Tue, Dec


  • 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).

  • 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.