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

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LG U+ Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE Roll Out in South Korea
LG U+ has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to roll out its LTE network in South Korea. The vendor will deploy its single radio access network (RAN), including its Flexi Multiradio Base Station and NetAct management system to ensure consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimisation. NSN will also provide network implementation services to ensure a rapid LTE network rollout.

Fujitsu Develops Inter-Cell Interference Coordination Technology for LTE Base Stations
Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a proprietary inter-cell interference coordination (ICIC) technology that eliminates signal interference at cell-edge areas covered by LTE base stations. The technology autonomously allocates frequency bands in order to reduce radio-wave interference in accordance with user distribution around cell-edge areas of overlapping cells of each adjacent base station. The solution will enable operators to double throughput at mobile-edge areas, making it possible for users to access bandwidth intensive services, such as video content delivery.

Mobilicity Announces HTC Panache HSPA Smartphone
Mobilicity has launched a new Android 2.3 smartphone, the HTC Panache. The HSPA device features a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen display, 1GHz processor, 4GB of internal memory, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5mm headset jack.

Sequans in New Collaboration within TD-LTE Ecosystem
Sequans Communications has teamed up with Ericsson to develop TD-LTE technology for the global marketplace. The partnership will focus on interoperability tests of TD-LTE network and devices in an effort to advance interoperability and improve performance of LTE devices. In addition to Ericsson, the French WiMAX and LTE chipmaker is working with Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE on LTE interoperability.

vividwireless Joins Global TD-LTE Initiative
Australia’s wireless broadband provider vividwireless has joined a global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), aimed at driving the TD-LTE ecosystem as a major standard in mobile broadband technology. Other members of the GTI include China Mobile, Softbank Mobile, Bharti Airtel, Clearwire, Vodafone Group and e-plus. The GTI is a platform where leading operators can share development strategies and technology know-how, promoting the development of terminals and fostering global roaming.

LTE Frequency Allocations in France
French telecoms regulator ARCEP has submitted draft decisions on the process for 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz frequency band allocations for high-speed mobile broadband, which will be examined by the Electronic Communications Advisory Committee (CCCE) on 30 May.

HTC Unveils HTC FLYER, the First Tablet with HTC SENSE
HTC has launched its first tablet, the HTC Flyer, that’s available across major markets in the EMEA region. The device comes as a Wi-Fi only or a combined 3G/Wi-Fi model. The combined 3G and Wi-Fi HTC Flyer version features a 7” display, 1.5 GHz processor and HSPA connectivity. HTC has also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that debuts on the HTC Flyer tablet.

Vodafone Announces the Vodafone Smart – A Smartphone for Everyone
Vodafone has unveiled the Vodafone Smart, its latest addition to its own-brand handset range. The new 3G smartphone is powered by the Android 2.2 operating system and features a zoom camera, capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The device is aimed at the mass market and first-time smartphone users. It will available for EUR90 on prepaid plans across the Vodafone footprint by mid-2011, with Germany, Italy and the UK among the first market where it will launch.

M1 to Deploy South East Asia's First Commercial LTE Network
M1 has awarded a five-year contract, valued at SG$280 million, to Huawei to provide a turnkey LTE solution. The Chinese vendor will be responsible for the installation of macro base stations, distributed base stations and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for M1’s LTE network in Singapore. The operator plans to launch LTE services in the first quarter of 2012.

LTE Set to Deliver Capacity Gains of More Than 200% Over 3G
Ofcom has revealed that LTE will deliver more than 200% of the capacity of existing 3G technologies, using the same amount of spectrum. This increased capacity is essential in meeting the UK’s rapid increase in mobile data traffic, fuelled by the growth of smartphones and mobile broadband services, such as video streaming, email, messenger services, mapping services and social networking. LTE will be rolled out in the UK from 2013.


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