Showing posts with label #LTE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #LTE. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Qualcomm Posts Quarterly Revenue of $5.5B

Qualcomm reported revenue of $5.5 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter, down 18% from the same period last year. Net income was $1.1B, down 44% from a year earlier.

MSM shipments for quarter were 203 million, down 14% from 236 million in Q4 2014.

“Our fiscal fourth quarter revenues and EPS were at the high end of our expectations, with stronger-than expected MSM chipset shipments offsetting slower than expected progress concluding new license agreements in China. We executed a major increase in our capital return program in fiscal 2015, returning a record $14 billion of capital to stockholders,” said Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are encouraged by customer reaction to our flagship Snapdragon 820, are on track to deliver on our fiscal 2016 cost reduction targets and expect to exit fiscal 2016 on an improving financial trajectory.”

http://www.qualcomm.com


Monday, October 26, 2015

Radisys and InterDigital Demo M2M + LTE Core Interoperability

Radisys and InterDigital have demonstrated interoperability between a Radisys end-to-end LTE network, including the CellEngine eNodeB and Evolved Packet Core, with InterDigital’s oneMPOWER Platform.

The demo, which is showcased at this week's IoT Korea International Conference in Seoul, Korea, includes 3GPP Release 12 compliant Radisys’ Trillium LTE CNE and CellEngine TOTALeNodeB LTE small cell software with certain feature modifications by InterDigital along with Google Nexus 5 handsets.

“The HetNet revolution can only become a reality with the successful convergence of networks to manage the data traffic explosion,” said Dr. Byung K. Yi, executive vice president, InterDigital Labs, and chief technology officer of InterDigital. “Our oneMPOWER Platform is well positioned to support the growing Internet of Things. With Radisys’ CellEngine TOTALeNodeB software, along with Radisys’ Professional Services expertise to add an Evolved Packet Core emulator and integrated with InterDigital’s oneMPOWER Platform, we’ve demonstrated the ability of HetNets to address the mobile broadband and interoperability requirements for Internet of Things deployments.”

“Radisys is supporting numerous LTE deployments around the world, including more than 80 LTE small cell wins with our CellEngine TOTALeNodeB small cell software,” said Tom McQuade, general manager, CellEngine and Trillium Software, Radisys. “Critical to our success has been the support of our Professional Services team to help configure and integrate our software products at customers alongside our partners’ complementary networking technologies. This successful interoperability demonstration with InterDigital is not only a win for our CellEngine software products, but for our Professional Services team as well.”

http://www.radisys.com/2015/radisys-and-interdigital-announce-successful-interop-demonstration-between-m2m-and-lte-core-networks/

Monday, September 7, 2015

Global LTE Subscriptions Pass 750 Million

The number of LTE endpoints worldwide passed 755 million as of 30-June-2015, according to figures from Ovum cited by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Some other mid-year 2015 milestones noted by GSA:

