Nortel sells Patent Portfolio for US$4.5 Billion
Source: Nortel press release
Nortel Networks Corporation announced that it, its subsidiary Nortel Networks Limited (NNL), and certain of its other subsidiaries, including Nortel Networks Inc. and Nortel Networks UK Limited (in administration), have concluded a successful auction of all of Nortel’s remaining patents and patent applications. After a multi-day auction, a consortium emerged as the winning bidder with a cash purchase price of US$4.5 billion. The consortium consists of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony.
SK Telecom, LG Uplus launch LTE services
Korea's SK Telecom and LG Uplus are launching commercial LTE services on 1 July. SK said its initial network in the 800MHz band includes 1,772 radio units and 609 digital units, with support from the operator's 200,000 existing 800MHz repeaters across Seoul, including underground and indoor areas. LG has around 500 base stations at launch, in Seoul and two other major cities; the operator aims to cover most major metro areas by September. LG targets 3 million LTE users by the end of next year and 10 million by 2015. SK plans to cover 23 cities including the Seoul Metropolitan area and six metropolitan cities by early next year, and secure national coverage (82 cities) by 2013.
See also, http://www.bodnara.co.kr/bbs/article.html?imode=view&D=7&cate=18&d_category=10&num=84309 (in Korean).
P1 and China Mobile ink TD-LTE deal
Source: GSMA MBB
Broadband wireless operator P1 signed a “technology cooperation agreement” with China Mobile, intended to “spearhead the TD-LTE technology in Malaysia and South-East Asia.”
LG's Revolution, the LTE smartphone on Verizon Wireless, is powered by GCT Semiconductor
Source: GCT press release
GCT Semiconductor announced a combined effort with LG Electronics to develop a highly integrated monolithic LTE single-chip that enables LG’s new smartphone, named “Revolution by LG,” recently launched by Verizon Wireless.
Spain begins LTE spectrum auction process
Spain has begun its wireless spectrum auction process with operators bidding to take a chunk of the valuable radio waves that will be used to provide next generation mobile services. The Spanish government hopes the auction will raise €2bn (US$2.9bn), which would help Spain reduce its heavy budget deficit, which is currently the third largest in the EU.
Ericsson demos LTE Advanced in Sweden
While many countries LTE plans are still at the drawing board stage the ever eager Swedish are already getting a taste of its successor, LTE Advanced. This week Ericsson demonstrated LTE Advanced running over a test network in Kista, Sweden.
LTE TDD: network plans, commitments, trials, deployments
LTE TDD Update: How China built the TD-LTE value chain
Presentation given by Stephen Hire, Director of Marketing, Aeroflex Asia at CommunicAsia 2011.
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