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Shipments of open source Symbian handsets are expected to more than double over the next five years, a new report from Juniper Research has found.   However, Juniper says that the platform faces strong competition in a smartphone marketplace which is increasingly targeting consumers and "prosumers" as well as corporate customers, with the result that its overall market share will remain virtually unchanged over that period.

The Open Source OS report found that Symbian handset shipments were likely to reach 180 million by 2014, up from 87 milion: this, allied to a steady increase in Android and LiMo shipments, will push the total open source handset market beyond 220 million by that time. 

The Juniper Research report is said to have observed that while the developments by the LiMo Foundation, OHA and the Symbian foundation may suggest that the entire market is migrating towards open-source OS, Apple's hugely popular iPhone product is in fact based on a proprietary operating system. RIM (Research in Motion) Microsoft and Palm also utilise proprietary operating systems in their respective smartphone products.  However, with over 60% of the smartphone market now using an open-source OS, there has still been a significant a shift in position from proprietary to open-source.

The report found that the move to open source OS has encouraged developers to design new and attractive applications, providing a massive opportunity for innovation in the mobile telecoms industry.  However, with a sharp growth in handset shipments over the next five years together with somewhat more modest increases of handsets shipped with Windows Mobile and Blackberry platforms, the race is on for a growing share of the future smartphones OS market.

Other findings in the Open Source OS report include:

  • Smartphones shipped with open source OS will increase from 106 million this year to 223 million by 2014
  • Choice of OS is now critical and market share will, to a large extent, follow application development

KEYMILE, one of the leading suppliers of Next-Generation data transmission systems, has significantly boosted the capabilities of its multi-service access platform MileGate. New features are units with a 50% increase of ports for POTS and broadband Internet access on the last mile. With them, network operators can continue to support traditional telephony and data services and offer high-quality triple play services at the same time. The units have 48 ports and are combinable.

KEYMILE's new MileGate units for voice services in access networks each have 48 POTS interfaces. Therefore, up to 18 units with a total of up to 864 POTS interfaces can be accommodated in a 19-inch MileGate subrack. Network operators can then provide voice services on the last mile at an affordable price - either as individual service, or in combination with high-speed Internet access via ADSL2plus. They include extensive functions to connect subscribers with traditional telephones to the NGN and support voice service demands in many countries.

With the extra VoIP media gateway and the V5.2 interface in MileGate, POTS and ISDN services can be directly integrated into the VoIP network architecture via SIP and H.248, or into a traditional exchange via a V5.2 interface. Due to this flexibility, network operators can smoothly migrate from the traditional voice network to an NGN network and from TDM to Ethernet/IP by simply exchanging the gateway protocol. With a combined solution, network operators do not require external splitters in the central office and can therefore cost efficiently provide both POTS and ADSL2plus services on any DSL path.

The new units for broadband Internet access via POTS/ISDN for residential customers also have 48 ports. The ADSL via POTS version supports ADSL2plus pair bundling with two copper wire pairs. This enables higher bit rates on long transmission paths. A maximum of 20 units can be placed in one MileGate subrack, making up to 960 triple play connections per MileGate subrack possible.

The new KEYMILE high efficiency units for voice services and broadband Internet access in access networks are available as of immediate effect.

Huawei today announced that industry slatwart, Matt Bross, the former BT Group Chief Technology Officer and Chief Executive Officer of BT innovate, has joined Huawei as its Chief Technology Officer, effective October 1.

In the role, Bross will focus on identifying global telecommunications industry and network architecture trends that will guide Huawei's continuous customer-centric development of products and solutions. He will also support the company's efforts in delivering the latest products and solutions for North American customers.

"We warmly welcome Matt Bross to Huawei," said Ken Hu, Executive Vice President of Huawei. "Matt Bross is a communications technology visionary with a wealth of industry experience. He is also a business leader with a strong spirit of innovation and will help Huawei better understand customer requirements to create more business value."

