Fiber gets flexible as crews learn to splice at cell sites
27 September 2013 by Martha DeGrasse, RCRWireless
Tower technicians may not yet be as comfortable with fiber as they are with cable, but as subscribers demand more and more from their networks, it is clear that fiber is the future. “The numbers speak for themselves as we talk about the move to LTE and the move to smartphones,” said Steve Shaw, director of mobile solutions marketing at Juniper Networks. “Rolling out fiber in the access network and actually stringing fiber directly to the cell site has become quite common for operators making this transition to LTE.”
“In the past everyone always thought fiber was so delicate,” said Omar Flores, global business development manager for 3M’s wireless access division. “But it can be manipulated.” 3M is encouraging tower construction crews to splice fiber at the cell site in order to customize their installations. “3M has been providing splicing technologies for fiber and copper connectivity in the wireline side of the business, so it just came naturally for us to bring those technologies into the wireless side.”
Flores believes that crews can save time and money by splicing fiber just as they cut cable. “[With] coax you used to bring a big reel of cable and in the field you used to measure and then cut to length, add connectors and you are done. Fiber is not done that way nowadays. Most of the applications are custom applications so you need to go do a field visit, measure then go back, request the right size and then bring it again and then do the connection. So we believe that with our technology that … with training you can do exactly the same, just bring your reel of fiber, cut to length at the site, install the connectivity and you’re ready to go.”
Per the same article:
"In South Korea almost two thirds of the population has access to LTE, versus roughly a fifth of the population in Japan, Australia and the United States."
“You can imagine bringing on hundreds of thousands of new subscribers, each using significantly more bandwidth than they were using before, those pipes need to get bigger and bigger, so rolling out fiber in the access network and actually stringing fiber directly to the cell site has become quite common for operators making this transition to LTE.”
According to the WSJ, Nokia's board has discussed "all options" concerning a potential Alcatel-Lucent deal, and the board met last week to discuss the company's long-term strategy. One source told the Journal that Nokia is far from making firm decisions while another said a deal with Alcatel-Lucent is seen as uncertain because a transaction with Alcatel-Lucent carries "large restructuring risks."
"Wireless tie-up makes industrial sense," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts led by Didier Scemama wrote in a research note, according to Bloomberg. A broader deal between the two companies would result in a "highly complementary portfolio as well as perhaps the biggest patent portfolio in the communications equipment history."
Once the Microsoft deal is completed, NSN will be by far the largest unit within Nokia and will account for 90 percent of its sales, notes Reuters. A deal for Alcatel-Lucent's mobile division would strengthen NSN's hand in the U.S. market and help it challenge market leader Ericsson. Alcatel-Lucent has traditionally been strong in the United States. A sale of the company's wireless unit would let it focus its fast-growing IP routing and optical business, one source noted to Reuters.
While a deal may look solid on paper, it would be fraught with difficulties. Alcatel-Lucent is still in the midst of trying to turn around its own business. NSN has shed many units over the past two years to focus on mobile broadband, and while the company has been improving its financial health over the last several quarters, there have been reports that NSN might cut an additional 8,500 jobs.
Yeah, lots of competition out there. Will not be a cakewalk for DW...
70% of Indian users use their smartphones for social networking
Unlike smartphone users in other emerging markets who are interested in their devices for business or education use, Indian users are interested in using their phones for leisure purposes. Our research report found that 70% of users want smartphones for social networking, followed by listening to music (69%) and entertainment (63%).
This trend towards using devices for social networking is an interesting one. It immediately recalls the recent Facebook Home launch, where Facebook made a play to take over the home screen of the smartphone – placing itself squarely at the forefront of a user’s smartphone experience. Although Facebook Home has attracted mixed reviews and reactions, once more fully developed, devices that operate Facebook Home may also see great success in India. Our research showed that 41% of Indians would like a phone designed by a social network with relevant apps and content preloaded.
Clearly, there’s a massive market opportunity for manufacturers who can partner with social networks to create integrated social network offerings – for example Nokia, partnered with Facebook to have the social networking app pre-loaded onto its Asha 501, as well as adding a dedicated ‘Facebook Button’ to the Asha 205.
IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) is a framework for security at the network or packet processing layer of network communication.
Earlier security approaches have inserted security at the Application layer of the communications model. IPsec is said to be especially useful for implementing virtual private networks and for remote user access through private networks. A big advantage of IPsec is that security arrangements can be handled without requiring changes to individual user computers. Cisco has been a leader in IPsec as a standard (or combination of standards and technologies) and has included support for it in its network routers.
IPsec provides two choices of security service: Authentication Header (AH), which essentially allows authentication of the sender of data, and Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP), which supports both authentication of the sender and encryption of data as well. The specific information associated with each of these services is inserted into the IP packet header.
Of course, DW is already onboard.
Operators starting to plug LTE backhaul's security gap
September 22, 2013 | By Tammy Parker, Fiercewireless
LTE transmissions have a massive security vulnerability in that backhaul traffic from the eNodeB to the IP core is unencrypted. Some operators have begun implementing IPsec to address this issue, but many have not because IPsec use is optional.
