Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wi-Fi Alliance Sees Confusion in Labeling White Spaces as 'Super Wi-Fi"

The Wi-Fi Alliance is expressing concern over the growing use of the terms “Super Wi-Fi�? or “Next Generation Wi-Fi�? to describe wireless broadband access over the unlicensed spectrum known as Television White Spaces.

The Wi-Fi Alliance cautions that recently-announced deployments using terms like “Super Wi-Fi�? are not in fact Wi-Fi, as the technology does not interoperate with the billions of Wi-Fi devices in use today. In a press release, the Wi-Fi Alliance notes that Wi-Fi is its registered trademark and that the term “Super Wi-Fi�? is not an authorized extension of the bran.

Clearwire Completes $300 Million Bond Sale

Clearwire completed a sale of $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 14.75% first-priority senior secured notes due 2016 at an issue price of 100% (the “Notes�?). The funds will be used for the deployment of mobile 4G LTE technology alongside the mobile 4G WiMAX technology currently on its network and for the operation and maintenance of its networks and for general corporate purposes.

Tekelec's Privatization is Complete

A consortium led by Siris Capital Group completed its acquisition of Tekelec for approximately $780 million, or $11.00 per share in cash.

“Our new ownership structure will enable us to continue our rapid expansion into the mobile data business and capitalize on our leadership in the voice and text signaling business and to rapidly expand our mobile data business,�? said Ron de Lange, president and CEO of Tekelec. “Going forward, our customers can expect the same dedication to innovation, customer service and support that define our company.�?http://www.tekelec.comTekelec's integrated Home Subscriber Server (HSS) address resolution database and its LTE Diameter Signaling Router (DSR) have been deployed by a tier-one North American Service Provider. This allows the service provider to scale LTE services by routing Diameter messages to the appropriate HSS in the network.

Tekelec's LTE products include:

Home Subscriber Server which serves as the central authentication and mobility management point in LTE Evolved Packet Core and IMS networks, and supports the latest 3GPP standards, including Idle-Mode Signaling Reduction. The HSS is an application on Tekelec's Subscriber Data Server, which also includes the Subscriber Profile Repository (SPR), the Equipment Identity Register (EIR), the next-generation Home Location Register (ngHLR) and an HLR-proxy to ensure seamless 3G/LTE services and device management.

Diameter Signaling Router, which scales and manages services and applications in LTE core networks for hundreds of millions of subscribers. The DSR centralizes routing, traffic management and load-balancing tasks associated with Diameter traffic.

Policy Server, a Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) that integrates with the HSS and acts as the brain for policy coordination, dynamic bandwidth control, charging, consumption and other factors for a subscriber's entire data session.

Performance Intelligence Center (PIC), a performance management system that converts network traffic information into useful business intelligence for service providers to improve the customer experience. The PIC integrates with the DSR to eliminate the need for additional probes and network elements to analyze how subscribers are using IP-enabled devices and applications. In addition, Tekelec added the PIC troubleshooting features to the core DSR platform to continuously monitor the DSR's performance.

Each of these products runs on Tekelec's EAGLE XG middleware platform, built to meet the core network scalability needs of the world's largest networks.

Marvell Cuts its Financial Guidance Citing Thai Flood

Marvell cut its financial outlook for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, ending January 28, 2012. The company now expects net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 to be in the range of $735 million to $745 million, compared with prior outlook of between $775 million to $825 million.

"The supply of disk drives started to recover in our fourth fiscal quarter, but later than we had originally anticipated. Our SSD revenues grew more than expected but not enough to offset the impact of the Thailand floods on our HDD volumes," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, we experienced year-end demand softness at our mobile and wireless customers, particularly in China. We believe these effects are near term only, and should not impact our results in the new fiscal year."http://

NTT DOCOMO Extends LTE Introductory Discounts

NTT DOCOMO announced a set of discounts for subscribers to its "Xi" LTE s from May 1 to September 30, 2012. Subscribers to selected packet flat-rate and data service plans will automatically receive a ¥1,050 (including tax) discount on their basic monthly charges. At present, Xi subscribers are scheduled to receive monthly discounts of ¥1,575 (including tax) through April 30, so the new campaign means they will continue to enjoy special discounts until the end of September.

In addition, NTT DOCOMO announced plans to throttle users who exceed 7GB of data per month, unless they choose to pay an additional ¥2,625 per month for each additional 2GB increment. This plan goes into effect on October 1.

NSN Renews EUR 1.3 Billion Loan

Nokia Siemens Networks signed forward starting term and multicurrency revolving facilities agreement valued at €1.305bn with 15 international banks. The loan will replace Nokia Siemens Networks’ existing revolving credit facility when it matures in June 2012.

NTT Docomo Reports LTE Progress

As of December 31, 2011, NTT Docomo had 1.14 million LTE subscribers -- its first full year of operating a commercial LTE network.

Docomo currently has four LTE handsets, 2 LTE-enabled tablets, and three LTE modems/routers on offer.

Docomo's LTE network now covers all prefectural capital-sized cities across Japan, covering about 24% of the population. This footprint consists of approximately 5,000 LTE base stations in operation. By the end of March 2012, Docomo aims to have approximately LTE 7,000 base stations in operation.

In November, NTT Docomo introduced a "Xi Talk 24" service that provides LTE customers with unlimited voice calling to all other Docomo subscribers (including 3G users) for a flat rate of 1,480 yen per month. Already 80% of LTE handsets are on this plan.

Overall, NTT Docomo had 59.62 million subscribers across Japan, up slightly by 2.41 million users over a year earlier.

On the financial side, during the quarter ending Dec. 31, NTT Docomo generated revenue of ¥3,174 billion, down ¥35.0 billion from the same period last year due a decline in voice ARPU, which was partially offset by a rise in packet data revenue. Operating expenses declined by ¥20.3 billion yen in the quarter due to a more efficient use of CAPEX, yielding an operating income of ¥743 billion for the quarter, which is a decrease of ¥14.7 billion from a year earlier.