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Wireless News

December 1, 2010

Virgin Media and 3 to partner up?

by Darren Allan
There have already been rumours whizzing around about Virgin Media's wi-fi plans, as we reported the week before last. Apparently Virgin wants to create a nationwide wi-fi network to rival BT – albeit concentrating in the main on the most profitable dense population centres. And it seems that teaming up with network operator 3 ...

November 23, 2010

Virgin Media considers public wi-fi scheme

by Darren Allan
Virgin Media might not be content to sit back and let BT have the run of the UK as far as wi-fi hotspots go. According to an article in the Telegraph, Virgin is “actively exploring” plans to mirror in the UK what Cablevision has done in the States, rolling out thousands of wi-fi hotspots ...

November 21, 2010

3 sends out human hotspots across the UK

by Darren Allan
3 has come up with a novel idea to grab a bit of publicity, sending out so-called human wi-fi hotspots across the UK. The network operator has conducted research which shows more folks are going online with mobile gadgets via 3G, and the human hotspots are going out to various cities to let people hook up to free mobile Internet via ...

November 17, 2010

Ofcom timetable sees LTE arriving by 2014

by Darren Allan
Ofcom has set out a timetable for the auction and provision of next-gen LTE wireless real estate in the UK. The process of auctioning and implementing the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum won't come to anything like a swift conclusion, however. Ed Richards, CEO of Ofcom, told V3.co.uk: “We expect parliament to consider the draft legislation laid before it within the next week ...

November 9, 2010

Ofcom touts white space solution for rural broadband

by Darren Allan
Ofcom has been talking about how so-called white space technology can be used to extend the reach of mobile broadband to out of the way rural not-spots. White spaces are the unused radio waves in the segment of the spectrum which is employed to transmit TV broadcasts. The idea is these can be used to carry wireless signals, although unlike traditional ...

November 8, 2010

Skype offers free wi-fi access this week

by Darren Allan
Just a reminder on a story we wrote last week, regarding the offer Skype has on for free wi-fi access. Yes, to celebrate this week, which is Internet Week Europe, you can access most wi-fi hotspots up and down the UK with Skype kindly footing the bill. Not every network is supported, but hotspots from the likes of ...

November 4, 2010

Orange launches Novatel Wireless 3352 mobile wi-fi

by Darren Allan
Orange has launched a new mobile wi-fi device, the Novatel Wireless 3352. The device comes with an intuitive interface featuring customisable widgets and on-board apps, and it requires no USB connections or wires. At the touch of a button, the user can create a portable wi-fi hotspot on the Orange 3G network. The hotspot supports ...

November 3, 2010

Skype to offer free wi-fi access next week

by Darren Allan
Next week is Internet Week Europe, the continental celebration of all things web related, and Skype has decided to help folks in the UK get online for free during this period. This means that in theory, you should be able to hop onto most wi-fi hot-spots across the country and surf away with Skype footing the bill. Nice... C-net UK points out ...

November 2, 2010

Everything Everywhere decides not to sue over spectrum auction

by Darren Allan
Everything Everywhere, the company which comprises of Orange and T-Mobile, has decided to drop its planned legal action against the government's proposed auction of the next-gen wireless spectrum. Everything Everywhere raised objections due to the treatment of low frequency airwaves, and the fact that there was no ...

November 1, 2010

Next-gen mobile wireless could be people powered

by Darren Allan
Imagine if you could become part of a wireless network yourself... That's how scientists from the Queen's University Belfast envision the future of mobile networks. And fortunately, none of this involves having a twenty foot antenna strapped to your back, or other such inconvenience. In fact, the researchers envisage small sensors which will be embedded in the smartphones of the future to ...

October 29, 2010

BT going underground with wi-fi at Charing Cross

by Darren Allan
BT is to test out its wi-fi service on the London underground, with a trial at Charing Cross station which starts on Monday. The trial will be run by BT Openzone for six months, through to the end of April, and will operate in the ticket hall, along with the Northern and Bakerloo line ...

