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Telefónica, Orange bring new features to in-house messaging apps

on 27 February 2015. Telefónica and Orange have introduced new features for their in-house communications apps to help bring web-based functionalities to mobile customers.  Spain-based Telefónica has revealed that its messaging app, Tu Go, has been integrated with Web RTC to bring compatibility to web browsers. Telefónica said that customers in the UK and Argentina can now access Tu Go ... Read More »

Orange, Nokia, ARM reveal new virtualisation plays

on 27 February 2015. Orange has teamed up with Nokia Networks to install a fully virtualised IMS solution, as ARM became the latest company to launch a portfolio of virtualised products. Orange and Nokia’s Telco Cloud partnership consists of a fully virtualised proof of concept comprising Nokia’s IP multimedia core network subsystem, open telecommunications application server and subscriber data management, ... Read More »

Qualcomm leaps on LTE-U bandwagon with new tech

on 27 February 2015. Qualcomm has become the latest company to throw its weight behind LTE-U technology, with plans to integrate it into its small cell portfolio and radio transceivers. LTE-U aggregates licensed and unlicensed spectrum, using frequencies in the compatively less crowded 5GHz band. The tech company’s subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies has recently completed over the air testing between numerous ... Read More »

Gemalto: NSA, GCHQ “probably” behind hacking attempts

on 26 February 2015. An investigation by Gemalto into the attempted interception of SIM encryption keys has concluded the attacks were likely orchestrated by US and UK intelligence agencies.  The alleged attacks in 2010 and 2011 on Netherlands-based Gemalto were first unearthed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden last week. According leaked documents, US surveillance agency NSA and UK security firm ... Read More »

Vodafone uses cell tech to track customer movements

on 26 February 2015. Vodafone and ip.access have launched a range of consumer presence-based services, aimed at retailers and m-commerce companies.  Both companies had been trialling the presenceCell technology across Turkey but now plan to extend it to other markets. Vodafone said the technology is in line with privacy and permissions frameworks. The technology captures user location and identity informatiion ... Read More »

Huawei preps for MWC with 5G, 4K video announcements

on 26 February 2015. Huawei plans to reveal a new series of “5G-oriented” air interface technologies to help facilitate high-bandwidth IoT applications such as virtual reality. The vendor claimed it had achieved “remarkable breakthroughs” in the areas of Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA) and Filtered-Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (F-OFDM) technologies, which it claimed could improve spectrum efficiency and reduce latency ... Read More »

Google issues enterprise solution to make Android Work

on 26 February 2015. Google has moved to make Android enterprise friendly, creating a new secure profile for employees wishing to use compatible smartphones at work. The Google OS’s reputation as a secure operating system has trailed far behind that of Apple, BlackBerry and Microsoft, despite its overwhelming dominance as a consumer OS. Launching its new Android at Work program, ... Read More »

NEC, NetCracker to develop SDN/NFV solutions under new brand

on 25 February 2015. NEC and NetCracker will co-develop a SDN and NFV solution after launching an initiative to help service providers explore the opportunities presented by the technologies. Working under a new business brand called NEC/NetCracker SDN/NFV Solutions, the companies will undertake joint R&D into new end-to-end SDN and NFV technologies for a “multi-domain environment”, help standardise them and ... Read More »

Ericsson pushes consistency in new 5G technology

on 25 February 2015. Ericsson is planning to showcase new technology related to the quality of future 5G networks at next week’s Mobile Congress. Following tests last summer when Ericsson demonstrated speeds of 5GBps, the vendor said it is planning to demonstrate how mobile devices interact with the radio access networks. The first type of technology, 5G multipoint connectivity, will ... Read More »

Nokia Networks' MIMO tech hits speeds of 600MBps in SK test

on 25 February 2015. Nokia Networks’ 4×4 MIMO technology has been used to achieve data transmission speeds of 600MBps on SK Telecom’s network. The tech effectively doubles download speeds by using four transmit and four receive antennas to handle data between a mobile device and Nokia’s base station platform. By using this technology, which doubles the usual two transmit and ... Read More »