Feeds

Wireless event to feature 'corporate 3G' installations

Blow to Wi-Fi

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Missing (strangely) from this week's Wireless Event in London's Olympia exhibition centre will be Picochip, which is preparing to astonish the world with a home 3G base station. But corporate versions will be on show, and the news will be a big blow to Wi-Fi fans.

BT has announced its "convergence" plans for "son of Fusion", which was an experiment using Bluetooth as a local wireless system to boost coverage.

The new BT plan was revealed by Steve Evans, BT's wireless broadband chief, who told Communications News: "We are planning a major initiative in the larger enterprise space. Commercial launch will be in early 2007, with beta customers towards the back end of this year."

But the problem with Wi-Fi in a cellphone is a simple one: it's a big battery-killer and makes for bigger, clunkier phones. It's also more costly to put both Wi-Fi and 3G radios in a device - so phone operators and makers are getting together to try to find a better solution - and they think picocell WCDMA is the answer.

At Olympia this week, Zinwave will be touting a new product which takes 3G radio into the office. Details aren't available till Wednesday, but the mailshot sent out to prospective customers is intriguing:

  • First to enable true in-building broadband wireless convergence - 2G, 3G, TETRA and Wi-Fi.
  • Exploits full capability of multi-mode and single mode fibre using patented technology.
  • Extends multi-mode cabling reach to at least 550 metres for wireless applications 2.5GHz and beyond.
  • Enables true centralised network architecture - greater control, flexibility and security.

Picochip, however, won't show its hand till later this year, and when it does, it will be as the hand inside the glove puppet, as various other people launch home masts. These will be in every sense ordinary 3G phone systems - but without the drawback of having to share them with other users. "The problem with a 3G signal is that it doesn't go through walls well. That's a big disadvantage if you're inside trying to pick up a signal outside," Picochip sales boss Rupert Baines said. "But if the transmitter is inside it's an advantage; it means you don't have to share your bandwidth with anybody else." The idea will be to plug the mini-mast into your home broadband and use it instead of Wi-Fi in the house (and garden), with the mobile networks sponsoring the cost of the installation. Expect rollout towards the end of this year. Zinwave's product will ship in weeks, on the back of its existing fibre broadband technology.

Copyright © Newswireless.net

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
What FTC lawsuit? T-Mobile US touts 10GB, $100 family-of-4 plan
Folks 'could use that money for more important things' says CEO Legere
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.