Tue, Dec


  • 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. 

  • Optical and test and measurement vendor JDSU has acquired location-aware mobility solutions provider Arieso for €65.3 million as it looks to expand its position in the small cells and mobile network optimisation markets.

    Based in the UK, Arieso offers location-aware software solutions that enable mobile operators to boost their 2G, 3G and 4G LTE network performance and improve subscriber experience by analysing big data.

  •    The global femtocell market, which includes 2G, 3G and 4G femtocells, has grown for the third straight quarter, according to a research firm.

    Infonetics Research has announced that the market grew by 66 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, while for the whole of last year sales totalled €327 million, up 21 percent on 2011.

  •                            At Mobile World Congress 2013 last week, the Small Cell Forum announced its latest market status report, which revealed three key results.

    First, the total number of small cells deployed globally increased from 6.4 million to 10.8 million in the last three months of 2012. Second, femtocells number 9.6 million and now outnumber macrocells. 

  • Research firm IDC has forecast that, for the first time ever, more smartphones will be shipped globally than feature phones in 2013.

    According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, device manufacturers will ship 918.6 million smartphones this year, which represents 50.1 percent of the total mobile phone shipments worldwide.


  • Nokia Siemens Networks has launched a new solution designed to seamlessly integrate wireless local area networks (WLAN) with mobile networks by creating a heterogeneous network with traffic steering capabilities.

    Entitled Smart Wi-Fi, the solution consists of four elements - Smart Wi-Fi Connect, Smart Wi-Fi Converge, Smart Wi-Fi Optimize and Smart Wi-Fi Personalize.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Panasonic Mobile have secured a deal to provide Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo with next gen LTE-A mobile broadband network architecture.

    The two companies, who have been collaborating on LTE for NTT DoCoMo since 2007, will be providing the operator with high-capacity base stations with an initial equipment capacity of 300 Mbps and cloud-based services architecture.

  • Mobile broadband solution provider ZyXEL is trying to improve the quality and coverage of 3G mobile broadband services in the home by integrating Alcatel-Lucent’s residential small cells software into its consumer networking devices.

    3G coverage in the home can often be poor due to a weak signal, which can either be caused by the building structure impeding the signal, or by the physical distance of the building from the operator’s base station.

  • Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Ericsson has made a series of new announcements dealing with mobile broadband coverage and capacity; mobile services management; and applications and device testing.

    The vendor is extending its Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) portfolio with the launch of AIR 32, a new solution that allows for the introduction of LTE and HSPA without requiring additional antennas or radio units to be added to network sites.

  • Wireless device testing firm Anite has signed a new three-year deal with Deutsche Telekom to provide interoperability test solutions for mobile devices on its network.

    DT is no stranger to Anite’s SAS platform, which it has been using for over five years to analyse issues including dropped calls, non-received calls and network-related signalling.

  • With LTE round the corner, mobile operators must take on OTT players.

    They have tolerated networks being used to deliver bandwidth hungry IP based applications with little compensation. That model must change.