Category: Test & Measurement


ST-Ericsson begins to offload R&D resources

Embattled chipset firm ST-Ericsson has agreed to transfer its R&D division based in Linköping, Sweden, to local IT consultancy Cybercom. The move follows recent speculation regarding the future of ST-Ericsson, the 50/50 joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics, as the company battles with rising losses and suggests more changes are still to come.

Wasted Mobile Data: The $1bn problem

Despite the huge and never-ending investment in newer and faster wireless technologies, it’s generally assumed that the mobile network operators are primarily responsible when their apparently clogged pipes fail to meet subscribers’ performance expectations for delivering content from over-the-top (OTT) providers, or when the latest and greatest smartphone fails to repeatedly deliver the user experience that their owners expect. But as often happens, this conventional wisdom is wrong.

Battery life complaints causing operator headaches

Smartphone manufacturers are leaving customers disappointed by not quoting battery performance in a way that reflects day-to-day use, according to a study published today. Customer experience specialist WDS analysed the battery life of 50 of the top smartphones launched over the past year and compared them alongside two million technical support calls taken on behalf of global mobile network operators and handset manufacturers.

Adobe Flash pulled from Android app store

Software developer Adobe has effectively killed off its Flash Player for Android, on Thursday pulling the browser plug in from the Google Play marketplace.

Operators looking to wifi offload but vendors’ solutions still lacking

Mobile operators are looking past the negative revenue implications of using wifi offload due to concerns over the sheer growth of data traffic. However, although the majority of infrastructure vendors are now including wifi offload solutions in their product portfolios, those solutions do not fully meet operators’ needs, according to Ovum.

LTE TDD winning wide acceptance

The time division flavour of LTE, LTE-TDD, has gained wide ecosystem acceptance and backing from leading infrastructure and device vendors, leading analyst house Ovum to predict that 25 per cent of all LTE connections will be on LTE TDD by 2016.

Industry lights up IPv6 addresses

Major network operators around the world permanently enabled IPv6 for their products and services on Wednesday, June 6, as World IPv6 Launch day marked the official debut of dual-support capabilities that will be in place for many years to come.

Diameter a hot topic at the LTE World Summit

Last week’s LTE World Summit included a pre-focus day on signaling for the first time. It was also one of the few times a pre-focus day meant a full room with several standing delegates, many more than the conference team had predicted.

So what made this day particularly interesting? The focus of the signaling day was split in two broad categories: RAN generated signaling and Diameter.

70% of operators believe now is the right time to launch LTE

Global momentum behind 4G/ LTE is set to accelerate with the majority of operators planning to launch LTE services this year or next according to a recent survey by Informa Telecoms & Media. Almost 60 per cent of operators stated that they will launch 4G services this year (33.7 per cent) or next (24.9 per cent), while the vast majority – 70.5 per cent – believe there is a viable business case to launch 4G today.

Reducing mobile operator costs with POS solutions

In times of economic constraint, it is vital for businesses to find ways of reducing their costs and effectively managing their resources, whilst simultaneously ensuring that customers are satisfied with the service they are receiving. This can often be difficult, with many overlapping factors to be considered. For mobile operators, achieving such a fine balance can be crucial to their success in confronting increasingly aggressive competition.

China Mobile and Clearwire collaborate on TD-LTE

The world’s biggest carrier in terms of subscribers, China Mobile, is testing interoperability specifications for the time division flavour of LTE (TD-LTE) with US operator Clearwire.

Reducing copper in cables to beat thieves

With copper theft on the rise due to the value of the metal used in communications equipment, a component manufacturer has developed an alternative cable which uses less copper.

LightSquared names new CFO

US LTE wholesaler LightSquared on Tuesday announced the appointment of Marc Montagner as chief financial officer, who until recently held the role of senior vice president of corporate development and M&A at Sprint Nextel.

LTE North America Award Preview – Best Enabling Technology for LTE

The LTE North America awards 2011 are taking place on the 8th November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA. The awards celebrate the innovation and excellence in that has taken place over the past 12 months in the LTE industry and features 60 nominees across 9 categories. In the lead up to the awards, we are featuring close looks at each of the companies shortlisted and here we bring you a preview of the category: Best Enabling Technology for LTE.

LTE North America Award Preview – Best Chipset / Processor Product

The LTE North America awards 2011 are taking place next week on the 8th November 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA. The awards celebrate the innovation and excellence in that has taken place over the past 12 months in the LTE industry and features 60 nominees across 9 categories. In the lead up to the awards, we are featuring close looks at each of the companies shortlisted and here we bring you a preview of the category: Best Chipset / Processor Product.

Femto competition driving free offerings

A growth in markets with multiple femtocell offerings is driving operators to offer the products for free, according to a new study from Informa Telecoms & Media. Femtocell services are currently available in 23 countries around the world, and 43 per cent of these countries have multiple operators offering the technology, the firm said. For the majority of these countries, at least one operator offers the devices free of charge.

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.

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.

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