Thursday, February 19, 2009

SingTel Offers Managed Healthcare Management and Remote Monitoring Islandwide

Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), and HSAGlobal have piloted a new electronic health record and management system that makes patient data available to care providers.

The solution, which is fully managed and hosted by SingTel, allows healthcare providers, such as doctors and nurses, to track patients' progress from the time of admission through step-down facilities in the community.

CCMS is a solution developed by HSAGlobal (HSA) for integrated care management across multiple healthcare organizations to facilitate continuity and consistency of care, streamlining of clinical care processes, and case management in the healthcare continuum. This solution incorporates clinical management tools and business process applications founded on Wagner's Chronic Care model which is a proven clinical framework for managing care of chronic illness at both individual and population level.

The solution is offered through hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model for a monthly subscription fee. The SaaS model eliminates the need for heavy upfront capital investments and high on-going maintenance costs, making it a very attractive proposition for both large and small healthcare providers.

Vodafone Confirms 3G Signal Boosters

Vodafone is trialing a new product designed to improve 3G mobile signals in areas of homes and offices which may have lower levels of network coverage. Trials are currently underway in a number of Vodafone markets to assess the potential of the new product. The product is based on technology which consists of a powered booster box connected to a small antenna that amplifies existing 3G signals from the wide area network to offer enhanced reception over a range of up to 9 meters. The antenna is positioned where the mobile 3G network signal is strongest, either inside or outside the home or office and the booster is located inside where an improved signal is required.

During initial trials in Vodafone Egypt, users reported improvements in network performance including enhanced voice call reception and improved 3G data speeds within parts of the building which had previously only been able to offer low coverage levels.

Vodafone said the signal booster product differs from a femtocell in that it strengthens the signal from the existing network rather than creating a new dedicated coverage zone. Vodafone is looking at both technologies to see how they can each meet the individual needs of customers.

In December, Vodafone Spain announced a pilot of femtocell technology with Vodafone Access Gateway. These access gateways connect 3G devices to the core network via broadband DSL and the pilot scheme was rolled out to a limited number of enterprise customers to assess its effectiveness in delivering wireless high-speed data and voice services.

Telecom NZ Readies 3G 850 MHz Upgrade with Alcatel-Lucent

Telecom NZ is on track for the launch of its nationwide 3G WCDMA 850MHz (W850) mobile network by June. Alcatel-Lucent serves as technology partner for the project. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Riverbed Closes Acquisition of Mazu

Riverbed Technology completed its acquisition of Mazu Networks. Riverbed also announced that it has appointed Mazu CEO Paul Brady to run the Riverbed Application Intelligence Business Unit.

Riverbed said the acquisition of Mazu extends its suite of WAN optimization products to include global application performance reporting and analytics. The Mazu products, which have been renamed Cascade, analyze network traffic to provide valuable information about the interactions of and dependencies between users, applications and systems. As a result, Riverbed will now be able to deliver to its enterprise and service provider customers faster, smarter and more efficient IT infrastructure performance solutions.
  • Mazu Networks' software provides a holistic, real-time view of application usage and performance. This perspective is critical to understanding the application environment and taking the right steps to validate and ensure delivery of business-critical applications across the wide area network (WAN). Mazu is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

NTT Com Field Tests Advanced Internet Routing Registry (IRR)

NTT Communications is collaborating with the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) in the field test of a new Internet Routing Registry (IRR), a routing database that is being designed for enhanced reliability and to prevent Internet routing from being hijacked. The test will end on February 27. The experimental IRR is being tested in an actual Internet environment to quantitatively measure how fast its server recovers from failure. Performance also will be evaluated qualitatively based on interviews of the test participants, which include operators of the existing JPIRR based in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, and Internet service providers (ISPs) that currently use the JPIRR.

NTT Com said the trial IRR is expected to help resolve problems associated with the ongoing increase in routing information between networks and the rising threat of this information being misused. There already have been cases of malicious use resulting in websites becoming inaccessible.

IRRs, which enable ISPs to register their routing policies and share them with other ISPs, already incorporate measures for the early detection and prevention of routing hijacks. Nevertheless, IRR server operation can be interrupted due to redundancy or load-sharing limitations.

NTT Com developed its experimental IRR under a four-year, publicly sponsored project of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIAC). The project finishes this March.

Following the field test, the results will be reported to the MIAC, and NTT Com and JPNIC will continue refining technology for the verification and storage of IRR data, aiming eventually to install an extra-reliable and secure IRR on the JPNIC's premises.

Huawei to Release its First Android Smartphone in Q3

Huawei Technologies plans commercial release of its first Android-powered smart phone in the third quarter of 2009. Huawei partnered with an established design consultancy to develop a user-friendly interface. The interface is able to evolve with operators' differentiation requirements.

"Huawei is delighted to showcase its much anticipated first Android-powered smart phone. As a terminal solutions provider with all-round capabilities, Huawei has an acute insight into the drivers of the communications industry and in-depth understanding of operators," said Mr. James Chen, Director of Huawei Terminal Marketing Department., "A pioneer in mobile broadband devices, we look forward to expanding a compelling mobile communications experience for end-users whilst providing customized services to our operator partners via the Android smart phone."

Huawei Shows its Unified LTE Solution at Mobile World Congress

Huawei Technologies demonstrated the world' s first unified frequency-division duplex and time-division duplex (FDD/TDD) long-term evolution (LTE) solution last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

In January 2009, Huawei was awarded the world' s first LTE commercial contract by TeliaSonera, the largest telecommunication operator in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. Huawei was also selected by Telus and Bell to deploy North America' s first LTE-oriented HSPA network in Canada in 2008. As of today, Huawei' s LTE research has made more than 2,100 contributions to LTE and system architecture evolution, and the company owns ten percent of all LTE patents.

At the event, Huawei also showcased its enhanced SingleRAN solution, which now includes three elements -- Uni-equipment, Uni-site and Uni-operation -- that allow operators to deploy and evolve their networks with greater ease.

Telstra's 21 Mbps HSPA+ Service Launches this Week

Telstra is launching its "Turbo 21" mobile broadband service this week. Peak network speeds will increase to 42Mbps later this year.

At launch, the 21Mbps rated modems will be available to some business customers, with a consumer offering available in April. Customers with these devices will see typical download speeds ranging up to 8Mbps.

Speaking at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, said for the first time a mobile network would bring a true real-time broadband experience to customers, providing significant benefits in health care, education and business productivity, in addition to an enhanced consumer entertainment experience.

"In just over two years, we have taken our world leading network from peak network speeds of 3.6Mbps to 21Mbps and today we are launching the world's first commercial 21Mbps peak-rated modem - more than three times faster than devices currently in market," said Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo.