Antenna Hungária, a major Hungarian TV and radio network operator, T-Mobile Hungary and Vodafone Hungary are conducting a DVB-H based mobile television test. The test was first launched in spring 2007 by Antenna Hungária and T-Mobile. The current test is being carried out on a Nokia Siemens Networks platform, with Nokia handsets.

Under the agreement between the two mobile companies (T-Mobile and Vodafone), Nokia Siemens Networks and Antenna Hungária, the mobile television test, comprising a technical test and a common ‘friendly user' test, is to continue until the end of January 2008.

In the technical part of the DVB-H-based mobile television test, the equipment of the platform provided by Nokia Siemens Networks is connected to the broadcasting network of Antenna Hungária and the networks of the mobile operators involved in the project.

Two handset models, Nokia N92 and Nokia N77 devices, are used in the tests, suitable for the reception of programs approved by the National Radio and Television Commission (ORTT) and the content providers. In comparison with an earlier test, more programs are available this time, altogether 11 television channels, including news, sports and music channels. In addition to television programs, interactive services can also be tested in the trial.

In the "friendly user test" to follow the technical test, the selected 200 to 300 users can watch the television content, whereas in the meantime operators obtain valuable information on actual demands, expected consumption patterns and coverage conditions. The data obtained will help fine-tune the business model and identify the commercial services to be launched in the future.

Through the test, Antenna Hungária intends to improve the technological solutions which will enable it to provide a DVB-H-based mobile tv network for Hungarian mobile operators.

AdaptiveMobile, the security provider of mobile subscriber protection for enterprises and individuals, has today urged mobile operators to be prudent when planning how advertisers use their network this year, as the threat of unparalleled customer churn looms.

"All the signs point to this year being a record-breaking year from a revenue perspective for mobile operators globally," commented Lorcan Burke, CEO, AdaptiveMobile. "Messaging volumes are reaching an all-time high, believed to be over 50 billion in 2007 in the UK alone. Investment is also bullish in emerging markets, such as the recent news that a group of carriers including MTN, Orange and Vodacom are committing more than £25billion into the Sub-Saharan region.
 
"The continued development of next generation networks and the ongoing evolution of multimedia handsets such as Apple's hugely popular iPhone will also increase subscribers' purchase of high-value data services. Meanwhile, the potentially lucrative mobile music market appears to be hotting up too, with the likes of Vodafone and Nokia having announced ambitious investments in 2007.
 
"However, boom could well become bust this year for operators that carelessly expose their customers to mobile advertising, as businesses become more aware of the medium's potential. A 2007 Pontis survey revealed that the mobile network is a powerful channel for advertising, with 11% of mobile user respondents stating they would buy products as a result of receiving an offer from their operator - a much better return rate than most other advertising and direct marketing formats.
 
"But that same survey also found that 70% found mobile marketing campaigns totally irrelevant to them, whilst two thirds are fed up with mobile phone spam - and this is where the danger lies: disgruntled customers switching to a mobile provider with a more suitable mobile advertising strategy.
 
"Several analysts have commented on the fact that mobile operators are still not able to sufficiently segment and understand their customer base. Sending the right content to the right people is key for the success of any marketing campaign, and if mobile operators want to sign-up the big brands that offer big money for mobile advertising, they need to understand and manage customer preferences and permissions. Otherwise both their bottom line and brand will suffer significantly this year."

Sepura has been named one of three approved suppliers to the Dutch police and certain fire, ambulance and customs services by vtsPN, the Police's information communication technology organisation, following an open European Tender Process.
 
The national framework contract has been awarded by vtsPN to enable Dutch users to replace existing radios that are nearing the end of their operational life. Up to 80,000 radios will be replaced over a three-year period on C2000, the Dutch national emergency services network.
 
Sepura is the only radio manufacturer that has contracted directly with vtsPN.
 
In a separate sales win, Zuid Limburg regional ambulance service (also a user of the C2000 network) has replaced its existing equipment with Sepura TETRA radios.
 
Richard Redgrave, Regional Sales Director for Sepura, who led the bids to win both contracts, said: "These successes are significant milestones for us in the Netherlands. The Dutch market is very important to us over the coming years as we play a lead role in the replacement of the entire C2000 user base. We are excited to be working directly with vtsPN and its various end-user organisations, and have been hugely impressed with vtsPN's organisation and the role it will play in managing this project.

"vtsPN's objective was to build a short, high-quality supply chain, adopting a partnership approach with its selected suppliers. We are very pleased that vtsPN and its C2000 end users consider Sepura's products and services capabilities to be such a close match to its requirements."

In the separate sales win at Zuid Limburg, the ambulance service decided to move to Sepura after their original TETRA radios had reached the end of their serviceable life. This was five years after it was the first ambulance service, along with Amsterdam, to use the Dutch public safety radio network.
 
Sepura will also supply Radio Manager, the innovative fleet management solution that saves substantial ongoing support costs. An extended warranty on the radios, which includes repairs and software upgrades, provides the lowest cost of ownership over a projected five-year equipment life cycle.
 
The contract is said to emphasise Sepura's popularity among ambulance services, with a 50 per cent share of the market in the Netherlands and sole supplier to all the UK ambulance trusts.

Mobile subscriptions which offer unlimited music downloads on a rental basis are expected to surge in popularity and will provide the majority of mobile revenues derived from original recordings, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

According to the report, the market for subscription-based music rental services will reach $3.3 billion by 2012, eclipsing the market for paid-for original recordings.

Report author Dr. Windsor Holden, said: "Music rental services such as those offered by Omnifone are incredibly ´sticky,´ in that once consumers have taken the time and effort to build up an extensive playlist, they will be increasingly reluctant to unsubscribe from that service and from the operator, thereby providing a significant boost to ARPU levels."

However, the report also states that as 3G services are rolled out in emerging markets, then full-track download sales will mushroom, with the volume of downloads in the Indian sub-continent alone rising from less than 2 million in 2007 to nearly 480 million in 2012.

"India and China represent a tremendous opportunity for the mobile music industry," said Holden. "Both have experienced quite remarkable levels of ringtone and ring-back tone adoption, and as more full-track services are deployed, then it is likely that the mobile handset will become the most popular personal music player in these and other emerging markets."

 Other findings from the Juniper report include:

--  The global market for end-user generated mobile music revenues will rise from $8.9 billion in 2007 to nearly $17.6 billion in 2012
--  Total revenues from original recordings delivered to the handset (on both a paid-for and rental basis) will increase from  $960 million in 2007 to $6.1 billion in 2012
--  Revenues from ringtones/realtones will peak in 2010, subsequently declining as a result of competitive pricing allied to a steady migration to ad-funded and/or self-created ringtones
--  The report praises the iPhone´s user interface, but argues that the company´s decision to eschew 3G in favour of a greater battery life was incorrect

Juniper Research says it assesses the current and future status of mobile music services based on interviews, case studies and analysis from representatives of some of the leading organisations in the growing mobile music services industry.

Ericsson has signed a contract with Israeli mobile operator Cellcom Israel to provide an end-to-end mobile TV and video solution to enable Cellcom Israel's subscribers to access live TV channels and video-on-demand (VoD) content.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier of a mobile TV platform supporting rich media clients, a content management system and support systems for operation and customer care units. Rollout has started in December 2007, with commercial launch due during 2008.

Ericsson's cutting edge mobile TV solution will provide users with a customized TV experience offering access to fast channel switching, an easy-to-use navigation menu and more advanced features.

Ericsson's Mobile TV and Video solution leverages the existing cellular network to allow operators to capitalize on existing network infrastructure investments. The flexible and scalable solution can also accommodate broadcast technologies such as Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service, as they become available.

Nahum Hai, Director of Advanced Services Department at Cellcom Israel,  says: "This move reaffirms Cellcom Israel's leading position in the Israeli market.  By partnering with Ericsson, Cellcom Israel can offer easy access to a personalized, world-class mobile TV experience."

Mats Bosrup, President and CEO of Ericsson Israel, says: "Mobile TV is going from strength to strength as operators expand and leverage their networks. Ericsson's mobile TV solution will enable Cellcom Israel to offer sophisticated new services while tapping into new revenue opportunities."

