Thursday, November 17, 2011

LTE TDD Technology Experience Centre and Test Lab Planned for Kuala Lumpur

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) and ZTE are planning to open Southeast Asia's first 4G LTE TDD Technology Experience Centre and Test Lab in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The facility, which is also supported by China Mobile, will be established in early 2012 at P1's headquarters, also known as Packet Hub. Operators and vendors who want a taste of blazing wireless speeds of 120 Mbps and beyond will be welcome to utilize the facility.


The Centre will initially utilize P1's 2.6GHz spectrum for LTE TDD technology showcases and interoperability testing of the latest 4G devices. By the end of first half 2012, the network will also utilize P1's 2.3GHz spectrum.


"The impact of 4G technology on our lives will be phenomenal,�? said P1 CEO Michael Lai. “P1's customers utilize an average of 17.5GB of data per month, an increase of two-and-a-half times the amount of data utilization since our commercial launch in 2008. What's even more mind-boggling is that data utilization is growing by the day with the proliferation of high-definition screens and nifty handheld devices."http://www.p1.com.myhttp://www.zte.com.cn

USB Implementers Forum Releases Mobile Broadband Spec

The USB Implementer's Forum released a Mobile Broadband Interface Model (MBIM) 1.0 Specification for host and device connectivity for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. The specification supports multiple generations of GSM and CDMA-based 3G and 4G packet data services including the recent LTE technology.


MBIM 1.0 Specification Features:

  • Supports multiple IP connections per a single USB interface

  • Enables flexible, efficient and lower cost device implementations

  • Supports power-friendly implementations in diverse operating systems

  • Enables implementation of device-agnostic mobile broadband class drivers in diverse operating systems for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices

  • Replaces cumbersome control channel mechanisms, such as AT-commands

  • Minimizes overhead and improves data transfer efficiency by sending raw IP frames, eliminating the need for Ethernet headers.


“The USB-IF is excited to add the MBIM specification to its set of specifications,�? said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President & COO. “USB technology benefits the mobile device consumer, and the MBIM specification expands the capabilities that USB delivers to mobile device platforms.�?http://www.usb.org

Huawei Tests First CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Rev.B Phase II

Huawei and Bakrie Telecom, a leading CDMA operator in Indonesia, announced the world's first CDMA2000 1x EV-DO (Evolution Data Only) Rev.B (DORB) Phase II trial on an existing CDMA network.


The trial in Java, Indonesia helps Bakrie Telecom to improve spectrum efficiency by leveraging 64QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and multi-carrier technologies, boosting the network's average downlink peak data speed to 9.3Mbps with two carriers.
http://www.huawei.com

Swisscom Targets One Million FTTH Connections by 2015

Swisscom announced an expansion of its FTTH rollout in eastern Switzerland in Chu4, which will connect all households and businesses by 2016. Construction work gets underway in March 2012 in the district of Masans, followed by Loequartier and Wiesental. The project will see Swisscom connect all 20,000 households and businesses in Chur to the high-speed network of the future.


Swisscom started its expansion of the fibre-optic network to households and businesses in autumn 2008, kicking off in Basel, Geneva and Zurich. It is now rolling out fibre to the home (FTTH) in over 30 towns and cities. At the end of September 2011, 320,000 households and businesses throughout Switzerland were connected to the fibre-optic network. Swisscom aims to connect one million households by the end of 2015, which equates to around one third of the Swiss population. The company is investing around 2 billion Swiss francs to achieve this goal.
http://www.swisscom.com

Orange Extends MVNO Deal with Ortel Mobile

Orange announced a deal to host Ortel Mobile as a virtual mobile operator on its mobile network in France.


Ortel Mobile, which launched operations on the French MVNO market in early 2010, aims to maintain its position as market leader in the multicultural segment in France. Today Ortel Mobile is active as an MVNO in six European countries, and already uses the Orange network in Spain and Switzerland.


