Sunday, January 3, 2010

GENBAND Bids for Nortel's Carrier VoIP and Application Business

GENBAND reached an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Nortel's Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) business for a purchase price of US$282 million, subject to balance sheet and other adjustments currently estimated at approximately US$100 million. The deal is a "stalking horse" arrangement subject to additional bids and requires U.S. and Canadian court approvals for bidding procedures, including a bid deadline and tentative auction date.

These agreements include the planned sale of substantially all assets of the CVAS business globally including softswitching, gateways and SIP applications. These agreements also include all patents and intellectual property that are predominantly used in the CVAS business.

GENBAND has teamed with one of its existing shareholders, One Equity Partners III, L.P. (OEP), to assist in financing the proposed purchase of Nortel's CVAS assets. OEP manages investments and commitments for JP Morgan Chase & Co. in private equity transactions.

"The proposed transaction represents a clear and positive step forward for Nortel's CVAS customers, employees, and business. Today's announcement is a strong endorsement of our continued leadership in the Carrier VoIP market where we have held the #1 position since 2002," said Samih Elhage, President of Nortel's CVAS business.

China Mobile Added 4.6 Million Customers in Nov 2009

China Mobile added 4,579,000 customers in November 2009, giving it a total subscriber base of 518,045,000 as of the beginning of December 2009. This brought the total number of new subscribers to 60,795,000 for the first eleven months of 2009.

China Mobile Vice Chairman Removed for Financial Irregularities

China Mobile Communications (CMC) announced that due to alleged serious financial irregularities, Mr. Zhang Chunjiang's position as positions as Secretary of the CPC Committee and Vice President of CMCC have been removed. The company's Board of Directors will consider removing him from his positions as Vice Chairman and executive director of the company as well. The announcement followed confirmation that the authorities are conduction an investigation of Zhang Chunjiang.

Ruckus Wireless Releases Performance Tool to Open Source

Ruckus Wireless has released its "Zap" wireless performance testing program to the Open Source Community.

Originally developed by Ruckus engineers to characterize wireless behavior of real-time IP-based video streaming applications, Zap is a wireless performance measurement utility designed to determine wireless network signal performance accurately over time, space and frequency. The tool provides a statistical analysis that anticipates the performance of a wireless network by predicting the percent of time and the locations at which performance will be above or below a certain limit.

By design, Zap lets network planners test sustained throughput of an existing wireless network and determine the true, sustained and worst-case performance that it is capable of delivering 99.5 percent of the time. Using Zap, organizers can also predict the real-life performance of a system before deployment.

"With wireless you need to understand the statistical throughput distribution in order to really characterize performance. Zap gives you that. Other performance testing tools only tell you average throughput, which is often irrelevant to demanding applications," said Bill Kish, chief technology officer and co-founder of Ruckus Wireless. "As good as Zap is, by releasing the code as open source, we believe the software community can make it even better, perhaps even incorporate it into new commercial testing tools. Wi-Fi is becoming a critical network access infrastructure and anything that shines a brighter light onto Wi-Fi performance is a good thing for the industry."

Zap is currently integrated into Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart wireless LAN products as the underlying engine used by SpeedFlex, a Wi-Fi performance diagnostic tool that lets customers quickly determine the uplink and downlink performance and packet loss of any given wireless connection.

Quantcast Raises $27.5 Million for Digital Media

Quantcast, a start-up based in San Francisco, raised $27.5 million in new capital to support rapid adoption of its Quantcast Media Program, which offers advertisers a standardized means to measure, organize, buy and sell real-time audiences.

Cisco and prior investor Polaris Venture Partners co-led the round, increasing its ownership position in the company and previous investors Founders Fund and Revolution Ventures also participated.

"Digital technology is transforming the way media and advertising is measured, personalized and delivered, from TV set-top boxes to the desktop PC and mobile phone," said Konrad Feldman, Quantcast co-founder and CEO, "As we aim to power ubiquitous addressable media solutions for a networked digital future, we're thrilled to be able to access Cisco's deep expertise and global business presence."

Marvell Targets eReaders, Smartbooks, Tablets, Smartphones, Smart Display Dongles

Marvell is launching new ARMADA processors -- including a 2 GHz processor that achieves PC-class performance at a fraction of the power consumption -- aimed at always-connected devices, including eReaders, Smartbooks, Dual Books, Tablets, Smartphones, Smart Display Dongles, Plug computers, home entertainment, and office productivity devices.

