FirstNews Briefs for February 27, 2012
• U.K. telecommunications company BT has completed lab trials with Stoke. The tests found that Stoke's Security eXchange gateway was interoperable and transparent with other vendors' equipment, including gear used in the radio access network, evolved packet core, caching, timing and synchronization. Stoke Chief Technology Officer Dave Williams said in a statement that the tests indicate there are alternatives to LTE deployments other than a single-vendor solution.
• GovNet in Arizona has hired Ceragon Networks to provide it with long-haul microwave backhaul for its rural broadband network. It plans to use Ceragon's new 1024 QAM product, which it says boost capacity by as much as 25 percent over more widely used 256 QAM backhaul.
• LSI Corporation has come out with standardized API's for its Axxia processors in a move designed to make it faster and cheaper for infrastructure vendors to use its chips. The company also announced it is extending its relationship with ARM, using ARM cores in its systems-on-a-chip for network equipment.
• Mavenir Systems has come out with a new messaging product aimed at helping operators to compete with over-the-top applications. The company's new Mobile Cloud Messaging offering provides operators with a core network solution and white label app for their own self-branded rich messaging service.
• Lebara Mobile is using Aricent Group to address problems with its revenue stream. Aricent brought together the MVNO's back-end systems to create a more reliable billing system. Separately, Aricent announced it 35 LTE customers in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
• Freescale Semiconductor has come out with its new QorIQ Qonverge B4860 baseband processor, which it says performs better than other system-on-a-chips for macrocells that support LTE, LTE-Advanced and WCDMA. The B4869 can support three 20MHz channels. Samples of the B4860 will be available during the second quarter.