Monthly Archives: January 2009

TeliaSonera cut at SocGen, emerging market exposure cited

Societe Generale on Thursday cut its rating on Nordic telecoms group TeliaSonera to sell from buy, saying that the company’s recent outperformance doesn’t reflect several handicaps that will weigh on the stock in 2009.

Among these handicaps, the broker cited TeliaSonera’s exposure to emerging markets where there is above-average macro-economic risk, a portfolio of very mature Nordic assets and a lack of clarity on a strategy for use of free cash flow.

www.marketwatch.com

Huawei to build First 4G Network!! Really?

Huawei has to be credited for its innovations in the field of Communicatiosn and specially for its Mobile Internet Products.

Huawei Recently celebrated winning the worlds first 4G mobile network order.However, there’s one problem with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. ‘s claim that it has won the contract to supply the “world’s first commercial 4G/LTE network” for TeliaSonera AB in Oslo, Norway.
Simply put, there is no defined standard for fourth generation (4G) networks yet from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) , the organization that actually gets to define “4G.”

In July last year the trade body issued its technical requirements for “IMT-Advanced” – the ITU’s official term for 4G. It said it would take specification submissions from October 2008 and into 2009, and then start work on defining the standard.

So, even if Huawei can meet the technical requirements of 4G, it’s highly unlikely that a standard will be set in stone by the time the TeliaSonera network is deployed.

In addition, the expected technical requirements of true 4G standards are set to be beyond the current capabilities of mobile WiMax or LTE (Long-Term Evolution).

The ITU said its IMT-Advanced specification will call for 100 Mbit/s downloads and a 1 Gbit/s link for stationary or local area connections. Unstrung has been told in the past that this will require very low latency on wireless connections – less than 100 milliseconds to set up a new session – and super-fat channels, at least 40 Mhz apiece.

By these criteria, nothing out there, and likely nothing coming down the pipe in the next several years, will be able to claim true 4G status. The ITU has said two specifications, 802.16m (or WiMax 2) and LTE-Advanced, will be considered, and it’s also possible that the Chinese government will submit its own specification for consideration.

Meanwhile, NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have come closest to the speed goals. NTT hit 250 Mbit/s with its “Super 3G” tests, and Samsung has demonstrated a 100-Mbit/s mobile connection in a bus being driven round Jeju Island in South Korea at speeds of up to 38 miles per hour, using its WiBro technology.
Once deployed, LTE is set to provide real-world, average downlink data rates of 34 Mbit/s and uplinks of about 7.3 Mbit/s, compared with the real-world, average HSPA downlink rate of about 7 Mbit/s and uplink of 2.6 Mbit/s, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown says in a recent report. Fast as hell, but nowhere close to the ITU requirements for IMT-Advanced.

Of course, Huawei isn’t alone in trying to wrap itself in 4G colors. Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) referred to its Xohm WiMax service launches as “4G,” Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) talked up its “4G strategy,” and many others have followed suit. (See Sprint Launches XOHM and Nortel Demos LTE.)

Even Unstrung has been known to use the designation in a headline or story once in a while. Typically, though, we tend to use “pre-4G”, “proto-4G,” or “wireless broadband” when writing about the technology whenever possible.

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Huawei: 4G or Not 4G?

There’s one main problem with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. ‘s claim that it has won the contract to supply the “world’s first commercial 4G/LTE network” for TeliaSonera AB in Oslo, Norway. (See Huawei Wins LTE Deal and TeliaSonera: We’ll Do 4G in 2010.)

Simply put, there is no defined standard for fourth generation (4G) networks yet from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) , the organization that actually gets to define “4G.”

In July last year the trade body issued its technical requirements for “IMT-Advanced” – the ITU’s official term for 4G. It said it would take specification submissions from October 2008 and into 2009, and then start work on defining the standard. (See ITU Approves New 4G Specs.)

So, even if Huawei can meet the technical requirements of 4G, it’s highly unlikely that a standard will be set in stone by the time the TeliaSonera network is deployed.

In addition, the expected technical requirements of true 4G standards are set to be beyond the current capabilities of mobile WiMax or LTE (Long-Term Evolution). (See 4G: What & When.)

The ITU said its IMT-Advanced specification will call for 100 Mbit/s downloads and a 1 Gbit/s link for stationary or local area connections. Unstrung has been told in the past that this will require very low latency on wireless connections – less than 100 milliseconds to set up a new session – and super-fat channels, at least 40 Mhz apiece.

By these criteria, nothing out there, and likely nothing coming down the pipe in the next several years, will be able to claim true 4G status. The ITU has said two specifications, 802.16m (or WiMax 2) and LTE-Advanced, will be considered, and it’s also possible that the Chinese government will submit its own specification for consideration.

