Monday, October 22, 2007

Spreadtrum and ZTE Demonstrate TD-MBMS Wireless Packet Service

Spreadtrum Communications and ZTE's R&D Centre (Shanghai) demonstrated TD-MBMS network services using Spreadtrum's TD-SCDMA/GSM/GPRS dual-mode chipset solution.

MBMS, Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service, is a packet based broadcast service for mobile communication networks that allows a single broadcasted frequency to carry multiple channels of content.

TD-MBMS was created as an easy and fast deployment mobile multimedia solution for MBMS on TD-SCDMA networks, since it requires relatively small changes to the underlying 3GPP standard, which should enable carriers to deploy these multimedia services with a comparatively low network deployment cost.

Motorola Invests in Siimpel for Silicon MEMS Mobile Imaging

Motorola Ventures has made an equity investment in Siimpel Corporation, a start-up based in Arcadia, California that is developing silicon MICROELECTROMECHANICAL System (MEMS) based solutions for mobile imaging applications. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

The companies said traditional technologies incorporated into stand-alone digital cameras have not been successful in meeting the size, power, performance, reliability and cost requirements of the mobile phone market. Siimpel's MEMS solution will allow devices such as cell phones to provide features such as auto-focus, shutter and zoom in a low-cost, micro-scale system.

Siimpel's investor base includes the strategic venture investment arms of Motorola, Qualcomm, and Micron, as well as SunAmerica Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Global Catalyst Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Zone Ventures, Flextronics International and Portage Ventures.

Verizon Offers 20 Mbps Synchronous Service

Verizon introduced a residential FiOS Internet service featuring a symmetric upload and download speed of up to 20 Mbps and priced at $64.99 a month. The service is initially available in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Verizon plans to offer similar symmetrical services soon in the 13 other states where the company offers FiOS Internet service, and to introduce a similar small-business offer.

The symmetrical FiOS service includes a comprehensive Internet security suite plus 1 GB of network-based backup at no additional charge. Customers who subscribe to the new Internet service can upgrade their backup to as much as 50 GB.

Limelight Launches HD Service over the Web

Limelight Networks introduced a service for the delivery of high-definition (HD) media and digital content over the Internet to Internet-connected televisions, game consoles and PCs.

Technology partners supporting the LimelightHD initiative include Adobe Systems, Microsoft, Move Networks and Veoh Networks. LimelightHD will be available immediately on over 700 broadband access networks worldwide. LimelightHD will deliver video content in all HD formats including 1080p resolution supporting popular Internet formats and players including Adobe Flash Player software, Microsoft Windows Media, Microsoft Silverlight and Move Media Player.

Early customers include Brightcove and key media entities, including Fox Interactive Media, MSN Video and

Limelight's content delivery network bypasses the public Internet and delivers content directly to last-mile broadband access networks. The company operates thousands of high-performance content servers distributed worldwide.

Deutsche Telekom Outsources Managed Services to Nokia Siemens Networks

Deutsche Telekom awarded a 5-year, managed services contract valued at nearly EUR 300 million to Nokia Siemens Networks. Under the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will assume control of Vivento Technical Services (VTS) -- a division of Vivento, Deutsche Telekom's personnel service provider.

In addition, Deutsche Telekom has also selected Nokia Siemens Networks to deliver a range of capital expenditure projects for several T Mobile affiliates in Europe, including next-generation IN (Intelligent Network), valued at up to EUR 150 million.

With the addition of VTS, Nokia Siemens Networks has the increased ability to address the multi-vendor maintenance, installation and commissioning services market within Deutsche Telekom and with other customers across Germany.
  • In September 2007, Nokia Siemens Networks was awarded a long-term contract to deliver maintenance services for Juniper Networks E-, M- and T-series routers in the IP backbone and broadband access network of Deutsche Telekom in Germany. The network is monitored around the clock by dedicated service specialists at the Nokia Siemens Network Care Center. Among the services included are ticket handling, incident processing and troubleshooting, software maintenance and service and the exchange and repair of defective network components.

