Category: Test & Measurement


Small cell start-up challenges femto vendors

US network technology startup SpiderCloud, which has developed a miniature 3G RAN, says it has solved the problem of in-building offload for enterprise use in commercial 3G cellular networks. The firm’s CEO, former Flarion exec Mike Gallagher, told Telecoms.com that none of the femtocell solutions on the market can compete with his firm’s new solution, and said he was prepared to have a “bake-off” with any vendor that claimed to have a product that could deliver the same performance.

Another mobile Linux is born; Meego comes and goes

While long suspected, the reasons for ex-CTO Rich Green’s departure from Nokia have this week become clear. The Finnish firm’s first and last Meego-based handset was released Tuesday, while the OS itself was formally executed with a view to what’s left being assimilated by the LiMo and Linux Foundations.

LightSquared says interference issue solved by filter

Aspiring US wholesale player LightSquared, which is planning a nationwide wireless broadband offering over satellite and LTE networks, has released details of a technical solution that it says will put an end to interference between its network and GPS devices.

Early signs promising for AT&T LTE network speeds

AT&T’s LTE network, which launched on Sunday, is delivering impressive speeds, according to initial testing from Signals Research cited by Mobile Business Briefing. The operator launched its LTE network in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, and at the latter location the analyst house achieved an average speed of 23.6Mbps after downloading a hefty 90Gb of data over a three-day period using a Sierra Wireless USBConnect Momentum 4G dongle.

Telefonica signs PaymentOne for carrier billing in Germany

Right now it seems like operators are falling over themselves to establish direct carrier billing functionality. Telefónica, which already signed up Boku earlier this week, seems to be spreading its bets through a secondary deal with PaymentOne.

Cisco spends $31m on network management suite

Networking giant Cisco is seeking to boost its service provider offering through the $31m acquisition of software developer Axioss, which specialises in network management tools.

Samsung hires Android hacker ‘Cyanogen’

While some device vendors are stockpiling patents, others are hunting down talent, as competition in the mobile handset space heats up. It was revealed this week that Samsung Mobile has hired one of the homebrew market’s most notorious and successful Android hackers, Steve ‘Cyanogen’ Kondik.

Different Strokes

With the LTE Asia conference imminent, Telecoms.com speaks to Alan Hadden, president of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, about the spectrum challenges facing the Asian LTE market. Fragmentation is as much of an issue in Asia Pacific as it is in the rest of the world, with early movers trying to muster support for their competing strategies.

Signaling: the other bottleneck?

Much has been said and written of late about congestion in mobile data networks, a subject brought to the fore by the introduction of the iPhone and its subsequent clones. Indeed, the problem has precipitated a whole new sub-section of the OSS/BSS industry devoted specifically to identifying and controlling wireless broadband data traffic. There is potentially an equally serious problem however in the form of congestion on the signaling channel caused by ‘chatty’ applications and the signaling requirements of increasingly complex services running on smartphones.

LTE spectrum fragmentation delaying LTE roll out report suggests

The fragmented nature of potential LTE spectrum across the world is slowing down operator decision making processes, a report claims. The LTE Spectrum Strategies and Forecasts to 2016 report from Informa Telecoms and Media, reveals that despite a near universal commitment to LTE as a standard, there is still widespread uncertainly over spectrum policy and availability worldwide.

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’.

WIMAX: The Long Goodbye

As CTO of US carrier Sprint Nextel, Stephen Bye presides over one of the most complex combinations of network technologies within the mobile industry. Bye talks to Telecoms.com about his preparations for the next phase of the carrier’s technological evolution and the long-awaited, yet still not officially announced, move to LTE.

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.

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.

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