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picoChip has announced that it is collaborating with mimoOn to deliver the industry's first complete LTE (Long Term Evolution) basestation reference design. The new PC86xx family of LTE reference designs cover the full range of eNode Bs from femtocells to multi-sector macrocells and is supported on the same common hardware platforms as picoChip's WiMAX products. The system and its MIMO capabilities will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona.

LTE is the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) 4G architecture and has been designed to improve the UMTS mobile phone standard to cope with future requirements. These include improving efficiency, lowering costs, improving services, making use of new spectrum opportunities, and better integration with other open standards. LTE has significant commonality with WiMAX, both being based on OFDMA in the downlink, all-IP architecture together with MIMO and adaptive antenna systems (AAS). The PC86xx builds on picoChip's success as the industry-standard WiMAX reference design, and both standards run on the same common hardware (picoChip PHY plus Wintegra MAC) platforms.

"The cellular world playing field has opened up with the transition to 4G and the battle lines for suppliers have never been more complex. Cellular giants have accelerated LTE at breakneck speed to shut out competing OFDM formats," said Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Rethink Research. "But WiMAX has shown how new entrants have become credible suppliers even to top tier operators. Some had believed LTE would be less open, but the introduction of such a reference design and common platform will enable many competitors. The industry aristocrats need be concerned - the revolution has begun."

The PC86xx LTE design runs on the same picoChip and Wintegra hardware platforms as the companies' industry standard WiMAX basestation reference designs. As in WiMAX, the family includes PHY and MAC and scales from single-chip femtocell access points (‘Home eNode B') to sophisticated multi-sector carrier macrocells from 1.25MHz to 20MHz. Both TDD and FDD modes are supported. The PHY runs on picoChip PC203 devices and includes OFDMA downlink and SC-FDMA uplink, with support for up to 4x4 MIMO and for AAS. The MAC, running on a Wintegra WinPath2 device includes PDCP, RLC, GTP, ROHC, ciphering / deciphering and RLC, including ARQ.

"mimoOn's expertise enabled the development of this LTE basestation solution - we are proud to be partnering with them," said Guillaume d'Eyssautier, president and CEO, picoChip. "It is crucial that we continue to provide our customers with the ability to develop systems on the latest wireless standards as they become available, to implement software upgrades as those standards are ratified, and to have the flexibility to improve them going forward. That is the picoChip chip advantage."

The LTE reference design empowers OEMs with faster time-to-market and lower development costs as they can focus their resources on adding value and differentiating their products. As a software-defined solution, it is future-proof and can be upgraded as the LTE standard is refined and updated. Finally, the common platform also supports WiMAX, with Wave 2 and MIMO available now, and upgrades for Release 1.x (FDD) and 16m.

"We are pleased to be partnering with picoChip on this next-generation wireless design. For such a powerful device, the picoArray is a dream to develop on," commented Thomas Kaiser, CEO mimoOn. "Designing with such an efficient architecture represents a sheer step in the ease of software integration and product development. As such, we have been able to deliver a very versatile, very flexible LTE solution to meet the needs of manufacturers."

Orga Systems, a specialist in convergent real-time billing, has announced it has chosen CRM specialist Selligent as a preferred partner to complement its first-class solution portfolio. By expanding its flagship billing system OPSC Gold with a fully-fledged CRM solution, Orga Systems will be able to address the main challenges of telecom operators with an integrated offer covering marketing, sales, billing and customer service needs. Therefore this partnership agreement is one further strategic step for Orga Systems to become a one-stop shop vendor for telecom operators.

OPSC Gold is a unique billing solution enabling truly convergent prepaid and postpaid charging. With this solution, operators can launch innovative pricing plans with flexible payment options while maintaining real-time credit control, and thus not only generating revenue, but also enhancing customer loyalty and satisfaction.

In the course of over 15 years of CRM experience, Selligent has developed state-of-the-art IT and communication technologies to support the full range of marketing, sales and service processes. Based on the latest technology standards, the Selligent solutions guarantee rapid implementation and a high level of user adoption, which make Selligent a partner of choice for top-tier companies willing to replace their existing CRM system or to build a new one on solid foundations. 

Selligent X@, Selligent's fully-fledged CRM suite, will be seamlessly integrated into OPSC Gold to cover all aspects of billing and CRM. With this partner agreement, Orga Systems takes another step on the way to become a one-stop shop vendor for telecom companies, offering them a modular approach for a best-of-breed end-to-end pre-integrated solution optimizing telecom operators entire billing and CRM processes.

