A new research study from Disruptive Analysis is said to show that evolution of mobile VoIP will rapidly eclipse voice over WiFi and become a mainstream form of communication.The analyst firm predicts that the number of VoIPo3G users could grow from virtually zero in 2007 to over 250m by the end of 2012. This is comfortably in excess of the expected number of FMC users with dual-mode VoWLAN/cellular phones.

The report is said to demonstrate that it will be the operators themselves which will be mainly responsible for the push towards VoIP being carried over cellular networks.  Carriers  will become increasingly attracted to VoIPo3G because it will enable them to fit more phone calls into their scarce spectrum allocations, reduce operating expenses by combining fixed and mobile core networks, and launch new services like push-to-talk and voice-integrated "mashups". VoIPo3G also fits well with the move towards femtocells.  Future generations of wireless technology - 3GPP LTE (Long Term Evolution), 3GPP2 UMB(Ultra Mobile Broadband), WiMAX - are "all-IP", so unless mobile operators continue to run separate voice networks in parallel, they will inevitably transition to VoIP at some point.

However, because these new radio technologies are three to five years away from mainstream deployment - what happens in the meantime will provide the major disruption to operator business models. Some independent VoIP players are already exploiting the fact that today's 3G networks can already support VoIP, putting dedicated software on smartphones, exploiting open operating systems, flat-rate data plans and features like "naked SIP" and built-in VoIP capability. These are linked to competitive 'over the top' phone or IM services via a mobile Internet connection. 

At the same time, there is an increasing trend of carriers marketing 3G modems for PCs - not just for mobile computing, but also to compete with home DSL/cable broadband offerings. Laptop users expect to be able to use their normal broadband applications over 3G, including voice-based ones like Skype. Some operators are even offering their own VoIP software for PCs with wireless broadband.

The end-result of the push towards VoIPo3G is that by 2012, most VoIPo3G users will be using mobile carriers' own standards-based VoIP capabilities, over the new, advanced 3G+ networks. However, a significant minority of about 60m will be using independent or Internet-based solutions - many actually operated in partnership with carriers or retailers.
 
Dean Bubley, author of the report and founder of Disruptive Analysis,comments: "3G networks are increasingly capable of supporting VoIP, for both traditional mobile operators and independent Internet-based VoIP challengers. But while CDMA operators will benefit from VoIP being 'designed-in' to their newest networks, 3GPP / HSPA operators will have to wait for several years - a window of opportunity which will be exploited by the 'over the top' players. Rather than competing head-on, partnership models have the potential to create win-win propositions."
 
The report, "VoIPo3G Business Models", is said to be based on a huge research effort spanning hundreds of interviews and meetings, and contains extensive market forecasts, industry commentary & analysis and company profiles.

Nokia has unveiled the Nokia N82, the latest multimedia computer optimized for photography, navigation and internet connectivity.

Featuring A-GPS, 5 megapixel camera, Xenon flash, Carl Zeiss optics and internet connectivity, the Nokia N82 also incorporates all the multimedia computer features common to Nokia Nseries.
 
"The evolution of camera capabilities in mobile devices has been extremely fast over the past years. With the Nokia N82 we have reached such a superior level in image quality, speed and ease of use that not only does it outperform any other cameraphone on the market, but it's also a very credible alternative for single purpose digital still cameras," says Satu Ehrnrooth, head of Nokia Nseries Cameras Category, Multimedia, Nokia. "In addition to the high-end camera, the Nokia N82 also enables you to navigate and discover new places, enjoy your music, browse the web, play games, chat online and be part of the global web 2.0 community wherever you go.  Thanks to the wireless broadband connectivity, convergence and yet again increased performance, the Nokia N82 is all you need in your pocket!"

Telrad Networks, a veteran developer of carrier-grade telecommunications equipment, has announced its pseudowire solution for wireless backhaul and carrier Ethernet. The solution has been shown effective in several demonstrations at customer sites, and is available in a wide variety of configurations and form factors as Customer Premises Equipment (CPE).

