Qualcomm Technologies, the leading manufacturer of mobile technology, has been met with mild controversy surrounding its Type-C USB port and its Quick Charge 3.1 technology. There have been reports questioning whether Quick Charge 3.1 is running outside the voltage specifications required for the Type-C port. According to phonearena.com, by increasing the voltage to nine volts or twelve volts, Quick Charge 3.1 allows the internal battery on handset devices like the HTC 10 and LG G5 to charge faster than usual.…
Hong Kong-based PCCW Global, who provides the latest voice and data solutions to multi-national enterprises and communication service providers, has reportedly entered into a long-term partnership agreement with Keppel Data Centers Holding to co-develop and market an international carrier exchange in Hong Kong. Keppel Data Centers is a joint venture between Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T) and Keppel Land. It will work in collaboration with PCCW Global, which is the international division of major operator HKT, to complete the…
Angola Cables and NEC Corporation announced that the contract to build the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first subsea fiber optic cable system ever to connect Africa and South America in the southern hemisphere has come into force. SACS is scheduled to be ready for service by the middle of 2018. The project cost is expected to reach $160 million and will be partially co-funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)…
Accenture and Nokia Corporation have joined to establish the Nokia Accenture Business Group, a new strategic alliance which is focused on helping communication service providers (CSPs) and other enterprises rapidly transition to modern digital networks, capitalizing on the inherent operational benefits and new business opportunities. The expanded group is the result of the recent acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia and built upon the success of the Accenture Alcatel-Lucent Business Group, announced in September 2014. In its first year and a…
MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the intention of constructing the new “Africa-1” submarine cable system. This consortium-funded system will connect Africa with the Middle East and South Central Asia and provide onward connectivity to Europe. Companies named in the MoU represent a wealth of experience and expertise in deploying major cable systems, and they are expected to be joined in the consortium…

100Gps upgrades for TW1 and SJC cables

Written on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 08:28
Pakistani internet and international connectivity provider Transworld Associates (TWA), a joint venture of Orascom Telecom, Saif Group and Omzest Group of Oman, has contracted Huawei Marine to upgrade its 1,300 submarine cable system, TW1 that connects Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Oman. According to Huawei Marine, the 100G upgrade will combine submarine and terrestrial systems into a unified network and increase the original system design capacity by six times by using its advanced WDM/OTN product OSN 8800/9800. "This will greatly…
Nokia and China Mobile have conducted a trial of centralized radio access network technology within a TD-LTE network in a sports stadium to demonstrate how the combination can meet the high-speed, high-bandwidth demands generated by spectators increasingly expecting the same level of mobile connectivity they have in the home so they can share pictures and videos via social media or upload content to the cloud. Nokia says it worked with China Mobile to make the first deployment of centralized RAN…

Huawei and StarHub claim world’s fastest indoor 4G speed

Written on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 08:23
Huawei and Singapore mobile operator, StarHub, have demonstrated what they say is the world's fastest indoor mobile network coverage, 1Gpbs, using a single small cell base station no bigger than a ream of A4 paper. This speed was achieved by using a total of 55MHz of spectrum across the 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands combined with 256 quadrature amplitude modulation and distributed multiple input multiple output. This demonstration follows StarHub's deployment of Huawei's small cell as part of its 4G…

Ericsson Cloud RAN ready for 2016 Operator Trials

Written on Monday, 11 April 2016 11:40
As operators evolve their LTE networks and plan for 5G commercialization in 2020, the need to address a diversity of mobile demands across their coverage areas is driving the requirement for greater flexibility in network architectures. Ericsson Cloud RAN portfolio addresses this with architectural options for Distributed and Centralized RAN deployments as well as new Elastic RAN and Virtualized RAN solutions. Ericsson Virtualized RAN, slated for operator field trial in 2016, will be live at MWC 2016. Ericsson Virtualized RAN…
Nokia announced its Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution, giving operators and enterprises a faster, more cost-effective way to deploy local area networks (LAN) at a time when gigabit services, WiFi, the Cloud and high-bandwidth applications such as video streaming and file sharing are reshaping today's network needs. Nokia's POL solution addresses these challenges by providing a high capacity, scalable alternative that requires less capital costs than traditional copper-based LANs while offering a lower operating expense. Based on proven and established…
Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra jointly announced that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build a new international submarine cable, APX-West, connecting Perth and Singapore. The new APX-West submarine cable is expected to begin construction by the end of July 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Once completed, the new submarine cable will span more than 4,500 kilometers carrying traffic between Australia and Singapore. The new cable will incorporate two fiber pairs providing two-way…

FiberLight Partners with Carrier-1

Written on Thursday, 07 April 2016 06:54
FiberLight, LLC has a new partnership with Carrier-1 Data Centers to deliver connectivity from Carrier-1’s Dallas data center located at 1515 Round Table to Infomart Dallas, the hub of connectivity for the Southern U.S. and one of the most connected carrier-neutral data centers in the nation. The fiber solution provides Carrier-1 customers another diverse route to the connectivity hub, offering direct access and limitless connectivity options to network, cloud and Internet Service Providers (ISP) residing in the 1.6 million-square-foot facility.…
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