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Posts Tagged ‘LTE’

Celcom Axiata Bhd has announced a long awaited tie up with Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary’s Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd to jointly develop, establish, build, operate and manage shared infrastructure.

According to a filing with Bursa Malaysia Bhd, Celcom and Puncak Semangat’s ‘s subsidiary Altel Communications Sdn Bhd will pool its respective 2x 10MHz bandwidth of the LTE2600 MHz spectrum awarded by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) into a common pooled spectrum for the establishment, deployment, building, construction, operation and maintenance of a wireless business running on or using the LTE technologies.

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Samsung has developed technology to supposedly support ”5G” mobile networks which it said can deliver speeds “up to several hundred times faster than even 4G LTE-Advanced technology”.

Mobileworldlive.com reports that Samsung plans to commercialise the 5G technology by 2020.

The company claims to have built the world’s first adaptive array transceiver for the millimetre-wave Ka band, which could eventually become central to 5G. However, no official standard has yet been set to define exactly what makes up 5G technology and clarification is unlikely to arrive before the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015. Until then, talk of ’5G’ technology progress is arguably being driven more by marketing desire than R&D.

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While Chinese telecom equipment vendorsHuawei and ZTE got a slap in the face this week from House Intelligence Committee, Spainish-based Telefónica announced it has tapped Huawei and Ericsson to supply LTE equipment for its wireless unit Vivo.

Telefónica is the sixth largest mobile network provider in the world. It plans to deploy 4,700 radio base stations, of which Ericsson will be responsible for 2,700 and Huawei for 2,000 sites.

Vivo said it will use Ericsson to provide LTE solutions across North and Center-West regions, as well as in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Bahia. Ericsson will also responsible for the network core and the contract also includes the implementation of LTE infrastructure, as well as designing and supporting the network.

The selection follows that by rival América Móvil’, which had previously announced Ericsson and Huawei among their vendors to deploy LTE networks. América Móvil, with headquarters in Mexico City, is the fourth largest mobile network operatoris the world and one of the world’s largest corporations. América Móvil’s local mobile unit is called Claro.

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AT&T is to acquire spectrum from three companies including NextWave Wireless, which it will acquire for $600m in cash.

ral Communications Commission filings, AT&T has applied for approval to acquire additional spectrum from Comcast, the US cable TV operator, and from Horizon Wi-Com, a small Miami-based mobile broadband company. AT&T declined to comment on the report.

Like other mobile operators in the US, AT&T needs additional spectrum to accommodate the rapidly growing data requirements of its smartphone and tablet-owning customers. To meet these demands, AT&T, which operates the second-largest mobile network in the US by subscriber numbers, is building a new 4G network based on LTE technology.

The acquisition price of NextWave, a wireless spectrum holding company, includes $25m for its shares and an additional $25m if certain conditions are met. The deal sent the shares, which trade over the counter, soaring from 25 cents at Wednesday’s close to $1.29.

 

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – U.S. sales of two new smartphones from Taiwan’s HTC Corp will be delayed due to a patent dispute with Apple Inc, a fresh blow to the company as it tries to turn around declining sales in what was once its largest market.

The news knocked its shares down 5 percent.

Apple scored a narrow victory against HTC in a patent lawsuit in December over technology in the smartphones, one of many such disputes in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.

HTC said in a statement on Wednesday that “the U.S. availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC (International Trade Commission) exclusion order”.

Under that ruling, HTC phones with the disputed technology would be banned from entering the U.S. from April 19. HTC has said that it has a workaround in its new phones to avoid the technology. The shipments still require inspection however.

Some shipments of the One X model had reached the U.S. before the ban date, enabling the model’s launch, but further shipments are being delayed, an HTC official in Taipei said.

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The technology wars were supposed to be over. The global adoption of LTE as a common 4G technology was going to heal the rift between the CDMA and GSM camps and give U.S. consumers more freedom to switch between carriers, as well as the ability to choose from a set of common devices that could work on any network. Well, forget it. Verizon Wireless’s planned sale of its extra LTE spectrum pretty much quashes that dream.

Instead of coalescing around mutually exclusive technologies, U.S. carriers are now coalescing around mutually exclusive spectrum bands. The result is the same: A Verizon LTE phone won’t work on an AT&T (T)LTE network and vice-versa. This was always going to bea problem, but Verizon’s proposed fire sale of 700 MHz licenses would essentially codify that rift. If Verizon dumps all of its lower 700 MHz spectrum, it won’t share a single similar license with any of the country’s other operators, effectively creating its own private band within the 700 MHz airwaves.

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) sees more infrastructure rationalisation activities within the telecommunications industry with the impending roll-out of long-term evolution (LTE) or 4G services in the future.

“In fact, they (industry players) are rationalising and we are happy to see smart partnerships all over,” said MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi (pic) at a talk organised by the Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Bhd.

He said by doing that it allowed other new players to come in by latching on existing infrastructure using the mobile virtual network operator concept, rather than having duplication of four or five assets to provide the same kind of service by different operators. Read more HERE

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AT&T on Wednesday fired up its 4G LTE network in St. Louis, bringing the carrier’s nationwide total to 32 cities.

AT&T also announced the expansion of its 4G LTE coverage to Staten Island, N.Y., which means that all five New York City boroughs now have access to AT&T’s ultra-fast mobile Internet.

“We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in St. Louis responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices,” Nancy Garvey, AT&T’s vice president and general manager for the greater Midwest region, said in a statement. Read more HERE

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NVIDIA has big plans for Tegra as it hopes to increase its stake in the mobile devices market and according to leaked spec sheets, the next-generation Tegra chips, codenamed “Wayne”, will see no less than four different models catering to different categories of devices.

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The latest smartphone from Taiwanese mobile device manufacturer HTC is hitting the right chord with reviewers as they get their first hands- and ears-on with the device.

The handset is called the HTC EVO 4G LTE(picture) (as opposed to the HTC EVO 4G which was launched in 2010) and sports a large display, advanced camera features and high quality voice technology.

Gizmodo dubbed it “One Serious Piece of Slick” and went as far as to say “it might just enter the market as the best Android phone money can buy.” Engadget said its HD Voice experience — a feature that improves the quality of voice communications using dual microphones and special encoders — was “impressive.” BGR said that it’s “a cut above almost every device currently on the market, it doesn’t quite recapture the magic created by the EVO 4G, which was among the first of its kind.” Read more HERE

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