The Telrad TAG-11C pseudowire (PWE3) Gateway enables T1/E1/DS0 Circuit Emulation Service (CES), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) emulation, ATM/IMA emulation, PPP/HDLC Emulation Frame relay emulation and Ethernet emulation thus providing MPLS/IP/Ethernet transport over Packet-Switched Networks (PSN) for backhaul applications.

"Vendors are recognizing they need pseudowire in various places in the backhaul networks," said Itshak Aizner, Vice President of Product Management of Telrad Networks. "So although the basic platform is standard, providing a variety of models is crucial. Telrad has a flexible range of configurations available with very fast time to market, to meet those needs."

Today's radio access network (RAN) is typically composed of TDM-based leased lines for backhauling traffic from the base station to the base station controller (BSC) to the mobile switching center (MSC) to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Traditionally, mobile operators lease T1/E1 and High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC) lines to deliver ATM traffic, at a cost of 40%-60% of the network operational expenditure. TAG-11c's T1/E1 circuit emulation traffics network backhaul at reduced operational expenditure.

"Standards compliance is a major issue," said Aizner. "With so many different nodes in the network, from edge to aggregation, vendors want to make sure they are going to have full interop. Telrad has demonstrated that the TAG 11 product line overcomes technological obstacles and provides a full, working solution."

Siemens Enterprise Communications has released the HiPath Wireless Outdoor Access Point (OAP) and V5 of the HiPath Wireless Convergence Software.

The new weather-proof Access Point enables wireless connectivity for voice and business processes in outdoor, temporary and hard-to-cable locations. With Siemens' new release, Enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) coverage can now extend outdoors between campus buildings situated in university and government settings and in industrial environments like warehouses, factories and construction sites. These new Siemens WLAN offerings further extend the company's commitment to creating an open, wide-ranging wireless network environment for Voice over WLAN and Mobility-Enabled Business Processes - delivering Fixed Mobile Convenience (FMC) to the enterprise.

Users can roam across corporate, industrial, government and educational campuses without any break in their WiFi connection and WiFi-supported voice calls. By extending WLAN coverage across the entire physical footprint of an enterprise, business communications and procedures can continue unabated, offering greater efficiency, responsiveness and performance.

"The HiPath Wireless Outdoor AP will allow us to break outside the classroom and cover our campus in a blanket of wireless LAN coverage," said Russell Diaz, Executive Director of Information Technology, Dominican College. "Such wireless availability will not only afford greater anytime, anywhere collaboration to students, faculty and guests, but it will also allow us to maximize our investment by adding innovative wireless applications such as asset tracking, Voice over wireless LAN and an enhanced surveillance system."

The Siemens HiPath Wireless OAP is designed for outdoor and industrial environments and supports Wireless Distribution Service (WDS) technology, which enables the OAP to operate without a wired Ethernet network connection. The solution is resistant to both freshwater and saltwater, fog, humidity, dust, and dirt and has a broad operating temperature range. Installation is plug-and-play. No Ethernet cabling is needed, so it's also useful for situations not suited for pulling data cable, such as historical buildings, campuses with large geographic distances between buildings and complex manufacturing environments.

In addition to supporting the new OAP, the release of HiPath Wireless Convergence Software V5 supports other important voice and security features. The new software offers three key elements: First: WDS, which enables the OAP and existing HiPath Wireless access points to operate without a wired Ethernet network connection - delivering wireless backhaul capabilities. Second: Opportunistic Key Caching (OKC), a secure, fast-roaming technique that allows access points to share authentication credentials to accelerate client roaming and prevent delays in voice calls. And third: 802.1x AP authentication, which provides secure wired network integration through access point authentication.

The Siemens HiPath Wireless OAP and V5 of the HiPath Wireless Convergence Software are the seventh and eighth major releases to the HiPath Wireless portfolio in 24 months, continuing Siemens' enhancements to its FMC offerings. The benefits of FMC and multi-vendor interoperability reflect the Siemens Open Communications architecture that is the foundation of the entire Siemens HiPath portfolio of enterprise communications solutions.

"This newest release will help our enterprise customers close the gaps that may exist in their wireless LAN coverage, creating comprehensive wireless connectivity for information access and communications anywhere on the company premises," said Marcus Birkl, Vice President Sales HiPath Wireless, Siemens Enterprise Communications. "By extending the WiFi footprint, our customers can gain that much more efficiency, collaboration and responsiveness in their day-to-day operations."