June 30, 2010

Cisco holds half of enterprise wireless access point market

by Janet Harris
According to data from ABI Research, Cisco holds over half of the enterprise access point market, but Aruba, Motorola, and HP are all keen to gain market share. With this market expected to reach 11.6 million units by the end of 2015, there is likely to be strong competition. Competition has been boosted by HP’s acquisition of 3Com in April and ...

June 29, 2010

Boris Johnson further details London-wide wi-fi plans

by Darren Allan
Last month, maverick Mayor of London Boris Johnson spoke about getting blanket wi-fi coverage up and running for the UK's capital before the 2012 Olympics. Now Bozza has been talking up the plans again, although as well as having wi-fi hotspots on lampposts and bus stops across London, now he's also thinking of the tube. Commuters on the underground would then be ...

June 25, 2010

Vizio announces WiFi HD router and Blu-ray players

by Janet Harris
Vizio, a US-based consumer electronics company, has announced three WiFi-equipped Blu-ray players and a dual-band HD router, which uses the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to maximise speed and range across all types of media and data The XWR100 router will prioritise HD media streamed to the latest Blu-ray players and other VIA-enabled devices. VIA (Vizio Internet Apps) wirelessly delivers on-demand ...

June 18, 2010

Three UK updates Mifi wireless hotspot

by Janet Harris
Three UK, which launched its MiFi wireless hotspot last year, has been listening to its customers and has incorporated some of their suggestions in the second generation of the device. The MiFi, a battery-powered Huawei E585 Wi-Fi router, can be accessed by up to five wireless-enabled devices simultaneously. Three has worked with Huawei on the latest version, which can be ...

June 10, 2010

BeeWi turns hi-fi into iPod dock

by Janet Harris
BeeWi has launched a Bluetooth receiver that allows you to listen to your digital music collection on your home Hi-Fi. The BBR100 receiver connects a mobile phone, MP3 player or laptop to traditional hi-fi speakers via Bluetooth. You simply plug the receiver into a standard mains socket, and the audio output into your hi-fi via a 3.5mm headphone jack or ...

May 24, 2010

ZyXEL Communications announces X150N router

by Janet Harris
ZyXEL Communications Inc has launched the X150N, 802.11n router which comes with a firewall on board and state-of-the-art WPA2 AES wireless encryption to block hackers, allowing users to browse the internet safely. It offers speeds of up to 150 Mbps which is ideal for streaming music and other media through the home. The wireless router is designed to be straightforward ...

May 21, 2010

Sequoia releases ultra low power Bluetooth and WiFi modules

by Janet Harris
Reading-based Sequoia Technology Limited has released a new range of ultra low power modules for portable Bluetooth and Internet enabled products. The modules include the necessary stack and profiles to allow wireless connectivity to be embedded into existing designs. They come with integrated antennas and SPP and HCI data connection interfaces. The RN41 Class 1 Bluetooth module uses just 250uA in sleep ...

May 19, 2010

Boris Johnson promises London-wide wi-fi for the Olympics

by Darren Allan
Good old Boris has been making speeches again, and this time managing to avoid offending entire counties with dubious comments. Speaking at a Google organised event, the mayor of London promised that the city would have blanket wi-fi coverage in time for the 2012 Olympics. The idea is that every lamppost and every bus stop will be set up with a wireless ...

May 12, 2010

Bluetooth SIG names ZOMM as ‘One to Watch’

by Janet Harris
ZOMM, a wireless leash that helps people keep track of their mobile phones, has caught the eye of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The SIG has named ZOMM as ‘One to Watch’, because of its innovative use of Bluetooth technology and universal appeal. ZOMM detects how far it is from a wirelessly connected mobile phone, and will alert the owner ...

May 10, 2010

Super-fast Wireless Gigabit moves a step closer

by Darren Allan
The next generation of wireless technology has moved a step closer, with an agreement being forged between the Wi-Fi Alliance and Wireless Gigabit Alliance. No mention was made of the Rebel Alliance, although it's believed they were possibly busy dealing with an insurrection on Endor at the time of discussions. The two groups have agreed to co-operate in advancing 60GHz wireless technology ...

