Tue, Jun


  • Wireless vendor Anite has announced the commercial release of its LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation (CA) testing solution for mobile network operators and network infrastructure vendors.
    CA refers to the process of increasing the transmission bandwidths over those that can be supported by a single carrier or channel by utilising more than one carrier or channel that might be located in many different spectrum bands.
  • Growth in the small cells market is not happening as fast as expected, a new report has claimed.

    Infonetics’ latest Small Cell Equipment survey shows that the small cell market will grow at a 48 percent compound annual growth rate, to  1.77 billion, from 2012 to 2017.

    In the same survey last year, however, the research firm predicted that the market would grow at a 73 percent CAGR.

  • Orange is extending its wholesale arm with the launch of a new 4G LTE signalling service aimed at challenging BICS’ established hold on the European operator IPX market.
    The France-based operator said its new Multiservice IP eXchange (IPX) network will provide a Diameter-based LTE signalling service that will enable operators to provide end users with improved QoE (quality of experience) on 4G LTE networks while roaming outside their home country.
  • Alcatel-Lucent has extended its portfolio of packet microwave solutions with a new ETSI-optimised system that claims to offer an eight-fold increase in capacity in a third of the footprint over long distances.
    The 9500 MPR long-haul system builds on the vendor’s 9500 MPR solution, which augments IP/MPLS and optical transport networks by meeting demand for network connectivity where fibre is too difficult or costly to deploy.
  • 3G air interface standard Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA) continued to be the biggest driver of the mobile broadband market in the second quarter of the year, according to new research.
    The “3G and 4G Mobile Broadband Devices and Subscribers” report by Infonetics found that demand for 3G USB broadband dongles is still healthy from enterprises in developed countries, although consumers are now looking towards embedded devices.
  • Orange's Moldovan subsidiary has signed a deal with network and subscriber intelligence provider Astellia to help enhance its existing 4G LTE network in Moldova.
    Orange Moldova is considered to be a "pioneer" in 4G within the Orange Group ­— it became the first operator in the world to launch HD voice back in 2009  ­and already provides LTE network coverage to over one million customers. 
  • LTE Diameter signalling traffic is exploding and is expected to grow at more than twice the rate of mobile data traffic by 2017, a new survey has found.
    According to the Oracle Communications LTE Diameter Signalling Index, worldwide LTE Diameter signalling traffic will increase at 140 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 1.2 million messages per second (MPS) in 2012 to nearly 99 million MPS by 2017.
  • Belgacom’s wholesale arm BICS has announced the first intercontinental 4G LTE roaming connection over IPX between operators in Europe, Asia and North America.

    Following the successful establishment of LTE roaming between Europe and Asia in June between Switzerland’s Swisscom and South Korea’s SK Telecom, the two operators have now joined up with Canada’s Rogers Communications to enable roaming between all three countries.

  • As European operators continue to roll out 4G LTE networks, the wider telecoms industry is already thinking ahead about 5G.

    Although there are no confirmed standards for this new technology, the European Commission pledged €50 million in February to fund 5G research and people are starting to outline their vision of a 5G future.

    Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO of Ericsson, says the vendor has spent the last three years working on its vision of 5G and believes that the industry is missing a trick if it chooses to focus on fast speeds as the key benefit of this next gen technology.

  • Russian mobile operator Scartel, parent of Yota, has selected Japan-based vendor NEC to supply the first LTE microcell base stations in Russia, which will be used to provide commercial services.

    In order to speed up 4G LTE roll outs, Russian mobile operators are using Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) technology, which enables multiple operators to provide services while sharing the same base station.

  • From today, EE will no longer hold the monopoly on 4G LTE services in the UK, as rivals Vodafone and Telefónica O2 finally switch on their 4G networks.

    Vodafone and Telefónica have a long-standing RAN-sharing agreement in the UK, which they agreed to extend in June 2012 to create a single national grid providing 2G, 3G and 4G services.

  • LTE roll outs are gathering pace as devices come on stream and operators invest in VoIP and next generation IMS solutions.

    According to new data from the Global mobile Suppliers Associations (GSA), there are now 202 commercially launched networks in 77 countries.

  • Ericsson and Australian operator Telstra have announced the first commercial trial of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology on 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum bands.

    LTE Carrier Aggregation enables operators to make the most of their existing spectrum assets by combining multiple spectrum bands to enable higher mobile broadband download speeds.

  • Vodafone broke its silence about 4G LTE network plans in the UK on Wednesday, surprising analysts by focusing on content rather than coverage and network speeds.

    The announcement comes almost a week after rival O2 (Telefónica UK) announced its plans to launch 4G in three cities, reaching up to five million people initially, with a plan to increase coverage to cover an additional two million per month thereafter.

  • The European Commission has published a new study showing that people in Europe love Wi-Fi, and strongly recommends that extra spectrum be made available to meet the increasing rise in demand.

    According to the EC’s “Study on impact of traffic off-loading and related technological trends on the demand for wireless broadband spectrum” report, 71 percent of all EU wireless traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi, and is expected to rise to 78 percent by 2016.

  • Turkcell claims to have successfully achieved mobile internet speeds of around 900 Mbps during a test of LTE-Advanced network technology in Istanbul.

    The Turkish operator carried out what is widely regarded to be the first LTE test conducted in Turkey in 2009 when it demonstrated a speed of 170 Mbps over a 4G LTE network in a laboratory environment with Ericsson.

  • The UK will finally get its second 4G LTE network later this month after O2 announced its launch plans, following Ofcom’s completion of releasing large sections of Freeview digital frequencies for 4G services.

    O2 plans to launch its 4G network on 29 August in London, Leeds and Bradford, reaching up to five million people, with a plan to provide 4G to an additional two million people each month thereafter.

  • Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration to develop next generation small cells base stations to enhance 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi networks.

    The two vendors said they are keen to accelerate the adoption of small cells, which can ease mobile data traffic congestion on wireless networks, particularly in urban areas, shopping malls and other enterprise venues.

  • There are 194 mobile operators who have launched commercial 4G LTE networks in 75 countries, to date.

    According to the new “Evolution to LTE” report by the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), LTE is the fastest developing mobile system technology ever, with 107 4G LTE networks launching commercial services in the last year.

  • Engineers from three UK universities and the London Centre for Nanotechnology have teamed up to research unlocking the last unexploited region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

    University College of London, Cambridge University, Leeds University and the London Centre of Nanotechnology (a joint venture between UCL and Imperial College London) have been granted a £6.5 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to unlock underused terahertz (THz) spectrum.