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Expandium announces MonitorQOS v2

POSTED BY Géraldine Thorin IN News


Expandium, a leading provider of monitoring and troubleshooting solutions for telecom and railway operators, today announced the latest release of MonitorQOS. Leveraging cost-efficient Big Data technologies, MonitorQOS aims to disrupt the market offering by implementing a high-end nationwide network-monitoring solution hosted on asingle server.

MonitorQOS, a web-based application, enables users to build their own customizable dashboard and create all the KPIs they need for their daily work. It uses charts, graphs and maps to provide its users with instant snapshots of the network’s health.

Completely redeveloped to offer even greater performances, it now includes a new data-graphing engine, with the same customizable KPI-building capabilities its users appreciate most. Many enhancements have been made –more than 300 compared to the already popular v1– based on customer feedback.

MonitorQOS delivers improved performance, faster response-time and better ergonomics while maintaining its same scalability and open architecture.

When used in conjunction with its sister (but optional) solution SecureQOS, MonitorQOS v2 also delivers a highly requested feature: the capability to drill-down, via simple click, and investigate to the root cause of any detected dysfunctions giving access to all details contained in xDRs or, if needed, bits and bytes. This time-saving features allows the users to focus on what’s important: the network’s quality-of-service.

“The functionalities we have added increases the uniqueness of our product.” says Fabrice Chesneau, Product Manager at Expandium. “MonitorQOS can now process in real-time all existing data sources with an operator, therefore adding value to existing operator’s monitoring and troubleshooting solutions, either probe-based or probeless. More generally speaking, it has become the generic stream-processing component of a big data platform operators are now building.”

Contact us if you would like to know more about MonitorQOS or if you would like a free demo.


Source : Expandium

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Smartphone adoption on the upswing in Nigeria

POSTED BY Géraldine Thorin IN News


The number of Nigeria’s mobile subscribers has reached 150 million, and the number of its internet users has climbed to 97.2 million at penetration rates of 81% and 53%, respectively, according to a new report published by Jumia, Nigeria’s largest online retailer. For context, Africa has 960 million mobile subscribers and 216 million internet users at penetration rates of 80% and 18%, respectively. The increased mobile internet appetite in Nigeria comes down to several factors:

  • Acess to better and cheaper smartphones is driving smartphone adoption. The average price of mobile phones on Jumia dropped to $117 from $216 in 2014. Additionally, smartphone sales increased by 394% on Jumia from 2014-2016.
  • The mobile network ecosystem is improving. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) efforts have already shown improvements in service in the first quarter of 2017.
  • Users have access to “lite” mobile applications, which require less data. Customers in Nigeria have lower incomes and many of the mobile data packages offered are cost prohibitive. For example, Nigerian smartphone users tend to use Opera mini, a lite version of the Opera mobile browser, more often than they use Google Chrome, which is the most popular mobile browser globally. The availability of data-saving mobile services makes mobile usage more alluring to consumers.


Nigeria’s growing mobile internet user base speaks to its market potential. Nigeria currently has 62.2 million and 52.1 million more internet and mobile users than Egypt, respectively. It also outpaces Kenya by 65.3 million and 110.78 million internet and mobile users, respectively. Besides Nigeria, Egypt and Kenya are among the biggest markets in Africa. E-commerce, applications, and video streaming services could capitalize by developing a presence in Nigeria. Further, localized and foreign players should look to enter before the competitive landscape becomes saturated.

The communications market is in the midst of an all-out war. The deluge of messaging apps, such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, and Viber, have over-run the segment traditionally owned by SMS and a massive revenue generator for wireless carriers.

And consumers are beginning to view these chat apps not as messaging platforms but as portals to the internet. This is threatening the control Google and Apple have over the mobile ecosystem via Android and iOS. And while Apple addressed this concern with the introduction of iMessage in 2011, Google has largely left Android’s messaging capabilities up to phone makers and carriers to deal with.

