Friday, July 6, 2012

EchoStar XVII Satellite Successfully Launched

 EchoStar XVII, which is one of the highest capacity satellites ever built, was successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

EchoStar XVII is an all Ka-band, broadband satellite designed to provide well in excess of 100 Gbps capacity to HughesNet across North America. Its multi-spot beam architecture will expand coverage and focus capacity on the areas with the highest traffic demand. It uses the Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform and is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.

Extensive tests will be completed after the spacecraft is maneuvered into a circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator at 107.1 degrees West longitude. Hughes expects to begin commercial operations this Fall.

"The addition of EchoStar XVII to our existing satellite capacity, ground network, and services takes satellite Internet to the next dimension," said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. "Our HughesNet Gen4 customers will be able to enjoy a media-rich world like never before. We congratulate the Arianespace and Space Systems/Loral teams on a flawless launch."

Huawei Opens TD-LTE Interoperability Labs

Huawei has established open TD-LTE IOT (Interoperability Testing) labs in Xi'an and Shenzhen to enhance collaboration with chipset, device and application partners. The open IOT labs will focus on LTE solutions for voice, multi-mode roaming and multi-mode smartphones in collaboration with industry partners to promote the maturity and commercialization of the TD-LTE industry.

The IOT lab in Xi'an is capable of conducting interoperability testing between chipsets and network systems, devices and network systems. It can also perform tests between multiple systems, including GSM/WCDMA/CDMA/TD-SCDMA/LTE TDD/FDD and using mainstream TD-LTE bands (1.9, 2.3, 2.6 and 3.5GHz). The lab's device test environment can support tests on devices from five different manufacturers simultaneously.

The Shenzhen IOT lab focuses end-to-end authentication and verifying network performance with different technologies, applications and solutions. Voice, video, LCS (Location Services) and other end-to-end solutions are tested at the Shenzhen IOT lab.

In April, Huawei and Intel established a joint IOT lab in Beijing to promote the development of the TD-LTE ecosystem.

Huawei Pushes 3G Uplinks to 20 Mbps using Dual-Carrier & 16QAM

Huawei announced a new HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) record for peak single-user uplink data rates with 20 Mbps using DC (Dual Carrier) and 16QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) technologies.

Huawei said its record-setting 20 Mbps uplink achievement for the 16QAM higher-order modulation technology and the DC convergence technology was based on its unique UMTS algorithms.

Telefónica Digital Outlines Strategy

Telefónica Digital, the company's new business division focused on cloud computing, mobile advertising, M2M and eHealth, reiterated its commitment to driving openness in mobile ecosystems and support for Mozilla’s HTML5 platform.

In a press event in London last week, Telefónica Digital said it plans to launch the first Firefox OS devices in Brazil in early 2013. Telefónica will also make a multi million Euro investment to kick start the mobile advertising market in Brazil, using its successful UK O2 Media model as a blueprint.

Telefónica Digital was created in September 2011.

Telefónica Digital also announced:

  • Global framework agreements with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) -- Telefónica will offer Direct to Bill payments as a means of driving the monetisation of mobile content. Telefónica has started to roll out Direct to Bill in Europe, where it is already proving popular with customers. In Germany, 400,000 customers per month on average are now making payments for a variety of products and services across different platforms. Telefónica plans to have the capability live in 14 markets globally by year end.
  • A partnership with Etisalat -- the two companies will jointly develop business opportunities in Machine-to-Machine (M2M), financial services, cloud computing, eHealth, mobile advertising and over-the-top communications. Under the terms of the agreement, Telefónica will jointly work with Etisalat in the acquisition of video content, while Etisalat will also participate in Telefónica’s global device procurement process. The partnership expands Telefónica’s addressable market by 17 countries and 170m customers.

"We have a clear vision for Telefónica of becoming a credible leader in a range of new services beyond connectivity and we have set in place the right partnerships with key players, as well as building our own capabilities, to help us achieve this. We are already delivering growth levels well in excess of market norms and we are fast becoming materially significant to Telefónica," said Matthew Key, Chairman & CEO of Telefónica Digital.

Orange Suffers Widespread Wireless Outage

Orange suffered a widespread outage on its mobile network across France on July 6th that lasted ten hours. The company blamed a software glitch on critical network equipment for the outage. France Telecom's CEO, Stephane Richard, promised compensation to its customers, describing the event as rare.

Telefónica Names Visa Europe as Preferred Payments Partner

Telefónica Digital has named Visa Europe as its preferred mobile payments partner in Europe.
The companies agreed to co-invest in the development of innovative products and services in areas such as mobile wallet, contactless payments (NFC), acquirer services for mobile point of sale, and merchant offers. The deal builds on its existing relationship in markets such as the UK and Ireland, formalizing it at a Europe-wide level and establishing Visa Europe as Telefónica’s preferred partner for the issuance of branded payments cards and the development of related mobile payment services.