Monday, May 5, 2008

Nokia Siemens Networks and Pirelli Broadband Cooperate on 3G Femtocells

Nokia Siemens Networks and Pirelli Broadband Solutions signed an agreement for cooperation on 3G Femto Home Access solutions. The deal matches Pirelli's femto-enabled CPEs with Nokia Siemens Networks' 3G Femto Home Access network solution. Femtocells are a new way of improving 3G coverage in homes. In this concept, the CPE is installed at the subscriber's home in the same way as xDSL/WiFi modem.

The companies said their combined solution means an opportunity for operators to extend their 3G coverage and introduce new attractive services for subscribers.

The Pirelli Multiplay CPE portfolio will offer 3G femtocell functionality integrated with diverse broadband access technologies (ADSL2+, VDSL2 and FTTH) and with Pirelli's Epicentro CPE middleware and applications platform. Epicentro enables cooperative use cases between 3G phones and Pirelli's access gateway, IPTV Set Top Box and 3G femtocell, and enhttp://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Alcatel-Lucent and Quantum Collaborate on DVB-SH Mobile TV

Alcatel-Lucent and Quantum SpA, a supplier of mobile multimedia devices and software, agreed to collaborate in the Mobile TV market. The companies will develop terrestrial or hybrid (terrestrial and satellite) mobile broadcast solutions adhering to the new DVB-SH mobile broadcast standard.

DVB-SH (Digital Video Broadcasting -- Satellite services to Handhelds) is an evolution of DVB-H that can be used in any frequency spectrum below 3GHz, including UHF, L band and S band, in terrestrial, satellite or hybrid networks. The DVB-SH standard was approved by the DVB Project in February 2007 and by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in March 2008.

Thomson Reuters Selects BT for WAN Outsourcing

Thomson Reuters awarded an eight-year outsourcing contract to BT to manage the WAN element of its internal IT infrastructure.

Under the deal, BT will transform Thomson Reuters' existing WAN into a high-speed, IP based global infrastructure that will encompass 323 locations across 100 countries including six applications hosting data centers.

The win follows a 10 year plus deal BT reached with Reuters in 2005 to transform and manage the global network Thomson Reuters uses to deliver services to more than 330,000 financial market professionals across the world.
  • Thomson Reuters Corporation is the name of a media company that was created when The Thomson Corporation purchased Reuters in April 2008.

Wisair's Wireless USB Chip Gains Korean Regulatory Certification

Wisair's Wireless USB solution was approved for distribution in Korea by the Radio Research Laboratory (RRL), the certification body under the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC). The Wisair solution approved for operation in Korea includes a Wireless USB adapter, and is based on the Wisair WSR601 CMOS single chip. Wisair's WSR601 technology is currently in production with several ODM partners with shipments to end consumers expected towards the end of this quarter.

Wisair said that together with regulatory approvals already received in the U.S., Japan and Europe, its WSR601 chip now enables Wireless USB worldwide deployments with a single SKU (stock-keeping unit) model.

CableLabs Signs Tru2way Branding License with Samsung

CableLabs and Samsung announced a new "tru2way" license agreement that provides consumer electronics device manufacturers a streamlined license for their retail products to interface to 2-way interactive cable networks. Samsung Electronics is the first consumer electronics manufacturer to sign this new agreement.

The agreement consolidates, clarifies, and provides an alternative to the existing CableCARD-Host Interface License Agreement (CHILA), and the OpenCable Application Platform Implementer Agreement. The tru2way License Agreement is available to any consumer electronics manufacturer on a nondiscriminatory basis.
  • In January 2008, CableLabs unveiled a new “tru2way�? brand to succeed use of the term “OpenCable Platform�? as it applies to the marketing and branding of the interactive video platform for consumers and in retail markets. The tru2way technology enables consumers to access two-way digital cable programming without the need for a cable operator-supplied set-top box and is capable of supporting all cable services now delivered to devices currently leased to consumers as well as future services written to the tru2way technology. Major cable operators have committed to deploy support for the tru2way platform in service areas covering more than 90 million U.S. homes by the end of 2008.

Intelsat and Panasonic to Offer In-Flight Broadband Service

Intelsat and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) signed a multi-year service agreement targeting in-flight passenger broadband access. Panasonic plans to introduce "eXConnect" a passenger Internet connectivity service that will leverage Intelsat's existing GlobalConnex Network Broadband service which is available on Intelsat's global satellite fleet of 53 in-orbit satellites, and regional teleport facilities. By utilizing Intelsat's existing infrastructure, Panasonic will be able to introduce eXConnect in key regions around the world.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the leading supplier of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and communication systems.

"On-demand, mobile communications continues to fuel the widespread integration of cutting-edge satellite services," said Jay Yass, Intelsat's Vice President, Network Services. "The agreement with Panasonic further demonstrates Intelsat's ability to lead the global satellite industry in creating innovative data, video and voice infrastructure solutions. The Panasonic eXConnect platform, powered by the Intelsat system, delivers seamless broadband connectivity to passengers who seek Internet access wherever and whenever they need it, enabling them to stay connected while in flight."http://www.intelsat.com

Ericsson to Open R&D Branch in Silicon Valley

Ericsson announced plans to open a research branch in San Jose, California, in August 2008. Jan Uddenfeldt, an Ericsson Senior Vice President and Senior Technology Advisor to the CEO, will move to Silicon Valley to oversee the facility.

In February, Ericsson appointed Bert Nordberg as Chairman of the Board for Ericsson companies Redback Networks and Entrisphere. Nordberg, also based in San Jose, is responsible for accelerating the company's activities in next generation IP networks and growing their business with carriers through Ericsson.

