Sunday, March 2, 2014

Optus Exceeds 2.3 Gbps Mobile Downlink with Carrier Aggregation

Australia's Optus has exceeded a downlink rate of 2.3 Gbps from a live mobile tower by combining its various spectrum bands.

The company's two "Gigasite" towers were built by Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Huawei. One site has been built at St Marys in Sydney’s western suburbs, and the other built at Lambton in Newcastle, approximately 160 km north of Sydney. To measure performance, Optus and its vendor partners mobilised a total of 16 test drive vehicles, 21 engineers, 58 devices (smartphones and dongles) and 31 laptops in order to load up the two sites with data traffic.

Highlights:

  • Highest total throughput (capacity) achieved on a live network site: a total of 1.65 to 2.32 Gbps^.
  • Most spectrum ever on a live network site: a total of 286.8 MHz, across seven spectrum bands.
  • Greatest number of LTE (4G) layers on a single site: five.
  • The Gigasites also represent Australia’s first LTE 3500 network trial. 
  • Two Gigasites built, each consisting of three sectors.
  • One Gigasite comprised seven spectrum layers and eight band/technology combinations: 4G (FDD) 700 MHz, 2G 900 MHz, 3G 900 MHz, 4G (FDD) 1800 MHz, 3G 2100 MHz, 4G (TDD) 2300 MHz, 4G (FDD) 2600 MHz, 4G (TDD) 3500 MHz. The other gigasite excluded 3500 MHz.
  • The total capacity measured ranged from 1.65 Gbps total site throughput over six spectrum bands (226.8 MHz total spectrum), to 2.32 Gbps over seven spectrum bands (286.8 MHz total spectrum).
  • The highest site throughput achieved on a single spectrum layer was 1.11 Gbps for 4G (TDD) on the 2300 MHz layer.
  • The highest speed achieved to any single user device was 165 Mbps for 4G (TDD) on 3500 MHz.
  • The Gigasites were connected to the live Optus mobile core network, as used by all Optus mobile customers.
  • Multi-band 10 and 12 port antennas were used on the Gigasites, spanning 700 to 2600 MHz. Separate antennas were used for 3500 MHz.
  • Optus owns licences to all the spectrum layers used. 700 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum was acquired at auction in 2013, however trial licences were obtained for 700 and 2600 MHz for the Gigasites ahead of the spectrum licences being issued in these bands.
  • The radio equipment for each Gigasite comprised up to 26 radio modules, weighing up to 400kg in total.
  • The most spectrum used for any single layer was 80 MHz, for 4G (TDD) 2300 MHz.
  • 16 test drive vehicles, 21 engineers, 58 devices and 31 laptops were used to load the Gigasites in the field.
  • Total site throughput was measured at a dedicated content server connected to the Optus live core network, and represents the aggregate of all data throughput across all network layers at a ‘gigasite’ at a given instant in time.
  • 1.65 Gbps was achieved using 226.8 MHz spectrum, 2.32 Gbps was achieved using 286.8 MHz spectrum.

Andrew Smith, Optus Vice President of Mobile Engineering, said, “Our Gigasite project is about demonstrating our network of the future, and how Optus will be able to provide our customers with unparalleled capacity to meet their ever increasing appetite for data, and deliver a faster, more consistent network experience. As 4G continues to evolve, being able to optimally leverage a multi-band network strategy is increasingly important. Optus, in partnership with our vendors, expects to lead the world in its ability to plan, design,optimise and manage mobile network data traffic across multiple spectrum layers.”

“The beauty of this trial with Optus is that it uses equipment and technologies already deployed in today’s commercial networks,” said Stephen McFeeley, head of Australia and New Zealand at NSN. “This is an important step because we foresee that networks will need to be readied to profitably deliver 1 Gigabyte of data per user per day on average by 2020.”

https://media.optus.com.au/media-releases/2014/optus-gigasite-trials-exceed-2-3-gbps-on-the-worlds-biggest-and-fastest-mobile-sites/

NEC Deploys an SDN at Tokyo Station

NEC is deploying a "common station network" utilizing SDN at Tokyo Station, one of the world’s busiest train stations, for the East Japan Railway Company.

