Monday, December 18, 2006

Three operators acquire Germany-wide WiMAX licences

The German WiMAX licence auction ended on 15 December after 35 bidding rounds in three days with total bids amounting to EUR 56.07 million, reports German telecommunications regulator BNA. Three operators have acquired a licence in all 28 regions: Luxembourg-based Clearwire Europe, German regional WiMAX operator DBD and German operator Inquam Broadband. German ISP Televersa Online acquired licence packages in two regions, while Italy-based MGM Productions Group acquire a licence package in one region. German regional telecoms operator Ewe Tel dropped out of the auction on 13 December, because the bids for regional WiMAX licences in the north of Germany passed their economical viable targets. Clearwire paid the most for its 28 WiMAX licences almost EUR 20 million, followed by Inquam that paid around EUR 18 million and DBD with EUR 16.5 million. MGM paid EUR 1.2 million for its only licence and Televersa paid EUR 342,000 for its two licences.

DBD directly announced that it will start to roll-out WiMAX networks from the beginning of 2007, complementing its current regional WiMAX networks and plans to provide WiMAX services in the whole of Germany within a few years. The company plans to invest almost EUR 1 billion in the roll-out.

Monday, December 11, 2006

ATV's News Archive December 11th - December 15th

UK media regulator Ofcom plans to auction licences for the country's largest single release of radio spectrum with a total of 215 MHz, which can be used for services such as mobile broadband and advanced wireless.

The proposals are part of a wider programme to release around 400 MHz of prime spectrum over the next few years, the regulator said in a statement.

For now, Ofcom proposes to auction licences to use three spectrum bands: 2500-2690 MHz, 2010-2025 MHz and 2290-2300 MHz. It plans to release the spectrum on a technology and service neutral basis.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Government working with Nortel, Toshiba to test WiMAX services: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

The Japanese government is working with Nortel and Toshiba to trial next generation wireless broadband services using WiMAX technology to deliver mobile high speed broadband services in the northern Tohoku region. The pilot, being conducted by the Tohoku Bureau of Telecommunications, a regional arm of Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), is part of the regulator’s 'Next Generation Broadband Strategy 2010'.

Huawei Completes 3.6 Mbps Video Trials on 3G UMTS 900 MHz Network

Huawei technologies said it has completed video phone and HSDPA 3.6 Mbps services trials on a network in Europe using UMTS 900 MHz and that it plans to continue to conduct multiple UMTS 900 MHz field trials in Australia and Europe.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Can WiMAX Challenge 3G?

WiMAX has gained significant momentum over the last year. Its standardization is complete, vendor and operator ecosystems are expanding, and the hype is getting louder, often justifiably so.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Analyst unimpressed by fixed-mobile convergence - ZDNet UK

Vestergaard took issue in particular with BT's Fusion service, which routes mobile calls over a firm's wireless LAN and out onto the public telephone network via the company's own telephone exchange, or PBX. The analyst said there were plenty of other ways to route calls out through the PBX without having to use Wi-Fi networks. "I would suggest that you wait for a couple of years for complex [fixed-mobile] installations," Vestergaard said. "There are some clever things you can do with a PBX. It doesn't even have to be IP or hybrid. You can do many of these things with a normal PBX."

Ericsson Delivers HSPA Network for 3 Scandinavia in Denmark

Ericsson has delivered commercial HSPA hardware, software and implementation services enabling 3’s customers to a new generation of mobile services such as mobile broadband, mobile video and mobile music.

Since 3’s network is turbo charged with HSPA, it is more than 100 times faster than dial-up and up to ten times faster than other3G networks. Its customers can now enjoy network download speeds averaging 1 Mbps to 1.5 Mbps, and peak network speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps, increasing up to 7.2 Mbps next year.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Huawei and E28 Launches World’s First Commercial IMS VCC solution

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei") a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced the launch of the world’s first commercial IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) VCC (Voice Call Continuity) solution in partnership with E28, a world leading mobile multi-mode smart device solution provider, enabling operators to reap the benefits of Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC).
Huawei’s IMS-based VCC solution allows end-users to switch between different network types, and will accelerate the industry’s evolution towards FMC. The solution is 3GPP compliant and supports a voice connection continuity feature for seamless bidirectional handover between the IMS and Circuit Switched (CS) domains. As a consequence, dual-mode end-users can roam between WiFi/WiMAX hot spots and cellular GSM/CDMA/UMTS networks maintaining perfect quality calls.
”IMS is a fundamental infrastructure for next generation fixed and mobile convergent networks. VCC is one of the key enablers to make FMC a reality.” stated Mr. Zha Jun,Director of Huawei’s IMS product line. “We continually look to develop partnerships with leading vendors throughout the world in order to try and build Huawei’s competitive IMS eco-system.”

Ericsson highlights importance of HSPA, multimedia

Vendor looks to mobile data evolution, multimedia reach, and possible new venture with Sony.
Swedish telecoms equipment vendor Ericsson on Tuesday stressed the importance of HSPA as data traffic is set to grow, and underlined the growth of its new multimedia unit as the company moves beyond its traditional core business.

The company also announced a new 3G/HSPA solution, enabling speeds of up to 14 Mbps in the home on all enabled devices.

Ericsson is shifting its position in the market away from its traditional of networks to multimedia services, following a recent internal restructuring.

Speaking at the company's strategy and technology Summit in Tokyo, Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO and president of Ericsson, said the company would not hesitate to make "bolt-on" acquisitions in the multimedia or IP space. However, the likelihood of "doing something dramatic is small", he added.

The shift in focus will also affect the company's current partnerships, in particular its most famous joint venture with the Japanese electronics manufacturer, Sony.

"We will expand our partnership with Sony beyond handsets," said Svanberg. Joint developments will be realised in the home equipment and networking space. "Projects like IPTV are obvious areas for co-operation," said Svanberg, "areas where we naturally interface."

The CEO refused to comment on talks currently taking place, however.

Ericsson now comprises three core units: networks, services and multimedia. "We see moderate growth in networks … in services, growth is stronger. In multimedia, there is even stronger growth," said Svanberg.

"But whatever we do in multimedia will drive networks and services; they are all going to interact and stimulate each other," he added.

In the mobile network market, the increase in data services will be a large factor in future growth revenues for operators, said Svanberg.

"The development of data will have a big impact on the future," said Svanberg. Operators must be able to provide any broadband service to any user, he added.

According to the Swedish vendor, data usage is 50 times higher with 3G compared with 2G. Services such as the Internet, mobile TV and multimedia services are driving demand.

Two thirds of all data services relate to messaging, said Torbjorn Nilsson, senior vice president and CSO of group strategy and product management at Ericsson. There is also growth from music, and IMS or presence type services, he added.

"But it is a flat-rate tariff that has a strong importance in a growing market," he added. This can be seen from markets such as Japan and the U.S. However, it remains fragmented in Europe. Operators also need to solve issues such as roaming charges for data services.

In terms of HSPA upgrades, 73 out of the 130 WCDMA networks have been upgraded. Out of these networks, 38 have been supplied by Ericsson.

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) reported last week that there was a 50% increase in the deployment of HSDPA networks in the past three months.

The simple upgrade evolution means HSPA technology is the easiest way to offer mobile broadband to the mass market, said Ericsson.

"The same advantages that made GSM the catalyst for mobile telephony achieving mass market also apply to HSPA," said Svanberg.

Ericsson's new product, a 3G/HSPA indoor access point for the home, will enable local indoor coverage of up to 14 Mbps downlink and 5.8 Mbps uplink with the ADSL2+ as backhaul.

The new offering particularly targets converged operators that are looking to use their fixed-line infrastructure to gain advantages in the wireless space.

"They will be able to use bundling to make to more difficult to churn," Mikael Back, vice president of WCDMA radio networks at Ericsson, told Total Telecom.

An investor, who did not wish to be named, argued that Ericsson's focus on mobile broadband solutions is limited, in comparison with other large vendors such as Cisco.

The three main places where people consume mobile data are at home, on the move, and in the office, the investor commented. Ericsson's product focus does not effectively address the home and office market, with broadband cheaper than a mobile network and soon the launch of WiFi in many cities, the investor claimed.

However, a London-based financial analyst disagreed with this viewpoint. He added that people who have never had a particular service generally do not see how they can use it, citing examples related to broadband access in the 1990s when it was a new technology.

Ericsson's Back added that the prices for mobile data will be the same as for DSL offerings.

"[Operators] are targeting the same flat rates," he said.

He added that in many emerging markets, there is no DSL or legacy infrastructure. A further argument for the technology is that in areas outside major urban conurbations, users cannot get DSL speeds. "A radio offering could be better in this case," he added.

IMS is also at the heart of Ericsson's future growth strategy.

O2 Will Push into Convergence

O2 has revealed plans that could see it lining up to compete with the likes of BT and NTL as it moves increasingly towards fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), broadband and various flavours of telly and advertising.

Speaking in London today, Peter Erskine, CEO of O2, revealed the mobile operator will be seeking to capitalise on the convergence trend with new technologies.

Ericsson introduces 3G/HSPA indoor access point for the home

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is introducing the Home 3G Access Point to
provide local indoor coverage in homes and small offices providing
full HSPA performance. HSPA supports up to 14Mbps in the downlink and
5.8Mbps in the uplink. With the Home 3G Access Point installed, the
end-user's mobile phone or 3G/HSPA enabled PC will switch from the
regular outdoor radio network to the indoor radio base station the
moment he or she walks through the door.

Mobile network in internet tie-up

Mobile firm 3 has agreed a tie-up with top internet firms in a move it claims will make the mobile internet work properly for the first time.

Third generation (3G) mobiles have proved a financial disaster as companies have struggled to interest consumers in using the new technology.

Firms spent billions on technology making it possible to surf the web or watch television through handsets.

But they found customers were only using them for simple phone calls.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ofcom may allow 3G over 2G

Nokia has made what it claims was the world's first successful 3G call on a commercial network at a frequency of 900MHz — a band usually used for standard 2G voice calls.

As 3G currently operates around the 2GHz band, this lower-frequency call could open the way for vastly improved coverage and, crucially, better indoor 3G reception.

The call was made over the Finnish network Elisa, using Nokia's Flexi WCDMA technology to transmit 3G traffic through the previously GSM-only base station infrastructure.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Vodafone 'on track' despite loss

Vodafone made a £3.3bn half-yearly loss as it was hit by higher interest rates, competition and some of its assets being worth less than it thought.

However, it said that it was "on track" to meet key targets, with a pre-tax profit of £4.8bn before the one-off costs were taken into account.

The company reiterated full-year predictions for a rise of about 5% in income from mobile calls.

It also announced an alliance with Yahoo on mobile phone advertising.

Under the partnership, Yahoo will use its technology to provide a range of mobile advertising formats across Vodafone's services.

