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Spirent Gets CTIA Authorization for Testing Mobile Devices

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Spirent channel emulators help manufacturers and operators deliver higher data rates and better Quality of Experience (QoE)

Testing and measurement firm Spirent Communications today said it has been included in the list of MIMO Authorized Equipment List for CTIA’s Test Plan for 2×2 Downlink MIMO and Transmit Diversity over-the-air performance, version 1.1.

The CTIA Test Plan focuses on evaluating the performance characteristics of wireless Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) devices, which are highly prevalent in LTE networks and increasingly important as the industry moves toward 5G. Release of the Equipment List is the next step in preparing global test labs to obtain CTIA certification, a crucial part of the process toward mandating the new standard.

Over-the Air (OTA) testing is essential for MIMO devices because throughput, and therefore Quality of Experience (QoE), depends on antenna performance in realistic propagation environments. MIMO OTA offers several advantages vs. traditional cable testing by providing a more complete view of device performance, accounting for additional factors such as physical housing and nearby components. As antenna counts grow, it also becomes increasingly unwieldy to use cabled test setups. MIMO OTA creates a unique spatial signature to replicate realistic propagation scenarios in a controlled environment for comprehensive performance testing. The CTIA Test Plan recommends the test methodologies necessary to achieve this environment and the performance indicators for key characteristics such as antenna efficiency, branch imbalance, and correlation between antennas.

Spirent’s channel emulators are part of the CTIA-authorized solution along with the ETS-Lindgren anechoic chamber.

“ETS-Lindgren’s multi probe anechoic chamber works hand-in-hand with Spirent’s MIMO OTA channel emulators to address the requirements necessary for the CTIA MIMO OTA Test Plan. With this combined solution in place, global test labs can support device manufacturers and operators with a CTIA approved test methodology to ensure a superior QoE for their wireless MIMO devices,” said Roger Hatch, senior director for Solutions Development at ETS-Lindgren.

Rob Van Brunt, general manager for Spirent Communications’ Connected Devices business, which helped pioneer MIMO OTA testing during its inception in 2011, commented “Spirent has long supported MIMO OTA test implementations and continues to lead the industry with technology advancements such as the introduction of 4xN MIMO OTA testing. This is key as more chipset vendors and OEMs have been moving from two to four receive antennas in their devices. At the same time, we’re keeping a strong focus on features designed to simplify the testing process, such as our exclusive real-time fading engine, which allows users to dynamically alter test parameters mid-run vs. being tethered to rigid scripting. We’re pleased to achieve CTIA authorization for our Vertex and VR5 channel emulators and look forward to continuing our work with ETS to offer innovative OTA test solutions for 5G and other industry needs.”

Spirent is an industry-recognized leader across the entire span of OTA testing, with support for both A-GNSS and MIMO OTA test solutions and long-term partnerships with chamber manufacturers and test labs. For more information on MIMO OTA test methodologies, reference Spirent’s white paper entitled, Ensuring MIMO Device Performance with Over-the-Air Testing.

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TAIPA Cries Foul Over Sealing Of Telecom Towers In Pune

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Indian telecom towers association TAIPA, terming the sealing of telecom towers by Pune Municipal Corporation as ‘coercive action’ and ‘unfortunate’, today has sought intervention of higher authorities in this matter.

“It is a non-supportive action by municipal corporation of Pune to initiate sealing/demolition drive against mobile towers. We seek intervention on the issue from higher authorities to direct the concerned authorities to refrain from taking any coercive action against the mobile towers,” sid T R Dua, directr general of TAIPA (Tower and infrastructure providers association).

Early this week the PMC or Pune Municipal Corporation sealed the offices of three telecom towers in the city in regards to non payment of property taxes. According to the PMC there is a tax due of around Rs 160 crore on these three twoers that belong to Reliance Communications, VIOM Networks and ATC.

TAIPA said the demands made are highly arbitrary and without any breakup.

These companies have not been paying taxes, according to PMC, for last five years on the argument that telecom towers do not fall under ‘properties’ category and hence not liable to pay property taxes.

However, on December 16, the Supreme Court said that concerned authorities can impose tax on such telecom towers as the tax was not on the use of any machinery but on the land where the towers are set up and for the related building.

TAIPA, on the other hand, has claimed that because of the sealing of the telecom towers people are being inconvenienced and has linked this inconvenience to ongoing drive of demonetization and cashless payments.

“While the country is going through a great transformation vide demonetization policy and making a paradigm shift to build a less cash economy…at this stage of transformation, any coercive steps toward sealing of mobile towers on behalf of the local authorities, will ultimately result into failing of the mobile network,” said the association.

