Sunday, February 15, 2009

Nokia's Ovi App Store to Open in May

Nokia preview plans for its "Ovi" Store, which will offer consumers relevant, targeted media through their social connections and their physical location information. Nokia said its goal is to provide a scalable media distribution network unrivaled in size and opportunity, with advanced content targeting capabilities and monetization options that allow content providers and application developers to leverage the power of Nokia's global scale in devices. Beginning in March, content providers, developers and the existing Forum Nokia developer ecosystem can begin uploading their content at to be the first to distribute their media through the Ovi Store. Content providers can sign up there today for access.

The Ovi Store content will range from applications, games and videos to widgets, podcasts, location-based applications and personalization content for Nokia Series 40 and S60 devices. The Nokia N97, available in June, will be the first device to include the storefront. In addition, tens of millions of existing Nokia Series 40 and S60 users will be capable of enjoying the new service starting in early May.

LSI Announces Multicore Blueprint for Mobiles

LSI is introducing an asymmetrical multicore architecture targeted at mobile networks based on the company's family of networking silicon and software. The blueprint calls for LSI to migrate current and future wireless products to a multicore architecture that encompasses traffic management, voice and video transcoding, content inspection, encryption, baseband and user plane processing.

LSI said wireless equipment manufacturers are routinely faced with having to integrate proprietary components from multiple sources due to a lack of multicore solutions. Similarly, service providers constructing next-generation any-to-any wireless networks need a new generation of highly integrated yet proven silicon and software building blocks. To address these challenges, LSI has created a blueprint for an asymmetrical multicore architecture specifically designed for mobile network applications such as multi-standard radio and single-chip wireless base stations.

Asymmetrical multicore architectures allow multiple cores to be aggregated on a single chip, and for those cores to vary depending upon application and network environment. This approach improves system and power efficiency by ensuring mobile service workloads are processed by function-optimized cores. This unique, programmable and scalable architecture will enable rapid development of mobile networks with the capacity to handle real-time traffic growth while lowering system and operational costs.

The LSI portfolio of solutions for mobile access, transport, media gateway and data center market segments includes communication and media processors, echo cancellation software, voice and video codecs, multi-service processors and high-performance content inspection processors. New products will be compatible with current portfolio solutions, allowing OEMs to quickly migrate to the new architecture while protecting previous investments.

Qualcomm Adds Femtocell Chipsets to Roadmap

Qualcomm has added 3G femtocell chipsets to its product roadmap. The company will be offering Femtocell Station Modem chipsets supporting 3GPP HSPA+, in addition to utilizing CDMA2000, including 1X and EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B. The chipsets will include baseband functions, network listen and integrated RF capabilities for all major wireless bands. The chipsets also will feature innovative techniques addressing the issue of interference between femtocells and the macro network. Sampling is currently scheduled for the second quarter of 2010.

Motorola Debuts New GSM Base Station Controller

Motorola introduced its new GSM Base Station Controller (BSC), the Horizon 2G RAN controller, featuring approximately three times the capacity in a compact footprint which occupies about one tenth the floor space of current platforms. The unit is modular in design and scales to support over 2000 transceivers. It supports IP over the A-interface, which becomes increasingly important with the deployment of the latest data network capability, such as E-EDGE. In addition it incorporates Packet Control Unit (PCU) and Transcoder functionality in a compact footprint with lower power consumption, making use of the latest techniques to minimize OPEX and reduce the total cost of ownership.

Qualcomm to Sample Multi-mode 3G/LTE Smartphone Chip in 2010

Qualcomm unveiled its first chipset solution for advanced Smartphones supporting CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B and Simultaneous Voice-Data Operation (SV-DO), as well as multi-carrier HSPA+ and LTE. The Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM8960 chipset is the industry's only complete integrated solution that supports all of the world's leading mobile broadband standards. The chipset is compatible with Smartphone platforms based on Qualcomm's other MSM8x60 chipsets and is scheduled to sample in mid-2010.

