of ST-Ericsson to the parent companies is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals.

After the split up it is proposed that Ericsson will assume approximately 1,800 employees and contractors, with the largest concentrations in Sweden, Germany, India and China.

It is also proposed that ST will assume approximately 950 employees, primarily in France and in Italy, to support ongoing business and new products development within ST.

Today, it is also announced that Carlo Ferro is appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of ST-Ericsson, effective April 1, 2013. Ferro is currently Chief Operating Officer of ST-Ericsson and succeeds Didier Lamouche who, as previously announced, will pursue opportunities outside the company. Ferro will lead the work in securing both business continuity of ST-Ericsson and effective completion of the transition phase.

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson and Chairman of the Board of Directors, ST-Ericsson said: "I welcome Carlo Ferro as the new President and CEO of ST-Ericsson. Carlo has over twenty years of experience in the semiconductor industry and a strong track record in driving and managing complex transformation projects. He has been a contributor to the solid progress ST-Ericsson has made the past year in terms of strategy execution and significantly lowering the breakeven point."

"Ericsson continues to believe that the thin modems hold a strategic value to the wireless industry. With this move Ericsson will create a highly focused "thin modem only" operation - an area in which both parents have invested significant amounts to establish industry leading technology and Intellectual Property," said Hans Vestberg. "Initial customer contacts give support to the belief that our modems will meet the requirements of the manufacturers in the rapidly growing smartphone and tablet market."

As previously communicated, Ericsson has made provisions of SEK -3.3 b. in 2012 which will cover costs related to the implementation of the strategic option. Once the multimode thin modem business has been fully integrated into Ericsson in Q4 the operation will be reported as a standalone segment. Our current best estimate is that it will generate operating losses of approximately SEK 0.5 b. in Q4, 2013, primarily related to R&D expenses.

The thin modem technology developed within ST-Ericsson has evolved into a unique architecture for low power, highly integrated multimode multi-band modems covering GSM/GPRS/EDGE, TD-SCDMA, HSPA+, LTE (TDD/FDD), LTE-Advanced, the widest array of frequency bands and a feature set that includes Single RF Chip Carrier Aggregation, VoLTE and IMS.

An LTE/HSPA+/3G/2G modem based on this evolved architecture was recently demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and has received its first global operator certification.

Source: http://www.ericsson.com/news/1685852


LTE market to almost double in 2013

http://www.telecompaper.com/news/lte-market-to-almost-double-in-2013--931248 /Infonetics Research

4G - Refarming 1800 MHz - France

ARCEP authorises Bouygues Telecom to deploy 4G in the 1800 MHz band, starting on 1 October 2013, provided the operator relinquish certain frequencies beforehand

Paris, 14 March 2013

■ In the past, the different frequency bands assigned to mobile services had, for technical reasons, each been dedicated to a specific technology (GSM, UMTS, LTE). Recent technical developments have nevertheless helped lift this constraint. Moreover, the massive increase in demand for spectrum for mobile telephony, particularly as the mobile internet’s development accelerates, has made it vital to optimize the use of radio frequencies. One of the ways to achieve this will be technology-neutral spectrum.

It is within this environment that European and French legislation have provided for the implementation of technological neutrality. It will come into force by 25 May 2016 at the latest, but operators can ask permission to do so earlier.

■ In a letter dated 19 July 2012, Bouygues Telecom sought ARCEP’s permission to operate a fourth-generation (4G) ultra high-speed mobile network based on LTE technology, using its spectrum in the 1800 MHz band – on which only GSM (2G) systems are permitted today.

ARCEP examined this request, by virtue of the provisions of Article 59 of the Order of 24 August 2011. The Authority was therefore required to investigate:

- whether there was a reason – among those listed in Article L.42 of the French Postal and electronic communications code (CPCE) – which made it “necessary” to continue to restrict this band to GSM technology;

- whether ARCEP needed to “take appropriate measures to ensure equality between operators and the conditions for effective competition”.

