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Russian telecoms operator TTK today announced the start of a large-scale project to double the capacity of its backbone DWDM network, the EurasiaHighway, which crosses the entire breadth of the Russian Federation, by mid-2010.  The network upgrade will allow TTK to increase its overall protected capacity to up to 1.6Tbps, and its total unreserved capacity to 3.2Tbps.

The EurasiaHighway, equipped with OptiX BWS1600G, is to be upgraded with 40Gbps solutions supplied and installed by Huawei.  TTK has pledged that the capacity upgrade will be carried out without major interruption to service on currently-lit fibres despite an aggressive project timeline that aims for completion by the end of the first half of the year.

This will be accomplished by installing new 40Gbps network transponders throughout the existing network to allow the addition of further optical wavelength channels.  Different backbone segments will then receive 1-8 additional wavelength channels, each of 40Gbps capacity, depending on current and forecast capacity utilisation.  With these in place, TTK will be able to switch current traffic to the new channels while it replaces the 10Gbs transponders operating on the current network with new 40Gbps ones.

As a result, TTK's backbone network capacity will be doubled on average by mid-2010, while its international capacity on the EurasiaHighway will be increased by an average of 2.3 times.  In absolute terms, this means the network's most utilised sections will have a fully protected capacity of 530Gbps, and even the least utilised sections will have a minimum 80Gbps.

"We understand the importance of providing the backbone operators with innovative solutions to upgrade their networks, so Huawei pays special attention to the development of next-generation 40G and 100G technologies," said Huawei CIS President Mr. Wang Kexiang.  "We are proud TTK - one of the largest network operators in Russia - is implementing our advanced solutions to help strengthen its leading position in the region and continue its enviable record of commercial successes in the age of high definition video and next-generation mobile communications."

"Over the last three years, we have seen the levels of data transmitted via our network grow rapidly due to both increasing broadband penetration in the Russian regions and international demand for a secure, reliable and fast alternative to subsea data transit between Asia and Europe," explained Mr. Andrey Pavlov, SVP and director of technical development at TTK.  "By 2008, it became clear that our existing technology would not be able to keep pace with demand for more than three years, despite several times adding new 10Gbps optical wavelength channels to the most popular backbone segments." 

He concluded: "With Huawei's help, we can continue to meet capacity requirements while preserving our existing infrastructure and investments to satisfy and anticipate our customers' and partners' requirements for high-speed data exchange solutions."

Commencement of the project announced today follows a large-scale pilot in which TTK and Huawei ran  tests on the 1,140km Moscow-St. Petersburg section of TTK's network between February and March 2008.  These tests confirmed that OptiX BWS1600G allows the set-up of additional 40Gbps optical wavelength channels on the EurasiaHighway without major overhaul of the backbone core or interruption of services already deployed.

7 layers has developed a new small and affordable InterLab R&D Multi-Tool. It is ideal for creating an over-the-air test environment for mobile phones without the need for an RF wired connection. The system supports tests such as battery lifetime, data throughput as well as RF- and acoustic parameter measurements. 

The R&D Multi Tool has been designed especially for developers who are in need of an easy to handle but reliable system that can be adapted effortlessly to serve a large variety of test purposes.

The Multi-Tool is based on a shielded test cabin (STS-75 from Albatross), large enough to contain standard sized pyramid absorbers for the optimized suppression of standing waves, but small enough to easily pass any laboratory door. 7 layers equips the Multi-Tool with a specially designed, but adaptable construction which ensures keeping the mobile device in a reproducible position. A well thought out multi antenna system, comprising a number of sophisticated multi band antennas, allows for rigorous over-the-air device verification with high accuracy levels. 
Possible applications of the Interlab® R&D Multi-Tool from 7 layers are for example: 

- RF tests in mass production (reproducible results due to reduction of standing waves)

- Battery life time testing (easy, lifelike call set-up)

- Temperature measurements (enough room for additional equipment like an IR camera!)

- Acoustic testing and buzzing noise analysis (pyramid absorbers act like acoustic chamber)

- Functional testing for all kinds of wireless applications (e.g. large enough for 300 MHz with ferrite version)

Developers today not only have to deal with ever more complex products but they also have to cope with growing time and cost restrictions. The Multi-Tool from 7 layers is a simple, reliable tool which can be adapted and easily extended to serve many purposes and products.