From 7 January 2008, bus passengers travelling with bus operator, Go North East will be the first in the country to be able to order and receive their bus tickets by mobile phone.

The service has been developed by Go North East in partnership  with international IT services company, Atos Origin and mobile ticketing specialists, Swiftpass.

Called  txt2go, passengers  will  be  able  to receive a digital ticket direct to  their mobile phone just minutes after ordering it by text. The phone  screen displaying the ticket information is then shown to the driver as the passenger gets on the bus.

The cashless, paperless ticket can be ordered any time, anywhere by sending a simple  text  to  60060  and is so fast tickets can even be bought while waiting for your bus to arrive.

Tickets  received  digitally  remove the need to carry cash, making it safe and  dependable  for passengers and improving security on buses by reducing the amount of money carried by the driver.

The new tickets are also very secure with each one locked to the handset it was  ordered  from  so  they cannot be transferred to another phone.  Coded information within the digital ticket will also reduce attempts at forgery.

To  use  txt2go, customers first set up an on-line account using Go North East¹s secure website.  Money is then added to the account using a debit or credit  card  and the cost of each txt2go ticket will then automatically be taken from the account.

The  account  can  be  kept topped up either through the online account, by text  to  the  txt2go  60060  number  or  the  account  can  be set up to automatically top up when funds reach a certain level.

When  txt2go  is introduced, customers will be able to buy single and day tickets  for  adults  and  children,  but more ticket choices and even more advanced  ticketing  could  be introduced if the scheme proves popular with passengers, including bar-code scanners on buses.

Martin  Harris,  Commercial  Director  with Go North East said, "This is an exciting step forward in making bus travel even more convenient and we want to  find out whether passengers feel comfortable with this method of buying tickets. As people come to rely more and more on communicating by mobile phone  and  computer,  it is the ideal way to offer tickets for bus travel. Buying  tickets  in advance speeds up the time it takes people to board our buses and helps us run a smooth, efficient service."

The technology implementation, led by Atos Origin, is the first UK roll-out of the Mobile Payment Solution developed by Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company and major European player in the processing of high-volume electronic transactions, and the Swiftpass ticketing service. The solution allows Go North East to capitalise on the ubiquity of the mobile phone by providing an interface that turns the device into a secure, convenient and easy-to-use payment method.

Tony  Lacy,  Head of Bus and Rail at Atos Origin said, "We are delighted to see  Go North East embracing technology to improve the passenger experience and  their own operational  efficiency. Mobile  technology now offers a competitively  priced  alternative  to  paper  tickets,  whether  it be for travel, cinema, theatre or a night club."

Jeff  Berry, Managing Director of UK-based Swiftpass said, "The concept of sending  digital tickets to mobile phones is not new, however the high cost of  billing  through  mobile  phone  operators in the UK ­ up to 40% of the transaction ­ has been a significant barrier to it being adopted on a large scale.

"To make this available to  people requires partnership between forward thinking organisations  like  Go  North  East,  Atos Origin and Swiftpass. Together we can create a total end to end solution for the customer."

Sarian Systems today announced that its routers will be the first enterprise products to offer compatibility with High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) as well as existing mobile networks.

Sarian's DR and HR series routers have now been upgraded to support the new mobile technology, which substantially improves uplink data transfer rates, operating at 7.2Mbps downlink and 2.0Mbps uplink  speeds - comparable to fixed-line broadband.  This will allow users to send larger volumes of data at speeds far greater than previously possible over mobile networks.

The progression to HSUPA, which has an uplink speed five times that of HSDPA, enables the seamless streaming of live CCTV footage, of a high-enough quality to actually be used as evidence in a court of law.  In fact, such is the improvement, that multiple cameras can now be connected to a single HSUPA-enabled router, allowing for continuous 360-degree coverage of a surveillance site.

Furthermore, the new technology enables organisations to adopt a more effective business continuity strategy for their critical communications in the event of fixed-line network failure.  Previously, if a problem was detected with a company's broadband connection, a HSDPA router could be deployed to provide high-speed data communications for a limited number of users.  With a HSUPA router, the same level of service can be extended to 100+ users, while the increased uplink speed also means these users can even benefit from VoIP services, which require near-instantaneous transmission of data.

