Industry group the VoLGA (Voice over LTE via Generic Access) Forum today published its first complete set of approved specifications aimed at delivering mobile voice and SMS services over future LTE networks. The move is important as there is currently no single agreed way of providing voice and SMS capability on next-generation LTE networks.
Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, Bell Labs – in partnership with Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institut, and antenna supplier Kathrein – has conducted the industry’s first live field tests of Coordinated Multipoint Transmission, a technology claimed to increase data rates on LTE and 3G networks.
Alcatel-Lucent has won a deal to build, operate and manage Orange Uganda’s mobile network, by providing technical support, repair, field maintenance and program management services. This full Managed Services contract is the first ever in Uganda as well as in East Africa. Financial details were not disclosed.