Tuesday, June 26, 2007

T-Mobile USA Launches FMC Based on UMA

T-Mobile USA launched a fixed mobile convergence (FMC) service that enables mobile subscribers equipped with a Wi-Fi-enabled handset to use their home broadband connection or Wi-Fi hotspot for unlimited domestic calling. The deployment is based on Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), an access technology that allows a seamless handoff of mobile voice and data from a wide area cellular network to a wireless local area network (WLAN).

T-Mobile HotSpot@Home enables calls to seamlessly transfer from T-Mobile's GSM/GPRS/EDGE wireless network whenever an authorized Wi-Fi hotspot is in range. While at home, customers benefit from a strong wireless signal and unlimited domestic calling over the Wi-Fi connection; while mobile, customers also can get the same benefits at all the nearly 8,500 T-Mobile HotSpot locations across the U.S.

Key components of the T-Mobile HotSpot@Home service include new mobile phones -- the Samsung t409 and the Nokia 6086. Each phone currently retails for $49.99 with a two-year contract on a qualifying rate plan. Battery life for each of the phones is rated at over 4 hours of talk time.

T-Mobile also has partnered with D-Link and Linksys to offer free Wi-Fi routers optimized for the service.

As part of its launch promotion, the T-Mobile HotSpot@Home service can be added to any qualifying T-Mobile voice plan for $9.99 per month for a single line, and $19.99 per month for up to five lines on a FamilyTime plan.


  • Kineto Wireless is supplying its Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) client software for the Samsung handset used for T-Mobile service.

Paul Reynolds leaves BT for Telecom NZ

Dr. Paul Reynolds, who currently serves as Chief Executive of BT Wholesale, is leaving the company in September to take up the position of CEO of Telecom New Zealand.

Paul will succeed Theresa Gattung, who leaves Telecom New Zealand this week after twelve years at the company, the past eight as the company's CEO. Simon Moutter has been appointed as acting CEO until Paul Reynolds formally takes up his role.



C&W Barbados Selects Calix

Cable & Wireless (Barbados) has selected the Calix C7 multiservice access platform (MSAP) and the Calix Management System (CMS) to implement a 24,000-line expansion of its existing network that will bring DSL and VOIP services to more customers. Cable & Wireless (Barbados) had previously installed more than 10,000 Calix combo ports for POTS and ADSL2+ service.


DISA Awards $11.5M Contract to AT&T for Global Videoconferencing

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded a $11.5 million six-month contract extension to AT&T to manage a global videoconferencing system for the Department of Defense. U.S. military commanders throughout the world communicate on the DISN Video Services-Global (DVS-G), the Department of Defense's all-service video teleconferencing (VTC) system.

Under the terms of the contract, AT&T will provide network management services for the DVS-G. AT&T will also provide such networking services as configuration and installation and inventory management services for DVS-G equipment.

The DVS-G operates six video hubs worldwide - four in the U.S., one in Germany and one in Kuwait. The DVS-G also supports conferences at the Department of Defense Unclassified, Secret and Top Secret classifications, as well as Allied and NATO Secret. AT&T developed, and has managed, the DVS-G for more than 10 years.


Tektronix Tests World's Fastest, Longest Infiniband Cable -- 100m

Tektronix validated the performance of a new Intel 100 meter Infiniband cable operating at speeds up to 20 Gbps. Described as the world's longest InfiniBand optical cable, it has an electrical interface on either end and uses four serial data lanes at 5 Gbps each. The cable, which is designed for large computing clusters, is being used as the part of the backbone network at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) show in Dresden, Germany.


ST Chips Enable In-Vehicle SIRIUS Backseat TV

STMicroelectronics is supplying the digital broadcasting chipset for SIRIUS Backseat TV, a new TV service that will deliver three channels of family programming directly to vehicles. SIRIUS Backseat TV will be launched later this year in select 2008 model Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles.

SIRIUS Backseat TV is received via an in-vehicle satellite video receiver and two small roof-mounted antennas. The SIRIUS Backseat TV digital audio and video signal is broadcast over the same frequency spectrum allocation as SIRIUS radio.