"I am honored to join a dynamic company such as Huawei," said Matt Bross, Chief Technology Officer for Huawei. "The company's solutions, developed through customer-centric innovation, have won wide recognition among the world's top operators. I look forward to working closely with Huawei's technology and management teams in developing a world-leading solutions portfolio that fully meet customer requirements."

Bross has had a long and distinguished career in the telecommunications industry. Most recently, he was Group Chief Technology Officer of BT Group and CEO of BT innovate, responsible for technology strategy, vision and innovation across all BT divisions. Bross was a driving force behind BT's 21st Century Network transformation program and led a global BT technology and research organization that spanned the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. and Europe. Previously, Bross held senior positions at ConTel, MasterCard, Williams Communication and was the founder of Critical Technology.

Hutchison 3G Austria is modernizing its radio access network to be ready for HSPA+ and LTE. At the same time, says the company, the move will allow the operator to halve the energy consumption of its base stations. Nokia Siemens Networks will undertake this upgrade starting in autumn 2009.

"The demand for increased mobile broadband capacity and throughput in Austria is reflected in the increasing usage of data cards and mobile services like Mobile TV, video download or video sharing," said Berthold Thoma, CEO of Hutchison 3G Austria. "Mobile broadband is also one of the most pragmatic solutions to bridging the digital gap between cities and rural areas. For rural areas, mobile broadband coverage is simply less expensive and faster to deploy than "fiber to the home" solutions. We hope that with our nationwide coverage we will contribute significantly to this end."

Hutchison 3G Austria has a clear rollout plan for upgrading its network - already covering 94% of the Austrian population with HSDPA - to the latest technologies and hence delivering new multimedia services to its subscribers. With Nokia Siemens Networks as its services and technology partner, the operator's network will be ready for download data rates of 21 Mbps (High-Speed Packet Access, HSPA+) in early 2010. As of 2011 the network can be upgraded to Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard, offering 'theoretical' data rates as high as 100Mbps or more.

Under the scope of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will upgrade the network which will bring the benefits of HSPA+ and later LTE including high speeds and lower latency, by means of 'simple' software upgrades. Nokia Siemens Networks will also enhance mobile backhaul for Hutchison 3G, and provide it with NetAct network management system for efficient operation of the network. With the upgrade it is claimed that Hutchison 3G will also enjoy significant cost savings, as the network will consume 50% less energy than traditional networks.

"Together with Hutchison 3G Austria, we will bring the latest mobile broadband technology to the country. With this, we hope to usher in a new era in connectivity," said Dietmar Appeltauer, Head of Central East Europe at Nokia Siemens Networks. "We have shared a strong working relationship with Hutchison 3G Austria since 2002 and with this deal we are glad to bring the new HSPA+ and LTE technologies to Austria."

Volubill, a leading supplier of real-time charging and policy control applications for fixed and mobile service providers, announced today that IPKO Telecommunications, Kosovo (IPKO) has chosen Volubill's CHARGE-IT Service Controller to enable differentiated charging models for more complex 3G data services and provide real-time analysis of IP traffic for IPKO's service rating engine. By bringing greater flexibility to the charging of value added services, the new platform will help IPKO Kosovo better combat potential revenue leakage.

Kosovo is a rapidly growing market and IPKO's network is now being used by ever-greater numbers of Kosovo's population. The demand for more customized, third-party value added service offerings is rapidly increasing.  The Service Controller solution chosen by IPKO, part of Volubill's CHARGE-IT, provides a comprehensive solution for real-time monitoring of all IP and WAP network traffic and usage to then easily manage the differentiation needed to effectively charge for these new value added services.  More flexibility with charging capabilities for these advanced services will help to insulate IPKO from current global economic challenges by tapping into new revenue streams more quickly, and avoiding potential revenue leakage gaps from inefficient charging methods.