The SDN, which is scheduled to be complete in March of this year, will provide flexible connectivity for a variety of applications and data management systems.

Key features of the common station network at Tokyo Station:

  • The common station network utilizes NEC’s UNIVERGE PF Series, the world’s first commercial product to support OpenFlow.
  • Virtualizing the network with SDN makes it possible to integrate the transmissions of individually constructed networks, including train scheduling, platform image and ticket gate networks, to transmit to the common station network.
  • The network must be able to respond flexibly and quickly to new services and changes in the station environment.

NEC said the SDN implementation makes it possible to quickly conduct network construction, updates and maintenance without touching the physical networks.

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201402/global_20140224_01.html

IBM Launches Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

At Mobile World Congress, IBM kicked off a Watson Mobile Developer Challenge.  Over the next three months, the global challenge invites mobile developers and entrepreneurs to share their best ideas to build and develop mobile apps into prototypes.

The program, being driven by the newly formed IBM Watson Group, aims to encourage developers to spread cognitive computing apps into the marketplace.

"The power of Watson in the palm of your hand is a game-changing proposition, so we're calling on mobile developers around the world to start building cognitive computing apps infused with Watson's intelligence," said Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson Group. "Imagine a new class of apps that deliver deep insights to consumers and business users instantly -- wherever they are -- over the cloud. It's about changing the essence of decision making from 'information at your fingertips' to actual insights."

http://www.ibmwatson.com

Saturday, March 1, 2014

AT&T Picks Alabama for All-IP Transition Trial

AT&T is proposing to select Carbon Hill, Alabama as one of two sites to test a complete transition to IP and subsequent decommissioning of its PSTN infrastructure.

The multi-year trial, which will be overseen by the Federal Communications Commission, would serve as a model for an eventual rollout of AT&T's Internet-based network nationally.

"We believe all consumers and businesses deserve the opportunity to be connected by the best network technology available," said Fred McCallum, President of AT&T Alabama. "This trial is going to help the entire country learn how to make that happen while assuring that consumers stay safe and connected. We look forward to strengthening America's communications future with our customers in Carbon Hill, and to preserving the values of universal service, competition, public safety, reliability and consumer protection."

http://www.att.com

Axell Wireless Develops Interface for BaseStation-to-DAS

Axell Wireless launched an Active Point of Interface (APOI) system to manage the interface from base stations to the DAS system for optimum performance for both single and multiple operator deployments.

Currently, such interfaces are passive in nature and require manual on-site intervention to ensure optimum performance of the DAS system.

Axell said its new APOI ensures that BTS (base station) RF signals feeding the DAS are “managed” to pre-set criteria, thus minimising the need for regular on-site operational maintenance and ensuring optimum signal-to-noise ratio and thus data throughput within the system. The APOI is fully manageable remotely via a web server intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and supports SNMP allowing alarms to be reported to a mobile operator’s NOC (network operations centre).

The APOI supports up to 8 frequency band modules in one compact 3U chassis. All major global cellular frequencies are supported as are all wireless technologies. Each band module supports two separate BTS connections (with internal combining if required) thus allowing up to 16 BTS connections per chassis. APOIs can be cascaded together to support larger BTS deployments. Additional band modules can be easily installed in the field allowing for easy expansion of the system.