For their part, device manufacturers are looking for the newest technology to make their products more appealing than the next vendor’s, as the smartphone market becomes increasingly competitive. Their hunger for improved native messaging capabilities is one of the contributing forces driving the evolution of native messaging.

An emerging messaging standard called Rich Communications Services (RCS) is showing promise as a solution for these players. Google is wagering that RCS will make Android more competitive with iOS while improving the attractiveness of the OS’s native messaging client compared with chat apps.

Laurie Beaver, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on the Android messaging evolution that explores how Google, carriers, and OEMs can take advantage of the new standard to drive revenue, increase user engagement, and improve the overall messaging experience. Finally, it looks at the target markets for RCS and the required steps to drive adoption.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • An emerging tech standard called Rich Communication Service (RCS) will power Android’s next-generation native messaging app, giving Android smartphone users a more powerful alternative to SMS.
  • RCS will enable Android Messaging users to send larger, higher-quality images, as well as share their location information and make video calls by default. Android users currently rely on over-the-top messaging apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to access these features.
  • The strategic implications of Google’s embrace of RCS are profound, making Android “stickier” and giving it a competitive edge.
  • Adopting RCS will have knock-on effects across the mobile ecosystem. Because Android’s user base is so massive, these may be profound and vary from player to player.

In full, the report:

  • Explains what RCS is and why it’s important.
  • Explores the different ways Google, carriers, developers, and phone makers can access, utilize, and distribute content via RCS.
  • Outlines the steps needed for encourage RCS adoption by global carriers and phone makers.
  • Looks at the potential barriers that could limit the growth, adoption, and use of RCS.
  • And much more.


Source : Business Insiders

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Ericsson and MTS test new 5G features

POSTED BY Géraldine Thorin IN News


Ericsson and MTS have built a prototype 5G network in Moscow and successfully completed a trial including stationary and mobile test cases

Peak throughput data rates of 25 Gbps achieved with features such as massive and multi-user MIMO, beam tracking and dynamic TDD

The 5G prototype system to be further developed into an extended 5G demo zone in time for the 2018 international soccer competition in Russia

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and MTS, the largest mobile operator in Russia, have built a prototype 5G network and completed a successful test of new radio network features. The scope of the trial covered features such as massive and multi-User MIMO (multiple input multiple output), beam tracking and dynamic TDD (time division duplex), concepts and technologies that are available in Ericsson’s commercial portfolio, and included stationary and mobile test cases. The prototype system comprises a base station with integrated multiple antennas and two sets of user equipment, and is located in Moscow.


The massive and multi-User MIMO features are based on hardware including up to 512 smart antennas with integrated transceivers per cell, which significantly improves throughput for subscribers. Furthermore, the Multi-User MIMO feature enables operators to serve multiple subscribers in one sector of a cell with the same spectrum, and thus increase the efficiency of frequency use and the cell capacity.

Hannes Ekstrom, Head of Customer Unit MTS, Market Area Europe & Latin America, Ericsson, says: “With a scalable and dynamic 5G network as a base, an array of new services and revenue streams will be available to operators. It will enable the automation and business transformation required for the Internet of Things, as well as services like Virtual and Augmented Reality.”

The features beam tracking and dynamic TDD also provide key functionality in this scenario. The former enables the system to maintain a reliable connections and achieve the best possible throughput as the users move through the network, and the latter further improves throughput rates and the utilization of radio network resources by dynamically allocating capacity for downlink and uplink traffic.

Igor Egorov, Director of Moscow Region, MTS, says: “The tests showed an absolute record of the data speeds in Russia to a mobile device, and on specific examples we saw how close we are to the daily use of 5G solutions. MTS is currently building a data transfer network and testing various solutions to ensure we are ready for 5G standardization.”

Ericsson and MTS plan to further develop the 5G prototype system to an extended 5G demo zone in time for the 2018 international soccer competition in Russia.