Meanwhile, NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have come closest to the speed goals. NTT hit 250 Mbit/s with its “Super 3G” tests, and Samsung has demonstrated a 100-Mbit/s mobile connection in a bus being driven round Jeju Island in South Korea at speeds of up to 38 miles per hour, using its WiBro technology. (See DoCoMo Tests ‘Super 3G’ and Samsung: 4G Speed King.)

Once deployed, LTE is set to provide real-world, average downlink data rates of 34 Mbit/s and uplinks of about 7.3 Mbit/s, compared with the real-world, average HSPA downlink rate of about 7 Mbit/s and uplink of 2.6 Mbit/s, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown says in a recent report. Fast as hell, but nowhere close to the ITU requirements for IMT-Advanced. (See Operators Face LTE Deployment Dilemma and LTE Base Station Strategies.)

Of course, Huawei isn’t alone in trying to wrap itself in 4G colors. Sprint Nextel Corp. referred to its Xohm WiMax service launches as “4G,” Nortel Networks Ltd. talked up its “4G strategy,” and many others have followed suit. (See Sprint Launches XOHM and Nortel Demos LTE.)

[Ed note: That worked real well for Sprint and Nortel, didn’t it? See Sprint Slashes 8,000 Jobs, Nortel Files for Bankruptcy Protection, and The Decline & Fall of Nortel Networks.]

Even Unstrung has been known to use the designation in a headline or story once in a while. Typically, though, we tend to use “pre-4G”, “proto-4G,” or “wireless broadband” when writing about the technology whenever possible.

www.unstrung.com

TEO paslaugos

TEO interneto plano keitimas planuotas sausio 20, sausio 22 paskambino, kad pakeis 23 – atseit nieko nereikia daryti – modemas tinka, tiesiog tam tikru metu pajusime, kad naudojamės spartesniu internetu.

Šiandien sausio 26, tačiau neturime nei interneto, nei GALOS. Kodėl? O gi konsultantai nuostabiai pakonsultavo! Šeštadienį paskambinom 1817, tai pasakė, kad planas pakeistas ir nėr čia ko purkštauti, jeigu patys nesusipratom, kad reikia modemą perkonfigūruoti. Į klausimą, iš kur galėjome žinoti, jeigu niekas neinformavo, atsakymo negavome – suprask, turėjome paklausti patys kažko, tik nežinau ko.

Taigi, davė pasirinkti 3 variantus – persikonfigūruoti patiems, bet instrukcijos negali suteikti (dar cinišku tonu įterpė –„jeigu sugebėsite“), kitas variantas kviesti TEO darbuotoją (bet šeštadienį jau nebespėtų atvažiuoti, tai tektų atidėti pirmadieniui) ir paskutinis var. – skambinti jų partneriams (min. kainuoja 2 Lt), kurie paaiškins, kaip perkonfigūruoti (vyras prakalbėjo 20 min., rezultate – šnipštas, interneto nėra ir dar GALA dingo). Tada vėl paskambinome 1817, o čia mus vėl kitaip pakonsultavo – mato savo kompiuterio lange, kad mums užsakytas naujo modemo keitimas pirmadienį. Vyras klausia, kodėl ir kas užsakė, juk meistras, kuris susisiekė dar ketvirtadienį, patikino, kad nieko nereikės keisti, viskas bus atlikta nuotoliniu būdu ir mes tiesiog nepajusime, kaip viskas pasikeis, tiesiog pradėsime jau penktadienį naudotis daug spartesniu internetu. Na galų gale sutarėm, kad užregistruojam problemą, o pirmadienį laukiam meistro.

Palikom dukrą laukti meistro, apie 12 val. jau siūlau vyrui vėl pasiteirauti, kada atvažiuos – paskambina 1817 ir sužino, kad jokia problema neužregistruota, pas juos mato, kad internetas pas mus veikia ir GALA taip pat, žodžiu, jokių problemų. Po kiek laiko tokį pranešimą gaunam ir SMS. Paskambinam dukrai namo, kad įsitikinti, paaiškėja, kad niekas neveikia. Tada vyras važiuoja namo (darbo metu), paskambina 1817 ir informuoja, kad niekas neveikia, prašneka dar 20 min., jokios normalios pagalbos/informacijos negauna, išskyrus tai, kad dabar jau kažkokia programa nusimušė, kurią reikia iš naujo instaliuoti – kodėl taip atsitiko, niekam neįdomu.

Tuo pačiu metu, kol vyras konfliktuoja dėl abejingo požiūrio į klientą, man mobiliu paskambina, prisistato meistras iš TEO, kad gautas užsakymas sukonfigūruoti modemą ir nurodo visai ne mūsų adresą (kaip supratau iš fono, jau stovėjo prie to namo). Atsakau, kad nežinau, kokių paslaugų mums iš TEO reikia (juk jie mus tikina, kad pas mus viskas gerai, internetas ir GALA veikia!), bet tikrai ne jo nurodytu adresu, žmogelis praryja keiksmažodį, kažką piktai sumurma ir atsijungia. Paskambinu vyrui ir persakau pokalbio turinį – gal jie ten pas save kažką sumaklino ir dabar mato mūsų užsakymą ir veikiantį internetą su GALA visai kitur? Juk nė karto, kiek skambinom, nesutikrino telefono numerio, kliento ir adreso duomenų!!!

