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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ZTE Picks Sequans for LTE-Advanced CPE

ZTE has selected Sequans Communications' Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced chipset platform for a new line of high-performance CPE for LTE networks operating on LTE bands 42 and 43, primarily used in regions including southeast Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Europe.

The ZTEWelink WF830 is an outdoor, fixed wireless router matched with an indoor multiservice gateway that supports advanced networking and WLAN AP functionalities.. It offer dual-carrier aggregation and category 6 throughput. The unit could be used for advanced residential or small business services delivered over the LTE network.

“We chose Sequans technology for the WF830 because of the robust LTE-Advanced capabilities of the Cassiopeia platform that has been well-proven in the marketplace,” said Sanqiang Liu, Product General Manager, ZTEWelink. “Cassiopeia’s carrier aggregation capability is flexible and robust, allowing for advanced MIMO operation and very high throughput. Sequans’ support was excellent throughout, especially during the operator certification process.”

“We are pleased to contribute our technology to the new LTE-Advanced ZTEWelink CPE,” said Craig Miller, Sequans VP of marketing. “It provides very high LTE performance enabling integrated access for data, voice, and Internet in one powerful unit.”

The LTE-Advanced chip inside the ZTEWelink WF830 is Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced platform, compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications. Cassiopeia supports highly flexible dual-carrier aggregation that allows the combination of any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each, contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band. Cassiopeia also supports other Release 10 enhancements such as new MIMO schemes, enhanced inter-cell interference coordination (eICIC) schemes for heterogeneous networks (HetNets), and improvements to eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service) or LTE broadcast. Cassiopeia features Sequans’ advanced receiver technology for improved performance. Cassiopeia can support additional optional features, including envelope tracking and secure boot, at customer request.

http://www.ztewelink.com/en

Monday, August 22, 2016

IHS: LTE-Advanced Goes Mainstream

Barriers to deploying 4G are nonexistent at this point, and the main driver for 4G is the lower cost per megabyte of data, according to a survey of 24 global service providers that was conducted by IHS. 84 percent of IHS Markit’s service provider respondents are already running LTE‑Advanced (LTE-A) networks.

IHS said the most deployed LTE-Advanced feature among operator respondents is inter-band carrier aggregation, followed by enhanced inter-cell interference coordination and LTE‑Advanced coordinated multipoint.

The IHS survey also found that Voice over LTE (VoLTE) is exploding: three-quarters of those surveyed are offering VoLTE, up from just a quarter last year. This will not necessarily lead to imminent 2G or 3G shutdown, but 2G is rising on the agenda.  In addition, over 50 percent of respondents plan to deploy LTE in unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U) by 2018.

https://technology.ihs.com/571834?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Ericsson and Bombardier test LTE at 200 kmh

Ericsson and Bombardier have completed trials of LTE networks for railway solutions at simulated speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour with the goal of supporting communications-based train control (CBTC), closed-circuit television (CCTV), voice, platform information, advertising and Wi-Fi for passengers, and other such applications.

The companies said LTE could potentially be employed for CBTC, which uses high-resolution location determination and high-capacity data communications - such as those enabled by LTE networks - to support automatic train protection, operation and supervision functions.  In the CBTC tests, the LTE networks achieved uplink and downlink latencies far below the threshold of 100 milliseconds and packet losses approaching zero (anything less than 0.5% was considered a pass mark). Quality of Service capabilities built into Ericsson's equipment also allowed for the preemption and prioritization of mission-critical railway services.

Charlotta Sund, Head of Customer Group Industry & Society at Ericsson, says: "The results of the tests performed to date are very promising and we will continue to test a variety of modems to ensure we can provide robust LTE networks for rail applications. We aim to develop solutions that ensure enhanced rail safety through communications-based train control and CCTV, as well as enhanced entertainment for passengers through services such as voice, platform information, advertising and Wi-Fi."

