Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Clouditalia Picks Coriant's Universal Transport Platform

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has selected Coriant's mTera Universal Transport Platform (UTP) for its nationwide cloud services infrastructure. Clouditalia will deploy the multi-terabit, universal switching solution at major network sites to create a service-agnostic architecture capable of cost-effectively integrating diverse traffic types and accelerating the deployment of end-user services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"As more and more small, medium, and large enterprises throughout Italy rely on cloud services to support their critical business needs, the underlying broadband infrastructure needs to not only scale as traffic demands increase, but also become more adaptable and reliable," said Marco Iannucci, Chief Executive Officer, Clouditalia. "The Coriant mTera® UTP solution enables us to efficiently scale to multi-terabit levels while bringing more dynamic capabilities to our cloud infrastructure network. This powerful combination will help us enhance the highly tailored cloud and data services we offer our customers.”

http://www.coriant.com


  • Last year, Coriant introducted its mTera Universal Transport Platform designed to serve a variety of roles in next-gen packet optical networks, including metro-to-LH gateway applications and on-demand data center connectivity. The Coriant mTera platform, which is the first product to come to market since the merging of Coriant and Tellabs, brings together compact, simplified and efficient traffic grooming from Tellabs and photonic-layer technology and system performance from Coriant.

Clouditalia Deploys Coriant for Packet/Optical

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has deployed the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform to enhance service delivery to its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) business customers.

The Coriant Packet Transport Network (PTN) solution, which includes support for MPLS-TP, enables Clouditalia to cost-effectively deliver flexible Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services directly to end-user business customers, while expanding support for growing cloud and Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications. With the ability to efficiently support diverse traffic types on the same platform, the Coriant solution also enables Clouditalia to enhance customer value by seamlessly migrating legacy services such as E1, SDH, and lower bit rate Ethernet.

http://www.coriant.com

Seagate and Newisys Demo Flash Storage Architecture Capable of 1TB/s


Seagate Technology and Newisys, which is a division of Sanmina, announced the industry’s fastest flash storage design: 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate’s newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives.  The drives and storage modules can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s.

“This solution takes advantage of what high-performance SSDs can offer without sacrificing space, power, cooling or redundancy,” said Eugene McCabe, EVP of the Newisys product division at Sanmina. “Crossing the 1TB/s threshold in a single rack while leveraging industry standard products is a major milestone.”

http://www.newisys.com
http://www.seagate.com

Tata Communications and Net Insight Eliminate Streaming Lag for Live Events

Tata Communications has joined forces with Net Insight, a specialist in the transport of live, interactive and on-demand content, to enable media organisations to manage and deliver live OTT content globally, in complete sync across all devices, for the first time.

The combination of Tata Communications’ Media Ecosystem, including its Video Connect service, and Net Insight’s OTT solution, enables media organisations to manage and distribute a video feed from any location globally to any device, without any delay, for a truly real-time, interactive and social TV experience, and to better monetise high-value live sports and music events. The companies said this solution marks a significant improvement over conventional OTT content delivery, where typically there is a lag of several seconds to even minutes between the live TV broadcast and the online feed.

“The OTT market is growing rapidly, driven by people’s hunger to watch their favourite shows, anytime, anywhere, on any device, but to-date, the time lag with OTT content delivery has prevented its widespread use with live events,” says Brian Morris, Vice President & General Manager, Global Media and Entertainment services, Tata Communications.

http://www.tatacommunications.com/article/tata-communications-and-net-insight-make-live-sports-and-music-events-truly-real-time

Nokia Networks and Telecom Italia Look to Start-ups

Nokia Networks and Telecom Italia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on technology scouting of innovative startups to identify prospective partners in mutually agreed areas such as NFV, SDN, RAN Evolution and next generation SON. The two companies will collaborate on proof-of-Concept deployments of systems, solutions and services.

Sandro Dionisi, Executive Vice President and Director of Global Advisory Services at Telecom Italia, said: "Collaborating with Nokia Networks on this scouting program will open up the opportunity to introduce new network technologies in strategic areas, faster than before, guaranteeing the support of a leading OEM like Nokia Networks. The initiative will give us access to innovators, mainly but not only in Silicon Valley, speed up and improve technical development, leading to newer and better services for our consumers."

http://www.nokia.com

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6WIND Announces NFV Certification Program

6WIND, which supplies high-performance networking software, is launchin its 6WIND Speed Certification Program, which is an ecosystem of software alternatives for high performance virtual networking.

