Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 20, 2011

Overture Announces Executive Changes 
Overture Networks announced that Kevin Sheehan, President, and Matt Squire, Chief Technology Officer, will be departing the company.

“2011 was truly a pivotal year for us with the successful merger of Overture Networks and Hatteras Networks. Having fulfilled key roles during the integration of Overture and Hatteras, Kevin Sheehan and Matt Squire are departing the company,” said Jeff Reedy, CEO, Overture Networks. “As we ready ourselves for Overture’s next stage of growth and evolution, we thank both Kevin and Matt for their dedicated hard work and wish them well in their future endeavors.” 
http://www.overturenetworks.com 20-Dec-11
FCC Appoints CTO - Dr. Schulzrinne from Columbia University 
Henning Schulzrinne has been appointed Chief Technology Officer of the FCC. His responsibilities will include guiding the FCC’s work on technology and engineering issues, together with the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology. He will advise on matters across the agency to ensure that FCC policies are driving technological innovation, including serving as a resource to FCC Commissioners.

Schulzrinne is currently a professor of mathematical methods and computer science at Columbia University. He has been an Engineering Fellow at the FCC since 2010. He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet Requests for Comment (RFCs). He is widely known for the development of key protocols that enable voice-over-IP (VoIP) and other multimedia applications that are now Internet standards, including the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, applied network engineering, wireless networks, security, quality of service, and performance evaluation. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and electrical engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, his MSEE degree as a Fulbright scholar from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University.
http://www.fcc.gov 20-Dec-11
Globecomm Lands $8.8M Contract with NATO 
NATO awarded a contract valued at $8.8 million to Globecomm Systems to extend communication services and onsite support for its GPS-Based Force tracking System (FTS). The system is used to locate NATO personnel for the prevention of "blue-on-blue" friendly fire incidents.

Globecomm previously announced approximately $52.5 million in contracts from NATO for this project to design and install a GPS FTS, bringing the combined contract value to approximately $61.3 million. 
http://www.globecommsystems.com 20-Dec-11
Sprint Announces SIP Toll Free Service 
Sprint announced a new SIP Toll Free solution that allows businesses to take advantage of their SIP trunks and existing communication system to make their own routing decisions, share capacity across the enterprise, and aggressively control costs. The Sprint service supports customer-directed routing at no additional charge.

Sprint SIP Toll Free delivers inbound toll-free calls over SIP Trunking and the Sprint Global MPLS network. Toll-free calls originate in the PSTN and are transported over the network for delivery via an IP access facility. A single IP connection delivers traffic without costly gateways or bridges, creating an opportunity for savings through elimination of local access lines, premise-based trunking equipment and management of multiple providers. 
http://www.sprint.com 20-Dec-11
LightSquared Seeks Declaratory Ruling from FCC 
LightSquared is seeking a declaratory ruling from the FCC confirming its right to use the spectrum licensed to the company by the federal government. LightSquared is also asking the FCC to confirm that commercial GPS manufacturers have no right to interference protection from LightSquared’s network since they are not licensed users of that spectrum. The company asserts that commercial GPS manufacturers are responsible for having designed and sold unlicensed devices that use spectrum licensed to LightSquared and its predecessor companies.

"The one inescapable conclusion from two rounds of independent testing is that the incompatibility problem is not caused by LightSquared’s network," said LightSquared’s executive vice president for regulatory affairs and public policy Jeff Carlisle. "It is clear that GPS devices are purposefully designed to look into LightSquared’s licensed spectrum, and given this evidence, we believe decision-makers should consider LightSquared’s legal rights as the licensee." 
http://www.lightsquared.com 20-Dec-11
  • On Monday, December 19th, Reuters reported that LightSquared could run out of cash by Q2 2012, unless it is able to raise substantial capital.
Clearwire Selects Alianza to Manage Voice-Over 4G 
Clearwire has awarded a four-year, hosted software licensing agreement to Alianza, which specializes in cloud-based VoIP. Alianza will be responsible for managing Clearwire’s voice products and services. Specifically, Alianza will oversee day-to-day voice operations for Clearwire and supply all end-to-end software components of the hosted voice platform, including soft switch, application feature server, call rating, CPE provisioning, monitoring, security, and end-user self-support tools.

"Alianza’s proven expertise and track record in successfully deploying voice-over 4G wireless networks makes this relationship a natural fit for Clearwire," said Dow Draper, Clearwire Senior Vice President and General Manager of Retail. "Alianza’s one-stop shopping approach to VoIP service delivery is an ideal solution to Clearwire’s need for a turn-key, highly scalable, customizable voice platform that provides us with the opportunity to consider new consumer offerings previously unavailable to CLEAR." 
Deutsche Telekom Gains $3 Billion Break-up Fee + AWS Spectrum 
Deutsche Telekom confirmed that it is set to receive US$3 billion in cash from AT&T by the end of the year as the break-up fee for the failed T-Mobile USA deal.

As part of the break-up fee, T-Mobile USA will receive a large package of AWS mobile spectrum in 128 Cellular Market Areas (CMAs), including 12 of the top 20 markets (Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Baltimore and Seattle).