“With in-building wireless deployments rapidly growing, both mobile operators and systems integrators need a simpler and cost-effective way of installing distributed antenna systems and managing the interface with connected base stations. Such systems have historically had to be tailored to each situation and are not easily expandable. Our new APOI now solves that problem and provides many features that aid both the rapid deployment and ongoing management of the DAS in-building system, thus bringing mobile operators significant cost savings in their in-building systems,” said Ian Brown, CEO, Axell Wireless.

http://www.axellwireless.com

CenturyLink to Implement Ericsson's Next Gen OSS/BSS

CenturyLink has selected Ericsson's next-generation OSS/BSS solution to simplify its business processes.  Ericsson's Service Agility solution will support CenturyLink's next-generation products such as Global Ethernet, Internet, Virtual Private Network and Optical Wavelength services to its enterprise customers. As part of this effort, CenturyLink will implement an open Application Program Interface (API) structure, allowing quicker delivery of new products and features. Rollout will begin at the end of 2014 and continue through 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Ericsson's Service Agility will help support our goals to simplify our business and better serve our customers by enabling faster product delivery, enhancing service capabilities and providing back office support for the software-defined network and virtualized environment we are creating," said James Feger, CenturyLink Vice President of Network Strategy and Development. "We recognize the value of Ericsson's thought leadership and innovation and are excited that our collaboration on this new OSS/BSS solution will provide our customers with an enhanced service experience."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.centurylink.com

MWC Demo: Qualcomm and Partners Show 300 Mbps Downloads

Qualcomm, Samsung, SK Telecom and KT held live demonstrations of LTE Advanced Category 6 connectivity with download speeds of up to 300Mbps on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.

The demo was conducted using a specially modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor and Qualcomm Gobi™ 9x35 modem.

"We're excited to be working with Samsung across products and technologies to break new ground in enabling customers with the fastest mobile broadband connections worldwide," said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "From enabling the world's first LTE Advanced Category 6 demo in a leading commercial smartphone form factor, to driving LTE in high-volume smartphones, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. continues to lead the industry's transition to next-generation network mobile connectivity."

The demonstrated solution supports global carrier aggregation deployments up to 40 MHz for both LTE TDD and FDD, and is backwards compatible to support all other major cellular technologies, including WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA.

http://www.qualcomm.com

GENBAND and NetNumber Partner on Service Enablement

GENBAND and NetNumber announced a partnership to integrate NetNumber's TITAN centralized Signaling, Routing and Database (SRD) services platform into GENBAND’s portfolio to offer advanced interconnect and IMS solutions.

This joint solution architecture will evolve core telecommunications networks to new levels of scalability, efficiency and profitability for service providers and
wholesale carriers around the globe.

The partnership between GENBAND and NetNumber builds on a joint deployment by BT, which is using the combined solutionin its Global IP Interconnect network for UK and global wholesale customers.

GENBAND’s interconnect solutions seamlessly interface with NetNumber’s TITAN centralized routing and protocol interworking solutions in both IMS and non-IMS networks to enable optimal route decisions and to apply policies to ensure route quality and profitability.

“Carriers face the dual challenge of transitioning from legacy technologies to next-generation IP networks, while dealing with an ever-increasing signaling load brought on by new devices and new services on the network,” said Brad Boston, NetNumber President and CEO. “NetNumber and GENBAND are working together to deliver a robust and flexible framework for interworking legacy and next-generation IP network services. The strategic integration of NetNumber’s TITAN platform with GENBAND’s broad range of SMART solutions will foster new levels of innovation for carriers to leverage.”


http://www.netnumber.com
http://www.genband.com

Good to Acquire Boxtone for Mobile Service Management

Good Technology agreed to acquire BoxTone, a privately held supplier of mobile service management solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The BoxTone mobility management platform for enterprises will be integrated into Good's portfolio to deliver a comprehensive end-to-end secure mobility solution.

