Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NTT DOCOMO Subscribers Top 60 Million

NTT DOCOMO's mobile subscriber base surpassed the 60 million mark on March 11. The figure includes customers who subscribe to DOCOMO’s LTE, 3G and 2G mobile services.

Milestones in the growth of DOCOMO

December 1979: Launch

February 1993: 1 million

February 1997: 10 million

August 1998: 20 million

April 2000: 30 million

January 2002: 40 million

November 2005: 50 million

March 2012: 60 millionhttp://www.ntt.co.jp

Funambol Pitches White-label Personal Cloud Service

Funambol, a start-up based in Foster City, California, launched its white-label personal cloud solution for mobile providers.

Funambol's OneMediaHub enables mobile operators, device makers and other providers to offer a branded digital locker service for millions of users. Unlike simple file depository lockers, OneMediaHub automatically secures, syncs and shares content across multiple brands of devices, including PCs.

Funambol allows the carrier to offer this cloud service under their own label. The platform is based on open source, enabling it to be adapted to the carrier's needs. The company is already providing the personal cloud app to the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).

"OneMediaHub is the only personal cloud that lets users realize the full connected device experience, as it automatically secures, syncs and shares data and content across multiple vendor devices," said Amit Chawla, Funambol CEO. "Mobile operators, device makers and other providers now have a superior personal cloud solution to better retain users and develop new revenue streams.�?http://www.funambol.comFunambol is headed by Amit Chawla (CEO), who previously led enterprise mobility specialist Agito Networks, which was acquired by ShoreTel. Prior to Agito, Amit was CEO of NexVerse Networks, where he spearheaded the merger with a division of ECI Telecom to form Veraz Networks.

Australia-Japan Cable to Implement 40 Gbps with Ciena

Ciena has been selected to upgrade the Australia-Japan undersea cable system, which runs approximately 12,700 kilometers between Sydney, Guam and Japan.

The Australia Japan Cable (AJC) will deploy Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with 40G technology, enabling the system to add a total of 560 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of capacity. The deployment will also give AJC the ability to scale to 100G wavelengths as bandwidth demands evolve. The upgrade will also include Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System.

Clearwire Lands 5-Year LTE Wholesale Deal with Cricket

Cricket Communications and Clearwire announced a five-year wholesale agreement for access to Clearwire's forthcoming LTE Advanced-ready network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cricket currently plans to deploy LTE across approximately two-thirds of its current network footprint over the next two to three years and to cover up to approximately 25 million POPs with LTE network technology in 2012.

Cricket will become the second operator to have signed up for Clearwire's LTE wholesale network.

"This long-term partnership with Cricket is a key step forward in the development of Clearwire's wholesale LTE business model," said Erik Prusch, President and CEO of Clearwire. "Not all LTE networks are created equally. We have always believed that our unmatched spectrum portfolio offers a compelling resource that can and will enable wireless operators to thrive in the 4G marketplace of the future. We are very pleased to provide Cricket with additional mobile broadband resources to supplement their own LTE build and we plan to continue to actively seek new opportunities to serve the needs of other 4G providers."http://www.clearwire.com
  • In December 2011, Sprint and Clearwire reached agreements valued at up to $1.6 billion over the next four years in payments for WiMAX services and wholesale LTE access.

Verizon Wireless On Track to Double LTE Coverage in 2012

Verizon Wireless reported that it is on track to double the market coverage of its LTE network this year. The network is expanding this week to 17 new markets across the country, making its LTE service available in 203 markets. By the end of the year, this number is expected to exceed 400.

"Our plans to double our 4G LTE network coverage from the end of 2011 to the end of 2012 align with the aggressive and rapid deployment strategy we have taken with our 4G LTE network," said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. "Our commitment to expanding and enhancing our 4G LTE network is enabling more customers across the country to enjoy the benefits of the most popular wireless devices. We will continue investing in our 4G LTE network and working with key partners to ensure our customers have access to the best products and services available."http://www.verizonwireless.com

Bharti Airtel Aims for Greener Footprint in Africa

Bharti Airtel announced a commitment to a greener environmental profile including for its operations in Africa. The company said that over last one year, it has reduced the number of telecom sites running solely on diesel by more than 50%. By 2013, the Bharti Airtel aims to completely eradicate the constant use of diesel to power its network. This means no telecom site of the company will rely solely on diesel power 24 hours a day.

Bharti Airtel is leveraging Hybrid Battery Banks to collect the excess energy produced by the diesel powered generator. This stored energy powers the site once the generator in switched off. This has helped reduce the use of diesel by up to 14 hours a day. Close to 60% of Bharti Airtel's telecom sites in Africa are now powered using the Hybrid model.

Mr. Eben Albertyn, Chief Technical Officer, Bharti Airtel, said, "This milestone is the result of significant steps by Airtel taken to ensure that we reduce our fuel consumption and that we play our part in conserving the environment. We will continue to do so as the year progresses. Our first priority is to reduce the number of sites that are completely reliant on diesel generators. We are doing this by connecting these sites to grid electricity in areas where this option is feasible. Where it is not, we are exploring alternative forms of power supply, which include Hybrid Battery Banks and solar/wind power."http://www.bharti.com In June 2010, India's Bharti Airtel acquired Zain's mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for US$10.7 billion. This included operations in15 countries with a total customer base of over 42 million. The total population base covered is over 450 million with telecom penetration of approximately 32%. The countries in which Bharti has acquired the operations are - Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Zain is the market leader in 10 of the 15 countries and second in 4 countries.

Seaborn Networks Plans 32 Tbps Cable

Seaborn Networks announced plans for a direct route undersea cable system between Miami and Brazil.

Seabras-1 will be a 32 Tbps system that connects Miami and Sao Paulo, with a branch that lands in Fortaleza, Brazil. Activation is scheduled for 2014.

Seaborn is headed by Larry Schwartz (CEO), who previously was one of the owners of Bridgehouse Marine Ltd., which operates one of the largest fleets of cable ships in the world. Larry led the acquisition of Global Marine from Global Crossing in 2004.