Friday, November 4, 2011

NTT Docomo Sets Sights on "Shaping a Smart Life"

NTT Docomo outlined its medium-term vision of transforming from Japan's largest mobile operator into an Integrated Service company with a mobile network at its core. The three-year plan calls for a rapid expansion of new services aimed at "Shaping a Smart Life" at a personalized level for each of its tens of millions of users. In short, Docomo seeks to become a Personal Life Agent by leveraging smartphones, a fully deployed LTE-Advanced network, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.


Docomo plans to serve a wide range of smartphones and tablets through its own original content portal and marketplace for third party applications and services. The company will continue to offer its own line of LTE smartphones with advanced features such as e-wallet, new media broadcasting, location services and earthquake warnings. The network will deliver security capabilities such as anti-phishing, parental controls, spam filtering, and remote monitoring and support.


New technologies for the mid-term include smartphone sensor "jackets" for detecting environmental conditions such as radiation, UV exposure, body temperature, blood pressure, blood alcohol level, and even bad mouth odors. Better battery technology will bring super-rapid charging in about 10 minutes. Docomo also sees the incorporation of gesture technologies, better voice recognition, etc. by 2015.


Docomo will strive to increase its total smartphone subscriptions to 40 million by FY2015, including 30 million using its Xi LTE service.


Docomo is accelerating the expansion of its "Xi" LTE network with the target of achieving nationwide population coverage of 98% in FY2014. Over this period, the maximum downstream data throughput rate will be increased to 100 Mbps. This will be accomplish with the introduction of LTE -Advanced over the same period. After 2015, Docomo envisions LTE-Advanced scaling to Gigabit speed downloads through the use of higher MiMO and additional spectrum.


Maximum data throughput rates will be increased to 100 Mbps nationwide by FY 2014 with the introduction of LTE -Advanced.


While the projected data traffic growth will be 12x by 2015, Docomo hopes to increase its packet revenues by 1.5x to reach 2.7 trillion yen in FY2015. Accommodating this traffic growth also requires a number of countermeasures, including the use of new spectrum, the implementation of small-cell architecture, traffic management for the heaviest data users, new tiered pricing schemes, and the expansion of Wi-Fi offload. Docomo will increase the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots from 30,000 to 100,000.


The real transformation into an Integrated Services company will occur through the convergence of the advanced mobile network with other industries. Docomo plans to lead the way by becoming a Personal Life Agent in broadcasting & content recommendations, personal and vehicular navigation, personal health monitoring, personal data storage, personal memory storage (photo and video archiving), mobile banking and mobile commerce. Docomo plans to increase the financial investments it has made in start-ups operating in each of these sectors. Revenue targets for 2015 have now been set in these sectors. Overall, the company aims to expand the revenue of these New Businesses to approximately 1 trillion yen by FY2015, about 2.5 times the current run rate.


Cloud services and artificial intelligence will be the key enablers for these New Businesses.


Docomo is also looking to boost its international presence by promoting this "platform" vision with other carriers. It holds strategic investments in a number of key telecom carriers and has formed strategic alliances with others.


In addition, Docomo is moving ahead to implement key learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake. These include:



  • Enhancing its ability to quickly deploy large scale base stations following a major disaster


  • Securing base station power supplies for extended electrical outage.


  • Ensuring the swift provisioning of satellite mobile phones following a major disaster


  • Increasing the usage of microwave backhaul and satellite circuits as a back-up to fiber connections.



http://www.nttdocomo.com

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent's Q3 Revenue Slips to Euro 3,797 million

Alcatel-Lucent reported a disappointing Q3 with overall revenue decreasing 6.8% year-over-year and 2.7% sequentially to Euro 3,797 million. At constant currency exchange rates and perimeter, revenue decreased 0.7% year-over-year and decreased 3.8% sequentially. Reported net income (group share) was Euro 194 million or Euro 0.08 per share.


Some key trends for the period:

  • Sales were strong in North America with a year-over-year increase of 10%, and in the Rest of World, especially in Central and Latin America with sustained double digit growth rate. Asia Pacific as well as Europe witnessed a double digit rate declines.


  • Networks saw a low single digit decrease this quarter, reflecting mixed trends.


