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Rohde & Schwarz has launched the R&S TSMW, a universal mobile radio scanner that features two integrated receivers and includes WiMAX functionality. The two receivers allow considerably faster operation than solutions that use mobile phones with test functionality. At the same time, the scanner delivers accurate results across the entire high measurement bandwidth because individual blocks can be filtered out by using adaptive preselection. This allows network operators to perform drive tests for setting up and optimizing WiMAX networks. The R&S TSMW's platform concept makes it suitable for all technologies with bandwidths up to 20 MHz. It can be expanded for current and future standards via software options.

Now that the standardization and development of its base station and mobile station technology has been completed, WiMAX IEEE 802.16e is ready for network setup. To make setup faster and easier, Rohde & Schwarz is offering network operators the R&S TSMW, a universal mobile radio scanner with WiMAX functionality and a frequency range of 30 MHz to 6 GHz. The instrument is suitable for both mobile and stationary applications and detects signals with a sensitivity that is considerably below the noise level (noise figure of 7 dB at 3.5 GHz). This makes it possible not only to check neighborhood information for a base station but also to locate interference signals from other base stations. Since technicians can see exactly what is happening on the air interface, they can easily detect malfunctions. For this purpose, all preamble-based operating parameters, including received signal strength indication (RSSI) and carrier-to-interference-and-noise ratio (CINR), can be analyzed.

With its high measurement bandwidth of 20 MHz per receiver, the R&S TSMW covers all WiMAX bandwidths as well as those of other standards, which helps ensure future-proof operation. To attain optimal values for dynamic range and measurement accuracy across the entire bandwidth, the scanner features adaptive preselection. This allows users to filter out individual blocks in the case of high intermodulation suppression and analyze them in detail. Even weak signals can be measured in this way.

In addition, the R&S TSMW can simultaneously scan and demodulate on different frequencies - and on as many carriers as desired. Switchover times between the carriers are less than 5 ms. Thanks to the two integrated receivers, several WiMAX signals can be measured in parallel, fully eliminating switchover times. This results in a very high measurement speed.

An integrated GPS allows the measurement results to be linked to the measurement sites and displayed on a map during mobile operation. A Gigabit/Ethernet interface enables users to call up measurement data either locally or remotely on the PC via an IP-based access. When equipped with the R&S TSMW-K1 option, the R&S TSMW also offers high flexibility when evaluating data: The instrument features an I/Q interface that outputs raw signals that users can evaluate with MATLAB software. This is advantageous for measurements on standards that are still being developed: Channel measurements for 3GPP LTE are a good example, concludes R&S.

Dreampark, one of the leading providers of middleware for cable, terrestrial and IPTV services in the European market, today announced that it has delivered its Dreamgallery TV middleware to Norwegian ISP RingNett AS. This new deal marks Dreampark's seventh client in Scandinavia, further strengthening the company's position as the dominant middleware supplier in the region.

Dreampark also counts operators Canal Digital, Dansk Bredband, FastTV, iVisjon, Smile Content and Viasat among its Scandinavian client base.

RingNett is one of Dreampark's first customers to deploy many of the new features of Dreamgallery 3.4. The next-generation middleware incorporates interactive services such as live MMS to the TV, scheduling of PVR recordings via mobile phones or a Web user interface, pre-paid VOD, Dreamlets and RSS feeds support. Enhanced network PVR end-user features
include Start Over, Historic EPG, Scheduled Recordings, Record Current Event and Time Shifted TV.

"Helping RingNett to deliver an attractive IPTV service to their customers gives them a competitive offer for the Norwegian market," said Per Skyttvall, CEO, Dreampark. "The Dreamgallery TV middleware also facilitates a white label approach where RingNett can sell its service to partners looking to deliver IPTV services within their networks. The possibility to customize and brand the solution for different operators is also a great advantage with the Dreamgallery system."

"Based on our Scandinavian presence, Dreampark is a natural choice for RingNett," said Sondre B. Rabbe, project manager, RingNett. "Their middleware solution provides great flexibility and offers continuously evolving excellent and competitive interactive features to meet the also constantly growing customer demands."

"It's great for us also as a 'white label'/no brand provider to have the ability to easily customize the middleware for our partner companies and for this Dreampark are up to the task," Rabbe continues.

ADC has announced that the company is introducing four new connectivity solutions for the broadcast and entertainment market at IBC 2008, taking place Sept. 12-16, 2008. ADC's full range of solutions for DTV, mobile HDTV, HD fiber, IPTV and IP will be shown at booth B30, Hall 10.

