Cologne: the Fastest Connection is over the Air
Deutsche Telekom plans to inaugurate Germany‘s first LTE network in the city of Cologne on 1 July, using the 1.9 GHz spectrum band, which it won in the LTE public auction a year ago. The LTE network investment in Cologne has reached EUR5 million, including 100 LTE base stations and approximately 120 km of fiber optic cable of the backbone network. The network covers the complete inner city of Cologne. Subsequently, the operator will expand LTE services to more than 100 cities across Germany. Customers will are able to surf at peak downlink rates of up to 100 Mbps.
Qualcomm Collaborates with Microsoft on Next Version of Windows
Supporting the evolution of mobile computing, Qualcomm plans to upgrade its line-up of the Snapdragon mobile processors with the MSM8960 chip with an integrated WCDMA/HSPA/LTE modem. Designed to power devices running the next version of Windows Mobile (Windows 8), the MSM8960 processor will be available in June, followed by the quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064, which will be launched in early 2012.
T-Mobile USA and Samsung Mobile Introduce Two New Feature-Rich and Budget-Friendly Android-Powered Handsets
T-Mobile USA and Samsung have announced two new low-end Android smartphones expected to become available later in June, the Samsung Exhibit and Samsung Gravity SMART. They will both retail at less than US$100 after a US$50 mail-in rebate and with a qualifying rate plan on a two-year contract. With a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, the Samsung Exhibit supports HSPA+ technology with peak downlink speeds of up to 21 Mbps, while the Samsung Gravity SMART is an entry-level 3G touchscreen device with a slide-out keyboard.
HTC Unveils Multimedia Superphone, the HTC Sensation
HTC has introduced its new smartphone, the HTC Sensation, packed with advanced entertainment capabilities. The HSPA device features the company’s latest version of the HTC Sense user interface, as well as a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display with high-resolution widescreen viewing, a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The HTC Sensation supports peak mobile broadband speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps.
Vodafone Covers Half the Czech Population with 3G and Gives Data for Free at the Weekend
Vodafone has rolled out HSPA services to half of the population in the Czech Republic. The operator plans to deploy its 3G network in more than 130 other towns and villages by the end of the third quarter of 2011, expanding HSPA coverage to 60% of the population and bringing the total number of cities within its HSPA footprint to 370. Vodafone Czech Republic uses HSPA network equipment from Huawei.
HTC ChaCha – Now Available on Three
Three UK has launched the HTC ChaCha, a smartphone fully integrated with Facebook. The new Android-powered device features a multi-touch 2.6-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard and a ‘Facebook button’ – the Facebook Share key – that makes it quicker and easier for the user to upload photos and videos, share music, check in and update their status on Facebook. According to Three UK, Facebook on Three receives over 38 million page views every day. The HTC ChaCha is available from GBP20 or GBP29 per month on The One Plan with unlimited data. For prepraid customers, the smartphone retails at GBP249.99.
Telefónica Launches Movistar ebook bq in Spain
Telefónica has unveiled its own-brand connected ebook reading device, the Movistar ebook bq, manufactured by Mundo Reader. The Movistar ebook bq features a 6-inch Sipix screen, a capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, 2 GB flash memory and a microSD card slot. The Wifi version of the Movistar ebook bq will retail at EUR169, while a 3G model will be available later this year.
Rogers Brings LTE to Nation’s Capital This Summer
Following a technical LTE trial in Ottawa and Montreal last year, Rogers Communications has announced plans to roll out LTE services in Ottawa in the middle of 2011. Its customers in the capital, the first city in Canada to experience LTE services, can already pre-order the LTE Rocket USB stick manufactured by its Canadian supplier partner, Sierra Wireless. At the next stage, Rogers intends to deploy its LTE network in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in 2011, as well as the top 25 markets in 2012.
Mobile Hotspot Available from Swisscom
Swisscom has launched the 3G mobile hotspot, branded the Unlimited Hotspot, which allows up to five WLAN-enabled handsets to access the internet simultaneously. The device supports WLAN and HSPA+ technologies, allowing peak mobile broadband downlink speeds of up to 21 Mbps. The Unlimited Hotspot costs CHF149 (EUR122) with a NATEL data day subscription, or CHF249 without.
Leading Russian Telecommunication Operator MTS Builds Mobile Transport Infrastructure Together with Alcatel-Lucent
MTS has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a mobile IP network. The vendor will supply its IP/MPLS-based mobile backhaul solution, enabling the Russian operator to gain more flexibility and efficiency following the launch of 3G mobile broadband services. Alcatel-Lucent will also deploy for MTS its AnyG-to-LTE backhaul solution, capable of cost-effectively transporting voice and data traffic in GSM, UMTS and HSPA networks, while establishing a solid foundation for the future introduction of LTE.