  • IP, the fastest growing division, followed by Wireless, driven by CDMA and LTE. Revenues for the IP division were Euro 376 million, a 2.7% increase from the year-ago quarter. Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 1,032 million, a decrease of 3.4% from the year-ago quarter. At constant currency exchange rates, wireless revenues increased 2.8% year-over-year.


  • Within Wireline, PON technologies maintained a strong progression, more than offset by a decline of IPDSLAM and legacy products.


  • In Optics, both terrestrial and submarine declined at a high single digit rate.


  • Software, Services & Solutions decreased at a low single digit rate. Within that segment, the slight growth in Services was driven by Network & System Integration and Managed Services, offset by a decline in Network Applications.


  • Enterprise witnessed a strong quarter, driven by Genesys and Data networking.


“We are reducing our costs and increasing our profitability. However, we are not at a level we are satisfied with. And given economic uncertainties, we will take more radical actions to accelerate our transformation and reduce quickly our costs structure, especially in Europe. This will generate additional savings in 2012 of € 200 million in fixed costs addressing mainly our SG&A spending and € 300 million in variable costs addressing mainly project and delivery efficiency. For the remaining part of 2011, given these market uncertainties, and selective spending from our customers, especially in Europe, we now expect weaker revenues there than initially planned in the fourth quarter of 2011," stated Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

AT&T Sees T-Mobile Deal Closing in Q2 2012

AT&T pushed back the expected timeline for its closing its acquisition of T-Mobile USA. In an SEC filing, the company said it expects the deal to close in Q2 2012.


The deal was first announced on 31-March-2011.
http://www.att.com

United Airlines to Equip Aircraft with Wi-Fi from Panasonic

The entire United Continental mainline aircraft fleet will be equipped with Wi-Fi by 2015. United Continental has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide Wi-Fi connectivity on more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline aircraft beginning in mid-2012. The airline expects to install the Panasonic system on Airbus 319 and 320 and Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Customers will be able to use their wireless devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets onboard those aircraft to connect with internet service using the in-flight hotspot.


Panasonic said its Ku-band satellite technology offers faster speed than air-to-ground technology (ATG) and will provide connectivity on flights worldwide. The system will also enable wireless streaming of video content.


"Our customers tell us they value Wi-Fi," said Jim Compton, United's executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "As a global carrier, we selected satellite-based Ku-band technology to enable customers to stay connected on long-haul overseas flights, something no other U.S.-based international carrier currently offers."


Continental Airlines previously announced plans to install satellite-based Wi-Fi on more than 200 DIRECTV®-equipped aircraft beginning in 2012.
http://www.united.com

Sprint Moves Ahead with $4 Billion in Financing

Sprint moved ahead with the pricing of its previously announced offering of $1 billion of 1.5% notes due 2021 and $3 billion aggregate principal amount of 9% guaranteed notes due 2018.


Sprint said it will use the funds for general corporate purposes, which may include, among other things, redemptions or service requirements of outstanding debt, network expansion and modernization and potential funding of Clearwire.
http://www.sprint.com

Alcatel-Lucent's Q3 Revenue Slips to Euro 3,797 million

Alcatel-Lucent reported a disappointing Q3 with overall revenue decreasing 6.8% year-over-year and 2.7% sequentially to Euro 3,797 million. At constant currency exchange rates and perimeter, revenue decreased 0.7% year-over-year and decreased 3.8% sequentially. Reported net income (group share) was Euro 194 million or Euro 0.08 per share.


Some key trends for the period:

  • Sales were strong in North America with a year-over-year increase of 10%, and in the Rest of World, especially in Central and Latin America with sustained double digit growth rate. Asia Pacific as well as Europe witnessed a double digit rate declines.


  • Networks saw a low single digit decrease this quarter, reflecting mixed trends.


  • IP, the fastest growing division, followed by Wireless, driven by CDMA and LTE. Revenues for the IP division were Euro 376 million, a 2.7% increase from the year-ago quarter. Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 1,032 million, a decrease of 3.4% from the year-ago quarter. At constant currency exchange rates, wireless revenues increased 2.8% year-over-year.


  • Within Wireline, PON technologies maintained a strong progression, more than offset by a decline of IPDSLAM and legacy products.


  • In Optics, both terrestrial and submarine declined at a high single digit rate.


