Thursday, January 19, 2012

China Mobile Added 65,551,000 Users in 2011

The world's largest mobile operator ended 2011 with 649,568,000 users, up by 65.5 million users for the year. Over 5.2 million users were added during December 2011.

NTT Docomo Teams with Accenture for Smartphone Content Testing

Accenture and NTT DOCOMO will begin offering a remote, self-verification operational testing service to DOCOMO-affiliated content providers for content (e.g. applications) developed for smartphones. The service will then be expanded to the broader smartphone market in Japan.

Accenture will establish and operate a remote test center at the University of Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture. Through the center, NTT DOCOMO will provide information on the devices, including the latest models, and a working network environment for the operational testing of software on the devices.

Currently, content providers must purchase the devices themselves in order to test their content under development for debugging purposes. But with the rapid introduction of a wide variety of smartphones and tablets (with different screen sizes, operating system versions, etc.), the cost of development, including the cost of purchasing the actual devices, has become a heavy burden for the developers.,jp

ADVA Optical Networking Plans European Corporate Structure

ADVA Optical Networking is planning to convert its organizational structure into an SE (Societas Europaea, a public limited-liability company under European law) named ADVA Optical Networking SE. The company is currently structured under German law as ADVA AG Optical Networking.

Shareholders of ADVA AG Optical Networking will automatically become shareholders of ADVA Optical Networking SE. There will be no relevant changes to shareholders’ rights, and there are no changes to the manner or content of financial reporting as a result of the conversion to an SE legal entity.

The company cited several reasons for the change, including the ability to use the same legal form for the incorporation of subsidiaries when expanding business within the European Union. Further, as an SE legal entity, ADVA Optical Networking will be able to opt for a more efficient single tier Board structure, although the Company does not plan to do this immediately following its conversion. The Company’s registered offices and headquarters will remain in Germany for the foreseeable future.

Huawei Marine Builds Trans-Tasman Undersea Link

Huawei Marine announced the finalization of a survey agreement for the trans-Tasman Optikor Network.

This new trans-Tasman link, which is set to be completed by the end of 2013, will be more than 3,000KM in length and will connect Sydney, Australia with South Island and North Island, New Zealand. Initially designed to provide a capacity of 120G with 1 fiber pair, the link will eventually provide 6.4 Tbps with 2 fibre pairs. This solution will address the large capacity requirements in the region and become the main broadband solution provider between Australia and New Zealand.

Huawei Cites 100G European Wins with KPN, SFR, TDC

Huawei provided an updated on its sales progress for 100G coherent solutions in Europe, citing deployments by several leading European operators, including KPN international, SFR, and TDC.

Huawei said a key differentiator for its 100G solution is its ability to tolerate extensive dispersion as well as polarization mode dispersion, enabling it to adapt to old fibers, while still achieving excellent performance in long-haul transmission.

KT to Begin Refarming 1.8 GHz for LTE, NSN Selected

Starting this year, KT plans to meet the fast growing demand for mobile broadband and smartphone data services by re-farming its 1.8GHz band. KT has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as one of its suppliers for its LTE network.

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its 1.8GHz LTE radio equipment including its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations. The company is also providing services including network integration and commissioning. Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct operations support system will enable effective monitoring, management and optimization of KT’s LTE network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

According to KT: “We are happy to partner with Nokia Siemens Networks and are confident of the company’s mobile broadband capabilities and extended support services. Nokia Siemens Networks’ enhanced focus on mobile broadband will certainly help us deliver superior customer experience with the launch of LTE services.�?

“Re-use of spectrum has become all the more vital due to its limited availability and the increasing use of smartphones and rich applications,�? said Paul Tyler, head of Asia Pacific region at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Spectrum re-farming is emerging as a viable option for operators looking to better allocate existing spectrum cost efficiently and provide next-generation LTE services that offer a better customer experience.�?

