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Zyxel launches multi service Wireless router for service providers

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Zyxel, has launched PMG2006-T20A Wireless router which is GPON HGU embedded with a 4-port GbE Switch enabling it to connect to peripherals such as IP cameras, Network Data Storage, computer servers and Wi-Fi access points to share data in high speeds.

The switch furnishes numerous integrated services via a single optical fiber to support existing deployments of triple-play services such as data, video/ HDTV, VoIP as well as interactive games.

The Zyxel PMG2006-T20A can be connected to the GPON OLT to offer network operators with management and provision features that support ONT Management and Control Interface (OMCI) and TR-069 management functions as well.

As higher bandwidth and greater efficiency of Ethernet cannot guarantee delivery of high-quality voice, data and video across a GPON network, service providers can freely design their Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) policies and prioritize mission-critical services such as IPTV and VoIP based on their service plan offerings.

This switch is aimed at service providers who want to offer a multi-play solution that truly meets of residential user needs. This switch supports DS/US transmission rate to 2.488 Gbps/1.244 Gbps and can be installed up to 20KMs away from consumer premises.
PMG2006-T20A Wireless Router is available exclusively at Zyxel website at a price of INR 13,000.

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TRAI plans Nationwide WiFi hotspot network

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TRAI, Telecom regulatory body of India, has invited businesses both small and big to become part of Pilot of what it calls PDO (Public Data Office), Network. PDO is essentially WiFi hotspot, but these will part of a wider network which will take care of authentication and payment, this will allow users to make single payment and authentication to use a network of WiFi hotspots.

Regulator has devised a framework under which these PDOs will operate, it is called WiFi Access Network Interface (WANI). This interface will allow business to easily setup public WiFi hotspots without bothering about setting up payment and authentication systems and allow users one click payment and authentication and usage of one or more hotspot in a single session.

TRAI wants prices to be available in small sachet of Rs 2 to Rs 20 per session, it also wants the Public Wi-Fi Hotspots to store community interest data locally, and allow access to it through negligible costs.

In this WiFi Hotspot Network three entities will be involved, first being Public Data Office Provider/Aggregator, it will provide one or more WiFi hotspots to the public on free or paid model, second will be App provider whose role will be to manage user’s KYC (mobile or Aadhaar) backed profile, allow all digital payment methods, and allow users to easily connect to hotspots. and Third and final part will be played by Hardware, software and service provider they will form the back end of the network.

TRAI will release WANI technology Architecture Document in next couple of days for the entities which wants to participate in the Pilot project.

TRAI has said “This Pilot aims to demonstrate that un-bundling of services reduces rework, speeds up development and hence is the most effective way to tackle this complex problem”.

It goes on to add “PDOs will be akin to the PCOs that connected all of India, even when tele-density was less than 7 telephones per 100 people. It is also suggested that the Public Wi-Fi Hotspots store community interest data locally, and allow access to it through negligible costs. Overall, these suggestions encourage the PDOs to become bustling centers of economic activity, where consumption of data for the average Indian becomes as common as consuming a cup of hot chai”.

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Plasma Antennas Joins Small Cell Forum On Commercial 5G

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Plasma Antennas, the inventors of plasma silicon technology, today announced that it has joined Small Cell Forum (SCF), the global industry body driving the wide-scale adoption of small cells and heterogeneous networks.

The new generation of 5G cellular networks will provide massive, instantly steerable bandwidth in mmWave frequencies, and will rely on a much denser network topology, where small cells will play a major part. But the drive to making 5G a commercial reality is being held back by today’s phased array antennas.

Once considered state of the art, phased array technology does not provide the required range and has not developed to the point that it makes a commercial mmWave 5G service viable. These shortcomings are exacerbated when miniaturising base stations into small cells.