The comprehensive combined solution provides unmatched functionality:

  • Secure email, contacts, calendar both on premise as well as in the cloud
  • Secure browsing
  • Secure instant messaging and presence,
  • Secure Sharepoint, network file and cloud storage access
  • Mobile device management
  • Mobile application management and analytics
  • Mobile content management
  • Mobile service management including BlackBerry migration tools
  • Custom secure app development tools: wrapping, SDK and hybrid support
  • Broad coverage across Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Mobile, Samsung, BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Exchange ActiveSync

In addition, BoxTone has significant market presence in Japan through partnerships with leading carriers. Consistent with Good's continued expansion in other regions, Good sees strong opportunity for the integrated solutions to generate more value for customers in Japan and across global markets and multi-national corporations.

http://www.good.com

MediaTek Positions 64-bit LTE SOC for "Super-mid Market"

MediaTek introduced a 64-bit LTE SOC MT6732 at Mobile World Congress 2014 consisting of a coherent 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cluster and Mali-T760 GPU.

Key specs for the Super-mid Smartphone market:

  • 64-bit
  • Quad-core, 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53 processor system
  • Mali-T760 GPU with support for the Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 APIs and premium graphics for gaming and UI effects
  • Low-power, 1080p, 30fps video playback supporting H.265 and legacy H.264 and 1080p, 30fps H.264 video recording
  • Integrated 13MP camera image signal processor with support for unique features like PIP (Picture-in-Picture), VIV (Video in Video) and Video Face Beautifier
  • MediaTek ClearMotion technology eliminates motion jitter and ensures smooth video playback at 60fps on mobile devices
  • MediaTek MiraVision™ technology for DTV-grade picture quality
  • Integrated Multi-mode 4G LTE Modem
  • Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE (150 Mb/s downlink, 50 Mb/s uplink)
  • 3GPP Rel. 8, DC-HSPA+ (42 Mb/s downlink, 11 Mb/s uplink), TD-SCDMA and EDGE are supported for legacy 2G/3G networks
  • Integrated Connectivity Solutions
  • Supports dual-band Wi-Fi to effortlessly connect to a wide array of wireless routers and enable new applications like video sharing over Miracast
  • Bluetooth 4.0, supporting low-power connection to fitness gadgets, wearables and other accessories such as Bluetooth headsets

"Following the launch of the world's first 4G LTE Octa-core smartphone SOC - MT6595 - earlier this month, we are quickly expanding our LTE offering across a range of performance points to meet the growing demand for smartphone devices across all markets. The MT6732 provides excellent performance and a very comprehensive feature set," added Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit.

http://www.mediatek.com

Asia NFC Alliance Gets Underway

Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), HKT (Hong Kong), KDDI (Japan), and SK Planet (South Korea) haved formed an alliance seeking to extend existing NFC services beyond national borders to further accelerate the adoption of convenient and compatible NFC services worldwide. Mobile NFC services are already being offered independently in several countries.

“We hope that this alliance will be an open organization for the expansion of overseas cooperation services. We aim to actively promote collaboration with telecommunications carriers not only in Asia but in Europe and America, and create a world in which users in every country can avail themselves of NFC services,” stated Takashi Tanaka, President of KDDI.

www.global.kddi.com

Swisscom Picks ALU for 1 Gbps FTTH

Swisscom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to bring ultra-broadband access speeds of up to 1 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to one million households in metropolitan areas of Switzerland.

Specifically, Swisscom is using Alcatel-Lucent’s 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) using point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technology to offer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) residential broadband services up to 1 Gbps – the fastest in Switzerland.

The deployment is part of Swisscom’s strategy to bring the benefits of ultra-broadband to 85 percent of the country’s households and businesses by 2020, using both optical fiber and existing copper infrastructure.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mobile World Congress 2014: 85,000 Visitors, up 18%

This week's Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona set a new attendance record:  more Than 85,000 visitors, up 18% over 2013.

"By any measure, the 2014 Mobile World Congress was a stunning success and we thank our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners for their continued support," said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. "Beyond the number of attendees and participating companies, the continued expansion of the event to address key adjacent industry sectors demonstrates just how pervasive mobile is in our everyday lives and how integrated it is becoming in everything that we do. It's gratifying to be part of such a dynamic, exciting industry."

