From the monthly archives: "May 2012"

SKT announced a pilot program in which they are deploying Multi Carrier LTE in the Seoul area, to facilitate higher throughputs without moving to Release 10 just yet. The pilot testing has started as of today and they plan to offer commercial service in July for around a 30 day test window. The deployment will expand from the golden cluster around Gangnam Station to all of Seoul this year and through another 23 urbanized areas/cities in South Korea by 2013. This announcement is multi carrier with 20MHz of spectrum at 800MHz and 20MHz at 1800MHz and not carrier aggregation although they tout their network as fully utilizing 40MHz of spectrum to provide service. They also mention that the Pantech Vega Racer 2 is their first UE to support this. So here’s my take on this interesting approach.

If they deployed a single vendor for 800/1800 MHz LTE, like Samsung, then the network would of course support load sharing between carriers. It’s still possible to do this between OEMs but I don’t think the capability exists from 3rd parties yet.

It appears to me the SKT innovation is to have a network testing algorithm on the UE allowing the UE to determine on initial attach which network was the least congested and/or most capable of greater throughputs.

Network carrier load balancing only would have some disadvantages because initially UEs would attach based on some rules such as provisioning or signal strength etc… whereas a UE assisted approach (both network and UE) would reduce the initial inefficiency. Also noteworthy is the fact that 1800 and 800 MHz have different propagation characteristics, so it’s likely 800 will be commonly used indoors and 1800 more outdoors just based on RF conditions. If they have somehow accelerated handover between carriers, it may be possible to realize a small performance gain just by more rapidly load balancing when entering hot spot areas and so on. Tiered networks in general have advantages if you could realize them, such as you could actively manage heavy users vs data sippers to optimize overall network throughput. It will be interesting to see how this moves forward. I think US operators would be interested in this too, I can think of several that have multiple spectrums and they may never aggregate them based on the costs. 

Good stuff SK Telecom!

Full PR Below.

Links: SK Telecom

  • Becomes the only Korean company to use 40MHz bandwidth to ensure fast speed even with growing number of customers
  • Begins MC pilot service in the area from Gangnam Station to Kyobo Tower Crossroads from today and plans to launch world’s first commercial MC service in July 2012
  • Plans to apply MC to the whole Seoul area within this year and 23 other cities including metropolitan cities by early 2013
  • MC is embedded in Vega Racer 2 and the company is making efforts to include MC as a basic feature for all LTE smartphones to be launched from the second half of 2012


SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) announced today the world’s first launch of pilot service for Multi Carrier (MC), a technology that enables use of both 800MHz and 1.8GHz frequency bands, in the area from Gangnam Station to Kyobo Tower Crossroads, and also revealed plans for its commercial launch in July 2012.

■ Secures twice wider frequency bandwidth to support unrivalled LTE service speed and quality

With the commercialization of MC, SK Telecom will be able to offer the fastest LTE speed in Korea as it will be utilizing twice wider frequency bandwidth than its competitors.

The company developed MC technology to utilize both its existing 800MHz frequency band and the 1.8GHz band it newly acquired in the second half of last year. With an additional 20MHz uplink/downlink spectrum, it will be using a total of 40MHz for its LTE services.

The biggest strength of MC lies in that it allows the use of additional frequency bands and enables effective and efficient use of frequencies. As it chooses the faster one between the two frequency bands for LTE communications, mobile data traffic is optimally distributed to each frequency band, preventing network overload.

The MC system is similar to building an additional road in the always-congested area and then controlling the traffic to ensure smooth flow on both roads. For instance, upon detecting LTE user concentration in the 800MHz band, the system automatically moves data traffic to 1.8GHz to improve data rate. Therefore, LTE users can experience the fastest speed even at times of unexpected surges of mobile data traffic.

■ Commercialization of MC to begin July 2012, with plans to cover the whole Seoul area within 2012 and 23 other major cities by early 2013

SK Telecom will complete the optimization of handset-network interworking and handover between frequencies during the MC pilot service period and plans to commercialize the MC service in July 2012. The technology will be applied to all areas of Seoul in 2012 and expanded to 23 cities nationwide including metropolitan cities by early 2013.

SK Telecom already embedded the MC feature in Vega Racer 2 released in May 2012 and is currently in talks with device manufacturers to include MC as a basic feature for LTE smartphones. Upon commercialization of the MC service in July, users of Vega Racer 2 can receive automatic firmware upgrade by authorizing the process via responding to the text message sent to them.
※ MC service does not support existing LTE devices due to differences in frequency bands

■ Use of 1.8GHz to help spread LTE roaming service

The use of 1,8GHz frequency band will allow SK Telecom to offer LTE roaming service in many different countries. Currently, around 10 countries in Asia and Europe have chosen the 1.8GHz band for LTE services and it is expected that more and more operators around the world will use 1.8GHz, a GSM frequency band, for LTE.

Furthermore, the use of the 1.8GHz, the mainstream frequency spectrum for global LTE deployment, will boost the adoption of diverse LTE devices and network equipment, thereby allowing the company to secure differentiated competitiveness to maintain its unrivalled leadership in the Korean market.

Kwon Hyuk-Sang, Executive Vice President and Head of Network Division at SK Telecom said, “SK Telecom will provide the fastest and the most reliable LTE service through the world’s first adoption of the innovative Multi Carrier technology that allows for the use of twice wider frequency bandwidth than its competitors in Korea. Building on this milestone, SK Telecom will maintain its efforts to keep setting new standards for excellence in LTE services.”

Sprint adamantly against refarming existing spectrum, got some relief from having to fit all their LTE hopes and dreams into the PCS G band by a recent rule change by the FCC. The report and order allows re-channelization of the SMR spectrum to facilitate larger channels such as those used by LTE, with exceptions in border areas (US, Canada, PR) that are well documented and they can only use this larger channel capability where the Public Safety guys have already relocated or are beyond a 70Mi boundary, etc etc, yada yada…

So Sprint has been preparing for this day with their infrastructure being open to multiple technologies and spectrums.

