At the Conservative Party conference last week, the UK’s Chancellor – George Osbourne – announced plans to make £150m available for additional mobile phone masts to improve coverage for the 5% – 10% of population that have limited or no coverage currently. The details on how this money will be spent will be released by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in 2012. However, it is clear that these will need to be well thought through if this money is to deliver the Government’s aims. Continue reading
In late April, the Syrian Ministry of Communications and Technology (MOCT) announced that it would be indefinitely postponing its planned auction for the country’s third mobile communications licence. This licence would have given the winning operator rights to establish a national mobile network using spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2GHz bands, and hence it was anticipated that both 2G (GSM/ EDGE) and 3G (UMTS/ HSPA/ HSPA+) technologies would be rolled out.
Back in November 2010, six organisations submitted pre-qualifying bids for the licence; Etisalat, France Telecom (FT), Qatar Telecom (Qtel), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), TAMCO and Turkcell. In December, all the bidders except TAMCO cleared pre-qualification and were expected to submit bids, and hence take part in the auction. However, three of these – Etisalat, FT, and Turkcell – had dropped out by late March/ early April leaving Qtel and STC as the only bidders. Continue reading
The Middle East Spectrum Management Conference closed last week in Dubai with two overall conclusions: that demand is forecast to grossly exceed supply and that countries are not really facing up to the need to rapidly release spectrum to the market.
There were many notable presentations.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure noted that spectrum management is a relatively obscure and isolated field within overall engineering, law and economics. He commented that spectrum managers are shaping the future.
Osman Sultan, the CEO of Du, the UAE’s second mobile operator, made a superb and impassioned delivery Continue reading
WiMAX and LTE Market Background
The WiMAX standard 802.16e has been around since 2005, and WiMAX continues to press towards being a globally significant mobile wireless technology. The WiMAX forum currently estimates that there are over 580 networks deployed globally, with more than 823 million people covered by their footprint. The number of WiMAX subscribers using these networks is currently estimated to be over 13 million (Maravedis’ 4gcounts Quarterly Report Issue 12).
LTE is just starting its operational life but is expected to become the next major global wireless technology. All GSM/ UMTS operators are expected to deploy LTE (at some point), as are many CDMA2000 operators (particularly given that there will be no further evolution of the CDMA2000 standard). Continue reading