At the show, ADC will showcase its newest high-performance, highly-dependable solutions that help broadcast and entertainment industry professionals integrate HDTV and digital audio capabilities into their businesses to achieve outstanding performance in real-world situations.

"With a deep understanding of the latest broadcast applications, ADC's engineers create connectivity products that are leading the industry's migration to high-definition digital media," said Jaxon Lang, vice president of Global Connectivity Solutions Americas for ADC. "Our portfolio of broadcast connectivity solutions delivers higher performance and reliability, while providing the necessary bandwidth to accommodate next generation 1080P HD signals."

Four New Broadcast Connectivity Solutions

ADC will feature four new products at IBC 2008, including:


  • ProAx Hybrid Fiber (HF) Camera Connector - The industry's first field-repairable connector featuring ADC's Avalanche Technology, the ProAx HF Camera Connector is engineered to withstand tough mobile environments with generous use of stainless steel on wear surfaces, shuttered optics to prevent contamination and accidents, and exclusive o-ring protection that provides an IP68 rating without external protection boots. Moreover, the ProAx HF connector offers far higher optical performance and supports newer high-data-rate demands.

  • ProAx Quad Fiber (F4) Harsh-Environment Connector - A true harsh-environment multi-fiber connector, the ProAx F4 connector is available as a factory terminated assembly using the ADC tactical reduced bend radius fiber cable, or as a field termination connector featuring ADC's Avalanche Technology.


  • ProPatch Miniature (PPM) Series Super High-Density Coax (SHDC) HD Patching System - The SHDC is ADC's super high-density patching system designed to reduce the amount of rack space required for coax video and audio panels. At less than 1Kg/RU, the SHDC is the lightest true HD patch panel on the market.


  • UniPatch GigE Patch Panel - UniPatch is a professional grade normal-through Gigabit (Cat5e rated 1000 baseT) patching system designed for demanding professional environments where frequent patching and higher density is required.

Telekom Austria Group  hasannounced its financial results for the first half 2008 and the second quarter ending June 30, 2008.

During the first half 2008, revenues grew by 7.7% to EUR  2,535.8 million primarily due to the consolidation of Velcom in Belarus and to higher contributions from the other international operations. EBITDA grew by 2.7% to EUR 967.7 million from EUR 942.4 million as a result of an EBITDA growth in the international operations and the consolidation of Velcom which more than offset a lower contribution from the Fixed Net segment. EBITDA includes exceptional costs in the amount of EUR 19.7 million.

Operating income decreased by 4.9% from EUR 410.2 million to EUR 389.9 million due to higher depreciation and amortization charges. Net income declined by 18.6% to EUR  226.0 million due to higher interest expenses mainly as a result of the acquisition of Velcom.

Capital expenditures for tangible and intangible assets decreased by 7.0% to EUR 350.3 million due to lower capital expenditures in both segments. Net debt remained stable at EUR  4,402.1 million at the end of June 2008 compared to the end of December 2007 despite the payment of the dividend.

Quarterly comparison:
Revenues increased by 5.6% to EUR 1,276.2 million in 2Q 08 as higher revenues from international operations including the consolidation of Velcom overcompensated for lower revenues from the Fixed Net segment and lower roaming revenues.

Roaming revenues were impacted by a seasonal effect in 2Q 08 as the roaming intensive Easter holidays were in 1Q 08, whereas in 2007 they were in the second quarter. This seasonality amplified the effect of lower roaming prices and resulted in lower roaming revenues.

EBITDA grew by 0.6% to EUR 469.1 million as the consolidation of Velcom and higher contributions from the established international operations offset lower contributions from the Austrian operations, which included exceptional costs in the amount of EUR 7.7 million, as well as start-up costs in the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia.

Operating income declined by 11.8% to EUR 174.7 million due to higher depreciation and amortization charges. Net income decreased by 26.3% to EUR  96.3 million during 2Q 08 mainly due to higher interest expenses following the acquisition of Velcom. As a consequence earnings per share declined by 24.9% to EUR 0.22.

Capital expenditures for tangible and intangible assets decreased by 8.9% to EUR 190.7 million mainly due to lower investments in Austria and in the Republic of Serbia despite the consolidation of Velcom.

The National Gateway Security Survey 2008, carried out for value added distributor and security specialist Wick Hill and sponsored by WatchGuard Technologies, a specialist in unified threat management systems, has highlighted the increasing move toward remote and mobile use, as well as the concerns users have about this shift.

In a survey of 341 of the top UK companies, by employee number and turnover, 48% had over 150 remote users and a further 11% had 50 to 100 remote users. 61% said that the number of remote users on their network was increasing. 45% reported that the number of VPNs was increasing and 43% that the number of SSL users was increasing.

