Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Orange First Out with Intel-powered Smartphone

Orange plans to market an Android smartphone powered by Intel's Atom Z2460 processor. The first model will run on the carrier's HSPA+ network and should hit the market by mid-year under the Orange label. The initial model will run Android's Gingerbread platform with a planned upgrade to Android's Ice Cream Sandwich platform shortly thereafter. Another feature, the phone boasts a camera that can take 10 pictures in under a second with 8-megapixel quality.http://live.orange.com/http://download.intel.com/newsroom/kits/ces/2012/pdfs/AtomprocessorZ2460.pdf

ZTE Shows First TD-LTE + Wi-Fi Pico Base Station

ZTE unveiled a TD-LTE multi-mode Pico base station. The multi-mode design supports LTE and WiFi simultaneously. Operators can configure the Pico to work in Wi-Fi mode initially, and as their LTE rollout gets underway, TD-LTE/WiFi dual-mode can then be enabled. In addition, the Pico can work in CPE mode and use TD-LTE as wireless backhaul while simultaneously working as a WiFi access point. The relay-assisted product also enables operators that lack wireline backhaul resources to efficiently develop their advanced heterogeneous LTE networks.

Symmetricom Shows LTE Synchronization over IPv6

Symmetricom has completed testing showing IPv6 interoperability between network elements, LTE eNodeBs and synchronization master clocks. The testing was performed between Symmetricom's grandmaster clock connected to Alcatel-Lucent's switches, routers, and LTE basestations.

Symmetricom already provides IPv6-enabled 1588 grandmasters and a next generation network (NGN) ready platform that can adapt to any network topology.

"IPv6 is a key initiative for many operators in 2012 and the transition will require solutions and technologies that are interoperable," said Fred Davant, LTE and Light Radio senior product manager, Alcatel-Lucent. "We're proud to have conducted these industry-first tests with Symmetricom because this demonstrates to our customers that we are able to support their IPv6 initiatives over their LTE networks."http://www.symmetricom.com/syncworld

Telefónica Deploys 2.6 GHz LTE at MWC with ALU's LightRadio

On the eve of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Telefónica activated an LTE network using the 2.6Ghz frequency band and small cell architecture. Download performance is rated at 100 Mbps with uploads ranging between 40-60Mbps. Telefónica said each cell in its LTE network can comfortably support 30 people browsing simultaneously with average speed of 30Mbps. Telefónica also expects to see vastly improved indoor coverage and can increase capacity by up to 400 per cent in high density data-traffic areas.

In a press conference with partners Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung, Enrique Blanco, Telefónica's Chief Technology Officer stated 'Today the future of mobile networks begins. The deployment of LTE that Telefónica has brought to the MWC, together with Alcatel -Lucent, gives us a glimpse of a tomorrow where everyone and everything is seamlessly connected, and in superfast time. But the challenge ahead is to ensure that all the technologies currently being deployed – 2G, 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi and Fiber – can co-exist to deliver next generation communications. Telefónica's strategy is to develop intelligent networks that allow these different technologies to co-exist efficiently and cover customers' growing connectivity needs in markets that are at different stages of development."

Telefónica's network is using Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio technology, allowing conventional radio base stations co-exist with 4G metro cells (small base stations incorporating antennas and radio) working on the same frequency and with no interference. As a strong supporter for Telefonica's LTE service initiative, Samsung is also presenting the first LTE smart mobile devices for band 7 (2.6Ghz), GALAXY S II LTE smartphone and GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE tablet, which can be used on this new high-capacity network.

Wim Sweldens, President of Alcatel-Lucent's Wireless Division said: 'This close collaboration with Telefónica through our co-creation programme is a clear articulation of the future of mobile broadband – rather than merely evolving their current architecture, which was designed for voice and messaging, Telefónica is making fast progress toward building a mobile broadband network designed with the future in mind. The wireless network of the future needs to be lighter, greener and closer to customers and deliver much higher capacity - that is what lightRadio is all about'.

Japanese Players Target Multi-Mode Wireless Modem Chip

NTT DOCOMO, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Fujitsu are joining forces to develop the software and hardware intellectual property for a single large-scale integration (LSI) chip that will enable small, energy-efficient modems to support the GSM, W-CDMA, HSPA+ and LTE mobile standards.

The first prototype chips has already been taped out and tested.

All mobile broadband standards supported by the chip meet 3GPP specifications. The LTE standard supports FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) mode adopted by DOCOMO and TDD (Time Division Duplexing) mode expected to be adopted for LTE networks in China and other markets, which will help to further the development of advanced mobile devices by manufacturers worldwide.