To this end, ARCEP engaged in a transparent process in concert with stakeholders, which included meetings, a public consultation and a series of meetings with all of the interested parties. Once this work was complete, on 12 March 2013 ARCEP published a set of recommendations on the method to follow for introducing technological neutrality in the 1800 MHz band. The purpose of this document is to give the affected players a clear view of the terms under which requests will be investigated, and to guarantee that scarce spectrum resources will be properly distributed once the entire band is open to 4G systems. Lastly, ARCEP today adopted its decision in response to the request from Bouygues Telecom.

■ The investigation led ARCEP to conclude that there was no reason, among those listed in CPCE Article L.42, which made it “necessary” for the terms of Bouygues Telecom’s 1800 MHz band licence to continue to restrict its use of the band to GSM technology – provided that, in light of current spectrum assignments, a more balanced allocation of the 1800 MHz band be performed, in the name of “measures to ensure equality between operators and the conditions for effective competition”.

Particularly relevant is the fact that, under these conditions, any advantage that Bouygues Telecom might enjoy from the premature lifting of this technological restriction, would not be so great, either in scope or duration, that it would distort competition in the mobile market. On the contrary, this move is expected to create an incentive for all operators to take advantage of the spectrum licences they acquired to develop ultra high-speed mobile systems, by accelerating their rollouts and introducing innovative services. Moreover, the investigation did not conclude that the permission given to Bouygues Telecom would compromise jobs, investments or competitiveness in the electronic communications sector as a whole.

■ As a result, should it chose to do so, Bouygues Telecom will be able to reuse the 1800 MHz for technologies other than GSM, starting on 1 October 2013, provided it relinquish some of its spectrum, as detailed below.

By 1 October 2013 at the latest, the operator’s spectrum holdings in the 1800 MHz band must be reduced to below or equal to a duplex block of 23.8 MHz, in other words the same quantity of spectrum that the firms Orange France and SFR currently own in the whole of Metropolitan France.

In addition, by virtue of the provisions of Article 59 of the Order of 24 August 2011, Bouygues Telecom must have handed back additional spectrum in the 1800 MHz band by 25 May 2016, such that it will own only a duplex block of 20 MHz. The premature lifting of the restriction that Bouygues Telecom requested also requires the operator to pass through an intermediate stage – whose timetable, which is set by this decision, will vary depending on the area in question – during which it will only have a duplex block of 21.6 MHz.

Furthermore, the fees attached to the ability to use these frequencies in a technology-neutral fashion will be set by decree at a later date.

In accordance with the applicable regulation, Bouygues Telecom has been informed of the new licensing terms for the 1800 MHz band, set by today’s ARCEP decision. Bouygues Telecom may retract its request in the month following this notification, in which case the terms of its licence will remain unchanged. Otherwise, the Decision of 5 November 2009, authorising the Bouygues Telecom to employ spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands will be amended in accordance with the decision published today.

■ Operators SFR and Orange may also, at any time, request that their 1800 MHz band licences be extended to include 4G.

Lastly, operator Free Mobile, which does not have any 1800 MHz band spectrum may, upon request, be allocated available frequencies in this band, as part of the process to allow more balanced access to the spectrum, in the name of “appropriate measures to ensure equality between operators and the conditions for effective competition”.

Linked documents

Decision (French version)
Responses to public consultation (French version)
Summary of the public consultation (French version)

Source: http://www.arcep.fr/index.php?id=8571&L=1&tx_gsactualite_pi1%5Buid%5D=1594&tx_gsactualite_pi1%5Bannee%5D=&tx_gsactualite_pi1%5Btheme%5D=&tx_gsactualite_pi1%5Bmotscle%5D=&tx_gsactualite_pi1%5BbackID%5D=26&cHash=d3772b404a0d0b95962698b0020f321e

Bouygues Telecom
1800 MHz band


Peter Carson, Marketing Director Qualcomm “We have RF solution ready to global LTE phone arrives”

Alexey Boyko, LTE Depot: Feb.21 Qualcomm announced its new RF transceiver chip - the WTR1625L and front end RF solution RF360 integrates every RF component - universal power amplifier, antenna switch, envelope power tracker, dynamic antenna tuner and the industry’s first 3D-RF packaging (RF POP). Why it is so cool, if we like to support multiple 3G/4G LTE bands and modes with the single chip?

