Category: Networks


FCC investigates net neutrality

The US Federal Communications Commission late last week launched an inquiry into so called ‘net neutrality’. The investigation will serve to allow the regulator to better understand the behaviour of participants in the broadband services market. The Commission will investigate how broadband providers are managing internet traffic on their networks today; whether providers charge different […]

Alcatel trawls up huge IMS-like beast in US waters

Monster equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has secured a giant contract to supply US telco Verizon Wireless with kit for a substantial network upgrade. In a deal that strongly bears out the trend towards more consulting, support services and hosting content in vendors’ products, Verizon will spend $6bn over three years with the Franco-American megavendor. Specifically, the […]

Rumours abound of Nortel GSM sale

Rumours are doing the rounds that Alcatel-Lucent has signed an agreement with Nortel, giving the mega vendor first option to buy the Canadian firm’s GSM business should it come up for sale. According to a document apparently acquired by French daily Les Echos, Alcatel-Lucent would have 30 days to make a first offer, before the […]

Femtocells drive fixed mobile substitution

Small indoor basestations, known as femtocells and picocells, will be the driving force behind fixed mobile substitution, according to research from industry experts, Analysys. The analyst group believes that femtocells will spur the migration of voice traffic from fixed to mobile networks, until 3G networks carry the majority of voice traffic. Femtocells will also undermine […]

WiMAX players sign roaming agreement

The newly formed WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA) this week signed the world’s first WiMAX roaming agreement, providing seamless “GSM-like” roaming amongst WiMAX networks, as well as roaming partnerships with global wifi and 3G networks. WiSOA was founded in September by a handful of early adopters of the technology including, Unwired Australia, Network Plus Mauritius, […]

802.11n clears another hurdle

The latest incarnation of the wifi platform, 802.11n, is on something of a roll at the moment, after the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) working group this week unanimously approved draft 2.0 of the specification. Following early rumours of in-fighting and failed ballots, the draft specification has leapt from version 1.10 to version […]

$20bn contract gives US telecoms execs the jitters

American telecoms executives may well be slightly agitated this month as they await the US General Services Administration’s (GSA) decision on who has won the largest telecommunications contract ever awarded. Dubbed ‘Networx Universal’, the contract is thought to be worth around $20bn (£10.33bn) but that figure could rise. AT&T, Verizon Communications, Qwest Communications and Sprint […]

Nokia Siemens Networks ready to go

Newly merged mega-vendor, Nokia Siemens Networks, said Thursday it will start operations under its new moniker on April 1. Both companies have also agreed to increase their respective contributions to the new 50:50-owned company, with Siemens to contributing Eur2.4bn and Nokia to contribute Eur1.7bn. Since Nokia will consolidate the financial results of Nokia Siemens Networks, […]

WiMAX comes to Lone Star state

Finnish vendor Nokia said Wednesday that it has been tapped by Sprint Nextel to deliver mobile WiMAX kit to four Texas markets as part of the US carrier’s initial build out. Nokia will deploy WiMAX infrastructure, including its Flexi WiMAX Base Station, at sites throughout the four Texas markets in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio […]

ZTE, Datang licensed to sell 3G kit in China

Chinese equipment vendor ZTE said Monday that it has been awarded a TD-SCDMA network entry certificate by the country’s Ministry of Information Industry (MII). The certificate marks ZTE as one of the first vendors allowed to sell kit based on the homebrew 3G standard in China. Local equipment maker Datang is also reported to have […]

Police foil UK net attack

Scotland Yard is believed to have uncovered a terrorist plot to attack one of Europe’s largest collocation facilities, which houses a significant amount of telecoms infrastructure and is a main hub for UK internet traffic. A report in UK newspaper the Sunday Times reveals that UK police discovered computer files during a series of raids […]

Emerging markets among the most penetrated

In 2006, Middle Eastern nation Bahrain became the world’s most penetrated country, ending the year with a 139.6 per cent penetration rate that was driven by a 22.6 per cent annual increase in the number of mobile subscribers, according to Global Mobile’s latest survey of global wireless users. Global Mobile  is a sister publication of […]

WiMAX goes to Brazil

Brazilian pay TV operator TVA said Thursday that it has tapped Nortel to build a trial mobile WiMAX network in the Latin American country. Nortel will deploy its mobile MIMO-powered WiMAX 802.16e infrastructure in the 2.5GHz spectrum, allowing TVA to deliver high speed broadband net access, mobile TV and video, VoIP, streaming media, data applications […]

Chungwa does the Mobile WiMAX tango

Taiwanese telco Chungwa Telecom has become the latest carrier to announce a deployment of 802.16e Mobile WiMAX. The central business district of Taoyuan will be the first area to receive the service, which will use Alcatel-Lucent’s Evolium line of base stations, IP routing equipment, network management, and planning tools. Chungwa and Alcatel are seeking local […]

FCC says telcos must support VoIP

Internet telephony providers have been recognised as “telecommunications carriers” in an FCC ruling that requires incumbent local exchange carriers to connect VoIP providers. The ruling comes one year after Time Warner Cable petitioned the US telecoms watchdog when it found itself locked out of the market by local exchange carriers. Time Warner purchased wholesale services […]

ntl:Telewest takes on BT with next gen network

UK business communications provider, ntl:Telewest Business, moved to beat BT to the punch on Tuesday with the unveiling of its own next generation, integrated network. With the consumer part of its business tied up with the merger of NTL, Telewest and Virgin, ntl:Telewest Business, also part of the Virgin Media Group, is positioning itself as […]

Ofcom study slams wireless as last mile tech

A study commissioned by UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has blasted wireless technology as insufficient to cope with future broadband requirements over the whole of the last mile. Cambridge-based communications design facility Plextek recently completed a six month research study on behalf Ofcom, to investigate the use of wireless technology as an alternative for the provision […]

Taiwan trials MediaFLO

US chip shop Qualcomm said on Sunday that it has been tapped by China Network Systems (CNS) and Taiwan Television Enterprise (TTV) to conduct a technical trial of the MediaFLO platform in Taipei, Taiwan. The trial will begin this month and will feature four live channels of CNS content and up to three live channels […]

China Mobile calls for unofficial 3G bids

China’s largest mobile operator, China Mobile, is reported to have asked equipment vendors to submit informal bids for TD-SCDMA kit. China Mobile, which runs a GSM network, is currently running a large scale trial of the homegrown 3G platform and is likely to get a TD-SCDMA licence when the country allocates spectrum. Apparently, the Chinese […]

IEEE raises the bar on 802.16 [

The IEEE has opened a new working group in the 802.16 standard, best known as WiMAX. The group’s aim is nothing to develop a new version of the technology capable of gigabit speeds. This would, if successful, put the LTE and EV-DO Revision C communities’ feet to the fire in terms of 4G. WiMAX was […]

Polls

With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?

  • Yes, Google and Amazon will now dominate this space (65%, 40 Votes)
  • Consumers won't have made up their mind (19%, 12 Votes)
  • No, Google and Amazon will not be able to replace the telcos in the mind of the consumer (16%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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