Showing posts with label MWC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MWC. Show all posts

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Cisco teams with Google Station on public Wi-Ri

Cisco is working with Google Station to bring improved Wi-Fi infrastructure to public transit locations.

Google Station, which got underway a few years ago in a partnership with railways in India, is a free service to the public supported with a revenue share with the venue based on the ability to monetize the service. Google operates the network and provides quality assurance support.

Google Station is currently active in India, Mexico, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

Specifically, Cisco and Google Station intend to work together to:


  • Provide access to capital via Cisco financing
  • Simplify operations by combining Cisco networking technology and integration services with Google network management
  • Improve experience through secure, fast, reliable Wi-Fi that’s easy to access

“We chose to work with Cisco on the Google Station initiative because they offer the networking technology, finance capabilities and global reach to enable sustainable public Wi-Fi,” said Mahesh Bhalerao, global director of partnerships, Next Billion Users at Google. “We share the belief that making Wi-Fi truly sustainable is an important puzzle piece in solving global connectivity issues.”

Friday, October 13, 2017

GSMA confirms Barcelona as host of 2018 MWC

On Friday, GSMA issued a statement confirming that the 2018 edition of Mobile World Congress will take place in Barcelona from 26 February to 1 March 2018, as previously scheduled.

An agreement is in place designating Barcelona as Mobile World Capital and host city of the GSMA Mobile World Congress through 2023.

GSMA said it continues to monitor the political situation in Spain and Catalonia.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ericsson to Offer "Small Cell as a Service"

Ericsson will begin offering "Small cell as a Service" in urban areas where it is not practical to densify existing operator networks.  The Ericsson service involves using low-powered, short-range radio access nodes to supplement existing telecom networks and increase capacity in traffic hot spots where large numbers of users gather. The plan would seamlessly combine 3G/4G with carrier-grade Wi-Fi while allowing for the monetization of dedicated media content, advertising and over-the-top services.

The resulting densified network would be owned by either Ericsson or a partner, and could serve multiple operators in scenarios when dedicated operator deployments are impractical. Ericsson would in essence take over the existing network infrastructure, which – depending on the type of
environment – could be either a distributed antenna system (DAS), a Wi-Fi system or both.

Ericsson said it is well positioned to enter the business of "Small Cell as a Service" because of its ability to plan, design and operate networks in very challenging radio environments.

"This is an innovative managed services model that we are launching to cope with the huge volumes of traffic that are generated in areas where large numbers of people gather. Our solution is unique because of our ability to seamlessly combine 3G/4G with carrier-grade Wi-Fi, thereby ensuring that network capacity always exceeds demand," stated Jean-Claude Geha, Vice President and Head of Managed Services, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson Launches Virtualized Evolved Packet Core

Ericsson is launching a virtualized version of its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution including implementations that can run on third party hardware.

Key components of Ericsson's virtual Evolved Packet Core include virtual Evolved Packet Gateway, virtual SGSN-MME, virtual Service-Aware Policy Controller and virtual Service Aware Support Node.

Ericsson said its solution conforms to the principles of network functions virtualization (NFV).  It will be demonstrated at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Jan Häglund, Head of Product Area IP & Broadband at Ericsson says: "At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we are launching virtual Evolved Packet Core to support operators' transition to a network-enabled cloud. Based on our open platform Ericsson Cloud System, the real-time networking capabilities of Ericsson Service Provider SDN and our Telecom Cloud Transformation service, we support operators' next step to enable the networked society and provide innovative services."

http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson Packs More Radio Capacity into Outdoor Enclosures

Ericsson introduces a modular All-in-One Outdoor Enclosure that houses and powers multi-standard radio, transmission, power and climate equipment for high-capacity mobile broadband sites. Built to complement its RBS 6000 portfolio, the maximum high-capacity configuration houses up to 8 digital units, 18 radios and 4 MINI-LINK hops in a footprint of less than 0.5 square meters (70 x 70 cm).

Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head Product Area Radio, Business Unit Networks, Ericsson says: "Optimizing outdoor enclosures is an important area for operators to reduce time-to-service. The All-in-One Outdoor Enclosure helps them to add capacity cost-efficiently, enabling them to handle the massive data growth in the Networked Society."

http://www.ericsson.com

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mavenir Announces Virtualized EPC

Mavenir Systmes announced a Virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) designed to deliver a full suite of wireless functions (SGW, PGW and MME).

