Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dell'Oro: Total Mobile RAN Revenues Up 20% in Q3

Strong momentum in the mobile infrastructure market continued in 3Q11, as mobile RAN revenues increased 20% versus the year-ago quarter, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The increase was driven in large part by sales of LTE and WCDMA, which comprised approximately one-half and one-third respectively of the total market's gain.


The report finds that from 2Q11 to 3Q11, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent maintained their top ranks in LTE while increasing their shares to 44% and 30% respectively.


"Increased macro economic uncertainties have not affected mobile operators' short-term appetite for investing in mobile broadband,�? commented Stefan Pongratz, Analyst of Mobile Infrastructure research at Dell'Oro Group. “Majority of the mobile operators have maintained their original mobile infrastructure capex plans for 2011. While total market revenues came in close to expected levels brought about by typical third quarter seasonality, there was a stronger contribution from 4G in 3Q11. The aggressive 4G rollout schedules of Verizon Wireless and AT&T helped propel the LTE market in 3Q11,�? continued Pongratz..
http://www.delloro.com

YuMe Raises $12 Million for Connected TV Monetization Solution

YuMe, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, raised $12 million in new funding for its TV 2.0 video advertising technology and services.


YuMe offers an embedded SDK for connected TVs that lets any CE manufacturer create a monetization platform in their devices. The embedded SDK integrates with YuMe's flagship technology, ACE for Publishers, and the YuMe Connected Audience Network. ACE for Publishers enables publishers to simplify video ad serving and management functions across all connected device channels—online, mobile, and connected TV—to drive higher revenue, streamline processes, and lower operating costs. ACE for Advertisers, the first end-to-end, buy-side video campaign management system, provides an enterprise-class solution and professional services package that mitigates the complexity of video ad campaign management. The Connected Audience Network, YuMe's premium in-stream video ad network, gives publishers and advertisers unprecedented reach, brand safety, contextual relevance, controlled syndication, engaging YuMe Ads, and consistent delivery across all digital media platforms.


YuMe said it is already serving over 1 billion ad impressions per month on its global video ad serving infrastructure.


The new funding came from Samsung Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Samsung Group, and Translink Capital. The new round of funding will be used to expand YuMe's footprint in the nascent connected TV space and fuel global expansion.
http://www.YuMe.com

Hurricane Electric Boosts Global Peering Bandwidth to 10GE at Key Exchanges

Hurricane Electric has upgraded global peering bandwidth to five locations worldwide in response to increased global traffic. Specifically, Hurricane Electric has upgraded to 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (10 Gbps) at the following exchanges: LONAP (London), NLIX (Amsterdam), LAIIX (Los Angeles) and MICE (Minneapolis). In addition, Hurricane Electric has added another port at the HKIX (Hong Kong) Internet Exchange Point.
http://www.he.net

FiberTower Cuts 40% of Employees, Halts CAPEX Projects

FiberTower, which has positioned itself as a wireless backhaul services provider, announced a 40% cut in its workforce. The company has also halted all capital and project related spending in an effort to conserve existing liquidity. Remaining staff will be focused on maintaining the company's network and day-to-day operations as management makes decisions about future actions. http://www.fibertower.com
  • FiberTower, which was formed in 2000, holds an extensive spectrum footprint in 24 GHz and 39 GHz bands. It operates carrier-class microwave and fiber networks in 13 major markets.


  • Earlier this year, FiberTower announced service discontinuation notices from both Clearwire and AT&T.

Dell'Oro: Total Mobile RAN Revenues Up 20% in Q3

Strong momentum in the mobile infrastructure market continued in 3Q11, as mobile RAN revenues increased 20% versus the year-ago quarter, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The increase was driven in large part by sales of LTE and WCDMA, which comprised approximately one-half and one-third respectively of the total market's gain.


The report finds that from 2Q11 to 3Q11, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent maintained their top ranks in LTE while increasing their shares to 44% and 30% respectively.


