Broadband Briefs for 11/20/09
• Motorola buys RadioFrame iDEN business
By Monica Alleven, Wireless Week
Motorola has acquired RadioFrame Networks’ iDEN business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Motorola says the RadioFrame Networks’ iDEN business will be integrated into its Home & Networks Mobility business. The products from RadioFrame will enhance Motorola’s portfolio of base stations for networks using non-contiguous spectrum that are common outside of North America.
Based in Redmond, Wash., RadioFrame provides radio access solutions for Tier 1 mobile operators and OEM partners worldwide. The company is known for its pico and femtocell products that are deployed as plug-and-play solutions.
• Alcatel-Lucent makes 1st LTE data call in Europe
By Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week
Alcatel-Lucent reports that it has successfully completed the first LTE data call on the 800 MHz European Digital Dividend (EDD) spectrum band in a live network.
The company said it successfully streamed high-definition video over an LTE network to a prototype mobile device. The call was completed in October at Alcatel-Lucent's 4G/LTE lab in Stuttgart, Germany.
Alcatel-Lucent is attempting to get ahead of the curve as Europe prepares to begin auctioning off the 800 MHz spectrum band, which is particularly well-suited to bringing mobile broadband Internet services to rural areas. A German frequency auction including the 800 MHz spectrum band is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2010.
This first EDD call in a live LTE network marks a milestone for the introduction of LTE in the European market and highlights Alcatel-Lucent's readiness to provide mobile operators with a commercial solution as soon as regulatory decisions on EDD are made.