Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Carrier IQ Raises $12 Million for Real-Time Mobile Metrics

Carrier IQ, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $12 million in Series D funding for its mobile service intelligence solution. Carrier IQ's analytics platform provides real-time data to the mobile network operator directly from the source handsets of the subscribers. The platform aggregates, analyzes and delivers that data via web applications. Carrier IQ said it is now deployed on over 90 million devices from 12 leading vendors worldwide.

The latest funding round was led by Bridgescale Partners, with participation from existing investors Intel Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, Presidio Ventures and Nauta Capital.
  • Carrier IQ is headed by Mark Quinlivan (CEO), who previously was Chief Operating Officer of edocs (acquired in 2005 by Siebel Systems). Before edocs, Mark held senior positions at Lucent Technologies and as SVP Worldwide Consulting and Integration.

Motorola Offers WiMAX Evolution to 802.16e Enhanced, 802.16m and LTE

Motorola introduced its WiMAX Evolution solution for operators to upgrade existing WiMAX 802.16e / 802.16e Enhanced networks to 802.16m or TD-LTE or to add LTE to their existing WiMAX networks.

Motorola said that has developed this evolutionary approach in working with WiMAX operators to plan capacity for the next five years as the best path for 4G growth.

Motorola's enhanced WiMAX offering is based on a single RAN (Radio Access Network) solution that allows operators to reuse most of the base station for various migration scenarios and reusing of up to 100 percent of other major network components such as IP/MPLS core, backhaul and device management. Motorola WiMAX access points are upgradable to 802.16m (WiMAX 2), TD-LTE, FDD LTE or LTE-Advanced.

"As consumer demand for mobile data continues its explosive growth, WiMAX operators around the world are facing 10GB to 30GB average subscriber data usage per month," said Fred Gabbard, vice president of product management, Motorola Networks. "Motorola is working closely with these operators to plan capacity for the next five years. Our WiMAX Evolution -- Single RAN solution allows operators to migrate to WiMAX 802.16m or LTE, thus reducing cost and offering the best path for 4G growth."http://www.motorola.com/wimax

Juniper Releases Junos Pulse

Juniper Networks released its Junos Pulse multi-service network client for mobile networks. The Junos Pulse client allows the IT staff to enforce consistent endpoint security policies across a wide variety of notebooks, netbooks, and smart phones, regardless of whether or not they are corporate owned. It also designed to reduce the number of software agents they support, while greatly limiting the need for end users to directly interact with network connectivity and security software.

Junos Pulse leverages Juniper's SA Series SSL VPN appliances, Unified Access Control (UAC), and WXC Series Application Acceleration platform. It combines all of these capabilities.

Juniper also announced the availability of AppTrack software, part of the AppSecure suite of security software that enables application-level visibility and control for its SRX Series Services Gateways across the enterprise.

Broadsoft Completes IPO -- Nasdaq: BSFT

BroadSoft completed an initial public offering of 7,500,000 shares of its common stock, which is now being on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "BSFT."

The shares were initially priced at $9.00 per share. After the first day of trading, the share price closed at $8.30.

Nokia Trims its Outlook, Citing Smartphone Competition

Citing the competitive environment, particularly at the high-end of the market, and shifts in product mix towards somewhat lower gross margin products, Nokia trimmed its second quarter and full year 2010 outlook for Devices & Services. The recent depreciation of the Euro is also a factor.

Some highlights of the announcement:

Nokia now expects Devices & Services net sales to be at the lower end of, or slightly below, its previously expected range of EUR 6.7 billion to EUR 7.2 billion for the second quarter 2010. This update is primarily due to lower than previously expected average selling prices and mobile device volumes.

Nokia continues to expect industry mobile device volumes to be up approximately 10% in 2010, compared to 2009 (based on its revised definition of the industry mobile device market applicable beginning in 2010).

Nokia continues to target its mobile device volume market share to be flat in 2010, compared to 2009.

Nokia now expects its mobile device value market share to be slightly lower in 2010, compared to 2009. This update is primarily due to the competitive situation at the high-end of the market and shifts in product mix. This is an update to our previous target to increase our mobile device value market share slightly in 2010, compared to 2009.

Broadband Line Installations Reach 484 Million, up 12% Year-over-Year

Global broadband lines now top 484 million lines (484,788,597), representing a 3.12% growth in the quarter and 12.41% in the last 12 months to end of Q1 2010, according to new figures from Point Topic and the Broadband Forum.

Some highlights of the new report:

The number of IPTV subscribers worldwide grew to 36.3 million. The 12 months from Q109 to Q110 saw global growth of 46% in IPTV subscriber terms. This equates to 11.4 million new IPTV subscribers, the most rapid growth in any 12 month period yet recorded.

China and the USA are the top two countries for both broadband and IPTV.

Asia was responsible for more than 53% of the broadband lines added, with mainland China alone accounting for 45% of the total lines added worldwide in Q1 2010. China continues to be at the top of the table in terms of broadband with continued healthy growth at 5.67% in the quarter and 20.96% in the twelve month period, taking it to 112,594,000 subscribers. This made China the fastest growing country in both percentage and in absolute terms in the first three months of 2010.

Six of the top ten countries improved their performance in Q1 2010 compared to Q4 2009; China, the USA, Germany, the UK, South Korea and Brazil all grew more quickly in the first quarter of 2010 against Q4 2009.

