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Euronews: Dual-Mode LTE Network Goes LiveEuronews: Dual-Mode LTE Network Goes Live

Polish operator launches LTE FDD/TDD network, more LTE news from Saudi and France, and 100G in central Europe lead the way in today's roundup

September 16, 2011

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Euronews: Dual-Mode LTE Network Goes Live

Aero 2 Sp. z o. o. , Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , Nokia Networks , Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and quatre French operators form an orderly line in today's regional news queue.

  • Polish operator Aero 2 has launched what it claims is the world's first commercial dual-mode Long Term Evolution (LTE) network that supports both the TDD and FDD versions of the next-generation mobile network technology. It has deployed Huawei's SingleRAN radio access network (RAN) equipment and plans to cover 200 urban and rural communities (or 25 percent of Poland's population) by the end of 2012. But Aero isn't the only European operator with dual-mode LTE plans. (See LTE's Kissin' Cousins .)

    • French regulator Arcep says it received four applications for 2.6 GHz spectrum licenses by the closing date of Sept. 15, with Bouygues Telecom , Free (also known as Iliad), Orange France and SFR getting their paperwork in on time. The regulator says it will now "examine these applications, and particularly their eligibility. ... The results of the procedure are expected to be announced by mid-October 2011." The deadline for applications for 800MHz licenses is Dec. 15. Both spectrum bands are suitable for LTE services.

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