Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Dell to Sell Nortel Enterprise Products

Nortel is expanding its relationship with Dell through an agreement that will allow Dell to offer its customers in the U.S. and Canada all of Nortel's Enterprise products - including those developed under the Nortel and Microsoft Innovative Communications Alliance - as well as a suite of Nortel services related to unified communications.

Dell will provide a suite of professional services to support unified communications and will leverage the Nortel Express Services portfolio

LG-Nortel Offer Devices for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

LG-Nortel, the LG Electronics and Nortel joint venture, introduced its LG-Nortel IP Phone 8500 series unified communications devices for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. The LG-Nortel IP Phone 8540 features a large 5.7 inch color touch screen LCD display and delivers high-quality wideband audio for clearer voice and security features such as a biometric fingerprint lock.

The LG-Nortel USB Phone 8501 is a PC peripheral that offers high-quality wideband audio and tight integration with Office Communicator 2007 in a familiar desktop handset form factor.

The LG-Nortel Wireless Headset 8502 with Bluetooth wireless technology adds untethered functionality with a range of up to 10 meters and a talk-time of up to six hours.

Thomson Launches New Broadband Gateways

At the Broadband World Forum, Thomson unveiled several new gateway product lines: the MediaCenterGateway, the TG797n and the TG628.

Thomson's MediaCenterGateway is a home media hub integrated in a DSL gateway, designed for the delivery of advanced voice and video services
This home entertainment center provides broadband access and VoIP services supporting up to fifteen dedicated telephone numbers and up to five wireless phones simultaneously. The home entertainment center provides broadband access and VoIP services, with multimedia applications to enable the sharing of content to and from the hard disk or PC to all WiFi and Ethernet connected devices, such as televisions, DECT handsets supporting CAT-iq, PC or even an MP3 player. It supports UPnP AV standards and DLNA technology.

The TG797n is capable of supporting the wireless streaming of high-definition video throughout the home. It can be associated with up to fifteen dedicated telephone numbers via VoIP, and up to five wireless phones simultaneously. It provides four Ethernet ports for connecting PCs and IPTV set-top boxes and two USB ports for printers and storage devices. The gateway also includes Thomson's wideband audio codec for high-definition sound, providing CD-quality sound for VoIP. The wireless DECT phones can also be used to remotely control other devices attached to the THOMSON TG797n, such as the THOMSON Music Box, and is configured to receive information services such as news, weather, travel and local business details. Two new HD Sound DECT phones models can also be integrated with the new THOMSON TG797n gateway -- the THOMSON TH52 and THOMSON TH58 -- and will be available in Q1'2008.

The THOMSON TG628 is an 8-wire (4 pair) SHDSL.bis EFM (Ethernet First Mile) gateway which allows operators to offer 22 Mbps two-way Ethernet service over the copper wiring that dominates the last-mile of telecom networks across Europe. Thomson said that its TG628 offers telecom operators an alternative to deploying fiber connections to the business for high-bandwidth services.

Far EasTone Deploys Nortel's WiMAX in Taipei

Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET), one of Taiwan's largest telecommunications operators, will offer mobile broadband services across Taipei County using Nortel's Mobile WiMAX gear. The deployment is part of the government's M-Taiwan initiative. FET's network will be built from Nortel's 16e Base Stations and an Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway. Nortel will also provide network management services from its Global Services portfolio.
  • Earlier this month, Motorola announced that Taiwan's Far EasTone Telecom (FET) had selected its WiMAX infrastructure to support its role in the national M-Taiwan project, an initiative to create a standards-compliant environment supporting services, education, and entertainment on a national level. Motorola said the WiMAX network deployment is the largest roll out to date in Taiwan.

NTT DoCoMo Joins ACCA Networks in Applying for Mobile WiMAX License in Japan

ACCA Wireless submitted its application to Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for a license to build 2.5 GHz mobile WiMAX network in Japan.

ACCA Wireless also announced that a number of companies have agreed to join the firm to support its business. On August 31, NTT DoCoMo agreed to take a 26% equity stake in the ACCA and to support network construction and related WiMAX technologies.

ACCA Wireless expects to increase its capitalization to 30 billion yen by the time a decision is made on the license application, with the goal of raising capitalization to 72 billion yen in the future. The company is actively seeking the participation of additional investors and business partners.

Additional equity partners (currently holding a cumulative 12% stake) include:

  • TOKYO BROADCASTING SYSTEM, which will developing programming for the network

  • MITSUI & CO., LTD.

