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FancyFon, a specialist in mobile device management solutions for smartphones, today announced that Vodafone Hungary has selected FancyFon's technology, FAMOC, to provide mobile device lifecycle management, both as a hosted and behind-the-firewall solution, for its business customers.

Vodafone Hungary required a centrally managed and secure mobile device management solution to support the evolving demands of its business customers. Vodafone Hungary issued an international tender for such a solution, and FAMOC was selected over and above competing US and European-based independent software vendors.

As a result, Vodafone Hungary now offers mobile device management to its business customers; from SMBs to large enterprises and government organizations. In addition, FAMOC will enable Vodafone Hungary to differentiate itself from its regional competitors, by offering its business customers with device management functionality and capabilities, under aggressively competitive commercial terms.

Dr. Gabor Piller, Director of Vodafone Hungary's Enterprise Business Unit, commented; "As an early adopter of ground-breaking technology, Vodafone Hungary wanted to be the first to offer its customers mobile device management functionality, and after researching the various solutions on the market, we decided that FancyFon was by far the best."

Dietmar Fuchs, COO at FancyFon added; "As increasing numbers of businesses demand advanced levels of support for their fleet of smartphones, service providers must respond to the market by offering a centralized mobile device management solution. FancyFon is perfectly placed to provide carriers with a market-leading platform that enables them to cater to this demand, and allows service providers to offer device management to their customer base at an attractive price point."

FAMOC is said to have delivered a mobile device lifecycle management solution to Vodafone Hungary, enabling the carrier to offer each of its business customers a centrally managed platform from which to control its entire fleet of corporate smartphones, based on disparate mobile platforms, in real time, over the air. 

Two operator studies highlight that people are paying too much for their broadband, and that Facebook and Wikipedia are the most popular Web 2.0 platforms

 

Studies carried out on behalf of two operators this week reveal some interesting insights into how users in Europe both use and buy broadband, indicating that we are still being seduced by pure speed instead of what we actually need.

A benchmark study, "Information usage patterns, Web 2.0 and the Impact on Society", carried out by GfK in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia on behalf of Telekom Austria, indicates that Wikipedia and Facebook are among the most used Web 2.0 platforms, with Facebook proving very popular with younger people. The worrying aspect is that younger users tend to be very careless about their own privacy, according to the study.

Meanwhile in the UK, a study carried out by Populus on behalf of O2, using a ThinkBroadband.com speedchecker to check the speed and packages of over 2,000 consumers, found that broadband users in the UK are wasting over £700 million a year by buying broadband services based on speeds instead of needs.
 
The study said that the average UK consumer pays for up to 20 Mbps per month but the vast majority only needs 8 Mbps for the services they use. The study concludes that UK broadband users could be wasting over £700 million every year (£58 million per month or £2.1 million per day) on speeds they do not need.
 
Consumers were also questioned about their daily Internet usage and showed a clear level of confusion about what speeds they pay for, what they receive and what they actually require for daily usage, the report added.

In its study, Telekom Austria noted that Europe's younger generation is very much an "online generation": in the benchmark countries of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, one third of the interviewed Internet users attach great importance to broadband access lines.

Without Internet access, 50% of Austrian users "feel cut off from the outside world" and consider their communications possibilities as restricted. 65%f users in Slovenia and 80% in Croatia feel disconnected without Internet, the report said. Web 2.0 applications are considered a very credible and dependable information source: This is also reflected in the credibility users attribute to these platforms, which amount to more than 50% of the surveyed users.
 
The younger generation also accounts for 85% of Facebook users in Austria, 90% in Slovenia and 100% in Croatia.
 
A more worrying aspect is that survey also showed that users of social media platforms like Facebook are often very careless about their privacy and tend to grant access to very confidential data as they consider these sites safe and secure.

 The survey also revealed that the Internet and the mobile phone are closely interwoven and rank among the most important communications channels. Roughly 30% of the Austrian and Slovenian users access social media via their mobile phone and while in Croatia it is 40%. While the Austrians prefer a direct conversation when talking business, both the Croatian and the Slovenian tend to use emails and mobile phones for business relations.
 
The O2 study also looked at usage, and found that the top three most frequent uses of broadband largely require low bandwidth. For example, 77% people responded that they use broadband for emailing; 74% for general webpage browsing; 51% for paying bills and banking; and 35% for social networking.
 
Services that require high bandwidth and more expensive packages are used much less frequently: only 18% of people use broadband for streaming multi-media content (e.g. watching BBC iPlayer, listening to online radio); 5% download music; 3% download films. 

