Operator News in Brief - 26th Jan 2010
USA based AT&T reports that its Wi-Fi hotspot traffic rose fourfold in 2009 compared to 2008. The company recorded a record 85.5 million connections during 2009.
Taiwan's Far EasTone Telecom (FET) has lauched a WiMAX network in Taichung city - based on hardware supplied by Motorola. The new WiMAX network covers most of Taichung city, and the network coverage and capacity will be further expanded as usage grows.
Zain and Palestine Communications Group (Paltel) have announced the launch of the 'One Network' service between Jordan and Palestine, so that customers of either network wont pay roaming charges when on each others network. The move will see Paltel's mobile service, Jawwal, join the service initially on February 1, 2010 with Zain Jordan only at this stage and eventually it is planned to expand the connection to all other 22 Zain networks.
Bulgaria's M-Tel has upgraded its SMS traffic router with Openmind's messaging platform Traffic Control. The platform is currently routing all of M-tel's SMS traffic with the capacity to handle up to 2,000 messages per second. In addition M-tel has selected the Adapt module from Openmind, which is an open API that enables the operator to design and build its own new messaging services.
Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a EUR22 million contract by Togo Cellulaire to extend their network capacity in GSM and to build the first 3G wireless broadband network in the country. The new network will be deployed by the end of 2010.
AT&T is to embed background noise cancellation capabilities into its custom-specified handsets from early 2010, says Audience Inc, which provides the software. The Audience voice processor chip can identify the primary voice in conversation and cancel out background noise, intermittent sounds and echoes, whether speaking or listening, to improve mobile call quality in noisy environments.
Harris Stratex Networks says that it is supplying its Eclipse radios to Somali mobile network, Hormuud Telecom Somalia. The new deployment is part of a long standing relationship between Harris Stratex and Hormuud Telecom, which has already installed over 200 Eclipse series radios.
Orange France has started a staggered rollout of an upgrade to its HSPA network to increase the download speed from 7.2Mbs to 14.4 Mbs. The rollout starts in parts of Paris and will be extended to other cities during the rest of the year.
Redknee has announced that India's Loop Mobile has deployed its Next Generation Rating and Charging solution.