"Our company's market penetration has grown substantially thanks to many of the physical infrastructure improvements we have made to our network, and now we are experiencing a surge in demand from our growing and increasingly tech-savvy subscriber base for more diversified services," said Akan Ismaili, CEO of IPKO.  "We pride ourselves on being able to offer our customers attractive, rich-media converged offerings that incorporate the kinds of content they love. So as competition in Kosovo's telecoms market gets increasingly tough, to continue providing services at a competitive price we needed a more effective system to deliver and manage charging of high-value, integrated services. Volubill's solutions provide an option for balancing what we need now with the ability to easily add functionality as Kosovo's telecoms market matures."

Volubill's CHARGE-IT Service Controller is a network and vendor-agnostic platform that provides flexibility and scalability to support and adapt to all data and service architectures.  It delivers real-time management and analysis capabilities for subscriber usage of IP-based data, content, VoIP, download and messaging, and is capable of supporting deep packet inspection (DPI), access management, service delivery, traffic shaping, and user experience management for both simple Internet access or content-rich premium services. When partnered with Volubill's CHARGE-IT Dynamic Charging Platform, Service Controller enables end-to-end real-time control, charging and policy management for advanced services.

Integrating the solution at IPKO is the system integrator, Altima, who's Director, Mario Geren?ir said, "We are happy that Volubill's software is a good fit with our overall service provider solution which creates a convergent OSS/BSS solution on top of an NGN platform."

"IPKO has been a driving force behind the substantial enhancements made to Kosovo's telecommunications market in the last decade," said John Aalbers, CEO, Volubill. "Offering these types of advanced third party services and charging for them effectively is one of the most challenging aspects of the growing value chain in telecoms these days.  In choosing Volubill's CHARGE-IT Service Controller for the management of these cutting-edge offerings, IPKO is equipping itself with an effective solution that will enable them to continue to hold the top spot as Kosovo's telecommunications leading innovator."

Established in 1999, IPKO is Kosovo's foremost information technology and communications company. IPKO has grown from being the first Kosovo-wide internet provider, to becoming a modern enterprise offering the full range of converged services in mobile communications, fixed telephony and internet services, as well as digital cable TV.  Following the country's declaration of independence in 2008, IPKO has helped to lead the modernization of Kosovo's telecommunications market and infrastructure, launching a GSM mobile network that soon became a leader in innovation, gaining 35% market share in the first year.

Huawei has today announced that it has successfully completed the largest-ever live network upgrade in Germany for Telefónica O2 Germany.  

Under the agreement, Huawei will also deliver an additional 3,000 base stations to O2 in Germany as part of its network expansion. The operator has chosen to deploy Huawei's SingleRAN solution for a GSM/UMTS converged network in the southern region of Germany, covering major cities such as Munich and Stuttgart.

"It's a great achievement. 494 days after signing the contract we reached the most important milestone with the biggest swap project in the O2 history," said Mr. Manfred Kickartz, vice president of Network Region South of Telefónica O2 Germany.  "That was fantastic teamwork. Thank you all for that absolutely extraordinary performance."

"The successful completion of Germany's largest ever network upgrade reflects our strong capability in delivery," said Mr. Walter Haas, CTO Huawei Germany. "Our advanced SingleRAN solution enables the operator to simplify the radio access network unifying both GSM and UMTS functionalities. This state-of-the-art network will be significantly enhanced in coverage quality and able to meet the operator's demands for increased data traffic."

As part of its All-IP convergence strategy, Huawei's SingleRAN solution enables operators to achieve full convergence of multi-mode wireless networks, including base stations, base station controllers, sites and operation as well as maintenance management.

WeDo Technologies' revenue grew by 6% in the first half of this year to 21.4 million Euros. The rise is said to be based on a comparison with 2008 when WeDo Technologies made a one-off gain of 1.4 million on the completion of the acquisition of Tecnológica, a Brazilian company.