Among the innovations that Marvell is showcasing at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a new array of small form factor devices with various display outputs, such as HDMI, VGA, DVI, and Video Out. These smart dongles enable consumers to access content from one place -- the Internet or mobile handsets, for example, and display it on their living room TV screens. The Smart Display Dongle is the link to anytime, anywhere, any size live media delivery.

Marvell will also show its Mobile Hotspot technology that is designed to transform any consumer electronic device with an Internet connection into a wireless hotspot. This allows devices such as smartphones, digital cameras, personal media players, and personal navigation devices to operate as full featured Wi-Fi access points. In addition, Marvell will also showcase its new family of wireless devices delivering multifunction radios -- built from the ground up to outperform all standalone options for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, and GPS.

"We're moving beyond the limits of the Internet age to bring consumers something new: the always-on lifestyle - anytime, anywhere and any size. Marvell's mission is to pioneer always-on living by giving consumers the power to experience rich live digital content -- voice, data, video, photos, music and news -- where ever they want it, whenever they want it and in the format they want it in," said Ms. Weili Dai, Marvell's Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of Marvell Semiconductor's Consumer and Computing Business Unit. "

Procera Cites Major Carrier Orders

Procera Networks, a developer of Evolved Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) solutions providing traffic awareness, control and protection for complex networks, anticipates that revenue for the fourth quarter will be in the range of $9.1 million to $9.5 million, or 102% - 111% year-over-year growth.

On its third quarter earnings call on November 5, 2009, Procera provided fourth quarter guidance for revenue growth over 100% year-over-year. The company also expects to achieve profitability for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2009.

"Throughout 2009 we executed on our corporate strategy to become the market leader in Network Traffic Management," said James Brear, president and CEO of Procera Networks. "As a result, we experienced continued momentum among major carriers and exceeded our revenue guidance for the fourth quarter."http://www.proceranetworks.comhttp://

2010 Industry Conferences Calendar


International CES

07-Jan-10 to 10-Jan-10

Las Vegas

NTCA Wireless

13-Jan-10 to 15-Jan-10

San Antonio

ITEXPO East 2010

20-Jan-10 to 22-Jan-10


Grid ComForum

02-Feb-10 to 03-Feb-10

Santa Clara,

Over-the-Top TV and Video Conference

02-Feb-10 to 03-Feb-10

San Jose

DesignCon 2010

01-Feb-10 to 04-Feb-10

Santa Clara,

Ethernet Wholesale Summit

09-Feb-10 to 12-Feb-10


MPLS World Congress

09-Feb-10 to 12-Feb-10


3GSM Mobile World Congress

15-Feb-10 to 18-Feb-10


Link 2010

23-Feb-10 to 25-Feb-10


RSA Conference 2010

01-Mar-10 to 05-Mar-10



02-Mar-10 to 06-Mar-10


CompTel's Spring 2009 Convention & Expo

14-Mar-10 to 17-Mar-10


Cloud Computing China Congress

18-Mar-10 to 18-Mar-10


Satellite 2010

15-Mar-10 to 18-Mar-10



21-Mar-10 to 25-Mar-10

San Diego

CTIA Wireless 2010

23-Mar-10 to 25-Mar-10

Las Vegas

NAB 2010

10-Apr-10 to 15-Apr-10

Las Vegas


25-Apr-10 to 29-Apr-10

Las Vegas

IP Satellite Summit

12-May-10 to 12-May-10


Cable Show

11-May-10 to 13-May-10

Los Angeles

Cloud Telco 2010

01-Jun-10 to 04-Jun-10


Computex Taipei

01-Jun-10 to 04-Jun-10



15-Jun-10 to 18-Jun-10


2010 -- Tokyo

07-Jul-10 to 11-Jul-10


ChinaCom 2010

25-Aug-10 to 27-Aug-10


2010 -- Mumbai

28-Sep-10 to 30-Sep-10


Broadband Taiwan 2010

11-Oct-10 to 14-Oct-10


2010 -- New York

18-Oct-10 to 22-Oct-10

New York

Offshore Communications

02-Nov-10 to 04-Nov-10