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ACCESS, the joint venture company set up by Glasgow City Council (GCC) and Serco, has extended a £50 million, eight year contract with Cable&Wireless Worldwide which will see the company continue to provide a complete communications infrastructure to all Glasgow Council sites, connecting some 37,000 employees across more than 300 GCC sites.

C&W Worldwide provides ACCESS with a converged voice and data network, delivering IP telephony services together with high bandwidth internet connectivity. This keeps Council departments connected 24 hours a day and, crucially, reduces any digital divide by allowing social services, museums, carers, social work projects such as Skills Academy, colleges and libraries to offer training, support and free high-speed internet access to residents of Glasgow. As part of the Council's continued efforts to improve communication through new media, C&W Worldwide provides free home internet access to some children with disabilities.

Additional telephony services are supplied to various ACCESS customer contact centres using IP Contact Centre techonlogy, including Intelligent Voice Routing capabilities to help ensure all calls are routed quickly and to the correct advisor first time, every time.

Joe Boyle, Chief Operating Officer, ACCESS, comments "Cable&Wireless Worldwide has become an extension of our own ICT team. Its network and services underpins everything we do from sending emails to receiving calls and keeping our mobile colleagues connected. The continued, high quality service we receive from C&W Worldwide means we're able to provide the best levels of service to the Glasgow community."

Jim Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, Cable&Wireless Worldwide, added: "The provision and management of secure, resilient network infrastructures is what we do best. Our aim is to be the market leader for mission critical communications and the renewal of our contract with ACCESS is testament to our capabilities. We look forward to the continued growth of this partnership."

Envivio today announced that Portugal Telecom (PT), the largest telecommunications and broadband service provider in Portugal, has selected Envivio's Three Screens delivery platform to support the commercial rollout of MEO@PC-a complete television service for delivery to PCs.

The service relies on Envivio's complete Internet TV solution, including 4Caster C4 encoders configured to deliver content via Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming and Silverlight, protected with PlayReady DRM, providing subscribers with high quality video and playback delivered over broadband. After an initial trial period, PT plans to offer subscribers a channel lineup and interactivity that mirrors its MEO@TV service throughout Portugal.

"Subscribers have been thrilled with the experience offered by our IPTV service. MEO has reached 581,000 clients in less than two years," said Pedro Leitão, board member at Portugal Telecom, "and we want to bring that same MEO experience, enabled by Microsoft MediaRoom, to everyone in Portugal by delivering it over the Internet, reinforcing our multi-platform strategy. Envivio earned our trust during our Mobile TV rollout, proving that they know how to deliver great quality video service at very low bitrates. The close cooperation between Microsoft and Envivio, particularly in enabling the deployment of PlayReady DRM, brought the whole MEO@PC project together, allowing us to complete it in record time."

"While compelling interactivity and high quality video are essential to pleasing subscribers, content protection is a critical requirement for service providers to deliver the premium video content consumers are demanding," said Jonathan Usher, marketing director for the Media Platforms Business at Microsoft Corp. "The development of a seamless interface between Envivio's 4Caster C4 platform and Microsoft PlayReady Servers means that innovative services such as PT MEO@PC can move forward knowing that all of these components for secure delivery of high quality content are covered."

The Internet TV headend at PT uses Envivio 4Caster C4 encoders to simultaneously process video at a variety of resolutions. This enables PT to use Microsoft IIS Smooth Streaming adaptive streaming technology for Silverlight, which is said to ensure viewers receive uninterrupted video live play at the highest quality possible given variable network bandwidth and PC processing conditions. The Envivio encoders directly ingest the same sources as Portugal Telecom's IPTV service, enabling the MEO@PC service to mirror PT's IPTV channel lineup without requiring additional interfaces.

Microsoft and Envivio have developed a dedicated interface between the Envivio 4Caster C42 encoder and Microsoft PlayReady DRM Server to in order to secure delivery of high-value content while ensuring complete transparency for subscribers. The Envivio 4Manager network management system provides complete system monitoring and redundancy management to maintain 24/7 service availability.

"Portugal Telecom is demonstrating a keen understanding of what today's consumer wants, which is to have access to their favorite TV services whenever and wherever they want," said Envivio Vice President of Marketing Boris Felts. "Envivio's Internet TV solution brings the highest quality video experience to PC screens, ensuring that MEO@PC will far exceed consumer expectations."

