Virgin Media UK completes 1.5Gbps broadband trial

Virgin Media, the UK cable broadband operator, announced that it has completed a successful trial delivering speeds of 1.5Gpbs over its existing cable infrastructure. The trial was conducted on a single road in London called Old Street, part of an area that has been dubbed the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ by members of the local tech community known as the ‘TechHub’.

Broadcaster to map UK mobile coverage

The UK’s public service broadcasting organisation, the BBC, has announced that it is to create an independent mobile coverage map of the UK, working in partnership with network analyst firm Epitiro. The broadcaster has developed an Android app in conjunction with Epitiro that, when downloaded by consumers, will feedback data on the availability and strength of signal at different locations throughout the UK.

IPv6 transition stalled by lack of motivation

The telecom industry’s call to action over the adoption of IPv6 is falling on deaf ears in the enterprise space, according to analyst research released on Wednesday.

Novatel, Consert, Verizon in US smart grid play

US mobile device manufacturer Novatel Wireless, best known for its MiFi 3G and 4G hotspot unit, has struck a partnership with load management firm Consert, to embed 3G modules into an electric grid load management suite.

NSN reduces M2M signalling load

The number of GSM subscriptions supporting M2M applications is expected to top one billion by 2015, according to equipment vendor Nokia Siemens Networks this week. To meet this demand, NSN has introduced a software suite catering to the use of GSM networks as M2M service platforms.

LightSquared scores another round of funding

LightSquared has announced that it has raised an additional $265m in additional funding, bringing the company’s total investment haul for the past year to more than $2.3bn. According to LightSquared, the capital was drawn from both existing as well as new investors; beyond that, it’s not naming names. The deal comes amid a period of turbulence for LIghtSquared, which is facing opposition from the GPS establishment over interference issues.

E-prescription vendors need to up their game

A new report from analysts Ovum indicates that, despite the capacity of e-prescription technology to fundamentally change the healthcare systems of Europe and America, vendors of the software need to “up their game and improve the design of their systems”.

LightSquared scores another deal, hits back at critics

Embattled LTE startup LightSquared’s woes appear not to have put off prospective customers, as the company announced yesterday that VoIP provider netTalk had joined Sprint, Best Buy and Leap Wireless as a wholesale customer of the telco.

HomePNA approved by Digital Living Network Alliance

Home networking forum the HomePNA Alliance has seen its technology standard approved by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) for incorporation into the next version of its Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines.

Mobile data peak demand is an all-day phenomenon

There’s no rest for a busy network. With video now accounting for the lion’s share of mobile data traffic on wireless networks, peak demand has become an almost all-day phenomenon, running from noon to midnight daily.

Another blow for LightSquared

Greenfield operator LightSquared’s woes look set to continue, with news that a US House of Representative’s committee has passed a bill blocking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from granting the would-be wholesaler a waiver it needs to move forward.

VoLTE levels the playing field for operators

Figures from industry body the GSMA reveal that 208 operators in 80 countries are now investing in LTE. But while rollouts aimed at consumers are gaining momentum, a study undertaken by research house mobileSquared indicates that one third of operators have no trials or network deployments underway at the moment.

LightSquared GPS move “borders on the bizarre”

Greenfield operator LightSquared’s announcement of a solution to its GPS interference problems has been met with derision by GPS industry body, Coalition to Save Our GPS. The Coalition, which counts Garmin, TomTom, FedEx and the Air Transport Association among its members, issued a statement referring to “this latest gambit by LightSquared” as “bordering on the bizarre.”

LightSquared has plan to side-step GPS interference

LightSquared has announced a plan to switch spectrum bands in an effort to head-off concerns that its frequencies interfere with GPS systems. The announcement comes just two days after the wholesaler secured a last-minute extension to a deadline requiring it to submit a report on interference to the US Federal Communications Commission.

Consumers willing to pay premium for improved service, survey finds

European mobile subscribers rank improved network quality as the service for which they would be happiest to pay a premium and view more widespread connectivity as the most important industry development over the next decade, according to new research from Amdocs.

Altair TD-LTE chipset hits 50Mbps in China Mobile demo

Altair Semiconductor, a developer of LTE chipsets, has shown off its TD-LTE chipset running at up to 50Mbps on the downlink, and 18Mbps on the uplink. The demonstration was made to China Mobile executives at a Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance board meeting using an AsiaTelco manufactured USB dongle.

Operators could save $550m in opex by powering down base stations

Mobile operators could wipe a collective $550m+ off their annual opex costs simply by using data they already have access to to power down redundant base stations. Data released by network performance vendor Arieso indicates that what’s bad for the operators’ pocket is also bad for the environment. According to CTO Mike Flanagan, 3.5bn KWh of electrical power is wasted generating signals in low-demand areas at off-peak times. That equates to 1.9m tonnes of CO2e, or the equivalent of 478,000 cars on the road.

Everyone’s first with VoLTE

Telcos and kit makers have responded with indignation to last week’s International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium’s (IMTC) announcement to the effect that it had completed the first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) test on a live LTE infrastructure. While it’s not quite Elisha Gray vs Alexander Graham Bell, it seems that, when it comes to VoLTE, everybody wants to be a winner


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