According to Patrick Donegan, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, top European mobile operators are adopting IPsec to address the LTE backhaul security issue, but their carrier brethren in the United States and South Korea have been slow to recognize the need. Only 15 percent of the world's LTE cell sites will support IPsec at the end of 2013, but Heavy Reading predicts that will grow to 35 percent at the end of 2015, and to 53 percent by the end of 2017.
Capex and opex fears have prevented some LTE operators from investing in IPsec, Donegan indicated. While the capex issue remains, recent European deployments are allaying fears regarding high opex and the potential negative impact on network performance.
LTE networks are subject to numerous other security issues as well. In a column for FierceWireless last year, Monica Paolini, founder and president of Senza Fili Consulting, wrote that the adoption of LTE, with its flatter IP-based architecture and the prevalence of data traffic over voice traffic, "is changing the security environment in mobile networks more profoundly."
China Mobile names 9 TD-LTE network vendors
September 22, 2013 | By Tammy Parker, Fiercewireless
China Mobile made official its selection of vendors to supply equipment for its commercial TD-LTE networks. The contracts, estimated to be worth some $3.27 billion, were awarded to nine vendors, according to a post on the carrier's website.
The winners are European-based equipment manufacturers Ericsson, Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), and Alcatel-Lucent (through Shanghai Bell Alcatel-Lucent) along with six domestic vendors, namely Huawei, ZTE, Datang Mobile, Wuhan-based FiberHome Technologies, Potevio and New Postcom Equipment.
China Mobile did not disclose financial details or reveal the percentage of the contract awarded to each vendor. However, Reuters recently reported that Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and NSN had each gained around 10 percent of the contract, while Huawei and ZTE were awarded around 25-26 percent.
September 23, 2013 09:00 ET
DragonWave Inc. Announces Closing of U.S.$25 Million Public Offering of Units
OTTAWA, ONTARIO Sept. 23, 2013, DragonWave Inc. (TSX:DWI)(NASDAQ:DRWI), a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, announced today the closing of its previously announced public offering (the "Offering") of approximately 11.9 million units (each a "Unit") for gross proceeds of approximately U.S.$25 million. The Units were offered at a price to the public of U.S.$2.10 per Unit. Each Unit consists of one common share (each, an "Offered Share") and three quarters of one warrant (each whole warrant, a "Warrant"). Each whole Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one common share of the Company at an exercise price of U.S.$2.70 per share until September 23, 2018, subject to certain adjustments. The Company does not intend to list the Warrants on any stock exchange.
The net proceeds of the Offering, before expenses, were approximately U.S.$23.5 million. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to strengthen its balance sheet, to fund working capital and for general corporate purposes.
Canaccord Genuity acted as the sole book-running manager for the Offering.
Ceragon Networks Wins Indian Network Modernisation Contract
23rd Sep 2013, cellular-news
India's Idea Cellular has awarded a contract to Ceragon Networks to modernize thousands of wireless backhaul connections around the country to support the data growth visualized from 3G and future technologies.
The order is said to be for an unspecified, but multimillion dollar value.
"Ceragon's expertise in implementing flexible solutions in an array of different population densities and terrains will be critical in reaching Idea's large footprint of customers across India. Ceragon is committed to enabling long-term growth for high-capacity connectivity in the region." said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon Networks.
Idea Cellular is the country's third largest mobile network operator with around 125 million customers.
This board is a complete mess.
I see now we have a jopocop imposter, complete with a barrage of idiot posts.
Greedy, I sure wish you'd go away and take all your friends with you.
YOU are the heart of all this poison.
I suggest not responding to idiot posters. By responding, you encourage them to post even MORE.
Please place ANY and ALL idiot posters on ignore.
(Click on "flag," then click on "ignore.")
US Cable TV Operators Missing the Explosion of Mobile Device Viewing
18th Sep 2013, cellular-news
According to a survey of consumer viewing habits by Altman Vilandrie & Company, cable TV’s initiatives to bring content to mobile devices, dubbed "TV Everywhere," have low awareness, and cable risks losing the mobile viewing battle to Netflix and other online providers.
Less than five percent of consumers watch online video regularly instead of subscribing to cable TV, a negligible increase over 2012. Most non-subscribers canceled primarily due to the affordability or value of cable, not because online video was a complete substitute. Those who have canceled spent less and subscribed to fewer services than average subscribers.
Some dark clouds remain on the horizon for cable providers: 80 percent of consumers under 35 (and nearly half of older viewers) now watch TV shows and movies online weekly. Mobile device viewing is exploding, with more than a quarter of people under 45 watching TV shows and movies on a tablet weekly. The percentage of those watching TV and movies weekly on a smartphone has nearly tripled since 2011, from five percent to 14 percent in 2013.
One in five 35-44 year olds now watch TV or movies on a smartphone every week. If operators can't figure out how to market TV Everywhere they may lose out on younger viewers who want to watch TV shows on tablets, laptops, and smartphones."