The company said its virtualized software platform can be deployed on cloud-based infrastructures using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to rapidly scale capacity and adapt to new deployment models. It leverages a distributed architecture that splits control and bearer planes for optimal packet processing and capacity gains.

Mavenir plans to show it at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona from February 24th – 27th.

http://www.mavenir.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MWC Video Perspective: Wireless Backhaul for LTE


Amir Makleff, CEO of BridgeWave Communications, discusses the elements needed for small cell backhaul.

1. Does the backhaul remain the primary obstacle for widespread small cell rollouts?

2. How does BridgeWave's FLEX4G address the LTE backhaul challenge?

3. What is happening with BridgeWave relative to small cell backhaul?

4. Is time-to-market the critical factor that carriers look to when considering wireless backhaul?

http://youtu.be/dRXHBieJipE

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mobile World Congress 2013 Hit Record 72,000 Attendance


The GSMA confirmed a record 72,000 visitors attended this week's 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

“We are thrilled with the record results for Mobile World Congress 2013, in our first year here in Fira Gran Via,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “Mobile is one of the most vibrant and dynamic industries in the world, and the innovation that is powering the sector was clearly evident throughout Mobile World Congress, in the exhibition, the conference, programmes such as App Planet and mPowered Brands and new event initiatives such as the NFC Experience.

There were more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and the show floor covered 94,000 net square meters of exhibition and hospitality space. More than 3,400 international media and industry analysts attended the event .

According to a preliminary independent economic analysis, the 2013 Mobile World Congress will have contributed more than 320 million Euros to the local economy. This represents an increase of approximately 19 million Euros over the economic impact of the 2012 event and is driven by the growth in attendance and number of exhibiting companies, as well as the increased footprint of exhibition and hospitality spaces.

Huawei's FusionNet for LTE-B Envisions 500% Gains

At Mobile World Congress, Huawei outlined its "FusionNet" next generation network architecture for LTE-B.

The company believes it can improve Cell Edge User (CEU) throughput by at least 500% with a series of multi-RAT, multi-band and multi-layer HetNet enhancements.

Huawei’s FusionNet concept for LTE-B comprises several core technologies, including multi-stream aggregation, interference coordination, traffic adaption and spectrum efficiency optimization. Existing LTE and LTE-A deployments and technologies (including CoMP and carrier aggregation) will be coordinated.

Also at MWC 2013, Huawei unveiled its Ultra Node prototype design for future mobile broadband base stations. Huawei said its Ultra Node enhances the spectrum utilization and overall network efficiency to achieve a 50 Gbps peak data speed in a single node.

Huawei also noted that since 2010 it has contributed 362 LTE, LTE-A and LTE-B proposals for 3GPP LTE standards, accounting for nearly 20% of the global total and more than any other contributor.

http://www.huawei.com

Telefónica Targets Seamless Wi-Fi + 3G/4G


At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Telefónica showcased Wi-Fi access working seamlessly with 4G.

Telefónica's vision is to enable smartphone and tablet users to move seamlessly between different wireless access technologies without losing coverage – leading the way to a wide range of next generation multimedia services.  The carrier believes Wi-Fi will prove to be more useful when it is fully integrated with 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) based mobile technologies.

Telefónica’s demo at the MWC showcases highly advanced network features enabling seamless handover between Wi-Fi and LTE and also implementing a set of network policies easing the discovery and selection of the network, regardless of the access technology and transparently to the customer.  WiFi and LTE networks in seamless integration enabling communication uninterrupted service sessions during handovers across access technologies.

The company also demoed voice over LTE, which offers approximately 40% improvement on voice quality and the ability to make connections in 0.25 seconds or 20 times faster than a standard 3G call.

Telefonica  said a key advantage of VoLTE is that it can be combined with several enhanced IP-based services such as High Definition Voice, presence, location, and Rich Communication Suite (RCS) additions like instant messaging, video share and enhanced phone books. Moreover, VoLTE enables prioritization over other data streams to deliver consistently high quality service levels.

http://www.telefonica.com

SFR Picks Cisco for Elastic Packet Core

SFR, which serves more than 20 million mobile customers across France, has selected Cisco to expand and enhance its mobile Internet network in order to accelerate the deployment of LTE services.

SFR will leverage Cisco's next-generation Internet architecture, including elastic packet core, mobile backhaul, and service provider Wi-Fi solutions, t odeploy the widest range of heterogeneous radio networks (2G/3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi), capture new business opportunities, foster new business models and meet rapidly growing network demands.

