Tue, Jun


  • Samsung Electronics claims that it has developed the world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology using the millimeter wave Ka bands, which will enable 5G data transmission speeds several hundred times faster than 4G LTE networks.

    5G is the next generation of 4G LTE and will require a broad band of frequencies to enable mobile broadband data speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station.

  • Cloud-based software provider Metaswitch Networks has contributed the initial codebase to Project Clearwater  – a new open source cloud-based IMS initiative that aims to simplify uptake of the network.

    The new solution could solve a problem for those operators that want to offer voice and multimedia services over IP, but feel restricted by having to rent IMS services or invest in an IMS core network.

  • Mobile Europe held its annual Small Cells Roundtable disussion on "The role of small cells in a 4G LTE world" with Alcatel-Lucent on Tuesday, 8 May 2013.

    The panel consisted of specially invited guests from the operator and analyst arena, discussing the impact of current and future developments in the small cells market on the operator business model.

    You can read the comments from the live news blog here.

  • UK regulator Ofcom has announced the first official pilot for white space frequencies in Europe, which it hopes will drive the technology towards a roll out for use by the telecoms industry next year.

    While several big names including Microsoft, Google, Nokia, the BBC, BskyB and BT have performed private trials in Cambridge since 2011, this is the first time that the whole industry has been invited to test devices and services on the spectrum.

  • Outsourcing and consultancy firm Tech Mahindra has acquired the Type Approval Lab in Lund, Sweden, in a bid to expand its device testing presence into Europe.

    Formerly part of Sony Mobile’s internal test function, the lab will provide end-to-end testing solutions which focus on the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), relative standard error (RSE), over the air (OTA), specific absorbtion rate (SAR) and radio frequency (RF) test requirements of OEMs for global markets.

  • Tata Communications has launched an international HD voice termination service platform that aims to help MNOs route international HD calls using end-to-end IP without transcoding.

    The idea is that operators would use the vendor’s platform and leverage its network, which currently offers IP voice interconnections – 26 of which are HD-ready – to 210 mobile operators.

  • Following the announcement of its LTEHaul solution at MWC 2013, Huawei has announced new products which will support software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities will be supported to offer operators a comprehensive solution to traffic congestion, a key problem affecting operators today.

    SDN-based Mobile Backhaul is able to manage the vendor’s ATN910 series cell site routers as a virtual cluster through centralised SDN controllers embedded in new CX600 series aggregation routers.

  • Global SIM unit shipments have increased by six percent over the last year as the overall value of the SIM market has risen.

    According to trade body the SIMalliance, its members’ shipment volumes rose from 4.4 billion in 2011 to 4.6 billion in 2012.


  • Cisco is acquiring LTE femtocell provider Ubiquisys for €242 million in order to strengthen its mobility expertise in delivering intelligent internet networks.

    Ubiquisys makes intelligent 3G and LTE small cells technologies that provide seamless connectivity across mobile heterogeneous networks for operators, such as its Smart Cell 3G/4G/Wi-Fi hotspots (read: Ubiquisys and Saguna team up to launch small cell-based caching solution).

  • The global mobile backhaul market has surpassed €6.2 billion, driven by HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE deployments, while the millimeter wave market is set to double in 2013, fuelled by LTE backhaul.

    According to Infonetics’ latest report, the global macrocell mobile backhaul equipment rose seven percent between 2011 and 2012 to €6.2 billion.

  • Telekom Austria has appointed LTE pioneer Günther Ottendorfer as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at an extraordinary meeting.

    Ottendorfer has previously been the CEO and CTO of T-Mobile Austria, as well as the CTO of T-Mobile Germany and European Technology Director of T-Mobile’s international group.

  • EE has announced that its 4G LTE service is now available in 50 UK towns and cities, and is also reaching half of the country’s population.

    According to the UK mobile operator, the roll out is progressing “ahead of schedule” and 4G LTE has been switched on in 13 more locations including Leicester, Doncaster, Bradford, Lichfield and St Albans.

  •    Motorola Solutions has launched the world’s first mission-critical TETRA radio to come with a five-megapixel digital camera and an end-to-end image management system to aid the police in gathering digital evidence.

    Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) is an ETSI standard for mobile radios and two-way transceivers specifically designed for public safety networks, emergency services and the military.

  • Mobile Europe’s Mobile World Congress 2013 digital review issue, featuring over 20 pages of news, features and video interviews, is now available to view.

    Click here to read the digital review issue.

    The issue features an exclusive Q&A with the CTO of Ericsson, as well as 17 sponsored video interviews with companies including Cisco, Amdocs, Sprint and ZTE.

    All the biggest news is covered, including the commercial launch of the Firefox OS, Nokia Siemens Networks’ new Liquid Applications and Samsung’s entry into the LTE infrastructure space in Europe.


  • The small cells market is set to hit €2.1 billion by 2017, given the current pace of LTE rollouts worldwide, according to the Small Cells Equipment market size and forecast report from Infonetics Research.

    As a result, 4G small cell shipments are expected to overtake 3G shipments by the end of 2013.

    "2013 is shaping up as a kick-off year for small cells, driven by 4G small cells deployed for capacity upgrades," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

  •    Telenor has become the first operator in Norway to offer HD Voice services across its network.

    The service is automatically available for all Telenor customers and is offered for free, but subscribers must have a HD Voice ready smartphone and be using Telenor’s 3G network in order to benefit.

  •    Ericsson’s stated desire to be the number three player in the thin modem market within the next two years is unrealistic, according to one analyst.

    Alongside its partner STMicroelectonics, the Sweden-based vendor has announced that its ST-Ericsson joint venture will be split up over the course of this year, after a series of disappointing financial results and the resignation of CEO Didier Lamouche last week.

  •    Alcatel-Lucent has performed a key demonstration of its Voice-over-IMS and RCS technology to the board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which oversees communications for emergency services in the US.
    FirstNet was established in February 2012 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create and operate a nationwide public-safety LTE network on existing public safety broadband spectrum 763-769/793-799 MHz, as well as on the spectrally adjacent 700 MHz D Block spectrum 758-763/788-793 MHz.
  •    The global LTE market will almost double in 2013 thanks to increased LTE network deployments in Brazil, Russia, India and China, according to latest forecasts.

    Infonetics Research’s year-end “2G, 3G, 4G Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers” report reveals that the global mobile infrastructure market, which includes 2G/3G, LTE and WiMax, rose by six percent to €8.3 billion in Q4 of 2012, driven by North America, China and sustained modernisation projects in Europe.

  •    There has been a significant improvement in the battery performance of the latest VoLTE smartphones, according to test, measurement and service assurance vendor Spirent Communications.

    Spirent carried out a detailed comparative test using first-and second-generation VoLTE smartphones and operator US-based operator MetroPCS’ CDMA and 4G LTE networks in Texas.