3G/4G mobile broadband industry news from the UMTS Forum
24 June 2011

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AT&T and Option Introduce HSPA+ Connection Kit for Emerging Device Developers
AT&T and Option have launched an AT&T Connection Kit for emerging device developers with an HSPA+ module. The program provides the tools and environment necessary to streamline device development and optimize performance on the AT&T network. The network-ready certified HSPA+ module manufactured by the Belgian vendor and AT&T’s streamlined integration tools are designed to speed development cycle and time to market for new consumer and M2M solutions.

DOVADO Launches World’s Smallest LTE Capable USB Router
DOVADO has unveiled its smallest LTE USB router, the DOVADO TINY, which will be first offered by Telenor Sweden in late June. Measuring 20 x 58 x 87 mm, the router is designed for use in home, office, vehicle or M2M (Machine-to-Machine) environments. Mobile broadband connectivity for the DOVADO TINY is via supplied USB dongle. The router also features an Ethernet LAN port, a WAN port for DSL failover and the latest 802.11n WLAN standard.

Nokia Shows its New Strategy in Action
Nokia has announced progress on execution of its new strategy, backed by product innovation and its continued commitment to the Symbian OS. The vendor plans to start the delivery of its Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 HSDPA smartphones with new upgraded Symbian Anna software. Nokia has also unveiled the Nokia N9 HSDPA smartphone and laid out plans for up to 10 new Symbian smartphones over next 12 months.

Surf with Speeds of up to 42 Mbps in Swisscom's Mobile Network
Swisscom has expanded its HSPA+ network to Berne and Zurich, with Basel, Geneva, Lausanne and Lugano set to be upgraded in August this year. The operator offers the Huawei E372 USB stick, which allows peak downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps and up to 5.6 Mbps in the uplink. Swisscom upgraded its Davos network in time for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2011.

Telstra Launches World’s Fastest 3G Hotspot
Telstra has introduced its 3G hotspot, the Ultimate Mobile Wi-Fi, which enables users to share mobile broadband connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. The battery-powered mobile hotspot supports download speeds ranging from 1.1 Mbps to 20 Mbps in Ultimate coverage areas, including Australia’s capital city CBDs and associated airports, selected metropolitan hubs and over 100 regional centres. The device, which supports the Wi-Fi standard N connectivity for fast Wi-Fi throughput, is available from 19 July for AU$49 on a range of mobile broadband price plans.

M1 to Deploy South East Asia's First Commercial LTE Network
M1 has inaugurated its dual-band LTE network that operates in 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz frequency bands. Initially, it supports peak theoretical downlink speeds of up to 75 Mbps and up to 37.7 Mbps in the uplink. The Singaporean mobile operator plans to upgrade theoretical downlink and uplink speeds to 150 Mbps and 75 Mbps respectively by the end of 2012. The network currently covers major areas within the financial district, with nationwide coverage planned for the first quarter of 2012. The operator plans to expand its range of LTE devices, including tablets and smartphones, later this year.

Nokia Siemens Networks Boosts Base Station Power for Greater Capacity
Nokia has announced progress on execution of its new strategy, backed by product innovation and its continued commitment to the Symbian OS. The vendor plans to start the delivery of its Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 HSDPA smartphones with new upgraded Symbian Anna software. Nokia has also unveiled the Nokia N9 HSDPA smartphone and laid out plans for up to 10 new Symbian smartphones over next 12 months.

KDDI Selects Samsung as a Network Solution Vendor
Samsung has entered the Japanese LTE market following a deal with KDDI, with the South Korean vendor supplying LTE equipment to the operator. KDDI plans to launch commercial LTE services in 2012. Samsung aims to introduce its optimised LTE solution for hotspots in dense user areas that require higher capacity mobile broadband, whilst simultaneously improving service quality in weak-signal areas.

SITA and Orange Business Services Sign Agreement for Global 2G/3G Connectivity
Orange Business Services and SITA have partnered to provide global data connectivity to airlines, enabling the secure use of mobile data, machine-to-machine (M2M) and application to person (A2P) technologies worldwide. Orange Business Services and its International M2M Centre (IMC) will supply SITA with 2G/3G data connectivity with extensive availability and international coverage that includes in excess of 400 roaming agreements in over 180 countries.

Vodafone Portugal Launches First LTE-Ready Device
Vodafone Portugal has introduced its first LTE-ready device, the Vodafone Connect Pen K5005. The USB modem can be already used on Vodafone Portugal's Dual Carrier HSPA+ network, which supports peak download speeds of up to 43.2 Mbps and upload speeds up to 11.2 Mbps. The Connect Pen K5005 is available for EUR199.90 and can be used with any Vodafone Mobile Broadband tariff plan. It offers a microSD card slot and is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS.

LightSquared Solution to GPS Issue Will Clear Way for Nationwide LTE Network
LightSquared has detailed its solution to the issue of interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, which will permit the operator to proceed with the rollout of its nationwide wholesale LTE network. LightSquared will not use one of the 10 MHz blocks of spectrum it had originally planned to use for launch of its LTE network, since it poses interference problems for many GPS receivers.

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