The Siemens HiPath Wireless OAP is available now in two models - the 2650, which has an internal antenna, and the 2660, with an external antenna. HiPath Wireless Convergence Software V5 supports the HiPath Wireless portfolio of WLAN controllers, access points and management software.

Agillic, the specialist in customer lifecycle management, has announced that Telia, the third largest telecom operator in Denmark  has successfully deployed Agillic's CLM for Postpaid Solution.  Based on an on-demand business model,  the solution is designed to drive down churn levels and retention costs amongst Telia's post-paid subscribers. 

Operating in one of the most competitive market's in the world, Telia's goal to create growth and maintain profitability is challenging.  Already offering one of the market's most exciting and  innovative range of products and services Telia attracts new customers every day but has been suffering from unacceptable levels of churn.

"We were looking for a solution that could give us the flexibility to interact with over 600,000 of our post-paid customers.   We were successfully attracting new customers but wanted to connect with our existing customers more effectively."  said Mads Neble, Marketing Manager, Consumer Market, Telia DK.   "We wanted the capability to reward our customers for their loyalty and understand how we could better communicate and meet individual and changing expectations to create valued and long term relationships."

With Agillic's CLM for Postpaid Solution, each subscriber is treated individually according to personal circumstances. It automatically matches content to customer driven trigger points that accurately reflect an understanding of each customer's usage, lifecycle position and past history.   The benefit of this proactive approach to customer communications is that it effectively creates human-like relationships that grow in strength over time creating unprecedented levels of loyalty.

Telia has recently launched an exciting above and below-the-line campaign to engage its postpaid customers to participate in the "EliteMobilist" loyalty programme including TV adverts, banner ads and  direct mail invitations. Customers register via Telia's web portal where a truly individualised experience begins to develop. The portal is packed with tailored information on products and services, educational tips, competitions, incentives, special offers and interactive surveys.  The content is designed to remain fresh and addictive to prompt return visits creating  immense customer value.   

 "Agillic's CLM for Postpaid solution has provided us with a new way to communicate with our customers.  Having the ability to interact with all our high value customers on a one-to-one basis, from a completely hosted solution has reduced our risk and cost of ownership.  It has successfully given marketing full control of all in and out bound customer interactions enabling marketing progammes to be easily deployed and maintained with little IT integration and support." said Mads Neble, Marketing Manager, Consumer Market.

"We are delighted to welcome Telia as an Agillic customer which further strengthens our presence in the Nordic market" said Agillic CEO, Mikko Hietanen.  "Telia is known to be an innovative and forward-looking operator, and having been selected by Telia, it clearly demonstrates our ability to make a significant impact on the customer experience thereby reducing churn, increasing loyalty and lowering retention costs."

Ericsson has announced the introduction of a local call-switching feature across its GSM base station portfolio. The move is said to generate 'dramatic' savings in transmission costs for network operators, helping drive increased network deployment across rural and remote areas.

The new Abis Local Connectivity feature is scheduled for commercial deployment in mid-2008. The solution allows local calls originating and terminating from the same base station, or within a cluster of base stations, to be switched locally in the Ericsson GSM radio network. This significantly reduces operators' transmission costs by circumventing the backhaul network that traditionally carries mobile traffic from radio base stations to the nearest switching node.

Suitable for both urban and remote areas, the solution significantly reduces deployment costs in areas where backhaul transmission is expensive or difficult to deploy. By employing local switching in the radio base station, Ericsson is also ensuring that the cost of delivering a call is kept to a minimum. Together, these factors are expected to play a pivotal role in helping bridge the digital divide and bring telecommunications to new and remote locations currently without mobile coverage.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "In overcoming the expense of backhauling and significantly lowering the total cost of ownership for operators, Ericsson is removing a key financial hurdle to achieving profitable network expansion in rural and remote areas.
"Our vision of an all-communicating world means affordable telecommunications available to everyone, everywhere. Ericsson's Abis Local Connectivity feature represents a significant breakthrough in reducing communications costs, making it profitable to bring mobile communications to people across the four corners of the Earth."

