Native Londoners and foreign visitors alike will get to enjoy free WiFi courtesy telecom provider O2 starting July 25, just in time for the 2012 London Olympics.
The Inquirer reported that O2 will bring fast and reliable WiFi connectivity to top London hotspots such as Leicester Square, Picadilly Circus, and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Mobile backhauling services will be provided by Cambridge Broadband Networks’ VectaStar Gigabit-capacity wireless backhaul system, which uses multipoint microwave backhaul technology for improved speed and cost-efficiency.
The O2 WiFi service will be free of charge. Anyone with a mobile can access it even if they subscribe to a different network provider. Londoners’ smartphones will automatically connect to O2’s free WiFi network once they sign up to the scheme.
O2 beat Sky and Virgin Media to secure this wireless deal with Westminster Council. The brand new WiFi network will roll out just in time for the London 2012 Olympics.
“We are proud to announce that, today, we can bring O2 Wifi to some of the busiest streets and squares of central London,” said Gavin Franks, MD of O2 Wifi. “We are now providing Londoners and visitors alike with fast, free, reliable wifi when visiting some of the busiest areas in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. This comes after a succession of venue announcements with partners like Costa Coffee, House of Fraser and McDonald’s.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson fully supports O2’s free WiFi services. ”With millions of extra people coming to town for the Games, we want to ensure we showcase the capital as the best city in the world to work and visit,” Mayor Johnson said, “and the addition of free Wifi to some of our most popular landmarks is crucial in helping to maintaining that reputation.”
At the 28th Annual CANTO Conference in Miami, Florida on July 23, 2012, BTI Systems announced the addition of new resellers and an increase in sales of mobile backhaul solutions in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region.
Panama-based Sonitel S.A. is one of the new BTI resellers in CALA. Sonitel provides IT solutions to corporations and enterprises in Central America, and it specializes in access, datacenter, infoware, and networking solutions The Panamanian company has cornered more than 30% of the network market in Central America and more than 20% of the datacenter market. Sonitel will be providing BTI’s complete line of to financial services, government agencies, and service providers.
DIEXTRA will serve as BTI’s reseller in the Dominican Republic. DIEXTRA provides numerous solutions and seasoned technical expertise to Dominican telecommunications service providers. It also offers BTI Systems solutions for Mobile Backhaul, Metro Packet, Optical and Ethernet Business Services.
Telecom service revenue in the Caribbean and Latin American region is expected grow to $143 billion by 2014, according to TeleGeography’s Global Comms Insight Research. In particular, the wireless sector will take the lead thanks to constantly growing demands of wireless and broadband subscribers.
According to Peter Dale, BTI System’s Vice President of Sales, Americas at BTI, the company’s growth with mobile backhaul deployments fits the current global market trend. BTI earlier announced that new North America and APAC (Asia Pacific) mobile backhaul customers increased by more than 85%.
“We look forward to working closely with Sonitel and DIEXTRA to increase Mobile Backhaul and Ethernet Services market penetration in the CALA region,” VP Dale said.
It is incumbent upon metro service providers to keep apace of escalating customer migration to mobile content by adopting solutions that supports widespread 3G and 4G deployments in metro and regional networks. To this end, BTI Systems and its resellers provide end-to-end, unified packet approaches for voice, data and multimedia services. BTI IT solutions comes with comprehensive service management that further improve efficiency and reliability.
On July 18, 2012, optical transport systems expert Optelian announced that it would be providing Tier 1 carrier customer DWDM solution deployments to independent telecommunications companies ATMC and Otelco.
Tier 1 carrier requirements required new mobile backhaul services be routed through ATMC and Otelco’s networks. However, the two independent networks lacked sufficient fiber capacity to handle the influx of new traffic.
Optelian’s DWDM solution provides the needed mid-point interconnect applications with Tier 1 carriers. The solution was designed for easy deployment and use with the networks of customers like ATMC and Otelco. Users gain the capability to set up their systems, address technical issues, and immediately support Tier 1 customers at once.
In addition, Optelian’s DWDM system will allow provisions for additional bandwidth and additional capacity that ATMC and Otelco will need in the future. The network operators will also be able to install the standardized Tier 1 carrier system without having to configure anything. Finally, the solution will ensure that ATMC and Otelco will assign the right wavelengths to the job through close coordination with the Tier 1 customers.
Representatives from Otelco and ATMC expressed their pleasure with the Optelian upgrade. They noted the ease and speed of installation and use, and the immediate jump in mobile backhaul performance.
Advantech Wireless is raking in the cash in Latin America. The Canadian-based VSAT manufacturer announced last Friday that it bagged a new $3 million contract from a Latin American telephone company.
The Advantech customer was undergoing significant expansion of its communications network in order to support multiple services like enterprise, COTM, mobile backhaul, and NGN nodes. The customer ordered a number of C-band and Ku-band VSAT equipment models. Models cited for purchase and installation include the S4120 Advanced DVBS2-RCS VSAT and the S5420 DVBS2-SCPC or RCS Adaptive VSAT. All units feature Advantech Wireless LNB and BUCs, and they will also have complete IFL and Antenna kits. These VSAT systems will use the customer’s own space segment and infrastructure.
Advantech had already successfully filled a recent order worth $2.4M from the same customer. The combined contracts amounted to more than 3500 VSAT earth station equipment purchased and/or covered. Advantech Wireless will also provide cellular backhaul, COTM, Internet and other IP Enterprise Services, VoIP, VC, and Video Distribution, and Residential Services.
Twenty years ago, Advantech Wireless built the first DVB-RCS system in the world. Today, it manufactures satellite, VSAT systems, RF equipment, and microwave systems.
Transmode, a global supplier of packet-optical networking solutions, today announced that its partnership with Virgin Media Business in building one of the largest Synchronous-Ethernet (Sync-E) based mobile backhaul networks in Europe has won Global Telecom Business magazine’s innovation award.