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  • LTE1800 is now the most widely used band for LTE worldwide, according to the GSA. The industry body said that LTE in 1800 MHz spectrum is sdeployed on over 37% of the 113 commercial LTE networks which had entered service by November 2, 2012. 

    A total of 42 operators have commercially launched LTE1800 either as a single band system, or as part of a multi-band deployment. The second most popular band in which LTE systems are deployed is 2.6 GHz, followed by 700 MHz.

  • Shenick's diversifEye data generator supports integrated traffic models on Aeroflex E500 Capacity Test platform

    Aeroflex has announced support for a comprehensive range of IP data services with the Aeroflex E500 LTE Capacity Test platform. Adding end-to-end data services supplements the functional capability of the E500, providing network equipment vendors and cellular operators with realistic lab-based LTE end-to-end test solutions.
  • Considers removing unpaired 2GHz spectrum from mobile landscape

    The European Commission has said that member Governments must, by June 2014, allow mobile operators to deploy LTE services in spectrum that is currently reserved for UMTS.
    The EC has released a Decision making it mandatory for Goverments to allow operators to refarm 3G spectrum for LTE use. The spectrum bands in question are at 1920-1980 MHz paired with 2110-2170 MHz. These are the bands currently used by operators for UMTS, or 3G, services. 
  • Still not many big names in either Sisvel or Via's LTE pools

    A month after US-based patent company Via Licensing announced it had launched an LTE patent pool, Sisvel has formally launched its own pool. The patent pool operator, which in 2011 bought 450 patents filed by Nokia, has announced that its pool will include patents from EADS, the China Academy of Telecommunication Technology, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ESRI), France Telecom, TDF, and KPN, as well as the patents originally filed by Nokia that Sisvel acquired.

    Sisvel said its pool license makes its current portfolio of essential LTE patents available under standard terms and conditions with a running royalty rate of 0.99 Euros per device.

  • As operators across Europe prepare for LTE launches by thinking about their data tariffs and how they can match pricing to consumer needs, here's an approach from Swisscom that bundles existing fixed ormobile data subscriptions with speed-based pricing for tablet and laptop use. 

    Swisscom is introducing new data tariffs for laptop or iPad users based on speed and is offering them at a discount to existing subscribers to fixed or mobile data packages. 

  • SpiderCloud Wireless has said that its indoor enterprise wireless system will be LTE-ready from mid-2013.

    The small cell vendor sells its E-RAN (Enterprise RAN) solution, a combination of Power-over-Ethernet capable radio nodes with an on site controller node, termed the Small Cells Services Node (SCSN). Until now the radio nodes have offered 3G and WiFi radio capability. From the middle of 2013 SpiderCloud will have an LTE+WiFi radio node available, according to CMO Ronny Haraldsvik. The company will also make the SCSN software-upgradeable to support LTE.

  • Last week ABI Research reported that an increasing amount of network optimisation would be moving to a managed service model. This would happen because operators will increasingly look to operate network optimisation as an on-going process aimed at improving customer experience, rather than as a project or one-off process aimed at securing certain network level KPIs.

    ABI said that this outsourcing will happen as part of a wider transition of network operations into a managed services model, provided by the liked of Ericsson, NSN and Huawei. The danger for operators is that they design contracts and SLAs with their managed service providers that don’t give them enough control over the actual experience of their most high value customers.

  • A few words about pricing mobile data...

    As EE bats away charges that it has got its LTE pricing wrong, what could be more topical than an article that rounds up recent trends in mobile data pricing? Why have operators swung away from, and then back to, unlimited offers? What about shared data plans, toll free pricing, or per-application pricing? Is there scope for operators to be more innovative in their pricing, without confusing the hell out of consumers. Here, in a guest article for Mobile Europe, Chris Goswami, of Openwave Mobility,takes us through recent developments, and tries to plot a future direction for mobile data pricing.

  • One of the downsides of being Mobile Europe is that we don't always have an excuse to follow the global market, but I thought the following news from SK Telecom was interesting, shining a light as it does on ways of marketing and launching LTE, and services that take advantage of LTE.