Faster, more bandwidth-intensive services are entering the wireless communications markets - no end in sight. Big efforts are necessary to make network infrastructures and mobile devices fit to cope with the new challenges. Long Term Evolution (LTE) in combination with System Architecture Evolution (SAE) are the next significant steps to master the future, thus moving mobile communications towards the all IP environment.

Such fundamental changes need to be accompanied by careful technology development. One of the many items that have to be taken care of is the interoperability between an SAE network, an LTE device and the Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) applications which are running on a Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC).
"7 layers was first in developing the InterLab USIM and USAT Test Solutions for W-CDMA devices. The LTE-USIM Test Solution once again meets market demands for early testing, thus showing our technology leadership," explains Magdy Ahmed, Product Manager at 7 layers Germany. "It is a single box solution that covers both network independent USIM tests and tests that require the joint operation of an USIM simulator in combination with an LTE network simulator."

The InterLab LTE-USIM Test Solution investigates the correct interworking between the LTE device and the USIM application as well as the interaction with the E-UTRA/ EPC network. It comes with an integrated powerful and low cost Aspects SmartStation 3 from Collis, which acts as the communication interface between the LTE device and the USIM application and uses the powerful Rohde & Schwarz R&SCMW500 wideband radio communication tester for network simulation. The solution features all test sequences according to 3GPP TS 31.121 Rel-8. Test Cases have been written in TTCN3 which also makes an easy adaption to customer-chosen protocol test systems possible. 

The LTE-USIM Test Solution has been designed to meet upcoming certification requirements from the Global Certification Forum GCF and the North American Type Approval Regime (PTCRB). A future extension covering 3GPP TS 31.124 Rel-8 for LTE-USIM Application Toolkit (USAT) testing is in the pipeline. It is an ideal platform throughout all phases of LTE device development and certification, easing the test processes and speeding up the product launch of LTE User Equipment.  Users benefit from its ease of use and its outstanding automation capabilities for combined LTE-USIM tests, network independent SIM interface tests or for the automated operation of an LTE network simulator.

ZTE Corporation, a global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced an agreement with Westlink, part of the Finish telecommunications group Finnet, to supply a unified multi-service metro bearer solution.  

ZTE's IPTN bearer network solution will enable Westlink to offer traditional voice services and interconnection over Finnet's all-IP-networks.  

"Finnet requirements were rather complex, as the operator needed a unified solution that would interface with multiple networks, allow an easy and efficient transition and support any future upgrades. ZTE's solution fully addresses its current and future requirements, enabling Westlink to offer superior services to its customer without any disruptions," said Mr Han Ling, VP of bearer network product line at ZTE.  

The network will be based on ZTE's ZXCTN 6100 PTN solution, which consolidates Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) and Metro Ethernet transport into a multi-service solution, enabling the unified transport of traditional TDM and Ethernet services, as well as replacing the existing SDH network.  

ZTE's solution interfaces with legacy switching and IP/MPLS core networks, providing a 1588v2-based high precision clock transfer and accommodating the requirements of fixed voice and mobile services. Designed to provide centralised switching and modularity, ZXCTN 6100 offers multiple interfaces for connecting to different networks, driving down TCO and allowing a smooth transition to the IP-based transport network.  

Finnet group, a Finish telecommunications group, operates its own fixed-line broadband, cable TV and voice networks, whilst leasing bandwidth resources to other mobile operators and delivering mobile backhaul services for mobile operators. Westlink offers voice and VoIP services to Finnet operators.   

Interxion, a  European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, has been selected by Nimbuzz, the mobile social VoIP and instant messaging application provider, to house its mission-critical application infrastructure.  With over 20,000 users a day worldwide signing up to use their application, Nimbuzz had an urgent requirement for a best-in-class, highly connected facility which also offered them flexibility, support, and room to grow.   

The Nimbuzz servers have already been installed in the recently constructed Interxion AMS5 data centre in Amsterdam. This 7,000 m2 highly secure facility provides 2N UPS redundancy and N+1 backup generators, and gives direct access to 30 carriers and ISPs as well as the AMS-IX and NL-IX Internet Exchanges. While providing high-density power configurations to customers as standard, it also features numerous energy-efficient design and operation measures and runs on a mixture of wind, biomass and hydroelectric-generated energy.   