The four partners, in addition to other major players in the mobile technology field, working through a joint venture currently being planned, aim to commercialize the chip in Japan and other countries as quickly as possible. A follow-up chip supporting LTE-Advanced is also being planned. http://www.nec.co.jp

NEC Launches LTE Femtos

NEC launched two new indoor LTE Femtocell base stations designed for offices and homes.

NEC's RAN-GW (radio access network gateway) system connect to a telecom carrier's core network through an indoor broadband connection, while the connections between the base stations and terminals occur over LTE. The base stations feature plug-and-play functionality that configures the device simply by connecting it to the broadband line, without the need for any initial settings. The stations automatically control radio wave interference, which ensures high-quality communications and enables users to build high-speed, high-volume communications environments indoors, even when installed amid different networks, such as outdoor LTE base stations. The base stations will be available in the second quarter of 2012.

"NEC has an extensive track record in the Femtocell market, having made agreements with 18 telecom carriers around the world to deliver comprehensive Femtocell systems that include femto gateways, base stations and 39 trials," said Tadatoshi Fujiwara, senior vice president at NEC Europe. "NEC plays a central role as a board member of the Small Cell Forum, a gathering of Femtocell-related telecom carriers and vendors, and for three years running has received awards from the Forum in recognition of its efforts in the field."http://www.nec.co.jp

Navy's MUOS Satellite Successfully Launched

The first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, which will provide simultaneous voice, video and data communications to U.S. military combatants, was successfully launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

The first satellite in the MUOS constellation was built by Lockheed Martin. MUOS satellites feature a wideband code division multiple access payload that incorporates advanced technology to provide a 16-fold increase in transmission throughput over the current UFO satellite system. A single MUOS satellite will provide four times the capacity of the entire legacy UFO constellation of 10 satellites. The satellites also include a hosted legacy UHF payload that will be fully compatible with the current UFO system and legacy terminals.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, which is the MUOS prime contractor and system integrator, said the first MUOS satellite and associated ground system will provide initial on-orbit capability this year with the four-satellite global constellation achieving full operational capability in 2015, extending UHF narrowband communications availability well past 2025.

"MUOS is a revolutionary new satellite system that will provide unprecedented new communications capabilities for the armed forces," said Kevin Bilger, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of Global Communications Systems. "We look forward to executing a smooth and efficient on-orbit checkout, paving the way for operational use."http://

MWC12: Barcelona Transit Strike Averted

Pubic transit workers in Barcelona voted not to strike, averting potentially chaotic transportation issues at this week's Mobile World Congress. The metro system is now expected to run as normal throughout the week.

MWC12: Carriers Showcase Connected Living

At the Mobile World Congress 2012, the GSMA is hosting a Connected House with the participation of AT&T, KT and Vodafone and their partners – Accenture, Airbiquity, AQ Corporation, Ericsson, Intel, KTH, Qualcomm, Rsupport, Sony and Zelitron.

Embedded SIM is be featured in a number of the demonstrations.

AT&T is showcasing its Blue Libris Personal Emergency Response System, a health monitor for seniors, patients and children. AT&T will also be featuring its "Digital Life", a wholesale IP-based remote monitoring and automation platform that will equip global service providers with the capabilities to offer their subscribers customisable, web-based home automation, energy and security services. The platform will enable providers to offer devices like wireless sensors and cameras that will communicate with a control center inside the home, managed through a web based user interface.

KT is introducing a "Kibot" robot that teaches children to read, sing and speak in different languages. This robot terminal provides customized 'Smart Home' services for infants and elementary school students, assuring safety through learning, play, and home monitoring.

Vodafone is highlighting a Tracking and Monitoring Service to help companies monitor and manage stock levels while preventing the theft of valuable assets such as refrigerators. The live demo shows how companies can check the location in real time of an ice cream cooler – and monitor whether it has been moved or stolen.

LSI Builds Mobile Platform Ecosystem

LSI noted progress in building out an ecosystem of partners for its Axxia platform, which aims to accelerate time to market and lower software investment for mobile equipment manufacturers. One target of the LSI ecosystem is 4G wireless base stations.

LSI is working with the lead partner in the Axxia mobile ecosystem, Radisys, to integrate and optimize its Trillium 3G and 4G wireless protocol software for the LSI Axxia platform.

"We established the LSI networking ecosystem several years ago in anticipation of service providers' need for robust, combined solutions as they race to deploy 4G wireless infrastructure solutions," said Noy Kucuk, vice president of marketing, Networking Components Division, LSI. "The mobile ecosystem provides a suite of tools and solutions that work together to speed time to market and deliver the performance and power benefits of the Axxia family."http://www.lsi.com

Google to Sell Clearwire Stake for 94% Loss

Google disclosed its intention to sell its 6.5% stake in Clearwire. In an SEC filing, the company looks to get $47 million for its stake, which would equate to a 91% loss of the $500 million it invested in Clearwire.

