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Wireless Crystal Ball for 2008
Even before Baby New Year shows his smiling face we have groups making fearless predictions for the year ahead. Some of those prognosticators cover the wireless market. Going out on the proverbial limb, wireless consultants at inCode believe the following will happen in 2008:
- HSDPA will flourish
- The upcoming 700-MHz spectrum auction will allow for a new wholesale carrier that will not sell services directly to consumers
- Open access and competition among chipmakers will drive device makers to bypass carriers
- IP-based networks and open access will create an opportunity for real quality of service distinctions for carriers
- Wireless broadband will continue to be the fastest-growing service
- Providing wireless coverage inside buildings will a big part of carriers' strategy, especially when it comes to service enterprise customers
- Carriers will have to optimize and upgrade their networks’ backhaul to ensure service quality is not compromised, as they roll out bandwidth-intensive services
- Mobile advertising will drive content and innovation
- A major iPhone security incident will occur in the enterprise, raising awareness of and need for mobile device security.
Analysts who make predictions are a bit like weathermen giving a week-long forecast. You don't really believe it is 100% accurate but will accept something reasonably close.
Two of the 10 predictions focus on quality of service (QoS), which is where Anritsu fits in. We are committed to providing test solutions for the data-intensive technologies that will make many of these predictions come true. To learn about some of our new products designed to make all this happen, read this issue of Anritsu News.
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 - Jitter Major Concern for Engineers Designing Network Equipment and Systems
IP Next Generation Networks (IP NGNs) are requiring carriers and cable operators to rethink their network infrastructure. An offshoot of this is that equipment and system manufacturers have had to change their designs to accommodate the convergence of voice, video and data services now being used over both wireless and wireline networks.
Engineers are integrating multi-channel CPU boards, PC boards, and optical devices to form interconnects in their router, server, and super computer designs. One of the key considerations in these multi-channel designs is jitter. So, engineers are looking for a highly accurate and efficient method to conduct connection compatibility tests to ensure the performance of their equipment before they are installed into a network. A new option has been introduced by Anritsu that addresses these requirements.
The MP1800A Signal Quality Analyzer series can be configured with a 12.5 GHz 4-port synthesizer and jitter application software so that the analyzers can conduct compatibility tests for ports, backplanes and optical devices in one quarter the time. Jitter up to 80 MHz can be added, ensuring that the jitter tolerance measurements are in compliance with nearly all industry standards, including ITU-T, ANSI, IEEE, XFI, and EI.The MP1800A can measure skew, crosstalk, and emphasis, when configured with the options. This makes the MP1800A series a low-cost, compact-easy-to-use, test system for verifying connection compatibility.
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RF/Microwave News - Defense Electronics Spending Increasing
The Electronic Industries Association (EIA) recently released its forecast of U.S. Defense spending for 2007. While the EIA expected the overall defense budget to drop about $11 billion, it predicted defense electronics spending would rise 14 percent.
Part of the reason for the increase can be attributed to the need for specialized equipment in key areas. While the Defense Department is turning toward commercial, off-the-shelf technology in many cases, defense officials told EIA that the military cannot attain information superiority through commercially available technology. To that end, the Defense Department will continue to rely on specialized buying of sensors, antennas, and other infrastructure, according to the EIA.
Ensuring the performance of these specialized communications equipment is no easy task. That is why Anritsu just introduced the MG37020A fast-switching microwave signal generator, which uses an innovative VCO-based architecture that integrates advanced RF hardware, enhanced computing, and digital interfaces. The result is that the MG37020A has switching speed an order of magnitude faster than comparable YIG-based signal generators while maintaining low phase noise of typically -101 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset at 10 GHz. The MG37020A’s overall performance makes it ideal for data intensive applications, such as antenna test, satellite payload test, and terrestrial microwave link testing. The increased throughput and lower cost of test created by the fast switching speed also make the MG37020A excellent for high volume component manufacturing.
To learn more about the MG37020A, click here.
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Wireless News - Operator and Vendor Support Give LTE Edge
The 3GPP LTE standards are expected to give operators the upgrade path they need to create all-IP mobile broadband networks. While LTE’s core technologies are similar to IEEE’s mobile WiMAX and 3GPP’s Ultra Mobile Broadband standards, LTE has one key differentiator – support from leading operators and system vendors.
Verizon's recent announcement that it will trial LTE in 2008 makes it one of many carriers, including Vodafone (Verizon's partner in Verizon Wireless) and DoCoMo, who will utilize LTE. It is this kind of support that has analysts bullish on the technology.
Unstrung Insider analyst Gabriel Brown has stated, "LTE has emerged as the leading next-generation wireless technology, in part, because of the weight of support from leading operators and vendors." This kind of carrier support is also a reason why ABI Research predicts that nearly 300,000 LTE base stations will be built by 2014.
Anritsu is committed to being a leader in LTE testing, evident by the recent release of software for its MS2629XA Signal Analyzers. The MX269020A LTE Downlink Measurement Software and MX269021A LTE Uplink Measurement Software measure the Tx characteristics of 3GPP LTE FDD-compliant signals. When installed in the signal analyzers, quick and easy measurements of both downlink and uplink signals can be made.
A third software package – MX269908A LTE IQproducer™ – is also available for the MS269XA family. The software generates 3GPP LTE-compliant waveform pattern files that can be output as RF signals from the MS269XA when the optional ARB-based signal generator is installed. The LTE signals can be used for any testing requiring a standard compliant waveform, such as receiver testing.
For more information on the MS269XA, click here.
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