PMC, however, said only the offices are sealed and the towers are operational.

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Sasken Finds A Place In Zinnov Leadership Zone

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Bengaluru based technology firm Sasken said that research firm Zinnov has put the company in the leadership zone among semiconductor and telecommunication category.

In the study – Zinnov Zones 2016-PES, the research firm analysed companies in various fields like consumer electronics, mechanical engineering, embedded systems, aerospace, construction, telecommunication, semiconductor, industrial automation and transport. Companies are ranked on the basis of their R&D practices, breadth, innovation and ecosystem connect.

“Sasken’s DNA is its commitment to understand and leverage technology to solve today’s problems for our customers. The speed at which technology changes, and the hypercompetitive business environment we operate in, poses many challenges. Zinnov Zones 2016-PES rating positions us as the best-in-class technology leaders which is backed by our commitment to invest continually in staying au courant,” said Sanjiv Pande, VP and head marketing, Sasken.

“Sasken’s strong capabilities in embedded enabled them to provide cutting-edge solutions in in-vehicle-infotainment and telematics. Sasken’s inherent strengths in the semiconductor and telecom space and its strong platform capabilities have helped them deepen their relationship with semiconductor vendors and OEMs,” said Zinnov Partner and practice head Sidhant Rastogi.

Besides leadership zone, Sasken has also been featured in the execution zone for automotive, consumer electronics and industrial automation.

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Spirent To Test China Unicom NFV Infrastructure

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Spirent Communications today said Chinese operator China Telecom has selected it to test the later’s NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) infrastructure using Spirent TestCenter and Spirent CloudStress.

Spirent executed a series of functional and performance tests jointly with China Unicom to address specific requirements of NFV infrastructure (NFVi) and middleware using Spirent TestCenter network performance testing instrument and Spirent CloudStress, a web-based infrastructure validation application.

The tests comply with current industry standards and utilize advanced, proven testing methodologies that are considered best practice. Spirent’s combined solution enables network equipment manufacturers, cloud and service providers to consolidate and scale test lab operations, modernize test labs for employees or customers as a cloud-based service, or streamline continuous deployment when testing hybrid virtual network functions.

To address the special requirements of NFV on virtualized middleware, China Unicom Network Research Institute joined hands with many vendors including Spirent to perform a series of tests and verification in a lab setting. Tests were conducted on the functions, basic performance and network performance of virtualized middleware. The functional tests included support for virtual machine affinity and anti-affinity, control node failure recovery, high availability of virtual machines, virtual machine hot porting, and northbound transmission of failure alarms. The basic performance tests included four scenarios – CPU testing, memory testing, storage testing and virtual machine interference testing.

Network performance tests were mainly designed to verify DPDK-based software virtual switching technology (vSwitch). Meanwhile, tests were performed on data of the PCI-PassThrough technology for a group of NICs as a reference in comparing with DPDK performance results. The network performance tests were completed with a Spirent TestCenter chassis and the MX family 10G interface test modules. As the only hardware testing tool in the tests, Spirent TestCenter was used to evaluate the network performance metrics of vSwitch (DPDK 2.0), PCI-PassThrough and SR-IOV with different vCPU count configurations for a total of 8 configuration modes with 6 testing scenarios in each mode.

Middleware and NFVi CPU, memory and storage tests were mainly made possible with Spirent CloudStress. CloudStress is a synthetic workload generator and analysis solution to measure the true performance of virtualized infrastructure. By emulating 4 metrics for CPU, memory, storage and network I/O, it can be used to measure the performance of virtualized middleware and NFVi.

The Director of the SDN/NFV Innovation Center of China Unicom Network Research Institute notes, “With Internet+ promoted and implemented as a national strategy, traditional industries are facing opportunities and challenges to converge with Internet. In an effort to promote the transformation of traditional industries toward the age of industrial Internet to relentlessly create brand-new operational patterns and economic values, China Unicom launches the Industrial Internet Development Strategy, joining hands with our partners to provide industrial customers with complete solutions and technological services. China Unicom has been working with Spirent for a long time and successfully completed the series of tests on technologies related to NFV virtualized middleware. The satisfying testing methodologies and results of the tests are offering illuminations and envisions to China Unicom and participating vendors for NFV virtualized middleware technologies, and these tests will be the model to follow in NFV practices and deployments.”