Reminder of their ‘any spectrum’ infrastructure under deployment.  


The current use of their ESMR/SMR 800MHz spectrum is iDEN based Push to Talk PTT support. As this equipment is all beyond End of Life etc… Sprint is busy upgrading their network to accommodate the next thing.

With this approach and what they currently own, Sprint can use LTE at 800MHz or PCS frequencies in addition to WiMAX at the 2.x spectrum they share with Clear. (Some of it is jointly deployed.)

Back to the FCC, they have been shifting around use of the 800MHz in earnest since 2004 and this latest change sort of seals the deal for LTE in the band. 

FCC release here.


Dispatch magazine has a handy chart showing previous 800MHz allocation per initial FCC rules…

  The FCC has a handy chart showing the post July 2004 reconfiguration…

 Difference is everyone gets shuffled like public safety agencies to their own band etc…Sprint gets shuffled into the ESMR section. Note there is a little overlap here between US 800MHz and European spectrum at 791MHz-821MHz but it is a head fake. Due to DL and UL mismatches (The Euro band UL is opposite the US DL spectrum and offset only TDD would be possible so more changes to standards would be required.


Chart via 

Ultimately a win for Sprint economically but for end users not so much, as the changes don’t go far enough to help the global LTE roaming situation. Release 10 may help with that situation a bit as operators look at using spectrum aggregation and will bump into hard choices in RF hardware for devices. This limitation will tend to encourage more cooperation globally if RF chipsets go down the path of fewer SKUs as they have been tending to do.

One other point, in reading through the changes, it looks like public safety can use the 800MHz for LTE too if they cooperate and aggregate spectrum.

 Update: I have a much better picture of the backhaul system integrated with BATS and have updated below. I also added a little more thought about redundancy. 

I noticed a few PRs and an article in Daily Tech that the U.S. Navy is deploying 4G LTE on the U.S.S. Kearsarge,U.S.S. San Antonio and U.S.S. Whidbey Island via hardened infrastructure as integrated by Oceus Networks with stabilized radio gear provided by BATS Wireless and backhaul.

Normally the Navy uses satellites for backhaul but in this case this is more of a peer to peer configuration with point to point microwave links extending up to 20 miles between ships provided by Cambium Networks via Cambium’s PTP 45600.   Note the clever integration of the BATS technology with the backhaul antennae. This setup obviously increases availability and throughput by maintaining better stability and keeps the deployment simple.

I’m guessing here, but it make sense to me if each ship has a full MME, PGW/SGW to improve redundancy so somewhere there is a rack of hardened LTE SAE (RAN Core) on board. Note, it’s also possible to increase redundancy further when the other BATS deployed ships are nearby by utilizing X2 links between eNBs and utilizing loading balancing to vector packets between the embedded SAE RAN Cores. This is more realistic to me now as I realized the additional capability integrated with the backhaul system. I hope they have extra Cyclic Prefix configured for when they are boarding pirate vessels at large distances to send video etc… and some interference cancellation in the eNB and UE to boot. Also note this solution has intriguing abilities to interwork with Public Safety deployed LTE. A big issue when they work interagency situations that could definitely use the benefit the greater capabilities that LTE offers.

The Android devices used by the sailors with their mobile LTE system will of course come Angry Birds ready. 

The reason I call this out is because I think the military industrial complex usually comes up with simplified and durable platforms for the field and this is a good cross pollination opportunity for Public Safety to get some gear for mobile command centers, disaster recovery etc… 


Links: BATS Wireless, Cambium Networks, Oceus Networks



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Combined PTP Radio, Network Provisioning, and 4G LTE Solution Provides One of the Most Advanced Maritime Defense Data and Communications Platforms in the World


SCHAUMBURG, ILL. & INDIANAPOLIS, May 17, 2012 – Cambium Networks™, a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions for reliable connectivity in any environment, and BATS Wireless, one of the world’s leading innovators of advanced wireless wide area network (WWAN) provisioning systems, today announced their enhanced wireless point-to-point (PTP) radio and antenna tracking solution is being incorporated as part of a mobile communications networking project being led by Oceus Networks. The systems will be piloted by the U.S. Navy, providing onboard and ship-to-ship broadband data and communications. The project is the first US Department of Defense operational deployment of Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) and is based on Oceus Networks’ Xiphos family of mobile 4G LTE network solutions.

In providing a combined PTP and WWAN provisioning solution, Cambium and BATS Wireless deliver customers a fully ruggedized wireless network solution that can be used for a number of ship-to-shore, inter-ship or intra-ship broadband applications, from defense deployments to oil and gas industry communications needs. Without the use of this enhanced PTP solution, implementations such as the Navy’s would be dependent on satellite coverage for broadband communications—an expensive and less capable alternative. For the Oceus implementation, ruggedized self-optimizing network nodes can be placed aboard ships, installed in tactical warfighter vehicles, or mounted on aerial platforms to be used wherever secure and quickly provisioning high-speed voice, video and data communications are needed.

“By incorporating BATS antenna tracking capabilities and Cambium’s strong and reliable PTP system into our Xiphos™-based solution, we’re able to offer defense customers a broadband solution that will allow ships to communicate with each other even in the harshest ocean conditions,” said Cal Shintani, Chief Growth Officer, Oceus Networks.

“Organizations from the military to public safety networks are looking for complete wireless solutions to help boost their infrastructures,” said Phil Cramer, senior VP of sales and marketing, BATS Wireless. “This important deployment for the Navy exemplifies the symbiotic relationship we have with Cambium Networks, one that facilitates technical collaboration to solve a customer’s problem.”

