Network infrastructure

  • Swiss operators Swisscom, Sunrise and Orange have extended plans to improve mobile coverage along the country's railways by equipping carriages on regional routes with repeaters.

  • Broadcasters and wireless microphones should be pushed off the 700MHz band by 2020 to make way for European wireless broadband services, the European Commission has heard.

  • Nokia Networks will upgrade Three Ireland’s 2G and 3G networks, the two companies have announced. 

  • TeliaSonera and cableco DNA have announced a mobile network sharing agreement in rural Finland.

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    An Ofcom report into mobile call quality has revealed that almost a quarter of UK customers are unhappy with the service they are receiving.

  • Europe was late to the 4G party but the UK was even later, with a combination of squabbling operators and lack of spectrum delaying the rollout of LTE. But according to new figures this week, there are now six million 4G LTE subscribers, amounting to around eight percent of all mobile subscriptions.

  • Arqiva will provide help O2 and Vodafone with network consolidation and 4G LTE deployment, after signing a 10-year site share agreement with both operators.

  • Procera Networks has launched a new product allowing operators to get real-time quality of experience information about a radio access network's performance.

  • LTE deployments are driving huge growth in mobile infrastructure security, with spending set to grow by a compound annual growth rate of 42 percent, new research has claimed.

  • Communications Service Providers (CSPs), need to innovate to keep up with the competitive pressure of the rapidly changing network environment. As more of the value (and revenues) flow to over-the-top service providers like Google and Amazon, CSPs face the prospect of increasingly becoming providers of commodity-like transport services.

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  • Operators are stepping up spending on security gateway solutions designed to combat SMS/MMS spam and threats, according to new research.

    For the full year 2013, the global SMS/MMS security gateway market is projected to reach €51 million – a 70 percent increase over 2012 – Infonetics Research revealed.

  • The global mobile infrastructure market is stalling despite the increase in demand for LTE infrastructure, according to the latest figures.

    In the first three months of this year, sales of 2G/3G/4G equipment have fallen by nine percent on Q4 2012 and two percent year-on-year to €6.3 billion, Infonetics Research reports.

  • The market for NFC mobile payments is slowly growing alongside the burgeoning roll-outs of NFC-enabled handsets, NFC-ready Point of Sale (POS) terminals and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solutions.

    According to research from Berg Insight, NFC mobile wallet services are now commercially live in 13 countries as of the end of March 2013.

  •                                          At a press briefing announcing that it has reached the 500,000 customer mark for its 4G LTE services, UK operator EE poured scorn onto its competitors’ efforts to roll out the next gen technology and hinted about expanding its network to cover major transport routes.

    EE’s director of network integration and LTE Mansoor Hanif said that while EE respects its competition, he had doubts that other operators realise how hard it is to successfully roll out 4G LTE services in the UK.

  • The UK government has selected infrastructure provider Arqiva to provide mobile services in rural parts of Britain, as part of the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP).
     
    Roughly €177 million has been set aside to fund MIP, which aims to connect rural communities where there is no commercial business case to deploy mobile services, as part of the UK’s overall aim to be a leading digital economy.
     
  • The number of cells required to meet the capacity demands of just one square kilometre of a busy city centre will increase to more than 40 by 2015, according to Actix, which predicts a radical and rapid change in mobile infrastructures to meet soaring data demand.

     

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  • 25% cost of ownership reductions by sharing RAN and backhaul with another partner

    Mobile operators in the more economically-challenged European countries will not be able to make "massive" LTE deployments unless the economics of rollout and operation are radically changed, according to Eduardo Duato, CTO of Orange Spain.

    Those changes include a shift to active RAN and backhaul network sharing, as well as new deployment models from the vendors.

    Duato said that even though LTE is 100% more spectrally efficient, and is 30% cheaper in total cost of ownership than 3G, it is still not cheap enough to enable operators to invest with confidence in "massive" rollouts.

  • Ubidyne has signed a deal with an un-named "major Asia Pacific-based manufacturer of telecommunications equipment" to develop an LTE active antenna for the 800MHz frequency range. The agreement follows network trials of Ubidyne’s 700MHz active antenna solution in the USA. UIbidyen said that it expects to sign a series of new contracts in the next 12 months with Tier 1 operators and OEMs and that the new 800MHz active antenna will be deployed with a major regional network operator in 2013.
     
    In the US trials, Ubidyne’s Antenna Embedded Radio technology with flexible beam forming and tilting capabilities,  delivered double throughput at the cell edge and an increase of over 40% cell capacity with the same output power. In addition to the uB700™ that supports 4G (LTE) for broadband mobile networks in the US, Ubidyne’s uB900™ supports GSM, UMTS and LTE in the 900MHz frequency band to address mobile networks in Europe, Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Middle East. This latest announcement will further extend this range with the development of an LTE 800MHz solution, while Ubidyne is also looking at high-band antenna up to 2.6GHz as well as multi-band solutions.
     
    “With the Ubidyne technology proven to exceed our theoretical performance predictions and demonstrate excellent reliability in independent trials, we are now getting a lot of real interest from operators and OEMs who need to meet the exploding demand for wireless data,” said Michael Fränkle, CEO of Ubidyne. “This was reflected at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While there was a lot of discussion about the move to small cells, this represents a major investment in time and money; whereas visitors to our stand increasingly see active antenna technology as a way to maximise coverage and capacity from their existing macrocells. In addition to the deal announced today, we are in advanced discussions with further companies in Asia Pacific and other regions around the world.”
     
    By removing the need for bulky coaxial feeder cables, remote electrical tilt assemblies and additional amplifiers on antenna towers and masts, Ubidyne’s patented active antenna technology significantly reduces installation costs and energy consumption while improving radio performance, deployment flexibility, coverage and network capacity. OPEX costs and outages are further reduced by Ubidyne’s Self-Healing mechanism that secures antenna coverage in the unlikely event of a system failure.

    Unlike other approaches to active antenna systems (AAS), Ubidyne’s LTE 700MHz, 800MHz and 900MHz AAS technology uses one transceiver or M-Radio per antenna radiator. This means that an antenna with 16 radiators - or eight cross polar radiators - will also have 16 transceivers. Results from the US trials demonstrated that only a full AAS can meet critical upper sidelobe suppression requirements with margin, while simultaneously providing the highest possible antenna gain over an electrical tilt range of more than 10 degrees. And because of the Self-Healing feature, Ubidyne AAS still delivers this performance with up to four transceivers out of 16 being switched off.
     

  • Swisscom has reported that "substitution by IP-based applications and the growing use of social media platforms" led to a 28% fall in revenue from directly billed SMS messages during the first quarter of 2012.

    Over the same period, the average price per megabyte that Swisscom realised from customers fell by 25%. That combination led to a fall in average revenue per mobile user per month of 4.3% to CHF44.