The certification program unites application vendors, Service Providers and Integrators to enable virtual networking and performance for their Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solutions with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator.

Deployed transparently in the hypervisor domain, 6WIND Virtual Accelerator is a software package that accelerates virtual networking infrastructure while reducing CPU resources necessary for packet processing so that more cores are available for applications.

http://www.6wind.com/company-profile/partners/speed-certified-partner-program/


Ooma 's Revenue Rises 28% YoY

Ooma, which provides Internet-based telephony services based on a proprietary CPE device and cloud platform, reported Q3 revenue of $23.5 million, up 28% year-over-year. Subscription and services revenue increased 36% to $19.5 million, and was 83% of total revenue. Product and other revenue increased 1% to $4.0 million, and was 17% of total revenue. There was a GAAP net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.72 per basic and diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

"I am pleased with our solid third quarter results, which demonstrate the strength and quality of our unique hybrid SaaS platform," said Eric Stang, chief executive officer of Ooma. "Looking forward, we anticipate continued strong customer adoption of both our Office and Residential communications services, the main drivers of our business. In addition, we will continue to invest in new innovative services for small business, home and mobile customers to capitalize further on the significant potential of the Ooma platform."

http://www.ooma.com

Zain Upgrades with Procera's Analytics

Procera Networks announced an extension of its partnership with Zain in Jordan, which has been using the company's PacketLogic products since 2012 to provide better quality of experience (QoE) for its subscribers. The carrier will now expand the deployment to include Procera's analytics family of solutions to leverage the granular network analytics captured.

Zain is also deploying Procera's enforcement solutions with online charging integration (Gy). It enables monetization of over the top services by restricting and enhancing access depending on subscription type.

"Zain has used Procera for the past three years and the solutions have met the business requirements to help Zain in understanding the customers' behavior," said Yousef Al-Mutawe, COO at Zain. "We have decided to continue our partnership with Procera through upgrading the current platform to the new version and adding on top of the data inspection tool the insights analytics solutions. Insights and its Customer Care tools will enrich the customer experience and engagement and will provide us with a wider view about our user's behavior and deeper view about applications and user's preferences."

http://www.procera.com


Monday, November 30, 2015

Telefónica Business and Huawei Reach Global Agreement on Cloud

Telefónica Business Solutions, which offers a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, announced a global collaboration agreement with Huawei to promote the migration of traditional IT services to the cloud.

The agreement is aimed at helping enterprises to migrate their servers to the cloud, allowing them to use computing, storage and backup services in Telefónica’s data centers with no infrastructure investment required and on a pay per use basis.

Huawei will deploy the Telefónica’s Open Cloud service based on OpenStack in eight Telefónica data centers. Telefónica will use Huawei’s knowledge and experience on its public cloud service in the Chinese market. The first countries where the service will be deployed are Brazil, Mexico and Chile during the first quarter of 2016 and in five additional locations later on also next year.

Telefónica said the deal provides it with access to the latest technology levering on the economies of scale enabled by a global provider such as Huawei, which together with competitive pricing will enhance Telefónica’s value proposition in the cloud services market while making easier for enterprise customers to securely move their data to the cloud. The services offered include virtual servers, storage and physical servers, also known as "baremetal".

"With this agreement Telefónica will be better positioned to serve the needs of thousands of enterprises that require an easily scalable platform in the cloud at a competitive cost and with full reliability and security. This is all possible thanks to Telefónica’s capabilities providing end-to-end service management including the network and data center. The smart combination and scale of Telefónica’s and Huawei’s capabilities reinforce both companies and furthermore represents the best guarantee for our customers" said Juan Carlos López-Vives, CEO Telefónica Business Solutions.

“This global collaboration agreement represents a unique milestone in our long successful partnership with Telefónica, and will certainly have a big impact in promoting the migration of enterprises to the cloud and the digital world in all Telefónica footprint. Joint innovation capabilities, customer focus, global scale will allow us to sustainably bring cutting-edge solutions and differentiated offers to our enterprise clients” said Ryan Ding, Huawei’s Executive Director of the Board and President of Products & Solutions.
http://saladeprensa.telefonica.com/

Telefónica’s Strategic Plan: Onlife Telco by 2020

Telefónica presented its new strategic plan for coming years under the slogan “We choose it all”.

In a corporate event in Madrid, César Alierta, Executive Chairman of Telefónica, said his goal is to transform the company into an “Onlife Telco”, which he defines as "a company that promotes connections in life for people to choose a world of infinite possibilities." The event was streamed to the Group's 125,000 employees in 20 countries.