  • Keihin Electric Express Railway Co., which will implement WiMAX along Japanese railways

  • KT, which is sharing expertise regarding its WiBro business in Korea

  • SAHI Net, which will help implement a Mobile Virtual Network Operator model


  • So-net Entertainment Corporation

  • NIFTY Corporation

  • FreeBit Co., Ltd.

  • YRP Business Development Institute

Financial institutions, including JPMorgan Securities Japan Co.,
Ignite Group, and DCM, hold an additional 15% stake in ACCA.

Bluestreak Raises US$20 Million for Flash-based Media in Consumer Devices

Bluestreak Technology, a start-up based in Montreal, secured US$20 million dollars in Series D financing for its "MachBlue" platform for mobile phones and digital television.

The MachBlue platform gives network operators and OEMs the ability to create rich-media user experiences on various devices. Bluestreak Technology is a technology partner with such industry leaders as STMicroelectronics, ACCESS, Orange, KPN, Videotron, Time Warner Cable, Thomson, NDS and OpenTV.

France's Iris Capital, a new investor, led the round, which also includes internal investors Solidarity Fund QFL, BDC Venture Capital and First Capital Group along with new investor Tomorrow Group from Korea.

Telecom Namibia Gains Cisco Powered Program Membership Status

Telecom Namibia has become the first service provider in Emerging Africa to be awarded membership to the Cisco Powered Program. Commitment to using Cisco's industry-leading technology has qualified Telecom Namibia for Cisco Powered designation for IP VPN - Data, Security - Firewall/IDS, Wireless Hotspots services. Cisco defines Emerging Africa as 42 countries in Sub Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa.

Huawei Joins LTE/SAE Trial Initiative

Huawei Technologies has joined the Long Term Evolution / System Architecture Evolution (LTE / SAE) Trial Initiative ( LSTI ) and will hold the infrastructure vendor seat of the 2008 LTE/SAE Trial Initiative Steering Board.

Huawei said its participation in LSTI reflects commitment to contributing significantly to the development of HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE technologies, as a leading global telecommunication solutions supplier.

Huawei anticipates that it will launch commercial LTE products, based on multi-standard base stations, in 2009.
  • In May 2007, a group of world leading telecom technology manufacturers and network operators comprised of Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, France Telecom/Orange, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, launched a joint initiative aimed at driving high performance mobile broadband networks based on 3GPP Release 8 "Long Term Evolution / System Architecture Evolution" (LTE/SAE) specifications.

    The LTE/SAE Trial Initiative targets mobile broadband peak data rates exceeding 100 Mbps. In line with 3GPP requirements, LTE/SAE aims to provide a mobile broadband service that outperforms both 3GPP Release 6 HSPA, as well as current fixed line DSL data rates while maintaining and extending the highly successful mobility and coverage benefits of 3GPP networks such as GSM.

    3GPP LTE/SAE networks are expected to enable lower operating costs for operators as well as higher data-rate, lower latency end-user services, and an improved end-user wireless mobility experience.

    LTE radio systems are designed to provide both greater levels of radio spectrum efficiency through use of new radio transmission schemes and advanced multi-antenna technologies, and a more flexible utilization of radio spectrum through support of carrier bandwidths ranging from 1.25 MHz to 20 MHz (subject to 3GPP ratification).

    The companies are planning a series of joint tests including radio transmission performance tests, early interoperability tests, field tests and full customer trials. Joint activities will commence in May2007, and are expected to run for a period of 18-24 months. Commercial deployments are expected in the 2009/2010 timeframe.

Nokia Siemens Networks Sells Radio Access R&D in Berlin to WiPro

Nokia Siemens Networks will sell its radio access related R&D activities in Berlin to Wipro Technologies.

All Radio Access R&D activities currently performed in Berlin are planned to be provided to Nokia Siemens Networks by Wipro Technologies in the future.

As part of the partnership, 58 employees of Nokia Siemens Networks are planned to be fully integrated into the operations of Wipro Technologies.

