Mobile Towers Infrastructure

Using Drones to Inspect Mobile Towers Infrastructure

Solusia Air says that it been awarded an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deploy unmanned aircraft systems (drones) to carry out safety inspections for wireless and utility infrastructure firms.

The drone included in the exemption is the Aibot X6 UAS by Leica Geosystems. The FAA approval agrees that the combination of the Aibotix X6 Aircraft and Solusia Air’s training and flight safety procedures constitute a minimal risk and are in the interest of the public good.

“The FAA exemption means wireless and utility companies now have a more efficient, safer method for performing audits and safety inspections of infrastructure assets.”

Said Chris Moccia, CEO, Solusia Air.

Under the FAA’s current interim policy, drone operators who adhere to certain parameters are permitted to fly drones commercially under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act until such time as the FAA fully implements the UAS regulatory structure.

“This is exciting news for Solusia Air and Leica Geosystems. The FAA is under a lot of pressure to streamline the approval process and finalize the regulatory structure for unmanned aircraft systems. This is the first step to getting companies through the process faster so that they can take advantage of this revolutionary technology.”

Said Bryan Baker, North American UAS Sales Manager and pilot for Leica Geosystems Inc.

Solusia Air UAS services for wireless carriers and tower operators include high-definition photo and video inspection, asset audits, RF microwave path validation, intermodulation/interference identification, wildlife species identification, and safety assessments. Moccia continued and added that:

“Wireless infrastructure is in a continuous, dynamic lifecycle. As new technologies are deployed to keep up with the growing demand for mobile data and high-speed connections, towers need to be audited to document and verify existing configurations and equipment inventories. With UAS solutions, this auditing process can now include timely online retrieval of data and images that customers need to make strategic planning, construction and maintenance decisions.”

Megacom Lifts Base Station Numbers to 1660 at End 2014

Megacom Lifts Base Station Numbers to 1660 at End 2014

Kyrgyzstan mobile operator Megacom raised the number of its base stations by 8 percent in 2014, reaching a total of 1,660 at the end of the year. The coverage and capacity of the network was raised in almost all 40 municipalities across the country. The network coverage currently totals 98 percent of the populated country’s area, with around 3 million residents currently located under the coverage of the operator’s 3.75G network. The operator said it has the highest network coverage among Kyrgyzstan mobile operators.


Zong Awarded RCCI ICT 2015 Award for Excellence in Telecommunication

Zong, Pakistan’s most advanced and only 3G and 4G telecom operator has been awarded here on Wednesday with International Communication Technology (ICT) Award 2015 by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) for Excellence in Telecommunication.

Niaz A. Malik – Chief Corporate Sales Officer (CCSO), Zong received the award from Syed Asad Mashadi, President RCCI. Chairman PTA Dr Ismail Shah was also present at the ceremony.

RCCI organized these ICT Awards (International Communication Technology Awards) for the first time to promote and highlight the efforts of individuals and companies striving towards excellence within the arena of information technology and communications. The award ceremony was organized with the support of RCCI, Pakistan Software Houses Association and Pakistan Software Export Board.

Niaz A. Malik – Chief Corporate Sales Officer (CCSO), Zong after receiving the award said:

“Zong is currently the fastest growing network in the country and has always been at the front in terms of taking initiatives and introducing new technologies. This award is a strong source of encouragement for us, and we will remain committed to contributing with excellence to the telecommunication arena for the betterment of the country.”

He furthermore expressed gratitude towards the RCCI for holding merit based awards to encourage stakeholders within the telecommunication sector.

The decision to present this award to Zong was based on the telecom operator’s active and successful adaptation of international communication technology since the 3G & 4G auction held last year.

Ascend Y625

Huawei to Launch Its New “Ascend Y625” Smartphone in Pakistan

Huawei is a global leader in innovative telecom technologies, which will soon be launching its powerful new smartphone – Ascend Y625 in Pakistan. This spectacular Huawei Smartphone Y625 would come with the Mobilink offer, users would be able to enjoy free internet for 6 months on purchase of Y625. Featuring the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat OS from Google™ and a Qualcomm MSM8212, Quad core, 1.2 GHz, Cortex A7 Processor, along with 1 GB RAM & 4 GB ROM, this powerful connectivity device promises to fulfill all the social networking, communication and infotainment needs of the tech-savvy and ambitious consumers.

The Marketing Head of Huawei Pakistan – Mr.Fraz.M.Khan, stated that:

“We are delighted to introduce this feature-rich smart device in the country. The Ascend Y625 is a a symbol of Huawei’s superior technology with reflects a relentless pursuit to build a more connected world, to ‘Make it Possible’ for our customers to enjoy the fascinating world of 3G-connectivity and experience the futuristic telecom services available around the world today.”

