Showing posts with label #mobile. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #mobile. Show all posts

Monday, October 16, 2017

Qualcomm - first 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset

Qualcomm announced a big milestone for the mobile industry -- the first 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices.

During testing at the company's headquarters in San Diego, the forthcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset delivered gigabit speeds and a data connection in the 28GHz mmWave radio frequency band. The 5G data connection demonstration test used several 100 MHz 5G carriers. In addition to the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset, the demonstration also utilized the SDR051 mmWave RF transceiver integrated circuit (IC). The demonstration utilized Keysight Technologies’ new 5G Protocol R&D Toolset and UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform.

Additionally, Qualcomm Technologies previewed its first 5G smartphone reference design for the testing and optimization of 5G technology within the power and form-factor constraints of a smartphone.

“Achieving the world’s first announced 5G data connection with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset on 28GHz mmWave spectrum is truly a testament to Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in 5G and extensive expertise in mobile connectivity,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and president, QCT. "This major milestone and our 5G smartphone reference design showcase how Qualcomm Technologies is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences for consumers around the world.”


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dialogic Jumps into Cloud-based Communications Apps Business

Dialogic announced a strategic shift towards cloud-optimized applications and infrastructure for service providers, enterprises, and developers. The privately-held company, which is based in Parsippany, New Jersey, a the leading supplier of software-based media servers and also provides Class 4 switches, MGCF, mobile signaling interworking and VoIP gateways.

As part of its transformation, Dialogic has acquired APEX Communications to accelerate its entrance into real-time communications applications for service provider customers. APEX Communications has been a long-time media processing partner of Dialogic and is a global real-time communications applications supplier with solutions for service provider and enterprise networks.

Dialogic will begin delivering packaged as well as customizable applications, including adding video to existing voice solutions, migrating existing voice / video solutions to WebRTC-based solutions and/or IMS/VoLTE-based solutions, and various forms of IoT communication applications. The company is also launching a new brand and website to reflect its expanded market focus.

“The competitive world is changing rapidly for service providers, and they need to be able to respond quickly, working with platforms and vendors that provide them the flexibility and extensibility to evolve, compete, and win,” said Bill Crank, President and CEO of Dialogic. “Through the acquisition of APEX Communications, Dialogic can now supply ‘mission-critical’ real-time communications applications directly to our customers. Additionally, we’re investing in resources to provide full application development customization of existing applications to meet the needs of customers.”

“We are very excited to be joining Dialogic as a key element of their strategy to deliver applications to service providers.  We’ve been doing just that for many years. We chose Dialogic because we felt its financial condition and global reach will enable applications to be delivered and well supported around the globe going forward,” said Ben Levy, former CEO of APEX Communications, who is now Vice President of Applications at Dialogic.

http://www.dialogic.com/

Monday, January 11, 2016

AT&T Offers Unlimited Mobile Data for DirecTV or U-Verse Customers

AT&T introduced an unlimited wireless data offer for new and existing AT&T consumer wireless customers who have or add AT&T DIRECTV or AT&T U-Verse TV.

The new AT&T Unlimited Plan includes unlimited data and unlimited talk and text. Customers can get the AT&T Unlimited Plan on a smartphone for $100 per month. Additional smartphones are $40 per month each, and a fourth smartphone can be added at no additional cost.

“Our new unlimited plan is our best offer yet. It’s the perfect reward for our valued customers who like to take advantage of our integrated offers of TV and wireless services,” said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions. “Video traffic continues to grow on our network as fast as ever because people enjoy viewing their favorite video content on their favorite devices.”

http://www.att.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

IHS: Growing Prospects for SDN in Macrocell Backhaul

A growing number of Service Providers will be deploying SDN technologies in their mobile backhaul networks in 2016, according to a newly published 2015 IHS Infonetics Macrocell Backhaul Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey.

Some highlights of the survey:

  • Greater network flexibility and improved operational efficiencies are the chief drivers for implementing network functions virtualization (NFV) within the backhaul network
  • Over half of those surveyed currently share backhaul facilities with other operators or intend to do so
  • Capacity and cell site location are the top-rated criteria by respondents in planning for 5G networks; this is echoed in rising backhaul link capacity requirements
  • Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei tie for leading macrocell backhaul vendor, each cited as a top-3 vendor by 41 percent of respondents, ahead of Ericsson


“With the evolution of mobile networks in progress, mobile backhaul solutions need to be more flexible, scalable and simplified to deliver increased capacity with quality of service. Operators taking part in our latest macrocell backhaul survey have a clear set of priorities regarding backhaul service-level agreement metrics, for instance. It’ll be important for backhaul to be integrated for macrocell and small cell backhaul and be more intelligent, fully optimized and operationally efficient,” said Richard Webb, research director for mobile backhaul and small cells at IHS.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2015/Macrocell-Backhaul-Strategies-Survey.asp

Monday, September 7, 2015

Nokia Unveils 5G "System-of-Systems" Architecture

Nokia Networks unveiled its programmable 5G architecture with the ability to reshape radio and core networks in real time to adapt to changing demands.  The goal is to enable Network-as-a-Service for operators to offer network functions to other industries. The announcement outlines key principles of this architecture and its suitability to address a variety of 5G use cases.



