It’s about time for a new iPhone, and with the rumors about an iPhone 5S and maybe even a cheaper version getting stronger, AllThingsD now reports that the next iPhone will launch on September 10. Apple introduced the iPhone 5 on September 12, 2012, so there is a good chance AllThingsD’s sources are correct, though we haven’t heard anything from our usual sources yet (and earlier rumors of a June launch definitely didn’t pan out).
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which covers 34 countries that claim to support democracy and a market economy, has reported that the United Kingdom experienced an annual growth rate of 172% for true fibre optic broadband (FTTH/P/B) ISP connections.
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LTE Service Assurance is essential today. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the new standard for 4G wireless networks worldwide. LTE is a dramatic leap forward in terms of high speeds and low latency, enabling high quality video streaming, multi-player online action games and lightening fast file downloads. To meet LTE subscribers’ expectations for the highest quality of experience and ultra-high bandwidth, service assurance solutions need to monitor subscribers’ QoE and provide powerful troubleshooting tools to resolve issues rapidly
The complexity of 4G service delivery in LTE networks, together with rising user expectations of service quality, present a challenge to service providers. Customers’ expectation of a seamless user experience, in addition to their requirement of a high standard of customer care, underline the need for powerful monitoring and troubleshooting tools.
In addition, LTE’s high speeds present new LTE monitoring challenges to the service provider.
Operators deploying and operating LTE networks need powerful monitoring tools to manage services.
Operators need to monitor each and every subscriber session to immediately detect any decrease in Quality of Experience.
New network architecture with several interfaces and diverse protocols requires powerful troubleshooting tools.
Engineers must understand and rectify problems arising from network congestion, inadequate radio resources, mobility and data network abuse .
Operators need to proactively monitor SLAs and react quickly to rectify problems that degrade service quality.
This leads to an overlay of new capability to be delivered for existing Telecom operators to manage LTE infrastructure.
I’ve recently taken an EE4G contract and I’ve been testing the LTE speeds when I’ve been in an area of coverage (still not commonplace) I’ve seen speeds of up to 30Mb Download and 20Mb Upload – the highest readings were in Soho in London so I was expecting with population density there would be more users in that Cell. It is quite promising and with real competition coming from H3G and others prices should soon fall, and the stupid caps on LTE usage (I have 6Gb/Month – with 3G I had unlimited)
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After suffering two major service outages in the U.K., Telefónica UK Ltd. ‘s O2 said it will remove the central user database supplied by Ericsson that took its network down on both occasions. The rip-and-replace project will cost the operator £10 million (US$16 million), which is in addition to the £1.5 million ($2.4 million) that O2 claims it spends on its network each day. In a statement issued on Wednesday, O2 COO Derek McManus said: “We are removing the Central User Database provided by one of our suppliers, which has suffered two different faults in the last few months. We are not prepared to risk this happening to our customers for a third time and are implementing a proven alternative solution.”
An O2 spokesman said the operator had not yet decided which vendor or product would replace the Ericsson database.
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Market Share Analysis: Telecom Operations Management Systems (BSS, OSS and SDP), Worldwide, 2010-2011
The telecom operations management systems market continues to consolidate. The top 25 vendors accounted for nearly 64% of revenue in 2011, versus 60% in 2010. Accenture and Ericsson lead with $3.1 billion and $2.6 billion respectively.
The longstanding commercial relationship between BT and Huawei is being investigated by parliament’s intelligence and security committee, its chairman Sir Malcolm Rifkind has confirmed to the Guardian.
In a move that could cause disruption to major broadband and mobile phone infrastructure projects in the UK should security fears be raised about Huawei’s equipment, the committee is “reviewing the whole presence of Huawei in regard to our critical national infrastructure and whether that should give rise for concern”.
The committee has been taking evidence in private for some months from members of the security services, and is considering whether to make some of its findings and recommendations public. A report will be sent to David Cameron before Christmas.
“In the background are allegations that Huawei has links to the People’s Liberation Army in China, and that any Chinese company is ultimately subject to the Chinese government,” said Rifkind.
Huawei is a supplier to BT, which gave the Chinese company its first big contract in western Europe in 2005, using its equipment to modernise its copper broadband service. Huawei is now a big supplier to BT’s national rollout of fibre-optic broadband, one of the largest infrastructure projects under way in the UK. Its equipment has also been used to build the 4G network being launched at the end of this month by EE, the owner of Orange and T-Mobile, and other clients include TalkTalk, Vodafone and BSkyB.
We at G Spice Consulting feel that this is a witch hunt, whilst Huawei do have questionable business practices (mainly due to the differences in Financial Governance in China) the accusations levelled are at present unfounded, and as most industry insiders will know even US Manufacturer Cisco has back doors into it’s equipment. The issue for the US and indeed Europe is that Huawei and ZTE are now so dominant oin their respective Telecom markets that to chose an alternative means losing competitive advantage in the current challenging marketplace.
For the full story by Juliette Gartside on the guardian site see here
EE, the company formerly known as Everything Everywhere and parent of Orange and T-Mobile, has announced its fast 4G LTE network, the first of its kind in the UK, will be going live on October 30.
Company chief executive Olaf Swantee issued a statement announcing the plans, saying: ‘This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.’
‘We are very proud to be pioneering, innovating and leading our industry in launching 4G for our nation through our new EE brand,’ he added.
From the end of October, EE’s 4G network will be activated in ten UK cities, providing mobile data speeds five times quicker than current 3G services (around 40MB speeds similar to home broadband) to Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
By the end of the year 16 citites will have coverage as 4G will be extended to Belfast, Derby, Hull, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southampton. The plan is to have 98 per cent coverage of the UK by 2014.
To access the 4G network users will of course need to be signed up to an EE contract and have their 4G SIM. You’ll also need a 4G capable handset.
EE has launched multiple handsets for customers, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
Later these will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE, iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920.