HTC to Embed LTE Network Testing Services into Two Smartphones

­Ascom Network Testing has announced the integration of two of its mobile network testing products TEMS Investigation and TEMS Pocket  with two HTC Android-based LTE smartphones: the HTC Rezound and the HTC Vivid.

The agreement enables network engineers to test, monitor, and verify quality of service on LTE networks utilizing HTC Android-based 4G LTE smartphones.

In addition, the agreement allows HTC to use TEMS Investigation and TEMS Pocket to test, optimize, and validate the performance of its LTE smartphones to verify quality of experience over LTE networks before and after commercial launch.

“4G LTE technology presents a unique set of challenges in verifying quality-of-service for voice, data and video applications,” said Rikard Lundqvist, General Manager of Ascom Network Testing. “This agreement with HTC — a global innovator in 4G LTE smartphones — enables us to extend our 4G LTE leadership to handheld testing with TEMS Pocket.”

Source: Cellular-News

CDMA Uzbekistan offers promotion to VIP clients in regions

Mobile operator CDMA Uzbekistan, working under the Perfectum Mobile brand, has launched a promotion for subscribers connecting to its VIP tariff across the country, save the Tashkent region. Depending on the tariff chosen, customers can get a 10 to 25 percent discount on the monthly subscription rate, and they can obtain a premium number costing USD 10 to USD 50 at half price.

Source: TelecomPaper

SFR to deploy 3G and 4G for Parisian train users

The French cellular operator SFR has signed an agreement with the Paris transport authority RATP to deploy 3G and 4G mobile technology to cover underground and local rail networks in the French capital and the Ile de France region. SFR plans to begin offering 3G coverage for rail customers at two stations from September, with the entire Parisian underground and overground rail system to be covered by 3G and 4G by end-2015.

Source: TeleGeography

AT&T to launch Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate LTE smartphone

AT&T will launch the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate LTE smartphone. The Exhilarate features a 4-inch touchscreen Super Amoled display, a dual core 1.2 GHz Scorpion processor, voice recognition and access to AT&T U-verse Live TV. It also features a 5-megapixel auto-focus rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The Exhilarate features a rear casing made from 80 percent recycled (post-consumer waste) material. The Exhilarate smartphone has received platinum certification from UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories). AT&T will also offer two custom case options by Incipio. These ECO Silicrylic cases are made from a combination of biodegradable and recycled materials. Composed of two parts, an inner silicone rubber made of recycled silicone regrind material, and an outer bio resin plastic shell, ECO Silicrylic complements the environmentally conscious features of the smartphone it protects. The Exhilarate will be available in all AT&T channels for USD 49.99 beginning 10 June. This phone will go through AT&T’s eco-rating system, which will be unveiled later this summer.

Source: TelecomPaper

Loxley eyes TOT’s 3G network expansion project

Thai conglomerate Loxley is interested in bidding for TOT’s planned 3G expansion. The state-owned telecommunications operator TOT is planning to expand its 2.1 GHz 3G network across the country. Loxley is targeting 13 percent revenue growth this year, with growth expected to be boosted by ICT projects. ICT projects account for 65 percent of Loxley’s income. The Loxley-Samart consortium won a THB 15.99 billion deal from TOT in April last year to roll out 5,320 base stations for the 3G network in the first phase. TOT is now considering expanding the network to between 18,000 and 20,000 bases over the next two years.

Source: The Nation

Unite offers unlimited on-net, 3G plans

Moldova mobile network Unite introduced a promotion offering unlimited on-net calls for life and unlimited calls to fixed operator Moldtelecom free for two years. The promotion runs until 15 August and requires a monthly subscription of MDL 19.99. Subscribers are also offered 3G handsets 3G for MDL 1 with the plan. The operator also introduced the Cartela Unite 3G prepaid package with 200 minutes of on-net calls, 200 minutes to Moldtelecom, as well as 200 MB of mobile internet traffic for MDL 29.
 
Source: TelecomPaper

CSL, SK Telecom launch LTE roaming service

Hong Kong mobile operator CSL and Korea’s SK Telecom have launched LTE roaming services. Customers of both operators can now roam in Hong Kong and South Korea on the operators’ LTE networks. The LTE roaming service will generally available in July.

