Tue, Jun


  • Optical and test and measurement vendor JDSU has acquired location-aware mobility solutions provider Arieso for €65.3 million as it looks to expand its position in the small cells and mobile network optimisation markets.

    Based in the UK, Arieso offers location-aware software solutions that enable mobile operators to boost their 2G, 3G and 4G LTE network performance and improve subscriber experience by analysing big data.

  •    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.

  •                            At Mobile World Congress 2013 last week, the Small Cell Forum announced its latest market status report, which revealed three key results.

    First, the total number of small cells deployed globally increased from 6.4 million to 10.8 million in the last three months of 2012. Second, femtocells number 9.6 million and now outnumber macrocells. 

  • Research firm IDC has forecast that, for the first time ever, more smartphones will be shipped globally than feature phones in 2013.

    According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, device manufacturers will ship 918.6 million smartphones this year, which represents 50.1 percent of the total mobile phone shipments worldwide.


  • 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.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Panasonic Mobile have secured a deal to provide Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo with next gen LTE-A mobile broadband network architecture.

    The two companies, who have been collaborating on LTE for NTT DoCoMo since 2007, will be providing the operator with high-capacity base stations with an initial equipment capacity of 300 Mbps and cloud-based services architecture.

  • Mobile broadband solution provider ZyXEL is trying to improve the quality and coverage of 3G mobile broadband services in the home by integrating Alcatel-Lucent’s residential small cells software into its consumer networking devices.

    3G coverage in the home can often be poor due to a weak signal, which can either be caused by the building structure impeding the signal, or by the physical distance of the building from the operator’s base station.

  • Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Ericsson has made a series of new announcements dealing with mobile broadband coverage and capacity; mobile services management; and applications and device testing.

    The vendor is extending its Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) portfolio with the launch of AIR 32, a new solution that allows for the introduction of LTE and HSPA without requiring additional antennas or radio units to be added to network sites.

  • Wireless device testing firm Anite has signed a new three-year deal with Deutsche Telekom to provide interoperability test solutions for mobile devices on its network.

    DT is no stranger to Anite’s SAS platform, which it has been using for over five years to analyse issues including dropped calls, non-received calls and network-related signalling.

  • With LTE round the corner, mobile operators must take on OTT players.

    They have tolerated networks being used to deliver bandwidth hungry IP based applications with little compensation. That model must change.

  • Operators have started the new year with a range of 4G LTE announcements but, as always, the issue remains spectrum availability and licence fees.

    At last Britain is holding 4G LTE spectrum auctions. Due to start on 23 January, the eventual winners will be announced in early March with deployments anticipated by mid-year.

  • Lucy Dimes, CEO UK & Ireland, Alcatel-Lucent, has taken over management of the Vodafone Group global account at the vendor.

    Earlier today Light Reading and Telecoms.com both reported on the departure of Alcatel-Lucent's global account manager for Vodafone, Wolfgang Hackenberg, to rival vendor Nokia Siemens Networks, where he will lead its Vodafone Global Customer Business Team.


    Adax now offers a high-performance GTP-U acceleration card; the Adax GTP-AMC.
    GTP-U is the critical data plane protocol in today’s emerging LTE networks. User appetite and willingness to pay for mobile broadband data is driving network build out fuelled by usage-based data plans. User service level agreements based on Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Service (QoS) rely heavily on both network intelligence and data plane throughput. GTP-U acceleration is key to delivering the services and quality customers demand and expect from their LTE network service providers.
  • Infonetics analyst Stéphane Téral has confirmed, in a recent report, that mobile operators are increasingly deploying SON techniques - written into the 3GPP standards at LTE level - to help them manage their 3G networks.

    Téral interviewed operators for his latest market survey: SON and Optimization Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey. He found that while SON is up and running in a few LTE networks around the world, some of the large incumbents have deployed SON as the key optimization tool in their 3G networks as well.
  • Many mobile operators are still unsure of the value that IPXs (IPeXchanges) can bring to their businesses, according to Isabelle Paradis, CEO of research company Hot Telecom.

    Originally conceived by the GSMA to cater for the growing IP needs of mobile operators; IPX has since come to include the IP-requirements of fixed operators, cable companies, ISPs and "OTT" players. Hot Telecom has carried out a survey of 100+ providers and customers of IPXs, and found that there appears to be a disconnect between how IPX providers view their businesses, and how their customers do.

  • In recent months we at Mobile Europe have noted an increasing amount of noise around the automation of network processes - whether that's for planning, optimisation or management. In this guest post, Thomas Neubauer, Managing Director of Symena, an AIRCOM company,explains why automation will be essential for the efficient and economical operation of LTE networks and where automated processes can deliver the most value. 

  • Swisscom will launch commercial LTE services in 26 locations in Switzerland on 29 November, following trials in Berne, Zurich and seven tourist regions launched late in 2011.

  • Tre (H3G Italy) has selected Aircom International’s OPTIMA software to provide it with an end-to-end view of its LTE network performance

    OPTIMA provides mobile operators with a single view across all network technologies including GSM, UMTS, HSPA, LTE and WiMAX. The software delivers central control and provides a holistic picture of customer experience in real-time. OPTIMA is compatible with infrastructure equipment from over fifty different vendors, making it a single access point where multiple users within H3G can efficiently identify network issues. The software is also capable of collecting data at the device level to further enhance quality of service analysis and reporting.

    This deal continues H3G Italy’s long-standing relationship with Aircom. The operator has used Aircom’s OPTIMA, ASSET and CONNECT software since 2001 to plan and monitor its UMTS network. Aircom also regularly provides consulting services to H3G, spanning network planning, optimisation, and drive testing services.

    “Operators migrating to LTE need to maximise their investments by driving operational efficiency throughout their network and business processes,” said Alwyn Welch, CEO, Aircom International. “Maintaining close scrutiny on network performance, despite increasing technical complexity, will play a key part in H3G Italy achieving this aim. We’re delighted to be extending our long working relationship with H3G Italy as it launches its differentiated LTE services.”

  • Freeview provider Arqiva is not happy about Ofcom's proposed re-allocation of spectrum in the 700MHz band for future mobile broadband services, saying that Ofcom is "yet to make the case" for such a transition.

    Ofcom, mirroring discussions at the World Radiotelecommunications Conferenceheld from January-February 2012, has proposed that spectrum in the 700MHz band, currently used by digital terrestrial television - is re-allocated for mobile broadband services. 

  • Vodafone Ireland has said that it gained a "winning combination" in the Irish spectrum auction, after paying €35 million more than Telefonica, and €110 million more than Hutchison in the multi-band auction.

    The operator spent €160 million in up front fees to secure the spectrum, compared to Meteor's €144 million, Telefonica's €125 million, and Three's €51 million.

    That bid gave it the largest spectrum holding in the country.