Hey, they're honest about it: The "lackluster performance" of India's broadband market means changes need to take place.
It's primarily attributable to, "the technical and economic non-feasibility of the fixed line infrastructure in India," according to
officials of the upcoming trade show WiMAX 2010, to be held August 20 in New Delhi.
They add that, "the solution for mass proliferation of broadband in India has to be wireless." And now the industry and the country wait to see, "which wireless technology will be adopted to provide a cost effective and scalable BB to the Indian market." Perhaps not surprisingly, the trade show's officials feel that WiMAX, "emerges as the quintessential answer to these problems, given its superior performance and lower costs as compared to the existing 3G technologies and futuristic Long Term Evolution equivalents."
The show itself, the WiMAX India 2010 International Conference, will focus on the delivery of next generation broadband services using WiMAX, 802.16x and similar proprietary standards, according to show officials: "Senior-level speakers will discuss crucial issues of standards and interoperability, spectrum and licensing," and other issues including strategies for capturing the mobile market.
Snom Technology has announced that its full suite of IP phones for the desktop has, "passed a battery of interoperability tests with 4PSA's cloud-based unified communications product VoipNow."
According to company officials, the tests included the snom 3xx and snom 8xx desktop phones, as well as the snom m3 wireless DECT phone. Snom officials say this support snom's, "growing position as the go-to developer of intelligent IP endpoints for unified communications systems of all kinds."
The combination of snom's open SIP architecture and 4PSA's innovative cloud computing communications software is cited by company officials as offering customers a, "low-cost, highly functional enterprise telephony system" capable of being deployed and scalable "to hundreds or thousands of endpoints, if necessary."
All of snom's products "are built on the premise of interoperability in any SIP environment, be it hardware or software, on-premises or hosted and even in the cloud," said Michael Knieling, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for snom technology AG. "With 4PSA leading the way in cloud-based unified communications environments, we think the two product suites complement each other very nicely."
Operators globally have been discussing and planning Class 5 migration strategies for many years. Alcatel-Lucent's Class 5 offering, based on 5060 ICS, is seen by company officials as "a perfect fit" for service providers in emerging markets
, or smaller Tier 2/3 operators.
The main motivations to migrate this legacy network to new packet based networks vary from operator to operator, they say, "with a few common themes:"
The legacy PSTN infrastructure restricts the introduction of new and innovative voice and multimedia services," company officials say: "And most operators face increasing competition from alternative carriers with attractive voice offers, significantly eroding voice revenues. The legacy voice subscriber base is a key strategic asset that is the foundation for selling other triple play services and therefore needs to be preserved."
Some operators are still experiencing PSTN growth and can achieve cost advantages migrating to packet based networks, they say, adding that "for many operators the PSTN is aging and maintenance costs continue to increase. In an increasingly competitive landscape, reducing OPEX costs is essential to remain profitable."
Ontario-based RuggedCom, a designer and manufacturer of rugged communications networking products for mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has been awarded
a contract from a communications provider to the oil and gas market to supply RuggedMAX equipment for connectivity to and around offshore oil rigs.
The network will be based on RuggedCom's RuggedMAX family of utility gradeWiMAX compliant broadband wireless products, company officials say, adding that the RuggedMAX family of products "is used to extend IP/Ethernet networks cost effectively over long distances through the use of wireless technology."
In June TMC's Carolyn J. Dawson reported
that according to the Advisory Group's research report, in 2009, RuggedCom "had more than 52 percent market share for Industrial Ethernet infrastructure in the electric power market. As a result, the company has grown its market share to the No. 2 position in the overall Industrial Ethernet infrastructure market."
The customer intends to offer a suite of services, including broadband data and voice services with differing service level agreements to their oil and gas customers.