Thursday, August 9, 2007

Overbeek Appointed President of Cisco Japan

Edzard J.C. Overbeek has been appointed President of Cisco Japan, replacing Yasuki Kurosawa who is stepping down from the position for health reasons. Before taking the current position, Overbeek served as Vice President of Cisco Europe (European Markets Theater) responsible for Commercial, Strategic Planning & Operations, and he was involved in the formulation and implementation of overall strategies and various programs targeting small-medium businesses (SMB) and mid-sized corporations, overseeing growth of the business.

EchoStar Reaches 13.585 Million Subscribers

EchoStar Communications' DISH Network service added approximately 170,000 net new subscribers during the second quarter of 2007, ending the quarter with approximately 13.585 million subscribers to become the third largest pay-TV provider in the U.S.

EchoStar reported total revenue of $2.76 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2007, an 11.9 percent increase compared with $2.47 billion for the corresponding period in 2006. Net income totaled $224 million for Q2, compared with $169 million during the corresponding period in 2006.

Ericsson to Establish R&D Facility in The British Midlands

Ericsson will be consolidating some of its other UK sites into a new R&D facility in the British Midlands. An estimated 650 highly skilled employees will occupy the new premises, which is located on a 90-acre site called the Ansty Complex, a former Rolls- Royce plant.

China Mobile Awards US$394 Million in Contracts to Motorola

China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) has awarded contracts valued at US$394 million to Motorola for its GSM network expansion project. The multiple contracts were signed in the first half of 2007 and about 60% of the revenue has already been recognized. The expanded networks are now successfully deployed across 16 provinces and municipalities, including Beijing, Tianjin, Si Chuan, Zhe Jiang, Hunan, Guangdong, Yun Nan, Fu Jian, Hu Bei, Shan Xi, Jilin, Liaoning, Jiang Xi, Anhui, Guizhou and Inner Mongolia.
  • As of April 2007, China Mobile counted more than 330 million wireless subscribers on its nationwide network.

  • In June 2007, Huawei Technologies Co. announced a GSM expansion contract with China Mobile, the largest mobile services provider in China, valued at approximately $700 million. The contract represents 23.6 percent of China Mobile's GSM group purchase project and is the second largest share.

  • China Mobile awarded a GSM expansion contract to Ericsson covering the supply of core and radio network equipment, along with related technical support and services. This share was valued at over US$1 billion.

Hungary's Pannon Selects Ericsson for Network Expansion

Pannon, the second largest mobile operator in Hungary and a member of the Telenor Group, selected Ericsson for the expansion of its mobile network, including deployment, integration and support services. Pannon has more than 3 million subscribers. Ericsson is sole supplier of Pannon's 3G radio access network and will support the operator in its continuing evolution towards advanced HSPA-based services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Verizon Debuts FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide in Mass

Verizon introduced its interactive media guide for FiOS TV customers in Massachusetts. The guide, which has be offered to customers in Indiana, Rhode Island and parts of New Jersey since last month, helps customers find content from TV listings, video-on-demand catalogs and digital video recorders as well as personal music and photos from the home network.

Several hundred Boston-area customers provided input on the design of the new guide at Verizon's Waltham technology labs before its national rollout.

Verizon noted that it now has 8,600 titles in its video-on-demand library.

Motorola Unveils New "Coaches Headset" for NFL

Motorola unveiled its new "Coaches Headset" for use by the National Football League (NFL). The new headsets are lighter, thinner and more ergonomically advanced in comparison to their predecessors. The series of headsets range from the traditional over the head style which has improvements in ear comfort, acoustic sealing and microphone performance to the new "behind head" style which allows coaches the ability to wear a variety of hats while using the headsets.

Motorola also introduced a new Sideline Communication Center to replace the old "Phone Tables" that have been used for several decades. The unit which is mounted on a durable wheeled case, provides 16 phones for use by players, coaches and field personnel to use when communicating with coaches up in the press box.

PacketMotion Raises $7.5 Million for Enterprise Security

PacketMotion, a start-up based in San Jose, California, secured $7.5 million in its third round of funding.

PacketMotion offers an enterprise platform for analyzing network traffic in order to ensure security and regulatory compliance. The platform analyzes and interprets application flows, just like a traditional proxy, but without the latency and risk of downtime created by an in-line proxy deployment. It then extracts the critical meta data from each conversation without having to store large amounts of extraneous data.

Investors include Intel Capital, ONSET Ventures, and MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures. The company has raised a total of $34.5 million in three rounds of funding.
  • PacketMotion is headed by Paul Smith, who previously was Chairman and CEO of Tasman Networks, which was acquired by Nortel in February 2006. Prior to Tasman, Smith was VP & GM of the Telecom Division of New Focus.

Google Offers Paid Storage Upgrades

Google began selling additional storage for its Gmail and Picasa web photo album services. Gmail currently offers 2.8 GB of free storage to all users. Similarly, Picasa Web Albums gives users 1 GB of storage just for Picasa Web Albums images. The new storage upgrade can be shared across Google services. Annual prices for additional storage range from $20 for 6 GB to $500 to 250 GB.

MOTORAZR(2)Ready for U.S. Launch

Major U.S wireless carriers, including Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless, began announcing pricing and availability dates for the new MOTORAZR(2). Compared to the original RAZR, the new device features a larger internal screen for full HTML web browsing and an external screen that enables viewing media, music and/or messaging without opening the flip.

Consumers will also receive touch feedback on the external screen through "haptic" key technology. The product also features Motorola "CrystalTalk" for better voice quality, up to 2GB of on-board memory, real-time point-to-point video and improved menu navigation.

Nielsen Completes Acquisition of Telephia, Inc.

The Nielsen Company completed its acquisition of San Francisco-based Telephia, a provider of syndicated consumer research to the telecom and mobile media markets.

Nielsen said the deal puts it at the forefront of independent measurement and analysis of media and data content on mobile devices worldwide. It also accelerates Nielsen's strategy of providing clients with measurement and analysis of consumer behavior and media use across all platforms.