PC: WTR1625L can tune to any of the 40 band that are currently defined by 3GPP for 2G, 3G and 4G. In terms of number of simultaneous bands we are not disclosing that number, but it is roughly twice as we can do with our previous transceiver.

In modern smartphones the bulk of volume is occupied by battery. There is antenna which could be on the right side. There are processor, memory, graphic chips, camera module... What is left - is the small area in the corner for RF end. Normally there is RF chip and discrete components. Even if you like to support maximum number of simultaneous RF bands in a transceiver an OEM typically can’t do that because they can not fit power amplifiers, antenna switch, duplexers, LNAs - all that discrete components. They run out of space. It is big problem everybody is complaining about. Because there is 30 bands in LTE and 10 in 2G/3G.

So what we did? We came up with front end solution that takes the antenna switch and a power amplifier across 2G, 3G and 4G - single PA for the three standards, multiband, and antenna switch integrated in IC mass. And that chip gets packaged in the bottom part of our RF POP solution. On top we put the duplexers and SAW filters - first time in RF world! All components, PA, antenna switch, duplexers, SAW filters integrated into RF POP reduced area you need on PCB by 50%. Now you can add to the platform more discrete elements if you need for example maximize number of RF bands supported. And you can now develop an LTE global phone.

AB: If we like to develop LTE global phone we need to develop global transceiver first? Would it be an issue?

PC: Not really, especially with the WTR1625L which to support carrier aggregation with a significant expansion in the number of active RF bands. And also support GPS, GLONASS and Beidou geo positioning systems. The limitation has always been board area in a smartphone.

WTR1625L based on the same process - 65 nm, and it has the same footprint as the previous transceiver, but twice the number of bands. And there is also a wafer scale package - smaller than traditional plastic packaging. Package size is the die size (chip size).

AB: The new chips are great, but what about time to market thing? We did see before that it can be some delays between announce and the arrival of the chip to the market. Like with modem MDM9225 which was announced long time ago and we still does not see mass products.

PC: MDM9225 was announced much earlier than we normally announce products. We only start development at the time of its announce. This is probably will never happen again. That was an unusual situation. RF360 is already sampling, when we announced it. And we expect commercial products with the new transceiver and new front end in the 2H2013.

AB: You did not expect any delays with it commercial availability?

PC: There is so many modern technologies coming together. In fact in each chip we have unique “industry first” achievement. And because of it we want to make sure everything is validated. For example we already validated envelope tracking in lab testing and now we are in a process of field trials. We are confident in that chips. That is why we wait with their announces with an idea to deliver product on time.

AB: What do you think about competitor’s activity in the field?

PC: I think we are by far biggest lead on the practical implementation of the real solution which can be true global LTE. And our competitors now struggling to catch up with delivering their first Cat.3 products. Couple of them announced Cat.4, but they even does not delivered commercial Cat.3 products. What I want to ask when I see such announces - show me the product!

And that is not an issue... If you like to support Cat.3 or Cat.4... If you look to about hundred of operators that deployed LTE all over the world. It is only about 10% of them has 2x20 MHz band of spectrum. And to get Cat.4 work with high peak rate you need carrier aggregation. And it is big complexity in a modem and on the RF-side. We were first to demonstrate carrier aggregation on a real chip - MDM9225 and it was integrated into handset chip MSM8974 Snapdragon 800. We have two chips already demonstrating carrier aggregation. And one of them is already in commercial product, there is MiFi router based on it. And Ericsson use it within their commercial infrastructure. This is key enabling features. Not enough to say “I have Cat.4 chips in our pockets”. To serve most global markets you need carrier aggregation. And our solution is even more important for the carrier aggregation because you now can multiply number of bands by two and to have combinations of bands suitable for carrier aggregation. The complexity really start to grow. And you still stack with that tiny little board area to fit all the band support for carrier aggregation. That is why it is really critical that our solution save about 50% of board area - now you have space to support carrier aggregation and global LTE in the same time in a smartphone.