In a nutshell, Nokia will leverage the concept of network slicing in a fully self-aware software defined transport infrastructure that automatically adapts itself to changing service requirements.  This is achieved by Self-Organizing Networks (SON) for transport solution in combination with a multivendor Software-Defined Networking (SDN) fabric control that acts across SDN domains. The network control does not need to talk to every SDN controller since a single Rest Application Programming Interface (API) is used. Similarly, Nokia Networks is also introducing programmable APIs to the virtual core network elements to be able to adapt core network behavior in run time.

Nokia said its enables the core network to adapt to dynamically changing needs, such as the creation of new network slices or mobility profiles, either immediately or on demand.

“Nokia Networks is leading industry-wide 5G architecture work through various vehicles such as the 5G-Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) project 5G NORMA (5G Novel Radio Multiservice adaptive network Architecture). With our cognitive and cloud-optimized architecture for the 5G era, we have outlined an end-to-end architecture that will allow unprecedented and cognitive customizability to meet stringent performance, security, cost, and energy requirements," stated Volker Ziegler, Chief Architect at Nokia Networks.

Key architecture functionalities:

  • Network Slicing: Multiple independent and dedicated virtual sub-networks (network instances) are created within the same infrastructure to run services that have completely different requirements on latency, reliability, throughput and mobility. 
  • Dynamic Experience Management (DEM): Automatic Quality of Experience (QoE) optimization of each application session provides superior customer experience even under high network load using up to 30 percent fewer resources. DEM can already be deployed in today’s networks. 
  • Service-determined connectivity: Conventionally, the network’s available connectivity determines what services are possible. In 5G, devices and services are no longer tied to a single point to point IP connection. In fact, the connectivity path can be freely chosen according to actual service demand. By enabling a service to determine the connectivity, the required latency and reliability can be assured by the network. 
  • Fast traffic forwarding: A distributed telco cloud structure, enabled by the Nokia AirFrame Data Center Solution, will support a new generation of critical services in such sectors as automotive and industrial. 
  • Mobility on demand: A wide range of mobility needs can be met, from stationary utility meters to high-speed trains. Typically, only 30 percent of users are mobile and do not need mobility support, providing an opportunity to use network resources more efficiently. 

http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-unveils-its-programmable-5g-multi-service-architecture-networksperform

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cinarra Raises $20 Million for Deep Mobile Data + Advertising

Cinarra Systems, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California announced $20 million in Series B funding for its analytics ecosystem for mobile operators and advertisers.

The funding was led by Japan's SoftBank Corp., in participation with Alma Capital and Cisco Systems. In addition, Cinarra has begun joint business operations in Japan with SoftBank, offering new opportunities for Japanese advertisers to engage with consumers. SoftBank has introduced the service to its network in Japan, operating a targeted advertising platform.

Cinarra said its mediation platform eliminates the complexities of integrating operator and advertising platforms, while addressing head-on the issue of consumer data privacy.

“Our relationship with SoftBank signifies a fundamentally new phase for Cinarra,” said Alex Zinin, co-founder and CEO of Cinarra. “With SoftBank’s investment and partnership, we are in an excellent position to be the first to establish a global platform that is open for mobile operators and advertising platforms in Japan and around the world, enabling them to participate in a new business model that will drive the next phase of growth for the mobile Internet economy. With this foundation, the opportunities created by the platform will expand beyond the telecom and advertising industries.”

“Growing needs in mobile communication have propelled us into a new mobile Internet economy,” said Ken Miyauchi, President & CEO of SoftBank. “The next phase of the industry evolution requires a new technology to leverage the ‘always on’ consumer lifestyle. Partnering with Cinarra, whose technology and direction align with our vision of a new Internet economy, is strategic to our business. We are confident that our investment and partnership will further enhance our services for customers.”

http://www.cinarra.com

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nokia to Acquire Eden Rock for SON

Nokia Networks has agreed to acquire Eden Rock Communications, a developer of multivendor, Self Organizing Network (SON) solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Eden Rock’s Eden-NET is a centralized, multivendor, SON solution for GSM, UMTS and LTE networks. It provides an open framework with a Software Development Kit (SDK) that accelerates the creation, customization and deployment of custom SON Modules. Additionally, Eden Rock offers its rich toolbox of off-the-shelf SON Modules, which have been proven at-scale across diverse networks globally. The company has 26 issued and 70+ pending patents.