The new strategic plan is founded upon six key elements, three for value proposition –outstanding connectivity, integrated offering, and differential experience- and three facilitators, which will be Big Data and Innovation, end-to-end digitalisation, and capital allocation and simplification.<br /> <br />

 “We are experiencing an true revolution... This is not just another revolution. It is already being shown to be the revolution that will have the greatest impact of all of human history in terms of generation of wealth. The social development it brings will be more than exponential. And we are lucky enough to be at the centre of this revolution. The future will be a better one because we find ahead of us an era of exponential change and growth. A whole new world of opportunities is open to everyone, in any location, to create a better world”, stated Alierta.

http://saladeprensa.telefonica.com/

Microsoft Adds Office 365 Enterprise Communications

Microsoft rolled out new capabilities in Office 365 that modernize the enterprise across meetings and voice, intelligence, and security and privacy. Some highlights:

  • Meeting and voice capabilities in Office 365 -- adds Skype Meeting Broadcast, Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) Conferencing, PSTN Calling and Cloud Private Branch Exchange -- making Office 365 one platform for calling, conferencing, video and sharing integrated with Office applications
  • Analytics and data visualization -- Delve Analytics provides interactive dashboards that surface insights into how users spend their time and who they spend it with, so they can focus on the tasks and people that matter most.
  • Advanced security and compliance -- Customer Lockbox offers customers control over access to their data in Office 365 by giving them ultimate approval rights in the rare instances when a Microsoft engineer must request access to the service. Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery brings machine learning and text analytics that reduce the costs and risks inherent in managing large quantities of data for e-discovery.
  • Dynamics CRM 2016 is now generally available for online and on-premises deployments. Dynamics CRM 2016 includes advancements in intelligence, mobility and service, with significant productivity enhancements to help businesses and customer-facing employees achieve more.

http://blogs.office.com/2015/11/30/office-365-brings-significant-new-value-to-business-customers-worldwide


AppDynamics Builds Ecosystem, Raises $158 Million

AppDynamics, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced co-engineering, co-marketing, and co-sales agreements with Accenture, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Pivotal, Rackspace, and Red Hat.

AppDynamics offers an Application Intelligence Platform that helps businesses proactively monitor, manage, analyze and optimize complex software environments, providing real-time, actionable IT operational and business insights into application performance, user experience, and business outcomes — all in real time. AppDynamics and its partner ecosystem help ensure maximum application and business performance, greatly improved DevOps collaboration for faster delivery, and enhanced analytical insight leading to better decision-making.

At a company event in Las Vegas, AppDynamics also confirmed a $158 million funding round led by General Atlantic and Altimeter Capital. The company's other investors include Adage Capital, Cross Creek Advisors, Industry Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Greylock Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

http://www.appdynamics.com/

Orange Romania Updates Microwave Transport Network with ALU

Alcatel-Lucent is upgrading Orange Romania’s existing long-haul microwave transport network, allowing Orange to enhance its 4G network capacity and performance. Orange Romania’s 4G network covers 70 percent of the population and 96 percent of those in urban locations, with higher speeds of up to 300 Mbps now available in six major cities as well as throughout Bucharest’s metro rail network.

Under the project, which will be completed in 2016, Alcatel-Lucent will migrate its own microwave links to the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio technology across Romania, replacing existing Alcatel-Lucent microwave transport links. Network management will be provided by the 5620 Service Aware Manager. The 9500 MPR offers superior capacity for legacy TDM and new Ethernet traffic.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

Iguaz.io Raises $15 Million for Big Data Storage

Iguaz.io, a start-up based in Israel, announced $15 million in Series A funding for its data management and storage solutions for Big Data, IoT and cloud applications.

The funding round was led by Magma Venture Partners, the funding includes additional investments from JVP and large strategic investors.

The iguaz.io founding team is comprised of a group of former executives from successful technology companies in the fields of storage, cloud computing, high-speed networking, analytics and cyber-security. These companies include XtremIO (acquired by EMC), XIV (acquired by IBM), Mellanox, Voltaire and Radvision (acquired by Avaya).

"Enterprise customers have been sharing their pain points and challenges with us as they try to adopt Big Data and predictive analytics in their business," said Asaf Somekh, co-founder and CEO of iguaz.io. "We designed our solution from the ground up to address these challenges and allow our customers to focus on their applications and business."

