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RuggedPod 4G-LTE Base Station resets CAPEX and OPEX standards in mobile by an order of magnitude

RuggedPod 4G-LTE Base Station resets CAPEX and OPEX standards in mobile by an order of magnitude | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Horizon teamed up with Amarisoft to deliver the first small cell 4G LTE system based on x86 industry standard microprocessor.

Amarisoft software does support eNodeB functions including PHY Layer, Protocol layer, and network interface layer including IPv6, as well as core network features to manage users access and interoperability with existing installation making it an highly flexible 4G LTE implementation. Associated with the power and flexibility of linux it does bring endless possibilities to its end user to implement new services or business model, to expand 4G and Internet access deployment.

More information can be found on Amarisoft webpage: http://www.amarisoft.com

Currently targeting developers, small telco companies and people who are willing to deploy Internet access around the world, this first development POD comes with:

  • An integrated SDR solution directly connected to the x86 motherboard through a PCIe connection. This solution covers frequencies from 70Mhz to 6Ghz and doesn’t require any external hardware to implement a 4G network. The signal can be either amplified to build up a production based station or use outdoor antennas connected through sealed SMA connectors.
  • Enough computing power to drive this SDR solutions and many IP services on top of it.

The solution  provides a 10m signal range through a 10mW max power antenna solution (with 4 antennas 2×2 MIMO).  Multiples POD can be synced using GPS clock signal available through a fith antenna.

Amarisoft and Horizon are  working with AW2S on stronger  signal support which can deliver dual 20W amplifier signals allowing to expand coverage to proprietary cell tower class. Please get in touch with us as to get more informations on this solution.

The dual socket Xeon E5 v3 motherboard included within this developer kit is providing enough computing power as to support with a single Xeon E5 2618Lv3 up to 3 Antennas as to emulate a full cell tower, leaving up to 2 full core for additionnal features.

The motherboard includes high resiliency hardware functions like ECC memory support to lower system failure and improve stability.

The ASPEED IPMI controller provides full features remote management function, and simplify remote operation.

Relying on industry standard hardware the solution lower OPEX by a 3 digit percentage as it doesn’t requires any specific training, and can be easily upgraded.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Associated with Amarisoft 4G/LTE 100 software stack, RuggedPOD is becoming one of the most cost efficient solution to deploy 4G/LTE network in harsh environments, disaster recovery situation or white zone where traditionnal telco’s do not want operate.

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Sequans & Alcatel-Lucent showcase Carrier Aggregation & LTE Broadcast at #MWC14

“These demonstrations will show the commercial readiness of both carrier aggregation and LTE Broadcast in our chip solutions,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “Our eMBMS technology has been thoroughly proven by operators in several countries, and now our carrier aggregation technology will enjoy a similar reception in this, its first public demonstration with Alcatel-Lucent. We continue to work closely with Alcatel-Lucent on refining these advanced LTE capabilities that will soon transform our mobile world in new and exciting ways.”
“We have been working with Sequans for more than a year on eMBMS testing and we have made tremendous progress in making this exciting LTE multicast technology commercial-ready,” said Glen Booth, VP of the LTE Business at Alcatel-Lucent. “By working together, Alcatel-Lucent and Sequans intend to accelerate the adoption of technologies to bring innovative services to consumers and alleviate the impact of mobile data on wireless networks.”
Sequans Mont Blanc LTE Platform is Verizon Wireless certified, complies with 3GPP Release 9 specifications, and supports category 4 throughput, eMBMS, and other advanced features. Sequans’ new Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform complies with 3GPP Release 10 specifications and offers highly flexible carrier aggregation whereby any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each can be combined.

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Softbank Buys 70% Of Sprint

Softbank Buys 70% Of Sprint | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A $20 billion deal....expected to be announced Monday morning and while certain details are still being worked out, the boards of both companies have signed off on a transaction under which Softbank will buy $8 billion worth of shares directly from Sprint [S 5.73 -0.03 (-0.52%) ] and tender for another $12 billion worth of the shares from existing holders.

The price of the tender offer is $7.30 a share, a large premium to Sprint's current price. Given the deal's structure, it will not require a shareholder vote.
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IPv6 will get a big boost from iOS 9, Facebook says

IPv6 will get a big boost from iOS 9, Facebook says | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple's iOS 9 is expected to cause a boom in the use of IPv6, which could speed up service provider networks but create a lot of work for mobile developers. 

The new Apple mobile OS, coming out on Wednesday, will treat the new Internet Protocol as an equal to IPv4 instead of favoring the older system. That will cause iOS devices to use IPv6 much more, as long as apps, websites and carrier networks support it, according Facebook engineer Paul Saab. He led a panel discussion on IPv6 at Facebook's @Scale conference on Monday.

Even when all the pieces are in place for IPv6, iOS 8 only makes an IPv6 connection about half the time or less because of the way it treats the new protocol. With iOS 9, and IPv6 connection will happen 99 percent of the time, Saab predicts. 

IPv4 is running out of unused Internet addresses, while IPv6 is expected to have more than enough for all uses long into the future. Adoption has been slow since its completion in 1998 but is starting to accelerate. The release of iOS 9 may give a big boost to that trend. 

"Immediately, starting on the 16th, I'm expecting to see a lot more v6 traffic show up," said Samir Vaidya, director of device technology at Verizon Wireless. About 50 percent of Verizon Wireless traffic uses IPv6, and Vaidya thinks it may be 70 percent by this time next year as subscribers flock to the iPhone 6s. 

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"as long as apps, websites and carrier networks support it" is the key part of the equation here. Hope french telcos are ready (there were some data glitches yesterday in Paris by the way)

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La Corée du sud lance un réseau mobile deux fois plus rapide que la 4G

La Corée du sud lance un réseau mobile deux fois plus rapide que la 4G | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
SK Telecom, le premier opérateur de téléphonie mobile de Corée du Sud a lancé ce mercredi son réseau mobile de nouvelle génération. Baptisé LTE Advanced il est deux fois plus rapide que les réseau 4G LTE existant. Samsung a présenté le premier smartphone compatible. La Corée du sud semble devoir conserver son rang de leadership en matière de téléphonie mobile. C’est vrai avec le constructeur Samsung, ça l’est aussi en matière de réseau et d’infrastructure. SK Telecom, premier opérateur téléphonique sud-coréen est devenu ce mercredi le premier opérateur mobile au monde à lancer un réseau à ultra haut débit, le « LTE-Advanced.» Et LG Uplus Corp., le troisième opérateur mobile du pays, fera de même le mois prochain.
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En route vers l'Ultra Haut Débit Mobile ...
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UK government and industry heavyweights set up 5G Innovation Centre, want to go one better - Engadget

UK government and industry heavyweights set up 5G Innovation Centre, want to go one better - Engadget | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The UK is almost ready to flip the switch on its first LTE network, but it's determined to be at the forefront of the next-generation, setting up a "5G Innovation Centre" at the University of Surrey. The government announced it's putting up £11.6 million (around $18.6 million) in funding, but another £24 million (around $38.5 million) will be coming from an industry group comprising the likes of Huawei, Samsung, Telefonica, Rohde & Schwarz, Fujitsu and others. The money will allow research to go beyond concept and theory, with the aim that all partners work together to develop and standardize 5G technology, which the university has been looking into for a number of years already. They will focus on energy and spectrum efficiency as well as speed, and although it's early days, 10Gbps has been banded around as a per-tower target, translating to roughly 200Mbps for each connection...
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