It is usually during major events like this coming week’s Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) (MWF) in Barcelona or the forthcoming CeBIT extravaganza in Hannover, Germany that generates a lot of news. However, in the Next Generation Communications Community, it seems there is never a lack of items of interest.
In fact, community hosts Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) ALU) was the focus of several interesting developments. These included the wireless-related item that ALU not only passed the significant milestone of having 125 million VoIP licenses for VoLTE, but that research firm Infonetics (News - Alert) name the company the leader in the VoLTE market. The company also in EMEA with announcements that it will be helping Tunisie Telecom offer new ultra-broadband services in Tunisia, and with Swedish channel partner Maintrac are building a new fiber-to-the-premises (FTTx) network for IP-Only, an independent wholesale broadband provider in the Nordic region.
In other industry news, once again there were interesting announcements from a variety of companies with a heavy concentration on things wireless. They included:
- Tarana (News - Alert) Wireless, who will be at MFC, launched its AbsoluteAir 2 (AA2) Universal Wireless Transport solution product line. The AA2 operates on sub-6 GHz bands, and extends Tarana's Concentrated Multipoint (CMP) topology with support for up to six dedicated 250 Mbps Non-Line-of-Sight (NLoS) links and an aggregate capacity of 1.5 Gbps. All the six links operate at full capacity in a single 25 MHz radio channel, and yield industry-leading spectral efficiency of 60 bps/Hz. Tarana.
- Fastback Networks expanded its intelligent backhaul radio (IBR) product line in addition to offering support to multi-point-to-point (M-PTP) and point-to-point (PTP) architectures and extreme interference protection (XIP) features.
- Ceragon, a provider of high-capacity wireless HetNet solutions, has enhanced its portfolio.
- The Alyeska Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in Alaska, was able to ensure one hundred percent guest satisfaction by implementing a cost-effective, reliable high-speed wireless service built using Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) components from Motorola.
In addition, and actually something to think about for personal use, Fire Sonar Technologies is out with and iPhone (News - Alert) app (Android version on the way) that turns your smartphone into a fire alert for you and emergency services. The company also has a key chain fob that can alert responders not just when there is a fire but also when your personal safety is in danger.
Finally, there is a new report out on next generation global social networking that highlights the speed at which mobile media messaging is catching on around the world, especially chat, from the likes of
At the risk of tooting my own horn, I think you will find insightful my take on how Alcatel-Lucent's NFV solutions are accelerating mobile networks to move to the cloud. As I pointed out, this is not just about mobile or even plain vanilla virtualization but is going to help service providers with fixed-line/mobile convergence. Service providers around the world are looking to create seamless ecosystems that customers never leave. NFV, which will also enable operators to use one user profile regardless of how they access a network, is a critical piece of the puzzle to entice users to use evolving quadruple play capabilities.
My colleague Mae Kowalke completed her three-part blog series (see below) on the critical nature of migrating the communications infrastructure of power companies will enable them to maximize the benefits of smart grid deployments. And, she also took some time to do a feature on a very important piece of that puzzle on how enhanced WAN connectivity can enable substation automation and thus improve service and response times when substations experience problems.
As noted, this week was the final part of Ms. Kowalke’s series on the value IP migration of utility networks and why such migration is foundational for them to optimize their smart grid deployments. In this posting, Kowalke notes that the future of the smart grid has unfolded slowly partially because adoption is more than a technology issue, and because while businesses want reliability, utilities demand it; a cautious IP migration is almost a given. In fact, part of the path to adoption goes through social challenges, not just technology investment.
If you are going to Barcelona, as I am, and you have some time and an Internet connection, why not use it to catch up on community news and insights? The links in the “Resource Center” will take you to a wealth of information that is constantly being updated news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.
Two recent Alcatel-Lucent TechZine articles, reachable via the community are worth review:
Plus, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK have detailed articles into key market sectors.