Although the Abis Local Connectivity feature switches calls locally, operators still retain centralized control of their network architecture. Areas such as subscriber management and network charging will continue to be managed via mobile softswitches and base station controllers.

In addition to reducing operator costs, the Abis Local Connectivity feature enhances subscribers' communications experience. It offers superior speech quality and overcomes time delays experienced when satellite-backhauled base stations are used.

The Abis Local Connectivity feature is the latest addition to Ericsson's Packet Abis solution. With Packet Abis, Ericsson brings IP technology to GSM radio networks, making it possible for an operator to share investments across GSM, WCDMA and LTE, and paving the way to true network convergence.

HTC, the provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile smart devices, has launched the HTC Touch Cruise, the third member of the HTC Touch product family and the first to feature in-built GPS for personal navigation. Adding to the HTC Touch and the HTC Touch Dual, the HTC Touch Cruise also includes 3G-HSDPA wireless connectivity. 
 
Users on the move will easily be able to interact with the HTC Touch Cruise's navigation functionality and can take advantage of HTC's TouchFLO technology, which enhances finger touch scrolling and browsing of Web pages, documents, messages and contact lists, controlled by simply sweeping a finger across the screen. TouchFLO also offers the ability to view photos and photo slideshows using on-screen controls and to zoom and rotate images with only one hand.
 
Stylish and sleek in design, the HTC Touch Cruise is a further illustration of HTC's commitment to innovation and to building a suite of touchscreen devices that cater to a variety of customer needs and styles.  The HTC Home screen will provide one-touch access to emails, text messages, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world. Users then simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an animated, three-dimensional interface comprising three screens: Contacts, Media and Applications. The interface can be spun by swiping a finger right or left across the display, providing efficient access to the features consumers use most.
 
The new Touch Cruise boasts super fast HSDPA/3.5G connectivity plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it a highly connected device for consumers on the move. Its 2.8in screen is great for enjoying mobile multimedia and because it runs on Windows Mobile 6, the built-in Windows Media Player is ideal for music and movies.
 
Florian Seiche, VP of HTC Europe, commented, "The original HTC Touch has already been a phenomenal success, and the HTC Touch CruiseTM with fully integrated GPS adds another dimension to our leading touchscreen device family. We firmly believe in the importance of choice - one device does not fit everyone's needs - and we're proud to have been able to launch three HTC Touch devices since June."
 
The HTC Touch Cruise utilizes mapping and navigation solutions from TomTom. This navigation software comes complete with a taster city map or the option of full maps of Western Europe. Other key features include a three megapixel auto focus camera, FM radio and Micro SD memory card slot for adding to the 128MB RAM. The device will be available form both retailers and SIM free from HTC from this month.
 
Launched in June 2007, the HTC Touch was the first member of the HTC Touch family and has proven to be a massive hit since it launched. The HTC Touch Dual, which features HSDPA connectivity and a sliding keypad, was launched in October 2007.

ACCESS, a provider of 'advanced software technologies' to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, and EXPWAY, a provider of electronic service guide (ESG) solutions delivered over cellular, broadband and broadcast networks, have announced that the two companies have signed a license agreement enabling ACCESS to integrate its NetFront Browser DTV Profile with EXPWAY's FastESG service guide. ACCESS will market NetFront Browser DTV Profile DVB-H Edition, the first complete and standard-compliant mobile TV solution for mass digital video broadcasting-handheld (DVB-H) deployments, to a broad range of handset and Internet-enabled appliance manufacturers.

NetFront Browser DTV Profile DVB-H Edition, combining ACCESS' market-tested NetFront Browser DTV Profile with EXPWAY's first-to-market FastESG solution for mobile DVB-H and 3G networks, addresses the growing demand for integrated multimedia mobile phones. DVB-H is fast gaining momentum as a global standard for bringing broadcast services to handheld devices.

