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X3 increase in LTE device announcements

The ‘Status of the LTE Ecosystem’ report from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), has upgraded its figure for LTE device availability, based on actual announcements by manufacturers.

The existance of almost 200 devices further demonstrates that LTE momentum is gathering pace.

In what must be music to the ears of LTE Network Operators, the GSA has provided factual data to show that device availability has outstripped - by three times – the previous forecast of just eight months ago.

3G Mobile Delivers ICT Growth

The ITU has just released a set of statistics, that confirm the Global growth of 3G mobile is directly connected to an improved Global 'ICT Development Index' (IDI) that consistently measures progress on Access, Use and Skills related to ICT.

The ITU Report ‘Measuring the Information Society 2011’ says that mobile broadband is up 160% over the 2009 to 2010 time period, in developing countries, contributing to high gains in the ITU's IDI ‘ICT use’ sub-index - showing the infrastructure being taken-up by user communities.

3GPP speakers at London Conference

4-5 October 2011, London

The UK is set to host a conference that will demonstrate how 3GPP systems are at the heart of the next generation network.

LTE specifications will be covered by Takehiro Nakamura (TSG RAN Chairman) during his presentation on 'LTE enhancements and future radio access', scheduled for day one of the Wireless Networks of the Future Summit.

On day two, Balazs Bertenyi (TSG SA Chairman) will talk in the 'Traffic Offloading Innovations' session, giving details of the latest 3GPP developments around Local IP Access, Selected IP traffic off-load and IP flow mobility to help deal with the enormous growth in mobile data on mobile networks.

LTE network deployments

September 1, 2011

The GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) has published an update to its Evolution to LTE report.

The GSA report covers both LTE FDD and LTE TDD system modes and confirms that 174 firm LTE network deployments are in progress or planned in 64 countries, including 26 networks that have commercially launched. A further 63 operators in 21 additional countries are engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or studies. The report also notes a significant increase in LTE-related activities in many developing markets, including technology trials.

Taken together, it means that 237 operators in 85 countries are now investing in LTE.

DC-HSPA+ brings 42 Mbps to 39 networks

A recent press release from the GSA heralds a large increase in 42 Mbps DC-HSPA+ deployments. The use of Dual-Cells (or Carriers) to increase data speeds is proving to be a huge success.

There are currently 410 commercial HSPA operators in 162 countries and a clear pattern is emerging that those networks are being upgraded along a highly successful HSPA evolutionary path which then leads to a timely LTE migration.

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA said: “HSPA+ and LTE are complementary 3GPP technologies, and this is demonstrated by the market reality. Analysis of GSA’s data confirms that two-thirds of DC-HSPA+ network operators have also firmly committed to commercial LTE network deployments.”

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