Indicative of this symbiotic relationship, the industry-first BATS BTS and AMATS suites are deeply integrated with a near universal list of Cambium’s tested broadband PTP radio and antenna configurations. The combined system can be utilized in numerous applications to provide a truly universal WWAN solution that offers the speed and capacity of a directional system, with the flexibility and mobility of a sector-based or omni-direction array. The systems also allow for a number of mobility scenarios, including fixed (tower to tower, building to building), fixed to mobile (ship to shore, air to ground), and fully mobile deployments (ship to ship, air to mobile command). Used as part of the Navy deployment, Cambium’s PTP 45600 product is DISA UC APL (Defense Information Systems Agency Unified Capabilities Approved Products List) certified to meet specifications required for military and federal applications and is considered the primary wireless transport solution for many theatre-deployed situation awareness programs for the U.S. ARMY and U.S. Marine Corps, in addition to the Navy.

“Cambium has long been known for capable and reliable PTP wireless networking solutions that can withstand harsh conditions, such as at-sea deployments, while securely delivering the required services,” said Scott Imhoff, director, business development, Cambium Networks. “We’re pleased to be able to collaborate with BATS and Oceus Networks to deliver a PTP data communication solution that meets the U.S. Navy’s demanding requirements for a mission critical deployment.”


About Oceus Networks
Oceus Networks provides broadband solutions to governments and industry that enable delivery of high-speed voice, video and data communications. The company provides open, standards-based mobile and fixed network infrastructure, as well as an extensive portfolio of public sector-focused solutions to simplify and expedite the deployment of wired and wireless broadband communications solutions. Privately US-owned and operated, Oceus Networks’ headquarters are located in Reston, Virginia, with labs in Reston and Plano, Texas. Visit to learn more.


About Oceus Networks’ Xiphos

Xiphos is a fourth-generation (4G) Long Term Evaluation (LTE) family of fully interoperable solutions for military personnel and first responders. Ruggedized for extreme environments and situations, Xiphos systems provide turnkey, easily deployable broadband networks wherever traditional infrastructures are unavailable or compromised.



About BATS

BATS Wireless is a leading technology provider, specializing in intelligent WWAN provisioning systems. Through the use of its industry-first automated tracking and stabilization platform, BATS enables organizations to rapidly deploy massive capacity (Gb+), uninterrupted, fixed or mobile wireless networks over long distances without skilled technical resources.


Every day- whether on the battlefield, oil field, or airfield, BATS’ technology is proven in some of the harshest environments on earth; providing organizations access to their critical communications. To learn more, visit:


About Cambium Networks:

Cambium Networks, formerly part of Motorola Solutions, provides world-class wireless broadband and microwave solutions for service providers, enterprise customers, military, government, and municipal networks around the world. It currently has more than 3.5 million products deployed in thousands of networks in over 150 countries, with its innovative technologies providing reliable, secure, cost-effective connectivity that’s easy to deploy and proven to deliver outstanding metrics. Cambium’s ecosystem of partners, development engineers, and support teams work together to design and deliver innovative, forward-looking solutions that provide data, voice and video connectivity when and where it’s needed. For more information, visit:



Jeramey Franklin
Marketing Manager
BATS Wireless
[email protected]
(317)  500-4504

 It’s time for yet another 3GPP oriented conference in Barcelona, Spain. This time the LTE World Summit is gathering to pitch discuss signaling in LTE networks. A good topic since there is plenty of room for improvement and optimization of some of the clunkier signaling. The US operators have had issues with one protocol, Diameter in particular (remember, it’s the successor to the older RADIUS), and have even withstood some outages due to issues with handling of this protocol. 

I love innovation and there are a couple of companies that are getting my attention. An example is Diametriq and their competitors such as Traffix Systems and Tekelec in the Diameter space. BTW, check out Tekelec’s cool Diameter iOS/Android reference app. 

Side note, 3GPP recognizes the shortcoming of Diameter and is working on a Diameter 2.0….

Another side note, iBasis seems the least innovative, like hey we have a voice roaming clearinghouse and we want to be included in the future so here’s a PR with no thought to improving the market out…uh, whatever.

Zahid at 3G4Gblog has some first hand looks at the presentations, go check it out.


Links: 3G4Gblog, Diametriq, LTE World Summit, Traffix, TekeleciBasis


May 22nd – LTE World Summit Focus Day / Master Classes

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

LTE World Summit Focus Day – Handling the surge in signaling traffic

  • What is Diameter Signaling and how will it inevitably affect your network?
  • When is the right time to deploy Diameter signaling solutions?
  • Analysing the marriage between IMS and LTE
  • Roaming in the LTE World – the role of Diameter signaling
  • Effectively handling the increased data with load balancing
  • Smart phone growth implications
  • Tracking and preparing a network for the oncoming surge in signaling traffic

May 23rd – LTE World Summit Day 1

Conference Keynotes

Track 1 – Executive Summit – Re-thinking business models

  • Alternative business models – partnership opportunities
  • Toll-free mobile broadband
  • Infrastructure sharing
  • Wholesale perspectives
  • Multi-play offerings
  • Handling an LTE auction
  • MVNO LTE opportunities
  • Green LTE

Track 2 – Small cell / Picocell / Femtocell / Hetnets

  • Breaking down the fundamental challenge of increased data consumption
  • Numbers and types of cells required
  • When will there be wide adoption?
  • Alignment and cooperation with fiber metro network
  • Flexible backhaul and transition solutions

Track Sponsor


Track 3 – Handling the mobile data explosion

  • Resource planning – moving capacity around the network to handle surges in data
  • SON – providing the optimum user experience
  • Policy Control
  • OSS / BSS
  • Optimisation
  • FMC – Requirements of a fiber network to handle the increasing data traffic
  • Backhaul

