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Oct/Nov 2008 | Volume 3/Number 5
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Industry News


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 Interoperability

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 (IMS) solutions. 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 network throughout Italy. Alcatel-Lucent’s 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 Femtocell Testing

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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