"Orga Systems understands the growing need for operators to offer a high-quality user experience throughout all areas of their service in order to retain customer loyalty," says Rainer Neumann, CEO, Orga Systems. "With its flexible and high-quality products, Selligent is an ideal partner for Orga Systems."

"Telecom operators need to maintain first-class relationships with their customers, provide optimal service quality, quickly respond to all customer enquiries and launch marketing campaigns in a very short time in order to achieve a competitive advantage and to guarantee high customer satisfaction," says André Lejeune, CEO of Selligent. "Working with Orga Systems will enable us to integrate our first-rate CRM suite with a world-class billing system, and thus to jointly cover the needs of telecom operators within one single solution."   

Sitronics, a provider of telecommunications, IT and microelectronic solutions in Russia and the CIS, has announced that its telecommunications solutions business unit, Sitronics Telecom Solutions, Czech Republic, has signed two contracts with MTS-Ukraine (formerly UMC), one of the leading Ukrainian mobile operators, which provides services to nearly 20 million users. The total value of the contracts is approximately US$ 12.4 million.

Under the terms of these contracts, Sitronics TS, CZ will provide the equipment for MTS-Ukraine's two new mobile transit exchanges and upgrade to boost the overall capacity four existing exchanges utilizing GMSC technology (Gateway Mobile Switching Centre). The new system is expected to be deployed in the middle of 2008.

Sitronics TS, CZ currently provides the MTS Group with its MEDIO range of products (digital switching platforms), as well as with FORIS NG (an OSS/BSS solution for telecommunications operators) and TENNET (a Next Generation Network solution).

Mikhail Minkovsky, Chief Technology Officer of Sitronics, commented: "We continue to expand our cooperation with MTS-Ukraine, a subsidiary of the largest mobile operator in Russia and the CIS. These new agreements demonstrate the high quality and competitiveness of our products and solutions. We are pleased to once again be able to deliver our services to the MTS Group as its telecom equipment provider."

Andrew Dubovskov, General Director of MTS-Ukraine, added: "MTS-Ukraine was the first mobile operator in Ukraine. We have been working on the technical improvement of our network and connection quality for over 15 years. MTS-Ukraine has a number of joint projects with Sitronics and we are pleased to have an opportunity to expand this cooperation."

Comstar, the combined telecommunications operator in Russia and the CIS, has announced that it has started building a wireless broadband network based on the 802.16e standard WiMAX technology in the Republic of Armenia. The project is expected to be completed in the second part of 2008.

The creation of the wireless broadband network will be implemented on the basis of Cornet, an Internet services provider in the Republic of Armenia and a part of Comstar Group. Cornet has a license to use 3.6-3.8 GHz frequency range throughout the territory of Armenia.

As a result of the tender in December 2007, Airspan Networks (US) was chosen by Comstar as a provider of equipment for the base stations.

24 base stations are expected to be built during the first stage of the WiMAX project in Armenia. The data transmission will be implemented via rented fibre-optic lines, as well as through radio bridges and radio relay channels. Comstar will also install two data transmission nodes based on Cisco's technology, which will connect the network in Armenia to the main internet channels.

The later stages of the project development presuppose an increase in the number of base stations in order to expand the coverage, as well as building new proprietary communication lines to the backbone.

Comstar intends to use its WiMAX network to provide high speed internet access, multimedia content delivery, voice services (VoIP), data transmission and the capability of creating virtual private networks (VPN) for residential and corporate subscribers.

Sergey Pridantsev, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comstar UTS, commented: "WiMAX is one of the most advanced and promising technologies which allows providing clients with a very broad range of telecommunications services. We intend to launch the network this year and, therefore, become the first and the largest wireless broadband internet operator in Armenia."

Arieso, the wireless network planning and optimisation provider, has completed research for UK industry regulator Ofcom's report on "Application of spectrum liberalisation and trading to the mobile sector". Using its automated cell planner tool ariesoACP, Arieso was asked to evaluate a representation of a typical network at a number of different radio frequencies to ascertain whether or not operators will need more sites to maintain standards at higher frequency bands. 

Arieso produced a standardised configuration model of a 3G network and analysed its performance over three different frequencies: 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz. The company was asked to determine the minimum number of sites and the minimum investment necessary to design a network to satisfy specific key performance indicators.