The Nimbuzz application supports social networks including Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, ICQ, Skype, and local social networks such as Hyves in the Netherlands. As well as providing one-stop access to social networks, since November 2009 Nimbuzz has also offered its own VoIP service.  

"Nimbuzz is growing at a rate way beyond expectation both in terms of users and product features. We therefore needed a state of the art datacenter to handle such demands.  We are confident that Interxion will provide the capacity and service to cope with our rapid development, enabling us do more and grow faster," said Evert Jaap Lugt, founder and CEO of Nimbuzz. "Although we only moved to Interxion recently, we have already noticed significant improvements in service and performance levels.  Interxion is a thoroughly professional partner with a high level of in-house expertise, and they have provided us with a secure, high-performance environment in which to grow."  

"We are delighted to be supporting a Dutch success story like Nimbuzz, and are well placed to expand with them, whatever their future needs," said Michel van den Assem, Interxion Netherlands Managing Director. "Nimbuzz is an extremely innovative company, and we specialize in providing secure, connected state-of-the-art infrastructure that supports and facilitates the latest and best applications."  

Huawei today unveiled its latest addition in mobile broadband terminal devices, the E398 modem, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The E398 is the world's first triple-mode LTE modem compatible with all three major network standards: LTE, UMTS, and GSM.

The triple-mode modem, based on Qualcomm's MDM9200 chipset, will enable end-users to surf with high speed provided by LTE technology while seamlessly switching to other standards (UMTS or GSM). The modem also supports multiple mainstream LTE frequencies.

"Qualcomm is pleased to be working with Huawei to bring new products based on our industry-leading multi-mode 3G/LTE chipset to market," said Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Europe. "We are committed to the seamless commercialization of next-generation technologies around the world."

"The E398 is designed to address increasing requirements for operators to introduce commercial LTE services with flexible evolution roadmaps. With the E398, the end-users don't have to wait for the completion of the LTE network before they can enjoy 10 times higher speeds, as well as a continuous surfing experience. With rapid growth in the LTE market, Huawei will see the E398 modem as a start for future cooperation with partners all over the world", says James Chen, Managing Director of Huawei Nordic Office.

The Huawei E398 modem will be initially launched in the world's first LTE/GSM shared network in Sweden operated by Net4Mobility, a joint infrastructure venture between Tele2 Sweden and Telenor Sweden.

"The E398 will play a very important role in the ecosystem, assuring our customers a high quality surfing experience and enjoying new mobility services in Sweden's first nation wide 4G-network. Teaming up with Huawei and Qualcomm, will secure a fast and efficient roll out of commercial LTE-services", says Björn Lundström, CTO of Tele2.

"We are pleased to see that the industry is now coming together, enabling us to pursue a rapid and efficient roll out of LTE-based services. Huawei and Qualcomm have a strong track record when it comes to cutting edge technology and we see great potential for the E398 modem", said Magnus Zetterberg, CTO of Telenor Sweden.

The same operators have selected Huawei to develop their nationwide LTE network in Sweden in terms of both infrastructure and terminal solutions.

Airwide Solutions and Tecnotree have announced that they have entered into a non-exclusive global distribution agreement.  Under terms of the agreement, the companies will make available to operators world-wide a portfolio of next generation messaging infrastructure, OSS/BSS and value-added services solutions. The collaboration is expected to help both companies more extensively serve mobile operators in developed markets like Western Europe, and emerging markets like Africa and Latin America.

Emerging regions are increasingly tapping into mobile phone technology to improve quality of life in the region.  For example many operators are now offering low-cost and, high-quality value added service to millions of people in the developing world.  As a key underpinning of these services, operators need infrastructure that meets the increased demand, conforms to security and reliability requirements, and offers flexibility for tomorrow's yet unseen innovative service offerings. Together, Airwide Solutions and Tecnotree can provide comprehensive, out-of-the-box solutions that meet these types of need.

