Delivering on the 4G user experience promise with micro-cellular networks

Global mobile data growth is driving innovative solutions from service providers that include everything from billing schemes to technology solutions.  This accelerated growth of mobile data traffic is being fuelled by the continued advancement of smartphone and “superphone” technology and the advanced applications they enable. Additionally, picture and video intensive networking, including social networking, have further compounded capacity demands on mobile networks.

Survey: Cloud computing disappoints early adopters

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Few organizations have moved to cloud computing and of those that have, many are disappointed with the results, a survey published by computer security firm Symantec (Mountain View, Calif., U.S.A.) said on Tuesday found.  Fewer than one in five organizations questioned have outsourced the hosting of their applications to cloud computing providers, with two-thirds in early discussions, in trials or not considering a move.

Improving performance of 3G and 4G networks with the Diameter Agent

While their predictions may vary, virtually every industry analyst foresees staggering growth in mobile data in the next five to ten years. ABI Research expects a 39% compound annual growth rate from 2011 to 2016 in mobile data traffic. Looking out to the year 2020, Jeffries forecasts a 100x ramp in mobile data, and, the firm admits, that’s likely a conservative estimate. Faced with this looming data deluge, operators are turning to all-IP networks like IMS and LTE, which rely heavily on Diameter protocol, to move and monetize their data traffic. 

Diameter routing in 3G, IMS and LTE networks: Tekelec one-on-one

Mobile data traffic is increasing at an enormous rate, which is driving many mobile operators to switch from a 3G network to all-internet protocol (IP) network, such as LTE, to manage the high volume of traffic.  The Diameter protocol, which is used on most IP networks, plays a central role in the management of 4G LTE and IMS networks and 3G charging and policy deployments.  TelecomEngine spoke with Jason Emery, Director of Product Management at Tekelec, to discuss how its Diameter Signaling Router (DSR) product supports multiple networks, including LTE, through the centralization

Report: mobile Internet privacy major concern among consumers

Last week, the GSMA, an association that supports the deployment of the GSM mobile telephone system, announced the results of a study of more than 4,000 mobile phone users in Singapore, Spain and the UK, which sheds light on privacy issues, particularly relating to the use of the mobile Internet and mobile applications.

Intel acquires Israeli mobile navigation firm Telmap

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Chipmaker Intel Corp (Santa Clara, Calif., U.S.A.) has agreed to acquire mobile navigation software maker Telmap (Herzliya, Israel), the chief executive of the Israel-based company said on Sunday.  Details of the deal were not disclosed but Israeli media said Intel is paying about $300 million to $350 million.

Report: small cell backhaul to shift away from copper, fiber toward wireless

According to the recent report "Mobile Backhaul for Small Cells" by research firm ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y., U.S.A.), by 2016 an estimated 58% of outdoor small cells will be backhauled using wireless techniques.

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.