"Multi-mode 3G/LTE chipsets will be crucial to smooth deployments of LTE by operators who are looking to complement their existing 3G networks, and the MSM8960 delivers maximum flexibility by supporting EV-DO Rev. B and HSPA+ in addition to LTE," said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "The MSM8960 raises the bar for LTE solutions by not only offering support for all leading mobile broadband standards, but also integrating exceptional multimedia performance. This allows device manufacturers to leverage their existing HSPA+ device designs for significant economies of scale."

LG to Use Qualcomm MEMS for Energy-Efficient Displays

LG Electronics will begin the development of handsets with energy-efficient displays based on Qualcomm's mirasol MEMS technology. Qualcomm said tis nature-inspired mirasol display consumes significantly less power than other display technologies, extending handset battery life and enabling consumers to enjoy greater mobility. Based on reflective technology, Qualcomm's mirasol displays harness ambient light to create color across a broad range of lighting conditions, including direct sunlight.

The display works by reflecting light so that specific wavelengths interfere with each other to create color. The phenomenon that makes a butterfly's wings shimmer is the same principle used in Qualcomm's mirasol displays.

NVIDIA Enables The World's First $99 HD Mobile Internet Device

NVIDIA introduced a new processor aimed at a new generation of always-on, always-connected HD mobile internet device (MID) that can go days between battery charges. NVIDIA believes OEMS will be able to build MIDs that carriers can offer for as low as $99 with a broadband service. The Tegra MID will support 720p and 1080p video playback, offer Wi-Fi and 3G, and will be optimized for Web 2.0. In addition, NVIDIA partnered with ST-Ericsson to add 3G communication capability into this new platform.

Broadcom Supports Adobe Flash Lite Content Delivery on Mobile Phones

Broadcom has integrated the Adobe Flash Platform into its advanced multimedia processor system-on-a- chip (SoC) solution. This provides accelerated viewing of Flash content. Specifically, Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 software acceleration is now supported in the Broadcom BCM2727 mobile multimedia processor enabling mobile phone users to quickly access and view Flash based content and applications from popular online providers and entertainment sites.

Marvell's Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Single Chip Offers New Models

Marvell is now supporting an open software architecture for its Wi-Fi/Bluetooth single chip products. The open environment enables a variety of software features, such s a mobile hotspot mode that can be used to transform any CE device with an Internet connection into a wireless hotspot. This feature is optimized for very low power consumption on battery- powered CE devices.

The Marvell 88W8688 also supports BT-AMP (Alternate MAC-PHY), which allows the Bluetooth radio in the Marvell 88W8688 to deliver 10 to 15 times the bandwidth of standard Bluetooth 2.1 implementations, thereby facilitating the support of new Bluetooth usage models such as simultaneous audio-video streaming and instant address-book synchronization. The Marvell 88W8688 has full support for enterprise-grade smartphone features including Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) for security and range expansion as well as WLAN VoIP. The Marvell 88W8688 also supports WAPI for Wi-Fi enabled handsets for the Chinese market.

Mobile World Congress Barcelona: Mobiles Can Drive Economic Growth

The mobile industry is calling upon governments to adopt policies that encourage more investment in mobile services and networks. Wherever possible, governments should seek to create a stable regulatory environment, while licensing spectrum on the right terms to encourage spending on network infrastructure and services, stimulating economic growth. It is also important that governments allocate the same spectrum as other governments in their region for mobile broadband services - this kind of harmonization will allow the same devices to be used in many different countries and enable manufacturers to achieve economies of scale and lower prices for end users.

For instance, it is estimated that the release of new spectrum for mobile broadband services in 2009 will ultimately add the equivalent of $211 billion to China's GDP, and could add the equivalent of $95 billion to India's GDP. Speakers included the head of the GSMA and the CEOs of China Mobile, Ericsson, VimpelCom, Telecom Italia and Telenor, along with the Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Some quotes:

"If the mobile industry can continue to grow and develop at the rate it has over the past 15 years, it could act as one of the few locomotives which can help pull our economies out of the current slump," said Alexander Izosimov, Chairman of the GSMA and CEO of VimpelCom. "Governments need to adopt policies that nurture this potential, rather than stifling it."