May 6, 2010

Hitron demos 8×4 DOCSIS 3.0 router

by Janet Harris
Hitron Technologies is demonstrating an 802.11n wireless router at ANGA Cable 2010, designed to give cable operators a competitive advantage. The CDE-30350 8x4 DOCSIS 3.0 router is based on the Texas Instruments chipset. It promises more efficient handling of the data stream, allowing cable operators to offer speeds of over 120Mbps, with a single modem capable of handling 400Mbps. ...

April 29, 2010

Cisco cleans up Wi-Fi interference

by Janet Harris
Cisco has unveiled its new CleanAir technology which is designed to improve the performance of Wi-Fi networks. The technology helps to clear the spectrum of RF interference from devices such as smartphones, Bluetooth devices, baby monitors, microwave ovens, wireless video cameras and cordless phones. Cisco has integrated the CleanAir technology into access points with AP intelligence to identify, classify, locate and ...

April 21, 2010

Bluetooth iPad accessories from Avenir Telecom

by Janet Harris
Mobile accessory distributor, Avenir Telecom, has announced the immediate availability of exclusive accessories for the Apple iPad. Avenir’s UK MD, Andy Tow, said: "It has just been announced no UK high street stores other than Apple's will be able to stock the iPad. “But this ...

April 15, 2010

ProVision appoints new Chairman

by Janet Harris
ProVision Communications, which specialises in consumer HDTV wireless multi-room distribution technologies, has appointed Matthew Trowbridge as chairman. Mr Trowbridge, who replaces founding director, Professor David Bull in the role, joins ProVision from Renesas Technology Europe. He said, “ProVision has created a world beating technology that can reliably and robustly stream multiple HDTV signals throughout an entire home using WiFi. Many ...

April 12, 2010

WiLAN brings lawsuit for Bluetooth patent infringement

by Janet Harris
Canada’s WiLAN has filed a lawsuit against 31 major companies, accusing them of infringing on its patented Bluetooth technology. The patent, US Patent No 5,515,369, is a system which prevents Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals interfering with each another on mobile phones and laptops. The companies accused by WiLAN of patent infringement include major names such as ...

April 8, 2010

3 rolls out in-car wi-fi

by Darren Allan
Those clever chaps (and ladies) at 3 have unveiled a new piece of technological kit at The Gadget Show Live, down at the Birmingham NEC. It's a car kit which provides wi-fi to the passengers in a vehicle (but not the driver, as he'll be too busy driving to be watching YouTube videos). The kit consists of a MiFi modem, which picks ...

March 27, 2010

Belkin beefs up its wireless routers

by Janet Harris
Belkin has announced its Surf, Share, Play and Play Max range of wireless N routers which come with a range of apps and offer data transfer speeds that are 15 times faster then the current wireless G routers, as well as Wi-Fi range of up to 700 feet. The Dual-Band N technology should make it faster to stream HD movies, ...

March 24, 2010

Novatel Wireless announces NovaDrive

by Janet Harris
Novetel Wireless has just made things even better for users of its MiFi wireless router with the launch of Novadrive a cloud-based storage service. MiFi allows users to take their WiFi signal with them, wherever they go, and now they get unlimited storage too with Novadrive. Novadrive allows users to share, synchronize, encrypt, back-up and store files, which they can ...

March 23, 2010

Australia’s Vividwireless launches 4G mobile broadband network

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Seven Network-backed Vividwireless has launched Australia’s first “4G” mobile broadband network, in the Western Australian state capital, Perth. While the network has been up and running for two weeks, with orders taken and customers connected, March 22 saw the start of Vividwireless’ advertising campaign for the network, as well as retail launch in two consumer electronics chainstores, ...

March 15, 2010

Intel works towards 2012 release for mobile WiMAX

by Janet Harris
Intel is boosting development for WiMAX 2 technology based on the IEEE 802.16m standard, ready for a commercial launch in 2012. The company believes that 802.16m standard will offer significant improvements over the current 802.16e standard. The 802.16m standard will be backward-compatible with 802.16e, and will offer download speeds of up to 170Mbps and 90Mbps for uploads, compared with 16Mbps download ...

