TIM stages LTE demonstration in Milan

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) is currently in the midst of staging a week-long trial of its in-deployment Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Milan. Until 21 April Milanese citizens can sample transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps (downstream) and 50Mbps (upstream) at selected TIM retail stores. The promotion follows similar events in Turin and Rome, and the telco has indicated that further demonstrations are planned for other major Italian cities over the coming months.

TIM secured three blocks of spectrum in the 2.6GHz band and two blocks of 800MHz spectrum, as well as frequencies in the 1800MHz band, in Italy’s mobile spectrum auction which concluded last autumn. The tender closed after 22 days and 469 separate rounds of bidding, with Italy’s four mobile network operators – TIM, Vodafone Italy, Wind Telecomunicazione (Wind Italy) and 3 Italia – submitting combined bids worth in excess of EUR3.9 billion (USD5.1 billion).

Source: TeleGeography

Sony Mobile Shows Off Watch-Based Android Smartphone Accessory

Sony Mobile has shown off a new SmartWatch, a wearable device that extends the power of Android smartphones by sending information from a smartphone straight to the watch. A vibration and screen alert notifies users of key events, like an incoming call or text messages and social media updates.

The SmartWatch connects to Android smartphones via Bluetooth.

Sonmy said that a growing number of apps are available for download through Google Play — including those for social updates, workouts and music — all customized for the 1.3-inch OLED SmartWatch touch screen. While SmartWatch works with these existing apps, Android developers can create apps specifically for the device. SmartWatch works with most Android (2.1 and above) smartphones.

At launch, SmartWatch has a suggested retail price of $149.99.

T-Mobile CR continues to improve 3G network; coverage now over 83%

T-Mobile Czech Republic has announced that efforts to improve its 3G mobile network coverage and quality are continuing apace and that as a result, its UMTS-FDD network now covers more than 83% of the population via 2,550 transmitters serving over 560 cities. The cellco is also improving the end user’s experience, it said, by enabling them free access to its NetworkRadar applications, which allows them to verify the quality of internet access being received. The app is being offered in collaboration with the Dutch company Oberon Interactive.

Source: TeleGeography

Tele2 Kazakhstan to launch 3G services in Kzylorda

Mobile operator Tele2 Kazakhstan plans to launch its services in the Kzylorda region 14 April. The service will start in the city of Turkestan 15 April. An area comprising 70 percent of the region’s population will be covered by the 3G network.

Source: TelecomPaper

DiGi’s 3G coverage to rise to 70 percent

Dig Com Bhd is now bringing Internet access to customers, sees educating them on having the right mobile device as an important challenge.

Head of Internet and Services Praveen Rajan said DiGi has about 10 million customers, and to bring “Internet for all” places different demands, making owning the right device very crucial.

“Our big focus now is to get more and more people to use smartphones because unless you have the right device, you will never be able to use the Internet effectively,” he told Bernama.

For example, he said, the Nokia N70 model does not allow the use of applications.

As at end-2011, DiGi has 5.2 million active mobile Internet users of its 9.9 million total subscribers.

Praveen said DiGi has big bundle packages to make access easier to replace devices.

“The right pricing and packaging, and making sure customers have access to the best services and to Internet on DiGi’s network to our partners will be challenges to drive further adoption of mobile Internet.

“It’s about working with partners out there, manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, how we bundle prepaid or postpaid plans and make it affordable for customers so that they will be able to finance their devices,” he explained.

He added DiGi is working with content providers such as Google and Apple as well as local providers to bring their services to customers and to make content available according to demand and beyond.

DiGi has embarked on a transformation journey that includes modernising its network to Long Term Evolution (LTE) to cater for big data demand, and will see its 3G coverage increased to 70 per cent of the populated area by year-end from 52 per cent as at end-2011.

Source: Btimes

Telenor Pakistan is Prepared to Introduce App and Game Store

The need of getting various mobile apps in a person’s portable phone-set seems to have even more higher following the development of Smart phones. To focus on these kinds of need for customers, Pakistan Telecom companies have already been noticed quickly enhancing the accessibility to numerous software programs.