"HSUPA marks a significant development for the security sector, as it finally allows firms to capture high-quality video footage from any location and at any time.  This flexibility makes CCTV more effective than ever before, both as a deterent, and in the apprehension and conviction of criminals," said Andy Hood, managing director at Sarian.  "This ability to route large quantities of data in real-time also facilitates business tools such as VoIP and video-conferencing, while in the event of fixed-line network crisis - an all too familiar problem for many companies - HSUPA is capable of safeguarding all communications for a far greater number of users than previously possible."

Sarian's DR and HR series routers are compatible with HSUPA and other mobile networks such as HSDPA, 3G, GPRS and EDGE, and can be customised to support businesses specific applications.  The HR routers enable enterprises to utilise broadband-like speeds and run bandwidth-hungry applications and services over mobile connections, offering a cost-effective migration path from GPRS, EDGE and UMTS/3G networks to HSUPA and HSDPA.  The DR series provides the same level of mobile compatibility, while also supporting ADSL, ADSL 2 and ADSL 2+ broadband services, giving organisations future-proof, high-speed fixed-line broadband.

All Sarian routers contain security and redundancy features, including dual sim-card slots to provide automatic failover in the event of mobile coverage issues and the ability to simultaneously transmit data while monitoring/controlling real-time router performance, so that data transfer is not interrupted.

Huawei Technologies has today announced that it has been selected by TransTelecom, a telecom operator in Bulgaria, to deploy a commercial WiMAX network, covering central business districts and hot spots in the country's major cities, including its capital, Sofia, and Varna, Bulgaria's largest harbor city.

According to the contract, Huawei will supply an end-to-end WiMAX solution working on 3.5GHz frequency band, including terminals, as well as a major upgrade of the TransTelecom central exchange equipment for the operation of a fully mobile WiMAX network in 2008.

In 2006, TransTelecom deployed a 16d-based WiMAX network to meet the country's increasing broadband needs, and the operator has chosen Huawei to deliver an upgraded  16e-based network. Huawei's 16e-based WiMAX solution integrates the most advanced technologies such as multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), which features high bandwidth, wide area coverage, large capacity, as well as providing better mobility. Huawei's new base stations, enable TransTelecom to quickly roll out innovative new services to its customers, while reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

"We are delighted to choose Huawei as our WiMAX equipment supplier," said Mr. John Munnery, Chairman of TransTelecom. "Extensive tests of this new technology have surpassed all our expectations. In particular, we witnessed Huawei demonstrate one of the first handovers of traffic from one base station to another in Europe. Huawei has exhibited total commitment to the project throughout our selection process, and has proven itself to be one of the leaders in this fast-developing technology. What's more, we are also impressed with Huawei's localized engineering and delivery capability."

"Huawei has deep capabilities in network migration paths for WiMAX commercial deployments," stated Jim Xu, President of Huawei Eastern Europe Region. "With our rich delivery experience and professional localized engineering team, we are confident that we can help TransTelecom to provide an excellent wireless broadband service. "

Microsoft has announced the availability of mobile display advertising on the MSN Mobile portal. MSN Mobile users in the UK will see banner and text ad placements across the mobile portal, and all the ads seen will conform to mobile advertising guidelines provided by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). NIVEA VISAGE, Yell.com and SanDisk are among the first companies to launch a MSN Mobile campaign in the UK.

"The launch of display advertising on MSN Mobile further demonstrates Microsoft's commitment to connecting advertisers with their target audiences at home, at work and on the go across multiple platforms, devices and geographies. With technology created by Microsoft's Advertising and Publisher Solutions Group and by the acquisition of ScreenTonic last year, today's launch reinforces our position in the market both in the UK, and following December's US launch, as a leader in mobile advertising, providing brands with much demanded premium inventory through which to engage consumers," said Chris Ward, Commercial Director, UK, Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions.

