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Linear Technology’s Dust Networks® product group introduces the SmartMesh™ LTC5800 (system-on-chip) and LTP5900 (module) families, the industry’s lowest power IEEE 802.15.4E compliant wireless sensor networking products. SmartMesh ICs and modules enable tiny sensor “motes” to be designed with a battery life of over 10 years, while companion network manager components enable the development of highly robust and secure wireless sensor networks (WSN).
Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) and NEC Europe Ltd. have announced a major agreement with QSC to provide high-speed wireless internet access to its enterprise customers. QSC, among the leading mid-size providers of ICT services in Germany, is installing CBNL’s VectaStar multipoint microwave equipment to meet the high-capacity internet demands of its enterprise customers across several cities in Germany. QSC’s initial deployment will consist of VectaStar access points and remote terminals, using the available 26GHz spectrum.
In the recent IMS/VoLTE Competitive Assessment, ABI Research rates Ericsson as the overall leader with respect to innovation and implementation. Ericsson’s large cache of IMS and VoLTE patents, industry leadership in interoperability testing, and market share firmly places them in the top position. Closely at their heels are Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks, both of whom have strong portfolios, and in some aspects are superior. Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks hold dominant positions at the most demanding, leading wave LTE IMS deployments, and Nokia Siemens Networks is ahead with virtualization technology. Additionally, the Huawei and ZTE unique propositions are noteworthy.
ABI Research expects sales of base station processors to grow at 17 percent annually and reach $1.1 billion in 2017 driven by the growth in compact format femto-, pico-, and microcell small cell basestations, which will account for the majority of the processor market in 2017. With macrocells declining at 13 percent per year over the next 5 years, and microcells growing at a modest 7 percent the large growth in picocells and outdoor femtocells will consume the majority of next generation base station processors.
Cassidian has won a bid to deliver its digital TETRA communication system for the first tram network (Hunnan Xinqu) in Shenyang, China.
PCTEL Inc., a leader in simplifying wireless and site solutions for private and public networks, announced at the LTE North America Conference, the release of new LTE MIMO, LTE Layer 3, and Blind Scan features for its SeeGull MX scanning receiver. These features, which are fully supported by PCTEL's SeeHawk® Drive Test Suite, will help operators maximize spectral efficiency on 4G LTE networks while simplifying the testing of all network technologies. Wireless networks are evolving in order to meet growing demand for high-speed data.
Ceragon Networks Ltd. announced follow-on orders of more than $6.5 million with Mozambique Cellular (mcel) to expand the carrier’s microwave network.
Ceragon Networks Ltd. announced the launch of its new generation of packet radio solutions, FibeAir IP-20C. Striving to meet the unique demands of 4G/LTE-A networks and provide mobile operators with long-term network planning peace of mind, FibeAir IP-20C is breaking the traditional capacity barriers, and is the only microwave radio to offer a virtual fiber solution in licensed bands.
Huawei and Zain have launched a commercial LTE 1800 MHz network that covers the entire country of Kuwait, which is the largest of its kind in the region.
LTE represents an opportunity for operators to increase revenue by pricing the new service at a premium. However, the successful LTE operators in the USA are not following that strategy: continued traffic growth from additional usage and multiple devices is encouraging users towards more expensive plans, which is resulting in consistently increasing ARPU.
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