Allocation of LTE Frequencies in France
The French regulator (ARCEP) has invited applicants to participate in the planned auction for digital dividend spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands. The deadlines for submitting applications have been set for 15 September 2011 for 2.6 GHz and 15 December 2011 for 800 MHz frequency bands. ARCEP expects to award the 2.6 GHz and 800 MHz licences in the third quarter of 2011 and in early 2012 respectively.
T-Mobile’s Dual Carrier HSPA+ Network Now Even Faster in Nearly 100 Markets across the US
T-Mobile USA has upgraded its HSPA+ network with Dual Carrier technology in 42 additional markets. T-Mobile USA now offers enhanced HSPA+ services in 97 markets nationwide, offering peak downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps. The operator expects more than 150 million Americans to have access to the increased speeds by mid-2011; its HSPA+ network currently covers more than 200 million Americans in 184 markets. Average download speeds have approached 10 Mbps, with peak speeds at 27 Mbps achieved with the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 laptop stick, the company’s first 42 Mbps device.
Telia in Denmark and Telenor Create Denmark’s Best Network
Telenor and Telia Denmark are to merge their Danish mobile networks. The partners will establish a common infrastructure company tobuild the joint network, combining 2G, 3G and LTE technologies. The two operators have granted each other access to existing base stations in areas where they would each otherwise have had to build their own. In the future, Telenor and Telia Denmark will jointly construct new cellular towers, which will reduce capital expenditure on mobile infrastructure. The partnership covers the radio access network, including antennas, towers and transmission equipment.
Alcatel-Lucent Helps Russia’s MTS Increase Its Network Capacity to Prepare for LTE Introduction
Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its backhaul network ahead of future LTE deployment. The vendor will provide its WDM solution for the Russian operator’s optical transport network in metropolitan areas, allowing MTS to increase network performance and backhaul capacity to meet bandwidth demand over time. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy WDM in four federal districts of Russia: Moscow, the north-west, the south and the Volga region, initially covering four cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Rostov and Ufa.
EMOBILE to Release Five New Devices Including EMOBILE G4 Devices and Smartphone Models
eAccess has added five new devices to its mobile broadband product line-up. New EMOBILE G4 releases include the Pocket WiFi (GP02) and the GD01 data cards, both supporting Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology. Two 3G smartphone models are the Android-powered S42HW and the slim Pocket WiFi S II (S41HW), both equipped with a one-touch tethering function that allows simultaneous connection with up to five WiFi devices. The Japanese operator has also unveiled its own-branded tablet, the Android 2.3 A01HW WiFi model, with a seven-inch screen. All new devices will be available in July 2011.
Sequans and Gemtek Develop New TD-LTE CPE for India
Sequans Communications and Gemtek have developed a new TD-LTE desktop CPE (customer premises equipment) aimed at the Indian market. Gemtek has created the CPE, based on Sequans’ LTE solution, for large-scale TD-LTE operator trials in India and for subsequent commercial deployments. The TD-LTE indoor CPE uses Sequans’ SQN3000 series LTE SOCs (system on the chip), which supports up to 100 Mbps throughput and 20 MHz channels, and is compliant with 3GPP standards. The device also features web-based configuration and supports VOIP and WiFi.
Celcom Customers to Enjoy Faster Speeds and Improve Communication Services in Klang Valle
Celcom has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to expand and modernize its 3G network in the central region of Malaysia. Under the contract, NSN will upgrade Celcom’s infrastructure with Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology in Klang Valley, one of Celcom’s most important markets. The vendor will deliver its LTE-ready radio access equipment Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and upgrade the operator’s network management system. The new network will support peak downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps.
TeliaSonera First with LTE in Latvia
TeliaSonera has launched its LTE network in Latvia, using the 1800 MHz frequency band. Lithuanian operator LMT, which is owned by TeliaSonera, has deployed the technology in Jurmala: LTE coverage will gradually expand in parallel with development of the existing 3G network. TeliaSonera currently operates LTE services in seven countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
SingTel’s Priority Pass Mobile Broadband Service Puts Customers in the Fast Lane
SingTel has launched Priority Pass, a premium mobile broadband service that offers faster and more reliable mobile internet connectivity. Priority Pass customers are treated preferentially when the network is overloaded, with their data traffic and downloads streamed smoothly. The service can be activated at no additional charge for SingTel’s customers on the 7.2 Mbps and 21 Mbps mobile broadband plans.
Omantel Becomes the First Arab Telecom Company to Join Global TD-LTE Initiative
Omantel has joined the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) in an effort to promote and develop TD-LTE technology alongside 19 global telecoms operators. The GTI was founded by China Mobile, Vodafone, Clearwire, Bharti Airtel, Softbank Mobile, Aero2 and E-Plus earlier this year to create value for stakeholders across the TD-LTE ecosystem. Omantel has so far conducted two trials of TD-LTE technology.