• Polkomtel taps NEC for backhaul upgrade

    Polkomtel is undertaking a three-year refresh of its 3G backhaul network. The network upgrade will lay the ground for Polkomtel's LTE backhaul requirements.

  • Huawei and T-Mobile claim successful eSRVCC VoLTE call

    T-Mobile Austria and Huawei Austria have demonstrated VoLTE call continuity using the Enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) specification as outlined in 3GPP Release 10. eSRVCC is designed to speed up handover times for calls between LTE and 3G.

  • Telenor Norway turns on LTE in 11 cities

    Telenor has turned on LTE networks in 11 cities and towns in Norway. The operator said more than one in three Norwegians would have LTE coverage from Telenor by the end of the year. Berit Sevndsen, Telenor Norwway CEO, said the LTE rollout "marks the start of a new mobile fairy tale."

    The cities being lit up today are Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Lørenskog, Sandnes, Lillestrøm, Asker, Bærum, Lofthus in Hardanger and Longyearbyen. By the end of the year Fredrikstad, Sarpsborg, Skien, Porsgrunn, Drammen and Kristiansand will also be covered. After this an extension programme will continue until the whole of Norway is covered. Tromsø will be covered in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Ericsson and Qualcomm make TD-LTE voice advance

    Circuit-Switch Fallback (CSFB) is a mechanism currently used to provide voice services to LTE devices, by signalling an LTE device to "fall back" to the 2/3G network to make or receive a voice call. It has been used in LTE FDD devices and networks, but now Ericsson has said it has become the first to demonstrate voice fallback for LTE TDD (TD-LTE) .

  • VoLTE vs. VoIP: how operators can exploit the potential difference

    Service platform provider OpenCloud is writing two articles for Mobile Europe on the opportunities and challenges of voice in LTE networks. This first one outlines the basic issue - that OTT players have more opportunity to grab market share in LTE, given the better latencies and higher capacities of LTE. But it also argues that there are still advantages for operators, such as service ubiquity, and their background in offering value added voice services. 

  • NSN to make series of major product and service announcements


    Networks, CEM and Services all get enhancements

    Nokia Siemens Networks will introduce a range of new product, service launches and enhancements through October. The launches span radio network equipment and software, CEM software and managed services capability.

    Mobile Europe can reveal that the launch schedule, and there are likely to be more details on the given launch dates, looks like this:

  • LTE1800 a fifth the cost of 2.6GHz: Deutsche Telekom


    Rival operators who suspect EE has gained a significant advantage over its rivals by deploying LTE in 1800MHz spectrum may have had their fears confirmed by a senior network economist at Deutsche Telekom (DT).

    David Haszledine, Network Economics Manager at DT, told Avren Events' HetNet conference that rolling out an LTE network in 1800MHz spectrum could be a quarter or a fifth as cheap as achieving the same network in 2.6GHz spectrum.

  • DragonWave demonstrates high speed microwave backhaul

    Trials first 2048QAM product in live operator network

    Dragonwave has said that its 2048 QAM radios, launched in May 2012, have demonstrated a three times increase in capacity in a live operator demonstration.

    Three microwave links in Intertelecom's test bed network in Odessa, Ukraine, have been equipped with the 2048QAM radios. DragonWave said that the field test has demonstrated the radios' ability to transport up to 37% more data through existing microwave channels. Through a combination of the 2048QAM modulation, dual channel operation and DragonWave's Bandwidth Accelerator feature, the test also achieved a threefold increase in capacity to more than 1.3 Gbps.

  • SFR to launch LTE and DC-HSPA, plus shared data plans

    Starts on road to shared data plan with multi-SIM offer

    SFR has announced that it will launch commerical LTE services in Lyon on November 28. There will be a "range of devices" available with rates based on new Dual Carrier HSPA tariffs announced today (see below).

    As well as the LTE launch in Lyon, by the end of the year SFR also wants to have 60% of the population coverage with Dual Carrier (DC) HSPA - the version of HSPA that offers a theoretical maximum of 42Mbps.

  • SK Telecom, Ericsson and Altair develop LTE TD-FDD handover

    SK Telecomhas announced that it has developed technology to allow handover between TD and FDD LTE duplexes within a single device — leading the way to dual-mode LTE devices based on a single modem chipset.

    It says that in partnership with Ericsson and Altair Semiconductor it has developed a two-way handover technology that supports both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) LTE and Time Division Duplex (TDD) LTE - two different modes of the LTE technology standard - in one device, and successfully demonstrated the technology in a moving vehicle.