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A look at the role of SDN in the development of smart cities

POSTED BY Géraldine Thorin IN News


South Korea’s “Global Digital Seoul 2020” initiative is a four-year plan to deploy enough free Wi-Fi to cover the entire city, including buses and trains. The free Wi-Fi portion of this initiative is scheduled to be completed by 2017, but the overall plan extends well beyond Wi-Fi. Seoul is planning to be a leader in smart city technology, which includes projects like real-time parking availability.

LinkNYC, the U.S.’s best-known city-wide Wi-Fi project, doesn’t have goals as ambitious as Seoul’s project, but it’s still significant. LinkNYC aims to have 7,500 Wi-Fi kiosks installed across the city, which will provide gigabit Internet (and free phone calls) to anyone who wants it. The speeds aren’t 5G, the range isn’t great at 50 meters, and the project doesn’t push into true smart-city territory, but it’s a good start.


Smart city plans

Smart cities aren’t possible without city-wide Wi-Fi – everything needs to be connected wirelessly for the smart city to operate. If you’re wondering what a “smart city” is, think of it as a connected city or an Internet of Things (IoT) city. The main idea behind a smart city is that it can cultivate better experiences for the people who live there. In order to improve the standard of living, there will have to be a coordinated effort by an array of technologies, and that coordination can only happen with widespread Wi-Fi.

Transportation officials can use traffic data to optimise stoplight timing (something currently being done in Palo Alto). DPW officials can gather information to improve rubbish collection schedules and be notified instantly if, for example, a water line ruptures or a sinkhole gobbles up some pavement. Technologies like ShotSpotter are already helping to reduce instances of gunfire by using sensors to determine where the gunshot occurred. This information is relayed to law enforcement, but imagine if that same information could be disseminated through the city’s Wi-Fi network to alert residents about a high-risk area to avoid.

The coverage of city-wide Wi-Fi could also help in the event of a disaster. This could run from personal emergencies like heart attacks (if the person is wearing a biomedical sensor), to wide-scale disasters like earthquakes or explosions. The ability to locate people using a city-wide Wi-Fi network would drastically increase their chances of survival by reducing the time it takes to find them. Imagine being able to locate individuals trapped in a building based on mobile Wi-Fi signals. Smart cities are safe cities, but smart cities are also cities that will see an increase in earning opportunities.

Business potential for smart cities

As of now, the world’s urban population is a few ticks north of 50 percent of the total population. That percentage is expected to rise steadily, hitting 60 percent by 2025. And those are the global numbers – in the developed world the population is predicted to hit 80 percent urbanization by the same year. These numbers might be the basis for the Frost & Sullivan estimate that, in 2020, smart cities will be a $1.5 trillion market worldwide. Getting involved in IoT and smart cities is an intelligent business decision, and companies like Cisco are already setting aside millions of dollars for IoT and disruptive tech.

Autonomous vehicles and smart homes might be the most promising segments of IoT in terms of potential revenue, but every device connected to the IoT architecture is an opportunity for businesses to optimise their practices for reaching customers. The data loads of an IoT world allow for new levels of data analysis – buying habits, browsing habits, foot traffic analysis – which could lead to better product placement and higher yields.

Obstacles to smart city initiatives

Those same data loads, however, will be a sizable obstacle for smart cities to overcome. An 80 percent urban population using Wi-Fi all across their cities will lead to a massive jump in the sheer amount of data being pushed through the network at any given time. Figuring out a way to handle that jump in traffic, as people take advantage of pervasive Wi-Fi to stream video on the go, for example, will be paramount when creating a smart city.

As far as data loads are concerned, software-defined networking (SDN) can help mitigate some of the concern by optimising routing paths for information through the network, working to spread the flow of traffic evenly throughout the network. This will be especially important for IoT’s unpredictable data flows and peak times. Fortunately, SDN has the ability to automate responses to data load increases, and can be programmed to give priority to certain, critical kinds of information. SDN can provision or de-provision bandwidth based on the needs of the moment. For businesses that can’t take risks with downtime, bypassing the public internet entirely is possible with direct connection.

