Tue, Dec


  • 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.
  • 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.