"The IT industry is undergoing major shifts with the spread of cloud technologies on the one hand and new data consumption requirements on the other," said Yaron Haviv, co-founder and CTO of iguaz.io. "We're leveraging state-of-the-art hardware with our novel software architecture enabling customers to take a leap forward in their data-driven businesses."

http://www.iguaz.io

Orange and ENGIE to Collaborate on Rural Electricity Grid in Africa

Orange and ENGIE announced a partnership to use their technological knowledge to achieve sustainable progress and economic and social development in Africa. The goal is to expand the electricity grid in Africa and encourage responsible power consumption. These solutions could, for instance, include individual solar kits and small-scale, local electricity networks. The service could then be billed via mobile using Orange Money. Both companies are participating in the COP21 conference in Paris.

Orange is present in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East. ENGIE, which is an international player in the the energy sector, currently supplies 760 MW of power in Africa and aims to become one of the major energy leaders on the continent by 2025 with several major projects planned.

http://www.orange.com


Zain Hosts Telecom Technology Conference in Bahrain

Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, is hosting its fifth annual Zain Technology Conference (ZTC) this week in Manama, Bahrain.

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Transforming Our World’, reflecting Zain’s strategic aspirations of delivering on a compelling digital lifestyle to its customers. Zain is hosting some 60 technology vendors, showcasing their latest technologies.  Topics includes Road to 5G; Core Virtualization Evolution; Business Enablement Solutions; Big Data Analytics & Cloud Services; Customer Quality of Experience; Services Innovation; Energy Efficiency, and Site Optimization.

http://www.zain.com

LGE Licenses Rambus CryptoManager Security Platform

LG Electronics (LGE) has licensed Rambus' CryptoManager security platform for its next-gen mobile devices. The Rambus CryptoManager platform provides chip and device companies with end-to-end security throughout the design and manufacturing process.  It includes a hardware root-of-trust for provisioning of keys to manage sensitive data on mobile devices. Specific terms of the agreement are confidential.

"At LGE, we are committed to ensuring that security is a key component of our industry-leading mobile devices," said Sang-won Song, vice president and head of LGE Mobile SoC Development Department. "With Rambus Cryptography Research team's advanced security expertise, the CryptoManager platform will help us secure mobile devices and applications throughout their lifecycle, providing critical trust among our customer base."

http://investor.rambus.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=944758

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Blueprint: Virtual Session Border Controllers - Benefits and Pitfalls

by Ashish Jain, Director of Solutions Marketing, GENBAND

The move to Network Functions Virtualization is certainly gaining steam. Increasingly, communications service providers are evolving their hardware-based infrastructure to new, next-generation communications networks. The rationale is simple – because of the many benefits offered by the virtualization of network functions including, but certainly not limited to, time-to-market for introducing new services and operational efficiencies.

One of the most critical network functions that communication service providers (CSPs) are looking to virtualize is the Session Border Controller (SBC), which is a vital element in today’s IP communication networks. The SBC is a software function that provides session security, interworking, and advanced session control for real time voice and video communications. Considering their standalone nature, SBCs have minimal dependencies on other key network functions and can evolve independently in terms of network infrastructure. They can also continually interface with other network elements using standard protocols such as SIP.

SBC virtualization provides CSPs with several benefits including:

Cost efficiencies by leveraging general purpose datacenter platforms and shared infrastructure across multiple applications
Service agility and faster time-to-market for new services and or new markets
Operational simplicity for deploying and managing SBCs
Evolution to cloud-based deployments to achieve dynamic scalability
Removal of SBC vendor dependencies on hardware lifecycle
Creation of virtual test environments

But even though the benefits of SBC virtualization are numerous, as with any new technology, there are considerations and challenges that CSPs should be aware of as well.

Make Sure You Have Clearly Defined Virtualization Goals

First and foremost, CSPs should have a clearly defined strategy and goals and know what they want to achieve with SBC virtualization. For instance, are they simply looking to virtualize the SBC function to leverage general purpose platforms in datacenters to reduce dependency on their SBC vendor’s hardware lifecycle and reduce costs? Or do they intend to fully embrace NFV cloud infrastructure to gain a broader set of benefits such as service agility, operational simplicity, dynamic scalability and more?

Given these questions, simple virtualization versus cloud virtualization is the first key decision CSPs need to make. That should be closely followed with the type of infrastructure they will need. The infrastructure requirements will be different for a simple virtualization strategy compared to NFV cloud virtualization.

Understand the Nitty Gritty of SBC Virtualization

The next important set of considerations is to understand how to run SBC as a virtual network function within a virtual or cloud infrastructure. It takes time and planning when considering an SBC virtualization strategy.