Susann Wolschendorf, Assistant Brand Manager at Beiersdorf, NIVEA VISAGE, added: "We are delighted to be one of the launch advertisers for the new MSN Mobile display ad offering. The entrance of Microsoft into the UK mobile ad market fills a gap where, until today's launch, there has been great demand for new premium ad inventory to be made available. The fact that all the MSN Mobile ad formats available conform to the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) industry standards for advertising gives strong indication of Microsoft's desire to not only grow MSN Mobile as an ad platform but to grow the mobile advertising industry as a whole."

Poppy Wilson, Account Manager, Carat Digital, who conceived and negotiated the campaign for NIVEA VISAGE, said: "We were keen to invest in a high-impact and creative ad campaign that would really get mobile users excited and engaged with the NIVEA VISAGE brand as an experience not just a product, and Microsoft has delivered just that. We're excited to be leading the way in creating a truly digital experience for the mobile consumer".

Today's announcement is said to build on Microsoft mobile advertising offerings already available in Belgium, France, Japan, Spain and the US. 

Huawei Technologies, the provider of next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators, has today announced that it has been selected by T-Mobile International to provide Packet Switched Core Networks (PS-CN) across five key European countries: Germany, the UK, Austria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

The contract will require Huawei to replace existing networks with its next-generation PS-CN equipment.

In July 2006, Huawei was selected to provide IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network infrastructure and applications for Magyar Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, for its wire line and mobile business lines in Hungary. This latest contract win of PS-CN stands as a proof of the success of Huawei's work with T-Mobile, and is a milestone of the companies' continuous partnership.

"We believe Huawei to be a reliable and trustworthy partner for us,  and a company that, we hope, can be a long-term partner," said Joachim Horn, CTO, T-Mobile International. "By deploying Huawei's advanced solutions, T-Mobile is looking forward to providing excellent and more reliable services to its customers and to achieve its strategic business objectives."

"We are delighted to continue working with T-Mobile and we look forward to commencing work on this latest project," said William Xu, the President of Huawei Europe Region and Executive Vice President of Huawei. "At Huawei, besides providing advanced solutions with large capacity, high performance, intelligent billing and full 2G/3G integration, we are committed to providing fast delivery and excellent service, ensuring a win-win outcome for T-Mobile."

NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, has announced it will acquire GloNav, a US-based fabless semiconductor company developing single-chip solutions for global positioning systems (GPS) and other satellite navigation systems. NXP will purchase the company for US$85 million in cash plus up to US$25 million in cash contingent upon GloNav reaching certain revenue and product development milestones over the next two years. The transaction will give NXP immediate access to market-proven GPS products and technology.The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008, subject to regulatory approvals.

"This is the second major acquisition that we have made this year to strengthen our Mobile and Personal Business Unit that quickly adds complementary technologies to our existing portfolio and meets our customers' demands for innovative products. We are a leader in cellular system solutions. Combining GloNav's GPS expertise with NXP's FM Radio, Bluetooth, USB and NFC leadership, enables us to offer a broader connectivity suite to the mobile phone market," commented Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, NXP Semiconductors.
 
By 2010, approximately 40 percent (some 560 million) of mobile phones will be equipped with the GPS feature.  "We already turned the cell phone into a multimedia wallet," Frans van Houten commented.  "It's only natural that we also want to use our mobile phones to navigate and to find local goods and services.  GPS integration allows us to create these and many more interesting and dynamic features, continuously enriching the cell phone in our pocket," added van Houten.

"Becoming part of NXP allows us to achieve the required scale in innovation, and opens up many new markets and customers in order to exploit the significant market potential for GPS. Our engineers are excited to become part of ambitious leadership projects in state-of-the-art technologies and to join their expertise to one of the leaders in cellular system solutions," commented Bill McLean, GloNav's Chief Executive Officer.  "We will have access to NXP's impressive customer base, which includes all the leading handset and device manufacturers."

GloNav has approximately 50 employees and contractors at locations in the US, UK, Ireland, and Taiwan. They will join NXP's Mobile and Personal Business Unit. 