“China Unicom has been very instrumental in the evolution and rollout of Internet; from constructing fiber optical landline broadband networks and mobile broadband networks to creating a new breed of information infrastructure and providing integrated solutions and services. The role of China Unicom is transforming from being an early innovator of the Internet to shaping the Internet of tomorrow,” says Peter Tan, Spirent’s General Manager for Greater China and Northeast Asia. “Spirent has been working with leading innovators around the world, helping and supporting operators, network equipment and communication service providers, manufacturers and large enterprises to construct next generation networks.”

According to Abhitesh Kastuar, General Manager of Cloud and IP, “Spirent is very committed to working with China Unicom in the testing of NFV virtualized middleware technologies to further advance this technology that will ultimately accelerate the deployment of NFV in telecom.”

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Motorola Solutions To Build Public Safety Network For Bravo

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Saudi Telecom’s critical communications arm Bravo has  Motorola Solutions to build a nationwide public safety network based on TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) across the Kingdom.

Motorola Solutions will be working with Bravo to provide critical unified communications between the different public safety and government agencies. The network is designed to address the ever-increasing demand from end users across the Kingdom for reliable, critical communications, extending the current communications infrastructure with the latest DIMETRA TETRA based digital radio solutions.

Mission-critical communications are essential for public safety agencies, especially at times of high network traffic. Even in situations like natural disasters or major emergencies, Motorola Solutions´ public safety solutions are designed to provide seamless and secure communications not available on commercial networks. As a leader in mission-critical solutions, Motorola Solutions has been part of the development of the TETRA Standard. This commitment continues with new products and initiatives designed to meet the ever changing needs of customers around the world.

The nationwide DIMETRA TETRA network will allow unified communications amongst the Kingdom’s numerous government and public safety agencies – many of which operate on individual networks – as well as offering enhanced services for the oil and gas industries.

“Our vision is to create one nationwide network, and this is a major step toward that. Bravo has an excellent, decade-long partnership with Motorola Solutions, the network provider and integrator of our iDEN network. We look forward to continuing this strategic relationship,” said Dr Fahad Bin Hussain Bin Mushayt, Bravo CEO.

Motorola Solutions will also provide Bravo with WAVE 7000, the public safety-grade broadband push-to-talk (PTT) offering, used for projects that require highly critical communications such as the UK Home Office´s new Emergency Services Network (ESN). WAVE 7000 allows for PTT (Push-to-Talk) communications across broadband and land mobile radio networks, which allows teams to keep connected.

In addition to push-to-talk, WAVE 7000 can offer a rich broadband experience when integrated with Motorola’s Public Safety Experience (PSX). The integrated messaging client allows users to share images, video, voice clips and location. PSX also includes integrated mapping that shows where talk group members are located and offers immediate ways to communicate with them.

“In times of emergency, all emergency services must work together to protect and serve the public. In these situations time can mean lives, so clear and reliable communications is critical. This system, used by emergency services around the world, will allow us to unite public safety agencies and provide clear and reliable coverage across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president and general manager for Motorola Solutions in EMEA.

Bravo currently supplies critical communications to more than 180,000 users, including Push-to-Talk with iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network). Motorola Solutions has had a long-term partnership with Bravo as the network provider and integrator of the iDEN system back in 2005. The new TETRA project is an extension of this strong relationship, continuing to provide Bravo’s customers with best-in-class critical communications solutions.

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SK Broadband Offers Fastest Data Speed On Nokia Technology

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Nokia Monday said South Korea’s telecom player SK Broadband has been able to offer world’s fastest broadband speed based on the telecom gear maker’s technology. Nokia’ NG-PON technology coupled with SK Broadband’s network offered 52.5 Gbps speed and the service has been offered to a set of apartment buildings in Seoul.

To achieve this Nokia’s universal next generation PON architecture combined different technologies on a single fiber, thus maximizing the use of SK Broadband’s fiber investment, it said in a statement.

With Nokia, they are now taking their fiber network to the next level. Reusing the existing fiber network and access platform, on which they already have deployed Gigabit Passive Optical Network technology (GPON) at 2.5 Gbps, they can now boost speeds up to 52.5Gbps.

To do so, SK Broadband is using multi-dwelling units (MDUs) from HFR and Nokia’s universal next generation PON solution, making it possible to aggregate different technologies on the existing fiber.

Nokia combined TWDM-PON with 40Gbps symmetrical with XGS-PON with 10Gbps symmetrical and GPON with 2.5Gbps to achive the total 52.5 Gbps speed,

In addition to boosting speeds, universal next generation PON also brings the benefit of cost-efficient upgrades and operational efficiencies thanks to the wavelength mobility.

