Monday, February 15, 2010

Motorola and Zain Saudi Arabia signs LTE deal

Zain, a Middle-East mobile operator which has a strong presence in Africa, has signed a deal with Motorola to upgrade its mobile network into LTE network.

The upgrading works - such as deploying the LTE networks into the 2.6GHz band - will start second quarter this year. The company expects the upgrades will help its customers to have a better Internet experience.

It will also help the operator to save costs. In an article i read last week, LTE, apparently, can help mobile operators save 10 per cent of their operating costs.

For more info, here are the links on the tie-up:

Samsung unveiled LTE netbooks at Barcelona

Korean electronics giant Samsung has unveiled the world´s first LTE (long term evolution) netbook, here, at Barcelona today.

The company designed its own LTE modem chipset, code name: Kalmia, and implemented it into its N150 netbook.

Apparently, there were some live streaming demonstration, which i missed as i was attending the mobile conference.

Will definitely pay the booth a visit and take the picture of the netbook, and see the demonstration myself.

Anyway, LTE is dubbed as a 4G technology. For operators, it is believed to be the next upgrade of the 3G, HSPA, HSPA+ technologies. On theory, via field test, the technology is able to achieve a download speed of 277 Mbps and an upload speed of 70 Mbps.

To run things like HDTV streaming, it is more than sufficient, as it only requires like 30 Mbps.

Besides observing the demonstration myself, i will also check on the netbook´s battery life and see if the modem (if its external) heats up like mad...

Will update more whenever possible.


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