Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ZTE Supplies First CDMA EV-DO Rev.B Phase 2 to India's Sistema Shyam

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) has awarded the world's first CDMA EV-DO Rev.B Phase 2 commercial contract to ZTE.

Compared to EV-DO Rev.B Phase1, the Phase2 technology can further enhance the BTS cell capacity, spectrum efficiency and peak rate, achieving high speed rate as high as 4.9 Mbps in single frequency carrier and 14.7 Mbps in three frequency carriers bundle.

ZTE also won a CDMA expansion contract and EV-DO upgrade contract for 10 circles of the SSTL network.

ZTE Develops "CoCloud" Operating System

ZTE is developing a proprietary 'CoCloud' cloud operating system designed to serve traditional telecom applications as well as government and enterprise markets. ZTE has established a Global Cloud Computing Center in Nanjing to spearhead this initiative.

"It is our ambition to use cloud computing to account for a third of ZTE's total revenues," said Mr. Shi Lirong, President of ZTE. The establishment of ZTE's Global Cloud Computing Center in Nanjing, is considered as a significant milestone for ZTE's cloud computing strategy. "Cloud computing has revolutionized the traditional resource provision methods as well as user application methods in most computing aspects. Under the new industrial framework, we are expecting to introduce radical changes in both IT and CT market as for open up new opportunities for industry players."

ZTE said that compared to a traditional OS, its CoCloud cloud operating system accelerates the dynamic transfer of the resources through service process displaying, intelligent resource template suggestions, good adaptation and heterogeneous management of the services.

Telenor Sweden Outsources with Ericsson

Telenor Sweden awarded a three-year contract to Ericsson for field services, including field maintenance and implementation services across its complete fixed and mobile networks. Forty-four Telenor employees will join Ericsson's Swedish service organization on July 1, 2011, as a result of the strategic managed services partnership. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson currently provides Telenor with solutions such as IMS, transmission networks and service platforms.

Acme Packet Plans Expansion

Acme Packet plans to expand its Bedford, Massachusetts global headquarters in order to meet a hiring goal of more than 180 new employees in Massachusetts this year.

As of today, 443 of Acme Packet's 679 person global workforce are employed in Bedford. The company has already hired 70 employees at this location this year and plans to add an additional 117 workers in Massachusetts by the end of 2011. All of Acme Packet's research and development, as well as the final test and assembly steps in its manufacturing processes, take place at its Bedford facility.

Ericsson Appoints Arun Bhikshesvaran as CMO

Ericsson has appointed Arun Bhikshesvaran as Head of marketing and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). He previously served as Vice President Strategy and Marketing in region North America at Ericsson. He has been with the company since 1995, serving in a variety of roles. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and has completed Post graduate executive programs in general management and business marketing at Columbia Business School and Kellogg respectively.

Novatel Wireless Embedded LTE Module Gets VZ Certification

Novatel Wireless received technical approval for its Expedite E362 4G LTE embedded module to run on the Verizon Wireless LTE network. This makes Novatel Wireless the first provider to have an embedded LTE solution commercially available and compatible with the Verizon Wireless network. The module could be integrated into high-speed data connectivity into notebooks, netbooks, tablets and other portable entertainment devices.

"We're proud to cross this milestone with our leading next-generation 4G LTE embedded module," says Rob Hadley, CMO of Novatel Wireless. "To meet consumers' desire to be connected anywhere, anytime, we are actively engaged in integrating our 4G embedded modules into platform launches with a number of devices and notebook manufacturers as they roll-out next-generation enabled mobile broadband devices."

Korea's LG U+ Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE

LG U+ has selected Nokia Siemens Networks for its LTE network rollout in South Korea. Nokia Siemens Networks is deploying its single radio access network (RAN) including its Flexi Multiradio Base Station and NetAct management system to provide consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimization. The company will also provide network implementation services to ensure a rapid LTE network roll out that will enable LG U+ a faster time to market, expected to provide it with a competitive advantage. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Earlier this month, Ericsson confirmed that LG U+, a Korean wireless service provider, has selected it for the Korean LTE network. Specifically, Ericsson will be responsible for building LTE network in Seoul and will supply Evolved Packet Core network, LTE base stations and optical repeaters for access and transmission. The project will start in May this year and be completed in 2012.

