Today's HeadlinesNov. 17, 2010
Japan's KDDI Confirms LTE Migration Plan; But Will Use WiMAX/Wi-Fi Too
KDDI's president and chairman, Tadashi Onodera, confirmed the CDMA operator's plan to migrate to LTE, but warned that the technology alone would not be able to cope with anticipated demand for high bandwidth services. Onodera estimates that mobile data traffic will grow 15-fold over the next five years, placing an enormous strain on existing and indeed future LTE network capacity. "LTE will not be sufficient to cope with such huge data demands, so we also need to use other technologies such as WiMAX and Wi-Fi," he said. According to CommsUpdate, KDDI is working with local equipment manufacturer NEC on field trials of LTE technology, which is scheduled for commercial launch in Dec. 2012. More
YTL Sees Good Demand for WiMAX Service in Malaysia
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YTL Communications is seeing "dramatic" demand for its WiMAX service in Malaysia, with pre-registrations for the product exceeding expectations three times, said executive chairman Tan Sri Francis Yeoh. More
Sequans Teams with China Mobile and Gemtek on LTE
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LTE chipmaker Sequans is partnering with China Mobile to demo TD-LTE technology. The demo will feature USB dongles, as well as other devices, powered by Sequans silicon and offering high-definition video. More
China to Spearhead LTE Growth in Asia Pacific
China will spearhead growth in LTE connections in Asia Pacific, according to new data released by Wireless Intelligence. The data indicates that the number of LTE connections in Asia Pacific will exceed 120 million by 2015, and China is expected to account for about half (57.9 million) of the total number of LTE connections in Asia Pacific during this period. Besides China, Japan, Indonesia and South Korea will be the three largest LTE markets in the Asia Pacific region in 2015. More
Docomo Links LTE to the Cloud
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There's a lot more to having an LTE network than just offering greater access speeds, Ryuji Yamada, the president and CEO of NTT DoCoMo said Wednesday. Yamada, who said his company will be generating more than half of its ARPU from data services during the current fiscal year, noted that few people have focused on the low latency attributes of LTE networks. That low latency makes LTE a suitable network for accessing cloud services, an area that mobile carriers need to develop as part of a broader approach to service innovation if they are to grow and not be consigned to the role of being a dumb pipe, and an emerging mobile service niche that DoCoMo is already exploring pre-LTE. DoCoMo plans to launch its LTE network next month. More
Interview: Motorola Turns to WiMAX for Africa
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At the recent AfricaCom 2010, ITNewsAfrica.com caught up with Noel Kirkaldy, Director Solutions Marketing Networks at Motorola. Among topics discussed were Motorola's strategy for Africa in the coming years, the company's approach to broadband on the continent, and the benefits WiMAX and LTE can bring to Africa. More
China's ZTE Sees LTE Business Doubling or Better in 2011
ZTE, China's No.2 telecom equipment maker, said it aims to at least double its commercial 4G wireless business next year, as carriers upgrade networks for faster data services and Web surfing. ZTE currently has contracts for 50 LTE networks globally, with seven of those for commercial networks and the rest for trial ones, said Li Jian, head of the company's LTE division. More
UK Mobile Broadband Will Not Get LTE Upgrade Until 2015, Says ITM
Mobile broadband networks in the UK are unlikely to be upgraded before 2015, Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) has stated. The strategy and market intelligence firm claimed it will not be "economically viable" for the infrastructure to be improved any sooner than this, as the country's existing HSPA networks will still be able to cope with usage demands in the medium term. According to the company, traffic congestion on this kind of broadband connection is only likely to appear in three years' time and even then it will be limited to "certain hotspot areas." This means there is little chance of LTE technology being deployed in the near future, the organization forecast. More
WCAI webinar: "Connected on the Move – Wireless Broadband in Mass Transit,"
Nov. 30, 2 pm ET. Co-hosted with the Joint Council for Transit Wireless Communications.
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