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2032987

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ericsson's 5G Software Plug-ins Extend LTE

Ericsson announced a number of 5G Plug-Ins, software-driven innovations that bring essential 5G technology concepts to existing LTE networks. Ericsson said LTE will continue to expand and evolve, addressing both an increased number of subscribers and their growing demands for extreme app coverage for data and video, as well as new low power wide area (LPWA) applications for the Internet of Things (IoT).  These include:

  • Massive MIMO Plug-In: Massive MIMO is the combination of Single-User MIMO (SU-MIMO) and beamforming supported by advanced antennas with a large number of steerable ports. Massive MIMO improves both the user experience and the capacity and coverage of the network. 
  • Multi-User MIMO Plug-In: building on Massive MIMO, Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) transmits data to multiple user devices using the same time and frequency resources and coordinates beamforming. MU-MIMO provides a better user experience, enhances network capacity and coverage, and reduces interference.
  • RAN Virtualization Plug-In: RAN Virtualization improves network efficiency and performance by enabling Virtual Network Functions (VNF) to be centralized on a common platform supporting both 4G and 5G.
  • Intelligent Connectivity Plug-In: where 5G and 4G coverage areas overlap, Intelligent Connectivity enables the network to robustly anchor and intelligently route data based on application requirements and network resource availability, increasing the combined data throughput of 4G and 5G resources.
  • Latency Reduction Plug-In: this Plug-In shortens access procedures and modifies the frame structure to enable instant network access and more frequent transmissions. This in turn reduces time-to-content while enabling real-time communications for key 5G applications such as smart vehicles.

"5G will be driven by new use cases requiring higher performance - from connected cars with perfect driving records, to immersive augmented reality for remote surgery, to multi-K movies on mobile devices. 5G will unlock new consumer and industrial applications, and with our 5G field trial plans already well underway, we are now introducing Ericsson 5G Plug-Ins, which enable the evolutionary steps that operators need to take as they develop networks to secure their 5G future," stated Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com


Sunday, April 17, 2016

VoLTE-HD Operational in 55 Mobile Networks Worldwide

LTE networks are now widely deployed worldwide with 492 operators now offering commercial service in 162 countries, according to a newly published report from the GSA. LTE-Advanced is currently in commercial operation to some extent with 127 operators and a further 175 are currently testing the technology.

Some highlights from the GSA report:

  • 422 operators deployed LTE using the FDD mode only, 51 operators deployed LTE using the TDD mode only, 21 operators deployed using both LTE FDD and TDD modes
  • 126 operators in 60 countries are investing in VoLTE deployments, studies or trials. 55 operators have commercially launched VoLTE-HD voice service in 34 countries
  • 1800 MHz band 3 spectrum is in commercial service in 104 countries on 226 LTE networks (LTE1800) representing over 45% of all LTE networks globally
  • 5,104 LTE user devices announced by 417 suppliers. This is 2,185 devices more than GSA reported in April 2015, representing 75% Y-o-Y growth. The number of manufacturers grew 40% in the same period
  • 1800 MHz (3GPP Band 3) is the best supported spectrum for LTE deployments, having the largest LTE devices ecosystem (LTE1800). Over 55% of LTE devices can operate in band 3 spectrum


http://www.gsacom.com

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ericsson Pushes Gigabit LTE and Hyper-Scalable RAN

Ericsson's next Networks Software 16B release will support 1 Gbps LTE user downlink rates and feature "hyper-scalable" radio access network (RAN) architecture. New Elastic RAN will harness interconnected basebands for optimal coordination throughout the network as a foundation in Cloud Radio Access Network (RAN) deployment. Ericsson is also adding to its Radio System portfolio with new microwave backhaul products and new access radios supporting 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM.

Ericsson Networks Software 16B, which is slated for commercial release in Q2, will be showcased later this month at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  Key features include:

  • Three component Carrier Aggregation (CA) which enables the user to benefit from up to 60 MHz combined bandwidth from different spectrum bands simultaneously;
  • 4X4 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) which doubles the number of unique data streams being transmitted to the user’s smartphone, thereby enabling up to twice the capacity and data throughput;
  • LTE 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) encoding which packs more bits into the available spectrum; and
  • Ericsson Lean Carrier, which increases both the data throughput received by end users, and overall system capacity by reducing the interference caused by excess reference signaling across the LTE network.

Ericsson’s new Elastic RAN enables every Ericsson Radio System LTE baseband unit to coordinate with any adjacent one, whether in a centralized, distributed or hybrid network architecture using high-performance Ethernet transport networks.  Ericsson said this Elastic RAN approach ensures that capabilities such as Carrier Aggregation (CA) and Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP) can improve the user’s app coverage network wide irrespective of the baseband deployment scenario.