Mobile World Congress set additional records, with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies across 98,000 net square meters of exhibition and hospitality space. More than 3,800 international media and industry analysts attended the event.

The GSMA estimates that 2014 Mobile World Congress will have contributed more than EUR 356 million and 7,220 part-time jobs to the local economy.

The 2015 Mobile World Congress will be held 2-5 March 2015.

http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/

NEC Launches Virtualized MVNO Solution

NEC has introduced a Mobile Virtual Network Operator solution that leverages Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to enable services such as traffic restrictions/filtering of communication data and collection of charging information.

NEC’s vMVNO-SL enforces services between an MVNO's own communication network and a carrier's mobile network.

NEC delivers the MVNO solution as software that runs on a virtualized all-purpose Intel Architecture (IA) server.  It will be offered as one of NEC SDN Solutions’ NFV Solutions.

“MVNO operators are often required to introduce gateway systems in order to establish connections with carriers through the layer 2 data link,” said Tsutomu Ookurano, senior manager, NEC. “This requires a large amount of time and money, which is further aggravated by facility investment and rapid increases in operational costs. Furthermore, MVNOs face demands from customers for more flexible and scalable services, such as session management,
IP address management, charging data collection and security control. This new solution meets these needs and enables MVNOs to provide their original services more easily.”

The solution adopts NFV to achieve a variety of network functions on a virtual infrastructure of commercial-off-the-shelf IA servers, including the MVNO-GW functions conventionally achieved by dedicated hardware. This enables customers to begin with a single-server structure and to scale out their servers depending on business needs, thereby dramatically cutting back on capital expenditures.

http://www.nec.co.jp

Qwilt and Procera Partner on Transparent Caching + Policy Control

Qwilt, a provider of online video delivery and transparent caching solutions, and Procera Networks have formed a partnership to offer a transparent caching and Internet Intelligence solution for service providers.

Qwilt’s QB-Series transparent caching technology and Procera’s PacketLogic platform together provide a plug-and-play solution to seamlessly deliver over-the-top (OTT) video traffic and improve quality of experience (QoE).

“Our PacketLogic solutions provide network operators with unprecedented insights and the ability to enhance the QoE for any Internet connected device,” said James Brear, president and CEO of Procera Networks. “Our collaboration with Qwilt provides operators with an end-to-end solution for delivering high quality video traffic on their networks. The joint solution achieves a high return on investment by optimizing the network resources needed to deliver high-value streaming video traffic.”

Highlights include:

Ease of Deployment: For new deployments, a simple insertion model for the combined solution enables both application intelligence and transparent caching immediately, while those who have already deployed Procera’s solutions in their networks can easily insert and integrate Qwilt’s solution to enable transparent caching of online video.

Network Resources Optimization: Procera’s Advanced Traffic Steering can selectively steer OTT traffic to Qwilt for classification and caching which results in a more efficient use of video caching resources.

Service Model Innovation: Advanced analytics and reporting from Qwilt and Procera solutions can identify new service models and create new revenue streams by providing network operators with enhanced usage management and differentiated services based on video caching.

“Through the combination of transparent caching, video delivery and video analytics, Qwilt’s QB-Series Video Fabric Controller delivers a solution that network operators can implement to reduce network cost and improve QoE,” said Alon Maor, CEO of Qwilt. “Our partnership with Procera provides network operators with a total solution that is simple to deploy and optimizes network resources and efficiency. Our ability to reduce network cost and improve QoE enables our joint customers to realize the value of edge caching.”

http://www.qwilt.com
http://www.proceranetworks.com

Procera and Openet Develop NFV-Based Policy and Charging Control

Openet and Procera Networks demonstrated a turnkey Policy and Charging Control (PCC) solution based on network functions virtualization (NFV).

The Revenue Express solution combines Openet’s Policy Manager and Procera’s Intelligent Policy Enforcement capabilities.  The companies said elasticity is a key benefit for operators because the capacity dedicated to each network function can now be dynamically modified according to actual load on the network.

