Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Beijing Mobile Selects Nokia Siemens Networks' TD-SCDMA Radio and Core

Beijing Mobile Communications has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' TD-SCDMA radio and core network platforms, alongside its planning and implementations services, to upgrade its 3G coverage and support migration to the time division variant of Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE). As part of the new deployment, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Beijing Mobile TD-SCDMA base stations and create a common circuit and packet core network that ensures inter-working between 2G and 3G. Moreover, the company's future-proof TD-SCDMA solution will enable Beijing Mobile for smooth future LTE evolution.

"This is a breakthrough deal for us, as it marks our entry into Beijing Mobile's 3G business," added Ding Weiqing, head of the China Mobile business team at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Alcatel-Lucent and LGE Completed Data Call Handoff Between LTE and CDMA

Alcatel-Lucent and LG Electronics (LGE) completed a handoff of an end-to-end data call between LTE and CDMA mobile networks.

The live, over-the-air handover involved an uninterrupted streaming video session conducted during test drives in the New York metropolitan area over Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end commercial LTE and CDMA/EV-DO infrastructure using an LG Electronics CDMA/LTE dual mode device.

"This is a key milestone that demonstrates Alcatel-Lucent's readiness to deliver LTE to CDMA operators," said Ken Wirth, president, 4G/LTE Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.

For the tests, Alcatel-Lucent employed its end-to-end LTE solution, which is comprised of base stations (eNodeBs), Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), IP backhaul solutions and associated management systems. The tests also demonstrated a feature on CDMA/EV-DO networks called Evolved High Rate Packet Data (eHRPD), which serves as an interface to manage the seamless handover of data services between the two network types. In 2009, Alcatel-Lucent's eHRPD offering received the CDMA Development Group (CDG) Network Technology Innovation award for its leadership role in the development of the eHRPD standard and its successful introduction into service provider networks.

This test initiative also leveraged professional services expertise including project management and planning, as well as installation, commissioning, integration and test plan execution services.

LG's M13 CDMA/LTE device incorporated for testing was created with commercial grade components and will form the basis for a consumer device which is expected to be available in 2010. The M13 also achieved recognition from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and fully supports both CDMA EV-DO and LTE.

Alcatel-Lucent said these successful tests are part of its ongoing effort to ensure that the LTE networks of service providers such as Verizon Wireless interact smoothly and seamlessly with existing 2G and 3G CDMA networks in order for the user to experience uninterrupted service.

UK Plans £1 Billion Investment in Rural Broadband

The governement of the UK will invest £1 billion in a Next Generation Fund to bring broadband to rural areas. Specifically, the objectives of the Next Generation Fund are:

  • To support Digital Britain's aim to roll out next generation networks to at least 90% of the UK by 2017;

  • To support economic growth by incentivising market investment in communications infrastructure to meet the needs of businesses and households;

  • To maximise links with the Government's Universal Service Commitment -- a parallel broadband investment programme to ensure every community has access to 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012.

Government is now consulting on the most effective way to deploy the investment and will soon appoint a procurement team to oversee the delivery and management of Next Generation Access.

"This investment is about bringing the future of broadband to areas of the country that would otherwise miss out. We cannot underestimate the opportunities this will bring for homes and businesses which is why we are taking action to make sure everyone benefits. Already the market is delivering superfast internet speeds of 50Mbps to half the country but we cannot be certain that it will reach the communities that are not currently served, which is why we are putting in an extra £1billion to support the market," stated Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson.http://

NVIDIA, Verizon Wireless Demo HD Internet Tablet

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NVIDIA and the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center are demonstrating a full 1080p HD touchscreen tablet.
The demonstration uses an NVIDIA Tegra-powered Ultra tablet, designed by Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) utilizing the ultra-broad bandwidth of a Motorola 4G wireless modem, operating over a pre-commercial Verizon Wireless LTE network.

NVIDIA said its Tegra mobile processors are able to stream uncompromised, full HD video, such as streaming YouTube HD, for hours on a single charge.

