Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sprint Readies "Xohm" WiMAX Rollout

Sprint said it is on-track with its "Xohm" WiMAX mobile broadband initiative, citing new access device developments, simplified network connectivity and an international operator alliance. In a keynote address at WiMAX World tradeshow in Chicago, Barry West, Sprint Nextel CTO and president, Xohm business unit, confirmed that pre-commercial WiMAX service will be active in the Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas by year-end 2007. Commercial service is expected to be available in a number of markets starting April 2008 and anticipated to cover 100 million people by year-end 2008 in conjunction with a planned partnership with Clearwire.

West also predicted that we are about to experience a seismic shift in the way wireless devices get into customer hands. In the traditional telecom model, the carrier subsidizes the device in exchange for a lengthy contract and manages the supply chain. In that scenario, the device is the customer. In the Mobile Internet world, West predicts a WiMAX embedded model that enables devices well beyond the cell phone to be optimized for a particular use. Customers buy them in retail outlets at non-subsidized prices. Sprint recognizes that customers have multiple devices they may want to connect and pay once for the privilege instead of individual contracts. Therefore, Sprint will follow a business model that leverages the embedding of WiMAX-capable chipsets in traditional telecom devices and in consumer electronic products - many of which could not previously justify connectivity.

In addition, West announced that Korea Telecom has entered into a memo of understanding with Sprint for cooperation on the promotion of WiMAX to drive roaming, manufacturing scale and ecosystem development in support of global WiMAX adoption.


China's Henan MCC Awards EUR 180 Million Deal to Nokia Siemens

China's Henan Mobile Communications Company (Henan MCC) awarded a contract valued at to RMB 2 billion (EUR 180 million) to Nokia Siemens Networks to become its sole supplier of EDGE equipment. Nokia Siemens Networks is addition to already the leading supplier of its GSM networks.

Under the deal, the company will provide Henan MCC with its GSM and EDGE core and radio networks equipment, mobile soft switching solution including MSC (Mobile Switching Center) Servers, MGW (Media Gateway) and HLR (Home Location Register), as well as system integration, network planning, rollout and support services for Henan MCC's GSM and EDGE network.


Maven Networks Signs Fox News for Internet TV

Fox News, has selected Maven Networks to power all of its online video channels for its global news network. Maven's Internet TV platform streamlines the delivery and monetization of ad-supported news videos across Fox's online network and affiliate websites. Maven makes the content available for syndication to a network of online media outlets, while maintaining full control of the content and advertising.


Trellia Networks to Provide Enterprise Mobility Mgt for Sprint's Xohm

Trellia Networks, a Montreal-based developer of intelligent mobility solutions, has been awarded a management contract to deliver connectivity and enterprise mobility management solutions for Sprint's Xohm WiMax devices.

Trellia said its Nomad Mobility Platform will provide zero-click seamless roaming to Sprint's Xohm customers and extensive mobile workforce management to Sprint's Xohm enterprise customers. Nomad's intelligent connectivity engine provides access to WiMAX, Wi-Fi, local area and other networks, while Nomad's powerful policy management capabilities empower IT managers to regain control over their mobile workforce.

China's Sina.com Deploys TeraScale E-Series Switch/routers

Sina.com, a leading Chinese portal, has deployed Force10 Networks' TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers to increase the performance of its leading search engine and portal. The Force10 TeraScale E-Series are deployed at the core of its data center.

The Force10 three CPU architecture distributes switching, routing and management functions between multiple processors, each with dedicated memory to protect the system against denial of service attacks. Additionally, the modularity of the Force10 Operating System (FTOS) software provides another layer of reliability to guarantee high quality service for Sina users.

UK's HIPCOM Selects NexTone for IP Carrier Peering

HIPCOM, a provider of white-label hosted IP telephony, deployed NexTone's IntelliConnect System consisting of its Session Border Controller (SBC), Multi-protocol Session Exchange (MSX), and Real-time Session Manager (RSM) platforms. The system is used to interconnect with leading UK carrier networks such as BT Wholesale, Band-X, Gamma Telecom, and Primus Telecom.


Verizon Business Extends its Managed IP PBX Service to Europe

Verizon Business is extending its Managed IP PBX service for the European market. The offering, immediately available in 15 countries, enable corporate customers to outsource the design, implementation and management of their premises-based IP telephony systems to Verizon Business. Professional consultancy services including readiness assessment, asset discovery and migration planning are also available.

Verizon Managed IP PBX forms part of Verizon Business' full VoIP and Managed Network Solutions portfolios and offers continuous IP PBX management and optimization including fault management, configuration, accounting, performance and security. The service encompasses all elements of customer PBX connectivity, including Verizon-managed LAN and WAN network services, Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco IP phones, voice connectivity and gateways.


Broadcom Delivers Single-Chip 802.11n in 65nm

Broadcom announced the first full-featured, single-chip 802.11n solution. Broadcom said its new Intensi-fi chip is the smallest and most cost-effective 802.11n solution. It combines an 802.11 medium access controller (MAC), a baseband processor, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios and other WLAN components onto a single silicon die.

