Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Huawei Joins Global e-Sustainability Initiative

Huawei Technologies has joined the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), an international organization aiming to promote energy saving and emission reduction in the ICT industry.

Established in 2001, GeSI coordinates environmental protection policies and implementation measures in the global ICT industry, exerts its influences on the formulation of environmental protection standards and regulations, and promotes the development of the cause of environmental protection in the communication industry. Currently, GeSI is made up of five workgroups: the Green Supply Chain Group, the Climate Group, the Green Material Group, the e-Waste Group, and the Public Policy Group. In the near future, a sixth workgroup -- the Standardization Group will be set up in GeSI.

Huawei cited its efforts to develop environmentally friendly Base Transceiver Stations, which are engineered to reduce equipment energy consumption by up to 30 percent. In 2007, Huawei signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Mobile as a partner in its Green Action Plan and embarked on other green initiatives such as recyclable packaging,http://www.huawei.comhttp://www.gesi.org

Nortel Wins Contact Center Contract Extension with Bharti Airtel

Nortel will continue to provide its contact centre technology (CCT) to Bharti Airtel under a two year contract extension. The initial contract was announced in March 2006 . Nortel's CCT solution for Bharti Airtel features interactive voice and video response capabilities, providing a 24x7 'virtual storefront' where customers can complete routine transactions and subscribe to new services through an auto attendant that interacts naturally in English, Hindi and four other regional languages. Nortel said that more than 70 percent of Bharti Airtel customer requests are handled through this virtual storefront, resulting in greater availability, flexibility and responsiveness to subscribers. http://www.nortel.com

South Korea's SK Broadband Deploys Nortel's 40G

SK Broadband, has boosted its network capacity with a 40G optical solution from LG-Nortel, the joint venture between LG Electronics and Nortel. The installation allows SK Broadband to quadruple the capacity of its current 10G network simply by swapping its existing fiber-optic interface cards with new cards. SK Broadband now has 3.52 Tbps of bandwidth (88 x 40G wavelengths) using Nortel's 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine. The Nortel gear offers a nonregenerated reach greater than 2000 km and provides an upgrade path to future 100G speeds. http://www.nortel.com

Pakistan's Mobilink Launches 802.16e Mobile WiMAX Service

Mobilink, Pakistan's cellular market leader, has launched a wireless broadband and telephony service for residential and enterprise consumers based on the mobile WiMAX standard, 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e). Mobilink Infinity went live on October 22 in Karachi, Pakistan's financial capital and major business center. In its very first week, the service attracted several thousands of subscribers. Mobilink, a member of the Orascom Telecom group, estimates that the service will attract 50,000 subscribers by year-end.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it supplied Mobilink with a comprehensive WiMAX Rev-e solution including both fixed and nomadic terminal devices from various CPE partners, thanks to its Open CPE program, which is designed to ensure service provider customers have the widest possible range of interoperable end-user devices. The Alcatel-Lucent WiMAX network leverages existing sites and equipment in Mobilink's GSM network, helping to optimize deployment economics.http://www.mobilinkgsm.comhttp://www.alcatel-lucent.com

NSN Launches its Next Generation IPTV Solution

Nokia Siemens Networks unveiled its latest IPTV software release, Home Entertainment Release 3.0, featuring User Interface (UI) customization capabilities, third party application integration and new management tools and verification processing. Whereas IPTV developments to date have typically been a closed exercise, Nokia Siemens Networks said its aim is to pursue an open model by offering a Software Development Kit (SDK) that allows for third-party customizable User Interface development on HTML and Java. This should allow IPTV operators to customize and enhance their offerings by themselves.

Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks is decoupling the User Interface layer from the application layer by using ready-to-use building blocks like so-called Scriptables and Plug-ins, allowing for Internet Web2.0 type applications to integrate within an IPTV system quickly and cost effectively.

Home Entertainment Release 3.0 supports HDTV, DVR, VOD and Caller ID. Availability for North America is scheduled for the first quarter of 2009.

"The IPTV industry must take a leap forward beyond a proprietary, vendor-only development model, and leverage the proven internet model for introducing open and flexible applications and services," added Brook Longdon, Global Head of IPTV Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks. "The industry is at a crossroad of being able to blend the world of Web2.0 with that of traditional linear broadcast offerings, and the next generation IPTV solution we are launching today will help accelerate that reality."http://www.nsn.com

Virtela Joins Carbon Free Meeting Coalition

Virtela has joined the Carbon Free Meeting Coalition, an organization that serves as a conduit of like-minded companies interested in reducing carbon emissions through the use of advanced communication technologies.

The Carbon Free Meeting Coalition is dedicated to helping companies and individuals gain the knowledge, information and resources they need to help their organization reduce its carbon footprint through the use of advanced communication technologies.

With its multi-carrier network model, Virtela's Secure Video Extranet service overcomes the challenges typically associated with videoconferencing between partner communities, where endpoints often reside on different carriers and Internet peering to connect them adds jitter, latency and packet loss that can severely impact video quality. Virtela optimizes video calls between partners via its multi-carrier network and also ensures security posture as trusted and untrusted environments become linked.http://www.c02fmc.comhttp://www.virtela.com

RADWIN Introduces High-Capacity IP Backhaul Solution

RADWIN introduced a high-capacity IP backhaul solution capable of providing 50 Mbps capacity (full-duplex net throughput) in a combo design that supports multiple bands in a single platform. RADWIN 2000 delivers Ethernet at ranges of up to 120 km/75 miles, according to the company. RADWIN said its new solution also delivers carrier-class performance in a sub-6GHz radio system at a new price benchmark.