Mobile phone applications happen to be utilized to a bigger level in civilized societies, especially in European countries as well as in the United States. An individual’s consumption of applications will have a multitude of reasons i.e. taking part in games, get hold of journeying recommendations, news reports, magazines as well as climatic conditions etc. Mobile phone apps are really easy to download and install which enables it to be utilized at any time anyplace. A number of organizations giving free apps or demo versions which commonly even be entertaining.

As a consequence of developing involvement in video games provision of gaming programs and appropriate system can also be, these days, a parameter of industry rivalry between cellular companies. Apple’s iPhone and apple ipad possess completely changed these types of user centric industry. Smartphones declare to have full functionalities that any user needs. All the same, it requires an excellent rapid internet inside of quick access of each and everybody.

Immediately after Mobilink’s Jazz Banana one more effort about establishing app store continues to be obtained by Telenor, Pakistan. Precisely last night, Telenor joined up with side of 24MAS for apps and games store. The actual contract signing ceremony occurred at Stockholm and also the core-services for store is going to be supplied by 24MAS, a European-based international mobile phone marketing and application development company.

Azerfon to launch LTE base station in Baku before Eurovision

Azerbaijan mobile operator Azerfon said it will soon complete the deployment of its LTE base station in Baku. The base station will be launched in the downtown of the capital city. The operator will offer a special package of its services before the Eurovision 2012 song contest in Baku.

Source: TelecomPaper

Verizon enhances 4G LTE network coverage in Vernon

Verizon Wireless has recently activated new 4G LTE service in Vernon, Connecticut. The investment expands Verizon’s 4G LTE coverage in Vernon along Interstate 84, Route 30 and in the vicinities of Bolton and Tunnel Roads. Verizon’s 4G LTE customers in the coverage area should experience average speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps for download and 2 to 5 Mbps for upload. Verizon reports it has invested over USD 3 billion into its New England network since 2000, including more than USD 297 million in 2011 alone, to increase network coverage and capacity. As of 15 March, Verizon’s 4G LTE network covers more than 200 million people in 203 markets across the US. The operator plans to more than double the number of its 4G LTE markets, bringing the total markets to more than 400, by year-end. The company’s 4G LTE network is expected to cover over 260 million people in the US by the end of 2012.
 
Source: TelecomPaper

Consultation on 3G reassignment begins

Hong Kong’s telecoms and broadcasting regulator, the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), which replaced the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) on 1 April, has begun a consultation on reassignment strategy for 2×60MHz of 2100MHz band spectrum when existing 3G licences expire in 2016. Three options are proposed: re-auction of all of the spectrum; right of first refusal to be offered to the four incumbent 3G operators (Hutchison [3], CSL New World Mobility, SmarTone and PCCW [HKT]); or a hybrid option (right of first refusal / spectrum re-auction). Comments will be accepted until 15 June 2012; the regulator plans to issue a second consultation paper by end-2012/early 2013, and make a decision before October 2013.

Source: TeleGeography

Rogers’ LTE reaches Calgary, Halifax

Canada’s Rogers Communications has expanded its LTE network to two new cities, Calgary in the west and Halifax in the east, which it said brings its LTE footprint to a population of nearly twelve million, as it pursues a plan to cover almost 60% of the Canadian population by the end of the year. Since launching LTE in Ottawa last summer, Rogers has expanded the 4G mobile broadband network to cities including Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. As part of its eastern expansion, in addition to Halifax, Rogers recently launched LTE in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In the west, Rogers plans to introduce LTE in Edmonton in the coming months, while it aims to launch LTE in a total of more than 25 additional cities across the country this year.

Rogers’ current LTE device line-up consists of two smartphones, a smartphone-tablet hybrid, two tablets, a USB modem and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. This month, Rogers will launch the first Windows LTE smartphone – the Nokia Lumia 900 – and another LTE-enabled smartphone, the HTC One X.

Source: TeleGeography

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