Additionally, Airwide's and Tecnotree's comprehensive portfolio is of interest to operators in developed markets like Western Europe, enabling operators to optimize their service delivery infrastructure, create an efficient service creation environment for launching profitable services in the shortest time-to-market, monetize their network investments by enhancing 3rd party services and applications, and drive new revenue from existing assets making them ad-funded, for example.

"Working together with Airwide will extend our value and reach we can provide to operators in both emerging and developed markets. Together we can offer powerful VAS solutions to operators worldwide, satisfying their needs for today and tomorrow. We expect this to be a fruitful relationship for both our company and our joint customers," said Leena Koskelainen, Director, Tecnotree VAS Solution Center.

"We are very pleased to work with Tecnotree and expect the comprehensive nature of our combined solutions, as well as our mutual experience in both developed and emerging regions, will bring high value to operators in all parts of the globe," said Antero Norkio, head of channels for Airwide Solutions.  "With the portfolio from two leading providers of next-generation messaging and VAS solutions, we have the tool set that enables operators to create segmented, interactive and profitable services." 

Samsung today introduced a range of new enterprise mobility solutions at MWC 2010. Samsung enterprise solutions, delivered in collaboration with partners, encompass key mobile enterprise solutions such as Enterprise Email, Enterprise IM, Security, MDM (Mobile Device Management), UC (Unified Communications), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), SFA (Sales Force Automation), BI (Business Intelligence) and vertical applications.

Samsung is actively discussing with major mobile operators to commercially launch the solutions in 2010. Most of the enterprise solutions showcased at MWC are expected to be commercially available by end of 2010. 

"The Enterprise Mobility Solutions we've presented today at Mobile World Congress, really cement Samsung's place as a major player in the enterprise mobility market" said WP Hong, Executive Vice President of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. "Support from leading enterprise partners and major operators, has proven Samsung's commitment to deliver the comforts of the office computing environment to the smartphone - true mobility without compromise."

The Samsung Enterprise Mobility Offering comprises a suite of solutions & devices specifically targeted to the needs of the enterprise customers. Samsung smartphones support the most robust enterprise solutions on Microsoft Windows Mobile, and soon offer enterprise solutions on Android platform. Samsung will expand the capability to offer enterprise solutions on LiMo as well as bada, its own platform in 2011, giving enterprise customers both the choice and flexibility they want.

In recent months, Samsung has greatly expanded its channel support structure with major carriers' enterprise sales teams and has built strong relationships with premium solution partners such as Cisco, Formotus, Microsoft, Spring Wireless, Sybase, and Wipro. Samsung will continue to expand its collaboration model with major enterprise players such as Oracle, SAP and IBM in coming months.

Comverse has coupled its industry leading Business Support System (BSS) and mobile internet solutions to help operators capitalise on the explosive growth in data traffic -- not only in terms of providing the right quality of service to end users, but also to extend revenue opportunities by implementing new data-centric business models. 

For each mobile data network, operators establish rules, or policies, for the plethora of services now available to subscribers, such as on-line gaming and streaming video. However, standalone policy solutions are not a complete answer. A merging of network policies with pricing policies is required: The subscriber data held in the BSS is key to delivering the required subscriber experience in the network.  

 What limits and conditions, for instance, are imposed on the use of these services? And what is the bandwidth and network priority applicable to these services? Too often, these policies are haphazard, uncoordinated, or even conflicting -- and in some cases, operators just offer flat-rate plans with unlimited service. 

"Operators have discovered that flat-rate pricing for unlimited data usage is not working, both in terms of maximising value and providing quality service for all subscribers, who are demanding a ‘perfect' experience," said Gabriel Matsliach, President of Products and Operations at Comverse, the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling value-added messaging and content services, converged billing and active customer management and IP communications. 

"Bringing together capabilities from Comverse ONE Billing and Active Customer Management with those from the Comverse Mobile Internet HUB," Matsliach said, "allows telecom operators to seamlessly manage all policy dimensions holistically to capture all revenues as defined by the operators' monetisation policies while ensuring a satisfying user experience."   
With this combined solution, operators can better manage network capacity, offer segmented price plans, prevent bill shock for subscribers, deliver Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees, and impose fair use limits on high users.

