Huawei Out for Sprint/SoftBank Infrastructure

Sprint Nextel and SoftBank, have assured lawmakers that they would not use equipment from China’s Huawei in Sprint’s cellphone network, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said on Thursday.

Representative Mike Rogers, the chairman of the committee, said both Sprint and SoftBank of Japan had pledged not to use Huawei equipment in the existing Sprint network. The two also said they would move to replace Huawei products in the network of Clearwire, a high-speed data service provider that Sprint is in the process of acquiring. Chairman Rogers served as an officer in the U.S. Army and as a Special Agent in the FBI.

Here are five reasons why the US may be making a mistake:

  • All Governments lie. Just like individuals. Evidence in a court of law is the best defense.
  • Huawei is the world authority on TD-LTE. Denying their expertise is misguided.
  • Consumer costs will increase while Apple and Intel can expect retaliation.
  • Intel can kiss any “cloud basestation” partnership with ZTE or Huawei goodbye.
  • Does Cisco really think this action will increase their market share?

Without evidence, the governments case seems dubious.

If SoftBank takes control of Sprint, the combined group will not be able to use SoftBank’s experience of using Huawei equipment for TD LTE mobile broadband services. SoftBank is using Huawei equipment for the Wireless City Planning project.

Japan’s third largest mobile operator, Softbank, is implementing a TD-LTE system like that planned by Clearwire in the USA. Softbank 4G is built and run by Wireless City Planning (WCP), a division of Softbank’s E-Access.

Softbank’s TD-LTE network is being deployed in Japan with the help of ZTE and Huawei (pdf) on the 2.6 GHz band. Softbank uses virtually the same LTE-A technology as Clearwire plans.

Softbank awarded Huawei and ZTE construction contracts for their TD-LTE network. Softbank expected one million TD-LTE subscribers by the end of 2012; with TD-LTE base stations to reach 30,000 by March 2013. Softbank’s 2.6 GHz TD-LTE network will cover 90% of the area and population in Japan by the end of 2013.

The 52-page report (pdf), which is unclassified, doesn’t include evidence showing either Huawei or ZTE equipment has been used for spying. But it says some companies in the U.S. “have experienced odd or alerting incidents” involving Huawei or ZTE equipment, although it provides no details.

The report comes as Huawei reportedly considers an IPO. Huawei is now the world’s second-largest provider of telecommunications equipment, and it does 70% of its business outside China.

ZTE has a smaller U.S. footprint, primarily through sales of devices like smartphones. Its sales in the U.S were $30 million last year. State-owned enterprises own 15.68% of the company.

Both Huawei and ZTE are dominant international players in 4G LTE infrastructure. Carriers in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America have committed to the Chinese vendors for major parts of their 4G infrastructure.

China Mobile and Intel recently announced a joint “cloud basestation” venture to lower the cost of broadband. It this approach, tiny radio hubs, not much bigger than WiFi hotspots, are controlled by Intel servers miles away.

China Mobile Research Institute in Beijing is collaborating with Intel Labs and China Mobile to design and prototype a full-scale Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN).

Huawei and Intel have joined forces to create an interoperability test lab that will focus on China’s homegrown time-division LTE (TD-LTE) network. Like ALU’s lightRadio, Intel’s Cloud – Radio Access Network (C-RAN) splits the base station from the integrated antenna/radio at the cell site.

The Chinese government has recently indicated it is likely to regulate the smartphone and application industries within China more closely. Presumably, China could place a hefty import tariff on the iPhone and Intel processors as retaliation.

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Facebook Phone?

Facebook just invited press to an event at its headquarters on April 4th to “Come See Our New Home On Android”. Sources tell TechCrunch it will be a modified version of the Android operating system with deep native Facebook functionality on the homescreen that may live on an HTC handset.

In addition to a modified OS, Facebook could launch a more basic homescreen replacement that would be compatible with standard versions of Android. This would give users a Facebook-heavy homescreen experience with much of the features described above, but without deeper operating system hooks and data access.

Its recent developments around VoIP could let it develop a Phone app alternative. Its standalone Messenger for iOS and Android apps let users send up to one-minute voice messages. It’s also testing open source VoIP calling over a user’s existing data plan. When possible, Facebook could route calls over its self-built open sourced Skype alternative, and use normal a cellular connection if a call’s recipient isn’t equipped with the right Facebook app.

WiFi Sensors from Monnit

Monnit Corporation today released a new line of Wi-Fi sensors, known as MoWi. These sensors use an integrated, 2.4GHz – 802.11b/g, FCC/CE certified radio transmitter that allows them to work with Wi-Fi networks globally.

MoWi sensors are available in 12 of the most popular sensing types including; temperature, humidity, door and window (open/close), motion, water, activity, dry contact and button. Focused on simplicity, MoWi says their wireless sensors can be setup, gathering data and notifying users of concerns in just a few minutes.

The MonnitLink Ethernet gateway allows your Monnit WiFi Sensors to communicate with the iMonnit Online Monitoring and Notification System without the need for a PC. The online data monitoring system, aggregates sensor information and sends notifications via text or email if user defined conditions are met or exceeded.

Starting at $149, MoWi sensors are immediately available. Monnit also provides MoWi sensors to OEM’s and Reseller’s through EMSensors.com, which allows for white labeling (private branding) of both the wireless sensor hardware and the online monitoring software.

In (somewhat) related news, Massachusetts-based startup MC10 has demonstrated a new skin sensing technology called a “bio-stamp”.