Arieso analysed 3G network performance across the three frequency bands and against four different capacity loads, from light to heavy. In each case Arieso was challenged with identifying what could be done in order to best achieve the required level of performance.

The results of Arieso's research highlighted that, by switching to the lower frequency band, operators could deploy with significantly fewer base-stations and still serve the same volume of traffic over the same geographical area. The research provided important background information for the development of Ofcom's policy proposals on the liberalisation of 2G spectrum.

Francesco Saffioti EMEA Sales Manager Arieso commented, "It was imperative that the representations used in the research were in line with best practise." Saffioti continued, "Working with Ofcom is obviously a huge compliment to Arieso and further demonstrates the competency and intelligence of our products."  

Nokia Siemens Networks has signed an agreement with Ubiquisys, developer of the ZoneGate intelligent 3G femtocell, to provide femtocell solutions that are claimed to offer greatly improved 3G network coverage and quality of mobile services at home. Under the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ubiquisys will cooperate in the marketing and sales of the joint solution to mobile operators worldwide.

The ZoneGate femtocell supports industry standard interfaces and conforms to Nokia Siemens Networks' Femto Gateway's open architecture. Nokia Siemens Networks Femto Home Access Solution offers reliable indoor connections for voice and data calls, allowing mobile phone users to enjoy high transmission speeds and quality of service for data applications like browsing, email, music or video downloads.

"We are pleased with our new cooperation with Ubiquisys. Together we can offer an excellent indoor solution for operators to serve their 3G customers. The solution benefits from Ubiquisys' maturity in femtocell design and deployment, supports open standards and complements our open Femto ecosystem," said Timo Hyppölä, head of Indoor Radio Solutions Product Line, Nokia Siemens Networks.

"The femtocell market is moving at an astonishing speed and 2008 will undoubtedly prove to be ‘make-up-your-mind' time for many operators. We are currently involved in 10 trials and expect several to expand into larger deployments later this year," said Chris Gilbert, CEO of Ubiquisys. "We decided long ago to concentrate on the device and then partner with leading SI vendors who share our vision on the femtocell industry - in Nokia Siemens Networks we have found a perfect ally."

The Ubiquisys femtocell is a small ‘zero-touch' plug-and-play 3G access point that uses a mobile subscriber's broadband connection to transport voice and data calls to the 3G core network using a range of standards based interfaces.

Launched in July 2007, the Femto Home Access Solution from Nokia Siemens Networks introduces open interfaces, boosting the femtocell ecosystem and enabling operators to further enhance their 3G service offering and coverage.

CBOSS Corporation, a leading provider of solutions for automation of telecommunications businesses, will be showcasing its solutions at Mobile World Congress 2008.

CBOSS Corporation will be showcasing its latest products and solutions under the slogan "3D Convergence for 3Gsm World" which best suits the company's approach to automation of telecommunications businesses. 3D Convergence is a major breakthrough in the world of telecoms. The visitors of CBOSS' stand will hear how 3D convergence will help their companies to succeed. In particular, how to efficiently provide heterogeneous services in different standards (GSM, CDMA, UMTS, PSTN, and IDEN), use hybrid prepaid-postpaid accounts, and run several components of the telecommunication infrastructure on a single convergent platform.

The highlights of CBOSS business include convergent real-time billing, end-to-end customer care and CRM, dealer relationship management, network management, value-added services, ERP, and business intelligence. The corporation offers solutions for both startups and established service providers. The visitors of CBOSS' stand will learn about the company's latest achievements in convergent billing, solutions for MVNOs, and cutting-edge messaging technologies guaranteeing 100% delivery.

At the exhibition, CBOSS will demonstrate its integrated convergent industrial solution based on the real-time prepaid billing system CBOSSrtb. The solution will be deployed on the HP platform with CBOSSrtb running on the ultrareliable HP NonStop server. Visitors of CBOSS' stand will be able to experience the functionality of the solution in a near real operating environment.

The companies interested in solutions for MVNOs will get a unique opportunity to discuss the collaboration details and specifics of CBOSS' solutions operation with the representatives of MVNECO GmbH, a German mobile virtual network enabler successfully providing services to European MVNOs. MVNECO is using the convergent industrial solution from CBOSS, fully managed by the experts of CBOSS' technopolis located in Helsinki, Finland.