In a mid-term review of progress made towards attaining the 10 Millennium Development Goals set out in 2005, the ITU says mobile telephony development has surpassed expectations, but a significant broadband divide remains

Almost 2 billion people across the globe now have access to the Internet, and around 5 billion have a mobile phone subscription, but this still means that three quarters of the world's population still have no access to the Internet at all.

According to the latest World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report from the International Telecommunication Union, huge progress has been made in the last 10 years but "there is still a vast amount of work to be bring affordable fast broadband access within reach of the great majority of the world's people."

The report was launched during this week's World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) in Hyderabad and provides a mid-term review of the progress made in creating a global information society by 2015. At the last two World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005, governments from around the world agreed on 10 Millennium Development Goals to be reached by 2015.

These 10 targets are:

1. To connect villages with ICTs and establish community access points;

2. To connect universities, colleges, secondary schools and primary schools with ICTs;

3. To connect scientific and research centres with ICTs;

4. To connect public libraries, cultural centres, museums, post offices and archives with ICTs;

5. To connect health centres and hospitals with ICTs;

6. To connect all local and central government departments and establish websites and e-mail addresses;

7. To adapt all primary and secondary school curricula to meet the challenges of the information society, taking into account national circumstances;

8. To ensure that all of the world's population has access to television and radio services;

9. To encourage the development of content and put in place technical conditions in order to facilitate the presence and use of all world languages on the Internet;

10. To ensure that more than half the world's inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach.

Point 10 is the key goal as without Internet access it would be hard to meet the other objectives. In the mid-term review of progress towards the 2015 MDGs, the ITU notes that the rise of mobile telephony across the world has surpassed all expectations and the target has already been achieved, with penetration at 67% of the population by the end of 2009.

There is still some way to go with broadband, however. According to ITU figures, some 1.7 billion people, or 26% of the world's population, were online by the end of 2009. Global Internet user penetration has doubled between 2003 and 2009.

But while targets have been reached in developed countries, with an estimated 64% penetration rate by the end of 2009, "less than 20% of people in the developing world were using the Internet", commented the ITU. "Major efforts are required to bring half the world by 2015."

The ITU says the broadband divide remains significant. However, it expects developments with wireless broadband since the last WSIS to also make a significant contribution towards achieving the 10th MDG. "Since the Summit, the area where most progress has been made is connecting people via mobile technologies," the report adds.

Huawei, together with Telfort, a subsidiary of KPN, today unveiled a preview of Telfort 2.0, said to be Europe's first Next-Generation Business Support System (NGBSS).  The system, named Telfort 2.0, is a new customer care and billing solution which began serving a selected number of new customers in a few of Telfort's shops in April 2010. In June 2010 all of Telfort's postpaid customers will be transferred to this new platform. In the years to come, it will also serve Telfort's prepaid and internet customers.

Telfort has partnered with Huawei to deliver a NGBSS that will integrate Telfort's complicated IT landscape, and increase its business efficiency. The new system is based on service oriented architecture (SOA) and combines TM Forum Frameworx (also known as Next Generation Operations Systems and Software, NGOSS) enhanced Telecom Operation Map eTOM and Shared Information/Data Model SID standards, which are the basis for future evolution and transformation.

By optimizing business processes, simplifying the creation and deployment of new products and services and enabling customers to handle a much wider range of activities through self-service, Telfort's new system will reduce the company's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In addition the simplified open architecture will reduce the time to market (TTM). With the reduction in TCO and TTM plus the enhanced self-service for customers, the company can offer various types of new service plans.

Telfort has adopted Huawei's convergent next generation business support system to replace its legacy systems, and has selected a managed services partner (MSP) for the long term. "The telecom market is changing significantly", Robin Clements, CEO of Telfort explains. "The cooperation with Huawei offers us an efficient and future-proof IT environment with which Telfort will continue to compete successfully under changing market conditions."

BT Global Services has selected SMS hubbing technology from mobile interaction service provider tyntec to be part of its Global Telecom Markets (GTM) portfolio. The deal will see BT combining tyntec's International Messaging Transit (IMT) technology into its wholesale offerings for mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) clients.

SMS hubbing provides MNOs and MVNOs a ready-made, one-stop-shop portfolio of international SMS connectivity, doing away with the need for them to sign and manage hundreds of individual SMS roaming agreements. Having access to more than 700 mobile networks worldwide, BT GTM's SMS Hubbing service, based on tyntec's fully GSMA compliant hubbing solution IMT, can offer new and existing mobile operators global reach with one interface, one contract and one bill.

