China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued licenses for the TD-LTE standard to the country's three carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. The granting of the licenses could pave the way for Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c to fnally land on China Mobile.
China has finally issued TD-LTE licences to the country's three mobile operators in a move that will reinforce the position of European equipment manufacturers as well as local Chinese vendors that have won lucrative deals to help build next-generation networks there.
In the waning weeks of 2013, Huawei has rolled out a number of technological firsts that ran the gamut from LTE Broadcast to LTE speed boosting to voice over TD-LTE.
Qualcomm said China's National Development and Reform Commission started a probe related to an anti-monopoly law (AML) in the country. Analysts said the investigation could be an attempt to slow Qualcomm's business in the world's largest smartphone market.
"The modem is truly the foundation of the mobile experience," said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm Technologies in his keynote last week at the company's first modem workshop. The chipmaking giant invited press and analysts to the private modem event in San Francisco, where Qualcomm made a case for increased industry attention to competitive benchmarking of modem performance.
In Asia-Pacific, TD-LTE networks will cover more than 53 per cent of the population by 2018, according to a new report from ABI Research.
The inclusion of Nokia Solutions and Networks as one of the project vendors for Sprint's Spark initiative represents a tremendous win for the infrastructure vendor.
Sprint announced it will brand its forthcoming tri-mode LTE service as "Sprint Spark," and said it will bring the service to the top 100 U.S. markets during the next three years with speeds capable of reaching 50-60 Mbps and perhaps faster.
Sprint posted its first quarterly net profit since 2007 in the third quarter under new ownership of Japanese parent SoftBank. However, the carrier still lost subscribers as the hangover from its shutdown of the Nextel network at the end of the second quarter continued to hurt its results.
Nokia Solutions and Networks' significant win in China Mobile's recent TD-LTE tender put a positive spin on the vendor's third-quarter results, as did an upbeat forecast of future growth, but a slip in sales nonetheless cast a shadow on NSN's ongoing turnaround.