And Vodafone customers who accept targeted advertising will get savings on some services.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Evolved EDGE is Emerging as an Attractive Alternative to 3G

According to a new Research Brief from ABI Research, GSM operators are increasingly focused on Evolved EDGE as a viable alternative to 3G network upgrades in 2008 and beyond, following the forthcoming release of a new 3GPP standard. With spectral efficiency similar to HSDPA and 1xEV-DO, Evolved EDGE promises to deliver data rates equivalent to 3G while utilizing existing GSM spectrum licenses. ABI Research forecasts that the Evolved EDGE market will generate $25 billion in revenue from network upgrades and mobile devices during the period between 2008 and 2011, and will reach 504 million subscribers worldwide by the end of that period.

Samsung's New Convergence Device - Mobile WiMAX and EV-DO Connectivity

The SPH-P9000 is the ideal companion for users to usher in the new era of mobile convergence technology. The expected growth of Mobile WiMAX services will result in an increasing demand for multi-functional devices. The SPH-P9000 is a PDA-based device utilizing Mobile WiMAX and CDMA EV-DO connectivity. Users will have wireless access to the Internet utilizing Mobile WiMAX connectivity. Simultaneously, the CDMA EV-DO technology provides mobile phone connection for voice communication. With Microsoft Windows XP as the operating system, users will find the contents and applications familiar and easy to use for work and play.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Why Sprint Says WiMax Is 4G

Sprint CTO Barry West regards WiMax the 4G technology because not only is it faster, it is also cheaper. According to West, WiMax causes a 10-fold improvement in the price-per-bit as it uses a wider channel. The current CDMA networks run on a 1.25-MHz channel and can deliver a maximum of 4 bits per hertz, or around 5Mbit/s at the base station. WiMax, on the other hand, makes use of a 10-MHz channel, thus it can generate a total of 40Mbit/s.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Neuf Cegetel Using Nortel Fixed-Mobile Convergence Solution

Neuf Cegetel has been working with Nortel since 2005 as part of its BeautifulPhone project. The company has more than 1.4 million residential broadband customers in France and has been using a Nortel solution to provide VoIP services to more than 500,000 of those customers.

The new FMC solution features Nortel’s IMS-ready MCS 5200 server, which offers integration of voice and video, collaboration and presence services. The leverages SIP to allow service providers to deliver transparent handover between cellular and WiFi technologies. The solution is access-aware and supports 3GPP, 3GPP2, Packet Cable 2.0 and TISPAN standards.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Nortel MIMO Technology Provides Up to Double the Existing Access Network Capacity

The demonstration at Nortel's Advanced Wireless Lab in Ottawa, used Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO), an emerging wireless antenna technology that will serve as the foundation of Nortel's 4G Mobile Broadband solutions.

For the demonstration, Nortel used MIMO-enabled multiple antennas at the cell site and on 4G devices together with orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) transmission technology. Previous Nortel and industry research has shown that a combination of these two technologies offers the ability to deliver the highest network bandwidth and greatest spectral efficiency capabilities at the lowest cost.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

D-Link Enters WiMAX CPE Market | Wireless IQ

Router Provides Broadband Service Providers With a 'Last Mile' Solution Combining WiMAX and Wi-Fi Technologies.

D-Link today announced entry into the WiMAX consumer premise equipment (CPE) market with an 802.16-2005 (formerly 802.16e)-compliant WiMAX router designed for service providers looking to offer wireless residential service at rates competitive with wire-line technologies.

Truphone Launches Mobile VoIP for Nokia N80 Handset

People have been waiting for this for a while a now, but Truphone (a.k.a. Software Cellular Network Limited) finally announced today that it has launched its “true mobile VoIP” service for the Nokia (News - Alert) N80 handset.

Truphone, a pioneer in bringing mobile VoIP to cellular handsets, announced just last month the launch of its download for the Nokia E-series. The company was one of the first to deliver a mobile VoIP solution to the market in 2005, but since then, several other companies (including UK-based aql) have launched similar solutions to deliver mobile VoIP to the masses.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

IPrice war looms over WiMax spectrum auction

BT is preparing to buy up wireless spectrum with a view to launching combined mobile WiMax and GSM converged services in 2008, according to industry insiders.

Speculation that the UK carrier will be one of the bidders at Ofcom's 2.5GHz to 2.69GHz spectrum sale early next year was sweeping last week's WiMax World event in Boston. The spectrum will go on to be available for service providers in early 2008, says Ofcom.

Motorola Q3 Profit Plunges 45%; Sales Up 17%

Motorola Inc. (MOT | charts | news | PowerRating) announced third quarter financial results, reporting net earnings that declined from last year. The year-ago profit was boosted by a large gain from the sale of Nextel stock and tax benefits. Though the company's quarterly sales advanced 17% from the year-ago quarter, it missed analysts' consensus. Following the lackluster earnings scorecard, the company's stock slid more than 7% in the extended session.

Friday, October 13, 2006

BT rumoured to be interested in mobile WiMAX spectrum; 21CN rollout plans revealed: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

According to ‘industry sources’, BT plans to add to its existing ‘Fusion’ fixed/mobile convergence service which combines Wi-Fi and cellular, by buying up spectrum for mobile WiMAX services. Regulatory body Ofcom will open up spectrum in the prime WiMAX 2.5GHz to 2.7GHz band in January 2008, with auctions expected to start either later this year or early in 2007. The telco has publicly stated it is testing WiMax gear from Navini Networks Inc. in Birmingham, but has yet to be drawn on its plans for the forthcoming mobile WiMAX spectrum auction.

Cost is Top Global Obstacle to 3G Adoption

Despite mobile phone providers' endeavours to recruit 3G customers, 3G technology remains a low priority for mobile users across the globe - and cost is the overriding factor. The annual Global Technology Insight (GTI) study by market information company TNS has identified little increase in 3G technology usage amongst consumers, who see the offer of mobile TV and surfing the net as costly and unnecessary services.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Motorola, Nokia Unveil WiMAX Product Rollouts - Mobile Technology News by TechWeb

Motorola and Nokia squared off at a WiMAX trade show Wednesday as both wireless titans announced products that underscore their commitment to the emerging broadband wireless technology.

Nokia unveiled its Flexi WiMAX Base Station, a compact and lightweight module that can be installed indoors or outdoors. The base station will be commercially available for the 2.5 GHz band at the end of 2007 and for the 3.5 GHz band in the first quarter of 2008.

Also unveiled at WiMAX World USA in Boston was Motorola's first generation of WiMAX CPE gear. Motorola said its "plug and play" products include its outdoor CPEo 200 Series and its indoor CPEi 200, 400 and 600 Series.

Motorola said its WiMAX equipment is currently being tested in 18 global markets. Its gear is being deployed in an 802.16e network in Pakistan.

Its products on display at the trade show this week will be available for trial later this year, Motorola said, adding that their general availability is scheduled for the first half of 2007.

Telecomm Industry Vision for Fixed-Mobile Convergence Becomes a Reality with Reef Points' New Universal Convergence Gateway: Financial News - Yahoo! F

Telecomm Industry Vision for Fixed-Mobile Convergence Becomes a Reality with Reef Points' New Universal Convergence Gateway: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

TSkeptical Qualcomm crashes WiMax lovefest

wo developments in the past year have given WiMax, the wireless broadband technology that promises high-speed Internet access to almost any device anywhere, virtually unstoppable momentum. One is Kirkland-based Clearwire's expanding national WiMax rollout. The other was Sprint Nextel's decision to use it to build nationwide wireless broadband networks.

The energy generated by these moves is noticeable at WiMax World, an annual industry conference that kicks off today in Boston, with some preliminary events held Tuesday.

But not every company at the conference is high on WiMax, even though the two major commitments for two nationwide networks clearly put it ahead of other technologies.

Enter Qualcomm.

The San Diego wireless giant is at WiMax World to explain its alternative technology and provide what may be the sole opposition to WiMax at the conference.

Qualcomm was one of the companies competing to win Sprint Nextel's business to help build a national, next-generation network. It was thought to have a good chance, given that it provides the CDMA technology that supports Sprint's cellphone network.

Furthermore, it purchased a company called Flarion Technology, which conducted a successful wireless-broadband trial with Nextel before Sprint acquired Nextel. So the news that WiMax, and not Qualcomm's technology, would be the backbone of Sprint's wireless broadband network, put Qualcomm on the defense.

Nokia: WiMAX Mobile Phones in 2008

At a WiMAX technology conference this morning in Boston, representatives from Nokia told the press that consumers should expect to see WiMAX capable mobile devices from Nokia sometime during 2008. This news came as the company rolled out a WiMAX-enabled version of its lightweight base station, previously used just for transmitting HSDPA and W-CDMA third-generation cellular signals.

Nokia's timing is pretty much on target, since mobile carrier Sprint Nextel announced last August it intends to roll out a 4 Mbps WiMAX network by the fourth quarter of next year, as a complement to its existing W-CDMA and EV-DO services.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Nortel Teams Up with Runcom to Deliver Industry's First MIMO-Powered Mobile WiMAX Technology: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Delivery of broadband, media-rich content to mobile users - such as voice, streaming music, video, internet access and multimedia - is taking a significant leap forward with the joint collaboration on new technologies from Nortel(x) (NYSE/TSX: NT) and Runcom that will enable the development of new, WiMAX-enabled devices.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Telecommunications Market Data Tables Q1 2006 | Ofcom

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Telecommunications Market Data Tables Q1 2006 | Ofcom

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D-Link Ups Ante With Unlocked, GSM / Wi-Fi Phone | Wireless IQ

D-Link today announced its "V-CLICK" dual-mode phones that allow users to switch between cellular and Wi-Fi networks with the click of a button.

WebWire® | Nortel to Showcase 4G Mobile Broadband at Upcoming WiMAX World

ortel is set to play a major role in the WiMAX World USA 2006 Conference and Exposition scheduled for October 10-12 in Boston. In conjunction with the event, Nortel will share new elements of the Company’s WiMAX strategy that reinforce its commitment to enabling mobile broadband access anywhere, anytime, and on virtually any device.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Vodafone Casa Fastweb Comes To Life -

Vodafone Casa Fastweb Comes To Life -

UMA Today

New website launches for UMA FMC market.

TeliaSonera Uses Kineto Wireless Technology to Enable UMA Service

TeliaSonera, a telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic regions, has chosen Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology from Kineto Wireless, Inc. to deliver its new Home Free cellular WiFi service offering. Kineto’s technology is used within the UMA Network Controllers deployed by TeliaSonera. The collaboration enables seamless handover between TeliaSonera’s GSM network and WiFi access points. The Kineto technology is also integrated with the Philips Nexperia platform for use in theSamsung P200, a commercially available UMA handset available for the Home Free service.

