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At CTIA Wireless® 2013, this week in Las Vegas, WiFi hot spots were the hot topic. Carriers are anxious to get the prime realestate in dense population areas, inside malls and offices.

RCR Wireless lists the top providers of Wi-Fi offload solutions. With half of all IP traffic expected to be delivered over Wi-Fi within 3 years, Wi-Fi access points and network management software are increasingly important to carriers.

RCR Wireless, Fierce Wireless and Mobile World Live have more coverage of CTIA 2013.

A Nokia Siemens study revealed data consumption by 3G users tripled in one year, showing the rapid and steady increase in mobile data consumption in India. The trend in mobile data growth in India is in line with other high growth mobile data markets around the world, says Nokia Siemens, and that operators worldwide will need to be prepared to provide 1GB of personalized data per user by 2020.

Verizon Wireless will begin rollout of small cells in its LTE network in the second half of 2013. The small cells will be installed strategically to add capacity to high traffic areas. They’ll use gear from Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson. The introduction of Ericsson’s micro RRUS is an industry first deployment.

Other carrier news:

  • The major cellular infrastructure players, including Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson and Huawei have signed a MoU to help operators simplify network operations by cross-licensing the OSS interfaces used for multi-vendor network management. It is intended to simplify operations and reduce integration costs, say the vendors. The reciprocal agreement will cover Radio Access, Circuit Core and Packet Core network management. It commits the vendors to a bilateral cross licensing agreements for multi-vendor network support. The cross-licensing and interoperability testing is also open for third-party OSS vendors by joining the OSSii.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks is enhancing its Smart Wi-Fi solution with traffic steering between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The company is also launching a new 3G Femtocell Access Point for seamless connectivity in residential areas.
  • Nokia Siemens said their Fuel Cell solution and Liquid Applications have won Emerging Technologies awards under the “Green Telecom” and “Wide Area Network” categories.

    Liquid Applications let information about the area surrounding the base station, such as that used in augmented reality applications, or news and video content can be placed at the base station for instant local access to connected devices. Liquid Broadband provides capabilities to intelligently deliver personalized services to subscribers.

    Fuel cell systems provide power for extended periods during outages. The base station and fuel cell combination developed by Nokia Siemens Networks with Ballard can provide 4.5 kW of power for approximately 40 hours on a single tank of fuel.

  • Huawei and China Mobile successfully completed the world’s first Flash CSFB to GSM field test on a live LTE TDD network. CSFB as a technology defined in 3GPP Release 8, employs circuit-switched (CS) networks to provide voice services for LTE subscribers. China Mobile operates the world’s largest GSM network and has the world’s largest mobile subscriber base. Their solution reduces call setup times and implements seamless and fast handovers between LTE and GSM networks.
  • Ericsson says the potential link performance gain obtained with up to 8×8 MIMO transmission, as standardized in 3GPP LTE Release 10, show increasing downlink throughput of 335 Mbps for an 8×8 MIMO configuration on a 20 MHz carrier.
  • Ericsson is launching a suite of software and hardware aimed at integrating Wi-Fi into carrier networks. Its real-time traffic steering solution constantly assesses performance indicators in both the 3GPP network and the Wi-Fi network to find the best connection for the user.
  • Ericsson transformed a bus window into Wi-Fi antennas. Passengers log in to an internal Wi-Fi network that uses a longer range technology, such as LTE, to connect to the outside world.

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