Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dell'Oro: Carrier Ethernet Drives Service Provider Edge Router Market

The worldwide Service Provider Edge Router market expanded almost 30 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period last year, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group. The report highlights the key factors leading service providers to purchase routers and the rapid adoption of carrier Ethernet products within the edge router market.

"For the first time ever, we saw carrier Ethernet routers account for the majority of the edge router deployments," said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "This was a major milestone that shows how rapidly service providers are taking advantage of the lower costs and higher bandwidth capabilities that these Ethernet-based products bring to their networks," added Umeda.

In a separately published report, Dell'Oro Group tracks the Carrier Ethernet Router and Switch market which exceeded $1.4 billion in the second quarter, almost three times the size of the market just three years ago.

Ericsson Signs First Hosted Mobile Advertising Outsourcing Contract

The Dutch mobile network operator, KPN, has selected Ericsson to provide hosted mobile advertising. This marks Ericsson's first contract for hosted mobile advertising. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide KPN with an end-to-end business solution for managing and delivering targeted advertisements to be displayed on mobile phones and other devices. The hosted service enables KPN to deliver targeted advertisements based on consumer preferences to individual network users via mobile internet pages and various messaging services. The advertisements can be targeted based on each user's personal preferences. Advertising agencies can create and maintain advertisement campaigns through reporting tools.

KPN said it is committed to working out opt-in programs for customers in accordance with legal requirements, and is researching appropriate incentive programs.

In May 2008 KPN commercially launched the first mobile advertising services.

MobiTV and Media Excel to offer Transcoding & Video Streaming for Wireless Service Providers

MobiTV and Media Excel, which provides real-time video encoding and transcoding solutions, will jointly offer advanced video delivery capabilities to service providers. The partnership combines MobiTV's Optimized Delivery Server (ODS) for scalable high capacity video delivery with Media Excel's video encoding and transcoding appliances.

MobiTV recently announced that the number of mobile subscribers' worldwide that access television using its MobiTV service has surpassed the four million mark. The service is currently deployed over more than fifteen carrier networks, including Sprint, AT&T Wireless, Alltel, Telus, Rogers and Bell Mobility.http://www.mobitv.com

TI Dedicates "Kilby Labs" 50th Anniversary of the Integrated Circuit

Texas Instruments dedicated its new "Kilby Labs" on its Dallas North Campus on September 12, the 50th anniversary of the integrated circuit. The facility is named for IC inventor Jack Kilby.

TI has named Ajith Amerasekera as director of its new Kilby Labs. Ajith, who is a TI Fellow, joined the company in 1991 and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Physics. He previously served as CTO for TI's application-specific integrated circuit division, and as the holder of 28 issued patents and author of four books on semiconductors, Ajith is well recognized in the international technical community.

"All of us at TI believe that technologies that significantly impact our lives are the right technologies for our business," said Rich Templeton, Chairman and CEO of TI, at the launch celebration held at the Semiconductor Building on TI's North Campus. "The power to help make the world healthier, safer, greener and more fun is what gets us excited about chip innovation, and why we come to work every day at TI. It's what motivated Jack Kilby to build the first IC and why he was able to transform the world through his ideas and inventions."

SUPERCOMM 2009 Scheduled for June 8-11 in Chicago

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) are bringing back the SUPERCOMM brand for their annual trade show in June. Next year's SUPERCOMM has been scheduled for June 8-11 at Chicago's McCormick Place.

NTT DOCOMO Invests $10 Million in Irish Maritime Wireless Systems Provider

NTT DOCOMO , INC. announced today that it has invested US$10 million to acquire an 11.5 percent stake in Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW), an Irish company providing GSM communication systems to the merchant maritime sector via satellite + on-board GSM base stations.

The acquisition is the latest joint endeavor between DOCOMO and its affiliate Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), including PLDT's wholly owned mobile subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART), one of BOW's shareholders. As part of the arrangement, DOCOMO intends to assist BOW's management in adding value to its services for global maritime carriers.