Thursday, December 13, 2007

Silicon Clocks Appoints VP of Engineering

Silicon Clocks, a start-up based in Fremont, California, has appointed Dr. Bahram Ghaderi as VP Engineering. He previously held several positions during the past 12 years at Exar Corporation, including: GM Network and Transmission and most recently as VP Engineering/Product Development, where he was responsible for the development of mixed-signal product families for T/E and SONET physical layer, jitter attenuation, clocking, and UARTs.

Silicon Clocks specializes in integrated timing products utilizing MEMS and IC technologies. Applications include high speed serial data, wireless communications, and consumer products.

Peermeta Names Jim Ricotta as CEO

Peermeta, a start-up based in Acton, Mass., announced the appointment of Jim Ricotta as President and CEO.

Ricotta previously was Vice President and General Manager of IBM's Appliance business unit, which developed middleware appliances for Web 2.0 / SOA applications. He joined IBM through IBM's $100M acquisition of DataPower Technology, where he was President and CEO. Prior to DataPower, Ricotta was Vice President and General Manager at Cisco Systems leading their Content Networking business unit involving Cisco's content distribution, streaming, and caching products.

Peermeta is an early stage mobile software platform developer focused on the intersection of digitized content, Web 2.0 services and mobile technologies. The Peermeta solution enables mobile access to Any Content, on Any Device, on Any Network, at Any Time. The company was founded in January 2007 and is backed by venture capital firms Sigma Partners and Kepha Partners.

Mintera Hires Pirelli Exec to Lead EMEA Sales

Mintera named Piero Matrona as Vice President, Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to support new customers of its MI 4000XM Adaptive-DPSK 40 Gbps DWDM module. Most recently, Matrona was in charge of worldwide sales for Pirelli Broadband Solutions for both Optical Components and Systems. Prior to this, Matrona was in charge of Marketing and Sales for Vivato, a developer of metropolitan WiFi systems and also Terawave Communications in the BPON/GPON arena. Matrona was also VP Brand Management for Nortel's Ultra-Long Haul Optical Transport platform following Nortel's acquisition of Qtera.

ARRIS Completes C-COR Acquisition

ARRIS completed its acquisition of C-COR. The deal combines two leading suppliers of networking equipment for cable operators. The companies said their combination:

  • Creates a leading broadband solutions company with combined sales of over $1.2 billion over the past twelve months

  • Enhances ARRIS financial profile with improved margins

  • Expands the ARRIS product portfolio and addressable market

  • Diversifies revenue across core customer relationships and enables deeper participation in network infrastructure capacity spending

  • Creates a global, technologically diverse team with a broader and stronger platform from which to drive portfolio expansion.

C-COR's product line includes a converged Headend/Hub Platform, optical nodes, and RF amplifiers; On Demand media systems (VOD) and Digital Advertising Systems; and Operations Support Systems for workforce management, service assurance, network optimization and health, and subscriber fulfillment. The company is a leading supplier of 1GHz transmission equipment. C-COR's HFC equipment products are deployed with leading operators around the world, including UPC, ONO, Virgin Media, Bright House, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, Insight, and Time Warner Cable. The company's corporate headquarters are in State College, Pennsylvania.

ARRIS' product line includes cable telephony solutions; high-speed data network solutions for cable Internet applications; subscriber premise products that are DOCSIS 2.0 and Euro-DOCSIS 2.0-certified; and HFC infrastructure communications and networking equipment. The company is based in Atlanta and has R&D centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Cork, Ireland and Shenzhen, China.

Wi-Fi Alliance Names New Executive Director

The Wi-Fi Alliance named Edgar Figueroa as its new Executive Director. For the past several years, Mr. Figueroa has led the operations for the Alliance's certification program, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, which has grown to include a global network of labs and more than 4,000 certified products.

