China Exceeds 100 Million 3G Mobile Subscriptions

Global mobile network service provider subscriptions will reach over six billion by the end of this year. The Asia-Pacific region will account for more than half of the worldwide total in 2011, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Asia-Pacific added nearly one billion connections from two years ago. That growth is being fueled by rapid economic development in the region -- where increased rollout of mobile network infrastructure, citizen prosperity, and affordability of mobile handsets have increased adoption. That said, less than 18 percent of the three billion connections in...

By David H. Deans, 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Consumers, Mobile, Networks.

Skype Releases (Almost) The Same Version on Windows and Mac OS X

when pigs fly

Yesterday I sat in such utter shock that I had to look out my window to see if, in fact, we were witnessing porcine aviation. My brain was having a hard time processing something I had just read online. I literally was speechless, which, if you know anything about me, is a very hard state for me to attain. :-)

What created this cognitive dissonance?

You see...

Skype just announced the simultaneous release of new versions of Skype for BOTH Windows and Mac OS X.

Even more, the two versions almost have feature parity.

Yes, indeed, you can now get the Skype 5.7 beta for Windows and the

By Dan York, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, VoiP.

Do Apple and Google Need to be Carriers?

Some might argue Apple is so dominant in-part because they are control freaks. Supply chain, software, hardware, OS, CPU, you name it. Ditto for Google - with proprietary cloud-based systems which are hyper-efficient and scalable, their operating system is the one you want to emulate. In fact, you could argue much of the move to the cloud is an effort to emulate the way Google does business.And this brings us to control of the wireless experience. As good as the iPhone is, it was

By Rich Tehrani, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry, Networks, Operators.

Beijing Correspondent - Special Report - LTE for China

Specia Report By Dr Lin Sun, Beijing Correspondent

At ITU Telecom World show in late October, China Mobile unveiled a multi-band smartphone. The ZTE phone is powered by an MTK chipset and runs on Android OS. It is designed for TD-SCDMA and GSM networks for voice and TD-LTE for high-speed data service.

China Mobile is keeping quiet on the launch of TD-LTE service and the cost of LTE phones, but I’d suspect it is at least 10 months...

By Dr Lin Sun, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

London 2012: Plans for Superfast Broadband Legacy

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympics includes plans for broadband infrastructure upgrades across the UK. Coverage of the sporting events will create a multitude of digital media content, but the ultimate legacy will be a platform for long-term socioeconomic development within the nation. Point Topic predicts there will be over 10.5 million superfast broadband lines in Britain within the next five years. With another 4.6 million cable broadband connections this means that almost 60 percent of broadband...

By David H. Deans, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Networks.

LTE: Backhaul Considerations

Owing to the high peak and average speedsof LTE, high-speed backhaul links are essential to ensure that the capabilitiesof the LTE air interface can be fully utilized. A three sector eNode-B with a channelbandwidth of 20MHz in each sector can easily achieve peak datarates that arethree times 100 Mbit/s, that is, 300 Mbit/s in total.

As eNode-Bs are usuallycolocated with UMTS and GSM base stations, the required combined backhaulbandwidth could hence be even...

By Alex Wanda, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks.

Building a future-proof IP/Ethernet-based RAN

Friends, family members and even total strangers communicate with each other with an ever-increasing variety of social media and VoIP services. People exchange music, photos and YouTube videos that they want to stream quickly and easily over networks with smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.

These popular new methods of communicating present new challenges for service providers...

By Tellabs, 19 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Networks.

Should We Define 4G Before the Government Does?

Every few years the American people elect politicians who say one thing to get elected and do another once in office. Conflicts of interest, scandals related to campaign contributors, tax evasion and other related issues have made us numb and political ethics is a phrase you may have just read now for the first time.But of course politicians being politicians need to help the people - at least that is what they say they want to do. One of the latest focus areas is 4G - what exactly is it? My company TMC runs a show on 4G called

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Mobile Broadband Connected Future: From Billions of People to Billions of Things

The purpose of this report is to discuss the opportunity for wirelessly connected devices. We explore two main themes: Why embed devices for mobile connectivity? And why choose to embed the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of wireless technologies?

The findings of this report impact mobile operators, mobile infrastructure providers, chipset manufacturers, device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), solution providers, vertical enterprise industries, horizontal consumer and enterprise...

By Alex Wanda, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Mobile, Networks, Operators.