AB: If we will see Apple iPhone with you solution soon?

PC: You have to talk to OEM with that question. That is OEM, who decide what bands to support. The OEM is actually use our baseband, they can use our solution for the front end or they can still use discretes. It is their choice. If you like to maximize number of supported band you will take our solution to spare board space and add more discretes to support maximum bands.

AB: You told that now OEM can have twice as much band as it was. Is it enough to develop smartphones which we can call global because of the choice of the bands they support?

PC: Yes. Such phone can support, for example full set of local 2G/3G/LTE bands and at least on roaming LTE band, like LTE1800. Today in North America you have like 5 LTE bands (for Asia it will be 5 or six set). You can do 1 core design for this markets and add 1 roaming band support for the rest of the world. Then you can ship this phone and it would work about all over the world.

AB: If the level of competition in LTE modems / application processors is increasing? Icera, Nvidia, HighSilicon make competition taff? What do you think about Tegra 4 specifically?

PC: I can not comment about our volume or the market share, but I can say if that specific product is so good... They claim to use programmable architecture. The first device they produced with LTE was Cat.2. To my knowledge, among 100 LTE operators worldwide there is no operators, who ask for anything less then Cat.3. Their previous platform was based on dual carrier 42 Mbit/s, it is very close to Cat.2 with its 50 Mbit/s. If the platform is truly scalable and programmable why do they not to jump to Cat.3? And the other question is about new product they announced, well, where is the commercial product? Show me please commercial product if you have it! With Cat.4. And what about carrier aggregation support? In case you can’t support aggregation, Cat.4 is mostly useless in 80% networks in the world. At least in terms if you like to get maximum data rates.

We got third generation of LTE product - Cat.4 + carrier aggregation which we demonstrate now.

Anyone who claim he have product you can ask to show those functionality. And ask to show you the voice support - SCFB across 2G and 3G and VoLTE.

We got VoLTE demos here on MWC, we commercialized voice support - 10 different voice modes: dual-carrier (1x + LTE), CSFB for GSM, CSFB for UMTS, CSFB for 1x, VoLTE single mode, VoLTE with SRVCC to GSM, VoLTE with SRVCC to UMTS,... - all this modes are commercial.

AB: ST Ericsson with it’s new NovaThor chip and Intel? If you expect strong competition from that companies?

PC: We have healthy respect for the competition, we always paranoid about competition. Issue is from the time of 3G arrival standards are keep moving forward and getting more and more complex. List of features which you need to support as a minimum keeps piling up. It looks great on paper when you hear “Hey, I am catching up!” But reality is - we have had several year and several generations of product. testing every feature, checking the interoperability. This is the foundation of standards today. If you want to compete, you need to go same way from the day one. You can not just to support compatibility with LTE, you need to support 2G and 3G as well. All the voice support as I mention. And the complexity keeps growing. It is not just growing data rates, it is more and more services, like LTE Broadcast. VoLTE is a very complicated feature, now we are talking about HD voice, presence, video telephony. List of features to continue growing up fast. And if you are talking about Cat. 4 support, that is expecting that you product support anything else as well. And you have to have very robust optimized performance in which we perfecting over the years. Each generation of the product we got an improvements. LTE broadcast - we got product, made trials and demonstrations. We keep making enhancements, we expect first launches at the end of the year or next year. VoLTE is already commercial. CSFB is commercial for two years. Performance is getting better and better. So it is not about to say - I can support 100 Mbit/s rate.

I fully expect some of the competitors, quite a few of them will have products to announce. Not all delivering their promises. And as the result they will be some consolidation on the market.

If we talk about one of the competitors you mention earlier - it is quick, but it is quick and dirty. Ny definition of “quick and dirty” is - you support most of the features, but you forgot about power consumption, heat - such a product able to work as Cat.4, but will be very very hot. We test such product - it can’t support data rate when it gets hot.

