As many service providers begin to deploy 4G networks, specifically in urban environments, operators are experiencing bottlenecks in their macrocell networks due to a lack of capacity and an increase in data usage. But, it seems there may soon be a solution in the form of microcell networks. Last week at 4G World in Chicago, Illinois, companies were showing off their microcell products, which they believed could solve the 4G capacity problem.
Telecom operator Telefónica (Madrid Spain), through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom (Beijing, China) last week signed a strategic agreement to promote the development of M2M and the Internet of Things in a global scope. The objective of the partnership includes making advances in the M2M industry through different technologies such as cellular communications, identification by radiofrequency (RFID), sensors and global positioning systems (GPS).
According to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (New York), a technical professional association, nearly every traffic accident caused by driver error – up to 90% of all crashes – could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies were implemented in our vehicles and roads. These include electronics and computing technologies such as in-vehicle machine vision and sensors to detect drowsy drivers, lane departure warning systems, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety applications.
Digi International (Minnetonka, Minn., U.S.A.), a wireless M2M device provider, announced that Siemens AG (Munich, Germany) is using its services to enhance its smart metering product with a web-based energy consumption and management platform. The Digi X-Grid is an “Extended Grid” that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter.
From the testing to the deployment of fiber cables, submarine communication networks come with many challenges. For one, the cost and time associated with submarine networks far exceed that of terrestrial networks—whether it is being deployed or repaired. Furthermore, the number of customers relying on these networks is vast, making a damaged cable critical to repair as soon as possible. Considering these factors, it is essential that these fiber cables be meticulously tested and re-tested before being deployed.
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 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.
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
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.
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.