Verizon Wireless
Dialog Axiata
Bharti Airtel

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Knowledge Identifier: $4G



Fourth generation of mobile phone mobile communication technology standards add

Category: Technology (703)

Launched in 1981.

Countries: (8%), Sweden (6%), Sri Lanka (6%)

Main connections: Vodafone, KPN, Swisscom

Linked to: Sprint Corporation, Verizon Wireless, China Mobile, Dialog Axiata




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New mobile generations have appeared about every ten years since the first move from 1981 analog to digital transmission in 1992 add something


In the early 1990s, to cater for the growing data rate needs of data communication, many transmission schemes were proposed add something


Verizon Wireless has announced that it plans to augment its CDMA2000-based EV-DO 3G network in the United States with LTE, and is supposed to complete a rollout of 175 cities by the end of 2011, two thirds of the US population by mid-2012, and cover the existing 3G network by the end of 2013 add something


In May 2005, Digiweb, an Irish wired and wireless broadband company, announced that they had received a mobile communications license from the Irish telecoms regulator ComReg add something


In June 2006, the world's first commercial mobile WiMAX service was opened by KT in Seoul, South Korea add something


On September 20, 2007, Verizon Wireless announced plans for a joint effort with the Vodafone Group to transition its networks to the 4G standard LTE. On December 9, 2008, Verizon Wireless announced their intentions to build and roll out an LTE network by the end of 2009 add something


In 2008, ITU-R specified the IMT-Advanced requirements for 4G systems add something


In the U.S., Sprint Nextel has deployed Mobile WiMAX networks since 2008, and MetroPCS was the first operator to offer LTE service in 2010 add something


The first set of 3GPP requirements on LTE Advanced was approved in June 2008 add something


Sprint Nextel has begun using Mobile WiMAX, as of 29 September 2008, branding it as a "4G" network even though the current version does not fulfill the IMT Advanced requirements on 4G systems add something


Sprint Nextel has deployed WiMAX technology which it has labeled 4G as of October 2008 add something


In November 2008, Qualcomm, UMB's lead sponsor, announced it was ending development of the technology, favouring LTE instead add something


LTE Advanced is a candidate for IMT-Advanced standard, formally submitted by the 3GPP organization to ITU-T in the fall 2009, and expected to be released in 2013 add something


In September 2009, the technology proposals were submitted to the International Telecommunication Union as 4G candidates add something


As a transitional measure, they are implementing 3G UMTS network that went live in November 2009 add something


TeliaSonera started deploying LTE in Stockholm and Oslo November 2009 , and in several Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish cities during 2010 add something


The world's first publicly available LTE service was opened in the two Scandinavian capitals, Stockholm and Oslo on 14 December 2009, and branded 4G. The user terminals were manufactured by Samsung add something


Since then, Verizon Wireless has said that they will start their roll out by the end of 2010 add something


USB wireless modems have been available since the start, while WiMAX smartphones have been available since 2010, and LTE smartphones since 2011 add something


In June 2010 the FCC released a comprehensive white paper which indicates that the 10 MHz of dedicated spectrum currently allocated from the 1700 MHz spectrum for public safety will provide adequate capacity and performance necessary for normal communications as well as serious emergency situations add something


In June 2010, Swedish television companies used 4G to broadcast live television from the Swedish Crown Princess' Royal Wedding add something


Safaricom, a telecommunication company in East& Central Africa, began its setup of a 4G network in October 2010 after the now retired Kenya Tourist Board Chairman, Michael Joseph, regarded their 3G network as a white elephant add something


On December 6, 2010, ITU-R recognized that these two technologies, as well as other beyond-3G technologies that do not fulfill the IMT-Advanced requirements, could nevertheless be considered "4G", provided they represent forerunners to IMT-Advanced compliant versions and "a substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities with respect to the initial third generation systems now deployed" add something


Huawei was given the contract and the network is set to go fully commercial by the end of Q1 of 2011 but was yet to establish the network by the end of 2012 add something


The latter's standard versions were ratified in spring 2011, but are still far from being implemented add something


Telstra announced on 15 February 2011, that it intends to upgrade its current Next G network to 4G with Long Term Evolution technology in the central business districts of all Australian capital cities and selected regional centers by the end of 2011 add something


