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Huawei, Vodafone builds LTE broadcast network for Kieler Woche

on 28 July 2014. Huawei has built the first LTE broadcast network in Germany for sailing event Kieler Woche, allowing the crowd to view live footage from the competitors directly on their smartphones. The vendor worked with Vodafone Germany at the annual event, eschewing traditional Wi-Fi networks, which are unstable on the water. Using LTE technology, Huawei put two of ... Read More »

Nokia Networks signs three year network deal with Telefónica ​

on 24 July 2014. Nokia Networks is to deploy its single RAN and radio network controller technology as part of a three year deal with Telefónica to modernise its Spanish network and expand its 4G service. The vendor has been signed as the key supplier for radio access equipment across Andalusia, Galicia, Castilla Leon and Levante. It will upgrade and ... Read More »

Broadcom confirms exit of cellular baseband business

on 24 July 2014. Broadcom has announced it is winding down its cellular baseband unit, at a cost of 2,250 jobs, after failing to find a buyer for the business. The vendor will focus on the likes of its small cell, wearables and Wi-Fi businesses. Broadcom President and CEO Scott McGregor said: “We made the decision to pursue a wind ... Read More »

Cisco to set up smart cities centre in Barcelona

on 23 July 2014. Cisco will spend more than €20 million in setting up a new innovation centre for smart cities in Barcelona. The Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, which is scheduled to open in summer 2016, will work on developing new services and solutions including the likes of smart parking, lighting and location-based analytics, in addition to energy management, ... Read More »

UK gets smart meter, Wi-Fi boost as EIB approves Arqiva loan

on 23 July 2014. Infrastructure provider Arqiva is set to roll out smart metering projects across the north of England and Scotland, launch fresh Wi-Fi projects and expand its digital radio and television portfolios after signing a deal for a €190 million loan. The European Investment Bank has provided the loan, having lent more than €2 billion during the past ... Read More »

Nokia lauds speed revolution after Cat-6 goes live

on 23 July 2014. Nokia Networks has hailed the next step in a “speed revolution” after three Korean carriers became the first to launch LTE-Advanced on Category 6 smartphones, offering speeds of up to 225MBps, over a wide area. The vendor said it had upgraded software on its Flexi Multiradio 10 base stations for SK Telecom, LG U+ and Korea ... Read More »

Delays in freeing up 800MHz 'are slowing EU 4G market'

on 22 July 2014. 4G deployments across Europe are being hindered by delays in assigning 800MHz spectrum, the European Commission has claimed. In a report exploring the European telecoms market, the EC said operators were missing out on a “digital dividend” of deploying LTE at 800MHz, which has greater penetration into buildings. It said only 21 EC member states have ... Read More »

Cavium and Quortus unite to turn small cells into site-specific mobile networks

on 22 July 2014. Semiconductor maker Cavium and software company Quortus have teamed up to release products that they claim will transform small cells into site-specific mobile networks for the likes of the safety, emergency services and defence sectors. Cavium will embed Quortus’ software Evolved Packet Core onto its Octeon Fusion range of System on Chip (SoC) processors for small ... Read More »

Vodafone extends Sure Signal to 100 rural UK towns

on 22 July 2014. Vodafone will connect 100 rural towns in the UK without mobile coverage to 3G, as it rolls out its Sure Signal programme across the country. The operator first launched the technology in 2011, trialling it across 12 communities in England, Scotland and Wales. The operator installs a range of signal boosters across a town, using open ... Read More »

4G "a must" to cope with Turkey's data boom, says Turkcell CTO

on 21 July 2014. Turkey is still in the dark about when it will finally get 4G, with the country’s largest operator saying it needs it to cope with growing data demand. In an exclusive interview with Mobile Europe, which will be published in full in our August/September magazine, Turkcell CTO Ilker Kurouz said operators are still in the dark ... Read More »