China Unicom picks Huawei portable drive test product

Huawei announced that its portable drive test product GENEX PHU (Generate Excellence Probe Handset Unit) has been selected by China Unicom for accurately completing drive tests.

Huawei’s GENEX PHU drive test is made possible with a commercial smartphone loaded with a drive test application for voice and multimedia testing. The application carries out data analysis using algorithms that offset external interferences to measure true network performance and user experience for voice and data services.

Huawei’s GENEX PHU solution is now being used commercially in over 100 countries by more than 200 operators to realize efficient network optimization.


PTCL launches 3G Evo Tab promotion

Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) has launched a 3G Evo Tab promotion. Customers who buy the Android tablet will get a free 3G Evo USB modem. The tablet runs on Android 2.2 and features a 7 inch touchscreen and built-in wireless connectivity.

The tablet has a 5-megapixel camera and a front facing camera, and a 2 GB microSD with support for up to 32 GB.

PTCL also offers the Tab with three months of internet connectivity and unlimited data for PKR 29,999, or with six months of internet connectivity for PKR 31,999, or with a year of internet access for PKR 34,999.

Prepaid customers can pay PKR 25,000. With 5 GB priced they can pay PKR 1,000 which will be valid for three months, and with 15 GB they can PKR 2,000 valid for six months or with unlimited data for PKR 2,000 a month.


Etisalat launches ‘3.75G’ in Herat

Etisalat Afghanistan, a UAE backed cellco has announced the launch of ‘3.75G’ service in Herat as it expands its third-generation footprint across the country.

Etisalat was the first of Afghanistan’s quartet of cellcos to receive a 3G concession, launching W-CDMA/HSDPA services in the capital in March this year, before extending the network to Jalalabad in June.

South African-backed MTN Afghanistan was also awarded the second 3G license in June 2012, but it has not yet launched the service.

Etisalat Afghanistan’s chief marketing officer Yasser Aboul Amayem said: “Etisalat customers in Afghanistan can now enjoy visual communications, high speed voice and data transfer and advanced internet broadband connectivity through services provided by their favorite mobile phone company.”


Marvell launches unified 3G platform for WCDMA, TD-SCDMA

Marvell is a US based silicon products developer which has introduced a single, unified 3G platform for WCDMA and TD-SCDMA markets. The platform features the new Marvell PXA988 and PXA986 chips combined with its latest wireless combination technology (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + FM radio + NFC + GPS), RF transceivers, and integrated PMIC systems. With pin-to-pin compatibility, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can use the same printed circuit board and ID designs, and operating system, application and multimedia software to address both markets.


LG sells 5 mln LTE smartphones

With the global sales of five million LTE smartphones, LG Electronics has reached a new milestone. Since starting the LTE trend with the Revolution in May 2011, it sold five million high-speed data connected handsets.


The Optimus LTE is the most popular LTE smartphone from LG with 2 million in sales.


Airtel launches HSPA+ nationwide

Airtel Ugenda is a indian-backed has recently announced the launch of a nationwide ‘3.75G’ HSPA+ network.

The new platform is capable of providing speculative maximum download speeds of 21Mbps. It is now available in more than 30 towns and cities. It will start operating in another nine in due course of time.

The network currently consisted of 325 base stations, though the operator plans for that number to exceed 400 shortly. In terms of devices, Airtel has a number of dongles, handsets and routers that are compatible with the new platform as well as a tablet computer. Airtel spokesperson while emphasizing the provider’s focus on delivering high speed services commented “Fast has become an attitude, especially in business. If you are not fast, you will not survive.”


Optimus primes LTE network with Huawei antennas

According to Huawei, Portuguese mobile operator Optimus has selected Huawei to provide UMTS/Long Term Evolution (LTE) multi-frequency antennas for the cellco’s commercial 4G network.

The deployment of Huawei’s multi-band (1800MHz/2100MHz/2600MHz) antennas is anticipated to save on operation and maintenance costs. It will also improve the system throughput, capacity and overall network performance.

Optimus’s CEO Jose Pinto Correia commented “Huawei antennas showed great performance on existing network tests, which gave us more confidence in LTE network deployment,’ he further added: “Optimus is committed to enhancing user experience for mobile broadband, hence Huawei has been our strategic partner in mobile broadband development since 2005.”

Optimus launched its LTE network on a commercial basis in March 2012; the firm expects to achieve 80% population coverage by end-December 2012.


Ericsson, researchers embark on LTE optimization project

Ericsson in collaboration with the Australian researchers will work on a three-year project to improve the efficiency of mobile broadband.

The project is supported by grants from the Australian Research Council as well by Ericsson. The team includes professors Graham Goodwin and Rick Middleton who will develop tools and techniques based on systems theory and optimization for control and scheduling of LTE systems. The research will take place at the University of Newcastle.

Middleton said “Although LTE has been rolled out in several locations in Australia, it is more or less in experimental mode and there are issues and performance problems. To get the 100 megabits per second and much higher from these systems is a very challenging problem, particularly if there are lots of users coming on at once in the one area.” He also informed that this new project follows collaboration with Ericsson that focused on 3G.


PTA Advertises Consultancy Requirements for 3G Auction

On the directions of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority today (13th August, 2012) advertised the RFP (Request for Proposal) for the consultancy services of 3G spectrum auctions.

PTA had initially issued information memorandum for 3G auction, base prices for spectrum and the date for bidding without hiring a consultant. But it eventually advertised the hiring of consultant, on the pressure from government to follow PPRA rules for public procurement such as 3G.

PTA has now advertised the requirement of a consultancy firm, which is likely to help the authority in developing the IM. Consultant firm will assist PTA in all steps of auction including marketing, valuation, process design and maintaining transparency to best benefit the government of Pakistan.

The advertisement reads that the following expertise and experience should have a Consultant:

  • Mobile Cellular license/spectrum auction along with relevant financial, economic, technical, legal and regulatory experience
  • Spectrum valuation, spectrum auction design, process management for 3G and beyond technologies / services and concluding transactions of similar nature.

Telekom expands LTE services in North Germany

Telekom has rolled out LTE mobile broadband services in the communities of Jembke, Duderstadt and Bleckede in Lower Saxony. The service supports data rates of up to 100 Mbps.


Telekom aims to roll out LTE to over 100 German cities by end-2012. The service is accessible through an LTE Speedstick, providing a download speed of up to 7.2 Mbps and an upload speed of around 1.4 Mbps. The new Mobile Data tariff Call & Surf Comfort costs EUR 39.95 per month.

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