Thursday, January 1, 2015

SingTel Tests Ericsson's In-building Radio Dot

SingTel is conducting a field trial of Ericsson’s Radio Dot System at Changi Business Park across both its WCDMA (3G) and LTE live networks.

Ericsson's Radio Dot System is a small antenna element or “dot” which delivers mobile broadband access to users. Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables (Category 5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station. The Radio Dot System leverages the same features found in Ericsson’s macro base station. Ericsson said this allows the indoor network evolves in lockstep with the outdoor network.

Infonetics Research Acquired by IHS

Infonetics Research has been acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), which provides information, expertise and analysis to support the decision-making process of businesses and governments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Infonetics will be integrated into the IHS Technology group, which includes 10 major market coverage areas, including Automotive and Transportation; Consumer Electronics; Displays; Industrial, Security and Medical Technology; Information Technology (IT); Materials and Cost Benchmarking; Media; Power and Energy; Semiconductor and Components; and Telecommunications.

"The synergy between IHS and Infonetics is significant," says J'Amy Stewart, CEO and co-founder of Infonetics Research. "IHS has a global salesforce in 32 countries, very complementary technology coverage, and the majority of the Global Fortune 500 and U.S. Fortune 1000 companies as clients."

Australia's NBN Co Incorporates Optus HFC into Roadmap

Before the break, Australia's NBN Co announced plans to acquire key elements of the Optus hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable network.

NBN Co seeks to progressively take ownership of the Optus coaxial access network in those parts of the country where it represents the fastest and most cost effective way to deliver fast broadband to families and businesses.

Under the previous government, NBN Co and SingTel Optus had agreed to the progressive migration of Optus subscribers to the NBN and the eventual decommissioning of the Optus HFC network. NBN Co now plans to incorporate copper and HFC alongside fibre, fixed wireless and satellite technologies, to reduce the overall cost of the project.

“This deal will bring down the overall cost of building the NBN and enable us to complete the rollout much earlier than originally anticipated with less disruption to residents and communities. What’s more, making use of technologies such as HFC – rather than decommissioning them – enables Australia to capitalise on the significant investments being made globally in broadband technology," stated Bill Morrow, NBN Co CEO.

NBN Co also updated its 2015 roadmap, stating that construction of the NBN will have commenced or be complete for around 3.3 million Australian homes and businesses by June 2016.  Currently, about 309,000 premises across Australia are connected to the NBN.