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US plans model cities to test spectrum sharing

As spectrum becomes a scarce resource in some urban areas, sharing bands between different services is becoming a priority for many regulators. The FCC is carrying out various trials with a view to opening up some federal spectrum, notably in 3.5GHz and parts of 5GHz, for technologies such as WiFi or LTE small cells.

Having unveiled plans to open up the 5850MHz-5925MHz frequencies for licence-exempt use – with an extension of 5GHz WiFi seen as the primary candidate…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on October 1, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

US carriers divided on WiFi Calling

The major US operators are gearing up to introduce WiFi Calling services, despite their early moves towards VoLTE. For Verizon and AT&T, the WiFi option is definitely a second string to fully fledged LTE voice, which will enable them to include a wider range of services and added value. But for T-Mobile, always the most WiFi-centric of the big four, the voice platform may be more central to its model.

Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo said Verizon Wireless plans to introduce WiFi Calling…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on September 24, 2014 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Deutsche Telekom DSL-LTE router misses huge opportunity

By Peter White, Principal Analyst, digital video and WiFi, Maravedis-Rethink

Deutsche Telekom plans on becoming the world’s first ISP to roll out a hybrid router to its customers when it rolls out a DSL-LTE gateway later this year, the Speedport Hybrid router which combines landline and mobile broadband.

DT told us that the router is not DSL-only or LTE-only compatible, meaning that you have to connect both services to it for it to work,…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on September 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

RAN congestion drives network tools closer to the edge

By Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Maravedis-Rethink

Mobile operators are increasingly differentiating themselves with promises of superior quality of experience (QoE), overall or for particular favorite applications. But the more congested their access networks become, the more of a challenge it becomes to keep those promises. This has elevated traffic management tools from low level and operational, to hugely strategic. The carrier’s toolset to detect network issues, and…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on September 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

ARMY EYES 4G CELLULAR TECH FOR COMBAT COMMUNICATIONS

The Army’s communications research center wants to evaluate the use of commercial, broadband cellular technology for battlefield communications, a move that could herald the beginning of the end for a similar system the Defense Department has struggled to develop and deploy since 1997.

The Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development Engineering Center — or CERDEC for short — said in a …

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Added by 4G360 on September 11, 2014 at 9:34am — No Comments

Sports Stadiums Step Up Their Wi-Fi with Aptilo Networks

CTIA SUPER MOBILITY WEEK, Las Vegas – September 9, 2014 – Stadium Wi-Fi is a winning formula for Aptilo Networks, the leading provider of carrier-class Wi-Fi service management and offloading solutions. The company announced today that the Aptilo Service Management Platform™ has been deployed in several sports stadiums throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

In the US, Aptilo teamed up with a systems integrator to help one of the top ten wireless operators…

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Added by 4G360 on September 10, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NEW SNAPDRAGON 210 PROCESSOR TO POWER CHEAP 4G LTE SMARTPHONES NEXT YEAR

By Andy Boxall — September 10, 2014

Processor manufacturer Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 210 chip aims to bring 4G LTE connectivity to even the most basic smartphones in the very near future. Smartphones with 4G LTE connectivity are steadily coming down in price, and the feature is no longer only found on top-of-the-range hardware, but this chip could find its way into devices costing around $100. What’s more, Qualcomm has been using the Snapdragon 210 processor in reference…

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Added by Michael Wolleben on September 10, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments

MNOs vs broadcasters again, this time in Europe's 700MHz

By Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Maravedis-Rethink

The European Union is proposing to make the 700MHz broadcast spectrum available for mobile broadband within six years, but the GSM Association says that is not soon enough.

The mobile operators' alliance called on the EU to release the spectrum more quickly – in the 2018-2020 timeframe, or even earlier, rather than 'from 2020' as recommended by a new Digital Agenda proposal…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on September 9, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

CommScope shrinks its antennas for small cell networks

By the Maravedis-Rethink RAN research team

CommScope has been a strong advocate for the view that mobile operators should squeeze more capacity and efficiency out of their macro networks, before embarking on a new layer of small cells and taking on the costs and complexities of a HetNet. However, with 'densification' the order of the day for some MNOs, the antenna firm has announced a range of new products designed to make it easier to add small cells.

