Category: Networks

IPTV to flourish in China

Boosted by a flourishing broadband environment and major events such as the Beijing Olympics in 2008, IPTV take-up in mainland China is forecast to pass the 23 million subscriber mark by 2012. New findings from ABI Research suggest that technological innovations are rapidly redrawing the Chinese telco landscape and operators are compelled to diversify in […]

5.8GHz WiMAX chip ships

Fujitsu has shipped its first WiMAX baseband system-on-a-chip for the 5.8GHz unlicensed band, the company announced on Wednesday. The first customers are Orza Networks and Sun Create Electronics, both of which intend to use it with a Texas Instruments RF stack in fixed (IEEE802.16d) WiMAX customer premise equipment. High hopes for WiMAX in unlicensed spectrum […]

Wifi meshing catches on

Wifi meshing is becoming increasingly common in several markets and shipments of wifi mesh access points (AP) are expected to double over the next four years. Industry analyst In-Stat forecasts that more than 50,000 wifi mesh AP unit shipments are expected in 2006, with almost 100,000 unit shipments expected in 2010. Wifi meshing allows wireless […]

Operators switch off Moscow’s tube services

According to local reports, Russia’s three largest mobile operators suspended services in Moscow’s tube network Wednesday. MTS, VimpelCom and Megafon told the Russian news agency Novosti that according to company representatives, the move could be connected to a terrorist threat in the capital city. The claims were “unofficial”, Novosti states. If the Russian authorities give […]

Telstra requests A$600m for ADSL rollout

Australian incumbent Telstra has requested A$600m from the government to help fund what it says will be the largest ADSL broadband rollout the country has ever seen. With a significant number of Australians living in extremely remote parts of the country, beyond the reach of much of the cutting edge infrastructure deployed in larger population […]

BT buys Nortel Ethernet kit for 21CN

BT’s £10bn 21st Century Network project has taken a slightly surprising turn, with the announcement this week that the carrier is ordering Nortel’s Provider Backbone Ethernet kit. Out of eight vendors involved in the scheme, Ericsson is the only one that is not competing with a second supplier in its domain, the so-called i-node router. […]

Wireless USB makes appearance

PC peripherals and equipment vendor Belkin has unveiled one of the earliest commercially available UWB (ultra wideband) products. Belkin has introduced a hub and adapter built completely on the certified Wireless USB specification. Over the past several years of its development, UWB has been involved in a tug of war between the Freescale and WiMedia […]

Ericsson wins Russian trunk radio deal

Scandinavian equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, has won a contract with the Russian mobile operator CJSC Yeniseytelecom (YTC) to deliver a trunk radio network as part of its ongoing modernisation of its transport network. In a statement Tuesday, Ericsson said it will implement the latest generation of its compact long-haul microwave system, Marconi LH, and offer Yeniseytelecom […]

India’s mobile operators failing to please – Survey

A survey of customer satisfaction with mobile services in India has revealed a public that is becomming increasingly incensed with poor service in the world’s fastest growing mobile market. The survey by Voice and Data – a magazine covering telecommunications in India – suggests that satisfaction levels have fallen below a benchmark set by the […]

Rev. A comes to Europe

Czech Republic trunking operator MobilKom said Monday it has tapped Chinese vendor ZTE to deliver a cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A network. Deployed through 2007, the Rev. A network may well be the first of its kind in Europe, which traditionally uses GSM technologies. Rival player, Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, is also planning to deploy […]

DoCoMo under domestic pressure

Leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is feeling the heat from mobile number portability and increased competition after signing up the smallest number of subscribers over the month of December. In terms of net additions, DoCoMo was beaten flat out by second placed KDDI, which signed up 297,500 customers in December. Even the country’s smallest […]

Virgin Mobile targets India

According to local reports, Virgin is looking to launch its mobile brand in India. The Times of India said Monday that Virgin was in talks with Tata Teleservices there. The paper cited a source “familiar” with the deal but did not name sources. According to the report, if Virgin is successful, it could launch products […]

Gartner warns operators to stay focused

Industry analyst Gartner has warned that operators are in increasing danger of drifting away from their core business. Instead, the analyst believes carriers should bite the bullet and face a future where they have to survive on much lower margins than today. With the onset of mobile broadband and IP as core carrier strategies, there […]

US accuses China over 3G

America’s Commerce Secretary has publicly criticised China for its 3G strategy, accusing the country of stifling innovation by snubbing global standards. Carlos M. Gutierrez on Tuesday slammed China’s chosen route on 3G in what he termed “pockets of standards” which he claimed harmed the prospects for innovation. In particular, he referred to the continuing wait […]

FMC high on UK business agenda?

Over half of UK businesses are believed to be considering Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) in a positive light. Research conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of software and services vendor Martin Dawes Systems estimates that 10 per cent of UK companies are already using the technology and another 7 per cent are planning to implement […]

SFR pilots UMTS900 with Nokia

Nokia and French operator SFR said Friday they have carried out a technical pilot on UMTS 3G voice calling in the 900MHz band (UMTS900). Because of its lower frequency, UMTS900 is anticipated to provide between two and four times more coverage than the most commonly used 2GHz band as well as increased indoor coverage. The […]

Vonage to resell wifi access

Internet telephony player Vonage said Monday that it has signed a three year contract with US internet service provider EarthLink to offer wifi internet access in select cities throughout the US. Under terms of the agreement, Vonage will buy internet access on a wholesale basis from EarthLink in all cities where the company will build, […]

Sprint adds Nokia to WiMAX party

Sprint Nextel on Friday announced that it has picked Nokia as a “key infrastructure and consumer electronic device provider” for its 4G WiMAX mobility network. The advanced network will, according to Sprint, be designed to allow users to experience high bandwidth mobile internet connectivity at access speeds significantly higher than today’s wireless networks. Nokia joins […]

Spectrum auction causes drama

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has weighed in as an unlikely commentator on the UK’s digital switchover between 2008 and 2012. Ofcom’s proposal to release the UHF band, which occupies the frequencies 470 to 862MHz, has caused concern among the theatre and media industries. At present, one block of spectrum known as Channel 69 is reserved […]

Telefonica considers offloading Airwave

Spanish operator Telefonica, the owner of UK-based mobileco O2, said Friday that it was considering offloading the public safety communications unit of the UK operation. Telefonica acquired Airwave, which operates and manages communications services for the police, ambulance and fire and rescue services, when it bought up O2 in 2005. The division operates the world’s […]


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