Category: Test & Measurement


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.

Trust games

Years of consolidation have drastically altered the appearance of the vendor community. The wise money says there’s more to come. So as a CTO , how do you choose which company will provide, install, or even run your greatest asset—the network?

One Vision

US operator Sprint has long juggled a complex mix of network technologies. A current project to overhaul its network strategy is the responsibility of CTO Stephen Bye.

Keeping the edge

In the highly competitive Singaporean market, Mock Pak Lum, who has been CTO of Starhub for ten months, has to keep the operator on the edge in terms of network capabilities.

A problem shared

In a frank assessment of the challenges facing European operators in deploying LTE networks, the chief technology officer of Orange Spain recently issued a rallying cry to the industry to collaborate on deep network sharing. Only by embracing this strategy, he told his peers, can operators hope to make LTE profitable.

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.

A long term view

Yves Bellego, Director of Technology Strategy for Orange Group comes from a background in managing the firm’s extensive spectrum portfolio – something that gives him a skill set well suited to looking after the technical side of network operations in Europe.

Going the distance

Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for leading Russian carrier MTS, is tasked with balancing a network strategy for one of the world’s biggest geographic regions as well as several satellite markets.

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.

How viable is wavelength unbundling on FTTH networks?

I have been looking into the Open Lambda Initiative (OLI), NGPON 2 technologies and the fascinating framework that the OLI is creating which would allow multiple operators to each deploy their own active equipment on a PON tree architecture and use different wavelengths on the fibre. This offers a solution to a problem with today’s EPON/GPON FTTH systems: only one company can deploy its own OLTs, limiting flexibility and room for differentiation amongst the other players.

Smart cities and Rocket steam engine: on parallel tracks?

Back in the early 19th century, the public debut of George Stephenson’s Rocket steam engine was a harbinger of the Age of Steam, which applied the technologies of the industrial revolution to transport with great success. Funded by eager speculators, railway infrastructure soon expanded across the world and eventually usurped canals as the main form of transportation.

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.

Do consumer telematics services have real potential?

The embedding of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications technology within commercial vehicles for the purpose of allowing fleet tracking is already a mature market in the enterprise services sector. The value proposition for fleet owners in terms of the implications for their internal operations as well as for the services that they can offer to their own customers as is clear.

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.

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