Orange said that by offering wholesale agreements to other operators it is both promoting competition and optimising the value of its network. Orange currently supports close to 3 million users from MVNO customers, representing around half of all French MVNOs. In total, MVNOs now represent 10% of the French mobile market.
http://www.orange.com

FCC Issues its "Connect America" Order Reforming USF

The Federal Communications Commission officially released its Connect America Fund order for reforming the outdated universal service and intercarrier compensations systems with the goal of expanding access to high-speed Internet and voice services nationwide.


The CAF—with an annual budget set at no more than $4.5 billion, the same as the current universal service funding level—is expected to help connect 7 million Americans to high-speed Internet and voice in rural America over the next six years. The FCC estimates this effort will generate approximately 500,000 jobs and $50 billion in economic growth over this period.


The Order also phases down antiquated, opaque, regulated charges for the exchange of voice traffic among carriers—known as intercarrier compensation—and transitions to a simplified, uniform “bill-and-keep�? framework, which removes hidden subsidies on consumers' bills, increases efficiency, and eliminates impediments to the deployment of modern networks. Intercarrier compensation reform will provide benefits to all Americans through improved service and lower costs.
http://www.fcc.gov

USB Implementers Forum Releases Mobile Broadband Spec

The USB Implementer's Forum released a Mobile Broadband Interface Model (MBIM) 1.0 Specification for host and device connectivity for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. The specification supports multiple generations of GSM and CDMA-based 3G and 4G packet data services including the recent LTE technology.


MBIM 1.0 Specification Features:

  • Supports multiple IP connections per a single USB interface

  • Enables flexible, efficient and lower cost device implementations

  • Supports power-friendly implementations in diverse operating systems

  • Enables implementation of device-agnostic mobile broadband class drivers in diverse operating systems for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices

  • Replaces cumbersome control channel mechanisms, such as AT-commands

  • Minimizes overhead and improves data transfer efficiency by sending raw IP frames, eliminating the need for Ethernet headers.


“The USB-IF is excited to add the MBIM specification to its set of specifications,�? said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President & COO. “USB technology benefits the mobile device consumer, and the MBIM specification expands the capabilities that USB delivers to mobile device platforms.�?http://www.usb.org

NTT Europe Expands its Global IP Network into Eastern Europe

NTT Communications has expanded the reach of its IP Network in Europe with new Points of Presence (PoP) locations in Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia. The new global IP network PoPs enable NTT Europe to better service ISPs and content networks with access to its high-capacity, reliable and efficient network.


NTT Europe directly connects telecommunications companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), content providers, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and enterprises to major markets around the world via NTT Communications' Tier-1 IP Backbone Network. The NTT Communications network provides high-volume data transport at a complete range of commercial-strength bandwidth options, utilizing the most advanced technologies to provide fast, efficient and accurate data transport. The network, which supports both IPv4 and IPv6, was one of the core networks for this June's World IPv6 Day trial. http://www.ntt.com

Frontline Introduces 802.11 a/b/g/n Protocol Analyzer

Frontline Test Equipment introduced an 802.11 a/b/g/n Protocol Analyzer a massive data buffer able to capture all packets flowing between devices. The company said this feature is a game changer for 802.11 engineers because it eliminates dropped or missing packet, incorrect timestamps, or troublesome Bluetooth coexistence issues. And it works with all 802.11 specifications including a, b, g, n, and supports Wi-Fi Direct.
http://www.fte.com

LTE TDD Technology Experience Centre and Test Lab Planned for Kuala Lumpur

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) and ZTE are planning to open Southeast Asia's first 4G LTE TDD Technology Experience Centre and Test Lab in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The facility, which is also supported by China Mobile, will be established in early 2012 at P1's headquarters, also known as Packet Hub. Operators and vendors who want a taste of blazing wireless speeds of 120 Mbps and beyond will be welcome to utilize the facility.