The bio-stamp can measure a person’s heart rate or EKG when worn on the skin or measure signals from the brain if worn on the forehead. Future uses could include minimally invasive or implantable medical devices. Reebok-CCM Hockey and MC10 are working on a wearable sports impact indicator that identifies impacts to the head during play. It will be commercially available later this year.

The quantified self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life. ABI Research says wearable fitness and medical sensors. Such devices include heart-rate monitors, glucose measurement sensors, sleep monitors, activity sensors, and others.

Over the next five years, the market for wearable wireless devices will grow to 169.5 million devices in 2017, up from 20.77 million in 2011, a CAGR of 41%.

Juniper Research predicts by the year 2014, there will be a total of 2.7 million annual mobile health monitoring events globally, generating some $1.9 billion by 2014.

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Pepwave Mobile Router: 4 Wireless USB Modems

Pepwave’s new MAX On-The-Go bonds the bandwidth of up to four 4G LTE/3G modems for high-speed, high-availability VPNs that go where you go. Pepwave’s bandwidth bonding automatically distributes traffic across wireless links, allowing you to work quickly and confidently wherever you go.

USB plug-and-play uses up to four 4G LTE/3G modems so you can deploy fast and secure mobile VPN connections, complete with seamless failover and multiple advanced link load-balancing algorithms, in just minutes.

Pepwave’s Max On-The-Go mobile router with load balancing is $399 at the 3G store.

Google Expands Maps Engine

For enterprises, Google Maps Engine lets businesses add data to Google maps. But experts aren’t the only ones like to make maps, says Google;s LatLong blog. Today they’re launching Google Maps Engine Lite (Beta), so any mapping enthusiast can now create and share custom maps. You can import small spreadsheets of locations onto a comprehensive map, visualize those places through a variety of styling and drawing options, and organize and compare up to three different data sets for your non-business purposes.

Here are a few examples of maps that’ve been created with the new lite edition of Google Maps Engine.

The MAPA Project, a nonprofit dedicated to African conservation, used Maps Engine Lite to map the locations of shark spotters; trained observers who watch the water for sharks in South Africa. Spreadsheets of Shark Spotters locations and recent white shark sightings were both imported to create the map below. Learn more about how to recreate this map through this tutorial.

Here’s a map using trail heads from San Francisco Bay Area Hiker and information about the different pet requirements on each route. The resulting map also denotes which hikes require a leash, and is great for sharing with friends and other dog lovers.

With Google’s My Maps feature, you can currently create and share maps of your world, marked with the locations, routes and regions of interest that matter to you. You sign in with your Google Account to get access to this feature.

If you have already created My Maps, you can import your existing My Maps, layering them with still more information to make them more detailed and helpful than ever before. These My Maps will continue to be available for people who want to create simple custom maps, and will eventually be incorporated into Google Maps Engine Lite.

Poynter explains how journalists can use Excel to organize data for stories. The Huffington Post compiled and mapped news reports of gun-related homicides and accidental deaths in the U.S. since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.(map)

The team built the map using geo-coding from MapQuest. To build the interactive elements of the map, they chose an open-source program called D3, which describes itself as a JavaScript library for manipulating documentsbased on data. D3 allows users to move in on a section of a map just by clicking on it.

Internet Attack: Biggest Yet

The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack in history, reports the BBC. Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the attacks. Millions of ordinary Internet users have experienced delays in services like Netflix or could not reach a particular Web site for a short time, reports the NY Times.

The so-called distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks have reached previously unknown magnitudes, growing to a data stream of 300 billion bits per second.

“It is the largest publicly announced DDoS attack in the history of the Internet,” said Patrick Gilmore, chief architect at Akamai Technologies

Spamhaus, a group based in both London and Geneva, is a non-profit organisation, maintains a number of blocklists – a database of servers known to be being used for malicious purposes.

Steve Linford, chief executive for Spamhaus, told the BBC the scale of the attack was unprecedented. Spamhaus has alleged that Cyberbunker, in cooperation with “criminal gangs” from Eastern Europe and Russia, is behind the attack.

Meanwhile, the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) cable has been cut, causing a slowdown in and around Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia. The cut was said to be near Alexandria in Egypt.

According to Egyptian military spokesman, three men were arrested attempting to cut the cable from a fishing boat located approximately 820 yards from Alexandria. The attackers’ motivation for the attack is unknown.

Internet service in Egypt had already been off since 22 March, supposedly because a passing ship damaged a separate cable. The trio took to the water a day before repairs to the other cable were expected to be completed and service restored. The effects of the cable cut were experienced as far away as Pakistan and India.

Telegeography says while there are more than 100 reported submarine cable faults each year, most damage goes unnoticed by end users as carriers can usually route traffic around outages on other systems, both submarine and terrestrial.

SeaMeWe-4 accounts for one-third of all lit capacity between Europe and Egypt, although the cable is just one of eight undersea systems connecting Europe to Egypt.

A deliberate attack is unusual. Tata Communications administers the network.

It’s believed that the USS Jimmy Carter can tap optical cables. It has additional maneuvering devices fitted fore and aft that will allow her to keep station in odd currents.

It can carry the Advanced SEAL Delivery System, but splicing optical cable while avoiding detection might be tricky.

SEACOM was been asked if sabotage may have been the cause of the 22 March cuts to their African fiber system. Their cable connects South Africa and Eastern Africa with Europe and Southern Asia.

“We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage. The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event”, said the company on its website.

Internet services in Egypt are expected to be fully restored within the next 20 hours, according to Communications Minister Atef Helmy in an interview with Turkish agency Anadolu.