MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2013 VENDOR WINS SO FAR PT 1
Posted on 27 February 2013 by Dan Meyer. Tags: 4G, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, LTE, Mobile World Congress, Nokia Siemens Networks, O2, SK Telecom, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Wireless Network Infrastructure
MWC 2013: A plethora of wireless carrier infrastructure deals
–Swedish telecom operator TeliaSonera said it has become the first carrier in Europe to begin offering LTE roaming to Danish customers visiting Sweden. The carrier, which was the first operator to launch LTE services in 2009, said the move is the first step towards expanding global LTE roaming into all of its markets.
TeliaSonera currently provides mobile services across Azerbaijan, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Nepal, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
–SK Telecom also signed a deal to work on testing Nokia Siemens Networks’ recently unveiled Radio Applications Cloud Server that enables its Liquid Application. NSN explained that the Liquid Application is designed to allow carriers to fine tune base stations into a “local hub” that can deliver content closer to the end user. SK Telecom is set to be the first operator to test the offering in an LTE environment.
–Telefonica’s O2 brand in the United Kingdom signed a deal with infrastructure giant Ericsson to provide the carrier with an evolved packet core for its LTE network. The deal also calls for Ericsson to “transform 50%” of O2’s network with the installation of its RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations supporting the carrier’s 2G, 3G and LTE plans.
Telefonica UK recently bid $837 million for 20 megahertz of spectrum in the 800 MHz band that it plans to use to launch LTE services. Those licenses did come with a coverage caveat that the carrier must provide “mobile broadband service for indoor reception to at least 98% of the U.K. population (expected to cover at least 99% when outdoors) and at least 95% of the population of each of the U.K. nations –