GigaOM » TeliaSonera Taps Kineto for WiFi-Cellular

GigaOM » TeliaSonera Taps Kineto for WiFi-Cellular

T-Mobile Testing UMA, Femtocell to Roll out Dual-Mode Coverage

Following the successful conclusion of the FCC’s (News - Alert) Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction, T-Mobile will soon roll out its Next-Generation Network (NGN) services that enables customers to operate in dual-mode, switching between cellular and fixed networks such as WiFi, analysts and industry officials said.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

MobileIGNITE Announces Release v1.0 of Functional Specification for Fixed Mobile Convergence Handover

Developed by the Handover Interoperability Group of MobileIGNITE, the Functional Specification will allow an FMC Service Provider to specify Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based technology from vendors that allows a user with a dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi mobile phone to be able to connect via both Wi-Fi (fixed) and GSM/UMTS (mobile) access networks. The user will receive the same voice services using a single phone number as the user crosses networks – including the seamless continuity of an in-process voice call.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Orange launches unik: a new generation of telephone

Launching first in France where it will be available from 5th October 2006, unik is a telephone that, as well as offering standard mobile communication, offers unlimited calls to fixed lines and Orange mobiles when you are near a Livebox at home or at work.
The unik phone will be rolled out across other Orange European markets including the Netherlands, UK, Spain and Poland. Each market will tailor its proposition to meet specific customer and market needs.

WiMAX players to form roaming alliance

At an inaugural meeting in Paris on Thursday, a handful of WiMAX licensees from around the world launched the WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA). The organisation is the first of its kind, composed exclusively of companies that own spectrum and operate services in the WiMAX bands, with a target of connecting a billion users to a…

'First' GSM, VoIP dual-mode Windows Mobile handset launched | Reg Hardware

US-based VoIP handset maker Paragon Wireless has launched what it claims is the world's first Windows Mobile 5.0 phone designed for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) VoIP calls that also operates as a regular quad-band GSM/GPRS handset.

UMA in femtocells - last gasp or final frontier?

The Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) standard, looks less and less exciting on phones. It could appear on femtocells - but is this a new territory to conquer, or a cosy retirement home for a technology that never really flew?

Dual Mode Wi-Fi and GSM phone powered by Windows Mobile announced

Nowadays so many companies are working on Windows Mobile phones, that sometimes new announcements evade out attention. Here comes a phone, announced this month, that by sheer nature offers nothing new - after all there are plenty of Windows Mobile phones with built-in Wi-Fi - but it has SIP based voice over IP software preinstalled and it claims to be the first SIP-based Windows Mobile powered dual mode phone!

Monday, September 18, 2006

J:Com to begin trial for fixed-mobile converged telephone service

The test will be conducted in cooperation with Longboard and its agent, Commuture. Along with the trial, J:Com will be considering potential future commercialisation in cooperation with Sumisho Computer Systems, which integrates existing IP systems.

Fixed Mobile Convergence, Italian Style

Under the terms of the agreement, customers subscribing to the mobile giant’s existing Vodafone Casa service will have access to broadband Internet access, via high-speed ADSL modem to access Fastweb's broadband network.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Carriers Form 4G Pressure Group

Seven of the world's biggest wireless carriers have formed an "initiative" called Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) to "provide a coherent view of what the operator community is going to require in the decade beyond 2010." (See Carriers Form NGMN.)

China Mobile Communications Corp. , KPN Mobile , NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM - message board), Orange SA (London/Paris: OGE - message board), Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S - message board), T-Mobile International AG , and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD - message board) are the founding members that plan to spell out to wireless technology suppliers what's needed after HSPA (high-speed packet access) and CDMA EVDO, the current 3G technologies being deployed.

Friday, September 15, 2006

NGMN - Next Generation Mobile Networks

The aim of NGMN is to provide an evolutionary path for the next generation of mobile networks beyond HSPA and EVDO. This effort is based on the existing systems, including planned enhancements, which are expected to keep the existing platforms competitive for some time to come. Our vision and recommendations will form the blueprint of an innovative platform for the competitive delivery of wireless broadband services that benefit customers. Our recommendations allow for the creation of high-quality mobile services that match customer’s increasingly mobile life style and their increasing communication demands.

Mobile operators team up on next-generation standards

A group of leading mobile operators has teamed up to work on next-generation network standards, putting the focus on making the most out of existing infrastructure. The group includes Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, KPN, NTT DoCoMo and China Mobile, which have incorporated a UK company, the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) initiative, to spearhead the movement. The group plans to work with other standards body on developing mobile technology beyond HSPA and EVDO, focusing on "practicality" and using existing infrastructure and spectrum allocations. Guiding principles for nay new technology should include high levels of data throughput with low latency, low operation and maintenance costs, compatibility with legacy networks, improved terminal certification schemes and support for differentiated services and high levels of authentication and security. The group said it welcomed other mobile operators, hardware and software makers and research institutions joining the initiative.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Motorola behind mobile WiMAX: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

The chief technology officer at US-based equipment manufacturer Motorola says she believes that mobile WiMAX technology will become just as successful as GSM. Padmasree Warrior told Finnish newspaper Kauppalehti that the wireless broadband standard will, however, need the backing of the mobile and semiconductor industries to reach its true potential. She added that W-CDMA 3G operators may run into trouble because their services will be unable to match the high data speeds and low costs which mobile WiMAX is expected to deliver. The first mobile WiMAX services are likely to be launched commercially in 2007/08.


SWINDON, England and ACTON, MA – 14th September 2006 - UbiquiSys Ltd, the developer of ZoneGate™ mass-market wireless femto access point for the residential market, and Tatara Systems, a leader in carrier-class converged mobile service solutions, today announced the companies are collaborating on a femtocell system that employs the 3GPP IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) standard for mobile core network integration. Through this collaboration, operators will be able to implement a standardized, cost-effective and secure access-network system that supports large-scale femtocell deployments and leverages the existing embedded base of 2G and 3G cell phones.

Femtocells are low-cost cellular access points for mobile operators looking to provide enhanced, in-building 2G or 3G coverage within homes and small businesses. Made possible through recent advances in low-cost 2G/3G silicon, as well as advanced radio frequency planning techniques, femtocells are receiving strong interest from operators globally. However, key to sustainable, mass-market femtocell adoption is a standards-based core-network connectivity solution that supports cost-effective large scale deployments.

This standards-driven approach is central to both Tatara’s IMS-based offerings and the UbiquiSys ZoneGate femtocell system. Tatara's Mobile Services Convergence Platform, comprising Tatara Subscriber Gateway and Tatara Service Manager client software, allows service providers to deploy single number access to converged voice and messaging services in today’s networks, with a seamless evolution to IMS when appropriate. The IMS-based system offers secure, 3GPP-based service authentication and authorization for homes and small businesses.

"Mobile operators tell us they see IMS as the future of core network evolution and the means by which femtocells will be connected to their networks" said Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys. "The more progressive players will launch IMS-based solutions from day one, knowing their customers will benefit from the richer, more integrated service environment the system delivers. This is why Ubiquisys is delighted to be working with Tatara on an IMS-enabled ZoneGate femtocell solution."

Steve Nicolle, president and CEO of Tatara Systems stated, “UbiquiSys solves a key shortcoming in the market place - the ability to economically extend 2G/3G coverage to the home and small businesses. Not only will mobile operators retain customer minutes, they will see an additional clear business need for deploying IMS based solutions. We are pleased to be working with Ubiquisys to provide a complete IMS solution to mobile operators for home-zone coverage.”

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Paragon Wireless Introduces The World’s First SIP-Based Windows Mobile 5.0® Dual-Mode Handset

The hipi-2200 is the next generation in integrated dual-mode handsets. Utilizing Paragon Wireless’ proven VoWLAN / GSM dual-mode voice technology, the hipi-2200 adds the Windows Mobile 5.0® operating system to further expand the usability and functionality of this extremely versatile handset. With the built in support for email, web browsing, the MP3/MP4 player and the camcorder/recorder on a Windows Mobile® platform, users can access the Internet, listen to music and take and review pictures all from one easily carried handset, that also serves as their mobile phone. The 1100mAh Li-ion battery offers users up to 4 hours of talk time or 100 hours of standby time, with both GSM and WiFi radios simultaneously active, making the hipi-2200 the only handset users need to carry.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

UbiquiSys sees potential for femtocells in UMA and IMS - Computer Business Review

UbiquiSys Ltd, a developer of femtocell technology, sees potential for its home access points in two flavors of fixed-mobile convergence: Unlicensed Mobile Access, UMA, and IP Multimedia Subsystems, IMS.

The Swindon, UK-based company recently announced closure of its $12m Series A funding round, which CEO Chris Gilbert said was sufficient to take through to next year when it plans technical trials of its ZoneGate access point in the first quarter and commercial trials in the second.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

ip.access launches femto3G™ to revolutionise 3G services in the home

femto3G marks a radical step in taking the benefits of dedicated indoor coverage to the mass market and builds on ip.access’ extensive experience in delivering cellular-over-IP systems to mobile carriers around the world. The key component of the system is the femto3G Access Point, a small low-cost consumer device that integrates into the operator’s existing 3G radio access network using the customer’s broadband connection to provide high quality low cost 3G services in the home.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Nokia, SingTel To Launch Dual-Mode Telephony

Nokia and Singapore Telecommunications have announced that they plan to cooperate to bring Wi-Fi mobile phone calls to the cellular market.
Singapore is in the process of becoming one big hotspot, which is comparatively easy given the size of the Island state and the addition of WLAN technology to its GSM/WCDMA networks

Thursday, August 31, 2006

picoChip technology selected by Korea Telecom for first WiBro / WiMAX Femtocell development

picoChip today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Korea Telecom (KT) to develop WiBro / WiMAX access points, sometimes called Femtocells or Home-Basestations. KT is a leader in wireless technology and has launched commercial WiBro service. picoChip's multi-core DSP is the industry standard architecture for WiMAX infrastructure, and is also being widely used for WCDMA Femtocells.

TRA Bahrain Sets Auction For 3.5 GHz National Fixed Wireless Services Licenses

The TRA has today released the initial details of the auction for the two National Fixed Wireless Services (NFWS) Licenses in the 3.5 GHz part of the spectrum, including the planned timetable. The Information Memorandum issued today provides interested parties with preliminary information about the auction process and a draft of the proposed license.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

UMA service now available through the Samsung P200 handset.

Nordic operator TeliaSonera on Tuesday laid claim this week to being the first operator to launch a commercial fixed-mobile convergence service that unites GSM with wireless broadband using unlicensed mobile access (UMA) technology.
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The operator has launched its Home Free service, which enables a GSM mobile phone to be used to make fixed calls via the home wireless broadband connection, in Denmark. Just one handset is to be available initially – the UMA-compatible Samsung P200 GSM/EDGE phone.