The prominent features of the power-packed Huawei Ascend Y625 include; a 5.0 inch FWVGA (854X480) IPS screen. It is a full touch display supporting 2 point multi-touch. It also supports HSDPA+,GPRS and EDGE technologies. The 1 GB RAM and 4 GB ROM is supported with a MicroSD (upto 32 GB). The Android 4.4 Operating system is enriched with an “Emoticon User Interface” 2.3 for easier multi-tasking.

The powerful device also boasts an 8 Mega Pixel Auto Focus rear camera with LED Flash, besides a 2MP Fix-Focus front camera. The camera supports superb features like; Panorama, Audio note, Audio Control, Water mark, Filter, Touch to capture, burst shoot, etc. The device runs on a durable 2000mAh battery, promising a 3G talking time of 500 minutes.

Abundant Google applications have been pre-installed into this ultra-slim and smart-device, while the other prominent features include; WiFi 802.11b/g/n (with hotspot & direct), Bluetooth v4.0 LE, GPS/AGPS, G-sensor for auto-rotate, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensor, along with many more coveted features.

Carbon Nanotubes

Future Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotubes

The exceptional properties of tiny molecular cylinders known as carbon nano-tubes have tantalized researchers for years because of the possibility they could serve as a successors to silicon in laying the logic for smaller, faster and cheaper electronic devices.

First of all they are tiny — on the atomic scale and perhaps near the physical limit of how small you can shrink a single electronic switch. Like silicon, they can be semiconducting in nature, a fact that is essential for circuit boards, and they can undergo fast and highly controllable electrical switching.

But a big barrier to building useful electronics with carbon nanotubes has always been the fact that when they’re arrayed into films, a certain portion of them will act more like metals than semiconductors — an unforgiving flaw that fouls the film, shorts the circuit and throws a wrench into the gears of any potential electronic device.

In fact, according to University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign professor John Rogers, the purity needs to exceed 99.999 percent — meaning even one bad tube in 100,000 is enough to kill an electronic device.

“If you have lower purity than that,” he said, “that class of materials will not work for semiconducting circuits.”

Now Rogers and a team of researchers have shown how to strip out the metallic carbon nanotubes from arrays using a relatively simple, scalable procedure that does not require expensive equipment. Their work is described this week in the Journal of Applied Physics, from AIP Publishing.

The Road to Purification

Though it has been a persistent problem for the last 10-15 years, the challenge of making uniform, aligned arrays of carbon nanotubes packed with good densities on thin films has largely been solved by several different groups of scientists in recent years, Rogers said.

That just left the second problem, which was to find a way to purify the material to make sure that none of the tubes were metallic in character — a thorny problem that had remained unsolved. There were some methods of purification that were easy to do but fell far short of the level of purification necessary to make useful electronic components. Very recent approaches offer the right level of purification but rely on expensive equipment, putting the process out of reach of most researchers.

As the team reports this week, they were able to deposit a thin coating of organic material directly on top of a sheet of arrayed nanotubes in contact with a sheet of metal. They then applied current across the sheet, which allowed the current to flow through the nanotubes that were metal conductors — but not the bulk of the tubes, which were semiconducting.

The current heated up the metal nanotubes a tiny amount — just enough to create a “thermal capillary flow” that opened up a trench in the organic topcoat above them. Unprotected, the metallic tubes could then be etched away using a standard benchtop instrument, and then the organic topcoat could be washed away. This left an electronic wafer coated with semiconducting nanotubes free of metallic contaminants, Rogers said. They tested it by building arrays of transistors, he said.

“You end up with a device that can switch on and off as expected, based on purely semiconducting character.”

Rogers said.


Uzmobile Postpones Launch of its GSM Network

National mobile communication operator Uzmobile postponed launch of its GSM network for five days, the press service of the company said.

The statement of the operator said that the launch of GSM network in Tashkent city and Tashkent region was postponed to 15 April 2015 as the operator should carry out additional technical and assembly works.

The operator said that subscribers will be able to subscribe to Uzmobile at all sales offices of Uztelecom across Uzbekistan after 14:00 of 15 April.

President of Uzbekistan signed a resolution “On measures on organization of the activities of national operator of mobile communication” on 12 February 2014.

Branch of Uzbektelecom, Uzmobile, received status of national operator of mobile communication of Uzbekistan, which should develop mobile communication services and GSM network across Uzbekistan, as well as ensure information security.

In line with the resolution, Uzmobile will develop GSM network across Uzbekistan. The operator plans to expand GSM network across Uzbekistan in 2016-2017 with introduction of 2G/3G and 4G technologies.

At the same time, UzMobile will continue to use and further develop CDMA-450 EV-DO network. This year, the company plans to expand CDMA network.

Uzmobile will offer comfortable tariff plans and quality services with using advantages of both CDMA and GSM/LTE standards.