  • How the iPhone 5 illustrates the RF complexity facing device vendors

    The iPhone 5 has, as you will probably know, been released in three flavours of spectrum support. You might be wondering why device manufacturers don't just fling in a whole load of RF front ends to cover all possible combinations. The answer, of course, is power and space. Here, Nujira's CMO Jeremy Hendy takes a look at the iPhone 5's likely internal RF (Radio Frequency) and PA (power amplifier) structure, and gives a good explanation as to the decisions a designer like Apple faces when it decides which spectrum bands to include. Nujira is a developer of the "envelope tracking" technology Hendy mentions.

    Hendy writes:

  • Which European operators could have the iPhone 5 on LTE?

    The haves of LTE1800 in Europe

    You may have noticed that Apple launched a new version of its phone yesterday. One of the key aspects of the phone was its support for LTE. The most notable element for the European audience is that of three key LTE bands in Europe, only one is currently supported - LTE1800MHz.

  • Video accounts for 85% of Voda Germany LTE traffic

    The bit that doesn't make money uses 85% of the capacity

    Vodafone Germany’s network is “morphing into a video network” according to its CEO, Jens Schulte-Bockum, speaking to an audience at the QualcommIQ event in Berlin.

    Schulte-Bockum said that although there were many advantages to LTE, the operator is finding that 85% of the network traffic is video traffic.

  • Innovation Qualcomm: network technology demos

    Qualcomm has partners, journalists and analysts in Berlin for its IQ event. There are a number of network-related demos, featuring LTE-A, LTE Broadcast, femtocells and UMTS Direct demos. I've briefly summarised a few of them here.

    Fractional UMTS
    The first one I saw was on Fractional UMTS - F-UMTS - a method of squeezing UMTS into half of a "normal" 5MHz channel, by reducing the baseband chip rate (Mcps).

  • MTS launches LTE TDD in Moscow Region

    LTE in 96% of Moscow territory by end of 2012

    Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)MBT has announced the commercial launch of Russia’s first TDD (time division duplexing) LTE network in Moscow and the Moscow region.

    On September 01, 2012, MTS initiated 4G coverage over most of Moscow and 40 population centers in the Moscow region. The network enables speeds of up to 100 MB/s.

  • Hi3G deploys CSFB for LTE voice with Mavenir Systems

    Hi3G Access AB (Hi3G) Sweden has selected Mavenir Systems to support delivery of Circuit Switch Fallback (CSFB) for its LTE users. 

    Circuit Switch Fallback (CSFB) enables circuit-switched voice and SMS services to be delivered to LTE handsets so they "fall back" to the 3G network to complete voice calls. With CSFB, Hi3G can support LTE-enabled smartphones for voice and SMS.

  • ip.access says LTE small cell now with five customers

    ip.access has shipped an LTE-only version of its E-100 dual mode access point to five customers for laboratory and field trials. The company described this as an important staging point in the process of moving towards full commercial deployments and said that the shipments represent the company’s first LTE product shipments.

    Announcing the shipments, ip.access CEO Simon Brown said, “Customer interest has been strong in the E-100 and we have invested in accelerating the programme in order to meet that demand.

    "Indeed, our commitment to increased R&D into understanding and delivering on all the end-to-end requirements of the developing small cell network layer – from access points to network gateways and management systems – is now paying dividends; gaining recognition and support from network operators, system integrators, our partners and the industry in general.”

    The E-100 is a small cell Access Point targeted for use in enterprises and public indoor environments. The device will provide simultaneous 4G and 3G mobile phone signals with data speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 42 Mbps respectively and will also be able to support WiFi as an optional module.

    ip.access founder and CTO Nick Johnson said: “Small cells will have a vital role to play in delivering LTE's promise of high-speed data for the mass-market and the E-100 will allow operators to quickly deploy that capacity exactly where it is needed.”

    The E-100 will be integrated into ip.access' nanoConverge end-to-end small cell solution architecture, allowing operators to deploy the E-100 alongside the company's existing 3G small cells using the same gateways and network management system.

  • Huawei's Small Data Packet Storm solution

    Huawei steps into mobile signalling storm with "Small Data Packet Storm" solution

    Huawei has said it can help operators double the number of simultaneously connected subscribers on a network by taking steps to mitigate a network effect it has termed the "Small Data Packet Storm".

