Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CTIA: Ericsson Supports Wi-Fi Traffic Steering for Mobile Operators

Ericsson introduced 3GPP compliant Wi-Fi network access, control and management solutions that enable mobile operators to incorporate Wi-Fi in their heterogeneous network strategy, while delivering a consistently high-performance user experience, even in high traffic areas.

Ericsson's real time traffic steering provides the ability to automatically selects the best connection. The network constantly assesses key performance indicators in both the mobile 3GPP network and the Wi-Fi network before dynamically and seamlessly shifting the consumer's smartphone connection between networks. This ensures the best user experience and optimizes network resources.

Real-time traffic steering is a network-driven feature requiring no user intervention or additional device software.

Ericsson also now supports access selection, a self-optimizing network (SON) feature enabling load-balancing between Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks to optimize the average user experience.

Ericsson has also developed the first 802.11ac access point designed to enable mobile operators to deliver supplemental small cell or standalone Wi-Fi coverage indoors. Two new cloud-controller options, both featuring 3GPP-standard interfaces to the mobile core, make it easier and more cost-efficient for operators to add Wi-Fi to their existing mobile services. The Ericsson Evo Controller now features a Wi-Fi controller blade, the WIC 8030. A new standalone controller, the WIC 8100, supports up to 10,000 access points and 500,000 concurrent subscribers, allowing operators to consolidate multiple Wi-Fi networks from a centralized location in a cost-efficient way.

Ericsson is also introducing integrated management of Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks on a common platform, simplifying operations and reducing network costs.


CTIA: NVIDIA Showcases Tegra 4i with LTE-Advanced Modem

At this week's CTIA in Las Vegas, NVIDIA is showcasing its Tegra 4i mobile processor for mainstream smartphones with an integrated NVIDIA i500 LTE modem performing at 150 Mbps in the downlink.

Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in February, the same demo was operating at 100 Mbps.  The performance boost is achieved with a software update for NVIDIA’s software-defined radio technology.

Tegra 4i’s modem is also multi-mode -- it delivers 4G LTE Advanced and is backward compatible with LTE Cat 3, 3G, and 2G.


CTIA: Ericsson Cites Growing LTE Deployment with Rural U.S. Operators

Ericsson cited a growing number of LTE wins with regional wireless operators across the U.S.   Over the past several months, multiple regional operators in the United States have selected Ericsson as their LTE partner of choice, including:

  • Adams NetWorks (Illinois) - LTE network covering key markets in the western portions of Illinois.
  • Carolina West (North Carolina) - LTE network covering parts of its network in western North Carolina
  • Cellcom (Wisconsin) - LTE network covering parts of its network in northeast and central Wisconsin
  • Chariton Valley (Missouri) - LTE network covering northeast Missouri
  • Chat Mobility (Iowa) - LTE network for markets covering part of its network in southwest Iowa
  • Colorado Valley Communications (Texas- LTE network for fixed wireless broadband covering southeast Texas as a member of the NetAmerica Alliance
  • MidRivers Communications (Montana- LTE network partnership with NewCore Wireless covering areas in central and eastern Montana
  • NewCore Wireless (Minnesota) - LTE core networks for regional operators
  • NexTech Wireless (Kansas) - LTE network covering northwestern and north central Kansas. Also offering LTE core network for regional operators.
  • Northwest Missouri Cellular (Missouri- LTE network covering part of its network in northwest Missouri
  • Rural Independent Network Alliance (Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming) - LTE networks to alliance of regional carriers in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming
  • S and R Communications (Indiana- LTE network covering parts of its network in centralIndiana
  • SRT Communications (North Dakota- LTE network partnership with NewCore Wireless covering north central North Dakota
  • Syringa Networks (Idaho) - LTE network in southern and eastern Idaho

  • "We understand the benefits of LTE and the positive impact it can make on smaller communities.  This has been the driving force behind Ericsson's rural LTE deployments from the very beginning and we look forward to continue working with more rural operators to bring the transformational power of LTE to their customers," said Craig Stein, head of Broadband and Media Accounts for Ericsson.  

    CTIA: Sprint Announces Tri-Band LTE Devices

    Sprint announced the summer launch of a trio of mobile broadband devices that will take advantage of three bands of 4G LTE wireless spectrum available to Sprint’s network: 1.9GHz and 800MHz as well as Clearwire’s LTE network at 2.5GHz.

    The first tri-band Sprint 4G LTE-capable mobile broadband devices will be the sleek MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless, international-capable NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and the plug-in NETGEAR 341U USB Modem. Pricing and exact availability dates for the three devices will be provided at a later date.

