Thursday, November 24, 2011

SingTel Joins GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency Initiative

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is joining the GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Benchmarking initiative. The result from the benchmarking will help to identify areas to raise power consumption efficiency. These include reviewing the design of radio access network architecture through techniques like free air cooling and insulation paint for base station shelter to improve the energy efficiency and accelerate adoption of renewable green energy solutions in these areas.


SingTel said participation in this initiative will extend to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Optus, and regional mobile associates, including Airtel (India and Africa), Advanced Info Service (Thailand), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd (Bangladesh), Telkomsel (Indonesia) and Warid (Pakistan).
http://www.singtel.com

BT Wins EUR 50 Million Contract for Global Data Network

BT announced a contract with Spain's FCC, an engineering and construction firm, for the delivery of a global data network and fixed communications services for a period of five years. The network will extend to more than 50 countries on four continents. The contract includes wide and local area networking services, fixed voice services, video conferencing and remote access for more than 12,000 users located in approximately 850 sites.


FCC's core activities are the management of environmental services and water, construction of large infrastructures, cement production, urban facilities and renewable energy generationhttp://www.btplc.com
http://www.fcc.es

Anite Enhances LTE Multi-RAT Testing

Anite has added support for LTE Multi-RAT (Multiple Radio Access Technology) testing to its Development Toolset (DT) solution. This offers the possibility to perform complex LTE Multi-RAT Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB) scenarios, which provides voice support on LTE networks in the early stages of LTE deployment as well as Packet Switched Handover (PSHO), which offers the ability to perform sustained data transfer across LTE and legacy networks.


Anite said LTE Multi-RAT testing, prior to hardware and RF integration, ensures that vendors eliminate risk in their development programmes, as LTE device features are verified to work correctly at the very start of the development cycle. Device and chipset manufacturers can use the platform to validate their LTE Multi-RAT implementation in a proven test environment at a very early stage on host as well as on a more traditional target test platform. http://www.anite.com

Everything Everywhere Raises £875 million -- Financing Still Flows

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture that operates the networks for T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), announced new bank financing facilities of £875 million, comprising a term loan and a multicurrency revolving credit facility with maturities of between 3 and 5 years.
img border="0" src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11402824/CND//everythingeverywhere.gif" align="right">

The facilities will be used to refinance part of the £1.25 billion shareholder loan provided equally on Everything Everywhere's formation by its parent companies, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom. The refinancing does not change the ownership of Everything Everywhere, with Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom each continuing to own 50% of the business. The new facility is provided by a group of banks comprising The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays Capital, HSBC Bank, J.P. Morgan, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bankhttp://everythingeverywhere.com/
  • In July 2011, Everything Everywhere appointed Olaf Swantee as CEO effective as of 1-Sept-2011, replacing Tom Alexander. who resigned for personal reasons and to pursue other interests.

SingTel Joins GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency Initiative

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is joining the GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Benchmarking initiative. The result from the benchmarking will help to identify areas to raise power consumption efficiency. These include reviewing the design of radio access network architecture through techniques like free air cooling and insulation paint for base station shelter to improve the energy efficiency and accelerate adoption of renewable green energy solutions in these areas.


SingTel said participation in this initiative will extend to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Optus, and regional mobile associates, including Airtel (India and Africa), Advanced Info Service (Thailand), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd (Bangladesh), Telkomsel (Indonesia) and Warid (Pakistan).
http://www.singtel.com

BT Wins EUR 50 Million Contract for Global Data Network

BT announced a contract with Spain's FCC, an engineering and construction firm, for the delivery of a global data network and fixed communications services for a period of five years. The network will extend to more than 50 countries on four continents. The contract includes wide and local area networking services, fixed voice services, video conferencing and remote access for more than 12,000 users located in approximately 850 sites.


FCC's core activities are the management of environmental services and water, construction of large infrastructures, cement production, urban facilities and renewable energy generationhttp://www.btplc.com
http://www.fcc.es

Anite Enhances LTE Multi-RAT Testing

Anite has added support for LTE Multi-RAT (Multiple Radio Access Technology) testing to its Development Toolset (DT) solution. This offers the possibility to perform complex LTE Multi-RAT Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB) scenarios, which provides voice support on LTE networks in the early stages of LTE deployment as well as Packet Switched Handover (PSHO), which offers the ability to perform sustained data transfer across LTE and legacy networks.