In 2006, SK Broadband was the first to commercialize 2.5Gbps GPON technology. In 2014, they introduced the world’s first 10 Gbps Internet service jointly with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and the National Information Society Agency using 10Gbps E-PON technology.

South Korea is known as the world’s most connected country offering the world’s top upload and download speeds, and it has set clear strategic goals to have Gigabit broadband available to all citizens by 2020.

“As a new era looms that demands Gigabit Internet, Ultra High Definition video and Virtual and Augmented Reality services, SK Broadband will establish a network infrastructure that provides the best customer value. Following the world’s first commercialization of an ADSL service and the two-pair LAN cable 500M service, we will establish a top-class optical Internet platform to create the best Gigabit broadband service environment for our customers,” said Yoo Ji-chang, Head of SK Broadband’s Network Division.

With this latest generation of fiber access technologies, SK Broadband aims to take its commitment yet one step further to offer speeds of 10 Gbps to all its customers. This will boost the country’s highly competitive business environment as well as the innovations in broadband services delivered to the market.

“All eyes in the world are focused on South Korea as it moves ahead with rolling out ever-faster broadband networks. Nokia’s innovation edge and our portfolio of next generation fiber technologies help customers like SK Broadband realize the true Gigabit societies of the future,” said Federico Guillen, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Group.

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“IoT Seminconductor Business To Touch $15 Bn By 2020” – Uday Dodla, Qualcomm India

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Internet of things seems to be on a mission mode. And if there is any company that is pioneering this momentum, globally as well as in India, it undoubtedly has to be Qualcomm. We spoke to Uday Dodla, the man who leads the San Diego headquartered technology firm’s IoT operations including drones, smart devices, wearables and smart cities in India, as its Director for Product Marketing. He also is the man who spearheads Qualcomm’s in Design India challenge – an incubator program for hardware companies. His views :

Q. What are your views on the adoption of Internet of Things, both globally as well as in India?
We see good momentum and expect further growth in various areas such as smart cities, cameras and drones, home control and automation, home entertainment, wearables, and voice and music – both within India and globally. We are also seeing products becoming more intelligent and capable at the edge – doing more locally and sending only the relevant data to the cloud. Analysts estimate the installed base of IoT devices to be more than 20 billion units by 2020.

Q. Can you guess the market size of IoT in India?
Globally, we estimate the serviceable addressable opportunity for our semiconductor business to be about $15 billion in IoT by 2020. While we don’t provide a split by region, India is important not only for the size of the country, but also for the opportunity to collaborate with companies and organizations in benefiting from the global opportunity.

Q. How is your company positioned in this scheme of things? Where does exactly it fit in the ecosystem?
We are uniquely positioned with our scale and expertise in connectivity and compute to deliver the technologies needed in IoT, helping customers commercialize their products faster and more cost-effectively. What makes Qualcomm different is the depth of our portfolio, platforms and partnerships.

Q. You company is a pioneer in many technological revolutions- both for enterprises as well as for end users. What are the areas you see IoT can serve both these consumers in near future?
Areas such as Healthcare, Automotive and Drones & Robotics will see more adoption with clear consumer benefits. We are actively engaged with industry relationships in these areas.

Q. In immediate future, what are the IoT solutions/products you see for end users?
I think we will see connected devices becoming more prevalent as technology becomes easier to adopt and deploy wherever and whenever. Solutions such as smart meters, connected cars, surveillance cameras, wearables for health & safety will see increased adoption.

Q. Wearables did not take off well as expected. Where do you see the industry missed the bus?
We continue to see the wearables segment as a growth opportunity. We have seen strong adoption of Qualcomm technologies in wearables, with more than 100 design wins including our technology. Snapdragon processors already power more than 80 percent of all Android Wear smartwatches.

We have design wins for smart watches, fitness trackers, sports watches and kid watches. We are seeing strong growth in all of these areas. We are particularly excited about the opportunity in 4G/LTE connected, location enabled targeted purpose devices like kid trackers and elder care watches. We believe there is strong growth in these devices.

Additionally, the acquisition of CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) last September has brought a wealth of product and talent to Qualcomm, particularly for wearables. CSR’s leading Bluetooth and GPS products are already in a wide range of wearables products, and they are a perfect complement to Qualcomm processors and connectivity products.

Q. Where do you see governments as a customer and how the Indian government is looking at this?
We are focused on making India an important part of our IoT product journey. We have multiple corporate initiatives such as the Ventures Fund and the Design in India programs to spur the design and development of electronics products in India that benefit the ecosystem. This goes hand in hand with the Digital India/Make in India initiatives of the Government of India.

