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

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Mobile Broadband Speeds Revealed in the UK
Ofcom has published its first research into the performance of mobile broadband across the UK, which revealed that 17% of UK households are using mobile broadband to access online services, with 7% using it as their only means of internet access, compared to 3% in 2009. The average download speed achieved by consumers in Ofcom’s survey was 1.5 Mbps and basic webpages took on average 8.5 seconds to download. However, in top 3G coverage areas, the average mobile broadband speeds rose to 2.1 Mbps, falling to an average of 1.7 Mbps during peak evening periods.

Cassidian and Alcatel-Lucent Join up to Provide Mobile Broadband Data Capabilities to Field Radio Communications Systems
Cassidian and Alcatel-Lucent have teamed up tooffera public safety, emergency response and security communications solution using LTE technology in the 400 MHzband. The jointly-developed solution will support broadband data servicessuch as mobile video security, location-based video services and smart vehicle integration of devices and applications.

Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale to Deliver the UK’s First Live Customer Trial of LTE High Speed Broadband Technology
Everything Everywhere has joined forces with BT Wholesale to conduct the first live trial of LTE technology, with Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei as its vendor partners. Starting in September 2011 in rural Cornwall, the field trial will use 2x10 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum to test LTE’s capabilities as a complementary solution to fixed broadband for customers in underserved areas. As a part of the trial Everything Everywhere will also test LTE handsets and dongles.

ZTE and Cell C Announce Africa’s First 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+ 900 MHz Commercial Network
ZTE has deployed Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology for operator Cell C in the South African city of Port Elizabeth. The network supports peak downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps, and the Dual Carrier HSPA+ upgrade was completed in less than a year. The WCDMA/HSPA 900 MHz network deployed by ZTE for Cell C in July 2010 is based on the advanced SDR base-stations, which simultaneously support GSM and WCDMA/HSPA technologies as well as evolution towards HSPA+ and LTE. 

DNA Has the Capital Region's Fastest 3G Network
DNA has upgraded its network with Dual Carrier HSPA+ capability, enabling the Finnish operator to double mobile broadband downlink speeds to 42 Mbps. The first Dual Carrier base stations have been switched on in Helsinki and Espoo. Dual Carrier HSPA+ services will soon also be available in other cities within the 3G network's footprint. DNA has also launched the DNA Mokkula MC545, its first mobile broadband device that supports downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps.

SFR Selects Alcatel-Lucent IMS Solution to Power its Unified and Multimedia Next Generation Network
SFR has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy its End-to-End IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) in response to rising demand for unified access to voice, data, multimedia and video services. The turnkey IMS solution is a key element of SFR's IP transformation. It will enable the French operator to deliver innovative unified messaging, home networking, multi-media and broadband data services to consumers and business.

Telstra Switches on First LTE Mobile Equipment
Telstra has switched on its first LTE base stations in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane as it prepares to offer LTE services inthe central business districts of major cities and selected regional centres by the end of 2011. Telstra has partneredwith Ericsson to roll out its LTE network, while Sierra Wireless has been developing dual mode LTE/HSPA+ mobile broadband devices that will operate across the 1800 MHz and 850 MHz spectrum bands. With 80% of Telstra's mobile customers migrated to the Next G network, Telstra has been able to reuse the 1800 MHz spectrum for HSPA+ and LTE.

T-Mobile USA Network Now Twice as Fast in More than 50 New Markets
T-Mobile USA has upgraded its network to Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology, doublingmobile broadband speeds currently supported by the US operator to 42 Mbps in 55 markets. To promote the new development, T-Mobile USA has launched its first 42 Mbps-enabled device, the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 USB stick that is manufactured by ZTE. The operator expects to reach population coverage of around 140 million with Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology by the end of 2011.

Improved User Experience for 3 and Telenor Subscribers in Sweden
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has upgraded the shared 3G network of Telenor and 3 in Sweden to Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology which supports peak downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps.Under the contract, NSN is responsible for modernising high traffic areas of the network with its energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Stations, while expanding capacity across most of the network. According to 3GIS, which combines the 3G networks of Telenor Sweden and Hi3G Access, the upgrade is in response to strong uptake of smart devices.

1O1O Launches Hong Kong’s First LTE Mobile Device
Following the commercial launch of its Dual Carrier HSPA+/LTE network in November 2010, CSL has unveiled its first LTE modems aimed at the consumers. Operating under the 1O1O brand name, the Hong Kong operatoris offering the Dual Carrier HSPA+/LTE devices to its existing subscribers. 1O1O customers can choose to upgrade their current mobile broadband plan to 42 Mbps for HK$339 (US$43.54) and to 100 Mbps for HK$399.

 
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