Ireland’s telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) last Friday published a press release announcing that it has achieved another milestone concerning the provision of next generation mobile broadband in the Republic. The watchdog reported on ‘positive results from tests that have been carried out in Ireland by Ericsson using a test licence issued under ComReg’s test and trial licensing programme’. The Swedish vendor has been conducting tests using Long Term Evolution, Time Division Duplex (LTE-TDD, also known as TD-LTE) technology in the 2.3GHz band to demonstrate its capability to provide high speed broadband services which can be used to support services such as high definition TV and videoconferencing, amongst others. Commenting on the pilot trials, commissioner Mike Byrne said ‘As an integral part of the services that ComReg offers to industry stakeholders, ComReg is very pleased that its test and trial licensing programme has facilitated Ericsson in conducting the first tests of the LTE-TDD next generation mobile technology in Ireland’.
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