Available for two major mobile TV broadcast standards (DVB-IPDC and OMA-BCAST), NetFront Browser DTV Profile DVB-H Edition offers unique features to operators as well as end-users. Operators will be able to optimize content distribution over the various transportation networks available to them; end-users, meanwhile, will be able to access content easily, whether through broadcast, unicast or local services. Moreover, thanks to ACCESS' unique embedded browser approach, users will benefit from a consistent experience across unicast (VOD, streaming) and broadcast audio/video services.

The combined solution also provides a number of advanced features, such as interactivity (voting, betting, advertising, etc) and distribution of packaged multimedia files, such as ContentCast, a podcasting solution extended to video.

"ACCESS has an excellent track record in Japan's advanced mobile market, where mobile TV has gained enormous popularity since its introduction in 2006," said Toru Arakawa, ACCESS CEO, president and co-founder. "We are ready to introduce our mobile TV browser to the world. By integrating EXPWAY's FastESG with our NetFront Browser DTV Profile, we can bring to market a solution that adds intelligence to the way content is distributed, promoted
and searched."

"EXPWAY, a specialist in metadata management, is focused on remaining the leading provider of multimedia search engines," said Antoine Weil, EXPWAY CEO. "We are delighted to be working with a partner like ACCESS. With ACCESS' strong product portfolio and its ability to deploy solutions over a large number of devices, we are ready to accommodate the mass deployment of mobile TV services with a solution offering unmatched quality, simplicity and
features."

Altobridge, an Irish company specialising in remote wireless communications, today announced that it has licensed its patent pending Local Connectivity Platform to Ericsson. The agreement enables Ericsson to provide local switching across its GSM Base Station portfolio. 

The Altobridge solution makes it possible for calls, originating and terminating from the same Base Station or cluster of Base Stations, to be switched locally in the GSM Radio Network, while the mobile operator's existing call control architecture remains unaffected. This meets the critical requirements of mobile operators - i.e. there is no impact on key areas such as Subscriber Services, Subscriber Management, Network Management and Charging. Coupled with this is an improvement in voice quality for remote subscriber groups previously connected via satellite.

Altobridge CEO, Mike Fitzgerald, stated, "This feature cuts transmission costs on all base stations on any network, but has its most profound effect on the higher cost transmissions traditionally associated with emerging markets. Switching calls as close as possible to subscribers ensures that the ultimate cost of delivering the call is kept to an absolute minimum. The opportunity for Altobridge is to roll out this important technology breakthrough to all mobile operators. Our licensing agreement with the leading telecom supplier, Ericsson, provides a platform for significant market penetration of this technology."

"Currently, wireless network roll-out is concentrated on low-ARPU / high-growth emerging markets. Traffic analysis within these community-centric markets has deduced that the majority of calls remain local to a particular community. As transmission costs are traditionally greater in such places, the cost of delivering local calls between subscribers ends up being disproportionately high, which prohibits communication roll-out even further. Altobridge's Local Connectivity Platform addresses this very cost and removes it. The significant improvement in voice quality for remote subscriber groups, e.g. when satellite is used, is also a vital factor in improving the quality of communication for the hugely important, emerging market segment,"
Fitzgerald concluded.  

Dick Spring, Chairman of Altobridge and former Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, stated, "At a time when the GSM Association has just announced an initiative to drive US$50 billion of investment by the telecoms industry into delivering rural mobile communications to isolated communities across Africa over the next five years, this partnership could not have come at a more important time."

Synchronica, the mobile synchronization and device management company, has announced that UK iPhone owners can now turn their new handset into a business phone by adding a secure corporate email service free of charge with just a few clicks.

Synchronica says it is the only vendor offering a live solution allowing iPhone owners to receive push email from Microsoft Exchange accounts without requiring additional software to be installed on the iPhone or behind the corporate firewall.

The free trial for UK iPhone users follows a successful trial running in the US since August. More than 10,000 US iPhone users have already signed up for the Mobile Gateway trial and have seamlessly incorporated their new handsets into their business life, using mobile email.

By signing up for a free 60-day UK trial with Synchronica's Mobile Gateway today, owners of the smartphone from Apple can receive their corporate email on their iPhones without having to install any additional software on the handset or behind the corporate firewall.

