Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ericsson Money Services Launches in 7 European Countries

Ericsson Money Services, which allows consumers to transfer money to family and friends using their mobile phones, has launched across seven Europe1an countries -- UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden.

Ericsson plans to make the service available to the rest of Europe soon. The company, which also plans to launch a similar service globally (via Ericsson Money Interconnect), said its goal is making sending money as quick, easy and natural as sending a text message a reality for people around the world.

Avaya Files for $1 Billion IPO

Avaya Holdings Corp. (Avaya), the parent company of Avaya Inc., filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of $1 billion of its common stock. The joint book-runners of the proposed offering will be Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital Inc., UBS Investment Bank and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC.
  • In September 2009, Avaya prevailed its bid to acquire Nortel Enterprise Solutions at auction for US $900 million in proceeds to Nortel and an additional pool of $15 million reserved for an employee retention program.

  • In October 2007, Avaya was delisted from the NYSE (ticker: AV) in a privatization deal in which Silver Lake and TPG Capital paid approximately $8.3 billion.

  • In October 2000, Avaya was spun off from Lucent Technologies. Previously, it was part of AT&T.

Huawei M2M Modules Certified by Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless has certified two machine-to-machine (M2M) embedded modules from Huawei for operation over its network. The MC323 is a low cost 2G module that is designed for applications that are used in business-to-business applications including fleet management, utilities, retail, security, asset tracking and other M2M applications. The EM660 provides capabilities that are tuned to the unique needs of laptops, tablets and M2M solutions.

Sprint and Motorola Announce Reinvigorated Alliance

Sprint and its prepaid brands of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will launch more than 10 new Motorola devices in 2011, including the newly unveiled Motorola PHOTON 4G, boasting Sprint 4G, Android 2.3, Sprint ID and worldphone capabilities.

The agreement marks a reinvigorated alliance between Sprint and Motorola.

Two new devices were communicated today as part of this relationship, including the iconic Motorola PHOTON 4G, Motorola's first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM, and the Motorola TRIUMPH, the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola.

"Over the years, we have teamed with Motorola to bring top of the line devices to our customers across both prepaid and postpaid brands," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "I am pleased to see our collaboration grow. Together we will enhance the customer experience by bringing innovative devices to market, such as the Motorola PHOTON 4G and Motorola TRIUMPH."

NSN Completes GSM Dual Full Rate Call with OSC-DFR

Nokia Siemens Networks announced the first pre-commercial call exploiting Orthogonal Sub-Channel Dual Full Rate (OSC-DFR) software.

Orthogonal Sub Channel (OSC) technology carries four calls in one GSM radio timeslot, effectively doubling the voice capacity of the GSM radio network.

The company said OSC-DFR will provide a 100% increase in GSM voice capacity and significantly enhanced speech quality. Operators who have deployed the commonly used Adaptive Multi Rate-Full Rate (AMR FR) in their networks can use the OSC-DFR feature to achieve unmatched speech quality and at the same time can nearly double their voice capacity. Nokia Siemens Networks' new GSM feature will be used in customer pilots from the end of June 2011.

"The new feature builds on our OSC innovation of 2009, and extends its capabilities by offering better speech quality along with an increase in voice handling capacity," said Kimmo Virkki, head of GSM product management at Nokia Siemens Networks. "OSC-DFR can reduce capital and operations expenditure for operators as it requires fewer carrier units and base station sites as well as less transport capacity. Moreover, the OSC-DFR feature allows operators to accommodate more voice and data traffic into the existing spectrum, thus facilitating the reuse or refarming of 3G/LTE services in GSM frequency bands."

10 Years Ago: SuperComm 2001 Attracted over 54,000

SuperComm 2001, held June 6-9 in Atlanta, attracted just over 54,000 attendees, topping the previously year's 53,000 attendance. There were a record 853 exhibiting companies.

The record breaking event was produced by the United States Telecom Association (USTA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

Rogers Picks Ottawa for First LTE Rollout

Rogers Communications has selected Ottawa to launch its first commercial LTE service this summer. Enrollment is now open for Rogers' customers in Ottawa who want to reserve a spot in the initial rollout. The company is offering an LTE "Rocket" stick from Sierra Wireless as its first LTE device.

Rogers announced a comprehensive technical trial of LTE in Ottawa and Montreal last year to ready itself for a smooth commercial deployment in 2011. At its Annual General Meeting in April, Rogers announced that it would launch commercial LTE network services in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in 2011 followed by the top 25 markets in 2012.

Verizon Cuts Energy Consumption at 24 U.S. Data Centers

Verizon has implemented an aggressive, intelligent energy-management systems from Vigilent to significantly cut energy consumption and carbon emissions at 24 of its U.S. data centers. Vigilent energy management systems consist of hundreds of wireless temperature sensors at each data center that are connected through an intelligent mesh network to on-site servers using energy management software. The company said this new system enabled it to:

  • Turn off approximately 40 percent of the computer room air conditioners in these data centers within two days of implementing the energy management systems, providing an instant reduction in energy consumption and an anticipated savings of more than 55 million kilowatts annually.

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 66 million pounds of CO2 on an annualized basis.

  • Decrease average temperatures by two degrees Fahrenheit throughout the data centers, with significantly reduced temperature fluctuations and extremes.

Verizon noted that its energy reduction and recycling initiatives in its facilities around the globe reduced CO2 emissions by more than 297.5 million pounds in 2010, leading to an improvement of more than 15 percent in the rate of emissions per terabyte of data.

"Vigilent energy management systems have reduced cooling consumption by more than 40 percent as well as provided important safeguards that help improve our uptime," said Mark Capurso, director of national technical operations at Verizon. "This combination of energy savings and improved efficiencies goes a long way toward helping meet Verizon's goal of improving its carbon efficiency by 15 percent this year.

Russia's MTS Selects Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS for Mobile Backhaul

Russia's Mobile TeleSystems has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS-based mobile backhaul solution for supporting 3G mobile broadband. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) in line with related services including design, installation and commissioning for full turnkey project implementation. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CitiGroup Suffers Data Breach

CitiGroup reported that hackers have compromised the security of "hundreds of thousands" of credit card customers in the U.S. The cyber intruders gained access to general account information, including name, account number and contact information.

MRV Readies 100 Gbps DWDM Platform for Metro, Regional, Long-Haul

MRV Communications unveiled plans for a standards-based, 100Gbps DWDM optical transport solution for metro, regional and long-haul networks The new platform will leverage DP-QPSK modulation and coherent detection technologies to ensure backward compatibility with existing network infrastructure.

Separately, MRV also announced today that Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) will strengthen its existing, longtime partnership with MRV and plans to deploy MRV's 100Gbps optical transport solution. AMS-IX is one of the largest and fastest-growing Internet exchanges in the world. Currently, AMS-IX has deployed MRV's 10Gbps DWDM optical systems in its core network to enable backbone transport solutions which connect Internet exchange services.

"MRV OCS' new 100Gbps system will offer service providers a reliable solution that is fully compatible with existing 10/40Gbps optical transport networks and allow them to reap the financial benefits of next-generation services for years to come," said Barry Gorsun, President, for MRV OCS. "Bandwidth demand and IP traffic continue to increase without showing any sign of slowing. 100Gbps network capacity will soon become a very important component of the strategy of forward-thinking service providers."