Wi-Fi

  • Femtocell sales up by 66% in 2012 Q4 and growing rapidly, says Infonetics

       The global femtocell market, which includes 2G, 3G and 4G femtocells, has grown for the third straight quarter, according to a research firm.

    Infonetics Research has announced that the market grew by 66 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, while for the whole of last year sales totalled €327 million, up 21 percent on 2011.

  • MWC 2013: Carrier-grade Wi-Fi using Passpoint won’t be available till 2014

         In June 2012, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced what it termed “a major milestone” in carrier-grade Wi-Fi technology with the introduction of Passpoint – a single industry-wide solution for access to Wi-Fi mobile broadband.

    Based on technology defined in the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 specification, the Passpoint programme was created to address critical business needs for mobile data, streamline access and to help ease operator data traffic offload to Wi-Fi networks.

  • Telefónica turns mobile number into portable identity with TU Go launch

    Following the launch last summer of TU Me, Telefónica’s answer to free over-the-top voice and messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Europe’s largest operator has unveiled a new service called TU Go.

    Available to all O2 post-paid customers in the UK, cloud-based TU Go aims to turn existing O2 mobile numbers into a portable identity that can be accessed on any supported device.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks debuts Smart Wi-Fi, expands small cells portfolio

    Nokia Siemens Networks has launched a new solution designed to seamlessly integrate wireless local area networks (WLAN) with mobile networks by creating a heterogeneous network with traffic steering capabilities.

    Entitled Smart Wi-Fi, the solution consists of four elements - Smart Wi-Fi Connect, Smart Wi-Fi Converge, Smart Wi-Fi Optimize and Smart Wi-Fi Personalize.

  • Cisco: 4G and M2M to cause explosion in global mobile data traffic

    Networking leader Cisco has predicted a 13-fold increase in mobile Internet traffic over the next four years in its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) global mobile data traffic forecast due to an increased number of mobile devices and wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) connections.

    According to the report, by 2017, mobile Internet connections will exceed the world’s population (estimated to be 7.6 million by the United Nations), reaching the rate of 134 exabytes a year. This is equivalent to 134 times the total Internet traffic (both wired and mobile) in 2000, posing a serious data capacity challenge to mobile operators.
  • Nielsen says 78% of all smartphone data in UK is over WiFi

    UK Android users hitting the WiFi after hours

    UK Android users send and receive 78% of all their data over WiFi networks, according to research company Nielsen.

    Nielsen's Smartphone Analytics measures the device usage of 1500 Android consumer panel members. It found the following results. 

  • Huawei launches WiFi management software for operators

    Huawei has launched wSight, a "carrier-grade" system for the operation and management of WLANs.

    An increasing number of operators are deploying WLAN in hotspots that experience highly concentrated user activity, presenting challenges for network deployment, configuration, and O&M. Huawei’s wSight addresses these challenges.
  • DeviceScape powering Windows Phone 8 WiFi selection

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    With news yesterday that operators and vendors are working to further integrate WiFi and cellular small cells, today's WiFi announcement comes courtesy of Microsoft, which has said that it is using DeviceScape's WiFi database to drive WiFI access point selection within Windows Phone 8. 

    The company has licensed the use of data from DeviceScape's Curated Virtual Network (CVN) so that WP 8 phones can locate WiFi acccess points based on availability and quality.  DeviceScape said that it has 11 million access points mapped.

  • Sub10 Systems scores 60GHz small cell backhaul coup

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    Alcatel Lucent has added UK microwave backhaul vendor Sub10 Systems to its global reseller list as a preferred supplier of backhaul solutions for small cell applications.

    The agreement means that Sub10 will become one of three listed millimetre microwave backhaul suppliers for Alcatel Lucent when it delivers small cell mobile systems to its operator customers.

  • O2's London small cells grab 20% of all data traffic

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    Telefonica O2 UK has seen around 5-10% of its 3G data traffic being carried over WiFi across the areas where it has installed free public access WiFi in central London. The access points are also carrying about the same amount of traffic from non-O2 customers, meaning that of all O2's data traffic in the areas covered 20% is now going over WiFi.

  • London Underground WiFi network has carried 40 million sessions

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    Virgin Media Business (VMB) has had 600,000 users register to use its London Underground WiFi network since it launched in June 2012. Those users have generated 40 million sessions, an average of 90,000 per day since launch, Kevin Baughan, Director of Metro Wireless at Virgin Media Business told Avren Events’ Het Net 2012 Conference in Bristol.

  • Free Mobile takes 5.4% market share in six months

    New entrant hails "resounding commercial success" of mobile launch

    Iliad Group's Free Mobile attracted 3.6 million customers in the first half of 2012, taking 5.4% market share, according to its first half year financial statement.

    Free Mobile had revenues of €320 million for the six month period, reflecting an ARPU of over €10, according to Iliad Group, and generating an Ebitda loss for the period of €44 million. Iliad said this was a "resounding commercial success" for the mobile division.

  • Fujitsu's combined LTE-WiFi small cell

    Fujitsu shows off its combined LTE-WiFi small cell - ready to ship in September 2012.

    Mobile Europe readers may remember this demo from a year ago from PicoChip (now Mindspeed Technologies) and Interdigital, showing the combination and management of WiFi and LTE radio.