  • 441 million LTE subscriptions were added in the past year, equivalent to 140% annual growth. 
  • For the first time LTE exceeded ten percent share (10.44%) of the worldwide subs total for all mobile technologies. GSA forecasts over 1 billion LTE subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2015.
  • LTE subscriptions increased by 113.5 million in Q2 2015, which is over 52% higher than for 3G/WCDMA-HSPA which gained 74.4 million. GSM subscriptions fell by over 98 million in the quarter.
  • APAC increased its share of global LTE subscriptions to 51.2%. North America has almost 200 million LTE subscriptions (198 million) and remains the second largest LTE market, though its share reduced to 26.2% of the global total compared with 42.4% a year earlier. 
  • European share remained at around 16% and the total number of LTE subscriptions across Western Europe markets has just passed 100 million.
  • Strong growth was seen in the Latin America and Caribbean region which now has over 22.5 million 4G/LTE subscriptions and over 17.2 million higher than a year ago, equivalent to 324% annual growth. A strong performance for LTE was also achieved in the Middle East where more than 1 million LTE subscriptions were added monthly. The region has 23.7 million LTE subscriptions and an annual growth of 194%. Russia has almost 3x the number of LTE subscriptions compared to one year earlier.
  • By June 2015, China had passed 225 million LTE subscriptions, 63.5 million in Q2 alone.
  • 422 operators have commercially launched LTE systems in 143 countries, according to GSA data announced in July 2015. GSA forecasts there will be 460 commercially launched LTE networks by end 2015. 
  • LTE-Advanced deployments have taken hold in all markets around the world. Now over 30% of operators are investing in LTE-Advanced system deployments, with the commercialisation of carrier aggregation the first feature to be exploited. 88 operators, i.e. over 20% of all LTE operators, have commercially launched LTE-Advanced service in 45 countries. 
  • 15 LTE-Advanced networks support Category 4 devices (above 100 Mbps up to 150 Mbps peak downlink speed) while 73 networks support Category 6 devices (above 150 Mbps up to 300 Mbps). 
  • The number of LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions is expected to pass the 3G/WCDMA-HSPA global total in 2020.

http://www.gsacom.com/


Thursday, July 30, 2015

iBasis LTE Roaming Reaches 290+ LTE Destinations

iBasis, which is a division of KPN, added more than 100 LTE destinations in the first half of the year. The iBasis Global IPX network footprint now includes more than 290 LTE network destinations.

According to the Global Mobile Supplier Association (GSA), 422 operators have commercially launched LTE networks in 143 countries, as of July 2015, and 677 operators are investing in LTE across 181 countries. iBasis’ global LTE Roaming footprint is essential to enabling MNOs to capture new revenue opportunities from LTE Roaming offerings.

iBasis’ mobile operator customers can also have immediate visibility into their roaming traffic via InVision, iBasis’ simple-to-use but sophisticated quality monitoring and management tool. The advanced analytics help mobile operators keep control over their roaming business and enhance end-user experience.

http://www.ibasis.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Picks Ericsson for LTE Expansion

Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecom operator in Taiwan, awarded a contract to Ericsson to boost its LTE coverage and capacity on the island. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson will continue to serve as sole supplier for the entire core network, including a multi-access Evolved Packet Core, and as a major supplier for RAN in Taiwan's most populated areas, including Taipei city.

Jan Signell, Head of Region North East Asia at Ericsson, says: "This further demonstrates our commitment to our long term strategic business relationship with Chunghwa Telecom. As a major supplier to Taiwan's largest operator, it is our mutual interests to not only deliver a superior network to optimize customer experience, but also create new revenue opportunities for Chunghwa Telecom in the enterprise business segment."


http://www.ericsson.com/news/1932549

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ABI Research: 1.37 Billion LTE Users by Year-end 2015

There will be nearly 1.37 billion 4G LTE subscribers worldwide by year-end 2015, up from nearly 650 million in 2014, according to a new forecast from ABI Research.

ABI Research predicts that the LTE subscriber base will exceed 3.5 billion by 2020, demonstrating a 5 year CAGR of 20.8%. The exponential rise in LTE points-of-presence covered justifies the need for sustained investment in LTE infrastructure, which is expected to grow nearly 10% year-on-year.

The report cites ongoing LTE infrastructure deployments in the United States, Asia and China, including plans for small cell rollouts and LTE-U.

https://www.abiresearch.com/

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nokia Packages Rapidly Deployable LTE Network in a Box

Nokia Networks introduced a compact, rapidly deployable LTE network in a box with macro site capacity . The box can serve as a dedicated small network for major industrial sites and itenables vital public safety communications to be implemented at emergency scenes where wide area network coverage is not available. In addition, mobile operators can use the miniature LTE network to bring high-bandwidth connectivity to rural and remote areas.