Motorola re-enters silicon market with WiMAX chipset - 29/08/2006 - Electronics Weekly

Motorola, which purportedly exited the silicon business with the spin-off of its semiconductor division, now re-named Freescale Semiconductor, is working on WiMAX chipsets.

The company has announced a strategic initiative to develop mobile WiMAX chipsets for use in Motorola's next-generation WiMAX devices.

"It should come as no surprise to anyone that Motorola is, and intends to remain, a leader in WiMAX including the design of silicon chipsets for mobile devices. For some time now Motorola has been investing in the development and deployment of WiMAX from infrastructure to advanced silicon," said Ron Garriques, president of Motorola's mobile devices business.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ghana to deploy mobile WiMAX network

The first nationwide deployment of mobile WiMAX is planned for Ghana, according to an announcement Monday by Internet Ghana and Navini Networks, which will install the high-speed network.

The 802.16e network deployment is underway, with initial operation to begin in the capital city of Accra.

"Once Internet Ghana saw it in action in other countries, they decided to move pretty quickly," said Maryvonne Tubb, Navini Networks spokeswoman. She said the firms involved in the deployment view mobile WiMAX as an effective tool to bridge the "digital divide" to bring broadband solutions to third world and developing countries seeking to leapfrog into more advanced technologies.

"With high consumer demand, poor DSL access and long customer connections, Ghana is absolutely ready for mass market, rapid install, broadband wireless services," said Leslie Tamakloe, CEO of Internet Ghana, in a statement.

Unwired aspires to WiMAX telephony with help from Mitsui

Unwired gets more ambitious by the day: it has teamed up with Mitsui to help develop mobile WiMAX applications and devices that it sees as one day enabling it to compete with cellular telephony.
Unwired has announced that Mitsui & Co will invest between $5 million and $8 million in Unwired, and the two companies have undertaken to share information and to work together on the development of mobile WiMAX and on mobile applications "that will be able to be used by Internet and mobile phone users on mobile WiMAX and mobile phone networks around the world."

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Netia selects Alvarion's BreezeMAX for a 20 city WiMAX deployment: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Israeli WiMAX vendor Alvarion has announced that Netia has placed an order for its BreezeMAX 3600 equipment sufficient for a 20 city WiMAX network. BreezeMAX 3600 enables carriers to offer broadband data, voice, and multimedia services with high performance over wide coverage areas. As a customer of Alvarion's MGW solution for multi-residential voice and data services, Netia began WiMAX rollout in 20 cities on receiving its national licence in July 2005; Netia is one of four carriers to receive such a concession. According to Wojciech Madalski, president and CEO of Netia, Alvarion was chosen because it could ensure that ‘we can provide WiMAX services to subscribers in the first 20 cities by the end of August.’

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Intel bankrolls mobile WiMax - Computing

In what analysts regarded as a major endorsement of the technology, another Intel-backed operator, Sprint Nextel, announced last week that it will spend $3bn (£1.6bn) to build a WiMax network across the US over the next two years.

T-Mobile Sets Dual-Mode Debut in Motion

Rumors are rampant that T-Mobile will launch a service in Seattle as soon as September 12 using Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), which would allow hand-off of cellular GSM calls to voice over Wi-Fi with a phone that supports both. UMA is one of several competing dual-mode-style fixed-mobile convergence standards.

Airspan Networks Revenue Up 124%

Airspan shipped WiMAX products to over 30 customers in the second quarter. WiMAX revenues in the first half of 2006 were more than 38% of the Company's total revenues year-to-date.

$16.8 million of sales to Yozan were recorded in the quarter, including $5.7 million deferred from the end of the first quarter.

The compact MicroMAX-SOC was shipped for the first time in the quarter and orders for more than 300 MicroMAX-SOC base stations were received. Revenue for this product in the quarter was not material, but is expected to grow rapidly in the second half of the year.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Alcatel completes first phase of Netia’s WiMAX network: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Alcatel has announced that Netia, Poland’s largest alternative provider of fixed line telecoms services, has launched the initial phase of its WiMAX network. Under the agreement, Alcatel has supplied, installed and integrated an end-to-end WiMAX solution covering 20 cities, providing Netia’s customers with data rates of up to 2Mbps. The network is using the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz frequency band and supports data-intensive services such as high quality video streaming. ‘One of our goals is to be able to expand country-wide quickly, and to cost effectively offer broadband access over a wide geographic area,’ stated Piotr Czapski, Strategy and Business Development Director from Netia. ‘This network gives users high quality broadband services, including in new areas in Poland beyond the reach of our existing fixed line network’.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

NTT to bundle fixed/mobile services under new government plan: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

The Japanese government plans to allow national fixed line operator Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) to bundle packages combining cellular and fixed line phone services, according to reports in the business paper Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Although it does not cite sources, the journal says the measures being discussed would allow NTT’s mobile arm DoCoMo to offer combined fixed and mobile services by renting landlines from NTT East Corp and NTT West Corp. In return, the two fixed line providers would be able to provide a discounted mobile service via DoCoMo’s networks. Broadband internet access services could also be included under the plan, the Nihon Keizai said.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

KT and ArrayComm Collaborate on MAS-enhanced WiBro Services

oint effort to apply multi-antenna signal processing (MAS) to KT’s
new mobile broadband network

SEONGNAM CITY, SOUTH KOREA and SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA -- KT Corporation and ArrayComm LLC announced today their agreement to collaborate on improving KT’s new mobile broadband WiBro network by integrating multi-antenna signal processing technologies.

KT, South Korea’s largest telecommunications service provider, is building an advanced mobile broadband service in the 2.3 GHz band. Using this license, KT is leading in the effort to deploy WiBro to meet the consumer and business demand for mobile broadband in South Korea. ArrayComm multi-antenna signal processing software (A-MAS™) is being incorporated in WiBro and WiMAX client devices and base stations by multiple manufacturers to reduce costs and improve performance.

KT recognizes that attractive system economics, driven by good coverage, client data rates, and capacity, will be vital to the success of WiBro services. ArrayComm and KT teams will conduct joint efforts to demonstrate how ArrayComm software can provide benefits for KT’s WiBro initiative. These joint efforts include:
>> Modeling the capital and operating financial benefits from application of MAS in WiBro;
>> Incorporating MAS algorithms into KT’s network planning in order to understand the coverage, client data rate, and capacity benefits that MAS can bring to WiBro services;
>> Conducting field trials in Q4 2006 of MAS-enabled products to validate performance characterization and refine product requirements; and
>> Making continuing contributions to the industry’s standards bodies to further enhance WiBro’s leverage of MAS technology.

“We expect that ArrayComm’s A-MAS software will give a significant performance improvement in the WiBro system” noted JongLok Yoon, Senior Executive Vice President at KT. “We are interested in knowing more about the benefits for our WiBro service.”

“KT’s bold strategy for mobile broadband is charting a new course for service innovation and applications that will delight their customers,” observed Martin Cooper, ArrayComm’s Executive Chair. “We are honored to work with the KT team toward making the next phase of wireless successful.”

KT and ArrayComm have agreed to make reports on the results of their collaboration available to others in the industry over the coming year.

Vodafone looks to reverse mobile-only strategy | The Register

It seems increasingly likely that Vodafone Germany's wireline unit, Arcor, is no longer up for sale but will instead be incorporated into the giant cellco's first major experiment with fixed mobile convergence (FMC) - one that could be a blueprint for other territories.

Vodafone, in its recent reorganisation, made it clear that it must join the FMC race to sustain its margins over time and avoid being sidelined into a large but increasingly pressurised mobile-only niche. It is now said to be keen to buy the minority stake it does not already hold in Arcor, Germany's number two fixed line operator.

Monday, August 14, 2006

WiMAX set to grow in Taiwan: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Taiwan’s WiMAX industry is expected to be generating TWD10 billion (USD305 million) annually by 2009 and TWD110 billion by 2012 according to research from the country’s Industrial and Economics Centre. A Reuters report says firms such as Zyxel, Foxconn Electronics, Accton Technology and MediaTek are already investing in the sector.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

RED HERRING | Sprint Commits $4B to WiMAX

Sprint is expected to announce that it will work with Motorola, the world’s second-largest cell phone maker, along with chip maker Intel, one of the major backers of WiMAX.

Sony Ericsson K618i UMTS Phone Introduced - Mobiledia

Developed for those users that want entertainment on the move and a powerful business tool, the K618i 3G device is as light and slim as a typical 2.5G phone, yet delivers high-speed rates for streaming or downloading music and video clips, browsing the web, or gaming. And staying in control of email is made easier with support for push email, allowing messages to be sent directly to the phone without having to download them.

Sprint Chooses WiMAX to Deploy in 2.5 GHz Spectrum

Sprint (News - Alert) Nextel, the nation’s largest holder of radio spectrum in the precious 2.5 GHz band, has chosen to deploy Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX) as the foundation of its technology platform for the carrier’s mobile broadband Next-Generation Network (NGN) build-out.

At a press conference in New York, Sprint President & CEO Gary D. Forsee explained the 4G network selection process came down to a four key criteria: the market, the cost economics, the ecosystem and the ability to build out a viable business model.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Vodafone policy shift evidence of European 3G failure | The Register

Vodafone has made two key changes of policy in its core European territories - reducing handset subsidies to the extent that 3G phone sales have nosedived, and planning to defocus its marketing efforts on advanced video-driven applications like MMS (Multimedia Messaging) in favour of using its more efficient 3G networks to compete on pricing in traditional services.

This latter shift was presaged last year in Germany, where Vodafone launched its Zu Hause homezone offering, which provides low cost, flat rate calls on the cellular network when the user is within a certain distance of the home. This was clearly designed to pre-empt the wave of flat rate VoIP tariffs being offered by start-up and wireline providers, by using the spectral efficiency of the 3G network to deliver very low cost voice and still make a profit.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Can mobile WiMAX repay vendors’ faith? | August 1, 2006 | Telecommunications Magazine

ntel and Motorola have dramatically upped the mobile WiMAX ante. Last month — through their respective venture capital arms — they invested a jaw-dropping total of US$900 m in Clearwire, a US-based wireless broadband provider. Clearwire intends to use the cash to deploy wireless networks based on the 802.16e ‘standard’ — the mobile version of WiMax — in both the US and Europe.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Clearwire Corp. Takes Aim at Mobile WiMax Business

Clearwire Corp. Takes Aim at Mobile WiMax Business: "Less than three years old, Clearwire has struck alliances with Intel, Motorola and Bell Canada to give it a rapidly growing stake in the broadband wireless market, with a determination to be a major player in the mobile-capable WiMax technology that is just around the corner."