  • Software, Services & Solutions decreased at a low single digit rate. Within that segment, the slight growth in Services was driven by Network & System Integration and Managed Services, offset by a decline in Network Applications.


  • Enterprise witnessed a strong quarter, driven by Genesys and Data networking.


“We are reducing our costs and increasing our profitability. However, we are not at a level we are satisfied with. And given economic uncertainties, we will take more radical actions to accelerate our transformation and reduce quickly our costs structure, especially in Europe. This will generate additional savings in 2012 of € 200 million in fixed costs addressing mainly our SG&A spending and € 300 million in variable costs addressing mainly project and delivery efficiency. For the remaining part of 2011, given these market uncertainties, and selective spending from our customers, especially in Europe, we now expect weaker revenues there than initially planned in the fourth quarter of 2011," stated Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

AT&T Sees T-Mobile Deal Closing in Q2 2012

AT&T pushed back the expected timeline for its closing its acquisition of T-Mobile USA. In an SEC filing, the company said it expects the deal to close in Q2 2012.


The deal was first announced on 31-March-2011.
http://www.att.com

United Airlines to Equip Aircraft with Wi-Fi from Panasonic

The entire United Continental mainline aircraft fleet will be equipped with Wi-Fi by 2015. United Continental has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide Wi-Fi connectivity on more than 300 United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline aircraft beginning in mid-2012. The airline expects to install the Panasonic system on Airbus 319 and 320 and Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and 787 aircraft. Customers will be able to use their wireless devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets onboard those aircraft to connect with internet service using the in-flight hotspot.


Panasonic said its Ku-band satellite technology offers faster speed than air-to-ground technology (ATG) and will provide connectivity on flights worldwide. The system will also enable wireless streaming of video content.


"Our customers tell us they value Wi-Fi," said Jim Compton, United's executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "As a global carrier, we selected satellite-based Ku-band technology to enable customers to stay connected on long-haul overseas flights, something no other U.S.-based international carrier currently offers."


Continental Airlines previously announced plans to install satellite-based Wi-Fi on more than 200 DIRECTV®-equipped aircraft beginning in 2012.
http://www.united.com

Sprint Moves Ahead with $4 Billion in Financing

Sprint moved ahead with the pricing of its previously announced offering of $1 billion of 1.5% notes due 2021 and $3 billion aggregate principal amount of 9% guaranteed notes due 2018.


Sprint said it will use the funds for general corporate purposes, which may include, among other things, redemptions or service requirements of outstanding debt, network expansion and modernization and potential funding of Clearwire.
http://www.sprint.com

DragonWave Opens New Doors with Acquisition of NSN's Microwave Transport Business

DragonWave announced a transformative deal to acquire Nokia Siemens Networks' microwave transport business, including its associated operational support systems (OSS) and related support functions, in a transaction potentially worth up to EUR 110 million.


The deal provides DragonWave with an existing microwave transport business serving many top carriers worldwide, a more extensive product portfolio, an on-going agreement under which its will become the preferred, strategic supplier to Nokia Siemens Networks of packet microwave and related products, and joint R&D work with NSN. The division has sales several times larger than DragonWave, its client base is much larger, and it has more employees (360), mainly based in Milan, Italy and Shanghai, China.


Nokia Siemens Networks would retain responsibility for its existing solution sales and associated services for microwave transport, while DragonWave would be responsible for the product line, including R&D, product management and operations functions.


"This relationship is transformational, giving us the ability to serve customers who want to access an integrated solution. In addition, it provides DragonWave an expanded technology base to address those customers who wish to purchase stand-alone best-in-breed products. Our increased scale, diversity and customer footprint, coupled with significantly enhanced resources and capabilities, will provide a solid foundation for faster innovation and broader market penetration," stated Peter Allen, president & chief executive officer of DragonWave.


For Nokia Siemens Networks, the deal allows it to focus more its core products and services, while slimming the size of the company and getting the benefits of DragonWave's innovations in packet microwave products.


