Friday, September 19, 2014

Prysmian Group unveils WideCap-OM4 multimode fibre

MILAN, ITALY: Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, is showcasing its ground-breaking WideCap-OM4 Multimode Fibre at next week’s ECOC Conference which will take place in Cannes, France on 21-25 of September.

Prysmian Group has developed a new OM4 multimode fibre optimised for multi-wavelength systems; WideCap-OM4 multimode fibre delivers OM4 performance in the 850-950nm window while maintaining compatibility with current laser-optimised multimode fibres. Traditional OM4 fibres offer high bandwidth in a narrow band centred at 850nm.

To satisfy the exponentially increasing information demand in Data Centres, the capacity of WideCap-OM4 has been extended to longer wavelengths up to 950nm. WideCap-OM4 and multi-wavelength systems are a viable solution for 40, 100 and 400Gbps transmission. WideCap-OM4 incorporates BendBright technology to deliver enhanced macro-bending performance.

“Future of the Internet Study” broadens Open Internet debate

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: Arthur D. Little has released its latest Policy Series study, in cooperation with Liberty Global plc, entitled, ‘The Future of the Internet - Innovation and Investment in IP interconnection’ at a seminar in Brussels, Belgium.

The Internet has rapidly evolved from a static data platform to become a streaming video platform, and is soon expected to see its next wave of growth in machine-to-machine and any-to-any video communications. By 2030, the ‘Internet of Everything’ potentially adds trillions of euros in value to the public and private sectors.

This latest report in the Liberty Global Policy Series investigates the drivers of this growth and the investment incentives in the ‘upstream’ part of internet IP connectivity where all the autonomous networks of the world interconnect.

According to Andrea Faggiano, head of Strategic Advisory Services for Competition & Regulation with Arthur D.Little and co-author of the study: “By 2020, the majority of applications, content and services will continue to be accessed by end-users over the current ‘best effort’ public internet.

"But the public Internet also needs to evolve further, which not only requires investment in capacity but increasingly requires higher quality, security and privacy assurances to support a next generation of internet applications, for example machine-to-machine applications.By 2030, over 50 billion connected devices will generate over 50 percent of Internet traffic.”

IP interconnection remains vital, dynamic and competitive
The study shows that the Internet remains vital, dynamic and competitive, driven by a sector that is in transition. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content & Application Providers (CAPs) are constantly innovating the way they interconnect. Existing IP interconnection agreements such as transit and peering are seeing a significant increase in and growing imbalance of IP traffic as the result of streaming video.

Most of the industry is adapting flexibly to new business models. For example, disputes concern less than 1 percent of all interconnection agreements. New interconnection agreements (e.g. paid peering, deep caching) are implemented to support the trend of storing popular content close to the access networks.

Global CAPs invest in proprietary Content Delivery Network (CDN) infrastructures (server parks). Commercial CDN services have become affordable to small CAPs as interconnection costs are strongly falling, up to 30% per year. Combined with the very competitive market for last mile broadband internet services in Europe, this market seems well positioned for growth, investment and innovation.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Qualcomm announces general availability for mobile industry's first LTE broadcast SDK

SAN DIEGO, USA: Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., announced the general availability of the LTE Broadcast Software Development Kit (SDK) through the Qualcomm Developer Network.

The LTE Broadcast SDK is designed to empower software developers to create applications that harness the unique benefits of LTE Broadcast connectivity and content delivery on LTE Broadcast capable devices featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Developers will be able to access a common application protocol interface (API) that can be used in all regions around the world that are trialing, testing or deploying LTE Broadcast. The LTE Broadcast SDK is the first development tool for LTE Broadcast in the mobile industry published for general availability and has been tested with multiple operators, OEMs, and application developers worldwide.

"LTE Broadcast will fundamentally transform the way we experience and interact with live content," said Raj Talluri, senior VP, product management, Qualcomm Technologies. "The availability of our LTE Broadcast SDK will provide developers with the tools to innovate and create applications and services that will enable LTE Broadcast technology to reach its full potential. With a common API, the expansion of LTE Broadcast-based features will broaden the ecosystem, stimulate development and enhance user experiences in new and unique ways."

To support LTE Broadcast functionality on smart devices, Qualcomm Technologies offers a comprehensive LTE Broadcast solution for the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS), which includes a Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm RaptorQ forward error correction technology, broadcast middleware, multimedia services and a proven interface for LTE Broadcast application development.

