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Mobile firms call on G20 leaders for initiative support

Twenty-five bosses of the world’s top mobile companies have signed a letter delivered to leaders of the G20 nations yesterday, pledging to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in mobile broadband development globally – a move they claim could create 25 million jobs and help lift the world out of recession – in return for a more stable regulatory environment and allocation of new spectrum.

Telefonica claims world’s first LTE demo

Telefonica yesterday claimed to have become the first operator to have successfully connected an LTE prototype network to a live 2G/3G network.

LTE specs completed by 3GPP

Unstrung reports that the remaining specification work on next-generation mobile broadband standard LTE has now been completed.

Ericsson claims LTE ‘world-first’ with Samsung

Ericsson today said it has achieved interoperability between a commercial LTE device and LTE network, claiming the move to be a world-first. The Swedish vendor used Samsung’s new LTE dongles and its own live LTE network in Stockholm. “This is the first time a commercial, standard compliant LTE device demonstrated full interoperability with a live network,” said Johan Wibergh, senior VP and head of networks at Ericsson, in a statement.

Ericsson could fund Sony Ericsson

Reuters reports that Ericsson said yesterday it was ready to inject money into struggling joint venture Sony Ericsson if needed.

Ericsson brings mobile broadband to Mongolia

Mongolian operator MobiCom has launched the first high-speed mobile broadband network in the country, powered by HSPA technology from Ericsson.

Report: China Mobile releases 3rd-round TD-SCDMA bidding results

TeleGeography reports that China Mobile has announced the result of its third-round TD-SCDMA equipment tender with a total contract value of CNY8.6 billion (US$1.26 billion).

Reports link AT&T, Verizon to increased LTE focus

Deployment of next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the US gained momentum this week, with the country’s two largest operators reportedly strengthening their plans.

Sony Ericsson cuts 400 in Sweden

IDG News notes that Sony Ericsson will reduce its workforce by about 400 people in Lund, Sweden, cutting 160 employees and 250 consultants.

BSNL shortlists vendors for GSM mega-tender

TeleGeography, citing a Hindu Business Line article, reports that Indian operator BSNL has shortlisted vendors for its largest tender ever of 93 million GSM lines.