Friday, November 8, 2013

Jut Raises $20 Million for Big Data Acceleration

Jut, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $20 million in series B funding for its work in Big Data solutions for enterprises.  The company is still in stealth mode and has not announced any products.  Investors include Accel, LightSpeed, and Wing.

Jut was founded by Steve McCanne, who previously co-founded Riverbed Technology in 2002 and served as its CTO until February 2013.

Telefónica Reaches 320 Million Accesses, Including 252 Million Mobiles

Telefónica's revenues in the first nine months of 2013 totalled 42,626 million euros, up 0.4% year-on-year in organic terms (-8.4% in reported terms), and indicating a positive change in trend compared with the first half (-0.5% year-on-year) triggered by a significant organic revenue growth acceleration in the third quarter to 2.1% (+0.5% in the second quarter and -1.6% in the first quarter).  For the first nine months of 2013, Telefónica earned a net profit of 3,145 million euros and achieved its annual revenue and debt targets a quarter in advance.

Telefónica Latinoamérica further accelerated year-on-year growth (+10.9% year-on-year in the third quarter; +0.6 percentage points compared with the second quarter), whilst Telefónica Europe continued its gradual improvement (+1.7 percentage points compared with the year-on-year change in the second quarter to -7.1% year-on-year).

Telefónica Digital revenue grew 17.9% year-on-year in the third quarter in organic terms and including both digital services, already comprised in Telefónica Latinoamérica and Telefónica  Europe regions, and subsidiaries and other businesses of Telefonica Digital new businesses.

By region, Telefónica Latinoamérica remained the Group's growth driver, accounting for 51% of total revenues in the first nine months (+2.6 percentage points year-on-year)

Some operational highlights as of 30-Sept-2013:
  • Telefónica managed 320.3 million accesses, with year-on-year growth accelerating to 2%, driven by mobile and pay TV accesses. By region, Telefónica Latinoamérica (68% of the total) maintained a strong commercial momentum, posting growth acceleration for the third quarter in a row to 4% year-on-year.
  • Mobile accesses stood at 252.2 million, up 3%, driven by growth of the contract segment (+9% year-on-year), which now accounts for 35% of total mobile accesses. It is important to note that Latin America registered record-high net contract additions in the quarter (+79% year-on-year), further strengthening the company's leadership in the region in this segment.
  • Mobile broadband accesses continued posting solid growth (+41% year-on-year), reaching 67.4 million in September 2013, and now accounting for 27% of mobile accesses. It should be highlighted the on-going smartphone adoption in the year, as net additions stood at 15.1 million in the first nine months (+50% year-on-year).
  • Retail broadband accesses (18.4 million at the end of September) maintained a year-on-year growth rate of 2%.
  • Mobile data revenues accelerated to 10.2% year-on-year in the third quarter in organic terms (+9.8% in January-September) and now account for 63% of total data revenues and 37% of mobile service revenues.
  • Regarding LTE rollouts, Telefónica said network sharing agreements are speeding up deployments:  in Brazil, agreements cover 2,300 sites in 64 cities; in UK, agreements cover 1,300 sites in 11 cities; in Germany, agreements cover > 1,000 sites in 10 metro areas.

Intel Forms Internet of Things (IoT) Group

Intel has formed a new Internet of Things (IoT). Called the IoT Solutions Group to broaden its reach in this segment.  The new organization will include the Intelligent Systems Group and Wind River organizations, bringing together the intelligent systems hardware, software, services and platform elements together into one organization.

The new organization will be led by Vice President and General Manager, Doug Davis, a long-time Intel leader and embedded industry veteran and will report directly to the executive office (President and CEO).

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Level 3 Expands its Content Delivery Network

Level 3 Communications announced a substantial expansion to its content delivery network (CDN), increasing its footprint with new points of presence (PoP) in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

"Level 3 has a strategic focus around growing its content delivery network to address the ever-increasing globalization and mobility of entertainment, news and sports content," said Mark Taylor, vice president of Media and IP Services at Level 3. "This current expansion, along with Level 3's expansion into Latin America in 2012, shows our commitment to providing secure scalable network resources and solutions for customers around the world to grow their businesses and reach audiences worldwide. We will continue to extend our reach as it makes sense for our business and our customers."

Level 3 noted that its CDN revenue grew 37 percent in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter in 2012.

