Thursday, March 1, 2012

UK Broadband Activates LTE TDD 3.5GHz in London with Huawei

UK Broadband switched on its first 4G LTE system in London using TD-LTE technology in the 3.5GHz band.

UKB will operate a wholesale model, working with partners to offer commercial services from May 2012 to businesses, consumers and the public sector. The network will initially cover the Southbank and Borough areas of Southwark.

The network will use UKB’s 124MHz of spectrum in LTE bands 42 and 43 (3.5GHz and 3.6GHz). This allows the deployment of 6 x 20MHz wide channels that will enable UKB to deliver LTE Advanced speeds and enough capacity across the network to deliver Next Generation Access superfast broadband speeds to a large number of users simultaneously.

The first devices, jointly developed by UKB and Huawei, include indoor and outdoor units for high-speed wireless broadband to homes and businesses within the coverage area. Multi-mode mobile devices supporting TD-LTE, FD-LTE and 3G will be available from September 2012.

Huawei noted that this is the first LTE TDD 3.5GHz deployment in the world and the first commercial LTE TDD deployment in the UK.

UK Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of PCCW Limited, the holding company of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider.

TELUS Announces $3 Billion Investments in B.C.

TELUS announced plans to invest C$3 billion in advanced technology and state-of-the-art facilities over the next three years in British Columbia. The money will be spent to expand TELUS’ advanced wireless and wireline broadband networks across the province and the construction of TELUS Garden, a LEED platinum office and residential development in downtown Vancouver .This includes the expansion of the new 4G LTE wireless network from Vancouver to more than four million British Columbians in 20 communities this year alone – close to 90 per cent of the province’s population.

“The economic backbone of our province relies on investment and innovation. TELUS’ $3 billion investment over the next three years will support significant economic and community development in every region of British Columbia,�? said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “We will continue to expand wireline broadband access to rural and remote communities and deliver the world’s fastest wireless technology to almost 90 per cent of British Columbians by the end of this year. We are building the communications technology and infrastructure that will help B.C. companies compete on the world stage, create local employment opportunities, and advance healthcare and education across the province.�?

Hi3G Chooses ZTE for LTE in Sweden

Hi3G has selected ZTE to deliver the next stage of its LTE infrastructure rollout in Sweden.

ZTE has delivered and installed the first stage of the network since it was first announced in March 2011. In this phase , ZTE will deliver the SDR-based infrastructure equipment to upgrade the operator's 3G network in Sweden.

The Hi3G network delivers a mix of FDD-LTE 800MHz and UMTS 900MHz services across southern Sweden, with TDD-LTE spectrum also being used in high demand areas including the major cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo.

J├Ârgen Askeroth, CTO of Hi3G, commented: “TDD-LTE gives us great capability to provide the best possible network capacity where demand is high, but we also have FDD-LTE because we believe that not all devices will support TDD in the future, and of course we have to support all users."

ZTE noted that its has worked on more than 30 commercial LTE projects with over 100 operators around the globe, including high-end markets including Spain, the United States and Hong Kong, with established operators such as Telenor, CSL (in the Telstra Group), Etisalat, SingTel, Commnet Wireless/NTUA and China Mobile.

Verizon Keeps Dividend Steady at 50 Cents

The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications declared a quarterly dividend of 50 cents per outstanding share, unchanged from the previous quarter.

Verizon Launches New Telematics Practice

Verizon has launched a new practice focused on developing telematics solutions and hired industry-veteran Martin Thall to lead the effort. Thall previously was chief executive officer and founder of Vehicle ICT Corp., a management consulting company.

The new Telematics practice will leverage the company's wireless, cloud and mobility platforms to develop and deploy integrated telematics solutions for key industries including automotive and transportation.

While Verizon currently offers a wide range of machine-to-machine solutions, the new practice will leverage the full breadth of the company's technology platforms to address the rapidly growing demand for telematics applications.

"Telematics services have been growing rapidly for the past decade," said Thall. "The always-connected consumer lifestyle, advancements in vehicle technology and increasing commercial fleet management requirements have set the stage for even steeper growth. Verizon has been a significant technology and network provider in OEM telematics for 15 years. Our 4G LTE and cloud analytics capabilities provide the core components upon which superior telematics solutions are and will be built."

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Router Market Down 7% in Q4

The Service Provider Router market experienced its first year-over-year decline in two years as sales declined 7% to $2.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group.

Geographically, Dell'Oro noted weaker sales in the North America and Europe, offset by rising demand in Asia and Latin America,

The top five Service Provider Router vendors for 4Q11, in ranking order were Cisco, Juniper, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and Ericsson.

"From the beginning of 2010 through mid-2011, router sales grew more than 20% each quarter, but started to decelerate last summer," said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "We think this is a temporary lull that will carry into the middle of this year, and we expect the market growth to accelerate in the second half of the year," added Umeda.

Saudi Arabia's Mobily Picks Huawei's Service Delivery Platform

Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) will be the first network operator in the Middle East to commercially deploy Huawei's next generation Service Delivery Platform (SDP). Mobily is also currently deploying Huawei's LTE solution in cities and towns across KSA.

The SDP enables Mobily to more rapidly implement new multimedia services in collaboration with content publishers, service providers and all other players on the value chain. The platform also allows Mobily to do things like setting up their own app store, integrating with OTT content providers, and developing cloud-oriented services-all part of opening the door to more diverse revenue streams and a healthy business ecosystem.

IPtronics Announces 4x25 Gbps

IPtronics announced a 4x25 Gbps chipset -- the first in a set of dedicated devices the company plans to offer for low power, high volume parallel optical interconnects primarily focused at computer communications.

IPtronics is seeking to revolutionize the interconnect landscape by focusing on system challenges in addition to packaging constraints. The company said recent developments in VCSEL, photo diode, connector and packaging technologies, combined with the availability of driver and receiver IC’s, underline that parallel optical interconnects at 25 Gbps is not only within reach, but becoming a reality this year.

IPtronics expect its VCSEL based approach will be the technology of choice for short reach parallel optical interconnects at 25G due to cost and flexibility advantages.