Category: Test & Measurement


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.

Mobile network predictions for 2012

As operators in highly competitive, developed markets continue to invest in mobile broadband networks during 2012, we expect them to focus on two key areas for the following year: technologies critical to maintaining a high user experience and initiatives providing additional profit growth opportunities while reducing costs. Key areas for network investments include backhaul, network sharing and traffic optimization.

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 cells still raising more questions than answers

Small cells promise to boost capacity and throughput in areas of high usage more cheaply than macro cell deployments, while allowing more efficient use of spectrum than macros, and providing improved coverage at the cell edge and indoors. Bringing the radio signal closer to the user should also help to improve device battery life.

WAC’s best bet is to focus on OneAPI aggregation

It’s perhaps too easy and fashionable to trash multilateral operator initiatives – to think they are doomed to failure from the word go. But their dismal track record supports such cynicism. And after attending Informa’s WAC Focus Day in Berlin a couple of weeks ago, one couldn’t help but leave the event with a pessimistic view of the prospects for the Wholesale Applications Community, or WAC for short.

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.

Another mobile Linux is born; Meego comes and goes

While long suspected, the reasons for ex-CTO Rich Green’s departure from Nokia have this week become clear. The Finnish firm’s first and last Meego-based handset was released Tuesday, while the OS itself was formally executed with a view to what’s left being assimilated by the LiMo and Linux Foundations.

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