Alcatel-Lucent, 3 Italia and RAI Test DVB-SH

Alcatel-Lucent, 3 Italia (a mobile operator owned by Hutchison Whampoa) and Italian public broadcaster RAI are launching a trial of Mobile TV trial in Italy. The network will be based on the DVB-SH (Digital Video Broadcasting -- Satellite services to Handhelds) standard.

The trial, based on Alcatel-Lucent's Unlimited Mobile TV solution, uses for the first time in the world a multi-layer DVB-SH terrestrial network blending low-power transmitters from a mobile operator and medium-power transmitters from a broadcaster.

The trial will take place in Torino and it will be overseen by RAI Technological Strategies Dept., Raiway SpA and RAI Research and Technology Innovation Centre, providing their three-year-old experience in mobile-TV field tests.

Cellular sites provided by 3 Italia will allow the indoor coverage of Torino's downtown, while broadcast towers provided by RAI and Raiway will allow outdoor and vehicular coverage of the entire town of Torino.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide the DVB-SH equipment, the network planning, the network integration and the technical support required for the good execution of the trial. Alcatel-Lucent's DVB-SH low-power repeaters will be co-localized with the live UMTS sites of 3 Italia and connected to the UMTS antennas.

The first phase of this trial, taking place from December 2007 to March 2008, will consist in a technology trial to validate the capability of DVB-SH to make available a large number of high-quality mobile TV channels, in various usage conditions. Alcatel-Lucent said several innovative technical characteristics of the DVB-SH will be evaluated during this trial, which in this first phase of the trial will be only terrestrial.

In a second phase of this trial, the broadcast signal from a satellite will be emulated by a transmitter located in a high-altitude helicopter; in order to study a real business situation, a sample panel of customers will be provided with commercial DVB-SH handsets. In a longer term perspective, tests with satellites in operation will be carried out in cooperation with a major satellite operator.
  • In August 2007, the European Commission adopted a proposal to select systems for mobile satellite services at European level. If adopted by the European Parliament and the EU Council, this new selection mechanism will allow Mobile TV based on DVB-SH in the S-Band to develop across Europe beginning in 2009.

  • In September 2007, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung Electronics demonstrated live broadcast mobile TV in S-Band using a Samsung SGH-P930 handset. Users were able to interact with the content of all the 3G/unicast and broadcast mobile TV channels available on the handset.
    The specifications of the DVB-SH standard were approved by the DVB Project on February 14, 2007. The commercial availability of Samsung's DVB-SH models is expected in Q1 2008.

Korea's Hanaro Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent's GPON FTTH

Hanaro Telecom selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy the 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-Home (ISAM FTTU) solution which leverages GPON to deliver any mix of voice, video or data.

Alcatel-Lucent is partnering with Sandeul Networks, which will provide installation and integration. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that is engaged in more than 70 FTTx projects around the world, more than 55 of which are with GPON. More than 180 customers have adopted the ISAM product family globally -- including 80% of the top 20 DSL operators.
  • In October 2007, Cisco announced that Hanaro Telecom selected is cable channel-bonding technology to deliver 100 Mbps residential services over its hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks. Cisco's platform is designed based on the downstream channel-bonding specifications defined in CableLabs' Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) 3.0 specification. The network capacity is used to deliver HanaTV, Hanaro's video-on-demand IPTV service.

Alcatel-Lucent Chosen for China's e-government Backbone

Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's flagship Chinese company, has been chosen as the sole supplier of China's largest high-speed e-government backbone network. The project, which is part of an initiative network transformation led by the Information Industry Office of the State Council of China, in cooperation with China Netcom and China Telecom, will help enhance information access and availability between government bodies throughout the nation. The new high-speed network will support voice, data, and multimedia services with QoS and a high degree of reliability.

Telenor Srbija chooses Nokia Siemens Networks for 3G

Telenor Srbija awarded a contract to Nokia Siemens Networks to build a nationwide 3G radio network across Serbia. Under the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will build a WCDMA network across Serbia within four years and it will provide Telenor with a broad range of supplementary services. The deliveries have already begun and the first parts of the new network will start operation in the first quarter of 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.