CTI Group, an international provider of electronic invoice processing and management (EIM), enterprise communications management software and services, enterprise and carrier class call recording solutions and carrier class voice over internet protocol (VoIP) management applications, today announced a partnership that will see CTI Group's advanced A7 analytics technology integrated into the Convergys Smart Enterprise Solution.  The collaboration will enable Convergys to offer telecommunications operators serving enterprise clients deeper and richer analytics as part of its Smart Enterprise Billing Solution, says CTI.

A7 analytics is claimed to offer a scalable, efficient and user-friendly solution that provides Communications and IT managers with a drill-down platform that is available from their desktop. A7's extensive range of analytical reports provides organizations with a greater understanding of their voice, data and video usage and spend, allowing them to better control and manage their communications costs and staff resources.

The Convergys solution, paired with CTI Group's A7 analytics, can help operators reduce enterprise client churn by providing trend analysis, call tagging and real-time reporting, as well as alerts to spikes in usage. The Convergys billing solution also offers operators serving multinational enterprise clients with end-to-end, real-time rating, billing, and reporting for the clients' fixed, mobile, and data services.

Michael Lightfoot, Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for CTI Group, commented: "Businesses across the globe are looking for transparency of usage across real-time billing solutions that will help them to manage and control communications costs. By integrating CTI Group's A7 solution, Convergys will be able to offer operators serving enterprise clients a richer analytical application with a tangible return on investment. It will also provide Convergys with a differentiator from its competitors when targeting new clients."

Dr Alastair Hanlon, Global Director of Telecommunications for Convergys, said: "Future growth opportunities for service providers lie with enterprise customers, particularly large multinational corporations. By providing innovative services and bundling combined with advanced analytics, operators utilizing a sophisticated and versatile BSS environment crucial to maximize revenue returns can further monetize their networks by creating differentiation in the market."

TM Forum announced today that after eleven years in Nice, France, its flagship Management World conference will move to Dublin's new, state-of-the-art Convention Center - the CCD - May 23-26, 2011. TM Forum says Dublin and the CCD will provide the perfect business environment for Management World attendees-a leading capital city that is easy to get to, easy to do business in and with a reputation for hospitality that is second to none.

As a vibrant European hub for global technology companies, including major communications service providers, IT organizations and large online businesses such as Google, Facebook and eBay, Dublin is a natural fit for the increasing scope of the industry's premier conference, it says.

"One of the keys to growing an event in today's market is to remain one-step ahead - to keep it fresh, relevant and invigorating," commented Nik Willetts, senior vice president, Communications, TM Forum. "Dublin and the CCD offer the ideal platform for Management World's continued growth by bringing together the right audience and tackling the major issues and opportunities facing the industry today. Management World is widely regarded as the meeting place of the industry, and this move will make networking and doing business even easier for our attendees."

The Convention Center Dublin is the world's first carbon-neutral conference facility. This purpose-built venue allows for a range of new sponsorship opportunities available to TM Forum members, with significant support already shown by long-standing sponsors of the event.

In addition to a new location, a number of innovative features are under development for the 2011 conference.  "Our highly successful Executive Program will expand in 2011, providing a unique forum for senior executives from across the industry to network with their peers," added Willetts. "We're also creating new set interactive presentation formats and exclusive content. In short, Management World 2011 will be our best conference yet!"

Allot Communications, a supplier of service optimization and revenue generation solutions for fixed and mobile broadband service providers worldwide, and BroadHop, a specialist in policy management and control solutions for service providers, announced today that they have successfully completed integration and interoperability testing between Allot Service Gateway acting as an intelligent Policy and Charging Enforcement Function (PCEF) and BroadHop's Quantum Network Suite, the industry's first fully virtualized Policy Management application acting as the Policy & Charging Rules Function (PCRF).

The result is an integrated solution said to be designed to fully meet the demands of joint service provider customers who are looking to empower subscribers with greater control of their services.  The solution also enables service providers to provide enhanced user experiences through better management of bandwidth, VoIP, video and fair use policies.