TTI Team Telecom International, a global supplier of Operations Support Systems (OSS) to communications service providers, announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with TechnoServ A/S, a large Russian company dedicated to system integration, IT services and creation of engineering facilities.  Under the agreement, TechnoServ will offer TTI Telecom's Netrac Service Assurance OSS to telecom service providers throughout Russia and the CIS. 

Additionally, the two companies have already secured their first joint project, winning a strategic contract with the Communication and Information Agency of Uzbekistan, covering TTI Telecom's Netrac suite of products and a range of professional services.

The partnership between TechnoServ and TTI Telecom significantly improves both companies' market positions in the region.  By teaming with a large system integrator active throughout the CIS, TTI has achieved a stronger presence in these markets.  At the same time, TechnoServ now offers a more robust solution for network management now required for the increasingly complex networks deployed by operators in the region.

"The partnership with TTI Telecom and the project, which started in Uzbekistan, are very important for us. We are relying on the circulation of TTI Telecom solution, which is going to be customized with joint efforts of our companies for the work with network equipment, which is being used in Central Asia," said Andrei Bogotin, Director for Technological Development and Products, TechnoServ A/S.

"We are very impressed with the service offering and technical capabilities of TechnoServ, and are proud to have them as a partner," said Moti Lipshes, AVP of Sales, Europe and CIS, at TTI Telecom.  "In addition, this agreement marks exciting opportunity for TTI to work with a wider base of potential customers throughout this important, emerging region."

Ericsson has provided hellas online (hol), telecom operator, member of Intracom Holdings Group and one of Greece's major internet service providers, with the IMS and softswitch network.

Under the turnkey agreement, Ericsson delivered and implemented a next-generation network incorporating its Telephony Softswitch Solution and IMS solutions. Ericsson also provided the network deployment, systems integration, multivendor verification, customer support and training programs.

Lazaros Lentzaris, Chief Technology Officer of hellas online, says: "By using the new technologies, Ericsson Telephony Softswitch and IMS solution, hellas online's customers will enjoy the high quality of telephony services combined with the innovative experience of IP multimedia services. We chose Ericsson for the quality of its network solutions and its strong local presence, and we believe that this contract will be the beginning of a successful long-term cooperation."

Spyros Nikolaou, President for Ericsson Greece, Cyprus, Albania and Malta, says: "Ericsson is pleased to have been chosen by hellas online for this joint landmark project. With IMS and softswitch technologies, hol will take an important step in the evolution to an all-IP network. IMS also enables personal communications with interactions as close as possible to a face-to-face experience."

Neural Technologies says it is the first risk management vendor to successfully implement an FMS solution that accepts near real time roaming data (NRTRDE).   

The project was undertaken at TDC Denmark who have been using Neural Technologies' Minotaur Fraud & Credit Management Solution since 2005 to manage their customer exposure.  TDC recognised that Minotaur's architecture was capable of supporting the NRTRDE standard and worked closely with Neural Technologies to define and implement a set of rules within Minotaur to utilise the new format of roaming data received from its roaming partners.

Up to now roaming fraud has been a big issue for mobile operators.  The crux of the matter being lengthy delays in the transference of call detail records between roaming partners.  These delays create a window of opportunity for the fraudster and in organised attacks losses can be significant.  To tackle this problem the GSMA has been encouraging its member operators to migrate from the existing High Usage Report (HUR) process to a defined NRTRDE method which reduces the delivery of fraud related roaming information from 36 hours to a maximum of 4 hours.

Anders Bækgaard, the Fraud Manager at TDC said, ‘The first fraud alarms were initiated this month and we now have real time visibility of customer behaviour while roaming in test partner networks!  The project has run very smoothly and Neural Technologies have been very supportive with the NRTRDE_IN project.' 

Neural Technologies' is now able to offer this NRTRDE capability to its existing and future customers.

Ericsson says it has demonstrated, for the first time, Long Term Evolution (LTE) in both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) mode on the same base station platform.  LTE is the only technology that can use the same platform for both paired and unpaired spectrum, thereby enabling large economies of scale for operators.

Ericsson's LTE TDD mode demonstration encompassed a variety of applications and showcased speeds over 90Mbps in the downlink with 2x2 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output). Ericsson has previously demonstrated LTE in FDD mode several times with speeds of up to 160Mbps.
 
Mobile broadband is rapidly growing, and LTE offers a superior user experience, claims Ericsson. It will enhance more demanding applications like mobile video, blogging, advanced games, rich multimedia telephony and professional services. It also interoperates with existing cellular systems.
 
