Six Eastern European operators aim for LTE bloc in 450MHz

The initiative is spearheaded by six cellcos which already operate 450MHz networks using the only technology commercialized for the band, CDMA450 (there are UMTS profiles but they have not been put into mainstream equipment). They hope that they will be able to refarm their CDMA spectrum for an early leap into LTE, especially where their home regulators are not planning auctions in other bands, such as digital dividend, for some years. They have applied to the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and their individual national regulators for permission to use the 450MHz band for LTE.

- Rethink Wireless

Samsung claims LTE first with Craft smartphone

Samsung Craft LTE Phone Hands-On Samsung has launched a smartphone called the Craft, which it claims is the first commercially available LTE-enabled handset, in a move that could have network providers ramping up 4G deployments.

The Craft has a 3.3in Amoled touch screen and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, and will retail for $299 (£190) plus tax, with monthly price plans at $55 (£35) or $60 (£38).

- V3

Will the FCC require all 700 MHz LTE equipment to interoperate?

A proposed notice of rulemaking before the FCC exposes an interesting challenge in balancing what’s good for consumers with what can be done in practical equipment. Open is good, right? Like motherhood and apple pie? Right…but the RF challenges of covering the myriad bands and segments which make up “700MHz” are prodigious. An open terminal which doesn’t work properly in any band benefits no-one.

A nice special report by Mike Dano of Fierce Wireless.

European Commission publishes plan for wireless broadband spectrum

The European Commission has published a plan advocating rapid and coordinated action to make spectrum available for wireless broadband, including:

  • Licence harmonised bands (900, 1800, 2.6, and 3.5 GHz) by 2012
  • Open 800 MHz for wireless broadband by January 2013

The context for this is the enormous opportunity for generating economic and social benefits. The commission stated:

“Services which rely on the EU’s radio spectrum represent 2% to 2.5 % of annual European gross domestic product, i.e. more than € 250 billion”

Poland becomes fourth LTE country

Three new entrants combine to launch services in 1.8GHz, using Huawei kit.

Poland has become the fourth country in the world to have a commercial LTE network. Two cellcos in the eastern European country, CenterNet and Mobyland, have collaborated to launch LTE services in the 1.8GHz band, rather than waiting for new spectrum allocations such as the more common 2.6GHz.

- Rethink Wireless