The financial terms of the deal call for DragonWave to pay approximately 10 million euros in cash and 5 million euros worth of DragonWave common shares, assume employee liabilities of approximately 10 million euros, enter into a capital asset lease arrangement for approximately 5 million euros, an potentially pay sales performance based earn-out payments of up to 80 million euros. http://www.dragonwaveinc.com http://www.nsn.com

  • Last month, DragonWave introduced its "Avenue" backhaul solution for small cell base stations. DragonWave's new product accommodates a wide range of 3G or 4G microcellular RAN access units and leverages an integrated backhaul antenna array supporting up to three simultaneous backhaul beam paths using frequencies ranging from 2 GHz to 80 GHz to deliver 1.2 Gbps of aggregate, full-duplex capacity. Alternatively, the Avenue can be backhauled via fiber or DSL. RAN base stations integrated into the Avenue can be backhauled over distances up to 4 km/2.5 mi. The Avenue's ultra-high capacity enables the support of a wide range of network topologies (self-healing rings, constrained meshes, point-to-point/daisy-chaining or multi-point). DragonWave said it engineered the Avenue to deliver the highest levels of spectral efficiency and reliability for carrier-grade delivery of advanced applications and services.


  • Earlier this year, introduced its Horizon Harmony platform, a packet-based, high-capacity system for transporting converged TDM, ATM, Frame Relay and packet-based Ethernet traffic. This DragonWave platform, which leverages technology from its recent acquisition of Axerra Networks, integrates pseudowire and packet microwave technologies. Horizon Harmony operates in the 6 to 60 GHz frequency range and delivers a number of advanced technologies including: Bandwidth Accelerator, Gigabit Ethernet interfaces in addition to the standard 10/100BaseT interfaces; integrated RF and TDM loopbacks, Hitless Automatic Adaptive Modulation (HAAM); and, advanced Ethernet capabilities such as port-based VLAN tagging/switching and support for advanced Ethernet OAM (operations, administration and management) capability.


    DragonWave also introduced its Horizon Compact+ all-outdoor packet radio. The Horizon Compact+ system incorporates XPIC (Cross Polarization Interference Cancellation) technology and also becomes the first to take advantage of XPIC's spectrum-doubling capability. Building on the capacity increases from DragonWave's previously announced Bandwidth Accelerator technology, this spectrum-doubling capability increases the data bandwidth of Horizon Compact+ to as high as 2 Gbps. Horizon Compact+ operates in licensed or unlicensed spectrum from 6 to 60 GHz.

NTT Com's Transpacific Cable Sees 100G Upgrade in 2013

NTT Communications confirmed that it will deploy 100 Gbps coherent transmission technology in its PC-1 transpacific submarine cable system by the middle of 2013. The upgrade will boost the PC-1's transmission capacity to 10 terabits per second (Tbps), more than triple its current capacity of 3.2 Tbps.



"Our subsea cable system PC-1 is an important international communications for the United States and Japan as proven during the March 11 disaster. Enhancing the capabilities of this PC-1, which provides the trans-pacific shortest link, through the most advanced technologies will satisfy ever increasing traffic and will be extremely beneficial for users." said Takahiro Sumimoto, CEO of PC Landing Corp.


PC Landing Corp., an NTT Com group company and operator of the PC-1, succeeded in a trial 100 Gbps optical communication transmission using digital coherent technology in October. The trial, conducted over more than 9,500 kilometers of PC-1 fiber, was supported by the PC-1's optically optimized architecture including efficiently placed optical repeaters and optical fiber layout. http://www.ntt.co.jp

  • In October 2011, Infinera and Pacific Crossing, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications, have completed a 100 Gbps trial using the PC-1 transpacific submarine cable system. The test spanned more than 9,500 kilometers from California to Japan.


    Infinera said this trial demonstrates the unique ability to deliver two industry firsts. The 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) demonstration was the first transmission of a 100 GbE client service carried across the Pacific using 40 Gbps optical channels with Infinera's FlexCoherent transmission. The success of this trial was based on Infinera's commercially available 40 Gbps optical line module and 100 GbE client interface on Infinera's DTN platform.


    The second demonstration was the first realization of a 100 Gbps optical channel using binary phase shift keying (BPSK) with soft decision forward error correction (SD FEC) that will be available in the future on Infinera's DTN-X platform. Infinera's FlexCoherent technology enables service providers to optimize transmission performance across a range of applications using multiple software-programmable modulation formats. Infinera recently announced the availability of new DTN capabilities and the new DTN-X platform featuring both photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based super-channels and FlexCoherent transmission.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lightower Builds Ultra-low Latency in NY-NJ

Lightower Fiber Networks introduced its Ultra-Low Latency Network across 15 strategic locations in the New York City and New Jersey area, targeting the region's financial markets.

