Rohde & Schwarz, in cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies, reports it has successfully implemented a wide range of NB-IoT tests that can be used to verify the Qualcomm Technologies' MDM9206 global Cat M1/Cat NB-1 dual-mode LTE modem. The company says that by using the R&S CMW-KU300 NB-IoT MLAPI scenarios and the R&S CMW-KR313 3GPP Rel. 13 C-IoT protocol test enabler on a single R&S CMW500 radio communication tester, engineers can test their IoT devices based on the MDM9206 LTE modem under realistic conditions. They can do that by attaching and establishing a real-time, comprehensive connection with the simulated network and then testing relevant signaling and RF scenarios related to the 3GPP Release 13 specification.

Rohde & Schwarz is displaying this new capability at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona in Hall 6. The MDM9206 LTE modem demonstration uses the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester, emulating a LTE-Advanced network with IP Multimedia System (IMS) server capabilities. Utilizing the MDM9206 LTE modem, the demonstration begins with a network attachment and establishment of a comprehensive data session. Using the CMW-KM300 NB-IoT Tx-Measurement personality during an established NB-IoT call, RF parametric tests to evaluate RF-spectrum, output-power and error vector magnitude (EVM) provide unique insight to the RF performance of the IoT device.

Small Cell Forum used Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce that it has published a series of practical working guides that it says makes densification using small cells a commercial reality, both for today’s 4G and for future 5G networks. “These latest outputs go further than ever before in articulating the work the Forum is undertaking to increase the success of current small cell technologies, while applying knowledge gained to ensure that networks of the future are practical and profitable for all parties concerned,” it reports.

“The mobile industry is in agreement that network densification is fundamental to adding capacity to today’s 4G networks, as well as building out the foundations for 5G,” David Orloff, chair of Small Cell Forum, says. “However, this can’t happen without the physical deployment of more network assets, the technologies to manage them and the testing to make them interoperable. These guides provide an informed perspective on the real-world experience of deploying 4G that will ensure 5G hits the ground running.”

The publications also detail what it takes for operators and the enterprise to commercially deploy a Hyperdense network today, including comprehensive explanations of regulatory, logistical, and operational considerations.

ZTE unveiled its Gigabit Phone in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, which the company says is the world's first smartphone with download speeds reaching up to 1 Gbps. The ZTE Gigabit Phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, uses a combination of carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO antenna technology, and 256-QAM modulation to achieve LTE download speeds that are said to be up to 10 times faster than first generation LTE devices.

A VNF Onboarding Hackathon with VMware, Intel, and Cloudify is taking place March 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The three companies are presenting a tutorial on the use of a new VNF Onboarding Wizard developed by Cloudify. The web-based tool generates a template adhering to the TOSCA specification (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications), which is said to help release the VNF provider from the need to understand the inner workings of the emerging open standard used by telecoms for VNFs. The VNF Onboarding Wizard provides a simple mechanism for VNF providers to generate a TOSCA compatible template, according to Cloudify.

Also at Mobile World Congress, Cloudify is demonstrating a new open services portal together with VMware that showcases how carriers can launch and maintain the lifecycle of new VNFs through a customizable portal framework. The services portal provides a means to deliver VNFs after they have been onboarded through a multi-tenant catalogue service. The new framework also demonstrates how operators can create customized views for different user profiles, and tie in monitoring and telemetry in a single pane of glass user interface.

Altair Semiconductor is teaming with Geotab, a global provider of open IoT fleet management solutions to power GPS vehicle tracking devices operating on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Altair’s CAT-1 chipset, which is designed to meet the needs of telematics applications, will reportedly usher in the new era of Geotab’s LTE-connected products. Geotab reports that its end-to-end telematics solutions provide fast GPS acquisition time and highly accurate engine diagnostics. Key features include recording capabilities, in-vehicle driver coaching, and accident detection/notification.

Uni-fi Roaming Solutions (UROS) and iBasis report they are collaborating to be the first to remotely provision a user subscription in a mobile hotspot device. The new global mobile access technology allows the UROS’ Goodspeed mobile hotspots, Goodspeed Roaming enabled smartphones, and other connected UROS IoT devices to update to a selected local mobile operator subscription automatically as users travel across borders, all using a single SIM. The solution uses eSIM technology developed by the GSMA in cooperation with operator groups, SIM providers, and OEMs. The solution is reportedly based on the GSMA’s embedded SIM (eSIM) specification for machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. The standard provides a de-facto mechanism for remote over-the-air provisioning of an initial operator subscription, and the subsequent change of subscription from one operator to another.

UROS has a patented IoT platform that is capable of monitoring and provisioning connected devices in real time to facilitate selection of the most appropriate connectivity.

“We believe that combining the standardized eSIM technology together with our own IoT platform provides the most advanced and reliable solution for our corporate and mobile operator customers,” Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg, CEO of UROS, says. “The eSIM solution will be available in smartphones and Goodspeed mobile hotspot devices as well as future IoT devices globally. The new ZTE V8 Lite smartphone with Goodspeed Roaming is an example of a product leveraging this new solution.”