On a comparable accounting basis, the operating profit (EBITDA) of WeDo Technologies has more than doubled, advancing 105% to 2.1 million Euros. This development is due not only to the integration of acquired businesses being completed in the last quarter of 2007, which affected the accounts of the first half of 2008, but also to improvements in daily operation.

In May, WeDo Technologies promoted the fourth worldwide user group meeting and presented a new strategy based on the concept of Business Assurance to more than 70 experts from around the world. The chief financial officer of the company, Fernando Videira explains, "the company intends to extend this approach to all areas and business processes within an organization, which will pave the way for international growth in other segments of telecommunications operators, as well as new industries including retail, the financial sector and utilities".

Interxion, a European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, today announced that it has expanded its relationship with Ghent-based Netlog NV to meet rising demand for the company's social networking and file-sharing site. Interxion provides housing and connectivity services in its Brussels data centre for servers which support Netlog's European users. In the last six months, the number of servers housed in the data centre has risen significantly, reflecting the continuing rise in Netlog membership. Netlog now has over 50 million members who network and share blogs, photos, videos and playlists.

Interxion's Brussels data centre offers redundant power and N+1 cooling, as well as the most advanced alarm and monitoring systems. It supports high-density power configurations and has been designed using Interxion's energy-efficient modular architecture, with free cooling and maximum-efficiency components as standard. It also provides customers with direct connectivity to 34 carriers/ISPs including the BNIX Internet exchange. Interxion recently announced an expansion of 2,200 m², effectively doubling the size of the facility.

"Interxion has supported us continuously as our membership rises by millions per month," said Toon Coppens, CTO and co-founder of Netlog. "As well as providing us with a secure, controlled and connected environment, they have demonstrated a deep understanding of our infrastructure needs, advising on efficiency improvements that have increased our processing power per cabinet by up to 50 per cent."

"We are delighted to be supporting a Belgian success story like Netlog and are well placed to expand with them, whatever their future needs," said Johan Mariens, Managing Director of Interxion Belgium. "We will continue to provide them with a controlled, secure environment, a wide range of connectivity options and all the advice they need to ensure they optimise their mission-critical IT processes."

LogNet Group, a global provider of customer management and billing solutions for leading services providers worldwide, announced today that the company has been selected by Caiway in the Netherlands to implement its multiple play customer management and billing solution.

Caiway provides digital television, internet and telephony services over IP networks to local markets throughout the Netherlands. LogNet will deploy its MaxBill product suite to support Caiway's growing subscriber base with a unified framework for customer management, order management, product management, billing and invoicing. The MaxBill product suite will enable Caiway to independently and dynamically bundle its communications services into competitively priced and uniquely designed packages. The deployment of MaxBill will replace Caiway's internal legacy system.

"During the selection phase Lognet proved to have an excellent understanding of our specific issues and challenges," explained Aart Verbree, CEO at Caiway. "Right from the start there was a strong connection between Lognet and Caiway. Both parties are very open and transparent and the product fits nicely into Caiway's current architecture. These aspects form the basis for a sustainable relationship."

"We are very pleased that Caiway has placed its trust in LogNet and has selected our multiple play solution," said Kirill Rechter, CEO of the Customer Care and Billing Division at LogNet Group. "We have strong expectations for continued growth in the multiple play market space as more service providers expand their service offerings and require efficient customer management and billing solutions to facilitate their business growth."

Huawei has announced that its IPTime mobile backhaul solution has successfully participated in interoperability tests conducted by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC). Huawei's solution comprises PTN packet transport equipment, NE40E full service router, and CX600 MAN service platform.

Several aspects of Huawei's IPTime mobile backhaul solution were tested, including global interconnect, mobile backhaul and managed Ethernet services. The tests verified IPTime's capability in end-to-end 1588v2 high-precision clock synchronization and mobile backhaul functions, such as TDM CES and ATM PWE3.

