Nokia Siemens, Qualcomm team up on Multiflow tech
Network gear builder Nokia Siemens and mobile chipmaker Qualcomm will hold a demonstration at next week's MWC show that promises to double 3G data speeds. Called HSPA+ Multiflow, the tech allows devices that are close to the edge of a mobile base station's cell to connect with a second, adjacent base station. This results in two simultaneous data streams to a single user device rather than just one from a single base station.
Nokia to cut 23 percent of workforce by 2013
Nokia Siemens Networks on Wednesday started a sweeping chang of the company that will focus on mobile networks and services. As part of this, the company will undergo one of the largest job cuts for a technology firm in recent memory, cutting 17,000 jobs by 2013. This represents 23 percent of all of its employees.
Nokia Siemes enters hardware business
Nokia Siemens Networks on Tuesday dipped into end user hardware for the first time and started offering the USB-lte 7210 USB modem, and the CPEi-lte 7212 and the CPEo-lte 7210 wireless routers, to the public. Running mainly on TD-LTE networks used by China Mobile, they can deliver download speeds of up to 102Mbps and uploads as fast as 51. The effort is a direct result of the purchase of Motorola Solutions' network gear business.
Verizon short on network outage details
At the Business Innovation Forum in California on Wednesday, Verizon Wireless executive director of LTE didn't provide any direct reasons for the network's outage late in April. When pressed, Brian Higgins told the audience Verizon took steps to ensure the problem won't reoccur, but did not provide any details on why it happened or which of its vendors is to blame, ConnectedPlanet wrote on Wednesday. The company's 3G and LTE networks went out for 24 hours across the US.
Motorola, Huawei settle legal battles over tech
Motorola Solutions and Huawei Technologies on Wednesday settled a lawsuit over divulging technology secrets. The agreement also gets rid of a major obstacle in Motorola's network infrastructure sale to Nokia Siemens Networks. The agreement sees Motorola dropping its espionage lawsuit against Huawei, while Huawei will take back its claim against the Nokia Siemens sale for an unspecified fee for the use of its technology.
VoLGA Forum outs new specifications for LTE calls
The VoLGA Forum has updated specifications for its Voice Over LTE standard. The new specs include mobile voice and SMS service over 4G, unlike the current standard, which only supports data. The changes will bring with them Voice over LTE via Generic Access (VoLGA) using 3G, HSPA-based networks, with users also getting the option of emergency calls even when there isn't a SIM card.
Technology approaching commercial deployment
Nokia Siemens on Thursday announced that it has made the first voice call on a 4G LTE network. Although the technology has been previously tested, the latest demonstration was performed on a commercial base station while using standards-compliant software. The call was placed at Nokia Siemens research and development facility in Ulm, Germany, using the company's Flexi Multiradio Base Station.
Nokia Siemens LTE Advanced
Nokia Siemens Networks today said it has already run a demonstration of cellular Internet access beyond even 4G. Now called LTE Advanced, the format uses a new radio relaying technique that extends the network without requiring that the carrier build out the entire network infrastructure to a given access point. This will let users on the edge of the network get LTE's faster speeds as carriers can simply put relays in areas where coverage, not bandwidth, hurts performance.
Nokia Siemens EDGE Evo
In an unusual break from its emphasis on 3G and 4G cellular data, Nokia Siemens Networks today said it had developed a method to improve the speed of 2G networks. Called EGPRS 2, the subset of the future EDGE Evolution format adds a second carrier to the data path and promises to dramatically improve the practical speed of the connection in both directions. Downloads can run as quickly as 1.2Mbps downstream while historically slow uploads jump to 473Kbps, according to estimates.
LTE Hits 173Mbps
Setting a new record for long-range wireless, Nokia Siemens Networks today revealed that it has completed a test of fourth-generation cellular data that proves the service quick in real-world conditions. Using the upcoming Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standard, the company has successfully reached wireless download speeds as high as 173 megabits per second in a downtown Berlin environment where interference would normally reduce the signal strength and hurt connection speed. The service crests above 100 megabits per second even with multiple users wandering as far as a kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the tower providing the signal, according to Nokia Siemens.