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.”

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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.

Pakistan 3G license bid process to be Expedited

The government this morning decided to hire a consultant to expedite the auction process of 3G license.A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf asked the Ministry of Information Technology to immediately advertise for a consultant to speed up the mechanism which was facing delays due to ‘unnecessary official procedures’.The meeting directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to seek a list of experts from Ministry of Information Technology to evaluate Expression of Interest (EOI) from the consultant. The meeting reiterated the PTA’s role in carrying out the auction of 3G license in a transparent manner.Earlier, the Prime Minister was briefed by the officials of IT ministry on the subject.The meeting was attended by Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira; Minister for Finance, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh; Minister for Water and Power, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar and other high official from MoITT & PTA.

Source: APP

PTCL introduces revised ‘3G EVO Unlimited’ packages

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has introduced revised packages for its ‘3G EVO Wireless Broadband’, the country’s most popular Broadband Wireless Internet service.
The popular EVO Truly Unlimited, EVO Postpaid, EVO Max and EVO Wi-Fi Cloud shall now be available with an addition of Rs.100 service charges at Rs.2,100. The new charges are applicable from August 1, 2012. Offering true mobility and superior 3G Internet experience, PTCL 3G EVO Wireless gives hyper fast speeds of up to 3.1Mbps with 3G EVO, and up to 9.3Mbps with 3G EVO Nitro.
With PTCL 3G EVO, unlimited means truly unlimited with no data capping and no speed throttling giving you absolute freedom to download as much data as you want for a month. This year, PTCL has celebrated 1 million Broadband subscribers mark  the first ever by any telecommunications service provider in the history of Pakistan.
“PTCL 3G EVO is opening up a whole new world of opportunities for ‘on-the-go’ Internet connectivity,” said Senior Vice President Commercial, Naveed Saeed. “Providing seamless roaming at Broadband speeds in more than 200 cities nationwide, EVO is triggering a Broadband revolution in Pakistan, becoming our valued customers’ premium choice for wireless Broadband Internet.”
“PTCL 3G EVO offers unmatched streaming, mobility and unlimited downloads for our valued customers on the go, anywhere and anytime,” said Executive Vice President Wireless, Omar Khalid.

Source: PTCL

3G comes to the Channel Tunnel in time for the Olympics

People traveling through the Channel Tunnel can now access mobile services 100 metres under the sea as long as they are heading to the U.K., rather than crossing over to France.

French operators Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR have all started providing 2G and 3G services in the south tunnel which runs from France to the U.K.  enabling passengers and drivers on the Eurostar, Shuttle and Freight service to use their phones under the English Channel.

However, British operators will not begin offering similar services in the north tunnel — taken when traveling from the U.K. to France — until the Olympic games are over.

“Eurotunnel is proud to be able regularly to improve the services we offer to our customers through major technological innovation, this time based on the expertise of Alcatel-Lucent,” Groupe Eurotunnel technical director Jacques Gounon said.

A special regulatory framework had been agreed by both Ofcom and the French regulator equivalents — Arcep and ANFR — in order to allocate the required spectrum, according to Orange, with installation of the system along the 53km tunnel taking ten months.

Transmission proved an obstacle for the operators involved in the scheme. One problem in particular was how to synchronize the GSM-P (primary GSM) and GSM-R (railway GSM) systems to work together inside the tunnel.

‘Leaky feeder’ technology was implemented in order to cross this bridge and keep connectivity going under the stretch of water — which basically involves the use of a long broadcast cable that serves as an antenna. The cable both ‘leaks’ and receives radio signals, secured through 72 optical repeaters spaced out every 750 meters. Base stations were then constructed by Orange at either end of the south tunnel to fully connect the network.

“As a result of this collaboration with Eurotunnel, and which has used many of the different technical skills we have at Alcatel-Lucent, we are very proud to have contributed to the provision of new communication services on board the trains in the Channel Tunnel,” Alcatel-Lucent France chief Pascal Homsy said.

However, the Brits need to be aware that while French customers of Orange will enjoy mobile services on the Channel Tunnel as part and parcel of their standard tariffs, for now at least, U.K. customers using 2G or 3G are subject to roaming charges — despite half of the journey being under U.K. jurisdiction.

Source: News.Cnet

Fido to Launch LTE Network Within Months

­Canadian mobile network, Fido announced today that LTE service will be unleashed 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.

Coming this summer, the Fido Mobile Hotspot will be the first LTE-enabled device available from Fido. This device creates a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever, and whenever customers need it, and wirelessly connects up to 10 Wi-Fi capable devices simultaneously. LTE-enabled smartphones will be available at Fido later this year, and all of the Fido LTE-enabled devices are capable of running across Fido’s HSPA+ network which covers 96 per cent of the population of Canada.

Fido will continue to expand LTE across the country, with the plan to provide LTE network access to 20 million Canadians by the end of 2012.

Source: Cellular-News

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