Motorola (News - Alert) Gets Zain Deal
Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson have garnered the big LTE contracts with AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the states, but Motorola Inc. has won yet another LTE deal abroad, this one with Zain (News - Alert) Saudi Arabia.
As part of the Zain Saudi Arabia deal, Motorola will provide LTE gear – including radio access network and evolved packet core infrastructure, devices, and optimization and integration services – for a network in the capital city of Riyadh. The build, which will involve FDD LTE (News - Alert) technology operating at 2.6GHz, is scheduled to commence in the second quarter.
HSPA+ Propels T-Mobile (News - Alert) Forward
T-Mobile USA says it will deploy nationally a HSPA+ 3G network
upgrade, offering consumers access speeds up to 21mbps by the end of 2010. Though much attention rightly is focused on LTE and the fourth-generation network, many mobile operators are more interested in the moment in HSPA+, which offers access speeds comparable to LTE.
KPN Weighs Outsourcing Options
KPN CTO Damir Hajdarovic said his firm is working with Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs (News - Alert) on a network and business transformation program
looking at technology development and deployment, transformation
to new services and applications and the introduction of new business models. So far, such talks have led to a score of outsourcing
deals where service providers hand off some operational details to their technology suppliers.
Analyst Calls for Wireless 'Backhaul on Demand'
Competitive service provider
Operators need to find economical ways to address mobile data growth, by offloading data traffic onto Wi-Fi hotspots and femtocells and by finding economical ways to expand capacity
at macrocell and microcell sites, said Philip Bates, a senior
manager at Analysys (News - Alert) Mason, in his comments last month at Mobile World Congress. That said, it might make sense for backhaul providers to offer wireless operators the option of sharing packet-based backhaul services by offering a "backhaul-on-demand" offer.
BT (News - Alert) Embraces Open Ducts Idea
Ofcom, the U.K. communications regulator, has been preparing the groundwork for at least a year to allow competitors access to BT ducts, in an effort to spur more facilities-based competition. Now BT is embracing the idea that all U.K. ducts be opened to the competition.
GIPS Brings Video Chat to the iPhone
Global IP Solutions (News - Alert), a provider of HD voice and video processing solutions, has launched video chat technology that will let iPhone developers incorporate videoconferencing/video chat into their mobile applications.
Maravedis (News - Alert): Mobile WiMAX Has Outgrown Fixed
A new report from analyst firm Maravedis indicates the number of mobile WiMAX subscribers has surpassed the number of fixed WiMAX (News - Alert) subscribers worldwide. About 4.73 million active BWA/WiMAX subscribers were reached by the end of the third quarter of 2009, according to the report.
Tekelec (News - Alert) Announces Trio of Wins
Tekelec recently unleashed a flurry of announcements, including the fact that Portuguese service provider Optimus has expanded its relationship with the company to monitor performance on its IMS-based network. Machine-to-machine provider Numerex (News - Alert), meanwhile, is using Tekelec short messaging service technology to outfit customers with more options through which to monitor
and manage their assets remotely. And Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., the world’s seventh largest telecommunications company, has tapped Tekelec to provide mobile number portability and SIP-based routing.
Sprint (News - Alert) Gets High Marks for Reliability
In the last two years, Sprint seems to have inched into the shadows while AT&T and Verizon (News - Alert) have captured the spotlight. But recent studies indicate that Sprint's network
quality is improving faster than its competitors. In fact, Sprint’s 3G network has been called the most reliable in the nation’s
major metropolitan areas.
IBM (News - Alert) Scales Sierra
Sierra Wireless has signed a services contract with IBM to host a new services platform dedicated to its software as a service machine-to-machine offering. IBM, as part of the agreement,
will provide data center collocation facilities
and services to Sierra Wireless (News - Alert).
Verizon Introduces Dynamic Mobile Network Routing
Verizon Wireless has announced the availability
of Dynamic Mobile Network Routing
to improve and enhance the ability of enterprise customers to seamlessly integrate their wireline and wireless networks. Mike Lanman (News - Alert), president of the global enterprise and government sales team at Verizon Wireless
says: "We have realigned our organization;
we are expanding our portfolio with products like Dynamic Mobile Network Routing, and we have aligned our teams with the resources that can draw upon the best practices of Verizon and Vodafone (News - Alert)."
Research Firm: Ethernet Services Will Continue to Climb
Verizon Systems Group projects Ethernet business services will hit $40.2 billion by 2014. Additionally, double-digit annual growth of business Ethernet is projected during this time period for all regional markets
throughout the world.
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