Thursday, November 26, 2009

ZTE Partners with China Mobile on IMS-Based HD Video Conference System

ZTE has completed a commercial IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based high definition (HD) video conference system for China Mobile. The system has been integrated in China Mobile's IMS office network, enabling China Mobile to enjoy converged multimedia conference functions via various terminals, including fixed line telephones, TD-SCDMA handsets, and desktop soft-clients. ZTE's HD video conference system covers hundreds of nodes including China Mobile's headquarters, domestic and overseas offices. It employs 1080P resolution and advanced codec technology to provide China Mobile high-quality and reliable conference services.

"To provide China Mobile with the industry's first commercial IMS HD video conference system is a great technological breakthrough for ZTE, and the industry as a whole," said Mr. Wang Xiaoqiang, President of ZTE IMS Products. "Video services possess huge market potential but demand high-bandwidth support. Constructing video conference systems with easy-to-operate, multi-service integration has been a challenge to operators. Today, with our partner China Mobile, we have overcome this obstacle and have paved the way for the advancement of network communications. ZTE will continue to invest in sophisticated communications solutions that fulfill market needs."

European Commission Appoints Neelie KROES for Digital Agenda

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, has selected Neelie KROES to replace Viviane REDING as the head of the Digital Agenda, which includes oversight of the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) and the Information Society Directorate General. Kroes previously was competition commissioner, where she handled numerous anti-trust investigations in the IT sector.

Viviane Reding is moving on to head the Commission for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, where she is expected to play a key role in rewriting EU Data Protection and Privacy laws.

Vodafone and Huawei Open Core Network Innovation Centre in Milan

Vodafone and Huawei have opened a laboratory in Milan, Italy to drive core network innovation. The CIC represents Huawei' s primary investment in core network technologies in Europe, with the project underscoring the company' s close collaboration with the operator community.

The Core Network Innovation Centre (CIC) in Milan is equipped with the latest Huawei mobile and core network equipment and technologies to boost innovation in core network solutions.

The companies said their collaborative research will provide a competitive edge in core network areas, such as mobile broadband, IMS (IP Multimedia Sub-system) and FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence), eventually bringing new ideas to fruition, enabling timely market launches.

Huawei and Telecom Italia Conduct LTE Test in Turin

Huawei and Telecom Italia have completed an LTE trial. Using 14 LTE cells on the existing mobile broadband infrastructure in Turin, the test successfully showcased a downlink speed of over 140 Mbps per cell, demonstrated by three simultaneous connections.

Mr. Sandro Dionisi, Head of TILab said, "This first technological trial with Huawei represents a very important goal in the development of the network technology LTE/SAE towards the expectations of Telecom Italia. The results reached so far reinforce our partnership with Huawei and the joint commitment in deploying the LTE technology that will continue also next year. "

Alcatel-Lucent Forms JV in Russia

Alcatel-Lucent and Russian State Corporation Rostechnologii plan to form a joint venture (JV) -- called Alcatel-Lucent RT -- to design, produce and promote IP-based telecommunications equipment in Russia and in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The joint venture, led by Ivan Makharine as General Director, will be incorporated between subsidiaries of the two groups, operate from Moscow, and begin operations in the first quarter of 2010. The company will develop, produce and deliver solutions that address the high reliability and security requirements defined by Russian and other regional governmental bodies.

The planned product portfolio includes Alcatel-Lucent IP LAN switches and routers, Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS-based Service Routers and Service Switches, IT security hardware and software solutions, as well as Alcatel-Lucent IP PBXs. The level of localization will depend on administrative requirements and economic feasibility.

Production is planned to be centered in existing manufacturing facilities of SC Rostechnologii.

"Setting up the joint venture focused on manufacturing and promotion of advanced telecommunications products reflects the policies of our corporation supported by the Russian government and aimed at developing high-tech production and science-intensive industries," said S.V. Chemezov, General Director, SC Rostechnologii.

"This partnership is a further step in our transformation strategy and strengthens our ability to promote Alcatel-Lucent's solutions in Russian and CIS region. It also leverages the considerable knowledge and experience of our partner, SC Rostechnologii, in pursuit of our joint interests," said Luis Martinez-Amago, Head of Alcatel-Lucent business in CIS, Central and Southern Europe.
  • SCRostechnologii was set up on November 23, 2007 by Federal Law of the Russian Federation. Its objective is to facilitate development, manufacturing and export of high-tech products by supporting - in the local and international markets - Russian organizations, developers and manufacturers of high-tech products, as well as by attracting foreign investments to various local industries.

Malaysia's Greenpacket Wins 3 WiMAX Deals in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia

Kuala Lumpur-based Green Packet Berhad, a supplier of mobile broadband and networking solutions, announced three separate WiMAX supply deals: Maximali of Georgia, Intellecom of Ukraine and iCON Communications of Armenia. Maximali and Intellecom acquired the Outdoor Modems (OS230) and Indoor Modems (DV230) respectively. Whilst, iCON Communications purchased both Indoor Modems (DV350) and USB Modems (UM350).

"According to the Broadband Forum Q2 report, broadband growth of Eastern Europe was reported at 6% quarterly and 29% yearly, representing a two-fold growth compared to the world and Greenpacket foresees tremendous opportunity for the growth of WiMAX networks in the region," said Kelvin Lee, Senior General Manager of Green Packet Berhad.

Greenpacket offers a full range of WiMAX CPE which includes indoor, outdoor and USB modems and supports the 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz frequencies.

Starent Settles Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

Starent Networks and the other named defendants reached a settlement in a shareholder class lawsuit n connection with the proposed acquisition of Starent Networks by Cisco Systems.

If the court approves the settlement contemplated in the memorandum, the lawsuit will be dismissed with prejudice. Starent Networks and the other defendants deny all of the allegations in the lawsuit and believe the disclosures are appropriate under the law. Nevertheless, Starent Networks and the other defendants have agreed to settle the putative class action lawsuit in order to avoid costly litigation and reduce the risk of any delay to the closing of the merger.

Pursuant to the terms of the memorandum, Starent Networks has agreed to provide additional information to stockholders through publicly available filings in order to supplement the proxy statement that has been provided to Starent Networks' stockholders in connection with the special meeting of stockholders concerning the proposed merger.

Zain Outsource Mobile Operations in East Africa to NSN

Zain has agreed to outsource its mobile network operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to Nokia Siemens Networks. The operator currently serves over 9 million customers across these three countries. As part of the contract Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide optimization services and deploy its latest mobile softswitching and subscriber data management solutions. Its prepaid and top-up solution based on charge@once select will ensure a faster introduction of new services and pricing bundles. Nokia Siemens Networks will also deploy 2G and 3G radio networks with the Flexi Multiradio Base Station, opening a smooth evolution path from 2G and 3G to LTE with just a software upgrade needed.

This contract marks Nokia Siemens Networks' biggest multi-vendor outsourcing case in the region and it's one of the first supplier swap Managed Services deals of its kind in Africa. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telenor Sweden Picks NSN for 3G Upgrade

Telenor Sweden will upgrade its 3G network using Nokia Siemens Networks' energy efficient Flexi Multi Radio Base Stations. It will also use NSN's solution to upgrade the core network to increase both capacity and functionality allowing Telenor to deliver 21 Mbps HSPA+ services across Sweden. This upgrade includes a common register for GSM, 3G and LTE access.
Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide network management systems along with project management, planning, implementation, and optimization services. Financial terms were not disclosed.