Peter Patomella, Vice President, CEM and OSS, Nokia Networks, said: “The size of the optimization and SON market is expected to exceed 5 billion Euros globally by 2018. With our combination of capabilities, we will effectively address a key customer pain point: efficient optimization of heterogeneous networks in a multivendor environment. By combining our products, we will accelerate the delivery of a compelling solution that offers powerful automated network optimization capabilities that achieve best-in-class performance and customer experience.”

Charles Immendorf, CEO, Eden Rock, said: “A massive appetite exists among operators for a proven SON solution with disruptive technologies, open framework and carrier-class capabilities. Via this acquisition, Nokia Networks brings complementary SON functionality, a renowned reputation for wireless excellence and an ascending market presence to Eden-NET. We welcome the opportunity to work with Nokia and together aim to establish an insurmountable lead within the global SON space.”

As a part of this acquisition process, Eden Rock will spin-off a new company with its spectrum sharing solutions, technology and patents.

http://www.nokia.com
http://www.edenrockcomm.com


  • Eden Rock is based in Bothell, Washington.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NTT Com Vending Machine Sells Pre-paid SIMs for Japan

NTT Communications has activated the first two vending machines to sell “Prepaid SIM for Japan” (Prepaid SIM) cards for short-term business travelers and tourists in two locations in Japan.

The first two locations are AQUA CITY ODAIBA and New Kansai International Airport. The carrier is currently offering 7-day and 14-day prepaid mobile data packages with nationwide (Japan) coverage. Wi-Fi coverage at 95,000 hotspots operated by NTT Broadband is also included.

http://service.ocn.ne.jp/mobile/one/visitor/en/index.html

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Twin Prime Raises $9.5M for Mobile Data Delivery Optimization

Twin Prime, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, emerged from stealth and announced a $9.5 million Series A funding round for its work in mobile data delivery optimization.

Twin Prime has developed a mobile application acceleration solution for the delivery of dynamic, static and encrypted content on both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The company claims it is 3X faster for images and 2X faster for video.

The solution does not rely on caching, compression or content modification. It works with current CDNs. Twin Prime's Global Location and Context-based Acceleration Strategy (GLAS) technology utilizes automated hypothesis testing to achieve real-time automatic selection and deployment of optimization strategies customized for specific mobile network characteristics and operating conditions including device, application architecture, network type, quality and location.

“Our customers see increased user engagement on their apps all across the world over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. What they like about Twin Prime is the ability to optimize and customize acceleration strategies to every app session as its being used,” said Kartik Chandrayana, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Twin Prime. “We are dedicated to providing the next-generation mobile experience. It’s where business has evolved and it’s a greenfield opportunity that we are ready to deliver on.”

The new funding was led by DFJ and True Ventures with participation from Milliways Ventures and Moment Ventures.

http://www.twinprime.com


  • Twin Prime was founded by Kartik Chandrayana, who previously led engineering teams at Blue Coat Systems and Cisco Systems, and Satish Raghunath, who previously held technical and engineering positions at Juniper Networks and Nortel Networks.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

BT's £12.5bn Acquisition of EE Builds Alliances

BT agreed to acquire EE for £12.5 billion (approximately US$19.04 billion), giving it the leading mobile network operator in the UK with 31 million customers (including 24.5m direct mobile customers and 834,000 are fixed broadband customers) and significantly expanding its over strategy. EE (everything Everywhere) is the company that runs the Orange and T-Mobile networks in the UK.

The deal is structured as a combination of cash and new BT ordinary shares issued to both Deutsche Telekom and Orange, thereby bringing the traditional incumbent operators of the UK, Germany and France into closer alliance. Upon closing, Deutsche Telekom will hold a 12% stake in BT and will be entitled to appoint one non-executive member of the BT Board of Directors. Orange will hold a 4% stake in BT.