Combined Smartphone Data-Based Activities Far Outpace Talking
18th Sep 2013, cellular-news
The combined total minutes spent on activities requiring data connectivity on smartphones now far outpaces talking on these devices, according to the latest research released today by the USA's Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Across different activities, smartphone owners spend an average of nearly two hours (114 minutes) using their devices each day. The top activities in terms of average time spent each day include talking (23 minutes), texting (20 minutes), using email (18 minutes), visiting websites (16 minutes) and social networking (11 minutes). Talking remains the top activity, but the combined total minutes spent on activities requiring data connectivity now far surpasses telephony use according to the CEA research.
"The degree to which consumers use their smartphones primarily as data information hubs, mostly forgoing devices' traditional purpose, is significant," said Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research, CEA. "Smartphones have become the viewfinder of our digital life. How smartphone utilization evolves has incredible implications moving forward."
Two-thirds (66%) of online U.S. consumers indicate they own a smartphone as of August 2013 with nearly half (45%) of all consumers planning to purchase one within the next 12 months, revealing very high near-term purchase intent. For consumers who do not currently own a smartphone, 61 percent expect to purchase one at some point in the future.
Peak Year for Macrocell Mobile Deployments; Huawei Gets Big Boost
17th Sep 2013, cellular-news
The global macrocell 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure market totaled $10.3 billion in 2Q13, up 4% sequentially driven by LTE ramp-ups in North America, Brazil, and EMEA, according to Infonetics Research.
Yet, modest 2G and 3G activity kept the mobile infrastructure market down 5% on a year-over-year basis (2Q12 to 2Q13).
Projects at Bouygues Telecom, Etisalat, Everything Everywhere, MTS, Mobily, Vodafone D2, Claro, and Vivo propelled Huawei past long-time #2 NSN to move behind king of the macro 2G/3G/4G radio Ericsson.
"LTE continues to ramp up at a fast pace with a shift away from Japan and Korea to EMEA, Brazil, and Russia. And China is joining in a big way with two-thirds of total spending this year earmarked for LTE and expected by year's end. As a result, 2013 is shaping up to be a peak year for macrocell mobile deployments," notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.
Estimated at $3.3 billion in 2Q13, LTE revenue grew 17% quarter-over-quarter, and 119% year-over-year.
Europe joined the LTE bandwagon in 2Q13, and is now the 3rd strongest LTE market behind North America and Brazil.
DragonWave prices stock/warrant offering, shares crash • 10:16 AM, Seeking Alpha
DragonWave (DRWI -16.2%) is selling 11.9M shares at $2.10, good for gross proceeds of $25M. Moreover, for every 4 shares purchased through the offering, buyers will receive warrants to purchase 3 shares at $2.70 within the next 5 years.
DragonWave had previously stated the ratio of shares to warrants would be 2:1, rather than 4:3.
With DragonWave having closed yesterday at $2.47, investors aren't responding well to the news. Shares were at $2.74 before DragonWave first announced the offering last Thursday afternoon.
Jay Brown, CFO of Crown Castle Tower Co., was asked about the rule of thumb that says small cell site leases generally cost a third of the amount needed to lease a macro cell site, but in order to get coverage equivalent to a macro site a carrier would need to deploy 15-30 small cells.
He acknowledged that small cells are "incredibly expensive to do" and said operators will only turn to small cells in locations where macro sites cannot fulfill their needs.
"If there was an alternative, I'm sure they'd be using it," Brown added.
Yeah, I peek at the FCC website every once in a while. Sprint recently said they're going 90% fiber to the macro cell site, 10% microwave. And, pretty much, it's ditto for the rest of the U.S. wireless carriers. Read into that what you will.
Regarding microwave backhaul for small cells, that's still a futuristic thing... but we're getting closer.
For DW to gain some real traction, they must win contracts in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia. The hope is NSN can help them with that.
DW raising money now in order to remain on oxygen a while longer? Or are they raising money to fund real revenue expansion? Time will tell.
Bottom line, DRWI remains a speculative play.
In reshaped Sprint, few Clearwire executives remain
September 13, 2013 | By Phil Goldstein , Fiercewireless
Following Sprint's acquisition of partner Clearwire in July after a months-long struggle to gain ownership of the company, only two Clearwire executives remain within the transformed Sprint, which itself is now owned by Japanese operator SoftBank.
As the Kansas City Business Journal notes, the two remaining executives are Dow Draper, Clearwire's former senior vice president and general manager of retail, who is now president of Sprint's prepaid operations, and John Saw, Clearwire's former CTO, who is now Sprint's senior vice president of technical architecture.
"Some (executives) were offered positions and accepted, some had their jobs eliminated and others chose not to accept an offer from Sprint," Sprint spokesman Scott Sloat told the paper. "They were all given severance per Clearwire's benefit plans."
Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said during an investor conference on Wednesday that Sprint expects to deploy TD-LTE technology across 5,500 Clearwire cell sites by the end of the year using Clearwire's 2.5 GHz spectrum, and will continue to roll that technology out across the nation next year. Euteneuer said the carrier will focus first on specific parts of cities and then across entire markets. "When you see that 2.5 [GHz spectrum being deployed], that's when you'll really get that speed differential that we've been touting," he said.