LTE is the next evolution in mobile network standards defined by 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) and supports operations in both the paired spectrum and unpaired spectrum. It enables efficient spectrum utilization for both legacy and future wireless frequency bands. Channel bandwidths of 1.4-20MHz are supported. The wide industry support for LTE ensures economies of scale, providing cost-efficient solutions.
 
Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "We have now demonstrated that LTE can be used in both paired (FDD) and unpaired spectrum (TDD) on the same base station platform. This means that operators with only unpaired spectrum also can plan for LTE and benefit from the optimal global LTE solutions."

Comverse, the supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication and billing services, will be bringing its solution portfolio to Mobile World Congress on 11-14 February 2008 (Hall 8, Booth 8B 83). This will reflect the Comverse vision for a world where people have the freedom to enjoy communication, information, entertainment and commerce at any time with ever-expanding options for social networking, communities, personalisation and self-expression. Included in this portfolio of innovation is the Comverse Visual Voicemail for the iPhone, which is among the finalists for a GSMA Mobile Award for Best Mobile Messaging Service.

"The 2008 Global Mobile Awards have once again attracted a broad range of entries from all over the world, demonstrating the social, business and economic impact that mobile communications are having on society. Being shortlisted by our independent judging panel is no mean feat given the quality and quantity of submissions received. We await the announcement of the winners at the Global Mobile Awards evening during the Mobile World Congress with keen interest," said Rob Conway, GSMA CEO.

Visual Voicemail meets the fast-paced needs of users today with a visual interface that improves and broadens the user experience. Voicemail messages are delivered to the iPhone and other handsets immediately and can be accessed with a click. An information-rich inbox enables users to see all messages and handle any message in any order. Users can view information about their messages including date, time, duration, and caller number and identity, when available. A full range of message management features include one-touch call return, save and delete, and integration with handset- and network-based address books.

At the show, Comverse is also announcing the market introduction of its Mobile Advertising Solution, with approaches to offer non-intrusive advertising on many different channels of access - all on an opt-in basis - such as on ringback tones, messages, mobile avatars or banners while browsing the mobile net. Mobile advertising is gaining in popularity as it creates new revenue models that can add significant value to virtually all aspects of operator network service.

"Comverse provides our service provider customers with an industry leading portfolio of value-added service and billing solutions," said Andre Dahan, president and CEO of Comverse. "Our innovative solutions speak directly to the pressing challenges facing operators today to maximise revenue while personalising the user experience, as exemplified by our new mobile advertising offering. Our visitors at Mobile World Congress will see how we support operators from service launch and beyond, continuously working toward increasing usage and revenue."

Also at the show, Comverse is presenting its solution showcase featuring Visual Voicemail, Converged Billing, Instant SMS, Multi-Play service, among many others:

  • Visual Voicemail - A GSMA finalist for Best Mobile Messaging Service, this demo shows a full suite of visual voicemail solutions from the world's leader in visual voicemail deployments. Visual voicemail is the most convenient way to receive voicemails - in the order you want, via the device you select. Go directly to the message you want to hear. Access may be offered from virtually any device or terminal by means of handset clients, 3G, MMS, web and email.
  • Converged Billing - This interactive demo highlights the benefits to both operator and end-user family subscribed to converged billing, including the advantages of multiple identities, such as corporate, family and personal, the family account hierarchy that enables both prepaid and postpaid plans in one account, and other features that enhance the total communication lifestyle.
  • Instant SMS - Enhancing the value of SMS services, Instant SMS is a next-generation mobile messaging service that enhances the existing SMS service with Instant Messaging-like capabilities, such as presence and a conversational-based messaging.
  • Multi-Play - See how all operators can provide voice and messaging services across users' PCs, home phones and mobile devices with the PC Communicator, using a unified customer interface and address book.
  • Femtocell - Witness a live showcase of a femtocell solution with a GSM phone connected to a SIP-based femtocell that allows for outgoing calls to the regular telephony network with the call going through Comverse's IMS network. This paves the way for true convergence between broadband Internet access and wireless services, while reducing infrastructure costs and ensuring network scalability.


Comverse will be located at Hall 8, Booth 8B 83. Comverse General Manager of the Messaging Group, Dror Bin, will speak about the evolution of messaging on a panel on Wednesday, February 13, from 16:15-17:45.

    

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