Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NSN Expands Global Network Solutions Center in Chennai

Nokia Siemens Networks has opened an expanded Global Network Solutions Center (GNSC) at a new site in Chennai, India. Since its launch in 2007, the Chennai GNSC has grown from 120 people to over 1,000 supporting 77 million subscribers and 87,000 base stations on customers' networks globally. The center currently provides remote services including planning, optimization services and complete network operation. It is also emerging as a Center of Competence for 3G and, together with Noida GNSC, has delivered 90 projects in 3G/HSPA globally.

NTT Communications Reaches 400 Gbps in Trans-Pacific Capacity

NTT Communications' Global IP Network has reached 400 Gbps of capacity on its transpacific network. This compares with 300 Gbps as recently as February 2010.

NTT Communications noted that it has consistently operated a customer churn rate of less than 1 percent year after year.

Intel's Record Revenues Continue

Intel posted record Q4 revenue of $11.5 billion, up $355 million or 3 percent sequentially, operating income of $4.3 billion, net income of $3.4 billion, and EPS of 59 cents. Fourth-quarter revenue, operating income, net income, and EPS were all records. Full-year revenue was $43.6 billion, operating income was $15.9 billion, net income was $11.7 billion, and EPS was $2.05 -- all records.

"2010 was the best year in Intel's history. We believe that 2011 will be even better," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO.

PC Client Group revenue up 21 percent, Data Center Group revenue up 35 percent, other Intel architecture group revenue up 27 percent, and Intel® Atom microprocessor and chipset revenue of $1.6 billion up 8 percent.

Tata Communications Appoints New CEO

Tata Communications has appointed Vinod Kumar
as its new Managing Director and CEO of the company, replacing N Srinath, who has been appointed as the MD & CEO at Tata Teleservices. Mr. Kumar joined Tata Communications in April 2004, just when the company was embarking on its international growth. He was closely associated with the acquisitions of TGN and Teleglobe and assumed responsibility as Managing Director of the company's international operations.

Huawei Completes Circuit Switched Voice Fallback for LTE/EPC

Huawei has completed a circuit switched (CS) fallback voice call over an LTE network using a third-party handset. Huawei said this demonstrates that operators using LTE/EPC to provide pure data services will be able to leverage an existing CS network to provide voice services, as defined by the 3GPP. Huawei provides SingleEPC and SingleCORE-based CS Fallback services and a range of network structures for the solution, including LTE/EPC networks, CS core networks, UMTS wireless networks and CS Fallback capable handsets with a third-party provider.

The test was conducted at Huawei's LTE and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) Interoperability Testing Lab in Shanghai.

Huawei notes that its holds 271 essential LTE/EPC patents as of Q4 2010, which represents 11 percent of all LTE patents. In 3GPP's packet core area, Huawei continues to be ranked first in the world with over 1,600 proposal submissions and more than 1,000 approved proposals in 2009 and 2010.

GE Acquires Lineage Power for $520 Million -- Telco Power Solutions

GE agreed to acquire privately-held Lineage Power Holdings from The Gores Group for $520 million.

Lineage Power, which is based in Plano, Texas, supplies high-efficiency power conversion infrastructure and services for telecommunications and data centers. The company had 2010 revenues of approximately $450 million. It has nearly 2,300 employees, with manufacturing operations in China, Mexico and India. Lineage Power traces its heritage to AT&T, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and Western Electric.

GE said the deal will open the door for GE Energy technology to be deployed in the $20 billion per year power conversion space.

CipherOptics Releases 10Gbps Encryptor

CipherOptics announced a multi-layer, 10 Gbps network encryption appliance that extends the benefits of tunnel-less encryption to high performance data centers, government networks, private clouds and high frequency trading and communication applications.

The company said its CipherOptics' Group Encryption solution makes it possible to secure even the most latency sensitive applications, including voice and multicast video, without impacting quality. Service providers could also use it to provide Encryption as a Service (EaaS) offerings.

The CEP10G will be available in limited quantities starting April 2011, with general availability coming in June 2011. Available as a both a stand alone point-to-point solution or as part of a CipherEngine enabled group encryption solution, the CEP10G offers data protection at Layer 2, Layer 3 or Layer 4.

"Over the past year we have seen strong interest in a 10 gigabit version of our multi-layer encryptors from both our existing customer base as well as growing number of new clients, " said Thomas Gill, CEO of CipherOptics. "The ability to secure high speed connections without impacting performance is especially appealing to organizations trying to balance data security and compliance requirements with high performance networking. "

SK Telecom Moves to LTE

South Korea's SK Telecom will launch an LTE service in Q3 beginning in Seoul. The company also announced plans to make heavy investments in high-speed Wi-Fi and data femtocells.

SK Telecom has been an early adopter of various mobile technologies, including CDMA, 2.5 CDMA2000 1x, 3G CDMA EV-DO, 3.5G HSDPA/HSUPA (on handsets), Satellite DMB (on handsets) and various other mobile technologies.

Separately, SK Telecom sold its entire stake in Skytel, Mongolia's second largest mobile carrier, to existing Mongolian shareholders, including Sun Clay Group and Global Com LLC, for KRW 25.8 billion.