Verizon: Low Latency is Key Driver for LTE

Low latency is what makes new LTE customers say "Wow" -- perhaps even more so than the fast downlink rates, said Tony Melone, EVP and CTO of Verizon, in a keynote address at Telecommunications Industry Association's Inside the Net show in Dallas. Verizon is expanding its LTE network at an aggressive pace and is dedicated to taking a leadership role in the industry through early and large-scale deployments, standards development, and work with device manufacturers. Melone's speech, and follow-up press briefing, touched on network ambitions in both the wireless, FiOs and business domains, as well as where these overlap.

Some highlights:

Verizon Wireless expects to among the first to deploy voice over LTE (VoLTE). A rollout is expected in second half of 2012. Investment in the CDMA network continues and this will serve as a back-up to VoLTE. Melone expects that voLTE will not be positioned as just another voice service, but something clearly beyond current offerings. It will be HD voice and it will integrate new capabilities, such as video and social features.

The recent LTE outage was due to a software error affecting the IMS core. The error condition spiraled out of control taking other systems with it. 3G subscribers were not impacted because they do not register with the IMS core, but 4G subscribers were not able to fallback onto the EVDO network because they do register with the IMS core. Working with its vendors, Verizon implemented a temporary fix and then later a permanent upgrade that solves this issue. Melone described the event as a learning experience that is better to have when they are early in the network rollout rather than when tens of millions of users are on-board.

Verizon Wireless will have 10 LTE devices in its portfolio shortly and this continues to expand.

Verizon Wireless will use Wi-Fi offload opportunistically. In the home, Wi-Fi easily relieves traffic over the 3G/4G network. The company has an ongoing partnership with Boingo. It will also use Wi-Fi in high-traffic areas, such as stadiums, where spectrum is simply not enough.

Verizon Wireless has an LTE Innovation Lab in Massachusetts where device vendors can tune their offerings for LTE. New ideas include an LTE enabled media feed for broadcaster, LTE-enabled kiosks for banks and retailers, and an LTE-enable HD camera for field operations, such as utility personnel. Verizon Wireless will open a new LTE Innovation Lab in San Francisco.

Verizon's FiOS offering is available in 15 million homes and this will expand to 18 million. The top tier service is 150 Mbps downstream and the company is testing 1 Gbps over the same fiber plant.

euNetworks to Acquire LambdaNet Deutschland

euNetworks GmbH will acquire LambdaNet Communications Deutschland AG for €25 million in cash (subject to adjustment) plus a payment of principal of €2m on an existing intercompany loan as well as an assumption of certain financial guarantees.

LambdaNet's service portfolio includes Ethernet, Wavelength, Colocation, Internet Protocol (IP) based data services and other transmission services. These are delivered to both carriers and enterprises, primarily throughout Germany. LambdaNet operates in Germany and has network and subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Austria. The business offers services out of 25 data centres across Germany. According to LambdaNet's audited financial results for 2010, the business generated total revenues of €36.8m and EBITDA of €9.7m in the financial year ended 31 December 2010.

euNetworks owns and operates 13 fibre based metropolitan networks across Europe connected with a high capacity intercity backbone. The company offers a portfolio of metro and longhaul Ethernet and Internet Protocol services including Dark Fibre, Dedicated Fibre, Wavelengths, Ethernet, and Internet.

Verizon Wireless Expands LTE Network

Verizon Wireless activated its LTE network in nine additional metropolitan areas, as well as expanding the 4G LTE network in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia. The new metro areas are: Mobile and Montgomery Ala.; Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.; Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas.

David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, noted, "We're now offering consumers and businesses in 55 metropolitan areas the most advanced 4G wireless network on the planet, while continuing to offer the nation's most reliable 3G network coast to coast. We plan to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to our entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013."