Cisco Delivers Ultra Long-Haul Coherent 100G DWDM Platform

Cisco has demonstrated the ability to extend coherent 100G DWDM over distances of up to 3,000 km without the need for expensive Raman optical amplifiers or regeneration. The performance was independently validated by EANTC. Cisco said this distance is 50 percent further than any non-Raman alternative solution on the market today.

Significantly, Cisco said its ONS 15454 MSTP Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) also provides a roadmap up to 400 Gbps and up to one Tbps rates using the same advanced signal processing technology acquired in 2010 from Cisco’s acquisition of CoreOptics. Currently, the 100G Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) can support 42 100G wavelengths in a single bay.

China Education and Research Network Picks Huawei for 100G DWDM

The China Education and Research Network (CERNET) has selected Huawei as the supplier of the 100G WDM network for its Project 211 (phase 3). This phase of Project will cover the entire country with 100G network links, making CERNET the world's largest nationwide academic internet in terms of geographic coverage. Financial terms were not disclosed.

With Huawei’s coherent WDM technology and OTN equipment, the 100G network will cover metropolitan areas, such as Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Chongqing. DWDM will carry up to 8 Tbps over a single fiber, offer a transmission distance of 11,400 km with 913km biggest single span without REG (Regenerator).

"Huawei's deployment of the ultra-long-haul network for CERNET is a significant milestone in 100G’s commercialization," said Mr. Cai Changtian, president of Transport Network Product Line, Huawei. "Huawei will continue to make strong contributions to the optical communication industry with consistent innovation and efforts in the optical domain."

Huawei noted that it has deployed over 40 trial and 15 commercial 100G networks to date.

Novatel Posts Revenue of $109.8 million

Novatel Wireless reported preliminary revenue for Q4 2011 of $109.8 million, down from 119.3 million in Q4 2010 and down from $113.3 million in Q3 2011. Fourth quarter revenue was within the company's guidance range of $105 to $120 million. GAAP net loss was $3.4 million for the quarter and gross margin was 23.4 percent of revenue on a GAAP basis.

"For the 2011 full year, we achieved revenue growth of 19 percent," said Peter Leparulo, Chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless. "And after a disappointing first quarter due to delayed product launches, we generated three consecutive quarters of improvements, on a non-GAAP basis, in gross margins, net income, and adjusted EBITDA. Over these last three quarters, we generated adjusted EBITDA of $10.2 million, ending the year with cash and marketable securities of $88.8 million and no debt. We continue to see strong market demand for our family of MiFi® intelligent mobile hotspots."http://www.nvtl.com

ZTE Announces Sourcing Deals with Qualcomm and Broadcom

ZTE announced deals with Qualcomm and Broadcom to source application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for use in its networking gear. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZTE plans to maintain its relationship with Qualcomm, a supplier of more than ten years, to provide device processor components as ZTE drives LTE adoption in 2012 and beyond. Qualcomm will continue to provide chipset solutions for ZTE wireless devices available in markets around the world.

Additionally, Broadcom and ZTE are engaged through 2012. Broadcom will provide networking processor solutions for ZTE Bearer network, Ethernet and XDSL products, which will be used as ZTE expands its infrastructure presence worldwide. http://www.zte.com.cn

NSN Unveils Compact Macro Base Station

Nokia Siemens Networks unveiled a new Flexi Compact Base Station -- the industry's smallest macro base station for 3-sector sites. The new unit weighs 25kg and combines baseband, radio and integrated transport in the single enclosure. The product is designed for rapid deployment because it requires minimum site infrastructure. Commercial release is planned for mid-year 2012.

Output power is rated at 3x60 watts. The Flexi Compact Base Station is a multi-radio product based on multicarrier power amplifier technology (MCPA). Nokia Siemens Networks' 6-pipes Flexi Multiradio Radio Frequency (RF) module 6Tx , which will be commercially available early 2013, will enable high capacity multi-radio sites for LTE rollouts, and is ready for evolution to LTE-Advanced.

The company believes its new Flexi Compact Base Station will allow operators to modernize their GSM networks at the lowest total cost of ownership. The company has also launched a 6-pipes radio module**, the latest addition to its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station family, which enables highly compact andhttp://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Nokia Siemens Networks Sees Big 2G/3G/4G Gains

Nokia Siemens Networks announced that the latest release of its Liquid Radio GSM software suite can significantly increase 2G efficiency, and can double 3G and 4G data rates. The company says operators re-farming GSM frequency to support 3G and 4G rollouts can free up to 30% of their spectrum, reduce total cost of ownership by 20% and potentially double their average 3G and 4G data speeds. GSM only network operators can potentially quadruple their capacity while lowering energy costs by 14%.