The UMTS roaming agreement for the U.S. in T-Mobile USA’s favor has a term of over seven years and will allow the company to improve its footprint significantly among the U.S. population and offer its customers better broadband coverage for mobile communications services in the future. Population coverage will increase from 230 million potential customers at present to 280 million 
http://www.telekom.com 20-Dec-11
Charter Closes on $750 Million Term Loan 
Charter Communications has closed on a $750 million term loan A senior secured credit facility. The Term Loan A facility has a delayed draw component: $250 million was funded on closing of the Term Loan A and the remaining $500 million will be funded no later than March 15, 2012. The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. http://www.charter.com 20-Dec-11
Gulf Bridge Cable System Readies for Service 
Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, and TE SubCom, announced the completion of works of the GBI cable system segments within the Gulf, the Gulf to India, the Gulf to Egypt, across Egypt and across the Mediterranean to Italy. The new network is expected to enter service in the next few weeks. "This achievement is a significant milestone for the Gulf region, which continues to experience unprecedented economic and social growth,” said Rashed Al Noaimi, Chairman, GBI. “The GBI cable system will facilitate both well into the future." The GBI cable system boasts a capacity of at least 5.18 terabits. http://www.gbiinc.com 20-Dec-11
Australia's Nextgen Networks Completes Blackspots Rollout 
Nextgen Networks has completed its fibre rollout work under the Australian government's $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program. The new build is key toward bringing the National Broadband Network (NBN) to the Northern Territory. http://www.nextgennetworks.com.au/ 20-Dec-11
  • In December 2009, the Australian government signed an agreement with Nextgen Networks to construct the new broadband backbone infrastructure under the $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program. The investment represents the first building blocks of the National Broadband Network on mainland Australia.
SingTel Launches LTE -- Top Speeds of 75 Mbps 
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) officially launched its LTE mobile broadband service with coverage in the central financial district and other areas that experience high data usage such as: Shenton Way, Orchard, City Hall, Marina Bay, River Valley, Tanglin, Newton, Novena, Kallang, Rochor, Outram, Tanjong Pagar, Jurong West, Boon Lay, Bukit Panjang, Bedok and Changi. SingTel is also providing in-door LTE service in major shopping malls across Singapore.

Top downlink speed on the SingTel network is a theoretical 75 Mbps, although the carrier says most users will get 3.4 Mbps to 12 Mbps downlink. SingTel also notes that the LTE network is delivering one-fifth the latency of its 3G network. 
http://www.singtel.com 20-Dec-11
Asia Pacific Gateway Cable Designed for 54.8 Tbps 
 A consortium of communications companies, including NTT Communications, KT, Chunghwa Telecom, and others, has selected NEC to construct the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) system, a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable system that will link 9 countries and territories in Asia. The signing took place at Beijing.

The APG system is designed for a transmission speed of 40 Gbps per wavelength, utilizing the latest Digital Coherent detection and OADM (Optical Add-Drop Multiplexing) technologies. It will be upgradeable to 100G wavelengths for a total design capacity of 54.8 terabits per second.

Asia Pacific Gateway Cable will have a length of 10,400km, linking China Mainland, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. APG is expected to meet the demand for intra-Asia connectivity between South East Asia and North Asia. Project completion is expected by June 2014. 
http://www.nec.com 20-Dec-11
Broadcom Debuts CMOS 40G PHY for Long Haul Transport 
Broadcom introduced its next generation 40G physical layer transceiver (PHY) chipset for Optical Transport Networks (OTN). The 40G PHY chipset is the first in the industry to leverage CMOS technology for 40G optical transmission using DQPSK modulation, providing high reliability, lower power consumption and shorter fab cycle time for long haul DWDM transmission.

Broadcom's 40G PHY chipset includes the BCM84141 demultiplexer (Demux) for receiving data and the BCM84142 multiplexer (Mux) for transmission. The chipset is currently in production with multiple customers. Visit Optical Transport Products to learn more. 
http://www.broadcom.com 20-Dec-11
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Deploys 40G with NSN 
PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia has upgraded a 354-km undersea cable between Dumai and Dangas using 40 Gbps technology from Nokia Siemens Networks. Four 40 Gbps channels are currently in operation. The undersea cable carries fixed and mobile voice and data traffic from PT Telkom and other major operators of Indonesia. Nokia Siemens Networks notes that many of them employing elements of its Liquid Net architecture. http://www.nsn.com 20-Dec-11
Qualcomm's Dr. Irwin Jacobs Steps Down 
Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs announced his intention to step down at the end of his current term on Qualcomm's Board of Directors.

Dr. Irwin Jacobs served as chief executive officer from Qualcomm's founding on July 1, 1985 to its 20th anniversary, June 30, 2005 and as chairman from founding until March 2009.

"When we first started Qualcomm, I told my wife Joan that, if we were lucky, we might grow to 100 employees," said Dr. Irwin Jacobs. "We clearly have surpassed that. I am immensely proud of the company we have built, its more than 22,000 employees, and the impact Qualcomm has made on the telecom industry and the lives of mobile users worldwide. I leave knowing that Qualcomm's strong management team and technical roadmap will ensure the Company's continuing success." 
http://www.qualcomm.com 20-Dec-11