And we know that their active power consumption is more than double comparing with our MDM9x15, and consumption in standby mode is 4.5 times higher! If you don’t care of such thing, you can claim you have product. Even if they declare that product as commercial, that is not commercial quality. That is what I mean as “quick and dirty”.

AB: Can we expect, lets say any revolution in power consumption of the LTE chips?

PC: Energy consumption is the hard problem for all LTE products. But when we did competitive testing in that area we found our big advantage - active mode power, standby power... For 3G we had time to optimize hardware implementation and have much better results in compare with software defined platform based on general architecture. You can’t optimize it for power consumption. You can only optimize for one process mode. What we have done - we kept in custom silicon the functions that are more power and space efficient, like decoders, and other functions we left in firmware. We got 30% of active power reduction with the processes 25 nm and 28 nm. We were the first with the commercial implementation connected DRX feature (discontinuous reception) for LTE when you stay in connected mode, but stop transmitting and receiving. That is 30% reduction of active power consumption as well. And active mode is most important, because people use their devices much more than few years ago. So battery tense begin to dominate now by active receiving. Just few years ago it was standby power domination. There are many more things we did to improve power consumption - some of them small steps but a lot of them. For examle DRX feature. When you use DRX for VoLTE to save power it is even harder because you only have 40 ms to ramp up you power amplifier and shut it off. You have to perfect this things. And it takes enormous amount of efforts, very sophisticated algorithms, system level interaction. We got all the pieces ready to create such a solution, we did optimize it all together. And when we integrate it into the single chip as we did with our MSM Snapdragon products we got power advantage. The other place is not just to integrate the modem because you need to have less inter chip communications we also integrate WiFi, baseband, BT, so we remove one addition chip as well.

AB: You prefer to keep use only Silicon in you chips? Or you have plan to use gallium arsenide?

PC: We don’t plan to use gallium arsenide in our power amplifier. We compensate that performance with our end-to-end system, that’s controlled by the modem. This PA in this product is actually Si mass based. And the reason is that we have cheaper solution, than those which is based on GaAs. We use envelope tracking and entire system optimization. The modem actually keeps feed PA with the control information for the envelope tracking. It is technology close to ideal - we can use modem information to dynamically change voltage in real time to the exact data envelope. There is no wasting energy technology. And by this we can reduce power consumption from the amplifier by 30%. And of course heat dissipation problem solved as well. Si mass PA is much more practical to manufacture.

Wataniya Telecom network upgrade to boost subscriber services

  • Deal to upgrade the 2G and 3G radio access network will enable Kuwait's Wataniya Telecom to meet the increased demand for mobile data
  • Wataniya Telecom subscribers will benefit from higher connectivity speeds and enriched multimedia services
  • With the new contract - which represents the largest Ericsson has signed to date in Kuwait - Ericsson will expand its relationship with Wataniya Telecom

Wataniya Telecom, Kuwait's leading mobile telecommunications operator and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced an agreement that will see Ericsson transform Wataniya Telecom's network with an upgraded radio access network. This will allow higher network speeds and meet the growing demand for 3G services and strengthen the ongoing partnership between the two.

The transformation will also accelerate the delivery of rich, advanced voice, data and multimedia services to its subscribers and prepare the network for future mobile-data growth created by the strong uptake of smartphones and other handheld data-enabled devices.

Bassam Hannoun, CEO, Wataniya Telecom, said: "Wataniya has always been a customer-driven company that provides product and service excellence. We have also been a driving force in mobile penetration growth in Kuwait and are always looking for innovative ways to enhance our subscribers' experience. Ericsson is a long standing and trusted partner for Wataniya and we are certain that together we will continue to offer the best possible customer experience to our subscribers."

With the new contract - which represents the largest Ericsson has signed to date in Kuwait - the company will expand its relationship with Wataniya Telecom by transforming existing 2G and 3G networks, as well as adding WCDMA/HSPA capability on 900MHz and LTE capability on the 1800MHz band.