NSN's Liquid Radio GSM software suite comprises five features that compress the GSM traffic and reduce the number of traffic channels to transmit the same amount of voice and data: Orthogonal Sub Channel (OSC), Smart Resource Adaptation (SRA), Precise Paging (PP), Dynamic Frequency and Channel Allocation (DFCA).

In addition, the company is introducing a Flexible MCPA (Multi Carrier Power Amplifier) Tx power pooling feature that effectively enables dynamic, rather than static sharing of radio resources of GSM carriers, allocating the resources precisely and exactly where the usage is. This reduces the output power needed for GSM, and the company calculates that in case of refarming, this frees more capacity for 3G or 4G, enabling up to double the average 3G or 4G throughput.

Nokia Siemens Networks notes that it currently has 23 references for its professional re-farming services.

“Our multiradio equipment helps operators manage the unpredictable fluctuations in network coverage and capacity demands as mobile broadband users switch across applications and devices on-the-move,�? said Thorsten Robrecht, head of Network Systems product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. “With the new software suite, operators can make their network fluid, further optimize their Flexi Multiradio Base Station radio equipment, improve network efficiency and get more out of their spectrum. Moreover, with re-farming, rollout of mobile broadband services is easier, more cost efficient, and this can potentially help increase revenues.�?http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Ericsson: Mobile Penetration at 60% of Global Population

Global mobile penetration reached 85 percent in Q4 2011 and mobile subscriptions now total
around 6 billion, according to an "Interim Update: Traffic and Market Data Report" released by Ericsson ahead of Mobile World Congress. Because many people now own multiple mobile phones, Ericsson estimates that real number of people with mobile phones is closer to 4.1 billion, or roughly 60 percent of the world’s population. Significantly, mobile penetration has reached 73% in China and 71% in India, compared to 129% in Western Europe and 93% in North America.

Some other key data points:

Approximately 30 percent of all handsets sold in 2011 were smartphones, compared to around 20 percent
for the full year 2010.

Mobile data traffic was double that for voice in Q4 2011 on a global basis.

Data traffic grew by 18% between Q2 and Q3 2011.

Ericsson Links LTE main and Remote Radio Units by Microwave

Ericsson has demonstrated the ability to link LTE main and remote radio units using microwave connections with 2.5 Gbps of capacity. Typically, fiber is used to connect main and remote radio units (RRUs), however Ericsson believes microwave radios may be more practical in some circumstances, including small cells and heterogeneous networks (hetnet).

In the tests, conducted at the Ericsson premises in China, the microwave connection between the main unit and the remote unit was provided by a MINI-LINK PT, working in the E-band (70-80GHz). The microwave link provided capacity of 2.5Gbps, which is sufficient for a wireless main-remote system in compliance with Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) standards. This is one example of new applications with high-capacity packet microwave products.

Ericsson Boosts HSPA Uplink Capacity by 3X

Ericsson has demonstrated a technique to boost HSPA over-the-air uplink throughput for simultaneously active devices in a cell from around 4Mbps to more than 12Mbps. The demonstrated capacity used a 5 MHz WCDMA carrier and did not require upgrades to the HSPA client devices.

Ericsson said the gains are made possible by its commercially available receiver technology, Ericsson Interference Suppression, with 4-antenna radio base stations. The Interference Suppression base station receiver technology for WCDMA/HSPA leverages advanced software algorithms in the base station that greatly reduce the negative effects of uplink interference in the network. The gains were further enhanced by the use of base stations configured with four antennas per cell. This combination delivers a leap in end user experience and uplink capacity.

"We have proven that Ericsson's unique Interference Suppression is a giant leap forward and it will be the new reference for WCDMA uplink performance for years to come. This can even be further enhanced by combining it with multi-receive antenna technologies. Because these technologies work with existing devices, operators that implement them will instantly benefit from the attractive gain," stated Nils Viklund, Director WCDMA RAN at Ericsson.

Juniper Acquire Mykonos for Intrusion Deception System

Juniper Networks has acquired Mykonos Software, which supplies an Intrusion Deception System for protecting websites and web applications, for approximately $80 million in cash.

The Mykonos intrusion deception system, which uses deceptive tar traps, is capable of detecting an attacker before an attack is in progress, catching an attack in progress, profiling the attack, learning the attacker's behavior, and then use that behavior to thwart future attacks. The company said that unlike current solutions such as web security appliances and Web Application Firewalls (WAFs), its system provides device level tracking beyond IP address tracking that allows for attackers to be uniquely identified, monitored and blocked.

Mykonos is based in San Francisco. The company was founded in 2009 by David Koretz.

Juniper said the acquisition extends its security footprint to bring next-generation, deception-based web application security to physical, virtual and cloud environments.