Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spirent Introduces Next-gen Test Appliance Platform

Spirent Communications introduced its next-generation test appliance platform for terabit, application-aware networks. The new Spirent TestCenter C100 is powered by a multi-core architecture with hardware-assisted application, mobility and encryption acceleration.



The Spirent C100 platform delivers a range of test coverage, including testing of app-aware carrier Ethernet devices, next-generation firewalls, mobile and Wi-Fi networks, and video and content delivery networks (CDN) with deep packet inspection (DPI) and app-aware policy controls. Spirent rates the C100 at double the performance compared with previous generations of test solutions.



For example, when testing application security, Spirent C100 is capable of generating more than 80Gbps of real application traffic and 90 million simultaneous TCP connections. For mobility testing, Spirent C100 emulates millions of subscribers with realistic busy-hour call/data models combining application traffic and complex 2G/3G/LTE and Wi-Fi mobility scenarios. For security application performance, the solution realistically emulates thousands of vulnerabilities and attacks, as well as thousands of IPsec tunnels and multi-10Gbps of encrypted traffic, to accurately determine the impact of smartphone applications on the network and whether the threat exposes secure business services.



“Our customers are under intense pressure to deliver a new generation of secure, application-aware mobile and cloud networks,�? said Patrick Johnson, senior director of product marketing at Spirent. “Spirent C100 advances Spirent TestCenter’s performance architecture and is built from the ground up to ensure that test engineers have testing resources that are ready to validate the performance and scale of modern networks.�?



Spirent C100 is available now for the Avalanche, Landslide and Studio test solutions. http://www.spirent.com

Huawei Looks to TWDM-PON for Next Gen Fiber Access

Dr. Yuanqiu Luo, Huawei's top optical access technology expert, has been appointed an editor for physical-layer standards in NG-PON2.



Huawei said it sees TWDM-PON as the primary solution for NG-PON2. TWDM-PON, a combination of TDM and WDM, stacks 10G TDM PONs using multiple wavelength channels, and from a technical perspective, does not require any changes in legacy ODN networks installed by operators. Currently, it is the solution most compatible with GPON and XG-PON, winning widespread recognition from telecoms operators, chip vendors, and equipment vendors. As a result, TWDM-PON was unanimously agreed to be the primary solution of NG-PON2 in the FSAN's latest group meeting.



In September 2011, Huawei released a 40G-GPON prototype built on TWDM-PON.
http://www.huawei.com

SK Telecom Plans VoLTE for Q3, LTE-Advanced in 2013

SK Telecom announced plans to support a high-quality VoLTE service in Q3 across Korea and to deliver up to 150Mbps data rates using LTE-Advanced in the second half of 2013. In a press conference earlier this week, Bae Joon-Dong, President of Network Operations Business of SK Telecom, said a new era of "LTE 2.0" will be marked by innovative services.



SK Telecom had 2.4 million LTE subscribers and a total base of more than 26 million mobile subscribers as of the end of April. This makes SK Telecom the second largest LTE service provider in the world after Verizon Wireless. The company expects to surpass 3.4 million LTE subscribers by the end of June in just a year since launching Korea's first LTE service in July 1, 2011. The company expects the number of cumulative LTE subscribers to exceed 7 million by the end of 2012.



Some highlights:



SK Telecom's LTE network covers 99% of the population. SK Telecom has been deploying LTE even in small towns and townships. It has already completed building LTE network in more than 84 major cities (plus railroads and highways), covering 95 percent of the population, in April 2012 through early execution of LTE network investment.



The company plans to introduce a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Suite (RCS) to be named "HD Voice" in the third quarter of this year. HD Voice is a premium communication service that offers voice, video and data in an integrated manner. Compared to the existing 3G voice call, it offers up to 2.2 times better sound quality and twice faster call connection speed (requires less than 0.3 ~ 2.5 seconds of call connecting time). HD Voice enables users to switch from a voice call to video any time during a call, and share content like photos and video with the person on the other end of the phone. The strength of HD Voices lies in that it can be further upgraded with the addition of new value and diverse features.



SK Telecom said it has employed state-of-the-art network technologies to ensure the best quality HD Voice service over LTE. In particular, the service will use QCI (QoS Class Identifier) technology to prioritize 'HD Voice' signals over other signals.



Although HD Voice is a premium version that offers differentiated value, the company plans to apply its current pay-per-second billing system to minimize customers' cost burden and promote service use. Details of service rates will be published later.



The RCS service enables integrated use of features like voice call, SMS, chatting, file-sharing through diverse networks and devices. The company will first integrate its messaging services such as SMS into an RCS service and provide differentiated service quality leveraging reliability and stability, the core strengths of mobile carriers, and plans to develop RCS into a next-generation integrated communication platform by expanding RCS-capable devices, securing fixed-mobile interworking, and converging RCS with HD Voice and other new services. The company plans to launch its RCS service in the second half of this year after building a detailed service structure and billing systems.



SK Telecom is preparing to release various lifestyle-enhancing services – in the areas of network games, mobile IPTV, etc. over its LTE network. The company is partnering with Korean game developers to optimized games over LTE (e.g. Genesis, Cart Rider Rush+, Blue Moon, etc.).



SK Telecom will also release a mobile IPTV service called 'Mobile B TV' in July. The service boasts high definition resolution at 1Mbps, which is the highest image quality realized for mobile IPTV service in Korea. Mobile B TV will provide around 40 channels including terrestrial broadcast channels, general programming and sports channels, and offer convenient features like reservation and notification.



SK Telecom will strengthen productivity-improving enterprise solutions specialized to run on LTE networks. Currently, the company is offering smart device-based customized enterprise solutions designed to suit the nature of each industry and company by leveraging the strength of LTE network.



In January 2012, SK Telecom achieved the world's first commercialization of Advanced-SCAN (Smart Cloud Access Network), an upgraded version of SCAN, which has been developed to enhance LTE speed and coverage. Advanced-SCAN uses virtualization technology to ensure four times better call quality in base station boundary areas, thereby improving the overall LTE coverage and speed.



SK Telecom commercialized world's first LTE Femtocell on June 1 to provide stable LTE call quality in underground, buildings and data traffic concentrated areas. With LTE Femtocell, customers can use high speed, premium quality LTE services anywhere, anytime.



SK Telecom's LTE network will be further upgraded with multi-carrier (MC), HIS (Hybrid Network Integrated Solution) and LTE-A. The MC technology will enable the company to utilize both its existing 800MHz frequency band and the 1.8GHz band it newly acquired in the second half of last year. With an additional 20MHz uplink/downlink spectrum, it will be using a total of 40MHz for its LTE services. SK Telecom began offering MC pilot service in the Gangnam Station area from May 30 and commercialization of MC will begin in July 2012, with plans to cover the whole Seoul area within 2012 and 23 other major cities by early 2013.



The company also said that it will achieve world's first commercialization of HIS that enables simultaneous use of LTE and Wi-Fi networks in the fourth quarter of this year. Hybrid Network provides data rates of up to 127 Mbps (LTE 75Mbps + Wi-Fi 52Mbps), which is 70 percent faster than that of current LTE network.



SK Telecom plans to commercialize Carrier Aggregation (CA), a core LTE-A technology that doubles data transmission speed by utilizing two different frequency bands, in the second half of 2013. CA realizes data rates of up to 150Mbps by combining the speeds of 800MHz (75Mbps) and 1.8GHz (75Mbps) frequency bands.



LTE customers are using around 1.7GB of data on average per month, which is approximately 60 percent more than that of 3G customers, which stands at 1GB. http://www.sktelecom.com
  • In May, Ericsson announced that SK Telecom, South Korea's largest operator, had signed a contract for LG-Ericsson to provide the LTE network including LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core as well as support services including engineering, design, deployment and support services. The LTE radio access network will make use of Ericsson's Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS-RC) and RBS 6000 base stations. The contract, which covers commercial launch of LTE services in some of Korea's major cities - including Busan and Daegu, makes Ericsson one of the operator's main partners. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orange Activates LTE in Marseille

Orange inaugurated LTE in Marseille, the first French city to enjoy the service. The network boasts download speeds of 150 Mbps. The first 4G commercial offers will be launched in the coming months.



"Following its investments in Very High Speed fixed lines with Fibre, Orange is investing in the networks of tomorrow in order to keep France ahead of the pack. I am proud to say that Marseille, next year’s European capital of culture, will shine as the pilot for 4G technology. Lyon and Nantes will all enjoy Orange 4G by the end of the year, followed by 12 other cities by summer 2013. By investing in the technologies of tomorrow today, we offer our customers unprecedented services on the Orange network, which continues to offer the best in speed and coverage,�? said St├ęphane Richard, CEO of Orange. http://www.orange.com

AppliedMicro Opens Design Operations in Bangalore

AppliedMicro has opened a design center in Bangalore, India. The operation will drive advanced design and development of AppliedMicro's computing and connectivity solutions and provide significant value to its technology capabilities. This is the company's second design center in India after Pune.



"With the launch of the X-Gene™ platform at the end of 2011, AppliedMicro demonstrated its innovative capabilities in the cloud computing space. We are building on this by assembling teams that can satisfy our complex and demanding engineering objectives and fuel our growth. Bangalore's world-class, highly proficient and mature talent pool complements this strategy very well, and together with our Pune center, will contribute to India being our fastest growing design location," said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, President and CEO of AppliedMicro.



Besides Bangalore and Pune in India, AppliedMicro has design centers in North America, Denmark, and Vietnam. http://www.appliedmicro.com

DOCOMO Announces Flat Rate LTE Plans

DOCOMO announced flat-rate billing plans for Xi compatible smartphones, tablets and other data communication devices from October 1.



The new offerings are lower cost than existing plans and are expected to benefit light users who do not download large-sized data such as video content. The plans include:



“Xi Pake-hodai Light�? - a flat-rate plan for data communication on Xi-compatible devices,



“Xi Data Plan Light" - a flat-rate plan for data-only devices, and



“Xi Data Plan Light Ninen" - offers a discount for signing a two-year contract.



"Xi Pake-hodai Light" and "Xi Data Plan Light Ninen" plans will be available for 4,935 yen (including tax) per month, and the "Xi Data Plan Light" plan will be available for 6,405 yen (including tax) per month. Downlinks at a maximum of 75 Mbps will be available for up to 3 GB of data. For users who exceed 3 GB in a given month, the downlink speed will be reduced to a maximum of 128 Kbps for the remainder of that month, although users will have the option of continuing service at a maximum of 75 Mbps by paying an additional 2,625 yen (including tax) per 2 GB. http://www.nttdocomo.com

NEC Partners with SpiderCloud Wireless on Small Cells

NEC announced a partnership with SpiderCloud Wireless focused on small cell solutions. SpiderCloud's Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) technology delivers indoor mobile access and application services for medium to large enterprises.



NEC will resell SpiderCloud's SmartCloud system to its existing and new customers as part of its end-to-end Small Cell solution offering, which also includes Small Cell products for the residential and small enterprise market segments. The SmartCloud system consists of a Services Node and self-organizing Radio Nodes. The Services Node connects to NEC's Small Cell gateway over the Iuh interface and the Radio Nodes connect to a Services Node deployed on the enterprise LAN.



NEC and SpiderCloud are offering an integrated 3G and Wi-Fi SmartCloud system. NEC has plans to support LTE in the future releases of E-RAN system.



"The scalability, reliability and ease of deployment of the SpiderCloud SmartCloud system are ideally suited for NEC's needs," said Anil Kohli, General Manager at NEC Europe Ltd. "With NEC's Small Cell footprint covering more than 20 carriers worldwide, we can accelerate the deployment of E-RANs to help our customers serve their client base with a premium mobile services platform that is free from the capacity, time to market and cost limitations of DAS."

http://www.nec.co.jphttp://www.spidercloud.com
  • SpiderCloud Wireless is based in Santa Clara, California.

KPN Tests Huawei's 400G on Amsterdam-to-Dusseldorf Route

KPN International has completed a long-haul trial of Huawei's 400G optical transmission technology on its live network. The OTN-based 400G connection spanned 540 km between Amsterdam and Dusseldorf and vice versa, with 300 km of additional fiber in the end terminal station. This span is one of the busiest for KPN.



The 400G trial used KPN International's pan-European WDM backbone network, which was deployed by Huawei in 2008 using NG-WDM products. Huawei upgraded the network coherent 100G in 2011.



"Huawei has always taken a customer-centric approach to our R&D efforts. We are pleased to cooperate with top international carriers like KPN International, because that helps us design products suitable to customer needs and clarify the evolving trend of the next-generation transport network." said Jack Wang, President of the Huawei Transport Network Product Line.



Huawei noted that it has deployed more than 25 commercial and 50 trial 100G networks to date. http://www.huawei.com

Spirent Introduces Next-gen Test Appliance Platform

Spirent Communications introduced its next-generation test appliance platform for terabit, application-aware networks. The new Spirent TestCenter C100 is powered by a multi-core architecture with hardware-assisted application, mobility and encryption acceleration.



The Spirent C100 platform delivers a range of test coverage, including testing of app-aware carrier Ethernet devices, next-generation firewalls, mobile and Wi-Fi networks, and video and content delivery networks (CDN) with deep packet inspection (DPI) and app-aware policy controls. Spirent rates the C100 at double the performance compared with previous generations of test solutions.



For example, when testing application security, Spirent C100 is capable of generating more than 80Gbps of real application traffic and 90 million simultaneous TCP connections. For mobility testing, Spirent C100 emulates millions of subscribers with realistic busy-hour call/data models combining application traffic and complex 2G/3G/LTE and Wi-Fi mobility scenarios. For security application performance, the solution realistically emulates thousands of vulnerabilities and attacks, as well as thousands of IPsec tunnels and multi-10Gbps of encrypted traffic, to accurately determine the impact of smartphone applications on the network and whether the threat exposes secure business services.



“Our customers are under intense pressure to deliver a new generation of secure, application-aware mobile and cloud networks,�? said Patrick Johnson, senior director of product marketing at Spirent. “Spirent C100 advances Spirent TestCenter’s performance architecture and is built from the ground up to ensure that test engineers have testing resources that are ready to validate the performance and scale of modern networks.�?



Spirent C100 is available now for the Avalanche, Landslide and Studio test solutions. http://www.spirent.com

Huawei Looks to TWDM-PON for Next Gen Fiber Access

Dr. Yuanqiu Luo, Huawei's top optical access technology expert, has been appointed an editor for physical-layer standards in NG-PON2.



Huawei said it sees TWDM-PON as the primary solution for NG-PON2. TWDM-PON, a combination of TDM and WDM, stacks 10G TDM PONs using multiple wavelength channels, and from a technical perspective, does not require any changes in legacy ODN networks installed by operators. Currently, it is the solution most compatible with GPON and XG-PON, winning widespread recognition from telecoms operators, chip vendors, and equipment vendors. As a result, TWDM-PON was unanimously agreed to be the primary solution of NG-PON2 in the FSAN's latest group meeting.



In September 2011, Huawei released a 40G-GPON prototype built on TWDM-PON.
http://www.huawei.com

SK Telecom Plans VoLTE for Q3, LTE-Advanced in 2013

SK Telecom announced plans to support a high-quality VoLTE service in Q3 across Korea and to deliver up to 150Mbps data rates using LTE-Advanced in the second half of 2013. In a press conference earlier this week, Bae Joon-Dong, President of Network Operations Business of SK Telecom, said a new era of "LTE 2.0" will be marked by innovative services.



SK Telecom had 2.4 million LTE subscribers and a total base of more than 26 million mobile subscribers as of the end of April. This makes SK Telecom the second largest LTE service provider in the world after Verizon Wireless. The company expects to surpass 3.4 million LTE subscribers by the end of June in just a year since launching Korea's first LTE service in July 1, 2011. The company expects the number of cumulative LTE subscribers to exceed 7 million by the end of 2012.



Some highlights:



SK Telecom's LTE network covers 99% of the population. SK Telecom has been deploying LTE even in small towns and townships. It has already completed building LTE network in more than 84 major cities (plus railroads and highways), covering 95 percent of the population, in April 2012 through early execution of LTE network investment.



The company plans to introduce a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Suite (RCS) to be named "HD Voice" in the third quarter of this year. HD Voice is a premium communication service that offers voice, video and data in an integrated manner. Compared to the existing 3G voice call, it offers up to 2.2 times better sound quality and twice faster call connection speed (requires less than 0.3 ~ 2.5 seconds of call connecting time). HD Voice enables users to switch from a voice call to video any time during a call, and share content like photos and video with the person on the other end of the phone. The strength of HD Voices lies in that it can be further upgraded with the addition of new value and diverse features.



SK Telecom said it has employed state-of-the-art network technologies to ensure the best quality HD Voice service over LTE. In particular, the service will use QCI (QoS Class Identifier) technology to prioritize 'HD Voice' signals over other signals.



Although HD Voice is a premium version that offers differentiated value, the company plans to apply its current pay-per-second billing system to minimize customers' cost burden and promote service use. Details of service rates will be published later.



The RCS service enables integrated use of features like voice call, SMS, chatting, file-sharing through diverse networks and devices. The company will first integrate its messaging services such as SMS into an RCS service and provide differentiated service quality leveraging reliability and stability, the core strengths of mobile carriers, and plans to develop RCS into a next-generation integrated communication platform by expanding RCS-capable devices, securing fixed-mobile interworking, and converging RCS with HD Voice and other new services. The company plans to launch its RCS service in the second half of this year after building a detailed service structure and billing systems.



SK Telecom is preparing to release various lifestyle-enhancing services – in the areas of network games, mobile IPTV, etc. over its LTE network. The company is partnering with Korean game developers to optimized games over LTE (e.g. Genesis, Cart Rider Rush+, Blue Moon, etc.).



SK Telecom will also release a mobile IPTV service called 'Mobile B TV' in July. The service boasts high definition resolution at 1Mbps, which is the highest image quality realized for mobile IPTV service in Korea. Mobile B TV will provide around 40 channels including terrestrial broadcast channels, general programming and sports channels, and offer convenient features like reservation and notification.



SK Telecom will strengthen productivity-improving enterprise solutions specialized to run on LTE networks. Currently, the company is offering smart device-based customized enterprise solutions designed to suit the nature of each industry and company by leveraging the strength of LTE network.



In January 2012, SK Telecom achieved the world's first commercialization of Advanced-SCAN (Smart Cloud Access Network), an upgraded version of SCAN, which has been developed to enhance LTE speed and coverage. Advanced-SCAN uses virtualization technology to ensure four times better call quality in base station boundary areas, thereby improving the overall LTE coverage and speed.



SK Telecom commercialized world's first LTE Femtocell on June 1 to provide stable LTE call quality in underground, buildings and data traffic concentrated areas. With LTE Femtocell, customers can use high speed, premium quality LTE services anywhere, anytime.



SK Telecom's LTE network will be further upgraded with multi-carrier (MC), HIS (Hybrid Network Integrated Solution) and LTE-A. The MC technology will enable the company to utilize both its existing 800MHz frequency band and the 1.8GHz band it newly acquired in the second half of last year. With an additional 20MHz uplink/downlink spectrum, it will be using a total of 40MHz for its LTE services. SK Telecom began offering MC pilot service in the Gangnam Station area from May 30 and commercialization of MC will begin in July 2012, with plans to cover the whole Seoul area within 2012 and 23 other major cities by early 2013.



The company also said that it will achieve world's first commercialization of HIS that enables simultaneous use of LTE and Wi-Fi networks in the fourth quarter of this year. Hybrid Network provides data rates of up to 127 Mbps (LTE 75Mbps + Wi-Fi 52Mbps), which is 70 percent faster than that of current LTE network.



SK Telecom plans to commercialize Carrier Aggregation (CA), a core LTE-A technology that doubles data transmission speed by utilizing two different frequency bands, in the second half of 2013. CA realizes data rates of up to 150Mbps by combining the speeds of 800MHz (75Mbps) and 1.8GHz (75Mbps) frequency bands.



LTE customers are using around 1.7GB of data on average per month, which is approximately 60 percent more than that of 3G customers, which stands at 1GB. http://www.sktelecom.com
  • In May, Ericsson announced that SK Telecom, South Korea's largest operator, had signed a contract for LG-Ericsson to provide the LTE network including LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core as well as support services including engineering, design, deployment and support services. The LTE radio access network will make use of Ericsson's Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS-RC) and RBS 6000 base stations. The contract, which covers commercial launch of LTE services in some of Korea's major cities - including Busan and Daegu, makes Ericsson one of the operator's main partners. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orange Activates LTE in Marseille

Orange inaugurated LTE in Marseille, the first French city to enjoy the service. The network boasts download speeds of 150 Mbps. The first 4G commercial offers will be launched in the coming months.



"Following its investments in Very High Speed fixed lines with Fibre, Orange is investing in the networks of tomorrow in order to keep France ahead of the pack. I am proud to say that Marseille, next year’s European capital of culture, will shine as the pilot for 4G technology. Lyon and Nantes will all enjoy Orange 4G by the end of the year, followed by 12 other cities by summer 2013. By investing in the technologies of tomorrow today, we offer our customers unprecedented services on the Orange network, which continues to offer the best in speed and coverage,�? said St├ęphane Richard, CEO of Orange. http://www.orange.com

AppliedMicro Opens Design Operations in Bangalore

AppliedMicro has opened a design center in Bangalore, India. The operation will drive advanced design and development of AppliedMicro's computing and connectivity solutions and provide significant value to its technology capabilities. This is the company's second design center in India after Pune.



"With the launch of the X-Gene™ platform at the end of 2011, AppliedMicro demonstrated its innovative capabilities in the cloud computing space. We are building on this by assembling teams that can satisfy our complex and demanding engineering objectives and fuel our growth. Bangalore's world-class, highly proficient and mature talent pool complements this strategy very well, and together with our Pune center, will contribute to India being our fastest growing design location," said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, President and CEO of AppliedMicro.



Besides Bangalore and Pune in India, AppliedMicro has design centers in North America, Denmark, and Vietnam. http://www.appliedmicro.com

DOCOMO Announces Flat Rate LTE Plans

DOCOMO announced flat-rate billing plans for Xi compatible smartphones, tablets and other data communication devices from October 1.



The new offerings are lower cost than existing plans and are expected to benefit light users who do not download large-sized data such as video content. The plans include:



“Xi Pake-hodai Light�? - a flat-rate plan for data communication on Xi-compatible devices,



“Xi Data Plan Light" - a flat-rate plan for data-only devices, and



“Xi Data Plan Light Ninen" - offers a discount for signing a two-year contract.



"Xi Pake-hodai Light" and "Xi Data Plan Light Ninen" plans will be available for 4,935 yen (including tax) per month, and the "Xi Data Plan Light" plan will be available for 6,405 yen (including tax) per month. Downlinks at a maximum of 75 Mbps will be available for up to 3 GB of data. For users who exceed 3 GB in a given month, the downlink speed will be reduced to a maximum of 128 Kbps for the remainder of that month, although users will have the option of continuing service at a maximum of 75 Mbps by paying an additional 2,625 yen (including tax) per 2 GB. http://www.nttdocomo.com

NEC Supplies 100G DWDM for NTT Trial

NEC announced its participation in a trial of 100G optical transmission technology carried out by NTT Communications. The trial uses commercial fiber cable along Japan's highest volume transmission route spanning 710 km between Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.



NEC supplied its "SpectralWave DW7000," a 100 Gbps DWDM transmission system with a wavelength interval of 50GHz and capacity of 88 wavelengths. The testing took place in March 2012 along the repeater and DSF fiber-optic cables connecting Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.

NEC noted that actual operating conditions over existing fiber present a variety of operational challenges, including fluctuations in optical signal loss due to transmission route changes and variability in optical fiber characteristics (Chromatic Dispersion, Polarization-Mode Dispersion). NEC's 100Gbps-DWDM system addressed these issues by utilizing a transponder equipped with its internally developed 100G DP-QPSK digital coherent optical transceiver module, which demonstrated stable, error-free transmission of 100 Gigabit Ethernet signals between Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
http://www.nec.co.jp

NEC Partners with SpiderCloud Wireless on Small Cells

NEC announced a partnership with SpiderCloud Wireless focused on small cell solutions. SpiderCloud's Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) technology delivers indoor mobile access and application services for medium to large enterprises.



NEC will resell SpiderCloud's SmartCloud system to its existing and new customers as part of its end-to-end Small Cell solution offering, which also includes Small Cell products for the residential and small enterprise market segments. The SmartCloud system consists of a Services Node and self-organizing Radio Nodes. The Services Node connects to NEC's Small Cell gateway over the Iuh interface and the Radio Nodes connect to a Services Node deployed on the enterprise LAN.



NEC and SpiderCloud are offering an integrated 3G and Wi-Fi SmartCloud system. NEC has plans to support LTE in the future releases of E-RAN system.



"The scalability, reliability and ease of deployment of the SpiderCloud SmartCloud system are ideally suited for NEC's needs," said Anil Kohli, General Manager at NEC Europe Ltd. "With NEC's Small Cell footprint covering more than 20 carriers worldwide, we can accelerate the deployment of E-RANs to help our customers serve their client base with a premium mobile services platform that is free from the capacity, time to market and cost limitations of DAS."

http://www.nec.co.jphttp://www.spidercloud.com
  • SpiderCloud Wireless is based in Santa Clara, California.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Greenpacket and Sequans Introduce Dual-Mode WiMAX/LTE TDD Device

Greenpacket introduced the industry’s first 4G WiMAX and LTE TDD indoor dual-mode integrated access device (IAD). The customer premises equipment (CPE) is specifically designed to support WiMAX operators who are currently making the transition to LTE networks. The unit is powered by Sequans’ dual mode chip that integrates both WiMAX and LTE in a highly efficient, single die. Packet One Networks (Malaysia) will be one of the very first to deploy the new Greenpacket dual mode CPE in 2013.



The IAD is compliant with the latest LTE Category-4 (3GPP- R9) and WiMAX 802.16e-2009 standards, providing downlink and uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 50 Mbps for LTE TDD and combined speed of 40 Mbps for WiMAX. Additional connectivity interfaces include 802.11n, 1 LAN port and 1 RJ-11 port. http://www.greenpacket.com

Data Roaming Transparency Initiative Gets Traction

Twenty four leading mobile operators are backing a new Data Roaming Transparency Initiative that aims to provide consumers greater visibility of their roaming charges and usage of mobile data services when travelling abroad.



The initiative is organized by the GSMA, which is working with mobile operators worldwide to adopt the following measures:

  • Sending text messages to remind customers of their data roaming tariffs when they arrive in another country and turn on their mobile device;


  • Implementing a monthly data roaming spending limit to help consumers manage their roaming bill and sending alerts when their data usage approaches the limit; and


  • Temporarily suspending data service when usage exceeds the spending limit.


  • In the first phase of this initiative, these operators and their group subsidiaries have agreed to implement these data roaming transparency measures by the end of 2012, covering more than 4 billion mobile connections worldwide.


The GSMA will also work to promote the adoption of these guidelines across its full membership base of nearly 800 mobile operators globally. Further, the GSMA will develop a trust mark that will identify to consumers that their mobile operator is implementing these measures.



Backers of the initiative include: America Movil, AT&T, Axiata Group Berhad, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom-Orange, Hutchison 3 Group, KT, MTS, Qtel, SK Telecom, Smart Communications, SoftBank Mobile Corp., Tata Teleservices, Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, Verizon Communications, VimpelCom and Vodafone.



"A number of our operator members are already implementing sound transparency practices, benefiting more than a billion subscribers worldwide," said Franco Bernabe, Chairman of the GSMA and Chairman and CEO of Telecom Italia Group. "The initiative announced today will help to promote an even broader adoption of principles that will offer a more transparent and uniform experience for billions of consumers, wherever they travel."http://www.gsmworld.com

Mobile Networks Are Capturing Significant Energy Efficiency Gains

Despite considerable growth in mobile connections and traffic, total network energy consumption of leading mobile networks worldwide increased only slightly from 2009 to 2010, according to the GSMA. Based on analysis of 34 mobile networks worldwide, GSMA calculates that the total energy per unit traffic declined by approximately 20 percent and energy per connection declined by five percent over this period, indicating that the industry is making strong progress towards its goal of reducing its total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per connection by 40 percent by 2020.



The analysis is an update to the GSMA's "Mobile Green Manifesto" which outlines the positive impact of operator initiatives in the areas of energy and carbon management. Some highlights:



  • If all networks with above average energy consumption are improved to the industry average, there is a potential energy cost saving for mobile operators of $1 billion per annum at 2010 prices; improving to the top quartile could save over $2 billion annually.


  • Smartphones, tablets, consumer electronics and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices are beginning to connect everything from cars to health services and even entire cities, which will have a positive impact on many industries. Through these and other developments, the mobile industry today


  • Mobile technology is enabling significant reductions in GHG emissions and energy costs across a range of sectors of the economy, and the opportunity exists for mobile to enable even further savings. Approximately 26 million mobile M2M connections worldwide are enabling GHG emissions savings estimated to be about 3 million tonnes (Mt) of CO(2)e annually.


  • The US and Canada together comprise 50 per cent of mobile M2M connections and 38 per cent of global GHG emissions savings;


  • Asia Pacific accounts for 23 per cent of M2M connections and 30 per cent of emissions savings; and


  • Western Europe represents 17 per cent of connections and 23 per cent of GHG savings.


  • Global mobile M2M connections in smart grids, smart meters and fleet management are forecast to grow strongly, at 30 to 40 per cent per annum, reaching approximately 100 million mobile M2M connections(4) worldwide by 2015. This would result in possible GHG savings of 18 Mt CO(2)e.


  • Mobile has the potential to enable much greater emissions savings of at least 900 Mt CO(2)e in 2020, which is 1.7 per cent of the global 2020 GHG emissions forecast by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its "business-as-usual" scenario;


  • Emissions savings in 2020 will result from the use of 3.5 billion mobile M2M connections(7) and also from mobile dematerialisation applications, where travel, products and processes are substituted by virtual alternatives.


"This is the first ever detailed global estimate of mobile network energy consumption and carbon dioxide equivalent (CO(2)e) emissions and it shows that the mobile industry is making progress in reducing its own emissions and energy costs, as well as those in other industry sectors," said Gabriel Solomon, Head of Regulatory Policy, GSMA. "Mobile can enable savings through a range of smart applications and can contribute to a reduction of total emissions that is at least four to five times its own carbon footprint."
http://www.gsma.com/publicpolicy/mobiles-green-manifesto
  • In November 2009, the GSMA published its "Mobile's Green Manifesto" -- a position paper that sets out how the mobile industry should lower its greenhouse gas emissions per connection, and demonstrates the key role that mobile communications can play in lowering emissions in other sectors and industries. Specific goals listed in 2009 included:



    To reduce its total global greenhouse gas emissions per connection by 40% by 2020 compared to 2009. This forecast covers all emissions from energy sources under the control of the mobile operators, including energy consumption from the radio network, buildings, and energy consumption and emissions from transport.



    Carbon neutral growth. The number of mobile connections is set to rise by 70% to 8 billion by 2020 as the industry builds out a new generation of mobile broadband networks, bringing billions of people into the information economy. Despite this growth, the mobile industry forecasts that, through its activities, its total emissions will remain constant at 245 mega-tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2e) - equivalent to 0.5% of total global emissions in 2020, or the greenhouse gas emissions of the Netherlands.



    To work with handset vendors to ensure that the energy consumed by a typical handset, in standby and while being used, is reduced by 40% by 2020.



    To work with equipment vendors to ensure that the life cycle emissions of network equipment components are reduced by 40% by 2020.

Broadcom Debuts 2X MIMO 802.11n + Bluetooth Combo Chip & Miracast Dongle

Broadcom introduced its first combo chip optimized to add dual-stream, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to CE devices. It also debuted an integrated wireless dongle design that will bring Wi-Fi Display (now called Wi-Fi Miracast) to existing digital TVs and media boxes.



The new Broadcom® BCM43242 combo chip features advanced dual-band 802.11n 2x2 MIMO technology to boost data rates and enable 70% greater range at high-speed than single stream Wi-Fi.It also offers advanced error correction and an innovative capability to support simultaneous Wi-Fi connections to two devices, allowing a smart TV to simultaneously access Internet content and stream high-bandwidth video from a smartphone, tablet or PC. The chip can also enable peer-to-peer transmissions in the 5 GHz band, with more spectrum and less congestion in that frequency range allowing better quality video streaming and smartphone-to-TV video sharing.



The combo chip also integrates Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting to advanced remotes, game controllers, stereo headphones, keyboards, 3D glasses and other interface devices. Broadcom Bluetooth also features the ability to stream audio to home stereos, enable voice recognition in remote controls and connect smartphones and other devices to the CE ecosystem.



Broadcom's new wireless dongle design features the proven capabilities of the BCM43236 dual-band Wi-Fi chip and the low power, high performance BCM2835 VideoCore media processor, enabling cost-effective adapter products that easily add Wi-Fi Display capabilities to existing CE devices with an HDMI port. http://www.broadcom.com