The Cisco Elastic Packet Core will provide 4G LTE Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW), Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW), 2G/3G GGSN and SGSN applications. The MME is critical to the network function of the 4G LTE network. The Cisco MME manages multiple back-end functions, including authentication, paging, mobility with 3GPP 2G and 3G nodes, roaming and other functions. The Cisco Serving Gateway (SGW) and the Cisco Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) are two essential elements to SFR’s 4G LTE mobile network. The Cisco SGW provides superior throughput and processing, while the Cisco PGW acts as policy enforcement, managing quality of service (QoS).

SFR is also deploying the Cisco ASR 901 and Cisco ASR 903 mobile backhaul solutions.

In addition to SFR’s 4G deployment, Cisco will also support the service provider’s 2G and 3G cellular networks with its Cisco Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) and Cisco Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN).

http://www.cisco.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Huawei Shows SDN-based Mobile Backhaul

Huawei introduced an SDN-based mobile backhaul solution that simplifies the operation and maintenance (O&M) and management of mobile backhaul networks and shortens the time to market (TTM) of new services. The solution helps operators resolve network issues during the evolution to LTE networks.

Huawei said three large gaps persist in backhaul networks that operators must leap over during the evolution to LTE and LTE-A networks.

First, a large gap exists between massive LTE hotspots and limited hotspot backhaul sites. The LTEHaul solution extends the traditional backhaul network downwards to form a fronthaul, facilitating the management and maintenance of massive hotspot backhaul nodes.

A second large gap is present between the vast increase in the LTE bandwidth and the limited bandwidth on the traditional backhaul network.

Third, there is a large gap between the traditional backhaul and core networks. The LTEHaul solution stretches the traditional backhaul network upwards to achieve end-to-end fast service provisioning, protection switching, and fault locating from eNodeBs to evolved packet cores (EPCs).

http://www.huawei.com

Monday, February 25, 2013

Octasic Intros Industry’s First Dual-Mode Small Cell Platform

Octasic introduced its newest Small Cell platform, the SDR4000, supporting simultaneous multi-standard operation over a cell range of 20 km.

Octasic's OEM-ready platform includes baseband hardware and software, three RF front ends, and an application processor.  It enables simultaneous 2G, 3G, and 4G operation in a compact (170x170 mm) form factor that can be powered over Ethernet with passive cooling. Capacity ranges from 16 to 100 active users across multiple cellular standards.

A key feature is that the SDR4000’s dynamically re-programmable radios can operate from 700 MHz to 2.7 GHz with bandwidth from 200 kHz to 20 MHz. The same platform can be used in all operator networks worldwide or for custom waveforms and frequency bands.

Octasic’s flexiPHY software offers 3GPP compliant physical layers for GSM, UMTS, and LTE, eliminating the need for OEMs to develop the baseband portion of
the design.  In addition, Octasic's Opus Studion development toolset lets OEMs enhance the flexiPHY software or enable them to develop their own proprietary PHY.

The design features three radio front-ends, enabling it to support continuously active network listen during cellular operation. This enables advanced Radio Resource
Management (RRM) strategies for powerful Self Organizing Network (SON) capabiliti

For the application processor, Octasic has selected the Intel Atom processor.  Specifically, Octasic is using the Intel Atom processor N2600. A single processor can run the UMTS RNC stack as well as the LTE Layer 2 and 3, supporting 100 active users. Furthermore, Intel QuickAssist Technology provides easy-to-use software for data-plane acceleration, while supporting migration across Intel-based devices.

“Small Cell technology is creating disruption in the conventional basestation landscape as well as enabling innovative new applications. Vendors are moving very quickly to stake claims in these new markets,” said Fabio Gambacorta, VP Sales and Business Development at Octasic.

http://www.octasic.com

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Symantec at Mobile World Congress and RSA



This Google Hangout covers:

0:00 -- Trusted Network Services -- Paul Shaneck, Global Business Development Director, Symantec

1:42 -- Next Generation Network Protection -- Jason Blackwell, Senior Principal Telco Architect, NGNP Solutions, Symantec

2:43 - Telco Business Models -- Ray Greenan, Global Marketing Director, Symantec

4:50 - Value-Added Information Protection, Frank Bunn, Global Marketing Director, Symantec

Nokia Siemens Networks' MWC13 Focuses on Flexi Zone, Small Cells, VoLTE


At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia Siemens Networks is launching a series of new products, upgrades and services for mobile broadband operators.  Areas of focus include its new Flexi Zone architecture for addressing street level small cell deployment challenges.

Also as part of its small cells offering, Nokia Siemens Networks will exhibit its new indoor enterprise and public HSPA+ and LTE Femtocells.

Qualcomm and Nokia Siemens Networks will be showcasing how operators can get more out of their 900 MHz re-farmed GSM spectrum with Dual Band-Dual Cell HSPA+ that enables higher data rates of up to 42 Mbps.

Nokia Siemens Networks will also be showing a VoLTE call running both on a commercially available network and on a virtualized IMS and TAS (telecommunication application server).

NSN will demonstrate how the SON (self organizing network) Operations Manager provides detailed views, control, coordination and prioritization for all simultaneously active SON functions while protecting packet core network from load peaks and potentially saving up to 30% in total cost of ownership expenditure.

In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will demonstrate content delivery network (CSN) capabilities for its mobile base stations.

http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

NSN Expands Small Cell Portfolio and Accelerates Deployments with FlexiZone

Nokia Siemens Networks is introducing new Micro and Pico base stations for LTE and Wi-Fi designed to complement standard base station capacity in hot zones - areas of high subscriber density. The new Micro and Pico bases stations can be integrated into the company’s Flexi Zone architecture for mobile traffic hot zones.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Flexi Zone supports up to 100 access points per hot zone while operating as a single base station from the network’s point of view. 

NSN said the unique architecture of Flexi Zone helps manage interference and significantly reduces the core network and maintenance demands of large small cell deployments while addressing street level challenges. The compact next generation Flexi Zone Micro and Pico can be operated as stand-alone base stations initially and then evolved into Flexi Zone Access Points in a Flexi Zone architecture, as hot spots grow into hot zones from areas covering a few cells to large indoor spaces like shopping malls and airports.

At next week's Mobile World Congress, NSN is also introducing new HSPA+ and LTE Femtocells for small cell coverage in enterprises and indoor public areas. The two new products feature plug-and-play deployment and provisioning to enable rapid ramp-up of new services, tap into new revenue streams, and capitalize on value-added enterprise services. The FAPe-hsp 5620 Femtocell for HSPA+ offers high output power for large coverage, while the FAPe-lte 7610 is the company’s first Femtocell Access Point for LTE.

The company is also enhancing services for Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets) to include customer experience management capabilities to analyze traffic hotspots and ensure backhaul capacity. Services for HetNets includes hotspot analysis, optimization and small cell planning and deployment to help operators optimize their mix of macro and small cells. It now provides customer experience management capabilities to help operators understand the effect of traffic hotspots on the end user experience.

"To support the dramatic growth in mobile broadband demand, operators will need to significantly increase capacity in high-traffic areas by adding small cells that complement their macro network. Our complete small cell portfolio comprises a package of products and services to combine macro and small cells to provide the best coverage and capacity in all locations," said Bill Payne, head of the small cells business, Nokia Siemens Networks. “With these launches, we are extending our industry lead in small cells by offering a complete portfolio across both macro and small cell technologies that delivers the best return on operator investment.”

http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Cavium Advances TurboDPI Software for its OCTEON Processors


Cavium introduced TurboDPI II software for its OCTEON II processors.  The software includes up to nine major DPI functional modules.  Cavium's design ensures that data is only scanned once by the OCTEON's built-in hardware HFA DPI engines, and then the results are passed to the appropriate module.

The company said its TurboDPI II enables market-leading DPI performance and speeds up time to market for Enterprise Cloud, Data Center and 3G/4G/LTE Wireless equipment manufacturers.

"In the last two years, our TurboDPI product line has been taken up by a number of Tier 1 players in the 3G/4G infrastructure and Enterprise Markets," said YJ Kim, Vice President, Infrastructure Processor Division, Cavium. "Now with nine DPI modules, TurboDPI II provides new functionality for the Cloud and Data Center markets and will help service the ever growing demand for more fine grained network, application visibility and security."

http://www.cavium.com

Maxim and Freescale Partner on LTE Picocell

Maxim Integrated and Freescale Semiconductor are planning to to showcase an LTE/3G picocell base station at next week's 2013 Mobile World Congress.

The picocell base station design integrates a Freescale BSC9132 multi-core baseband processor and Maxim MAX2580 small cell RF transceiver to deliver LTE/3G coverage with 1W+ antenna output. The LTE/3G picocell brings together a Freescale BSC9132 base station SoC card, a Maxim MAX2580 RF transceiver card, RF power amplifiers, and network management cards—all in a passively cooled enclosure and weighing in at 6.8kg. 

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