"Increased macro economic uncertainties have not affected mobile operators' short-term appetite for investing in mobile broadband,�? commented Stefan Pongratz, Analyst of Mobile Infrastructure research at Dell'Oro Group. “Majority of the mobile operators have maintained their original mobile infrastructure capex plans for 2011. While total market revenues came in close to expected levels brought about by typical third quarter seasonality, there was a stronger contribution from 4G in 3Q11. The aggressive 4G rollout schedules of Verizon Wireless and AT&T helped propel the LTE market in 3Q11,�? continued Pongratz..
http://www.delloro.com

YuMe Raises $12 Million for Connected TV Monetization Solution

YuMe, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, raised $12 million in new funding for its TV 2.0 video advertising technology and services.


YuMe offers an embedded SDK for connected TVs that lets any CE manufacturer create a monetization platform in their devices. The embedded SDK integrates with YuMe's flagship technology, ACE for Publishers, and the YuMe Connected Audience Network. ACE for Publishers enables publishers to simplify video ad serving and management functions across all connected device channels—online, mobile, and connected TV—to drive higher revenue, streamline processes, and lower operating costs. ACE for Advertisers, the first end-to-end, buy-side video campaign management system, provides an enterprise-class solution and professional services package that mitigates the complexity of video ad campaign management. The Connected Audience Network, YuMe's premium in-stream video ad network, gives publishers and advertisers unprecedented reach, brand safety, contextual relevance, controlled syndication, engaging YuMe Ads, and consistent delivery across all digital media platforms.


YuMe said it is already serving over 1 billion ad impressions per month on its global video ad serving infrastructure.


The new funding came from Samsung Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Samsung Group, and Translink Capital. The new round of funding will be used to expand YuMe's footprint in the nascent connected TV space and fuel global expansion.
http://www.YuMe.com

Hurricane Electric Boosts Global Peering Bandwidth to 10GE at Key Exchanges

Hurricane Electric has upgraded global peering bandwidth to five locations worldwide in response to increased global traffic. Specifically, Hurricane Electric has upgraded to 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (10 Gbps) at the following exchanges: LONAP (London), NLIX (Amsterdam), LAIIX (Los Angeles) and MICE (Minneapolis). In addition, Hurricane Electric has added another port at the HKIX (Hong Kong) Internet Exchange Point.
http://www.he.net

FiberTower Cuts 40% of Employees, Halts CAPEX Projects

FiberTower, which has positioned itself as a wireless backhaul services provider, announced a 40% cut in its workforce. The company has also halted all capital and project related spending in an effort to conserve existing liquidity. Remaining staff will be focused on maintaining the company's network and day-to-day operations as management makes decisions about future actions. http://www.fibertower.com
  • FiberTower, which was formed in 2000, holds an extensive spectrum footprint in 24 GHz and 39 GHz bands. It operates carrier-class microwave and fiber networks in 13 major markets.


  • Earlier this year, FiberTower announced service discontinuation notices from both Clearwire and AT&T.

Qualcomm Releases Gobi 4000 LTE/HSPA+ and LTE/EV-DO Silicon

Qualcomm has released its Gobi 4000 embedded modem chipsets for LTE.


The Gobi 4000 platform, which represents the next generation of the company's existing multimode 3G/4G wireless modems, allows mobile device manufacturers to offer both LTE/HSPA+ and LTE/EV-DO designs. The new silicon features the Gobi Application Programming Interface (API) with LTE extensions and is compatible with leading connectivity standards, including CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A and B, HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+, and LTE with integrated backwards compatibility to HSPA and EV-DO.


The Gobi 4000 platform also includes software enhancements for select MDM chipsets that enable a common software interface to help connect, locate and manage 3G/4G devices regardless of wireless interface and operating system.


“Embedded modules based on our new Gobi 4000 technology are designed to give consumers an uncompromised mobile connectivity experience, both in terms of download speeds and flexibility,�? said Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “To make Gobi 4000 available to as many consumers as possible, Qualcomm has worked hard to ensure that OEMs can use the platform on many commonly used personal computing, tablet and e-reader operating systems, including Windows and Android, and hardware architectures, such as our powerful Snapdragon™ dual-core and quad-core processors.�?


