Today's HeadlinesMay 13, 2011
AT&T Poised to Launch LTE in NYC in June?
According to US website IntoMobile.com, AT&T is planning to introduce commercial LTE services on June 30. Quoting "a trusted source," the site reports that the cellco's fourth generation network is set to go live in New York City on that date. Further, the same source has indicated that AT&T's LTE network will be lit up in Los Angeles on July 24. AT&T has yet comment on the speculation. More
Clearwire Drops 16% on Intel Plan to Sell 10 Million Shares
Clearwire, the provider of high-speed wireless service, tumbled the most in almost two years after Intel Corp. said it would sell up to 10 million shares of the company's Class A stock. The share sale "does not affect any contractual obligations or business arrangements between Intel and Clearwire," Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said in a regulatory filing made public. More
Ericsson to Create LTE Network in Korea
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Ericsson is creating an ultra-high speed LTE commercial service network in South Korea for LG U+. The company has signed a commercial contract with LG U+ to build the network, through its local entity, LG-Ericsson The deal will allow LG U+ to support the existing CDMA and the new 4G LTE mobile service concurrently, becoming the one of first LTE service providers in Korea, including upgraded data speeds and service quality. More
Implementation of First 4G WiMAX Network in Cameroon
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The Austrian-based solutions and service provider 4G Solutions has completed the first phase of the 4G WiMAX network deployment in Cameroon and established a state-of-the-art mobile WiMAX network within four months. 4G Solutions was contracted by 4G Africa AG, a company focused on building broadband wireless networks based on 4G technology in Sub-Saharan Africa with the overall aim to reduce the digital divide. More
Ofcom Says LTE Will Support Fivefold Efficiency Gains
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Improved spectral efficiency and small cells will be key to supporting the mobile data explosion, says a report from U.K. regulator Ofcom. The agency believes LTE will deliver 3.3 times more spectral efficiency in its first generation and 5.5 times by 2020. But to support the capacity requirements of new data applications, these advances will not be enough on their own and the use of dense networks of small cells will be a key strategy. More
Verizon Races to Bolster LTE Capacity
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Verizon Wireless said it has some lessons to learn from last month's LTE network outage as it races to deploy additional capacity to meet the surging demand for mobile data. The telco in late April suffered a significant outage on its LTE network, leaving customers in a number of its markets without connectivity for approximately one day. Despite resolving the problem quickly, it was an embarrassing episode for an operator that differentiates itself from its rivals on the quality of its networks. More
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Spectrum bands such as 2.5-2.6, 2.3 and 3.4-3.6 GHz increasingly serve as global bands for broadband wireless services. Globally harmonized spectrum, flexible use, consistent regulatory treatment and interoperability are required for such bands to achieve this potential. To advance this goal, the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) created the Global Development Committee (GDC) for service providers. This newsletter advances GDC's work by keeping opinion leaders abreast of worldwide developments. For questions, submission of news items or to become a GDC member company, please contact WCAI Vice President, Communications & Strategy and 4G Global Update Editor Susan Polyakova.
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