    “We are very pleased to reach another Network Vision milestone today as we continue to be on schedule to deliver a world-class LTE network experience for our customers,” said Steve Elfman, president of Network Operations and Wholesale. “These three devices from our partners at Novatel and NETGEAR provide a clear look at the benefits of consolidating networks and making the best use of our spectrum assets. Best of all, these new mobile broadband devices bring our customers innovative features, including touchscreens and international capability.”


    Mignon Clyburn Takes Over as Acting Chairwoman of FCC

    Mignon Clyburn officially took over as Acting  Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission.  She is the first woman to hold the chair at the FCC.

    Clyburn has served on the FCC since July 2009.  She previously was a member of South Carolina's Public Service Commission, which regulates the state's investor owned public utilities, including providers of telecommunications services.


    • In April, President Obama nominated Tom Wheeler as the next Chairman of the FCC, replacing Julius Genachowski, who recently stepped down.  Tom Wheeler served as President of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984 and was later CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) until 2004.

    Sprint Ups its Bid for Clearwire

    Sprint announce a new bid of $3.4 per share to acquire the approximately 50 percent stake in Clearwire that it does not currently own. This values Clearwire at $10.7 billion.

    Sprint's increased offer represents a 14 percent premium to Sprint’s previous offer of $2.97 announced on Dec. 17, 2012 and a 162 percent premium to Clearwire's closing share price the day before the Sprint-SoftBank discussions were first confirmed in the marketplace on Oct. 11, 2012 when Clearwire was also speculated to be a part of that transaction.

    Sprint said this offer represents its "best and final offer."


    Octasic Announces New Small Cell Platform

    Octasic introduced its newest Small Cell platform, the OCTBTS 4000, which provides OEMs with baseband hardware and software, three RF front ends, and an application processor. The OCTBTS 4000 allows simultaneous 2G, 3G, and 4G operation in a compact (170x170 mm) form factor with passive cooling. Capacity ranges from 16 to 100 active users across multiple cellular standards and channels.

    Featuring Octasic’s OCT2224W baseband processor and a power efficient application processor,  the OCTBTS 4000 enables applications such as: traditional small cell deployment by operators, network extension for capacity and coverage, Network in a Box (NIB), emergency response networks, military networks, human portable BTS, surveillance, Internet caching and many more.

    To run these advanced applications, the OCTBTS 4000 supports COM Express® modules ensuring a broad range of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) options. The OCTBTS 4000 will initially be delivered with the Intel® AtomTM processor N2600.

    “The OCTBTS product line is growing as the demand for small cells is increasing dramatically. In addition to conventional network deployments, new applications are emerging in military networks, search and rescue and surveillance,” said Emmanuel Gresset, VP Software Defined Radio. “The OCTBTS 4000 provides a unique combination of flexibility and time to market for OEMs. They can quickly add value at the application level to a high capacity and versatile Small Cell platform that is ready for production”

    The OCTBTS 4000 will be available from Octasic in July 2013.


    Microsoft Reveals XboxOne Specifications

    Microsoft unveiled its Xbox One, an all-in-one gaming and entertainment system for the largest screen in the house.  Xbox One aims to put the consumer at the center of games, TV, movies, music, sports and Skype.

    Here are a few key features
    • An eight-core, x86 processor and more than 5 billion transistors
    • 8GB of RAM
    • 500 GB HDD
    • HDMI in and out ports 
    • USB 3.0
    • 802.11n wireless
    • Blu-ray disc player
    • 1080p Kinect camera 
    • Snap -- use Snap to jump into a multiplayer battle while watching your favorite movie, talk with friends on Skype while watching live TV, or track your fantasy team on TV as you watch the big game and more.
    • Skype for Xbox One  talk with friends on the TV in HD, or for the first time ever, hold group Skype calls on your TV.

    • Game DVR. A dedicated Game DVR captures the full sequence of a game to the cloud for later review and sharing
    • Xbox SmartGlass -- natively part of the Xbox One platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render content directly onto your device, and now more devices can connect at one time for multiplayer and shared entertainment.
    • New Xbox controller --  features more than 40 technical and design innovations, including directional pad, thumb stick, ergonomic fit and new vibrating impulse triggers.
    Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. Pricing has been disclosed.

    Marvell Intros Quad-core 5-mode Category 4 LTE Single-chip Modem

    Marvell introduced a quad-core 5-mode Category 4 LTE single-chip solution supporting LTE TDD and FDD, High Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+), Time Division High Speed Packet Access Plus (TD-HSPA+) and Enhanced Data for GSM Environment (EDGE).