Gobi 4000-based modules are now available from Novatel Wireless and Sierra Wireless.

http://www.qualcomm.com

T-Mobile USA Expands HSPA+ 42 Rollout

T-Mobile USA activated HSPA + 42 service in 11 additional markets. The enhanced HSPA+ 42 connectivity is now available to nearly 180 million Americans in 163 markets. In addition, T-Mobile expanded the reach of its nationwide HSPA+ 21 network to 9 additional markets, now covering 208 markets across the country and reaching more than 200 million people.


“Our customers are taking full advantage of these faster 4G connections through services such as streaming video and audio. In fact, these services now account for more than half of the 4G device usage on our network,�? said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “T-Mobile is committed to delivering a fast, reliable network experience to our customers ― paired with compelling and affordable 4G devices, applications and services ― that can keep up with and enrich the busy lives of our customers.�?http://www.t-mobile.com

  • In May 2011, T-Mobile USA activated HSPA+ with top theoretical downlink speeds of 42 Mbps in its first 50 markets across the U.S.

Intel Shows 50-core Knights Corner Co-processor, Xeon E5

At SC11, Intel unveiled its next gen Xeon processor-based and Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC)-based platforms designed for high-performance computing (HPC).
The Intel Xeon processor E5 family is the world's first server processor to support full integration of the PCI Express 3.0 specification, which is estimated to double the interconnect bandwidth over the PCIe 2.0 specification while enabling lower power and higher density server implementations. New fabric controllers taking advantage of the PCI Express 3.0 specification will allow more efficient scaling of performance and data transfer with the growing number of nodes in HPC supercomputers. Intel calculates that the Intel Xeon E5 will delivers up to 2.1 times more performance in raw FLOPS (Floating Point Operations Per Second as measured by Linpack) and up to 70 percent more performance using real-HPC workloads compared to the previous generation of Intel Xeon 5600 series processor.


"Knights Corner," the first commercial Intel MIC architecture product, will be manufactured using Intel's latest 3-D Tri-Gate 22nm transistor process and will feature more than 50 cores. The Intel MIC products are aimed at highly parallel workloads and will provide compatibility with existing x86 programming model and tools. http://www.intel.com

Verizon Wireless Activates LTE in 14 More Markets

Verizon Wireless switched on its LTE network in 14 new markets and has expanded service in four existing markets, which means its 4G is now available in 179 markets across the United States. The carrier is now selling 16 4G LTE-enabled devices, including the new HTC Rezound and DROID RAZR by Motorola.


Newly activated LTE are in Little Rock, Ark.; Savannah, Ga.; Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Starkville, Miss.; Kansas City and Springfield/Branson, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Orange County, N.Y.; Greater Providence, R.I.; Rapid City, S.D.; Roanoke, Va.; and Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.
http://www.verizonwireless.com

GSMA Energy Efficiency Methodology Adopted by ITU

The GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency Benchmarking methodology has been recognised in a global standard by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


The GSMA's methodology, which benchmarks the energy efficiency of mobile networks, is included in the ITU's standard ITU-T L.1410 ‘Methodology for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT Goods, Networks and Services'.


The GSMA developed its methodology as part of the Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Network Benchmarking service, launched a year ago at Mobile Asia Congress 2010. MEE has now been adopted by 35 mobile network operators who run more than 200 networks across 145 countries.


The GSMA is also launching a new "MEE Optimisation" service, which undertakes a detailed bottom-up analysis to identify and assess the inefficiencies of a network, to then provide operators with a cost-benefit analysis of specific solutions that can be considered to improve network energy efficiency. http://www.gsmworld.com/mee

Bivio Adds 1 Gbps Network Content & Control Platform

Bivio Networks has expanded its line of deep packet inspection appliances with a 1 Gbps, entry-level product.


The new addition to Bivio's family of Network Content and Control Systems (NCCS) expands the portfolio of carrier-grade, subscriber-based parental control services to small and mid-tier ISPs and mobile operators. The Bivio NCCS ensure accurate policy enforcement across multiple devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones. The company said its distinguishing features include a best-in-class URL categorization database coupled with global or per-subscriber white-lists/black lists for protecting end users from inappropriate content.