"Verizon Wireless' planned LTE network will deliver what consumers demand - bandwidth for a full HD web experience. This coupled with our Tegra processor will deliver amazing streaming content, all on the go," stated Brian Higgins, Executive Director, LTE Ecosystem Development at Verizon Wireless.

DragonWave Reports Quarterly Revenue of $55.8 Million

DragonWave reported revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, ended November 30, 2009, of $55.8 million, compared with $10.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Revenue from customers within North America increased to $52.7 million, compared with $6.4 million in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Net income doubled to $12.6 million or $0.37 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $6.3 million or $0.21 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2010 (Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are reported in Canadian dollars). Gross margin for the third quarter increased to 43%, from 42% in the prior quarter of fiscal 2010, while operating margin increased to 23%, from 18% in the prior quarter.

"DragonWave delivered solid results again this quarter," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. "The Company continues to scale the business to meet expanding worldwide demand for our market-leading packet microwave solutions."

FCC Seeks One Month Delay in National Broadband Plan

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has asked the U.S. Congress to extend the deadline by one month for it to present a National Broadband Plan. Genachowski said more time was needed to gather input from key stakeholders and to more fully brief Commissioners and House and Senate Committees on aspects of the plan. Genachowski requested a final plan submission date of March 17, 2010.
  • In December 2009, the FCC published an interim National Broadband Plan report focused on policy recommendations in ten key areas: Universal Service, infrastructure access, spectrum, Tribal lands, set-top boxes, consumer information, media, adoption of broadband, accessibility for people with disabilities, and public safety. Other areas that are to be addressed by the plan, including education, energy, health care, civic participation and others, will be addressed further in January. The report included a framework of issues to be addressed.

Intel Adds "My WiFi" Hotspot Capabilities

At CES, Intel introduced its 2010 family of Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel 5 Series Chipsets, and Intel Centrino Wi-Fi and WiMAX adapters that include new Intel My WiFi capabilities.

Intel My WiFi enables up to eight personal Wi-Fi certified devices, such as other laptops, smartphones, cameras or picture frames, to be directly connected to your laptop, while the laptop is simultaneously connected to the Internet.

Previously, with Wi-Fi ad hoc mode, you need to disconnect from the Internet to connect to a single Wi-Fi device. Intel My WiFi technology stays connected to the Internet and can run up to eight additional consumer electronics device connections.

The technology works with Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Motorola Acquire SecureM for Software-based DRM

Motorola agreed to acquire the assets of SecureM, a developer of software-based digital rights management (DRM) and security systems for IP video distribution and management. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

SecureMedia develops and markets software systems for securing the distribution of digital entertainment over multiple platforms to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, wireless handsets, PCs and portable entertainment devices.

SecureMedia's Encryptonite ONE system supplies proven end-to-end security for content in managed IP, mobile, over-the-top (OTT) and hybrid environments. SecureMedia also provides consulting services including installation, training, integration and support.

Motorola said the acquisition enhances its content security product portfolio, enabling it to offer both stand-alone and integrated software security solutions to IP video customers.

SecureMedia is based in Natick, MA, with its core development team in Auckland, New Zealand. The company will now become part of Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility business.

Sprint Debuts 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Sprint has begun marketing Sierra Wireless' "Overdrive" 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot that lets up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices to share one 3G/4G connection. The unit supports WiMAX peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps and peak upload speeds of 4 Mbps. Average download speeds are in the range of 3-6 Mbps. 3G peak data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) are up to 3.1 Mbps down and 1.8 Mbps up, and average download speeds of 600 kbps - 1.4 Mbps.

Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot also includes built-in GPS capability (on 3G), MicroSD slot for up to 16 GB memory cards creating shared storage with up to five connected devices, and an extended Wi-Fi range of up to 150 feet.

The device will go on sale on January 10 for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement.

The silicon inside is the Beceem 250 (WiMax) & MC5728 (CDMA module with QSC6085).