"The growth we're seeing in just a year's time is astonishing," continued Taylor. "With expansions in EMEA, Asia and LATAM, we are building a network for the future of Internet consumption and the massive adoption of mobile platforms."  21

NSN Enhances TD-LTE base station for 2.6 GHz Spectrum

Nokia Solutions and Networks introduced a TD-LTE 8-pipe radio module for Band 41 spectrum at 2.6 GHz.  The new base station component is the industry’s highest capacity 8-pipe radio module.

NSN said its new radio module is ready for the evolution of carrier aggregation and capable of supporting an unprecedented 120 MHz of bandwidth that can deliver more than 1.2 Gbps of total site throughput from a single unit. It supports three sectors in a single unit even for remote configurations, unlike conventional remote radio modules that run only one sector per module. It needs no air conditioning and can be pole-mounted or placed near the antenna tower base, substantially reducing installation and maintenance costs.

Countries adopting the 2.6 GHz LTE TDD spectrum include Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia and the USA.

Sprint will be using the new 8-pipe radio module for its LTE TDD deployment in Band 41 spectrum range.

“For subscribers, quality means everything. With our high-capacity base stations, mobile subscribers will have the outstanding service experience they are looking for,” said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, Mobile Broadband, at NSN. “We are introducing the industry’s most powerful TD-LTE 8-pipe radio module with support of 120 MHz bandwidth and 160 Watts transmission power. As the new NSN radio module is capable of supporting LTE-Advanced technology with the possibility to aggregate up to three carriers, three-fold peak cell data rates can be achieved compared to the performance of the currently deployed commercial networks. This enables the world’s leading operators to provide unrivalled data speeds to their customers and also showcases NSN’s global leadership in the LTE domain, as proven by the first deployments of carrier aggregation in South Korea last summer.”

Mavenir Completes IPO -- VoLTE and IMS

Mavenir Systems completed its IPO, offering 5,450,000 shares of common stock at an initial price of $10.00 per share. The shares are not trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “MVNR”.

Shares of MVNR closed on Thursday at $9.55, down 4.5% from the opening price.

Mavenir's mOne Convergence Platform for mobile service providers supports Voice-Over-LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services 5.0, as well as Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) over existing 2G and 3G networks and next-generation 4G networks.

Vitesse Refinances Loan

Vitesse Semiconductor amended its senior secured loan agreement with Whitebox VSC Ltd. giving the Company rights of pre-payment, modifying interest rates and extending the maturity date to August 31, 2016. As part of the loan refinancing, Vitesse repurchased $13.7 million of convertible second lien debentures held by Whitebox, reducing the company's total indebtedness. The new terms provide Vitesse with working capital to further fuel its new product growth strategy and supports increasing stockholder value.

"Vitesse is committed to managing our capital structure in order to achieve sustained profitability," said Chris Gardner, CEO of Vitesse. "This loan resolution provides us with the flexibility to use our cash to pre-pay our debt, enabling us to further de-leverage the Company. Greater cash flexibility allows Vitesse to make prudent near-term investments to amplify the market traction of our new and next-generation product portfolios thereby increasing stockholder value."

Octasic Introduces Mini Base Station with 20km Reach

Octasic introduced its newest Small Cell platform supporting all cellular standards: GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, and LTE.

The OCTBTS 3000 is an OEM-ready platform that includes baseband hardware and software, an RF front end, and a power-efficient application processor. The complete platform fits into a compact 70x75 mm form factor.

Capacity ranges from 8 to 32 active users across the various cellular standards. Applications include: network extension for capacity and coverage, Network in a Box (NIB), emergency response networks, military networks, C4ISR, human portable BTS, surveillance, and many more.

OCTBTS 3000 highlights:

  • Wide reach: Octasic’s OCT2224W DSP enables a cell range of 20 km. A single Small Cell can replace multiple limited-coverage NodeBs and avoid handover between them and complex backhaul architecture.
  • Carrier Agility: The OCTBTS 3000’s dynamically re-programmable radios can operate from 400 MHz to 3 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.
  • Complete PHY Software: Octasic’s flexiPHY software offers 3GPP-compliant physical layers for GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, and LTE, eliminating the need for OEMs to develop the baseband portion of the design.
  • Customizable: Using Octasic’s comprehensive development toolset, Opus Studio, OEMs can enhance the flexiPHY software or develop their own proprietary PHY.