Mobile Gateway, which provides a link between the iPhone's built-in email client and Microsoft Exchange, is the perfect complement to iTunes for ensuring fast, secure synchronization of all business data. While iTunes synchronizes calendar and contacts with Microsoft Outlook, Mobile Gateway keeps the iPhone connected to corporate email when the user has left the office.

It provides tight integration between the iPhone and Microsoft Exchange and automatically delivers emails to the built-in email client of the iPhone including support for folders and attachments. Emails sent from the iPhone via Mobile Gateway automatically appear in the sent items folder of the user's Exchange account, just as if they had been sent from the user's PC.

Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica, said: "I know that those who have finally got their hands on the iPhone in the UK are going to love their new handset just as much I love mine. The iPhone is an iconic device with an exceptional user experience - and probably the first to deliver the complete web experience on a mobile device. Mobile Gateway closes the main gap in its functionality by connecting the iPhone to corporate Exchange mailboxes. Another reason to leave that BlackBerry in the drawer."

Mobile operator Telenor is upgrading its existing WCDMA 3G network in Norway with High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology from Nokia Siemens Networks. With HSDPA, data can be transmitted through the mobile network at speeds up to 14 megabits per second. The initial upgrade at Telenor is supporting up to 3.6 megabits per second.

The HSDPA solution from Nokia Siemens Networks will help Telenor in reducing costs per megabit delivered over its 3G network, while providing true speed for mobile broadband and a solid technology base for future enhancements of HSDPA. The deal contains upgrade of the mobile network in Norway and is part of a pan-Nordic HSDPA contract, between Telenor Nordic and Nokia Siemens Networks, covering Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

"We are very happy to extend our business relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks. This HSDPA update enables us to use our already installed 3G network more effectively and can complete our offering with improvements in mobility and coverage. Moreover, the Nokia Siemens Networks base station, Flexi WCDMA Base Station, that is compact and installation-friendly with its unprecedented downscaled size and weight, will be a cost-efficient way to expand the network. Reduced power consumption also serves the environment in a favourable way", says Trond Wiborg, CTO, Telenor Nordic.

In addition to 3G expansion and the HSDPA software, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide care services such as software support services and hardware repair services. The network continues to be supported by the multi-technology, multi-vendor NetAct network and service management system, which will be upgraded to support HSDPA. All this will ensure that the network continues to offer high levels of reliability and performance to Telenor's customers.

"We are very pleased to continue our good co-operation with Telenor in the Nordic region, says Finn Erik Hermansen from Nokia Siemens Networks. "We are fully prepared to support Telenor in meeting the market needs to provide a state-of-the-art HSDPA solution with a network of high speed, capacity and quality enabling true mobile broadband."

The deliveries started during autumn 2007 and the service will be launched this month.

Samsung, NXP Semiconductors and T3G Technologies, have announced the 'world's first' TD-SCDMA HSDPA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE multi-mode mobile phone. Powered by a software-defined modem capable of achieving data transfer rates of 2.8Mbps, the Samsung SGH-T578H enables about 20 times faster transfers than GPRS, allowing consumers to download several high quality MP3 files in less than a minute. The phone is based on the T3G7210 system solution featuring the industry's first soft modem empowered by NXP's Embedded Vector Processor (EVP) to achieve high data transfer and multi-mode capability.

TD-SCDMA network deployments have been completed in 10 major cities across China where there are more than 70 million potential subscribers. This network is planned to be upgraded to support Release 5 (HSDPA) of the TD-SCDMA standard during the course of 2008. With the Samsung SGH-T578H mobile phone, users will be able to enjoy the widespread deployment of TD-SCDMA infrastructure to support high-speed streaming of multimedia coverage of the Beijing Olympics 2008. With this new milestone reached by Samsung, NXP and T3G, the TD-SCDMA standard is rapidly progressing towards the current W-CDMA capabilities.
 
"Samsung has always been at the cutting edge of mobile technology. Together with NXP and T3G, we have achieved several major milestones for TD-SCDMA phones - from the first TD-SCDMA video phone to this current high data transfer rate TD-HSDPA dual-band prototype," said Mr. W.S. Lee vice president, Handset R&D Planning, Telecommunication Network Business, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. . "Multimedia and sharing of content will be the drivers for next-generation handsets. The combination of T3G's leading TD-SCDMA technology and NXP's very innovative EVP technology, make them obvious partners of choice to provide consumers a high-end multimedia experience in a run up to the Beijing Olympics."

