UE866-EU ultra-miniature is market’s smallest 3G module with 2G fallback
Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced commercial availability of the UE866-EU, an HSPA module banded for European and Asian markets. With its ultra-compact 15x25mm LGA footprint, the new module is ideal for IoT applications with stringent space constraints such as telematics OBDII dongles, health monitoring devices and connected wearables.
Leveraging a hardware and software platform design validated in more than eight million shipped modules, the UE866-EU dual-band HSPA module with fallback to GSM/GPRS provides system integrators with a proven, long-term deployment option for a wide range of IoT applications. The Telit IoT Portal-ready UE866-EU also enables solution providers to take direct advantage ofTelit IoT Connectivity and IoT Platform services designed for hassle-free device-to-cloud onboarding. Telit’s “design once and deploy globally” development philosophy makes it easy for customers to deploy devices anywhere in the world by simply selecting regional or technology variants from the same form factor family. The xE866 family includes broadly carrier certified and regional regulatory compliant 2G, 3G and LTE Cat 1 modules.
“The launch of this module is an important achievement for us. It is the result of significant R&D not only to fit the electronics but also to make the RF in the dual-band 3G and 2G modems perform to traditional Telit standards, in a module barely bigger than one of the keys on your laptop keyboard,” said Ronen Ben-Hamou, Telit Executive Vice President of Products and Solutions. “New technology and strategies we developed here will enable us to keep bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in module miniaturization as we reaffirm our commitment to innovation leadership in the IoT.”
The UE866-EU is a dual-mode, dual-band UMTS|HSPA, GSM|GPRS, 3GPP Release 7 compliant module. It supports 3G 900/2100MHz and 2G 900/1800MHz bands, delivering 7.2Mbps downlink and 5.76 uplink data rates. The new module supports application development inside module through the Telit AppZone application development environment, includes digital voice support and is ideal for new and upgrade designs, particularly for redesign projects aiming at reducing bill of material costs and/or device dimensions.
Smart Meters can be installed in remote areas with limited network coverage so antennas & RF cable assemblies play an integral part in the performance of the Smart Meters in these situations. Co-Star supply a range of Panorama antennas that offer excellent performance across a wide bandwidth which are designed to improve the network coverage and enable better performance when transferring and monitoring data over the cellular network the performance of the devices.
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Culture Secretary Sajid Javid today (Thursday) announces a landmark deal with the four mobile networks to improve mobile coverage across the UK.
As part of its long-term economic plan, the Government has secured a binding agreement with the mobile networks EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to tackle poor signal issues in so-called ‘partial not-spots’.
These are areas within the UK that have coverage from some but not all of the four mobile networks. Depending on the network consumers are on, they may have no coverage in these areas.
Under the agreement all four of the mobile networks have collectively agreed to:
a guaranteed £5bn investment programme to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017;
guaranteed voice and text coverage from each operator across 90 per cent of the UK geographic area by 2017, halving the areas currently blighted by patchy coverage as a result of partial ‘not-spots’;
full coverage from all four mobile operators will increase from 69 per cent to 85 per cent of geographic areas by 2017;
provide reliable signal strength for voice for each type of mobile service (whether 2G/3G/4G) – currently many consumers frequently lose signal or cannot get signal long enough to make a call; and
make the deal legally binding by accepting amended licence conditions to reflect the agreement – it will be enforceable by Ofcom.
No cash payments will be made by Government to the mobile networks as part of this agreement.
This deal will also result in cutting total ‘not-spots’ where there is currently no mobile coverage by two-thirds. This will support the Government’s existing £150m programme to take mobile coverage to the areas of the UK that have no coverage at all.
As a result of the agreement, many areas will receive better data coverage, some for the first time. During the recent consultation process, consumers made it very clear that they feel any solution should include better data coverage.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“I am pleased to have secured a legally binding deal with the four mobile networks. Too many parts of the UK regularly suffer from poor mobile coverage leaving them unable to make calls or send texts.
“Government and businesses have been clear about the importance of mobile connectivity, and improved coverage, so this legally binding agreement will give the UK the world-class mobile phone coverage it needs and deserves. The £5bn investment from the mobile networks in the UK’s infrastructure will help drive this Government’s long-term economic plan.”
Whilst discussions with the mobile operators on a voluntary solution continued, the Government consulted on various legislative options in November 2014 to ensure that the issue of poor mobile coverage was addressed. This voluntary binding agreement secures a better deal for consumers and businesses as it:
will halve partial not-spots and reduce complete not-spots by almost two-thirds;
guarantees £5bn investment by mobile networks in the UK’s mobile infrastructure – potentially creating jobs and a boost for the UK economy; and
provides some of the best coverage of any major European country – underpinning the Government’s long-term economic plan.
