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LTE will bring no truce in India's price wars

Mobile operators who deployed LTE early quickly concluded that the honeymoon period, when 4G would command a premium, would be very brief. In many later markets, it will not exist at all. Forget 4G price wars once more than one carrier is in the race. In the world's most price-sensitive mobile market, India, operators are engaging in pre-emptive strikes before they even have any LTE competition.

Bharti Airtel, which has talked up LTE as a magic potion to…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on November 27, 2014 at 1:48pm — No Comments

BT to be reunited with O2 for mobile push?

UK landline incumbent BT is serious about getting back into the mobile market, and could buy back O2 from Telefonica, or even acquire its current MVNO host, EE.

A deal for BT to acquire O2 - which it spun off in 2002 (when it was still Cellnet), and which was subsequently snapped up by Telefonica of Spain - is one of the UK rumor mill's favorite stories, but this time, BT has acknowledged that talks are being held, though it cautioned: "All discussions are at a highly preliminary…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on November 25, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

When thing's aren't broke, but still need fixing.

I will start by saying it's been a while since I posted on 4G360, and 4G is so disruptive, even the name of this site has changed, for the better I might add. 

I want to start by bringing up this little thing Net neutrality, that isn't so little. The FCC has contributed to wireless what peanut butter has done for bread. And it…

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Added by Kobe Wadsworth on November 23, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The Role of SDR in 4G (and beyond) Networks

Software Defined Radio (SDR) is a virtual communication link which is built on embedded system instead of complicated hardware components.  A radio may be defined as any device used to exchange digital information between two points. SDR is a radio in which some or all of the physical layer functions are software-defined. SDR can be applied to any radio connection using analog-to-digital converter.  SDR provides better network automation with better capabilities.

Network operators are…

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Added by Fred Taylor on November 22, 2014 at 11:07am — No Comments

Don't Stick a Fork (lift) in It; Extend Your Investment While Moving to Standards

A Thought Piece from Telrad, the Leader in LTE for Fixed Wireless

The WISP market is in the midst of a dramatic transition unlike anything seen since perhaps 2002, when purpose-built outdoor PMP systems hit the market, en masse. This followed years of WISPs cobbling together WLAN radios with amps, heaters…

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Added by Patrick Leary on November 21, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

ZTE offers insights on Pre5G to lead global industry discourse on 5G

ZTE Corporation, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, provided further updates on the company’s vision on pre5G at a high-level international meeting of experts and industry officials to discuss global development of 5G technology. 

In an address to the International Workshop on 5G-ICT Technologies conference in Beijing, Dr. Xiang Jiying, Chief Technology…

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Added by Zakir on November 18, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Ericsson and Qualcomm complete first Inter-company LTE Category 9 Carrier Aggregation Interoperability testing

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announce the successful completion of the world's first inter-company interoperability testing of LTE Category 9 connectivity, with download speeds of up to 450 Mbps.

Testing was conducted using Ericsson's LTE-Advanced network infrastructure and QTI's next-generation LTE-Advanced modem. …

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Added by Zakir on November 18, 2014 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Altice faces bidding war for Portuguese networks

A bidding war has broken out for Portugal Telecom’s assets, with investor Isabel dos Santos, and a private equity alliance, both fighting French group Altice for various pickings.

Last week, Altice offered just over €7bn to acquire the Portuguese assets owned by Brazilian operator Oi, which would probably be the catalyst for a long-expected dissolution of Oi’s plan, announced last year, to merge with Portugal Telecom. That, in turn, is expected to accelerate consolidation in the…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on November 18, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments

The fall-out begins after Obama takes ‘nuclear option’ on neutrality

The fall-out from US president Barack Obama’s statements on net neutrality, in which he unexpectedly took the ‘nuclear option’, has already begun. While Verizon threatened lawsuits – which could stifle broadband progress and investment for years – AT&T warned that it would limit its deployment of fiber-to-the-home if the neutrality regulations were too stringent.

The saga continued with the FCC sending AT&T a letter asking it to explain those comments from its CEO Randall…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on November 18, 2014 at 12:14pm — No Comments

AT&T to Acquire Mexico Wireless Provider Iusacell

AT&T has signed an agreement with Grupo Salinas to acquire Mexican wireless company Iusacell for US$2.5 billion, inclusive of Iusacell debt. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will acquire all of Iusacell’s wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 8.6 million subscribers.

Iusacell offers wireless service under both the Iusacell and Unefón brand names with a network that today covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s approximately…

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Added by Michael Wolleben on November 12, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments

What struggling operators worldwide can learn from T-Mobile, USA?

