Thursday, April 23, 2009

KT's Broadband, WiBro Subscriptions Remain Flat

KT (Korea Telecom)

added 31,612 net new broadband subscriber in March 2009 after losing subscribers in each of the four preceding months. As of the end of March, KT served 6,714,405 broadband subs compared with 6,627,175 a year earlier. Market shares for each of the major broadband players in Korea have remained fairly stable.

Meanwhile revenue for all of the company's Internet access services fell to 519.5 (KRW bn), down 8.4% compared to Q4 2208. Overall revenue for KT reached 2,773.1 (KRW bn), down 3.6% compared to 2,875.3 (KRW bn) in Q4 2008.

Further details are posted in the company's Q1 Preliminary Earnings report, which is online.

Australia to Fast-track $250 Million for Backbone Fiber Upgrades

Australia's Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced steps to fast-track the National Broadband Network in regional Australia. Specifically, the government announce plans for a $250 million investment in backbone fiber optic transmission links.

"This $250 million investment demonstrates how serious we are about immediate improvement for services in regional and rural Australia and will contribute to the immediate stimulus impact of the National Broadband Network."

Senator Conroy also released a stakeholder consultation paper to drive the regional backhaul initiative.

Australia to Begin Long Term Spectrum Licensing

Although key wireless licenses do not begin expiring until 2013, the government of Australia announced a process to begin consultation for the future of mobile phone and wireless broadband licenses. Senator Conroy issued a discussion paper on re-issuing 15-year radiofrequency spectrum licenses. The licenses include those relevant to the delivery of 2G and 3G mobile phone and wireless broadband services. Specifically, the government's discussion paper examines a range of issues and calls for comment on the re-issue of licenses in the 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2.1GHz, 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum bands.

"There are complex issues that will take some time to assess but work has already begun and I expect that the Government will be making decisions over the next 12 months on this important matter," Senator Conroy said.

Court Rules Limelight Does Not Infringe Akamai Patent

A U.S. District Court has granted Limelight Networks' motion for judgment as a matter of law, setting aside a prior jury verdict and ruling that Limelight does not infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,108,703 held by Akamai Technologies.

"We are pleased the Court granted our motion for reconsideration in this matter and ruled in our favor. We have long maintained that we do not infringe the '703 patent," stated Jeff Lunsford, chairman and chief executive officer, Limelight Networks, Inc.

IBM Wins Smart Education Wireless Contract

IBM has been awarded a services contract by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training to implement wireless connectivity across 463 secondary schools under the Australian Federal Government's Digital Education Revolution initiative. Under the contract, valued at AU$70m, IBM will roll out secure, scalable wireless connectivity at public secondary and central schools, providing more than 200,000 students and around 25,000 teachers with enhanced teaching and learning opportunities. IBM will build an Aruba-based wireless solution.

EXFO Tunes Testing for IPv6

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering (EXFO) has incorporated optional IPv6 testing capabilities across its entire portfolio of transport and datacom testing modules. EXFO's portfolio of transport and datacom modules, including the Packet Blazer series, the Power Blazer series and the AXS-200/850 Ethernet Test Set, offer service providers Ethernet testing for IPv4 and IPv6 deployments, including BERT, RFC 2544 and advanced layer 3 and 4 multistream traffic generation and analysis.

"The wireless industry has been instrumental in driving the wide-spread adoption of advanced multimedia services; but in order to sustain this growth, government bodies and service providers worldwide must rapidly convert their network infrastructures to support the greater routing and address translation demands of IPv6 addressing schemes," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing.

Bridgewater Unveils Entry-Level WiMAX Subscriber Mgt System

Bridgewater Systems introduced an integrated system for small- to mid-sized WiMAX operators.

The system combines the policy-based Bridgewater Service Controller for WiMAX AAA; subscriber data management enabled through Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker; pre-paid and post-paid billing support; and a robust DHCP Server. Bridgewater's new ServiceMAX 500 interfaces to billing systems, ASN gateways, Mobile IP Home Agents (HA), and can be deployed in fixed (802.16d) or mobile (802.16e) networks. Optional modules include lawful Intercept support, a regulatory requirement in many countries.