As part of the agreement, the Government:
will bring this agreement to the attention of Ofcom in the context of their work to revise Annual Licence Fees – this is the subscription fee mobile networks pay Government;
intends to reform the out-dated and ineffective Electronic Communications Code to make it easier for the whole communications sector to rollout out new mobile and broadband services, and increase choice for consumers; and
is allowing many of the Government’s freehold buildings to be used as sites for mobile infrastructure – potentially opening up hundreds of sites to boost mobile coverage, including areas where is has been previously difficult to rollout network coverage.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said:
“EE is focused on bringing the best voice and data service to its customers across the UK, and only last week announced 1,500 unconnected villages will soon benefit from EE coverage. This agreement ensures that our customers are able to stay connected in even more places up and down the country.”
Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer of O2, said:
“A partnership between government and the mobile operators is required to maximise coverage across the UK, so this agreement is a good outcome for our customers. It will support investment in our network, while ensuring that strong competition remains between the different networks.”
Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three, said:
“We’ve doubled the size of our network in the past five years and we continue to invest to maintain a great network experience for our customers. Today’s agreement reflects the strength of our network today, our plans for the future and our commitment to bring its benefits to more people and more places than ever before.”
A Vodafone UK spokesperson said:
“We support the Government’s objective of delivering better coverage to rural areas including partial not spots. This is why Vodafone is already spending £1 billion on our network and services in the UK this year alone and will continue to spend a similar amount next year as well.
“The voluntary industry commitment we have agreed with the Government today will deliver 90 per cent of the UK’s land mass with voice services and a major improvement in mobile internet coverage as well. It is a great result for UK consumers and businesses and it will make the UK a leader across Europe in terms of the reach of mobile coverage.”
Mobile networks will now take forward their plans to improve mobile coverage and Ofcom will monitor progress regularly. The Secretary of State expects the operators to meet an interim goal in 2016, and will be receiving updates on this.
Eurotunnel and the British mobile telephone operators EE and Vodafone have today signed a 10 year agreement to offer mobile services in the Channel Tunnel. Customers of both operators will have access to 2G1 and 3G2 services in the North Tunnel (UK to France)3. Both EE and Vodafone intend to offer 4G data services throughout the tunnel in the future.
This will enable passengers of both Le Shuttle and high speed passenger trains to use their mobile phone or tablet device at any point of the journey through the Channel Tunnel. The quality of communication will be equivalent to a call made in Paris, London or anywhere above ground.
Providing such a wireless service 100 metres below sea level for the 20 million passengers who travel through the world’s longest undersea tunnel each year is a first. In order to deliver this service, Eurotunnel and its partners have overcome a series of technical challenges: the work was conducted without disruption to railway traffic, in a confined environment under stringent safety conditions.
Eurotunnel has equivalent agreements with the French mobile operators, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR which cooperated for the successful installation of GSM-P services in the South Running Tunnel in 2012.
Eurotunnel’s ambition to continually improve the service it offers to its customers has brought an answer to the increasing need for connectivity on the move.
New fees for 2G airwaves threaten 4G rollout, report claims
Ofcom has overvalued the radio spectrum used by mobile operators’ 2G networks by more than three times to impose what amounts to a “one-off tax of £4.5bn”, a report by industry analysts has claimed.
The new fees have sparked anger from the operators, who argue they threaten the rollout of 4G mobile broadband networks. The total proposed fees of £309m per year are nearly five times the current burden on the industry and a total extra cost of £4.5bn over 20 years.
Operators need to maintain their 2G networks despite the rise of 3G and 4G mobile broadband because they are still used to carry voice calls and texts.
A report by Enders Analysis on the economics of 2G spectrum fees has now backed the operators’ criticism of Ofcom’s calculations, calling them “both harsh and unfair”. The research was commissioned by EE, Britain’s largest mobile network and a vocal critic of the regulator’s proposals.
The authors, led by Enders analyst James Barford, said: “We disagree with the detail of their [Ofcom’s] methodology on three key aspects, which makes the current proposed charges over three times too high in our view, effectively charging the industry a one-off tax of £4.5bn.
One of the UK’s busiest business districts, Canary Wharf, is using Arqiva’s InBuilding solution to enhance its facilities.
As one of the UK’s busiest business districts, Canary Wharf, is using our InBuilding solution to enhance the facilities it offers to meet the diverse needs of its business population.
Providing good mobile coverage
For many site owners, portraying the right lifestyle values plays just as crucial a role in attracting visitors as offering the right facilities. And with mobile phones an indispensable part of today’s lifestyle, providing good network coverage in and around your property is a must.