France Telecom Offers to Open its Fiber Ducts to Competitors

France Telecom announced a public proposal to open its ducts to its competitors on a wholesale basis. Access to France Telecom's existing civil engineering structures would include all information relevant to operators (maps, chamber locations, etc.), enabling them to install their own FTTH network by applying appropriate engineering rules. These rules will be designed to optimize the use of the ducts by managing the resources efficiently and avoiding saturation.

France Telecom's was officially made to ARCEP, the French Authority on Telecoms Regulation. France Telecom has also asked ARCEP that the same principle of fair competition be applied to other owners of infrastructures needed to deploy optical fiber.

France Telecom said a reciprocal opening will allow a fair and regulated framework to be defined based on the principle of non-discrimination between operators, while enabling the emergence of real platform competition and new user experiences.
  • In December 2006, France Telecom completed early pilot testing of FTTH and announced plans to move ahead with phase two of its rollout -- with the aim of having 150,000 to 200,000 customers connected by the end of 2008 out of a potential client base of 1 million. At the time, France Telecom said it had 100,000 km of fiber installed, agreements signed with 650 tenant associations, 11,500 homes that can now be connected, and 500 customers. The carrier has selected the GPON architecture for its rollout.

  • In September 2006, The Iliad Group's Free division, unveiled plans for a wide scale rollout of FTTH in Paris. The company said the new network will give it true independence from the incumbent operator, France Telecom. At the time, the company said the project would take 24 months to reach 2.1 million people. Free committed to invest EUR 1 billion in the project through 2012. The company initially will target areas were its Freebox installation density is greatest. The Freebox HD's ADSL2+ terminal will be replaced by an optical box. Draka Comteq was selected to supply the FTTH network. The deployment will include two million kilometers of fiber and cable designed to resist the adverse conditions of sewers, through which many of the fiber lines will be deployed.

Occam Networks Announces GPON Product Line

Occam Networks announced GPON capabilities for its BLC 6000 system based on a new "Occam Packet Engine" chip. Using this chip, a single OLT blade switches packets at a multigigabit per second rate, performs deep packet inspection on millions of packets per second, manages 2,048 data streams, and delivers hardware-based QoS, security, and multicast management.

Occam expects new products based on this chip to be available in Q1 2008, with the exception of its ON 2445, which is anticipated in Q2 2008.

Occam said its system supports full line-rate bandwidth for every GPON port simultaneously, both inter-blade and into the backhaul. This is critical for high IP-HDTV on-demand take rates.

Occam's initial GPON solutions will include:

  • The BLC 6322 OLT: four GPON ports. A single Occam BLC 6012 shelf will support up to 48 GPONs.

  • The ON 2442 ONT: single family residence, two POTS and four Ethernet ports.

  • The ON 2444 ONT: single family residence, two POTS and four Ethernet ports, and 1555 nm RF broadcast.

  • The ON 2445 ONT: single family residence, two POTS and four Ethernet ports, 1555 nm RF broadcast, and HPNAv3.

  • The ON 2451 ONT: multiple dwelling unit, 4 - 8 POTS ports, 8 - 16 Ethernet ports, 1555 nm RF broadcast, and HPNAv3.1.

Occam's GPON blades and ONTs are integrated into the company's BLC 6000 access system, which now supports 10GigE, GigE, ADSL2Plus, DS1, HPNA, RF video, Ethernet, VoIP, POTS, and now GPON.

Microsoft Unveils Mobile Device Manager Server for Businesses

Microsoft announced plans for its first dedicated mobile device
management server aimed at helping companies manage Windows Mobile phones similar to the way they manage Windows-based laptops and PCs. The goal is to deliver applications to phones over the air as well as connect people via Mobile VPN with security-enhanced access to critical data such as expense reports or customer information.

Some specific capabilities of Mobile Device Manager will include the ability to provision, inventory and manage enrolled Windows Mobile phones; control and protect sensitive corporate information on Windows Mobile phones; improve security management using Active Directory and Group Policy; and provide security-enhanced access to data behind the corporate firewall.

