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4G Americas Press Release, July 15 2013

A white paper on MIMO and Smart Antennas for Mobile Broadband Systems has been published by the 3GPP Partner, 4G Americas.

With wireless traffic expected to grow over 10x in the next five years, the paper looks at "increasingly capable smart antenna solutions" as a vital companion to the call for more spectrum for LTE.

Rate of LTE deployment increasing

GSA Press Release, July 18, 2013

The Global mobile Suppliers Association, a Partner in 3GPP, has issued a forecast predicting that there will be 260 commercially launched LTE networks in 93 countries by the end of the year.

The Evolution to LTE report (July 16, 2013) states that:

"the majority of operators have deployed the FDD mode of the LTE standard. The most widely used band continues to be 1800 MHz (band 3) which is used in over 43% of commercially launched LTE networks. The next most popular contiguous bands are 2.6 GHz (band 7) used in 34% of networks, followed by 800 MHz band 20 (11%), and AWS band 4 (almost 9%)."

LTE TDD only networks number 18 out of 194 commercially launched systems. However, half of that total are combined LTE FDD and TDD networks, which is a growing trend, according to the GSA.

The report is an update of a regular set of figures from the GSA, providing a reliable assessment of the state of the market for LTE and LTE-Advanced equipment.

Read the Full GSA Press release; "Live LTE networks approach 200 confirms GSA in latest Evolution to LTE report", on-line at www.gascom.com


GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) represents GSM/EDGE, WCDMA-HSPA and LTE suppliers, providing reports, facts, analysis and information explaining market developments and trends. GSA-organized seminars facilitate enhanced dialog between operators, members and developer communities. Through its website GSA supports a global community which includes over 58,000 registered users.

Website: www.gsacom.com

Small Cell Forum Completes 1st LTE Plugfest

June 20, 2013

A test event, attended by 16 companies, has demonstrated the effectiveness of the 3GPP LTE standards in supporting interoperability between small cells and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) equipment.

The Small Cell Forum has issued a press statement to announce the completion of its first Plugfest, focused on 3GPP Release 9 compliant FDD LTE small cells, organised by the ETSI Centre for Testing and Interoperability and hosted by the SINTESIO test lab in Slovenia.

Converged Network Operations

A step towards the integrated management of the wireless and wire line networks will be made with the "Converged Network Operations Improving Customer Experience" showcase at the TM Forum World event in Nice, France, from 13th-16th May.

Visitors will see the first live implementation of a common 3GPP and TM Forum information model based on the NGMN Alliance's NGCOR requirements - as specified in TS 28.620.

Small Cell Forum - Release One

A new Release programme from the Small Cell Forum will help network operators launch home, enterprise, metro, and rural small cells.

Release One covers the home, providing “all you need to know” to deploy residential femtocells. It includes business cases, references to key standards, specifications for RFPs and best practices from operators already using femtocells. In preparation for future Releases, there are also white papers on rural small cells and on backhaul use cases and solutions.

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