Plasma Antennas has solved the 5G antenna challenge, and unlocked the 5G small cell potential at the same time. Proven for the UK defence industry, Plasma Antennas’ patented plasma beam-forming technology is a market-defining innovation for mmWave applications; transforming performance, costs and simplicity. It has very low loss, low power consumption, no moving parts, no power limits, it can switch direction in just a few hundred nanoseconds and costs a fraction of phased array technology.

Small Cell Forum supports, promotes and helps drive the development and adoption of small cell technologies to improve the coverage, capacity and services delivered by mobile networks.

By promoting their use in operator networks, the ever-increasing consumer requirement for using mobile devices wherever we are, with ubiquitous coverage and an uninterrupted service, can become a reality. In 5G, URLLC (Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications) over mmWave links present particular challenges. Innovation will be required to meet the cost and performance goals that will make 5G attractive, usable and affordable.

“As the industry moves towards the 5G era, small cells have been accepted as critical in building out next generation networks, and antenna technology is a core component in making this a practical reality,” said David Orloff, Chair of Small Cell Forum. “We are delighted to welcome Plasma Antennas to the Forum and look forward to their involvement and input.”

Paul Phillipson, CEO of Plasma Antennas, said “I come from a background of Small Cell technology with Ubiquisys, ipaccess and Lucent. I have known for a long time that Small Cells are the answer to coverage and performance. 5G presents challenges that demand innovation and new approaches. Plasma Antennas bring niche defence and security technology which elegantly switches sector and scales to deliver significant cost and performance advantages in mass market telecoms at mmWave frequencies.”

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Qualcomm Trials Wireless Charging Of Electric Vehicles On Renault Kangoo

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Qualcomm on Thursday demonstrated its wireless charging technology of electric vehicles on Renault Kangoo car on a test track which allows vehicles to charge while driving.

It demonstrated dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC), which allows vehicles to charge while driving. Based on the Qualcomm Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology (WEVC), Qualcomm Technologies designed and built a wireless DEVC system capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) dynamically at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speeds.

Qualcomm Technologies also demonstrated simultaneous charging, in which two vehicles on the same track can charge dynamically at the same time. The vehicles can pick up charge in both directions along the track, and in reverse, further showcasing how the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system has been designed to support real-world implementation of dynamic charging.

“We are inventors. We are WEVC. This dynamic charging demonstration is the embodiment of this,” said Steve Pazol, vice president and general manager, wireless charging, Qualcomm Incorporated.

“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. The combination of a global team of expert engineers and Qualcomm Halo technology, which covers all aspects of WEVC systems, irrespective of the magnetics used, has enabled us to really push the boundaries of the possible and outline our vision for future urban mobility,” he added.

The dynamic charging demonstrations took place at the 100-meter FABRIC test track, which has been built by VEDECOM at Satory Versailles. Qualcomm Technologies and VEDECOM integrated the source part of the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system in the test track, while VEDECOM and Renault integrated the receiving part onto two Renault Kangoo vehicles.

Following the demonstration, the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system will be handed over to VEDECOM to perform tests for FABRIC. These tests will evaluate the operation, safety and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios including vehicle identification and authorization on entering track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along track.

FABRIC is a Euro 9 million project, mostly funded by the European Commission, addressing the technological feasibility, economic viability, and socio-environmental sustainability of wireless DEVC. The project began in January 2014 and will continue through December 2017, and is being undertaken by a consortium of 25 organizations from nine European countries, including automotive manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and research organizations from automotive, road and energy infrastructure domains.

VEDECOM is one of the FABRIC collaborators and responsible for providing the demonstration of the charging solution at Satory using the Qualcomm Halo DEVC system. FABRIC’s main goal is to conduct feasibility analysis of wireless DEVC as a means of EV range extension.

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Softbank Deploys Ericsson Radio Dot System To Improve Indoor Connectivity

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Japanese telecom major Softbank has deployed Ericsson Radio Dot System, a small cell solution, to improve indoor connectivity. The operator will deploy these solutions at medium and large buildings to offer enough indoor coverage.