BT GTM will be offering the service to MNOs and MVNOs of all sizes, enabling large operators to reduce costs and increase reach whilst giving new operators instant global SMS capabilities. The hubbing solution allows customers choosing from a wide range of interface, connectivity, self-administration and reporting options. GTM will be offering the technology either as a fully managed service or with self-administration capabilities realised through a web portal.

Michael Kowalzik, CEO of tyntec, said: "Our agreement with BT represents a significant validation of our SMS hubbing technology. For BT Global Services to select IMT as its SMS hubbing solution of choice shows that it represents a truly market leading combination of reliability, flexibility and capability."

Oscar Ruiz, president Global Telecom Markets at BT Global Services, said: "tyntec's IMT solution provides a compelling combination of global reach, reliability and technology expertise for our Global Telecom Markets business. We aim to offer MNOs and MVNOs best of breed solutions, whatever the technology challenge, and we believe that tyntec offers this solution for SMS hubbing."

Aito Technologies Oy, a provider of customer experience analytics (CEA), today announced that it will extend its agreement with TDC Oy Finland, to apply its CEA tools across the operator's fixed line network. Aito's analytics tools have already been applied to monitor behaviour and usage patterns of TDC's mobile subscribers; the extension will enable TDC to monitor and analyse usage of all its fixed line voice, mobile voice and data services.

TDC has chosen to extend its partnership with Aito and deploy CEA tools to provide accurate data analysis of its fixed line voice subscribers. Rather than independently monitoring both mobile and fixed line services, using Aito's CEA tools, TDC will now be able to take a holistic approach to analysing customer experience, usage and behaviour. With the addition of fixed voice to the diverse range of services that its CEA product can support, Aito provides a comprehensive overview of an operator's business covering usage, experience and revenue analysis.

TDC Oy Finland is one of the leading communication solution providers in Finland's b2b market.  Aito's partnership with TDC began in October 2009, when its CEA tools were deployed to provide highly accurate data analysis of the behaviour and experience of TDC's mobile customers.

TDC says it has drilled down into the data to develop a better understanding of the customer experience, which has allowed the operator to focus on the needs of its subscribers and enhance service performance. These benefits led to TDC's decision to adopt CEA to monitor its fixed line voice subscribers.

Emilia Ervola, Business Manager, Voice at TDC, explained: "Fixed voice traffic represents a substantial share of TDC's overall business, therefore we wanted to add this to the scope of analysis along with mobile voice and data."

"We can now benefit from having the customer and call data combined together with the analysis easily accessible from Aito. The information will enable us to develop our service further, follow customer trends and revenues such as subscribers and service numbers", added Petteri Nissinen, Deputy Managing Director at TDC.

Anssi Tauriainen, CEO of Aito Technologies, said: "By implementing the latest CEA systems, operators can monitor performance across different services to gain a holistic view. Working with TDC has provided us with the opportunity to expand the market application of our CEA product, allowing us to bring convergence to the analysis of fixed line and mobile traffic. With easy access to quality business information, operators can monitor the experience being delivered to customers in order to proactively manage accounts and tackle potentially relationship-damaging problems before they become an issue."

Aito's CEA product suite utilises existing data from various sources - billing systems or customer databases - to apply business logic to produce analytics that provide a holistic view of activity on the network. Deployed as a simple plug-in these tools can be up and running quickly, ready to produce accurate data practically overnight, providing internal teams with accurate profiles of subscribers and their behaviour patterns in a format that is simple to understand and easy to access.

HP and Alcatel-Lucent  today announced they will provide new communication solutions, allowing clients to easily adopt and deploy Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) to drive greater organizational value.

Building on the companies' global alliance, the agreement enables HP and Alcatel-Lucent to deliver and market end-to-end UC&C solutions to clients. The solutions use the convergence of telecommunications and IT to transform the way customers use UC&C services.

"Clients want an open, holistic approach to services delivery that maximizes their investment in UC&C," said Gary M. Budzinski, senior vice president and general manager, Technology Services, HP. "The strength of Alcatel-Lucent and HP's combined portfolio provides organizations with open and highly scalable solutions that address the touch points where communication is critical."

