Beyond telephone numbers - Need for an application layer identifier

Schulzrinne sipnoc2013Do "smart" parking meters really need phone numbers? Does every "smart meter" installed by electric utilities need a telephone number? Does every new car with a built-in navigation system need a phone number? Does every Amazon Kindle (and similar e-readers) really need its own phone number?

In the absence of an alternative identifier, the answer seems to be a resounding "yes" to all of the above.

At the...

By Dan York, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, M2M, Mobile, Telematics, VoiP.

Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the disruption, Xiang wants to implement...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...

UK firm Cable & Wireless taking permanent holiday to Florida

The UK firm Cable & Wireless, based in Bracknell, United Kingdom, has decided after 140 years it’s time to moving its headquarters to Florida. Maybe we should all follow?

When I say we should follow, I’m not even talking about for a nice vacation (which it sure would be) but because it makes great business sense in tough economic times.

Last year the company was looking in trouble after recording a loss of $117 million. This year however Cable & Wireless recorded profit of $35 million;...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, N America, Networks, Telematics.

Metaswitch Clearwater: Game changing IMS initiative

Communications service providers are at war with OTT providers and need to ensure they are able to battle on as level a playing field as possible. There are significant costs associated with running a major telco and hardware infrastructure certainly ranks high among them.Sure, OTT providers like Skypeand WhatsApp have infrastructure costs as well but they often leverage standard servers and software to achieve their goals. Contrast this to a telecom operator who typically buys...

By Rich Tehrani, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics, VoiP.

The future of energy efficient telecom technology is here

Sometimes the future arrives sooner rather than later. Take energy-efficient access technology, for instance. Its future actually arrived a few years ago, in the form of the Tellabs Optical LAN

Back in 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) brought together more than 60 experts from the energy, telecommunications and IT industries. DOE wanted them to brainstorm ways to boost the energy efficiency of, among other things, data centers and telecommunications...

By Tellabs, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Green, Industry, Telematics.

Quantum internet used for two years, becoming a reality

Utilising quantum mechanics to provide perfectly secure online communication is something security experts in particular have lusted over for years – well as it turns out, a government lab has been using just that for the past two.

A team at the Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico has developed a not quite “true” quantum internet solution, but it’s very close.

The core theology of quantum internet is through measuring the characteristic of an object such as a photon; it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Devices, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Security, Telematics.

Closing gavel comes down in auction 94

It’s a buyer’s market when it comes to FM construction permits.

[WARNING! While Auction 94 has closed, strict federal anti-collusion rules remain in effect for several more weeks. Parties who were involved in any way in the auction – including folks who filed applications but then elected not to participate in the auction – should refrain from discussing any aspect of the auction with anyone who...

By Francisco Montero, 07 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, Infrastructure, Licensing, Telematics.

Watch these Chinese optical transceiver vendors

Summary

The recently published Ovum report, China Is Hotbed for OC Industry Change, highlights Chinese optical component supplier growth, the drivers leading to their ascension, and the problems transceiver vendors are facing. The analysis identifies Accelink (WTD), Hisense, and Innolight as the highest-rated Chinese transceiver vendors. Although they were rated below global leaders, Ovum believes they can disrupt the status quo. Single-mode transceivers for data centers represent the next big opportunity; we...

By Ovum Research, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, Telematics.