Archive for the ‘LTE’ Category

Verizon certifies devices ahead of LTE launch

approvedAs it counts down the days to its LTE launch, Verizon is also adding to the count of devices certified to operate on its new 4G network. Information Week reported on a recent developer event at which a listing of certified devices was shared by the operator, including products from Cisco, Juniper and Motorola.
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ABI: 2009 wasn’t quite so dire for wireless vendors

From the way the vendors talked in last year’s earnings calls, you’d get the impression that 2009 was one of the most horrible years for the telecom infrastructure market. But ABI Research said it wasn’t as bad as the industry made it out to be. Rather than decline as much 10% to 12% as many analysts estimated, the equipment market saw a surge in the second half of the year, said Aditya Kaul, practice director for ABI. (more…)

In 4G, Cisco goes back to IP roots

Access has never been Cisco Systems’ (NASDAQ:CSCO) strong point, a conclusion that the vendor itself seems to have reached by abandoning its WiMax radio business. PCWorld originally reported on Friday that Cisco had stopped developing and manufacturing WiMax base stations, and FierceBroadbandWireless today confirmed it. That leaves Cisco to focus on the area of the 4G network it is arguably best positioned to dominate, the IP core. (more…)

VZW says LTE networks averaging 5-12 Mb/s

Releasing the first results from its 4G trials, Verizon Wireless (NYES:VZ, NYSE:VOD) today said that its first two long-term evolution (LTE) networks are averaging download speeds of 5-12 Mb/s and upload speeds of 2-5 Mb/s, while achieving peak downlink speeds of 50 Mb/s and uplink speeds of 25 Mb/s. Though the Boston and Seattle networks have yet to be tested in the real conditions of a commercial launch, the initial results show VZW’s new 4G network to be significantly faster than any 3G network running today. (more…)

Nortel’s name likely dies with Genband sale

When Nortel Networks decided to auction itself off in pieces, its name was of the items on block. But now with its last business unit slated to go to Genband, Nortel hasn’t found anyone interested in taking up the moniker despite its long history in the industry. (more…)

MetroPCS to tap the potential of prepaid 4G

MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS) didn’t say much about its 4G rollout in its Q4 earnngs conference call today, but from what little CEO Roger Linquist did say we can gather Metro plans to extend the same budget prepaid business model that’s served it so well for 2G voice into the new 4G mobile broadband service.

“The world is moving toward broadband services,” Linquist said. “We believe there can be a renaissance in the no-contract wireless service segment as 4G becomes readily available.” (more…)

MWC: T-Mobile launching first HSPA+ device

BARCELONA — T-Mobile USA (NYSE:DT) is making its HSPA+ debut next month, unveiling today at Mobile World Congress its first laptop 3G dongle embedded with the new technology. High-speed packet access + triples T-Mobile’s current network speeds to a maximum of 21 Mb/s per carrier, giving it what is technically the fastest 3G network in the US. (more…)

MWC: Siklu’s radio backhaul at a bargain

Radio backhaul hasn’t made too many in-roads in the US compared to Europe. With the exception of Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR), carriers tend to use radio links to connect cell sites as a last resort, but a new IP radio company Siklu hopes to change US operators’ minds. It may not be able to convince them milimeter radio technologies are technically superior to wireline ones, but it can offer them those radios for dirt cheap. (more…)

AT&T wins iPad–Don’t act so surprised

Media and analysts are shocked–just shocked, I tell you!–that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) named AT&T (NYSE:T) as its carrier partner for the iPad, given the problems iPhone users have had with AT&T’s increasingly crowded 3G network. Apple’s continued deference to AT&T should come as little surprise. We’ve spelled out many reasons why a CDMA iPad was extremely unlikely (For a refresher, see our analysis piece on possible iPad deals last November), but you can basically sum up Apple’s reasoning in two bullet points:

  1. Build a device with a less expensive dual-band high-speed packet acess chip that can work on the vast majority of the world’s networks and gives the device exposure to almost every single market in the world.
  2. Build a device with a more expensive CDMA EV-DO chipset that works on, yes, Verizon Wireless’ (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) and the minority of global operators’ networks who run CDMA systems, but forfeits huge swathes of the globe, including all of Europe. (more…)

LTE speeds put to the test in Sweden

We’ve heard all kinds of claims about just how fast long-term evolution will be–some of them citing bandwidth as high as 100 Mb/s–but until now there’s been no opportunity to validate them. By getting a jump start on the rest of the industry and deploying the world’s first commercial LTE networks in Oslo and Stockholm, TeliaSonera has given the world the opportunity to see how a real, live LTE network performs. So far the results have varied considerably. (more…)