Thursday, September 23, 2010

UAE's du Rolls out Dual-Carrier HSPA+ for 42 Mbps

du, which serves the United Arab Emirates, has rolled out dual-carrier HSPA+ service, offering top peak speeds of 42 Mbps. Technology partners for du's deployment include Huawei and Qualcomm. At launch, 98% of the populated areas in the UAE will enjoy coverage of the HSPA+ service. du expects to begin selling the first dual-carrier HSPA+ data modems soon.

"We recognize that mobile data is the new frontier, and we firmly believe that high-speed mobile data networks will be key enablers for the growth and future of our communities. We anticipate growth of new ecosystems and applications, which will trigger a lot of mobile data usage and traffic, and thus contribute significantly to the progress of the UAE. Customers can be assured that du will be the undisputed leader in the adoption and deployment of next- generation solutions, which will make life easier and better," stated Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, du.

PLX to Acquire Teranetics for 10GBASE-T Silicon

PLX Technology, a supplier of I/O interconnect silicon, agreed to acquire Teranetics, a start-up focused on 10GBASE-T silicon, for 7.4 million shares of PLX valued at approximately $27.6 million, cash of approximately $1.0 million and two promissory notes aggregating approximately $6.9 million. PLX will also assume or repay approximately $18 million of Teranetics corporate obligations, including indebtedness, transaction expenses incurred by Teranetics and cash bonuses payable to Teranetics employees.

Teranetics' silicon solutions enable 10 Gigabit Ethernet over low-cost CAT6 and CAT6a copper cabling. The products are aimed at 10GE switch ports and server adapters. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in San Jose, California.

PLX Technology, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, is a publicly traded company focused on PCI-based silicon solutions including PCI Express (PCIe). PLX entered the consumer and small office storage market with the 2009 acquisition of Oxford Semiconductor.

PLX Technology said it believes PCI Express and 10G Ethernet will coexist as complementary technologies in the data center. PLX will leverage its unique leadership position, technology and IP with these two dominant IOs to bring out new architectures for the data centers of tomorrow and to tap further into the $2 billion Ethernet semiconductor market. These future solutions can take advantage of both technologies while leveraging the company's superior switching fabrics, high-speed analog, and SoC capabilities to increase performance, lower power consumption and reduce overall system costs.
  • In April 2010, Teranetics introduced its third generation of 10GBASE-T PHYs implemented in 40nm technology. The small form factor and low power dissipation of the 40nm chips enable 10 GigE copper connections in high-density data center switches. They also pave the way for 10 GigE LAN-on-motherboard servers. The Teranetics TN8044 is a quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY device designed for high-density, highly power efficient 10 GigE switches. The TN8022 (dual-port) and TN8020 (single-port) offer the power-efficiency required to enable 10GBASE-T adapter card designs.

    Teranetics' new TN8000 family dissipates less than 4 watts per port at a full 100 meters, and as little as 2 watts per port in short reach mode. In addition, this third-generation, 40nm family continues Teranetics' support for triple rate Ethernet (100M/1G/10G). It will also offer support for the emerging Energy Efficient Ethernet standard (EEE, or IEEE 802.3az). Teranetics CTO and Chairman Sanjay Kasturia is the Editor in chief for the IEEE 802.3az committee developing the EEE standard.

    Teranetics noted that its technology further reduces the external component count required to build systems with 10GBASE-T ports. The TN8000 family allows multiple PHYs to share reference clocks and power regulators, and also integrates an EMI filter that previously was built with external components on the PC board. Moreover, MDI test capabilities reduce manufacturing costs by increasing equipment manufacturers' final yield and decreasing test time.

AT&T Declares Quarterly Dividend, Adds to Board

AT&T declared a quarterly dividend of $0.42 a share on the company's common shares. In addition, the company appointed Matthew K. Rose to its board of directors. Mr. Rose is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC (BNSF), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Dept. of Justice Reaches Settlement with Silicon Valley Firms

The U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with six Silicon Valley firms -- Adobe Systems, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit and Pixar -- that prevents them from entering into no solicitation agreements for employees. The department said that the agreements eliminated a significant form of competition to attract highly skilled employees, and overall diminished competition to the detriment of affected employees who were likely deprived of competitively important information and access to better job opportunities.