The Centre will initially utilize P1's 2.6GHz spectrum for LTE TDD technology showcases and interoperability testing of the latest 4G devices. By the end of first half 2012, the network will also utilize P1's 2.3GHz spectrum.


"The impact of 4G technology on our lives will be phenomenal,�? said P1 CEO Michael Lai. “P1's customers utilize an average of 17.5GB of data per month, an increase of two-and-a-half times the amount of data utilization since our commercial launch in 2008. What's even more mind-boggling is that data utilization is growing by the day with the proliferation of high-definition screens and nifty handheld devices."http://www.p1.com.myhttp://www.zte.com.cn

USB Implementers Forum Releases Mobile Broadband Spec

The USB Implementer's Forum released a Mobile Broadband Interface Model (MBIM) 1.0 Specification for host and device connectivity for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. The specification supports multiple generations of GSM and CDMA-based 3G and 4G packet data services including the recent LTE technology.


MBIM 1.0 Specification Features:

  • Supports multiple IP connections per a single USB interface

  • Enables flexible, efficient and lower cost device implementations

  • Supports power-friendly implementations in diverse operating systems

  • Enables implementation of device-agnostic mobile broadband class drivers in diverse operating systems for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices

  • Replaces cumbersome control channel mechanisms, such as AT-commands

  • Minimizes overhead and improves data transfer efficiency by sending raw IP frames, eliminating the need for Ethernet headers.


“The USB-IF is excited to add the MBIM specification to its set of specifications,�? said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President & COO. “USB technology benefits the mobile device consumer, and the MBIM specification expands the capabilities that USB delivers to mobile device platforms.�?http://www.usb.org

Huawei Tests First CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Rev.B Phase II

Huawei and Bakrie Telecom, a leading CDMA operator in Indonesia, announced the world's first CDMA2000 1x EV-DO (Evolution Data Only) Rev.B (DORB) Phase II trial on an existing CDMA network.


The trial in Java, Indonesia helps Bakrie Telecom to improve spectrum efficiency by leveraging 64QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and multi-carrier technologies, boosting the network's average downlink peak data speed to 9.3Mbps with two carriers.
http://www.huawei.com

Swisscom Targets One Million FTTH Connections by 2015

Swisscom announced an expansion of its FTTH rollout in eastern Switzerland in Chu4, which will connect all households and businesses by 2016. Construction work gets underway in March 2012 in the district of Masans, followed by Loequartier and Wiesental. The project will see Swisscom connect all 20,000 households and businesses in Chur to the high-speed network of the future.


Swisscom started its expansion of the fibre-optic network to households and businesses in autumn 2008, kicking off in Basel, Geneva and Zurich. It is now rolling out fibre to the home (FTTH) in over 30 towns and cities. At the end of September 2011, 320,000 households and businesses throughout Switzerland were connected to the fibre-optic network. Swisscom aims to connect one million households by the end of 2015, which equates to around one third of the Swiss population. The company is investing around 2 billion Swiss francs to achieve this goal.
http://www.swisscom.com

Orange Extends MVNO Deal with Ortel Mobile

Orange announced a deal to host Ortel Mobile as a virtual mobile operator on its mobile network in France.


Ortel Mobile, which launched operations on the French MVNO market in early 2010, aims to maintain its position as market leader in the multicultural segment in France. Today Ortel Mobile is active as an MVNO in six European countries, and already uses the Orange network in Spain and Switzerland.


Orange said that by offering wholesale agreements to other operators it is both promoting competition and optimising the value of its network. Orange currently supports close to 3 million users from MVNO customers, representing around half of all French MVNOs. In total, MVNOs now represent 10% of the French mobile market.
http://www.orange.com

FCC Issues its "Connect America" Order Reforming USF

The Federal Communications Commission officially released its Connect America Fund order for reforming the outdated universal service and intercarrier compensations systems with the goal of expanding access to high-speed Internet and voice services nationwide.


