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SDR implementation with LTE

August 26, 2010 Leave a comment

ZTE, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced a contract with Telenor Hungary, a subsidiary of one of the Telenor Group, to build a GSM/UMTS/LTE network in Hungary. ZTE will provide the company with radio and core infrastructure over the next five years, including its industry leading End-to-End and Uni-RAN solutions.

“As part of our vision of a Digital Hungary, we predict a growing need for simple- to-use, value-for-money mobile communications services across Hungary, especially mobile broadband and we now see that the time has come to switch to the next gear and take the lead in providing even faster and even more reliable services to our customers,” said Anders Jensen, CEO of Telenor Hungary.

ZTE will switch, expand and operate the GSM/UMTS/LTE network and deploy over 6,000 base stations, including LTE eNodeBs throughout the country. With its SDR-based solution, ZTE will help Telenor Hungary achieve a unified 2G/3G/LTE core network, supporting multi-mode and multi-band wireless services. This technology eliminates the need for further infrastructure upgrades, providing the operator with the flexibility to roll-out new services and a smooth evolution path to LTE.
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Femtocells meet the Enterprise

August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Femtocells have always intrigued me, why don’t we have more of them? They provide indoor coverage to customers like me, and many advantages to the operator. So why are operators not giving them out for free with a DSL connection like Softbank in Japan? This is the ‘new’ paradigm for indoor coverage, last frontier not conquered by the wireless providers. In the US we have so much fiber underground that most operators can run fiber-to-home (FTH) and put up a Pico cell, albeit the Capex costs. I would think the only thing that is preventing the deluge of femtocells is the pricing, operator initiative and certain other factors like Interference mitigation, etc. Let us explore what they are, how they can be overcome and a balance between performance and efficiency. Read more…

Net neutrality and 4G Networks

August 11, 2010 2 comments

The media is on fire talking about how Google has surrendered the net-neutrality pledge and gone with the carriers, but there are technical reasons how it is the carrier-way or the highway. FCC last year set forth three rules – Providers can’t favor their own content, Providers need to explain variable speeds and Providers cannot limit access to lawful content, which Comcast had it overturned in court. Though FCC might posses the power to make rules on net-neutrality, albeit it is the technologies that control the flow of traffic which will decide how much of content delivery is neutral after all! Read more…

Telecom Space Redefined

August 8, 2010 1 comment

Broadband is re-defining the way technology is being deployed and who is playing a major role. The operators of the yore like – AT&T, Verizon are slowly giving way to spectrum holding partnerships like – Clearwire, Harbinger, etc. Cellular services are getting commoditized and networks of the future will become dumb pipes, through which services instead of just voice and data will be optimally delivered based on tiered pricing and Quality of service. Pay per minute and pay per megabyte will become a delivery mechanism for many operators, as user habits keep changing. Subscribers have become content generators from content consumers with social networking and micro blogging; and with smart phones making a plethora of applications that make use of data pipes similar to PCs, the trend will only keep increasing. Read more…

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Clearwire Announces New 4G LTE Technology Trials

Clearwire a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the largest 4G network in the country, today announced plans to conduct 4G LTE technology trials expected to yield unmatched wireless speeds in the U.S., and to test multiple coexistence scenarios between LTE and WiMAX radio technologies. The new tests are designed to showcase the unique capability of Clearwire’s unmatched spectrum holdings and examine a variety of potential future technology combinations that could yield additional benefits to consumers and shareholders. Read more…

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Why I think that the Broadband stimulus is better than TARP?

I might be biased as somebody involved in the NTIA Broadband stimulus program, but then how many common folks like you and me have seen any of the TARP funds? I am not here to criticize the TARP program, as I think I have neither the expertise nor the reason to comment on its success. Maybe it avoided a complete crash of our economy or we just dodged the bullet temporarily, as Professor Roubini would like us to believe.  Broadband stimulus on the other hand will set people to work, digging trenches for running fiber as a result of middle mile projects or building networks as a result of last mile projects. It will benefit the rural America like never before, it will make access to broadband a fundamental right.

Are we closer to Finland yet ? Well Finland as we know has made become the first country in the world to make Internet access a fundamental right. As of this week, all ISPs in the country are required to ensure that each citizen has access to at least a 1Mbps speed connection. Read more…

Categories: Broadband, FCC