France set for 700MHz auction

France’s telecoms regulator announced plans to allocate 700MHz frequencies to mobile operators later this year, at the same time as a late rally in prices for this band in the now completed German spectrum auction. In a statement today, Arcep, …

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Ambit launches 4G, first to offer VoLTE in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Ambit Microsystems has launched commercial 4G service and is the first operator in the country to offer Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Ambit is the sixth 4G operator in Taiwan, which has a population of 23.4 million. VoLTE calls are interoperable …

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Aussie operators beef up 700MHz LTE coverage

Australia’s two leading mobile operators have expanded their 4G networks running on the 700MHz band, with both expected to reach 90 per cent of the population by April. Telstra announced that its 4GX service — LTE-Advanced with two carrier aggregation — now …

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Spark catches up with competition on 4G — COO

Spark (formerly Telecom New Zealand) has expanded its LTE service to more than 70 towns and cities, covering about two-thirds of the population. David Havercroft, its COO, said in a statement that since it launched 4G a year ago, it’s …

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Optus, Vodafone expand low-band 4G coverage

Australia’s Optus has expanded its 4G coverage in the Australian Capital Territory using the 700MHz band after the Australian Communications and Media Authority granted it early access to the digital dividend spectrum. Opus said it has rolled out 20 4G …

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UK regulator Ofcom sets 2022 date to free up 700MHz band

UK operators with a hungry eye on radio frequencies in the 700MHz band will have to wait another seven years, although Ofcom hopes to turn over the spectrum sooner if possible. The UK regulator published a decision explaining how the …

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Telstra focuses on 700MHz LTE boost

Australian carrier Telstra has accelerated the launch of LTE services on its 700MHz network and now expects to take LTE coverage to 90 per cent of the Australian population by the end of January 2015 after switching on LTE700 in all major cities.

Broadcasters concerned over EC plans for 700MHz

The European Commission this week recommended that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has expressed concern about the early release of the 700MHz frequencies.

New Zealand activates LTE700 networks

The 700MHz radio frequency is finding favour among New Zealand mobile operators with Vodafone this week switching on its commercial 700MHz LTE network, marking the activation of one of the first Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) 700 MHz networks in the world.