Monday, December 1, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent's Motive Offers Management of WiMAX Devices

Alcatel-Lucent's Motive group, which provides management software for broadband and mobile data services, introduced a solution that manages fixed, nomadic, mobile and embedded WiMAX devices.

Motive's solution complies with both TR-069 and OMA-DM standards-based protocols, which should help network operators to automate and manage key digital life processes such as service provisioning, problem diagnosis and resolution, and on-going maintenance across a myriad of WiMAX devices.

TR-069 is a DSL Forum technical specification entitled CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP). It defines an application layer protocol for remote management of end-user devices. OMA-DM is a device management (DM) protocol specified by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), a standards body which develops open standards for the mobile phone industry.

Motive has demonstrated the interoperability of its WiMAX Service Management Solution on a ZyXEL MIMO MAX-206M2 residential gateway. Testing between Motive's and ZyXEL's solutions was conducted via the MotiveSmart Verification Program, an initiative that uses standards-based verification testing, such as TR-069 and OMA-DM, to confirm the interoperability of CPE and mobile devices with Motive's products and solutions.

Marvell Posts Q3 Revenue of $791 Million, up 4% Year-on-Year

Marvell Technology Group posted net revenue for its third quarter of fiscal 2009 of $791.0 million, an increase of 4 percent over $758.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008, ended October 27, 2007, and a 6 percent sequential decrease from $842.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009, ended August 2, 2008.

GAAP net income was $70.9 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, compared with a GAAP net loss of $6.4 million, or a loss of $0.01 per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2008. In the second quarter of fiscal 2009 GAAP net income was $71.4 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted).

"The results for our third quarter were in-line with our revised expectations, however we continue to experience limited visibility into the near-term demand for our products," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are taking the appropriate steps to better align our operating expenses to reflect the challenging business environment we face. Our results in our third quarter demonstrate initial progress toward these goals."

Nokia Closes Acquisition of Symbian

Nokia completed its previously announced acquisition of acquire Symbian Limited. Symbian is the software company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the market-leading open operating system for mobile devices.

The closing of the offer is a fundamental step in the establishment of the Symbian Foundation, announced on June 24, 2008 by Nokia, together with AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, NTT DOCOMO, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, ST-NXP Wireless, Texas Instruments and Vodafone. More information about the planned foundation can be found at

Nokia Unveils N97 Mobile Computer

Nokia unveiled its Nokia N97 mobile computer -- its new flagship mobile device -- along with new Ovi services, including Maps on Ovi and Mail on Ovi.

The Nokia N97 packs a 3.5" touch display, full QWERTY keyboard, integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass for enabling location-based services. The Nokia N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their 'status' and share their 'social location' as well as related pictures or videos. The Nokia N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card. The Nokia N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN.

The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

Nokia also previewed Maps on Ovi, a free service that allows people to pre-plan their journey at home on their PC and synchronize with their mobile.

Other Nokia services include Mail on Ovi an Nokia Messaging. With Mail on Ovi, users will be able to create and access email online portal as well as on their mobile device. Nokia Messaging, on the other hand, will give consumers access to their existing email and instant messaging accounts from Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail and Google Talk, and AOL Mail as well as email solutions from thousands of ISPs around the world on the majority of Nokia devices. Nokia has shipped about 200 million devices that immediately enable the launch of its messaging solutions, including Mail on Ovi, Nokia Messaging and corporate mobile email (Microsoft Exchange Activesync and Lotus Traveler).

Axis Adds HDTV Network Camera

Axis Communications introduced an HDTV network camera in compliance with the SMPTE standard in resolution, color representation and frame rate. The AXIS Q1755 Network Camera, which is designed for securing areas such as airports, passport controls and casinos, delivers HDTV 1080i or 720 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and supports both H.264 and Motion JPEG in full frame rate. It offers day & night functionality and progressive output, along with 10x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom paired with auto focus deliver the desired field of view in perfect focus.

For optional storage of video and further flexibility, the camera has a built-in slot for an SD/SDHC memory card, making it possible to store days of recording without external equipment. Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) supplies power to the cameras via the network, eliminating the need for power cables and reducing installation costs.

The AXIS Q1755 includes video intelligence such as enhanced video motion detection, audio detection and detection of camera tampering such as blocking or spray-painting. In addition, the AXIS Q1755 incorporates the new Gatekeeper functionality, which automatically zooms in when there is activity in the scene and then zooms out after a preset time interval. Security capabilities include HTTPS encryption, IEEE 802.1X authentication, IPv4/IPv6 and Quality of Service.

Dell Launches Data Center Optimization Services

Dell is launching a consultation service to help enterprises adopt best practices in data center design, layout and configuration. Specifically, Dell Data Center Optimization Services aims to help customers find their "Hidden Data Center" -- unused capacity in their existing facilities that can be leveraged to avoid the significant capital expenditures required for building a new data center.

Dell's service will address the energy, capacity and cooling issues facing customers with practical, expert advice on how to bring efficiency to the current data center environment. Dell provides customers with specific actions designed to simplify and save in the data center. The service also includes a program to help refit and optimize an existing facility, or design a new data center to meet an organization's growing needs.