The Ericsson Radio System, which launched in Q1 2015 and became generally available in Q3 2015, is now complemented with three new radio access products supporting 4X4 MIMO as well as new spectrum bands and spectrum re-farming:

  • Radio 4415 with 4x40W output power supports 4x4 MIMO to increase capacity by doubling the available data streams
  • Radio 2012 adds support for the 1.4 GHz Supplemental Downlink band, thereby adding capacity to the network
  • Radio 2212 with 2x80W output power to facilitate spectrum re-farming as operators upgrade from 2G to 3G and LTE

New microwave additions to the Ericsson Radio System include:

  • MINI-LINK 6651, a compact indoor unit with a link capacity of 1.9 Gbps (using 4096 QAM and a 112 MHz channel), which is used for split mount deployments using an outdoor radio unit.
  • MINI-LINK 6354, a two carrier all outdoor solution for traditional frequency bands, providing a capacity of 2.8 Gbps (using 4096 QAM and 112 MHz channels).
  • Multi-band Booster, which provides a significant boost in performance and improved use of spectrum, by combining a wider high frequency channel with a narrow low frequency channel. One example is bonding of an E-band microwave radio, (70 and 80 GHz) together with a radio using a channel in the 23 GHz to enable 10 times more capacity than 23 GHz alone.
  • High Performance Compact antennas for the current MINI-LINK 6363, MINI-LINK 6352 and Fronthaul 6392

"Our latest combination of software, hardware and network architecture innovations supported on the Ericsson Radio System, ensure that our mobile operator customers can continue to delight their customers while driving network performance and efficiency improvements as they evolve to 5G. Gigabit LTE, Elastic RAN, and new radio access and microwave backhaul products are all designed to help our operators become the frontrunners in their markets,” stated Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/160204-ericsson-unleashes-gigabit-lte-and-creates-hyperscale-cloud-ran_244039856_c

Verizon, Sequans Collaborate on LTE CAT M Chipsets

Sequans Communications and Verizon are collaborating to accelerate development of CAT M-capable LTE chipsets.

Category M is based on the coming Release 13 of the 3GPP LTE standard, which defines new features such as extended coverage, lower data rate and lower power consumption.  Cat M LTE is aimed at a new class of LTE applications for machine-type-communications (MTC) devices, such as wearables, asset trackers, smart meters and industrial sensors.

Verizon and Sequans previously collaborated on CAT 1 LTE technology, which led to Verizon becoming the first in the world to deploy CAT 1 LTE devices commercially.

“We led the industry when we introduced our Calliope CAT 1 LTE chipset platform, tested it on Verizon’s network, and introduced it to the market where it is now being deployed broadly,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “And we are excited to extend our partnership with Verizon to address the CAT M space. Having the support of Verizon will ensure the new Sequans CAT M-capable chipsets currently in development will be ready as quickly as possible.”

http://www.sequans.com

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nokia to Offer "Pop-up Network" Service for Mobile Operators

Nokia is preparing to launch a "Pop-up Network" service that provides temporary, transportable base stations coordinated by Nokia Centralized Radio Access Network (RAN) capabilities to operators that need extra capacity on a short term basis, such as mass events.  With the service, Nokia will provide planning and deployment of the equipment.  The operator simply pays for the capacity required during the event, reducing the total costs by up to 80% when compared to investing in its own infrastructure.

In addition, Nokia announced cloud-based, Geo-Data as a Service, which combines anonymized 3-D geolocation data from devices with network data to provide accurate insight into network, device and application performance as well as subscriber behavior. The insight is tailored to the needs of different operator functions. For example, network planners can spot and correct areas where subscribers are experiencing poor service; marketing personnel can identify subscriber trends and implement campaigns to grow revenue from the most valuable subscribers; or sales executives can pinpoint where their network provides better service than its competitors to leverage with new corporate clients.

http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-introduces-pop-up-network-service-for-mass-events-up-to-3x-uplink-speed-ensures-memo

Thursday, December 17, 2015

New MulteFire Alliance Promotes LTE in Unlicensed Spectrum

A new MulteFire Alliance has been formed with the backing of Nokia, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Intel to promote MulteFire, an LTE-based technology for small cells operating solely in unlicensed spectrum, such as the global 5 GHz unlicensed band.

