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April 11, 2011


Reminder: WCAI to Hold a Webinar on Carrier Wi-Fi April 14
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WCAI will hold a webinar that will focus on the evolution of small cell architectures, their contribution to tomorrow's LTE networks, and the evolving role of Wi-Fi in the wireless experience. The webinar, entitled "Carrier Wi-Fi: Why It's Not About Wi-Fi," is scheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 4 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time). Sponsored by WCAI member BelAir Networks, the webinar is free for WCAI members, government and press. Non-members can attend for a $59 fee. Register Now!

Telefónica Picks Huawei for German LTE
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Telefónica O2 has selected Huawei to supply LTE infrastructure in Germany. Under the deal, Telefónica will deploy LTE networks in several regions across Germany based on Huawei's SingleRan platform. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Telefónica O2 and Huawei have also extended their existing GSM/UMTS equipment contracts under which O2's UMTS network will be upgraded to HSPA+ that will provide maximum download speed of 21 megabits a second. More

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Malaysia's Packet One Aims for WiMAX to TD-LTE Network Conversion
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Packet One Networks (P1) in Malaysia plans to launch a pilot commercial TD-LTE network by the end of the year and eventually upgrade its current WiMAX network to TD-LTE technology when the devices have reached maturity, likely at the end of 2012, said P1 CEO Michael Lai. According to The Star, Lai indicated that the cost to upgrade to TD-LTE was still not known as China Mobile has just begun trialing the technology in China. He said those trials would take at least six months to see the outcome. P1 has about 300,000 subscribers on its WiMAX network and covers about 45% of the population. More

Qubee Launches Prepaid WiMAX Services in Pakistan
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Pakistani WiMAX provider Qubee has introduced prepaid services. A prepay starter package costs PKR 500 and comes with 5 GB valid for thirty days. Customers need a Qubee Shuttle to connect to the service, which offers Internet access at 512 Kbps. More

Zain Bahrain Announces Powerful WiMAX Upgrade
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In an exciting development that will put more broadband power into its customers' hands, Zain Bahrain announced its migration to the latest version of the nationwide WiMAX network. More



Entel Movil Upgrades Network with HSPA+; LTE Trials Underway in Bolivia
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Bolivian mobile network operator Entel Movil, a subsidiary of fixed line incumbent Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Entel), is set to spend around USD32 million on the introduction of HSPA+ technology to its network, national news agency ABI.bo reports. It is understood that the cellco has already launched commercial mobile broadband services using the technology in the cities of Trinidad (Beni), Tarija, Oruro, Sucre and Potosi, while the network is still being upgraded in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, La Paz and El Alto, although services are expected to be made available to the public this month. The company also revealed that with the introduction of 3.5G services firmly underway its 4G offerings may not be that far behind, with trials of LTE technology taking place in the capital La Paz today. No timeframe for a commercial launch of the 4G technology has been revealed however. More

House Passes Measure to Overturn FCC Net-Neutrality Rules in US
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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution Friday to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's controversial new "net-neutrality" rules, but the proposal faces a presidential-veto threat. Only six House Democrats voted in favor of the proposal, which drew support mostly from Republicans. It is unlikely the proposal will pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. The new rules would prohibit Internet providers from deliberately blocking or slowing legal Internet sites or services. The agency approved the new rules in December over the objections of Republican FCC members, who argued that the agency doesn't have the authority to enforce the new rules. More

LTE Capex to Reach $28bn in 2014
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LTE capex will grow at 107.5% CAGR from 2010's $1.5 billion to $27.9 billion in 2014, says iSuppli. In 2009, the U.S. accounted for $90 million out of a global $97 million of LTE capex. In 2010, the U.S. accounted for half. However, in 2011, spending will increase in other regions, and the U.S. proportion of global capex will drop to 20%. "While this spending represents tremendous growth in next-generation wireless technology, carriers still will be required to support multiple air interface technologies simultaneously, as the migration to 4G and LTE will not happen overnight," says iSuppli's Jagdish Rebello. "In most cases, carriers will need to offer 2.5G, 3.5G and 4G technologies in order to support all customers and roaming customers. As a result, semiconductor suppliers must focus on developing effective infrastructure solutions that not only meet the current needs of carriers but also achieve alignment with the 3G/3.5G technology migration paths of the carriers to 4G." More



Carrier Wi-Fi: Why It's Not About Wi-Fi -- Webinar
April 14
4 p.m. EDT/20:00 GMT
While more mobile carriers begin to welcome Wi-Fi into their networks and businesses, questions remain if this is a short-term tactical fix to urgent data congestion issues or a long-term strategic move. It's neither. Wi-Fi is actually a long-term tactic and a short term strategy. With 802.11 standards set to address seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and deliver speeds of more than a gigabit per second in 2012, Wi-Fi has the potential to remain a relevant part of a mobile carrier's small cell strategy.Register now!


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