    The Marvell PXA1088 platform incorporates the performance of a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 with advanced Avastar wireless connectivity, including WLAN + Bluetooth 4.0 + FM single-chip SoC and the L2000 GNSS Hybrid Location Processor, as well as an integrated power management and audio codec IC. It supports Category 4 throughputs of 150 Mbps DL (Down Link).

    "I believe the LTE high-performance capability is critical for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks. Today, we are increasingly accessing live contents that requires high bandwidth and high throughput for all mobile computing, social networking, cloud gaming and other data intensive applications that are part of our daily lives. I'm very proud of our success with the multi-core 3G unified platform solution for the global mass market penetration. Now expanding the success of the quad-core PXA1088 3G worldmode mobile solution family, our new LTE device, the PXA1088 LTE, delivers best-in-class performance, shortens the time to market and enables seamless migration from 3G to 4G with worldwide LTE for our global Tier-1 OEMs and operators," said Weili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell.


    Ericsson to Close its Cables Operation in Sweden

    Ericsson has begun the process of closing its telecom cables operation within business unit Networks.

    The company said the market for copper cable has declined over the last few years and production has shifted towards Asia.

    "It is a tough message to bring to our colleagues in the telecom cable operations in Hudiksvall and Stockholm today. The decision is based on the fact that Ericsson's production of telecom cables is small from a global perspective, and that we also have a small market share. There is overproduction on the cable market in Europe. Unfortunately, our production has not been operating at full capacity for a long time and has struggled with profitability," stated Tomas Qvist, head of Special Products in business unit Networks, and head of Human Resources for Ericsson in Sweden.

    Net sales for telecom cables operations in 2012 amounted to approximately SEK 1 billion.


    RASCOM and Ciena Light First 100G Link from Russia to Western Europe

    Russia's RASCOM is deploying Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform for a 100G upgrade of a route connecting Russia to Western Europe. This critical international network provides RASCOM’s wholesale and enterprise customers with a fully redundant ring architecture supporting cross-border traffic and the region’s first 100GE services.

    RASCOM operates a 8,600 km next-generation international network covering key geographical areas for cross-border traffic. The recently expanded international network is based on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and includes WaveLogic 3 coherent processors. It connects Moscow to Western Europe through St. Petersburg and the Nordic countries and is fully redundant, including a ring topology linking Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Copenhagen. The network is believed to be the first 100G route connecting Russia to Western Europe.


    Monday, May 20, 2013

    NSN's Flexi Content Optimizer Cuts Loading by 25%

    Nokia Siemens Networks is launching a video optimization solution that combines its Flexi Content Optimizer, policy management and new real-time congestion awareness.

    The Flexi Content Optimizer adjusts video content and re-scales video streaming to match the smartphone screen size. The company calculates the solution can reduce radio network loading by up to 25% while delivering the highest quality video to each user's device. Real-time congestion awareness enables the network to react instantly when a base station becomes heavily loaded. Video optimization then ensures that the operator’s most valuable subscribers in a specific location enjoy the best video quality.

    “More people than ever are using video streaming applications on their smartphones. According to Informa Telecoms and Media, video streaming will account for a third of mobile  data traffic on mobile handsets in 2016**,” said Antti Romppanen, head of packet core product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. “This translates into a lot of video. By bringing together our capabilities for best ever video, operators can ensure that subscribers have a smooth viewing experience even during congested busy hours."


    Global Hack for Good Aims to Connect Refugee Families

    The Global Hack for Good, which is organized by Refugees United, is planning a series of "hackathons" - a weekend-long marathon of developing applications on mobile networks - to be held on three continents, on three separate weekends, but all are working toward the same goal of making re-connection easier.

    The first hackathon will be in Cairo, Egypt, on 31 May-1 June.  Then, a new batch of developers will gather in San Francisco, USA, on 7-8 June, and the third part of the Global Hack for Good will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15-16 June.

    Ericsson is backing the effort.


    Researchers Achieve 40G Wireless over 1km using 240 GHz Spectrum

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology achieved 40 Gbps line-of-sight wireless transmission over a distance of 1 km using the 240 GHz spectrum band.

    Under project "Millilink," the researchers developed electronic transmitters and receivers measuring 4 x 1.5 mm2 using semiconductor technology with high carrier mobility (HEMT), makes it possible to use the frequency between 200 and 280 GHz. The researchers said the atmosphere shows low attenuation in this frequency range, which enables broadband directional radio links.

