Wi-Fi

  • The European Commission has published a new study showing that people in Europe love Wi-Fi, and strongly recommends that extra spectrum be made available to meet the increasing rise in demand.

    According to the EC’s “Study on impact of traffic off-loading and related technological trends on the demand for wireless broadband spectrum” report, 71 percent of all EU wireless traffic in 2012 was delivered to smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi, and is expected to rise to 78 percent by 2016.

  • Nokia’s HERE mapping business has announced that it is working with Qualcomm to deliver more precise positioning to mobile devices located within buildings.

    HERE said it will put its indoor Venue Maps technology, which currently has coverage of 50,000 unique buildings in 66 countries, together with Qualcomm’s end-to-end IZat location platform, which makes use of cellular, global navigation satellite system (GNSS), Wi-Fi, sensor and cloud-based assistance capabilities.

  • Huawei has signed a seven-figure deal with Glasgow Rangers Football Club to provide Wi-Fi and increased engagement with its fans in the latest move by telcos into the stadium management.

    Touted by Huawei as “one of football’s first fully converged stadium-wide Wi-Fi deployments”, Rangers wants to offer fans instant access to content and the ability to participate in real-time interactions with the club.

  • New research is proving how Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly important this year as operators look to offload more data traffic and develop next-gen carrier-grade Wi-Fi offerings to better monetise data.

    Mobile operators will offload almost 50 percent of data traffic generated by smartphones, tablets and other 3G/4G devices to Wi-Fi and small cell networks in 2013, according to Juniper Research’s new report “Mobile Data Offload & Onload: Wi-Fi, Small Cell & Carrier-Grade Strategies 2012-2017”.

  • The UK’s incumbent operator BT has announced a new suite of solutions targeted at helping enterprises deal with the BYOD problem, particularly focusing in on Wi-Fi and wireless LAN device connections.

    BT’s new BYOD approach includes the BT Advise BYOD Ready Infrastructure Quick Start, a solution that evaluates an enterprise’s requirements and how they impact on the WAN and LAN capabilities.
  • Austrian operator A1 Telekom Austria has conducted a successful demonstration of LTE Advanced aggregation using base station technology provided by Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks, as the operator prepares to bring ultra-fast mobile broadband to the home of the edelweiss.

    A1 has already made the first development stage of the LTE standard available over the last two years, enabling its subscribers to enjoy data speeds of up to 150Mbps per cell.

  • Qualcomm Atheros has announced an integrated 3G/4G LTE small cells processor portfolio designed for pico, metro and enterprise small cells, as part of a big push into the network infrastructure market.

    The vendor’s new FSM99xx portfolio features 28 nanometre chipsets and software designed to support operators’ concurrent 3G and 4G networks, dual carrier 4G with carrier aggregation, as well as hosting advanced Wi-Fi capabilities.

  • The global Wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment market, which has seen continuous growth over the last three years, is seeing a rare dip in market share as the industry transitions to centrally managed WLAN architectures.

    In the first quarter of 2013, the WLAN market, which includes enterprise access points, WLAN controllers and Wi-Fi phones, declined by 7 percent to €767 million, according to Infonetics.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  •            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 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 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.

     

  • 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.

  •    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.

  •    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.