Making mobile a part of the service mix
Canary Wharf, a 97-acre estate situated in London’s Docklands, is no exception to this. The estate supports a working population of around 95,000 people. It is home to busy London Underground and Docklands Light Railway stations, as well as a thriving retail estate. Since many people arriving on site are business users, communications – especially mobile communications – are essential. Unsurprisingly, Canary Wharf recognised that adequate mobile phone coverage was an important part of its service to visitors and tenants.
Keeping people connected
Improving business efficiency is also an important objective. To cater for the needs of its retail tenants, the estate has a large underground trucking tunnel for deliveries. Drivers communicate with head office by mobile phone. However, the size and location of the tunnel meant that there was no mobile network coverage, leading to delays and inefficiency.
Taking communications underground
In 2000 Canary Wharf enlisted our help. Our active DAS solution (Distributed Antenna System) for both 2G and 3G traffic provides strong, amplified signals across large surface areas. This makes it ideal for a large site such as Canary Wharf as well as for the high-ceilinged truck tunnel. Five years later in 2005 Canary Wharf upgraded the system to provide 3G and to extend the InBuilding system across its latest shopping area.
Canary Wharf also wanted to get coverage from as many operators as possible but felt that multiple antennas from different operators might have a negative impact on the aesthetics of the area. We market to all mobile operators and gave Canary Wharf the capability to offer coverage across all major networks from a single system. And because DAS antennas are specifically tailored for use in public places, they are designed to be unobtrusive – they can even be coloured to match the interior design of their surroundings.
Taking care of maintenance
Additionally, because we manage the system, the estate can enjoy the benefits of InBuilding without having to worry about maintenance concerns.
Our InBuilding system has enabled Canary Wharf to increase the services it offers to visitors and enhance its cutting-edge reputation. The active DAS in the truck tunnel has led to an improvement in business processes with fewer delays.
Darren Berrecloth explains:
“Now, if there is a problem, or a driver is lost, they can call the office and quickly get things sorted out”
In a special article for Mobile News Magazine 02 business director Ben Dowd explains the opportunities 4G brings and how it can dramatically change our lives.
4G is the next logical step in the evolutionary world that is mobile technology.
It has businesses asking questions about the possibilities of 4G’s speed, and if this can really change how they work.
Looking back over this evolution, the first iteration of a new generation of connectivity came in the form of 2G, allowing us to call and message each other wirelessly. This dramatically changed the way we communicated.
However, at this stage sharing media required setting up Bluetooth, finding the other person’s device, and then singularly choosing what you wanted to send with painstaking waiting times.
Then 3G came along and once again revolutionised the mobile industry. It allowed us to get the internet on a device on the go, enabling employees to disregard the conventional fixed workspace and gave businesses more flexibility and connectivity.
However, we are living in a world where speed can always be faster and reach can always be further, so it was only a matter of time until the need for 4G arose.
Why do I need 4G?
While it is well documented that the speed of 4G is its differentiator, the question businesses have been asking us is, “What can 4G do for me?” Indeed, it provides up to five times faster communication speeds, but understanding the potential behind the 4G revolution as a result of these speeds is the real key to unlocking its benefits.
And one of the most amazing aspects of 4G is that it won’t just benefit larger enterprises, but small businesses from start-ups to one-man bands which rely on the internet will also be able to take advantage of 4G’s speed.
4G has the potential to guarantee limitless ways of working. There will be no more dashing to the office to log on to the Wi-Fi, just to download large documents to another device before a meeting; or returning to the office after meeting with a client, to simply add notes to a current presentation. Employees are able to edit directly on a device in the meeting room, and can therefore instantly send the updated version within minutes.
A contractor can make a video call to a structural engineer on a 4G-enabled tablet in a crisis situation and do a walk around of the building. This allows the structural engineer to make site assessments without leaving their desk, in turn enabling them to assist with more queries in a day’s work. Reports can be submitted instantly and wirelessly, and digital photo and video capture will simplify processes and reduce paperwork.
Healthcare is also no exception. Nurses out on their daily rounds are able to access up to date patient information in a heartbeat, even in homes which have no internet connection whatsoever. They would be able to update their records in an instant, meaning faster treatment for more patients. If there is a problem, they can then video conference in a specialist in order to assess a situation; thus allowing the specialist to assist with more cases per day as it will permit better remote management and monitoring, with a more accurate diagnosis.
Emergency services will also be able to find real value in using 4G. The police are enabled to use wireless video cameras on their person to record any problems and occurrences at huge events. 4G means seamless video streaming to a control room where police can have a better overview of the event, without any disruption in connectivity at crucial moments. GPS tracking allows them to oversee the event with real time tactical monitoring, allowing officers to arrive at a location faster, meaning better even mobility and preventative deployment.