Despite consistent research which shows that internal threat is a greater IT security risk than external threat, the survey showed that external threat is still perceived as the greater problem. This may be partly due to the regular drip of news on external security problems endured by a range of high profile organisations.

Reinforcing this, the survey showed that the top priority for 2008 was securing the network from external attack, which 79% rated as very important. Securing remote access was rated very important by 75% and authenticating remote users was rated important by 67%.

Green issues have been prominent in the IT world over the last year, with many suppliers jumping on the bandwagon to present their products as offering green credentials. However the report shows that, while users are aware of the importance of green issues, they are not prepared to purchase IT security on green issues alone. They will only do so if 'green' solutions also meet other commercial requirements, including price.

When questioned about what their IT world would look like, 62% considered green issues to be important. Environmental impact, however, came well down the list of important issues in purchasing decisions at only 29%.

With the survey highlighting the increasing numbers of remote users and increasing concerns about security, UTMs are well placed to provide the firewalling features which respondents considered most important.

67%, for example, said that centralised management of multiple devices was a very important factor in firewall choice and 60% said that reporting was important. Both centralised management and reporting are greatly facilitated with the right UTM system, where a head office centralised management console can easily manage remote, same-brand UTMs, carrying out tasks such as configuration updates and implementing security policies at remote sites.

With a greater number of remote users, together with a need for easier centralised management and good reporting, it makes sense to use fewer appliances. This again mitigates towards UTMs, which commonly combine up to five functions in one appliance.

The survey shows that users do not consider IT security to be commoditised. They prefer an easy to use solution and reseller/supplier knowledge. In answers to questions on the importance of various factors in IT purchasing, price came only fourth at 73%, behind ease of use at 90%, performance at 90% and reseller/supplier knowledge at 74%. The relationship with the supplier was also rated highly at 66%, while interestingly web purchasing availability came bottom of the list at only 15%.

The survey showed that both wireless use and VoIP use are increasing.
49% of the sample said that the number of VoIP users was increasing and 50% said that the number of wireless users was increasing.

Google has been selected by Juniper Research as the top award winner in the Future Mobile Awards - mobile search category.

The Future Mobile Awards are given to companies that have made a significant contribution to their sector and are poised to make considerable market impact in the future.  The gold award recognises Google as being a leading light in the development of the sector.

Dr Windsor Holden, panel judge and Principal Analyst at Juniper Research says, "Through the development of Google Mobile, Google has provided consumers with a user-friendly interface and applications which have successfully translated its appeal in the fixed environment into the mobile space. Furthermore, its release for the iPhone - integrating its multiple services into a single interface - has provided additional enhancements to the user experience."

The awards were granted by a panel of expert judges based on a number of criteria, including: Innovation; Customer retention and growth; Commercial deployment; Ease of use/user interface; Revenue generation; Pricing (for services/products); and Capability/functionality. Gold and Silver awards were conferred for each category - Gold awarded to Google, and Silver to JumpTap - within the mobile search category.

Sara Rowghani, product marketing manager for Google's mobile programmes in Europe, said "We're excited to hear that our mobile search has been recognised by the Future Mobile awards 2008. We're passionate about helping people find the information they need quickly and easily, wherever they are, and mobile search is an important part of that."

Technology from Digital Rapids - a leading developer of solutions for bringing television, video and movie content to the latest generation of viewing devices -  is one of the key enablers of the unprecedented live Internet coverage of the Summer Games currently being enjoyed by U.S. audiences.


Over 2200 hours of video will be streamed live on the Internet at, powered by Digital Rapids' encoding and streaming systems. (Please see the March 27 press release "Digital Rapids to Provide Encoding, Transcoding and Streaming Systems for NBC's Online Coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games".) The unprecedented scale of NBC Universal's online coverage created new challenges going far beyond typical streaming scenarios.


In the past, the live streaming of major international events typically started with the satellite transmission of a single main feed from the source location to the destination country, where that single feed would be encoded, streamed, and distributed. The content of that feed - the switching between camera angles, viewpoints, and storylines - was controlled at the source. In contrast, for the Summer Games, dozens of simultaneous live event feeds are being encoded in Beijing and streamed to the U.S. for distribution to web audiences. In doing so, NBC Universal is putting the control in the hands of the viewer, letting users watch multiple events concurrently while interactively switching between streams through a rich media experience enabled by the cross-platform Microsoft Silverlight technology.


