Turning-up 40G submarine networks- the testing challenges

From the planning stage to the deployment of an undersea fiber-optic cable, a considerable amount of time, money and resources are invested to ensure the success of a submarine network. Yet one point that is often overlooked during this process, and which can lead to unfortunate delays, is the final acceptance test of the fiber. Simply put, it comes down to making sure that the fiber can deliver on the promised and expected bandwidth.

Siklu nets $19 million in Series B Round, Qualcomm invests

Siklu Inc. (Petach Tikva, Israel), a wireless backhaul provider, on Tuesday announced the closing of its $19 million Series B investment. New investors in this round include Amiti Ventures (Chicago, Ill, U.S.A.), Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.) and another undisclosed category leading strategic investor. They have been joined by all existing investors: DFJ-Tamir Fishman Ventures, Evergreen Venture Partners and Argonaut Private Equity. Ben Rabinowitz, Managing Partner at Amiti Ventures, will join the Board of Directors of Siklu.

Service assurance in mobile backhaul networks

As some of the world’s leading mobile operators continue to remind us in their quarterly results, the roll-out of packet backhaul has been key to mitigating potential cost escalation associated with the transition from a voice centric to a data centric revenue model in mobile services. Many operators that are making that transition successfully draw attention to the critical role that is being played by the transition to packet backhaul...for the full article click here

Wholesale backhaul and the switch to carrier Ethernet: InfoVista one-on-one

It is quite apparent that the mobile backhaul industry is in a transition from legacy TDM transport network infrastructures to that of carrier Ethernet.  This transition is fueled by the increased use of data-hungry devices that demand more bandwidth, as well as the advantages of deploying carrier Ethernet services (i.e. scalability, flexibility and cost). TelecomEngine got a chance to speak with Juan Prieto, Product Marketing Manager at InfoVista, about the perspective from both Mobile Operators and wholesale providers transitioning to carrier Ethernet transport.

M2M executives speak: the shift from 2G to 3G, 4G in M2M

Reporting live from the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, the M2M Zone has had a chance to speak with many leading industry executives to get their take on one of the hot topics of the week: 2G versus 3G and 4G in M2M applications.


It seems that everyone has their own opinion on the matter, but most agree that 2G isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Is simplicity the key to M2M?

This week, the M2M Zone was on the floor and in the conferences at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, and one topic that was stressed from some of the top industry executives was simplicity.  There is no question that the technology behind M2M applications is complicated, and it will remain complicated.  The simplicity these executives were referring to was in the eyes of the consumer.

Wireless subscriber connections surpass U.S and its territories population

For the first time in history, wireless subscriber connections have surpassed the population in the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), which means the wireless penetration rate in the U.S. is 103.9%, according to a survey connected by CTIA- the Wireless Association.

New technology allows landline calls to be accessed through mobile phones

On Wednesday, TelecomEngine got a chance to visit with Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J., U.S.A.) at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California to get a demo of their newest piece of technology. 


Verizon showcased the Mobile UC Client, a tool that allows a person’s business landline number to be assessable from their mobile phone.  According to Bill Versen, director of Advanced Mobile Communications at Verizon, this is meant to leverage existing infrastructure to extend the Private Branch Exchange (PBX) to the mobile phone.

M2M companies optimistic about future at CTIA

Reporting live from the floor of the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, the M2M Zone has seen new products and announcements from many key players in the industry.  It’s fair to say that overall, the M2M industry is optimistic about the future of the market, as well as the new opportunities for growth opening up in the M2M space.  “We are in the second inning of a 20 inning ballgame,” says Stratton Nicolaides, CEO of Numerex.

u-blox announces major moves into U.S.

Live from the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, M2M Zone has seen many important announcements from M2M companies, including u-blox (Thalwil, Switzerland), a wireless chip and module company.  On Monday, u-blox announced a CDMA module for the U.S. market, as well as partnership with Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.).