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So, Nokia Siemens Networks wasn’t fibbing when it said it would re-focus its efforts on mobile broadband. It’s just announced a ‘six pipe’ radio head upgrade for time division LTE (TD-LTE) base stations that can boost capacity by 80 percent and coverage by 40 percent compared to a traditional three-sector site. Alternatively, the same replacement can be used to reduce a station’s running costs, by allowing it to cover three sectors using a single radio head. As far as we’re concerned, anything that recalls OK Computer is a good thing, but if it speeds up carriers’ shift to LTE then it’s even better. Meanwhile, for those who still want to invest in CDMA, Nokia Siemens is pushing it’s 1X Advanced technology, which also promises big improvements in voice and data capacity as well as energy efficiency. Read on for more technical details in a PR double-shot.
WiMax expansion isn’t exactly all the rage as of late, and so it comes as no surprise that Nokia Siemens Networks is shedding itself of the extraneous baggage. Following its recent whopping round of layoffs, the move is a continuation of the company’s efforts to bring stability to its bottom line. NewNet Communication Technologies has agreed to bring the castoff WiMax technologies into its fold, along with approximately 300 NSN employees — all for an undisclosed price — in a deal that’s expected to be finalized before year’s end. A full press release follows the break.
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One of the world’s top suppliers of cellular infrastructure, Nokia Siemens, has dropped some juicy knowledge today that Apple’s new iOS 4.2 update supports a technology called network-controlled fast dormancy that better optimizes how the phone connects to the network. The company touts that it’s a win-win — better battery life, less unnecessary network utilization — and also points out that Nokia implemented the technique in all of its smartphones starting earlier this year. Since network-controlled fast dormancy is a feature that benefits the network itself as much as it benefits the individual user, knocking out two power players like Nokia and Apple (over half of new smartphone sales, NSN points out) should make a big dent.
Interestingly, NSN seems to have arrived at this discovery through “tests” it conducted, not by working with Apple on implementing it. Sure, we don’t pretend to know all the interactions that occur between manufacturers, carriers, and suppliers during a phone’s development, but it certainly seems to us that Apple would benefit by engaging infrastructure companies early and often as these baseband updates come together — particularly as it seeks to keep a tight lid on the very congestion issues that network-controlled fast dormancy is designed to help eliminate. Either way, it’s interesting to see how quick Nokia Siemens was to probe for the change this time around.
Look, it’s not easy nor cheap to lay an entirely new network infrastructure — just ask Verizon. Regardless of how badly we all want a fiber optic cable ran directly into our closet, it’s probably in our best interest if companies like Nokia Siemens Networks continue to improve existing services. Since we’re on the topic, it’s probably prudent to point out a new discovery surrounding existing copper wires — one that involves data transmissions at up to 825Mbps. As the story goes, NSN is testing new technology (let’s call it Phantom DSL) that could dramatically increase capacity of conventional copper wires, with the aforesaid data point coming on a trial transfer across 400 meters of wire; when stretched to 500 meters, it still held steady at 750Mbps. We’re told that Phantom DSL promises a bandwidth increase of 50 to 75 percent over existing bonded copper lines, but mum’s the word on when ISPs will actually have access. Yesterday, please?
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src="http://www.slipperybrick.com/index.php?feedimage=wp-content/uploads/2010/10/zdnet-siemens-minitek-remote.jpg" alt="" title="Siemens miniTek streams audio to Hearing Aids via Bluetooth" width="500" height="364" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-54897" />Siemens has announced its new miniTek, a small black box that works with Siemens hearing aids. The setup is simple, you just hook up the transmitter to your TV, stereo, phone, music player, or PC via Bluetooth or 3.5mm jack.
Then the device will be able to wirelessly stream stereo audio to you for up to five hours at a time. You can even use it to answer phone calls. This should make many hearing impaired folks very happy.
Now they can more easily enjoy the things we take for granted.
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Continue reading Nokia Siemens picks up Motorola network infrastructure division for $1.2 billion
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Mama always said that some folks just never learn, and we reckon there’s plenty of wisdom to be had from that very statement. Year after year, German police are called in to raid select booths at CeBIT (and IFA, to be fair), and yet again we’ve seen a booth cleared out at the request of powerful lawyers from a few companies you may have heard of. Word on the street has it that Apple, Siemens and Sisvel were all kvetching over patent infringements made by an unnamed company exhibiting at last week’s show, and within an hour or so of the fuzz showing up, the whole thing was stripped and a hefty fine (€10,000) was levied. Unfortunately, the exact details of who was violating what remains clouded in mystery, but for whatever reason, we get the feeling that something extremely similar will be going down in Hannover next year. We blame KIRFers determination.
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