"We have a common approach to solutions that meet the needs of each individual customer's requirements, including their existing technology mix, overall organizational needs and migration plans for the future," said Tom Burns, president, Enterprise and Strategic Industries business, Alcatel-Lucent. "HP and Alcatel-Lucent have forged a close relationship which will enable enterprises around the world to drive down costs, improve productivity and optimize the customers' experience throughout the entire UC&C environment."

The HP services and Alcatel-Lucent solutions for UC&C work across all types of media and locations. The offerings include:

  a.. Migration from multivendor and legacy PBX to an IP voice integration layer that uses Alcatel-Lucent's open IP Telephony architecture for UC&C. HP will help clients achieve a greater return on their UC&C investments by using the Genesys Customer Interaction management platform, UC connect solutions and the Alcatel-Lucent OmniTouch Instant Communication Suite and IP Telephony offering - the OmniPCX Enterprise.
  b.. Automated workflow and workload within business processes reduce operational costs by increasing the effectiveness of all enterprise-wide resources and superior customer service with HP and Genesys intelligent Workload Distribution.
  c.. Industry applications for UC&C that demonstrate a streamlined approach to reducing costs and improving efficiency, such as Digital Hospital. HP will use Alcatel-Lucent's Advanced Communication Server to provide an enhanced, open UC&C integration layer across industry domains, including healthcare, financial services, utilities and government.
The offerings are built on HP's UC&C consulting services, which take a comprehensive approach to enterprise communications from strategy and planning through implementation, design and education. They can be implemented on a customer's premises or via an outsourced operating model.

HP helps clients develop a business case, long-term vision and current gap analysis based on their unique requirements. Clients then determine the priority and value for each element of an overall solution followed by solution implementation, IT integration, monitoring, program management, global support and outsourcing. The result is a complete life cycle of services to ensure the technology is mapped to deliver organizational value.

The industry's first enterprise class cellular router with Qualcomm Gobi technology is now available from UK based, solutions specialist, Horsebridge Network Systems.

Gobi technology supports either High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) or Evolution-Data Optimised (EV-DO) networks from the same cellular radio, which means the Digi TransPort WR44 can connect to virtually any cellular network in the world.

Horsebridge says customers can now benefit from reduced costs and improved efficiency by utilising one solution for use in multiple regions. The WR44 also minimises risk by being able to develop with the system as required.

The Digi TransPort WR44 is an all-in-one router with an integrated Wi-Fi access point. The multi-function unit provides high-speed connectivity to remote devices by combining a 3G cellular router, security, advanced routing, an Ethernet switch, global positioning system (GPS), telemetry and Wi-Fi access point within one device.

"Qualcomm's Gobi technology is unique because it provides reliable, transparent 3G connectivity to both EV-DO and HSPA networks," says Horsebridge Managing Director, Geoff Smith "This will allow customers to access global networks and critical information from nearly anywhere in the world."

The combination of enterprise class features and flexible wireless functionality makes the router ideal for connecting remote devices in vertical applications such as transportation, remote offices and retail point-of-sale, says Horsebridge.

Intec, a provider of Business Support System (BSS) solutions, has announced the availability of Version 5 of InterconnecT Optimised Routing, its wholesale trading and routing product.  

Intec's InterconnecT OR V5 is a complete solution for the trading and routing of wholesale traffic and said to lower costs, enable new revenue streams and maximises interconnect margins whilst maintaining call quality. Interconnect costs are minimised by determining optimal routing plans while maximising the utilisation of available network assets. The solution incorporates a suite of advanced quality measurement tools which allow the operator to ensure reliable, high quality call termination thereby helping to maintain customer satisfaction and boost international call revenues.

"InterconnecT Optimised Routing has been a key component in the growth of TeliaSonera International Carrier's voice business since 2006," said Simon Dodsworth, Director of Trading Operations. "Access to real-time volume and QoS information is vital for TeliaSonera International Carrier to enable timely and accurate decision-making. The ability of our traders to make key margin-generating decisions has been enhanced by the live quality feed provided by the latest version of the product. We are very pleased with the solution's performance to date and we are confident that the new version will continue to support our plans to further optimise our business processes."

"With the rapidly increasing number of trading and routing partners, operators need the best technology to help them optimise profitability by tracking wholesale margins,"   commented David Heaps, Chief Product & Strategy Officer for Intec.   "Intec is delighted that a number of the world's leading operators, including TeliaSonera International Carrier, are already deploying Version 5 of OR and taking full advantage of the most advanced tools on the market, to manage their international wholesale business."

