Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 22, 2011

Verizon Wireless Experiences Another LTE Glitch 
Verizon Wireless experienced a nationwide disruption on its 3G and 4G in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 21. The service was slowly being restored throughout the day. The company has not yet commented on the cause of outage or any potential customer credits. 21-Dec-11
Russia's Yota Launches Wholesale LTE Network in Novosibirsk 
Russia's Yota announced the launch of its first LTE network in Novosibirsk in Siberia. The network is ready for joint operation by several operators. Commercial service is expected to start by January 15, 2012, with modems available in retail shops by various network partners.

Novosibirsk is the third-largest city in Russia with a population of about 1.5 million. 21-Dec-11
  • Earlier this year, Yota announced agreements with Beeline, Megafon, MTS and Rostelekom under which these leading Russian carriers will offer 4G services over Yota's LTE network.
  • Yota has been a leading WiMAX operator but changed course to LTE.
Jawbone Secures $40M for Mobile Lifestyle Products 
Jawbone, which has been known for its premium Bluetooth headsets, received a combined $40 million in funding from Deutsche Telekom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, private investor Yuri Milner, and investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. This brings funding to nearly $210 million.

Jawbone, which is based in San Francisco, is positioning itself as a "leading innovator in products and services for the mobile lifestyle."

"We are experiencing fantastic growth and the worldwide demand for our mobile lifestyle products and services is unprecedented," said Hosain Rahman, CEO of Jawbone. 21-Dec-11
Infinera's CTO to Step Down 
Drew Perkins will step down as Infinera’s chief technology officer to pursue other opportunities and will continue to support Infinera in a technical advisory role. Mr. Perkins is one of Infinera’s co-founders and has been at the company since 2001.

Infinera said the office of the CTO will be assumed by Dave Welch, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. A co-founder and current member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Welch was co-CTO for the four years after the company was founded. 21-Dec-11
Swisscom Picks Ericsson for LTE 
Swisscom has selected Ericsson for an upgrade of its mobile infrastructure to LTE. The selection follows an open tender in which five vendors participated. Swisscom plans to invest several hundred million Swiss francs over the next five years to update all mobile base stations, increase network capacity at heavily frequented locations and press ahead with LTE expansion.

Swisscom plans to begin the rollout in January 2012 and by mid-2014 all 6,000 mobile base stations will be upgraded with new hardware and software and connected to fibre-optic lines. The carrier expects to add more than 300 new mobile sites each year. The antenna systems will not be affected, and the stringent radiation limits will continue to be met. Swisscom also said it intends to set up microcells at busy locations. In addition, the existing HSPA network will be increased to a maximum of 84 Mbps in the downlink. 21-Dec-11
JDSU Intros 40/100 G Test Solution 
JDSU announced that a tier-1 service provider in North America has selected its new T-BERD/MTS-8000 V2 40/100 G Transport Module for field-test applications. The unit is designed for field turn-up and troubleshooting of Carrier Ethernet/packet transport, long-haul, and metro-core networks, as well as government telecommunication centers. The T-BERD/MTS-8000 V2 40/100 G solution can be used for testing OTU3 and OTU4 with 100 GE client, 40 and 100 G Carrier Ethernet with RFC 2544, CoS with 10 data streams, and loop up/down. The T-BERD/MTS-8000 V2 can switch between 40 G and 100 G applications within 12 seconds. It supports both CFP- and QSFP+-based services and offers signature ruggedness, optional battery power, and control connectivity that can withstand extremely diverse test conditions. 21-Dec-11
Telstra International Launches Global DDoS 
Telstra International launched a Global Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection service provides for multinational customers.

The service offers 'in the cloud' protection and mitigation of DDoS attack traffic, averting congestion of customer Internet connections and protecting customer web infrastructure, whilst legitimate, clean traffic is delivered to the customer. Telstra's Security Operations Centre (SOC) systems and staff will offer 24/7 monitoring, extensive analysis and highly effective mitigation and traffic cleaning through global cleaning centres. 21-Dec-11
Japanese Carriers Establish Consortium to Promote NFC 
A new Japan Mobile NFC Consortium has been established by NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SOFTBANK MOBILE to coordinate the adoption of multiple international standards for near field communication (NFC) technologies incorporated in their mobile devices and services.

Japan’s three mobile operators already offer Osaifu- Keitai™(wallet phone) mobile services based on the contactless-IC smartcard called FeliCa.

Overseas, however, mobile operators and service providers are increasingly adopting Type A and Type B standards to develop growing markets for NFC services. In view of this worldwide trend, the consortium intends to work with mobile industry groups in Japan, including service suppliers and handset manufacturers, to incorporate compatibility with the Type A and B standards in the Japanese mobile ecosystem. 21-Dec-11
China Mobile Has Added 60 Million Users in 2011 
As of November 30, China Mobile had 644,319 customer lines in service. During the month of November, the carrier added 5,430,000 users, bringing the total number of additions during 2011 so far to 60,302,000. 21-Dec-11