A majority of data centers were built during the dot-com boom and are reaching their 10-year lifespan, so it's no surprise that many companies are hitting a wall when it comes to data center capacity," said Dr. Albert Esser, vice president of Power and Infrastructure Solutions at Dell

Hitachi GST and Intel Develop Solid-State Drives for Fibre Channel

Intel and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) plan to jointly develop and deliver Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Fibre Channel (FC) enterprise-class solid-state drives (SSDs) for servers, workstations and storage systems. The new SSDs will be branded and exclusively sold and supported by Hitachi GST and use Intel NAND flash memory and SSD technology.

The companies said their new generation of solid-state drive technology complements existing enterprise-class hard disk drives (HDDs) and is intended for use in storage applications that require extremely high Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) performance and power efficiency.

Deutsche Telekom's CFO Steps Down

Dr. Karl-Gerhard Eick will step down from his position as Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche Telekom in order to join another company. His position was not due to expire until 2012.

Etisalat Acquires Stake in FT's SoftAtHome Venture.

UAE-based Etisalat will acquire a 16.6% stake of SoftAtHome, a joint venture launched by Thomson, Sagem and France Telecom to develop software solutions for triple-play services in the Digital Home.

In addition, Etisalat will adopt SoftAtHome solutions for its future broadband deployments. Both groups will collaborate on the roll out of multiple-play solutions from the technical and marketing points of view.

Fox signs on-demand movies deal with BT Vision

Twentieth Century Fox has signed an agreement giving BT video-on-demand rights to a range of new and classic movie titles for BT's digital TV service, BT Vision. Content will be available on a pay-per-view basis without the need for an up-front or mandatory subscription.

SingTel-Chunghwa JV Picks Mitsubishi for ST-2 Satellite

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) announced that the contract to build the ST-2 satellite has been awarded to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation at a cost of approximately S$200 million. SingTel and Chunghwa Telecom will co-own ST-2 through a joint venture. The satellite is targeted to be delivered in 2010 and will replace the ST-1 satellite, which will retire in 2011. SingTel and Chunghwa Telecom own approximately 62% and 38% share in the joint venture respectively.

The ST-2 satellite will deliver fixed and mobile satellite services, including IP-based solutions, such as SingTel's Office-At-Sea suite of maritime applications. It will offer significantly greater capacity as well as wider coverage than ST-1 to also include emerging markets such as the Middle East.

Level 3 Wins Content Delivery Deal with NHL

The National Hockey League (NHL) has expanded its network services commitment with Level 3 to include content storage, caching and downloading, and high-definition (HD) video streaming. These services complement the existing high-speed IP and video broadcast services already provided by Level 3. The services enable the NHL to offer live and on-demand access to hockey games, highlight reels and other online video content. Online video will be available in HD, optimized for video quality and download speed, to provide a premium end-user experience.http://www.level3.com

Alcatel-Lucent to announce Strategic Plan on Dec 12

Alcatel-Lucent has scheduled a press and industry analyst event for December 12 to unveil its new strategic plan.
  • In November, Alcatel-Lucent announced a new leadership team to coincide with its new business model.

  • In September, Alcatel-Lucent appointed Philippe Camus as the company's non-executive Chairman and Ben Verwaayen as its new chief executive officer.

Alcatel-Lucent Wins US$230M CDMA Deal with China Telecom

China Telecom awarded a US$230 million contract to Alcatel Shanghai Bell to increase the capacity and coverage of its mobile voice and data network throughout the country. Specifically, Alcatel Shanghai Bell will provide its end-to-end CDMA wireless networking solutions for China Telecom in 56 cities of 9 provinces in China. The deployment is currently underway and the expanded network will begin providing commercial services by the end of 2008. Alcatel Shanghai Bell also will provide IP service routers and applications platforms and services for the deployment.

R.I.P. -- Ted Rogers, Founder of Rogers Communications

Rogers Communications announced the death of its founder, Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers, a visionary communications industry pioneer and an icon in Canadian business. He was 75 and suffered from congestive heart failure.

Rogers is a diversified Canadian communications and media company that operates the country's only national GSM/HSPA based network. Rogers is also one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access and telephony services. Its media group is engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, and sports entertainment.

Sierra Wireless to Acquire Wavecom -- 3G + M2M

Sierra Wireless agreed to acquire Wavecom, a leading provider of embedded wireless technology for M2M (machine-to-machine) communication, for approximately EUR 218 million. The offer represents a premium of 21% over the offer for Wavecom shares announced by Gemalto on October 6, 2008 and a 108% premium over the share price on October 3, 2008, the last trading day prior to Gemalto's announcement of its offer. For the OCEANEs, the price represents a premium of 2% to their redemption value.

The companies said their merger positions them to benefit from the anticipated growth in wireless data for the mobile computing and M2M markets - which are expected to grow to over 200 million units by 2012. The combined company would offer a broad wireless data product portfolio, including PC adapters, 2G, 3G and multi-mode embedded modules, M2M terminals, software and solutions. The companies have long-term relationships with mobile network operators and market- leading OEM customers in key markets around the world.

Wavecom will operate as a Sierra Wireless business unit based in Paris, and the two companies will leverage synergies in product development, sales channels and complementary resources to accelerate profitable growth and product leadership in M2M embedded modules, M2M terminals, and M2M software, solutions and services. Furthermore, the addition of Wavecom's significant presence and capabilities in Europe will provide strong support to Sierra Wireless' mobile computing business in the region.http://www.sierrawireless.com