“Customers are asking for more compact and power efficient solutions as the demand for ubiquitous wireless coverage is exploding,” said Emmanuel Gresset, VP Software Defined Radio at Octasic. “The OCTBTS 3000 is a key building block that allows vendors to focus their efforts on developing ground-breaking applications for this emerging class of base stations.”

MRV's 10RU OptiDriver Transport Platform Packs 80 Wavelengths

MRV introduced its new "OptiDriver" high-density, 10 Gbps optical transport platform featuring built-in testing and rapid turn up capabilities.

MRV said its OptiDriver was designed for intelligent ROADM and 100Gbps transport. The chassis supports modules from other MRV optical transport products and is fully integrated into MRV’s advanced Pro-Vision service delivery and provisioning platform, with built-in processing support for current and emerging intelligent control plane technologies like GMPLS and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

The 10RU chassis can support up to 48 single height cards and 80 wavelengths. The multi-function hardware can serve a variety of applications, including Ethernet, OTN, TDM, Fibre Channel, ESCON/FICON, Infiniband and others.

“Our team has developed OptiDriver™, our next-generation optical transport platform, with a solid understanding of the changing demands of our customers, while drawing on our rich history of solving complex optical and networking challenges. This is especially obvious in the integrated test and management capabilities built into MRV’s optical product line that significantly reduce the time and complexity traditionally associated with turning up and operating a network,” said Dave Stehlin, CEO for MRV Communications. “As these networks become more complex, this new OptiDriver™ platform will enable data centers, wholesale carriers, Internet exchanges and service providers to do more with less. It delivers additional capacity and ease-of-use to reduce management time and maintain a high-performance network.”

Spirent and Luxoft Show OpenFlow Compliance Test Solution

Spirent Communications and Luxoft announced an OpenFlow Compliance Testing solution for automating QA and regression testing for OpenFlow products. The solution is being shown at the fourth semi-annual ONF Plugfest being hosted at the Spirent Proof of Concept (SPOC) lab in Sunnyvale, CA, November 4-8, 2013.

Solution highlights include:

  • OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.4 Compliance Testing – Spirent’s iTest OpenFlow Compliance Test Solution Pack, powered by Luxoft, includes more than 400 test cases that support the latest OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.4 specifications. The solution combines Spirent iTest’s easy-to-use GUI and test case development tools with Luxoft’s backend for distributed and parallel execution of comprehensive OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.4 conformance testing.
  • OpenFlow Conformance Certification Preparation – Spirent’s iTest-OFTest Solution Pack addresses the needs of users preparing for ONF Conformance Certification by automating installation, configuration and execution of OFTest, the open source test tool used by ONF for OpenFlow certification testing.
  • QA & Regression Testing Automation for OpenFlow – Spirent iTest enables experienced feature testers and engineers to easily build or extend fully-automated test cases to speed up replication, defect resolution and regression testing.
  • Professional Services & Continuous Integration Software Engineering Practices – Spirent partners with Luxoft to provide on-demand customization, quality assurance and conformance coaching services.

Pluribus Appoints Kumar Srikantan as CEO

Pluribus Networks, a start-up developing software and hardware network virtualization platforms for the cloud, named Kumar Srikantan as its new president and CEO.

Srikantan previously served as general manager and vice president of Cisco’s Enterprise Backbone Business Unit, as well as vice president of marketing for the Cloud Switching and Services Technology Group.

Pluribus Networks has pioneered a distributed bare-metal network hypervisor OS technology, Netvisor, along with defining a server-switch hardware platform.  The company is based in Palo Alto, California.

Telekom Malaysia Activates Undersea Cable to Hong Kong and Japan

Telekom Malaysia (TM) has activated "Cahaya Malaysia", an undersea cable networkin between Malaysia–Hong Kong and Hong Kong–Japan.

The cable initially supports 40 Gbps digital coherent optical transmissions technology and is designed for upgrade to 100 Gbps and a full capacity of up to 10 Tbps. Cahaya Malaysia was built in collaboration with Japan's NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Singapore's StarHub.

Telecom Malaysia is also launching an initiative called "My1Hub" that provides a neutral one-stop hub enabling seamless and reliable connectivity from Malaysia to the rest of the world via its submarine cable investments. In terms of the infrastructure, TM said its My1Hub nodes are pre-wired domestically to the cable landing stations at a very high capacity bandwidth. Customers residing at any My1Hub nodes will be able to link to all submarine cable systems which TM are connected to via four (4) cable landing stations namely Cherating in Terengganu, Mersing in Johor, Kuala Muda in Kedah and Pengkalan Balak in Melaka.

