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  • Starts on road to shared data plan with multi-SIM offer

    SFR has announced that it will launch commerical LTE services in Lyon on November 28. There will be a "range of devices" available with rates based on new Dual Carrier HSPA tariffs announced today (see below).

    As well as the LTE launch in Lyon, by the end of the year SFR also wants to have 60% of the population coverage with Dual Carrier (DC) HSPA - the version of HSPA that offers a theoretical maximum of 42Mbps.

  • SK Telecomhas announced that it has developed technology to allow handover between TD and FDD LTE duplexes within a single device — leading the way to dual-mode LTE devices based on a single modem chipset.

    It says that in partnership with Ericsson and Altair Semiconductor it has developed a two-way handover technology that supports both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) LTE and Time Division Duplex (TDD) LTE - two different modes of the LTE technology standard - in one device, and successfully demonstrated the technology in a moving vehicle.

  • The iPhone 5 has, as you will probably know, been released in three flavours of spectrum support. You might be wondering why device manufacturers don't just fling in a whole load of RF front ends to cover all possible combinations. The answer, of course, is power and space. Here, Nujira's CMO Jeremy Hendy takes a look at the iPhone 5's likely internal RF (Radio Frequency) and PA (power amplifier) structure, and gives a good explanation as to the decisions a designer like Apple faces when it decides which spectrum bands to include. Nujira is a developer of the "envelope tracking" technology Hendy mentions.

    Hendy writes:

  • The haves of LTE1800 in Europe

    You may have noticed that Apple launched a new version of its phone yesterday. One of the key aspects of the phone was its support for LTE. The most notable element for the European audience is that of three key LTE bands in Europe, only one is currently supported - LTE1800MHz.

  • The bit that doesn't make money uses 85% of the capacity

    Vodafone Germany’s network is “morphing into a video network” according to its CEO, Jens Schulte-Bockum, speaking to an audience at the QualcommIQ event in Berlin.

    Schulte-Bockum said that although there were many advantages to LTE, the operator is finding that 85% of the network traffic is video traffic.

  • Qualcomm has partners, journalists and analysts in Berlin for its IQ event. There are a number of network-related demos, featuring LTE-A, LTE Broadcast, femtocells and UMTS Direct demos. I've briefly summarised a few of them here.

    Fractional UMTS
    The first one I saw was on Fractional UMTS - F-UMTS - a method of squeezing UMTS into half of a "normal" 5MHz channel, by reducing the baseband chip rate (Mcps).

  • LTE in 96% of Moscow territory by end of 2012

    Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)MBT has announced the commercial launch of Russia’s first TDD (time division duplexing) LTE network in Moscow and the Moscow region.

    On September 01, 2012, MTS initiated 4G coverage over most of Moscow and 40 population centers in the Moscow region. The network enables speeds of up to 100 MB/s.

  • Hi3G Access AB (Hi3G) Sweden has selected Mavenir Systems to support delivery of Circuit Switch Fallback (CSFB) for its LTE users. 

    Circuit Switch Fallback (CSFB) enables circuit-switched voice and SMS services to be delivered to LTE handsets so they "fall back" to the 3G network to complete voice calls. With CSFB, Hi3G can support LTE-enabled smartphones for voice and SMS.

  • ip.access has shipped an LTE-only version of its E-100 dual mode access point to five customers for laboratory and field trials. The company described this as an important staging point in the process of moving towards full commercial deployments and said that the shipments represent the company’s first LTE product shipments.

    Announcing the shipments, ip.access CEO Simon Brown said, “Customer interest has been strong in the E-100 and we have invested in accelerating the programme in order to meet that demand.

    "Indeed, our commitment to increased R&D into understanding and delivering on all the end-to-end requirements of the developing small cell network layer – from access points to network gateways and management systems – is now paying dividends; gaining recognition and support from network operators, system integrators, our partners and the industry in general.”

    The E-100 is a small cell Access Point targeted for use in enterprises and public indoor environments. The device will provide simultaneous 4G and 3G mobile phone signals with data speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 42 Mbps respectively and will also be able to support WiFi as an optional module.

    ip.access founder and CTO Nick Johnson said: “Small cells will have a vital role to play in delivering LTE's promise of high-speed data for the mass-market and the E-100 will allow operators to quickly deploy that capacity exactly where it is needed.”