Some highlights:

  • EE has the largest 4G customer base of any operator in Europe
  • By combining the UK's most advanced 4G network and most extensive superfast broadband network, BT will have greater scope for future investment and product innovation
  • BT expects to achieve combined operating cost and capex synergies of around £360m p.a. in the fourth full year post Completion.
  • BT expects to generate revenue synergies by providing a full range of communications services to the combined customer base. This includes BT selling its broadband, fixed telephony and pay-TV services to those EE customers who do not currently take a service from BT. 
  • BT also expects to accelerate the sale of converged fixed-mobile services to BT’s existing consumer and business customers and offer new services, using both companies’ product portfolios, skills and networks. BT expects to generate revenue synergies with a total net present value of approximately £1.6bn
“This is a major milestone for BT as it will allow us to accelerate our mobility plans and increase our investment in them. The UK’s leading 4G network will now dovetail with the UK’s biggest fibre network, helping to create the leading converged communications provider in the UK. Consumers and businesses will benefit from new products and services as well as from increased investment and innovation. The deal provides an attractive opportunity for BT to generate considerable value for shareholders, with significant operating and capital investment efficiencies supported by our tried and tested cost transformation activities," stated BT Chief Executive Gavin Patterson.

“The transaction is much more than just the creation of the leading integrated fixed and mobile network operator in Europe's second largest economy. We will be the largest individual shareholder in BT and are laying the foundations for our two companies to be able to work together in the future. This is another example of the consistent and successful execution of our portfolio optimisation strategy,” said Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Höttges.

http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/ShowArticle.cfm?ArticleID=845B68FF-E7CD-4FD9-B90B-6C4D0E3D1E3B


  • During 2014, EE added a record 5.7 million customers to its 4G network, with 1.7 million in the last two months alone. This beat the 6 million year-end target. In 2014 EE added 350 more cities and towns, with more than 200 added in Q4 alone, bringing the total to 510 covered UK towns and cities with populations of 10,000 and above. 4G from EE now covers more than 80% of the population and is on target to reach 98% by the end of 2015. The company reported six times more 4G data uploaded and downloaded by customers in 2014 than in 2013.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sprint Adds Nearly 1 Million Connections in Q4

Sprint added 967,000 customer connections on its network in Q4 2014, compared to 590,000 in the prior quarter and 682,000 in the prior year quarter.  The company cited momentum with its new pricing structure and said the quality of the customer base is improving as well. Net operating revenues of $9 billion were down 2 percent year-over-year, as lower service revenue was mostly offset by higher equipment revenue.  There was an operating loss of $2.5 billion, which included non-cash charges of $2.1 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA of $1.04 billion.

“We are pleased with the growth in sales in the quarter and the improving quality of our customer base as we begin our turnaround plan,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “However, we acknowledge there is a long way to go to reach our goals, including lowering our postpaid churn rates to competitive levels. Our network performance continues to improve, and we are now focused on a strategy that will unlock the true potential of our spectrum assets. I am confident that we have the right plan in place to be successful.”

Some higlights:

  • Postpaid net additions of 30,000 increased by 302,000 sequentially and decreased by 28,000 year-over-year. Postpaid phone losses of 205,000 improved by 295,000 sequentially and 202,000 year-over-year, as higher prime credit quality gross additions were partially offset by higher churn. Device financing options accounted for 46 percent of postpaid sales in the quarter, compared to 27 percent in the prior quarter and 7 percent in the year-ago period.
  • Prepaid net additions of 410,000 were up 88,000 year-over-year due to growth in the Boost brand.
  • Wholesale net additions of 527,000 were up 225,000 from the prior year quarter, mostly driven by connected devices.
  • Sprint had 55.9 million total connections at the end of the quarter.
  • Sprint’s 800 MHz voice deployment reached nationwide availability during Q4.
  • Sprint's 4G LTE now covers 270 million people, and the 2.5 GHz 4G LTE deployment now covers 125 million people.
  • Sprint’s achieved its lowest dropped call rate ever during Q4, representing an over 50 percent year-over-year improvement according to Nielsen.


http://investors.sprint.com/CorporateProfile.aspx?iid=4057219

Monday, November 17, 2014

Marvell Launches Octa-Core, 64-bit LTE Smartphone Chip

Marvell introduced its octa-core, 64-bit 5-mode 4G LTE ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 system-on-chip (SoC) for smartphones and tablets globally.