Qualcomm Unveils "Kayak" PC Alternative for 3G Networks

Qualcomm unveiled its "Kayak PC" alternative that leverages 3G wireless broadband to bring Internet connectivity to markets where wired Internet access has often been difficult to access or unaffordable. Qualcomm believes the Kayak PC will fill the niche that exists between desktop PCs, which normally require landlines or separate accessories for connectivity, and Internet-capable wireless devices.

The Kayak PC alternative includes a reference design and recommended software specifications that will be made available to device manufacturers. The reference design uses Qualcomm's dual-core Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM7xxx-series chipsets to provide both computing and connectivity. Key capabilities of devices based on the Kayak reference design will offer:

  • a full-featured Web 2.0-capable browser from Opera Software able to perform at desktop resolutions

  • Access via the browser to Web 2.0 productivity applications

  • Support for both television sets and computer monitors to be used as displays and/or for a built-in display

  • Compatibility with a standard keyboard and mouse for input

  • Music player and/or a 3D gaming console functionality

Taiwan-based Inventec plans to rollout a Kayak PC alternative and initiate user trials during the first quarter of 2009 in Southeast Asia on both CDMA2000 and WCDMA (UMTS) networks.http://www.qualcomm.com

NTT DOCOMO to Acquire Stake in Tata Teleservices

NTT DOCOMO will acquire 26 percent of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) for approximately 130.7 billion Indian rupees (US$2.7 billion). In addition, DOCOMO expects to make an open offer to acquire up to 20 percent of the outstanding common shares of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited (TTML), a Tata telecommunications company, through a joint tender offer with Tata Sons .http://www.ntt.co.jphttp://www.tata.com

Alloptic and SAIC Sign Reseller Agreement

Alloptic, which specializes in RF over glass (RFoG) and passive optical networking (PON) solutions, has signed a multi-year technology and distribution agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Under the agreement, SAIC will resell Alloptic equipment to federal, state, and military customers in both the U.S. and around the world. The deal encompasses all of Alloptic's GEPON and 10GEPON equipment along with its RF over glass (RFoG) products.http://www.alloptic.com

Tellabs Unveils New Ethernet Aggregation Switch

Tellabs unveiled a new line-up of Metro Ethernet products that extend its Carrier Ethernet solutions even closer to end users. The Tellabs 7345 Ethernet Aggregation Switch is the first product in the new line. Key features include:

  • Aggregation of up to 48 10/100/1000 Mb/s optical or electrical interfaces into 10GbE uplinks, all in a compact 2RU shelf configuration. This flexibility enables operators to meet a wide range of deployment needs;

  • Temperature-hardened device for deployment in uncontrolled environments;

  • Redundant architecture for delivery of highly available services. Tellabs provides support for redundant port interfaces, redundant power supply and redundant control plane processors. With this flexibility, operators can satisfy a wide range of deployment needs;

  • Rich Ethernet feature set that supports traditional switched Ethernet applications and emerging connection-oriented applications.

Commercial availability is expected in the first quarter of 2009.http://www.tellabs.com

Canada's MTS Allstream Selects Harmonic for H.264 IPTV Upgrade

MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom, has selected Harmonic's MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video processing solutions for an IPTV service expansion. The upgrade will enable MTS Allstream to deliver equivalent MPEG-2 quality at half the bandwidth and a broader HD and SD channel line-up to its customers in Manitoba, Canada,. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.harmonicinc.com

SiTime sign European Distributor for MEMS-based Devices

SiTime, a start-up specializing in MEMS-based silicon timing solutions, has signed a European distribution agreement with Nu Horizons Electronics. Specifically, Nu Horizons has rights to distribute SiTime's full range of MEMS-based timing solutions in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Nu Horizons Electronics is one of the top five, publicly quoted, distributors of semiconductors in the world.

SiTime's MEMS-based silicon timing solutions include an integrable silicon resonator die, and fully packaged fixed and programmable oscillators. The company's portfolio of MEMS-based timing solutions includes the industry's lowest profile oscillator, the SiT8002XT, with a maximum height of just 0.25mm as well as the industry's first, differential output programmable spread spectrum oscillator the SiT9002. The SiT8002XT is one third the height of an equivalent quartz oscillator and the part offers industry leading programmability, robustness and reliability, combined with short lead times. The device's small size also enables it to be embedded inside popular SiP modules for mobile applications, eliminating external clock sources completely.http://www.sitime.comhttp://www.nuhorizons.com

Sierra Wireless Supplies Smallest USB HSPA Modem

Sierra Wireless introduced its Compass 888 and the Compass 889 USB modems offering potential top speeds of 7.2 Mbps downlink and capability for 5.76 Mbps uplink on an HSPA network. The Compass 888 supports HSPA networks utilizing the 850, 1900, and 2100 MHz frequency bands, while the Compass 889 supports 900, 1900, and 2100 MHz frequency bands. Networks in Europe are expected to begin utilizing the 900 MHz frequency band within the next year. The Compass 888 and Compass 889 USB modems are backward compatible with UMTS, EDGE and GSM networks around the world, providing freedom to roam.http://www.sierrawireless.com

One Minute Video: Wireless Ethernet

One Minute Video: Wireless Ethernet

Presented by Erik Boch