Track Sponsors


Track 4 – Voice over LTE Networks

  • VoLTE updates from leading operators
  • Circuit switch fallback
  • The role and importance of IMS
  • Voice enabled devices – what does the future hold?
  • Service delivery requirements, design considerations and the network architecture
  • Monetising an intelligent core network

Track Sponsors


Track 5 – OTT and applications; working with developers and 3rd parties

  • OTT players – their plans to deliver over LTE networks
  • OTT – how are they driving revenues for operators?
  • Video and premium content on LTE networks
  • Partnering with 3rd parties
  • App stores
  • Is there a killer app for LTE?
  • RCS

Track 6 – Mobile Backhaul; WiFi Offload

  • Mobile network integrated WiFi
  • The Impact of LTE Small Cells and Backhaul Scalability
  • How a fiber-multiplay operator can benefit from incorporating LTE into their offerings
  • Mobile Data Explosion – The Backhaul Perspective
  • Reducing churn with a public Wi-Fi plan
  • Backhaul Optimisation considerations over LTE networks
  • Designing and deploying a Sync-E backhaul solution
  • How LTE can help increase operator flexibility and improve the bottom line

May 24th – LTE World Summit Day 2

Conference Keynotes

Track Sponsor

Track 7 – Executive Summit

  • Pricing and tariff considerations
  • Real-world speeds and feedback from commercial LTE deployments
  • How do you increase ARPU over LTE networks?
  • LTE as the DSL replacement strategy
  • Field test updates and results
  • Leading operator strategies towards the future of 2G / 3G networks

Track 8 – Spectrum Management & Regulation; Roaming

Track Sponsor

  • Regulatory responsibilities
  • Spectrum re-farming
  • Interference cancellation – maximising spectrum efficiency
  • Do you really need to roam on an LTE network?
  • Roaming trial updates
  • Device manufacturer & chipset viewpoints
  • What is the spectrum of choice and how to reduce fragmentation

Track Sponsor


Track 9 –Handling the mobile data explosion

  • Resource planning – moving capacity around the network to handle surges in data
  • SON – providing the optimum user experience
  • Policy Control
  • OSS / BSS
  • Optimisation
  • FMC – Requirements of a fiber network to handle the increasing data traffic
  • Backhaul

Track Sponsor

Track 10 – TD LTE; LTE-Advanced

  • Switching from WiMAX to TD LTE
  • TDD vs FDD
  • Device considerations – dongle and handset’s differing requirements
  • Commercial TD networks in place
  • Time frames and expectations of LTE-Advanced
  • The first movers – what is on the horizon?

Track Sponsor

Track 11 – Devices / Smartphone Developments

  • Device announcements and developments
  • Device manufacturer views and plans – band fragmentation
  • Voice on LTE handsets
  • The continuing dongle opportunity – developments and pricing strategies
  • NFC

For view the full agenda, please downoad the conference brochure by clicking here

  Movik’s product announcement caught my eye, its a real time OSS type of network surveillance system targeted towards handover traffic. This solution is an interesting niche. There is going to be a significant amount of traffic ‘in flight’ moving between 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi etc… I can see this will be very useful for small cell deployments too. Check it out, full PR below…

Link: Movik


REACHT(TM) Intp Your Network

Movik’s unique intelligent Radio Access Network (RAN) solution is based on its REACHTM (Report, Export, Act, Control, HetNet) architecture.   Movik’s REACH architecture provides a comprehensive end-to-end intelligent RAN deployment lifecycle that provides flow-based, content aware RAN awareness in real-time across multiple Radio Access Technologies (multi RAT).  REACH delivers a progressive solution designed specifically to address operator needs today and as networks scale rapidly for tomorrow’s mobile broadband demand as outlined below:

REACH Network Diagram


The company’s innovative solutions enable operators to improve the subscriber experience by intelligently correlating and acting in real-time, on all traffic in the RAN. Movik leverages network and content awareness to quickly and easily scale content distribution, establish policies and procedures based on real-time network conditions, and implement traffic management techniques that make the most efficient use of the existing network infrastructure.

REACH diagram

Movik’s REACH architecture is the industry’s first solution that intelligently delivers real-time RAN awareness to the mobile network.  Exposing real-time intelligence from the RAN – the part of the network that impacts efficiency and QoE the most – enables operators to better plan, manage, and control their most valuable network asset.  With Movik’s REACH architecture, each individual element of the access network, down to the sector and device, become independently visible and controllable, allowing operators to take precise actions and policies on a per-sector, per-condition, per-content, and per-subscriber basis.

Movik Launches Industry’s First 3G/4G/LTE Correlation Solution

Tue, 05/22/2012 – 09:15

REACH™ Architecture Enables Deep Unified View into Operational Efficiencies of a Multi RAT Overlay Network

Westford, Mass. — May 22, 2012 — Movik Networks, the Intelligent RAN company, today announced the immediate availability of the industry’s first 3G/4G/LTE real-time correlation solution for intelligent RAN traffic management, Movik’s LTE Correlation and Multi RAT (Radio Access Technology) platform. Movik’s innovative solution allows operators to correlate in real-time not only what is going on in each individual network, whether 3G or 4G, but also correlate in real-time the mobility between the networks and the effects of usage as subscribers transition between networks.  Operators no longer have to think of their networks as separate verticals; with Movik’s LTE Correlation and Multi RAT solution, they now have a single, unified view into the overall operational efficiency of all their networks.

Wireless operators have seen explosive growth in data traffic as a result of higher speed wireless data networks, mobile video and social media and ever increasing USB devices, smartphones and tablets.  With demand for wireless data outpacing the mobile broadband infrastructure available, operators are investing in new, emerging RAT such as LTE and HSPA+. These newer access technologies have to work with existing technologies and to address this issue; operators are running layered, multi-generational, multi technology Radio Access Networks.

