Whether on land, in the air, or in the sea, communications and networking continue to move forward.
For example, at the recent Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition, Nokia (News - Alert) announced the expansion of its 1830 family of products. That includes the 1830 Photonic Service Demarcation product, and a high-performance data center interconnect solution called the 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect.
On the wireless frontier, meanwhile, Nokia announced it has completed pre-standard testing of 600MHz on commercially available hardware. The Federal Communications Commission this year is repurposing 600MHz spectrum that had been used by broadcast TV companies so it can be employed by cellular service providers. This spectrum can be used to augment existing LTE (News - Alert) networks in both metropolitan and rural areas.
The infrastructure supplier has also revealed it’s working with India’s fastest growing operator, Jio. Nokia will provide the company its 1830 Photonic Service Switch, which features 100G dense wavelength division multiplexing and generalized multi-protocol label switching capabilities.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm (News - Alert) has come out with the 205 Mobile Platform, which provides 4G LTE connectivity and services to entry-level feature phones in emerging markets.
“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the migration of users and networks from 2G, 2.5G, and 3G to 4G. Feature phones are a lifeline in many emerging countries and the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform allows us to bring 4G connectivity and services to the masses with devices at price points never seen before,” said Kedar Kondap, vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
Also this week, we wrote about the potential to use Wi-Fi on light beams. As we reported, beams can carry as much as 40 gigabits per second per ray.
And I did a piece about Nokia’s work with Facebook on a field trial of submarine cables leveraging shaped 64 QAM technology. The companies were able to achieve record-breaking results through this effort.