Anite said LTE Multi-RAT testing, prior to hardware and RF integration, ensures that vendors eliminate risk in their development programmes, as LTE device features are verified to work correctly at the very start of the development cycle. Device and chipset manufacturers can use the platform to validate their LTE Multi-RAT implementation in a proven test environment at a very early stage on host as well as on a more traditional target test platform. http://www.anite.com

Everything Everywhere Raises £875 million -- Financing Still Flows

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture that operates the networks for T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), announced new bank financing facilities of £875 million, comprising a term loan and a multicurrency revolving credit facility with maturities of between 3 and 5 years.
img border="0" src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11402824/CND//everythingeverywhere.gif" align="right">

The facilities will be used to refinance part of the £1.25 billion shareholder loan provided equally on Everything Everywhere's formation by its parent companies, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom. The refinancing does not change the ownership of Everything Everywhere, with Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom each continuing to own 50% of the business. The new facility is provided by a group of banks comprising The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays Capital, HSBC Bank, J.P. Morgan, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bankhttp://everythingeverywhere.com/
  • In July 2011, Everything Everywhere appointed Olaf Swantee as CEO effective as of 1-Sept-2011, replacing Tom Alexander. who resigned for personal reasons and to pursue other interests.

3S Photonics Acquires Manlight for Optical Amplifiers

3S PHOTONICS, formerly Alcatel Optronics then Avanex France, has acquired Manlight S.A.S. for an undisclosed sum.


3S PHOTONICS, which is based in Nozay, France, designs, develops, manufactures and sells active components powered by in-house III-V optoelectronic chips as well as passive components using Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG). The company also provides foundry services using its related epitaxial and wafer processing expertise.


Manlight is a supplier of optical fiber amplifiers and lasers for telecommunication transport networks, broadband access networks, defense,
and industrial markets. Based in Lannion, France, Manlight was founded in 2006 through the acquisition of Highwave Optical Technologies assets. The company has 30 employees. http://www.3sphotonics.com

NTT Tests Plug-and-Play 40G & 100G Coherent Optics Developed in House

NTT announced the successful field testing of plug-and-play coherent optical transmission technology operating at 40G and 100G over exiting fiber. The coherent technology, which was developed in-house by NTT, enables 100 and 40 Gbps ignals to be configured easily and automatically in 50 ms or less.


NTT said its newly developed digital coherent technology transmits an optical signal with lightwave characteristics (optical phase and polarization) corresponding to ones and zeros of the digital signal. It implements high-speed configuration for the ultra-high-speed signal by applying a new DSP function to the digital coherent technology. A DSP in the optical transmitter first introduces a known digital signal into the transmitted optical signal to measure waveform distortion beforehand, and this is transmitted as a digital coherent optical signal using lightwave characteristics. The receiver then receives optical signal, having been distorted by the unique transmission characteristics of the optical fiber, and it is digitized in real time, as-is, by the receiver DSP, making it available for high-speed digital signal processing. Specifically, the receiver DSP measures the waveform distortion added to the received optical signal directly and accurately by extracting the known signal from it, and later removes this measured waveform distortion from the received signal. The new technology measures the waveform distortion quickly and reduces configuration time to allow high-speed removal of the distortion.


For the trial, 11 wavelengths with 100 or 40 Gbps signals per wavelength were transmitted under over 1,000 different artificially-created transmission conditions, in field tests spanning 580 km. The results confirmed extremely stable automatic configuration in all cases.


http://www.ntt.co.jp

Australia's NBN Co Opens Network Operations Centre in Melbourne

NBN Co opened a $32.5m operations centre in Melbourne's Docklands. The facility serves as the central hub for the National Broadband Network's central hub, housing the facilities that will manage the day-to-day operations of the Australia-wide broadband service. The new Network Service and Operations Centre (NSOC) enables NBN Co to monitor the network across the country, detect faults, manage orders and support the telephone and internet service providers that will sell broadband services to the public.


NBN Co also announced a National Test Facility (NTF), which will allow telephone and internet service providers to test new services before they are rolled out across the NBN. It will also be used to test NBN Co's new products such as the planned multicast capability that is being designed to give telephone and internet providers the ability to deliver high-quality video to support a new wave of services such as IPTV in high-definition.


In addition, NBN Co is opening a "Discovery Centre" at Docklands to give visitors a preview of NBN capabilities. An NBN Co Demonstration Truck will serve a similar function as its visits more than 100 towns and cities across Australia over the next 12 months, starting next week in Tasmania.
http://www.nbnco.com.au/

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