Test strategy for the wireless backhaul evolution

The growth of data-centric services driven by smartphone technologies, along with the growth of the social Internet (e.g., My Space, Facebook) and multimedia applications (e.g., gaming, YouTube, etc.), has prompted wireless service operators to shift toward packet-based Ethernet/IP technologies in their access and core networks. The most important drivers for this decision: scalability and cost savings.

Multiservice field equipment and the future of 10G testing: EXFO one-on-one

Today’s telecom field technicians need to be equip with tools that are able to test a variety of technologies, especially as the industry transitions to a converged network infrastructure.  Not only does the equipment need to be versatile, it has to maintain a level of simplicity for technicians troubleshooting in the field.  TelecomEngine got a chance to speak with Karim Fahim, Senior Product Line Manager of Transport at EXFO, to discuss the FTB-1 NetBlazer platform, and specifically Exfo’s new offering, the FTB-880.

Cloud could cut energy data center consumption 31% by 2020

According to a report by research firm Pike Research (Boulder, Colo., U.S.A.), the continued adoption of cloud computing will lead to a reduction of data center energy consumption of 31% from 2010 to 2020.  The energy-efficiency benefits of cloud computing are substantial, says the research firm, and growth in the market will have important implications for both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Google, Visa team up on mobile payments

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Google Inc (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) has enlisted Visa Inc (San Francisco, Calif., U.S.A.) in its effort to push mobile payments, striking an agreement to allow Visa account-holders to pay for store purchases with their smartphones.

Visa comes onboard a “Google Wallet" project already supported by Citigroup, MasterCard, Sprint Nextel Corp and First Data. In May, the group announced a trial of a system that lets shoppers store money on phones and pay at checkout.

Huawei targets enterprise deals at $7 billion by 2012

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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), the world's second largest network equipment maker, expects its deals in the enterprise sector to total more than $7 billion by next year, banking on demand from key markets such as China, a senior executive said.

Huawei also plans to triple staff numbers at its enterprise unit to about 30,000 in the next three years from 10,000 expected by the end of this year, to compete with the likes of Cisco Systems Inc and Hewlett-Packard Co, with half in research and development.

Report: mobile consumer cloud revenues to reach $6.5 billion by 2016

High-profile launches from players such as Amazon, Google and Apple are expected to galvanize the growing market for consumer cloud mobility services, generating revenues reaching almost $6.5 billion per annum by 2016, a new report from Juniper Research (Hampshire, England) has found.

A new era for mobile cloud billing and payments

The ability to pay for goods and services using a mobile device has been around since the early days of the mobile industry. Initially, Premium SMS was used as the primary mechanism for mobile payments, mainly for digital goods such as ringtones and wallpapers. This was followed by WAP billing, which offered advantages such as a more streamlined user experience and the separation of the payment method and delivery channel. Both these mechanisms have enjoyed considerable success in the market and are still widely used today.

New Product Roundup

Below is a list of new products announced this week in the telecom industry.

Ceragon: compact, all-outdoor packet for 4G/LTE backhaul

Ceragon Networks Ltd. (Paramus, N.J., U.S.A.), a wireless backhaul vendor, announced the release of a compact, all-outdoor, high-capacity wireless packet for 4G/LTE backhaul.

Orange to increase network capacity in Latin America by tenfold

On Monday, Orange Business Services (Paris, France) announced it will increase the capacity of its Latin American network by ten times due to growing demand from its multinational enterprise customers. According to the company, implementation will begin in October 2011, covering Brazil and Chile, followed by Argentina, Peru and Panama. The network, which now has a capacity of around 620 Mbps (megabits per second), will increase to 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) in an expansion that has several phases, according to Orange.

Verizon acquires cloud software company

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Verizon Communications Inc. (New York) announced last week that it has acquired CloudSwitch, a provider of cloud software technology, in a deal that will simplify the move to the enterprise cloud and help to boost industry adoption, says the company Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Verizon plans to combine CloudSwitch, a privately held company based in Burlington, Massachusetts, with its Terremark IT services subsidiary, which aims to enhance Verizon's hybrid-cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities, according to the service provider.