Tuesday, December 22, 2009

NTT Activates New Cable Linking Japan to Trans-Pacific Express

NTT Communications (NTT Com) launched a new cable route linking Japan to the Trans-Pacific Express Cable Network (TPE), an optical fiber cable system that interconnects Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and now Japan.

TPE, which was built by a consortium comprising NTT Com, AT&T, China Telecommunications, China United Telecommunications, Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation and Verizon Business, began operating on September 30, 2008.

The construction and operational startup of the Japan--Asia section leg constitutes the second phase of the TPE project. The TPE now comprises approximately 18,000 kilometers of cable and offers maximum transmission capacity of up to 5.12 terabits per second.

Huawei Confirms 4G Order from Tele2 and Telenor

Huawei received a major infrastructure order from Net4Mobility, the joint venture by Tele2 and Telenor. Under the contract, Huawei will supply infrastructure and modems for a nationwide 4G network in Sweden. The goal is that 99 percent of the Swedish population will be able to access the new network before the end of 2013, starting with densely populated areas. The deployment also includes increasing the number of base stations for voice traffic in 2G/GSM by 30-50 percent, with enhanced indoor- and outdoor coverage across the country as a result. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ireland's Altobrige Acquires ADC's GSM Base Station and Switching Portfolio

Altobridge has acquired ADC's portfolio of GSM base station and switching products for an undisclosed sum.

The deal includes ADC's existing GSM base station and switching product customer base. Altobridge will retain all of the employees necessary to support the business. In addition, Altobridge is acquiring certain assets and intellectual property related to the product portfolio.

The ADC GSM base station and switching product portfolio supports remote wireless and small national networks, as well as government, emergency and private network communications. Altobridge said these products complement its offerings in several markets, including its Fully Managed Service business for meeting the growing communication needs of emerging markets, and solutions for optimising voice and data transmission for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

"Mobile Network Operators face a major challenge to deliver accelerating voice and data traffic for declining returns. Altobridge will continue to innovate and deliver further solutions that drive down these underlying communication costs," said Mike Fitzgerald, CEO of Altobridge. "This acquisition will enable Altobridge to broaden our Intellectual Property portfolio and grow our Fully Managed Service business as we work hand in hand with MNOs striving to connect their subscriber groups at lower costs."

Altobridge is headquartered at Kerry Technology Park, Ireland with regional offices in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, USA and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Alcatel-Lucent Selectecd for IP/MPLS in Ukraine

Kyivstar GSM, the largest operator in Ukraine, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to design, install, and maintain a country-wide Metropolitan transmission packet based IP/MPLS network as part of its larger IP network transformation. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent will supply products from its industry leading Service Router (SR) portfolio including the 7750 SR, 7210 Service Access Switch and the 5620 Service Aware Manager to address the access, aggregation and core network layers. To offer a full end-to-end solution, Alcatel-Lucent will also supply its next generation Enterprise product, the Omni Switch 6250, to deliver residential access and 3G backhauling. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide professional services.

The network transformation will be performed in two phases: phase one will cover the needs of end-users services (HSI, VoIP, IPTV) and up-coming 3G mobile traffic. During the second phase 2G traffic will be gradually moved from SDH to the converged IP network.

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances 100G Transmission with Coherent Detection

Alcatel-Lucent enhanced its optical networking portfolio with next-generation coherent technology for dealing with transmission impairments, which become extremely severe at speeds higher than 100 Gbps. The technology uses proprietary algorithms in digital signal processing. It has been demonstrated in a 112 Gbps field trial over an existing, heavy loaded real-traffic fiber link of Telefonica's network during which live traffic was transmitted over 1,088 km between four cities, in Spain.

Alcatel-Lucent is implementing next-generation coherent detection in key optical platforms with the goal of helping service providers transform their existing networks to ease the strain caused by high bandwidth applications, while maintaining superior performance. Additionally, the technology will seamlessly support further evolution to higher speeds than 100G over the same future-proof platform when the market dictates.

Alcatel-Lucent said its optical networking portfolio allows for dynamic wavelength assignment and restoration, as well as transmission of any hybrid traffic mix. Ensuring the optimized use of existing fiber plants, it can transmit mixed 10, 40 and 100G signals without the need for guard bands or network reengineering, and traverse multiple nodes without additional regeneration. As a result, operators can implement highly-flexible and scalable meshed transmission networks to cost-effectively carry services in response to end customer demands, today and in the future.

"The advancements to our optical portfolio further confirm the role of optical networking as a critical enabler for competitive transformation to seamlessly move to higher capacities fast and reliably," said Romano Valussi, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Optics activities. "In combination with our customer focus is set to help operators accelerate time to service for new applications, simplify their operations and improve performance for better total cost of ownership."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Telefónica acquires JAJAH for EUR 145 Million

Telefónica acquired JAJAH, a start-up that offers an IP Communications platform enables consumers to make free long-distance and global calls online The deal was valued at EUR 145 million ($207 million) in cash.

With JAJAH, consumers simply enter their phone on the JAJAH site along with their friend's phone number anywhere in the world. JAJAH then sets up an Internet call between both parties.
JAJAH services are used in around 200 countries by millions of people and are integrated into everyday instant messaging and social media applications, as well as through its own JAJAH direct-to-consumer offer.

Matthew Key, Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe, said: "The acquisition of JAJAH broadens the scope of our communications offering and opens up new capabilities in the voicem
communication space. People using social networking sites such as Twitter now have an even wider range of communications channels available -- and have the option of speaking directly to each other as well as communicating by text or keyboard."

JAHJAH is based in Mountain View, California with offices in Ra`anana, Israel.

Qualcomm Announces Changes to Management Team

Len Lauer has resigned as chief operating officer of Qualcomm and has accepted a CEO role at another company.

As a result, the Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT) organization will now report to Steve Mollenkopf, EVP and president, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT). With the display business entering an important phase of expansion, close partnership with QCT will help QMT as they work with device manufacturers and tackle the challenges of commercializing, scaling and evolving the mirasol product line. All remaining services businesses will now report to Steve Altman, president.