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Maxis trials WiMAX

Malaysian carrier Maxis Communications has embarked on a six month trial of 802.16e mobile WiMAX using kit supplied by Motorola. The trial in the country’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur is among four Maxis live trial sites using Moto kit in the 2.5GHz spectrum. Due to its capacity management capabilities for high broadband traffic the [...]

DNA network evolves

Swedish vendor Ericsson has completed its HSDPA upgrade on Finish operator DNA’s WCDMA network. The contract for the upgrade was signed late in December last year. Launched in 2001, DNA is Finland’s fourth placed but fastest growing mobile operator. Figures from Informa’s World Cellular Information Service put its total subscriber base at 978,400 as of [...]

Ruckus beefs up wireless broadband

Smart wifi developer, Ruckus Wireless, added to its portfolio on Monday with a consumer device designed to connect a home wifi network with a wireless metro network. MetroFlex DZ gives subscribers wireless connectivity to outdoor broadband metro networks while simultaneously providing indoor wifi connectivity. Selina Lo, CEO of Ruckus Wireless, told telecoms.com that the company [...]

China begins 3G commercialisation

Leading Chinese operator China Mobile is now understood to be in the process of building out a commercial TD-SCDMA 3G network in five major Chinese cities as a prelude to a nationwide roll out. The operator is expected to begin offering commercial GSM-TD-SCDMA services via dual mode handsets in the second half of the year. [...]

Nokia Siemens assesses product line

Following the mega-merger between Nokia and Siemens last year, the new entity on Monday said it would start sharing its proposed product portfolio plan with employees and customers as early as next week. The company said planning is still underway to assess the personnel, site and country-level impact of the proposed portfolio as well as [...]

Alcatel-Lucent spooks market

Newly formed monster vendor Alcatel-Lucent sent a shudder through the investor community on Tuesday, when it warned of an expected drop in profits for 2006. In morning trading, shares in the company dropped almost 11 per cent as on an adjusted pro-forma basis, Alcatel-Lucent said it expects full year 2006 revenue to be approximately Eur18.3bn, [...]

802.11n draft 1.10 signed off

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) said this week the 802.11 working group has unanimously approved draft 1.10 for the 802.11n specification. All that is left now is for the IEEE to sign off the draft, which will be the final specification for the technology. However, the draft is not expected to be [...]

US Army wants a UMTS network to play with

The US Army’s Communications Electronics Command has ordered an HSDPA-enabled UMTS network from Nokia North America, with a view to “exploring the possibilities of 3G wireless broadband for defence purposes”. The system will be installed at one of the Army’s Research & Development Centres. This seems to be part of a broader test program, as [...]

Ruckus wins over operators

Champions of the home wireless network, Ruckus Wireless, said on Monday that it has now shipped over 100,000 MediaFlex units to around 125 broadband operators around the world. Ruckus is in the business of “smart wifi”, using a proprietary smart antenna technology called BeamFlex to steer wifi signals around interference, so picking the best path [...]

IPTV to flourish in China

Boosted by a flourishing broadband environment and major events such as the Beijing Olympics in 2008, IPTV take-up in mainland China is forecast to pass the 23 million subscriber mark by 2012. New findings from ABI Research suggest that technological innovations are rapidly redrawing the Chinese telco landscape and operators are compelled to diversify in [...]

5.8GHz WiMAX chip ships

Fujitsu has shipped its first WiMAX baseband system-on-a-chip for the 5.8GHz unlicensed band, the company announced on Wednesday. The first customers are Orza Networks and Sun Create Electronics, both of which intend to use it with a Texas Instruments RF stack in fixed (IEEE802.16d) WiMAX customer premise equipment. High hopes for WiMAX in unlicensed spectrum [...]

Wifi meshing catches on

Wifi meshing is becoming increasingly common in several markets and shipments of wifi mesh access points (AP) are expected to double over the next four years. Industry analyst In-Stat forecasts that more than 50,000 wifi mesh AP unit shipments are expected in 2006, with almost 100,000 unit shipments expected in 2010. Wifi meshing allows wireless [...]

Operators switch off Moscow’s tube services

According to local reports, Russia’s three largest mobile operators suspended services in Moscow’s tube network Wednesday. MTS, VimpelCom and Megafon told the Russian news agency Novosti that according to company representatives, the move could be connected to a terrorist threat in the capital city. The claims were “unofficial”, Novosti states. If the Russian authorities give [...]

Telstra requests A$600m for ADSL rollout

Australian incumbent Telstra has requested A$600m from the government to help fund what it says will be the largest ADSL broadband rollout the country has ever seen. With a significant number of Australians living in extremely remote parts of the country, beyond the reach of much of the cutting edge infrastructure deployed in larger population [...]

BT buys Nortel Ethernet kit for 21CN

BT’s £10bn 21st Century Network project has taken a slightly surprising turn, with the announcement this week that the carrier is ordering Nortel’s Provider Backbone Ethernet kit. Out of eight vendors involved in the scheme, Ericsson is the only one that is not competing with a second supplier in its domain, the so-called i-node router. [...]

Wireless USB makes appearance

PC peripherals and equipment vendor Belkin has unveiled one of the earliest commercially available UWB (ultra wideband) products. Belkin has introduced a hub and adapter built completely on the certified Wireless USB specification. Over the past several years of its development, UWB has been involved in a tug of war between the Freescale and WiMedia [...]

Ericsson wins Russian trunk radio deal

Scandinavian equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, has won a contract with the Russian mobile operator CJSC Yeniseytelecom (YTC) to deliver a trunk radio network as part of its ongoing modernisation of its transport network. In a statement Tuesday, Ericsson said it will implement the latest generation of its compact long-haul microwave system, Marconi LH, and offer Yeniseytelecom [...]

India’s mobile operators failing to please – Survey

A survey of customer satisfaction with mobile services in India has revealed a public that is becomming increasingly incensed with poor service in the world’s fastest growing mobile market. The survey by Voice and Data – a magazine covering telecommunications in India – suggests that satisfaction levels have fallen below a benchmark set by the [...]

Rev. A comes to Europe

Czech Republic trunking operator MobilKom said Monday it has tapped Chinese vendor ZTE to deliver a cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A network. Deployed through 2007, the Rev. A network may well be the first of its kind in Europe, which traditionally uses GSM technologies. Rival player, Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, is also planning to deploy [...]

DoCoMo under domestic pressure

Leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is feeling the heat from mobile number portability and increased competition after signing up the smallest number of subscribers over the month of December. In terms of net additions, DoCoMo was beaten flat out by second placed KDDI, which signed up 297,500 customers in December. Even the country’s smallest [...]

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