Archive for March, 2011

xG Featured in RCR Wireless Video and Article on TV White Spaces at CTIA

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

xG Technology was featured in a video and article from Tracy Ford, executive editor at RCR Wireless, during the CTIA Wireless 2011 Show in Orlando, FL last week.

xG Featured in RCR Wireless Video and Article on TV White Spaces at CTIA xG’s VP of Marketing, Rick Rotondo, was interviewed for the segment, which discussed TV white space spectrum, its historical use by the broadcast industry, efforts by the FCC to free it up for broadband wireless, and the challenges involved in making the best of use of this vital asset.

“Spectrum is a limited resource,” Rotondo commented. “There certainly are better ways to use what we have.”

Rotondo pointed out that the trick with white-spaces spectrum is that it is used – and thereby only available – on a market-by-market basis. “In some urban markets there is little white-spaces spectrum, while there may be a lot of it in smaller markets,” he said.

While the FCC is now beginning the certification process for equipment that uses the spectrum, the ecosystem still needs to be developed. “Discovering that the spectrum can be used, freeing it up, making it available to others and developing a certification process, among other things, are not routine matters for the commission,” Rotondo added.

The article noted that xG is demonstrating that “junk” spectrum can be effectively put to use through its xMax carrier-class cognitive radio solution. This effort will not only help drive the white-spaces initiatives, but also pave the way to free up smaller blocks of spectrum, and not causing interference to other licensed users, thus bringing more spectrum to market.

The video appears below.

Telecompetitor Blog Features xG in Article About Rural Cognitive Radio Trial

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
The Telecompetitor blog published an article featuring xG that appeared yesterday. The article, entitled "Telco Bets on Cognitive Radio for Wireless Voice and Broadband," was authored by veteran telecommunications journalist Joan Engebretson. It covered the expansion of xG's xMax cognitive cellular network trial with Townes Tele-communications Inc. in Lewisville, Arkansas.
 
George Schmitt, xG Technology board member (and CEO of MB Technology Holdings, an xG investor) is quoted in the article on some of the key benefits of cognitive radio:
 
"Because cognitive radio networks are less complex than traditional cellular networks, they should be less costly to deploy. Perhaps even more importantly for rural operators, the equipment is designed to use unlicensed spectrum. Intelligence built into the phone can sense a rise in interference from other devices using the spectrum and hop away from that frequency," Schmitt explained. As a result, he said, “We can go into frequencies that are considered garbage today and use them to give effective service.”
 
Underscoring the potential of xMax to leverage broad swaths of wireless spectrum beyond its initial operating  range of 902-928MHz, he added the following:
“When you look at the total spectrum between 500 MHz and 5 GHz, there is more than 100 MHz of free spectrum,” said Schmitt. In comparison, he said, most mobile operators have about 25 MHz of spectrum per market.
 
As the article stated, one of the goals of the trial with Townes Tele-Communications (also an investor in MB Technology Holdings),  is to position xG to obtain approval for its equipment from the Rural Utilities Service. This would enable rural network operators to use RUS loans to construct networks using xMax equipment to provide advanced mobile VoIP and broadband services to their customers.
 
As reported in an xG press release issued March 15, Townes has also offered to host an additional xMax network in one of its other rural markets to secure RUS certification.
 
As the Federal Communications Commission starts to shift Universal Service Fund money toward broadband services, xMax represents a solution that would enable rural and independent telcos to maintain their competitive position. The IP-based xMax infrastructure opens the potential for these operators to deliver flexible, innovative and competitively priced services – to both currently unserved areas of their footprint, as well as to new customers in neighboring territories.
 
Daniel Carpini
Marketing Director
xG Technology

xG Featured in E-Commerce Times Story on AT&T and Data Caps

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
xG Technology provided featured commentary for an article that appeared today in E-Commerce Times. The article, "AT&T to Cap Data Use, Stick 'Hogs' with Extra Fees," states that AT&T plans to start placing caps on data usage for its DSL and U-Verse customers beginning May 2. Users who exceed a 150 GB data cap will be charged US$10 for every additional 50 GB of data consumed. A key theme of the article is that the activities that would qualify as "data hogs" today are fast becoming common consumer online activities — file-sharing, video conferencing, high-definition movie downloads and constant online video viewing.
 
