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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.
Ooredoo subsidiary Indosat has launched 4G services in Indonesia, claiming to offer speeds of up to 185Mbps.
Mobile network solutions vendor SS7Ware has claimed to have performed the first VoLTE call from a GSM mobile phone to a VoLTE-capable iPhone 6, through a single unified switch.
BT has confirmed that it is in talks with Telefónica to buy back O2.
Saudi Arabian operator Mobily has suspended CEO Khalid Omar Al Kaftook, after an auditing error led the company to restate 18 months of previously-announced earnings.
Capacity Asia day 1 – China Mobile has signed a partnership with NTT DoCoMo for TD-LTE roaming services in China.
Capacity Asia day 1 – Thailand’s telecoms regulator has revealed plans to hold its 4G mobile spectrum auction in September 2015, after a one-year postponement by the military government.