Thu, Jun


  • NSN has launched a new 3D mapping service to aid the deployment of small cells, as well as enhancing its Single RAN Advanced portfolio.

  • Nokia Solutions and Networks has launched a service that can predict potential network outages and beefed up its carrier aggregation (CA) software to enable 450MBps, amid a glut of pre-Mobile World Congress announcements.

  • Telstra and Ericsson have completed the world’s first data session on the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz band using a pre-release 4G LTE smartphone on a commercial mobile network.
    The first call on 700 MHz was made on Telstra’s live network using Ericsson’s new APT 700 radio equipment across two test sites in Australia.

  • Ericsson and Angolan operator Unitel have announced the first commercial trial of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation (CA) technology in Africa.
    The operator transferred data across its live network on both 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands on a number of sites in Luanda.
  • Ericsson said it has achieved 300 Mbps speeds in a test on Telstra’s 4G LTE-Advanced network using Carrier Aggregation.
    The demonstration aggregated 20 MHz bandwidth within the 1800 MHz band and 20 MHz bandwidth within the 2600 MHz band.
  • The arrival of LTE-Advanced handsets in Europe could be a step closer following testing by Anite and Huawei-owned chipset manufacturer HiSilicon.
    UK-based vendor Anite said it had verified Release 10 LTE-A protocols in HiSilicon’s Balong720 chipset, the world’s first LTE Cat6 platform supporting 20 MHz + 20 MHz carrier aggregation (CA).
  • Ofcom has said that it plans to boost the capacity of the UK mobile broadband by more than 25 times by 2030.
    The UK regulator said it has identified a number of new spectrum bands as potential options for future mobile broadband use as part of the launch of a new consultation process.
  • Telefónica Germany has announced the activation of its fastest LTE-Advanced radio cell - capable of achieving data transmission rates of 225Mbps - as well as VoLTE testing with Cat 6 devices.
    The technology has been installed on the Telefónica building at Georg-Brauchle-Ring in Munich.
  • The European Commission has adopted new rules that will allow passengers on-board airplanes flying over the European Union to use 3G and 4G broadband services.

    Previously, only 2G GSM communications were allowed on-board aircraft flying in the EU, but now 3G UMTS on the 2100 MHz spectrum band and 4G-LTE on 1800 MHz spectrum will be allowed above the altitude of 3,000 metres.

  • Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has been selected by Verizon to deploy its 4G-LTE SIM cards that are designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
    G&D’s ruggedised SIM cards are available either as removable plug-in M2M SIMs or as embedded MFF2 M2M SIMs and are designed to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, vibration or high humidity, for use in outdoor meters, automobiles, external security cameras and buoys.
  • Mobile devices subscriptions will reach 9.3 billion by 2019, 5.6 billion of which will be for smartphones, according to new research.
    The latest Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that smartphone subscriptions will triple and smartphone traffic will increase 10 times between 2013 and 2019, reaching 10 Exabytes. 
  • UK operator EE has launched what it claims to be the world’s largest mobile data plan, offering a petabyte (PB) of data.

    The PB plan, according to the operator, is aimed at media, film, entertainment and CCTV security industries that transfer large amounts of data over 4G while on the move.

  • Vodafone is the only operator not to live up to its obligation to provide 3G mobile data coverage to 90 percent of the UK, according to Ofcom.

    The assessment report, which analysed the coverage of all four UK operators, said that three of the four UK mobile network operators, EE, Three and O2, have successfully met the government-set obligation to provide at least 90 percent of the population with 3G coverage.
  • SpiderCloud Wireless has launched a new dual-mode enterprise small cell as its CMO questions whether rivals have what it takes to succeed in this “overhyped” segment.
    The vendor’s new solution features an integrated 3G and LTE baseband system-on-a-chip (SoC), together with software that can control over 100 self-organising and multi-access 3G, Wi-Fi and LTE small cells by using an enterprise’s existing ethernet LAN installation.
  • UK operator EE has today launched what it claims is the world’s fastest 4G network in London’s Tech City.

    The new network will offer up to 300 Mbps speeds using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology provided by Huawei to bring together 20MHz of 1800 MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6 GHz spectrum.

  • Carrier aggregation might be a long way off in Europe, but as some markets begin to mature and operators start looking to acquire more blocks of spectrum for their 4G LTE networks, efficient spectrum utilisation will soon be coming into vogue in Western Europe.

    North America, often a model for European operators to follow, is finally making progress with LTE-Advanced.

  • Nordic operator TeliaSonera has bought 4G LTE licences in Finland for €41.2 million to boost coverage in the country.
    The operator has secured 2 x 10 MHz in the 800 MHz band which is valid for 20 years starting from 2014.
    The first operator in the world to launch a consumer ready LTE service in 2009, TeliaSonera has already built its 4G LTE network on the 1,800 MHz and 2,600 MHz frequency bands and currently covers 40 percent of the population.
  • Virtualising mobile network functions to save costs sounds tempting, but analysts warn that operators will have to foot a €2.5 billion capex bill over the next five years before they will be able to use cheaper cell site equipment.

    According to a new report by Maravedis-Rethink, “Tearing the Network Apart: The Economics of the New RAN to 2018”, a $100 (€72) cell site is possible by 2020, but not until operators have first invested a great deal into LTE RAN equipment, new servers and significant software upgrades.

  • Marlin Equity Partners has announced that it is paying €645 million in cash for Tellabs, the struggling telecoms equipment maker.
    Tellabs, which provides data and traffic management services for network operators, has posted a loss for eleven straight quarters as it struggles against competition from Huawei, Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent.
  • Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) has announced it is working on enhancements in LTE-Advanced, TD-LTE and HetNets by virtualising control of its products into a “telco cloud” environment in a bid to relieve traffic on operator networks.

    The first such product to be modernised is NSN’s Operations Support System (OSS), which will now become NetAct 8 – a virtualised, single OSS for managing radio, core and transport networks – that provides off-the-shelf management of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV).