Thursday, February 28, 2013

Saudi Telecom Names ZTE as a Preferred Vendor

The STC Group, the largest telecom provider in the Middle East & North Africa, named ZTE as one its preferred global vendors.

The agreement between ZTE and STC Group, announced at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, will allow ZTE to offer its portfolio of network infrastructure equipment through a global price structure based on total business located in Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey.

http://www.zte.com.cn

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

IBM Pushes for Network Core Virtualization

IBM is endorsing the virtualization of network infrastructure to extend the benefits of a cloud delivery model to communications networks.

Under its "Smarter Communications" initiative, IBM is working with business partners, including Connectem Inc., to deliver telecom solutions that run on its elastic, on-demand cloud platforms.

The Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) is a software solution from Connectem, an IBM Business Partner, which has the potential to deliver higher network performance during peak usage periods, where millions of customers could be accessing a mobile network via smartphones or tablets.

A virtualized solution can rapidly switch computing resources to deliver incremental capacity on-demand. As a result, customers experience lower network latency even during periods of peak network activity. The Connectem VCM software running on IBM PureFlex platform is a part of a key initiative that can dramatically reduce the time to deploy new services as software applications on general-purpose computing platforms.

The Australian mobile carrier Optus recently tested a new mobile network capacity solution from Connectem Inc. running on IBM PureFlex. The IBM PureSystems family offers carriers an alternative to current enterprise computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain.

"The IBM PureFlex platform is uniquely suited to enable virtualization of network functions that are implemented as software applications running on elastic, on-demand infrastructure in 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi wireless networks," said Jacqueline Woods, global vice president of Systems Software & Growth Initiatives, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "We continue to support our partners as they develop and bring to market innovative solutions on the PureFlex platform."

http://www.ibm.com/press/pure

DOCOMO's Mobile Base Station Hits 10 Gbps Uplink


NTT DOCOMO and the Tokyo Institute of Technology achieved an uplink rate of approximately 10 Gbps during a field experiment.

In the experiment, a 400 MHz bandwidth in the 11 GHz spectrum was transmitted from a mobile station moving at approximately 9 km/h. Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology was used to spatially multiplex different data streams using 8 transmitting antennas and 16 receiving antennas on the same frequency.

In light of the squeeze on remaining frequencies as mobile data traffic continues to increase, DOCOMO aims to achieve a transmission speed of more than 10 Gbps using super-high-frequency bands exceeding 5 GHz. Such high frequencies have been difficult to use for mobile networks due to the limited distances their waves are able to travel, especially along indirect paths such as around buildings.

NTT DOCOMO said the technologies also are applicable to downlink packet transmissions, suggesting that it should be possible to achieve a 10 Gbps downlink.

NTT DOCOMO Selects NEC Base Stations for Proposed C-RAN Architecture

NEC confirmed that NTT Docomo has selected it to develop LTE-Advanced base stations for its new C-RAN architecture.

NTT Docomo is proposing a new Advanced C-RAN architecture that uses small "add-on" cells for localized coverage that act in concert with macro cells in HetNet fashion.  Deep integration is achieved using carrier aggregation technology, one of the main LTE-Advanced technologies standardized by 3GPP.

Under the Advanced C-RAN architecture, high-capacity base stations utilizing advanced C-RAN architecture will serve as master base stations both for multiple macro cells covering broad areas and for add-on cells in smaller, high-traffic areas. The base stations will accommodate up to 48 macro and add-on cells at launch and even more later. Carrier aggregation will be supported for cells served by the same base station, enabling the flexible deployment of add-on cells. In addition, maximum downlink throughput will be extendible to 3Gbps, as specified by 3GPP standards.

Carrier aggregation is expected to yield 3 Gbps maximum throughput by aggregating multiple carriers of up to 100 MHz of carrier bandwidth.

http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/info/news_release/2013/02/21_00.html

DOCOMO, China Mobile and KT Announce Wi-Fi Roaming Deal

NTT DOCOMO,China Mobile International and KT agreed to lay out a joint Wi-Fi inbound roaming scheme covering Japan, China and Korea.

The new arrangement will allow international mobile and/or Wi-Fi operators to roam into Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan, China and Korea through a single contract and a one-stop connection realized by hubs supported by the scheme.

China Mobile International is named to be one of the hub operators. The companies hope to launch in Q2 2013.

The three carriers also agreed to adopt EAP-SIM authentication technology to eliminate the need for customers to enter user IDs and passwords when accessing Wi-Fi hotspots, leading to improved convenience and experiences.

Separately, the three carriers have also agreed on handset and service requirements needed to realize NFC international roaming services, or NFC service roaming, between the three countries and for the rest of Asia. The companies have been exploring opportunities for NFC service roaming since January 2011, and from April 2012, efforts have focused on developing common requirements.

http://www.ntt.co.jp

Gigamon Turns Big Data into Manageable Data for Mobile Carriers

Gigamon is developing an innovative approach for dealing with the problems that Big Data creates for network visibility in the networks of mobile operators.  The aim is to deliver a cost-effective solution for connecting single or multiple 40Gb and 100Gb pipes to 10Gb and 1Gb analytic tools.

Gigamon's technology essentially takes the network traffic flowing through the large pipes, and controls the volume of data being forwarded to the tools.  The concept is being showcased at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The company said this approach will faithfully reproduce the data on a smaller scale, retaining its stateful condition with session awareness. Single tools can then effectively process throughput of what was originally 100Gb or 40Gb traffic flows.

When commercially available, this new innovation will work in tandem with Gigamon’s Flow Mapping and GigaSMART applications technologies. Flow Mapping enables advanced filtering of individual network traffic packets that are forwarded according to a set of user-defined rules that are optimized to provide customers with unique granularity and scalability.

GigaSMART applications modify, manipulate, transform and transport packets, along with the information they carry, in order to enhance and improve the value of the network traffic before delivering it to the appropriate management, monitoring and security tools.


“Gigamon was the first to recognize that the flow of data rushing through mobile carrier pipes has scaled to such levels that no technology out there can sufficiently filter and process it all, so we decided to design an entirely new approach,” said Andy Huckridge, director of service provider solutions at Gigamon. “For the first time, the industry as a whole has a real way to tackle the issues associated with Big Data. Through this new concept we hope to alleviate much of the data running through 40Gb and 100Gb pipes, allowing it to fit into smaller existing pipes and saving the carrier from drowning under the massive flow of data and resulting greater tooling costs.”


http://www.gigamon.com




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

Ericsson Highlights SDN for Mobile Operators


At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson is highlighting its vision for how software defined networking (SDN) vision will transfer Service Provider infrastructure.
Ericsson said its Service Provider SDN vision expands the industry definition in three important ways to open new revenue opportunities and costs saving for network operators:

Integrated network control, extending SDN control from the data center into the wide area network, all the way to the radio access network
Orchestrated network and cloud management bringing both legacy network management and new management system together in a unified control plane
Service exposure opening network interfaces to applications developers

At Mobile World Congress, Ericsson also announced its commitment to deliver the first commercial Service Provider SDN application in the fourth quarter of 2013. That initial application will be Service Chaining running in the SSR 8000 family of Smart Service Routers.

http://www.ericsson.com

KPN Awards Five-year Managed Services Deal to ALU

KPN awarded a five-year managed services agreement to Alcatel-Lucent for the transformation of KPN’s fixed network in The Netherlands. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of KPN’s network, Alcatel-Lucent will migrate existing Voice and Transport networks to next-gen Alcatel-Lucent technology.

Under the deal, Alcatel-Lucent will plan, design and implement an end-to-end solution to provide KPN’s network with increased capacity, upgraded equipment, and best-in-class customer service processes. Alcatel-Lucent also will help KPN transform its existing multi-vendor voice and core networks enabling its customers to access and share multimedia content from wherever they are or using the device of their choice be it smartphone, computer or tablet.

As part of the network upgrade, Alcatel-Lucent will migrate KPN’s core network to next-gen Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) technology, move KPN’s VoIP service to Alcatel-Lucent’s IMS platform and provide WLAN and security gateway for Wi-Fi networks, as well as Professional Services.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com



Ixia Introduces GTP-Session Awareness Visibility

Ixia introduced a network visibility solution to help mobile operators gain better insight and control over individual user sessions in order to increase customers’ quality of experience.

Highlights of the Ixia Anue GSC include:

  • GTP-session awareness -- Offloads GTP session correlation from monitoring tools while keeping GTP sessions together across multiple probes. The Anue GSC understands GTP protocol and can deliver all packets from a single subscriber to a single tool as well as send GTP-session and non-GTP, non-session traffic to different pools of probes.
  • A scalable load balancing solution -- Distributes millions of subscriber sessions to tools in a 32-port configuration, doubling the number of ports for twice the performance in a 2RU chassis.
  • Carrier-grade robustness — NEBS Level 1 certified, including high-availability features such as redundant management ports, power supplies and fan trays.

http://www.ixiacom.com

Meru Expects $12 Million in Secondary Offering

Meru Networks announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 3,000,000 shares of its common stock at a purchase price of $4.00 per share. Gross proceeds, before deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by Meru, are expected to be approximately $12 million. http://www.merunetworks.com

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mobile World Congress Award Winners

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSMA announced the following winners of its 18th Annual Global Mobile awards:

Best Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S3

Best Feature phone or entry level phone
Nokia Asha 305

Device Manufacturer of the Year
Samsung

Best Mobile Tablet
Google and Asus for Nexus 7

Best Mobile Infrastructure
Samsung Electronics for Smart LTE Networks

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough
Accuris Networks for AccuROAM Wi-Fi: Making Wi-Fi a carrier driven extension of GSM for Offload and Roaming

Best Cloud Based Technology for Mobile
Jasper Wireless cloud-based connected devices platform for machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer electronics

Best Mobile Safeguard & Security Products and Services
AdaptiveMobile and Syniverse for Messaging Trust

Outstanding LTE Contribution
SK Telecom for 4G LTE with PETA Solution

Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO's choice
Samsung Electronics for Smart LTE Networks

Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award
Government of New Zealand

The full list of winners and finalist for the 2013 Global Mobile Awards is here:

http://www.globalmobileawards.com/winners-2013

Telstra Picks Ericsson for Optical Backbone Upgrade

Telstra has selected Ericsson to upgrade its national optical transport to 100 Gbps technology.  Specifically, Ericsson will provide its SPO 1400 metro optical family and the MHL3000 for long-haul applications, including support for 100Gbps services.

Ericsson's next generation optical network solution includes the latest in 100Gbps transmission, ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer) and DWDM technology with Multiservice DWDM and Packet Optical Transport Platform (POTP) equipment.

In addition, Telstra and Ericsson announced the renewal of their longstanding strategic partnership. The agreement includes an expansion of Telstra's LTE network across Australia, as well as a program of advanced technology trials - of LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, LTE heterogeneous networks and LTE Broadcast.

David Thodey, Chief Executive Officer of Telstra, says: "Telstra is very proud of the work that we are undertaking with Ericsson to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of mobile connectivity. We believe these initiatives are a way of efficiently maintaining our high quality network and meeting sustained, growing customer demand." - The LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation trial will combine the 1800MHz and 900MHz bands. Telstra will also test Ericsson's coordinated solution for small cells in heterogeneous networks ensures high-quality capacity and connectivity in even the most densely populated city areas. In the third trial for 2013, for the LTE Broadcast solution, Ericsson will deploy Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) technology into Telstra's live network. As part of the trial, premium video and file-based content will be broadcast over the LTE network to test how video and other content can be more efficiently delivered through application of dynamic offload, particularly in dense consumption scenarios. Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg says: "Under this agreement, Ericsson continues as Telstra's prime vendor of 3G and 4G RAN technology. The trials for Telstra will provide insights applicable not only on the Australian market but also globally. For example, the heterogeneous networks trial will be of interest to operators around the world who want to ensure capacity and connectivity in densely populated city areas. And the LTE Broadcast trial will show how Ericsson technology can deliver media content efficiently over LTE."
http://www.ericsson.com/press

F5 Builds SDN into Mobile Traffix Signaling Delivery Controller


F5 Networks is enhancing its Traffix Signaling Delivery Controller (SDC) product is optimized for software defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) architectures.

Specifically, throught a new software release F5 delivers Diameter and control plane solutions that have the ability to run in virtualized environments with increased programmability and integration with network orchestration systems.

F5 noted that a new standards group for virtualization of network functions has been formed as a part of ETSI (European Telecommunication Standards Institute).

"F5’s Traffix SDC solutions have been deployed at more than 25 locations—including tier 1 carriers and service providers—because customers demand the reliability and performance of a mature and proven Diameter product,” said Ben Volkow, VP of Product Development at F5. "In addition, the Traffix SDC now offers service providers the ability to automate and program the network dynamically and realize NFV capabilities to bring network elements to x86-based server infrastructures. Service providers can now leverage our SDN/NFV-ready SDC signaling solution to benefit from simpler and faster network changes, reduced complexity and costs, and maximum business agility."

Key SDN/NFV-ready features include:

  • Support for the leading servers on the market, enabling operators to leverage the same infrastructure for multiple network services. The platform is virtualization-ready with the ability to run on both VMware ESX and KVM hypervisors.
  • A unique scripting capability and a new API to enable operators to program and automate policy-based configuration changes based upon the changing signaling and network conditions. This allows them to abstract the business logic from the device configuration in a programmatic manner.


http://www.f5.com

Huawei's Single Radio Controller Supports 120Gbps, Multi-RATs


Huawei launched a Single Radio Controller (SRC) solution that supports a maximum data traffic capacity of 120 Gbps while offering multi-RAT network synergy.

Huawei's SRC handles the centralized coordination of network resources for multi-band control. The solution includes Huawei's high-capacity, multi-RAT controller platform for GSM, UMTS, LTE FDD, LTE TDD and Wi-Fi networks.  Its signaling processing capacity supports 64 million busy hour call attempts (BHCA), more than five times the industry average.  The solution enables centralized LTE network cell management, significantly reducing interference and enhancing cell-edge user throughput by 200% via scheduling of resources between cells.

http://www.huawei.com

Small Cell Forum launches Release One

The Small Cell Forum announced Release One with a focus on providing operators with all the information they need to successfully launch small cells in the home. Release One also contains significant advanced work on future releases, including enterprise, metro, and rural small cells.

Release One provides mobile operators with business case analysis for deploying small cells , including recommended equipment specifications for RFPs, together with best practice from the operators which have successfully deployed femtocells in scale.

http://www.scf.io


Ericsson and SAP Target Cloud-Based Machine-to-Machine Solutions

Ericsson and SAP will jointly market and sell cloud-based, machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions and services to enterprises via operators around the globe.  The solutions will be based on a combined software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering from Ericsson and SAP within M2M.

The alliance combines Ericsson's Device Connection Platform & Service Enablement Platform with enterprise business solutions powered by the SAP HANA platform.  Ericsson will also provide its consulting, systems integration and managed services, and complementary device and applications testing, as well as verification services to facilitate a faster time-to-market, efficient use of mobile network resources and an optimized user experience.

"Today's announcement is a first step toward delivering on a shared vision that SAP and Ericsson have for co-innovating with our customers worldwide to help them deliver on the promise of M2M. Together, we will break down the barriers that prevent customer adoption of M2M solutions by delivering a simple, affordable and fast-to-implement solution.  Enterprises will benefit from an offering that provides them with everything they need to connect to machines, and helps turn high volumes of data into real-time knowledge and decision-making," stated Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEO of SAP AG.

http://www.sap.com/news-reader/index.epx?articleID=20468
http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson and China Mobile Complete Dual Mode HD Voice over LTE Call

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, China Mobile in demonstrating the world's first dual mode HD voice over LTE (VoLTE) call between TD-LTE and LTE FDD based on ST-Ericsson's multimode modem and Renesas Mobile' quad-mode chipsets.

Ericsson supported the demonstration by supplying its LTE TDD/FDD converged radio solution and IMS platform.