There are several things to consider, including:
Readiness of datacenters to handle real time applications
Performance assurance in shared infrastructure
Carrier-grade Five 9’s reliability
Infrastructure characteristics in terms of type of hardware, hypervisors and cloud
Deployment strategy – (private, public, or hybrid cloud?)
SBC virtualization framework
Characteristics such as integrated versus distributed SBC architecture
Service characteristics such as consumer, enterprise, mobile, wholesale or interconnect
Scalability strategy of SBC in a virtualized environment
Troubleshooting and management
Cloud Infrastructure ecosystem support

Not all Virtual SBCs are Created Equally

One of the most important components of an SBC virtualization strategy is selecting the right solution and partner. There are several key considerations operators should make before selecting a virtual SBC.  If CSPs want to leverage the full potential of cloud NFV deployments, the selection of an SBC must take into consideration whether the SBC is architected for cloud infrastructure such as NFV OpenStack or other similar implementations or if it is architected for just a simple virtualization to run on any general purpose server. Virtual SBC doesn’t always mean cloud NFV support. Make sure you clarify that in the vendor evaluation process.

CSPs should also consider the ecosystem support needed to run the virtual SBC in a multi-vendor cloud environment. It must seamlessly interface with the virtual infrastructure managers and cloud orchestrators that have been selected.  In addition, it is important that a cloud infrastructure and virtual SBC solution is carrier-grade, one which ensures Five 9’s or greater reliability when carrying real-time traffic.

Another major consideration is deployment flexibility. The SBC should provide the flexibility to be deployed either as an integrated SBC with both signaling and media functions, or with distributed and separated signaling and media processing functions. Distributing the signaling and media independently brings several benefits in SBC virtualization strategy enabling operators to 1) make a step-wise evolution to the cloud by virtualizing signaling first, and media second, for better economies of scale for media processing such as transcoding functions; 2) gain datacenter optimization by maintaining separate networking infrastructure for signaling (1G) and media (10G); 3) gain cost efficiencies by sharing media resources across multiple signaling instances; and 4) improve quality and reliability by centralizing signaling control and localizing media closer to the customer.

The final major consideration is performance and scalability. One of the major adjustments CSPs have to make in the virtualization environment is a shift from receiving high scalability on a dedicated SBC platform to achieving similar scalability by running multiple smaller virtual SBC instances on a farm of general purpose servers – a recommended strategy for cloud deployment. But vertical scaling (rack and stack) of virtual SBC instances can introduce numerous new operational challenges in a large scale deployment. The virtual SBC should support cloud managers to provide the intelligence to dynamically scale up or down based on network traffic demands – a concept that is generally called elastic scalability in cloud deployments.

From a CSP’s perspective the benefits of deploying virtual SBCs in the cloud far outweigh any potential challenges. From providing consistency in services across geographic locations, to improving the quality of service and service availability, to operational simplicity, to service agility, SBC virtualization offers a great business case. We’re already seeing quite a bit of movement in the market to virtual cloud SBC environments - and that pace should only increase.

About the Author

Ashish Jain is Director of Solutions Marketing at GENBAND. He brings over 12 years of telecommunications industry experience with expertise in the areas of Real Time Communications for fixed and mobile networks, Wireless Security, Mobile OTT, and enterprise social media applications.  In his current role as Director of Solutions Marketing at GENBAND, Ashish drives planning and strategy for mobile security products covering session border controller (SBC), Wireless Access Gateway, Diameter Signaling product line and manages IP based Real Time Communication solution portfolio covering VoLTE, VoWi-Fi, Small Cell, Carrier Wi-Fi, SIP Trunking, and IP Interconnect. Ashish holds a bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science, with specialization in networks and communications, from The University of Texas.

Orange and Ericsson Test Internet of Things

Ericsson and Orange announced a trial of optimized, low-cost, low-complexity devices and enhanced network capabilities for Cellular IoT over GSM and LTE.

