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Monday, October 10, 2011

LTE watch Weekly Summary [10/3~10/9, 2011]


Cavium Unveils OCTEON Fusion™ "Base Station-on-a-Chip" Family
Source: Cavium press release
Cavium, Inc. unveiled the OCTEON Fusion™ Family, the industry’s most powerful, small cell “Base Station-on-a-chip” family specifically designed for LTE & 3G small cell base stations, including picocell and micro base stations.

Sprint Accelerates Deployment of Network Vision and Announces National Rollout of 4G LTE
Source: Spring press release
At its 4G Strategy/Network Vision Update event in New York, Sprint Nextel updated the financial community on its plans to accelerate deployment of Network Vision and its plans to roll out 4G LTE on its licensed spectrum. Sprint will begin a rapid national rollout of LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum. Sprint plans to launch 4G LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum by midyear 2012 and complete the network build-out by the end of 2013. By the conclusion of 2013, Sprint’s 4G coverage footprint is expected to cover more than 250 million people.


4G LTE Mobile Broadband Pricing and Marketing Today Targets Early Upgraders
Source: Strategy Analytics
With 75 percent of smartphone users attracted by faster speeds, leading mobile operators are working hard on their marketing and pricing to showcase their LTE services, particularly as they look to offer new LTE handsets. Strategy Analytics examines the range of LTE marketing messages and pricing approaches seen to date in its new Mobile Broadband Opportunities (MBO) service report, “Taking LTE to Market: LTE Marketing Messages and Pricing Approaches.”

LTE Component Makers Already Looking Toward LTE-Advanced, Heavy Reading Finds
Source: PR Newswire
A full ecosystem of silicon devices has been developed to support LTE, and component manufacturers are beginning to sample the first devices that support LTE-Advanced, a developing standard that will provide up to 3 Gbit/s downlink speeds, according to a major new report from Heavy Reading.


LTE Patent Pool: No Diving!
Source: Light Reading
Following Light Reading Mobile's report that some large equipment vendors are not very enthusiastic about proposals for a Long Term Evolution (LTE) patent pool, a leading industry analyst tells us there are many more reasons why companies won't dive in to such a pooling arrangement.


ZTE Completes Industry’s First Interoperability Test between FDD-LTE/TD-LTE and GSM/UMTS
Source: ZTE press release
ZTE Corporation announced it has successfully conducted an industry-first interoperability verification between FDD-LTE/TD-LTE and GSM/UMTS, which is based on the GSM/UMTS/FDD-LTE/TD-LTE multi-mode Uni-Ran platform.

Ericsson touts LTE-Advanced testbed results
Source: Mobile Business Briefing
Ericsson is testing LTE-Advanced technology in Sweden with speeds of up to 1Gb/s being attained, according to a senior executive from the world's largest mobile network infrastructure company.

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