    The E-100 will be integrated into ip.access' nanoConverge end-to-end small cell solution architecture, allowing operators to deploy the E-100 alongside the company's existing 3G small cells using the same gateways and network management system.

  • Huawei steps into mobile signalling storm with "Small Data Packet Storm" solution

    Huawei has said it can help operators double the number of simultaneously connected subscribers on a network by taking steps to mitigate a network effect it has termed the "Small Data Packet Storm".

  • Ericsson to supply WCDMA and LTE infrastructure for operators Polkomtel and Aero 2


    • Agreement also covers modernization of the core network and services including deployment, integration and support services for three years
    • Upgrade to meet mobile broadband growth and increased demand for data services in Poland

    Operators Polkomtel and Aero2 have chosen Ericsson to supply WCDMA and LTE infrastructure in Poland. Under the agreement, Ericsson will also provide a range of services including design, deployment, integration and support for the upgraded mobile broadband network for a period of three years, followed by an automatic extension for an indefinite period.

    The upgrades will allow for expanded WCDMA and LTE coverage in northern and western Poland.

    Wojciech Pytel, Board Member of Polkomtel, said, "Ericsson is a long-term partner of Polkomtel and we are glad to have signed this new agreement. Together we will meet our customers' expectations for high-quality interactive mobile broadband services in Poland."

    Emil Nilsson, Vice President for Central Europe, Ericsson, said, "We are both pleased and proud to be selected to further build on our existing relationship with such a leading operator as Polkomtel. Ericsson has been present in Poland for over 100 years, supporting and enabling the introduction of the most advanced Ericsson technology in the country. This first LTE contract reiterates our commitment to the Polish market.

    Ericsson has been a partner of Polkomtel's since 2002, providing and implementing GSM and WCDMA networks, as well as microwave transmission, IP and packet core solutions.

    The radio solutions provided under the terms of this agreement will enhance coverage, capacity and throughput for customers of Polkomtel and Aero2.

  • Collaboration Integrates ZNYX Ultra5 ZX2000 Mid-Size Solution Enabling Platform with Adax PacketRunner and PacketAMC, and Aricent EPC Lite for Process Intensive Telecom Applications
    ZNYX has announced a collaboration with Adax to offer the LTE market a mid-size AdvancedTCA (ATCA) LTE Core solution based on Aricent's EPC Lite framework. Thieintegrated solution is intended to enable OEMs, system integrators and application developers to create highly available solutions adapted to specific environments.
    Designed to support a new class of integrated high-density platforms, the ZNYX Ultra5 ZX2000 offers the ideal foundation for demanding applications like LTE EPC that require high performance, reliability and scalability. The ZX2000 enables the highest revenue-generating blade capacity of any 5U platform available. With six payload slots for 10G ATCA 3.1 blades, the ZX2000 offers a significant increase over the four slots provided in standard 5U chassis.  A single ZX2000 5U platform can easily support up to 200,000 active and idle LTE users.  This breakthrough design delivers 50% more payload capacity in a 5U form factor.
    “Our vision when creating the ZX2000 was to invent a ‘right sized’ platform that capitalises on our technological expertise,” said Connie Austin, president and CEO, ZNYX Networks.  “With the additional payload slots, the Ultra5 mid-size platform delivers the benefits and compatibility of ATCA systems with an unmatched revenue generating potential.”
    This new collaboration integrates EPC Lite on the Adax PacketRunner (APR) and PacketAMC (PktAMC) in the ZX2000 to provide an LTE core solution in a 5U footprint.  The result is the industry’s most scalable, cost-effective, multi-purpose LTE core network solution in one tightly coupled resource.
    “Working with ZNYX enables Adax to deliver a complete, pre-integrated solution platform that allows our customers to concentrate on their core application,” said Drew Sproul, director of marketing, Adax Inc. “ZNYX OpenArchitect switch management software, as well as the 6-slot payload capabilities of the ZX2000 versus the 4-slot payload that other industry players offer, truly sets the platform apart from the competition.”
    The ZX2000 delivers a fully redundant platform with high availability, energy efficiency and ATCA compliant features and functionality.  Featuring OpenArchitect switch management software, the ZX2000 provides continuous “five 9s” or better operation.  OpenArchitect offers the fastest failover performance possible in packet-switched networks, which enables automatic, rapid re-convergence of the network.  
    “With increasing data intensive applications and severe network congestion, LTE equipment manufacturers and integrators need easy to use solutions that deliver maximum performance,” added Pratyush Dasgupta, vice president of engineering, Aricent Group.  “Integrating the ZX2000 with Adax PacketRunner and PacketAMC with the Aricent EPC Lite application extends our partnership with Adax and our reach in the LTE EPC market.  We are excited to leverage Adax’s scalable network processing platform, and simplify application developers’ lives by providing a complete solution-ready platform.”