March 12, 2010

Ralink and TrendChip to merge

by Janet Harris
Ralink Technology Corporation and TrendChip Technologies Corporation, both based in Taiwan, are to merge, creating a leading company in the global home networking and broadband access semiconductor markets. The merged company will be called Ralink Technology Corporation. Wireless chipset specialist Ralink, which has a development centre in California, as well as headquarters in Taiwan, provides 802.11n solutions to customers in ...

March 11, 2010

Security essential for wireless broadband users

by Janet Harris
With online banking fraud on the increase, Get Safe Online has called for wireless broadband users to step up their security measures. The UK Cards Association reported a 14 percent increase in online banking fraud in 2009, with £59.7 million lost as a result. With cybercrime become more sophisticated, as well as more prevalent, Tony Neate, the managing director of ...

March 4, 2010

TRENDnet Launches 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router

by Janet Harris
TRENDnet has announced its 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router, model TEW-691GR. The wireless networking company has designed the router for extreme performance and unparalleled quality of service. The router has three external antennas which broadcast on the 2.4GHz spectrum, each with three spatial streams producing an amazing 450Mbps theoretical wireless throughput. Wireless coverage, signal strength, and throughput speed is enhanced ...

March 3, 2010

BQB certifies Ralink’s 802.11n Plus Bluetooth Combo

by Janet Harris
Wireless chipset specialist, Ralink Technology has announced that its 802.11n Plus Bluetooth Combo has completed Bluetooth 3.0 + HS qualification by the Bluetooth Qualification Board. Ralink claims that the RT3090BC4 solution provides unprecedented performance and intelligent coexistence between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies. The product targets notebooks, netbooks and high-volume consumer PC platforms. It gives wireless mobile products from partners such as MSI ...

February 17, 2010

3G Femtocell Interoperability Test Successful

by Jan Harris
Kineto Wireless, Inc., the key innovator and leading supplier of solutions that enable delivery of mobile services over broadband, and Airvana Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRV), today announced they have successfully conducted interoperability testing between Kineto’s femtocell gateway and Airvana’s HubBub UMTS femtocell. The interoperability testing is among the first announced since the 3GPP finalized the Iuh interface specifications. “The 3GPP Iuh standard simplifies ...

Aerohive adds HiveAP 110 to 802.11n portfolio

by Jan Harris
Aerohive Networks, creators of the award-winning cooperative control wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, announced today the release of the HiveAP 110, a cost-effective single radio dual-band 802.11n access point, which provides a more cost effective 802.11n solution for environments that do not require dual radio support, such as small retail and hospitality environments, telecommuters and micro branch locations. “Being extremely satisfied with ...

February 16, 2010

Broadcom Announces Multi-Line DSL Terminal Solution

by Jan Harris
Broadcom Corporation today announced a new chipset, production-ready reference design platform and associated firmware that is targeted for Ethernet-based wireless and wired backhauling applications, as well as Ethernet-based business applications that require higher bandwidth. The new Broadcom® BCM96519, the industry’s first and most compact multi-line digital subscriber line (DSL) terminal solution, leverages Broadcom’s high performance multi-mode ADSL2+/VDSL2, vectoring and channel bonding ...

February 15, 2010

ip.access wins deal with Bouygues Telecom for 2G picocells

by Jan Harris
ip.access, developer of 2G and 3G in-building wireless solutions, today announced that it was chosen by leading French fixed and mobile operator Bouygues Telecom to provide 2G picocells for its enterprise customers across France. Bouygues Telecom has more than 10 million subscribers nationwide, making it France’s third largest mobile operator, and was recently rated number one for customer relations in mobile ...

February 11, 2010

3Roam announces modular wireless Ethernet backhaul solution

by Jan Harris
3Roam, the pioneer of advanced networking solutions for wireless backhaul of fixed and mobile operators, announces today general availability of its WLS500, a modular wireless node for operators’ packet backhaul networks. The WLS500 has been successfully deployed by LinkPlus, a leading Internet Service Provider in Bulgaria to create LinkPlus’ carrier-class wireless backhaul. The WLS500 is ideally suited for the backhaul needs of ...

February 9, 2010

Novatel Achieves 4G LTE Data Transmission

by Jan Harris
Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ: NVTL), a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, has announced that it has successfully completed the first data transmission call using Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G technology. LTE provides high data rates of up to 100Mbps on the uplink and 50 Mbps on the downlink and an enhanced user experience by leveraging new, wider bandwidth spectrum. Many operators are ...

