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