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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.
SK Telecom posted its Q3 results yesterday, revealing that it had surpassed 16 million LTE/LTE-Advanced subscribers as of the end of September.
EE has launched an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in central London, UK.
A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
Mexico’s América Móvil, Spain’s Telefónica and Brazil’s Oi will place a joint bid for Brazilian mobile operator TIM Participações, and have confirmed plans to break it up, according to local reports.
Russia’s MegaFon has today revealed a year-on-year Q3 net profit decline of 16.5%, despite reporting a growth in sales.
Sprint has appointed SoftBank executive Junichi Miyakawa as chief technical officer.