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Greece plans WiMAX, regional network tenders

Greece is preparing to launch licence tenders for regional broadband networks and a national WiMAX network, local daily Kathimerini reports. US wireless operator Clearwire is one of seven parties bidding for the WiMAX licence, while Orange is thought to be looking at the regional tender. The licences are part of the Greek government's attempts to raise the penetration of broadband in the country, currently one of the lowest in the European Union. The tender divides Greece into seven regions and interested bidders can bid for rights in up to three regions. The networks can be fixed or wireless, are subject to minimum coverage requirements and can offer services at a maximum EUR 33 per month for households and EUR 54 for businesses. The US company Amperion, which specializes in broadband over powerline, plans to set up consortium with Tellas, the telecoms subsidiary of the Greek Public Power Corp, in order to bid for regional licences. Siemens may also join the consortium. - Russia to put WiMax on trial

A large trial of WiMax installations is planned across Russia using Aperto Networks' PacketMAX products.

Avalcom, Aperto's leading reseller and systems integrator in Russia, has lined up nearly a dozen service providers in various regions of Russia and plans a series of pilot projects and trials over the next three months. Avalcom serves the greater Moscow region, as well as Siberia, the Ural region and Central Russia.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Skype GSM/Wi-Fi phones 'due this year' - ZDNet UK News

Dual-mode phones designed around Skype will probably hit the market by the end of the year, a senior representative of the company has revealed.

Speaking to ZDNet UK on Friday, Skype's UK manager Alistair Shrimpton said the Internet telephony giant was "currently working with all the major hardware companies such as Motorola and Nokia" to develop GSM/Wi-Fi devices with embedded Skype.

Intel announces mobile WiMax chip - ZDNet UK News

Intel's Rosedale II mobile WiMax chip was announced on Monday, which the company hopes will help further popularise the high-speed mobile technology.

The chip will see commercial trials in Europe by the end of this year, according to Chris Beardsmore, Intel's market development manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

"Rosedale II is our first silicon that supports [mobile Wimax]… which gives us a migration story from [fixed Wimax] networks being deployed today," Beardsmore told ZDNet UK on Friday.

While fixed WiMax networks are planned for some areas of the UK, mobile WiMax has lagged behind in development. Mobile WiMax promises to bring high-speed, long-range wireless connectivity to laptops and handheld devices and is seen as rival to HSDPA or Super 3G, which is being pushed by many of the mobile operators such as Orange and T-Mobile.

Softbank and Motorola ink WiMAX deal: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Softbank and Motorola ink WiMAX deal: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Friday, July 21, 2006

Axtel EBITDA up 17% in 2Q: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Mexican wireline operator Axtel has reported a 17% rise in EBITDA for the second quarter of 2006, on the back of a steady increase in subscribers and revenues. Revenues increased to MXN1.414 billion (USD130 million) in the second quarter, from MXN1.241 billion in the same period of 2005, leading to an adjusted EBITDA of MXN503 million, up from MXN431.3 million a year earlier. Axtel launched fixed-wireless services in Celaya in Guanajuato state in June and now has a presence in 16 cities. It targets markets where there is little competition in the local telephony sector other than from fixed line incumbent Telmex; it plans to have networks in 30 to 40 cities by the end of 2007. At the end of June 2006 Axtel had 696,968 lines in service, up from 605,904 at the start of the year.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Maxtel, Bollore, HDRR sweep French WiMAX licence awards

French telecommunication regulator Arcep has awarded Maxtel, a group including motorways operator APRR and Iliad's Altitude Telecom, 13 of the country's 22 regional WiMAX WLL licences. It was followed by 10 percent Aeroports de Paris (ADP)-owned Bollore Telecom with 12 regional licences, and HDRR, a consortium comprising TDF and LD Collectivites, with 11. SFR and Neuf Cegetel-backed SHD won two. France Telecom won none in continental France, but one in French Guiana and another in Mayotte. A large number of regional government authorities were successful as well. Two licences were attributed for each region. Arcep said that over 3,500 WiMAX sites will be deployed by June 2008. The state will collect a total of EUR 125 million from the licence winners in 2006. See the websites of the major WiMAX licence winners for self-congratulatory press releases.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Navini Releases 2.3GHz Pre-Mobile WiMAX Platform :WirelessInsight Asia

Navini Networks has announced its pre-mobile WiMAX Ripwave MX platform, in the 2.3 GHz frequency. The platform is said to be a “2.3 GHz a major WiMAX 16e frequency for personal broadband worldwide. The 2.3 GHz is currently defined as WCS which has some stringent FCC requirements for emission masks and limitations on providing mobility. Navini is currently the only vendor to have commercial deployment of 2.3Ghz in the U.S., and also the only vendor capable of deploying within the constraints of all WCS blocks, including C and D.

Intel, Motorola Invest $900m in WiMAX

ntel and Motorola said Wednesday that they would invest $900 million in Kirkland, Wash. based Clearwire, a company that sells wireless access based on an early version of WIMAX technology In 26 markets. Intel will invest $600 million, while Motorola would purchase the company's hardware business, as well as contribute part of the remaining $300 million.

Intel's Chip Plans Give WiMax A Mighty Push Forward

On that front, Intel last week pushed the zoom-ahead button, disclosing plans to deliver by year's end a new chipset called Rosedale 2 that should make it easier to access WiMax from mobile computers. By early next year, Intel predicts some PC makers will be building those chips into laptops, and that may be the jump start the industry needs. Think of the role having Intel's Wi-Fi-friendly Centrino chips in so many laptops played in the proliferation of hot-spots in offices, homes, and public places the past few years.

Siemens installs first WiMAX network in Latin America

Siemens Communications has installed Latin America’s first commercial WiMAX network for Orbitel, Colombia’s leading long-distance operator. The new network is located in Cali, Colombia’s third-largest city, and provides wireless internet access on the basis of Siemens’ WayMAX@vantage solution comprising base stations, modems and a monitoring and control system. Over the coming months, Orbitel will start to roll out the Siemens WiMAX technology in a further 14 major Colombian cities.

Clearwire Sucks in Nearly $1b in Cash for Mobile WiMax Deployment

Craig McCaw’s broadband wireless firm Clearwire raises $600m from Intel Capital, $300m from others: The latest revolutionary wireless firm founded by McCaw aims to deploy mobile broadband wireless worldwide using mobile WiMax (part of 802.16e-2005). Part of the money comes from Motorola purchasing Clearwire’s NextNet equipment subsidiary, which has been manufacturing and prototyping gear for Clearwire’s network, starting with customer premises equipment (CPE), or the fixed receivers plugged in at homes.

Mobile WiMax Takes Fixed Field - Wireless Networking News Analysis

It may not be long before the "d" in 802.16d stands for "defunct." More and more WiMax companies acknowledge that 802.16e -- the standard often called "mobile WiMax" -- is in demand for fixed deployments, too.

"We think the basic technology for WiMax will be 802.16e," says Tzvika Friedman, president and CEO of Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR - message board), a WiMax pioneer and early proponent of 802.16d. "We plan to come out with 'e-ready' systems by the end of the year," Friedman says.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Siemens installs first WiMAX network in Latin America

Siemens Communications has installed Latin America’s first commercial WiMAX network for Orbitel, Colombia’s leading long-distance operator. The new network is located in Cali, Colombia’s third-largest city, and provides wireless internet access on the basis of Siemens’ WayMAX@vantage solution comprising base stations, modems and a monitoring and control system. Over the coming months, Orbitel will start to roll out the Siemens WiMAX technology in a further 14 major Colombian cities.

3 slams fixed-mobile convergence - Mobile & Wireless - Breaking Business and Technology News at

Third-generation mobile operator 3 has slammed the idea of fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), labelling the technology a niche product.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Cellcos ally to keep their hands on beach front spectrum for 4G | The Register

Six of the world's largest mobile operators have formed the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Forum, aiming to use their collective lobbying might to ensure they can run fourth generation mobile broadband networks in their existing spectrum without significant additional licensing fees.

Web-Based WiMAX Network Dimensioning Tool Debuts

LCC International, Inc. announced today the commercial availability of WiView, a comprehensive business planning and dimensioning tool designed to evaluate and estimate the infrastructure requirements and resulting capital and operational expenditures for designing a WiMAX broadband network.

news - Fujitsu Network Communications Adds Airspan AS.MAX WiMAX Products to their Broadband Wireless Portfolio

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a leading supplier of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, announced today the availability of a new WiMAX solution for North American service providers. This end-to-end, turnkey solution combines carrier-class WiMAX products from Airspan Networks (NASDAQ:AIRN) and Network Life Cycle Services from Fujitsu to create a unique broadband wireless solution. Fujitsu and Airspan are both founding and current board members of the WiMAX Forum™ (, and this is the first system-level agreement between two founding board members.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Fujitsu and Airspan Team to Deliver Carrier Class WiMAX Solution

Networking solutions provider Fujitsu is also playing a big role in driving WiMAX adoption rates. The company today announced that it is partnering with WiMAX equipment maker Airspan Networks to deliver a new, end-to-end, turnkey WiMAX solution for U.S. service providers. As per the terms of the agreement, Fujitsu will become a reseller for the full line of Airpan’s AS.MAX products, and will provide support for the new carrier-class solution through its Network Life Cycle Services.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

TelecomView Study Says Fixed WiMAX Gaining a Strong Foothold

WiMAX has already established itself as a viable technology for providing broadband data services. It is being used to bring broadband to developing countries, to compete with fixed broadband services, and to extend broadband to rural areas. TelecomView's new report Broadband Strategies for the Fixed Market identifies 75 Broadband Wireless deployments.

BellSouth Selects Alcatel for WiMAX Trial: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

BellSouth, the first major telecom provider to commercially launch wireless broadband using pre-WiMAX technology in the U.S., will begin lab trials next quarter based on Alcatel's standards-based universal WiMAX solution (IEEE 802.16e-2005). The trials will be conducted in the 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Chunghwa Telecom rolls-out WiMAX network

Taiwan telecom provider Chunghwa Telecom has successfully completed the first phase of the roll-out of its WiMAX and Wi-Fi access network in Taiwan. The Chunghwa Telecom is using Redline Communications' RedMAX Base Station and RedMAX Outdoor Subscriber Unit to connect multiple Wi-Fi zones in urban centres throughout Taiwan. M-Wave Technology, a Redline Certified Partner, is managing the network planning and implementation. Financial details of the project were not disclosed.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Chunghwa Telecom Launches First WiMAX Network in Taiwan with Redline's RedMAX'TM' Products @ SYS-CON Media

Redline Communications, a leading provider of standards-based wireless broadband equipment, today announced that Chunghwa Telecom, the largest telecommunications service provider in Taiwan, has successfully completed the first phase of its WiMAX and Wi-Fi access network in Taiwan. The WiMAX connections have been established using Redlines' RedMAX products - the world's first products to receive the WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) mark for a complete WiMAX system.

Intel next week is introducing a client chipset that supports both the fixed and mobile versions of the wireless broadband technology known as WiMax.

