Tag Archives: Telecommunications

The FCC isn’t afraid of AT&T’s legal threats over net neutrality

By Jon Brodkin – The FCC official said it’s a simple matter: broadband providers offer, for a fee, a service to the public consisting of the transmission of packets. That makes it telecommunications.

The Communications Act (pdf) says an information service is “the offering of a capability for generating, acquiring, storing, transforming, processing, retrieving, utilizing, or making available information via telecommunications, and includes electronic publishing, but does not include any use of any such capability for the management, control, or operation of a telecommunications system or the management of a telecommunications service.”

Telecommunications is “the transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user’s choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received.”

A telecommunications service is the offering of telecommunications for a fee directly to the public. more> http://tinyurl.com/qcds8he

Create ‘Machines That See’ Using Industry Resources

By Jeff Bier and Brian Dipert – In the way digital wireless communication technology became pervasive over the past 10 years, embedded vision technology is poised to become deployed widely over the next decade. High-speed wireless connectivity began as a costly niche technology. Advances in digital integrated circuits were critical in enabling it to evolve from exotic to mainstream. When chips got fast enough, inexpensive enough, and energy-efficient enough, high-speed wireless became a mass-market technology. Similarly, advances in digital chips are now paving the way for the proliferation of embedded vision into high-volume applications. more> http://tinyurl.com/o5z7ff4

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RF and baseband SOC for Intelligent Transport Systems

Catena 802.11p system

By Mats Carlsson – Wireless communication is finding its way into our daily life in numerous applications where most of us take it for granted to access information wherever we go. As an example, internet access over WiFi is getting more and more widespread in homes, businesses and hot spots.

One important topic in the ongoing research for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is wireless communication between cars and between cars and road infrastructure. The WAVE (wireless access in vehicular environments) standard as well as government frequency allocation is playing an important role in making wireless communication in cars widespread, which will increase road safety as well as reducing emissions from cars stuck in traffic jams.

The RF Frontend for 802.11p is derived from our existing and silicon proven WiMAX and WiFi platform as was shown in the diagram, which reduces risk and time to market. The new device was taped out in October 2011 and is using direct conversion for both the transmitter and receiver, which eliminates expensive and external filters. Support for digitally controlled AGC provides fast gain adaptation, low noise, and high dynamic range.

The Catena software programmable baseband processor is currently implemented in FPGA, which allows us to optimize software algorithms for Doppler shift and Multipath signal handling. more> http://tinyurl.com/orlsl2d

Telecom unbundling key to regulator’s copper conundrum

TVNZ – [New Zealand] Telecommunications Commissioner Stephen Gale is trying to juggle the competing interests of consumers wanting cheap services against protecting the government-funded build of a nationwide fiber network.

Telecommunications Minister Amy Adams last week launched a new way forward to bridge the copper-fiber gap, with several options that would set all components of the wholesale prices for copper services at between $37.50 and $42.50 a month to give the newer technology a leg-up over its aging copper rival.

Further complicating matters is the role Telecom has as a retail provider in encouraging end-users, having shed its regulatory burden when it carved out Chorus in 2011. more> http://tinyurl.com/mrxs8c7

Alcatel-Lucent Plans Overhaul, Big Cost Cuts

AP – Telecommunications equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent launched a major effort Wednesday (June 19) to boost its fortunes by shedding businesses and jobs as part of a deep cost cutting program.

The company said it will cut back on research in older technologies and focus on its most promising sectors, such as Internet routing and cloud systems, “to address the explosive growth in bandwidth-hungry data traffic.” more> http://tinyurl.com/kal6t64

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FCC suspends flexible pricing on coveted broadband lines

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Kevin Martin, Chairman Federal Communications Commission FCC during his keynote presentation at CTIA WIRELESS (Photo credit: TechShowNetwork)

By Jasmin Melvin – High-capacity, “special access” lines securely send large quantities of data to networks every time you send an email, withdraw money from an ATM, make a wireless call or even swipe a credit card. Though widely used, ownership of the lines lies largely in the hands of just a few large telephone companies, prompting 1999 rules from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that regulate the price charged for using the lines.

The agency said its mechanism for gauging competition to grant petitions for pricing flexibility in the special access market is inaccurate, and it would not consider future petitions until more data is available to remedy the flawed system. more> http://tinyurl.com/ctrcv8z

Telecom Italia Considers Spinning Off Network, Bernaba

By Sonia Sirletti – Telecom Italia SpA (TIT) is studying whether to separate its fixed-access network, helping Italy‘s biggest phone company raise cash to pay down debt and avoid cutting its dividend further.

A spin-off is “one of several studies” carried out, Executive Chairman Franco Bernabe told Il Sole 24 Ore, in comments confirmed by Telecom Italia. Under the plan, Telecom Italia would be “open to considering” a partnership with state-owned lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA as it builds out a high-speed Internet network, he was quoted as saying. The company would be the first incumbent European operator to spin off its network.

Vodafone Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao said in February that the company had offered to co-invest in fixed-line networks, and had been turned down by rival operators. The Italian market had formerly resisted open networks, he said. more> http://is.gd/96IpTe

Ciena Widens Leadership in High Speed Optics

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Ciena – Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today (Mar 1, 2012) announced WaveLogic™ 3, the industry’s first software-programmable coherent technology that scales to 400 Gb/s. This new generation of the company’s family of silicon chips will enable service providers to accelerate the move to dynamic, software-defined Terabit networking while improving network economics. Beyond scaling bandwidth and lowering costs, WaveLogic-powered networks can be programmed to quickly respond and adapt to changing requirements for capacity, reach and latency. The new technology that underpins Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 changes the game in optical networking by making the optical layer more intelligent and responsive to application needs—an increasingly critical requirement in today’s dynamic and cloud-centric networks.

Ciena’s new coherent optical processors help service providers extract more capacity out of existing fiber optic cables to facilitate transport of today’s increasingly bandwidth-hungry applications, improving network economics. WaveLogic 3 can carry multiple 100G payloads in metro and regional environments, doubling the capacity of current 100G networks. more> http://tinyurl.com/82ljgp7

Wireless bicycle brake offers nearly 100% reliability

R&D Mag – At this time, wireless networks are able to brake just one bike, but in the future, the technical elements will be further developed to regulate entire trains as they travel over the lines. In view of that fact, computer scientists at Saarland University are designing mathematical calculations to check such systems automatically.

Professor Holger Hermanns, who holds the chair of Dependable Systems and Software, and who developed the wireless bicycle brake together with his group, explains: “Wireless networks are never a fail-safe method. That’s a fact that’s based on a technological background.” Nonetheless, the trend is to set up wireless systems that, like a simple bicycle brake, have to function all the time. more> http://is.gd/3QFywz

FCC to overhaul $4.5B in subsidies

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By Kim Hart – The Federal Communications Commission‘s plans to revamp a program with nearly $4.5 billion in annual telephone subsidies could bring some changes to phone bills — and consumer advocates and lawmakers are watching closely.

The plan is expected to revamp the Universal Service Fund, which consumers support as part of their monthly phone bills to help offset the costs of bringing phone networks to hard-to-reach areas. But the outdated program only supports basic phone service and the FCC wants that money to go toward building new broadband and wireless networks to meet the demands of developing technologies. more> http://twurl.nl/8agvm3