The core of the in-vehicle satellite video receiver, which is manufactured by Delphi for SIRIUS, is based on three ST chips: the STA210 RF tuner IC; the STA240 channel, service and source decoder IC; and the STA264 advanced hierarchical demodulator chip, which extracts the video stream and performs error correction on the received signal.

ST has been a supplier to SIRIUS since 2004 for of its radio receiver chipsets.



Neopolitan Raises $3 Million for Ethernet Services

Neopolitan Networks, an Ethernet network service provider based in Palo Alto, California, secured $3.17 million in its first round of venture capital financing. The company operates metro Ethernet networks in Silicon Valley and Miami.


CommScope to Acquire Andrew for $2.6 Billion

CommScope, which is the global leader in structured cabling systems for business enterprise applications and also the largest manufacturer of coaxial cable for Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC), agreed to acquire Andrew Corp. in a deal valued at $2.6 billion.

Andrew provides broad-based wireless solutions for antennas, cable products, base station subsystems, in-building and distributed coverage, geolocation systems and satellite communications.

The merger will create a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Its portfolio will include structured cabling solutions for the business enterprise; broadband cable and apparatus for cable television applications; and antenna and cable products, base station subsystems, coverage and capacity systems, and network solutions for wireless applications.

Under the deal, CommScope will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Andrew for $15.00 per share, at least 90 percent in cash. Based on CommScope's and Andrew's results for fiscal year 2006, on a pro forma basis, the combined companies would have had sales of approximately $3.8 billion comprised of approximately 35 percent in wireless antenna and cable products; 29 percent in carrier and network solutions; 21 percent in enterprise products; and 15 percent in broadband/cable television solutions. The combined companies' revenues on a geographic basis would have been approximately 57 percent in North America; 24 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 12 percent in Asia/Pacific Rim; and 7 percent in Latin America. The combined company will have more than 2,200 global patents and pending patent applications and approximately 16,000 employees serving more than 130 countries.

Following the close of the transaction, Andrew will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of CommScope. Frank Drendel will remain Chairman and CEO of CommScope, and CommScope will retain its global headquarters in Hickory, North Carolina. The combined company also plans to maintain its Chicago-area presence, including Andrew's state-of-the-art manufacturing and office facility in Joliet, Illinois.


  • In August 2006, CommScope dropped its bid to acquire Andrew Corporation. A day earlier, Andrew Corporation had rejected CommScope's proposal to acquire all of Andrew's outstanding shares for $9.50 per share in cash.

  • Also in August 2006, Andrew Corporation and ADC Telecommunications mutually agreed to terminate a merger agreement that had been set in May 2006.

XO Launches Point-to-MultiPoint on Demand Service for Carriers

XO Communications launched a new wholesale network service that enables carriers and service providers to obtain bandwidth on demand over the XO advanced, nationwide optical network.

Through a single connection to the XO National Hub, service providers can obtain network connections and capacity on demand to establish hubs on a local, regional and national basis in carrier hotels, ILEC central offices and other end user locations across the United States. The XO solution allows customers to reserve network capacity and deploy it when it is needed, but only pay for the circuits when they are used.

XO said its service is aimed at:

  • International carriers that need to extend their network coverage
    within the United States;

  • Mobile wireless companies that need the ability to rapidly expand network capacity;

  • Telecommunications carriers' that require primary or redundant network solutions supporting dispersed end user data traffic;

  • Internet Service Providers that need to aggregate traffic nationwide through a single network handoff.

Toshiba Adds 4GB microSDHC Card for Mobiles

Toshiba expanded its line of small-format, high-speed, high-capacity memory cards with the launch of a 4-GB microSDHC card for mobile phone applications.

Toshiba's 4GB microSDHC card meets SD memory card standard Ver. 2.00(3), the SDHC card standard for high density SD products with a capacity of over 2GB. The card is designed for use in dedicated microSDHC slots, but can also be used in standard SDHC card slots in an adapter.