    The wireless transmission system was tested between two tall buildings in Karlsruhe.

    Alteryx Raises $12 Million for its Analytics Platform

    Alteryx announced $12 million in financing from Toba Capital (recently formed by Vinny Smith, former CEO and founder of Quest Software) and existing investor, SAP Ventures for its analytics platform.

    Alteryx Strategic Analytics 8.5 includes significant enhancements such as social media tools for analytics, the first native creation of the Tableau Data Extract, advanced interactive mapping, and a new designer interface specifically designed for line-of-business analysts.

    "Alteryx is enabling our customers to Humanize Big Data and answer the critical business questions that can accelerate their growth," said Dean Stoecker, chairman and chief executive officer at Alteryx. "But to find these answers, business analysts need better tools than spreadsheets and other technologies created decades ago.  Alteryx puts affordable, powerful big data analysis tools in the hands of analysts, and our solutions facilitate complex tasks and the ability to obtain insights from diverse data sets that were once thought impossible to achieve."

    Sony Launches 4K Ultra HD TV Marketing Campaign

    Sony Electronics launched an integrated marketing campaign in conjunction with commercial shipments of its first 4K Ultra HD TVs in the United States.  Images have a resolution of four-times that of Full HD TV (3840 x 2160 pixels).

    "The campaign calls out the enhanced quality of anything one would watch on a Sony 4K TV with a picture that is four times clearer than full HD," said Patrick Bewley, vice president of Brand Experience & Visual Design at Sony Electronics. "It's the highest resolution, most immersive experience Sony has ever created, and in order to experience it, you must see it in person to believe it."


    Dell to Enable Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 Support for OpenStack

    Dell will enable Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V as a viable hypervisor choice for the OpenStack cloud platform.

    Specifically, Dell will enable key features of the Windows Server 2012 virtualization platform for OpenStack, including network virtualization, policy-based isolation, Quality of Service (QoS) and multi-tenancy.

    Dell said it is working with other OpenStack members for the optimization of OpenStack components including OpenStack Compute for Hyper-V, OpenStack Block Storage for Windows, and Dell Crowbar provisioning. Dell is targeting availability of initial functionality in an upcoming release of the OpenStack project.

    “Dell has been an active sponsor of OpenStack for almost three years,” said Forrest Norrod, general manager, Dell Server Solutions. “This project from Dell will help the OpenStack community gain additional value from investments in Windows Server 2012, with opportunity to further explore OpenStack-based solutions and workloads within existing environments.”


    YouTube Ingest Rate Hits 100 Hours per Minute

    More than 100 hours of video are being uploaded to YouTube every minute. YouTube also confirmed more than one billion users are coming to the site every month.

    May 20th marks the 8th anniversary of YouTube.


    General Services Administration Issues Cybersecurity RFI

    The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued a request for information (RFI) calling for stakeholders' input to make our the federal government's cybersecurity more resilient.

    The GSA is looking for recommendations on standardizing cybersecurity contract elements and procurement requirements.  Stakeholder input will contribute to the final recommendations report to be issued in the early summer.

    "Collaboration and cooperation allows government to deliver critical services to our federal partners and most importantly, the American people," said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. "The RFI is an important first step to a public private partnership that will help secure our nation's infrastructure. Developing these cybersecurity procurement recommendations is a priority for GSA and the interagency working group."


    Crehan: Strong 10-Gigabit Ethernet Growth Ahead

    Crehan Research is predicting strong growth for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) market.  Some factors include:

    • 10GbE inventory reductions at major server OEMs, clearing the way for additional sales
    • Price reductions, stimulating end-user 10GbE demand
    • Broader product offerings including additional 10GBASE-T Modular LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) and quad-port 10GbE  (despite the lack of a full set of offerings from all the major OEMs, 1Q13 10GBASE-T Adapter and LOM shipments jumped 60% to approach a one-million port annual run rate)
    • The launch of Intel-based Ivy Bridge server platforms in the latter half of 2013, bringing an opportunity and value proposition for users to upgrade their servers and incorporate 10GbE networking. 

    "Reductions in 10GbE server adapter inventories and prices, broader product offerings and the launch of the new Ivy Bridge server platforms should drive increased 10GbE server networking growth," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.  "This could be further accentuated by the backdrop of an expected improvement in the IT spending environment, more of which seems to be shifting toward the data center," Crehan added.

    The research is published in a newly-released 1Q13 Server-Class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Report.