Source: TelecomPaper

Jazba Launches Game Development Competition

After conducting free workshops on Mobile App and Game Development, Mobilink Jazba has launched a Mobile Game-Development competition to offer a platform for students and app developers to test their skills at creating gaming software for mobile platforms.

Mobilink Jazba’s mobile game development contest has been designed to evaluate the concept, technique and creative acumen of participants, whilst at the same time providing a new avenue for local mobile technology developers to develop content for mobile users.

Jazba said it will accept games only, so no apps please! You can submit any genre of game but please ensure that it has not been published on any app store or website prior to the final date of submission. Also, piracy is bad, so avoid it! And the competition is only open to students and independent developers.

Winners of the competition will get cash rewards up to Rs. 500,000, as well as other valuable prizes such as handsets and internship opportunities within Mobilink. That’s better than other similar competitions in the town. Check below list of prizes for the winners:

Prizes
  • Winner: PKR 500,000
  • 1st Runner up: PKR 300,000
  • 2nd Runner up: PKR 100,000
  • 3rd and 4th Runner up: HTC Explorer handsets
  • 10 participants: Free GPRS up to 6 months or 1 GB consumption (whichever is lower)
  • Internships
Benefits
  • Jazba shall publish the game on Jazz Bananas, with developers earning revenue for each download
  • Jazz Bananas is an app store accessible to Pakistan’s largest cellular base, with over 34 million customers
Eligibility
  • Only games can be selected as entries (please, no apps!)
  • Any genre of game will be accepted
  • Only games that have not been published on any app store or website prior to final date of submission will be considered for evaluation
  • Copied or pirated game entries will be considered void
  • This competition is for students and independent game developers only. Professional software development organizations will not be considered eligible to participate
  • Submissions by teams will be acceptable, but should include names of all members in the game credits. However, prizes will be received by the individual in whose name the entry has been submitted
  • Only the games developed in the following mobile OS will be accepted:
    • Symbian
    • Java
    • BlackBerry
    • Android

Deadline:

  • July 31st, 2012

How to Participate:

For further details and to submit your games click here.

Unicom highlights 3G progress

China Unicom has revealed that it expects to see a larger revenue contribution from its 3G subscriber base this year than from its 2G customers. Lower cost smartphones from domestic suppliers such as ZTE have helped boost Unicom’s subscriber base by 20% year-on-year to the end of April. ‘We are not as focused on the number of new users, we want to make sure we are adding good quality customers,’ company president Lu Yimin said, before reiterating an outlook previously given in March that the company’s 3G business will be profitable this year. Unicom’s 3G subscriber base stood at 51.8 million at the end of April, behind China Mobile’s 61.9 million. However, 3G subscribers make up 24.3% of Unicom’s total subscriber base, compared with 9.2% for China Mobile.

Source: TeleGeography

Huawei and Qualcomm Test CDMA to LTE Fallback in Commercial Devices

Huawei and Qualcomm Test CDMA to LTE Fallback in Commercial Devices

Huawei has announced the success of interoperability testing for CDMA 1x LTE Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB) commercial device. The test was conducted in partnership with Qualcomm using Release 8 1x CSFB and Release 9 1xe CSFB technology.

An important component of CDMA to LTE evolution, CSFB enables data services to run on LTE networks with voice service fallback to Circuit Switched packets. In the initial stages of LTE network deployment, operators typically deploy LTE to cover data hotspot areas, since Voice over LTE (VoLTE) has not yet fully matured. With CSFB technology, subscribers are able to access LTE mobile broadband services while continuing to have CDMA 1x voice services.

Wu Hui, Huawei President for CDMA/LTE Wireless Networks, said: “This is an important achievement for the CDMA-LTE industry. With Huawei’s leading SingleRAN platform, Huawei enables synergy between CDMA and LTE. Our CDMA-LTE team is committed to increasing network capacities, helping operators protect their network investments and provide subscribers with high-quality voice services and ultra-broadband experiences.”

As of Q1 2012, Huawei says that it has won 145 EV-DO contracts, including 110 Data-Optimized Rev. A (DORA) contract, three EV-DO Rev. B contracts for commercial networks, and eight EV-DO Rev. B contracts for pre-commercial networks.

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