Allot and BroadHop say they are committed to providing both fixed and mobile service providers with the most advanced technology solutions that allow them to quickly and easily move from network centric bandwidth management to more application centric interactive services.  The combined offering, based on the latest 3GPP release 9 policy enforcement standards for mobile networks, will enable service providers to:

·  Offer tiered services and highly personalized service packages

·  Better manage and prioritize VoIP related traffic

·  Enforce sophisticated Fair Use policies based on 3GPP Release 9's Gx Usage Monitoring

·  Dynamically adapt to changing subscriber and quality of service (QoS) conditions mid-session including network congestion, changing subscriptions or depleting quotas

"Today, more than ever, service providers need to determine who, how and when their systems are being used in order to customize their network and services," said Lior Moyal, Allot's Vice President of Business Development.  "Together, Allot and BroadHop deliver immediate and necessary intelligence to networks enabling service providers to respond more rapidly to customer demand and deploy new services faster than ever before."

"We are delighted to team with Allot Communications in bringing to market the most advanced, combined Policy Management & Enforcement solution available to service providers," said Jim O'Brien, VP of Business Development of BroadHop Inc.

"Together, Allot and BroadHop are able to help service providers make the necessary shift as their business models change from flat-rate tariff plans towards tiered services and personalized subscriber data management."

Yota, a Russian wireless broadband company, has deployed its latest fourth generation (4G) network in Kazan, capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan - having installed the citywide network in just two months.

The network trial was launched with a number of live demonstrations providing wireless broadband speeds of up to 100mps (in a lab environment) and a suite of next generation wireless services such as live 3D-video conferencing and full HD video streaming. Yota has invested $20 million in building the Kazan network, which covers the city's whole population of over one million people with 147 base stations.  Kazan is Russia's third city and host to the Universiade (the world university games) in 2013.

In his address at the launch ceremony Yota CEO, Dennis Sverdlov, said: "Today not only marks a success for Yota, but serves as a milestone in the delivery of next generation wireless services that will transform the way people live and do business".

Sverdlov added "Yota is already expanding fast and deploying the latest 4G networks across a number of emerging markets worldwide. These particular markets are not hindered by the complexities of upgrading existing technologies, and don't have any legacy of 3G premiums. As a result we will soon see these countries leapfrog the more developed Western economies when it comes to wireless broadband services".

Yota has invested $500m to date in the development of its latest generation 4G network covering seven cities in Russia and Nicaragua with more coming soon, it says.

Following a three month trial, Vodafone is to deploy upgraded Telsis protocol conversion platforms, enabling it to offer large public and private sector enterprises a direct connection to its network via SIP, the voice over IP protocol, in addition to a range of existing legacy connection schemes.

Vodafone customers will experience a contemporary integrated fixed and mobile voice solution enabling their unified communications to increase efficiency, manageability, and to save costs, says Telsis.

Vodafone solution manager Jo Smits said: “We have a large number of Telsis protocol converters at multiple sites throughout the Netherlands and over the last five years they have enabled us to position Vodafone as the country’s most flexible operator. They allow enterprise customers to connect their PBXs and ACDs to our network using almost any standards-based legacy protocol they choose, as well as proprietary versions. We’re getting increasing interest in SIP as organisations begin migrating to SIP based PBXs. So the question was could Telsis move Vodafone and its customers smoothly into the world of IP?

“The Telsis roadmap for voice platforms offers several different options for creating even greater value for our direct connect customers by adding intelligence and applications, but for now Telsis has proved conclusively that it has a very thorough understanding of SIP. Telsis not only delivered a fully standards compliant solution for the trial, but demonstrated that at very short notice it can deliver proprietary flavours of the protocol too. As a result, we’ll soon be offering IP connectivity to our customers, starting with one of our Telsis sites and upgrading the rest in a phased programme as customer demand continues to grow.”

Telsis products are said to be in use with major mobile and fixed network operators worldwide. The company has an extensive range of carrier-grade infrastructure solutions including SMS Routing and IN voice platforms, as well as media gateways for NGN and VoIP support.

BT today announced two further voice initiatives on its converged communications platform, BT Onevoice. To enable larger organisations to accelerate the adoption of communications applications to the desktop, BT is launching SIP trunking in a number of countries, delivering a migration path to unified communications. At the same time, BT has the global Microsoft qualification of BT Onevoice for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

BT Onevoice's SIP trunking provides full connectivity between domestic country voice services and BT's Onevoice global VPN, said to help customers reduce telephony costs and rapidly deploy converged applications. The service offers local numbering for both outgoing and incoming call traffic that can be delivered anywhere on a user's network. Already available in the UK the services will be rolled out to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the US in the coming months, with further regions, including Spain, to follow. In addition, by utilising SIP trunking, customers can reduce rental for access lines, reduce call costs, and improve collaboration for users, whether they be office based, on the move or based remotely.

