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Monday, October 3, 2011

LTE watch Weekly Summary [9/26~10/2, 2011]


Oberthur Technologies announces LTE CSIM card availability
Source: Oberthur Technologies press release
Oberthur Technologies announced the commercialisation of its multimode CSIM/ USIM cards for CDMA2000 and LTE networks. This card is able to handle authentication with current major network technologies such as: GSM, UMTS, CDMA2000 and of course LTE networks.

Etisalat brings LTE to UAE
Etisalat has announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in the UAE. The LTE-FDD mobile network will cover all major cities in the country in the first deployment phase, with Etisalat promising data download speeds of up to 100 Mbps for its customers.

Sprint to launch own 4G LTE network in early 2012
Source: CNET
Sprint Nextel will launch its own 4G LTE network early next year. The company is already installing LTE equipment and has been field testing the network in select areas, according to people familiar with the situation. It hopes to launch commercial service by the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter, although the target could move up. It's unclear how many markets would get the service initially.

Lantiq and Altair Semiconductor Collaborate to Bring Broadband Wireless LTE to Home Gateways
Source: Altair Semiconductor
Lantiq and Altair Semiconductor announced that Altair's LTE chipset will be used for the Lantiq XWAY™ GRX family of network processors, speeding development of LTE-ready home gateways.

Qualcomm wins reprieve in India spectrum tiff
Qualcomm has won a breather in its scramble to secure the Indian 4G spectrum it paid $1 billion to acquire.

LTE networks light up in Saudi
Source: Wireless Intelligence
Saudi Arabia's three main operators have all launched commercial LTE networks in the last few weeks, with each claiming to be the first in the region to go live with the next-generation mobile technology.


LTE 1800MHz Review in Asia-Pacific (presentation by StarHub)
Source: GSA

Fitch: French LTE auction will trigger network sharing opportunities
Source: FierceWireless
The first round of French LTE spectrum auctions has prompted Fitch Ratings to forecast that successful bidders will seek network sharing agreements with rival operators.

Picochip argues London LTE coverage needs 70,000 small cells
Source: FierceWireless
World-class LTE coverage in London calls for the installation of 70,000 small cells, including nearly 2,000 of these mini base stations to provide access to travellers in the UK capital's Underground network by 2015, according to silicon developer Picochip.

Russia's 4G plan may be splitting apart
Source: Rethink Wireless
MTS and Vimpelcom announce network sharing and fiber build-out deal, which seems to exclude their other LTE partners.

Motorola Designs Own LTE Chip for Droid Bionic
Source: ABI Research
Motorola started shipping its highly anticipated Droid Bionic less than a couple weeks ago. As part of its Teardown research service, ABI Research has dismantled, analyzed, and tested the device down to the component level. The conclusion? The second fastest application processor tested to date, a custom LTE chip designed by Motorola, the CDMA portion of the phone from Qualcomm, and some new RF components alongside a filter technology from a decade ago.


Inter-Cell Interference Coordination for LTE Advanced Heterogeneous Networks
Source: Nomor Research
This paper provides an overview over the background calling for ICIC in heterogeneous LTE-A networks. It outlines techniques standardized in Rel. 10 of LTE-A, discusses them showing their benefits and limitations by means of system-level simulations and motivates the importance of self optimizing network (SON) procedures for ICIC in LTE-A.

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