Category: Networks


$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 […]

WiMAX cheaper than 3G, but for how long?

WiMAX spectrum is significantly cheaper than 3G bandwidth and in some cases has been less than one thousandth of the cost of 3G for a given geographic area, according to figures from Pyramid Research. The analyst notes that a correlation exists between the price per MHz per person and the GDP per capita of the […]

E-Plus outsources network management

KPN’s German mobile unit, E-Plus, has outsourced almost its entire network to monster vendor Alcatel-Lucent. On Tuesday, the mobile operator tapped Alcatel-Lucent to manage the operational business divisions responsible for the operation, maintenance and deployment of its cellular network. The switchover will take place on March 1 and will allow E-Plus to concentrate on its […]

One third of US web users are wireless

Over one third of US internet users have logged on using a wireless connection, according to figures released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project on Monday. A majority of wireless users (72 per cent) use the technology to check email on a typical day, compared to 63 per cent of home broadband users […]

China Netcom not interested in homebrew 3G

Chinese fixed line player, China Netcom, has reportedly said that it is not interested in building a network based on the country’s homegrown TD-SCDMA platform. Instead, Netcom, which has no mobile operations of its own, is understood to be interested in China Unicom’s GSM network and an upgrade path to WCDMA. The operator also criticised […]

Ericsson makes play for IPTV firm

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson revealed on Monday that it has made a public cash offer of SKr9.8bn (Eur1bn) for Norwegian IPTV firm Tandberg Television. Ericsson said the potential acquisition would be part of its drive into the IPTV market, and would expand the vendor’s customer base to include cable and satellite operators as well as […]

Skype invokes 60’s ruling to open up networks

VoIP champ, Skype, has petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to apply an American legal precedent, known as the Carterfone decision, to wireless networks. It is suggested that if the firm is successful, the networks would be opened up, making it much easier to use Skype-like services over them. Carterphone dates back to 1968 […]

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