Thursday, June 9, 2005

Nortel's COO & CTO Resign

Gary Daichendt, president and chief operating officer of Nortel Networks, has stepped down after three months with the company. Prior to his appointment in March, Daichendt had served as executive vice president, Worldwide Operations, at Cisco Systems.

Nortel also announced that Gary Kunis, chief technology officer, who joined Nortel following the appointment of Daichendt, will also be leaving the company. Kunis previously worked alongside Daichendt at Cisco Systems as Chief Science Officer.

Bill Owens, vice chairman and CEO of Nortel, cited a difference in management styles for the management change.

Space Systems/Loral Delivers iPSTAR-1 for Launch

The iPSTAR-1 satellite, which is one of the most technologically advanced commercial satellites built to date, was delivered to the Arianespace spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, for planned launch aboard a Ariane 5 rocket on 07-July-05. Built for Shin Satellite, Plc of Thailand, iPSTAR-1 is designed to provide both enterprises and consumers throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand with various levels of Internet access services.

iPSTAR-1 was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). With a launch weight of 14,341 pounds (6505 kilograms) it will be the heaviest commercial satellite ever delivered to geosynchronous orbit.

iPSTAR-1 has a total data throughput capacity of over 40 Gbps. The satellite will provide users with data speeds of up to 8 Mbps on the forward link and 4 Mbps on the return link. From its 119.5 degrees East longitude orbital position, iPSTAR-1 will use its seven on-board antennas to create 112 spot and regional beams in the Ku and Ka frequency bands. The satellite will generate 14 kW of electrical power throughout its planned 12- year service life.
  • Shin Satellite, a turnkey satellite operator, provides C- and Ku-band transponder leasing, teleport and other value-added and engineering services to users in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. Shin Satellite owns and operates Thaicom 1A, located at 120 degrees East, and Thaicom 2 and 3, co- located at 78.5 degrees East. The satellites carry a total of 49 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders offering over 70 channels.

LSI Logic Raises Q2 2005 Revenue Range

Citing increased demand for its storage components, LSI Logic increased its Q2 2005 revenue guidance to a range of $465 million to $475 million. LSI Logic previously forecasted second quarter revenue in the range of $450 million to $465 million.

Dilithium Networks Hires BT Executive

Dilithium Networks, a supplier of 3G video telephony solutions, named Gerard Delaney as Vice President and General Manager, Europe Middle East and Africa. Delaney is currently the General Manager for Mobile Wholesale at British Telecom where he has been responsible for growing BT's business with mobile operators. Prior to joining BT, Delaney worked at Ericsson for seven years in Asia, Sweden and the UK. During his career at Ericsson, Delaney was General Manager, Customer Solutions for Ericsson Business Unit Systems based in Stockholm, and became the Vice-President of Channel Management for the Market Unit Wireline in EMEA in 2002.

Dilithium Networks' product portfolio includes multimedia transcoding gateways, 3G-324M protocol analysis test tools, protocol stacks and video telephony client solutions.

Industria Acquires EAP Consulting

Industria, a broadband solutions provider and systems integrator, has acquired EAP Consulting, which is based in Dublin. EAP Consulting played a key role in several Irish government projects, among them the design and implementation of fiber networks for local authorities in Galway, Sligo and Limerick, under the government's National Development Plan.

The company will operate as a specialist unit within the Industria Group under the name Industria Professional Services, Ireland (IPSI)

Nokia to Offer WiMAX, Collaborates with Intel

Nokia announced plans to include WiMAX (802.16e) in its radio access technology portfolio in order to give its customers "the greatest possibility to address all user segments in broadband wireless access." Nokia said it believes WiMAX will provide a high-speed, limited coverage, data only complement to the fully mobile and standardized 3G voice and broadband data networks currently being launched globally. Nokia will partner with Intel on the development, adoption and deployment of WiMAX technology.

Nokia said 3GPP technologies, including WCDMA (UMTS) and its evolved versions HSDPA, HSUPA and Internet-HSPA, would remain the core of its broadband wireless technology portfolio. HSDPA will offer downlink speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA uplink speeds of up to 5.7 Mbps. Internet-HSPA is a network innovation from Nokia, based on the 3GPP standard. Nokia Internet-HSPA, with its simplified network architecture, is the broadband wireless access solution that evolves from WCDMA infrastructure technology.

Under the partnership with Intel, the companies will collaborate on several areas in support of mobile WiMAX technology (IEEE 802.16e) including mobile clients, network infrastructure, industry-enabling efforts and market development. For mobile devices and notebook platforms, Intel and Nokia will work closely to identify and deliver the unique power and performance requirements of the technology, and will work on base station strategies to help deploy a WiMAX network infrastructure that will provide adequate and reliable coverage.

In addition, the companies will engage in market development efforts to demonstrate to service providers and the industry how WiMAX can enhance data service capabilities of the network while complementing existing 3G networks. Lastly, Nokia and Intel will work together to ensure successful finalization of the 802.16e standard in IEEE and related specification work in the WiMAX Forum.

"Nokia's end-to-end multiradio strategy covers many wireless technologies optimized for uses from local connectivity and fast data transport, to broadcasting technologies and full mobility of voice and data," said Tero Ojanpera, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Nokia. "WiMAX will be an important technology complementing 3GPP and 3GPP2 technologies. It will also create new opportunities for the consumer and enterprise markets."

WiMAX IEEE 802.16e version, which is expected to be standardized later this year, will offer increased portability of broadband Internet access.