Archive for December 2008

2009, Verizon Wireless & LTE, together.

December 11, 2008

Verizon Wireless CTO Dick Lynch said the operator expects to have Long Term Evolution technology in service somewhere in the U.S. by December 2009. Lynch, speaking at Cisco Systems’ C-Scape conference in San Jose, also said Verizon will offer femtocells, which will likely include WiFi as an added feature, shortly after introducing LTE.

“A femtocell of LTE or an access point of WiFi is a really critical component of the way customers want their broadband delivered,” Lynch said.

Verizon’s move represents an aggressive timeframe for LTE, which has largely been understood to hit the market in 2010. However, speakers at this week’s LTE America’s conference indicated they were skeptical that a 2010 LTE launch was attainable, according to an article in RCR News. LTE was supposed to be standardized by the end of this year, but the date has now been pushed to March.

Qualcomm has also recently issued an aggressive timeline for releasing engineering samples of its LTE/HSPA+ device modem. It is trying for the second quarter of 2009. The company, however, cautioned commercial availability of of the MDM9000 “still depends on a number of very uncertain factors, many of which are dependent on mobile network operators’ plans and investment priorities about how and when to roll out this next stage of wireless technology,” said Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president and general manager for Qualcomm Europe, speaking at the company’s inaugural European Innovation Summit last week.

Why the rush for Verizon? Ken Hyers, analyst with Technology Business Research, said in a recent interview that Verizon desires to push aggressively with LTE because it’s running out of data capacity on its CDMA EVDO network and must compete with higher speed HSPA+ AT&T Wireless is rolling out before its own LTE launch.

“The operator’s entire reputation is built around network quality and coverage and having the best network,” Hyers said. Verizon “will have to continue increasing data capacity.”

RCR Wireless: VZW plan to deploy LTE in 2009 could rely on non-standard technology.

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Obama commits to broadband investment.

December 11, 2008

 

  President-elect Barack Obama indicated in his weekly radio and YouTube address Saturday that broadband and national Internet access would be part of what has been referred to by observers as the “new New Deal,” Obama’s plan to attack economic crisis and rampant unemployment through massive national infrastructure investment. In the early 20th Century, that meant money for highway construction and other public works projects, but in the 21st Century, the Internet is getting added to the list.

Obama said Saturday, “It is unacceptable that the United States ranks 15th in the world in broadband adoption.” Glad we finally know where he stands on that issue-we’re kidding, since among other things, Obama already is being called the first broadband-conscious president. Obama also unfortunately resurrected the phrase “information superhighway.”

Obama’s verbal commitment to broadband and Internet investment comes after an aide to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last week indicated that Congress would include technology infrastructure investment as part of a multi-industry economic stimulus package. Also, Obama’s words answered the “Call to Action for a National Broadband Strategy” made by a coalition of dozens of telecom companies just over a week ago.

Broadcasting & Cable: Obama Vows Broadband Expansion in Recovery Plan.

There will not be a United Europe, ever. EU ministers reject ‘super-regulator’ idea.

December 1, 2008

  The effort to create a so-called “super-regulator” of telecom matters in Europe was dealt another blow late last week while Americans were preparing their Thanksgiving dinners. While meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the European Union telecoms ministers rejected the latest proposal from the European Commission and Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding to create such a group that could have veto power over the regulatory agencies of individual European countries.

Reding has pursued variations on the super-regulator plan for more than a year, but the European Union has only made minor concessions toward her efforts. After last week’s rejection, Reding cited a recent U.S. intelligence report that suggested the EU’s status as a politically powerful group could weaken by 2025.

EUobserver: EU states bin telecoms ‘super-regulator’ idea.