Initially these Ericsson Radio Dot System solution will be installed in high-density urban areas including Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Ericsson said these solutions were selected by Softbank after two years of rigorous testing and verification on the operator’s network.

SoftBank began extensive testing of the Radio Dot System and several other indoor solutions in Japan in June 2015 to evaluate its options for meeting the huge demand for better indoor coverage in mid-sized to large buildings.

The Ericsson Radio Dot System proved its ability to enable high-performance voice and data coverage and capacity in a broad range of enterprise buildings and public venues, and will now be deployed for SoftBank later this year. Mass rollout will start in the densest urban areas in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, addressing buildings such as office towers, shopping malls, and train stations.

Hideyuki Tsukuda, Senior Vice President, SoftBank Corp., says: “We are always interested in adopting the latest technologies to ensure our subscribers receive the best possible network service. After evaluating a number of options, we concluded that the Ericsson Radio Dot System was the most cost-efficient solution for large buildings. Its deployment in crowded urban indoor environments will enable us to meet user expectations for a consistently high quality of network coverage.”

Mikael Eriksson, President of Ericsson Japan, says: “The Radio Dot System is the industry’s most cost-effective and modular high-performance indoor radio system, capable of addressing the widest range of indoor environments. We’re confident that its deployment in Japan will ensure SoftBank subscribers benefit from the best possible indoor coverage.”

According to the Ericsson Mobility Report 2016, cellular data traffic is expected to increase by a factor of nine by 2020. This dramatic growth places a unique demand on mobile network operators to provide the necessary infrastructure and density required to serve the marketplace, especially in the underdeveloped indoor space.

The Ericsson Radio Dot System features an elegant design, both in the product and the network architecture, enabling a simple deployment that is 100% integrated with the outdoor network.

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Unlicensed Broadband Radios And The Market Dynamics

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With the rising adoption of smartphones in India and subsequent consumption of data on these devices, the country stares at a herculean task of providing high speed quality service to its consumers. The future of mobile broadband, solely based on currently allocated licensed spectrum, looks bleak. Utilising the potential of unlicensed spectrum holds the key here.

All wireless communication technologies require some kind of airwaves to send and receive data, however not all airwave bands are licensed, thus allowing the operator and others to deploy equipment in such spectrum without having to go through regulatory approvals and pay any license fee for its usage.

In India, among the available unlicensed spectrum bands, the Wireless Planning and Coordination wing (WPC) of Indian government under the ministry of telecom has notified 5.825-5.875 GHz band for outdoor use. However, industry bodies have consistently been demanding the government to release more unlicensed spectrum bands to enable bigger data network deployments offering higher capacities, as the currently available spectrum is too low to enable the Digital India Initiatives or reach the rural hinterland in a cost effective manner.

The Use Case

As broadband becomes ubiquitous and demands rise to be always-connected, telecom service providers go the extra mile to provide their users the best possible experience. Earlier the demand to remain connected was the preserve of some enterprises but with the Indian Government’s Digital India Programme to ensure that Government services are made available to citizens electronically by improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology, using available wireless technologies has become critical for service providers. Indian government’s ambitious project Bharat Net or NOFN also looks a using the unlicensed airwaves to complement the existing fibre network. These airwaves come handy, particularly, in cases like difficult and hilly terrains, where it becomes difficult to lay fibre.

Wi-Fi hotspots in commercial as well as urban areas to cater to the ever increasing data requirements requires unlicensed spectrum and related equipments or UBRs, as it is difficult for telecom operators and ISPs to deploy more cellular infrastructure due to cost and spectrum resources.

Smart Cities project is one more area where unlicensed spectrum are expected to see demand. A smart city, will be based on the success of internet of things (IOT) as multiple components like utilities, smart parking, lighting, surveillance etc will be done automatically through the help of thousands of sensors. A robust network architecture is required to connect all building blocks of a smart city; and it just can’t solely rely on cellular or 4G network as in emergency situations these tend to be jammed. Backhaul through small cells will form the backbone of the network.