Vienu žodžiu, pagal scenarijų gera komedija gautųsi, o gerai įgudęs ir puikų feljetoną parašytų apie TEO klientų aptarnavimą.

Dabar vyras parsisiuntė programą, bandys instaliuoti. Kiek dar gyvensim be interneto ir GALA, nežinia (nepamirškit, kad 1817 įtikinėja, kad mes juos turim, jokios problemos nėra). Svarbiausia, kad iš pradžių, t.y. dar sausio 22 paskambinęs meistras pirmiausia pasiteiravo, ar aš žinau, kad už interneto plano keitimą reikės mokėti 100 Lt? Atrodo, tik tiek jiems ir terūpi. Grįžusi namo pasižiūrėsiu, kiek liko laukti iki sutarties pabaigos ir niekas neprivers manęs jos pratęsti, nes tokio bardako seniai neregėjau. secinskiene @ yahoo . lt

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Aferos, nesulaukusios moratoriumo

Vargu ar kas suskaičiavo, kiek milijardu litų nuostolių valstybė patyrė per beveik devyniolyka atkurtos Lietuvos nepriklausomybės metų. Bent jau valdžia neskaičiavo turbūt tik todėl, kad kiekvienas svetimas milijonas yra mielas. Ypač tada, kai jis lengvai pasiekiamas, t.y. vogtas.

Juo labiau pasiekiamas šios savaitės dar nė karto nebuvo paskelbtas moratoriumas valstybės ir jos tautos turto grobstymui – siulymas stabdyti keistus, abejotinus, tačiau didelės vertės projektus, konkursus ar privatizavimus siekiant iš tikrųju įsitikinti, kad nebus pavogtas nė centas

Dovana “Williamsui”
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Tušti privatizavimai

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Kiek šitais sandoriais prarasta pinigų, nežinia, ar imanoma suskaičioti, tačiau neliko nei turto, nei tūkstančių darbo vietų.

Politikai, matę tokių aferų eigą iš arti, “atsimerkdavo” tik joms įvykius – tuomet prieš kiekvienus rinkimus dėl tos pačios aferos vieni kaltindavo kitus.

Lietuva lengvai atsisakė ir nacionalinio telekomo, jis staiga, su dideliu triukšmu ir povandeniniais žaidimais atiteko skandinavams. Šios aferos, atleiskite, pardavimo prasmė buvo visiškas rinkos užvaldymas. Šalyje nebegaliėjo atsirasti joks laidinio ryšio operatorius, o staiga skandinaviškas tapęs telekomas įvedė ir skandinaviškus pokalbių tarifus.
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Sėkmė (nuotrauka): Lietuvos telekomo vadovu tapęs suomis Tapio Paarma net plojo iš džiaugsmo, kokie dosnūs tie lietuviai.

Respublika
2009.01.23

Susisiekimo ministerijos sekretorius V.Šaluskas per naktį tapo milijonieriumi

Ex Georgian Minister Makes New Claims

TEO neatlieka paslaugų (GALA TV)

Situacija tokia:Gruodžio ~5 užsisakėm gala televizija.po keliu dienų paskambino darbuotoja kuri informavo kad kurjeris atvažiuoja gruodžio 16.Laukiem gruodzio 16,taciau niekas nei paskambino nei atvažiavo.

Taip pat nuo gruodžio 16 būvo atjungtas internetas,neva kol atveš priedėlį.Kita diena paskambinom 1817(TEO informacijos numeris),tačiau konsultantai tik abejingai pasakė kad siuntinys užstrigo.Na,ka gali žinot,gal…Taigi…Pirmadienį nesulaukus kurjerio,vakare buvo paskambinta konsultantams kurie pasakė kad buvo “skambinta” dar penktadienį tačiau niekas neatsiliepe, bet galiu prisekt kad ta diena niekas neskambino.Eilinė diena negavus siuntimo,buvo pakartotinai paskambinta.Dabar konsultantai įžūliai paprašė atsimt siuntinį jų būstinėje.

Taigi jau ruošiausi kitą dieną važiuot atsiimt priedėlio.Tačiau nelauktai dar gan anksti paskambino kurjeriai ir įspėjo kad po nepilnos valandos atvažiuos.Taigi galima sakyti internetas neveikė beveik visą savaitė(nes buvo senas modemas kuris neveikia su gala priedėliu ar pnš).

www.skundai.lt

TeliaSonera claims “first 4G network” – but it isn’t

Scandinavian telco, TeliaSonera has issued a press release claiming it has signed “the world’s first 4G commercial contracts” and will be “First in the world with next generation’s mobile broadband.” Supplier Ericsson has jumped on the same bandwagon, but they are both wrong: this is 3G not 4G technology.


