Friday, December 16, 2005

TDD interference needs close examination (December 2005) - Features

As 3G systems and services slowly grows in popularity across Europe, the prospect that time division duplex (TDD) W-CDMA technology could enjoy widespread deployment moves closer to reality. For many, particularly in Europe, the TDD system is thought of as supplementary - providing additional 3G bandwidth or hotspot data services that are similar to 802.11 WiFi.

Alcatel promotes TD-CDMA in Asia and A-GPS in Europe (December 2005)

Equipment vendor Alcatel will design and roll-out a TD-CDMA network in Jakarta, Indonesia, that will deliver commercial broadband data services. Services will be delivered via a desk-top modem or PC card. Base-station and user equipment will be supplied by US-based IPWireless and the network will be operated by the Indonesian broadband operator PT Solusi Aksesindo Pratama. The three companies currently operate a trial TD-CDMA network in Jakarta and the commercial service is expected to launch in January 2006.

Siemens says US mobile could shift to GSM

Siemens believes North American telecoms operators could shift to the GSM mobile standard from the rival CDMA system, a senior company executive said in an interview published on Thursday.

"Latin America is already moving from CDMA technologies to GSM," Christoph Catselitz, the head of Siemens AG's mobile networks business told Finnish business daily Taloussanomat.

Nokia plans phone with SIP client for consumer VoIP

Nokia Corp plans to launch a phone for the consumer market with a SIP client on the device, enabling users to access VoIP services that comply with that protocol and potentially reducing their bill for mobile voice calling

Monday, December 12, 2005

Alcatel, KT to boost WiMAX cooperation

Alcatel and KT are working together to accelerate the adoption of WiMAX technology. Both companies have decided to establish a new centre in Seoul, South Korea, which will serve as a venue for conducting interoperability tests of WiBro/mobile WiMAX (802.16e) infrastructure with WiMAX-enabled devices and to showcase WiMAX technology. Both companies will also develop new mobile broadband applications that leverage the potential of mobile WiMAX for the worldwide market. Alcatel will provide the radio access and core network elements for the WiBro/mobile WiMAX reality centre, and will integrate this equipment with a set of application platforms to be used to test applications with local third party developers. The centre will be linked to the KT R&D Center to facilitate testing of the convergence of fixed and mobile broadband applications and to evaluate the experience of end-users. KT offers wireline and wireless telephony, high-speed internet data, and satellite communications services. Alcatel provides communications solutions.

Cingular's mobile network delivers broadband service

Cingular Wireless rolled out its HSDPA service. It competes with service offerings from Sprint-Nextel and Verizon using EV-DO.

Friday, December 09, 2005

IEEE approves mobile WiMAX standard

After 12 official drafts, the IEEE has approved the 684-page proposal from the 802.16 Task Group, designating the mobile WiMAX standard as 802.16e-2005.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

InfiNet Wireless Lands 802.16d/802.16e WiMAX Design Win with picoChip

InfiNet Wireless announced today that the company has selected the picoChip software upgradeable WiMAX solution for 802.16d and 802.16e WiMAX system designs. InfiNet, a leading vendor of Broadband Wireless Access equipment in Russia, Eastern Europe, and other key countries of the Emerging Markets, has supplied pre-WiMAX gear for more than 300 carrier-class wireless networks throughout the world. The deal was signed at the Wireless Broadband Forum in Cambridge last month, where both companies were exhibitors.

Nortel to Build First WiMAX Network in Canada with Alberta Special Areas Board

The Alberta Special Areas Board (SAB) has selected Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSX: NT) to build what is believed to be the first commercial broadband wireless access network in Canada based on the WiMAX IEEE 802.16-2004 (fixed WiMAX) standard.

TIM: next-generation mobile phone trials with Samsung

Telecom Italia and Samsung Electronics sign agreement for new WiBro technology trials
The Telecom Italia Group is the first in Europe to trial WiBro, a mobile broadband technology preview of 4G cellphones
Testing to run during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics

WiMAX Network Planned for Finland

Omnitele says that it has been contracted by two local Finnet group telephone companies, Mikkelin Puhelin and Kajaanin Puhelinosuuskunta, to carry out the radio network planning of the first two extensive WiMAX-implementations in the world.

Cingular launches 3G in 16 US cities

Cingular Wireless, the largest US mobile carrier, launched its 3G network in 16 cities on Tuesday, becoming the first mobile network operator in the world to deploy a 3G network based on HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The WiMAX conundrum

It's tough out there in wireless-land. Ericsson's CTO doesn't hold back in his views on mobile WiMAX or Flarion, or, for that matter, his employer's current preoccupation, HSDPA. Hakan Eriksson talks with senior contributing editor Robert Clark

A Dash of WiMax Reality

As with most emerging technologies, there's good news and bad where WiMax is concerned.

To wit, a plugfest in Beijing earlier this month heralded new levels of multi-vendor interoperability -- but it's still likely be at least another six months before certified products are available to buy.