The release of Intec's InterconnecT OR V5 follows extensive investment in the product with new features including active test calling and a new near real-time Quality of Service Monitor - both key tools in operator SLA compliance.   Intec says user experience is greatly enhanced and the product is benchmarked to handle up to one billion events per day, comfortably supporting traffic levels for the world's largest operators.  

For customers looking to apply Business Intelligence to their wholesale business, InterconnecT OR V5 also offers an extensive reporting and data analytics package; customers can take advantage of the built-in standard reports and business analytics with full drill-down and "slice & down" functionality, or customise them to their specific needs.

Other significant enhancements include trading automation in the area of price list management and exchange, bilateral net cost calculations, and streamlined switch configuration management.

The network management systems (NMS) market generated USD4.277 billion (EUR3.067 billion) in revenue in 2009, down by 8% from USD4.646 billion (EUR3.158 billion) in 2008, according to NEMs network management systems market share report 2009, from global telecom adviser Analysys Mason.

Glen Ragoonanan, Senior Analyst, responsible for Analysys Mason's Infrastructure Solutions research programme and author of the report, said, "CSPs' capex on infrastructure and NMS declined at a faster rate than anticipated in 2009. This primarily contributed to the decline of the NMS market."

Ragoonanan noted the following impacts of the recession on this market.

  • Significantly reduced capital spend on network infrastructure by CSPs - fewer contracts with network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and lower values
  • Increased need by CSPs to reduce operational cost
  • Headcount reductions announced by numerous CSPs and vendors
  • Nortel's bankruptcy, dismantling and sale of its CDMA/LTE, GSM and metro Ethernet businesses units
  • Year-on-year decline of NMS revenue in North America and Western Europe
  • Year-on-year decline suffered by all the NEMs, except for Huawei and ZTE.

Ragoonanan explained: "Huawei's and ZTE's growth came from the high spending in the Asia-Pacific region. China contributed the largest spend in this region."

In spite of this, the NMS market remains highly consolidated. The same top-six NEMs had 83% of the total market in 2009. Ericsson continuing to lead with a share of 22%, followed by Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks and Cisco Systems with 18%, 17%, 14% and 7%, respectively.

According to the Analysys Mason report, there was a silver lining.

"The impact of increasing mobile data was reflected in spending on mobile backhaul and transport capacity and associated NMS. Also, legacy spending continues to shift towards IP, supporting convergence in both backbone and access networks," says Ragoonanan. "This was reflected in the marginal year-on-year growth in the business services NMS market segment."

From events in Nice and Amsterdam to Vodafone's full-year results and latest mobile phone figures, it's been a rollercoaster week in the telecoms world with several indications that the economic situation has improved for the sector compared to a year ago.

As weeks go, it's been a busy one for the telecoms industry. The infamous Icelandic ash cloud did its best to upset travel plans for the TM Forum's Management World in Nice as well as the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, but news from the events suggested that most people made it in time.

Meanwhile industry giant Vodafone reported full-year and Q4 results on Tuesday, and both iSuppli and Gartner issued latest Q1 figures for the mobile handset market with some interesting developments in the manufacturer rankings. The Indian and German spectrum auctions came to an end, and Interoute, one of the high-profile victims of the telecoms downturn early last decade, reported strong revenue and profit growth in 2009 as it undercut global service providers on cost.

Vodafone got the news wires buzzing early in the week with its full-year results. The company was able to report some very good news on one hand: it exceeded the £4 billion mark for data revenue for the first time, reported a doubling of net profit to £8.674 billion for the full year, and said it achieved £1 billion in cost savings 12 months ahead of schedule. The slightly less good news was that it was forced to make a £2.3 billion impairment charge on its Indian operations; it's clear that the Indian operation is not currently the apple of CEO Vittorio Colao's eye.

But like all other Indian operators, Vodafone has committed to spending yet more in the sub-continent after it bid for and won 3G spectrum for the sub-continent. The tortuous Indian 3G auction lasted 34 days and raised a total of US$14.6 billion. Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone Essar, Tata Teleservices and newcomer S Tel Pvt all won spectrum. However, not one single carrier was able to win spectrum in all 22 of India's circles, so there is no nationwide Indian 3G provider.