The new 5-mode 4G LTE mobile processor features 8× ARM Cortex A53, advanced graphics and security functions, high performance image processing, and sensor fusion capabilities. Key features of the Marvell ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 include:

  • Octa-core Cortex A53, up to 1.5GHz clock speed
  • Supports 1080p display, and video encoding and decoding
  • Improved image processor to support 13 to 16MP camera
  • Advanced power management and audio codec for power efficiency and audio performance
  • Enhanced security processor
  • Integrated location and sensor hub functionalities for better usability
  • Field proven DSDS software for 5-mode modem

"4G LTE is such a critical technology to enable mobile computing, social networking, cloud gaming and other data intensive applications that are part of our daily lives. I believe our single-chip octa-core ARMADA Mobile PXA1936 delivers best-in-class 5-mode 4G LTE connectivity and industry-leading processing, security, graphics and sensor fusion capabilities that will enable mobile products with outstanding performance, long battery lifetime, affordable price point and superior total user experience and empower global mobile operators and tier-one OEMs for the rapid deployment of 4G LTE high performance smartphones and tablets to the mass market around the world," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.

http://www.marvell.com/communication-processors/pxa1936/
@marvellsemi

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blueprint: Streaming Audio Goes Over the Top and Under the Radar

by Jay Hinman, VP of Operator Solutions, Opera Software

So much attention has rightly been paid by industry influencers—from media to analysts and vendors themselves—to the topic of over-the-top (OTT) video streaming and its effects on overall traffic and the end-user experience. While many solutions exist to address this very real need, nearly all in-network solutions overlook one of the fastest growing segments of OTT data consumption: audio streaming services.  

According to Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report, streaming music consumption is up 32% year-over-year compared to 2013, and subscribers have never had so many music streaming service options. And while OTT video may pose the biggest threat on the surface, the volume of 18-64 year olds streaming audio is a much greater and immediate force to be reckoned with, bandwidth pressure aside.

Ask any person born during or after Bill Clinton’s presidency how and where they listen to music, and you’ll likely not hear too many answers focused on LPs, CDs, phonographs and compact disc players—the remnant popularity of these formats in some sectors notwithstanding. It’s self-evident that young people today freely stream their music from OTT music services like Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, Rhapsody and Beats Audio, often with zero interest in “old media” like CDs and even downloadable mp3s. With the fading of stand-alone mp3 players like the iPod, their music is typically enjoyed while mobile and even when stationary, on devices connected to either a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. Those with auto, train or bus commutes often listen for hours at a time each day, and more often than not do so on their mobile carrier’s network – which extracts a heavy toll on both the network and on each consumer’s data plan.

Mobile operators have begun to recognize how valuable streaming audio (music in particular) might end up being to their ability to attract and retain customers. Witness T-Mobile USA and their recent “Music Freedom” bundling of multiple streaming music services in with data plans. By zero-rating these services within the context of an overall data plan, T-Mobile provides a powerful lure (music streaming won’t count against my minutes) to the music-crazy demographic they’re courting. T-Mobile’s move is probably a prescient one. A recent study by research firm Strategy Analytics into consumers’ mobile music habits in the United States, China, France, Germany, Spain and the UK found that 77% of mobile users are already listening to music on their phones—with 70% claiming to do so at least once per week or more. 72% also said that they use their mobile phones to listen to music at least once a week when the service is bundled into their operator data plan—which is exactly why T-Mobile USA saw this as a terrific opportunity to grab new music-loving users from their competitors.

It makes one wonder what the network operations teams at T-Mobile and other global operators who are experimenting with streaming audio data bundling are currently thinking. Here they were, focused on optimizing the explosion of OTT video, and it turns out that a fundamental and network-taxing shift has also been rapidly taking place in the consumption of audio services. Most optimization solutions to date have focused their efforts on one-size-fits-all optimization of all data, inspecting each image, video or audio stream that comes through the network and adjusting every last bit of it to fit the pre-determined size of the available pipe—whether an individual user really needed it or not.

In fact, I’d surmise that most users don’t want their audio steam to be unnecessarily “optimized” —i.e. run through network hardware to have its bitrate lowered haphazardly—if the cost they’ll pay is lowered sound quality, even if their own particular stream of Pandora might have played perfectly without intervention. Rather, users just want their music to play—free from buffering, stalling and long start times. They’d like it to sound great, too. Prescient operators know that music is very personal, and that it’s all about individual quality of experience.

These mobile operators, knowing how important and personal the modern mobile media experience is to legions of individuals, have been looking to surgical optimization solutions to help manage their burgeoning network traffic. Surgical optimization, typically using a cloud-based infrastructure, only looks at individual streaming sessions—say, you and that Bob Seger album you’re about to listen to on Spotify, or perhaps more relevant, the 16-year-old and her Katy Perry stream that’s just about to kick off. When the size of her stream doesn’t match the available network bandwidth, surgical optimization determines in milliseconds that this is indeed the case, and then turns that square peg into a round one, letting it easily fill the available pipe and thereby delivering a wonderful streaming experience to her. Moreover, if everyone around her happens to have more than enough “pipe” to stream their own music, surgical optimization stays out of the way, letting them stream their music of choice without the slightest intervention.

