Thursday, March 12, 2009

Airspan to Supply Municipal WiMAX in Galicia, Spain

Airspan Networks has been selected by the government of La Xunta, Spain, through its service provider R, to create two WiMAX networks, one to be used by the municipality to remotely connect offices throughout the region and a second WiMAX network connecting several industrial zones and businesses.

Airspan noted that the Galicia region in northern Spain faces especially challenging connectivity issues due to a rough terrain and landscape. Laying traditional wire cabling across the county is not feasible, which has left much of the region's constituency, a portion of which is located in remote villages and rural areas, with a digital gap.

The WiMAX network includes 32 Airspan WiMAX base stations with a large quantity of ProST outdoor units installed at the customer premises. The inherent technology of the ProST subscriber terminals ensures improved connectivity rates over long distances, supplying reliable data transmission in both line-of-site (LOS) and non-line-of-site (NLSO) environments.

The municipal solution comprises 400 Airspan FlexNET base stations dispersed throughout the county, providing long-range capabilities and extending the network reach. These units allow for high-capacity connectivity over a secure environment. In addition to network and Internet connectivity, the solution also provides for IP telephony and Wi-Fi hotspot locations.

M3X Media Buys Capacity from Level 3

M3X, a private digital entertainment and multimedia technology and services company, will utilize the North America data network of Level 3 Communications as its primary content delivery infrastructure. Specifically, M3X is using Level 3's content delivery network (CDN) services and its IP backbone.

M3X Media's software allows for the secure download, storage and enhanced playback options for personal media (music, video, games and TV programming). The company is focusing on portable media storage by integrating its proprietary software based on Linux and Windows Mobile 5 and 6 with CDN capabilities.

GrϋvMe is a new technology platform that brings together all popular forms of digital entertainment; downloadable music, music videos, interactive games as well as a multi-faceted social networking capability. The aims is to turn most cell phones, PDAs, smart phones, iPods and other MP3 players into on-the-go entertainment systems. In addition, the service can be accessed on PS3 or Wii game consoles and will operate on either Windows or Mac-based computers. GrüvMe is undergoing a semi-public beta test and a full launch is expected by mid-year.

NTT Com to Offer HOTSPOT WLAN Service on Bullet Trains

NTT Com has launched HOTSPOT Express, a wireless local area network (WLAN) service aboard N700 Series cars of the Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. The service will also be introduced in waiting lounges of all 17 stations along the route. This is the first wireless Internet access service on any Shinkansen line in Japan.

HOTSPOT Express will offer maximum downlinks of 2 Mbps per each 16-coach bullet train for any IEEE 802.11b/g-compatible PC, smartphone or other mobile device. The monthly charge will be 819 yen (including tax).

HOTSPOT Express subscribers may also use NTT Com's other HOTSPOT service area, covering more than 4,000 fixed locations nationwide, on a temporary basis without subscription for 315 yen (tax included) per day.

Sprint Upgrades its Network in Hawaii

During 2008, Sprint invested $11.5 million in the Hawaii metro market for network expansion and enhancements for its Sprint Nationwide Network and Nextel National Network. During the fourth quarter of 2008, Sprint added 12 wireless cell sites and invested approximately $4.7 million to enhance the Nationwide Sprint Network in Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island.

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom Conduct 100G R&D Field Trial

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom have completed a field trial of 100 Gbps optical transmission. Ericsson supplied its Marconi MHL 3000 WDM platform as part of the publicly funded 100GET R&D project. For the demonstration, an existing link with mixed 10G and 40G traffic with a 50 GHz channel spacing was used. A line rate of 112 Gbps was achieved using polarization multiplexed RZ-DQPSK and a fast polarization tracker over 600 km standard SMF. The link included multiple ROADMs and unequally distributed amplifiers.

Hans-Dieter Haag, member of CTO-organization within Deutsche Telekom's HQ said: "For today's and future transport networks, a flexible optical transport plane is an unquestioned necessity both regarding technical and commercial scaling. This leverages the value of our exiting fiber assets and helps us to cope with the bandwidth - revenue paradoxes. Further more, it is a key technology to support our efforts in corporate sustainability and power efficiency. Deutsche Telekom is actively contributing to the definition of various 100G standards. We are pleased to see the continuous scaling capabilities of already deployed equipment with mixed 10G & 40G traffic to be used even for the transmission of 100G channels."

Håkan Eriksson, Senior Vice President and CTO of Ericsson said: "100G transmission is at the cutting edge of optical technology and is expected to become a key requirement for many network operators in the coming years. It is an excellent fact that Ericsson is already now displaying our capabilities to demonstrate the technology and work closely with customers like Deutsche Telekom and standards bodies to refine the technology."

DT and Ericsson said they plan to continue with field trials throughout 2009 and further cooperate closely with customers to determine the best modulation formats to ensure that the products fit future requirements.