BT and Microsoft have deepened their longstanding collaboration following a qualification process which means that voice services can now be connected directly from Office Communications Server 2007 R2 to BT Onevoice globally, opening new unified communications and collaboration (UCC) opportunities for customers.  Office Communications Server 2007 R2 users can now streamline communications by combining presence and instant messaging interoperability with BT Onevoice conferencing, and software-powered voice over IP in a single, unified platform globally.

BT Onevoice is now a qualified SIP trunking service for interconnection with Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
"SIP trunking gives customers the capability to introduce collaboration applications which increase productivity and save cost. The Microsoft qualification will open the door to further developments within the combined BT and Microsoft portfolio, creating a platform for innovation inside BT Onevoice all in a security-enhanced global environment," says Neil Sutton, Vice President, Global Portfolio, BT Global Services.

"We are pleased that the SIP Trunking service of BT Onevoice is qualified for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2," says Yancey Smith, Director of Product Management, Communications Server for Microsoft. "The BT Onevoice solution will expand the geographical coverage of SIP Trunking service for multinational customers of Office Communications Server 2007 R2."  

The latest moves follow the announcement last month of the Onevoice Ribbit v1.0 trial which embeds Ribbit's voice features into the BT Onevoice solution and comes as BT announces an up to 25% committed savings offer for organisations migrating their voice estate to BT Onevoice. These innovations confirm BT's goal to reposition telephony services as true applications and deliver high quality global solutions with predictable and flexible commercial packages.

BT's Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) solutions include a combination of traditional voice services, next generation voice services including VoIP and IPT, BT professional services and support of key vendor platforms such as Cisco Systems, Avaya and Microsoft managed services.

The increasing complexity of wireless networks, bolstered by the constant introduction of technologies demanding obscure skills, has greatly enhanced the need for communication test services, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

Because standards in the communications market are constantly evolving, triggering the improvement of test equipment and corresponding services, suppliers should improve their service portfolio to address volatile market conditions and the subsequent needs of end users, it says.

The report - World Communication Test Services Market - finds that the market earned revenues of $472.2 million in 2009 and estimates this to reach $677.9 million in 2015. The end users covered in this research service include network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), service providers (SPs) and enterprises.

"SPs opine that the demand for test services in wireless technologies is greater than that of wireline technologies, due to their complexity and susceptibility to problems," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Prathima Bommakanti. "Likewise, the need for test services is expected to increase as wireless networks continue to become more complicated."

Due to the introduction of long-term evolution (LTE) and worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX) technologies in the network, the overall complexity of networks is escalating, it says. This is particularly evident in the operation stage and during the transition of technology in the network. Moreover, the deployment of LTE and WiMAX is likely to increase the service requirements of operators as they are expected to incorporate mobile broadband, video-on-demand and other high-speed services that will boost the revenues for network operators.

One of the most consistent trends has been to offer voice over Internet protocol (VOIP), data centre and Internet protocol television (IPTV) instead of an integrated triple-play network. However, with SPs transitioning from separate voice, video or data services to integrated triple-play services, there is a need for equipment and services to test and monitor networks that supply voice, video and data simultaneously, says F&S.

Despite promising potential, the economic downturn significantly hindered the growth of the total world communication test services market. Capital budgets remain tight, as SPs, NEMs and small and large enterprises attempt to generate more revenues out of their existing networks, creating a delay in their purchasing decisions. Likewise, vendors should assure the return on investment (ROI) for services offered, as end users have reduced capital expenditure (CAPEX)/operating expenses (OPEX) budgets.

"Providing superior services that match customer requirements at competitive prices is one of the key challenges faced by suppliers in the total world communication test services market," explains Bommakanti.

NextiraOne, a European specialist in communications services, has implemented a networking solution using Voice over Wireless LAN for Hermes Pharma in Austria, the international specialist for soluble pharmaceutical products.

With the construction of its new manufacturing plant in Wolfsberg (in Carinthia, Austria) Hermes Pharma decided to implement a Wireless LAN network with IP technology and mobile integration. WLAN was ideal for the new buildings because it significantly reduces the need for initial cabling - staff and devices are centrally configured in the network, removing the need for extensive cabling.

The Wireless LAN encompasses both data networking and also the entire voice communications needs of Hermes Pharma over one single consolidated network. Employees' devices, networks and telephones are all connected via more than 200 access points, switches and routers, greatly increasing the accessibility of staff and the availability of the production units.

WLAN security is achieved with security standard WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2), plus central user management, the customer‘s own access controls and accounting.  

Staff communicate via Alcatel-Lucent's MIPT (Mobile IP Technology) WLAN mobile handsets, which automatically connect them via the Access Points, irrespective of where the employee is located within the WLAN area.

NextiraOne also designed and implemented a mobility solution for staff beyond the company network. Employees can use GSM integration to phone using the company network within the WLAN area independent of the external service provider and only use the GSM service for external mobility. The integration solution behind this - Alcatel-Lucent's My Cellular Extension (MyCE) - converts the Nokia mobile handset into an extension of the IP handset through a "One Business Number" concept.  The management of this service is conducted centrally via a Local Device Management.

"Hermes Pharma is a dynamic company demanding the highest quality," explains Dr. Martin Kern, Factory Head at Hermes Pharma Wolfsberg. "This also has to be reflected in our infrastructure. That is why we decided to choose a future-proof solution that would be cost-effective in the long term. The results have proved us right: the migration of all our business communications to a single network have accelerated our business processes and increased the mobility of our staff."

"Each WLAN is unique: the network is as individual as the company it is designed for," says Dr. Margarete Schramböck, Vice President Germany & Austria NextiraOne. "The special requirements of Hermes Pharma and the constraints of their buildings were a new challenge for our communications experts and it is testament to our expertise and our pioneering approach that we were able to create and implement such a successful solution."

AccelOps, an integrated data center and cloud service monitoring specialist, today announced that Belgacom ICT's Data Center has selected AccelOps integrated data center monitoring solution to fortify operational efficiency and proactive response within Belgacom's hosted commercial IT service customers.  Accelops announced it is growing its European business with plans to extend its channel program (announced earlier this month) to European partners.

AccelOps provides data center and cloud service monitoring software delivered as a virtual appliance or SaaS for enterprises and service providers.  The integrated approach enables monitoring of data center, network infrastructure and cloud environments across service, performance, availability, security and change management.

"As a leading global service provider, Belgacom must optimize resources and enhance services to extend our competitive advantage and best serve our enterprise customers," said Akin Tatar, data center manager, Belgacom.  "AccelOps integrated monitoring platform was selected because of its integrated functional depth, usability, customization, implementation and scalability strengths over the other leading vendors we tested." 

Belgacom ICT employs the AccelOps platform to monitor, alert, assess and report its data center hosted services that support over 200 commercial enterprise-class customers.  AccelOps offers Belgacom a single pane of glass with operations and customer views of all network devices, systems, applications performance and event correlated activity, as well as mapped business services.  This will enable the team to optimize resources, better preempt issues in order to increase availability and maintain SLA commitments, as well as expedite root cause analysis to reduce MTTR.

Akin adds, "With AccelOps, we can gain significant operational coverage and efficiency, shorten MTTR, increase results from our support resources, and be proactive to lower ticket volume - all of which positively impacts our operating costs and customer service."

Cyta has announced the commercial operation of the Cyprus-France segment of its new submarine cable subsystem, ALEXANDROS.

The ALEXANDROS subsystem is the result of the strategic co-operation agreement between Cyta and Telecom Egypt (TE), according to which Cyta participates on an ownership basis in the TE submarine cable system TE NORTH (TEN), connecting Egypt with France. The TEN system has been constructed by Alcatel-Lucent and utilises eight fibre pairs with total capacity of more than 10Tbps. The system is equipped with branching units which enable it to be extended to selected countries in the Mediterranean, thus creating a communication bridge between the countries, Europe, Africa, and Asia, as well as business opportunities in the Mediterranean and Eurasia.

Under the agreement, the TEN system has been extended to Cyprus via a direct branch and Cyta has acquired separate fibre pairs between Cyprus-Egypt and Cyprus-France, each with 96x10Gbps total capacity. The agreement also allows for an option of extending ALEXANDROS subsystem to Greece. The Cyprus-Egypt segment of the subsystem will come into commercial operation in the coming few months, along with the rest of the TEN system.

Through the extensive international telecommunication infrastructure of Cyta, comprising submarine cable systems connecting the island with neighbouring countries and other international destinations, Cyprus currently constitutes a major telecommunications hub in the Mediterranean region. Through the ALEXANDROS subsystem, Cyta is said to achieve an optimum configuration for its business needs, enhancing connectivity in the Mediterranean and providing international network robustness and reliability. At the same time, ALEXANDROS allows Cyta to provide high-quality bandwidth to other telecommunication providers and access new markets, serving the international telecommunication needs of Cyprus in general.