GloNav has a significant intellectual property portfolio and over 20 years of technology heritage in developing silicon-based GPS solutions. Through this acquisition, NXP will be able to access GloNav's single chip and 90nm capability to establish a strong presence in the fast growing GPS market in both personal navigation devices and mobile phones, and further strengthen its capability to offer functionally rich, integrated cellular solutions for its mobile customers.

Airwide Solutions, the provider of next-generation mobile messaging and mobile internet infrastructure, applications and solutions, has announced its forecast for this year's New Year mobile messaging peak. The short message service (SMS) celebrated its heritage and strong performance, turning fifteen this year, and is forecast to continue its consistent growth and annual celebratory peak.
 
This year Airwide anticipates the US to lead the western world with nearly 730 million messages expected to be sent to bring in the new year. The UK also continues to be a leader in the west with 280 million messages expected to be sent, equivalent to 4.6 texts per capita. Yet it is Asia that should witness the largest volumes. Despite the main celebration in China being during Chinese New Year later in the year, Airwide still expects SMS volumes for the 31st December to 1st January celebrations to beat the rest of the world. A typical day in China sees 1.6 billion texts sent, outdoing the previous leaders the Philippines.
 
Switzerland is the most prolific at texting their friends and families as the clock strikes midnight, sending nearly seven times as many messages at New Year than on an average day, with over 75 million SMS predicted to be sent. This is closely followed by Greeks, who send just under five times as many messages as a typical day, this year expecting to see 35 million messages at New Year.
 
On a more modest level, but still topping previous growth, Telenor in Norway can expect to see 33.4 million SMS New Year messages. Similarly, Czech Republic could send 3.3 times as many mobile messages to greet the New Year as they do on a typical day, with over 55 million expected. Belgium is forecast to double its 2004 New Year figure to 46.7 million messages.
 
The French, on the other hand, seem to prefer the traditional face-to-face greetings at New Year, as they send no more mobile messages at New Year than any other typical day, currently around 51 million messages.
 
"Airwide was involved in the sending of the first ever SMS message, fifteen years ago this December. Back then no-one anticipated it to become so prolific. Mobile messaging, led by SMS, still continues to grow and is now complimented by multimedia mobile messaging, mobile marketing, location based services and now mobile instant messaging," says Jay Seaton, CMO of Airwide Solutions. "New Year is usually the biggest peak in messaging every year and this year will be no exception."

A new triple-band base station antenna solution set that offers unrivalled speed of deployment and flexibility will be unveiled by wireless technology group, Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona.

Founded on uniquely factory-fitted and calibrated tri-band antenna/ACU sets, the solution boasts end-to-end compliance with the latest revision of the 3GPP-ratified Antenna Interface Standards Group open communications standard (AISG v2.0). This compliance underscores precision control and monitoring of all beam tilts and tower-top components.

"UMTS network overlays in more mature wireless markets present unique challenges, in terms of maximising deployment speed, minimising capex, and addressing the wide variations in deployment requirements," said RFS Area Product Manager, Rémi Deniel. "RFS's new triple-band solution set meets these challenges head-on. It provides the greatest configuration flexibility, plus unique labour-saving features to reduce field-install errors, and minimise capex and roll-out duration."

At Mobile World Congress 2008, the RFS exhibit will feature a fully operational triple-band solution set. This will comprise the new RFS triple-band base station antenna (BSA), coupled with the ‘Optimizer Universal' site-configurable antenna control unit (ACU), plus tower-mount amplifiers (TMA), modem bias-tee and control network interface (CNI). All elements in the solution set are overseen by RFS's intuitive and user-friendly Network Element Manager (NEM) PC-based software interface.

Available in three lengths (1.6, 2.1 and 2.6 metre), RFS's new triple-band BSA comprises two broadband high-band arrays (1710 to 2170MHz) and one low-band array (870 to 960MHz), all in a compact slim-line package. Courtesy of the antenna's unique and world-patented ‘side-by-side' multi-band architecture, the 17.5dBi high-band gain is consistent across both the high bands, and across all three models.

Compact and aesthetically attractive, the RFS tri-band antenna offers excellent upper side-lobe suppression, exhibiting first upper side-lobe levels of better than 18dB on the low band, and 15dB on both high bands.

