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More Mobile HD Voice services available

A new report by GSA (the Global mobile Suppliers Association) confirms that network deployments, using Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband technology, are on the rise since the first commercial mobile HD Voice services were introduced in September 2009 - Based on 3GPP Standards.

The GSA report lists the 18 countries and territories where the services are launched and gives details of a further 9 trials or new deployments.

An important success factor is set to be the availability of phones with HD Voice capability activated as default. The GSA has identified over 30 such devices that are currently available from manufacturers.



World IPv6 day

It is too soon to say whether it is a day to change the World, but there is sure to be Global interest in the events of the 8th June 2011 across the net.

IPv6 is set to deliver a 128-bit internet address field, compared to the 32-bits available using IPv4. These extra bits are necessary due to the massive uptake of the internet and also because of the future potential that will be unleashed by 3GPP systems.

A major brake on the early adoption of IPv6, so far, has been the incompatibility of network equipment for IPv4 and IPv6. However, the time is fast approaching where networks must migrate, due to the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses available for use.

The IPv6 Forum and others have warned that we are in the last year of the IPv4 era, and it now appears that IPv6’s time has finally come. The Internet Society has called for a ” World IPv6 Day” on the 8th June 2011 (Not the 6th as we mistakenly advised last week), when the major internet providers will launch IPv6 services for one day – “...so that people can help evaluate and troubleshoot the linkages”.



33x data growth predicted over 10yrs - UMTS Forum

The UMTS Forum has predicted that voice and data traffic on mobile networks will grow more than 30-fold during the decade ahead.

In a publicly available extract from their “Mobile traffic forecasts 2010-2020”, the 3G/4G industry body indicates that total annual traffic on mobile networks globally will reach 127 EB (Exabytes) in 2020.

The study (Full version available to UMTS Members only) also predicts that growth will be stronger still in Europe, with traffic increasing by 67x during the same period. Key trends identified over the decade ahead include media-rich social networking, increased video consumption and widespread uptake of tablets, dongles, smartphones, M2M and other connected devices.



NGMN Alliance Joins 3GPP as Partner

The Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance has joined 3GPP as a Market Representation Partner. With its high level representation from the world’s leading operators and manufacturers, NGMN will support 3GPP to ensure that mobile broadband services continue to meet the expectations of end users.

The Partnership Agreement was signed in a ceremony at the recent 3GPP Project Coordination Group meeting in San Diego with Standards Organisations (ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TTA, TTC) and other 3GPP Market Representation Partners. In its role as Market Representation Partner, the NGMN Alliance will give advice to 3GPP and will contribute to 3GPP standardisation activities in the future.



How to manage the growth in mobile data

“With more than 5 billion mobile connections today, and some predictions reaching as high as 50 billion by 2020, data applications are already constraining mobile networks and the limits are visible.” Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas.

A new white paper from 4G Americas calls for more spectrum, but also identifies other potential solutions from network operators, application developers and regulators.

Launching the paper, a 4G Americas press release announced:

“The Optimizing the Mobile Application Ecosystem paper emphasizes that the key is to facilitate technological improvements to enable mobile networks to handle the evolving traffic characteristics more efficiently...

Although there are alternatives to utilize the existing spectrum efficiently in the near future, there is a long term need to secure additional licensed spectrum to support the increasing demand of mobile traffic.”


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