Intel upgrades 3G RF chip with power amplifiers

Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced the integration of a 3G HSPA radio frequency transceiver with power amplifiers on a single 65-nm die. This chip is designed in a standard 65-nm foundry process as offered by Global Foundries and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., said Stefan Wolff, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group, in email correspondence with EE Times.

The SMARTi UE2p integrates power management and sensors and allows direct connection to the battery. The chip supports multiple 3G dual-band configurations for use with Intel’s HSPA modem chips. This will allow customers to introduce lower-cost 3G handsets and support the transition of the machine-to-machine market segment toward 3G-based connected devices to help enable the Internet of things.

The Smarti UE2 is proven product that has shipped in various high end smartphones, UE2 stands for UMTS/EDGE 2nd generation. The p has been added for the integrated 3G power amplifiers.

A specification is available but only under a non-disclosure agreement and for selected customers, Wolff told EE Times. The specification is not intended to be published.

Intel said the Smarti UE2p chip would be available as samples in the fourth quarter of 2012.


4G LTE network expanded in Massachusetts by AT&T

AT&T has expanded its Boston-area 4G LTE network to communities in the MetroWest, North Shore and South Shore areas,which enables them to bring to customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T launched 4G LTE in Boston back in November 2011. The expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market. AT&T 4G LTE coverage now includes communities in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Plymouth counties.

LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Customers can stream, download, upload and game faster than ever before.

AT&T offers several LTE-compatible devices, including new AT&T 4G LTE smart phones and tablets of a number of brands.

LTE technology offers lower latency, or the processing time it takes to move data through a network, such as how long it takes to start downloading a webpage or file once you”ve sent the request. Lower latency helps to improve services like mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine. LTE is technology is capable of delivering mobile internet speed ups up to 10 times faster than the 3G.

In addition, AT&T also announced the launch of its 4G LTE network in the greater Worcester area.  Regarding the 4G LTE Networks the Vice President and General Manager of AT&T /new /England said: “We continue to see demand for mobile Internet skyrocket, and our 4G LTE network in Massachusetts responds to what customers want from their mobile experience — more, faster, on the best devices.”


Anrceti opens 4G licensing public consultation

ANRCETI has posted the draft administrative Board Decision for public consultations regarding the approval of special license conditions for the use of radio frequencies/channels in 2500-2690MHz band for the provision of 4G services. The consultation period lasts until 17 August. Anrceti says it currently plans to issue licenses for use of the above frequencies to each of the country’s existing mobile operators, Orange, Moldcell and Moldtelecom before 31 December. Concessions will each cost EUR10 million (USD12.3 million) and be valid for 15 years.

3G Spectrum

Philippines Regulator to Auction Off Surrendered 3G Spectrum

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines. It was founded on November 28, 1928. It operates in three principal business groups – fixed line, wireless, and information and communication technology

Recently PLDT has handed back the 3G license held by its subsidiary company, Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprises (CURE). Surrendering the license was a condition of its takeover of the company last October. All 1.1 million CURE customers have now been transferred to PLDT’s other mobile network, Smart Communications.

The regulator is now preparing to sell the license and spectrum again, and under current legislation, has until next January to auction off the spectrum to other bidders. PLDT has already substantial ratio spectrum holdings therefore it is barred from bidding.

Before the merger, PLDT held 25Mhz of spectrum, through two subsidiaries and gained a further 10Mhz following the acquisition. Following the handover, PLDT will end up with 15Mhz in the 1920-1935 Mhz/2110-2125Mhz ranges and a further 10Mhz in the 1925Mhz-1945Mhz and the 2125 Mhz-2135Mhz ranges.


Completion of Huawei’s singleSON test on LTE

Huawei ball of the leading it and communications solutions provider has recently announced  Industry’s First SingleSON Test on an LTE Commercial Network in Hong Kong. The SingleSON test showed that throughput on the cell’s edge can be enhanced up to 30 percent to improve end user experience using Huawei’s Adaptive ICIC technology.

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Ericsson selected to upgrade Vodafone Egypt’s network


Ericsson has revealed that Vodafone Egypt has them selected to transform their network. The objective is to provide Egyptian subscribers with high speed broad band and connectivity on the move with mobile TV and internet.

Ericsson will deploy its latest RBS 6000 technology across Vodafone Egypt’s network, offering an energy-efficient, compact site solution that supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) in a single package. Further, the deployment of the new technology will allow for the development of mobile broadband services, mobile TV and web applications.