Ericsson Acquires Additional CDMA Assets from Nortel

Ericsson will acquire Nortel's Multi-Service Switch business (MSS), which includes CDMA-related R&D and services capabilities, for US$65 million in cash.

Ericsson said the acquisition gives it access to a strong product portfolio and installed base in the data segment while ensuring the supply of the MSS platform for the recently acquired CDMA and GSM units.

The announcement follows the completion of the auction process initiated by Nortel, and the transaction is subject to court approval and customary regulatory approvals.

"Today's announcement is further evidence of our commitment to our CDMA portfolio as we continue to strengthen our in-house R&D and services muscle to deliver on the innovation, collaboration and support that our customers have come to expect from us." said Rima Qureshi, senior vice president and head of business unit CDMA Mobile Systems.
  • In August, Nortel Networks announced plans to sell its Multi Service Switch business to private investors for US$39 million in cash. The deal includes Nortel's North America, Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) and Asia Multi Service Switch (MSS) business and the assets of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) portion of its MSS business. The buyer is PSP Holding LLC, a special purpose entity to be fully funded at closing by Marlin Equity Partners and Canadian based Samnite Technologies Inc. Nortel's MSS business consists of its Data Packet Network and Shasta product groups and associated intellectual property.

  • In June 2010, Ericsson completed its acquisition of Nortel's majority shareholding (50%+1 share) in LG-Nortel, the joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel Networks, for $242 million in cash. The deal significantly expands Ericsson's position in Korea, which is one of the 10 largest telecom markets in the world with advanced end-user demand for new services.

  • In March 2010, Ericsson completed its acquisition of Nortel's North American GSM business. The acquisition included the transfer of important GSM business with North American operators and further strengthened Ericsson's ability to serve North America's leading wireless operators. More than 350 employees from Nortel were involved. The deal was first announced in November 2009.

  • Also in November 2009, Ericsson completed its acquisition of substantially all of Nortel's CDMA business and LTE assets in North America. Under this deal, which was first announced on July 25, 2009, Ericsson paid US$1.13 billion. The acquisition included the transfer of important CDMA contracts with North American operators including Verizon, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Bell Canada, Telus and Leap, as well as LTE assets, certain patents and patent licenses relating to CDMA and LTE. Approximately 2,500 Nortel employees in North America and China joined Ericsson under this transaction.

Italtel Announces Management Shift

Italtel announced the appointment of Umberto de Julio as its new Chairman, replacing Roberto Quarta; and the appointment of Stefano Pileri as its new CEO. Italtel also announced the approval of a 341 million euro bank financing and a 70 million euro capital increase. The capital increase of 70 million euro, which was supported by Telecom Italia and Cisco, is part of the debt re-financing scheme approved at the end of July by the pool of lending banks which includes Unicredit, BPM, GE Interbanca, Banco Popolare and UBI.

Vodafone Global Enterprise Opens in Singapore

Vodafone Global Enterprise has opened a new Regional Office in Singapore in a bid to further enhance the delivery of managed communications services to multinationals in Asia Pacific. The company said its new Singapore office will complement its existing presence in the Indian, Australian, Japanese, New Zealand and Hong Kong markets to provide unparalleled coverage and service levels in the Asia Pacific area. Vodafone Global Enterprise noted that its customer base already includes 140 multinational corporations that are headquartered in Asia, and an additional 435 global customers have operations in Singapore or its neighboring countries.

Extension Planned for Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) Cable

Less than one year after the inauguration of the LION submarine cable (Lower Indian Ocean Network) linking Madagascar to the rest of the world via Réunion Island and Mauritius, an agreement was reached to build a 3,000-km extension to Kenya via the island of Mayotte. The project is being conducted by a consortium of France Telecom-Orange and its subsidiaries Mauritius Telecom Ltd, Orange Madagascar and Telkom Kenya Ltd, along with carrier companies Emtel Ltd., Société Réunionnaise du Radiotéléphone and STOI Internet.

Mayotte is an overseas collectivity of France with a population of about 195,000. The cable will give the island and its neighbors broadband access to the Internet for the first time.

The construction is expected to cost EUR 56.5 million euros, about EUR 31.25 million which will come from France Telecom SA. Service is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2012.

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