SoftBank signs “pre-5G/4.5G” deals with ZTE and Huawei

Japan’s third largest mobile operator SoftBank has signed separate TD-LTE network development deals with both of China’s major telecoms equipment makers – ZTE and Huawei. SoftBank said today it has worked out a deal with ZTE to use its “pre-5G” …

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Huawei to finalise ‘4.5G’ branding by Q1, commercialise in 2016

LIVE FROM HUAWEI GLOBAL MOBILE BROADBAND FORUM 2014, SHANGHAI: Huawei said it will finalise the name of the emerging technology between 4G and 5G, which it is currently calling 4.5G, in the first quarter of 2015 and targets launching commercial …

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Vodafone announces UK carrier aggregation roll-out

Vodafone has announced it will begin rolling out LTE Advanced, aka 4.5G, in Birmingham, London and Manchester this month, with rest of the country to follow over a year’s time. The operator will be the first in the UK to launch commercial LTE-A network services.