Some highlights:

  • Improved indoor coverage: The world-first EC-GSM (Extended Coverage) trial will be conducted in France using the 900 MHz band, with the aim to enhance device reachability by up to 20dB or a seven-fold improvement in the range of low-rate applications. This further extends the dominant global coverage of GSM in Europe and Africa to reach challenging locations such as deep indoor basements, where many smart meters are installed, or remote areas in which sensors are deployed for agriculture or infrastructure monitoring use cases. In addition, EC-GSM will reduce device complexity and thus lower costs, enabling large-scale IoT deployments. Another advantage of this technology is enablement by software upgrades of existing cellular networks, providing nationwide IoT coverage without additional hardware investments.
  • Reduced IoT device cost: In parallel, the world's first LTE IoT trial in partnership with Sequans will take place using  low-cost, low-complexity devices with one receive antenna (instead of two), and half-duplex FDD .This simplifies the device hardware architecture and reduces expensive duplex filters, allowing for 60 percent cost reduction in comparison with existing LTE Cat 4.
  • Extended battery life: In partnership with Sequans, Ericsson will also demonstrate energy efficiency over GSM and LTE networks with Power Saving Mode (PSM) technology. The PSM feature is applicable to both GSM and LTE, and supported by Evolved Packet Core (EPC). It enables extended battery life of communication modules such as sensors by up to 10 years thanks to optimized, power-efficient operations.


"IoT is a key area in Orange's Essentials2020 strategic plan, and France should play a key role in IoT takeoff in Europe. In order to extend our connectivity offer, we are currently deploying a LoRa network. At the same time, we are preparing the future of cellular networks and we are happy to collaborate with Ericsson to be the first operator to demonstrate IoT over GSM and LTE in order to roll it out ahead of 5G availability in the market."

http://www.ericsson.com

Cosmote Hits 500 Gbps with LTE FDD 3x Carrier Aggregation + 256QAM

Cosmote Greece achieved download speeds of 500Mbps in a live LTE network using equipment from Ericsson.

Cosmote is implementing FDD 3xCarrier Aggregation & 256 QAM innovation to their commercial network, boosting performance and market differentiation.

The demonstration, which took place at the Infocom World 2015 event in Athens on November 24, 2015, used Ericsson’s radio solutions and Ericsson Networks Software 16A . In addition, three component 20+20+10MHz FDD LTE carrier aggregation in combination with 256 QAM modulation deployed in a live network for the first time in the European market.

Ericsson said its 256QAM downlink encoding technology provides up to 33 percent higher downlink throughput in good radio conditions. This enables more efficient use of the spectrum allocated to a cell, as well as a 33 percent increase in maximum user downlink throughput.

"OTE Group brings the future of telecommunications today. We invest in innovation in order to be the first to offer our customers pioneering fixed and mobile telecommunications services, while we continue to assertively expand our New Generation Networks and develop the country’s infrastructure. With the consecutive 'firsts' achieved by the OTE Group, such as the demonstration of speeds up to 500 Mbps via our 4G+ network, we confirm our technological superiority and make a difference for our customers," stated Stefanos Theocharopoulos, Chief Technology & Operations Officer, OTE Group.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/151127-ericsson-and-cosmote_244069644_c

DOCOMO's 5G Trials Hit Multiple Gigabits Rates

NTT DOCOMO announced results from several recent 5G trials, each of which surpassed the gigabit barrier.  Some highlights:

  • A 5G trial it conducted with Nokia Networks at the Roppongi Hills high-rise complex in Tokyo on October 13 achieved data transmission in excess of 2Gbps. The trial used millimeter-wavelength signals with an extremely high frequency of 70GHz, a key development for the eventual commercial use of 5G wireless technology in actual-use environments. To date, no test had achieved a 5G data transmission in a commercial complex, such as a shopping mall, due to problems with base stations being out of line of sight and diffused reflections causing the attenuation of highly directional millimeter signals. This time, however, the trial was successful thanks to the use of two new technologies: beamforming, which focuses radio waves in a specific direction, and beam tracking to control beam direction according to the mobile device's location.
  • A 5G trial with Samsung Electronics in Suwon-city, South Korea on November 12 achieved a maximum data-receiving speed of more than 2.5Gbps.  This was accomplished in a vehicle travelling with a speed of 60km/h. The trial used a 28GHz high-frequency signal in combination with beamforming with a high number of antenna elements and beam tracking.
  • A 5G trial with Ericsson verified the feasibility of massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology by achieving a real-time data-receiving speed of more than 10Gbps using Ericsson 5G radio prototypes with a 15GHz frequency band on November 19.
  • A 5G trial with Fujitsu confirmed a multi-base-station cooperative transmission system by achieving a data-receiving speed of over 11Gbps in total of four mobile devices with a 4.6GHz signal on October 26.
  • A 5G outdoor data transmission trial conducted by DOCOMO, DOCOMO Beijing Communications Laboratories and Huawei Technologies on November 18 achieved a multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) transmission of 43.9bps/Hz/cell, which was 3.6-times more efficient than past outdoor trials of LTE-Advanced based MU-MIMO technology.


https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/