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13 November 2012
| Kavit Majithia
LTE may be fast emerging as the leading next-generation mobile solution, but it is also providing as many pitfalls as opportunities for carriers. Kavit Majithia investigates.
The GSA made the bold claim last
month that LTE is the fastest, most viable and quickest
advancing technology of all time.
With approximately 700 million subscribers, China Mobile's
commitment to developing and deploying TD LTE standards on its
networks is perhaps one of the largest testaments to the
The company recently announced that
it is set to extend the roll-out of the next-generation
standard to 13 cities across the country in partnership with
As a result, market watchers are now tipping China to be a
major rival to North America in the global 4G LTE market.
China's neighbour, India, must be watching enviously, having
given away an early lead in next-generation mobile.
Kenneth Stewart, CTO at TE Connectivity, recalls a time when
India was thought to have stolen an early start on 4G, albeit
based on WiMAX, by auctioning 2300MHz spectrum.
Telefónica Germany has partnered with Ericsson for the upgrade of its network to support VoLTE services.
The French subsidiary of next-generation networks and IP communications firm Italtel has been awarded premier certification from Cisco.
China Mobile and KPN Netherlands have collaborated with Huawei to demonstrate what is claimed to be the industry’s first international IP multimedia subsystem (IMS)-based VoLTE roaming call between Europe and Asia.
Global operator VimpelCom has sold off its telecoms businesses in Central African Republic and Burundi, for approximately $65 million.
SK Telecom and Samsung have announced a partnership to lead 5G network research in South Korea.
Anam Technologies has announced a partnership with North American company Olson with its highly scalable messaging gateway system.