Coolpad picks GCT LTE single-chip for Quattro 4G phone

Coolpad has selected GCT Semiconductor’s LTE single-chip, GDM7240, for its Quattro 4G Android smartphone. GCT’s GDM7240 has been selected for commercial use in terminal devices.

The new Coolpad Quattro 4G phone utilizes US operator MetroPCS’s LTE network, and includes features such as a 1GHz dedicated Cortex A8 CPU, 4-inch WVGA display, music player, and audio enhancements such as DTS Envelo. This new phone allows for internet browsing and streaming media at LTE speeds.



China Mobile to encourage rivals to use TD-LTE

China Mobile is determined not to be in a ‘minority’ in the market and is hoping that at least one of its two domestic rivals will take up its 4G standard, Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE).

China Mobile has been hindered by its decision to use the home-grown TD-SCDMA platform for its 3G rollout as the only operator to use the technology; the cellco had limited support from vendors and suffered from a scarcity of compatible handsets. China Mobile has subsequently sought to drum up support for the TD-LTE standard as opposed to its direct competitor Frequency Division-LTE (FD-LTE) to prevent a repeat of its 3G experience.

Sina Tech also quotes the leaked missive as saying that the platform’s success depends on having a greater number of TD-LTE operators, adding that it will be ‘difficult to succeed’ if there are too few, as the support of chip makers is crucial.


Oi tests 4G service in Brasilia

Oi carried out 4G field tests during the 56th Telebrasil Panel in Brasilia, a two-day telecoms conference. A network using LTE technology installed there reached speeds of 88 Mbps, with bursts of up to 100 Mbps, during tests involving high definition videos in streaming on sites such as Youtube.

During the event, 4G mini-modems were distributed so that participants could try out the new service on their own notebooks. The 4G tests were carried out by Oi in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks, and were authorized by Anatel.


URCA grants BTC 4G licence

Bahamian watchdog the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has issued a 700MHz spectrum licence to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and expects to issue a similar concession to Cable Bahamas shortly.

URCA made 72MHz of spectrum available to operators and received applications from five companies for use of the frequencies. Two were rejected as they did not meet URCA’s minimum criteria whilst a third is awaiting approvals from other licensing bodies. BTC’s 15-year concession consists of 24MHz of 4G Long Term Evolution-suitable (LTE-suitable) spectrum and includes certain rollout requirements. BTC is obliged to cover 75% of the population of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera within 18 months, increasing to 99% coverage of those islands and an additional two islands within 30 months. By each of the 42- and 54-month milestones BTC must have covered 75% of two additional islands.


MTS Turkmenistan reactivates more than 500,000 subscribers on first day back in service

With MTS Turkmenistan re-launched services, the cellco has already exceeded the number of sign-ups that it previously aimed to see by the end of this year.

MTS Turkmenistan’s parent company, Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), revealed that it was setting targets for its Turkmen unit, stating that it was hoping to have 440,000 customers on its books by the end of 2012. This target, however, was surpassed just a few hours after the cellco came back online, with the report claiming that by the end of the first day back in operation MTS Turkmenistan had re-connected more than half a million subscribers. The cellco is understood to have focused on reactivating those customers that already have its SIM cards and lost service after its licence was suspended, but looking ahead. MTS Turkmenistan will start selling new SIMs from the start of October.

MTS Turkmenistan’s services had been offline since the initial one-month suspension of its licence in December 2010.


Vodafone and Zain Sign Partnership Agreement

­Vodafone has confirmed the details of the previously rumored talks with Zain and is to expand its Partner Market presence in the Middle East.

Under the non-equity partnership agreement, Vodafone will work with Zain companies in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq. The company said that this will complement its own regional operations in Egypt and Qatar and increase the number of countries in which Vodafone has Partner Market agreements to more than 50.

Mr Ravinder Takkar, CEO, Vodafone Partner Markets said “Our agreement with Zain provides an opportunity for Vodafone to build its presence and work with a leading operator in the Middle East. By combining the geographical reach of our companies’ respective networks, we can strengthen and deepen the benefits to our customers operating in these large and dynamic markets. ”

Zain will have access to Vodafone’s devices and services in its home markets and become the preferred partner of Vodafone in respect of the agreed areas of cooperation.

Vodafone’s multinational customers served by Vodafone Global Enterprise will benefit by being able to add the Zain countries to their existing contracts for international managed services, while continuing to be serviced via a single point of contact.


MegaFon Expands LTE Coverage to Eighth Russian City

­MegaFon Russia says that it has expanded its LTE network coverage to the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan, the third city in the Volga Region to have access to mobile broadband services.

The service is being launched with a cut-price offer that lasts for the next two months.

The Director of the Volga Branch of MegafOn OJSC, Alexander Grigoriev said “Even at the start-up stage, high-speed mobile internet is available in all regions of Kazan. The trial period will allow us to analyze customer’s expectations and determine the average consumption level to set optimal tariffs. Based on this information and the experience of rolling out 4G services in other cities we will be able to offer the users higher quality internet services.”

Kazan is the eighth Russian city after Moscow, Samara, Novosibirsk, Krasnodar, Sochi, Vladivostok and Ufa, where MegaFon provided access to 4G services. Before the end of the year the operator plans to provide 4G internet in St-Petersburg, in a number of towns of Leningrad Region and other regions of the country, and then the service will be available throughout the territory where 30 percent of the population of Russia live.


Telstra to offer Samsung Galaxy SIII 4G in October

Australian communications provider Telstra will offer the Galaxy SIII 4G in October. The phone runs on Android 4.1 and features a 4.8-inch HD Super Amoled display. The handset will be able to operate on Telstra’s LTE network as well as its HSPA+ Dual Channel 3G network. Pricing for Samsung Galaxy SIII 4G will be announced closer to launch.


TOT to trial LTE with two operators

According to the recent news TOT will work with two local mobile operators to trial LTE internet services. The trial will use 2300 MHz spectrum and is planned for the end of this year.

The trial will involve around 400 base stations located in Bangkok and some major provinces. The two private firms, which were not named, will install last-mile equipment and rent TOT’s backbone network to provide services.


Optus launches 4G services plans

Optus, an Australian telecommunications has launched LTE services in Sydney, Perth, and Newcastle and is rolling out LTE in Melbourne on 15 September.

The operator is offering two 4G plans: the AUD 60 per month Optus Plan with AUD 650 included value and 1.5 GB of data, and the AUD 80 per month Optus plan with AUD 850 included value and 2 GB of data. At launch, Optus offers the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G and on the AUD 60 plan customers pay AUD 7 per month and on the AUD 80 plan the device is free. The plans also come with unlimited mobile access to popular social networks, unlimited national SMS messages, and unlimited on-net calls.

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