February 8, 2010

Billion Electric to bring network innovations to CeBIT

by Jan Harris
Leading Asia Pacific-based provider of network equipment and green power products Billion Electric Co., Ltd (Taiex: 3027, trading as Billion), will present its innovative range of network and green power products at the global technology fest, CeBIT, in Hannover, Germany next month. When the annual CeBIT trade show opens on March 2, 2010, Billion will demonstrate its industry-leading products and solutions ...

February 3, 2010

Cyan Launches CyAlliance Wireless Backhaul Program

by Jan Harris
Cyan today launched CyAlliance – a multi-vendor partnership program delivering compelling, interoperable and easily supported next-generation solutions to help service providers maximize wireless backhaul opportunities. Market leading wireless backhaul equipment providers including ANDA Networks, Dragonwave, Hatteras Networks and Overture Networks have joined CyAlliance, giving wireless backhaul service providers multiple technology choices for robust, scalable access and transport solutions. “The industry is entering ...

February 2, 2010

KDDI chooses 3G Femtocell from Hitachi and Airvana

by Jan Harris
Airvana, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRV), today announced that it has been selected to provide KDDI with its 3G CDMA femtocells and Femtocell Service Manager, as part of a comprehensive solution being delivered by Hitachi. Femtocells are home-based cellular access points that use a subscriber’s existing broadband connection to provide enhanced voice coverage and data performance for mobile phones indoors. KDDI, Japan’s second largest ...

January 29, 2010

ip.access launches enhanced nanoGSM picocell

by Jan Harris
ip.access, the leading developer of 2G and 3G in-building wireless solutions, today announced that it has significantly enhanced the capabilities of the nanoGSM® product range with a new system release 4.1 that supports “plug and play” customer self installation and a range of other features which extend the performance and capabilities of the system. By enabling enterprise customers to directly install ...

January 28, 2010

Harris Stratex rebrands as Aviat Networks

by Jan Harris
Marking the third anniversary of the merger between the Microwave Communications Division of Harris Corporation and Stratex Networks, Inc., Harris Stratex Networks, Inc. announced today that it has changed its name to Aviat Networks, Inc. Along with the name change, the Company’s ticker symbol will change to AVNW and its common stock will continue to trade on NASDAQ. The new brand represents ...

January 26, 2010

RAYSPAN announces MTM-B antenna for improved Wi-Fi performance

by Jan Harris
RAYSPAN® Corporation today announced the launch of a new standalone metamaterial balanced antenna (MTM-B™), offering an integrated solution for ultrahigh performance WiFi access points and routers. MTM-B™ is designed to meet the requirements for single band 2.4 or 5.0GHz designs as well as dual band 2.4/5.0GHz devices, in a small form factor of 15mm X 14mm, which is 80% smaller than ...

January 25, 2010

802.11n to lead Wi-Fi chip market in 2010

by Jan Harris
In 2009, worldwide shipments of Wi-Fi ICs increased approximately 28% compared to 2008, according to data from ABI Research. Total revenue achieved an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18% between 2009 and 2014. “Despite the uncertain macroeconomic situation, total market demand for Wi-Fi ICs is expected to keep growing” says industry analyst Celia Bo. “The demand for Wi-Fi ICs in mobile ...

January 22, 2010

Eseye celebrates growth in M2M communications over cellular network

by Jan Harris
During 2009, Eseye's interconnect with the Orange GPRS / 3G Network was fully integrated with the Eseye M2M+ platform to give developers and customers a single point for management of communication, network use and the application. Paul Marshall COO of Eseye said “Our customers know the real value in connecting with their remote equipment. They ...

January 8, 2010

Swissqual Revenues Up Thirty Percent

by Jan Harris
SwissQual, the independent Swiss network quality measurement company, says that 2009 orders increased nearly 30 percent over 2008 levels and the company has added new customers in ten new territories. “In the recession, mobile operators are buying products and services that enhance network performance and help them to reduce capital spending”, said John May, SwissQual’s CEO. “Our focus on product quality, service, ...