Monday, December 24, 2012

December 2012: LTE News & Blogs from LteWorld

Dutch Multiband Frequency Auction Completed

 in NewsKPNT-MobileTele2VodafoneZiggo4GLTE
Dutch Radiocommunications Agency has awarded mobile spectrum rights to four operators in the Dutch auction which completed on December 14, 2012. They are Vodafone, KPN, T-Mobile and Tele2. The total revenue generated by the auction is € 3.804 billion.

Zain, Huawei Build Nationwide Commercial LTE 1800MHz Network in Kuwait

 in NewsHuaweiZain KuwaitLTE
Zain Kuwait LTE
Mobile service provider Zain has launched nationwide commercial LTE 1800 MHz network in Kuwait in partnership with Huawei. On November 21, Zain launched LTE services under the banner of "Wiyana Connect LTE", a newly-built LTE network that realizes Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB) as a LTE voice solution.

Evolution of Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC)

Along with LTE introduction, 3GPP also standardized Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) in Release 8 specifications to provide seamless continuity when an UE handovers from LTE coverage (E-UTRAN) to UMTS/GSM coverage (UTRAN/GERAN).

AT&T Expands LTE Network to New Markets

AT&T LTE Coverage - Dec 2012
AT&T has launched its LTE service in Boulder, Colo.; Hartford and New Haven, Conn.; Boise, Idaho; Bowling Green and Lexington, Ky.; Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; and Ogden-Clearfield, Utah. With this expansion, AT&T 4G LTE is now live in 135 markets.

Tele2 Tests VoLTE in Live LTE Network

 in NewsMavenirNokia Siemens NetworksTele2VoLTELTE
Tele2 has tested voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the live Swedish Tele2 LTE network. During the tests, Operator found much better voice experience in the IP based LTE network compared to 2G and 3G networks.

O2 Selects Nokia Siemens Networks to Build LTE Network in UK

 in NewsO2TelefonicaUKLTE
Nokia Siemens Networks
O2 (Telefónica UK) has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to prepare its LTE network across London and the South East of England. The UK operator is anticipating a rapid launch of 4G following Ofcom’s spectrum auctions scheduled for early 2013.

Verizon Wireless Adds LTE in 29 More U.S. Markets

 in NewsVerizon Wireless4GLTE
Verizon Wireless LTE coverage Dec. 2012
U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless has opened LTE network in 29 new markets, including Selma, Ala., Clarksburg, W. Va., and Port Angeles, Wash., bringing the total of U.S. markets covered to 470.

Ofcom Reveals 4G Auction Bidders

 in NewsOfcom4GLTE
Uk regulator Ofcom has announced the bidders in the forthcoming 4G mobile spectrum auction. Bidders will be competing to acquire spectrum in two separate bands – 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz to roll out 4G LTE mobile broadband services across the UK. Ofcom accepted applications to take part in the 4G auction on December 11 earlier this month.

Novatel Wireless Ships its Three Millionth 4G LTE Device and Receives Top Industry Accolades for its MiFi 2

in press-releaseNovatel Wireless4GLTE
December 20, 2012 - SAN DIEGO--- Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVTL), a leading provider of mobile broadband solutions, today announced that it has shipped more than three million 4G LTE enabled mobile computing products since it first began shipping LTE products in January 2011.

LTE Smartphone Shipments to Grow Threefold Globally in 2013

 in BlogReportStrategy AnalyticsLTE
Global LTE smartphone shipments will grow threefold to reach 275 million units in 2013, reports Strategy Analytics. 90.9 million units are expected to be shipped in 2012.  Company forecasts that it will be a record year for 4G technology.

Reliance Infotel Licenses SPIRIT Mobile Video Engine

 in NewsInfotelReliance Industries LimitedSPIRIT DSPLTE
Indian telecom operator Infotel, a subsidiary of Reliance Group, has licensed SPIRIT DSP Mobile Video Engine. Reliance intends to invest $10 billion in its LTE network and has selected SPIRIT's software products for voice and video calls over LTE.

Sprint Adds Six New 4G LTE Markets

 in NewsSprint4GLTE
Sprint 4G LTE
Sprint's 4G LTE network is now available in six new areas. Beginning today, Sprint's LTE service is available in Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.; Southern Puerto Rico (including Ponce, Coamo and Guayama); York/Hanover, Pa.; and Franklin County, Pa..

ZTE Introduces Its First Dual-Mode Grand Era LTE Smartphone in Hong Kong

in press-releaseCMHKTD-LTEZTELTE
18 December 2012, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, has introduced its first dual-mode LTE smartphone, the Grand Era LTE, in Hong Kong as part of the launch of China Mobile Hong Kong Co. Ltd.

ZTE Helps China Mobile to Launch Converged TDD/FDD LTE Network in Hong Kong

ZTE helped China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) to launch the commercial converged TD-LTE / FDD LTE network in Hong Kong. Ericsson was also a solution provider on the new China Mobile Hong Kong network.

TeliaSonera Celebrates Three Years of 4G LTE in Sweden

 in BlogTeliaTeliaSonera4GLTE
Telia 4G
TeliaSonera's 4G network is now three year old. Operator launched first commercial 4G LTE in Stockholm and Oslo on 14 December 2009. Since 2009, TeliaSonera has expanded its network across the country and now covers almost 700 cities throughout Sweden. Earlier last fall, operator completed two years of Gothenburg and Malmö's 4G network. 

Radisys and Mindspeed Announce the Integration of VoLTE into SK Telesys Small Cell Base Stations

in press-releaseCSFBMindspeedRadiSysSK TelesysSmall CellSONVoLTELTE
Dec 13, 2012 - NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.- Radisys, SK Telesys and Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD) today announced a fully integrated carrier-class Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) solution for small cell base stations. SK Telesys has integrated this solution into their small cell product featuring the Mindspeed® Transcede® 3000 system-on-chip (SoC).

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