According to data of operator, currently CDMA network covers 85% of settlements. Number of subscribers is about 500,000 users. The estimated market share of Uzmobile is 2.3%.


Wireless LAN

Wireless LAN Gear Nears $5 Billion in 2014; 802.11ac Access Points Take Off

Worldwide wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment revenue reached $4.9 billion in 2014, growing just 6 percent over 2013 a far cry from the 20 percent plus annual increases of a few years ago, according to Infonetics Research. Almost 1.2 million 802.11ac access points shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14) a quarter of all access points cannibalizing 802.11n rather than the older 802.11a b g access points.

Among the top 5 WLAN vendors-Aruba, Cisco, HP, Ruckus and Zebra-Ruckus led revenue growth in 2014.

“A pullback in K-12 spending in the US has caused a significant slowdown in the WLAN market, which, after having grown at double-digit rates for several years, grew only 6 percent in 2014.”

Said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research, now part of IHS.

“The good news is that the fourth quarter of 2014 looks to be the turning point. RFP activity from K-12 customers is accelerating in anticipation of new funding in 2015, and that, coupled with the introduction of 802.11ac wave 2 access points, will drive renewed growth in 2015.”

Machowinski said.

In 4Q14, WLAN equipment sales totaled $1.3 billion, up 5 percent quarter-over-quarter, and up 10 percent year-over-year.

Though demand for WiFi connectivity continues unabated-access point shipments were up 22 percent year-over-year in 2014-revenue growth has run out of steam due to fewer service provider and K-12 WiFi sales, 802.11ac not yet lifting ASPs, controller-less approaches and low-cost solutions.

There was higher than usual demand for WiFi phones in 4Q14, influenced by a large number of deals, but this isn’t expected to be sustained in 2015.

Despite fickle economic conditions, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) was the fastest-growing major region in 2014, up 9 percent.


Altel Targets 3mln Subscribers by Year-End

Kazakhstan operator Altel, a subsidiary of the national operator Kazakhtelecom, announced that 2 million subscribers are now connected to its mobile network based on GSM, UMTS and LTE. The operator plans a further expansion of its LTE network and aims to reach 3 million subscribers by year-end.


Megacom Launches New Wonderful Tariff

Kyrgyzstan mobile operator Megacom introduced its new Wonderful tariff. No monthly subscription fee is charged, and on-net calls cost KGS 0.5 per minute, mobile internet rate is KGS 0.5 per MB, and SMS is charged KGS 0.5 per message. The switch to the new tariff costs KGS 60.

Telenor Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan Launches Affordable 3G-Enabled Handsets

In line with its commitment to build an ecosystem to further facilitate 3G and internet uptake in the country, Telenor Pakistan has announced the launch of Telenor Devices comprising of affordable 3G-enabled handsets. The announcement was made during an interactive media event today in Karachi.

Telenor Devices portfolio so far include; Telenor Easy 3G – 3G-enabled feature phone with front camera functionality and pre-loaded social media apps (Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp); and Telenor Smart 3G – one of the most affordable 3G smartphones preloaded with Telenor Music , Telenor Appstore, Viber, Skype and social media apps. With Telenor Devices, Telenor Pakistan aims to bring 3G phones within the affordability range of people belonging to low and middle income groups

With the launch of these devices Telenor Pakistan brings 18 months warranty for its customers, which is the first time in Pakistan that any handset comes with an extended warranty. Additionally Telenor Pakistan’s customers can avail a balance of PKR 600 and 3GB data over the first six months with these handsets.

The two handsets will be available from 15th April 2015 on all Telenor Sales & Service Centers and franchises as well as in selected mobile shops across Pakistan. In order to enhance the reach of these devices to the customers, Telenor Pakistan has appointed i2 Pakistan as the distribution and warranty partner with over 800 collection points.

On this occasion, Irfan Wahab Khan, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan said:

“We are witnessing higher demand for 3G and healthy uptake in across all segments but especially in rural and low income segments. The launch of affordable 3G-enabled handsets is yet another manifestation of our philosophy that the internet is something for the mass population of Pakistan, and not just the select few. We will continue to strengthen our device portfolio and network reach and stay committed towards building an ecosystem to further facilitate internet growth in the country.”

With a 3G subscriber base of over 3.7 million in 78 cities and towns, Telenor Pakistan continues to maintain its leadership as the largest and fastest growing 3G network in the country. During the current commercial rollout phase, Telenor 3G services were launched in Karak, Tank, Dera Allahyar, Shangla, Gambat, Chakwal and Barkan. Free trial of 3G services will be offered to Telenor Pakistan’s customers in these areas for two weeks. The subscribers will be notified about the end of free 3G trial service via SMS and Telenor Pakistan’s official website. Under the free 3G trial offer, customers can enjoy 50 MBs of free data every day. Data services on 2G will be charged as usual.

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