"The China 3G subscription is expected to grow rapidly.  By realizing 3.5G capabilities on Samsung's SGH-T578H, NXP is driving the commercialization and adoption of next-generation wireless technologies - not only for China's TD-SCDMA standard, but also proving successful our EVP-based software-defined radio approach," said Marc Cetto, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Mobile & Personal business, NXP Semiconductors.
 
Mr. Johan Pross, CEO of T3G said, "The T3G7210 is the first cellular system solution to use NXP's breakthrough embedded vector processor to support multi-mode and multi-standard platforms, also allowing us to deal with possible changes in the standard or operator requirements. It enables mobile phone makers to offer more commercialized handsets with a broad scope of 3G multimedia applications."

Samsung's SGH-T578H is based on the T3G7210 system solution which uses the world's first 2.8Mbps HSDPA modem IC, TD60291.  NXP's Adelante VD32040 embedded vector processor enables the modem to achieve 2.8Mbps peak data rates and fully supports the 3GPP TDD-LCR Standard Release 5. The T3G7210 system solution also supports quad band EDGE and dual band TD-SCDMA with integrated multimedia accelerators to allow for the development of high-end feature phones without the need for additional external co-processors.

Actix, the specialist in Network Status Management (NSM) technologies for mobile operators, has launched a Professional Services Organisation (PSO) dedicated to helping mobile operators manage complex problems in their radio networks. 

The Actix PSO team will comprise a group of radio experts, systems architecture specialists and project managers, and will be available on a global basis.  Customers of Actix, who include many of the world's largest and most advanced mobile carriers, will be able to call on the services of the Actix PSO team to assist in solving complex network roll-out and on-going management problems, as well as NSM implementation projects.

The launch of the PSO team is a major step for Actix in the transition to the next phase of wireless network evolution. Already acknowledged throughout the wireless industry for its radio engineering and diagnostic expertise, Actix has taken the lead in supplying NSM systems to the mobile communications industry. The creation of the PSO will provide a new level of partnership with the world's leading mobile operators to allow delivery and support of those systems in a collaborative and structured manner.

"Mobile operators throughout the world are under immense pressure to deliver highly optimized networks to support customer experience expectations at minimal cost" explained Chris Larmour, Actix' Chief Marketing Office. "Actix' systems have proven to be invaluable in helping them walk the tightrope of low cost and high performance, and our customers wanted to access to the deep expertise of our engineering staff as well. To support them we have formed Actix' Professional Services Organisation, and we foresee this team growing to become a major part of our business in a very short space of time."

The Actix PSO team, led by Robert McKellar as Global Professional Services Director, will work both directly with customers and through partners to ensure customers get the right level of support. The Actix PSO team will bring proven methodologies and a comprehensive set of technical capabilities to projects, allowing the rapid deployment of Actix systems, and expert advice on the identification and elimination of radio network performance issues.  Typical projects that will be undertaken by the Actix PSO will include NSM implementation projects, cluster optimisation, frequency revisions and capital planning. As well as delivering the deep technical expertise for these projects, Actix will also provide the project management skills including detailed reporting systems to show progress to customers on problem elimination. Robert McKellar joins Actix from Amdocs, and has 20 years experience delivering Enterprise solutions to blue chip companies.

The Actix PSO team will use the full array of Actix diagnostic products and systems to support customers, including its industry leading NSM suite.  The team will also have access to proprietary intellectual property not normally available outside Actix, and will assist customers in creating full NSM solutions that deliver long term customer value.  Such solutions will enable mobile operators to maintain a consistently high state of network readiness and availability.

To create the PSO, Actix has sourced some of the most experienced people in the industry. Each member of the team brings considerable skill and experience, typically with a deep understanding of radio network performance and insights into how to get the most out of existing equipment.  In early engagements, Actix' PSO has been able to help mobile operators reduce the time taken for by areas of the performance engineering function by over 40 percent.