Thursday, October 14, 2010

ATIS Develops LTE Mobile Alert System

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) has completed a standard (ATIS-0700010) which enables the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) to be broadcast over LTE networks. When fully implemented, this will allow LTE-enabled devices to receive CMAS alerts during emergencies or natural disasters.

ATIS, which has led CMAS standards development, said the new LTE spec will benefit end users by allowing wider proliferation of CMAS' 90 character text message emergency alerts and warnings of imminent threats to life and property, Amber Alerts, and Presidential emergency messages. This standard also complements and coexists with other ATIS CMAS standards, such as those jointly developed between ATIS and TIA.

"This Commercial Mobile Alert System work builds upon ATIS' previously developed standards, and will eventually provide a vital service to hundreds of millions of wireless users," said Susan Miller, ATIS' President and CEO. "It ensures that as next-generation networks -- such as LTE -- are deployed, wireless users will continue to receive critical public-safety communications."

Huawei Shows Intelligent Optical Distribution Network

Huawei previewed an Intelligent Optical Distribution Network (iODN) prototype that aims to help network operators automatically locate and operate target optical fibers in large scale FTTH rollouts. The problem arises because the number of optical fibers being used in FTTH projects growing exponentially. This leads to a high error rate when optical fiber connection data is entered manually. There are also problems that occur when optical fibers are manually connected or optical faults are manually identified and located.

Huawei said its iODN prototype is able to address these challenges through intelligent optical fiber management, including setup and management of optical fiber connections. It automates the identification and the collection of optical fiber connections and splitters, ensures that optical faults are correctly located, improves maintenance efficiency, and simplifies and enhances operation and maintenance efficiency.

"FTTx networks are now being deployed on a massive scale all over the globe and ODN is garnering more and more attention from operators worldwide. This new prototype, along with our expertise in end-to-end ODN delivery, including planning and engineering, will pave the way for massive fiber to the home rollouts," said Wang Dexiang, Director of Huawei's ODN Service Department.

Motorola and Nokia Sign 4G Licensing Agreement

Motorola and Nokia have extended their existing intellectual property licensing agreement to include 4G cellular technologies, including LTE, WiMAX and LTE-Advanced. The deal extends to Nokia Siemens Networks as well. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.