The firm's Andrew…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on September 9, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Wireless telecom infrastructure market worldwide – Trends and developments

With the proliferation of mobile technology in multiple aspects of our lives, much of the talk and analysis is about operators and consumer devices. However, playing an important role in the whole experience are the vendors who manufacture and supply the equipment behind cellular infrastructure. Many big players exist in the broader telecom space, but as with other content on this site, the focus here too will be on the wireless side. According to the telecom market intelligence firm, SNS…

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Added by Gunjan Indrayan on September 3, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Google could make Iliad's US adventure credible

By Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Maravedis-Rethink

French operator Iliad may have had its $15bn bid for T-Mobile USA rejected and branded "preposterous", but it is unlikely to give up too easily in its attempt to bring its disruptive practices, which have already created commercial havoc in France, to the US. In recent weeks, the rumor mill has suggested it might enlist support from Google or Microsoft to enhance its offer – which would…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on September 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Telefonica prevails in bidding war for Brazil's GVT



By the Maravedis-Rethink RAN research team

After a couple of weeks playing cat and mouse, the players vying for position in Brazil's telecoms market have finally shown their hands, but a swift decision by the board of French media giant Vivendi may nip a bidding war in the bud.

Telecom Italia and its major shareholder Telefonica were bidding against one another to buy fixed line operator GVT from Vivendi. TI tabled an offer worth…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on September 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Spark New Zealand has launched 700MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) service

Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom New Zealand) has launched its first 700MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) services via twelve sites in the Waikato region, including central Hamilton, Morrisonville and surrounding areas. While the operator admits that there are currently only two compatible devices able to run on the network, it is expecting to be offering around ten devices to customers by the end of December, while it is also planning to expand coverage to Rotorua…

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Added by Zakir on September 2, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments

Ericsson and Polkomtel trial LTE Broadcast technology

The Polish mobile operator Polkomtel, which offers services under the Plus brand, has completed a live trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Broadcast technology in conjunction with Ericsson. The two companies carried out the test at a World Volleyball Championship match between Poland and Serbia at Warsaw’s National Stadium on 30 August. 300 guests and journalists were given LTE Broadcast-enabled mobile devices which allowed them to watch multi-angle feeds, instant…

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Added by Zakir on September 2, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

The Benefits of Carrier Cloud Services

Mobile consumers currently leverage the Cloud to store and consume media, and sync their apps, files, and data across devices.  Mind Commerce sees these services evolving to include replacement of many non-Cloud offerings as well as many new services spawn from the unique Cloud delivery model and capabilities. …

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Added by Fred Taylor on August 27, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Cablevision’s million hotspots are another milestone for US WiFi

By Peter White, Principal Analyst, WiFi and digital video

When Cablevision came out with its most recent quarterly numbers, we once again tried to nail down just what it is doing in WiFi as well. Its executives talked about lifting WiFi to one million hotspots “both inside and outside our footprint”.

It’s…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on August 26, 2014 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Rocky road lies ahead for LTE in shared spectrum bands

By Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Maravedis-Rethink

Operators are starting to implement carrier aggregation to increase capacity and make better use of disparate frequencies. However, they are also looking for additional spectrum, usually in bands where LTE will need to share with other technologies. Two…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on August 26, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments

China Telecom is promoting its fourth-generation (4G) wireless telecom services based on FDD-LTE technology

China Telecom is promoting its fourth-generation (4G) wireless telecom services based on FDD-LTE technology in 16 pilot cities across the country.

The telecoms giant wants to gain a share of the 4G market and the confidence of investors, especially as its number of 2G and 3G users fell off in the first six months of the year. From January to June, China Telecom lost 5.34 million mobile users, its…

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Added by Zakir on August 21, 2014 at 4:36pm — No Comments

SingTel claims first 300Mb/s LTE-A service

SingTel announced today it is ready to launch the world’s first commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network supporting theoretical peak download speeds of up to 300Mb/s.

Singapore’s largest operator will go live with the service on Saturday (August 23), when it also introduces the Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+, “the first handset globally to be compatible with 4G LTE-Advanced networks.” A second LTE-A…

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Added by Zakir on August 21, 2014 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Vodafone Australia’s core upgrade to pave way for VoLTE

Vodafone Hutchison Australia selected Ericsson to modernise its core network and prepare for the launch of VoLTE trials later this year and a full commercial rollout early next year.



The company’s CTO Benoit Hanssen said its current 4G networks focus on supporting faster data services. “But no Australian network offers voice calls on its 4G network, and our new core network will enable us to do that,” he noted.…

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Added by Zakir on August 21, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments

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