"The rolling out and operation of 3G networks in China will create 300,000 job opportunities directly and indirectly," said Wang Jianzhou, Chairman and CEO of China Mobile. "On the one hand, 3G investments will directly boost the development of the telecom manufacturing industry; on the other hand, 3G handsets and 3G applications will drive consumer spending and help companies through the difficulties brought by the financial crisis."

"The evolution of mobile broadband is proof that capital expenditure by operators lays the foundations for the growth of an entire ecosystem," said Franco Bernabe, CEO of Telecom Italia. "In the currently uncertain economic climate, it is simply unimaginable that we will enter a new phase of European and worldwide growth if we do not have sufficient availability of bandwidth. Bandwidth is the necessary driver for direct investments such as radio access infrastructure and demand for fibre-optic backhauling; it is also a driver of indirect investment, through the emergence of new market players and new services. If we wish to repeat the successes of the past - successes in technology that, from GSM onwards, have made improvements to our lives - this potential may only be realized fully within a harmonious regulatory context."

"Our industry and the authorities must work together to find sustainable business models for mobile broadband," said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group. "If we get this right, mobile broadband will have the same deep changing impact on people's lives as basic mobile services have had."

"Mobile broadband is essential for socio-economic growth and, with LTE, the industry has, for the first time, a true global standard," said Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson. "The deployment of mobile broadband is also particularly important for closing the digital divide and the allocation of low-frequency spectrum is a prerequisite."

"Mobile technologies are the most powerful tools we have for combating extreme poverty in the most isolated parts of the world," said Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute. "By closing the digital divide, mobile connections give the poor access to vital health services and students from all parts of the world a chance to learn through 'global classrooms.' Similarly, mobile phones are being deployed to expand agro-business, e-governance, banking, and commerce throughout poor countries. Private companies are taking in the lead in countless creative and path-breaking efforts, and these breakthroughs are being expanded rapidly through public-private partnerships. Digital technologies will play a core role in ending poverty and in enabling the world to join together through markets, social networks, and cooperative efforts to solve our common challenges."

Orange Offers LG Touch Watch Phone

Orange plans to offer the LG Touch Watch phone in its European markets. The compact wrist watch style phone comes with a Bluetooth headset and features a full touch-screen interface, 3G HSDPA and video-calling capabilities.
It features 7.2 Mbps 3G HSDPA compatibility, enabling high-speed data and video phone calls using the built-in camera. The Watch Phone is fully capable of sending text messages, making phone calls, and, keeping accurate time. Voice recognition features can be used with or without a Bluetooth headset, make it easier to place calls and look up contacts. Text to Speech (TTS) reads text messages and other information out loud. The phone also includes stereo Bluetooth and a built-in speaker for playing back music files.

Fujitsu Microelectronics Develops New WiMAX Baseband SOC

Fujitsu Microelectronics America introduced its newest Mobile WiMAX baseband IC, a low-power, small- footprint device designed for the expanding mobile PC market. The new Fujitsu MB86K23 mobile WiMAX baseband IC supports a wide range of channel bandwidths including 3.5MHz, 5MHz, 7MHz, 10MHz, and 20MHz, along with 64QAM, 16QAM, and QPSK adaptive modulation schemes. It provides wireless access using 512/1024/2048 FFT OFDMA with integrated MAC processors, supports antenna diversity and beamforming, and includes all the features required for WiMAX Forum Wave 2 mobile device certification. The device is being manufactured using Fujitsu's 65nm low-leakage CMOS process and CoolAdjust power-gating technology.

Microsoft and Partners Show New Windows Phones

Microsoft and key mobile partners, HTC, LG and Orange, unveiled new Windows phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and featuring a new user interface and a richer browsing experience. In addition, Windows phones will feature two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web.

The new Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen provides a dashboard-like access to new e-mails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also includes an improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to take action with a finger, and an updated version of the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser.

The free My Phone service will enable people to access, manage and back up their personal information on their device to a password-protected Web-based service.