Networks, and network optimization solutions, have by necessity been forced to be reactive in response to the proliferation of smartphones and the OTT services that run beautifully on them. It’s comforting to know that operators are recognizing not simply that there’s a buck or two to be made or a point or two of churn rate to shed on packaging streaming audio services in with data plans, but that the clunky, everybody-shares-the-pain methods of dealing with network bottlenecks in the past are becoming a relic of just that—the past.

About the Author


 Jay Hinman is the Vice President of Operator Solutions for Opera Software, where he is responsible for marketing solutions for mobile operators, device-makers and other non-consumer portions of Opera's worldwide business. He is a longtime marketing leader with extensive, cross-discipline marketing management and team leadership experience in both start-up and large mobile and technology companies. Prior to working at Opera Software, Jay served as Senior Director of Marketing at MobiTV where he directed work efforts and strategic planning for all aspects of MobiTV’s marketing organization. He received his BA in English from University of California – Santa Barbara, and received his MBA in Marketing from the University of Washington. Follow him on Twitter at @JayHinman

Friday, September 26, 2014

Intel to Invest Up to US$1.5B in China's Tsinghua Unigroup

Intel plans to invest up to RMB 9 billion (US$1.5 billion) in Tsinghua Unigroup, a Chinese state-owned company administered by Tsinghua University, with the goal of expanding the adoption of Intel-based mobile devices.   Intel will work with Tsinghua Unigroup to jointly develop Intel Architecture and communications-based solutions for mobile phones.

Under the agreement, Intel will acquire a minority stake of approximately 20 percent of the holding company under Tsinghua Unigroup  which will own Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics.

Both Spreadtrum and RDA, controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup, are leading fabless semiconductor companies in China, which develop mobile chipset platforms for smart phones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards.

"China is now the largest consumption market for smartphones and has the largest number of Internet users in the world," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. "These agreements with Tsinghua Unigroup underscore Intel's 29-year-long history of investing in and working in China. This partnership will also enhance our ability to support a wider range of mobile customers in China and the rest of the world by more quickly delivering a broader portfolio of Intel architecture and communications technology solutions."

http://newsroom.intel.com/
http://www.unigroup.com.cn/

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ericsson Introduces Software Model for Mobile Operators

Ericsson is introducing a software model for adding features to networks of its mobile operator customers on a recurring basis. The idea is to continually improve the performance and capabilities of mobile networks through periodic software releases. Operator customers would pay on a software model similar to the IT industry, with major releases twice per year.

At an industry analyst event in Silicon Valley, Ericsson executives introduced Software Release 15A, the first installment of the new model, featuring packages such as HD Voice, multi-carrier mobility and load management. Altogether, this release includes 150 new features and capabilities for improving the user experience of a mobile network.

Some specific new capabilities include:

  • Ericsson Radio Dot system support for both LTE and WCDMA
  • Small cell coordination features including Combined Cell which improves throughput by 100 percent for a single user at the cell edge, and Coverage-Adapted Load Management to optimize network resources
  • Energy-saving LTE features, including Micro Sleep Transmission (TX) and Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) Sleep Mode, which reduce power consumption during low-traffic periods
  • Three Carrier Multi-carrier for HSDPA, which provides download peak rates to 63Mbps, increases 3G network capacity by 40 percent and improves user experience for all load situation and entire cell
  • Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment 15A is based on OpenStack providing openness for third party applications and hardware. It focuses on a high level of resiliency through a triplicated cloud infrastructure controller and efficient infrastructure O&M.
  • Modem Assisted Service Classification which enables the monetization of single or multiple app bundles by dynamic, real-time service classification and policy enforcement. 

Johan Wibergh, Head of Segment Networks, Ericsson, says: "This is a logical evolution in the shift toward virtualization. Our new model builds on the software performance benefits by making it simpler and faster for operators to implement the packages that best address their business needs. Networks can do much more today and their speed of evolution will only increase."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1857801
http://www.slideshare.net/Ericsson/ericsson-networks-software-15a

Monday, September 15, 2014

Brocade Acquires Vistapointe for Mobile Traffic Visibility/Analytics

Brocade has acquired Vistapointe, a start-up based in San Ramon, California with operations in Ireland and Bangalore, India, for its cloud-based and real-time network intelligence solutions for mobile operators. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vistapointe specializes in data extraction, analysis and insight generation technologies that enable mobile operators gain visibility into their mobile networks. Vistapointe’s product portfolio leverages Network Functions Virtualization (NFV architecture), enabling it to run in the cloud. The Vistapointe solution enables Mobile and Het-Net operators to monetize the explosion of data traffic, save and optimize their cost-structure through better visibility and reduce subscriber churn through better QoE. The solution passively taps into the data, session and signaling layers of 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networks non-intrusively, while complying with 3GPP, IETF & IEEE standard protocols.

