3G/4G mobile broadband industry news from the UMTS Forum
01 July 2011

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UK Launch Announced for Samsung GALAXY TAB 10.1
Samsung has announced the UK launch of its slimmest and lightest tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It will be available at the UK retail outlets on 4 August in both 3G and WiFi only versions. The device runs on the latest version of Android, Honeycomb 3.1, which is designed specifically for tablets. Weighing 565g and 8.6mm thin, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1-inch WXGA TFT LCD screen and a 1 GHz dual core processor. The 3G version supports HSPA+ technology that enables peak downlink rates of up to 21 Mbps.

T-Mobile Hungary's New, Superbly Fast Mobile Internet Packages Offer More Bandwidth - the Development of the Mobile Network Rapidly Continues
Following its HSPA+ network deployment in May, T-Mobile Hungary plans to revamp its mobile broadband price portfolio in the consumer segment. Starting on 1 August, the operator will launch new tariff packages for browsing or emailing based on peak download speeds. Initially, two HSPA+ packages will be available at HUF6,990 (US$38.20) per month with 16 GB of traffic volume included and at a monthly fee of HUF9,400 with 26 GB data volume included. T-Mobile Hungary offers HSPA+ services at more than 200 locations, providing peak downlink speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

With Mobistar, a Single Mobile Internet Contract to Share with Multiple Devices
Mobistar has introduced Internet Everywhere Multi, a contract that allows sharing the same data bundle across several devices. The solution allows several SIM cards (voice or data) to be grouped together on the same Mobistar contract. Currently two Multi bundles are available: the Relax bundle consists of 750 MB of data for EUR15 per month, while the Max offers 2 GB of data for EUR30. The multiple-device mobile broadband price plan is targeted at the Belgian residential market.

ZTE Blade Touch Screen Handset Sales Pass the Two Million Mark
ZTE has sold more than two million of its mid-range smartphone, the ZTE Blade. The vendor expects to ship more than 80 million handsets in total this year, up from 60 million in 2010. The ZTE Blade was first launched in the UK as the Orange San Francisco in the second half of 2010, and is now available in over 30 countries and regions.

Belgacom Takes another Step in Innovation and Convergence
Belgacom has begun to roll out its LTE network using the 1800 MHz frequency band. During the initial phase of deployment, LTE services are available to business customers only. The Belgian operator plans to offer commercial services to consumers once more LTE devices are available on the market. Belgacom has also announced a partnership with Spanish Wi-Fi provider Fon, which will allow the operator to build the largest Wi-Fi community in Belgium.

LightSquared and netTALK Sign Long Term LTE Wholesale Agreement
LightSquared has entered into a multi-year wholesale agreement with netTALK. Under terms of the deal, LightSquared will become a wholesale LTE network provider to the US telecommunications and consumer electronics company, while netTALK will develop its own branded voice and high-speed mobile data services for its customers. The agreement with LightSquared will enable netTALK to compete in the U.S. wireless market as an LTE MVNO.

LTE Advanced: Mobile Broadband up to 10 Times Faster
Ericsson has demonstrated LTE-Advanced technology to the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). During the trial, the vendor achieved peak downlink speeds 10 times faster than the current LTE networks, using frequencies provided by the Swedish telecoms regulator. The prototype LTE-Advanced network, based on commercial hardware compliant with 3GPP Release 10, was constructed in Kista, the location of Ericsson's main Swedish research and development offices. Ericsson plans to initiate commercial operation of LTE-Advanced technology in 2013.

Huawei and Telenor Jointly Launch the Northernmost LTE site in the World
Huawei and Telenor have deployed what they claim to be, “the world’s northernmost LTE site”.  It is located on Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Circle. The unique LTE site, which uses Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution, was built in Longyearbyen, Svalbard's largest settlement and the world's most northerly town. With the temperature on Svalbard plummeting to 50 degrees below zero in winter, Huawei’s LTE equipment has to be capable of optimal performance under extreme weather conditions.

Mobitel Slovenia Building LTE in the 1800 MHz Frequency Band
Following its acquisition of test frequencies in the 1800 MHz band, Mobitel has deployed and tested an LTE network using 20 MHz of spectrum. The network was initially rolled out in the southeastern part of Ljubljana, with the goal of a gradual expansion across the operator's 3G footprint. The development paves the way for commercialisation of LTE technology in Slovenia. Mobitel is also at the final phase of testing the Dual Carrier HSPA+ solution, which supports peak downlink speeds of up to 42 Mbps.

Vodafone Czech Republic to Offer Private 3G Zone from July
Vodafone Czech Republic has launched a new small-cell solution, branded ‘Private 3G Zone’, aimed at customers in areas with low signal penetration. The service is available to customers on all tariff packages with a fixed ADSL connection and a 3G device. Produced by Alcatel-Lucent and costing CZK3,377 (US$201), the transmitter makes it possible for anyone to create their own 20-metre radius Private 3G Zone.

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