Arguably WiMax's biggest cheerleader, the company is working to make the case for the technology with a chipset roadmap that targets devices ranging from video games to digital cameras -- the idea being that if the clients are there, the carriers will come.

For those of you just joining us: WiMax comes in two basic flavors -- one for fixed wireless and one for mobile. The fixed version, handily known as 802.16d-2004, was designed to be a replacement or supplement for broadband cable access or DSL. A more recently ratified version, 802.16e-2005, also can support fixed wireless applications, but it allows for roaming among base stations as well. Thus the two standards are generally known as "fixed WiMax" and "mobile WiMax."

Alvarion Completes Initial 802.16e Interoperability Between Its 4Motion(TM) BreezeMAX(TM) Base Station and Various Third Party Devices

Alvarion Completes Initial 802.16e Interoperability Between Its 4Motion(TM) BreezeMAX(TM) Base Station and Various Third Party Devices

UK planning further spectrum sell off

The interesting point here is that Ofcom has previously told the INQ that future spectrum sales will be technology agnostic. That is to say, that it won't insist that a specific scheme – such as W-CDMA – must be used at a particular frequency.

This means that instead of being used to increase 3G networks' capacity, it might be employed for something completely different – such as WiMax. The main WiMax frequency bands are 2.5 GHz, 3. 5 GHz, and 5. 8 GHz, but countries in Asia Pacific have already consider this spectrum for WiMax.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Wireless IQ - Technology Market Research

Alvarion Ltd. today announced that its BreezeMAX system, the most deployed WiMAX solution in the world with over 150 installations in more than 30 countries, has achieved WiMAX Forum certification. The specific products certified include the BreezeMAX PRO CPE family, as part of its dedication to customers and the market to meet WiMAX Forum certification in the second quarter. All products operate at 3.5 GHz FDD and use the Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface chip.

WiMAX Gains Momentum, Competes With DSL

For a technology that has established itself in broadband communications, WiMAX is positioned on the forefront of the competition, says a recent report from TelecomView.

WiMax seen getting a slow start

WiMax is a wireless technology that promises faster connections over a greater area than is possible with wireless LAN technology, like Wi-Fi. Fixed-wireless and mobile versions of WiMax are in development, with the fixed-wireless version seen as a replacement for wired broadband connections such as cable and DSL (digital subscriber line), and the mobile version pitched as a complement to cellular services.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Revolutionary calling

International calls on mobiles have always cost users a small fortune and made big profits for the phone companies, but that may be about to change. Not only are excessive charges for international roaming under scrutiny by the EU, but a Swedish start-up called Rebtel - launching this month in three dozen countries around the world - has a scheme that slashes international mobile phone call charges to almost nothing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Telegraph | Money | O2 buys £50m broadband minnow

''They are the fifth biggest DSL [digital subscriber line] provider and are estimated to get to first or second place within a couple of years." Bought by Telefonica last year, 02 said the deal would allow it to offer broadband to its 16m customers and compete with the likes of Orange and Carphone Warehouse, which launched its high-profile broadband offer last year.

Monday, June 19, 2006

TelecomView Study Says Fixed WiMAX Gaining a Strong Foothold

WiMAX has already established itself as a viable technology for providing broadband data services. It is being used to bring broadband to developing countries, to compete with fixed broadband services, and to extend broadband to rural areas. TelecomView's new report Broadband Strategies for the Fixed Market identifies 75 Broadband Wireless deployments.

IEEE suspends wireless group - ZDNet UK News

The IEEE has put on hold its review of a technology that competes with WiMax and is favoured by Qualcomm, due to a squabble involving Intel, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The move might delay adoption of 802.20 wireless technology, a competitor to WiMax, which Intel has been promoting to provide long-range broadband access for laptop computers and other devices, the Journal said.

Mobile/Wireless - Nokia, Siemens Create Networks Giant - Telecom News Analysis

The new company, comprising Nokia's Networks Business Group and the carrier-related operations of Siemens Communications Group , has annual revenues of €15.8 billion ($19.9 billion), based on calendar 2005 sales. Nokia recorded revenues of €6.6 billion ($8.3 billion) and an operating profit of €855 million ($1.1 billion) from its networks group in 2005, leaving €9.2 billion ($11.6 billion) coming from the Siemens Communications Group.

Motorola’s WiMax Ecosystem

Motorola’s WiMax strategy, Coombes says, is focused strictly on 802.16e, or mobile WiMax – when mobility is an option, he says, there’s no point in offering a fixed solution as well. Similarly, Coombes says WiMax doesn’t compete with Motorola’s 802.11n strategy. “It’s really a different focus,” he says. “WiMax is wide area, while 802.11 technology has a more limited range.”

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Navini Upgrades Software to Mobile WiMAX 16e

Navini Networks is announcing the availability of its mobile WiMAX 16e software with smart beamforming. Customer shipments will start in December 2006, following Wave-1 certification.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Why you should care about WiMax - ZDNet UK Insight

While you can already buy 802.16-2004 equipment, 802.16e kit is just starting to appear. You can expect to see lots of it in the next couple of years, though, as it's being heavily backed by the likes of Intel and Motorola. Look out for PCMCIA cards and USB dongles by the end of 2006, 802.16e-enabled laptops next year and phones by 2008. It's important to note that 802.16-2004 and 802.16e equipment are incompatible.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Swisscom awarded licence for broadband wireless access by Swiss regulator -

Switzerland's Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) said it has awarded Swisscom AG a licence for broadband wireless access.

As a result, the group receives a licence priced at a minimal bidding price of 6.1 mln sfr which will become effective from August 2006 and remain valid until the end of 2016.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Rural Quebec Region To Get Broadband Via WiMAX Network

SOGETEL Communications, an independent telecommunications firm serving a wide area of rural Quebec, has contracted to supply a 4,300-square-kilometer region with WiMAX-based broadband wireless technology, VoIP phoning, and Wi-Fi networks.

Alvarion Announces Commerical Availability of Self Install WiMax CPE

Alvarion announced the commercial availability of its BreezeMAX Si, a self-installable, all indoor WiMAX customer premises equipment (CPE) based on the WiMAX standard. Opening the door for mass-market deployment of WiMAX services everywhere, this new compact CPE from the BreezeMAX 3500 family uses advanced radio technology for improved indoor penetration and NLOS operation, enables simple end user plug and play installation, and paves the way for nomadic and portable services. Following trials with ten different operators, commercial units of the Si CPE—which use the Intel® PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface chip—are now available for order.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Start WiMAX: CommsUpdate

Russia’s Start Telecom says it plans to begin the rollout of a WiMAX wireless broadband network which will cover five cities by the end of the year. The firm’s CEO, Pavel Kaplunov, told Vedemosti newspaper that the telco will be spending around USD500,000 in each city. Other Russian operators, including Enforta, are planning to build similar city-wide networks.

AT&T puts WiMAX at the heart of its broadband expansion

Despite their huge geographic reach and market share, the leading Bell operators – Verizon and AT&T (soon to include BellSouth) – are coming under intense pressure. Their basic phone lines businesses are losing margin – and Verizon is already talking about hiving them off – and the cable operators are progressing quickly in broadband, and four majors have stolen a march in the emerging market for fixed/mobile services with their joint venture with Sprint. Not to mention the potential challenge from the satellite television providers, as they look to build their own triple play.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

H1 partners Samsung to bring WiBro to Croatia: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

H1 partners Samsung to bring WiBro to Croatia: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Fujitsu Enhances WiMAX Product Development

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Wi-LAN's IP Division. This acquisition includes Wi-LAN's entire technology development division, including all 802.16d-like, standards-based MAC and PHY technologies. Fujitsu Microelectronics has also employed a large group of highly skilled engineers from Wi-LAN and formed a new wholly owned subsidiary, Fujitsu Microelectronics Canada Inc., in Calgary, Canada.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Korean Fixed-Line Telco To Issue SIM Cards

KT, along with competing telco SK Telecom, Korea’s largest wireless carrier, plans to launch WiBro service next month. WiBro, short for “wireless broadband,” is the Korean version of the wireless Internet standard WiMAX. WiMAX promises to offer wireless Internet service at much longer distances between base stations and at potentially faster speeds than today’s widely available wireless LAN, or Wi-Fi, service.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Pakistan plans largest mobile WiMax rollout - ZDNet UK News

Motorola is providing the country’s Wateen Telecom with an 802.16e-based MOTOwi4 network. An initial uptake of a million subscribers is expected, with a nationwide rollout to follow.

Motorola Displays Wireless Broadband Leadership at WiMAX World Europe: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Motorola's MOTOwi4 portfolio is designed to meet the industry's need for greater bandwidth, simplified networks for fixed and mobile applications, and to provide a full scope of both fixed and mobile end user applications. Combined with the Motorola IMS, MOTOwi4 products offer a path to seamless mobility and ubiquitous connections that deliver "personal broadband on-the-go."

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Delivers on Promise of Wireless Broadband

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) reported today that operators in Asia and the U.S. have seen a significant uptake of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO broadband wireless services and, as result, higher revenues and growth.

AT&T Outlines Satellite, Fixed Wireless and WiMAX Plans

AT&T Chairman and CEO Edward E. Whitacre outlined plans to expand broadband availability beyond its wireline infrastructure throughout its traditional 13-state local service territory.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Netgear Wi-Fi phone for Skype

NETGEAR's WiFi Phone for Skype (SPH101) is the world's first wireless Internet phone that can make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world, anytime you have WiFi access, without a PC. All of your contacts are shown right on the phone's color display so you will know exactly who is online. You can even make calls to ordinary phones using Skype-Out for just pennies a minute and no monthly fees. NETGEAR's WiFi Phone is Skype Certified, so you can rest assured that it meets the high quality standards of both NETGEAR and Skype.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Low Power GSM

his Web site introduces applications that could be provided by licence holders – either directly to consumers and businesses or in partnerships with building / land owners, local government and potentially, existing mobile network operators.

Ofcom provisionally awards low-power wireless spectrum: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

UK regulator Ofcom has provisionally awarded Wireless Telegraphy Licences to twelve companies. The concessions are for 6.6MHz of spectrum which will be operated on a low-power basis in the 1781.7MHz-1785MHz paired with 1876.7MHz-1880MHz bands. The licences are technology neutral but many are expected to be used for private GSM networks in office buildings or campuses. Ofcom expects to grant the permits in the week commencing 1 May 2006, subject to payment of the full licence fees by 28 April.

Concessions will be awarded to BT Group, Cable & Wireless UK, COLT Mobile Telecommunications, Cyberpress, FMS Solutions, Mapesbury Communications, O2 UK, Opal Telecom, PLDT UK, Shyam Telecom UK, Spring Mobil and Teleware.