MulteFire will utilize the robust radio link, ease of management and self-organizing characteristics of LTE and its 3GPP standard evolution to deliver enhanced performance in local area network deployments.

“By bringing the benefits of LTE technologies to unlicensed spectrum, MulteFire helps provide enhanced coverage, capacity and mobility. It can also improve the Quality of Experience and security in private network deployments” said Stephan Litjens, Vice President, Portfolio Strategy & Analytics, Mobile  Broadband, Nokia, and MulteFire Alliance board chair.  “This technology is also aimed to deliver value to existing mobile networks and private customers such as building owners. MulteFire can act as a “neutral host” with the ability to serve users from multiple operators, especially in hard to reach places such as indoor locations, venues and enterprises.”

“With MulteFire, consumers and network providers will enjoy the combination of 4G-LTE like performance with Wi-Fi-like deployment simplicity in local-area deployments,” said Ed Tiedemann, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and MulteFire Alliance board member.  “Users will benefit from an enhanced connectivity experience when moving across spaces such as shopping malls and corporate offices thanks to MulteFire’s mobility features and optional integration with wide-area networks.”

http://www.MulteFire.org

3GPP Release 13 to Include Low Power Wide Area Specs

The GSMA hailed new 3GPP standards for the emerging Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connections, a market forecast to grow to US$589 billion by 2020, or approximately 47 percent of the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, according to Machina Research.

The new standards, which will be part of 3GPP Release 13, include: Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT), Extended Coverage GPRS (EC-GPRS) and LTE Machine Type Communication (LTE-MTC).

“This is an important step in enabling operators to deliver industry standard solutions by extending their existing high-quality managed networks, service platforms and world-class customer management capabilities,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “The Low Power Wide Area market is a high-growth area of the Internet of Things and represents a huge opportunity in its development. A common and global vision will remove fragmentation, accelerate the availability of industry standard solutions and help the market to fulfil its potential.”

In addition, the members of the recently announced NB-IoT Forum have agreed that this will now be part of the GSMA’s Mobile IoT Initiative and will focus on fostering a global ecosystem for NB-IoT technology. A key element of the forum will be the creation of ‘Open IoT Labs’ that will be available to any operator, module vendor or application provider and are designed to develop and accelerate the commercial availability of LPWA technology as well as encourage organisations to create NB-IoT enabled devices and applications for a variety of different verticals. They will also provide an opportunity for end-to-end and interoperability testing.

http://www.gsma.com/newsroom/press-release/gsma-welcomes-mobile-industry-agreement-on-technology-standards/

Friday, December 4, 2015

IHS: LTE Infrastructure Market Up 9% YoY

The worldwide mobile infrastructure market totaled $11.3 billion in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), up 1 percent from a year ago, driven by 3G W-CDMA capacity projects in EMEA and the end of LTE rollouts in China, according to a new report from IHS.

Some highlights:

  • Global LTE revenue is up 9 percent year-over-year, totaling $6.1 billion.
  • On a quarter-over-quarter basis, the overall mobile infrastructure market is down 1 percent, mainly dragged by Brazil, China, Japan, the Middle East and Russia, while LTE revenue was flat from the previous quarter.
  • Of the BRIC nations, India is the bright spot in the mobile infrastructure space, up every quarter since the beginning of 2015
  • North America is stable quarter-over-quarter, China is reaching the end of its massive LTE rollouts, LTE rollouts in Western and Central Europe are close to completion, and in the Middle East 3G upgrades are completed
  • IHS projects the global 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure market to slowly decline to $28.5 billion by 2019, a 5-year (2014–2019) CAGR of -9.5 percent
  • 5G will kick off the next mobile infrastructure investment cycle, which is expected to start in 2018


http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2015/3Q15-Mobile-Infrastructure-Market.asp

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cosmote Hits 500 Gbps with LTE FDD 3x Carrier Aggregation + 256QAM

Cosmote Greece achieved download speeds of 500Mbps in a live LTE network using equipment from Ericsson.