Hatem Doweidar, Vodafone Egypt CEO said: “Working with a partner like Ericsson on such an important project will enable us to meet our customer’s expectations knowing that we can offer all our customers the services, speeds and experience they expect, now and in the future.”

LTE services by Fido

Fido to launch LTE this Summer


Canadian mobile network, Fido, acquired by Rogers in 2004, is set to offer LTE services to customers  this summer,  giving customers the speed of an enhanced network service across major markets in Canada, including in the cities and surrounding areas of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and St. Johns with more cities to launch throughout 2012. By the end of the year Fido’s LTE coverage will cover approximately 58% of Canada’s population.


Mobile telesystems (MTS) Relaunch in Turkmenistan


Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has revealed that it is resuming operations in Turkmenistan, after staying offline for almost year and a half. The company said that it has secured a five years settlement agreement and the dispute with the government is finally settled. The agreement can be extended for another five year term, subjected to the fulfillment of certain terms and conditions, while it has also been confirmed that MTS Turkmenistan will, on a monthly basis, pay Turkmentelecom 30% of its net profits. Further, MTS has also confirmed that it has been granted GSM and 3G licenses for a three-year term, while it also said it had signed ‘a number of interconnect and access to infrastructure agreements with Turkmenistan’s state-owned telecommunications providers’. The company’s infrastructure in Turkmenistan ‘remains fully in place’ and it is understood that MTS is currently working with vendors to restore the network’s capacity with a view to re-launching commercial services as soon as possible.

MTS’s license was suspended for one month is December 2010. Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs publically stated that the opening agreement it signed with h MTS in 2005 was only valid for five years although cellco claimed that it concession was not due to expire until February 2012. The Ministry stated that the reason for its non-newel of MTS’s license among other s was the unreasonable high tariffs and its failure to reinvest sufficient level of its profits in its infrastructure.

MTS President and CEO Andrei Dubovskov while explaining about of the development stated: “We are pleased to announce the resumption of operations in Turkmenistan, a development of mutual benefit reached through a long negotiation process involving government of Turkmenistan and management of both MTS and Sistema JSFC, our majority shareholder. The agreements reached and enabled by the decree of the President of Turkmenistan serve the interests of MTS shareholders and further support the development of the economy of Turkmenistan. Despite our lengthy absence in Turkmenistan, we are confident that the quality of our network, the strength of our brand and deep understanding of the local market will allow us to establish a strong competitive position in this very attractive market.”

4G Dream of US Networks

Despite the clouded economic outlook of North America due to the uncertain European financial fundamentals in combination of US election year, mobile operators are busy putting in order their networks for 4G next generation services. Jake Saunders, VP for forecasting at ABI Research said “North American mobile cellular capital expenditure is expected to hold its ground in 2012 year-on-year, with expenditure of around US$ 10 billion”, he further added “In 2013, mobile capital expenditure is likely to surge 4.9% to US$10.5 Billion as North American operators continue upgrading their networks”. Signs of these spending plans include:
  • In 2Q-2012, Verizon Wireless announced it had discontinued investment in the expansion and capacity enhancement of its 3G network as the operator has allocated those resources to building out its 4G LTE coverage. On a year-on-year basis, capital expenditure should trend flat or slightly down. The operator is confident its 4G footprint will at least be equal to its 3G footprint by mid-2013.
  • AT&T is still spending to a large extent on wire line upgrades, but in 1Q-2012, wireless telecoms took 54% of its total CAPEX, up by US$ 454 million YoY to US$2.3 billion.
  • Sprint’s wireless upgrades to support LTE are helping to drive up its capital expenditure commitments to US$ 710 million in 1Q-2012, up 58% YoY.
  • T-Mobile is also planning to strengthen its 4-G network and has announced that it will invest US$ billion in 2012 and 2013. Expenditures in 1Q-2012 were essentially neutral in 1Q-2012 due in part to these network modernization efforts.
  • Clearwire had started off as a WiMAX 4G operators but has seized the LTE-TDD opportunity to introduce mobile broadband services. The first phase of LTE overlay network build-up saw the installation of 8,000 sites in “hot zones” in urban centers as part of the company’s strategy to provide capacity offload services to other operators. Clearwire expects CAPEX in 2012 will amount to US$350 to 400 million.

ABI Research’s study, “Mobile Capital Expenditure Forecast: North America,” focuses on the North-American region and includes base station and core network data. These findings are part of ABI Research’s Mobile Capex Research Service which includes additional Competitive Analyses, Vendor Matrices, Market Data, and Insights.

ABI Research study on “Mobile Capital Expenditure Forecast: North America” provides an in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. These findings are a part of ABI Research Services.

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