Movik’s LTE Correlation and Multi RAT platform, based on Movik’s REACH™ (Report, Export, Act, Control, HetNet) architecture, enables operators to resolve these problems and gain deep, unified insight into the operational efficiencies of their multi RAT overlay network.   Operators can now trigger multi RAT traffic flow management and policies in real-time enabling subscribers to be optimally connected, anytime, anywhere.

“Our surveys show that sophisticated real-time management of traffic in the RAN, at the subscriber level, is becoming an increasingly high priority for network operators,” said Graham Finnie, chief analyst at Heavy Reading. “As operators begin the transition from 3G to 4G, they will also need to be able to apply these management techniques dynamically to subscribers moving between these networks, as seamlessly as possible.”

“Movik is pleased to announce the commercial availability of its LTE and Multi RAT platform that supports both 3G and 4G networks simultaneously,” said John St. Amand, CEO, Movik. “Operators now have for the first time, a deep, correlated view of the real-time RAN that enables them to understand exactly what is going on by device, sector, or network. They can finally see what the subscriber QoE is as they transition between 3G and 4G, and understand network behavior, whether it’s dropped calls, data sessions, or capacity degradation during those transitions as a result of various application or content usage.  Movik’s LTE Correlation and Multi RAT platform provides the kind of granular visibility that allows operators to manage both their CAPEX and QoE much more thoughtfully for both their 3G and 4G networks simultaneously.”

Trials of Movik’s LTE Correlation and Multi RAT platform are underway in North America and APAC.

To register for Movik’s LTE Correlation and Multi RAT Solution Brief, please visit:


Executive Briefings

To arrange a press or analyst briefing, please contact Jacey Godfrey at [email protected].

For more information about Movik please visit or


About Movik Networks

Movik Networks’ innovative solutions enable operators to improve their subscribers’ experience by intelligently correlating and acting in real-time, on all traffic from the RAN. The company’s technology based on its REACH™ (Report, Export, Act, Control, HetNet) architecture, leverages network and content awareness to quickly and easily scale content distribution, establish policies and procedures based on real-time network conditions, and implement traffic management techniques that make the most efficient use of the existing network infrastructure. To learn more about Movik, please visit:

Media Contact:
Jacey Godfrey
Director, Corporate Marketing
[email protected]

OK, OK, sorry I couldn’t resist. Argela comes out with their FENG, Femto Notification Generator that is and I decided it was too good to pass up an opportunity to be punny. (Yes I pundit…kidding, kidding…)  So FENG is a network function designed to integrate into 3GPP WCDMA and 3GPP2 1X CDMA based core networks, but seemingly not LTE yet but this is probably a matter of time, and sniffs message flow over the Iu-h, Iu-CS, and A’ and MAP interfaces (switch and BSC interfaces) and creates notifications based on network events (messages) such as registrations etc… And note, this is targeted to work with small cells…These notifications are sent to their companion product, the Apps-on Femto Application Server which in turn can notify an application developed with their API to intercommunicate. Typical demonstrations that we gave back in 2004 were actions based on a mobile entering a room such as turning the lights on or off when leaving etc etc… To my knowledge, this is the 2nd commercialized product of this type with Mavenir having a similar capability through their mOne product with the exception Mavenir supports LTE networks. 

Either way, it’s only a matter of time before application providers begin taking us down the connected, Minority Report future of tomorrow. I do think this is a good product announcement.

Full PR is below…

Links: Argela, Mavenir

Bottom line is Argela has their FENG’s out…

Argela’s New Femtocell Product Solves the Problem of Network Detections Critical for  
Value-Added Services and Applications on Small Cell Networks

SUNNYVALE, CA, May 16, 2012– Argela, the next-generation telecommunications solutions provider, today announced its newest femtocell product – the Femto Notification Generator, FENG.  Developed specifically for mobile network operators, the Femto Notification Generator is a key component for offering revenue-generating, value-added services through a femtocell network. Providing immediate data, FENG generates the femtocell-related notifications necessary for many femtocell services and location-based applications.
FENG detects these femtocell-related events by sniffing the operator’s network with the following standard interfaces: Iu-h, Iu-CS, A-Interface, and MAP.  Some of the femtocell events which are detected include entries to and exits from the femtocell network in addition to femtocell registrations and deregistrations.  After immediately detecting important femtocell events, Argela’s FENG then notifies Argela’s APPs-on Femto Application Server which in turn, immediately notifies the applications.  Argela’s two products, the FENG Femto Notification Generator and Argela’s APPs-on Femto Application Server, work together as part of a complete femtocell application solution.
“We wanted to develop a solution that is independent from the femtocell and the femtocell gateway so that any mobile operator could offer value-added services and applications even after they have already deployed their femtocell service,” explained Argela’s VP of Sales, Mr. Oguz Oktay. “It is the notifications issued by our FENG product which enables operators to offer the location-based services and applications through their femtocell network.  And, it is the applications which transform femtocells from a telecom device to a channel for revenue-generating services.”
Argela provides next-generation telecommunication solutions and network infrastructure software to telecom operators and offers a range of small cell products and solutions including femtocells powered by their SmartFemto technology.  The Femto Notification Generator is the newest addition to the Small Cell product line and is a key product in Argela’s Femto Application Suite.   As part of this Suite, Argela also offers femtocell applications including: PromoZone, Track-U and the award-winning, ADz-on Advertising Application.
“At Argela, we are continually innovating and developing new products to help operators and service providers optimize their networks,” said Mr. Bulent Kaytaz, Argela’s CEO. “The Femto Notification Generator is our most recent innovation enabling mobile operators to offer value-added femtocell applications.  It was our aim to provide a complete femtocell application solution for mobile operators so that they may increase the ROI of their femtocell deployment through offering value-added services to their subscribers.”
About Argela
Argela is an award-winning, next-generation, telecom solutions provider.  Collaborating with telecom and mobile operators around the world, Argela provides innovative and integrated turn-key solutions for operators to help them generate new revenue, improve customer satisfaction, contain costs, and decrease churn. Argela’s solutions portfolio includes the award-winning Argela iTV, the award-winning advertising platform, Argela ADz-on, Avatar, IN applications, convergence solutions, and an entire product line of SmartFemto and Small Cell Solutions.   As a member of The Small Cell Forum, Argela is actively addressing the key issues of the femtocell and small cell markets which include defining and developing industry standards which are critical for the deployment of femtocells around the world.  For more information, please visit
Melissa Blythe Johnson
Marketing and Sales Manager
[email protected]