Cosmote is implementing FDD 3xCarrier Aggregation & 256 QAM innovation to their commercial network, boosting performance and market differentiation.

The demonstration, which took place at the Infocom World 2015 event in Athens on November 24, 2015, used Ericsson’s radio solutions and Ericsson Networks Software 16A . In addition, three component 20+20+10MHz FDD LTE carrier aggregation in combination with 256 QAM modulation deployed in a live network for the first time in the European market.

Ericsson said its 256QAM downlink encoding technology provides up to 33 percent higher downlink throughput in good radio conditions. This enables more efficient use of the spectrum allocated to a cell, as well as a 33 percent increase in maximum user downlink throughput.

"OTE Group brings the future of telecommunications today. We invest in innovation in order to be the first to offer our customers pioneering fixed and mobile telecommunications services, while we continue to assertively expand our New Generation Networks and develop the country’s infrastructure. With the consecutive 'firsts' achieved by the OTE Group, such as the demonstration of speeds up to 500 Mbps via our 4G+ network, we confirm our technological superiority and make a difference for our customers," stated Stefanos Theocharopoulos, Chief Technology & Operations Officer, OTE Group.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/151127-ericsson-and-cosmote_244069644_c

Saturday, November 7, 2015

3 Hong Kong Tests FDD+TDD and 4.5G with Huawei

Hutchison Telecommunications's 3 Hong Kong division has demonstrated an FDD+TDD and 4.5G(TDD+) network in conjunction with Huawei at last week's Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum 2015 in Hong Kong.

The 4.5G(TDD+) solution includes features such as four component carrier (4CC) carrier aggregation (CA), large-scale 4X4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) multi-antenna technology and 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (256 QAM) to significantly boost network capacity and peak download rates.

For the demo, 3 Hong Kong paired FDD spectrum in the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz band with TDD 2300 MHz spectrum via CA technology, and achieved record download speeds of 1Gbps by utilising 60MHz of spectrum to maximise bandwidth efficiency.

3 Hong Kong and Huawei will continue to innovate and bring new mobile technologies to Hong Kong. We plan to re-farm our 900 MHz and 2100 MHz spectrums for LTE network deployment in order to develop a 5CC LTE-A network, further boosting the peak download rate to around 1.3 Gbps. By combining the strengths of mobile, fixed and Wi-Fi networks, we work tirelessly to provide customers with an all-round mobile communication experience with smooth and stable LTE service, plus high-quality content and customer service,” stated Peter Wong, CEO and Group Managing Director of HTHKH.

3 Hong Kong also showcased a commercial smartphone compatible with FDD+TDD 3CC CA technology at a 4.5G(TDD+) demonstration took place in Causeway Bay, one of the world’s most complex wireless environments.

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2015/10/3%20Hong%20Kong%20and%20Huawei%20demonstrate%20a

Anritsu Cites Wins for LTE-A 3 Carrier Aggregation (3CA) Carrier Acceptance Test

Anritsu announced support for LTE-A 3 Carrier Aggregation (3CA) Carrier Acceptance Test (CAT) requirements at two additional major North American carriers, building on the first announcement of 3CA support for a third carrier in September.

Anritsu said it is the first test manufacturer to provide 3CA support to three large North American carriers.

Anritsu is committed to developing test solutions for the entire mobile ecosystem so the benefits of LTE-A CA, including increased data rates, can be realized. This will help ensure consumers have the best customer experience for a multitude of data applications and use cases. The ME7834LA is part of our core wireless solutions portfolio designed to address the needs of operators, device makers, and chipset manufacturers," said Paul Innis, VP and General Manager of Anritsu America Sales Region.

http://www.anritsu.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

LTE IoT Chipset Targets 10 years of Battery Life

Ericsson, in partnership with AT&T and Altair Semiconductor, plan to demonstrate ultralow power consumption for IoT devices with a target battery operational life of ten years.

The demonstration of LTE Power Saving Mode on a commercial LTE Internet of Things (IoT) chipset is showcased at this week's GSMA Mobile 360 Series - North America event in Atlanta, Georgia.

