Ericsson and Sonaecom Team on IMS-Integrated
IPTV Middleware Trial
In collaboration with Portuguese triple play operator Sonaecom,
Ericsson will provide and integrate its open, standards-based, endto-
end IPTV solution. The Prime Integrator agreement includes
Ericsson’s new IMS-based IPTV middleware and enables the
operator to deliver personalized and interactive TV experiences to
its subscribers. The deployment and trial has already begun.
Ericsson will upgrade Sonaecom’s IPTV system by delivering and
integrating a next-generation, end-to-end IPTV solution comprising
Ericsson’s new IMS-based IPTV middleware and network
infrastructure, as well as TANDBERG Television’s high-definition
and standard-definition video processing platform. The collaboration
will enable the Portuguese triple-play operator to provide
an individual entertainment and communication package for
consumers that includes interactive and mobile functionality.
Based on open standards, the Ericsson IPTV ecosystem is designed
to comply with the Open IPTV Forum specifications.
Brasil Telecom Deploys mSwitch System for
Fixed Mobile Convergence Service
UTStarcom, Inc. announced that Brasil Telecom has deployed the
company’s mSwitch solution to power its fixed mobile convergence
(FMC) network. This convergence network solution would
enable fixed-line connectivity with GSM platforms for call continuity
between the two networks using a single wireless device. The
FMC solution is designed to also help Brasil Telecom extend its
current cellular coverage area using the new Voice Continuity Call
(VCC) handover between cellular and WiFi networks.
The deployment reportedly makes Brasil Telecom the first mobile operator operator
to implement UTStarcom’s mSwitch solution
and also the first to have fixed mobile
convergence networks in the world.
NEC Accelerates Path to NGN Standards and
In an effort to advance the development of Next Generation
Network (NGN) standards and interoperability in a multivendor
environment, NEC Corporation of America (NEC),
is leading several global NGN initiatives and establishing
close collaborative relationships to demonstrate proof of
interoperability of its NGN and IP Multimedia Subsystembased
Recently, NEC announced the appointment of Dr. Veli Sahin,
senior director, Business Development, NEC Corporation of
America, Carrier Solutions to the Board of Directors of the
MultiService Forum MSF. Dr. Sahin’s appointment comes
as NEC prepares for the October GMI 2008 (Global MSF
Interoperability) event, where NEC will assist in generating
recommendations for interface specifications as well as test
scenarios necessary to promote the continued growth of NGN.
GMI 2008 will use “real-world” global network scenarios to
highlight the compatibility of NEC’s portfolio of NGN and
IMS-based IPTV related software.
Nanoradio’s Always On WiFi Introduced Inside
3G UMA Phone
Nanoradio has announced that its Always On WiFi solution has
been commercially launched inside the world’s first unlicensed
mobile access (3G UMA) phone. The P270 is reportedly the first
device that combines UMA and 3G network technology. UMA
extends mobile services voice, data and IP multimedia subsystem/
session initiation protocol (IMS/SIP) applications over IP access
networks. The UMA phone requires the WiFi to be active all time
in order to receive an incoming or making an outgoing UMA call.
A NRX700/2 WiFi chipset, the Always On WiFi solution from
Nanoradio offers fully tested 802.11b/g functionality. The functionality
features ultra-low power consumption enabling UMA
standby time and UMA talk time.
Alcatel-Lucent and Neo-Sky to test WiMAX
Rev-e Capabilities in Spain
Alcatel-Lucent today announced that it has been selected by
Neo-Sky to deploy a turnkey WiMAX 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e)
network in Madrid, enabling the Spanish broadband operator to
test and accelerate the deployment of WiMAX services in Spain.
The network is designed to enable services such as Voice over
IP (VoIP), high-speed Internet access and advanced multimedia
broadband services for nomadic users, fully supported by
computer-embedded end user devices.
In the framework of this field trial, Alcatel-Lucent will provide
Neo-Sky with a complete WiMAX Rev-e solution, including base
stations and WiMAX access controllers, and IP Multimedia Subsystem
(IMS) core networking equipment, software and application
platforms and end-user terminals. The IMS architecture enables
the delivery of advanced and personalized telephony and multimedia
services from fixed and mobile access. Alcatel-Lucent also will
provide design and planning for end-to-end integration of Neo-Sky’s
network along with maintenance and provisioning services.
3 Italia Selects Alcatel-Lucent to Expand its
DVB-H Mobile TV Network
3 Italia, a 3G mobile
operator in Italy and a
DVB-H Mobile TV
operator, has selected
Alcatel-Lucent to expand
and optimize its
broadcast Mobile TV
solution for 3 Italia is based on its DVB-H terrestrial transmitters,
its remote monitoring system and includes network integration
services. The solution will enable 3 Italia to increase the indoor
and outdoor coverage of its broadcast Mobile TV network, while
optimizing network efficiency for enhanced Mobile TV service
delivery. As a result, 3 Italia’s subscribers will be able to enjoy television
programming — such as football matches, movies, music and
reality shows — with improved mobility and service continuity.
Catapult Communications Delivers Comprehensive
Catapult Communications has announced extensive femtocell
test capability on the DCT2000 test system, enabling customers
to verify femtocells on LTE, UMTS, CDMA2000 and WiMAX
networks over IP, SS7 and ATM transports.
A femtocell extends the reach of the cellular network into homes
and small offices providing users higher quality voice and data
coverage. Network equipment manufacturers and service providers
can verify femtocell access points and gateways, also known
as the Home Node B (HNB) and the Home Node B Gateway
(HNB-GW), by using the DCT2000 to simulate core networks
and generate voice, video and data traffic. The DCT2000 supports
the TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol for testing
the management interface to femtocell access points. The Femto
Forum recently announced its members have agreed to implement
this key femtocell management protocol.
Informa Report Bodes Well for Femtocells
According to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media
“Mobile Broadband Access at Home: The Business Case for
Femtocells, UMA and IMS/VCC Dual Mode Solutions”, mobile
traffic generated in the home environment was estimated at 40%
in 2007. By 2013 it is expected to reach an overwhelming 58%.
The Analyst firm expects that deployment of femtocells should
help operators offload up to 8% of total mobile traffic to fixed
networks via end-user broadband lines.
The report finds that mobile voice minutes of use (MoU) in the
home environment will approach 42% of total mobile voice traffic
by the end of 2008. As the price gap between fixed and mobile
calls narrows mobile voice usage at home will gradually increase
to reach 49% by 2013. The office environment will come in second
position with a 30% market share, while only 9% of calls will
be initiated on the move - when walking, driving, or on the train
or bus - and the remaining 21% of calls will be generated from
other public environments.
Mobile data usage is also expected to increase over the coming years.
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