In the article, Rick Rotondo, VP of marketing for xG, was quoted as saying, "What telecom providers see as high usage today will be average use tomorrow. The expansion of online content and video services, to name just two drivers, will be the reason.  As that happens, it will get harder and harder for telco providers to impose caps." "Besides having to incent high users to exercise restraint, providers will have to build out additional capacity in their networks,"  Rotondo predicted. This need for additional network capacity has prompted new thinking on how to best use existing wireless spectrum assets, and finding ways to offload network traffic.
 
As reported in our blog post on Jan. 27, large amounts of bandwidth have been made available in the unlicensed spectrum bands at 900MHz, 2.4 and 5GHz, and now in TV white spaces. xG’s xMax cognitive radio networking system helps unleash the potential of this spectrum, turning it into a valuable economic asset. xMax can add additional capacity to mobile network operators' existing networks by allowing mobile traffic to be shifted off expensive, licensed cellular spectrum and onto unlicensed spectrum. xMax can opportunistically put any unused capacity (no matter how brief) to work, without impacting primary wireless services or users. This additional capacity could be used as “overflow” to help relieve the pressure on these capacity-constrained networks.

xG Technology Expanding xMax Trial System in Lewisville, Arkansas

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
xG Technology announced in a press release issued today that it will be expanding its xMax cognitive cellular network trial with Townes Tele-communications Inc. in Lewisville, Arkansas. Townes has also offered to host an additional xMax network in one of its other rural markets. One or both of these trials will be used to support xG’s efforts to secure Rural Utilities Service (RUS) certification. RUS is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and provides technical guidance and financial assistance for the delivery of advanced communications services to rural communities. RUS certification will allow xG customers to apply for loans from the RUS to buy xMax equipment and deliver advanced mobile VoIP and broadband services to their customers.
“I’m impressed with xG’s technology, equipment and product direction,” said Larry Townes. “xG is bringing solutions to market that rural and independent telcos need to stay competitive, better serve their customers and grow their businesses. We are excited to be expanding our trial network in Lewisville, and welcome the possibility of an additional xMax trial in one of our other markets.”
 
The full press release can be viewed here.
 

IWCE 2011 Recap: xG Cognitive Radio Benefits Public Safety Sector

Monday, March 14th, 2011
On March 9, xG's Rick Rotondo gave a presentation at the  IWCE 2011 conference. His presentation explained the benefits of cognitive radio solutions like xMax for public safety networks.  The presentation covered the use cases for how cognitive networking would benefit mutual aid, disaster response, network failover and network throughput increases. The session was very well-attended, and the applicability of xMax for this market was very evident by the interest shown by the audience, which was heavily made up of representatives of the public safety/emergency response sector.
 
The presentation can be viewed here.
 

xG Announces Appointment of John Coleman and George Schmitt to its Board of Directors

Monday, March 14th, 2011
xG Technology announced in a press release issued today the appointment to its Board of both John Coleman as a new Executive Director and George Schmitt as a new Non-Executive Director. Rick Mooers, Executive Chairman of xG, commented: “I am delighted to welcome both John and George to join the Board. The Company has already benefited from John’s strategic insights into the key Defense and Public Safety markets whose entry is a commercial priority for the Company. His appointment to the Board is testament to the great job he has been doing for xG in driving the Company forward as its Chief Executive Officer and, beforehand, as its Chief Operating Officer.” “At the same time, we are also pleased to welcome George to the Board of xG Technology and the Company looks forward benefitting from George’s considerable experience and wireless industry contacts in helping xG develop and market its intellectual property, product and technology portfolios.” The full press release can be viewed here.

xG Technology Invited to Speak on Cognitive Radios at Western Military Wireless Conference

Monday, March 14th, 2011

xG Technology has been invited to be a featured speaker at the Western Military Wireless Conference, which will be held  June 27-29, 2011 in Washington, DC. The conference is being sponsored by the American Institute of Engineers and will focus on examining the key needs, initiatives, opportunities and challenges facing the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the armed services in implementing mobile wireless networks. xG will be speaking on the topic of cognitive radio networks in the context of tactical cellular systems and spectrum challenges and solutions.  Among the key speakers already confirmed for the event are LTC John Moelter (US Army Signal Center), Dr. Douglas Sicker (Chief Technologist, FCC), Dr. Preston Marshall (ex- DARPA xG Program Manager), and Dr. Frank Konieczny, (CTO, US Air Force).

