Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Egypt's Mobinil Adds Mobile Advertising Service with ALU

Mobinil, Egypt's leading mobile operator, has introduced interactive, mobile advertising tailored to the interests of individual subscribers.


Based on Alcatel-Lucent's Optism mobile marketing solution, it provides Mobinil's customers with a permission and preference-based mobile advertising service. The service invites Mobinil's nearly 30 million customers to opt-in to receive ads and offers from their favorite brands. By sharing their interests with Mobinil, customers can receive promotions, discounts, content and exclusive opportunities.


The companies report that during an initial soft launch, more than 200,000 subscribers opted-in and used the service successfully. Advertiser partners at launch included Adidas and Nokia, who both have experienced higher response rates in comparison to other digital media.


"In response to the dynamic situation in the mobile industry, Mobinil is naturally involved in an array of multi-faceted business partnerships, which includes being an internet service provider, a banking services provider, an entertainment portal, or a media agency. It is in this context that we are entering into this strategic partnership with Alcatel-Lucent in this area," said Hassan Kabbani, Mobinil CEO.
http://www.optism-ww.com/http://www.mobinil.com

Dell'Oro: 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Data Center Switch Market Grows 33%

The Ethernet Switch market reached record revenue and port shipments in the third quarter, as revenues grew 33 percent year-over-year, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Cisco, HP and Juniper added the most during the third quarter in incremental revenue in L2-L3 switching, while F5 added the most incremental revenue in L4-7 Server Load Balancing.


"10 Gigabit Ethernet and data center switches continue to drive most of the revenue growth in the Ethernet Switch market," said Alan Weckel, Director of Ethernet Switch Market Research at Dell'Oro Group. "While we expect overall market growth to slow considerably in 2011, we expect data center products will continue to expand in 2011, led by 10 Gigabit Ethernet as it continues to grow not only as a server connectivity technology, but also as an aggregation technology within the data center," Weckel added.


The report indicates that data center deployments including 10 GE Top-of-Rack for server access are driving most of the revenue growth in the market. Vendors in this space include Arista, Blade, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Extreme, Force 10, HP, and Juniper. The report also indicates that the majority of revenue growth in 2011 will come from these products.
http://www.DellOro.com

Malaysia's Packet One Selects Juniper Networks For New MPLS Core

Packet One Networks, Malaysia's leading 4G WiMAX service provider, has deployed Juniper Networks MX Series Universal Edge Routers to create a new high-speed, service-enabling MPLS core network. The previous MPLS network had a single-layer star topology, while the new architecture has two layers: Juniper Networks MX960 routers are deployed at the central core and MX480 routers for regional aggregation.


Packet One acquired one of Malaysia's four WiMAX licenses in March 2007, and was first to market with its service launch in August 2008. In the following 12 months, it signed up more than 80,000 customers, including a sizable share of new broadband business customers in competition with the incumbent fixed network service provider. To date, Packet One has over 200,000 subscribers.


"The broadband market is relatively under-served in Malaysia and we are supporting the government's goal of reaching 50 percent of households by the end of this year. We are on track to extend our 4G WiMAX coverage to 45 percent of Malaysians households by the end of this year, with the goal of hitting 65 percent by 2012," said Michael Lai, CEO of Packet One. http://www.juniper.net

Clearwire Sees $1.1 Billion in New Financing

Clearwire to raise approximately $1.1 billion through a debt offering to serve general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures. Specifically, Clearwire Communications is offering $175.0 million first-priority senior secured notes due 2015, $500.0 million of second-priority secured notes due 2017 and $500.0 million of exchangeable notes due 2040 and will grant the initial purchasers of the exchangeable notes an option to purchase up to an additional $100.0 million of exchangeable notes.



In addition, the company announced that Sprint will submit three new nominations to fill the vacant seats on Clearwire's board of directors. Those individuals are:



Mr. William R. Blessing is currently a consultant to Burns & McDonnell where he advises clients on smart grid and telecommunications strategy. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development for Embarq Corporation, an integrated communications services provider. He also held various executive positions with Sprint from 1990 to 2005.



Mr. Mufit Cinali is currently a Managing Director with Springwell Capital Partners, LLC. He has also held strategy, development and M&A positions with Hughes Electronics Corporation, AT&T, GE Capital Corporation, and Bain and Company.


Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi holds extensive experience in the telecommunications industry and is currently a technical advisor to Ericsson Corporation and the University of California School of Engineering. He has held several senior positions with AT&T including global Chief Technology Officer, global Chief Information Officer, Chief President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Labs and AT&T Global Network Services.
http://www.clearwire.com

Dell'Oro: Ethernet Switch Market Grows 33% YoY

The Ethernet Switch market reached record revenue and port shipments in the third quarter, as revenues grew 33 percent year-over-year, according to a new report from Dell'Oro group. Cisco, HP and Juniper added the most during the third quarter in incremental revenue in L2-L3 switching, while F5 added the most incremental revenue in L4-7 Server Load Balancing.


"10 Gigabit Ethernet and data center switches continue to drive most of the revenue growth in the Ethernet Switch market," said Alan Weckel, Director of Ethernet Switch Market Research at Dell'Oro Group. "While we expect overall market growth to slow considerably in 2011, we expect data center products will continue to expand in 2011, led by 10 Gigabit Ethernet as it continues to grow not only as a server connectivity technology, but also as an aggregation technology within the data center," Weckel added.


The report indicates that data center deployments including 10 GE Top-of-Rack for server access are driving most of the revenue growth in the market. Vendors in this space include Arista, Blade, Brocade, Cisco, Dell, Extreme, Force 10, HP, and Juniper. The report also indicates that the majority of revenue growth in 2011 will come from these products.
http://www.DellOro.com

Dell'Oro: DSL Shipment Revenues Rise in Q3

Third quarter DSL revenues were higher over the year-ago period for the first time in three years, driven by demand for access concentrator port shipments, which reached their highest level in almost two years, according to anew report from Dell'Oro Group.



"Port shipment strength resulted from several factors including record VDSL port shipments to support high-bandwidth upgrade projects, an easing of supply chain constraints that allowed some vendors to clear backlog, and a recovering global economy," said Tam Dell'Oro, President of Dell'Oro Group. "Year-on-year growth was greatest in Latin America followed by Europe, Middle East and Africa, while DSL access concentrator port shipments to China were lower due to Chinese operators shifting their broadband focus to deploying fiber utilizing PON technology," Dell'Oro added.


The report shows that Alcatel-Lucent regained the overall port share lead over Huawei for the first time in a year, partially due to strong VDSL shipments to the US, Europe and Asia. Huawei's overall port shipments declined sequentially as strong shipments of VDSL to Europe was not enough to offset lower ADSL shipments to most regions.
http://www.delloro.com

The Switch Signs Verizon for East Coast Expansion

The Switch, which provides advanced video switching services for broadcasters, has entered into an agreement with Verizon that will expand its ability to offer high definition video services to the broadcast television marketplace on the East Coast. The arrangement enables The Switch to expand its national digital fiber transport services to comprise 31 states and Washington, DC. The Switch customers can now employ metro fiber optic services, including Verizon High Definition 1.485 Gbps, HD/SDI and Standard Definition 270 Mbps SDI local fiber circuits in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.
http://www.theswitch.tv

Motorola Mobility to Acquire 4Home

Motorola Mobility agreed to acquire 4Home, a developer of a software and services platform for digital homes, for an undisclosed sum.


4Home's carrier-grade software platform, ControlPoint, enables home services such as energy management, home security and monitoring, media management and home health. ControlPoint is based on a customizable design, using open standards that allow partners to develop compelling new services for consumers that utilize the growing number of connected devices in the home.


Motorola Mobility said the acquisition helps broaden its vision of converged experiences in the home.
http://www.motorola.com
http://www.4Home.com
  • 4Home is based in Sunnyvale, California. Its investors include Pond Venture Partners, Parker Price Venture Capital and Verizon Investments.


  • 4Home has been working with Verizon's LTE Innovation Center and the companies previously showcased applications running over an LTE network at the Consumer Electronic Show in January.

Cellcom Israel Suffers Major Outage

Cellcom Israel, a leading Israeli cellular provider with approximately 3.376 million subscribers, suffered a major network outage on December 1. The company has since resumed full service and will refund all its subscribers for all calls and SMS messages in Israel, in the last week (November 25, 2010 to December 1, 2010, included). The company also said it was aware of several class action lawsuits that have been filed.
http://www.cellcom.co.il

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