Saturday, September 17, 2011

Netflix to Separate DVD and Streaming Businesses

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced plans to separate the company's streaming and DVD operations into distinct businesses. The DVD by mail operation will be renamed "Qwikster" and the streaming operation will retain the "Netflix" name. Each operation will have its own website and customers will need to subscribe to each service independently. Pricing remains the same. Andy Rendich has been appointed CEO of Qwikster.

Huawei Wins Contract with Telenor Global Services in 10 Countries for Five Years

Telenor Global Services (TGS) has selected Huawei as the sole partner for its Voice & IP network renovation across 10 countries. Huawei will provide TGS with a comprehensive One Network and IP Core solution and managed services for five years to countries including, Norway, Singapore, Hong Kong (China), United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Seven States Join Suit to Block AT&T-T-Mobile Deal

AT&T's bid to acquire T-Mobile faced another set-back, as seven states joined the U.S Department of Jusctice's lawsuit to block the deal. These states are California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, which represent a sizable portion of the U.S. population.

"Our review of the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile has led me to conclude that it would hinder competition and reduce consumer choice. Today we joined the United States Department of Justice in filing suit to prevent this merger. Enforcement of antitrust law is the responsibility of the Attorney General and is vital to protecting our state's economic strength and tradition of innovation for the betterment of all Californians. I look forward to working with the parties involved to resolve this matter in a way that will create jobs in our state, encourage a vibrant technology sector, and protect competition in the marketplace," stated California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.

Poland's Aero2 Picks Huawei for LTE TDD/FD

Aero2, a mobile broadband operator in Poland, has selected to launch the world's first LTE TDD/FDD converged commercial telecommunications network. The deployment will use Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution. The LTE TDD/FDD network will boast downlink data speeds of 134 Mbps and uplink speeds of 124.8 Mbps.

"We are thrilled to partner with Huawei on a further breakthrough in network deployment by launching the world's first LTE TDD/FDD network, which will enhance user experience with improved data speeds and create a more compact and efficient network infrastructure," said Adam Kuriański, President of Aero2. "Using Huawei's technology, we plan to expand TDD/FDD network coverage to 25 percent of the population and bring mobile broadband services to over 200 urban and rural communities in Poland by the end of 2012."

  • In November 2010, Aero2, a wholesale mobile broadband operator in Poland, has selected Huawei to deploy a commercial LTE TDD network. The contract covers Huawei's end-to-end LTE TDD/EPC (Evolved Packet Core) solution. This network was activated in May 2011. Aero 2 has 900 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses.

Alcatel-Lucent and Telecom New Zealand launch LTE Showcase

Alcatel-Lucent, in conjunction with Telecom, launched New Zealand's first LTE Showcase – featuring applications from ng Connect Program partners. Founded by Alcatel-Lucent, this is a unique alliance of global infrastructure, device, application and content companies working together to help develop next generation mobile services and applications. These solution concepts include: Connected Camera, Connected Video, Virtual Venue, Augmented Reality, Virtual Concierge, GameTime Media Table, Media Hot Spot and Next-generation signage.

Partners, customers, media and members of New Zealand's innovation community will be hosted at the LTE Showcase at Telecom Place in Auckland during September and October.

P&TLuxembourg Activates 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

P&TLuxembourg has activated a 100 Gbps IP between Frankfurt and Luxembourg, enabling very high-bandwidth, low latency, secure and reliable data services to the financial sector, European institutions and organizations as well as to all businesses and consumers throughout the country. Alcatel-Lucent has provided P&TLuxembourg with its Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) solution, a distinctive combination of IP and optical technologies that will help the operator to improve the performance, reliability and operational efficiency of its network, while reducing costs. The deployment includes the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) with 100G optical coherent technology and the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) with 100G Ethernet (100GE) interfaces.