In India, BSNL has launched India's first 4G service 4G WIMAX Broadband Services In Kochi Kerala on 4 June 2011 add something


On 28 June 2011, Belgium's largest telecom operator Belgacom announced the roll out of the country's first 4G network add something


Telstra launched the country's first 4G network in September 2011 claiming "2–100 Mbps" speeds and announced an "aggressive" expansion of that network in 2012 add something


T-Mobile Hungary launched a public beta test on 7 October 2011, and has offered commercial 4G LTE services since 1 January 2012 add something


As of May, 2012 only few areas have been covered add something


By the end of 2012 the national telecommunication operator JSC Kazakhtelecom launched 4 G services in both Astana and Almaty add something


In 2012, Alfa and Touch in Lebanon , announced their 4G LTE networks to be ready after months of testing and evaluations add something


Sprint has announced that they will launch a LTE network in early 2012 add something


On February 29, 2012, the first commercial 4G LTE service in the UK launched in Borough of Southwark, London add something


Bharti Airtel launched India's first 4G service, using TD-LTE technology, in Kolkata on April 10, 2012 add something


KT Telecom closed its 2G service by Mar 2012, and complete the nationwide LTE service in the same frequency around 1,8Ghz by June 2012 add something


On 3 July 2012 it confirmed the outroll in 5 major cities and announced the commercial launch to take place before the end of 2012 add something


On 21 August 2012, the United Kingdom's regulator Ofcom allowed EE, the owner of the Orange and T-Mobile networks, to use its existing bandwidth to launch fourth-generation mobile services add something


In the UK, LTE services were switched on in several areas on 11 September 2012 by EE add something


The 4G service from EE was launched on 11 September 2012 add something


In October 2012, MVNO, Abica Limited, announced they were to trial 4G LTE services for high speed M2M applications add something


On 31 October 2012, Vodafone has launched 4G tests add something


On November 12, 2012 Ofcom published final regulations and a timetable for the 4G mobile spectrum auction add something


On November 15, 2012 the Commission for Communications Regulation announced the results of its multi-band spectrum auction add something


On 22 November 2012, Orange launched the first 4G business plan in Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Nantes add something


Then, on 29 November 2012, SFR launched 4G in Lyon, extending to Montpellier add something


On December 30, 2012, Dialog Broadband Networks Launched Sri Lanka's first fixed TD-LTE service add something


It is expected that by the end of 2013 the service will be available across the whole country add something


Telecom giant Etisalat Afghanistan, the first telecom company to launch 3,75G services in Afghanistan on 19th Feb, 2013 announced the commencement of test of its Long-term Evolution 4G mobile network add something


Vodafone is stating its roll out in the summer of 2013 and T-Mobile announced only the roll out add something


In February 2013, Oman's Nawras launched 4G LTE commercially add something


In New Zealand, the first 4G network has been introduced for some parts of Auckland by Vodafone NZ on 28 February 2013 add something


And 4G LTE was officially launched in April 2013 add something


In April 2013, Qtel, is set to launch its 4G LTE commercially in Qatar add something


On April 2, 2013, Dialog Axiata launched South Asia's first FD-LTE service in Sri Lanka add something


A small village by Lake Brunner on the West Coast with only 250 people, Moana, got 4G broadband in May 2013 add something


On June 2, 2013, Mobitel launched FD-LTE service in Sri Lanka add something


As of July 2013 KPN has announced that the 4G rollout is implemented a half year faster than initial announced add something


On July 9, 2013, Ofcom announced that mobile network operators would be allowed to repurpose their existing 2G and 3G spectrum, specifically in the 900, 1,800 and 2,100 MHz bands, for 4G services add something


Both O2 and Vodafone launched their 4G networks on August 29, 2013 add something


Telecom NZ announced plans to launch a commercial 4G service on its network starting in parts of Auckland in October 2013, with plans to launch the service in Wellington and Christchurch by Christmas 2013 add something


On 3 October 2013, The Government of Pakistan will auction the 3G/4G licenses and Pakistan will be getting 3G HSPA/4G $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) within the first quarter of 2014 i add something


