3G/4G mobile broadband industry news from the UMTS Forum
13 May 2011

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33x growth in mobile traffic over next decade, predicts UMTS Forum
The UMTS Forum has predicted that voice and data traffic on mobile networks will grow more than 30-fold during the decade ahead. In a new report titled ‘Mobile traffic forecasts 2010-2020’, the 3G/4G industry body indicates that total annual traffic on mobile networks globally will reach 127 EB (Exabytes) in 2020. This represents a 33x increase compared with the 2010 figure.

Ericsson to Build LTE Network for LG UPLUS in Korea
LG U+ Has selected Ericsson to deploy its LTE network in South Korea. The vendor’s local unit, LGEricsson, will be responsible for building the LTE network in Seoul and metropolitan areas, supplying an Evolved Packet Core network, LTE base stations and optical repeaters for access and transmission. The Korean operator expects to launch commercial LTE services from July 2011.

A New Kind of Computer: Chromebook
Google has unveiled its new line of notebooks under the Chromebook brand, which will by produced by Samsung and Acer. Promising day-long battery life, near-instant startup and automatic OS updates, each device will be available with optional 3G. The notebooks have the Chrome web browser at their core, and feature enhanced security that negates the need for third-party antivirus software. The first Chromebook models will launch online on 15 June in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain, with more countries to follow in the coming months.

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile Speed the Delivery of Mobile Broadband in China
Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile have completed the first call over a trial TD-LTE network deployed in the city of Shanghai. The development is part of the large-scale TD-LTE trial, under the auspices of the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which covers six major cities in China. Alcatel-Lucent has supplied its end-to-end LTE solution for the network in the central business and education/technology districts of Shanghai.

Ubiquisys Collaborates with Texas Instruments to Develop Intelligent Small Cells
Ubiquisys has teamed up with Texas Instruments to develop dual-mode WCDMA/LTE metro cells in response to increasing mobile data traffic. The dual-mode WCDMA/LTE small cells provide a smooth migration path to LTE, whilst meeting near-term demand for WCDMA capacity and maintaining support for voice services. Products will be available in the first half of 2012.

Lebanon’s mtc touch Demonstrates Forthcoming Hi-Speed Internet HSPA+ Services
Zain’s Lebanese unit, mtc touch, has carried out a live demonstration of HSPA+ technology in Beirut. The operator plans to launch its HSPA+ network across Lebanon by the end of 2011, offering peak downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps. Huawei is mtc touch’s network equipment supplier for the HSPA+ rollout.

Dialog 4G-LTE Pilot Network Goes Live in Colombo
Dialog Axiata has inaugurated its pilot LTE network in several key areas of Colombo. The network achieved delivery of 100 Mbps data rates indoors and 40–50 Mbps under outdoor conditions. The Sri Lankan operator has deployed the pilot network in partnership with Huawei. The new technology will be used as a platform for the demonstration of LTE capabilities in the urban environment.

US Cellular to Launch LTE Service and Devices in Time for the Holidays
US Cellular has announced its LTE rollout plans, expecting to deliver services to more than 25% of its customers across 24 markets by the end of 2011. Initially, the operator will deploy LTE in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. US Cellular will also introduce a portfolio of LTE devices during the first phase of the rollout and will continue to expand its offering during 2012.

Mobitel Successfully Demonstrates LTE, Achieving a Data Rate of 96 Mbp
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel has completed trials of LTE technology, achieving peak downlink speeds of up to 96 Mbps and 49 Mbps in the uplink. The demo was carried out in the 2.6 GHz spectrum band. Mobitel has also been exploring other spectrum bands for commercial deployment. The Sri Lankan operator has previously trialled HSPA+ MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology, achieving peak downlink speeds of up to 28 Mbps. Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, the National Mobile Telecom Service Provider, announced today that it has carried out a successful trial of LTE (Long Term Evolution) Technology achieving speeds of up to 96 Mbps.

SonyEricsson Unveils Xperia Acro – the Ultimate Smartphone for Users in Japan
Sony Ericsson has added a new smartphone to its Xperia range that’s designed specifically for the needs of users in Japan. TheXperia acro combines imaging and display technology with features familiar to Japanese users, including mobile wallet and mobile TV. It features a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform while offering HSPA connectivity at up to 10 Mbps.


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