#TBT: Is throttling essential?; VoLTE proves its high quality; Cisco shifts abilities combine … this week in 2014

Editor’s Notice: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Hearth up the time machine, placed on these sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the reminiscences!

Is throttling essential?

Just lately each Verizon Wi-fi and T-Cellular US have stated that beneath sure situations they’ll “throttle” some prospects who’re on limitless knowledge plans. Verizon’s announcement caught the FCC’s consideration and the throttling problem is one we’re all more likely to hear extra about within the months forward. RCR Wi-fi Information spoke concerning the problem with Gerry Purdy, chief cell analyst at Compass Intelligence. Purdy stated that in a world of excessive demand and restricted bandwidth, carriers could resolve that they should throttle some customers. “The drivers for this come about as a result of now we have demand going up and we would like to have the ability to see folks be capable of get companies that they need when they need them, and the query is how do you economically present that and make it honest,” stated Purdy. Purdy stated making extra bandwidth out there to wi-fi carriers is the one long-term resolution, however within the quick time period extra unpopular options could also be essential. “Within the quick time period the demand is so excessive that we’re going to have issues occurring that perhaps not everyone’s going to be completely happy about, as a result of you may’t immediately create extra bandwidth, it’s going to take a very long time,” he stated. Some throttling primarily impacts “bandwidth hogs,” or those that use disproportionate quantities of cell knowledge. A few of these knowledge customers aren’t giant prospects, however people who use a cell machine for tethering or peering. “If I’m accountable for a community I’ve acquired to verify I’m not less than viable, significantly for the enterprise buyer, and if my customers are hogging all the community, what am I going to do?” stated Purdy. When some customers take greater than their share of cell knowledge, others could have a nasty expertise. … Learn extra

iPhone 6 show reportedly inflicting delay

Issues with the backlight for the show on Apple’s upcoming iPhone reportedly stopped manufacturing throughout a part of June and July. That doesn’t imply that Apple gained’t be able to announce a brand new iPhone at its Sept. 9 media occasion, however it might imply the corporate could have issues assembly demand for the brand new smartphone. Apple is broadly anticipated to announce two new telephones on Sept. 9, one with a 4.7-inch display screen and one with an enormous 5.5-inch display screen. (The 5s and 5c have 4-inch screens.) Apple’s conventional display screen suppliers are Sharp, LG Show and Japan Show. In response to Reuters, a provide chain supply stated that Apple delayed itself by making an attempt to make a thinner telephone. The corporate reportedly tried to provide the 4.7-inch mannequin with one layer of backlight movie as a substitute of the usual two layers. The display screen was too darkish, and manufacturing needed to cease whereas the backlight was re-engineered to incorporate two layers. This isn’t the primary time that display screen issues have surfaced shortly earlier than the launch of a brand new iPhone. … Learn extra

SRG assessments VoLTE

With voice-over-LTE networks slowly coming to market, focus is now turning to only how these networks carry out in contrast with legacy circuit switched-based voice choices. And, in line with a brand new report, it seems that the efficiency profit is clearly within the lap of VoLTE companies. In a brand new report from Indicators Analysis Group, commercially deployed VoLTE networks are already offering higher name high quality, quicker connectivity and proving to be much less taxing on machine battery life than legacy programs. The agency carried out trials on VoLTE companies in June and July, evaluating efficiency with 3G-based circuit-switched networks and Skype’s voice-over-IP resolution. Outcomes from the testing confirmed a “measurable” enchancment in name high quality for VoLTE; improved machine knowledge efficiency for VoLTE in contrast with Skype; VoLTE name set-up instances twice as quick as circuit-switched networks; and VoLTE’s want for fewer machine assets and thus improved battery life in contrast with Skype. Maybe most necessary to finish customers, the testing confirmed profitable handoffs between VoLTE service and legacy circuit-switched companies as units transferred between the 2 networks. “Primarily based on our evaluation of the info, VoLTE lived as much as expectations,” stated Michael Thelander, CEO and founding father of Indicators Analysis. “VoLTE delivered a constantly increased name high quality than circuit-switched voice and over-the-top functions. Whereas different community or background visitors downloading on a smartphone might convey Skype voice to its knees, there was no indication that it impacted the VoLTE name. As well as, VoLTE actually shined when it got here to its community necessities, consuming far lower than a Skype voice name which interprets right into a meaningfully longer smartphone battery life.” … Learn extra