What TeliaSonera has done is to sign contracts with Ericsson and Huawei for upgrades to its 3G cellular networks to LTE – the Long Term Evolution of 3G cellular. Ericsson has been chosen for the initial rollout out in Stockholm and Huawei for Oslo. Rollouts of both networks have commenced and they are due to start operating in 2010. The company said it was “evaluating suppliers to deliver 4G networks in the Nordic and Baltic countries.”

Erik Hallberg, senior vice president and head of mobility services Sweden, TeliaSonera said: “Our customers are among the world’s most advanced users of telecommunications services. With 4G, we will provide them with the best mobile broadband capabilities they can get.”

TeliaSonera may have signed the first LTE contracts but may not be the first telco with a commercial LTE network. As iTWire reported earlier this week, US telco Verizon is reported to have brought forward its LTE rollout plans to 2009.

But a bigger problem is TeliaSonera’s, and Ericsson’s, misuse of the term ‘4G’. As both organisations must know perfectly well, in the official argot of the 3GPP (the cellular standards body) and of the ITU, LTE is a 3G technology. The title of 4G will be bestowed first on LTE-Advanced or whatever emerges to meet 4G requirements already defined by 3GPP.

As the authors of “3G Evolution: HSPA and LTE for mobile broadband,” (all Ericsson engineers) write: “This book has described the evolution of 3G mobile systems from WCDMA to HSPA and finally to the 3G Long Term Evolution…The next step of wireless evolution is sometimes called 4G…”

Yet Ericsson’s press release on the TeliaSonera contract says it will build “a  commercial 4G network for TeliaSonera,” and TeliaSonera’s says: “Facts: The 4G/LTE system is based on 3GPP standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio technology and System Architecture Evolution (SAE) core technology.”

Does it really matter that they are peddling furphies instead of facts? After all, it is just another example of PR ‘spin’. However, there is enough confusion already around the various rival technologies and their position on the evolutionary spectrum without companies respected for their market leadership knowingly adding to it.

www.itwire.com

No End in Sight for Scandals

TeliaSonera to cut 390 broadband jobs in Finland

TeliaSonera to cut 390 jobs at Finnish fixed unit

Nordic telecommunications operator TeliaSonera said in a statement Wednesday it needed to cut about 390 jobs in its broadband business in Finland.

“We have to cut the costs significantly to ensure that we can invest for the future,” said Juha-Pekka Weckström, the head of TeliaSonera Finland’s broadband operations.

“The aim is also to cover the costs we incur from the unprofitable business we conduct in sparsely populated areas on a much larger scale than our competitors.”

newsroom.finland.fi

TeliaSonera makes domestic job cuts

Stockholm-based telecoms group TeliaSonera gave notice to 1,200 employees in Sweden on Monday as part of the firm’s ongoing ‘efficiency measures’, reports newspaper The Local. Early last year, the company announced that it would slash 2,900 jobs in total, with the measures expected to result in gross savings of SEK5 billion (USD620 million) ‘compared to the cost base of 2007.’

TeliaSonera said the move was necessary to avoid having ‘higher structural costs than competitors and to be able to continue shifting the product mix to mobility- and IP-based services.’ By the end of the third quarter in 2008, around 1,300 employees in Sweden and Finland had been laid off as part of the company’s efficiency drive, according to spokeswoman Cecilia Edstrom. Monday’s announcement would primarily affect employees at the fixed broadband unit, she added.

www.telegeography.com

TeliaSonera Lays off 1,200 as Part of Restructuring Plan

Telecom operator TeliaSonera has given notice to 1,200 employees in Sweden, it announced on Monday, as the recession continues to claim its victims.

Just like all traditional operators, TeliaSonera is under pressure from trends including lower broadband tariffs and a move to mobile and IP (Internet Protocol) based services from fixed telephony, which is its main revenue source.

The layoffs are being made because the company cannot have higher structural costs than competitors, according to a statement.

The personnel cuts are part of a plan announced by TeliaSonera last February. The goal is to reduce its staff by 2,900 employees and save approximately 5 billion Swedish kronor (US$609 million).

A spokesman said 1,300 had already left the company by the end of the September.

At that time TeliaSonera had about 32,000 workers — of which 11,000 were based in Sweden.

But all is not bad: Customers still haven’t changed their behavior because of the downturn. They are still interested in broadband and mobile services, a spokesman said.

Restructuring costs are expected to be about 3 billion Swedish kronor.

www.pcworld.com