Bringing this number of streams to audiences at high quality all starts with Digital Rapids encoding systems, which transform source video feeds into web-friendly streams. An array of Digital Rapids DRC-Stream encoding solutions is deployed in Beijing, capable of ingesting and encoding over 100 live video sources. Each source is encoded in three combinations of resolution and bit-rate, tripling the amount of encoding to be performed. The high volume of streams to be encoded in a fixed number of systems, combined with the unpredictable and varying visual nature of the content - from fast-moving events with extensive camera motion, to close-ups and wide shots with minimal movement - created numerous encoding challenges. Leveraging the inherent advantages of the DRC-Stream encoding hardware and software alongside custom development working closely with Microsoft, Digital Rapids is leaping these hurdles to enable this breakthrough online video experience.  


"NBC Universal's coverage of this year's Summer Games is raising the bar for live event streaming. From the volume of live streams and the massive amount of on-demand content to the quality of the end-user experience - everything about this initiative is changing how content consumers will look at live event coverage from this point forward," said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. "Never before have live event viewers had this much control over what they watch and how they watch it, and we're ecstatic to be part of this phenomenal effort. The future of online event coverage is brighter than ever, and we look forward to our next challenge as multi-platform distribution continues to revolutionize viewing experiences."


Digital Rapids' DRC-Stream encoding solutions combine powerful hardware for video and audio capture and pre-processing with the intuitive Stream software interface, delivering reliable, high-quality, multi-format media encoding and streaming for professional applications such as high-end Internet TV and IPTV. The advanced, hardware-based video processing features enable superior quality and the most efficient use of bandwidth in the compressed result.


Beyond the United States, Digital Rapids solutions are playing key roles in the online coverage of the 2008 Summer Games worldwide, with leading broadcasters in additional countries including China, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand depending on Digital Rapids encoding, transcoding and streaming systems.

Broadcast technology leader Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) will demonstrate the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of RF solutions designed to support the digitisation of television--including mobile TV--at the IBC 2008 exhibition in Amsterdam. Incorporating a suite of new antennas and filtering solutions, RFS's end-to-end solution-set is smaller, lighter, more affordable and higher performing than ever before.

According to Mick Bennett, RFS Global Product Manager for Broadcast and Defence Systems, the company is investing significant resources in R&D, with a large number of new products recently released and many others in development. "The industry is at a pivotal point, with preparations for analogue TV switch-off, further digital deployments and, of course, planning for mobile TV," he said. "RFS's mission is to have solutions available to support all these activities when they eventuate. We're thinking ahead to what will be required and making sure we're addressing all the issues before they actually occur."

The result is the most comprehensive end-to-end broadcast RF solution-set on the market, comprising a full suite of antennas for DTV and mobile TV broadcasting, plus combiners, filters, transmission line, and switch-frames with digital monitoring options. "In addition to launching new products, we've focused on many existing products as well," said Bennett. "Every single building block is enhanced and our panel antennas are unarguably the best-performing on the market."

Central to RFS's IBC exhibit will be a suite of vertically polarised omni-directional mobile TV antennas, specially designed for co-location at mobile base stations. This will include two additions to the range: the fully broadband, lightweight MTV-4, and the CTV series of compact multi-channel antennas.

Weighing in at only 25kg, the 140mm diameter MTV-4 is the smallest antenna of its kind, accommodating input powers of up to 1kW and supporting frequencies from 470 to 806MHz. Complementing this, the four antennas in the 500W CTV series are suitable for multi-channel operation, and together cover the full range of UHF mobile TV frequencies. Both the CTV and MTV-4 antennas are ideal for deployment at mobile TV repeater stations, which will likely be co-located with existing infrastructure such as mobile base stations.

Also launched at IBC will be a series of sophisticated filtering solutions, specially designed to support co-location of mobile TV services at mobile base stations. These include two new low-pass filters--the 2kW LPF8E4 and 5kW LPFS16E4--that attenuate all frequencies above the UHF TV broadcast band up to 4.5GHz, including harmonics. Such filtering will be essential to prevent interference to co-located cellular services.

RFS will also launch a unique two-in-one mobile TV filtering solution that has never-before-seen levels of flexibility. The rack-mountable 6PX80E band-pass filter with integrated low-pass filter provides both DTV transmission mask and low-pass filtering in one unit.

Also on display at IBC will be the company's high-performing broadband UHF panels, further mobile TV antennas, RF combining and digital monitoring solutions, and semi-flexible HELIFLEX coaxial transmission line. To learn more of RFS's extensive digital and mobile broadcast solutions, visit the RFS IBC2008 stand at Hall 8 Stand D29, RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam, 12-16 September, 2008.

Digital Rapids will be showcasing our complete range of professional solutions for multi-format video ingest, encoding, transcoding, streaming, playout and delivery at IBC2008.