UTStarcom Exceeds Previous Guidance

UTStarcom announced preliminary results for its fiscal first quarter ended March 31, 2008 which exceed its previously announced guidance. The company now expects Q1revenues to be in the range of $580 million to $590 million, compared with the initial guidance of $500 million to $520 million.

UTStarcom attributed the stronger than expected results to its Personal Communications Division as well as to its core business units. Revenue in the first quarter of 2007 was $475.9 million. Gross margins are now expected to be in the range of 15% to 16% compared to the initial guidance of approximately 13%. The first quarter operating expenses are now expected to be in the range of $120 million to $125 million, compared to the initial guidance of $115 million to $120 million. The higher than expected operating expenses are in part due to unanticipated professional services expenses. Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2007 were $127.5 million.

Tiscali Italia Selects Amdocs for MVNO Service

Tiscali Italia has selected the Amdocs Compact Convergence suite for service delivery and convergent real-time charging for its Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service to be launched this year. Specifically, Tiscali will deploy Amdocs Compact Convergence suite, a network-connected full service enablement solution. Using Amdocs' solution, Tiscali Italia will also be able to charge customers for services via any payment method and in real-time.

BT to Resell Siemens' Converged Communications Solution

BT and Siemens Enterprise Communications have entered into a global sales agreement to offer a converged communications solution for large multinational enterprises. The solution combines Siemens OpenScape suite of communications software applications and OpenScale services with BT's MPLS network.

The companies said their relationship grew out of their shared experiences while handling several mutual engagements with major customers.

JDSU Unveils CWDM "Channel Checker"

JDSU introduced its OCC-55 Smart Optical Channel Checker for CWDM networks. The device is a selective power meter for CWDM applications and serves as low-cost alternative to optical spectrum analyzers (OSAs). The OCC-55, developed for CWDM network installation, maintenance and surveillance teams, is specifically designed for CWDM system installation, upgrades and troubleshooting.

Redback Networks Appoints New Head of Engineering

Redback Networks, an Ericsson company, announced the appointment of Lele Nardin as senior vice president of engineering. Prior to Redback, Lele spent 15 years at Cisco Systems in a variety of product development roles. Since 2000, he served as a vice president and general manager leading engineering and product management for Cisco's 7200, 7500 and 7600 product families, the Cisco 10000, and for the enterprise, Cisco's Cat6k and Cat5k switches. Lele also has a successful track record in the development of network processors. He led development for the Cisco PXF processor and the recently introduced Cisco "Quantum Flow Processor." Before joining Cisco, Lele served as a SW technical leader at StrataCom where he was responsible for the Network Protocol layer of the IPX platform for which he holds a patent.

Planned Europe India Gateway Cable to Scale to 3.84 Tbps

A consortium of 16 companies announced plans to build a next-generation undersea optical cable system connecting Europe, the Middle East and India with up to 3.84 Tbps.

The new system, named the Europe India Gateway (EIG), will connect three continents at a cost of more than US$700 million. The 15,000-kilometer (9,000-mile) cable network system is expected to be completed in 2010. Landings are planned in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and India. In addition to complementing existing high bandwidth cable systems in the region, the EIG cable system will provide much needed diversity for broadband traffic currently relying largely on traditional routes from Europe to India.

Investors in the system include AT&T; Bharti Airtel; BT; C&W; Djibouti Telecom; Du; Gibtelecom; IAM; Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company; MTN Group Ltd; Omantel; PT ComunicaƧƵes, S.A.; Saudi Telecom Company; Telecom Egypt; Telkom SA Ltd; and Verizon Business.
  • In February 2009, consortium of nine leading global telecom carriers met in Rome to sign a formal Construction and Maintenance Agreement for a new high-capacity fiber-optic submarine cable that will stretch from India to France via the Middle East. The cable system, known as I-ME-WE (India, Middle East, Western Europe) is the fifth in the series of similar cable systems which includes the SEA-ME-WE series. Parties to the agreement include Bharti Airtel (India), Etisalat (UAE), France Telecom (France), Ogero (Lebanon), PTCL (Pakistan), STC (Saudi Arabia), TE (Egypt), TIS Sparkle (Italy) and VSNL (India). The I-ME-WE cable system is being designed to provide up to 3.84 Tbps and span almost 14,000 kilometers. The companies hope to have the cable in service by late 2009.

Sprint Updates its Java-based Application Developers Kit

Sprint released a new version of its application developer toolkit built on Sun Microsystems' Java platform. New developer resources in the Sprint Wireless Toolkit 3.3 include:

  • Development tools for the upcoming Samsung Instinct, a touch-screen Java phone, with key features such as over-the-air downloads, GPS support, and full multi-media streaming.

  • Features that enable application developers to create more easily through more automated processes and opportunities to "debug" programs earlier.

Sprint noted that it recently joined the Open Handset Alliance, along with more than 30 other participating companies, to support the free and open mobile applications platform named Android.

Cisco Posts Quarterly Revenue of $9.8 billion, up 10% YoY

Cisco reported third quarter net sales of $9.8 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $1.8 billion or $0.29 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.3 billion or $0.38 per share. GAAP income was $1.8 billion, down 5% YoY.

Some highlights:

  • Routing revenue was up 14% YoY. CRS-1 revenue was up 150% YoY. High-end routing revenue overall was up 25% YoY.

  • Switch revenue was up 3% YoY. Fixed switching was up 11% YoY.

  • Advanced Technology revenue was up 17% YoY. Unified Communications, including WebEx, was up 45%.

  • Services Revenue was up in the mid-teens YoY.

  • Global Customer Segments: Commercial sales were up 18%, Enterprise was up 9%, Service Provider was up 6%, Consumer/Linksys was up 13% YoY.

  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $24.4 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2008, compared with $22.3 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, and compared with $22.7 billion at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2008.