RIM Replaces its Co-CEOs

Research In Motion (RIM) named Thorsten Heins as President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing its previous co-CEOs. Mike Lazaridis, former Co-Chair and Co-CEO, has become Vice Chair of RIM’s Board and Chair of the Board’s new Innovation Committee. Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO, remains a member of the Board.

Microsemi Acquires Timing & Synchronization Business from Maxim

Last week , Microsemi Corp. announced its acquisition of the telecom clock generation, synchronization, packet timing and synthesis business of Maxim Integrated Products. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquired product lines and technology target the delivery of time-sensitive voice, data and multimedia traffic over wireless and wired networks.

Microsemi said the acquisition will provide its customers with the critical synchronization components required to harmonize system and network clocks, as well as the synthesis products required to distribute timing clocks throughout each system.

"This business, acquired from our colleagues at Maxim, is the perfect complement to the highly sought-after synchronization and timing products we obtained in the Zarlink acquisition," said James J. Peterson, Microsemi president and chief executive officer. "We believe the two pieces fit like a glove and allow us to better serve our customers with the broadest high-end synchronization and timing technology portfolio in the market today. Here at Microsemi, we don't just want to participate in these attractive markets, we want to lead them."
  • In September 2011, after multiple offers and counter offers, Microsemi and Zarlink reached a merger deal valued at approximately US$525 million, net of Zarlink's cash. Zarlink developed mixed-signal chip technologies for a broad range of communication and medical applications. Its core capabilities include timing solutions that manage time-sensitive communication applications over wireless and wired networks, line circuits supporting high-quality voice services over cable and broadband connections, and ultra low-power radios enabling new wireless medical devices and therapies.

Ericsson Appoints Ulf Ewaldsson as CTO

Ericsson appointed Ulf Ewaldsson to serve as Chief Technology Officer.

Ulf Ewaldsson is currently Head of Product Area Radio within Ericsson's Business Unit Networks and a member of Ericsson's research board. In this position he has been instrumental in defining the creation of some of the products that reflect Ericsson's technology leadership such as HSPA and LTE in the Radio Access Network (RAN), the multi-standard radio base station RBS6000 and the Antenna Integrated Radio Unit: AIR. He holds a master's degrees of Science in Engineering and Business Management from Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden. He started within Ericsson in 1990.

Ericsson's previous CTO, Håkan Eriksson, who was based in Silicon Valley, has taken on a new role as head of Ericsson's business in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Ulf Ewaldsson will be based in Stockholm, Sweden and will not take on the role as Head of Ericsson Silicon Valley,

Ericsson and ZTE Reach Patent License Agreement

Ericsson and ZTE announced a cross licensing deal that resolves lawsuits filed by Ericsson against ZTE in Germany, UK and Italy related to GSM and 3G/UMTS cellular technology. The parties have now signed a global cross-licensing agreement and both parties have also agreed to drop all litigation.

ZTE signs a royalty bearing cross-licensing agreement that complies with Fair, Reasonable and Non- Discriminatory (FRAND) royalty compensation for access to part of Ericsson's patent portfolio. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Time Warner Cable's iPhone App Allows In-home Live TV

Time Warner Cable launched an iPhone app that allows its cable customers to watch live TV from within the home, change channels on their set-top box and manage their DVR right from their iPhone. The features are available at no additional cost to Time Warner Cable video customers that have a broadband connection.

Features on TWC TV include:

  • Interactive program guide (IPG) – up to 7 days of listings. View detailed show descriptions including box art. Option to display “HD only�? or “favorites only�? by creating a favorite channel list.

  • Search – search for programming by title or episode name and filter results by genre

  • Set-top box tuning – tap on a network logo or “watch on TV�? button within the program description to tune compatible set-top boxes directly to the channel

  • DVR management – schedule one-time and series recordings on compatible DVRs directly from the IPG. Tap on the “DVR�? button to see a list of all upcoming recordings and make changes or cancel recordings.