Category: 5G and Beyond

Tackling climate change

At present the ICT sector contributes two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The figure seems low but the sector’s will grow over the next ten years. Molly Webb, ICT project director for The Climate Group, argues it would be better to put measures for reducing emissions in place now while the problem is manageable.

WiMAX to lose out to HSPA+, LTE

An estimated 2.1 billion wireless broadband customers are forecast to generate $784bn in service revenue by 2015, according to figures released this week. But industry analyst Analysys Mason warns that cellular technologies are set to dominate the wireless broadband services market, with twenty times as many users as WiMAX by the end of 2015. Analysys […]

AT&T tries to rain on Clearwire’s parade

Leading US wireless operator AT&T is seeking to put a crimp in Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire’s plans to merge assets and form a nationwide WiMAX network. Late last week the carrier filed a petition with US communications regulator the FCC, requesting that the authority refuse the merger. In June, the new Clearwire, which is to be […]

Avoiding greenwash

Environmental awareness is on the rise. Marketers have been quick to recognise and seize upon the Zeitgeist. The trouble is, some green claims just don’t wash.

Chunghwa 3G upgrade

Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom is upgrading its 3G network to the tune of Euro72m. The carrier will trial Nokia Siemens Networks’ Internet High Speed Access (I-HSPA) network. The trial will pave the way for a migration to an flat all-IP architecture. NSN will deploy its Flexi Base Station and mobile softswitching solutions, along with a high […]

Ten ways for operators to cut costs

The pressure has long been on operators to squeeze cost out of their businesses, while at the same time broadening their service portfolios and growing their footprints to boost turnover.

WiMAX backers applaud EC decision on 2.6GHz band

Industry association the WiMAX Forum has welcomed a recent decision by the European Commission to allow regulators to be flexible in the amount of FDD (paired) and TDD (unpaired) spectrum they award in the 2.6GHz frequency band. The EC decision is a significant one for the WiMAX community as it is a move away from […]

OBSAI integrates LTE into base station platform

The base station ninjas at OBSAI (the Open Base Station Architecture Initiative) said Friday that it has incorporated LTE into its base station architecture for the first time. OBSAI is an industry forum devoted to the creation of a suite of open specifications for base station architectures, and this latest news means that the forum’s […]

T-Mobile UK improves upload speeds

Mobile operator T-Mobile UK claims to be the first UK carrier to have committed to deploying HSUPA technology on a nationwide basis. As of Tuesday, July 1, users of the T-Mobile network are promised an improvement of to fivefold in the time it takes to upload photos and videos to web sites at speeds of […]

Industry integrates femtos into LTE, WiMAX networks

The Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) forum has had a busy week, announcing its second collaboration in as many days. On Thursday, the carrier forum announced a partnership with another busy group, the Femto Forum, to develop architectures for next generation mobile broadband networks based on WiMAX and LTE. The two bodies will work together […]

Industry bodies push next gen. security agenda

Two operator led industry bodies announced plans to work together on Wednesday to increase the industry’s awareness of device and network security in next generation mobile networks. The Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) alliance, an operator led community that recommends mobile terminal requirements, will collaborate with the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) forum, an eclectic […]

European 3G subscriptions top 100 million

European 3G WCDMA subscriptions passed the 100 million mark at the of May, just over five years after the region’s first commercial WCDMA network launch. According to statistics from parent Informa Telecoms & Media, there were 101.5 million WCDMA subscriptions in Europe out of a total of 910.8 million mobile subscriptions at the end […]

Clearwire: Unwired or unhinged?

A nationwide WiMAX network for the US is now a strong likelihood. The new, improved Clearwire has the money, the partners and the will to make it happen. But will it be a wireless breakthrough or a white elephant?

Metro wifi resuscitated in Philadelphia

A consortium of local investors have acquired the wifi network covering the US city of Philadelphia, just weeks after the previous owner EarthLink said it would shut the operation down. Last month, the US ISP revealed that negotiations with the City of Philadelphia, in which EarthLink offered to transfer ownership of the entire $17m network […]

WiMAX early adopters on rapid evolution arc

As the first WiMAX deployments get underway it is clear that the network technology offers very different propositions for emerging and mature marketplaces. But over time, the business models in both markets will become more closely aligned as the operators, and the technology itself, evolves. This is one of the key points to be delivered […]

TDF flies WiMAX flag in France

European network service provider TDF has tapped Motorola to design and deploy 802.16e WiMAX networks for several regions in France. The network will be operated by TDF subsidiary HDRR, which provides network services to broadcasters and telecom operators throughout Europe. The three year frame agreement, announced at the WiMAX Forum Global Congress yesterday, follows an […]

Emerging markets dominate WiMAX deployments

Emerging markets, short on fixed line broadband offerings, accounted for more than 70 per cent of WiMAX subscribers globally in 2007, according to recently released research. Industry analyst Pyramid Research recently concluded a review of commercial WiMAX networks across the world and discovered that WiMAX operators have been adding new customers at a rate of […]

WiMAX to help deliver connectivity to 5 billion

By 2015, there will be more than 5 billion wireless connections worldwide, and as much as 97 per cent of these new subscriptions will come from emerging markets, with at least half of this amount coming from India and China. In line with these forecasts, infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks sees connectivity as its prime […]

Nortel gains on 4G shift; offloads WiMAX development

Canadian equipment vendor Nortel Networks watched its shares soar 13 per cent on Wednesday, after the company announced plans to shift its 4G focus to LTE, rather than WiMAX. Nortel will offload its WiMAX initiative into a strategic agreement with WiMAX kit vendor Alvarion, supplying core network solutions, backhaul, applications, and global services, to be […]

Nokia Siemens offloads fibre optics unit

Monster vendor Nokia Siemens Networks said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to sell off its Open Transport Network (OTN) unit, which specialises in fibre optic communications. Belgian investment company GIMV, will take over majority control of the OTN division and spin it off as a separate company during the second quarter. Around 80 NSN […]