Friday, 2 March 2012

UK finally gets LTE !! UK Broadband first to launch TD-LTE Network




UK Broadband, the PCCW owned company on Wednesday switched on its TD-LTE Infrastructure, becoming the first organisation in the UK to do so. Not only that, it also became the first-TD LTE network worldwide to operate in the 3.5GHz spectrum band.
The network, based on equipment provided by Huawei is mainly for demo purposes as the company seeks to attract potential customers, however its rollout plan will see it build additional network in areas where customers require 4G LTE, with a commercial launch slated for May this year
Nicholas James, CEO of UK Broadband, was quoted in an article published on www.totaltele.com this week, by Mary Lennighan as saying “we will be announcing a city build in a couple of weeks”, he also went on to mention that “by June of next year” UK Broadband would be launching a Huawei Smartphone that will run both on its frequency and in the 2.6GHz band, as well as on standard 3G networks to provide full coverage.
The company also stated that many potential wholesale customers are waiting in the wings to test out the new network, having waited for a few years to see what UK Broadband would do with its sizeable spectrum holdings. The announcement brings the UK another step closer to the launch of 4G LTE internet.
Total Telecom is delighted that UK Broadband will be sponsoring at Breakfast with Total Telecom’s LTE opportunities event on the 14th of March, in London. CTO, Philip Marnick will be speaking at the event for the first time, post UK Broadband’s announcement on Wednesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with further insight into the company’s plans for its LTE network.
With industry experts from Virgin Media, GSMA, iBasis, Ovum and Jones Day also speaking at the breakfast, do not miss the opportunity to be part of this event and join in on the discussion. Registration is free for operators/service providers and carriers, availability is limited so now is the best chance to confirm your participation. Click here to register, alternatively email breakfast@totaltele.com.



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