Equipments and radios that work on these unlicensed spectrum bands are called UBRs or unlicensed broadband radios.

Benefits of UBR

Broadband Radio units offer reliable, high-speed and secure wireless connectivity between multiple remote locations through high-capacity wireless point to point and point to multipoint configurations. Radios based on sub 6GHz bands can cover long distance and are also suitable for urban deployments providing non line of sight capabilities. Some vendors provide carrier grade performance with a high data rate which is both stable & reliable. As these radios work in unlicensed spectrum bands, they need to conform to regulatory requirements of governments; In India it is WPC, part of DOT which is responsible for the regulation.

Besides, having smaller footprints to conventional microwave radios, they are easy to deploy and mostly operate on plug & play model. The radios, in most cases, can be deployed within hours and, if required, can be dismantled easily and be redeployed somewhere else with no or little tweaks in the configuration.

The UBRs are being used by government agencies and enterprises for connecting multiple locations with head offices within a secured environment both in private network mode as well as extension of large VPN networks. ISPs and carriers use UBRs to offer high-speed wireless broadband access to their customers where it is not feasible to lay fibre. It is perhaps the most cost effective last mile access technology for broadband.

Challenges

Like licensed spectrum, the use of unlicensed airwaves do have their own challenges, the biggest of which is interference. While government policies regulate the unlicensed band, the solution, however, remains with the selection of right kind of RF technology and the reliability and scalability of the network architecture.

Vendors In Fray

There are multiple global vendors offering different products and solutions for the unlicensed airwaves. Among the international companies who present in India with products in the unlicensed bands are Airspan, Alvarion, Cambium Proxim, Radwin and Ubiquity, with HQs  in China, Russia, Israel & United States. There are a handful of Indian companies also viz. Primatel, Maksat and Vihaan Networks offering products in these spectrum.

These technology firms offer different technologies serving different requirements in this arena, from low distance low throughput commercial to high throughput, high SLA enterprise and surveillance requirements, with prices offered based on these matrices.

The requirement of telecom operators for their customers and infrastructure, are generally for high capacity, interference mitigation, high reliability & high MTBF equipment which also provides low operating costs. To fulfill the same, they follow stringent criterion for selection and rely on thorough testing of the equipment before selection.

Snapshot of each of these players in India in the unlicensed bands is provided for the reader’s reference.

Radwin: The Israeli firm has been in India since 2005 and offers a comprehensive suite of sub 6 GHz point-to-point and point-to-multipoint solutions. They also have a wireless product for fast-moving vehicles like trains and Metro Trains. The company is currently the leader in this segment and commands a market share of around 45% in carrier and ISP segment in India, addressing both the backhaul and last mile requirements of all the major operators including Airtel, Reliance, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, BSNL, Sify and Tikona. The company also boasts of other large customers in segments like railways, defence, airports, mining, city surveillance projects.

Ubiquiti: HQ in USA, started in 2005, it is at number 2 with almost 16% market share in India’s Carrier & ISP Segment. The company boasts of its low priced, commercial market products. Its technology platforms focus on delivering highly advanced and easily deployable solutions. ISPs are the main users for this equipment for achieving low cost last mile access.  Operators like Tikona & Vodafone are their customers, though their main focus remains the campus and commercial market where SLAs are less stringent.

Alvarion: This is another firm based out of Israel. This firm is considered to be a WiMAX & Wi-Fi expert and commands around 9% market share in India Carrier & ISP Segment primarily addressing the point to multi point and licensed bands like 3.3Ghz. The company also offers Wi-Fi solutions for smart cities, enterprises, carriers and ISPs. Some of the Indian operators who use Alvarion WiMAX and Radio products include BSNL, Airtel & Aircel. Indian Armed Forces also has some deployments .

