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One Third of Global Mobile Subscriptions are on LTE, to Overtake GSM Next Year

in Blog, 5G, GSM, LTE, WCDMA
Q32017 LTE Subscriptions

LTE subscriptions now make one-third of global mobile subscriptions.  A recent GSA report puts the total subscriptions to 2.54 billion, 32.4% of all mobile subscriptions globally. It took 3 years to reach the half-billion mark for LTE subscriptions but in last 3 years, LTE has shown tremendous growth with ~2B subscription additions.  

Network Functions Virtualisation to Drive 5G New Radio Architecture

in Blog, 5G, 5G New Radio, 5G NR, NFV, LTE
5G NR

With 5G, network functions virtualisation is making in-roads in Radio Access Networks as well as the Core Network. Telecom operators will have newer flexible deployment options with virtualised RAN offering additional ways to increase network capacity, coverage and user experience while reducing time to market for new services.

5G Boom for Network Functions Virtualisation

in Blog, 5G, eMBB, mMTC, NFV, uRLLC, LTE
5G.png

ITU & 3GPP driven 5G has huge potential in utilising Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) to enhance radio access and core network elements. Many operators and equipment manufacturers have already invested heavily to reap the benefits of this technology.

Singapore Has Top 4G LTE Speed Among 77 Nations

in Blog, 4G, LTE
4G

Singapore has best 4G LTE experience with a 46.64Mbps average download speed among 77 nations according to a recent OpenSignal report. South Korea is not far behind with an average of 45.85Mbps speed. European countries Norway & Hungary too have LTE average speed greater than 40Mbps. By contrast, the US has very low average 13.98Mbps.

Telecom Standard Bodies Prep for IMT-2020

in Blog, 3GPP, 5G, ITU, ITU-R
5G

Last week, ITU-R Workshop on IMT-2020 terrestrial radio interfaces was held in Munich, Germany with main objective to outline the process of submission/reception of the Radio Interface Technology (RIT)/set of RIT (SRIT) proposals and acknowledgment of receipt.

New iPhones Add LTE Band 34, Band 66 Support, Drop Band 27

in Blog, iPhone, iPhone 8, iPhone X, LTE
iPhone 8

Last week Apple announced a new generation of iPhones: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The new iPhone features A11 Bionic chip, Retina HD displays and wireless charging, just to name a few.

What is 5G New Radio (5G NR)?

in Blog, 5G, 5G NR, LTE
5G NR

5G New Radio (NR) development is part of continuous mobile broadband evolution process to meet the requirements of 5G as outlined by IMT-2020, similar to earlier evolution of 3G & 4G wireless networks.

497 Million LTE Subscriptions Globally by 31 December 2014

in Blog, GSA, LTE
LTE Subscriptions Growth - March 2015

GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, has confirmed that LTE subscriptions are growing faster than any other mobile communications system technology.

Nearly 680 Million LTE Handset Shipments Expected in 2015

in Blog, ABI Research, LTE-Advanced, LTE
LTE-Advanced

According to a recent ABI Research, 676 million 4G LTE handsets are expected to be shipped in 2015, growing 204 million units from 2014. 350 commercial LTE networks are forecasted by 4Q 2014.

Apple Introduces iPad Air 2 with More LTE Bands

in Blog, Apple, iPad, iPad mini, LTE
iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3

Apple has announced 6.1 mm thin iPad Air 2 with weight less than a pound. iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina display with anti-reflective coating and is available in gold, silver and space gray. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 also offer Touch ID and Apple Pay.

GSA: 1800MHz Band Fuels LTE Growth

in Blog, GSA, LTE-Advanced, VoLTE, LTE
GSA Report Sep 2014

GSA has announced that globally 331 operators have commercially launched LTE networks and service in 112 countries. 65 LTE networks have launched so far in 2014. In addition, 116 mobile operators have launched HD voice service representing over 30% YoY growth.

Apple Unveils VoLTE Capable iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

in Blog, Apple, iPhone, iPhone 6, VoLTE, LTE
 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple today announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling.

Sprint Launches LTE Capable Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

in Blog, Samsung, Sprint, LTE
Samsung Galaxy Tab

U.S. carrier Sprint will introduce 6.6mm Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, featuring a high-resolution Super AMOLED display with the high-speed network data capabilities of Sprint Spark enhanced LTE, where available.

Sprint Introduces New Data Pricing Plan

in Blog, Sprint, LTE
Sprint Family Share Pack

U.S. carrier Sprint has announced new shared data plans that offer double the high-speed data at the same or lower price as compared to AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The Sprint Family Share Pack will be available starting Aug. 22.

GSA: 51 LTE networks launched so far in 2014

in Blog, GSA, LTE-Advanced, VoLTE, LTE
Cumulative LTE network launches July 2014

Globally, 51 LTE networks have been launched so far in 2014, according to a recent report from GSA. The total number of commercial LTE networks is expected to be more than 350 by the end of this year. Overall, 318 operators have commercially launched LTE networks and service in 111 countries.