Friday, August 24, 2012
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Mobile subscribers that use Orange UK’s Signal Boost service or T-Mobile US’ Wi-Fi Calling can rely on Wi-Fi for calls and texts in areas they use their phones the most.
That’s why Kineto has teamed with UK technology site MoDaCo in a contest to give away an HTC One X equipped with Signal Boost, powered by Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi technology. Find out how to enter on the Signal Boost contest page.
With London preparing for the Olympic onslaught of an estimated five million visitors, most armed with smartphones, clever people who can make the most of the Wi-Fi on their mobiles will have a leg up. Wi-Fi has become a critical part of the network capacity solution. Virgin Mobile is deploying Wi-Fi in the Underground. Plus, fixed-line provider BT has pledged it will make 500,000 Wi-Fi access points available.
It will be great. But don’t just take my word for it. The technology continues to get rave reviews.
“I used it on the first Orange San Francisco and the Monte Carlo, and it’s a fantastic app,” commented Christian E. on a recent MoDaCo article. “I really can’t understand why every operator doesn’t have a version for every phone. It saves them money/bandwidth and gives the customers better service, it’s not often you get such a win-win.”
Happy 4th of July!
Monday, June 18, 2012
This just in – the Booster Brolly – an umbrella co-developed by Vodafone and University College London which has a micro antenna in the canopy – providing both cellular and atmospheric coverage.
at least in the UK), the brolly will also ‘recharge’ your (figurative and literal) battery – keeping you cool in the shade while using solar panels in the canopy to charge your mobile phone.
This is a true multi-function peripheral. I wouldn’t be surprised to see at the Sharper Image in a few months.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
- Dramatically larger Wi-Fi coverage area. Ironically when a phone needs to worry about handover, any dip in Wi-Fi signal immediately becomes cause for concern. The signal strength threshold for deciding to hand over needs to be sufficiently high so the call doesn’t drop, resulting in a rather modest range (or radius) from the Wi-Fi AP. People found their phones handing out to cellular in corners of the house/office – sometimes in places where there wasn’t sufficient cellular coverage to ‘catch’ the hand-off. Whoops. By eliminating handover, the phone is forced to focus on maintaining a connection to the Wi-Fi signal, thus dramatically increasing the effective coverage area.
- Differentiated billing. By inserting a ‘seam’ between Wi-Fi and cellular, T-Mobile was able to bill differently for calls over Wi-Fi. In fact, with the new service, domestic calls over Wi-Fi aren’t billed at all. This enables T-Mobile to be competitive in locations (like the home) where there is a lot of telecom competition – from fixed lines to Skype and other Wi-Fi-based calling services – and maintain a premium for outdoor/cellular service. (A billing benefit also provides incentive for users to turn on and connect to Wi-Fi, which drives more data offload, but that’s a different story…)
- More devices supported at a lower cost. It stands to reason that handover is more complicated than no handover. The millisecond timing required for handover requires low level of integration. GAN handover is implemented at the silicon layer, GAN without handover is implemented in the OS layer. The result is much faster time to market for a broader range of devices ultimately at a lower cost.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|The 90% with a 10% coverage problem|
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
IMS-based voice and messaging capabilities compatible with the GSMA’s VoLTE initiative to the Smart Wi-Fi smartphone client.
To make our solution quickly ready for deployment, we have developed a joint solution with Taqua® LLC., a leading supplier of convergence switching and small cell deployment solutions, that enables mobile operators to include Wi-Fi as part of their VoLTE deployment strategy.
The industry is moving towards voice over LTE solutions, and our technology can get them there more quickly.
Operators can add support for the GSMA’s IMS-based voice and messaging profile (IR.92) to Kineto's Smart Wi-Fi client and instantly provide coverage over existing Wi-Fi access points. With VoLTE support and leveraging Taqua’s IMS core network solution suite in the Smart Wi-Fi client, ordinary Wi-Fi access points become LTE small cells. This brings indoor coverage and capacity to macro LTE network deployments and adds critical network coverage and capacity in the exact locations subscribers spend most their time -- in their homes and offices.
