Calamp has won a contract to supply its Fusion-LTE router to Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) for smart grid applications. Fusion LTE router supports public safety band 14 for private infrastructure and Band 13, 17 and 4 for public use. The router also supports secure IPSec VPN and GPS capabilities. It is likely to use a 4G LTE module in a PCIe form factor.
Spirent Communications has announced that several companies has are now using its VR5 HD Spatial Channel emulator for advanced MIMO beamforming testing. VR5 emulates radio conditions of real-world networks and helps identify issues with antenna design before deployment. Here is the link for Spirent’s VR5. Radio test equipments such as VR5 play key role in LTE product development projects such as 4G LTE modules, where simulated networks are needed for both module and host level testing.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 has received GCF approval for its 4G LTE version. The marketing name for this product is GT-P7320, it supports LTE over 800 MHz and 2600 MHz. Many european carriers are planning for their 4G LTE rollouts. We need to wait for a tear down report to see if this tablet has a 4G LTE module or a integrated 4G LTE chipset solution.
PhoneArena.com has published pictures of 4G LTE SIM cards in AT&T stores. Though these SIM cards would be needed for Nokia Lumia 900 phone, there is a speculation that Apple might launch LTE Ipads with AT&T.
Canadian network operator hs launching LTE network in 14 cities. Teleu’s LTE network will support a peak LTE download speed of up to 75 Mbps with a average LTE download speed of 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps. Telus plans to cover 25 million customers by 2012. Telus had announced that it had awarded teh contract to Huawei to provide LTE radio access network equipment across Canada.
According to Signals and Systems Telecom, Ericsson is the leader in the LTE infrastructure market with 24.8% market share. Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have 13.1% and 24.4% LTE infrastructure market share respectively.
LTE subscriptions account for of 0.1% of the market currently and will grow to 8% of the market in 2016.
Engadget is reporting that NEC is launching LTE smartphone woth NTT DoCoMo. NEC Medias LTE N-04D has 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch 720p LCD screen and a TV tuner. NTT DoCoMo has launched 4G LTE network a while ago.
ABI research has published a teardown report for Samsung Nexus. It uses Samsung’s 4G LTE baseband chipset and Via Telecom’s EVDO Rev A baseband chipset. ABI observes that the new Samsung chipset costs nearly half as much the prior chip. a chip-on-bard solution instead of 4G LTE module optimizes the size of the device.
iTWire is reporting that Telstra will launch Cisco’s Cius tablet with 4G LTE capability in few months. Cius’s spec shows HSPA+ capability right now,
Cius could use off-the-shelf 4G LTE modules to add LTE capability.
Rogers Communications, a Canadian carrier will soon be launching Sierra Wireless’s Aircard 330U, an LTE USB device and Aircard 763S, an LTE mobile hotspt. These devices will be operating on both 1700/2100 MHz and teh 2600 MHz frequecy bands on Roger’s LTE network.