Come Attend xG’s Cognitive Radio Presentation at IWCE 2011

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

xG Technology will be one of the featured presenting organizations at IWCE 2011. The event is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 9-11 and has a strong focus on the public safety market. xG’s vice president of marketing, Rick Rotondo, will be on hand to deliver a presentation on Cognitive Radio Networks on Wednesday, March 9 at 3:00PM, as part of the “Next Generation Networks and System” session track.

Come Attend xGs Cognitive Radio Presentation at IWCE 2011His presentation will explain how cognitive radio solutions like xMax have  numerous benefits for public safety networks. xMax’s spectrum-agile properties enable operation in spectrum that is unused and available at any moment in time.  Leveraging the ability to operate in unlicensed spectrum, xMax delivers a robust, rapidly deployable, cost-effective, carrier-class emergency network communications system – when and where it is needed.

Daniel Carpini
Marketing Director
xG Technology Inc.

xG Technology Selected for CTIA Wireless 2011 Innovation Showcase

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

xG Technology has been selected for the Innovation Showcase at CTIA Wireless 2011 in Orlando, Florida, March 22-24. xG was one of 25 industry-leading companies chosen out of a highly competitive field of over one hundred others. The selection was made by a panel of expert judges from companies that include Qualcomm, Vodafone, HTC, Sprint, and SK Telecom. It was announced by the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley (www.telecomcouncil.com), which sponsors the event. Winners were chosen based on Telecom Council criteria that considered technical innovation, product momentum, market viability, and management excellence.

xG Technology Selected for CTIA Wireless 2011 Innovation ShowcaseCommenting on the selection, John Coleman, CEO of xG said, “We are honored to be recognized by the Telecom Council as a leading solutions provider in the growing cognitive networking market.  When you consider that the judges come from the leading mobile providers and OEMs, who see the best the industry has to offer, it confirms that xG has created a unique solution that fills a real need in the marketplace. As a leader in cognitive mobile networks, we are committed to providing more mobile bandwidth and better connectivity for our customers, while eliminating spectrum costs via patented dynamic spectrum access technology that leverages unlicensed frequency bands.”

xG will present and demonstrate xMax — its award-winning carrier-class, cognitive cellular network solution — to CTIA attendees at the Innovation Showcase. The Showcase will be located at booth 4290 in the Emerging Technology Zone on the exhibit floor, a section where attendees can view innovations that wireless can bring to vertical markets which expand and impact our mobile lives.

To read the xG Technology press release covering the announcement, please click here.

To read the Telecom Council press release  on the announcement, please click here.

All-IP Networks Like xMax Deliver Greater Speed, Improved Efficiency

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The RCR Wireless article “A World of Connections” talks about consumers’ desire for more data at faster speeds. In response, wireless carriers have been spending billions to upgrade their networks. One of the approaches they are pursuing is a move toward all-IP core infrastructures, which allow data being sent to be broken down into smaller bits – thus allowing a greater volume to be sent per transmission.

The full changeover from the carriers’ legacy systems will take years. By contrast, xG Technology’s xMax cognitive radio network was built as an end-to-end IP system from the ground up, and does not operate using the older and less efficient cell phone networks. This makes it an inherently “future-proof” system.

Being all-IP, xMax networks are less expensive to operate, and support low-cost service deployment objectives by leveraging commercial off the shelf (COTS) voice over IP (VoIP) equipment, telecom 2.0 services (like cloud-based applications) and other software. xMax can take advantage of existing broadband infrastructure, which allows for faster and less costly rollouts of new end-user services. This feature makes xMax an appealing solution for a number of vertical markets, including the military, cable carriers, rural telcos, public safety, and utility companies.

Clearly, the wireless industry has acknowledged that IP-based networks are the future – something that xG realized early on when it designed the xMax system.

Amplify’d from www.rcrwireless.com
In addition to trying to manage usage at the consumer level, carriers have also been busy updating their networks with advanced technology designed to provide greater speeds, and thus require consumers to spend less “time” transmitting data, as well as improved efficiency.

The basis for these advanced networks is an all-IP core infrastructure that allows the data being transmitted to be broken down into bits of data instead of the traditional packet-based or circuit-switched methods of 2G and 3G networks. These networks include those using WiMAX and LTE technology.

Similar to the efficiency gains provided by networks that switched from analog to digital technologies, the move to an all-IP core allows carriers to jam a much greater volume of information into a smaller piece of spectrum. Wireless carriers are spending tens of billions of dollars this year on improving their networks, most of which is being targeted for the deployment of these advanced networks.

Read more at www.rcrwireless.com