At the same event, TM also launched the Iskandar International Gateway (IIGW), its latest investment in Iskandar Malaysia, that provides a neutral hub catering to various information exchange needs.

Speaking at the launch, YB Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Malaysia's Minister of Communications and Multimedia said; "Today's launch of My1Hub, the Iskandar International Gateway and the Cahaya Malaysia submarine cable system, mark another important milestone for the nation's ICT development, in line with our Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs), especially in the Communications Content and Infrastructure (CCI) sector, as well as the recently announced Budget 2014. With My1Hub, Malaysia will be well positioned as a World Class Data Centre in the Asia Pacific Region. I am particularly excited that with My1Hub, the level of telecommunications efficiency in the country will be elevated and that this in turn will further enable Malaysia to become an Information Exchange."

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cisco Unveils its Application Centric Infrastructure

Cisco unveiled its Application Centric Infrastructure for data centers and clouds.

In a press event in New York, John Chambers described ACI as the next big transformation of the IT industry driven by imperatives of the application economy.

ACI is a step beyond virtualization and software-defined networks (SDN), said Chambers, because it brings agility and automation with full visibility and integrated management of both physical and virtual networked IT resources at the system, tenant, and application levels.  The architecture promises a pay-as-you-grow mode scaling to over 100,000 switch ports and capable of supporting more than one million IP end points in a data center spine with 60 Tbps capacity.  A key premise is that the network should adapt to application requirements through dynamic insertion and chaining of physical and virtual L4-7 network services including firewalls, application delivery controllers, and intrusion detection systems.  The new architecture is designed for multi-tenant cloud environments by providing real-time view of per tenant and per application health, statistics, and troubleshooting.  Real-time analytics will be used to drive intelligent application placement decisions.

The foundation for ACI is an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), enhanced versions of the NX-OS data center switching operating system, and a new line of Nexus 9000 data center switches based on technology from Insieme Networks, the Cisco spin-in start-up that is being acquired and re-integrated into the company.

The Cisco APIC is a centralized clustered controller that is responsible for tasks ranging from fabric activation, maintenance of switch firmware, network policy configuration and instantiation. Cisco APIC is
completely removed from the data path.  The APIC exposes a northbound API through XML and JSON and provides both a command-line interface (CLI) and GUI that use this API to manage the
fabric. It will be delivered as an appliance.

The new Nexus 9000 platforms will be able to run both optimized NX-OS and an ACI-mode of NX-OS via the addition of APIC.  Cisco said this dual capability provides investment protection and a migration path to ACI though a software upgrade.

The new switches will use custom ASICs for scalable and merchant silicon for addressing time to market issues.  Cisco said its platforms will support 1/10/40G ports with support for future 100G transitions in existing and next generation data centers.  Another innovation in the Nexus 9000 portfolio is a backplane-free modular switch design that promises more efficient power and cooling.  Both the Cisco Nexus 9500 and 9300 platforms support VXLAN and NVGRE bridging and routing functions in hardware.

Highlights of the new Nexus 9000 platforms

  • Cisco Nexus 9508 Switch: an 8 slot, compact 13 RU form factor chassis designed for high density End-of-Row (EoR) and high performance 10/40GbE aggregation layer deployments.
  • Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches: fixed switches designed for top-of-rack and middle-of-row deployments.
  • Cisco Nexus 9396PX Switch - a 960G switch with 48 fixed 10GE  SFP+ ports and 12 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports
  • Cisco Nexus 93128TX - a 1.28T switch with 96 fixed 1/10GBASE-T ports and 8 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports

In the first half of 2014 Cisco expects to extend the Nexus 9000 switch family to include a four-slot and 16-slot system and additional top of rack switches.

Cisco acknowledged that the ecosystem will play a key role for ACI.  The company said it will offer an open sourced, southbound RESTful API.  It will also support Puppet, Chef, CFEngine, Python scripting, and other programming tools.  Partners include BMC, CA Technologies, Citrix, EMC, Embrane, Emulex, F5, IBM, Microsoft, NetApp, OpsCode, Panduit, Puppet Labs, NIKSUN, Red Hat, SAP, Splunk, Symantec, VCE, and VMware.