  Firstly, Harris has deployed an upper 700MHz (Band 14) Nokia Siemens based LTE network for Las Vegas PD with a hosted LTE core based in Chelmsford, MA. The existing system provides for low rate data and low latency PTT voice whereas the LTE based network provides higher data throughput for more rich information exchanges (ex: maps, pictures etc…), low latency PTT voice, video and application layer to make their jobs more efficient. Do I sound salesy?

Mea Culpa… I see this as a win-win. Govern

ment benefits when they own their own network, and modernizing will help them to infringe our rights on their own without depending on wiretaps etc to do so…no just kidding, seriously the additional capabilities are important and relevant to today’s problems and at the same time using LTE helps keep the costs down (as opposed to some 20 year program to develop a military 

communication program) when potentials to share technology and products with industrial partners arise. Band 14 use in and of it self for LTE is a good thing for all of us because of the extra ordinary anti-competitive behavior going on in other parts of the band by large company spectrum holders. 


Harris PR below first


Secondly, Cassidian, an EADS subsidiary and ALU are announcing their launch of Evercor which is similar to the system that Harris has launched in Las Vegas, but a little different. Foremost is their Eurocentric focus on TETRA integration with 380-470MHz public safety spectrum. The good thing here is again the use of LTE in a public/private context which benefits both sides and the potential for new ideas to filter back from the military/PS side back to the industrial side. It’s also a good step in TETRA evolution for capabilities (LTE services) but that’s easy to see.

Cassidian PR last

Link: Harris, Cassidian, Alcatel-Lucent


Harris Corporation and Las Vegas, Nevada Explore, Experience Next Generation LTE Broadband Capabilities for Public Safety Officers


  • Harris delivers 700 MHz Band 14 LTE pilot program to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Department is exploring, in coordination with Harris, the benefits of LTE application priorities, opening real-time access to databases and video for first responders.
  • The program, the second to be delivered by Harris in 2012, builds on ongoing testing of LTE capabilities by police officers in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

MELBOURNE, FL/LAS VEGAS, NV, May 15, 2012 — Public safety officers in Las Vegas, Nevada, are on the air with a 700 MHz Band 14 LTE (Long Term Evolution) solution through a “pilot” program that demonstrates the potential of next generation wireless broadband technology.

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) is providing Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) the system that delivers the power of LTE through modems installed in department vehicles. The Harris system puts integrated, mission-specific information into the hands of public safety officers who respond to millions of calls each month.

The system capitalizes on LTE’s capacity and capability — such as presence, real-time video, mapping, and voice and messaging. It allows participants to use their COPLINK and Omega applications, which support Computer Aided Dispatch, National Crime Information Center lookup, and field reporting. The pilot program also highlights the collaboration between local agencies.

“Our vision is to bring the most advanced capabilities to Nevada, so we’re evaluating the possibilities of LTE in the hands of Las Vegas first responders,” said Joseph Lombardo, assistant sheriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “We’re eager to explore the potential for improved situational awareness, and real-time video — capabilities that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the field,” Lombardo added.

LVMPD is testing Harris’ Radio Access Network infrastructure connected to the Harris hosted LTE core in Chelmsford, Mass. Nokia Siemens Networks, a global leader in LTE technology, supplied eNode B “base stations,” components of the RAN infrastructure, which are able to operate in all 20 MHz of the 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum allocated to public safety. Harris and Nokia Siemens Networks are blending proven experience in advanced, mission-critical communications, and LTE network design, to deliver a system that allows first responders to test the power of access to mission-specific, actionable data in the field.

“The public safety communications landscape is changing. Harris, along with our partners-including Nokia Siemens Networks-is helping first responders to take advantage of emerging, innovative tools,” said Chuck Shaughnessy, vice president, LTE Business, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. “This program enables LVMPD to accumulate real experience using and testing the possibilities of next generation broadband, ahead of the build out of the nationwide public safety broadband network,” he added.

This program is the second pilot announced by Harris in recent months. In March, Miami-Dade police officers began participating in a 700 MHz Band 14 LTE pilot program. In Miami, Harris also is demonstrating the capabilities of its Next Connect Solution, a technology that allows first responders to maintain seamless, secure connectivity when moving between private and public broadband networks.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


TETRA World Congress (TWC), in Dubai, 15 May 2012ENFRDEES
  • New ‘Evercor’ solution integrates LTE mobile data capabilities with Professional Mobile Radio, enabling real-time video, collaboration and data services that improve operations and safety
  • Evercor will help network operators in public safety, transport and energy to save money by optimising existing assets while providing an evolutionary path to LTE

Cassidian, an EADS company, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) are to enhance safety and operations for public safety agencies, energy and transport companies with the launch of a new solution called ‘Evercor’. Based on 4G LTE technology, it enables the use of video, data and other media to improve the way security professionals serve and protect their communities.