DSL continues to be the most popular access technology for broadband. Fiber continues to grow quickly, and the figures for Q1 2010 show that Asia now has over 50 million fibre subscribers. The growth in fibre is expected to be the dominant theme over the next few years although DSL still has its place particularly in the second wave broadband countries like Indonesia and the Philippines, as does wireless particularly where the geography of a country makes fixed connections more difficult.ttp://www.broadband-forum.orghttp://point-topic.com

Dell'Oro: Wireless Packet Core Market Grow Forecast

The wireless packet core market contracted 30 percent sequentially during the first quarter this year due to seasonal factors, an extraordinarily strong previous quarter, and order and revenue volatility, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. However, the market is forecast to grow in the remainder of 2010.

The report indicates that Huawei surpassed both Ericsson and Nokia Siemens in the first quarter to capture the top spot in the market with more than 25 percent revenue share. Given a very strong fourth quarter in 2009 in North America for GGSN and SGSN equipment, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens both saw very large sequential declines in the first quarter this year due to order volatility. With the anticipated growth in wireless data and signaling needs, it is likely that both of these vendors will rebound in the coming quarters.

"First quarter results were only a bump-in-the-road for the wireless packet core market this year," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Data usage and smartphone penetration continue to increase and will drive the need for more signaling and bandwidth capacity. Because of these strong demand drivers and despite lower than expected first quarter results, our forecast for 2010 remains essentially unchanged at $2.1 billion, or almost 10 percent growth versus 2009."http://www.delloro.com

T-Mobile USA Extends its HSPA+ Network

T-Mobile USA has extended its HSPA+ footprint in 25 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and now expects to cover more than 75 million Americans with HSPA+ by the end of June. The company expects to continue this rollout pace to deliver HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.

The HSPA+ network includes Los Angeles; Dallas; Atlanta; Houston; Seattle; Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; New Orleans; and Charleston, S.C. In addition, HSPA+ has been expanded to Bentonville, Ark.; Anderson, S.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. T-Mobile's HSPA+ mobile broadband service is already live in New York; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Memphis; Upstate New York; Connecticut; Providence, R.I.; and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

IBM Expands is Mobile Offerings

IBM is expanding in the mobile market with a new range of software, services and research offerings. Highlights of the announcement:

  • New analytics software and services for real-time management of remote cell towers and sites to detect problems and manage maintenance before outages can occur. The company notes that in the U.S. alone, there are more than 143,000 cellular sites that need to be managed, increasing the time and money spent on maintenance. For example, technicians need to monitor a range of components that keep the network operating such as antennas, electricity and power, air conditioning and heating, and back-up batteries. IBM's Intelligent Site Operations integrates the passive cell tower infrastructure with an organization's active network for end-to-end, continuous monitoring, management and control of all physical and digital assets and operations for improved network availability and service quality.

  • New software that bridges voice and Web communications to speed up business processes; and new collaboration software for Android-based mobile devices. IBM WebSphere CEA Mobile Widgets provide businesses and consumers with the benefits of sharing their Web experiences on handheld devices to make buying, selling, browsing, shopping and many other types of mobile transactions more efficient.IBM is also extending its collaboration software for the Android platform to Lotus Notes clients.

  • Made in IBM Labs: New R&D innovations that add intelligence to 4th generation mobile networks and devices to improve service and quality; and a new email prototype to help mobile device users more effectively identify what needs immediate action and what can be handled later in their mobile mail. The new prototype, called Mail Triage, rethinks the mobile email experience, helping users more effectively manage their email and tasks across their different devices. Mail Triage allows users to quickly assess their email and identify what needs immediate action and what can be handled later.

IBM also opened a new software development laboratory, the IBM Mass Lab - IBM's largest software development lab in North America - that will be dedicated to mobile solutions.

Aviat Relocates HQ to Silicon Valley

Aviat Networks has relocated its corporate headquarters to a new 128,000-square-foot facility at 5200 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara, California. The relocation follows the company's global re-branding effort as Aviat Networks, formerly known as Harris Stratex Networks.

Aviat Networks' new facility has been completely renovated to qualify for a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council based on design and construction activities in each of the five LEED credit categories. Highlights of the renovation include the widespread introduction of "green" materials throughout the new space such as bamboo flooring and desks made from compressed recycled paper; the use of solar panel-powered carbon-free energy; and a physical location one block away from the Light Rail stop, in order to encourage employees to take public transportation. Additionally, the building construction was managed to leverage recycling and salvage which succeeded in diverting more than 95% of the waste away from the landfill.

Apple Cites Record Demand for iPhone 4

Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of the new iPhone 4. The company comfirmed that this was the largest number of pre-orders it has ever taken in a single day. The volume resulted in many order and approval system malfunctions.

AT&T also issued a statement saying iPhone 4 pre-order sales on June 15 were 10-times higher than the first day of pre-ordering for the iPhone 3G S last year. AT&T has suspended pre-order sales pending new inventory.

Video: Dell'Oro Wireless Packet Core Report - June 2010

Presented by Greg Collins, Vice President, Dell'Oro Grouphttp://www.delloro.com

Video: Emergency Response & Wireless Location Systems

Presented by Manlio Allegra, President, CEO & Co-Founder, Polaris Wirelesshttp://www.polariswireless.com/