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MWC - Bridgewater Systems, a specialist in intelligent broadband controls, today announced that Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), the largest provider of mobile broadband in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has selected and rapidly implemented the Bridgewater Policy Controller for data traffic (PCRF) to manage mobile data communication growth and deliver innovative services on Mobily’s nationwide 3G/HSPA+ network.

Governments need to take urgent action now to support mobile broadband growth. So says ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, who added that accelerated fibre roll-out and greater spectrum availability will be imperative if network bottlenecks are to be avoided.

Alcatel-Lucent today announced it has been selected by Telefónica for its commercial, femto-based small cells deployment in Spain - extending 3G coverage in indoor locations and high-traffic public areas, and targeting a better user experience for Telefónica’s residential and business subscribers.

“We work closely with our customers to design new network and business models and are committed to help them deliver quality services to their subscribers, indoor and outdoor. This deployment with Telefónica in Spain illustrates our leadership in the small cells space and will enable us to show the flexibility of femtocells to deliver innovative applications,” said Federico Guillén, Alcatel-Lucent’s global account leader for Telefónica.

NEC announced today that CJSC NEC Neva Communications Systems (NEC Neva), a subsidiary of NEC in Russia, has agreed with VimpelCom to deploy the NEC iPASOLINK platform for the transformation of its backhaul mobile transport network. The NEC iPASOLINK will provide VimpelCom with an ultra-flexible mobile transport network agile enough to evolve to next-generation IP-based networks, including LTE backhaul, while meeting the current capacity and service demands of Beeline, its mobile company brand.

Tyco Electronics (TE) today announced that its InterReach Fusion Distributed Antenna System (DAS) has been deployed to provide wireless services at Dublin Airport’s new Terminal 2. The curvilinear building covers 75,000 square metres, includes 58 check-in desks and associated gates and passenger services, and can accommodate 80,000 passengers per day.

OJSC VimpelCom, a provider of telecommunications services in Russia, has announced that it has deployed Openmind Networks’ Traffic Control platform to expand its SMSC systems in the Central and Volga regions of Russia. The project was led by the Openmind’s local partner LANIT and included installation of two separate platforms rated at 2,000 SMS per second in Moscow and Saratov. It has helped VimpelCom to replace old TDM equipment with the modern SIGTRAN-enabled Traffic Control solution.

According to a new report into the LTE ecosystem, published by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), there are 63 LTE User Devices that have been launched in the market. Several products are already in commercial service, and there are many more products in the pipeline, it says.

“Mobile messaging revenues worldwide are expected to grow to $233 billion in 2014, up from about $150 billion in 2009” (Source: Portio Research)

Telecoms IQ will host the Monetising Messaging Services Conference from 14-17 March, 2011 in London. This conference will target senior level executives from Mobile Operators and Service Providers with responsibilities in Product Development, Product Marketing, Messaging, Value Added Services, Strategy and Innovation.

Polish Mobile Network provider Play (P4 Sp. z.o.o.) has selected Openmind Networks to implement its strategy of consolidating various network functions into a single multi-purpose messaging engine. In a significant deal announced today by CEO Alex Duncan, Openmind has been chosen to provide SMSC and USSD Gateway platforms at Play, while also adding new functionalities to help P4 significantly cut costs on its interconnect services.

NEC today announced the latest in its iPASOLINK series, the NEC iPASOLINK 1000. The NEC iPASOLINK is a converged, dual-native solution that supports both native TDM and native Ethernet transport on the same platform. This allows fixed and mobile operators gradual, cost effective migration to an all-IP backhaul, required for the transformation to 4G LTE and the cloud computing era.

Ericsson's new generation IP networking portfolio is said to look beyond the current generation, and can handle point-to-multipoint; connecting people and devices to peers, networks and the cloud. It is also said to give operators the opportunity to optimize their network while delivering the quality of service that will enable them to profitably grow their business.