  • Polkomtel and Aero2 to expand LTE coverage

    Ericsson to supply WCDMA and LTE infrastructure for operators Polkomtel and Aero 2


    • Agreement also covers modernization of the core network and services including deployment, integration and support services for three years
    • Upgrade to meet mobile broadband growth and increased demand for data services in Poland

    Operators Polkomtel and Aero2 have chosen Ericsson to supply WCDMA and LTE infrastructure in Poland. Under the agreement, Ericsson will also provide a range of services including design, deployment, integration and support for the upgraded mobile broadband network for a period of three years, followed by an automatic extension for an indefinite period.

    The upgrades will allow for expanded WCDMA and LTE coverage in northern and western Poland.

    Wojciech Pytel, Board Member of Polkomtel, said, "Ericsson is a long-term partner of Polkomtel and we are glad to have signed this new agreement. Together we will meet our customers' expectations for high-quality interactive mobile broadband services in Poland."

    Emil Nilsson, Vice President for Central Europe, Ericsson, said, "We are both pleased and proud to be selected to further build on our existing relationship with such a leading operator as Polkomtel. Ericsson has been present in Poland for over 100 years, supporting and enabling the introduction of the most advanced Ericsson technology in the country. This first LTE contract reiterates our commitment to the Polish market.

    Ericsson has been a partner of Polkomtel's since 2002, providing and implementing GSM and WCDMA networks, as well as microwave transmission, IP and packet core solutions.

    The radio solutions provided under the terms of this agreement will enhance coverage, capacity and throughput for customers of Polkomtel and Aero2.

  • ZNYX, Adax and Aricent deliver LTE core solution

    Collaboration Integrates ZNYX Ultra5 ZX2000 Mid-Size Solution Enabling Platform with Adax PacketRunner and PacketAMC, and Aricent EPC Lite for Process Intensive Telecom Applications
    ZNYX has announced a collaboration with Adax to offer the LTE market a mid-size AdvancedTCA (ATCA) LTE Core solution based on Aricent's EPC Lite framework. Thieintegrated solution is intended to enable OEMs, system integrators and application developers to create highly available solutions adapted to specific environments.
    Designed to support a new class of integrated high-density platforms, the ZNYX Ultra5 ZX2000 offers the ideal foundation for demanding applications like LTE EPC that require high performance, reliability and scalability. The ZX2000 enables the highest revenue-generating blade capacity of any 5U platform available. With six payload slots for 10G ATCA 3.1 blades, the ZX2000 offers a significant increase over the four slots provided in standard 5U chassis.  A single ZX2000 5U platform can easily support up to 200,000 active and idle LTE users.  This breakthrough design delivers 50% more payload capacity in a 5U form factor.
    “Our vision when creating the ZX2000 was to invent a ‘right sized’ platform that capitalises on our technological expertise,” said Connie Austin, president and CEO, ZNYX Networks.  “With the additional payload slots, the Ultra5 mid-size platform delivers the benefits and compatibility of ATCA systems with an unmatched revenue generating potential.”
    This new collaboration integrates EPC Lite on the Adax PacketRunner (APR) and PacketAMC (PktAMC) in the ZX2000 to provide an LTE core solution in a 5U footprint.  The result is the industry’s most scalable, cost-effective, multi-purpose LTE core network solution in one tightly coupled resource.
    “Working with ZNYX enables Adax to deliver a complete, pre-integrated solution platform that allows our customers to concentrate on their core application,” said Drew Sproul, director of marketing, Adax Inc. “ZNYX OpenArchitect switch management software, as well as the 6-slot payload capabilities of the ZX2000 versus the 4-slot payload that other industry players offer, truly sets the platform apart from the competition.”
    The ZX2000 delivers a fully redundant platform with high availability, energy efficiency and ATCA compliant features and functionality.  Featuring OpenArchitect switch management software, the ZX2000 provides continuous “five 9s” or better operation.  OpenArchitect offers the fastest failover performance possible in packet-switched networks, which enables automatic, rapid re-convergence of the network.  
    “With increasing data intensive applications and severe network congestion, LTE equipment manufacturers and integrators need easy to use solutions that deliver maximum performance,” added Pratyush Dasgupta, vice president of engineering, Aricent Group.  “Integrating the ZX2000 with Adax PacketRunner and PacketAMC with the Aricent EPC Lite application extends our partnership with Adax and our reach in the LTE EPC market.  We are excited to leverage Adax’s scalable network processing platform, and simplify application developers’ lives by providing a complete solution-ready platform.”