WiMAX chip has an eye for mobile services: News from Telecis Wireless

Telecis Wireless is claiming a WiMAX industry breakthrough with the introduction of its TCW 1620 chip, which enables both low-cost, indoor 'self-installed' customer premises equipment (CPE) for fixed WiMAX services and a 'portable' services market with vast potential and room for growth years before the advent of standardised 'mobile' services.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Vodafone Takes a Cautious View of Mobile WiMAX

Vodafone, the world’s largest wireless service provider by revenue, provides new insight into the carrier’s current assessment and future direction for next generation wireless technologies. In a talk at the April 20th IEEE East Bay ComSoc meeting, entitled, "Visions from a Global Carrier’s Crystal Ball," Dr. Stanley Chia, Senior Director of Vodafone’s US R&D Group, made several observations about Mobile WiMAX and how it might be positioned against 3G data technologies like HSDPA (WCDMA) and EVDO (CDMA). The theme of the talk was how 3G might co-exist with all the rapidly developing technologies (mobile WiMAX, mesh WiFi, VoIP, mobile broadcast).

KDDI Trials Japan's First Mobile WiMAX System - Verifies Functionality in an Urban Environment, Demonstrates Successful Connectivity with an 'Ultra 3

KDDI is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed field trials of a Mobile WiMAX system, the first in Japan to be built in accordance with IEEE802.16e, in the central Osaka area. The trials verified Mobile WiMAX functionality in an urban environment in demonstrating practical communication speed along with basic performance and high-speed handover between base stations.

Intel teams with Pacific Internet to push WiMAX in Asia-Pac

sia-Pacific regional ISP, Pacific Internet, has signed an MoU with Intel to develop mobile WiMax infrastructure in Singapore, and the region.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Blueprint: Broadband Wireless

WiMAX has incredible potential in the wireless world, ranging in usage models from fixed to portable to mobile. It is clear, however, that “plugged in” wireless does not take advantage of wireless’ key attribute – the ability to move about. Once the end user is un-tethered from a plug in the wall and allowed to move around in either a portable or eventually mobile manner, the requirements demanded from the products becomes intense. These demands largely fall on the ASICs or SoCs inside the products, and include power consumption, size and signal gain to name a few.

WiMAX in France

French operator Iliad, which bought Altitude Telecom and its national 3.5GHz spectrum license last year, plans to offer WiMAX-based services to the 1.6m-strong customer base of its DSL subsidiary Free over the coming two months.

Free broadband subscribers will be equipped with customer premises equipment compatible with the Alvarion pre-WiMAX system used by IFW, the subsidiary created to house the wireless activities of Altitude.

Once they have the new CPE, users will be able to access the IFW network in any of its territories, which include most major French metropolitan districts.

However, IFW's WiMAX licence is being contested by rival Neuf Cegetel in a suit brought at the Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court. Neuf held a WiMAX licence until 2003, when it was forced to give up the permit for lack of use and a planned new auction of the frequencies. Due to lack of interest from other candidates, the national regulator Arcep awarded only one licence in 2003 to Altitude. Since then interest in WiMAX has increased and Arcep is planning a new auction of the frequencies. According to Neuf, which is reportedly supported by France Telecom in the action, the change in circumstances requires the regulator to revoke Altitude's licence.

Japan's ACCA Networks Selects Alcatel for WiMAX Trial in the Tokyo Area; 1st Alcatel WiMAX IEEE 802.16e-2005 Reference in Japan

Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP.PA) has been selected by ACCA Networks Co., one of Japan's largest DSL and Optical Fiber Access service providers with over a million subscribers, to launch a WiMAX trial in the Tokyo area. This is a significant step forward for both companies towards WiMAX services in Japan.

Lessons to be Learnt as 3G Reaches 40% Penetration in Japan and South Korea, says Analysys

Lessons to be Learnt as 3G Reaches 40% Penetration in Japan and South Korea, says Analysys

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Motorola buys Orthogon to expand BFW access

Motorola Inc. has bought, for an undisclosed sum, British broadband wireless equipment specialist Orthogon Systems, in which the Schaumburg, Ill.-based conglomerate already had a minority stake.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The WiMAX opportunity

If the fixed wireless access version of WiMAX can be broadly described as a DSL replacement technology, then it stands to reason that its best chance of profitable deployment is in countries where there isn’t much DSL — or any other wireline infrastructure for that matter.

WiMax d vs. e: The Difference a Letter Makes - Computerworld

The emergence of the WiMax standards has spurred tremendous interest from operators seeking to deploy next-generation, high-performing, cost-effective broadband wireless networks. However, the availability of 802.16e and 802.16d as two different and incompatible iterations of the WiMax standards has in some cases added confusion to the operator's investment decisions.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Croatia awards 4 WiMAX concessions

The Council of Croatia's Telecommunications Agency's (HAT) has granted four concessions for the use of frequencies for providing telecommunications services on the fixed telephony network with the use of WiMAX technology around the Zagreb district. Companies awarded concessions include Wimax Telekom, Odasiljaci i Veze, Iskon Internet and Optima Telekom. A total of ten companies competed for the concessions, including T-HT, VIPnet, Nexcom, GlobalNet Group, Portus and Primatel. A participant in the tender, Portus (H1), strongly criticised HAT's decision, saying that "it was known beforehand who would win this WiMAX tender for the district of Zagreb, which means that it is senseless to publish open bids and create an illusion of transparent market competition".

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Plans Announced for North America's First Commercial Mobile WiMAX Deployment

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) unveiled its plans to work with regional service provider Arialink to deploy the first commercial Mobile WiMAX network in North America. Samsung plans to provide its suite of WiMAX-ready products, as well as installation, training and product support, enabling Arialink to commercially launch Mobile WiMAX in Muskegon County, Mich., in early 2007.

Aperto adds to WiMAX war chest

Aperto Networks says it raised $26 million in its latest round of financing, bringing the base-station maker’s total funding to date to $120 million. The company says it plans to use the funds to roll out its fixed WiMAX product and for mobile WiMAX gear.

Mobile operators embrace HSDPA - ZDNet UK News

Mobile operators embrace HSDPA - ZDNet UK News

SR Telecom and MTI Announce Advanced Radio Design Agreement: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

SR Telecom and MTI Announce Advanced Radio Design Agreement: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

WebWire® | Alcatel launches new broadband access platform certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum

WebWire® | Alcatel launches new broadband access platform certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum

Nortel bolsters WiMAX position with portfolio enhancements, new customers

Demonstrating its increased investments in WiMAX, Nortel [] has announced WiMAX portfolio enhancements powered by MIMO technology. This innovative technology speeds deployment of next-generation, high-bandwidth wireless capabilities and is designed to make possible 'Internet Everywhere' services such as VoIP, videoconferencing and interactive gaming.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Spectrum auction may kick-start mobile TV - ZDNet UK News

A valuable chunk of the UK's radio spectrum will be auctioned off early next year, a move which could speed up the rollout of mobile television services.

Communications regulator Ofcom announced on Friday that 40MHz of spectrum, between 1452MHz and 1492MHz, will be made available in the first quarter of 2007.

Samsung unveils WiMAX-based IMS products

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) unveiled its IP-based Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution that will enable the global availability of converged telecommunications services via a WiMAX network. The latest product portfolio consists of two elements that support the IMS solution -- the Radio Access Station (RAS) and the Access Control Router (ACR). The IMS network, which is the basis of Samsung's WiMAX platform, will deliver high-speed services like voice, video conferencing and instant messaging, to rural and suburban locations not accessible by current technology. The solution also will create broadband hot zones in more densely populated areas.

CDMA2000 Evolution Leads Wireless Revolution

The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced details about the CDMA2000 evolutionary roadmap, taking CDMA2000 into the next decade. Highlights include the commercial deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A networks by late 2006, and the publication of the Revision C standard by the second quarter of 2007. These developments put CDMA2000 operators ahead in the introduction of all-IP and next-generation multimedia technologies.

Vodafone unveils new structure to meet challenges

Analysts were most excited by the separate business unit to focus on new technologies such as convergence services, which link mobile and fixed-line devices, and Internet services.

Vodafone's "pure-play" mobile operation has been viewed as a disadvantage at a time when traditionally separate fixed-line and mobile businesses are converging into a cheaper, single service that works seamlessly across both networks.

Cellular TV next big money spinner, but who profits?

Global mobile phone operators hope mobile TV will be the next big money spinner, but if South Korea is anything to go by, their optimism may be misplaced.

As mobile call rates sag in established markets, operators in Asia, Europe and the United States are gearing up for mobile TV broadcasting, a market that could be worth $8.4 billion by 2010, according to London-based Informa Telecoms & Media.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

WiMAX trial success

The German utility firm NEW Energie and equipment vendor Nortel have successfully completed a trial of WiMAX broadband wireless technology. The trial, carried out in the town of Erkelenz, offered broadband internet services with speeds of up to 10Mbps. NEW Energie says it now hopes to go on to launch a full commercial WiMAX service within the next few months, targeting areas which are currently underserved by fixed broadband networks.

IBAX Places Multi-Million Dollar Order With Navini to Drive WiMAX in Italy

"The Italian WiMAX market will consist of millions of users (CPEs) and thousands of BTSs," said Ugo de Fusco. "We know that Navini's equipment delivers most of the characteristics of mobile WiMAX today and Navini's experience clearly demonstrates that they have mastered the complexities of large deployments," added de Fusco. "The new Ripwave(TM) MX platform provides seamless software upgrades to IEEE 802.16e."

Samsung Announces New Products, Breakthrough Technologies at CTIA News Conference: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

At a news conference kicking-off the annual CTIA Wireless 2006 trade show, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) announced an impressive line-up of 35 mobile phones, network solutions and alliances that give consumers an array of options for mobile productivity and entertainment.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

WiMAX will Wedge Its Way into the 3G Market

WiMAX services will generate $53 billion in mobile revenue in 2011 and will generate $65 billion in mobile capital expenditures between now and then. TelecomView's new report Broadband Strategies for the Mobile Market analyzes the market for 3G and WiMAX in mobile networks with forecasts through 2011 along with a business case, which illustrates the benefits of WiMAX architecture in high-speed mobile networks.

Motorola Showcases Its First Public Demo of 802.16e-based MOTOwi4(TM) WiMAX Solution for Underserved Markets | Nachrichten |

Motorola's first MOTOwi4 WiMAX system focuses on delivering low-cost fixed and nomadic services in underserved markets and developing countries using the 3.5GHz spectrum available in most of the world. Although the IEEE 802.16e WiMAX standard is most often associated with mobility, it is a more robust wireless access technology than 802.16-2004 and is well suited for fixed deployments.

Siemens solution certified by the WiMAX Forum

he WayMAX@vantage solution from Siemens, which consists of a base station, modems and routers, is one of the first products to pass the interoperability tests in the WiMAX Forum’s international standardization laboratory. It is certified for the WiMAX FDD 3.5 GHz system and thus ready for the future IEEE 802.16e-2005 OFDM profile and the ETSI HiperMAN standard. The IEEE 802.16 standard used today allows data transmission at rates as high as high as 10.5 megabits per second in 3.5 MHz bandwidth.


