The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Ethernet last month ahead of its quarterly meeting in San Diego. Ethernet’s father, Bob Metcalfe, presided as Metro Ethernet Forum President Nan Chen announced certification of 20 companies whose products passed rigorous testing for Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0.
Data traffic on metro access and aggregation networks is set to grow by as much as 560% by 2017, according to new research from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs, driven by demand for ultra-broadband access, video and cloud services.
The research also indicates that by 2017 more than 75% of this traffic will stay in metro networks, up from just 57% today.
Meanwhile, traffic from video services will grow by 720% over the forecast period, with data-center traffic increasing by 440%.
Three of the UK’s mobile network operators have signed up to a government-brokered agreement to work towards scrapping the ‘roaming’ charges that customers pay when using their phones abroad.
Authorities say they will work with Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulatory, and the industry to develop a “UK government position for on-going negotiations in the EU that will help us achieve the goal of eliminating roaming charges within the EU by 2016”.
The M2M modules market is on the verge of a dramatic shift caused by the rising adoption and falling prices of LTE technology, according to a new study from Machina Research.
According to the research, LTE modules will account for more than two thirds of all modules shipped for use in wireless wide area networks in 2022, up from just 0.5% in 2013, as the initial wave of LTE migration transforms markets in the US, Japan, South Korea, China and parts of Europe.
Vodafone Qatar has become the latest operator to form a strategic partnership with M2M device maker NetComm Wireless.
The deal comes just weeks after NetComm (Sydney, Australia) announced partnerships with Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY) in the US and Etisalat (Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates, and is aimed at helping Vodafone Qatar (Doha, Qatar) develop a portfolio of smart-city applications, including security systems, intelligent transport systems, smart metering and smart medical devices.
M2M module maker Telit has said it will collaborate with France’s Sigfox on the development of a cellular network dedicated solely to ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) services.
Based in France, Sigfox (Toulouse, France) has patented a technology called Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) and is in the process of rolling out a global cellular network that uses this standard to support M2M services.
Sigfox relies on unlicensed spectrum and needs few antennas to provide coverage, allowing it to dramatically reduce power consumption and maintenance costs.
Cloud platform provider iGen Networks says it is expanding services into the M2M market and will develop solutions “that provide a compelling return on investment for managing small commercial fleets and protecting mobile assets”.
iGen (Alexandria, VA, USA) plans to leverage its cloud-based infrastructure to ramp up its M2M activities, noting that with recent developments in hardware and cloud delivery technologies M2M solutions for fleets have become a lot more sophisticated.
Deutsche Telekom is planning to cut up to 6,000 jobs at its T-Systems IT division, according to a report from German newspaper Handelsblatt.
The layoffs would reduce the size of the T-Systems workforce in Germany by more than a fifth from its current level of 29,000 employees, and is said to be aimed at streamlining operations to make the IT business more competitive.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) has confirmed that it is planning restructuring measures to the Wall Street Journal but refused to comment on speculation about the number of jobs that will be affected.
China's anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm, the world's biggest smartphone chip maker, is likely tied to the impending $16 billion rollout of commercial fourth-generation services by China's big telecoms carriers.
The probe by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planning body and price regulator, is a likely pre-emptive measure that will allow China's telecom providers to gain leverage in royalty negotiations ahead of the rollout of new high-speed mobile networks, analysts said.
Sweden-based Tele2 has announced its launch of a global M2M business, saying its aim is to become a competitive player in the international market.
The operator provided few details about the focus and features of its M2M offering but said it planned to concentrate on the markets of Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands in the first instance.
However, the operator was quick to point out that Tele2 (Stockholm, Sweden) M2M Global Solutions – as it brands the new business – is already able to serve customers globally.