Nokia Network in a box is a compact macro base station with an integrated core network ready to operate on either FDD or TD-LTE bands, along with built-in ports for external IP connectivity. The unit is based on Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and supports thousands of users. It weighs about 40 kg and requires a power supply of less than 1 kW, enabling it to be powered by a car-based inverter or a small portable generator.

http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-shrinks-an-entire-lte-network-into-a-box

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sierra Wireless to Acquire Accel for LTE Aggregation Service

Sierra Wireless, which offers 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, has agreed to acquire Accel Networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.  The deal is expected to close in June 2015.

Accel Networks provides primary and back-up connectivity services to more than 300 enterprise customers in sectors such as retail, finance, security, energy, and hospitality. The company delivers an end-to-end solution – integrating 4G LTE gateways and the iMaestro antenna, with cloud-based radio frequency link optimization and remote management. Accel Networks was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Florida, with its primary operations center located in Georgia. The company currently employs 28 full time staff.

“Since founding the company in 2002, we have been successful in building a strong customer base by developing solutions that overcome the challenges of utilizing cellular for mission-critical networking and by delivering robust indoor connectivity in a highly cost-effective manner,” said Mark Gianinni, co-founder and CEO of Accel Networks. “Looking forward, we are excited to join Sierra Wireless to further expand our offering and accelerate our growth.”

http://www.accel-networks.com/

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Marvell Powers Samsung’s Galaxy J1 LTE Smartphone

Marvell is supplying its PXA 1908 processor to power Samsung’s Galaxy J1 LTE Smartphone, says Allen Leibovitch.

It is a 64-bit architecture with integrated LTE modem supporting 5-mode operation.

See video: https://youtu.be/L3HwcpUtRMs

Saturday, March 14, 2015

LTE Passes 500 Million User Milestone

The 500 millionth LTE subscriber was activated sometime in January 2015.  GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms that LTE reached 497 million subs by December 2014, citing data from Ovum. A total of 290 million LTE subscriptions were gained in the year, equivalent to 140% annual growth.  This gives LTE a faster adoption cycle than 3G/WCDMA-HSPA by 21% during the last 6 months of 2014.

Alan Hadden, Vice President of Research, GSA said "LTE subscriptions grew by 115 million in Q4, over 36% higher than 3G/WCDMA-HSPA connections. GSM subscriptions fell by 78.5 million in the same period. We are confident that LTE growth will continue to lead all other mobile systems."

Some other highlights:

  • The APAC region increased its share of connections to 47% by end December 2014 compared to 40% in June 2014.
  • North America is the second largest LTE market with 33% of global LTE subscriptions, down from 42.3% in six months previously, while Europe increased its share in the same period from 14.3% to 16% by year end.
  • LTE net subscription additions in Q4 2014 were 45% higher than in the previous quarter. 
  • GSA forecasts there will be at least 450 commercially launched LTE networks globally by end 2015, up from 364 that had entered service by the end of last year, with deployment of LTE-Advanced technologies as a major industry trend in all regions. Further details will be provided in the next Evolution to LTE report to be published by GSA this month.

http://www.gsacom.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DOCOMO's LTE-Advanced to Hit 225 Mbps in March

NTT DOCOMO is preparing to launch LTE-Advanced service in Japan on March 27.  The carrier announced top downlink speeds of 225 Mbps with top uplink speeds of 50 Mbps.

The LTE-Advanced service will leverage the company's Advanced C-RAN network architecture, which optimized radio capacity and maximum transmission speed simultaneously, especially in high-traffic areas.  DOCOMO said the use of carrier aggregation technology will enable it to push the LTE-Advanced to achieve maximum downlinks of 300Mbps towards the end of the next fiscal year ending in March 2016. The carrier is aiming for 5G services in 2020.

The DOCOMO LTE-Advanced network will launch initially in 22 prefectures, including Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Nationwide availability is expected by March 2016.

Two DOCOMO mobile Wi-Fi routers will be available for the service—the Wi-Fi STATION HW-02G, which is now on the market, and the L-01G, which is scheduled to launch in March. DOCOMO is also preparing to expand its lineup of compatible smartphones soon.