New Telephony - Fujitsu to Outline Broadband Wireless Access Strategy

New Telephony - Fujitsu to Outline Broadband Wireless Access Strategy

Monday, April 03, 2006

Intel Capital, PIPEX Create Broadband Wireless Company in the UK; Companies Form PIPEX Wireless to Deploy Wireless Broadband Services Based on WiMAX

Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital investment organization, and PIPEX Communications PLC, a major United Kingdom-based telecommunications provider, announced today that they have jointly formed PIPEX Wireless, a wireless operator which will provide broadband services in major metropolitan areas. These services are designed to meet the needs of consumers, enterprises and governments for wireless broadband, including citywide "hotspot" wireless access.

Super-fast HSDPA mobile broadband coming soon -

Super-fast HSDPA mobile broadband coming soon -

Friday, March 31, 2006

Netrake and Kineto Wireless Announce Product Interoperability for Support of UMA Wireless LAN Solutions

Netrake and Kineto Wireless announced the companies have successfully completed extensive interoperability testing to support currently installed UMA systems. Netrake's nCite Security Gateway and Kineto's IP-based UMA Network Controller (IP-UNC) are currently deployed in multiple commercial trials for UMA-based mobile/Wi-Fi convergence. This joint solution allows mobile operators to leverage their existing infrastructure and utilize UMA-based technology to cost effectively manage and accelerate fixed-to-mobile usage in home and enterprise environments.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Telsima Launches StarMAX

As large parts of the world's population get connected to the Internet, Telsima sees WiMAX as the ideal last mile solution for broadband connectivity, especially in the fast growing emerging markets that are rapidly growing their telecom networks. Telsima is committed to fulfilling the long promised benefits of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) by leveraging the benefits of standardization, innovative design and large market size to deliver disruptive price-performance points.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

London gets free WiMax service News - PC Advisor

To no great surprise, "free service" means another WiMax trial, but one that may be more advanced than others – including Libera in London, Telabria in Kent, Pipex in Stratford and Brighton's Metranet. The difference, according to Urban WiMax, is that it is promising a smooth change from a free service starting in April to a paid-for service in July, and is based on 802.16d standard kit, not pre-WiMax.

NTT DoCoMo applies for WiMAX test licence

NTT DoCoMo applied to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for a license to set up experimental outdoor wireless stations to test WiMAX. DoCoMo, working in collaboration with other NTT group companies, will conduct the test in the Yoyogi area of Tokyo for about one year using the 2.5GHz frequency band. The test will assess throughput and wireless transmission characteristics according to the distances between a handset and base station, and handset moving speed, verify the optimal wireless parameters and base station allocations to obtain maximum results, assess the possibility of interference from existing satellite communication systems, such as WideStar, and confirm continuous connections during handover within the WiMAX system or between WiMAX and other systems, such as HSDPA.

Airspan Announces Its First WiMAX Forum Certification for AS.MAX Products

"Airspan is the first vendor to complete certification of an end-to-end WiMAX system for the mainstream 3.5GHz FDD market," said Eric Stonestrom, President and CEO of Airspan Networks. "We can now offer operators turnkey WiMAX Forum Certified™ solutions for full indoor, self-installable customer deployment."

Friday, March 24, 2006

WiMAX Forum Certifies Additional Profile for Fixed WiMAX

The WiMAX Forum announced the latest fixed wireless broadband network products to achieve the designation of WiMAX Forum Certified based on the defined Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) system profile operating in the 3.5GHz frequency spectrum. The WiMAX Forum member companies and products to complete certification and interoperability testing include Airspan's MacroMAX base station and EasyST subscriber station solution, Axxcelera's ExcelMax base station, Sequans Communications' SQN1010-RD subscriber station solution, Siemens' WayMAX@vantage base station and subscriber station solutions, and Wavesat's miniMAX subscriber station solution.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Westminster businesses get WiMax broadband - ZDNet UK News

A UK company is ready to start offering businesses in central London a high-speed telecoms service over WiMax.

Urban WiMax claims it will be significantly cheaper than fixed-line symmetric broadband services. It will target firms that need a reliable broadband connection, but can't afford the expense of a dedicated fibre link.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

BellSouth combines Wi-Fi, WiMAX for back-up Internet connections

ellSouth Corp. unveiled a pre-WiMAX wireless broadband back-up system for businesses’ Internet connections. The carrier said the system allows customers to activate a Wi-Fi hotspot at a business location, with a WiMAX backhaul, in the event the wireline network goes down.

Orthogon Systems and Dartware Work Together to Ensure Wireless Network Performance

The companies will work together to ensure the reliability and performance of wireless networks for joint customers and prospects. By joining the performance-enhancing features of the OS-Gemini family of point-to-point wireless Ethernet bridges with those of Dartware’s InterMapper® network monitoring and mapping software, wireless service providers, carriers, utilities companies and large enterprises can deploy wireless networks that deliver sustained carrier-class connectivity without fail.

Monday, March 20, 2006

RED HERRING | Startup Casts $1B into WiMAX

With about $1 billion in funds to build its own WiMAX network—offering wireless broadband service over wide areas—the Kirkland, Washington-based company is anxious to acquire spectrum and build new markets, Chief Strategy Officer Ben Wolff told

Friday, March 17, 2006

Telsima to launch StarMAX range of WiMAX products

elsima Communications Pvt. Ltd, developer of WiMAX based Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) and DCME voice compression solutions, is launching a suite of WiMAX solutions – StarMAX range of products, targeted at the Indian market.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Carrier weighing up its wireless options: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

print Nextel says it hopes to be covering “no less than 15 million Americans” with its planned 2.5GHz broadband wireless network by mid-2009. The carrier has still to decide on which technology the network will be based, with systems such as WiBro, and Flash-OFDM, or proprietary equipment from IPWireless and Motorola all in the frame. Light Reading reports that Sprint Nextel is looking for a technology which will provide average end-user download rates of between 2Mbps and 4Mbps, making it a viable alternative to fixed broadband networks. The firm expects to settle on a technology and choose a vendor by the end of this year.

True employs WiMAX in broadband growth strategy: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Thailand’s largest high speed internet provider True Corp has announced a strategy to increase its broadband user base to 600,000 by the end of this year, up from its current level of 350,000, and double its annual broadband turnover to THB5 billion (USD128 million). True is focusing on five key business areas to attract more clients and boost revenues: wireless broadband access via WiMAX, VoIP telephony, international gateway facilities, internet security and auto-backup connection services for businesses. The company is currently testing a WiMAX network in Nakhon Ratchasima and plans to extend coverage to ten provinces this year, with prices expected to be equivalent to its basic ADSL service charges. True also intends to introduce new low-cost VoIP packages to take on state-owned rival TOT Corp and its Y-Tel 1234 product in the residential market by mid-2006.

Wimax can outpace 3G, wi-fi, says Alcatel -

Wimax (worldwide interoperability for microwave access), an upcoming but still to be ratified wireless access technology, is expected to become the better choice over 3G or Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) for many operators worldwide in an effort to boost broadband services, according to a top executive of telecom infrastructure provider Alcatel.

Indonesia Gets National WiMax Network

perto Networks and PT. Citra Sari Makmur (CSM), one of Indonesia's largest telecommunications operators, have announced they will expand the existing deployment of Aperto's WiMAX-class multi-service broadband wireless systems to cover a wider area across Indonesia.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

OECD sees uncertain future for WiMax - ZDNet UK News

n a wide-ranging report published this week, the OECD has outlined some of the factors that could define the success or otherwise of WiMax wireless networking.

The report's primary finding was that WiMax depends critically on spectrum allocation, a process which is still incomplete worldwide. "Despite all the excitement over WiMax, the ultimate role of WiMax in the wireless market is debatable," it said.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Crowley Data to launch WiMAX this month: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Crowley Data to launch WiMAX this month: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

Airspan Announces Commercial Availability of MicroMAX-SOC WiMAX Base Station

MicroMAX-SOC, which is initially available in the 3.5 GHz FDD band, will start shipping to customers in April 2006. Later in the second quarter, Airspan will introduce support for the 5.8 GHz TDD and 3.3-3.4 GHz TDD bands, followed by a range of other 3.X GHz and 5.X GHz products in second half of 2006.

Monday, March 13, 2006

DVB-H Considered the Preferred Delivery Mechanism for Mobile TV in Europe

DVB-H Considered the Preferred Delivery Mechanism for Mobile TV in Europe

Nortel: NEWS RELEASES: T-Mobile Germany Offers Seamless Mobile Broadband Connections with Nortel Wireless Solutions

Nortel: NEWS RELEASES: T-Mobile Germany Offers Seamless Mobile Broadband Connections with Nortel Wireless Solutions

Quick test of Samsung SPH-M8000 WiMAX phone

Samsung had four WiMAX phones available for visitors to test. I took a quick look to see what a WiMAX call was all about. The connected phones acts as clients and requires a WiMAX server within 1 kilometre distance. I am not sure how you add new devices to your list of phones, but all phones I saw was setup and was a part of the same group. All group members receive your “call” when you press the dedicated send button. It’s like talking with a walkie talkie. Video of and voice from the sender is broadcasted to the other members of a group. The new thing here is the transfer of living picture.

Choosing sides: wi-fi or EV-DO?

If your company is in Tempe, Arizona, you're now faced with a decision: should you spend money on metro-area wi-fi services or cellular data services such as 1x EV-DO?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Japan's First WiMAX Network Undergoes Major Expansion

n 2005, Airspan Networks signed agreements with Yozan Inc. to deploy a Tokyo-wide WiMAX network, valued at $16.7 million, to deliver high speed IP connectivity capable of a wide array of data service offerings. The companies has now announced a further $26 million expansion to their contract, bringing its value to more than $42 million. Airspan expects to deliver between $5 million and $8 million of the total in the first quarter of 2006, with the balance by July.

Airspan Announces First Mobile WiMAX Device

Airspan Announces First Mobile WiMAX Device

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sr Telecom Awarded U.S.$10 Million Contract by Axtel: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

SR Telecom Inc. (TSX: SRX - News), the leading provider of licensed OFDM solutions, today announced that it has signed an agreement with AXTEL S.A. de C.V. for a purchase commitment of U.S.$10 million. Shipments are scheduled to begin immediately with deployment and services scheduled through Q2/2006.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Mobistar Rolls out HSDPA Technology Throughout its 3G Network

Mobistar will be one of the first operators in the world to roll out the HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology throughout its 3G network. The solution makes it possible to at least triple the transmission speed of the current 3G (UMTS) and reach a maximal real speed of about 1.8 Mb/s, comparable to ADSL experience.