Restructuring may be next step
Nokia and Siemens today officially confirmed that, at least for the moment, they had stopped looking at the possibility of selling off all or part of Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to private equity investors. Over recent months, many rumors had surfaced about the companies' attempts to find a private buyer for the cellular equipment vendor. Nokia Siemens Networks is a joint venture in which the two telecommunications players hold equal ownership.
GSM celebrates 20 years
GSM passed the 20-year milestone on Friday. Nokia Siemens Networks noted that the first call (below) on a real, live network took place on a network set up by Nokia and Siemens on July 1, 1991 between Finland's then-prime minister Harri Holkeri and Tampere's vice mayor of the time, Kaarina Suonio. The standard had been set up in 1987 but had only been in testing until that day.
Nokia Siemens being restructured after failed sale
Nokia's troubles worsened on Sunday after a new leak uncovered problems at its cellular equipment venture Nokia Siemens Networks. It has reportedly failed to sell a controlling stake in the company and is instead turning to reorganization to stop its bleeding cashflow. Under the plans divulged to the WSJ, both Nokia and Siemens would put money into NSN or else let the less unstable Siemens get control.
T-Mobile, Nokia vow 650Mb Long Term HSPA Evolution
Nokia Siemens Networks and T-Mobile USA today outlined early plans for an extremely fast 3G format that could let them and any other provider get better-than-4G speeds. Long Term HSPA Evolution (LTHE) would boost performance from the 42Mbps of HSPA+ today to 650Mbps. The speeds would fall short of the theoretical 1Gbps peak of LTE Advanced but should still reach a similar 100Mbps-plus in real conditions, giving future 4G speeds without the need to switch technologies altogether.
iOS 4.2 has Nokia Siemens cell congestion tech
iOS 4.2 has new technology to reduce the overhead of the iPhone on cellular networks, Nokia Siemens Networks revealed today. Although unpublished by Apple, the update brought a technique known as Network Controlled Fast Dormancy that helps a smartphone go quiet without going completely idle. The method keeps the iPhone in a limbo state that saves it from having to reconnect to the network, not only eliminating the flood of traffic from a reconnect but improving its battery life by limiting the necessary traffic.
Nokia Siemens DFCA could make more room for 3G
Nokia Siemens Networks today detailed a technology that could potentially help mitigate the data crunch at some cellphone carriers. Dynamic Frequency and Channel Allocation (DFCA) reduces the amount of bandwidth that a GSM call needs to work. The approach can either double the room for conventional voice calls or leave more room for cellular data, including 3G over HSPA or 4G on LTE. Either can reduce the need for extra cell sites or improve the quality on existing parts of the network.
Nokia to fight Apple, RIM with phone OS divisions
Nokia today said it would restructure itself to better compete with its rivals. The copmany will now be split into three groups. A basic Mobile Phones group will handle the low-end S40 phones that make up the bulk of Nokia's business. The Mobile Solutions group will tackle smartphones and will itself be split into separate groups to handle MeeGo and all smartphone-class Symbian platforms. A third group, Markets will be dedicated solely to marketing, selling and shipping devices across the entire company.
Nokia and LG prove peak LTE speed is real
Nokia Siemens Networks and LG this week successfully reached the 100Mbps peak speed of current-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless. The 4G speed was reached by using a pre-release 4G USB modem and a production-level Nokia Siemens network node running on the 2.1GHz and 2.6GHz bands. It should result in faster actual speeds for LTE-based networks as the first ones go live over the course of this year.