Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ericsson to Host Napster Mobile for O2 UK

Ericsson will provide integration and hosting of Napster Mobile for O2 UK, enabling customers of the mobile network to search, browse, preview and purchase full-length tracks from Napster's catalog of over 5 million tracks and play them on their mobile handsets and PCs.

Under the hosting agreement Ericsson's responsibilities include systems integration, operations, maintenance and content management of the Napster Mobile service for O2 UK. Hosting is a part of Ericsson's Managed Services offering. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Actelis Supplies its EFM Platform to Cyberlink

Cyberlink, a leading Swiss-based Internet Service Provider (ISP), has deployed Actelis Networks' ML2300 flagship Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) aggregation platform to offer new Ethernet/IP-based voice, video and hosted data services to business customers in metropolitan areas throughout Switzerland.

The Actelis' ML2300 serves as a central office aggregation platform and can connect via high-speed links to multiple Actelis ML600 Ethernet Access Devices (EADs) in the field. A number of ML2300 shelves can be stacked in a star or ring topology to provide flexible network designs and higher port density per uplink. Actelis' EFMplus technology employs digital signal processing techniques and link level dynamic spectral management (DSM) to create reliable, high-performance Ethernet that are complementary to the legacy services already deployed in the copper network.

PCTEL Acquires Bluewave Product Line

PCTEL, which specializes in propagation and optimization solutions for the wireless industry, has acquired the antenna product lines of Bluewave Antenna Systems, a privately-held, Canadian company. Bluewave Antenna Systems designs, manufactures, and distributes rugged antennas for harsh conditions, targeting manufacturing process control in the energy and utility industries and communication systems in extreme environments. PCTEL will assume the design and final assembly of the three major product lines at its Bloomingdale facility. PCTEL paid $3.9 million in cash for the product lines and associated technology.

MobileAccess Opens in Dubai

MobileAccess, which specializes in in-building wireless solutions, launched its Middle Eastern operations with a local office presence in Dubai. MobileAccess is based in Vienna, Virginia.

MobileAccess offers a modular, multi-service wireless platform that provides simultaneous coverage for mobile services such as GSM, DCS-1800 and UMTS, in addition to WLAN and Mobile WiMAX services.

Verizon and Pando Discuss P2P Traffic Experiment

Verizon will begin using a peer-to-peer (P2P) file transfer system from Pando Networks to aid with the distribution of large media files to its broadband users. When deployed, the new system will move material authorized by the content owners -- such as movies, TV programs, software or large data bases -- faster for consumers and more efficiently for network operators, including Verizon.

Verizon said it no longer regarded P2P as a "dark-alley distribution system for unauthorized file sharing.

The new system and tests were described in a presentation Friday (March 14) in New York by Douglas Pasko, Verizon senior technologist and co-chair of the P4P Working Group, and co-chair Laird Popkin of Pando Networks. The group is sponsored the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA). Yale University software experts worked on and monitored the project.

"The results of the testing have been phenomenal," said Pasko. "Customer and network benefits were seen as soon as the test began. This new system, which routes files along the fastest, least expensive path, offers our FiOS customers P2P downloads up to six times faster than networks without the overlay, the study showed. On average, download speeds using other Internet access technologies improve by about 60 percent."

According to Pasko, the end result of the experiment and ultimate implementation could be "carrier-grade P2P," once focused routing and handling replace arbitrary delivery paths. The system could cut P2P network delivery costs for participating network companies by as much as 50 percent.http://www.verizon.com
  • In February 2008, Pando announced NBC as its latest content customer.

  • Pando is funded by Intel Capital, BRM Capital and Wheatley Partners.