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Aricent Teams Up FalconSmart For Performance Benchmarking

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Aricent_logoAricent today said it has partnered with FalconSmart Technologies to launch FalconBenchmark, an advanced solution for multi-carrier performance benchmarking. Wireless network benchmarking solutions enable carriers around the world to substantiate their market competitiveness, validate their marketing campaigns, and optimize the quality of service.

Falcon Benchmark evaluates operator network performance and compares the quality of service against that of competitors. It includes data collection strategies for macro sites and indoor venues based on industry-standard key performance indicators, including time and location. The data collection is coupled with FalconONE, the most advanced cloud-based analytics platform for remote management, real-time monitoring, instant reporting, and analysis. Aricent data scientists will use the date to create detailed reports that provide carriers with actionable insights into the quality of service and consumer experience.

“This partnership brings a unique value proposition to the Indian and North American market in the competitive benchmarking space. FalconBenchmark is a vendor-neutral and highly scalable technology-agnostic suite, that provides unparalleled insights into customer experience and quality of service,” said Munish Rishi, President and CEO, FalconSmart Technologies.

“Aricent is always looking to enrich our portfolio with innovative solutions that can leverage our vast experience and expertise in the telecom and analytics space. The launch of FalconBenchmark is highly strategic for India and North America, especially at a time when the wireless market is rapidly advancing from 3G to 4G networks, and quality of service is becoming extremely critical to operators and customers alike,” said Rakesh Vij, Chief Business Officer, Communications Business, Aricent

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Syniverse Optimizes Roaming For Djibouti Telecom

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Syniverse-Optimizes-Roaming-For-Djibouti-TelecomSyniverse has expanded its relationship with Djibouti Telecom through an agreement to deliver a suite of solutions for performance analysis, forecasting and budget management, and fraud protection.

The agreement builds on a multi-year relationship with Djibouti’s state-owned mobile operator that will strengthen Syniverse’s presence in East Africa and a growing national market with more than 330,000 mobile connections.

“With mobile users having more choices than ever before and with the demand for mobile service only increasing, it’s critical for us to continually deliver value to our customers wherever they travel with their mobile devices,” said Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, general director, Djibouti Telecom.

The services offered through the agreement enable Djibouti Telecom to gain visibility into and manage its end-users’ experiences while protecting the network from fraud and controlling costs. The solutions to be deployed by Syniverse include: Roaming Data Analysis, Forecasting & Budget Management-Optimizer and Roaming Fraud Protection.

“No matter where today’s mobile users travel, they continue to expect the same quality of experience at all times,” said Nour Al Atassi, regional vice president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Syniverse.

“Syniverse will enable Djibouti Telecom to meet this demand by delivering the highest level of roaming service to its customers. We look forward to helping Djibouti Telecom to more seamlessly connect to the largest number of operators, manage IoTs and budget more accurately, and minimize the growing threat of fraud,” added Atassi.

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China Mobile To Deploy Nokia GPON Mobile Solution

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China-Mobile-To-Deploy-Nokia-GPON-Mobile-SolutionChina Mobile is deploying Nokia GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) mobile backhaul network in the Jiangsu and Henan provinces of China.

The technology provides China Mobile with the backhaul infrastructure needed to support residential subscribers, enterprises, hotels, banks, schools and hospitals spread over some of China’s most populated areas, and will deliver high-quality mobile data experiences its subscribers now expect in the 4G/5G era.

Focused on expanding indoor and outdoor coverage in urban areas, China Mobile is investing in new base stations and more than one hundred thousand LTE small cells, which will be networked over the GPON fiber backhaul technology.

Nokia’s GPON mobile backhaul solution allows China Mobile to further develop its LTE broadband user base, while at the same time expand its fiber to the home (FTTH) footprint needed to connect more residential and enterprise users.

China Mobile will be able to gain the network capacity, flexibility and scale needed to support the 54 percent increase in data traffic expected across Asia Pacific by 20201. The streamlining of network operations will also lower the total cost of ownership and simultaneously enhance subscribers’ mobile service experiences.

Nokia’s Wireline Mobile Backhaul solution includes the Nokia 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager and the Nokia 7368 ISAM ONT, which deliver premium services over a GPON fiber backhaul environment.

Federico Guillen, president, Fixed Networks, Nokia said, “To support the data demands of wireless subscribers, operators are increasingly turning to fixed fiber networks such as GPON for their backhaul requirements to satisfy the scale, efficiencies and cost savings they seek. GPON also eliminates the need to create parallel and dedicated networks for backhaul, while simultaneously expanding the fiber footprint to support growing residential and business ultra-broadband demands.”

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