Cisco Acquires Insieme for $830 Million - Application Centric Infrastructure

Cisco will acquire the remaining interest that it does not yet hold in San Jose-based Insieme Networks, its in-house spin-in focused on application centric infrastructure products. Insieme was started by three Cisco insiders: Prem Jain, Mario Mazzola and Luca Cafiero.

Insieme's platform is being labeled the Nexus 9000 family of data center switches for End-of-Row (EoR), top-of-rack and middle-of-rack deployments.

Upon the close of the transaction, Insieme will become a wholly-owned business of Cisco. The maximum potential payout as a result of Cisco’s acquisition is $863 million, based primarily on the revenue achieved by the sale of Insieme products.
  • In April 2012 Cisco announced it made an investment in Insieme Networks of $100 million, and agreed to commit an additional $35 million in November 2012 upon the satisfaction of certain conditions. 

Barracuda Networks Completes IPO

Barracuda Networks completed an initial public offering of 4,140,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $18 per share. The shares are now traded under the symbol NYSE: CUDA.

Morgan Stanley & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch were lead joint bookrunners for the offering.

Barracuda provides cloud-connected security and storage solutions.

Ericsson Investor Conference: Growing Twice as Fast as Market, Services & Support

Ericsson presented an update on its business fundamentals, market outlook, competitive positioning and investment strategy at its annual Investor Day conference in Stockholm.

"Looking at sales growth in a longer perspective, it is encouraging to see that we grew twice as fast as the market in 2010-2012, currency adjusted. This is proof that our strategy is effective and that we are delivering real value to our customers,"
stated Hans Vestberg, Ericsson's CEO.

Some notes on the event:

  • Ericsson's key competitive assets are (1) Technology leadership (2) Services leadership (3) Global scale.
  • Ericsson expects steady growth across all areas with no major changes in figures for the main compound annual growth rates (CAGR), compared with last year. Ericsson estimates that the total network equipment market will show a CAGR of 3-5%; telecom services is estimated to show a CAGR of 5-7%; and the market for support solutions is forecasted to show a CAGR of 9-11%.
  • Over 1 billion subscribers currently are directly managed by Ericsson and 2.5 billion subscribers are supported.
  • Ericsson has 64,000 service professionals in the field.  It has 114,00 employees in total in 180 countries. About 24,000 employees are in R&D.
  • 50% of LTE smartphone traffic traverses Ericsson equipment.
  • In the TV & Media Business, where Ericsson has recently acquired Microsoft's Mediaroom division, Ericsson claims 25% IPTV market share with over 13 million subscribers.
  • In patent licensing, Ericsson earned SEK 6.6 billion (US$1.02 billion) in 2012.  LTE smartphone uptake is a key driver going forward.
  • Services revenue will likely continue to increase as a % of total sales over time.  Software sales will also gradually increase as the company evolves.

  • Managed Services deals are characterized by long-term engagements, multi-vendor deployments, customer OPEX savings, and high renewal rates.  Ericsson's global scale is a key advantage.
  • By 2019, Ericsson expects about 65% of the world's population will be covered by LTE.
  • Ericsson invests 14.4% of its revenue in R&D.  About 80% of R&D is now focused on software.
  • The concept of "network slicing" will be key for how Service Provider leverage SDN and the cloud.
  • Service Provider networks need to become media-aware.
  • 5G, which is now in the earliest development stages, will aim for high-capacity, coverage everywhere, super low-latency, super high-speed and cost efficiency.
  • 70% of mobile traffic is generated indoors.
  • Ericsson now has 78 contracts for its SSR and 39 live networks.
  • Ericsson now has 21 VoLTE/ISMs contracts.

tw telecom Expands Metro and Regional Fiber Network into New Markets

tw telecom announced a multi-market expansion of its metro and regional fiber network into five new markets across the U.S.:  Boston, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia and Richmond.

The expansion increases its addressable market by expanding its metro fiber footprint approximately 17%.  tw telecom will also increase the density of its metro-fiber footprint in 27 existing markets.

"Our multi-market expansion will leverage our proven investment model, national network, Ethernet leadership and our powerful and scalable integrated nationwide platform to rapidly rollout products and services across our expanding footprint," said Larissa Herda, tw telecom's Chairman, CEO and President.

