KT, Nokia Networks readying LTE-M first

South Korean operator KT and Nokia Networks are to launch a trial of M2M over LTE by Q4 2015, as the two companies also confirmed the creation of an IoT lab. They claimed the LTE-M trial will be a world …

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MWC Shanghai: Why are we talking about 5G now?

Not surprisingly, the mobile industry doesn’t see the buzz around 5G as hype. Given that 5G will be an overlay to 4G, the massive boost in computing power, its role as an enabler for vertical industries and the long lead …

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Nokia Networks, du deploy drones to test network performance

Nokia Networks and Middle Eastern operator du announced a joint initiative to deploy drones carrying smartphones with testing applications as a way to analyse the operator’s network performance. The move, described in a statement as “another noteworthy step toward a smart …

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DT, Orange, Telefonica and Nokia support 5G consortium

Vendors Alcatel-Lucent, NEC and Nokia Networks, as well as operators Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefonica, are backing a group with the brief to think creatively about the mobile network architecture for 5G. The 5G NORMA (Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network …

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Asia Briefs: Thai minister rejects return of 4G spectrum, Foreign climbers get free WiFi on Mount Fuji & more

Thai minister rejects return of 4G spectrum Thailand’s ICT minister has ordered state-owned CAT Telecom to drop its proposed agreement with dtac to return 5MHz of unused 1.8GHz spectrum, as it wants to avoid a delay in the 4G auctions …

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StarHub is latest to demo 600Mb/s LTE-A using 4×4 MIMO

Singapore’s second largest mobile operator StarHub said it has demoed peak download speeds of 600Mb/s using Nokia Networks’ 4X4 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technology with LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation in a technical trial. The two firms also claim to …

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Nokia Networks boosts SON portfolio with Eden Rock buy

Nokia Networks, the infrastructure arm of Nokia, reached an agreement to buy US-based Eden Rock Communications, a specialist in multi-vendor self-organising networks (SON). According to Nokia, SON is “one of the fastest growing segments in the mobile broadband industry”. Financial …

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Asia Briefs: Japan’s mobile network spending falls 19%, Q1 smartphone output in China slows & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Japan’s mobile network spending falls 19% Japan’s mobile infrastructure market dropped 19 per cent to $4.1 billion last year as 3G investments …

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Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6B

Finland’s Nokia announced today it will buy long-term rival Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal valued at an estimated EUR15.6 billion ($16.6 billion). The announcement comes just a day after Nokia confirmed media reports that it was in advanced talks with …

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