Trends in Packet Core Networks

Sponsored by Huawei

With the recent explosive growth of mobile broadband, operators are facing a range of new business and technology challenges to maintain profitability and prepare for an even brighter future for packet data services. The paper focuses on the impacts on mobile packet core networks of the various challenges. These include driving down CAPEX, reducing packet core OPEX, incorporating functionality supporting service aware business models, smooth evolution of core architectures to 4G, moving service & transport layer architectures towards All-IP & IMS, and transforming core and service layers to support relevant radio access standards.

T-Mobile has finger on Android Pulse

Wireless operator T-Mobile was cheerleading for the Android platform on Thursday morning, unveiling its third handset based on the OS and promising many more to come.

T-Mobile reveals Austrian LTE testbed

International carrier T-Mobile has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first multi-user LTE test network “with mobility” in the Austrian city of Innsbruck. The German incumbent carrier worked with Chinese vendor Huawei to establish the network.

Ren Zhengfei, founder and chairman, Huawei

Since founding the firm in 1988, Ren Zhengfei has built Chinese vendor Huawei into arguably the most disruptive infrastructure player in the mobile market. When the next of the big name vendors exits the market through one route or another, and it really is a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’, then it won’t be an exaggeration to lay a portion of the responsibility for this at Huawei’s door.

TeliaSonera demos live LTE connection

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera’s Norwegian subsidiary Netcom, claimed Thursday to have achieved a world first by connecting to the internet over a live commercial LTE network in Oslo.

Huawei wins WiMAX Italian job

Chinese supplier Huawei has announced that Retelit, a broadband wireless access (BWA) provider in Italy, will deploy its mobile WIMAX infrastructure. The deal includes MIMO-enabled 802.16e base stations, ASN gateways, as well as Huawei’s hybrid TDM-IP microwave equipment and network management systems.

Huawei to offer white label Android phone

The mobile handset operating system backed by web giant Google kept something of a low profile during the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week. Taiwanese vendor HTC, maker of the first ever Android-based handset, was the only company to come out with a solid addition to it’s portfolio in the shape of the […]

Telefonica taps Huawei for service delivery

Just when you thought IMS had dropped off the map, Spanish carrier Telefonica has tapped Chinese vendor Huawei to deliver a Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for its Latin American operations. The SDP platform, to be commercially launched during the first half of 2009, allows Telefonica to deliver value added services and eases the process of […]

TeliaSonera hands out Nordic LTE contracts

Scandinavian carrier TeliaSonera said Thursday that it has tapped Swedish vendor Ericsson and Chinese firm Huawei for the roll out of an LTE network in Sweden and Norway. Although LTE has won much support worldwide, the TeliaSonera announcement marks a first in terms of commercial contracts struck. Ericsson said it has already started the rollout […]

Telekom Austria jumps on femto bandwagon

The mobile division of Austrian carrier Telecom Austria said Friday it has started the first femtocell pilot in Central Europe. Mobilkom has rolled out the technology with 35 selected residential and business customers throughout Austria, using kit from Chinese vendor Huawei. As the carrier explains, a femtocell effectively creates an individual indoor 3G network connected […]

Huawei handsets off the market

In a week of financial turmoil it will come as little surprise to learn that Chinese mega-vendor Huawei has decided to postpone the sale of a stake in its handset unit. Back in May, when the firm hired Morgan Stanley to organise the sale of a business worth an estimated $3.5bn, local reports claimed network […]

Nokia, NSN and Huawei strike wireless patent deal

Kit vendor Nokia Siemens Networks and its Finnish parent Nokia have struck a patent licensing agreement with Chinese manufacturer Huawei. On Monday, the firms said that the deal covers all standards essential patents relating to GSM, WCDMA, CDMA2000, optical networking, datacom and WiMAX in mobile devices, infrastructure and services. Ilkka Rahnasto, VP of Intellectual Property […]

WiMAX dongle set to boost market

The certification of Chinese vendor Huawei’s 802.16e USB dongle by the WiMAX Forum last week is an “industry milestone” and should give the mobile WiMAX market a significant boost in the near term. So says Dean Bubley, founder of consulting firm Disruptive Analysis. “Given their track record of ramping up volumes, plus their enviable record […]

Voda eyeing up Huawei’s handset business?

While Vodafone has still got its wallet out, some speculators believe the mobile operator is eyeing up a portion of Chinese manufacturer Huawei’s handset business. Rumour has it that Huawei decided to put up to 50 per cent of its handset business on the market last week, in a bid to raise around $2bn and […]

Huawei wins Vivo GSM deal

Chinese equipment vendor Huawei received a boon from Spanish carrier Telefonica Monday, when it bagged the contract to roll out a GSM overlay on Brazilian subsidiary Vivo’s network. Brazilian operator Vivo thumbed its nose at the CDMA fraternity last month with the announcement that it is to deploy a GSM/WCDMA network overlay. Vivo, which is […]

Huawei says “hello Moto” over 3G partnership

Motorola and Chinese vendor Huawei are the latest manufacturers to form a partnership for equipment deployment. On Wednesday the pair announced a collaboration to combine their expertise and portfolios in UMTS and HSPA technologies. The move has something of an “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” feel about it, as Huawei has been eating […]

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