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2015/0225_00.html


Earlier this month, NTT DOCOMO has achieved 240 Mbps downlink performance using 35MHz of bandwidth in a live field trial of Advanced C-RAN technology.

Advanced C-RAN leverages carrier aggregation (CA) technology to enable users to receive data simultaneously over small cells for localized coverage deployed in congested areas, and macro cells that provide wider area coverage. The carrier said Advanced C-RAN will prove especially useful for improving radio capacity and transmission speed in train stations, large-scale commercial facilities and other high-traffic areas.

A previous verification trial last November used category-6 mobile devices capable of download speeds up to 300Mbps in the Yokosuka area of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

"Advanced C-RAN represents an important contribution to the evolution of LTE and will be a key technology for the realization of 5G in the future," said Seizo Onoe, DOCOMO's Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

ALU's Latest eNodeB Boosts Densities, Paves Way for C-RAN

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a new portfolio of LTE radio access portfolio designed for making the transition to 5G while leveraging Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology.

The rollout features the new Alcatel-Lucent new 9926 eNodeB – comprising a digital baseband unit and radio frequency (RF) platform.

Alcatel-Lucent said its new digital baseband unit (BBU) will consume 50% less energy and almost tripling existing capacity - supporting up to 24 radio cells and 16,000 users in one unit. It supports both LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD and can be deployed with existing BBUs.  Significantly, it will also support centralized network architecture, including the implementation of virtualized RAN  - or vRAN infrastructure - as well as the eventual launch of 5G networks.

The portfolio’s RF platform uses a modular design optimized in terms of size, power, bandwidth, performance and reliability. Using common hardware and software assets across spectrum bands, it allows for simple adaptation to meet specific customer needs, reducing time-to-market and leveraging innovation developed for other bands or configurations. Wideband capabilities allow operators to utilize fragmented spectrum, covering entire bands with one radio, while remote software configuration of transmission modes means it can easily and quickly be adapted in the field to meet changing market demands and traffic patterns.

Glenn Booth, Senior Vice President and General Manger of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE Business Unit said: “Understanding our customers’ biggest challenges and delivering solutions to meet them better than anyone else is our mission.  Our refreshed RAN portfolio is targeted to meet exactly those challenges by addressing LTE networks densification particularly in urban environments in a sustainable and cost effective way.  This new platform also sets the stage for a smooth transition to a virtualized RAN and, ultimately, to a 5G family of solutions.”

Alcatel-Lucent 9926 eNodeB Technical Highlights

The Digital Baseband Unit (BBU):

  • Two new boards are introduced, both based on Freescale’s® QorIQ Qonverge™ B4860 base station-on-chip SoC.
  • No compromise in performance - BBU supports up to 24 cells (fully loaded at 20MHz) in a compact d2U chassis
  • Increases capacity of previous generation BBUs by 260%, while consuming up to 50% less power
  • Supports RAN sharing business models
  • Optimized for LTE-A, supporting carrier aggregation across FDD and TDD modes
  • Backwards-compatible with Alcatel-Lucent’s existing BBU chassis and current generation boards
  • Forwards-compatible with virtualized RAN architectures and BBU pooling
  • The new digital BBU is already deployed in a large-scale commercial TDD network application.

The Radio Frequency (RF) Platform:

  • Common building block assets across the TDD and the FDD Radio Units allows faster time-to-market
  • New power amplifier and filter technology designed to fit common interfaces allowing rapid development of new frequencies and band retuning
  • Small form factor, standardized interfaces across radios and reduced weight making it easy to install on site
  • Wideband/dual band capabilities provide support for multi-carrier or multi-band deployments in a single unit.
  • Remote software configuration of transmission modes (2T2R, 4T4R, 8T8R) enables operators to meet changing market demands.
  • The high output power (up to 160W) and wide bandwidth supported (up to 194MHz) greatly increases deployment flexibility
  • PIM-free blind mate connections allow operators to easily mix and match radios to support different active antenna configurations.
  • Cost-effective support for optimized low power RF interfaces to Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
  • Reliability/Fail Safe – provides soft fail redundancy in the power amplifier (PA) in the event that one fails
  • Supports RAN sharing business models
  • The TDD platform is already commercially deployed and the FDD platform will be made commercially available during Q1 2015.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/products/9926-enodeb