"It is clear that policy must be managed on many levels to unlock value for both the operator and subscriber," Matsliach says. "You must consider subscriber data, application needs, device capabilities and network conditions. Now more than ever, an operator's network operations and IT department must work as ONE, so operators can define rules ONCE and can apply them transparently."

NEC has announced at Mobile World Congress  that it is supporting Telefónica O2 in its trial of LTE 4G next-generation mobile services in the UK.  O2 deployed NEC's microwave backhaul solution, PASOLINK, to provide a high-capacity, resilient transmission link to one of O2's key LTE trial sites in the Slough area, Berkshire, UK.  

NEC's PASOLINK is used to carry high-definition video streaming, mobile gaming, high-speed file transfer and video conferencing.

"NEC provided us with the high performance and flexible access link to trial our next generation LTE mobile service," said Nigel Purdy, Head of Networks, Telefónica O2 UK Limited. 

Also at MWC, NEC announced its "Intelligent Converged Platform" for mobile backhaul which comprises the evolution of NEC's mobile backhaul solutions and services to plan, build and operate next-generation mobile broadband for mobile operators.

"The massive demand for smartphones and data, along with plans for next-generation mobile network technologies such as LTE, has brought network quality and time to deployment right to the heart of a successful strategy for mobile operators," said Richard Hanscott, vice president, NEC Europe.  "Our backhaul solution, PASOLINK, has led the industry in high-quality network provision and we continue to lead the way with an insight and understanding of the evolving requirements and challenges faced by mobile operators."

Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest next generation network, today announced that it has extended its pan-European network into Ireland to meet demand from multinational enterprises looking for connectivity in the region.  The new Dublin point of presence (PoP), which is live and fully operational, provides businesses with resilient, high quality voice and data services and a fast and reliable bridge to the rest of Europe.

Despite the global recession, the number of multinational companies investing in Ireland rose by 11 per cent in 2009; attracted by a well educated workforce with one of the top productivity ratings in Europe and the low corporation tax rate on offer. Interoute felt some of the effects of this in 2009, with orders for connected sites in Ireland rising by 43 per cent compared with 2008.

Lee Myall, UK Regional Director at Interoute, said: "Ireland is a highly attractive location for businesses.  Not only is it well known as a hub for innovation and technological development, but it also offers favourable financial incentives.   Over the last twelve months we have seen increasing demand for our services in the region and this extension of our network into Ireland further strengthens our European footprint."

Interoute's Dublin PoP is fully integrated into Interoute's pan-European network, providing businesses with key managed services such as IP connectivity, VPN services, managed hosting and unified communications solutions. 

Huawei has demonstrated data download speeds of up to 600Mb/s using its latest LTE-Advanced system at Mobile World Congress. The record speeds, which are 20 times faster than existing commercial 3G networks, is expected to meet bandwidth requirements of data heavy applications, such as being able to transmit a 4GB DVD movie in less than one minute.

Huawei is the world's first vendor to use multi-carrier aggregation and high-order MIMO technology in its LTE-Advanced system, which increases spectrum efficiency up to five times thus greatly reducing transmission costs. The system also incorporates Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP) Reception and Transmission, with which signals from a wireless device are received from several coordinated base stations. This function allows operators to efficiently utilize the network infrastructure without installing more antennas.

Using SAE (System Architecture Evolution) capabilities, Huawei's LTE-Advanced solution features PCC (Policy Charging and Control) allowing operators to manage bandwidth utilization while optimizing valuable end-user experience.

Wan Biao, President of Wireless, Huawei, said: "This milestone heralds the industry is moving towards the Giga-bits era of mobile broadband. Huawei is committed to accelerating the commercialization and adoption of LTE technology through continuously offering solutions to reduce the per-bit cost and improve the profitability for operators worldwide."

LTE-Advanced is currently being standardized by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) as a major enhancement of 3GPP Long Term Evolution. LTE-Advanced will include key features such as worldwide functionality and roaming, compatibility of services, interoperability with other radio access systems, and enhanced peak data rates to support advanced services and applications (100 Mb/s for high and 1 Gb/s for low mobility).

Huawei has deployed 60 LTE networks including lab trial, field trial and commercial networks and made more than 3,300 LTE/SAE contributions to 3GPP.