The IoT device Altair's FourGee-1160 Cat 1 chipset featuring ultra-low power consumption. Power Saving Mode is an Ericsson Evolved Packet Core feature based on 3GPP (Release 12) for both GSM and LTE networks. The feature is able to dramatically extend IoT device battery life up to ten years or more for common use cases and traffic profiles.

Cameron Coursey, Vice President, Product Development, AT&T's IoT Organization, says: "IoT connectivity is essential to helping businesses stay tethered to their assets around the world. Whether a trucking company hauls expensive cargo across the country or a restaurant transports fresh food overseas, a long battery life on their connected devices can help them provide continuous service.  Businesses can save money and become more efficient with battery replacements every few years rather than very few months.

"Power Saving Mode running on a Cat 1 device enables new use cases and services so far impractical for LTE based IoT networks. We are very pleased to cooperate with ecosystem partners such as Ericsson and AT&T to demonstrate how these use cases are made possible today, based on existing and commercial device and infrastructure technology," stated Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development, Altair.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1962068

Monday, October 26, 2015

Qualcomm Intros LTE Modems for IoT

Qualcomm introduced its latest LTE modems (the MDM9207-1 and MDM9206) designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The MDM9207-1 is purpose-built for IoT applications like smart metering, security, asset tracking, wearables, point-of-sale and industrial automation – many of which require extremely reliable and power-efficient connections to cloud services. It offers Category 1 LTE connectivity with power and throughput optimizations, and other customizable features.

The MDM9206 will allow device manufacturers to enable cost-optimized solutions for low data rate IoT applications more efficiently addressed by a narrowband modem in addition to providing enhancements for ultra-low power and extended range as part of Cat-M (eMTC) and narrowband IoT (NB-IOT).

Key customizable features for the MDM9207-1 include support for:

  • LTE Category 1 up to 10 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink speeds with LTE multimode or LTE Single mode capability and dual Rx or single Rx
  • Power Save Mode (PSM) enabling 10+ years battery life
  • Major cellular standards, including LTE FDD, LTE TDD, DC-HSPA, GSM and TD-SCDMA
  • Scalable software across chipset platforms
  • Advanced, built-in hardware and software security features
  • Integrated voice support for Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB) and VoLTE
  • Integrated Applications Processor with ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz
  • Linux OS for application development
  • Integrated global positioning support for GPS, Beidou, Glonass, and Galileo
  • Small package at 28nm LP to allow for optimized IoT form factors
  • Pre-integrated support for Qualcomm VIVE™ Wi-Fi 1x1, 802.11ac featuring Qualcomm MU | EFX MU-MIMO technology and BT 4.1 BLE
  • Qualcomm RF360 Front End Solution

"Qualcomm Technologies continues to expand the capabilities of LTE to accelerate progress in IoT today with the MDM9207-1 and MDM9206," said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, IoE, Qualcomm Technologies International Ltd.  "These modems demonstrate our continued commitment to the expansion of existing LTE commercial device capability in addition to new standards-based Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies that will lead to global cellular solutions with longer range, lower power and lower complexity, such as LTE Cat-M (eMTC) and NB-IOT."

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Verizon Cites Growth in the LTE Rural Partner Program

Verizon announced all 21 participants in its LTE in Rural America (LRA) program have now launched commercial service.

The program was first launched 5 years ago with a goal of helping rural wireless companies across America drive innovation through advanced 4G LTE technology.

“The LRA program has positively impacted the lives of Americans from Maine to Alaska, and we’re very proud to be a part of that,” said Philip Junker, executive director of strategic alliances at Verizon and a leader of the LRA program. “Verizon has always been a responsible steward of spectrum resources. We had a vision of partnering with the rural carrier community, we put our resources behind that vision, and we delivered what we promised for our customers.”

Some stats on Verizon’s LRA program:

  • 225,000 square miles of Verizon’s spectrum is leased by LRA participants across 169 rural counties in 15 states
  • 1,000+ 4G LTE cell sites have been activated, covering an area larger than Colorado
  • 2.7 million people are covered by those cells sites
  • More than 50 wireless devices have been certified, including smartphones, tablets and connected devices

http://www.verizon.com/news


Monday, October 5, 2015

Nokia Networks Showcases Public Safety LTE

Nokia Networks is showcasing an end-to-end LTE-based solution for first responders and other public safety personnel.