Lightower's all-optical network leverages wavelength technology combined with unique point-to-point fiber routes optimized for the lowest latency. Ultra-low latency services can be custom configured for individual needs and are offered at 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps levels. All Lightower Ultra-Low Latency services are also backed with a strict Latency Service Level Agreement. http://www.lightower.com
  • Earlier this year, Lightower completed the acquisition of Long Island-based Open Access Inc. Late last year, Lightower completed the acquisition of New York City-based Lexent Metro Connect. Most recently, the company announced the completion of a new network route across the Hudson River that offers diversity and a shorter route relative to traditional area routes across the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Huawei Kicks off New Branding Campaign in US

Huawei kicked off a new "Faster to the Future" branding campaign in the U.S. with high-profile, print advertisements in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Huawei said its campaign seeks to humanize its brand, "softening the edges of its image, and building positive awareness of Huawei as Visionary, Innovative, and Responsive" by appealing to key customers, partners, government officials/influencers, and business opinion leaders.


http://www.huawei.com

  • Huawei has faced numerous obstacles in its attempt to enter the U.S. telecom market. In October, the CIA-based Open Source Center has published a report linking Huawei Technologies with China's Ministry of State Security (MSS) Communications Department, according to The Washington Times. Huawei reportedly received $228.2 million from China's intelligence agency for research and development during the past three years has had close contact through its chairwoman, Sun Yafang. The report also alleges close ties with the People's Liberation Army.

IBM Deploys Solar Panels for Indian Data Center

IBM is deploying a 50-kilowatt solar panel array over its India Software Lab in Bangalore. The solar-power array designed specifically to run high-voltage data centers, integrating AC- and DC-based servers, water-cooled computing systems and related electronics. The solar system connects directly into the data center's water-cooling and high-voltage DC systems.


IBM said that by employing unique high-voltage DC power conditioning methods – and reducing AC-DC conversion losses – its solution can cut energy consumption of data centers by about 10 percent and tailors solar technology for wider use in industrial IT and electronics installations. The company notes that high-voltage, DC computer servers and water-cooling systems are beginning to replace traditional, AC-powered servers and air-conditioning units in data centers.


"The technology behind solar power has been around for many years, but until now, no one has engineered it for efficient use in IT," said Rod Adkins, senior vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "We've designed a solar solution to bring a new source of clean, reliable and efficient power to energy-intensive, industrial-scale electronics."


IBM plans to make the new solar-power technology available to clients. http://www.ibm.com

AT&T Offers Free Wi-Fi in NYC Parks

AT&T has begun providing free Wi-Fi at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Picnic House and Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as well as at Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan, where thousands of marathoners will run nearby on Sunday. The launch is part of a five-year digital initiative with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the City of New York to provide free Wi-Fi at 26 locations in 20 New York City parks across the five boroughs. New Yorkers can now stay connected at more than half of the 20 parks. http://www.att.com

ADVA Intros 10 Gbps Etherjack Demarcation Device

ADVA Optical Networking introduced an ultra-compact 10 Gbps Ethernet service demarcation and aggregation device that enables the delivery of differentiated Ethernet services up to 10 Gbps with strict service level assurance for carrier and enterprise applications.

The ADVA FSP 150CC-XG210 offers full traffic management and OAM along with the following features:

  • Two 10 Gbps network interfaces plus two slots for access interface modules with hot swap support
  • Variety of service protection options including ITU G.8031 and G.8032 for ring deployments
  • Standards compliant implementation of IEEE 802.3ah EFM link management, IEEE 802.1ag connectivity fault management, ITU Y.1731 performance monitoring, Y.1564 Ethernet service testing and embedded RFC 2544 service testing.

ADVA noted that its ADVA FSP 150CC-XG210 is the first 10 Gbps device to leverage its Etherjack and Syncjack technology, which provide service monitoring and assurance.