Evercor integrates Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio™ 4G LTE mobile broadband with TETRA-based systems to form the first end-to-end integrated LTE 400 Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) solution for the 380-470 MHz band – the frequency band currently used by public safety agencies and other essential services in many parts of the world. As a result it will support new broadband communications capabilities such as real-time video to complement existing radio systems. It also allows transport and energy companies using TETRA communications to benefit from mobile broadband applications.

At the TETRA World Congress 2012 in Dubai, Cassidian and Alcatel-Lucent are showing how Evercor enhances information-sharing between control centres and field operations. Thanks to high-speed 4G LTE mobile broadband services such as enhanced location information and the transmission of medical records to ‘smart’ emergency response vehicles, handheld tablet devices and control centre systems, teams will be equipped with the vital information they need to rapidly prepare for and respond to any incident. This can improve safety and security for both the public and workers and allow teams to more rapidly identify locations and respond to incidents.

The use of real-time video and data services will improve operations for those working in the transport and energy industries. Early warnings of outages and incidents will in turn result in faster response and reduced maintenance time and costs. The solution will enable all companies using TETRA communications to save costs, allowing them to re-use their existing sites and equipment.

Jean Marc Nasr, Head of Secure Communication Solutions at Cassidian said: “The launch of this innovative solution comes only a year after we announced the joint work programme between Alcatel-Lucent and Cassidian and shows the real progress we’ve made in enhancing operations for companies using the 400 MHz band. We are able to integrate these services with Cassidian’s collaborative suite of command-and-control applications for our public safety and defence users.”

Philippe Keryer, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Networks Group, said: “Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE and lightRadio architecture is being embraced by the public safety sector. Evercor delivers the highest speeds and the greatest capacity for mobile broadband communications networks available anywhere today and supports essential operations in the most cost-effective manner. Alcatel-Lucent has deep-rooted expertise in providing groundbreaking mobile broadband communications solutions to enhance operations and safety across many industries and we are pleased to work with Cassidian to achieve this.”

The Evercor solution uses Alcatel-Lucent’s eNodeB base stations engines, wireless packet core and backhaul solutions, and Cassidian LTE 400 Remote Radio Head, terminals and applications. The LTE 400 eNodeB can be incorporated in Cassidian’s new TB3S TETRA base station. Working in the 400 MHz bands delivers advantages over communications in a higher frequency band. Fewer base stations are required to provide coverage for a comparable geographic area and communication is made more reliable inside buildings and within built-up urban areas.

A video with Jean-Marc Nasr and Philippe Keryer is available on the Internet.

Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.

CASSIDIAN – Defending World Security

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering Internet access at lightning speed. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realising the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organisations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on:, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog and follow the Company on

Cassidian Press Contact
Anke Sturtzel
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 This is not a huge deal but I was looking at DSLReports blog post/story titled “AT&T LTE Network Slower in Markets Like Chicago” and I saw a couple of incorrect facts that although I don’t normally feel the need to correct all inconsistencies, felt like I’d pick on this one a little. I have thrown up the 700MHz spectrum chart for your viewing pleasure.

Firstly our buddies at ATT are deploying initially on Band 17, so they will always be limited to 10MHz channels. If they were to own all 3 bands in a single market, which would be rare, they still would only have 18MHz at their fingertips so that would only be good for an almost never used 15MHz channel or 10MHz channel + 5MHz channel.  

Therefore, most of the time, VZ and ATT are pitting 10MHz of LTE spectrum against each other so other factors are determining the throughput.

As I mentioned before, check the following first:

  • Interference environment
  • Backhaul quality and bandwidth
  • Antenna configuration (antenna quality too)
  • UE performance
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Remember this chart from before? According to testing from RootMetrics, I don’t believe ATT is leading in spectral efficiency significantly so all things being equal, likely Chicago needs more down tilt to improve throughput….Oh yeah, and although they are rolling out Intucell’s great SON products, they haven’t deployed RET (Ok neither has VZ) on their towers so they will need to optimize the expensive way.
MY $0.02. Have a great day.

 First of all, this year’s CTIA was well attended and there were lots of folks with pitches. I will address some of the better products/services soon. At the keynote, Kris Rinne, SVP Network Technologies at ATT mentioned Intucell and I admit, they had only been peripherally on my RADAR. So naturally, while at CTIA, I investigated. What I have discovered is these guys are definitely on the right path. Initially when I worked for an OEM, I thought all SON implementations were the same and didn’t realize that many large OEM’s with lots of current LTE marketshare have very simple or poor SON control options for their network. Anyway, intucell has stepped into the breech and has some interesting approaches to applying SON controls to the network. ATT mentioned that their George and California trials of intucell’s SON control have been commercialized so there is some commercial traction here too. I think intucell is a worthwhile investment for most LTE operators.

Links: intucell

intucell’s dynamic SON is redefining mobile network management

  • Networks used to be optimized manually by engineers – we’ve turned it into an automatic system
  • Optimization cycles used to take days or weeks – our system completes them in minutes
  • Optimization used to happen in periodical big adjustment that aimed to find an OK compromise between all needs – our system performs frequent micro-adjustments and answers each need as it arises
  • Optimization used to come as a reaction to faults and complaints – we’ve turned it into a proactive process that identifies and fixes issues even before they become problems

Once upon a time optimization used to work just fine. In voice-dominated networks demand was predictable – voice calls always take the same amount of bytes and peak/off peak times followed reliable usage patterns.

That time is gone.

ALTNetwork demand is exploding worldwide

Mobile operators today are facing an avalanche of demand, driven by the fast penetration of smartphones and mobile broadband. The impact is colossal. A recent research by Cisco showed that an iPhone generates as much traffic as 96 non-smart phones; a tablet generates as much as 122 non-smart phones and a laptop with a data card consumes as much traffic as 515 non-smart phones. But triple-digit growth rates in mobile data traffic are not even the main challenge. It’s how this traffic is distributed that makes the data age so tasking. Bandwidth hungry users can pop up anytime, anywhere; congestion events form in minutes, putting huge strain on resources and threaten user quality of experience. A configuration that was optimal early this morning could fall short before lunchtime; what is right for a certain cell could be all wrong for its neighbor.