“Virtualization represents a strategic shift in the telecom industry and we are investing significantly to remain at the forefront of this transition,” said Chris Hoover, GVP of Marketing at Openet. “Our support for virtualized infrastructure helps operators to decrease total costs of ownership, accelerate time to market and drive agility in their respective markets.”

“Procera has been at the leading edge of virtualization with our participation in the ETSI Network Functions Virtualization Industry Specification Group, and our public demonstrations of our NFV capabilities,” said Cam Cullen, Vice President of Global Marketing at Procera Networks. “Virtualization opens up new options for service creation and deployment for operators that increases their service velocity and flexibility.”

Policy use cases of the virtualized solution include service plan provisioning and enforcement of tiered service and service passes which allow operators to accelerate data monetization by introducing segmented pricing that aligns network usage with revenue.

http://www.openet.com/technology/virtualization
http://www.proceranetworks.com


NSN Delivers Wi-Fi Traffic Steering

Nokia Solutions and Networks announced two advancements in mobile traffic steering.

  • Wi-Fi traffic steering, including automated creation of traffic steering rules, and enhanced ANDSF capabilities for real-time traffic steering based on network loading. Both new features are part of NSN’s Smart Wi-Fi solution. NSN’s CEM Analytics for Traffic Steering analyzes network traffic and billing data trends to automatically generate and update ANDSF rules that govern how devices select cellular or Wi-Fi access.
  • NSN Dynamic ANDSF software for mobile devices. While applying the ANDSF standard rules, operators can now also take into account network congestion and steer devices onto the radio access layer that will best maintain the experience of their most valued customers.

“As well as making ANDSF dynamic to cater for unpredictable traffic, we’re introducing a more efficient, time-saving way to create different traffic steering rules,” said Randy Cox, head of Small Cells product management at NSN. “Operators can now fully exploit Wi-Fi as a fourth radio access technology, complementing GSM, HSPA and LTE in their Heterogeneous Networks. NSN Smart Wi-Fi is the industry’s most comprehensive and efficient Wi-Fi traffic steering capability.”

http://www.nsn.com

Sequans Showcases Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced

Sequans Communications showed off its Cassiopeia silicon compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications and is software upgradeable to Release 11.

Cassiopeia supports highly flexible dual carrier aggregation up to 40 MHz total bandwidth. In 30 MHz FDD, combining two channels of 10 MHz plus 20 MHz, which will be one of the most common configurations deployed by LTE operators, Cassiopeia can deliver maximum theoretical category 6 LTE throughput of up to 225 Mbps.

The company says its carrier aggregation capability allows any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each, contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band, to be combined.

http://www.sequans.com

Sequans and ALU Show Carrier Aggregation and LTE Broadcast

At Mobile World Congress, Sequans Communications and Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated carrier aggregation, using Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform, and LTE Broadcast, using Sequans’ Mont Blanc LTE platform.

The carrier aggregation demo showed Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced platform, as well as of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE Overlay solution.

In the LTE Broadcast demonstration, Sequans and Alcatel-Lucent showed tablets based on Sequans’ eMBMS-capable Mont Blanc LTE platform, receiving ideo content broadcast from Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE Overlay solution.

http://www.sequans.com

NTT Develops Nanowire and Photonic Crystal on a Silicon Chip

Researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) have developed a novel method to create an optical nanocavity  at an arbitrary place on a silicon chip by placing a compound semiconductor nanowire on a silicon photonic crystal.

NTT sais a large number of nanophotonic devices could be integrated on a silicon chip using this methos, paving the way for dense optical networks on a processor chip.

NTT Nanophotonics Center (NPC) is located in Atsugi, Japan.

The researchers plan to extend this approach to various nanowires with specific functions, such as optical gain or optical nonlinearity, so as to realize functional photonic devices, such as lasers and optical switches, on a silicon chip.

http://www.ntt.co.jp