LTE technology offers high bandwidth and high reliability for disaster-level operational capabilities and information management with low latency for the fastest connectivity.

The end-to-end Nokia Networks Public Safety Portfolio in brief:

  • 3GPP compliant, including Quality of Service, high availability, mobility, security and resilient IP connectivity.
  • The public safety LTE network is built on Nokia Networks’ radio access network, evolved packet core, VoLTE solution, IP Multimedia Subsystem, Core in a Box solution, subscriber data and device management, network management, Self-Organizing Networks, and Nokia Liquid Applications technology.
  • Nokia Networks LTE Network in a Box offers standard authorized IP connectivity and can provide complete LTE network coverage for users in minutes.
  • End-to-end security offering for public safety networks, protecting devices and networks.


“Tomorrow’s smart cities will be built on standardized technologies with economies of scale, such as LTE for public safety. Already today, LTE mobile broadband connectivity with innovative real-time applications helps public safety authorities offer a completely new level of service to citizens. We at Nokia Networks understand that public safety networks must conform to the most stringent requirements for connectivity and application security. Building on our strong heritage of working with governmental agencies, we are now offering the most comprehensive LTE public safety portfolio to our customers jointly with our selected partners,” stated Thorsten Robrecht, Vice President, Partner Business at Nokia Networks.

http://networks.nokia.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Verizon Brings Private Traffic Mgt to LTE

Verizon introduced a Private Network Traffic Management solution that works with its LTE network to give enterprises better performance and the ability to enable prioritization among mobile applications.

The subscription-based service, which is available only to Verizon Private Network customers, can be added to select Verizon Private Network 4G LTE devices for a monthly fee per user, based on the service level option selected. The service levels that can be assigned to applications, include:

  • Premium & Enhanced: Available to all Verizon Private Network customers, the Premium and Enhanced service level options allow customers to allocate portions of their 4G LTE connection, in correlation with the selected subscription, for sending mission critical applications.
  • Public Safety: Data applications traversing this top-tier service level exclusively available to Public Safety customers who subscribe to the Verizon Private Network, including Emergency Services or other first responders, will receive the highest transmission priority to enable critical communications to reach their destination quickly.

“The surge in enterprise mobility and IoT adoption by organizations has created a demand for powerful networking solutions that are the growth engine for successful initiatives,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation with Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

http://news.verizonenterprise.com/2015/09/private-network-traffic-management-4glte/




See video: https://youtu.be/JS5eU4_OcJc

Monday, September 21, 2015

Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat to Combine LTE + Satellite for Aviation Network

Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat have formed a strategic partnership to offer a European Aviation Network that combines LTE-based ground network and satellite capabilities for Europe. The service will deliver high-speed, in-flight high-speed Internet access.

The European Aviation Network will combine satellite connectivity from a new Inmarsat S-band satellite with DT's LTE-based ground network. Imarsat possesses 30MHz (2 x 15MHz) S-band spectrum in all 28 EU member states.

Lufthansa, which will be the first European hub airline to tral the service, plans to test satellite-based broadband service on board its European flights in summer 2016.  Lufthansa will take part in a flight trial program of the new European Aviation Network from 2017 onwards.

“This bold step will make Deutsche Telekom the first telecommunications operator to take the advantages of LTE technology to the European airspace and fits perfectly into our strategy to become the leading European telco,” explains Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “As a groundbreaking innovation we will roll out a powerful terrestrial network based on LTE within the European Aviation Network. This will be the first aviation connectivity network in Europe powered by both LTE and satellite combined! Our technology leadership provides a solid foundation for the best customer experience possible – be that on the ground or in the skies – and enables us to work with the finest partners in Europe and beyond.”

"With this integrated network we can meet the need for capacity, flexibility and quality of service, including the ability to expand quickly to anticipate growth in demand,” says Andy Sukawaty, Chairman of Inmarsat. “The integrated satellite and complementary LTE-based ground network will ensure that Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom together deliver the fastest, best and most consistent in-flight broadband experience that meets the needs of airlines in this region. Combined with our global GX (Ka-band) and L-band services, we now have connectivity solutions for the cockpit and the cabin of any type of aircraft, flying in any geography."

http://www.inmarsat.com
https://www.telekom.com/home