Tue, Dec


  • 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.

  • 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.