Category: Test & Measurement


O2 tops UK mobile broadband performance study

UK mobile broadband users accessing the web over dongles and datacards are getting average throughput of 1.5Mbit/s, according to research released Thursday by UK regulator Ofcom. But there were significant differences between the five carriers’ performance, with O2 delivering the best performance, and Orange the worst. 3UK outperformed T-Mobile, with which it shares a 3G network.

Rohde & Schwarz and Synopsys form LTE testing alliance

Rohde & Schwarz, a supplier of test and measurement solutions, and Synopsys, which owns telecoms IP and libraries, have announced a collaboration that should accelerate the design and verification of LTE-related equipment.

EU Commission launches consultation process on cloud computing

The EU Commission has launched a public consultation process into how businesses, public administrations and other interested parties can benefit from a cloud computing market that the Commission predicts will be worth €35bn in Europe by 2014.

Winners toast success at Informa LTE Awards 2011

The 2011 Informa LTE Awards winners were announced on Tuesday night at a gala event that was part of the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, where the winners were finally announced to the industry. The ceremony, held at the spectacular De Duif in Amsterdam and compered by BBC television sports journalist Rob Bonnet, saw eight companies recognised for their achievements across ten categories. There were 49 nominations.

Arun with a view

With experience of a number of LTE deployments in one of the world’s most advanced markets, Ericsson’s VP for strategy and market development in the US, Arun Bhikshesvaran, shares his thoughts on key strategic and technical issues surrounding rollout of the new technology.

Tablets to help carriers regain ground in the enterprise market

The boom in popularity of tablets represents an opportunity for carriers to trawl back some ground in the enterprise markets, according to John Giere, SVP at Openwave. Giere told Telecoms.com that the tablet market is shaking up the enterprise space far more than it will the consumer one – at least in the US.

Carriers must think laterally to score in an OTT market

Carriers are going to need to think and act laterally if they’re to gain relevance in an over-the-top (OTT) mobile data market. This is the message from Openwave SVP for product management and marketing, John Giere, who said that with customer experience representing a key driver of growth, carriers need to drop their linear approach to billing and services and start taking advantage of their unique access to end-user data.

Ofcom report: LTE networks to up capacity by 200 per cent

Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulatory body, has released a report stating that it expects future UK LTE networks to be 3.3 times more spectrally efficient as current 3G technologies, giving capacity gains of 230 per cent using the same amount of spectrum.

Fixing LTE’s future

Cameron Rejali, BT Wholesale’s MD for Products will be speaking at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam from 17-18th May this year. Telecoms.com spoke to him about whether the future is fixed, network sharing, the practicalities of Wifi offload and taking a heterogeneous network approach.

Sri Lanka hits the LTE road with trials, rollouts

Sri Lankan telco Dialog Axiata has launched 4G/LTE network trials at a variety of locations across Colombo. The trials are taking place in parallel with the carrier’s countrywide expansion of HSPA+ services and, according to the carrier, is “the first exposition of an LTE network in the South Asian region.” The pilot networks are running on Huawei kit.

European banks issue guidelines for NFC payments

The European Payments Council (EPC) has released draft guidelines governing the use of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology for mobile payments. The Council, which represents the European banking industry, has also called for stakeholder submissions on the subject, with the deadline for feedback on June 17th this year.

Intel shakes chip world with ‘skyscraper’ transistors

Chip giant Intel on Wednesday claimed a “major technical breakthrough”, introducing high volume production of the world’s first 3D transistor design. The technology could deliver significant performance gains to mobile devices while avoiding an increase in power consumption. Expect to see the developments implemented in Intel’s Atom chipsets.

NSN offers migration path to Motorola customers

Fresh from its recently completed acquisition of Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks has announced technology that will connect existing Motorola GSM base stations to NSN’s Flexi Base Station Controller, giving them a path to 3G and LTE services.

JDSU: 100G

In this video JDSU talks about the massive demands for bandwidth and how carriers are preparing for the future with the performance afforded by 100GE.

Enter 5G – the NanoCore

A research paper published by Imthiyaz Ali, a senior software engineer at Wipro Technologies, claims to be the first such paper to take at look at the 5G network, which he refers to as “the NanoCore”. The nanocore is based upon the convergence of four main existing technologies: nanotechnology; cloud computing; all IP network; and flat IP architecture.

NSN seals Motorola acquisition deal

Over the weekend Nokia Siemens Networks finally closed its $975m purchase of Motorola’s network infrastructure assets. The move follows China’s approval of the deal and will see NSN take on responsibility for 50 operator customers in 52 countries, as well as 6900 ex-Motorola employees.

Rogers Canada announces LTE network on Ericsson kit for this year

Following successful trials in Ottawa and Montreal in 2010, Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s biggest service providers, has announced that it will launch its LTE network this year. The roll out will kick off initially in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa before extending into a further 25 markets in 2012. Ericsson has inked the deal to supply the radio sites, using its multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 technology; it will also upgrade and expand Rogers’ existing packet core network into an Evolved Packet Core in support of the new LTE infrastructure.

JDSU: Cellular backhaul

In this video, JDSU discusses its suite of Ethernet backhaul instruments, systems and services designed to help operators overcome the confusion and complexity of cellular backhaul cost effectively.

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