On October 21, 2013, the multiband spectrum auction was completed add something


At the end of November 2013, Huchtison 3 and T-Mobile Austria intent to appeal auction results add something


December 2013 Optus claims to set up the world's first TD-LTE Advanced carrier aggregation network add something


December 2013, A1 Telekom Austria is the first Austrian operator which introduced $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) Roaming add something


TELE Greenland started $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) service at the beginning of December 2013 add something


"'International $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) Roaming"': AT&T signed LTE roaming agreement with &EE (EE_(telecommunications_company)) on the 17th of December 2013 add something


As of Q1 2014, KPN will be the first network provider that has deployed a nationwide 4G network in the Netherlands add something


Expectations are that both KPN and Vodafone will reach nationwide coverage in 2014 add something


Soon, the Government of Pakistan will auction the 3G/4G licenses and Pakistan will get 3G HSPA/4G $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) within the first quarter of 2014 i add something


The 1,8 GHz will be available for auction around the 4th quarter of 2014 when the license for GSM service on the spectrum will expire add something


January 2014, Swisscom added new $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) Roaming partner in Russia add something


January 2014, A1 announced commercial service for $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) 800 MHz on more than 200 sites add something


As of 15 January 2014, Telecom has 4G coverage in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Whitianga and Whangamata add something


On 22 January 2014, Swisscom added new $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) Roaming partner in Russia add something


On 27 January 2014, Three launched their 4G network in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Wexford and Waterford add something


On 28 January 2014, A1 announced commercial service for $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) 800 MHz on more than 200 sites add something


On 7 March 2014, Vodafone announced $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) service for Burgos add something


On 11 March 2014, T-Mobile announced top $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) transmission speed raises to 150 Mbit/s add something


On 12 March 2014, Vodafone announced $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) service for LogroƱo add something


"'LTE MVNE"': On 1 April 2014, Plintron World's largest Multi-Country MVNE Enables LYCAMOBILE to be in the 4G League in UK. Plintron have completed it's $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) core interoperability with &O2 (O2_(United_Kingdom)) UK, to enable LYCAMOBILE 4G data services add something


At the beginning of May 2014, Vodafone added 4G roaming for their "Red 4G" customers in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain add something


If sources are to be believed Warid is aiming to run the test on 4G $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) in last week of May 2014, while its already in process of deploying 4G LTE network in 5 cities, which it will announce after successful tests accordingly add something


On May 2, 2014, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority allowed Warid Telecom to go public with 4G $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) services add something


"'International $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) Roaming:"' From 5 May 2014 customers of TIM are able to use 4G while roame in Switzerland on Swisscom and from 14 May 2014 on Orange in Spain add something


"'International $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) Roaming"': 22 May 2014, & & Vodafone added LTE Roaming within the Vodafone Group in the following six European countries add something


On 12 June 2014, Vodafone announced $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) rollout for Belfast over the summer add something


"'International $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) Roaming:"' On 24 June 2014 Orange announced LTE Roaming for the following countries from July 1, 2014: Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the add something


Vip launched $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) service at the beginning of July 2014 add something


Vodafone went on to launch 4G in this frequency in Papakura on July 22, 2014 add something


As of 11 November 2014 Rwanda became the newest country to begin introducing 4G $LTE (LTE_(telecommunication)) services in its capital Kigali, Rw after months of testing add something


Only Sprint still utilizes WiMAX, but plans to end its use of WiMax by 2015 add something


Reliance's 4G rollout is planned to start in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata and expand to cover 700 cities, including 100 high-priority markets in 2015 add something


On 12 March 2015, ANRT have reviewed all applications, and accorded 4G licenses to the main operators add something


Since May 2015, Airtel had partnered with Samsung India to introduce 4G services in Chennai, on a trial basis add something


Since June 24, 2015 customers of & Telenor Serbia are able to use 4G network of the Montenegrin operator Telenor Crna Gora add something


Further expansion is expected in 2016, including Bulgaria's popular seaside resorts add something


On 5 April 2018, the UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, announced the results of a spectrum auction of the 2,3 GHz band and the 3,4 GHz band for future 5G mobile services add something