Anders Lindblad, President of Ericsson Region Middle East, said: "By transforming the network with Ericsson's latest technology and innovation, Wataniya is demonstrating how simple it is for operators to upgrade their existing infrastructure effectively, while continuing to deliver the best customer experience. This latest cooperation strengthens our partnership with Wataniya Telecom and enables us to work together towards the development of a networked society in Kuwait."

Under this contract, Ericsson will also provide optimization services, O&M support services, spare parts management, customer support and training.

Ericsson has established a successful relationship with Wataniya Telecom over the past few years, as the operator has worked with the company on a number of partnerships. These include a network-wide upgrade to the company's GSM infrastructure and an upgrade to the telecom operator's charging and billing system.

TELUS’ 4G LTE wireless service launches in Woodstock

Woodstock, ON, 2013.03.13 via LTE-Depot – TELUS today announced it is offering service on Canada’s largest 4G LTE network to customers in Woodstock. This expansion of TELUS’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service means that even more customers in Southwestern Ontario can experience dramatically faster download speeds when surfing the web, reading emails or getting the latest chart topping music.

TELUS’ 4G LTE service now covers nearly 70 per cent of the Canadian population. Recently, TELUS launched its 4G LTE service in other Southwestern Ontario regions including Windsor, Leamington and Brantford.

“Whether it’s on our latest smartphone like the BlackBerry Z10, a tablet or wireless Internet key, more than 24 million Canadian customers in communities like Woodstock are now covered by our blazing fast 4G LTE wireless network,” said Darryl Hutton, director of sales, TELUS. “For the best possible wireless experience we’ve also recently launched our TELUS Network Experience app which gives our customers an easy way to report any network issues while on-the-go right from their mobile device.”

Customers can download the TELUS Network Experience (TNE) application for free through app stores on 4G devices including Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. TNE will be available on BlackBerry Z10 devices in the coming months.

4G LTE is rapidly emerging as the new standard for wireless technology around the world, with most new handsets built to take advantage of its superior speed. TELUS customers can already experience the full capabilities of TELUS’ 4G LTE network on tablets, wireless Internet keys or popular devices such as the BlackBerry Z10, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Rugby LTE, Samsung ATIV S, LG Optimus G, HTC One X+, Huawei E397 4G LTE Mobile Internet Key and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE.

TELUS’ 4G LTE network supports manufacturers’ rated peak download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 12 to 25 Mbps. This means downloading a 600 megabyte album of songs with a 4G LTE-capable device will take only three and a half to seven minutes and a 1.2 GB HD movie from iTunes will take between seven and 14 minutes. Importantly, if TELUS customers travel outside of 4G LTE network coverage areas, they will move seamlessly from 4G LTE to the existing 4G HSPA network with no disruption of service.

4G LTE is the latest evolution in TELUS’ wireless network technology plan made possible by the 2009 launch of its coast-to-coast 4G HSPA wireless network service. Today this network reaches more than 97 per cent of Canadians. Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $30 billion to bring Canadians some of the most advanced wireless networks in the world.

Additionally, TELUS is putting customers first and embracing new ideas to make the TELUS experience even better. By listening to customers, TELUS has not only launched Canada’s first network experience mobile application to report network issues, it has also eliminated activation fees and dramatically simplified its entire fee schedule. This builds on a series of improvements where TELUS has also eliminated carrier 911 and system access fees on all its Clear and Simple rate plans; reduced bill shock with Flex Data Plans, Data Notifications and travel roaming packages; added Caller ID and Voicemail as standard on all TELUS rate plans; simplified device pricing with Anytime Upgrades; and revolutionized mobility contracts by introducing a Device Balance instead of a contract termination fee.

For more information on TELUS 4G LTE, please visit: telusmobility.com/4GLTE or check out our coverage map at: www.telusmobility.com/coverage.

Source:  http://about.telus.com/community/english/news_centre/news_releases/blog/2013/03/13/telus-4g-lte-wireless-service-launches-in-woodstock