Qualcomm Technologies' LTE Broadcast solution has been tested among the major infrastructure vendors over the past three years, resulting in a superior level of interoperability and product maturity.

LTE Broadcast is designed to support mobile network operators (MNOs) to more efficiently manage their spectrum and network loads by allowing the multicast of high-demand content such as live TV and sporting events, breaking news, emergency notifications, periodical downloads, and software and OS updates, so that multiple users receive the content simultaneously and efficiently. LTE Broadcast utilizes standard LTE network architecture and modems, helping simplify implementations while lowering costs.

The LTE Broadcast SDK is designed, optimized and integrated for Snapdragon LTE capable processors. The LTE Broadcast SDK provides libraries, tools and documentation for the development and testing of software applications intended for mobile devices capable of delivering LTE Broadcast services.

The open API set included in the LTE Broadcast SDK can be used by application developers for multiple OEMs and operators. The API will also offer a more consistent mobile user experience and a wider selection of applications that utilize the capabilities of LTE Broadcast.

Iskratel to showcase integrated infocom solutions for railways

BERLIN, GERMANY & KRANJ, SLOVENIA: Iskratel, a European leader in InfoCommunications, will showcase its integrated InfoCommunication solutions for railways at InnoTrans 2014.

The solution, which provides business and operational communications on a single unified platform, brings numerous benefits to its customers, including reduced investment and maintenance costs by eliminating the requirement for several different solutions.

Iskratel is currently implementing the solution in Slovenia after winning the tender for the project ‘Introduction of digital radio system (GSM-R) on the Slovenian rail network’. Iskratel is a leading partner in the consortium and is managing the execution of the entire project.

LS telcom analyses worldwide licensing and usage of IMT spectrum

LICHTENAU, GERMANY: LS telcom announced the publication of its study about worldwide licensing and usage of IMT (international mobile telecommunications) spectrum.

LS telcom found that in most regions of the world at least 30 percent\ of harmonised spectrum for IMT services is not yet licensed. From within that which is licensed almost a quarter is not yet in service, the situation being worse for TDD spectrum than FDD spectrum.

Amongst other figures, the study finds that most countries should be able to find at least another 150 MHz of additional IMT spectrum from within that which is regionally harmonised. In addition, almost every country should be able to find a further 200 MHz of spectrum that is identified by the ITU for IMT but which may require effort to make it available (e.g. through re-farming).

The analysis also shows that the 700 MHz band still remains to be licensed in most parts of the world and that the 2600 MHz bands, which represent nearly 200 MHz of IMT spectrum, remain to be licensed virtually everywhere with the exception of Europe.

Internet access expected to generate more consumer spend across the African continent over the next five years: PwC

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Increased Internet access will generate more consumer spend than any other media product or service in the next five years in the South African entertainment and media industry, according to a report issued by PwC.

South Africa’s entertainment and media market is expected to grow by 10.2 percent CAGR from 2014-2018 to a value of R190.4 billion. By far, the largest segment will be the Internet. Combined revenues from Internet access and Internet advertising will account for an estimated R71.6 billion in 2018, accounting for 37.6 percent of total revenues, according to PwC’s South African Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2014-2018.

Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries leader for PwC South Africa, says: “Growth in the South African entertainment and media industry is largely being driven by the Internet and by consumers’ love of new technology, in particular mobile technology, such as smartphones and tablets, as well as applications powered by data analytics and cloud services. Technology is increasingly being driven by consumers’ needs and expectations.”

AirVR - virtual reality for iOS

TORONTO, CANADA: Metatecture announced the launch of AirVR, the first wireless VR headset for iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina and iPhone 6+.

AirVR, a revolutionary new virtual reality device from Metatecture, enables users to transform Apple products into portable and immersive VR units. By simply sliding the iPad/iPhone into the AirVR headset, users are instantly transported into an explosive VR world.

AirVR comes readily equipped with three VR applications so users can:

* PhotoVR App: Experience photos from their personal collection and around the world in a whole new dimension.

* MovieVR App: Immerse themselves in 3D/HD movies, either first-person or via a video on a virtual 3D screen.

* PanoVR App: Plunge into luscious 360degrees panoramas to relive places they've been and experience places they'll go. Full spherical panoramas will map perfectly to the virtual space, creating a realistic VR snapshot of a certain place at a certain time.