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SoftBank Mobile Selects JDSU xSIGHT for LTE Assurance

Japan's SoftBank Mobile (SBM) has selected the JDSU xSIGHT Customer Experience Assurance solution to optimize the scale and quality of experience (QoE) of its LTE services, and offer a differentiated customer experience. JDSU said it was picked following a competitive trial.

“SBM had a very demanding and aggressive set of requirements, which is a testament to a strong commitment to continually improve the quality of their LTE service offerings and customer satisfaction,” said Sue Spradley, senior vice president and general manager of JDSU’s Network and Service Enablement business segment. “JDSU is proud of the innovation and value that we proved in the trial and that we were chosen as SBM’s assurance partner for LTE success.”

Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.softbank.jp/en/corp/group/sbm/
http://www.jdsu.com/News-and-Events/news-releases/Pages/SoftBank-Mobile-Selects-JDSU-xSIGHT.aspx#.VLdCpYrF8do

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ericsson Announces License Assisted Access (LAA) Small Cells

Ericsson will support License Assisted Access (LAA) capability in its small cells starting in fourth quarter 2015.  This will enable carrier aggregation of licensed with unlicensed bands to effectively address growth in indoor data traffic. T-Mobile US has agreed to trial the technology.  LAA capability will be supported in the Ericsson Radio Dot System for medium and large buildings and the Ericsson RBS 6402 Indoor Picocell for smaller buildings under 50,000 square feet.

LAA is an LTE-Advanced technology that can improve mobile data speeds and reduce congestion. Ericsson calculates that using only 4 percent of the 5 GHz band, LAA can provide up to a 150 Mbps speed increase to smartphone users. Each additional 4 percent of available spectrum used will increase the smartphone data speed further. Ericsson LAA also incorporates fair sharing within the 5 GHz band, to accommodate traditional Wi-Fi users. Fair sharing works on the principle that Wi-Fi and LAA users would have equal access to the spectrum.

"One of the great things about LAA is its 'rising tide' effect, increasing system capacity and making way for better service to all users in the area, whether they have an LAA-enabled device, or are using Wi-Fi or cellular access," stated Thomas Norén, Vice President, Head of Radio Product Management, Ericsson.

"With our LTE footprint now covering 264 million Americans, we look to innovations like License Assisted Access to help us drive an even better, more differentiated wireless experience. There's approximately 550 MHz of underutilized spectrum in the 5 GHz Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (UNII) band and LAA is one of the technologies we plan to develop and use in our continuing efforts to provide our customers with superior network performance. We are excited to be working with major infrastructure partners, like Ericsson, to bring this technology to our customers in the near-future," said Neville Ray, Chief Technical Officer, T-Mobile US.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1884277

Monday, November 24, 2014

Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Hit 450 Mbps with LTE-A Cat9

Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm achieved LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) peak downlink speed of 450 Mbps (Category 9) by combining three 20 MHz LTE carriers on commercially available Ericsson multi-standard hardware and LTE software.

The demonstration utilized 60 MHz of spectrum, with three 20 MHz LTE carriers in Band 3 (1800 MHz), Band 7 (2600 MHz) and Band 28 (APT 700 MHz) respectively. The successful utilization of Band 28 is significant as this band is gaining momentum as a global LTE band, with the potential to serve 2.1 billion people. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Category 9 LTE-A modem and Ericsson high-performance LTE software (Networks Software 14B) and hardware supporting the company's multi-standard RBS 6000 family of base stations for macro and small cell networks drove today’s results.