Brocade said the acquisition helps it to address the emerging opportunities and requirements of mobile network operators, providing them with enhanced network visibility and analytics of subscriber data traffic.   These capabilities will be essential for MNOs rolling out 4G/LTE technology across the billions of mobile devices deployed worldwide, led primarily by data networking requirements. This also establishes a firm technology foundation for MNOs as they begin the migration path to 5G technology in the coming years. The expected revenue for data traffic over mobile handsets will exceed $358 billion (USD) by 2018, representing the single largest source of revenue for MNOs over the next six years, according to industry research firm Analysys Mason.

In addition to enhancing the Brocade NFV technology portfolio, the Vistapointe acquisition directly complements the existing Brocade MLX-based IP telemetry solution to provide MNOs with an end-to-end network intelligence solution, from the network packet broker to analytics applications. With this transaction, the Vistapointe technologies are being incorporated into a new Network Visibility and Analytics group reporting into Jason Nolet, Vice President of the Switching, Routing, and Analytics products group, Brocade.

"With the massive growth in connected devices and the dominance of data in mobile networks, network visibility and analytics will be more important than ever. And, as mobile operators continue the aggressive pace at which they intend to adopt software networking solutions, they will benefit from complementary, NFV-based analytics tools to improve subscriber quality of experience and security while also dramatically reducing costs," Nolet said. "The Vistapointe team has recognized the disruptive opportunity of leveraging NFV-based solutions for analytics, and we believe its technology is at the forefront of this space and perfectly aligned to the needs of mobile operators."

"The Vistapointe acquisition affirms our commitment to SDN and NFV as a means to disrupt the status quo of the networking industry," said Ken Cheng, CTO and Vice President of Corporate Development, Brocade. "We will continue to execute against a focused strategy that leverages M&A, strategic partnerships, open source communities, and organic innovation to deliver next-generation networking solutions that are open, virtual, and simple."

As part of the transaction, Vistapointe CEO, Ravi Medikonda, has joined Brocade as Vice President of the Network Visibility and Analytics product group. Furthermore, Brocade has hired the Vistapointe development team, and they will report into Medikonda as part of the new business unit.

http://newsroom.brocade.com/press-releases/brocade-acquires-vistapointe-visibility-and-analyt-nasdaq-brcd-1144303#.VBb_m_ldW1g
http://vistapointe.net/


  • Vistapointe was headed by Ravi Medikonda (CEO), who previously held leadership roles at Juniper Networks in its Product Management & Marketing groups. Before Juniper, he was Director of Product Management at Tellabs/Vivace Business Unit with P&L responsibility for the IP/MPLS products and successfully led Tellabs into the 3G/Wireless RAN backhaul market.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ericsson to Offer SAP Mobile Secure for Enterprises

Ericsson and SAP are collaborating to securely deliver network-enabled cloud solutions, which will provide users with secure access to their business apps and content on mobile devices.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will offer SAP Mobile Secure, a set of cloud-based solutions, combined with an IT managed service offering, expanding its portfolio of services available for its 400+ mobile network operators.

The companies said the partnership will bring together SAP Mobile Secure with the stability and scalability offered by Ericsson IT managed services and service delivery capabilities.  Worldwide, Ericsson manages networks that serve 600 million subscribers and additionally provides managed services for networks that serve 1 billion subscribers.

"With its heritage in mobile security, SAP is known for its ability to develop flexible offerings that can be tailored to the needs of any enterprise," said said Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions, Ericsson. "With the increased focus of mobile workforce productivity, this solution will enable fast deployment using the software-as-a-service delivery model.  By using this model, we can serve both small enterprises that might not have expertise in IT security as well as the Fortune 100 companies with complex needs that require more customization."

