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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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Viavi Expands Pune Facility, To Hire Local Talent

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T&M firm Viavi Solutions Thursday announced that the company has ramped up operations in its Pune facility to strengthen the company’s delivery capabilities in providing accelerated test solutions for clients across industries and geographies.

Besides, Viavi will be leveraging Pune’s vast pool of highly skilled engineering talent and the new location in Pune will accommodate the addition of professionals who will expedite product development.

“Viavi has followed a strategy of setting up world-class development centres in locations where there is rich local talent as well as the required infrastructure,” said Ranganathan Srinivasan, Sr. Director – IT Operations, Viavi Solutions India. “Pune continues to be a key source for technology innovation, outstanding professional talent and significant business potential,” he added.

The Pune development center is currently engaged in design, implementation, maintenance, support, enhancement of sophisticated database systems and enterprise application technologies.

The growth of Viavi’s presence in India reflects strong demand for the company’s global service and technology capabilities; from deployment and installation to monitoring and optimization and contributes to the success of a wide range of customers – from the world’s largest mobile operators and governmental entities to enterprise networks and application providers.

Viavi Solutions, the T&M firm spun out off JDSU, has some big names in the industry as its global clients. Some of them include AT&T Inc., Bharti Airtel, BT Openreach, Charter Communications, Comcast Corporation, Finisar, FLIR Systems, Integrated Device Technologies, KT, Lockheed Martin, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Oclaro, SICPA, ST Microelectronics, TDC and Verizon Communications Inc. to name a few.

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Cobham Launches User-Like 5G Network Testing Solution

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London Headquartered defence and communications solution provider Cobham on Thursday launched 5G network test solution which can validate 5G network performance. The solution, named as TM500, provides operators and network equipment manufacturers with a scalable system to test network performance as experienced by end users.

The TM500 5G test solution simulates multiple devices connecting to a 5G network, modelling real world conditions. When used in combination with Cobham Wireless’ application emulation and security performance solution, the company is providing a complete, end-to-end 5G test solution to the market.

“Cobham Wireless’ 5G test solution directly addresses the immediate KPIs for 5G, helping the industry accelerate the development and deployment of next generation mobile and broadband services,” said Ian Langley, SVP and GM at Cobham Wireless.

“Developing and validating their 5G networks using the TM500 will give our customers the confidence to deploy the infrastructure needed to support next generation technologies, such as mobile edge computing. This will offer reduced latency and faster processing for new services, expediting the commercial roll-out of IoT applications such as connected cars, smart healthcare devices, and advanced AR and VR.”

Easily incorporated into a user’s existing workflow, the TM500 solution facilitates the transition from legacy to future standards, in line with the industry’s progression to 5G. With flexible deployment options, it allows the user to upgrade or adapt functionality and test parameters, tailoring the solution to specific scenarios and requirements.

The test solution supports key 5G technologies and is compatible with pre-3GPP standards which are currently in development. It can validate new 5G features such as carrier aggregation and beamforming, and is capable of verifying networks operating across multiple radio frequencies in the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands.

“At Mobile World Congress 2017 we demonstrated test downlink and uplink data rates of up to 10GBps” said Dr Stamatis Georgoulis, Product Director, Cobham Wireless. “The industry-first solution is in use today and our team is constantly working to advance our solutions to support the profiles of evolving technologies, providing a future-proof means of testing 5G networks.”

Cobham Wireless’ latest 5G test solution is part of the TM500 family, which is used by almost all the major network equipment manufacturers and operators across the world. It is regarded as the de facto standard for RAN network testing and has delivered first to market solutions for 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G.

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Ixia Launches Monitoring Solutions For Data Centers

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Network testing firm Ixia on Thursday announced to have launched two new visibility solutions that would help IT managers or firms to track and monitor data centers of various scale.

The two new solutions, Vision Edge 40 and Vision Edge 100, are part of Ixia’s help IT teams supporting hyperscale and microscale data centers and resolve application performance bottlenecks, trouble shoot problems, and improve data center automation, as well as better utilize network analysis and security tools.

Today’s hyperscale data centers, which are designed for expansion, as well as micro data centers, which often sit on the network edge closer to end users for an improved experience, can create significant challenges for IT organizations. These challenges range from poor network performance due to increasing size and complexity, to security issues resulting from insufficient visibility into incident detection and resolution. Many IT organizations use multiple network monitoring tools, and need to efficiently transport network traffic from thousands of network locations.

Ixia’s Vision portfolio of NPBs provides intelligent, sophisticated, and programmable network flow optimization, delivering comprehensive visibility and security coverage. The new Vision Edge 40 and Vision Edge 100 offer real-time visibility, insight, and security into high density hyperscale and microscale data centers, even as they expand. Each is capable of inline and out-of-band deployments, and delivers control, coverage, and performance to protect and improve crucial networking, data center, and cloud business assets.

“IT management will appreciate the flexibility and agility of Vision Edge 40 and Vision Edge 100,” says Recep Ozdag, Vice President of Product Management at Ixia. “They can build a data-center at any size, and leverage a standalone NPB that does everything they need right out of the box, while also having the best balance of features and value, which is crucial for managing an efficient and cost effective IT operation.”

Ixia’s Vision Edge 40 and Vision Edge 100 can be used as standalone devices or as part of a robust Security Fabric when combined with Ixia’s turnkey Vision ONE network packet broker. This combination creates a powerful visibility engine that delivers the right traffic to the right security and monitoring tools, while enabling customers to leverage Ixia’s advanced visibility intelligence features in Vision ONE to optimize traffic analysis and security tool performance.

These include PacketStack capabilities, which offer intelligent packet filtering, manipulation, and transport, as well as AppStack capabilities, which filter and visualize not only Level 2-4 traffic, but also Layer 7 application traffic, so that suspicious applications can be tagged and watched.

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VNL Bags BSNL’s North East Infrastructure Project For Rs 1648 Cr

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Telecom infrastructure company VNL has bagged a contract worth Rs 1648 crore from BSNL to set up its telecom towers and other infrastructures in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Part of the North East connectivity project,  this contract will see VNL help BSNL sets up its infrastructure in 4000 remote villages in the two north eastern states.

VNL has emerged as the lowest bidder in the first phase of the tender opened yesterday by BSNL. As per the contract VNL will get whole of Arunachal Pradesh which will be around 70% share of the project.

The remaining 30% of the project was bagged by HFCL that came ass the second lowest bidder at Rs 1970 crore. However, HFCL has to execute the project at the lowest bidding cost i,e at the same value as VNL.

This project is part of the Rs 5,336.18 crore worth Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for the North-Eastern Region (NER) comprising 8 states which was approved by the Union Cabinet in September 2014. The project envisages providing mobile coverage in 8,621 unconnected villages and seamless coverage along National Highways in the North-East region through 6,673 towers, and will be funded from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

Under the Phase-I of the project, which is to be executed by state owned operator BSNL, 2817 sites are to be installed to cover 4118 remotely located villages and tough terrains in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam. Projects are to be executed solely through indigenous technology. As per the project condition, the lowest bidder, Vihaan Networks (VNL) in this case, will get to roll out around 1,893 mobile towers in Arunachal Pradesh.

As part of the project Eco-friendly green mobile towers will be erected by VNL using its own technology and will be fuelled by solar power.

VNL had also completed successfully a BSNL project last year for creating infrastructure in LWE areas after it bagged the contract as the lowest bidder in December last year for providing voice and data connectivity in the most challenging terrain.

The Union cabinet then chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had accorded an approval to install and maintain 2,199 mobile towers in naxal affected states. Funding came through the USOF (universal service obligation fund) supported scheme.

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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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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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