The companies said the milestone confirms the maturity and readiness of the ecosystem to support operator deployments of LTE-A 450 Mbps data speeds. It builds on the May 2014 demonstration of the same speed by Ericsson and Telstra, achieved with a user test device on Telstra’s commercial network.

Mike Wright, Telstra Group Managing Director, Networks, says: "We are pleased to play a role in this milestone with Ericsson and Qualcomm. Our customers are keen to see the benefits of LTE-A Carrier Aggregation across our network and today’s achievement demonstrates that Telstra is working with industry leaders in order to develop the next generation of fast and reliable mobile data services. We look forward to offering our customers devices incorporating this new chipset when available in the market."

Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head of Radio Product Management, Ericsson says: "As consumers, businesses and industries are transformed through mobility, network performance becomes a key differentiator. Leading operators such as Telstra are looking for solutions that improve app coverage – network performance from the user perspective. With LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation, app coverage is improved right to the cell edge. Showing this commercial solution live on both network and terminal, with our partners Telstra and Qualcomm, represents a key milestone on the road to large-scale deployments."

http://www.ericsson.com

In February 2014, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies conducted the first inter-vendor interoperability testing of LTE Category 6, which promises potential speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

The final stages of testing, which were completed in collaboration with Telstra, was based on ready-to-release versions of Ericsson's L14A software release. Ericsson said its L14A software leverages load balancing for better spectrum efficiency and improved user experience during high-load situations. It supports all bandwidth and frequency combinations for up to 40MHz Carrier Aggregation, providing users with speeds of up to 300 Mbps.  The test also used Qualcomm;s fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem, the Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 chipset.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Marvell Launches Octa-Core, 64-bit LTE Smartphone Chip

Marvell introduced its octa-core, 64-bit 5-mode 4G LTE ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 system-on-chip (SoC) for smartphones and tablets globally.

The new 5-mode 4G LTE mobile processor features 8× ARM Cortex A53, advanced graphics and security functions, high performance image processing, and sensor fusion capabilities. Key features of the Marvell ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 include:

  • Octa-core Cortex A53, up to 1.5GHz clock speed
  • Supports 1080p display, and video encoding and decoding
  • Improved image processor to support 13 to 16MP camera
  • Advanced power management and audio codec for power efficiency and audio performance
  • Enhanced security processor
  • Integrated location and sensor hub functionalities for better usability
  • Field proven DSDS software for 5-mode modem

"4G LTE is such a critical technology to enable mobile computing, social networking, cloud gaming and other data intensive applications that are part of our daily lives. I believe our single-chip octa-core ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 delivers best-in-class 5-mode 4G LTE connectivity and industry-leading processing, security, graphics and sensor fusion capabilities that will enable mobile products with outstanding performance, long battery lifetime, affordable price point and superior total user experience and empower global mobile operators and tier-one OEMs for the rapid deployment of 4G LTE high performance smartphones and tablets to the mass market around the world," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.

http://www.marvell.com/communication-processors/pxa1936/
@marvellsemi

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SK Telecom Carries 2G/3G over LTE

SK Telecom has developed and commercialized "2G/3G over LTE" technology -- a world first.

"2G/3G over LTE" enhances the stability of 2G/3G mobile networks by utilizing LTE network as backhaul instead of fixed-line 2G/3G infrastructure. SK Telecom said the wireless backhaul network could prove to be more resilient than fixed-line 2G/3G infrastructure in the event of man-made or natural disasters.  In Korea, mobile networks typically have structural redundancy.  The LTE network can replace one of the two fiber-optic transmission networks in the redundancy network structure, thus enhancing the operator’s network building and operating efficiency.

SK Telecom plans to apply the technology to 600 base stations by 2016.

