Author: Lucas Calka

Ericsson builds end-to-end NB-IoT system for Chunghwa Telecom

Chunghwa Telecom will use the system to trial a range of IoT devices and applications in its laboratory Parties continue to work together to identify 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industry verticals such as transportation and utilities Ericsson demonstrates end-to-end NB-IoT capabilities in support of Chunghwa Telecom Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) will build a NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) system for Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest integrated telecommunications services company, enabling the island to take its first steps toward joining the Internet of Things. Chunghwa Telecom will use the system to trial a range of IoT devices and applications in its laboratory. NB-IoT is a 3GPP standards-based Low Power Wide Area technology that offers significant improvements in areas such as deep indoor coverage, power consumption, device complexity, system capacity and spectrum efficiency. The end-to-end NB-IoT solution developed for Chunghwa Telecom will comprise a range of Ericsson offerings including the Ericsson Radio System, Massive IoT radio access network (RAN) software, virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtual Subscriber Data Management (vSDM), and the IoT Smart Device and Application service on the AppIoT platform. The vEPC is deployed as a dedicated IoT Packet Core, using network slicing functionality, enabling Chunghwa Telecom to explore massive machine type communications use cases and rapidly bring new services to market. Chen Shyang-Yih, Executive Vice President of Chunghwa Telecom and President of Telecommunication Laboratories, says: “Ericsson...

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GateHouse Telecom’s GX Link Emulator Proves a Revelation at VT iDirect

Nørresundby, 13 July 2017     “Invaluable tool for trialing applications, optimizing solutions testing and demonstrating” : Off-air satcom test leader GateHouse Telecom A/S today announces a further endorsement of its new Global Xpress Emulator (GLE) tool from the industry’s leading satellite-based broadband access solutions VT iDirect. The latest endorsement follows that of Inmarsat earlier this year recommending the emulator to its partners for testing all Global Xpress (GX) applications and solutions off-air without a terminal. “When I first came across the concept of the GateHouse GX Emulator, I was impressed, but using it has proved a revelation. It’s small enough to slip into a laptop bag unnoticed, is lightweight and easily held in the palm of the hand. Once up and running, it can replicate any GX package allowing end users, partners and anyone else in the distribution channel to see first-hand what those packages provide,” says Dave Davis, Senior Systems Engineer, VT iDirect   He adds: “We can also manipulate GX packages to fit bespoke needs. The data usage and statistics tools allows comparison of packages and decide which is best for a specific use-case. Rain effects, blockage conditions, congestion, etc. can also be added to test and demonstrate using real life scenarios. In addition, the GLE has a great feature allowing configuration of Quality of Service (QoS) metrics to see in real-time how they affect traffic.”...

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Panasonic works with Volkswagen to deliver a next generation production line mobile testing solution for the automotive manufacturer

BRACKNELL, UK. 13TH JULY 2017: Volkswagen and Panasonic have collaborated to create a new rugged and versatile Automotive Mobile Test Solution (AMTS).   “Together with Volkswagen we defined the requirements of a mobile test device,” said Gunnar Samsen, Project Manager at Panasonic Computer Products Europe. “It was our goal not only to implement each individual technical requirement, but to optimise the product for other future applications as well and develop a form factor that would enable production employees to do their work as well as possible.”   Panasonic worked with its Computer Docking Solutions team in Cardiff, Wales, to develop the solution, which incorporated a unique design to attach the AMTS device to the steering wheels of the vehicles in production.   Christoph Lach, Project Manager, at Volkswagen AG explained: “The AMTS is based on the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet and it meets our production requirements. We use the hardware for commissioning the control units in the vehicle. We have the option of connecting to an external vehicle communication interface, which enables us to communicate with the vehicle, but we can also load the UPS-Client from the vehicle. The steering wheel holder meets all the requirements we had here in the group, which means it’s compatible with every steering wheel.”   And for staff at the Volkswagen Wrzesnia Bialezyce manufacturing plant in Poland, building the new VW Crafter commercial...

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ITU publishes first Global ICT Regulatory Outlook

Global digital transformation calls for smart, inclusive and forward looking ICT regulation   Geneva, 14 July 2017 The first-ever global report tracking market and regulatory trends in the ICT sector and their implications across economies, Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2017, has been launched by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at its Global Symposium for Regulators taking place in Nassau, Bahamas 11-14 July 2017. This ICT industry outlook report represents the first in a planned annual series. It tracks how the global digital economy has been shaping up over the past ten years – what impact regulation has had – and what the digital future might look like in the coming years. The report highlights seven important global ICT trends, seven regulatory trends, and ends with seven predictions on where regulation will go in the coming months and years. “The Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2017 report is a key resource on smart, inclusive and forward-looking ICT regulation,” said Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General.  “Its findings provide useful guidance in reviewing and upgrading regulatory frameworks for the ICT sector as a basis to widening the digital economy and more importantly reaching out to the more than 3.9 billion people worldwide who remain unconnected.” “The Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2017 is unique in that it summarizes information that is relevant to regulatory bodies, operators, service providers and consumers worldwide,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau....

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Keysight Technologies’ SystemVue 2017 Simulation Platform Effectively Lowers ASTRI’s NB-IoT Transceiver Cost, Power Requirements

Highlights: ASTRI experts identified an issue with an NB-IoT standard parameter that would have driven up NB-IoT transceiver cost and power Keysight’s SystemVue software and NB-IoT library provided proof of parameter issue, enabling ASTRI to officially request a standard change 3GPP Release 13 and 14 to contain official parameter change   SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 13, 2017 – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced that its premier simulation platform for system design and verification, SystemVue 2017, significantly contributed to an improvement to the narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) standard. SystemVue enables users to combine existing baseband, RF, and channel models together for evaluation of the entire system. The improvement realized using SystemVue, optimizes the NB-IoT user equipment (UE) standard to facilitate the implementation of low-power NB-IoT terminal chips and will be incorporated in Release 13 (revised version) and 14 of the 3GPP standard. NB-IoT is an emerging narrowband wireless communication standard developed to enable a wide range of new IoT devices and services. The standard specifies low-cost and low-power implementation for massive deployment and long battery life.   While designing an NB-IoT terminal transceiver, experts from Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) discovered an improper definition in the NB-IoT standard’s receiver wideband intermodulation requirement. The requirement was more stringently specified than that in the LTE standard, which runs counter to the promise of offering low-cost/low-power...

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