Telekom Slovenia today announced the deployment of Netgem's smart Set Top Box technology and NetgemTV middleware to upgrade its legacy IPTV infrastructure. From September 1, 2010, Telekom Slovenia will use Netgem's intelligent client solution to roll out tailored applications to customers.

Telekom Slovenia currently has around 120,000 IPTV customers and Netgem is working with Planet9, Telekom Slovenia's multimedia and system integration subsidiary, to launch the SiOL iO service, which seamlessly blends broadcast, web and mobile content.

Initial applications include an online radio portal, weather news channel, livescore, Facebook connect, news channel SiOL.net and an innovative new application that enables subscribers to publish content shot direct from their mobile phone or webcam. The deployment time and costs for these new services are minimised since Netgem's open solution is able to integrate with Telekom Slovenia's existing Content Management System, back end systems and head end.

Simon Furlan, Marketing Director of Telekom Slovenia said: "Our previous server-based platform did not offer the capability to support our vision moving forward, we needed to future-proof our IPTV services and since digital switchover is approaching it seemed the right time to make the upgrade. Netgem's hybrid technology slotted directly into our existing infrastructure, and also negated the need for costly reinvestment."

The device-centric approach Netgem provides solved a number of the technical obstacles that Telekom Slovenia had previously faced through its ageing server-based architecture. The wide spread adoption of connected devices at home, the customers desire to share content in and outside of the home, their willingness to merge TV experience with web content, including social networks and to personalise their services, are strong forces calling for a renewal of solutions towards intelligent Set-Top-Boxes and away from the previous network centric approach.

Commenting on the deal, Christophe Aulnette, Managing Director of Netgem, said: "Our solution is a cost-effective way for operators to quickly introduce the broadest possible range of online and offline content to market, while being able to take advantage of new, long-term revenue streams made available by connected home and multi-screen services."

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has published an update to its Evolution to LTE report which confirms that 101 firm LTE network deployments are in progress or planned in 41 countries. The number of network commitments is 71% higher than GSA reported in a similar survey six months ago.

This figure includes three LTE systems which have launched commercial service - in Sweden, Norway, and Uzbekistan.  GSA anticipates up to 22 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end 2010.

Another 31 operators are engaged in various LTE pilot trials and technology tests (these are referred to as pre-commitment trials). Taken together, it means that 132 operators are now investing in LTE in 56 countries.

The GSA Evolution to LTE report covers both LTE FDD and LTE TDD modes, and provides a summary of the market situation in each country, including operator activities and plans, spectrum requirements and developments, information on the growing eco-system including device and platforms availability, performance and interoperability trials results, key industry trends and forecasts.

LTE networks are now being deployed for commercial service or planned in Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Philippines, UAE, UK, USA, and Uzbekistan.
 
Governments around the world are preparing the way to ensure the availability of spectrum to support delivery of next generation mobile broadband services for the mass market, by allocating or preparing for the release of new spectrum such as 2.6 GHz, and in the digital dividend (700 MHz, 800 MHz) bands, or re-farming existing spectrum e.g. 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, etc. or facilitating a combination of new and re-farmed bands. The report notes that several trials licenses have been granted in many countries to allow operators to familiarize with the technology, capabilities and performance aspects. A number of tenders for spectrum licenses have been announced or confirmed in recent weeks for the granting of spectrum suitable for LTE deployments, including in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Poland, and the UK. Several auctions are scheduled for completion in the next few months.

LTE is the next generation mobile broadband technology of choice and the natural evolutionary step for GSM/WCDMA-HSPA operators and also for many leading CDMA operators around the world. A leading WiMAX operator has also recently announced the company has decided to shift to LTE.

While the majority of LTE deployments today are using the FDD mode, the report confirms significant operator interest in the TDD mode. LTE FDD and LTE TDD are complementary technologies and standardized by 3GPP. A number of key technology milestones have been demonstrated in recent weeks which confirm how the LTE TDD system is maturing towards commercialization. The recently concluded BWA spectrum auction in India has paved the way for early and large scale introduction of TDD LTE into the world's fastest developing market.

Alan Hadden, President, GSA said: "Our latest Evolution to LTE report shows how the pace towards LTE has quickened, which is easy to see from the increasing numbers of operator trials and announcements, and positive actions by several regulatory bodies around the world".

    

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