Long-Term Evolution (LTE)

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio form network-sharing partnership

Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm have announced a network-sharing plan aimed at avoiding “duplication of infrastructure” and lowering costs.

The companies said they would share inter- and intra-city fiber-optic networks, submarine cable networks, towers, internet broadband services and other technologies that might emerge in future.

Besides avoiding duplication and freeing up capital for other projects, the operators said that comprehensive network sharing would help to “preserve the environment”.

AT&T considering more widespread fiber deployment: report

Set to launch a ‘gigabit’ fiber-based service in Austin, Texas this week, US telecoms giant AT&T is reportedly considering plans to extend the deployment of super-fast broadband services to other cities in the country.

According to a report from the UK’s Financial Times newspaper, Randall Stephenson, the operator’s chief executive, told attendees at an investor conference in New York that he saw “lots of other opportunities around the country … for Austin-type projects”.

Orange and Renault to investigate 4G uses in connected cars

French telecoms incumbent Orange has announced it is working with carmaker Renault on a research project investigating the automotive uses of 4G connectivity.

The partnership has already seen Orange (Paris, France) deploy 4G services at Renault’s (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) research and testing facilities, with both companies aiming to test new applications supported by the high-speed technology, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing.

Bouygues offers 4G at no extra cost in response to Iliad pressure

France’s Bouygues Telecom has responded to pricing pressure from rival Iliad by saying that its 4G services will be available to existing customers at no extra cost.

The announcement comes just days after Iliad (Paris, France) upped the competitive stakes by publishing details of new low-cost 4G services, revealing that customers would be able to make use of the super-fast technology for as little €19.99 ($27.15) a month.

Existing Bouygues (Paris, France) subscribers will be able to use 4G services without signing up to a new minimum term contract, says the operator.

Commercial LTE network deployments hit 244: GSA

Some 244 operators in 92 countries have now launched commercial 4G services based on the LTE standard, according to the latest research update from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

The technology appears to have gathered real momentum this year, which has seen a total of 93 networks launched commercially, according to the GSA.

The organization, which represents the interests of mobile suppliers globally, expects another 16 networks to be commercially deployed by the end of the year.

Huawei retains top spot in RAN market: ABI Research

Huawei held on to its number-one spot in the global market for radio access networks in the third quarter of 2013, with Alcatel-Lucent overtaking Nokia Siemens Networks to claim third place in the rankings, according to ABI Research.

Huawei (Shenzhen, China) now controls about 28.1% of the market, up by 3.8 percentage points since the third quarter of 2012, with second-place Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) boasting a 21.8% share.

France's Iliad takes price war into 4G market

France’s Iliad has made clear that it plans to continue being a thorn in the side of the country’s incumbent operators by unveiling a range of low-cost tariffs for its new 4G service.

The operator says a 4G service will now be available to consumers for as little as €19.99 ($27.15) a month, or €15.99 for customers who already subscribe to its internet services.

The tariff includes 20GB of monthly data usage and Iliad claims its price is just a fifth of fees being charged by rivals for a comparable service.

LTE to become main cellular M2M technology by 2022: Machina Research

The M2M modules market is on the verge of a dramatic shift caused by the rising adoption and falling prices of LTE technology, according to a new study from Machina Research.

According to the research, LTE modules will account for more than two thirds of all modules shipped for use in wireless wide area networks in 2022, up from just 0.5% in 2013, as the initial wave of LTE migration transforms markets in the US, Japan, South Korea, China and parts of Europe.

Hungary announces plans for 4G spectrum tender

Hungary’s telecoms authorities have announced plans to sell licenses for unused spectrum that could be used to support 4G services in an effort to boost competition in the market.

In a statement published this week, the NMHH – which regulates Hungary’s telecoms market – said it would tender unused frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 26GHz bands.

H3G joins T-Mobile Austria in telco auction appeal

Reuters

Hutchison Whampoa's Austrian telecoms unit said it would appeal against the result of a spectrum auction that cost the country's three carriers 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion).

The auction, Europe's most expensive per head of population for fourth-generation (4G) frequencies, took place under strict conditions that allowed the parties no knowledge of each others' bids to minimize the danger of collusion.

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