Microsoft said its Mobile VPN architecture is built on industry standards such as OMA DM, IKEv2 and others. It will also builds on the core set of security and management features provided by Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and the deployment, updating and asset management capabilities of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007.

AT&T will support Mobile Device Manager for business customers next year, and Sprint also announced it will enhance its portfolio of Windows Mobile phones in 2008 to support Mobile Device Manager. In addition, new phones or updates to support Mobile Device Manager are expected to be available beginning the second quarter of 2008 from HP, HTC, i-mate, Intermec, Motorola, Palm Inc. and Samsung. Service partners Avanade, CSC, EDS, Getronics, HP and TCS have announced support for Mobile Device Manager.

Broadcom Posts Q3 Revenue of $950 Million, up 6% Sequentially

Broadcom reported Q3 revenue of $950.0 million, an increase of 5.8% compared with the $897.9 million reported for the second quarter of 2007 and an increase of 5.2% compared with the $902.6 million reported for the third quarter of 2006. Net income (GAAP) was $27.8 million, or $.05 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $34.3 million, or $.06 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2007, and GAAP net income of $110.2 million, or $.19 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2006.

"New product cycles enabled Broadcom to attain record revenue and generate strong operating cash flow in the third quarter," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our record revenue was driven by strength in the Bluetooth, wireless LAN and digital TV markets."

SureWest Add to HDTV Channel Line-up

SureWest Communications announced plans to make available at least 38 HD channels by the end of November 2007 over its fiber network.

SureWest said it is able to build on its HD channel lineup by delivering 100 Mbps of bi-directional bandwidth to each customer's home. SureWest provides 50 Mbps of Internet speed both uploading and downloading.

Currently, SureWest's fiber-optic network reaches over 103,000 marketable homes in the Sacramento region, with over 21,000 taking video services.

AT&T Posts Double Digit Wireless Growth, Steady Broadband Gains

Citing double-digit increase in wireless revenues, improved business services sales and steady broadband gains, AT&T posted strong third-quarter results and delivered its tenth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in adjusted earnings per share. AT&T's pro forma Q3 revenue, which combine revenues from AT&T, BellSouth and Cingular Wireless consistently for all periods, totaled $30.3 billion, up 3.2 percent versus results for the year-earlier quarter. This increase is up from year-over-year growth of 2.0 percent in the second quarter of 2007 and 1.7 percent in the quarter before that. Sequentially, versus the second quarter of this year, pro forma revenues were up 1.8 percent. AT&T's reported net income for the third quarter totaled $3.1 billion compared with $2.2 billion in the year-earlier quarter. Reported earnings per diluted share totaled $0.50 versus $0.56 in the third quarter of 2006.

"At AT&T, our goal is to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else... Wireless subscriber gains stepped up dramatically. Our enterprise business has greatly improved momentum. Broadband growth is solid. And our AT&T U-verse TV install rate already approaches our year-end target of 10,000 per week," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer.

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • In the first three quarters of 2007, cost savings from BellSouth and AT&T Corp. merger integration totaled approximately $2.8 billion, approximately 70 percent expense and 30 percent capital.

  • Capital expenditures totaled $4.7 billion in the third quarter and $12.1 billion for the first three quarters of 2007.

  • AT&T ended Q3 with 65.7 million wireless subscribers. There was a net gain of 2.0 million wireless subscribers, the highest third-quarter subscriber increase in the company's history. Third-quarter retail postpaid net adds totaled 1.2 million, up 30.6 percent compared with postpaid subscriber additions in the year-earlier quarter. Gross wireless subscriber additions totaled 5.3 million in the third quarter, up 15.8 percent versus third-quarter 2006 results.

  • Wireless monthly subscriber churn was 1.7 percent, down 10 basis points versus the year-earlier third quarter.

  • AT&T's wireless revenues totaled $10.9 billion, up 14.4 percent from the year-earlier quarter.

  • Wireless data revenues increased 63.9 percent versus results in the year-earlier quarter.