We don’t have to do much to drive the implementation of smart-city technologies – they’re already being adopted. Businesses are driving support for IoT and smart cities because of the obvious economic potential, so there’s no need to worry whether or not we’ll see smart cities in the near future. The issue is developing the architecture involved so it’s ready to handle the influx of devices and data loads. An SDN approach to smart cities will mean better manageability and flexibility.

An SDN network is a stronger, more dynamic network, which is exactly what a smart city network has to be if it wants to be viable on a real-world scale.

Source : IoT Tech News

Article sélectionné par H. El Jazouli / Lillybelle


T-Mobile Poland adds more phones supporting VoLTE, VoWiFi

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Our partner Accuver supports Qualcomm, Samsung, HiSilicon / Huawei, Intel / Iphone 7, GTC and  Sequans chipsets. But also the VoLTE, VoWIFI and MC-PTT technologies, with voice quality  on top these. Likewise, it supports OTT services (Whatsapp, Skype, Facebook Messenger). All the measurements traces could be full analyzed by Actix Analyzer, the postprocessing world leader.

T-Mobile Poland has increased the number of smartphone models supporting VoLTE and VoWiFi to 20 from two models offered at the time of introduction five months ago. These were the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Today, the operator offers additionally the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, as well as the latest models S8 and S8+, and the Sony XZ and X.

More than two-thirds of all users of VoLTE and VoWiFi in the network of T-Mobile are customers using Apple phones, from the series 6 and 7 and the model SE.

In addition, users of the models 5S and 5C can use WiFi Calling, and customers with the Huawei P9 can use VoLTE.

The full list of supported models can be found on a dedicated website.

Notre partenaire Accuver supporte les chipsets Qualcomm, Samsung, HiSilicon/Huawei, Intel/Iphone 7, GTC, Sequans. Mais aussi les technologies VoLTE, VoWIFI et MC-PTT, ainsi que la qualité vocale sur pour ces services.  Il supporte également les services OTT (Whatsapp, Skype, Facebook Messenger). Ces traces sont analysables pleinement par Actix Analyzer, leader mondial des solutions de post- traitement

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Source : TelecomPaper

Article sélectionné par A. Barré / Lillybelle


Orange CEO urges no fear over AI, launches assistant

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Orange unveiled Djingo, a virtual assistant for the French market as part of what CEO Stephane Richard (pictured) described as a move to a “smarter society”, and finalised details of its Orange Bank service.

Speaking at the company’s annual technology showcase, ShowHello, Richard described the development of artificial intelligence (AI) as a drive towards an “augmented planet brimming with opportunities”.

Djingo will be controlled either through a speaker, a smart button in the home, or an Orange handset.


As with similar platforms available from a range of technology companies, Djingo will be able to answer questions, perform activities online and control devices around the home, including Orange TV services.

Talking-up the benefits of AI technology, Richard said there was no need to be afraid of technology developments. Rather, AI “is opening new prospects for today,” he said. “It can enrich our perception and puts us in a position to harness intelligence.”

“Some might be afraid of this evolution, but the question isn’t about danger, it’s about purpose.”

Smarter boxes
The introduction of an AI assistant is part of the company’s push to introduce smarter technology in homes, which includes the virtualisation of much of the hardware within its set-top and Wi-Fi boxes.

Its new system will reduce power by monitoring and intelligently allowing specific controls on Wi-Fi output.

Richard was quick to highlight the company’s green credentials and the importance of assessing the environmental impact of services.

“We have already halved CO2 emissions,” Richard said. “I’m sad to say the sector’s environmental impact is something we don’t talk about enough yet.”

He added Orange’s virtualised home kit, which will roll-out in 2018, would help reduce its environmental impact further.

Bank update
The company also revealed its Orange Bank service, which it first unveiled in 2016, will be given its public debut to French users on 6 July.

The service will be mobile-first and Delegate CEO Gervais Pellissier confirmed the company would look to roll-out the service across its European footprint, starting with Spain and Belgium.


Source : Mobile World Live

Article sélectionné par A.Barré / Lillybelle



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