The BCM4322 wireless LAN chip is the second generation of Broadcom's Intensi-fi line that complies with the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 specification. It offers a maximum data rate of 300 Mbps with actual throughput of over 200 Mbps. The device is implemented in 65 nanometer process technology, making it less than half the size of multi-chip 802.11n solutions and it consumes up to 50 percent less power. Sampling is underway.http;//www.broadcom.com

Alcatel-Lucent Reinforces WiMAX Open CPE Program

Alcatel-Lucent is enhancing its Open Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) Program with the expansion of its relationships with two key players in the WiMAX CPE market, Intel and Kyocera Wireless.

  • Intel: Alcatel-Lucent has expanded its interoperability testing (IOT) efforts with Intel to ensure the compatibility of Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX infrastructure with CPE and consumer electronics devices integrating Intel's latest fixed/mobile WiMAX silicon, the Intel WiMAX Connection 2250 as well as its WiMAX MIMO-capable chipset for mobile devices. Alcatel-Lucent and Intel signed a WiMAX co-marketing agreement in 2004.

  • Kyocera: Alcatel-Lucent also has signed a joint development agreement with Kyocera Wireless to collaborate on the development of end-to-end wireless broadband solutions incorporating Alcatel-Lucent's IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard WiMAX infrastructure and a variety of wireless devices from Kyocera including multimode mobile phones, non-traditional wireless devices, wireless PC cards and USB devices for PCs.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it has more than 70 WiMAX pilots and deployments across the world and 15 commercial contracts signed since the beginning of 2007.


Primus Canada to Trial WiMAX in Toronto with Motorola

Primus Canada and Mipps Inc. are planning to launch a trial of WiMAX IEEE 802.16e-2005 in Toronto. The trial, using Motorola's wi4 WiMAX solution, will provide valuable in-field experience and data to both service providers as they evaluate WiMAX technology for planned future deployment.

Mipps holds 3.5 GHz licensed spectrum covering Toronto as well as similar spectrum in most major cities across Canada. Mipps is building the WiMAX network infrastructure in Toronto and the companies will collaborate and share knowledge and expertise gained throughout the trial.


Another Verdict in Verizon vs. Vonage Patent Litigation

A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed early rulings that Vonage violated two VoIP patents held by Verizon. The court remanded the guilty verdict of a third patent. Further, the Court of Appeals vacated the entire award of $58 million in damages and the 5.5% royalty. The Court of Appeals remanded the case to the U.S. District Court and directed that the court retry those aspects of the original case.

Vonage said that technical workarounds of the two infringing patents have been in place for a whilehttp://www.vonage.com/

Nokia Teams with Intel for Internet WiMAX Tablet

Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks are testing interoperability across Intel's forthcoming WiMAX silicon for laptops and mobile Internet devices, Nokia WiMAX devices and Nokia Siemens Networks WiMAX infrastructure equipment.

Nokia also said it will use Intel's WiMAX silicon product, which is codenamed "Baxter Peak" and designed specifically for mobile Internet and consumer electronic devices, in its forthcoming Nokia Nseries Internet Tablets. Nokia plans to ship the WiMAX-enabled open Internet devices in 2008.

The companies said they have already started testing their equipment and devices with dozens of other equipment vendors' products for interoperability and conformance with industry standards in Sprint's Herndon, Va. testing labs.

Nokia Nseries Internet Tablets are based upon the open source Linux operating system, to enable both Nokia and Intel's vision of the "open Internet" -- delivering broadband Internet experience to users on the go. In 2008, this platform with Intel's Baxter Peak WiMAX silicon will work on the Sprint Xohm WiMAX network.



Motorola Shows WiMAX 802.16e Mobile Handoffs in Chicago

Motorola demonstrated live mobile WiMAX 802.16e handoffs on Sprint's pre-commercial Xohm network in Chicago. The array of devices used during the demonstration included Motorola's trial WiMAX mobile handset developed for high speed video telephony and laptops enabled with Motorola's WiMAX PC cards. The network infrastructure used was standard Motorola WAP 25400 access points with backhaul provided by Motorola's wireless IP backhaul equipment to its Innovation Center in Schaumburg, Ill., where a Motorola IMS provided connection to the public switched telephone network.

The Chicago market is one of six in the U.S. that Sprint (NYSE:S) has awarded to Motorola to build WiMAX network infrastructure to support its recently announced Xohm mobile Internet services.


SIP Forum Creates SIPconnect Compliant Program

The SIP Forum has launched a SIPconnect Compliant program with a certification mark created to ensure interoperability among equipment manufacturers, software providers and service providers, as well as to promote further adoption of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as the standard for VoIP communications.

The SIPconnect Compliant logo serves as the "seal of compatibility" for companies that have agreed to abide by the terms of the licensing agreement, and is permitted only on compliant equipment that has been reviewed and tested.

SIP Forum members who have recently been awarded the SIPconnect Compliant mark, including Acme Packet, BroadSoft, Cbeyond, Digium, Ingate Systems and McLeodUSA.