Thursday, February 2, 2012

Netflix Licenses Streaming EYE IO's Streaming Technology

EYE IO, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced the first commercial license of its Internet video streaming technology with Netflix.

eyeIO said its video encoding is fully compliant with existing standards. The technology can be deployed as either a cloud or local solution and the enhanced video can be viewed without a custom video player or equipment modification.

“eyeIO provides a straightforward solution for accommodating the rapidly growing demand for video delivery around the world by alleviating the overwhelming bandwidth currently required to stream video,�? said Rodolfo Vargas, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of eyeIO. “Our future could not look more promising as eyeIO continues to challenge the commonly accepted limits of Internet video delivery and enables everyone connected tohttp://www.eyeio.comeyeIO was founded by Charles Steinberg, former CEO of Ampex Corporation and former President of the Business and Professional Products Company of Sony Electronics; Robert C. Hagerty, former Chairman and CEO of Polycom; and Rodolfo Vargas, former Senior Program Manager of Video at Microsoft and former Co-Chairman of Video Streaming and Internet Interactivity at the DVD Forum.

Telenor to Offer ip.access' Small Cells

ip.access announced a major global agreement with Telenor Group for the supply of its end-to-end small cell solutions. ip.access will be able to supply its standards-compliant end-to-end 3G small cell solution for residential, business and public use to Telenor operators worldwide. The deal also has provision to potentially extend to 4G in future. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Last year, ip.access was the first vendor to pass the milestone of more than half a million 3G small cells operational in networks globally.

NetAmerica Alliance Deploys Ericsson's LTE Home Gateway

Members of the NetAmerica Alliance are the first service providers to deploy Ericsson's powerful 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Router in the U.S.

NetAmerica Alliance, which is based in Dallas, is a group of independent carriers who have joined forces to build-out LTE service in the carriers' license coverage areas.

The new LTE device is being marketed as the UniPort Home Gateway. It serves as a multi-function gateway between the home or small business and the LTE network. As a mobile broadband router, it presents a 4G LTE wireless broadband connection to the network and offers wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and RJ-11 telephone interfaces toward the customer premise. It was developed by Ericsson and is provided to Alliance Members through the technology partnership announced between Ericsson and NetAmerica in 2011.

"Alliance Members have been putting the UniPort through its paces since last fall when we announced the launch of our pilot network," said Scott Donlea, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of NetAmerica. "We are confident to say it is ready for commercial service and both customers and Alliance Members have been pleased with its ease of use and powerful features."
  • In January 2012, NetAlliance completed installation of its SuperCenter, which houses both the Alliance’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) as well as its 24/7 Network Operations Center (NOC). The SuperCenter is manned and run by NetAmerica personnel in support of Alliance Members who are deploying 4G LTE service in their respective license areas. Before the NetAmerica Alliance, independent carriers who owned wireless spectrum faced the quandary that while they needed an IMS architecture to evolve their network and a 24/7 operations center to monitor it, the capital investment, services development, and staffing costs were unaffordable for any but the largest carriers. NetAmerica Alliance made that investment, and through its business relationship with Alliance Members, shares the cost of that investment among them. In this manner,

BT Looks to Double FTTC Speeds to 330 Mbps

BT plans to introduce a new faster variant of FTTC broadband this Spring. This service will deliver speeds that are approximately double those on offer today so downstream speeds will be up to 80Mbps rather than up to 40Mbps. Upstream speeds will also be faster at up to 20Mbps.

The company also announced progress with its “FTTP on demand�? in St Agnes, Cornwall. This solution allows additional fibre to be run on demand to a home or business in a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) enabled area, providing the customer with ultra-fast Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) broadband.

BT currently has more than seven million premises that can access fibre broadband over its network. This figure will rise to ten million in 2012 and then to around two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. BT wants to go further and believes it is possible to make fibre broadband available to more than 90% of UK premises by working with local councils and devolved governments. BT is bidding for Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds to make that happen.

Openreach chief executive Olivia Garfield said: “FTTP on demand is a significant development for Broadband Britain. Essentially, it could make our fastest speeds available wherever we deploy fibre. This will be welcome news for small businesses who may wish to benefit from the competitive advantage that such speeds provide.

Hutchison Whampoa to Acquire Orange Austria for EUR 1.3 Billion

Hutchison Whampoa Limited will acquire Orange Austria from France Telecom and its partner Mid Europa Partners (“MEP�?) .

Orange Austria had estimated 2011 revenues of approximately €500 million and a total customer base of 2.3 million mobile users at the end of 2011. The company employs almost 800 people.

France Telecom-Orange currently holds a 35% stake in Orange Austria and MEP a 65% stake. As part of the overall transaction, Hutchison will sell frequencies, base station sites, the mobile phone operator Yesss! Telekommunikation GmbH (“Yesss!�?) as well as certain intellectual property rights to Telekom Austria Group, immediately after the acquisition of Orange Austria.

The agreement implies an enterprise value of approximately €1.3 billion for Orange Austria and is expected to provide France Telecom-Orange with cash proceeds of around €70 million for its equity stake.

France Telecom said the sale represents another milestone in the optimization of its portfolio.

Swisscom to Leverage Ericsson's M2M

Swisscom will begin offering commercial machine-to-machine (M2M) services based on Ericsson's Device Connection Platform, which allows for cost-efficient management of a large number of connected devices and machines. The first trials will start in February 2012. The commercial introduction of services is scheduled for the summer 2012.

Swisscom already has several hundred thousand machines connected in Switzerland and the company predicts an addressable market of up to 100 million connected devices and machines in Switzerland alone in the coming years.

Urs Schaeppi, Head of Swisscom Corporate Business Unit, says: "We are entering this partnership - in which Ericsson supports us not only with its M2M connectivity platform, but also with its extensive experience of the worldwide M2M market - with the clear ambition not only to be first in an emerging market, but also to provide our customers with the kind of superior offering they are used to from us. Our ambition is to provide enterprise customers with a scalable, easy-to-configure-and-maintain, telecom-grade solution that helps them to leverage the full potential of their M2M connectivity and gain a competitive advantage."