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eNewsletter August 2008

16-08-2008
 

Anritsu eNewsletter - Issue #15- August 2008


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  Issue #15, August 2008  

In this Issue

Golden Age of Communications

We may be embarking on the golden age of communications, as both wireless and wireline advances, coupled with consumer usage, are changing the way in which we share information and entertain ourselves. According to a recently published survey by market research firm Wireless Intelligence, 2008 marks the fist time that 50% of us have a mobile phone of some kind.* Plus, it's been reported that 21% of people worldwide are now using the Internet. While the latter figure may seem low, if you concentrate on only North America that figure jumps up to 73%.

It is expected that these figures will only rise in the years ahead. Estimates put mobile phone users to be 70% of our population by 2010, while Internet usage has risen by an astounding 290% this decade alone. Looking at the Internet numbers closer, usage has risen 188% in the Americas (120% in North America, 546% in South America, 762% in Central America, and 978% in the Caribbean) since 2000. Presently, North America represents the third largest group of Internet users in the world with 246,402,574 people.

Much of this growth can be attributed to advances in technology. The continued development and rollout of 3.5G and 4G wireless technologies, as well as the deployment of faster optical networks, are helping telecommunications become a huge part of our professional and social lives.

This issue of Anritsu News focuses on many of the trends and technologies that have helped make mobile devices and the Internet integral parts of how we live. It also outlines how Anritsu's commitment to developing products for Next Generation Networks (NGNs) is ensuring the successful deployment and operation of both wireless and wireline networks.

 

Fiber News - Network Operators' View of Quality Assurance Changing

Network operators are now graduating from providing only VOIP to a small part of their customer base to offering a full portfolio of IP-based services delivering data, video, and voice to millions of businesses and residences. Services are not the only element that is increasing as a result, though, as operators now recognize that service quality is a core issue and are stepping up their efforts in this regard.

This shift in mindset creates a different business approach. Rather than retrofit service assurance, operators are now thinking of it before customers and/or applications are added. In short, carriers understand it doesn’t make sense to build an optical network, hope that it is adequate, and if it isn't, fix the problem. Competition from satellite, cable, and wireless network operators is simply too great for this approach.

That is why many network operators are turning to Anritsu and its CMA5000 multi-layer network test set. With the CMA5000, operators can test Gigabit Ethernet, DWDM, SONET, OTDR, ORL, Fibre Channel, PMD, and CD all with the same easy-to-use multi-layer test platform.

The CMA5000 is also designed to maximize network performance and accelerate the deployment of new services. Operators can quickly and easily characterize critical network parameters and diagnose network impairments. Network performance and reliability can quickly be documented to accelerate the deployment of new services.

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IP News - CDNs and P2P Put Pressure on Switch, Router and Device Makers

Content delivery networks (CDNs) and peer-to-peer (P2P) operations are two bandwidth-intensive applications that carriers and telcos are wrestling with, in terms of how to handle them. They, and other applications that emphasize streaming video online, are also concerns for manufacturers of switches, routers, and devices who must develop products that address this trend.

Handling P2P usage has been a question for years, hitting a crescendo last year when Comcast came under fire for its handling of P2P application bitTorrent. However, Cisco predicts that P2P will grow at less than half the rate of Internet traffic in the next five years. The company also expects overall Internet traffic to grow 43%. Obviously, some of that will be for high bandwidth use, such as CDNs and P2P or a hybrid of the two.

That is where the system and device manufacturers come in. Developers of routers, switches, chips, and modules are designing products to ensure Next Generation Networks (NGNs) can meet bandwidth and usage requirements. For many of these manufacturers, Anritsu's MP1590B Network Performance Tester is ensuring these devices and systems are up to the task.

The MP1590B supports setting/monitoring of all overheads for OTU-1 (2.66 Gbit/s)and OTU-2 (10.71 Gbit/s) conforming to ITU-T G.709. It also supports multi-frame OH. Functions of optical transport network (OTN) equipment can be tested by using error/alarm generation/detection functions. In particular, the random error insertion function on the MP1590B enables evaluation of the forward error correction (FEC) function on OTN equipment. The built-in optical output power adjustable function allows one MP1590B to test the error correction ratio of OTN equipment based on its input power specification.

To learn more about the MP1590B. Click here.

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RF/Microwave News - Decline in RF Component Supplier Profits Expected to Continue

The two-year decline in the profitability of RFcomponent suppliers will continue through 2008, according to a report just published by Strategy Analytics, a global research and consulting firm based in Boston. Profits will decline about one percent of sales for these suppliers, a small decline that is not expected to adversely affect large manufacturers but may prove devastating to start-ups.

Among the reasons cited in the report are maturing wireless markets, increasing component complexity, and faster commoditization. General economic conditions, such as tighter credit, inflation, and the devaluation of the U.S. dollar, were also negative variables.

Anritsu has enhanced its MS271xB economy microwave spectrum analyzers to make them even more advantageous in this difficult economic climate. Phase noise software, which takes advantage of the spectrum analyzers' best-in-class phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset (typical, 800 MHz), is now available. The software controls any of the economy microwave spectrum analyzers via an Ethernet or interface and combines multiple swept measurements into summary displays of phase noise performance. Additionally, the MS271xB series now has a GPIB interface so the economy microwave spectrum analyzers can be easily integrated into legacy manufacturing test systems, as well as a new front panel USB connector.

Covering 9 kHz to 7.1 GHz, 13 GHz, and 20 GHz, the MS271xB family can quickly and precisely measure wireless components to increase production yields and lower cost-of-test. Their superior dynamic range of typically 100 dB allows the MS271xB family to quickly and precisely test RF and microwave devices that require exceptional linearity.

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Wireless News - Now Ten Years Old, Bluetooth® Sits High in Automobile Applications

Most of us have to wait until we are teenagers before we get behind the wheel of a car. That is not the case for Bluetooth. Celebrating its tenth birthday this year, Bluetooth continues to be a popular item among drivers, especially as more and more states pass laws enforcing hands-free devices. The latest are California and Washington, which on July 1 became the fourth and fifth states to require a hands-free device while people are behind the wheel.

Of course, hands free devices are just a portion of the more than 1.5 billion Bluetooth devices on the market today. Bluetooth is also used in headsets, to transfer pictures and other files from a mobile device to a PC, or to connect a printer and computer. However, there is a strong case that no other product is as synonymous with the technology as the ear pieces so many of us use. In fact, ABI Research predicts that 75% of the 2.4 billion Bluetooth products it anticipates being shipped in 2013 will be for cellular handsets.

The clear leader in Bluetooth test is Anritsu.  As members of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) since 1999, Anritsu has actively participated in the development of the standard from the first 1.0 core specification release through the current 2.0 core specification with EDR.

The MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set builds on this experience to offer an optimized radio layer test instrument. It supports all three codec air interfaces (µ-law, A-law and CVSD) on up to three SCO audio channels, and offers the most comprehensive testing facilities of any Bluetooth wireless technology enabled test set. The MT8852B is ideal for design and production test of Bluetooth wireless technology enabled headsets, telephony products, audio gateways and audio-visual products.

For more information on our MT8852B test solutions.

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