"This test has confirmed the interoperability of Huawei's IPTime mobile backhaul solutions," said Mr. Zha Jun, vice president of Huawei Network Product Line. "As the industry has entered into an All-IP era, operators are deploying converged networks using equipment from different vendors. As a preferred partner to fully support operators' All-IP network transformation, Huawei is committed to providing advanced solutions with high interoperability to build All-IP based mobile backhaul networks for operators worldwide."

With Huawei's IPTime mobile backhaul solution, operators are able to simply and flexibly deploy telecom networks using optical fibers, microwave links, and copper cables, and accelerate time-to-market of new services. This solution, featuring 1588v2, also enables operators to reduce TCO (total cost of ownership) in cellular backhaul network and smoothly evolve to LTE (long-term evolution) network in the future.

Mobile handset power requirements are currently growing at a significantly faster rate than handset battery capacity, according to IMS Research. And the resulting gap between power available to users and the power required by a growing number of handset features threatens to slow the connected and mobile lifestyle consumers are increasingly embracing, it says.

IMS goes on to say that handset power capacity limitations spell trouble for a number of players across the entire mobile handset industry.

"Handsets with dead batteries don't use very much data or talk time. That's bad news for network operators looking to drive ARPU. Similarly, consumers are unlikely to pay a premium for features that they know will only drain their battery, which places downward pressure on handset selling prices for handset OEMs," commented IMS Research analyst, Chris Schreck.

"There are two key drivers of increased power consumption among handset users," Schreck added. "First, consumers are doing more with their handsets than ever before. Mobile data and application use has skyrocketed in recent years. Secondly, the types of features currently being included in handset designs, not to mention those on the horizon, require more power to operate than ever before. Faster processing speeds, higher data throughputs, and more vivid displays all escalate a handset's power requirements. Even with a 1500 mAh battery, which is the high water mark in the industry at the moment, our estimates show many smartphone users only have a battery life of 6 hours."

Potential solutions for this power gap are coming from all four corners of the mobile handset industry, including new display technologies, more power efficient silicon design, and new battery chemistries, each of which have varying market potential. However, given the pace at which power requirements are increasing, it is unlikely that any one technology will completely address the need for more power in mobile handsets, says IMS.

fg microtec, provider of FMC and UC client technology, has today announced a worldwide partnership with Siemens Enterprise Communications Group (SEN), a specialist in Unified Communications Solutions for the enterprise, to further develop Siemens' OpenScape MobileConnect platform. 

SEN's OpenScape product family includes open IP telephony, fixed mobile convergence (FMC) and IP-based unified communications (UC) solutions. fg microtec's FMC client is part of Siemens FMC offering, and its integration allows Siemens customers to use their mobile phones intuitively with the OpenScape MobileConnect platform.

With fg microtec's FMC client, Siemens' is bringing FMC and unified communication tools such as messaging, voice, presence and location-based communication simply via a mobile phone to its customers. 

In addition, since fg microtec's Fixed Mobile Convergence client also behaves as a mobile extension for the HiPath family of telephony systems, it supports the seamless handover between a Wireless LAN (VoIP) or cellular network, and users can take their office phones with them wherever they go. 

The partnership aims to cover a wide range of mobile platforms based on fg microtec's expertise, including Windows Mobile, RIM BlackBerry to Nokia S60 platforms.

"As mobility becomes universal throughout the enterprise, we must identify ways to deliver the advantages of UC to an increasing number of mobile devices. Working in partnership with fg microtec, we can offer a mobile client to our customers, which will enable them to access their OpenScape solution wherever they are," said Marcus Birkl, Vice President Mobility Solutions, Siemens Enterprise Communications Group.

"We are excited to be part of the OpenScape success story. As our products are used by more and more Siemens customers, we receive valuable feedback from a large installed base. Our focus is to improve the quality of our client and support Siemens' customers in cutting mobile costs and improving efficiency," said Robert Mirbaha, CEO, fg microtec.