T-Mobile is the fourth largest wireless network operator by subscribers and revenue in the United States. Germany’s Deutsche Telekom owns two-third of the company. The telco manages to grab the most headlines out of any telecom company in the US because of some good reasons. Let us start by looking at a few numbers first. T-Mobile reported 3Q 2014 revenue of $7.35 billion and added about 2.35 million subscribers over the quarter…

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Added by Gunjan Indrayan on November 4, 2014 at 1:41pm — No Comments

India must release more spectrum, and curb greed for auction fees

Indian mobile operators suffer a constant struggle to secure sufficient spectrum, quickly enough, to meet exploding demand for cellular services. Slow regulatory processes, political disputes and auction scandals have made it a painful journey to launch 3G, let alone to support acceptable quality of service for basic 2G services. Major operators are calling for the Department of Telecom to accelerate the release of spectrum they acquired earlier this year, but now they face another looming…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on November 4, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

Over-the-top giants finally getting interested in network performance

Facebook may be the archetypal over-the-top player, but like Google, it is starting to take an interest in underlying network technologies and how it might harness them to enhance its services.

Recently it has shown a keen interest in certain LTE capabilities, particularly LTE Direct and Multicast. And in some cases it is working closely with the mobile operators which have so often seen it as a rival, and delving deep into their networks to improve performance on both…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on November 4, 2014 at 11:24am — No Comments

Telefónica Germany selects Ericsson for Voice over LTE

Telefónica Germany, the largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers in Germany, selected Ericsson as main supplier to upgrade their network to support VoLTE. Telefónica is one of the first operators in Europe that has now completed the upgrade of their network to be ready for commercial VoLTE launch. VoLTE has been deployed in all areas where Telefónica has LTE coverage in Germany. The commercial launch will take place once Telefónica has secured…

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Added by Zakir on October 22, 2014 at 4:08pm — No Comments

SK Telecom publishes White Paper on 5G Technology

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) announced that the company published a white paper on 5G to suggest new direction for technological evolution to 5G, the next generation mobile communications network.

SK Telecom’s white paper on 5G is now available to the public at 5G Global Summit which is an international 5G conference held on October 20 and 21 during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan.…

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Added by Zakir on October 22, 2014 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Orange Slovakia lights up 4G LTE services with Cisco ASR 5000 Series

Bratislava, Slovakia, October 22, 2014 – Cisco today announced that leading mobile operator Orange Slovakia has chosen the Cisco® ASR 5000 Series elastic evolved packet core as a central element of its recently launched 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network. By implementing the Cisco ASR 5000 Series, Orange Slovakia intends to multiply its network capacity…

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Added by Zakir on October 22, 2014 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Mobile carriers accelerate their connected car efforts

Mobile operators know that, if they are to have more than a ‘dumb pipe’ role in the internet of things, they will need to cooperate, using their combined weight to influence standards and support global systems.

This is sparking a number of alliances and cooperation deals focused on applications such as smart grid, industrial internet and smart home, and also one of the most immediate IoT markets, the connected car. In this area, Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile have formed a joint…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on October 21, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

WiFi hits new speeds, but can Ethernet cope?

The latest R&D project in 60GHz spectrum comes from Samsung, which can transfer a 1Gbyte movie in three seconds. However, as the speed wars heat up in WiFi, all these data rates are going to need backhaul support, an issue Broadcom and others are seeking to address through new Ethernet standards.

The race to break speed records in WiFi is almost as intense as it is in cellular, and Samsung is a prominent name in both. The Korean firm has been demonstrating ‘5G’ prototypes hitting…

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Added by Maravedis-Rethink on October 21, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

[UPDATE] 4G360 Professional Group on LinkedIn Open for New Members

4G360 on LinkedIn is growing and we want you to be a part of our exclusive group.

As a member of 4G360.com, you’ve already proven that you are interested in getting the best information on 4G technologies, companies, and strategies for growing your expertise.

The 4G360 Professional Group…

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Added by Michael Wolleben on October 20, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Unfamiliar faces start to drive ‘5G’ definitions

The news that Apple had joined the NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks) Alliance came a week after Intel signed up to the board of governors of 4G Americas. Both were examples of the changing face of wireless power, and hinted at how different will be the big influencers of ‘5G’ standards, compared to its predecessors.

Intel famously tried to create its own ‘4G’ platform around WiMAX, but is now taking the same view as most companies entering the mobile world from IT or the web –…

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Added by Michael Wolleben on October 16, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

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