Today's HeadlinesApril 20, 2011
SK Telecom Begins LTE Trials, Announces Launch Plans in South Korea
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SK Telecom has performed its first live LTE demonstrations as it prepares for a commercial launch this July in South Korea. The company is planning to expand its LTE coverage to 23 cities including the Seoul Metropolitan Area and other Metropolitan cities as soon as possible and provide nationwide coverage (82 cities) in 2013. More
Optus Signs Up NSN for Network Upgrade in Australia
Optus looks poised to launch LTE services in Australia after securing a "multi-million dollar" deal with Nokia Siemens Networks as its sole packet core vendor. The carrier has been trialing LTE services since 2010 but has yet to commit to a rollout date. The head of Nokia Siemens Networks Australia and New Zealand Kalevi Kostiainen confirmed that it would supply its Evolved Packet Core platform, which will allow Optus to launch new services. In February Optus said that it had started phase two of its LTE trial expanding the pilot trial area to Sydney's eastern suburbs, operating in the 1800MHz band. More
Verizon LTE Storms the South and Midwest in US
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Now that Verizon has brought its LTE network to 38 major markets in the United States, it has started to move its 4G services into medium-size markets in the South and the Midwest. Verizon announced this week that four markets in Pennsylvania, two in Tennessee, two in South Carolina and one in North Carolina would soon get LTE coverage. More
LightSquared Partners with Cellular South on Roaming in US
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WCAI member LightSquared, which aims to launch the nation's first, wholesale-only integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network in the U.S, announced that it has added regional carrier Cellular South to its list of partners. The two companies have entered into a bilateral roaming agreement that will provide subscribers of Cellular South with a nationwide 4G-LTE footprint, as well as satellite coverage in rural areas where there is no terrestrial network. The agreement is reciprocal in that it will also expand LightSquared's 4G data coverage to additional rural communities. The Cellular South partnership follows on the announcements that LightSquared also will be partnering with Best Buy and Cricket Communications. More
NSN Sets Its LTE TDD Sights High in India
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Nokia Siemens Networks believes it can have as much success in India's emerging LTE TDD infrastructure market as it did in the country's 3G equipment sector in 2010, when it secured a 30 percent share of the initial roll-out deals. "We will not be satisfied with anything less than our 3G market share," Mark Atkinson, NSN's head of Global LTE TDD Sales, tells Light Reading Asia. More
Level 3 Helps Power Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Roll Out in US
Level 3 Communications, Inc. announced that it is providing Verizon Wireless with backbone infrastructure and cell-site backhaul solutions to support its ongoing rollout of 4G LTE network in the U.S. Driven by the proliferation of rich applications and video on smartphones, tablets, laptops and e-readers, Verizon Wireless will rely on Level 3's nationwide fiber-optic network and responsive team to meet the growing demand for mobile data. More
Motorola Likely to Delay First LTE Smartphone Launch
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Motorola Mobility is likely to delay the launch of its first LTE based smartphone, the Droid Bionic as it adds extra features to the handset. There had been some rumor that the Droid Bionic was being scrapped even before it was released in favor of a different model, but the company has confirmed that it will launch — albeit later than expected. More
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