Nokia Siemens Networks said the transfer of its R&D activities to partners is part of its overall strategy to improve cost management.
  • In September 2007, Nokia Siemens Networks announced plans to transfer its R&D team and Development Center in Herentals, Belgium to Devoteam Group, an IT consulting group specializing in telecoms, systems infrastructure, IT security and e-business applications. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the deal, all development activities in Herentals with the exception of Open Transport Network (OTN) will be transferred to Devoteam Group. This includes the Development Center's current R&D activities in the Service Core and Applications Business Unit, Operations and Business Software Business Unit and in the Research, Technology & Platforms unit. The Development Center in Herentals supports R&D activities in fields including Next Generation Voice and Multimedia, Perfect Voice Fixed and Mobile, Element Operations and Network Management as well as Network Technology and Platform Development. Approximately 160 transferred employees are planned to become fully integrated into the operations of Devoteam Group.

BSNL Selects Nokia Siemens for ADSL2+ Rollout in 7,000 Indian Villages

BSNL, India's largest telecommunications service provider, awarded a two-year contract to Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy broadband access across 7,000 Indian villages. The contract is a part of the greenfield rural tender from BSNL. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal covers the supply, installation and commissioning of Nokia Siemens Networks' Gigabit Ethernet-capable IP DSLAMs (Surpass hiX5625) and chassis based access switch (Surpass hiD6615).

As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will also supply end-user devices that will enable BSNL to provide speeds of up to 24Mbps for ADSL2+ subscribers over its existing copper infrastructure. The first phase of new lines deployment will be completed by Q1 of 2008. The deal also covers training and maintenance for 5 years.

Canada's Radiant Deploys Juniper for VPNs

Radiant Communications, a Canadian business broadband operator, has deployed Juniper Networks' M-series multiservice routers and E-series IP Edge and Broadband Services Routers at its major data centers across Canada. Radiant has also deployed Juniper Networks Secure Services Gateway (SSG) 550s and Secure Access 6000 SSL VPN solutions in its network core.

The Juniper network infrastructure will underpin Radiant's "TriplePlay VPN," a new virtual private network (VPN) service that provides customers with a single, managed VPN that supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), IPSec, and MPLS traffic.

Radiant has also deployed Juniper Networks Secure Services Gateway SSG-5s at customer premises across Canada. It is also in the process of implementing Juniper's Steel-Belted Radius high-performance AAA/RADIUS servers to enhance the security and manageability of the network.


Unisys and NEC Partner on Unified Communications

Unisys Corporation agreed to integrate NEC's UNIVERGE IP architecture and solutions into the Unisys Communication and Collaboration (C&C) portfolio that is based on Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Office Communication Server (OCS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). Those solutions are intended to help clients integrate multiple data and telecommunications streams to enhance the cost-efficiency of their information networks and improve business collaboration.

NEC's UNIVERGE solution is a standards-based, multi-purpose communications platform designed for both IP and converged enterprise networks. It offers advanced IP telephony features, backward compatibility with TDM voice infrastructure, applications for end users and administrators, as well as interoperability with third-party enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Office Communications Server.

The Unisys C&C portfolio facilitates collaboration across an enterprise by integrating voice, video and data across a range of devices and over a common IP network.

Limelight Boosts Third-Quarter Revenue Guidance

Limelight Networks, which provides content delivery network (CDN) services, boosted its financial guidance, saying it now expects 2007 third-quarter GAAP revenue to be in the range of $28.6 million to $29.1 million and non-GAAP revenue to be in the range of $27.5 million to $28.0 million, compared to earlier expectations of GAAP and non-GAAP revenue in the range of $27.0 million to $28.0 million and $25.5 million and $26.5 million, respectively, as provided on August 9, 2007.

During the quarter, Limelight signed in excess of 175 new customer contracts, increasing Limelight's active customer count to approximately 1,000. Complete financial results for the third-quarter are expected to be released during the week of November 5.

Limelight also announced that it has determined a need to restate previously filed financial statements to reflect higher historical revenue and improved historical losses for the year ended December 31, 2006 and the quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2007, which financial statements should no longer be relied upon.

EZchip Debuts Ethernet Network Processors for Access

EZchip Technologies introduced its new family of network processors targeting Ethernet Access applications. Several models of the network processors, named NPA, will be offered in 2008 with combinations of 100-Megabit, 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports with an aggregate throughput of up to 10-Gigabits, at varying price points starting at under $100.

EZchip said its NPA product family addresses the transition of carrier access from ATM/TDM based networks to Ethernet packet-based networks and the provisioning of triple-play services that command increased bandwidth and service guarantees to residential and business users.

The NPA is a scaled down version of EZchip's NP-3 30-Gigabit network processor. It features the same architecture, integrated traffic management and full software compatibility with the NP-3. It provides system vendors with a highly integrated solution for a variety of carrier access applications.