Return on investment
Even small businesses can save on costs by using 4G. They will be able to purchase 4G dongles for their small team of employees, instead of using an expensive broadband service that eats in to their monthly allowance. The reality of the potential for retail businesses will be difficult to ignore, as the online shopping via mobile devices industry will experience a significant increase as customers have faster and more reliable internet speeds from which they can get their shopping satisfaction. An increase of £300 worth of sales per month would match their 4G solution investment, thus increasing profits by £60 a month. Multiply these figures for huge retail companies and the outcome and benefits as a result could be huge.
Technology will continue to change the world. Businesses are all connected because of the impact on productivity and flexibility the internet has had on our daily working lives. Take these same possibilities wirelessly, and the potential is impossible to ignore. With the technology coming in to place imminently, the responsibility now lies with businesses to ensure they are 4G ready and able to immediately capitalise on the opportunities it is already providing. The ultimate outcome is flexibility.
It is important that businesses really capitalise on this development, and don’t ignore the benefits and new capabilities that could make their organisation’s and, in turn, their customers’ lives easier. In a broader sense, and via the possibilities given, companies will see the productivity of their staff improve. This will then enable the business to progress at a faster rate as there will be an increase in products and services being offered and created as a result. Progressing ahead of their competitors will be the ultimate gain in having a 4G-enabled business, and the 4G world will be a better and more productive place as a result.
Sierra Wireless delivers new level of flexibility to essential wireless connectivity for M2M
New AirPrime® HL Series modules are the smallest embedded wireless modules to be completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies; offer choice of snap-in connectivity or solder-down for scalable production; and are future-proof, thanks to over-the-air upgradability
Sierra Wireless have announced the launch of the latest additions to the AirPrime® HL Series of embedded wireless modules for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The new AirPrime HL modules include satellite navigation support and are the smallest embedded wireless modules (22 x 23 mm) to be completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies. They provide device manufacturers with the ability to serve different regions, across multiple network technologies, with one device design.
The AirPrime HL Series is designed to be flexible, providing manufacturers with the choice of soldering down the module for efficient high-volume production, or using an innovative snap-in socket. With the snap-in socket, device manufacturers can quickly place the module in the device any time in the production cycle and swap 2G modules for 3G or 4G modules in the future, even in completed and field-deployed devices. With both the snap-in and solder-down options, manufacturers can leverage one design for their 2G, 3G, and 4G deployments, simply by changing the module installed in production – no other changes to the device design would be required.
In addition to the flexible hardware design, the AirPrime HL Series is designed to be future-proof. With AirVantage Management Service, an off-the-shelf cloud-based M2M platform from Sierra Wireless, customers can easily upgrade device firmware over-the-air for thousands or even millions of deployed devices at a time, ensuring they can stay in service for many years while lowering maintenance time and operating costs.
“We know that integrating new technology is one of the key challenges our customers face in their M2M deployments and it can prevent customers from deploying or evolving to new technologies as quickly as they would like to,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “The AirPrime HL Series meets that challenge head-on, providing a clear and simple 2G-to-4G migration path, the flexibility to swap modules as required, and effective, scalable firmware management for post-deployment upgrades. It’s an innovative solution to some of the most critical issues we see in M2M deployments across multiple industries.”
The AirPrime HL Series is ideal for M2M communications applications in point-of-sale, smart grid, and fleet management or tracking, with GNSS (GPS and GLONASS) included. Samples of the first product in the series, called the HL6528 (2G), are available now with commercial shipments expected to begin in the first quarter of 2014. Samples of the HL8548 (3G) are expected to be available in the first quarter, with commercial shipments expected in mid-2014. 4G LTE versions will follow, with more specific launch dates to be announced later.
EE and Virgin Media have announced that EE will continue to provide the network and services that underpin Virgin Media’s mobile service, Virgin Mobile, the UK’s leading MVNO with over three million customers.
The new and exclusive MVNO agreement is an extension of EE and Virgin Media’s longstanding and successful partnership, which dates back to the launch of Virgin Mobile in 1999 as the world’s first MVNO.
EE was selected based on the strength of its network, its strong industry reputation and its flexible and technologically advanced MVNO platform. EE offers the widest 3G and 2G coverage in the UK as well as the country’s biggest 4G network.
Gerry McQuade, Chief Marketing Officer, Non-consumer, EE said: “We’re delighted that following a competitive industry tender, Virgin Media has again chosen to partner with EE and build on our longstanding and successful relationship. By choosing the EE network, Virgin Media will ensure its customers and around 14,000 employees continue to have access to the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network.”
Dana Strong , Virgin Media’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Combining the leading mobile network with our powerful broadband means Virgin Media customers get the best connectivity whether at home, out and about, or even beneath the streets of London. Having worked together for over a decade, this partnership between the world’s first virtual operator and what is now Britain’s most comprehensive mobile network is moving into an exciting new phase.”