Cambium: Headquartered in USA, with a market share of 8% in Carrier & ISP Segment, Cambium Networks is placed at fourth position among UBR solution providers in India. These firm’s core focus areas include scalable and secure Wi-Fi, fixed wireless broadband, point-to-point (PTP) and point-to-multipoint (PMP) platforms. Its radio solutions are used by telcos like Airtel, Idea Cellular, Telenor, and are deployed for enterprises in the sector of oil and gas, mines, ports and city wide Wi-Fi projects.

Maksat Technologies: This Indian firm gives a tough fight to its global competitors and holds a market share of 7% in Carrier & ISP Segment for enterprise business of UBR market in India. The company has its solutions deployed at Defence and other government agencies, large enterprises, carriers and transport operators like metro trains.

Vihaan Networks: This Indian Firm is a part of Shyam Group of Companies. The company manufactures radios in India and also exports to other parts of world. They hold 5% of market share in Carrier & ISP Segment for Enterprise business of UBR market in India. The company’s solutions has majorly been deployed at BSNL.

PraimaTel – Prima Telecom Limited, an Indian firm is a part of telecom division of Suri Group. The company established in 2000 as a distributor of last mile access products, then extended to recognized R&D setup for product design & development in India. They hold 4% of market share in Carrier & ISP Segment, majorly provided its solution to Airtel, Railtel, Aircel & TTSL.

Source : TeleAnalysis

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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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Nokia Unveils Ultra-Compact 4G Network

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Nokia-Unveils-Ultra-Compact-4G-NetworkNokia has unveiled a light and ultra-compact 4G network based on a small cell that will allow secure mobile broadband connectivity in minutes for mission- and business-critical services.

The network can provide voice, video and data services in emergency situations, remote locations and events and act as a hotspot for public safety organizations, industries and operators.

Having pioneered the development of low-footprint networking technology with its Network in a Box last year, Nokia has taken the concept of creating rapidly deployable networks further with its Ultra Compact Network.

Based on small cells technology, it provides secure indoor and outdoor 4G coverage wherever it is deployed with a range of 75 km for up to 400 users. In remote, underserved areas it can provide capacity and coverage, and can utilize cable, satellite or microwave technologies for backhaul to extend an operator’s existing macro network.

The Ultra Compact Network will allow first response units to utilize voice and video as well as other data-based services in emergency situations when mobile networks have been compromised. Where there is no road access it can be carried in a backpack or elevated via a drone or weather balloon, providing vital connectivity for search and rescue missions or to help control disasters such as forest fires or floods over wide areas.

When deployed at remote industrial sites, such as mines, petrochemical plants and oil rigs, the Ultra Compact Network can provide business-critical communications, while mobile operators can use the technology to rapidly bridge network coverage gaps or provide temporary additional coverage and capacity in high-traffic locations and events such as outdoor music festivals.

Mansoor Hanif, director of RAN at EE said, “EE had the opportunity to trial Nokia’s latest innovation, the Ultra Compact Network, in indoor and outdoor environments in May 2016. We were very impressed with the capabilities of this lightweight, easily deployable small cell system. It is an ideal solution for disaster recovery and to deliver temporary coverage both for public and private sector customers.”

Thorsten Robrecht, head, Advanced Mobile Networks Solutions, Nokia said, “The Ultra Compact Network is an exciting addition to Nokia’s end-to-end portfolio of technologies for mission- and business-critical communications. The need for rapidly deployable 4G solutions is closely linked to the explosion of video and data usage in public safety scenarios.”

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Nokia Showcases Smart City, 5G And IoT At India Innovation Day

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Nokia-Showcases-Smart-City,-5G-And-IoT-At-India-Innovation-DayNokia showcased smart city, 5G and IoT solutions at India Innovation Day 2016 demonstrating the new Nokia as an end-to-end player spanning fixed, mobile, IP and optical technologies.

Nokia demonstrated how it is making IoT a reality for smart cities, smart homes and public safety. The demos showcased how to manage the connectivity of myriad people and things, and how to eliminate “slow and complex” from creating IoT applications – and how it can be done in a secure manner.