    It's become axiomatic that LTE doesn't bring with it "LTE services", it just brings more speed and lower latencies to existing services. 

  • ZTE has released a capacity planning tool (CPT) for LTE radio access networks. The company said the software incorporate system modelling and simulation features developed by accessing real world data from networks. The tool can model scenarios for dense urban, urban, suburban and rural environments.

  • Ofcom has announced that the four operators likely to win 800MHz spectrum have agreed to form a joint company to speed up clearance of TV channels in the 800MHz frequency bands, but deployments in 2.6GHz also face their own spectrum challenge - rickety airport radars.

  • Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) will launch LTE services on November 7, 2012. The operator will launch LTE in 1800MHz spectrum, with 800MHz coverage being rolled out from January. 

    TIM said that it would have LTE in Rome, Naples, Turin and Milan at launch, and have LTE in over 20 cities by the end of the year. 

  • Polkomtel is undertaking a three-year refresh of its 3G backhaul network. The network upgrade will lay the ground for Polkomtel's LTE backhaul requirements.

  • T-Mobile Austria and Huawei Austria have demonstrated VoLTE call continuity using the Enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) specification as outlined in 3GPP Release 10. eSRVCC is designed to speed up handover times for calls between LTE and 3G.

  • Telenor has turned on LTE networks in 11 cities and towns in Norway. The operator said more than one in three Norwegians would have LTE coverage from Telenor by the end of the year. Berit Sevndsen, Telenor Norwway CEO, said the LTE rollout "marks the start of a new mobile fairy tale."

    The cities being lit up today are Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Lørenskog, Sandnes, Lillestrøm, Asker, Bærum, Lofthus in Hardanger and Longyearbyen. By the end of the year Fredrikstad, Sarpsborg, Skien, Porsgrunn, Drammen and Kristiansand will also be covered. After this an extension programme will continue until the whole of Norway is covered. Tromsø will be covered in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Circuit-Switch Fallback (CSFB) is a mechanism currently used to provide voice services to LTE devices, by signalling an LTE device to "fall back" to the 2/3G network to make or receive a voice call. It has been used in LTE FDD devices and networks, but now Ericsson has said it has become the first to demonstrate voice fallback for LTE TDD (TD-LTE) .

  • Service platform provider OpenCloud is writing two articles for Mobile Europe on the opportunities and challenges of voice in LTE networks. This first one outlines the basic issue - that OTT players have more opportunity to grab market share in LTE, given the better latencies and higher capacities of LTE. But it also argues that there are still advantages for operators, such as service ubiquity, and their background in offering value added voice services. 

  • Networks, CEM and Services all get enhancements

    Nokia Siemens Networks will introduce a range of new product, service launches and enhancements through October. The launches span radio network equipment and software, CEM software and managed services capability.

    Mobile Europe can reveal that the launch schedule, and there are likely to be more details on the given launch dates, looks like this:

  • Rival operators who suspect EE has gained a significant advantage over its rivals by deploying LTE in 1800MHz spectrum may have had their fears confirmed by a senior network economist at Deutsche Telekom (DT).

    David Haszledine, Network Economics Manager at DT, told Avren Events' HetNet conference that rolling out an LTE network in 1800MHz spectrum could be a quarter or a fifth as cheap as achieving the same network in 2.6GHz spectrum.

  • Trials first 2048QAM product in live operator network

    Dragonwave has said that its 2048 QAM radios, launched in May 2012, have demonstrated a three times increase in capacity in a live operator demonstration.

    Three microwave links in Intertelecom's test bed network in Odessa, Ukraine, have been equipped with the 2048QAM radios. DragonWave said that the field test has demonstrated the radios' ability to transport up to 37% more data through existing microwave channels. Through a combination of the 2048QAM modulation, dual channel operation and DragonWave's Bandwidth Accelerator feature, the test also achieved a threefold increase in capacity to more than 1.3 Gbps.