Consumers also will be able to automatically upload photos and video from their Windows phone directly to the My Phone service, making it simple to preserve content that, in the past, would have lived and died on the phone. The My Phone service is currently available in a limited invitation-only beta.

The company also announced Microsoft Recite, a voice search technology for Windows phones version 6.0 or later, which provides users with a fast and simple way to capture, search and retrieve spoken notes and reminders using just their voice without the need to navigate menus or type text. Microsoft Recite efficiently organizes a user's spoken thoughts based on same or similar terms and phrases, and is available as a free technology preview at

Microsoft Reaches Deal with America Movil for Services Across Latin America

America Movil agreed to adopt and deploy a suite of Windows Live mobile services for its 172 million customers across Latin America. Through this deal, America Movil will make it easier for its customers to extend the Windows Live and MSN experience from the PC to their mobile phone through its mobile Internet browser, text messages and client-based applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Windows Live mobile services included in the agreement are Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Spaces. America Movil will also feature MSN Mobile and Live Search in its mobile portals. Together, these services make it easier for customers to connect and share with the people they care about, search for important information, and get the latest news, weather, sports and entertainment while on the go.

Microsoft and Gemalto Partner on Mobile Live Messenger SIM Security

Microsoft and Gemalto are collaborating to offer Windows Live Messenger services to the mass market of mobile subscribers through a new Windows Live Messenger client application that comes pre-installed on phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. The Gemalto application, named SIMessenger, is the world's first Microsoft-certified instant messaging SIM client solution.

Gemalto's SIMessenger enables users to keep in touch with their Windows Live Messenger contacts from their mobile phone. To date, three operators have successfully deployed SIMessenger: Oi in Brazil, Personal S.A. in Argentina and Movistar in Peru. Gemalto has already delivered close to 5 million SIM cards embedding the Windows Live instant messaging application.

ZTE Unveils HSPA+ Data Cards

ZTE announced the launch of two innovative cards as part of its high speed packet access (HSPA) product family. The MF662 is a compact HSDPA+ data card and the MF645 is a USB TV data card, allowing viewers to watch digital TV from a laptop over the mobile broadband connection.

The MF662 offers download and upload rates of up to 21.6Mbps (up from 14.4Mbps on HSPA) and 5.76Mbps, respectively.

ZTE's MF645 is described as the world's smallest TV data card, and is believed to be the world's first plug-and-play data card. This USB modem enables consumers to watch digital television on a computer or laptop over a 3G connection. It supports a download rate of up to 7.2Mbps.

Samsung Partners with Sandbridge on LTE-capable Platform

Samsung will showcase several LTE devices at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that are powered by Sandbridge's SB3500 flexible baseband processor -- a multi-core, multi-threaded, dynamically reprogrammable processor. Development for the LTE communication system was led by Samsung, with Sandbridge providing technical support. The implementation resulted in the development and execution of a fully compliant LTE platform conforming to the latest 3GPP Release 8 standardization. The Sandbridge platform, ideal for new OFDMA based standards (Mobile WiMAX, LTE, etc.), has been applied to Samsung's Mobile WiMAX platform as well.

Alcatel-Lucent Receives WiMAX 3.5GHz Certification

Alcatel-Lucent has received the WiMAX Forum Certified seal of approval for the 3.5GHz band version of its WiMAX Rev-e (802.16-2005 standard) compact base station. Alcatel-Lucent noted that out of 34 Alcatel-Lucent Rev-e commercial deployments worldwide, 21 are in the 3.5GHz band, and seven of these are already in commercial service. Key to its commercial success has been implementation of advanced technologies such as beam forming, which extends cell range and thus reduces operators' deployment costs.

Alcatel-Lucent's 2.5GHz base station portfolio received WiMAX Forum certification last summer.

Alcatel-Lucent said it has shipped more than 10,000 Rev-e base stations and installed equipment that already supports tens of thousands of paying subscribers.
  • In December, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it was refocusing its WiMAX R&D efforts on the technology's dominant market opportunity, enhanced wireless DSL - which includes data-centric mobility usage on netbooks and mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as well as residential and nomadic PC use. Alcatel-Lucent market research indicates that close to 90% of WiMAX Rev-e subscribers to 2013 will fall in this service category.

