July 26, 2011
With figures showing that more than 200 operators across the world are now investing in LTE infrastructure, it is clear that the deployment of LTE is a hot topic within the telecoms industry.
Since TeliaSonera launched the first ever LTE service in Stockholm, Sweden in December 2009, operators in countries across Europe, North America and Asia have followed suit in deploying their very own commercial LTE networks.
So how does the current LTE network world map look like? We’re glad you asked.
We’ve put this LTE world map together to visualise LTE across the world ahead of our LTE Deployment Strategies conference in November. Let us know what you think.
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N.b. The above information is derived from the Evolution to LTE report from the GSA and was correct at the time of publication. Click to see the latest version.
July 18, 2011
Over the next month the BBC will undertake a huge project in order to map out the availability of 2G and 3G services across the UK in what it says will result in a clickable map of coverage.
Although surveys on network coverage across the UK do exist, this project will aim to be more extensive and be completely independent from the surveys that mobile network operators have carried out previously.
For this project to work, those taking part, who have to be using an Android device, will download an app which measures street level coverage in the background of your phone as you go about your day to day life.
This project will then give a clearer picture on what mobile phone services are really like and hopefully solve the mystery of whether it’s just my phone or if nobody can ever get a decent signal at Clapham Junction.
Ofcom has stated previously that mobile phone coverage in the UK is a priority and states that 91% of theUKhas 2G coverage while 76% has 3G coverage. The regulator is currently conducting its own research of coverage across the UK which will be published later in the year.
For those who are curious about taking part in the project, the BBC has said that the app uses very little bandwidth (so don’t worry about the battery juice) and that nobody’s personal data will be stored.
Back in April Milton Keynes was named as having the slowest 3G speeds in the UK while Peterborough had the fastest. The results of the BBC crowdsourced project will be an interesting read when they are published later in the year.
July 12, 2011
Earlier in the year we spoke to Aimes Bositampen, CEO at Gtext Media, about the current state of play within Mobile Advertising, Mobile Data and Mobile Apps. This is what he had to say…
July 5, 2011
The Arctic Circle has it all – snow, ice caps, polar bears and, of course, LTE base stations. That’s right a LTE base station.
Telenor Norway has launched the world’s most northerly LTE base station in Svalbard, located within the Arctic Circle. The site in Longyearbyen uses Huawei’s SingleRAN LTE solution and enabled those who attended the launch to gain access to HD video streaming at a speed of 100Mbps and access data quickly and seamlessly.
Extreme conditions in this part of the world makes it essential that this high speed connection is maintained and not damaged by the Arctic temperatures the region experiences. Norway are not the only Scandinavian country to roll out LTE in parts of the country, Sweden and Finland have also recently commercially deployed LTE.
So on your next holiday to the far north of Norway, maybe in search of the Northern Lights, you can record it, upload it, share it and stream it quickly and easily in one of the most harshest and remote parts of the world.
Interested in attending an LTE event? Why not come along to Telecoms IQ’s LTE Deployment Strategies which will be held in Berlin in November. For more information on this conference, please visit the LTE Deployment Strategies conference website.