3G/4G mobile broadband industry news from the UMTS Forum
08 April 2011

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MetroPCS Launches LTE Service in the Tampa Metropolitan Area
MetroPCS has expanded its LTE network to the Tampa metropolitan area. The US operator offers contract-free unlimited LTE services on the Samsung Galaxy Indulge LTE handset, which retails at US$299. LTE mobile broadband price plans range from US$50-60 per month: MetroPCS now offers LTE services in 14 metropolitan markets.

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Atlantic Tele-Network Announce Partnership to Deliver Rural LTE Service
Atlantic Tele-Network’s subsidiary Commnet Wireless has teamed up with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to provide 3G and LTE services across the Navajo Nation which spans across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The new venture, NTUA Wireless, is partially funded by a US$32.1 million broadband grant from the National Telecommunications & Information Association. NTUA Wireless plans to launch 3G mobile telephony services in the middle of 2012, while LTE mobile broadband internet services will be available in certain areas during 2011 and throughout most of the Navajo Nation by the end of 2013.

T-Mobile USA Expands Its HSPA+ Network
T-Mobile USA has rolled out its HSPA+ network in ten additional markets, expanding the carrier’s mobile broadband reach to 167 metropolitan areas and more than 200 million people. Additionally, T-Mobile USA has confirmed plans to bring HSPA+ Dual Carrier services to 25 markets and 140 million people by mid-2011, offering peak mobile broadband downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps.

Telus to Deploy LTE Network
Telus has announced plans to roll out its LTE network in major Canadian cities during the second half of 2011. Commercial launch of LTE services is scheduled for early 2012. The network will use 1700/2100 MHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum. LTE rollout across rural Canada will be dependent on the auction of frequencies in the 700 MHz band. In 2009, Telus joined forces with Montreal-based BCE, which operates under the Bell Canada brand, to deploy a shared national HSPA+ wireless network, which currently covers 95% of the Canadian population.

Ericsson to Build TD-LTE Trial Network in China
China Mobile has selected Ericsson to deploy its TD-LTE trial network in Shenzhen, one of China’s most advanced telecoms markets. The Swedish vendor will supply its end-to-end TD-LTE solution, which includes the RBS 6000 multi-standard base station and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network, as well as operations support systems software and professional services. The deal has been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

dtac Takes Aggressive Steps into Data Roaming Market
dtac has revamped its data roaming price plans in response to high growth in smartphone users. The Thai operator has extended the number of destinations of its data roaming THB299 (US$9.94) per day package to cover 30 countries in Europe, Asia and Australia. Developed in partnership with Vodafone and Telenor, dtac’s data roaming service covers almost 95% of the European Union countries, top 7 Asian destinations, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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