Take a look at & measurement acquisitions of 2014

The community take a look at and measurement house is one the place vital consolidation has been occurring over time, or the place main worldwide firms corresponding to Danaher (proprietor of testing firms Fluke Networks and Tektronix) and Cobham plc have made purchases in an effort to prolong or increase their footprint within the telecom business. There have been a collection of serious purchases in 2010, and 2014 is seeing one other uptick in community take a look at and measurement acquisitions. Listed below are among the main offers in 2014: The most important public deal up to now this yr has been Cobham’s buy of take a look at and measurement firm Aeroflex for $1.46 billion, introduced in Might and anticipated to shut within the third quarter. The Aeroflex buy extends Cobham’s foothold within the wi-fi business, and follows on its acquisition of DAS vendor Axell Wi-fi in 2013. Cobham, based mostly within the U.Ok., does about half of its enterprise within the U.S. market. Aeroflex itself had been making purchases earlier than Cobham snapped it up. In February, it purchased Dublin, Eire-based Shenick Community Programs, paying $27.1 million for the corporate and its know-how in virtualized testing for software-defined networking. Tektronix kicked off 2014 with the acquisition of Boulder, Colo.-based Picosecond Pulse Labs in January to strengthen its choices in testing devices for 100G/400G functions.Of specific curiosity are the acquisitions that add extra analytics capabilities to check and measurement firms. That is an space that has been gaining rising funding, significantly by firms like EXFO. … Learn extra

Cisco makes jobs cuts because it shifts talent combine

Cisco says it can finish the yr with roughly the identical headcount it began with, however the combine might be totally different. Cisco desires to grow to be extra of a software program firm, and meaning workers in some legacy companies will lose their jobs. In the present day the networking big stated that it’s going to reduce 6,000 jobs to make room for brand spanking new hires in its software program, safety, cloud and knowledge middle enterprise traces. Cisco didn’t say precisely which areas could be reduce. The corporate did say that some rising markets have carried out poorly, resulting in hypothesis that these areas could also be focused. That is the second summer season in a row that Cisco has introduced job cuts together with its fiscal fourth quarter outcomes. Presently final yr, Cisco stated it might reduce 4,000 jobs. That adopted 11,500 cuts introduced in 2011. Proper now the corporate employs roughly 75,000 folks. Cisco CEO John Chambers reportedly stated through the firm’s earnings name yesterday that Cisco expects to finish this yr with about the identical headcount it had at first of the yr. However the mixture of workers might be totally different as the corporate shifts extra assets to software program. Cisco additionally stated throughout its earnings name yesterday that gross sales of each routers and switches declined throughout the newest quarter. On the telecom and wi-fi facet, some analysts are predicting a weak second half for router gross sales as firms attempt to transfer to extra software-based networking options. … Learn extra

T-Mo objects to 600 MHz public sale guidelines

T-Cellular US says the Federal Communications Fee wants to face by its current feedback on service competitors by revisiting its guidelines for the 600 MHz spectrum public sale. Lower than per week after asking the FCC to approve its buy of extra 700 MHz spectrum, T-Cellular US is asking the company to rethink the foundations for its upcoming public sale of extra low-band spectrum. This public sale, at the moment scheduled for the center of subsequent yr, will allow wi-fi carriers to bid on spectrum that’s to be launched by TV broadcasters.
T-Cellular US desires the FCC to order extra low-band spectrum for non-nationwide carriers and people that don’t have already got not less than 45 megahertz of low-band holdings in a selected partial financial space. The FCC’s present proposed reserve quantities are defined within the chart under, wherein the preliminary clearing goal refers back to the quantity of spectrum launched by broadcasters. … Learn extra

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