"Based on the product's full set of Etherjack and Syncjack functionalities, the deployment possibilities are manifold," commented Stephan Rettenberger, vice president marketing at ADVA Optical Networking. "The new unit can be used in business services, wholesale services, as well as mobile backhaul. It is a powerful demarcation device for these applications and can also be deployed as an aggregation and ENNI solution further back in the network." http://www.advaoptical.com

CityFibre Plans £500 million FTTP Expansion in UK

CityFibre, the UK's largest independent provider of fibre in secondary cities, is preparing to invest up to £500 million to build further metro networks and pure Fibre-to-the-Premises networks in towns across the UK. CityFibre
has retained Macquarie Capital, a leader in infrastructure corporate finance, to help advance these plans.


Macquarie Capital is the lead financial advisor to Telstra for the creation of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN Co). The company will now act as financial advisor to CityFibre in raising new capital to realise the company's plans to connect one million homes and 50,000 businesses.


CityFibre said it will partner with leading service providers, technology vendors and construction firms to deliver its networks. Roll out is expected to commence in early 2012. http://www.cityfibreholdings.com

SK Telecom Tests LTE Smart Cloud Access Network (SCAN)

SK Telecom claims to be the first carrier to test an LTE Smart Cloud Access Network (SCAN) to improve speed and performance. A pilot deployment of smart cloud base stations is currently being tested.


SCAN separates digit signal processing from the base stations and concentrates it in one place, allowing the network to respond to traffic demands in certain locations. Additional antenna radio units can be deployed at a lower cost instead of a full base station. The smart cloud base stations also cooperate with each other to reduce interference, especially in border areas in the network.

http://www.sktelecom.com/
  • SK Telecom inaugurated its 4G LTE service in Seoul on July 1, 2011.


    The network will provide a maximum downlink speed of 75Mbps, which is five times faster than that of its 3G WCDMA network (HSUPA) and 1.9 times faster than Wibro that provides maximum downlink speed of 39.8Mbps and maximum uplink speed of 10Mbps. The network uses the 800 MHz band. The company plans to expand the frequency bandwidth for LTE from one-way 5MHz (at the time of service launch) to 10MHz by the fourth quarter of 2011 to achieve the full downlink potential.


    The LTE rollout in Seoul was accomplished by building 1,772 Radio Units (RU) and 609 Digital Units (DU). In addition to this, the company will also use its 200,000 existing 800MHz repeaters to offer seamless and flawless 4G LTE service in all areas of Seoul, including underground and indoor areas.
  • In January 2011, South Korea's SK Telecom announced the selection of Samsung Electronics, LG-Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks as key equipment suppliers for its LTE network.




    Samsung Electronics and LG-Ericsson are supplying switching equipment, while all three companies will provide base station equipment. SK Telecom said it made the selection based on price and compatibility with other suppliers.


    SK Telecom has adopted its own Smart Cloud Access Network (SCAN) architecture to optimize its rollout. A base station largely consists of Digital Unit (DU) and Radio Unit (RU). With the SCAN architecture, LTE network DUs will be stored together in one area, while Remote Radio Units (RRU) - along with the antenna - will be set up in various locations. The carrier said this cloud-based network design enables multiple RRUs to be installed according to varying network capacity needs of each area.


    SK Telecom also plans to boost network capacity in small areas by deploying 62,000 Wi-Fi zones and over 10,000 femtocells. This will require the installation of 45,000 Wi-Fi this year, as well as expanding the 1,000 femtocells deployed last year to 10,000 femtocells. Also, SK telecom plans to offer femtocells that can handle voice and data traffic at the same time in small areas. Furthermore, the 6-sector solutions, which can double the capacity of current base stations, will be expanded to 500 base stations this year from 20 base stations beta-tested at the end of last year.


SK Telecom said it expects to attract 300,000 LTE subscribers in 2011, 6 million by 2013, and 10 million by 2015. Eleven 11 devices are expected to be on the market by year's end.


SK Telecom is working on LTE roll-outs in 23 cities including the Seoul Metropolitan area and six metropolitan cities by early next year, and secure national coverage (82 cities) by 2013. SK Telecom also said that the national coverage could become a reality earlier than planned depending on the market situation. Moreover, the company expects to introduce LTE-Advanced, the download speed of which reaches 1Gbps, in around 2013, by upgrading its LTE networks.


In addition, SK Telecom said it is leveraging cloud network technology in its LTE networks to flexibly handle wireless data demand that differs by time and region.


SK Telecom also claims to the first carrier in the world to use Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) technology to prevent the degradation of data speed coverage in cell boundary areas.

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