May/June 2009 | Volume 1/Number 3
The new members include Atlantic Records, Kyocera (News - Alert) Communications Inc, LearningMate and MediaTile. www.alcatel-lucent.com Atlantic Records, Kyocera Communications Inc, LearningMate and MediaTile to join the multi-industry initiative for 4G, LTE and other ultra-high bandwidth networks Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert)’s ng Connect Program continues to expand as industry interest in next generation networks and services continues to grow at a rapid pace. The ng Connect Program recently announced four new members including companies from the music, telecommunication and education sectors, bringing the total number of companies in the program to 18 in the two months since its inception. The ng Connect Program is a multi-industry initiative dedicated to establishing a rich and diverse ecosystem of infrastructure, devices, content and applications for both mobile and fixed broadband networks. The goal of the program is to facilitate an expansion of the revenue base for service providers and provide new opportunities for others in the value chain by helping bring new applications and services to market. The new members include Atlantic Records, Kyocera Communications Inc, LearningMate and MediaTile.
Cisco (News - Alert) Enables Cargo Management System at Vladivostok Terminal
A new Cisco Unified Wireless network has allowed the Vladivostok Container Terminal (VCT) to set up an advanced cargo management system that now monitors all arrivals, departures and movement of containers in real time, as well as register railway, truck and maritime transportation.
The container terminal operations required data transfer through an 802.11g wireless network with full coverage of the VCT territory, high resilience and the shortest possible outages. The deployment leverages Cisco Aironet wireless access points and adaptive monitoring and management systems that offer intelligent wireless network management, transparent integration inside and outside the offices, automatic set up of access points, and more secure outdoor wireless access. The solution uses dynamic algorithms to support automatic tuning, optimization and troubleshooting which is critically important for enabling reliable and secure business applications.
The deployed by LANIT DV a Premier Certified Cisco partner operating in the Russian Far East.
LTE Mobile Broadband Market to Generate More Than $70 Billion During Next Five Years
A new report from Juniper Research (News - Alert) predicts that the LTE mobile broadband market will generate more than $70 billion in revenues for mobile operators within the next five years.
According to Juniper, LTE will create a “new connected era for devices such as portable games consoles and digital cameras.” As such, it will “bridge the gap between the mobile and consumer electronics worlds.”
LTE’s main markets will be the developed nations of North America, Western Europe, the Far East and China, which together will account for 90 percent of the market by 2014. The report also found that LTE will drive further adoption of mobile commerce and payments. What’s more it will contribute significantly to the growth of the “mobile Web” and will also drive further acceptance of mobile e-commerce among consumers.
The report — which includes a comprehensive six-year forecasting suite of critical figures, data and analysis on enterprise and consumer subscriber take-up, devices, network access via dongles, cards and embedded capability, chipset shipments, ARPUs and service revenues — finds that the current recession will not have much of an impact on LTE’s long-term prospects.
Motorola (News - Alert) Unveils eNodeB Wireless Broadband Radio
Motorola, Inc., recently unveiled its new eNodeB Wireless Broadband Radio (WBR 500r), a long-term evolution (LTE) remote radio head.
According to the company, its new WBR 500r advanced eNodeB features: OFDM (orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing) technology to increase coverage and capacity for improved performance — even in challenging RF environments; enhanced power efficiency for reduced energy consumption; advanced self organizing network (SON) implementation; and flexible deployment options for operators.
The features are designed to enable operators to build and operate their LTE networks at a lower cost. Motorola’s LTE solution also incorporates evolved packet core (EPC), high-speed backhaul, network and device management solutions, and a complete portfolio of professional services.
Skype (News - Alert) Available on iPhone, Blackberry Devices
Skype announced that its Skype for iPhone application is available for download from the Apple (News - Alert) App Store. The new offering also adds Skype calling and instant messaging (IM) to any second-generation iPod Touch with a compatible headset and microphone.
According to the company, the application delivers Skype capabilities such as:
• Free Skype-to-Skype calls (over WiFi (News - Alert)) worldwide
• The ability to call landline or mobile phones at low rates (over WiFi)
• Send/receive instant messages to/from individuals or groups via 3G, WiFi, GPRS or EDGE (whichever is available)
• Receive calls to a personal online number on Skype
• See presence of Skype contacts
Skype for iPhone (News - Alert) requires a WiFi connection to make free Skype-to-Skype calls or low-cost Skype calls to mobiles and landlines.
Skype also recently announced that the lite version of Skype — a thin Skype client for mobile phones — will soon be available as a free download for BlackBerry (News - Alert) smartphones. A beta version will be available in May for the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve smartphones, with support for other BlackBerry smartphones coming later.
Telcordia (News - Alert) Enhances Telcordia IP Assure Solution
Telcordia recently announced the availability of the latest version of its Telcordia IP Assure, a flexible, automated, non-intrusive software solution designed to offer total IP network awareness keeping the network safe, secure, continually available and fully compliant. The enhanced version is suited for diverse, large-scale networks such as those deployed at Fortune 2000 companies and outsourcing service providers.
As an element of the Telcordia Service Assurance Suite, Telcordia IP Assure offers:
• A web-based hosted service model for management of network infrastructure
• A highly scalable distributed architecture
• Support for a wide range of new IP network devices and protocols
• A hierarchical tenant/user model that enables the provisioning of network resources that support separate accounts, direct user data and customized functionality for each tenant.
• Advanced executive reports for historical and organizational performance analysis of operational efficiency and service-level agreements.
Digicel to Deploy Alvarion (News - Alert) WiMAX Throughout Caribbean
Alvarion has reportedly signed a master supply agreement with Digicel Group, a large mobile operator in the Caribbean. As Alvarion’s strategic partner, Digicel (News - Alert) will deploy a WiMAX network throughout the Caribbean region in a major initiative over the next few years.
According to the agreement, Alvarion, together with its OPEN (News - Alert) WiMAX partners, will provide an end-to-end WiMAX offering based on Alvarion’s Mobile WiMAX solution. The master supply agreement also includes a comprehensive package of professional services.
Digicel Group picked Alvarion following a successful commercial deployment of its 802.16e solution in Grand Cayman in 2007. Following the success of the Grand Cayman deployment, Digicel is deploying WiMAX (News - Alert) in additional markets to deliver primary voice, data VPN, and broadband to both corporate and residential customers.