To face these realities mobile operators need networks that can respond to demand patterns as they form and change. Without Intucell you can only dream about it. Traditional network optimization starts with a laborious analysis, based on extrapolation of a partial set of historical readings of the network. Engineers need to make sense of the data and then manually adjust the network. It takes days and weeks from start to finish. The end result of such process can only be a periodical shift from one static work point to another, each trying to meet an average of all the various needs and demands.

Intucell changes all this.

Our first breakthrough is a network visibility technology called Virtual Drive Test (VDT). It provides a complete RF view of any area of the network in real time. VDT accomplishes it with a single passive connection to the core network, without burdening the network in any way. This dynamic visibility facilitates our second breakthrough: automatic network optimization. In turn, it leads to the third breakthrough: a dynamic network. The network is measured constantly, analysis is done in real time, automatic updates are applied instantly, the impact is measured and a new cycle starts immediately.

The Intucell way dramatically changes the way network engineers perform their work. Instead of spending their time analyzing data and performing manual tweaks to the network, they shift their attention to setting goals and policies – and let our system do the grunt work and meet the targets.

In a string of live deployments worldwide Intucell is not only delivering today on the vision of the self optimizing network (SON), it takes it one step ahead – it makes it dynamic.

Total RAN Visibility in Real Time

Imagine this: with a single click you open a real time picture of your Radio Access Network; you cansee all the current radio parameters, of all users, active and idle; you watch your network as it’s actually being used – and you can do it any time you want to. Intucell’s breakthrough technology, Virtual Drive Test (VDT), turns this into a reality. It already revolutionizes network management of mobile operators worldwide.

Virtual Drive Test: key benefits

  • Instant: the most important data for network optimization available in real-time
  • Wide coverage: every phone in the area included in the network view.
  • Just right: only current, relevant data is collected and used. No need to store masses of historical information in data warehouses
  • Non intrusive: subscribers’ service is never interrupted no physical presence needed to collect data
  • Low cost: data collected from a single point, with no physical collection resources, and without relying on huge databases
  • Vendor-agnostic: works with any RAN and OSS equipment


Life without VDT

To understand just how revolutionary our Virtual Drive Test is, consider your alternatives. Without VDT, operators can do three things to learn what’s going on in their RAN:

Most send Drive Tests to areas from which faults were reported. But since these tests can only detect radio signals of active phones in physically accessible areas they produce a very partial picture of a very limited area.

The second alternative, data logs and counters of network equipment, also yield a very partial picture. Logs are history. They tell how the network used to be, not how it is now. They only record activity, so no information is gathered about idle users. And they only collect some radio parameters, so certain things always remain unknown.

Finally, probes could be installed across the RAN, to listen to and record all the traffic. But installing so much hardware is not only prohibitively expensive but also creates numerous points of potential failure. And to top that, huge databases are required to store and manipulate the masses of data collected indiscriminately by probes – another drain on engineering resources.

Enter VDT

VDT eliminates the shortcomings of all these methods. It’s current, not historical; it’s complete, not limited to active phones; it’s not nearly as expensive as probes and it requires only a single point of integration; it only collects the information it is asked to and does not require massive databases.

VDT is a smart and agile data collection method that can detect faults and trends in the network even before subscribers notice them. It turns the optimization cycle on its head: rather than reacting to issues it proactively identifies potential causes of problems – and solves them before they affect users or the network at large.

One of many views provided by VDT: real time power to noise ratio
Radio parameters VDT provides

  • EC/N0
  • RSCP
  • Neighbors
  • Device type (make/model)
  • IMSI

How is works

Powered by Intucell’s proprietary technology, VDT works by forcing all idle handsets in any selected area to report their location. This is done with a little harmless tweak, that never interrupts the users’ service and never burdens the network in any way. But as result of this location update VDT retrieves the full set of radio parameters for all these handsets – using only software probes at the core network. That information is combined with feeds from the operator’s OSS to provide a complete network view.

VDT connects to the network in a single point – a passive probe on the IuCS/PS link between the core and the RNC. Another link goes to the operator’s OSS. Both deliver data to a single server, which analyzes and presents that data in a easy interface while availing it for automatic optimization tasks.


 It’s that time of year again. CTIA International Wireless 2012 is underway (Today is Day 2) in New Orleans, LA. Predictably, almost every booth has something about LTE mentioned somewhere. In addition to the usual suspects, myriad of backhaul entrants etc…there are a few innovative companies that I intend to check out. I have been moderately impressed so far with some new antenna solutions. I’ll explain why in a dedicated post, but as a hint, it rhymes with ‘interference mitigation.’  I also noticed a humorous jab at NAB… see below… Otherwise it looks to me like the show flow is more bursty than recent history suggesting some momentum in this part of the economy. 

Oh yeah, former President Bill Clinton is giving the closing keynote tomorrow…

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Response to NAB’s Spectrum Letter

May 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Please attribute the following statement to CTIA-The Wireless Association® Vice President of Government Affairs Jot Carpenter:

“The flat-earthers at NAB are at it again, denying the existence of a spectrum crunch that experts across the developed world recognize as the most serious challenge facing the mobile industry. While the NAB is committed to its ‘deny and delay’ strategy, the mobile industry is working to deploy the most efficient technologies available, building new infrastructure at a record pace, and engage with policymakers – including the members of the Spectrum Working Group – to identify and move to market spectrum that can help the U.S. maintain and extend our world leadership in wireless broadband.”


CTIA-The Wireless Association® ( is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.



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