Alcatel-Lucent Readies LTE Base Station Upgrade

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a key software module for its enhanced NodeB (eNodeB) solution. The software, which is currently in trials with tier-one service providers, can be loaded onto the Alcatel-Lucent 9326 Digital 2U eNode B - a "zero footprint" baseband module already widely deployed and field-proven with Alcatel-Lucent's 3G customers. This baseband module integrates easily into existing base station cabinets, enabling a seamless evolution to LTE via software-only upgrade.

Alcatel-Lucent said its LTE solution complies with the latest 3GPP standards and incorporates unique Self-Organizing and Self-Optimizing (SON) capabilities developed at Bell Labs that facilitate the rapid introduction of services and ensure that the network is dynamically optimized.

Alcatel-Lucent's solutions allow different technologies (2G, 3G and LTE) to coexist in a single base station and flexible software based spectrum refarming. Its software-defined radio (SDR) base station modules can be installed on the 500,000 Base Stations that the company has already deployed.

Alcatel-Lucent Completes Multi-Vendor LTE Calls in TDD Spectrum

Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell completed a series of data calls - involving terminals from third-party suppliers - using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for Time Division Duplex (TDD) spectrum (TD-LTE), a mobile broadband standard that will be used by operators in China. The tests, the first such calls completed using infrastructure (Alcatel-Lucent's commercial eNode B base station) and terminals from multiple vendors (UTStarcom and Signalion), involved live video streaming and web browsing services on TD-LTE.

"TD-LTE, which was strongly driven by operators in China, is expected to play an important role in the development of 4G networks globally," said Olivia Qiu, President of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell. "We are committed to ensuring that all of our mobile customers have a smooth evolution to 4G, no matter what kind of network they have in place today."

Nielsen: Mobile Internet Will Grow Dramatically Despite Economic Downturn

A Nielsen survey of over 50,000 U.S. and European consumers gives the telecom industry reasons to be optimistic. Consumers intend to significantly increase use of mobile data services over the next two years -- with a significant ramp-up in the next 12 months.

The Tellabs-commissioned survey shows that up to 71% of consumers anticipate daily use of services such as mobile Internet. Yet mobile users continue to raise concerns about cost, speed and quality of service. The Nielsen survey analysed 10 mobile data services. It reveals that more than half of the approximately 200 million mobile data users in those countries expect to increase use in the next two years. Some other notes:

  • In the European countries close to 40% of non-users also expect to start using MMS. Italy tends to be the leading adopter across all services, while Germany shows comparatively low adoption rates.

  • Pressure on networks will be compounded as 41% of European and 71% U.S. respondents anticipate daily use of mobile Internet services. Mobile e-mail is on a similar growth trajectory, as it is increasingly available through a range of mobile devices.

  • The sustained increase in high-bandwidth applications and corresponding data traffic will create significant challenges for mobile operators looking to maintain profitability. Since most of the growth is expected within the next 12 months, this issue demands immediate attention.

"More significantly, according to the research more than a quarter of the millions of consumers who do not use mobile data services today intend to start using them shortly," said Jesse Goranson, senior vice president of Mobile Media, The Nielsen Company. "By delving deeper into consumer intent, the Tellabs survey comes just in time as the industry debates demand for services and capital requirements at MWC."

"Mobile data services are not a luxury, but a necessity that consumers plan to purchase despite economic conditions," said Pat Dolan, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Tellabs. "By planning urgent and strategic network upgrades, operators can quickly and cost-efficiently address users' issues and meet increasing demands on networks."

Orange and HP Partnership Focuses on Mobile Broadband

Orange has formed a new partnership signed with Hewlett Packard under which the companies will co-distribute and market a range of consumer notebooks and HP Minis with mobile and/or fixed broadband access. The three-year pan-European agreement will underpin the delivery of connected offers in the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Portugal, to be followed by a rollout across the Orange footprint.