Choi Seung-won, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Engineering Office said, “With 2G/3G over LTE, SK Telecom’s 2G and 3G customers will be able to experience a more stable and seamless service. Our efforts will continue to keep improving customer satisfaction through new and innovative technologies that enhance the quality of service for all our customers.”

http://www.sktelecom.com/en/press/detail.do?idx=1092


SK Telecom demonstrated live LTE-Advanced Tri-Band Carrier aggregation in its commercial network, achieving downlink speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The demonstration, which was conducted in partnership with Ericsson, combined three separate bands of 10 MHz, 10 MHz and 20 MHz bandwidth.  SK Telecom believes the demonstration will serve as yet another opportunity for the company to solidify its position as a leader in LTE-Advanced.

Monday, October 27, 2014

T-Mobile Continues Wideband LTE Rollout

T-Mobile activated its Wideband LTE spectrum throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing up to a 50% increase in speed to customers.  The carrier said its customers in the region are now averaging 21 Mbps, with observed peak rates of up to 90 Mbps. Customers are using about 2.5 GB of data per month.

“We know Bay Area T-Mobile customers are going to notice and take advantage of the faster LTE speeds Wideband LTE provides,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile. “Just because we’ve made an upgrade to the network in these areas, don’t think we are done yet. We are continually working to enhance and expand LTE coverage for our customers every day.”

http://www.t-mobile.com


  • T-Mobile has defined Wideband LTE as at least 15+15MHz.  The carrier has deployed Wideband LTE in over 17 metro areas already and expects at least 26 total metro areas will be up with Wideband LTE by the end of the year. The carrier is also starting to roll out its new low-band 700 MHz A-Block spectrum. 



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ericsson Confirms Contract with T-Mobile US

T-Mobile US has awarded a major contract to Ericsson to continue expanding its nationwide 4G LTE network, improve in-building, highway and rural performance, and expand the availability of high-quality VoLTE services.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The contract, which is an expansion of T-Mobile's 2012 network transformation project with Ericsson, includes RBS 6000 base station equipment, installation and  integration of 700,1900 and 1700/2100 MHz LTE-Advanced radio sites and tuning services.

T-Mobile is the first U.S. wireless carrier to deploy enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC) technology, which enables a seamless handover of VoLTE calls in LTE to existing 2G or 3G networks.  Ericsson has delivered its Session Border Gateway (SBG) and Ericsson Media Resource System (MRS) to support voice handovers using eSRVCC.

Ericsson has enabled Wi-Fi calling through its evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG)1 and interoperates with T-Mobile's existing IP Multimedia System and Evolved Packet Core network infrastructure.Additionally, Ericsson's Services organization will help T-Mobile achieve OPEX reduction through the decommissioning of MetroPCS sites and ecological repurposing or recycling of removed site material.

Neville Ray, CTO of T-Mobile US, says: "We are constantly working to enhance and grow our network for our customers. With the help of Ericsson LTE equipment and services, not only have we rolled out the fastest nationwide LTE network in the US in record time, we're able to continue advancing voice and data performance at an unprecedented pace."

http://www.ericsson.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Qualcomm Releases LTE Broadcast SDK

Qualcomm Technologies releases an LTE Broadcast Software Development Kit (SDK) to help software developers create applications that harness the unique benefits of LTE Broadcast connectivity and content delivery on LTE Broadcast capable devices featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Qualcomm  is providing a common application protocol interface (API) that can be used in all regions around the world that are trialing, testing or deploying LTE Broadcast.  The LTE Broadcast SDK is the first development tool for LTE Broadcast in the mobile industry published for general availability and has been tested with multiple operators, OEMs, and application developers worldwide.

“LTE Broadcast will fundamentally transform the way we experience and interact with live content,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The availability of our LTE Broadcast SDK will provide developers with the tools to innovate and create applications and services that will enable LTE Broadcast technology to reach its full potential. With a common API, the expansion of LTE Broadcast-

The LTE Broadcast SDK is available now through the Qualcomm Developer Network.

https://developer.qualcomm.com/