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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.
Taiwan is set to conduct the second stage auction of 4G mobile spectrum in Q3 next year.
With 5G on the horizon, how is investment stepping up in research and development? Are carriers taking an active role, or is the drive coming largely from the vendor community? Guy Matthews reports from the frontiers of cellular innovation.
Polkomtel and Huawei have today revealed a successful friendly-user-test (FUT) of voice-over-long-term-evolution (VoLTE) technology in Poland.
T-Mobile US has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson’s equipment for the upgrade of the its nationwide 4G LTE network, and the expansion of its VoLTE services.
Australia operator Optus has implemented a major upgrade on its mobile network, which is expected to double the download speeds of its 4G services.
Globe Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent have penned an agreement for the upgrade of the operator’s networks in the Philippines.