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

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Sprint Nextel and LightSquared Announce Spectrum Hosting and Network Services Agreement
LightSquared has entered into a spectrum hosting and network services agreement with Sprint Nextel. Under the 15-year deal, Sprint will host LightSquared's spectrum and provide network services, while LightSquared will have roaming access to Sprint's 3G network. LightSquared can also sell its LTE broadband capacity produced through this spectrum hosting relationship to Sprint, other wireless carriers and retail partners.

Samsung GALAXY S II Reaches New Heights with 5 Million Global Sales
Samsung has shipped 5 million models of its flagship smartphone, the Samsung GALAXY S II. The 5 million sales mark has been reached 40 days faster than the original GALAXY S took to reach the same goal. The slim, light Android device features a Super AMOLED Plus display and offers exclusive access to Samsung’s four new content and entertainment hubs, music, games, e-reading and social networking services.

Three UK Slashes the Cost of Entry to the World of Smartphones
Three UK has cut the prices of five of the UK’s top selling HTC and Samsung smartphones. Starting from GBP15 per month, the Android-powered devices include the Samsung Galaxy Ace, the Samsung Galaxy S, the Samsung Galaxy SII, the HTC Desire S, and the HTC Sensation.  With no upfront cost, the handsets come bundled with a minimum 500 MB per month internet allowance.

Introducing Windows Phone IS12T
KDDI and Okinawa Cellular have announced the Windows Phone IS12T, manufactured by Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile in Japan. The water- and dust-proof smartphone features the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system, a 13.2-megapixel camera and 32 GB of internal memory. Users can read and edit Microsoft Office documents: they can also store and share data through Windows Live SkyDrive, a free-of-charge cloud service operated by Microsoft.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with LTE Available at Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has unveiled an LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The US operator is selling two models of the smartphone: with 16 GB of memory for US$529.99 or with 32 GB of memory for US$629.99. The device is available on three price plans: US$30 per month for 2 GB of data, US$50 per month for 5 GB and US$80 per month for 10 GB.

Verizon Wireless Introduces First LTE Powered Notebook
Verizon Wireless has introduced its first LTE notebook, the HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr that retails at US$599.99. Customers have the option to choose between two mobile broadband data plans: US$50 per month for 5 GB or US$80 per month for 10 GB monthly data allowance.

euNetworks Signs Strategic Partnership with Vodafone
Vodafone Germany has signed a strategic partnership with euNetworks to use its fibre optic network in support of the backbone capacity in the operator’s LTE rollout. euNetworks will provide Vodafone Germany with access to its metropolitan fibre networks in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich as it deploys LTE. Vodafone can already provide over four million German households with LTE coverage.

T-Mobile and Orange Conclude Network Sharing Agreement in Poland
T-Mobile and Orange have signed an agreement to share radio access networks in Poland. The deal covers management, planning, support, development and maintenance of the joint networks, which will be operated by a newly-formed company NetWorkS!.  The agreement will enable T-Mobile and Orange to reduce operating and investment costs in Poland. It also allows both operators to expand their network infrastructure, improve coverage and implement new technologies.

LG Optimus 3D – Now Available on Three
Three UK has launched LG’s first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D. It features an innovative 4.3-inch ‘stereoscopic’ touchscreen, capable of screening 3D content without glasses, while two inbuilt 5-megapixel cameras allow users to create their own 3D HD videos. The LG Optimus 3D is available from GBP35 per month for contract customers. Prepaid users can get the LG Optimus 3D for GBP449.99.

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