"Expanding our fiber infrastructure will allow us to build on our nationwide network by increasing our addressable market, extending our regional connectivity, and strengthening key corridors of commerce for our existing operations," said John Blount, tw telecom's Chief Operating Officer. "By accelerating the expansion of our existing markets using our established operational teams and infrastructure, as well as entering new cities where our customers already have networking needs, this expansion gives us quick access to current demand and an accelerated path to greater revenue opportunities."

Qualcomm's Sales Continue 33% YoY

Qualcomm reported quarterly revenue of $6.48 billion, up 33 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) and 4 percent sequentially. Net income was $1.50 billion, up 18 percent y-o-y and down 5 percent sequentially.

MSM chip shipments in the quarter came in at 190 million units, up 35 percent y-o-y and 10 percent sequentially.

"I am very pleased with our record financial performance this year as we delivered revenues of $25 billion, up 30% versus last year. Our technologies underpin the global growth of wireless data, and our semiconductor solutions are used across the industry's flagship smartphones," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Looking forward, we expect continued strong growth of 3G and 3G/4G multimode devices around the world, particularly in China with the anticipated launch of LTE. Qualcomm remains well positioned from a growth standpoint, and we expect double-digit compound annual growth rates for both revenues and earnings per share over the next five years."

Huawei Plans US$600 Million Investment in 5G

Huawei plans to will invest a minimum of US$600 million in research and innovation for 5G technologies by 2018. The company predicts that the first 5G networks will be ready for commercial deployment starting in 2020 and will deliver peak data rates of over 10Gbps, 100 times faster than today's 4G networks.

Eric Xu, rotating CEO of Huawei, said: "Innovation is a continuous journey. While we continue to evolve our existing 4G network capabilities, we plan to invest a minimum of US$600 million over the next five years on research and innovation for 5G mobile network technologies to ensure that we are meeting the consumers' demands for increasingly faster and better connections. This number does not include investment to productize 5G technologies. 5G mobile networks with the peak data rates of over 10Gbps will allow people to download high-definition movies in one second and provide a true-to-life video communications experience."

"There are several issues that must be resolved before 5G can become a reality," said Mr Xu. "These include the availability of spectrum and technological challenges, such as how to engineer network architectures capable of handling increasingly higher data volumes and transmission speeds necessary to accommodate more users on the network. By 2020, it is estimated that 6.5 billion people worldwide will use mobile networks for data communications and 100 billion of additional ‘things', such as vehicles, meters, medical devices, and home appliances, will also be connected to the network over 5G. We have already achieved many technological breakthroughs in 5G research and innovation, but the majority of the work remains ahead of us."

Huawei noted that it began investing in 5G in 2009, and demonstrated the first prototypes at the Mobile World Congress in 2011 and 2012 with the capacity up to 50 Gbps.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

EE Launches First 300 Mbps LTE Service Using Carrier Aggregation

EE has launched a 300Mbps 4G in the Tech City neighbourhood of London -- the fastest, commercial service delivered over a mobile network to date.

EE service has a theoretical maximum downlink speed of 300Mbps that is enabled by carrier aggregation.  EE is combining 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum using an LTE-Advanced architecture.  On the customer side, there is a CAT6 Huawei router with 802.11ac Wi-fi.  The device can provide a high speed mobile Wi-Fi connection to up to twenty devices, and devices enabled with 802.11ac can access speeds as high as 200Mbps.

EE expects that the the first commercially available Mobile Wi-Fi units will be introduced by summer 2014, also by Huawei, with handsets to follow in the second half of the year.

EE CEO Olaf Swantee showcased the launch at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London. Huawei is EE's 4G technology partner for this world-leading mobile innovation.

"Today we are introducing the next age of 4G mobile technology to the UK. Our existing 4G network delivers incredible mobile data speeds and covers millions of people across the country, but we never stand still. We know that mobile data usage is going to keep increasing, and rapidly so," stated Swantee.

"The network we're switching on today in Tech City uses the spectrum that we acquired in the Ofcom spectrum auction earlier this year, and is the first part of an infrastructure that can meet the future demands of an increasingly data-hungry nation, enabling us to stay one-step ahead of the demand."

The company noted that the BBC iPlayer streams at 5Mbps, whereas 4K TV will stream at 20Mbps, implying that applications will emerge to take advantage of LTE-A capabilities.

EE also said that it now has over 1.2 million 4G customers and a 4G network that covers 131 towns and cities - approximately 60% of the population. The network was launched one year ago.