Wi-Fi

  • Ericsson announces carrier-grade Wi-Fi network management HetNet solution

    Ericsson has announced a 3GPP-compliant Wi-Fi network access, control and management solution, designed to help mobile operators incorporate Wi-Fi into their HetNets and improve indoor coverage.

    Apart from Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF), IP session mobility and Wi-Fi Passpoint, the solution includes a real-time traffic steering function, which Ericsson claims is an industry first.

  • Carrier-grade Wi-Fi market “red hot”, global spend to hit €3bn by 2017

    The carrier-grade Wi-Fi market is growing rapidly, according to new research, with global spending on Wi-Fi equipment forecast to hit €3 billion by 2017 as operators ramp up Wi-Fi deployments to offload data traffic.

    Infonetics Research is reporting that carrier-grade Wi-Fi equipment revenue, which includes Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi hotspot controllers, increased by 53 percent between 2011 to 2012.

  • Boingo teams with GOWEX to expand European roaming Wi-Fi network

    Boingo Wireless has announced a new partnership with public transport Wi-Fi specialist GOWEX that will expand its existing network across Europe.

    Boingo’s small cells network currently covers over a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations that enables one billion consumers worldwide to access more than 200,000 hotspots across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

    The new deal sees an additional 1,400 GOWEX hotspots on public transport added to Boingo’s network in over 50 cities throughout Spain, France, Ireland and Belgium.

  • UK’s Ofcom announces first official white space spectrum trial in Europe

    UK regulator Ofcom has announced the first official pilot for white space frequencies in Europe, which it hopes will drive the technology towards a roll out for use by the telecoms industry next year.

    While several big names including Microsoft, Google, Nokia, the BBC, BskyB and BT have performed private trials in Cambridge since 2011, this is the first time that the whole industry has been invited to test devices and services on the spectrum.

  • Tech Mahindra buys Sony’s Swedish lab to extend testing presence to Europe

    Outsourcing and consultancy firm Tech Mahindra has acquired the Type Approval Lab in Lund, Sweden, in a bid to expand its device testing presence into Europe.

    Formerly part of Sony Mobile’s internal test function, the lab will provide end-to-end testing solutions which focus on the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), relative standard error (RSE), over the air (OTA), specific absorbtion rate (SAR) and radio frequency (RF) test requirements of OEMs for global markets.

  • Telefónica Digital, AirWatch to offer enterprise BYOD device management

    Telefónica Digital has announced a global partnership with AirWatch that promises enterprises an all-in-one Security Mobile Device Management platform to solve their BYOD headaches.

    Based on AirWatch’s Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), Secure Content Locker (SCL) and Email Container (EC) products, the new web-based, multi-platform solution enables enterprises to control all the devices on VPN and Wi-Fi corporate networks through a single HTML 5-supported console.

  • Amdocs and Tekelec push deeper into Wi-Fi with policy management solutions

               At the Policy Control and Data Pricing Conference in Berlin on Wednesday, both Amdocs and Tekelec showcased new policy management solutions designed to help operators deal with two key issues around Wi-Fi – offload and monetisation.

    First, Amdocs unveiled its Wi-Fi Experience Solution, which allows operators to extend existing data services with Wi-Fi, provided they already have existing infrastructure that supports Hotspot 2.0.

  • Cisco buys Ubiquisys for €242 million to expand small cells, LTE portfolio

    Cisco is acquiring LTE femtocell provider Ubiquisys for €242 million in order to strengthen its mobility expertise in delivering intelligent internet networks.

    Ubiquisys makes intelligent 3G and LTE small cells technologies that provide seamless connectivity across mobile heterogeneous networks for operators, such as its Smart Cell 3G/4G/Wi-Fi hotspots (read: Ubiquisys and Saguna team up to launch small cell-based caching solution).

  • Mobile Europe’s Mobile World Congress digital review issue now available

    Mobile Europe’s Mobile World Congress 2013 digital review issue, featuring over 20 pages of news, features and video interviews, is now available to view.

    Click here to read the digital review issue.

    The issue features an exclusive Q&A with the CTO of Ericsson, as well as 17 sponsored video interviews with companies including Cisco, Amdocs, Sprint and ZTE.

    All the biggest news is covered, including the commercial launch of the Firefox OS, Nokia Siemens Networks’ new Liquid Applications and Samsung’s entry into the LTE infrastructure space in Europe.

     

  • Small cell market to hit €2.1 billion by 2017 as LTE smartphone growth up 151%

    The small cells market is set to hit €2.1 billion by 2017, given the current pace of LTE rollouts worldwide, according to the Small Cells Equipment market size and forecast report from Infonetics Research.

    As a result, 4G small cell shipments are expected to overtake 3G shipments by the end of 2013.

    "2013 is shaping up as a kick-off year for small cells, driven by 4G small cells deployed for capacity upgrades," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

  • LTE market set to double in 2013, but mobile broadband speeds remain low

       The global LTE market will almost double in 2013 thanks to increased LTE network deployments in Brazil, Russia, India and China, according to latest forecasts.

    Infonetics Research’s year-end “2G, 3G, 4G Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers” report reveals that the global mobile infrastructure market, which includes 2G/3G, LTE and WiMax, rose by six percent to €8.3 billion in Q4 of 2012, driven by North America, China and sustained modernisation projects in Europe.

  • 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.