Among the offers is the new new Compaq Mini 700 which, in the UK, allows customers to buy a ready to use Internet connected notebook for GBP30 a month. The package includes Orange's "Internet Everywhere" mobile broadband service and dongle as well as a 3GB data allowance and 24 month manufacturer warranty.

Ericsson Launches Pixl8r and Social Media Portal

Ericsson is backing a new Pixl8r initiative and Social Media Portal to help mobile users share content across diverse networks.

The Pixl8r initiative is an open-standard solution that allows photo sharing sites to interact in real time. With Pixl8r, mobile subscribers can share social media across different operator portals and receive SMS notification of friends' activities regardless of network. Ericsson said Pixl8r would create a federation of community portals that can connect the world's about four billion mobile users.

With Ericsson's Social Media Portal, operators can deliver a Pixl8r-compatible social networking service. The solution does not require client downloads. Content is automatically backed up on a community portal that offers personal storage, synchronization, unified messaging and services for sharing content such as photos and videos with friends and family. The Social Media Portal gives operators the required tools to become part of the social web. The white-labeled portal solution offers opportunities for advertising revenues from both mobile and fixed portals, reduces churn and improves brand positioning. It is also expected to increase data traffic such as MMS, video calling and web portal traffic.

Alcatel-Lucent Launches ng Connect Program

Alcatel-Lucent is kicking off a multi-industry initiative -- the ng Connect Program -- with the aim of establishing a rich and diverse ecosystem of infrastructure, devices, content and applications for both mobile and fixed broadband networks including 4G, Long Term Evolution (LTE), GPON and other ultra high bandwidth technologies. The goal is to extend a seamless broadband experience to mobile phones, computers, cars, gaming systems and more, enabling consumers to stream more content, run more sophisticated applications on-the-go, and communicate in the most popular formats of today, and tomorrow. Initial members of the nitiative include HP, Samsung, and 4DK, Buzznet, chumby, Connect2Media, dimedis, FISHLABS, QNX, SIGNEXX, Total Immersion, TuneWiki and Words & Numbers.

The ng Connect Program will bring together companies, large and small, that are developing cutting edge technologies and services which will reshape the way people communicate, interact online and on-the-go, including augmented reality, mobile games and compelling social networking/entertainment experiences. By helping bring new applications and services to market more quickly, the ng Connect Program will facilitate an expansion of the revenue base for network operators and others. To accomplish this, ng Connect Program will promote a variety of pre-integrated solutions featuring the latest innovations in network, device and software technologies.

The ng Connect Program's initial phase has three goals: accelerating deployment of new services and devices through pre-integration and validation; identifying and promoting new revenue streams through innovative business models; and broadening the wireless broadband device landscape to include consumer electronics products, industrial and consumer equipment for machine-to-machine communications, and automotive connectivity. The ng Connect Program will showcase the next generation connected user experience through proof-of-concept solutions.

"As we move into the next phase of the evolution of broadband networks with the advent of ultra high bandwidth systems such as 4G and GPON, it is critical that a broad spectrum of companies -- including those from industries that are not normally associated -- come together in a strong ecosystem that can effectively innovate, remove business and technical barriers and define new business models to accelerate mass adoption of new services and devices," said Tim Krause, Chief Marketing Officer at Alcatel-Lucent, a founding member of the ng Connect Program. "The establishment of the ng Connect program is an important step in our strategy to create an open ecosystem so that the trusted capabilities of service providers can be combined with the innovation of the web to bring whole new classes of services to market, services that can leverage the growing capabilities of service aware IP networks, IMS and more. The ng Connect Program is dedicated to bringing this ecosystem to life."

The ng Connect Program will demonstrate end-to-end next generation broadband applications at GSMA Mobile World Congress on the Alcatel-Lucent stand, located in Hall 8 #A147. Demos will include a next generation augmented reality viral advertising application in a multi-screen environment, a next generation music experience and social networking service and a real-time next generation healthcare application that allows patients to be monitored remotely using a combination of mobile handsets and televisions.