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Feb. 7, 2011

New Zealand Government Rejects LTE in Favor of 3G for Rural Broadband Initiative
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The New Zealand Government has picked a joint bid from Telecom NZ and Vodafone NZ that relies on 3G technology for its $285 million Rural Broadband Initiative -- the rural component of its equivalent of Australia's National Broadband Network -- rejecting a rival proposal that would have seen TD-LTE deployed. The incumbent telcos have beaten a rival consortium made up of Kordia, fixed wireless operator Woosh Wireless and fiber optic network operator, FX Networks. "The joint Vodafone/Telecom proposal is based on proven existing technology, and provides the government with confidence that it can be deployed," said Communications and information technology minister Steven Joyce. More

T-Mobile Close to Spectrum Deal With Clearwire
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T-Mobile USA is reportedly close to a deal to purchase wireless spectrum from WCAI member Clearwire, which is aiming to sell off some of its vast holdings to fund its operations. According to Bloomberg, which cited two anonymous sources, a deal could happen by the end of the first quarter. T-Mobile has indicated it needs more spectrum but isn't in a rush to acquire it. More

DoCoMo to Chase 1Gbps Downlinks With LTE-Advanced
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NTT DoCoMo will begin testing a new data communications technology in the next few months that promises speeds many times faster than the LTE service recently launched by it and carriers such as Verizon. The new technology, called LTE-Advanced, has already achieved downlink speeds of around 1Gbps and uplinks of around 200Mbps in lab tests. The next step is to take it outdoors and test it in the real world. A license allowing installation of equipment for the tests was recently received by NTT DoCoMo from Japan's government, the carrier said. More

Australia's Vividwireless Hits 128Mpbs in First TD-LTE Trials
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Australian wireless broadband provider vividwireless signaled further moves away from the WiMAX network it debuted with, hitting peak speeds of 128 Mbps in live trials of rival mobile technology, TD-LTE. The two-month inner Sydney trial, conducted using Huawei gear, maintained consistent speeds of 40 to 70Mbps, a significant improvement on the 12.2Mbps average speeds reported by users shortly after the network's initial launch. More

Tele2 Applies to Join Russian 4G Study Consortium
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Swedish telecommunications operator Tele2 AB said it has applied to join a consortium of Russian operators studying a possible conversion of spectrum used by the country's army into high-speed fourth-generation wireless network frequencies. Tele2 said last year it would be interested in rolling out 4G networks in the fast-growing Russian market once regulators issue the necessary licenses. More

DragonWave's Converged Packet Microwave System Eases Evolution to 4G by Merging Legacy and IP Traffic
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The impact of smart phones, Internet appliances and 4G are combining to speed up the evolution away from legacy backhaul solutions and toward high capacity packet microwave systems. With its Horizon® Harmony platform, WCAI member DragonWave is delivering a converged, software upgradable system that will transform what could have been an expensive, problem-prone transition to all-Ethernet transport into a competitive advantage for mobile operators. DragonWave has integrated pseudowire and packet microwave technologies together into a single packet-based, high-capacity system. Horizon Harmony completely bypasses the shortcomings of "hybrid" systems that have been optimized for legacy traffic and services and therefore do not offer a clear evolutionary path to a unified flat-IP network. More

WCAI Webinar: Application of FCC's TV White Space Regulations to Future Broadband Networks
Feb. 17, 2011 4pm EST/21:00 GMT
This webinar will provide an overview of the FCC's technical and operating white space rules, a summary of the database and equipment certification processes and an explanation of how first-generation fixed base station and CPE devices will be designed and deployed. Register now!

WCAI 4G Caucus
April 6-7, 2011
Arlington, Va. (Washington, D.C. metro area)
The 4G Caucus will bring together high-level executives from leading operators, vendors and system integrators, as well as government officials and media representatives. Industry experts will examine operational, technical and regulatory challenges companies face as they are rolling out next-generation networks and services in the United States and beyond. Register now!

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