LTE Watch: Dell to Intro '4G' Phone?

Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL) could be one of the big movers in Long Term Evolution (LTE) device circles, we find in this week's roundup of news and views on the proto-4G technology.

  • Dell -- yes, you did read that right -- is expected to upgrade its "Lightning" phone to the new mobile broadband standard in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to Engadget. The PC giant is just starting to get into the handset business but is rumored to be gearing up to launch a bundle of new devices this year, including the Windows-based Lightning phone.

  • Harbinger Capital Partners LP made a major hire this week, taking on ex-Salt SA CEO Sanjiv Ahuja to head up its LTE-based wireless business. Ahuja isn't talking about LTE yet though. LR Mobile asked for an interview when the hire was announced on Wednesday with no luck. When Ahuja is ready to talk, it'll be interesting to see how Harbinger plans to deploy a nationwide LTE network with the mere $1 billion to $2 billion it is reportedly looking for from investors, according to the Wall Street Journal. (See Harbinger Names Head of Wireless BB Venture.)

  • Telia Company has released its first-ever survey on its new LTE network, Cellular-News notes. The Swedish operator finds that over 90 percent of its LTE users upgraded from a 3G subscription and 43 percent have an iPhone. Sixty-five percent of the respondents acquired 4G to complement their fixed broadband. And 54 percent said they would not consider returning to 3G.

    Watch this live test of the TeliaSonera network by Dovado FZ-LLC :

  • The signaling challenges for operators won't end with 3G but may, in fact, get worse with LTE. Fierce Wireless reports that LTE -- with its increased use of VoIP and other data-heavy apps -- could generate even more of these short pesky connections to the network. (See iPhone Troubles Might Go Beyond Signaling.)

    TechnicallyPhilly has an interesting chat with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s regional general manager, Dan Lafound. He talks about how AT&T is moving to get backhaul in place before it deploys LTE.

    Urgent Communications is questioning whether the goals of the ambitious Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan for an LTE-based public safety network can be achieved.

    Never fear, there's more LTE news down here:

    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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