The CAF—with an annual budget set at no more than $4.5 billion, the same as the current universal service funding level—is expected to help connect 7 million Americans to high-speed Internet and voice in rural America over the next six years. The FCC estimates this effort will generate approximately 500,000 jobs and $50 billion in economic growth over this period.


The Order also phases down antiquated, opaque, regulated charges for the exchange of voice traffic among carriers—known as intercarrier compensation—and transitions to a simplified, uniform “bill-and-keep�? framework, which removes hidden subsidies on consumers' bills, increases efficiency, and eliminates impediments to the deployment of modern networks. Intercarrier compensation reform will provide benefits to all Americans through improved service and lower costs.
http://www.fcc.gov

USB Implementers Forum Releases Mobile Broadband Spec

The USB Implementer's Forum released a Mobile Broadband Interface Model (MBIM) 1.0 Specification for host and device connectivity for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. The specification supports multiple generations of GSM and CDMA-based 3G and 4G packet data services including the recent LTE technology.


MBIM 1.0 Specification Features:

  • Supports multiple IP connections per a single USB interface

  • Enables flexible, efficient and lower cost device implementations

  • Supports power-friendly implementations in diverse operating systems

  • Enables implementation of device-agnostic mobile broadband class drivers in diverse operating systems for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices

  • Replaces cumbersome control channel mechanisms, such as AT-commands

  • Minimizes overhead and improves data transfer efficiency by sending raw IP frames, eliminating the need for Ethernet headers.


“The USB-IF is excited to add the MBIM specification to its set of specifications,�? said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President & COO. “USB technology benefits the mobile device consumer, and the MBIM specification expands the capabilities that USB delivers to mobile device platforms.�?http://www.usb.org

NTT Europe Expands its Global IP Network into Eastern Europe

NTT Communications has expanded the reach of its IP Network in Europe with new Points of Presence (PoP) locations in Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia. The new global IP network PoPs enable NTT Europe to better service ISPs and content networks with access to its high-capacity, reliable and efficient network.


NTT Europe directly connects telecommunications companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), content providers, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and enterprises to major markets around the world via NTT Communications' Tier-1 IP Backbone Network. The NTT Communications network provides high-volume data transport at a complete range of commercial-strength bandwidth options, utilizing the most advanced technologies to provide fast, efficient and accurate data transport. The network, which supports both IPv4 and IPv6, was one of the core networks for this June's World IPv6 Day trial. http://www.ntt.com

Frontline Introduces 802.11 a/b/g/n Protocol Analyzer

Frontline Test Equipment introduced an 802.11 a/b/g/n Protocol Analyzer a massive data buffer able to capture all packets flowing between devices. The company said this feature is a game changer for 802.11 engineers because it eliminates dropped or missing packet, incorrect timestamps, or troublesome Bluetooth coexistence issues. And it works with all 802.11 specifications including a, b, g, n, and supports Wi-Fi Direct.
http://www.fte.com

U.S. House Intelligence Committee Investigates Huawei and ZTE

The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) has launched an investigation into Huawei and ZTE, citing "the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the United States."


U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, MI-08 and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the investigation will review the extent to which these companies provide the Chinese government an opportunity for greater foreign espionage, threaten our critical infrastructure, and further the opportunity for Chinese economic espionage. The committee will also review whether the United States government – including the collection resources of the intelligence community – are appropriately focused on discovering the full scope of the Chinese threat and developing mitigation measures to ensure the security of our nation's telecommunications networks. http://mikerogers.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=269471

  • Earlier this month, Huawei kicked off a new "Faster to the Future" branding campaign in the U.S. with high-profile, print advertisements in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Huawei said its campaign seeks to humanize its brand, "softening the edges of its image, and building positive awareness of Huawei as Visionary, Innovative, and Responsive" by appealing to key customers, partners, government officials/influencers, and business opinion leaders.

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