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SingTel rolls out commercial LTE Advanced service delivering 300 Mbps

Singapore operator SingTel introduced the Huawei 5786 mobile MiFi hotspot device, enabling SingTel to claim it is the world's first mobile operator to offer commercial 300 Mbps service using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation.

Qualcomm ramps up marketing push behind LTE Direct

Qualcomm has put a more concerted effort behind its push to commercialize LTE Direct, a device-to-device technology that leverages licensed LTE spectrum and can be used to enable a host of proximity applications without severely impacting device battery life. The vendor recently posted a new PowerPoint presentation heralding the benefits of LTE Direct and also released a video about the technology.

SK Telecom exec talks about deploying LTE Advanced today and planning for '5G' tomorrow

FierceWirelessTech Editor Tammy Parker recently spoke with Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division, regarding the operator's roadmaps for LTE Advanced and 5G. Choi touched on the challenges of deploying carrier aggregation technology, other LTE Advanced features the carrir has brought to its network and the company's vision of 5G. Hot Seat

SK Telecom planning 'hyper-connected infrastructure' for 5G

The South Korean mobile communications market is one of the world's most competitive and innovative. That keeps the pressure on SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile service provider, to find way to keep implementing cutting-edge technologies. Editor Tammy Parker recently conducted an email Q&A with Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division, regarding the operator's roadmaps for LTE-Advanced and 5G. The following is an edited and condensed version of that Q&A.

LTE Advanced deployments are growing globally

LTE Advanced is the next phase in the network technology roadmap and many operators are embarking  on the LTE-A migration path more quickly than expected thanks to the escalating growth in mobile data. As of July 1, the trade group 4G Americas had tallied 13 operators that had deployed LTE-A  in 11 countries worldwide. In the U.S. there is just one operator so far: AT&T Mobility. 

France's operators gear up for LTE Advanced

Bouygues Telecom this week announced the launch of commercial LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services in a number of towns and cities across France, and SFR and Orange also took the opportunity to provide an update on their LTE-A rollout strategies.

LTE Advanced expected to be in 40 networks globally by year-end

LTE is gaining ground globally and is now commercially deployed in 300 wireless networks globally today and is expected to be in 350 networks globally by year-end. In addition, the next iteration of LTE, or LTE Advanced, is also expanding its reach with nine commercial deployments globally today and 40 networks expected to have LTE Advanced by year-end, according to the trade group 4G Americas.

LTE Advanced carrier aggregation's pitfalls are few and far between

It's been one year since South Korea's SK Telecom became the world's first carrier to activate LTE Advanced carrier aggregation with a commercial smartphone available for use with the service. That anniversary prompted me to ask around about any pitfalls to this technology that carriers and vendors may have come across now that there is a year of carrier-aggregation experience under the industry's collective belt.

Intel's Skylake platform will ditch cables thanks to WiGig, Rezence

Intel is envisioning the introduction of PCs that will require absolutely no cables by 2016, enabled by wireless display, docking and charging technologies.

Sprint's role as technology outlier may keep it on a road less traveled

Sprint is jumping into LTE Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation later this year as part of its Sprint Spark initiative, and the operator is also taking hard looks at numerous other cutting-edge technologies, such as SON and even Cloud RAN, for inclusion in its long-term roadmap, said a top executive.