One of the hallmarks of the 4G era will be a dramatically increased focus on network and spectrum sharing, and on full wholesale models. Always a trendsetter, Japan’s DOCOMO says it will support wholesale partners from day one on its forthcoming LTE network, reversing the 3G pattern of focusing on own-branded services in phase one before moving to partnerships.
- Rethink Wireless
There may be another spectrum auction on the horizon as US president Barack Obama on Monday outlined a plan to free up and release 500MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband over ten years.
A number of high-profile setbacks in recent weeks have further dented the already weakened business case for WiMAX.
LTE-Advanced and IEEE 802.16m WiMAX have cleared the ITU 4G standard requirements, according to Korea Communications Commission. Selection of both 4G standards was announced at ITU-R WP5D meeting which was held from June 9 through 16 in Vietnam.
- LTE World
The 4G Era begins in earnest!
In a development that may give infrastructure suppliers cause for concern, it has emerged that 4G pioneer TeliaSonera selected its LTE vendor partners exclusively on price, having found nothing to distinguish them from one another within the technical performance of their products.
TeliaSonera — the world’s first commercial LTE operator — is expecting to start offering handsets supporting the technology early next year.
The Ministry of Economics of the German state of Hessen has published the results of a survey of participants in a pilot testing the mobile internet at HSPA speeds (up to 7.2 Mbps) using digital dividend frequencies. The survey found that more than 90% of participants were satisfied with their internet connection, compared with only 32% before the pilot started.