KT Builds LTE Small Cell Network

BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2012 -- KT Corp. plans to announce the first Long Term Evolution (LTE) small cell deployment on Monday at Mobile World Congress, Light Reading Mobile has learned.

The service provider will build out LTE-optimized small cells to complement its 4G rollout, according to a source familiar with the company's plans. Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPD), which specializes in LTE chipsets for small cells and which recently acquired femtocell chip vendor picoChip, will be powering the small cells for the deployment. (See Mindspeed Snaps Up Picochip for $51.8M.)

While most operators are looking at multi-mode 3G/4G small cells, KT is building out a pure LTE architecture and working on shutting down its 2G CDMA network to refarm the spectrum for LTE. After some delays, the carrier first launched its 4G network at the beginning of the year in five districts in the highly competitive South Korean market. (See KT Picks NSN for LTE, KT Unveils LTE Timetable and Asia/Pac Will Be LTE World Leader .)

It's not the only small-cell development for Mindspeed at MWC. The chipset vendor also supplies the 3G component of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s lightRadio small cells for Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) here in Barcelona. (See AlcaLu lightRadios Go Live at MWC .)

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

Kit Kilgour 12/5/2012 | 5:41:21 PM
re: KT Builds LTE Small Cell Network

Given the architecture of the official LightRadio Cube, I interested whether the usual Mindspeed solution can be part of this. Yes, Mindspeed/Picochip supply ALU, ip.access and others with 3G small cell chipsets, with the worlds largest total installation, but I'm not sure that it is part of lightRadio, which is a radically different approach

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