Toshiba said 4GB of capacity will store 69 hours of music encoded at 128 kps or 28 hours of one-segment TV programs at 312 kbps.

  • The SD memory card was jointly developed in 1999 by Toshiba, SanDisk and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.

ARRIS Boosts QAM Density by 50%

ARRIS will boost the QAM capacity of its D5 Universal Edge QAM (UEQ) by 50% from 48 QAMs per 2 RU chassis to 72 QAMs per 2 RU chassis as part of the D5's planned Release 2.3, available for shipment in the latter part of 2007. This increased density is achieved via a software upgrade and will result in significantly lowering the cost per QAM channel.

The field upgradeable, next-generation D5 UEQ is designed to support multiple video and DOCSIS-based services. ARRIS said an added advantage of the D5 UEQ's increased density is that an operator can choose between Quad Bonding ratios (4 QAM channels per RF port) and Hex Bonding ratios (6 QAM channels per RF port) to be able to mix and match QAM capacity to the network configuration needed on a channel by channel basis. http://www.arrisi.com

KDDI and Microsoft to Collaborate on Software as a Service (SaaS)

KDDI and Microsoft will jointly develop and provide applications using a Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model for corporate users. The companies will also create an ecosystem to support independent software vendor (ISV) partners and spur the development of new service-enabled applications to drive momentum for new SaaS applications.

Under the agreement, KDDI will use Microsoft Connected Services Framework as a foundation for providing services to customers. The first SaaS application will be built on Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration, a carrier-grade platform that offers enterprise-class e-mail and document-sharing services to corporate customers. Subscription is a monthly fee-based model, covering mobile and fixed-line communications and the SaaS application.


Nielsen to Acquire Telephia for Consumer Telecom Research

The Nielsen Company agreed to acquire San Francisco-based Telephia, which offers syndicated consumer research to the telecom and mobile media markets. Telephia and Nielsen are both privately held companies and financial terms were not disclosed.

Telephia provides technology-based measurements of consumer behavior, product quality, and consumer attitudes, especially for the mobile sector. The acquisition expands Nielsen's ability to measure the rapidly expanding mobile content delivery industry, where today there are more than 232 million wireless subscribers in the U.S.


LSI Announces Restructuring, Sells Consumer Business to Magnum Semiconductor

LSI announced a broad restructuring that will include the elimination of approximately 900 positions, or about 13 percent of its non-production workforce, across all business and functional areas on a global basis. The restructuring follows LSI's recent acquisition of Agere Systems in April 2007.

LSI has also agreed to sell its consumer products business to Magnum Semiconductor for an undisclosed amount. The deal includes the LSI DoMiNo, Domino[X] and Zevio architectures, products and related intellectual property of the LSI consumer products business. Additionally, Magnum will offer employment to a significant number of LSI employees associated with the business. Magnum Semiconductor said the acquisition strengthens its existing DVD, digital TV and digital entertainment center solutions while also adding MPEG-2 and H.264 high-definition media processing and low-power 3D graphics products to its portfolio.

Regarding the restructuring, LSI said the job cuts are expected to reduce its non-GAAP operating expenses to between $255 million and $265 million in the third quarter and to between $245 million and $255 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The corresponding GAAP operating expenses are expected to be between $290 million and $310 million for the third quarter of 2007 and between $275 million and $295 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. The quarterly operating expense run rate exiting 2007 is inclusive of all previously announced synergies and cost savings. The company expects to make further progress on operating expenses in 2008.

LSI also updated its outlook for the second quarter ending June 30, 2007 and revised its estimated revenue range to between $650 million and $670 million. Non-GAAP earnings are expected to be between ($0.03) and $0.00 per diluted share in the second quarter primarily due to lower than expected revenues, partially offset by strong expense control and favorable product mix. GAAP loss is expected to be between 52 and 43 cents per diluted share, noting that the company is in the process of determining the exact amount of charges it will recognize in the second quarter.

LSI said the revised outlook reflects greater than anticipated softness in its businesses but that it remains confident in its long term direction.