UK operator EE has today launched what it claims is the world’s fastest 4G network in London’s Tech City.
The new network will offer up to 300 Mbps speeds using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology provided by Huawei to bring together 20MHz of 1800 MHz spectrum and 20MHz of 2.6 GHz spectrum.
Swisscom has teamed up with vendors LEGIC and Kaba to provide a new mobile ecosystem that will use Near Field Communications (NFC) to provide access control as well as “time and attendance recording” for a wide number of payment and authorisation applications.
The largest Swiss mobile operator, Swisscom has been working on a new NFC services platform it calls “Tapit” (nothing to do with Australian NFC vendor Tapit Media – read: Three launches NFC marketing campaign in Stockholm subway carriage), which will enable different card issuers to come together and offer NFC services.
Growth in macrocell mobile backhaul market is decelerating, a new report has claimed.
Infonetics’ latest macrocell mobile backhaul market report shows that market revenue will edge to €5.1 billion in 2013, an increase of just one percent from last year.
The report highlights that 94 percent of macrocell backhaul equipment spending this year will be aimed towards IP/Ethernet gear.
Sofant Technologies has secured institutional funding for its pioneering smart antenna device with the help of Kelvin Capital, Scottish Enterprise and the investment arm of The University of Edinburgh.
The Scottish tech firm, which unveiled the world’s first smart antenna for mobile devices last year, has enlisted the support of venture capital backer Kelvin Capital as well as Scottish Enterprise and Old College Capital.
Spanish Wi-Fi provider Gowex is seeking to expand its footprint by starting a new initiative to merge public access and private access Wi-Fi networks from both operators and businesses together, in a bid to achieve seamless mobile data coverage.
We-2 will be launched in New York next month with an initial network consisting of over 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in five boroughs, as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s drive to turn NYC into a “technology hub”.
Carrier aggregation might be a long way off in Europe, but as some markets begin to mature and operators start looking to acquire more blocks of spectrum for their 4G LTE networks, efficient spectrum utilisation will soon be coming into vogue in Western Europe.
North America, often a model for European operators to follow, is finally making progress with LTE-Advanced.
The global millimetre wave equipment market has been dominated by EMEA region this year, with significant growth coming from the UK, Germany, and Russia.
According to Infonetics’ latest report, 61 percent of the overall market revenue in the first half of 2013 came from EMEA region. The market revenue, which increased by 45 percent from the second half of 2012, amounted to €47 million.
Juniper Networks has launched a brand new open architecture enabling operators to use any technology, protocol, orchestration platform or SDN controller as part of a telco data centre network.
MetaFabric provides new and existing switching, routing, SDN and security solutions, enabling operators to integrate a wide array of software and hardware products from different vendors without needing to rip and replace existing infrastructure.
Virtualising mobile network functions to save costs sounds tempting, but analysts warn that operators will have to foot a €2.5 billion capex bill over the next five years before they will be able to use cheaper cell site equipment.
According to a new report by Maravedis-Rethink, “Tearing the Network Apart: The Economics of the New RAN to 2018”, a $100 (€72) cell site is possible by 2020, but not until operators have first invested a great deal into LTE RAN equipment, new servers and significant software upgrades.
Ericsson debuted a new model for carrier-grade software-defined networking (SDN) called “network slicing”, together with a new multi-application card for its SDN router series at the Broadband World Forum event in Amsterdam.
Network slicing is created by combining a service provider SDN architectural framework with Ericsson’s existing Cloud System product – a delivery platform that enables software applications and virtualised network functions to be deployed, wherever they are needed in the network.