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

Estimated retail revenues generated by mobile telephony
Call volumes by call type and operator
Volume of SMS and MMS
Subscriber numbers by operator
Average retail revenue per subscriber
Interconnection call volumes

Telecommunications Market Data Tables Q1 2006 | Ofcom

2006 Q1 (January to March 2006)

Summary of network access and call revenues by operator
Summary of exchange line numbers at end of quarter by operator
Summary of call volumes by operator
Summary of call revenues by call type and operator
Summary of call volumes by call type and operator
Summary of residential network access and call revenues by operator
Summary of residential exchange line numbers at end of quarter by operator
Summary of residential call volumes by operator
Summary of residential call revenues by call type and operator
Summary of residential call volumes by call type and operator
Summary of business network access and call revenues by operator
Summary of business exchange lines at end of quarter by operator
Summary of business call volumes by operator
Summary of business call revenues by call type and operator
Summary of business call volumes by call type and operator
Summary of broadband internet subscribers
Summary of lines with Carrier Pre-Selection

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.