Digital Rapids solutions enable content and rights owners to effectively repurpose their content for new platforms, devices and distribution opportunities. Scaling from individual products to complete workflows spanning the critical points the multi-format content chain, Digital Rapids systems continue to set new standards in quality, productivity, flexibility and workflow efficiency. Digital Rapids solutions empower applications including post production, IPTV, VOD, web streaming, mobile video, corporate and government communications, education, archive and more.



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AdaptiveMobile, a security provider of mobile subscriber protection for enterprises and individuals, has today said that mobile operators need to carefully consider their international mobile broadband strategies.

The advice, says the company, follows the European Union's threat to impose legal measures to make operators cut the amount they charge their mobile broadband customers for roaming on overseas networks, which has made some operators consider banning all customers from downloading data through their mobile broadband service while abroad to avoid getting involved in a high profile legal wrangle.

AdaptiveMobile argues that operators taking a simplistic view to blocking subscribers' mobile broadband usage while abroad run the risk of losing the significant revenues promised by mobile broadband subscribers willing to pay for a high-quality roaming service.

Gareth Maclachlan, COO of AdaptiveMobile, comments: "Whilst operators understandably don't want to be perceived as trying to unfairly glean excess revenues from unwitting subscribers while abroad, taking a ‘one size fits all' approach blocking their usage while abroad will result in them losing very significant revenues, at a time when you would expect them to be looking to maximise their 3G network investments. Even though there is the suggestion that subscribers would be able to lift the block, for a high proportion, this would be too disruptive and operators would never maximise their average revenue per user (ARPU).

"Operators need to take better control of their network assets, so that they can offer a bespoke service to each user on a case-by-case basis. In this way, they can not only control subscribers' mobile broadband usage in the UK and abroad, but also the type of content that is being delivered over their network to the user, in terms of blocking spam and viruses, and in the case of vulnerable users, inappropriate or intimidating messages and imagery. They should also make steps to better protect roaming users from unnecessary data usage, such as application and operating system updates, which can be upto 500Mb in size and in many cases are downloaded without user knowledge.

"In a competitive European market, where operators are increasingly trying to differentiate their service and the many millions of corporate subscribers are becoming increasingly international, operators surely have no choice but to ensure they maximise all mobile broadband revenue opportunities whilst offering subscribers the best possible service."

In its UK Communications Market Report 2008. communications regulator Ofcom has identified a drive in the in the use of mobile broadband in the UK.

According to Ofcom, following the launch of marketing campaigns for mobile broadband devices which enable consumers to access the internet on the move, there has been a surge in take-up with around 2 million adults in the UK saying that they had used a data card, USB modem or dongle to access the internet in March 2008.

The driver of this has been the sale of dongles, says Ofcom - small devices plugged into the USB port of laptops enabling internet access via a mobile network. Between February and June 2008, the number of dongle sales to consumers nearly doubled from 69,000 to 133,000 a month. During this five month period, there were 511,000 new mobile broadband connections in the UK.

Three-quarters of all mobile broadband users say that they access the internet via their dongle while at home and two-thirds of mobile broadband users say that they use both dongles and their landline to connect to the internet.

Ofcom also states that more than one in ten mobile phone users have accessed the internet on their mobile phone with the number of 3G mobile connections growing by 60 per cent in 2007 to reach 12.5 million subscribers - an increase of 4.7 million in 12 months.

Orga Systems, the leading expert in convergent real-time billing solutions, has supplied Si.mobil with its OPSC real-time billing. The Slovenian network was the latest member of mobilkom austria group to port to Orga Systems' real-time billing.

With Orga Systems solutions, Si.mobil can easily fullfill the rising demand for advanced customer oriented campaigns and promotions. The advantages for Si.mobil and mobilkom austria group are on the one hand the next step in unifying the group systems environment and on the other hand the possibility to re-use modules for promotion and loyalty campaigns to lower OPEX.

"Supplying real-time billing, loyalty and promotions management, Orga Systems is a strategic partner of the mobilkom austria for more than 10 years, and an ideal partner for Si.mobil. Taking advantage  of the group wide usage of Orga Systems‘ billing system and loyalty solution, the re-use of campaign modules, programmed for sister companies and vice versa, will enable Si.mobil to launch marketing and loyalty campaigns very fast and efficiently", says Milan Zaletel, Management Board member at Si.mobil.

The new contract builds upon a successful and long-standing relationship between mobilkom austria group and Orga Systems in Europe. mobilkom austria has been using Orga Systems‘ OPSC Billing System since 1997 to handle real-time billing of its B-FREE and prepaid Vodafone live! customers in Austria.


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