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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.
Globe Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent have penned an agreement for the upgrade of the operator’s networks in the Philippines.
German operator E-Plus has announced plans to work with Chinese company ZTE to aid the deployment of VoLTE services.
New Zealand’s 2degrees has expanded its 4G LTE network to Wellington in the country’s North Island.
Nokia Networks has been selected by olleh Rwanda Networks (oRn) – the joint venture between KT and the Government of Rwanda – for the vendor to provide radio and core network services.
Nokia Networks and China Telecom have announced a partnership to develop FDD-TDD carrier aggregation and user device chipset capabilities.
Polish operator Polkomtel and Swedish vendor Ericsson have completed a successful trial of LTE Broadcast technology in Poland.