The companies said the demonstration further paves the way for the ultimate commercial launch of Voice over TD-LTE.  The demonstration also achieved HD quality TD-LTE voice service.   As of January 2013, operators in 45 countries have launched HD voice over WCDMA/GSM/LTE in 61 live networks, supported by mainstream devices.

http://www.ericsson.com

  • In December 2012, Ericsson assisted China Mobile Hong Kong in demonstrating the world's first live, seamless, bi-directional LTE TDD/FDD interworking on the converged LTE TDD/FDD network.The launch of this converged network architecture, based on the recognized 3GPP standard, combines the power of both networks to benefit both China Mobile Hong Kong and its subscribers and the industry as a whole.

P&T Luxembourg Tests Alcatel-Lucent’s Zero-Touch Vectoring

P&T Luxembourg is testing Alcatel-Lucent's Zero-Touch Vectoring to evaluate how the technology can help the operator meet the national government’s "Ultra High BroadBand" plan - which aims at providing all Luxembourg residents with broadband speeds of 100 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps upstream by 2015.

VDSL2 Vectoring is a noise-cancelling technology that removes the interference between the multiple VDSL2 lines, so that each VDSL2 line can operate at its best and deliver higher data transmission speeds. P&T Luxembourg is already deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON and P2P-based fiber access solution. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

In October 2012, Alcatel-Lucent introduced new signal processing software developed by Bell Labs that promises to shake up the business model for VDSL2.

The new ‘Zero Touch Vectoring’capability eliminates the need to upgrade every CPE in a copper node whenever the first customer opts for faster broadband access delivered over a VDSL2 vectored line.  Previously, a carrier choosing to deploy VDSL2 Vectoring was required to upgrade every modem on the network in order to properly handle the crosstalk elimination.

Alcatel-Lucent introduced the first commercial VDSL2 Vectoring solution in September 2011, delivering 100 Mbps over existing copper loop lengths of 400 meters.  VDSL2 vectoring uses digital signal processing to remove crosstalk between copper pairs in a bundle, similar to noise cancellation in headphones. From line cards at the central office or DSLAM, the system measures the crosstalk from all the lines in the bundle and then generates an anti-phase signal to cancel out the noise.  Alcatel-Lucent developed its own chipset and software.  The VDSL2 vectoring is delivered via  a 48-port Board Level Vectoring card, a 48-port System Level Vectoring card, and a Vector Processing card supporting up to 384 ports.

P&T Luxembourg Tests ALU's Vectoring


P&T Luxembourg is testing Alcate-Lucent's Zero-Touch Vectoring innovations to help meet the government's "Ultra High BroadBand", which aims at providing all Luxembourg residents with broadband speeds of 100 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps upstream.

P&T Luxembourg is already deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON and P2P-based fiber access solution, and is now investigating how to leverage its existing DSL infrastructure to reach the government’s 100 Mbps target faster – through the use of VDSL2 Bonding and Vectoring.

VDSL2 Vectoring is a noise-cancelling technology that removes the interference between the multiple VDSL2 lines, so that each VDSL2 line can operate at its best and deliver higher data transmission speeds. In combination with VDSL2 Bonding, which takes two copper-based VDSL2 lines per subscriber and aggregates them, speeds of 100 Mbps can be achieved at distances up to 800m.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

In October, lcatel-Lucent introduced new signal processing software developed by Bell Labs that promises to shake up the business model for VDSL2.

The new ‘Zero Touch Vectoring’capability eliminates the need to upgrade every CPE in a copper node whenever the first customer opts for faster broadband access delivered over a VDSL2 vectored line.  Previously, a carrier choosing to deploy VDSL2 Vectoring was required to upgrade every modem on the network in order to properly handle the crosstalk elimination.

Alcatel-Lucent introduced the first commercial VDSL2 Vectoring solution in September 2011, delivering 100 Mbps over existing copper loop lengths of 400 meters.  VDSL2 vectoring uses digital signal processing to remove crosstalk between copper pairs in a bundle, similar to noise cancellation in headphones. From line cards at the central office or DSLAM, the system measures the crosstalk from all the lines in the bundle and then generates an anti-phase signal to cancel out the noise.  Alcatel-Lucent developed its own chipset and software.  The VDSL2 vectoring is delivered via  a 48-port Board Level Vectoring card, a 48-port System Level Vectoring card, and a Vector Processing card supporting up to 384 ports.