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  • Virgin Media Business is to provide Telefónica UK with mobile backhaul to boost the capacity on its 4G LTE network, which is being rolled out this summer.

    O2’s base stations will be connected to Virgin Media Business’ fibre network so that the Telefónica subsidiary will be able to offer faster mobile data speeds of 1Gbps between the cell site and its aggregation network.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has ruled that mobile operators can now re-use their 2G and 3G spectrum bands in order to provide faster mobile broadband speeds.

    All licences in each of the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands are now liberalised, permitting the use of 4G LTE technology, as well as increasing the maximum permitted power in the 900 MHz licences by 3 decibels.

  • Mobile operators are widely agreeing that additional radio spectrum will be required in the UK by 2025 and a "call to action" is necessary, according to a new report.

    According to the “UK Radio Spectrum Report” by EcrossH Ltd for Huawei, work needs to start now in identifying new sources of spectrum to meet the projected growth of mobile data services.

  • Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Russia’s leading mobile phone operator has signed a new agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to build and roll out 4G LTE networks in Moscow using the LTE-FDD standard.

    MTS previously worked with NSN in 2012 to deploy its LTE-TDD network, which runs on the 2600 MHz and 800 MHz frequency bands.

  • EE has made a bold move today with its launch of Cash on Tap, a new app-based service allowing subscribers to make contactless NFC mobile payments via their smartphones.

    In partnership with MasterCard, EE, currently the only operator in the UK with a commercial 4G LTE network, is seeking to broaden its reach by launching a host of new services, including the ability to use NFC-enabled handsets to tap and pay at contactless POS terminals in-store (Read: NFC mobile wallet services live in 13 countries, infrastructure on the way).

  • Standards need to come into force to enable Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications to be carried across 4G LTE at the same price point as it currently transmits over 2G GSM networks, according to Vodafone.

    During the Future of Wireless International Conference on Monday, Vodafone presented a session on “Making LTE fit for the Internet of Things (IoT)”, where it examined the technical and economic challenges that remain as M2M applications start to mature.

  •                      At the LTE World Summit 2013 this week, one of the hot topics was LTE roaming and the myriad technical, operational and strategic issues that need to be solved in order for operators to offer enhanced mobile broadband services.

    Victoria Nikiforova Foley, LTE Business Development Manager at Vodafone Roaming Services, set the scene: “This year, we’re talking about 10 billion megabytes of usage in Europe generated by roamers, and that’s projected to go up to 17 billion within four years,” she said.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks is claiming to have broken a new record by recording 56Mbps peak upload throughput on a TD-LTE network.

    NSN used multiple antenna technology paired with a commercial 4G base station and a single 20 MHz carrier on a test network in China.

  • Operators shared perspectives on where they wish to go with 4G LTE at the start of the LTE World Summit 2013 this morning in Amsterdam, with content concerns very much to the fore.

    Erik Hoving, Chief Strategy, Innovation & Technology Officer at KPN, for example, outlined how the roll out of its 4G LTE network has evolved since it launched one and a half years ago.

  • Telenor Global Services has signed up Oracle’s Tekelec diameter signaling router to support international network roaming for data and 4G services.

    Diameter signaling messages are growing rapidly as data usage increases, requiring advanced signaling technology to properly manage network traffic.

  • The global mobile infrastructure market is stalling despite the increase in demand for LTE infrastructure, according to the latest figures.

    In the first three months of this year, sales of 2G/3G/4G equipment have fallen by nine percent on Q4 2012 and two percent year-on-year to €6.3 billion, Infonetics Research reports.

  • Samsung has launched a tablet that offers users a choice of operating systems as it looks for the next big innovation in devices.

    The ATIV Q is a convertible tablet with the ability to change modes – it can function as either a notebook PC or as a tablet.

    Running on Windows 8 and Android Jellybean 4.2.2, PC users can access Android apps via Google Play, and transfer or share files and folders from Windows 8 to Android.

  • Popular LTE-ready handsets, such as the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SII and SIII, and the Apple iPad 3 tablet, now account for 35 percent of all 3G data traffic in mature European markets, according to new research.

    RAN analytics provider Actix said that as operators across Europe follow their Asian and US counterparts in rolling out 4G LTE networks this year, tech-savvy subscribers keen on a “super fast” data experience are ready and increasingly eager to switch to LTE services.

  • Austrian operator A1 Telekom Austria has conducted a successful demonstration of LTE Advanced aggregation using base station technology provided by Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks, as the operator prepares to bring ultra-fast mobile broadband to the home of the edelweiss.

    A1 has already made the first development stage of the LTE standard available over the last two years, enabling its subscribers to enjoy data speeds of up to 150Mbps per cell.

  •                                          At a press briefing announcing that it has reached the 500,000 customer mark for its 4G LTE services, UK operator EE poured scorn onto its competitors’ efforts to roll out the next gen technology and hinted about expanding its network to cover major transport routes.

    EE’s director of network integration and LTE Mansoor Hanif said that while EE respects its competition, he had doubts that other operators realise how hard it is to successfully roll out 4G LTE services in the UK.

  • RAN analytics vendor Actix is recommending that operators should take a new approach and issue network traffic reports to subscribers in order to ease congestion and boost customer satisfaction rates.

    In a statement, Actix claimed that in most major cities, 45,000 voice calls are generated per square kilometre and 800,000 3G data connections are made each day.

  • Qualcomm Atheros has announced an integrated 3G/4G LTE small cells processor portfolio designed for pico, metro and enterprise small cells, as part of a big push into the network infrastructure market.

    The vendor’s new FSM99xx portfolio features 28 nanometre chipsets and software designed to support operators’ concurrent 3G and 4G networks, dual carrier 4G with carrier aggregation, as well as hosting advanced Wi-Fi capabilities.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks is collaborating with MediaTek to help operators to reduce the spectral capacity required on GSM networks when refarming spectrum to LTE and WCDMA.

    Specifically, the two companies are implementing Orthogonal Sub-Channel (OSC) support for Voice services over Adaptive Multi-user channels on One Slot (VAMOS) handsets.

  • The carrier-grade Wi-Fi market is growing rapidly, according to new research, with global spending on Wi-Fi equipment forecast to hit €3 billion by 2017 as operators ramp up Wi-Fi deployments to offload data traffic.

    Infonetics Research is reporting that carrier-grade Wi-Fi equipment revenue, which includes Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi hotspot controllers, increased by 53 percent between 2011 to 2012.

  • T-Mobile Austria has selected MYCOM to help it expand its 4G LTE network.
    Specifically, the operator will use MYCOM’s NIMS-PrOptima solution, which is designed to provide end-to-end performance management of mobile networks, including 2G/3G/4G LTE radio access, packet switching and circuit switching networks.
    While rival Telekom Austria launched its 4G LTE network in February, T-Mobile Austria still requires more radio spectrum in order to launch its service, which it hopes to gain during the auction in September this year.