In 5G, Nokia showcased solutions that underscores its 5G leadership. Nokia has been innovating for 5G that will set the pace and the standards for 5G technology.

Demos At Nokia Innovation Day 2016
Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi: Nokia has created cloud-based, carrier-grade Wi-Fi that combines gigabit wireless performance. With the launch of Nokia AirScale Wi-Fi, mobile operators can seamlessly integrate Wi-Fi with their existing networks to improve the customer experience and generate new revenue streams.

Nokia AirScale Radio Access: Nokia’s next generation AirScale Radio Access will radically alter the way networks are built. Operators will be able to use Nokia AirScale Radio Access to profitably satisfy future demands including IoT, virtual reality, augmented reality, factories of the future and other advanced scenarios such as video that demand extreme performance.

Nuage Networks: In the Nuage Networks by Nokia VNS solution, software-defined network (SDN) infrastructure spans in a consistent fashion across datacenters in private and public clouds and extends to remote locations anywhere.

Smart Home: This demo showed how network providers (telcos, cable MSOs, community broadband providers) can leverage the residential gateway already present in each home (be it a fiber ONT or DSL modem) to expand their services offer into the smart/connected Home – and ward of over-the-top competition.

Smart City: Showcased few use cases of IoT on smart parking, smart metering and smart lighting.

IoT use cases: Demonstration details how service providers can take advantage of new technologies to enable new IoT business models. The market trial concepts demonstrated are: connected service vehicle, smart bus shelter and smart university campus.

Under networks for cloud era, Nokia demonstrated how networks can benefit from virtualization and automation with less hardware and how all this impacts efficiency, quality, innovation and business opportunities. Through its converged offering for mobile, fixed, IP and optical networks, Nokia is blending connectivity together and providing a new grid for the programmable world.

Jacques Vermeulen, director Smart Cities, Customer Operations, Nokia said, “Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything – a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. Nokia provides specific connectivity solutions, platforms and software, combining automation and intelligence, making IoT a reality for smart cities, smart homes and public safety.

Milivoj Vela, technology vision lead for MEA/India said, “5G will be about people and things requiring massive broadband that delivers gigabytes of bandwidth on demand; critical machine-type communication that allows for the immediate, synchronous feedback that enables remote control over robots; and massive machine-type communication that connects billions of sensors and machines.”

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Three Ireland Signs Five-Year Contract With Nokia

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Three-Ireland-Signs-Five-Year-Contract-With-NokiaThree Ireland has signed a five-year managed services contract with Nokia to manage all of Three Ireland’s multi-technology, multi-vendor radio access network operations.

The agreement will help in upgrading operations of its newly expanded radio access network by working with a single managed service supplier. Nokia will offer a simplified management structure across all equipment, from different vendors, using its innovative network management tools, processes and expertise.

Nokia will also leverage the leading network management expertise of its Global Delivery Center in Lisbon, Portugal. From this central location, Nokia will provide real-time remote support to manage the new consolidated radio network, enabling additional network technologies to be implemented quickly to deliver the highest quality of service for Three Ireland’s customers. In addition, Nokia will provide local in-country management to ensure that the customer communication is seamless.

This agreement extends the company’s existing network management contract. Nokia will also extend its NetAct operations support system to intelligently capture and process relevant network insights, providing full visibility and advanced network management across the expanded network.

David Hennessy, chief technology officer, Three Ireland said, “We are committed to delivering the best possible service for our customers. By moving to one managed services supplier across our radio access network, we will have a more transparent structure, simplifying operations and enhancing network performance.”

John Ward, customer business team head, Hutchison UK and Ireland at Nokia said, “With this deal we show our strength in multi-vendor managed services and our ability to swiftly implement the centralized managed services infrastructure that many operators want to achieve. By choosing Nokia’s service, Three Ireland can ensure that its customers receive the highest network availability and best quality service.”

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