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

ZTE Wins Largest Share of China Telecom 2012 CDMA Purchase Project

­ZTE has won a contract worth US$281.5 million for the largest share in China Telecom’s 2012 CDMA Purchase Project. During the project, ZTE will provide its Uni-Ran solution and relevant services in over 220 cities of 27 provinces across China. The Uni-Ran solution comprises a series of products based on SDR technology.

Through this project, ZTE says that it will gain a cumulative share of 43.5 percent of China Telecom’s CDMA network.

“We’re very pleased to join hands with China Telecom to promote healthy development of the CDMA field,” said ZTE Vice President Fan Xiaobing. “ZTE’s Uni-Ran solution will enhance network services and compliment China Telecom’s operations, filling the network evolution needs.”
According to a report released by consulting firm IDC, ZTE remained the world’s No. 1 CDMA supplier at the end of 2011 with of 32.6 per cent worldwide market share.

Source: Cellular-News

Qualcomm Signs More Participants for UK Wireless Charging Trials

­Qualcomm has signed deals with both Renault and Delta Motorsport concerning the trials of its wireless power charging service in London. In November 2011, Qualcomm announced a WEVC trial in London to commence in 2012. The objectives of the trial are to evaluate the commercial viability of wireless EV charging and gain user feedback on the use of WEVC-enabled vehicles.

“We are very excited about the prospects of working with Renault, a global leader in electric vehicles and an innovator in the growing low carbon vehicle market,” said Anthony Thomson, vice president of business development and marketing at Qualcomm. “Renault’s participation in the WEVC London trial aligns with Qualcomm’s drive to make charging of electric vehicles simple and effortless.”

Delta Motorsport also plans to participate with Qualcomm Europe Inc. on a steering committee for the London trial and to provide support for the London Trial.

Source: Cellular-News


Tunisiana Launches 3G Network

­Tunisia based mobile network, Tunisiana has launched its 3G network. With launch coverage extending to 48 percent of the population, Tunisiana will offer 3G services in the regions of Tunis, Sfax, Sousse, Djerba, Cap Bon, Hammamet and Nabeul.

The rollout will soon be extended to cover 71 percent of the population by the end of the year, with 87 percent coverage planned for early 2013.

Tunisiana’s license allows the company to deploy an HSPA+ network on both 900Mhz and 2100Mhz bands, providing for deeper indoor coverage for customers and high definition voice quality. Tunisiana is owned by Qatar Telecom.

Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO of the Qtel Group, commented: “The Tunisiana team really did something exceptional in bringing 3G services to its customers only three months after receiving the license and just in time for the holy month of Ramadan. By giving faster internet access to more Tunisians at competitive prices, they are helping to fulfill two of our Group’s highest priorities: providing superior customer experience and offering the best broadband service possible. We are proud of their achievement.”


Pakistan to start issuing 3G tech licenses

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali has said that Pakistan will soon start issuing 3G technology licenses.
Speaking at launching ceremony of Huawei smart phone Ascend P1at an impressive ceremony, he said that introduction of smart phone new and latest technology will encourage youngsters to gain knowledge of 3G technology.
He was hopeful that introduction of Huawei will generate large number of news jobs in the country besides introducing new and advance technology. He further said that China is our trusted friend and its government and people always support Pakistan. Chairman AirLink Communication, Shokat Hyat Pracha said that Huawei is the second largest telecom company of world providing services in 140 countries. He said Huawei annual turnover is more than 32.2 billion dollars and it providing solutions to all the telecom companies in Pakistan. He expressed hope that smart phone Ascend P1 will soon get huge market share in Pakistan. as it has duel core, 1.5 GHz,TI OMAP, 4460 cortoxt A9 processor etc.

Source: Pakistantoday

Omnitel expands LTE, HSPA+ network coverage

Omnitel, Lithuania’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced that it has expanded coverage of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network to the Baltic coast resorts of Palanga and Nida. The TeliaSonera subsidiary has also announced the upgrade of its 3G network to HSPA+ technology, which supports maximum download speeds of 21Mbps, in Kretinga, Sventosios, Palanga and the Curonian Spit. Around one-third of Omnitel’s network has so far been modernised, with other major cities, including Klaipeda, Siauliai and Panevezys, to follow shortly; by the end of 2012 the cellco aims to have upgraded around half of its 3G network. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Omnitel became Lithuania’s first LTE service provider when it launched commercial services in the downtown areas of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Panevezys in May 2011. The network, which operates in the 1800MHz frequency band, supports maximum download speeds of up to 80Mbps.

Source: TeleGeography

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