  • Wireless service ARPU, which was $50.82 in the third quarter, up 2.0 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. Postpaid ARPU growth was even stronger, up more than 5 percent.

  • Total enterprise revenues were $4.8 billion, down 0.3 percent versus the year-earlier third quarter and up 1.0 percent sequentially.

  • At the end of Q3, AT&T U-verse had 126,000 subscribers, up from 51,000 three months earlier. Weekly install rates in the final weeks of the quarter approached 10,000, up from approximately 5,500 three months earlier. Total video connections, which include AT&T U-verse service and bundled satellite television service, increased by 215,000 in the quarter to 2.1 million.

  • U-verse TV is now offered in 33 markets. AT&T approached 10,000 installations per week toward the end of Q3.

  • At the end of the third quarter, 6.7 percent of AT&T's primary consumer lines had a video solution from AT&T, up from 4.2 percent one year earlier.

  • Broadband connections, which include DSL, AT&T U-verse high speed Internet and satellite broadband services, increased by 499,000 in the quarter to reach 13.8 million, up 2.2 million, or 18.6 percent, over the past year.

Harmonic Posts Q3 Sales of $82 Million, up 31% YoY

Harmonic reported net sales of $82.3 million, up 31% from $62.9 million in the third quarter of 2006. GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2007 was $9.4 million or $0.12 per diluted share, up from $4.0 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the same period of 2006.

Harmonic said results for the third quarter of 2007 included significant revenue from a growing number of satellite customers deploying an increasingly broad range of new products and solutions. The company also saw sequential revenue growth in both domestic and international markets, with international sales representing 46% of revenue in the third quarter.

Juniper Reports Q3 Revenue of $735 Million, up 28% YoY

Juniper Networks reported Q3 net revenues of $735.0 million, compared with $573.6 million for the third quarter of 2006, an increase of 28 percent. Net income (GAAP) was $85.1 million or $0.15 per share, compared with a GAAP net income of $58.3 million or $0.10 per share for the third quarter of 2006.

"We are pleased with both the results for the quarter and the momentum we are seeing, which reflect confidence in Juniper to address the high-performance networking requirements of our customers," said Scott Kriens, Juniper Networks' Chairman and CEO.

Cisco to Acquire Navini for WiMAX Infrastructure

Cisco Systems agreed to acquire Navini Networks, a supplier of WiMAX infrastructure products, for approximately $330 million in cash and assumed options.

Navini offers a line of WiMAX solutions, including base stations, adaptive antenna arrays, management systems, and subscriber modems, which has been sold to more than 75 customers.

Navini has developed its own patented, "Smart Beamforming" and MIMO technologies, which enhances range and throughput performance of WiMAX, a combination it calls the "Navini Mobile WiMAX Solution". The company claims 2-3 times the coverage area of non-beamforming implementations.

Navini's Ripwave MX product line runs in the 2.3 GHz, 2.5/2.6 GHz, 3.4/3.5GHz and 3.6GHz bands and already supports Wave 2 features in addition to Wave 1 capability. In addition, the platform is capable of supporting beamforming, handover, HARQ, sleep/idle modes, power control, feedback and other advanced features.

Cisco said broadband wireless networks based upon WiMAX have the potential to add millions of new Internet users who cannot be reached economically using copper or fiber infrastructures.

Navini is based in Richardson, Texas.
  • Navini Networks is headed by Roger Dorf, who was most recently the CEO of Celite Systems. Prior to that position, he was the vice president and general manager of Nortel Network's Broadband Access Business Unit (formerly Promatory), as well as president and chief executive officer at Promatory prior to the company's acquisition by Nortel in March of 2000.

  • In July 2007, Navini announced the first commercial implementation of its 802.16e Mobile WiMAX software with beamforming. The first deployment is in Panama City, Panama, where operator Liberty Technologies has started implementing Navini's software upgrade to convert their network to 16e.

  • Cisco's 2007 acquisitions include: Latigent, Cognio, Reactivity, Broadware, Spanslogic, WebEx, NeoPath Networks, Five Across, and IronPort Systems.