    Now Fujitsu has a product ready to roll in September 2012 that can intelligently select whether to use LTE or WiFi radio per service or application, or even combine the capacity of both for certain applications. They company's also considering a public access product combining 3G, LTE and WiFi.

  • Arqiva agrees offer to acquire Spectrum Interactive

    Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has announced today that it has agreed to buy Spectrum Interactive, a UK based Wi-Fi operator, for £23.4 million in cash.

    Arqiva said the deal would enable it to accelerate its wholesale mobile data business by acquiring a well regarded and sizeable independent Wi-Fi portfolio. It is intended that all employees of Spectrum Interactive will join Arqiva.

  • LTE World Summit: Apple, OTT, WiFi and being the "conscience of the future"

    I've written a report on the main speech of the morning at LTE World Summit. But there have been other conference soundbites that I thought were worth a quick review. Here they are:

    1 Can I have your job, Chika?

    "The CFO is asking for flexibility, and we are being asked not to commit, and to review capex every three months so they can play with capex. I think we, as the technical team, have a responsibility to be the conscience of the future of the business... watch out if we don't invest now because at the end we will lose our position." - Eduardo Dato, CTO, Orange Spain

    "It's a global issue. COO's are more interested in the dividend than investment, then if that is the focus then we will not be able to grow. It's time for top management to stand up to shareholders and say we need to invest. If we don't invest there won't be growth." - Marwan Zawaydeh, CTIO, Etisalat, UAE

    "I do have a review every three months, but as data demand is doubling every year, every time I am being pushed to deploy as much as possibie by my CFO because LTE is more efficient cost per bit, better margin." - Yoshioki Chika, CTO, Wireless City Planning, SoftBank, Japan

    2. WiFi's Mutally Assured Destruction:

  • Carrier WiFi sales to reach $2.1 billion by 2016: Infonetics

    Sales growing but WiFi-cellular integration to bring challengers into market

    Infonetics Research has forecast carrier WiFi sales will "explode" to $2.1 billion by 2016, driven by the increased operator need to complement mobile data services and overcome spectrum challenges.

    The research company said that global revenue in 2011 for what it terms "carrier WiFi equipment" grew 35% from 2010, and forecast that sales would continue to grow in "high double digits" to at least 2016.

  • Birdstep and Ciqual combine mobile customer service and mobile broadband data analytics

    Focus on joint solutions for User Self-Help, Advanced Customer Service and Wi-Fi Offload effectiveness

    Birdstep and CIQUAL today announced a partnership to combine Birdstep wireless connectivity and security solutions with Ciqual customer service and customer experience reporting products.

    The integrated user self-help and advanced customer service solution reduces the number of mobile broadband-related calls into the call centre and reduces the hold times of calls made to the Call Centre.

    "The top 2 priorities for Mobile Operators are to increase mobile data revenues and deliver the best customer service. The combined Birdstep-Ciqual offering is 100% focused on these priorities", commented, Tom Walls, Ciqual CEO. "We are delighted to work with Birdstep and their best-in-class wireless connectivity solutions."

    "Interest from mobile operators in South Africa, the US and Europe has confirmed a solution to both measure user experience and lower the cost of support and retention activities is at the top of their list. The combined solution we now offer with CIQUAL has become a crucial part of any solution in the mobile data area. " says Anders Harrysson, CEO Birdstep Technology

    With Mobile Data users now concerned by data usage and quality of service, CIQUAL and Birdstep constantly measures the effectiveness of Wi-Fi offload, enabling the mobile network operator's customers to receive the best broadband experience as they are moved from congested 3G networks, onto local Wi-Fi hotspots.

    A recent study from Echo Research highlighted that 50% of smart phone users would prefer to use a mobile self-service application to try to resolve their customer service issue before calling into the contact centre. .

  • Kineto and Taqua partner to offer IMS voice over WiFi

    Companies enable mobile operators to extend new IMS-based voice and messaging services over existing Wi-Fi networks

    Kineto Wireless and Taqua have announced a joint solution that enables mobile operators to include Wi-Fi as part of their Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployment strategy.
     
    Using Taqua’s IMS core network solution mobile operators can enable smartphones equipped with Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi client to receive IMS-based voice and messaging services over existing Wi-Fi networks, such as at homes and offices.  Operators can now embrace Wi-Fi as a part of their VoLTE deployment plans, adding critical network coverage and capacity in the exact locations subscribers spend most their time.

  • Free's WiFi sharing is no cure for a challenged network

    Free Mobile has announced that it will be opening up four million Free WiFi access points to mobile users.

    Freebox subscribers on the €15.99 per month tariff, as well as Free mobile subscribers on the €20 per month tariff, will now be able to access all other Freeboxes using their Free mobile phones. The operator is calling the service FreeWiFi Secure.

    The carrier will enable phones that can support EAP-SIM authentication to connect automatically to WiFi access points sold to Free's fixed broadband customers. WiFi data consumption will not count against users' mobile data limits.

  • DNA launches LTE-connected WiFi access point from Sierra Wireless

    Finnish operator DNA today announced the availability of Sierra Wireless' AirCard® 762S mobile hotspot. The LTE-connected WLAN access point, named the DNA 4G WLAN Mokkula, provides an LTE backhaul connection for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices. This is the first European launch for the AirCard 76xS product family, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in late February.