Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mavenir to Acquire Airwide for Mobile Messaging

Mavenir Systems has acquired privately-held Airwide Solutions, a supplier of mobile messaging solutions for an undisclosed sum.

"With this acquisition, Mavenir Systems will strengthen its already advanced product portfolio and will be well positioned to support global mobile operators in their evolution to 4G networks," said Pardeep Kohli, president and CEO, Mavenir Systems. "Our increased global presence and our combined experience will instill a greater confidence in our customers as they rely on Mavenir to launch innovative LTE services quickly and cost effectively."

"We look forward to helping our combined customers in their transition to LTE with products such as our recently announced trio of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) solutions," added Kohli.

Cavium Debuts PureVu Processors for WiFi-Based Wireless Display and Home Video

Cavium Networks introduced its new line of "PureVu" CNW66xx SoC video processors capable of addressing the growing market demand for universal wireless display receivers at a low price point with up to 1080p resolution.

The new ARM CPU core-based processor family can support a wide range of home networking and wireless video transmission protocols including Cavium's WiVu, WiFi Alliance 802.11-based wireless display standard (WFD), and DLNA. The multi-format video processing engine is capable of decoding up to 1920x1080 p30/i60 resolution for a wide range of video standards including MPEG2, H.264, MPEG4, AVS, VC-1, and MJPEG.

Cavium also offers a separate processor line that targets high-end, fully interactive, 2D and 3D home theater solutions.

NTT Com Adds SIP Trunking Plan

NTT Communications is enhancing its Arcstar Unified Communications Services with a new SIP Trunking Plan that allows Arcstar( Global IP-VPN users to dial external lines for high-quality, low-rate voice communications worldwide beginning May 31. The service initially will be offered to customers in Singapore and then gradually expanded to cover other regions, making the plan available worldwide by March 2012. Incoming calls from external lines will be covered under the plan from April 2012 at the earliest.

NTT Com said its new SIP Trunking Plan will reduce total cost of ownership by unifying voice and data communications over Arcstar Global IP-VPN. Operation and maintenance will also be simplified by this one-stop, end-to-end solution combining the necessary systems and hardware for voice and data, including network and devices (VoIP gateway).

Arcstar Unified Communications Services currently offer IP-based internal dialing among global offices, including within Japan, under the Extension Plan. The newly expanded Arcstar Unified Communications Services will provide globally seamless unified voice, video, web conferencing, voice messaging, presence and instant messaging for Arcstar Global IP-VPN, backed by NTT Com's extensive experience and expertise in networks, cloud computing and data centers.

Telefonica O2 Launching LTE in Rural Germany

Telefónica Germany is launching LTE service on 1 July 2011 in "white spot" areas of the countryside where broadband has not been available to date.

The "O2 LTE at Home" service will provide 7.2 Mbps in the downlink. During the first six months, the new services cost only EUR 29.90 per month with a 10 GB per month cap. The fee will be EUR 39.90 per month thereafter. A LnTE wireless router is priced at EUR 49.90 with a two-year contract.

Mavenir Systems Raises $40 Million for LTE Solutions

Mavenir Systems, a start-up based in Richardson, Texas, raised $40 million in its fifth round of funding.

The company's Mavenir mOne Convergence Platform enables mobile operators to deploy enhanced voice, video and messaging services across any generation of mobile devices and broadband access networks. The Mavenir mOne™ supports a wide range of applications and functionalities to deliver services over 2G, 3G, WiFi and LTE networks – such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) , LTE Messaging, Mobile Video, Rich Communication Suite (RCS) and Converged IP Messaging (CPM) – all from a single platform.

The new funding will fuel Mavenir's continued expansion into fast-growing 4G/LTE markets. The company said it currently has over 120 mobile operator customers worldwide, including a recently announced win with MetroPCS for LTE messaging.

New investor August Capital leads this round that includes North Bridge Venture Partners, Austin Ventures, Alloy Ventures, Greenspring Associates and Cross Creek Capital that also joins as a new investor. Mavenir has now raised a total of $105 million since October 2005.

"This is a key investment round that enables Mavenir Systems to make significant strategic growth moves that further strengthen our portfolio, resource and client base in the LTE wireless infrastructure space," said Pardeep Kohli, president and CEO, Mavenir Systems. "Our acquisition of Airwide Solutions increases our global presence and with our combined experience, will instill a greater confidence in our customers as they rely on Mavenir to launch innovative LTE services quickly and cost effectively."

Broadcom Shows First 40nm Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Combo Chip

Broadcom introduced its BCM43142 "InConcert" combo chip that combines Wi-Fi Direct connectivity with seamless proximity-based pairing, dramatically simplifying wireless connectivity in the home. The combo chip supports a variety of platforms including next generation Windows and Android-based systems. It is the first 40nm Wi-Fi Bluetooth Combo Chip for notebooks and netbooks.

While nearly all smart phones already include combo chips, a study by ABI Research finds that demand for single-die Bluetooth and Wi-Fi combo chips will continue to grow by 15 percent CAGR between 2009 and 2015. The ABI Research study also indicates that more than 75 percent of the combined notebooks and netbooks shipments in 2013 will have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Broadcom now extends this capability to address Windows and Android-based PCs and notebooks and netbooks with its fourth generation Bluetooth-Wi-Fi combo chip.