For premium optimisation and network management, the RFS tri-band antenna permits independent variable electrical tilt (VET) of 2 to 10 degrees across all three bands. Beam tilt is controlled by RFS's new ‘Optimizer Universal' ACU, which is available off the shelf in two models: one compliant with AISG v1.1, and the second compliant with AISG v2.0. Each antenna dipole set is controlled by one ACU (to a maximum of three ACUs per BSA), providing independent tilt control plus a degree of scalability in VET application across the multi-band network.

Importantly, the ‘Optimizer Universal' ACU is the only ACU on the market that permits field-configuration of communication protocols. Simple connection to a tower-base PC permits the ACU's communication protocol to be changed from AISG v1.1, to AISG v2.0, plus a wide range of OEM proprietary protocols--all without modification to the base ACU hardware.

RFS offers the triple-band antenna pre-fitted with the ‘Optimizer Universal' ACU, ensuring significant site installation advantages. "RFS can offer the ACUs pre-fitted to the antenna, with the ACUs preconfigured and the antenna/ACUs sets factory calibrated," said Deniel. "This cuts site work, avoids errors in configuration and calibration, and reduces the skill levels required in the field. It makes the overlay happen faster and more accurately."

A product portfolio including T&M equipment for standards such as 3GPP LTE, HSPA+ or WiMAX, including MIMO functionality; compact, high-throughput solutions for production; and, mobile TV transmitters of all power classes, will be showcased by Rohde & Schwarz at the Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona.

Multiple input multiple output (MIMO) technology uses multiple antennas on the transmit and receive side to increase data rates and transmission security. MIMO is intrinsic to many mobile radio standards such as 3GPP LTE, WiMAX, HSPA+ or WLAN 802.11n.

The R&S SMU200A high-end vector signal generator generates RF and baseband signals; the R&S AMU200A provides only baseband signals. Two signal sources and internal fading simulators can be integrated into both signal generators. Using a single box, engineers can perform measurements on 2x2 MIMO receivers including real-time fading on all four propagation paths.Both instruments support MIMO for the 3GPP LTE, WiMAX, WLAN 802.11n and HSPA+ standards.

For analyzing MIMO and LTE signals, Rohde & Schwarz's R&S FSQ and R&S FSG models enable detailed testing of the physical layer. Equipped with options for LTE and MIMO, the signal analyzers simultaneously process signals transmitted by the multiple antennas. They can also be used to determine whether pre-coding works for LTE signals across the different stages. Users in research and development can observe the performance of both the baseband and RF bands. In addition, the highly flexible analysis software ensures that engineers, developers and technicians can respond quickly to new developments of the standard.

In 2008, the development activities of mobile radio manufacturers will also begin to focus on the MIMO-based HSPA+ standard. Rohde & Schwarz will showcase its first solutions for RF tests at the Mobile World Congress and over the year will also launch protocol-test solutions for 3GPP HSPA+.

3GPP LTE moves ahead: protocol testing with Rohde & Schwarz In 2008, mobile radio manufacturers will conduct trials with 3GPP LTE-capable wireless devices and infrastructure. Protocol tests for wireless devices will be in great demand by research and development departments even earlier so that users can later transmit and receive data seamlessly. In addition to its existing RF portfolio, Rohde & Schwarz will therefore present initial solutions for protocol tests at the Mobile World Congress 2008. As 3GPP LTE test cases will be defined in the course of the year; the Munich-based electronics company will provide the required conformance-test solutions for these test cases.

WiMAX in production: maximum throughput and high measurement accuracy The measurement speed of the new R&S CMW270 WiMAX tester from Rohde & Schwarz is up to ten times faster than existing test solutions. This ensures maximum production throughput of WiMAX chipsets and mobile stations. Measurement accuracy has also been optimized with regard for stability and linearity to provide the best possible repeatability. The R&S CMW270 combines signal generation and signal analysis in a single box. Three interconnectable RF connectors in the RF frontend reduce test setup complexity, and this delivers significant cost, time and space savings in production and service applications. In addition, the R&S CMW270 is the first WiMAX production tester that is suitable for the integration of base station emulation (signaling mode).