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Nov. 20, 2009
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ATIS's IPTV Interoperability Forum Releases Three New IPTV Standards
from Interactive TV Today
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions on Nov. 17 announced the release of three new IPTV standards, which were recently completed by its IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), and which it says standardize multiple areas of the IPTV ecosystem. The organization says that the new standards cover a test plan for validating objective quality models in the context of IPTV services; IPTV software download sequence and remote management security considerations and requirements to ensure interoperability between service provider IPTV multicast applications; and network provider domains, home networks and the IPTV terminal device. "These standards will enable interoperability between disparate elements of the vast IPTV ecosystem," ATIS president and CEO, Susan Miller, said. More

ATIS Ponders Targeted Ads for IPTV
from Light Reading
Attention cable companies: The telcos are watching with interest as you come up with a standardized system of delivering targeted advertising. Indeed, the latest batch of standards from the ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum will make it easier for service providers to do multicasting, secure remote device management, and to check on the Quality of Experience (QoE) provided to customers. But it's what's coming in 2010 that could overshadow these practical results, as the IIF tackles on-demand content and targeted advertising in Phase 2 of its standards process. More

IMS Reality Check
from Telephony Online
When dealing with criticism of IP multimedia subsystem -- the somewhat mysterious, too often maligned telco architecture for IP networks and services -- there’s one clarifying question to ask: If a service provider isn’t deploying IMS as its next-generation architecture, what exactly is it deploying? More

"Green" Mobile Network Improvements to Yield 42 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions by 2013
from Reuters
Mobile network operators worldwide have embarked on bold initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of their wireless networks and reduce the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions associated with network operations. According to a recent report from Pike Research, these efforts will be driven by the desire for lower energy operating expenses, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and some cases by government mandates.The report forecasts that "green" network upgrades will result in the reduction of network carbon emissions by 42 percent by 2013, compared to business-as-usual trends. More

Internet Governance Forum Renews Call for IPv6
The fourth annual Internet Governance Forum kicked recently off in Egypt, with registry group the Number Resource Organization using the event to highlight the importance of fair access to internet number resources across all regions, and the need for the move to IPv6. The Number Resource Organization, which is comprised of the world's five Regional Internet Registries, will argue that responsible management of IP addresses is vital to the future success of the internet. The organization pointed out that 90 per cent of the current IPv4 addresses have already been allocated, making the migration to the new protocol a matter of urgency. More

Wi-Fi Alliance Considers Smart Grid Standards
from Rethink Wireless
The adoption of smart grid systems by utilities -- with wireless networks used to monitor customers' meters and equipment and deliver services -- is gaining ground. While cellcos are forming alliances to ensure such grids run over their 3G and future networks, WiMAX and Wi-Fi have also been early beneficiaries. Smart grid specialist RuggedCom recently acquired WiMAX vendor WiNetworks, and the Wi-Fi Alliance sees such an opportunity that it is looking at a new set of standards for the market. More

Telcordia Promises Relief From Dumb Pipe Syndrome
from Light Reading
Telcordia knows how much its core customers fear the dumb pipe syndrome, and as part of its recent initiatives, is planning to help them deliver content and added value to their broadband services. Telcordia's new chief strategy officer Adan Pope, who says his company had direct talks this year with 160 service providers, believes telecom and cable service providers "will have to focus more on value-added services and content" and use existing knowledge of their customers to deliver more personalized services that capitalize on user preferences, location, and policies. More

Policy Matters to Mobile Broadband Operators
from Light Reading
Developing a clear policy management strategy, and figuring out how deep packet inspection (DPI) technology plays a part in that strategy, is vital for mobile operators if they are to cope with the rising tide of data traffic. More

GSMA: 87 Million LTE Subscribers by 2014
from Unstrung
The GSMA is predicting that there will be 87 million subscribers using high-speed LTE services by 2014 but that HSPA 3G networks will provide a much bigger cushion for users to fall back on by then. The GSMA's director of technology, Dan Warren, says that there are currently around 167 million HSPA connections. He expects that to grow to "about a billion" in 2012 and up to 1.5 billion in 2014. The association sees 2013 or 2014 as the point when LTE will really take off, even if early rollouts will happen prior to that date. "Initially, the majority of LTE deployments will be focused on data," Warren says. More

Verizon Wireless Gains Edge in Global LTE Race
from Telephony Online
Verizon Wireless' chances of launching the world's first LTE network just improved. The first operator to launch a 3G network, DoCoMo announced that it will launch commercial 4G services in the final month of 2010. Verizon hasn't given exact dates for its own deployment in 2010, except to say will launch the service commercially in 25 to 30 markets in the second half of the year. VZW might be planning a grand unveiling at the end of the year, turning on 100 million pops of network coverage in one fell swoop –- and Verizon certainly isn't opposed to theatrics –- but it's much more likely it will gradually roll the service out throughout the latter half of the year, beating DoCoMo to punch in the process. More

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