The German sale of spectrum in four frequency bands - 800 MHz, 1.6 GHZ, 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz - also ended on Thursday, raising a more modest €4.4 billion. The four operators that took part in the auction, Vodafone, Telefonica O2, Deutsche Telekom and E-Plus, each won a number of the 41 spectrum blocks up for grabs. Vodafone acquired 12, Telefonica O2 11, Telekom 10, and E-Plus eight.

It's also worth mentioning that France finally wound up the sale of its remaining 3G spectrum - a process that has been ongoing since the country sold its very first 3G licences. After the fourth 3G licence was awarded to Free Mobile in January, two blocks of 2.1 GHz spectrum remained. These were finally awarded to Orange France (4.8 MHz) and SFR (5 MHz) this week, at a total cost of almost €300 million.

Mobile issues generally have certainly dominated this week: as well as major spectrum auctions finally coming to an end, both iSuppli and Gartner issued Q1 updates on the mobile handset market that indicated massive strides are being made by Android and Research in Motion. According to Gartner, the BlackBerry make is now one of the top five handset makers in the world, while Android is now the fourth-largest mobile operating system globally after Symbian, RIM and the iPhone OS and ahead of Microsoft Windows.

The good news is that after handset sales declined by 8.6% in Q1 2009, Gartner said sales grew again by 17% year on year to 314.7 million in Q1 2010. Smartphones remain the growth driver, with sales of the high-end phones increasing by 48.7% to 54.3 million units compared to Q1 2009. Smartphones accounted for 17.3% of all mobile handset sales in the first quarter of 2010, up from 13.6% in the same period in 2009.

On a separate subject but also mobile related, Orange announced the first commercial launch of near field communications (NFC) services in Europe along with a number of partners in Nice on Friday. The move means that people in Nice will be able to use their mobile handsets for contactless payments, ticketing, and so on. It's an interesting milestone in the long process to launch NFC services on mobile handsets - a process that was dogged early on by squabbles between mobile operators and banks over who should have control. Agreement was eventually reached to use the SIM card as the main authentication tool.

To end on a non-mobile note, some good news came from a fixed player that was famously a victim of the "build and they will come" mentality that preceded the huge telecoms crash in 2001-2003. Interoute reported this week that 2009 was its best year ever, with EBITDA up by 62% to €40 million and revenue up by 9% to €269 million. The pan-European network operator still makes around 50% of its business from wholesale, but is focusing increasingly on corporate services such as hosting and cloud services.

The company is now looking to make some acquisitions this year, and hopes to increase its network presence in markets such as France, Germany and the Nordics, while extending its network to markets such as Turkey and Russia.

So that's it for this week folks! Hope you all got back safely from Nice or Amsterdam, and here's hoping that next week will be just as exciting as this one was!

Rohde & Schwarz, a test and measurement specialist, and Blue Wonder Communications, an independent design house and licensor of LTE-IP and system solutions, have teamed up on LTE testing. The companies say they are determined to combine their key know-how and experience to provide leading edge LTE solutions for a fast deployment of LTE worldwide.

The activities address joint testing of LTE-FDD and TD-LTE functionality between Blue Wonder's BWC200 LTE-IP reference solution and Rohde & Schwarz' R&S CMW500. Furthermore both companies will be able to provide new features and functionalities earlier to the market due to exchange of product updates and test results. Especially during the implementation of 3GPP conformance test cases by Rohde & Schwarz a high performance device under test can significantly improve the confidence of the implementation on both sides and ensure successful certification of devices according to GCF rules.

"It is amazing to observe the momentum in the market for a worldwide deployment of LTE - no matter what region in the world. Advanced multimode LTE solutions addressing low power and advanced performance combined with powerful test equipment are key elements to it", comments Dr. Wolfram Drescher, Managing Director at Blue Wonder Communications. "Our partnership with Rohde & Schwarz enables the industry to seamlessly develop and test high performance LTE solutions with highest maturity level and total conformance, bringing a rich user experience to LTE customers. This is key for the wide adoption of LTE technology."

"Certification of LTE mobile devices is an important step into the commercial use of LTE in networks. Rohde & Schwarz has been the first T&M manufacturer to validate test cases with GCF in March this year. Together with Blue Wonder Communications as a testing partner, we will continue to provide high quality test cases to the industry" says Michael Altmann, head of Product Management Mobile Radio Testers at Rohde & Schwarz.