With CTIA Wireless in New Orleans this week, there will be lots of announcements and chatter about IMS and LTE. We know the Kineto Smart Wi-Fi for VoLTE solution can assist operators in quickly becoming front-runners is providing solutions instead watching from the sidelines to see what their competitors will do.
Friday, April 06, 2012
New research from Strategy Analytics indicates that a quarter of homes worldwide or 439 million dwellings, are equipped with Wi-Fi today. The number is expected to grow to 800m units, or 42% penetration, in 2016.
This is a staggering achievement and a testament to the features, capabilities and benefits of Wi-Fi.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
They say bad news comes in threes, and in the last three weeks, femtocells have had their three strikes.
First was the announcement a week before Mobile World Congress that the venerable “Femto Forum” was changing its name to the “Small Cells” Forum. What’s the difference? Primarily that ‘femtocell’ has become a bad word in mobile, whereas Wi-Fi has suddenly become a darling in the industry. With the name change, Wi-Fi and femtos can share the stage under a Small Cell umbrella.
Second, during MWC, Huawei announces they are getting out of the femtocell equipment game. Huawei was an early, aggressive and award-winning player in the femto market, but as Lars Bonderlind, VP of Wireless Networks Marketing explains, "it's very difficult to build a business case with femtocells."
This is brings Huawei in line with industry stalwart Ericsson who consistently played down (or downright dismissed) femtocells, who recently put it’s money where it’s mouth is by buying carrier-grade Wi-Fi equipment provider Bel Air Networks.
Then today the third strike hits – DoCoMo announced it has suspended femtocell 'services'. While they will continue to provide femtocells FREE to certain customers with coverage problems, and they have come to the conclusion that people don't want to pay extra to get add services out of their femto.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
We were pleased to see news of our Smart VoIP made it into the GSMA’s MWC show daily (see page 6).
In case you missed it, we also got coverage for the Smart VoIP announcement in PC World, GigaOm, Fierce Broadband Wireless and a few other places.
See our Smart VoIP announcement.
Friday, February 24, 2012
"The complementary relationship between WiFi and mobile networks is finally becoming a reality," said WBA’s Chairman Chris Bruce.
With Kineto’s software, it’s been a reality for some time. For years, we’ve been focused on the opportunity for mobile operators who recognize the benefits of Wi-Fi for offload and coverage.
Reporter Lewis Dowling mentioned T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling service based on our Smart Wi-Fi technology as an example of an operator solutions that successfully use Wi-Fi. He also mentioned steps Cisco, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent are taking to enable this operator shift.
Bruce added: "Fixed and mobile operators alike are leading a WiFi hotspot renaissance in a renewed effort to sate the seemingly unquenchable desire for ubiquitous broadband connectivity.”
The smartphone deluge has been going on for years already and is only growing. Operators need to try to get out in front of it. With Wi-Fi, they can.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Smart VoIP is the first VoIP application specifically developed to enable mobile operators to leverage their existing network infrastructure to offer a competitive over-the-top (OTT) voice service.
It is intended to be like a downloadable VoIP service, but is tied to the operator’s own baseline voice service. Instead of it being completely independent of the mobile voice, our app integrates with the cellular voice service.
The app supports a range of standard mobile telephony capabilities and is designed to run on major mobile operating systems, including iPhone®, Android® and Windows Mobile®. It can be branded by mobile operators and downloaded to subscribers through standard application stores. Now, a user can dial a number and choose to complete the call over cellular or via the OTT VoIP app (over Wi-Fi or 3G/LTE).
It's a fact that mobile users (so that means pretty much everyone) are using VoIP apps on their smartphones. This results in mobile operators losing minutes.
Rather than missing out on the revenue completely, some service providers see value in developing their own OTT VoIP app that can get these savvy users back on their network. AT&T recently launched "Call International," and O2 in the UK announced they were going to trial a service from their VoIP group Jajah.
The demand is there.
Smart VoIP is one more tool we think operators need to compete.
Read the Smart VoIP press release.
Read the Smart VoIP application web page.
Read the coverage in PC World.
What do you think?
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
symptom of the firm’s general malaise. But its reintroduction as part of the new OS suggests strongly that its removal did not go unnoticed.
Read the rest of the post I wrote for IP Telephony.