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Wireless Week in Review—Nokia, M-PCIe, ATCA, Emerson, D-Link, Telit…and Survey Says...

-March 04, 2013

On the heels of Mobile World Congress, there’s lots of buzz, capabilities, specs, and announcements. Here are a few compelling tidbits that have appeared in the past couple of weeks.

Webinars

Phase 2 of the Nokia Siemens Networks #1GBperday$ webinar series is beginning on March 6. The first webinar focuses on newly launched Liquid Applications, highlighting what Nokia calls the biggest transformation in the role of the base station since the launch of GSM 22 years ago.  Four more webinars will follow. Curious? Register here


Mobile PCIe Spec Announced

PCI-SIG and the MIPI Alliance announced the start of procedural reviews of the M-PCIe (Mobile PCI Express) specification, leading to its completion and availability. The new specification enables PCI Express architecture to operate over the MIPI M-PHY physical layer technology, extending the benefits of the PCIe I/O standard to mobile devices including thin laptops, tablets and smartphones. The M-PCIe specification is expected to be available to PCI-SIG members in early Q2. For more information visit the PCI-SIG website here.

ATCA

According to new research sponsored by Emerson Network Power, the process of bringing new applications to mobile devices is enabled by the adoption of open standard telecom computing platforms in operator service delivery, core, and access networks.

ATCA, the de facto hardware platform for mobile access network, IMS core elements, fixed/data network switches and routers, is increasingly being adopted. Analysis from Technology Business Research (TBR), shows that ATCA is being selected for service delivery elements such as application or media servers, IPTV/VOD and billing servers, as well as network optimization and intelligence platforms that use deep packet inspection (DPI), such as session border controllers and content aware routers.

In the study, results indicate that 63% of suppliers surveyed stated that the shift to open standards was due to the improved reliability of standardized hardware and the capability of software to work in a de-coupled solution.


Proof-of-Concept

More from Emerson. At Mobile World Congress, Emerson unveiled a new proof-of-concept for network equipment manufacturers looking to add voice or video processing to their rack mount server applications. It is the initial result of a new initiative to bring innovation and performance to telecom and network infrastructure customers driven by Dell OEM Solutions and Emerson Network Power. Based on the Dell PowerEdge R720 server integrated with an Emerson PCIE-8120 media processing acceleration card, the proof-of-concept can support over 5,000 wireless voice channels, where a typical commercial Host Media Processing (HMP) solution is limited to 2,000 channels per server. It can also transcode over 380 mobile video streams at CIF resolution, and offers support for high definition video resolutions up to 1080p. More here.


DOCSIS Certification

D-Link announced that it received CableLabs DOCSIS certification for the D-Link DCM-702 Wireless N 2x2 Concurrent DOCSIS 3.0 Gateway and the PacketCable 2.0-compliant D-Link  DCM-704 Wireless N DOCSIS 3.0 eMTA Gateway. The DCM-702 and DCM-704 Gateways provide wired and wireless connections, real-time HD media streaming, gaming, and maximum Internet bandwidth for users with multiple computers and network-enabled devices running several applications at once.

With four Gigabit Ethernet ports for ultra-fast wired networking, the DCM-702 and DCM-704 ateways are coupled with Wireless N/2x2 Concurrent for exceptional wireless range and speed. They increase download speeds at up to 8x more than DOCSIS 2.0 for quick and convenient file sharing, audio and video streaming and downloads, Internet TV access, and uploading websites1, reducing network congestion for more efficient and effective broadband connections. Both modems are also backward compatible with DOCSIS 2.0 and 1.0 specification. More here.


80 Customers in Eight Plus Months!


Telit Wireless Solutions recently gave a summary of performance data for its new m2mAIR business unit. In February 2012, the company announced a global strategic partnership with Telefonica to offer premium value-added services, customer support, module innovation and global connectivity. Telit released then its first m2mAIR VAS offering based on Telefonica’s global M2M solutions and a self-developed, innovative, embedded module technologies & compatible cloud and backend services. Since m2mAIR’s first offering launch, over 300 customers joined its pilot program. The company reports the signing of over 80 commercial contracts just under 9 months of pilots and sales.  Congrats! More here.

Digital Technologies Necessitates Bit Error Rate Testing, says Frost & Sullivan

Integrated bit error rate testers will gradually replace stand-alone BERT says F&S in new analysis: Analysis of the Global Bit Error Rate Tester Market. The study finds that the market earned revenues of $406.1 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach $657.1 million in 2018. The study covers product segments of traditional BERT and functional BERT. Meanwhile, the use of stand-alone BERTs is declining in installation and maintenance (I&M) applications.

Due to the constant technological evolution in the communication industry, the focus will be on SONET/SDH and EoS-related BERTs. The escalation in the amount of data being transferred in the Ethernet format mandates the implementation of newer standards such as Synchronous Ethernet and Precision Time Protocol (IEEE 1588). To test products under such conditions, it is critical for BERTs to have more functionality and better capabilities.


The Executive Summary of the Analysis is also available on Slide Share .


Second Annual Operator Survey results

Radisys released results of its second annual operator survey that focused on the mobile core. Conducted by analyst firm, Senza Fili, the survey included respondents from Europe, Asia and North America. Key findings include:
  • Cloud technology and network virtualization were named the biggest disruptors over the next five years
  • 60% of surveyed operators plan to have some form of cloud deployment in the next 12 months
  • More than 50% have selected virtualized ATCA platforms
  • 71% of operators named VoLTE as a leading application for the telecom cloud

Investment today continues to remain focused on traffic optimization and service monetization. Operators are still evaluating their options for how they’ll deploy the telecom cloud. More than 75 percent of respondents cited lack of solution maturity in delaying deployment decisions, and nearly a third of respondents said they are still evaluating options.

The full results of the survey have been summarized in the following white paper: Seeing through the cloud – a survey of mobile operators’ views on the evolution of the mobile core.

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