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

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Verizon Wireless Adds 4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Portfolio
Verizon Wireless has unveiled a new addition to its LTE device portfolio. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs Android’s ‘Honeycomb’ OS and offers access to Android Market’s 200,000 applications. It features a 10.1-inch display with 1280x800 resolution HD screen, 1 GHz dual core application processor, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Verizon Wireless will offer two LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 models on two-year contracts at US$529.99 for the 16 GB model and US$629.99 for the 32 GB model.

PTS Invites Interested Parties to the Spectrum Auction for the 1800 MHz Band
The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has invited applications for its 1800 MHz frequency auction, due to take place in October 2011. The regulator will assign 2x35 MHz of spectrum: both new entrants and existing 1800 MHz licence holders are allowed to participate in the two-stage auction.

LTE to Bring Fixed-Wireless LTE to Rural Australia
Ericsson is to build a rural LTE network for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) as part of the government's AU$38-billion national broadband project for rural areas. According to the ten-year AU$1 billion contract, the Swedish vendor will build and operate a fixed LTE network, including radio access, core and transmission, as well as related services, using 2.3 GHz spectrum. The network, scheduled to be completed by 2015, will support peak downlink speeds of 12 Mbps.

Belgacom Joins Forces with Samsung to Give Everybody the Possibility to Access Internet Everywhere
Belgacom has partnered with Samsung to offer an internet-enabled tablet together with a fixed and mobile broadband subscription.  The package includes internet at home (Wi-Fi), mobile internet and the 3G-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab for EUR39.99 per month. The HSPA+ Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which supports speeds of up to 21 Mbps, is also available for an extra EUR10 per month. The operator anticipates that the number of smartphones sold in Belgium will double this year.

Motorola Mobility Brings Motorola XOOM to Thailand
Motorola Mobility has unveiled the highly-anticipated Motorola XOOM in Thailand. The HSPA+ tablet is the vendor’s first device to run the Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ OS. It features a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB of storage and 1 GB of RAM, front- and rear-facing cameras, multi-tasking functionality and Google Mobile services.

ACMA Moves Ahead with Auction of Spectrum in the 700 MHz (Digital Dividend) and 2.5 GHz Bands
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued draft recommendations on reallocation of the 2.5 GHz and 700 MHz (digital dividend) frequency bands. The regulator has proposed reallocating 2x45 MHz blocks in the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband, plus an additional 2x70 MHz in the 2.5 GHz band. ACMA indicates the two bands are complementary, with 700 MHz spectrum ideal for wide area coverage and the 2.5 GHz band suitable for more densely populated areas


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