"As Internet traffic continues to soar, broadband and mobile providers are finding it increasingly difficult to scale the infrastructure to enforce services such as parental control. Bivio is dedicated to helping service providers meet this demand head-on with a carrier-grade, safe Internet platform that is built for the carrier environment, and is both cost-effective to deploy and cost-effective to scale,�? said Dr. Elan Amir, President and CEO of Bivio Networks.


http://www.bivio.net

TGN-Atlantic Cable Upgrades to 40G with Ciena

Tata Communications' TGN-Atlantic subsea cable system, which links New York to London, has launched 40 Gbps services following a network upgrade using Ciena's coherent optical technology. This marks the first deployment of 40G coherent optical technology on Tata Communications' global submarine network, which consists of over 200,000 kilometres of terrestrial network fibre and over 500,000 kilometres of subsea cable.


The TGN-Atlantic upgrade is based on Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with 40G /100G coherent technology. Ciena's WaveLogic coherent receiver technology enables unobtrusive 40G / 100G upgrades to existing submarine networks with only the addition of new terminal equipment. The first phase of the deployment will bring the 40G capability to the New York - London route. In the second phase, this will be extended to Ashburn, Virginia and the rest of Europe. http://www.ciena.com

Big Build for Rural Broadband - A Public / Private Partnership in Cornwall







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Funded by the EU, BT and Cornwall Council, and managed by Cornwall Development Company, Superfast Cornwall is building a brand new superfast broadband network. In this video interview, Nigel Ashcroft, Programme Director for Superfast Cornwall, and Ranulf Scarbrough, BT's Director for the Cornwall Programme, discuss why a public/private partnership makes sense for rural broadband. http://www.superfastcornwall.org

  • In October 2011, BT announced an acceleration of its rollout of fibre broadband services. The company now plans to deliver fibre broadband to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014, one year ahead of its original target of 2015. To help achieve this, BT will recruit a further 520 engineers to assist with the deployment, most of whom will be ex-armed forces.


    “Our roll-out of fibre broadband is one of the fastest in the world and so it is great to be ahead of what was an already challenging schedule. The acceleration reflects the success of the programme to date and is testament to the hard work and innovation of our people.. We are investing when others are merely talking about it," stated Ian Livingston, CEO of BT Group.


    “Thousands of our engineers are busy installing fibre broadband across the UK at an astonishing pace. The recruitment of an additional five hundred engineers will help us go even faster and ensure we are ready to help supply other areas should we win BDUK funds. We are proud that most of these jobs will be filled by ex-armed forces personnel.�?


    BT noted that its roll-out of fibre broadband is well underway, with six million premises already having access to the technology. That figure will leap to ten million in 2012 and then two thirds of premises by the end of 2014. BT’s network can be used by all companies on an open wholesale basis and so underpins a fully competitive marketplace.


  • Earlier in October 2011, BT's Openreach division significantly cut prices for pole and duct access as well as breaking down many of those products into their component parts. Other carriers are encouraged to use such infrastructure to deliver fibre broadband to rural areas. Openreach said its new prices are significantly lower – in some cases more than 60 per cent lower - than the draft ones issued in January when there was a limited understanding of the costs and challenges incurred with providing such access.


  • Also in October 2011, Openreach, the wholesale access division of the BT Group, launched its initial 110 Mbps Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) service and announced plans to boost this capacity to 300 Mbps starting next year. The company's first commercial FTTP connections are launching in Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes, Highams Park in North London, Chester South, St Austell and York this month. Trials of 1 Gbps connections are also underway. Openreach also revealed a third boost for broadband speeds by saying it now has approval from the relevant authorities to roughly double the speeds delivered by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) broadband. This development will see FTTC downstream speeds roughly double from up to 40Mbps to up to 80Mbps.


  • In September 2010, BT announced a £132 million project to bring fibre access to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The FTTP network will be open to all communications providers on a wholesale basis. BT is providing £78.5 million in funding for the project and there will be ERDF Convergence public investment of up to £53.5 million.

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