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

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Orange Launches New EU Daily Mobile Internet Browsing Bundle
Orange UK has launched a new mobile internet browsing bundle that offers customers travelling across the European Union (EU) 30 MB of data traffic for GBP3 per day. The new daily mobile internet bundle is aimed at Pay Monthly, dongle and Small Business customers. Orange also offers revamped monthly and 30-day EU mobile data roaming bundles for Pay Monthly customers, who can opt for GBP15 per 30 MB, GBP50 per 150 MB or GBP150 per 500 MB monthly packages while travelling in the EU.

Here Comes the SON: Advancements in LTE Self-Optimized Networks Featured in New White Paper
4G Americas has published a white paper on Self-Optimizing and Self-Organizing Networks (SON). “Self-Optimizing Networks - The Benefits of SON in LTE” describes the main drivers behind SON and the potential benefits it brings to network operations. Self-organizing capabilities enhance network performance and user experience, allowing potential reductions in operational expenses. SON is a key component of LTE and is being standardized by 3GPP, with key features contained in 3GPP LTE Releases 8, 9 and 10.

Alcatel-Lucent and China Unicom Boost 3G Network to Meet Rising Customer Demand for Mobile Broadband Services
China Unicom has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to increase its 3G network’s reach and efficiency in more than ten provinces. Alcatel-Lucent’s GSM/W-CDMA solution will ensure high quality 3G coverage, enabling the operator to meet exploding demand for mobile broadband services in China. In addition to supplying equipment, the vendor will also provide optimisation services, enabling China Unicom to monitor, troubleshoot and optimise the network.

T-Mobile USA Unveils Affordable and Worry-Free Unlimited Data Plans
T-Mobile USAhas announced new affordable data price plans with flexible pricing for unlimited mobile data use. The new price plans are available on two-year contracts with any of T-Mobile’s smartphones and mobile broadband devices. The bundles offer single-line and multiline options with a range of price points for talk, unlimited text and unlimited data, with 2 GB, 5 GB or 10 GB of mobile data traffic — with no data overage charges.

Lenovo Launches Three New Tablets
Lenovo has unveiled its first tablet devices: the IdeaPad Tablet K1 for consumers, the ThinkPad Tablet for business customers and the IdeaPad Tablet P1 for home/office use. Running Android 3.1, the IdeaPad Tablet K1 will retail at US$499, while the ThinkPad Tablet retails at US$479. The Windows-based IdeaPad Tablet P1 will be available in Q4.

Vodacom Reveals up to 43% Savings on New Data Pricing
Vodacom revised its data services pricing, offering contract data customers savings of up to 43%. Customers will now pay as little as ZAR0.07 (US$0.01) per MB. In addition, contract customers are offered another allocation of the same size as their subscribed data bundle to use anytime between midnight and 5am. Branded Night Owl, this offering increases potential savings to 72%.

Greenpacket, P1 and Sequans Collaborate on LTE Solutions
Malaysia’s Packet One Networks (P1) has teamed up with LTE chipmaker Sequans and networking solutions provider Greenpacket, to develop LTE solutions including dual-mode WiMAX/LTE chipsets. Greenpacket, which owns P1, has been testing Sequans’ technology to develop LTE and dual-mode WiMAX/LTE reference designs as part of its strategy to launch a complete ecosystem of next-generation networking solutions and devices by the end of 2011.

Bharti Airtel Signs Five-Year Managed Services Agreement with Ericsson for its Africa Operations
Bharti Airtel has signed a five-year managed services deal with Ericsson for its African operations. Under the contract, the Swedish vendor will manage and optimise Airtel’s mobile networks in Africa, allowing the operator to offer enhanced mobile broadband services to over 44 million customers across the continent. Under a separate agreement, Ericsson will modernize and upgrade Airtel’s African mobile networks with its multi-standard RBS 6000 base station.

TELUS Expands Dual Carrier HSPA+ Wireless Coverage in Manitoba
As part of a CA$22 million investment, TELUS has upgraded its Dual Carrier HSPA+ network in Manitoba by adding two new cell towers and upgrading 42 existing sites to increase capacity. By the end of 2011, the Canadian operator will further expand the network to the Victoria Beach area and Steinbach. Dual Carrier HSPA+ technology offers peak downlink speeds up to 42 Mbps with an expected average of 7-14 Mbps.

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