  • Rohde & Schwarz said it has become the first T&M equipment supplier to offer a test solution for 3GPP LTE uplink with MIMO technology.

  • With a background in WiMax and deployment with KT in Korea, Juni is bringing its enterprise-focussed LTE small cells to Europe.



  • Fujitsu shows off its combined LTE-WiFi small cell - ready to ship in September 2012.

    Mobile Europe readers may remember this demo from a year ago from PicoChip (now Mindspeed Technologies) and Interdigital, showing the combination and management of WiFi and LTE radio.

    Now Fujitsu has a product ready to roll in September 2012 that can intelligently select whether to use LTE or WiFi radio per service or application, or even combine the capacity of both for certain applications. They company's also considering a public access product combining 3G, LTE and WiFi.

  • Syniverse has launched an LTE roaming and interconnect service that it is calling the Syniverse LTE Hub.

    The LTE interoperability Hub bundles together a range of inter-network connectivity and business intelligence services from Syniverse, extending to LTE operators the service support the company already provides for 3G. Operators can interconnect LTE networks to Syniverse's IPX, with Diameter and SIP signalling support to enable service roaming between networks.

  • Revenue from VoLTE services will reach $2 billion by 2016, according to a report from research company ARCchart.

    According to the report’s lead analyst, Asad Khan, “Demand for VoLTE is being fuelled by carriers wanting to establish a native mobile VoIP solution, both for the long term economic benefits and to defend against the threat posed by OTT (Over the Top) VoIP providers such as Skype, FaceTime and Viber.”

  • O2 and Vodafone will build one consolidated network grid across the United Kingdom, sharing cell site equipment and backhaul infrastructure at 18,500 locations.

    O2 will run the grid in Northern Ireland, Scotland, the East of England and North London. Vodafone will take responsibility for the West of England, South London and Wales. That will mean that each operator will be specifying the network its own area of responsibility, producing its own RFQs and running procurement separately. But the deployment and capabilities of both operating companies will be brought to bear within each geographic area, under the management of the lead operator, which the operators hope will deliver much faster rollouts.

    Although network sharing will extend to active RAN elements, each operator will run its own independent network in its own spectrum - ie there will be no spectrum sharing. "Intelligent" elements, core network elements, and the ability to create, control and provide services will also remain separate, with each operator "competing fiercely", according to Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence.

    • Companies to pool basic network infrastructure to create one national grid of 18,500 sites
    • Telefonica to run one half of radio and backhaul network, Vodafone the other
    • Both companies will be running independent spectrum and competing services

    Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK today announce their intention to strengthen their existing network partnership, by pooling the basic parts of their network infrastructure to create one national grid running each operator’s independent spectrum.

    The plan will deliver real benefits for today’s mobile phone users by creating two competing networks that will be able to offer indoor 2G and 3G coverage targeting 98% of the UK population by 2015, delivering mobile coverage and mobile internet services to the vast majority of UK households.

  • "We regulate for the benefit of the consumer, not the industry"

    Ofcom's Group Director of Spectrum Policy, Professor H Nwana has said that Ofcom is still "minded" to approve EE's application to refarm 1800MHz spectrum for LTE services, despite continued strong opposition from Telefonica and Vodafone.

    Describing the refarming of 1800MHz as a "very thorny issue", Nwana said that Everything Everywhere's competitors had reacted "very vigorously" and had "promptly rebuked" him for his recent statement that he was "minded" to approve EE's liberalisation application.

    Yet speaking to Mobile Europe on the fringes of Informa's LTE World Summit in Barcelona, Nwana said that his principal, government-mandated duty is to regulate for the benefit of the consumer, not the industry.