"As mobile network operators (MNOs) strive to support the changing mobile needs for enterprises, the planned EMM solution from Ericsson and SAP will allow them to better address these needs with faster time to market and minimal infrastructure cost," said Rick Costanzo, executive vice president and general manager, SAP Mobile Solutions. "While demand for mobile traffic is increasing, controlling the costs of their network and driving innovation will be the keys to success for mobile network operators. Through Ericsson's long-term relationships with every major telecom operator worldwide and SAP's proven ability to deliver the most complete and scalable cloud-based mobile security solution, this collaboration will provide MNOs with new service offerings, new revenue streams and stronger ties with their customers."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1855103

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AVG Technologies to Acquire Location Labs for $140 Million

Amsterdam-based AVG Technologies N.V. agreed to acquire privately-held Location Labs, a start-up based that that uses location awareness to provide mobile device management and protection, for approximately $140 million initially, plus up to an additional approximately $80 million in cash consideration over the next two years based on the achievement of certain performance metrics and milestones.

Location Labs’ integrated platform for mobile operators, pre-installed service on Android smartphones, and mobile subscription services including family, safety and personal device management, are all expected to complement and expand AVG’s existing mobile offerings. The company is based in Emeryville, California.

AVG said the acquisition significantly broadens its position as the online security company by accelerating its mobile security business. With the acquisition and organic growth, AVG is creating a global business that should generate $60-70 million in mobile bookings in 2015, and anticipates this scaling to around $100 million in mobile bookings in 2016.

“Location Labs has effectively cracked the code for mobile monetization through its highly successful business model with industry partners. This acquisition significantly accelerates AVG’s mobile strategy in this area,” said Gary Kovacs, Chief Executive Officer, AVG Technologies. “According to industry estimates, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population by the end of this year alone. The combined existing mobile user base of both companies gives us the unprecedented opportunity to deliver online security to approximately a quarter of a billion devices as we see more people go mobile to get online.”

http://investors.avg.com
http://www.locationlabs.com

Monday, April 7, 2014

IBM Expands MobileFirst Portfolio

IBM expanded its MobileFirst portfolio with new and enhanced services focused on mobile strategy and security, application development and device procurement and management.

New and enhanced services in the IBM MobileFirst portfolio include:

  • Infrastructure consulting services – Helps enterprises evaluate their existing mobile infrastructure environment, identify gaps and build a comprehensive mobile strategy and roadmap that meets their business and technical needs. Using industry-specific points of view, IBM guides the journey, focuses clients on approaches that are specific to their business and recommends solutions that achieve the client’s service management, cloud and workplace objectives. 
  • Application platform management services – With apps emerging as a key growth area for their business, enterprises are creating their own developer communities. With these new services IBM will help clients build, configure and fully manage their developer community’s app dev environment, supported by both software and a skilled team of experts. 
  • Device procurement and deployment services – Allows clients to simplify the selection and ordering of devices and install the client’s tailored platforms, apps and service components. Devices can be shipped directly to employees and include services for ongoing secure management, customer service and predefined refresh cycles with disposal or repurposing. 
  • Managed mobility services – Provides enterprises with scalable, secure, reliable and flexible management of their mobile infrastructure and wireless endpoints. With these services IBM helps clients reduce the risk, complexity and cost of managing their bring your own device (BYOD) and corporate device programs while freeing up the client’s IT resources to focus on core business needs. This service features MaaS360 from IBM's acquisition of Fiberlink, along with an ecosystem of IBM business partners to deliver cloud-based solutions. 
  • Mobile network services – Provides customers with a deep understanding of resources required to deploy a secure, scalable and reliable network infrastructure to support the unique demands of their mobile business. As a result, clients can identify the new unique components and design considerations that must be taken into account to establish a secure mobile enterprise. For example, customers can pinpoint what type of mobile security is required to sustain the increased network traffic volume generated by mobile apps and data. 
  • Mobile collaboration services – Provides a suite of productivity solutions including email, instant messaging, voice and video that enable mobile employees to exchange information, locate experts and become more productive. Clients can benefit from design, implementation and managed services to help them stay connected and perform business transactions from any mobile device, anywhere. As a result, employees become more collaborative, creative and effective, driving growth, customer loyalty, cost reductions and higher employee satisfaction. 
  • Mobile virtualization services – Enables clients to leverage virtualization technology to design, implement and manage distributed end users. Using this service, end users can access platform independent, hosted applications and full client images.  This comprehensive offering includes assessment, design and implementation and managed services delivered on premises. Devices included in this service include laptops, workstations, tablets and thin clients. 
  • IBM Smart and Embedded Device Security – Helps enterprises secure their emerging mobile applications and enables device manufacturers to address concerns around safety, stability, service cost and intellectual property protection of smart and embedded devices. IBM uses threat modeling, source code analysis and penetration testing of device and application, including firmware and kernel module security, to identify and fix vulnerabilities. This enables the client to prevent hackers from gaining root access to their devices and increases the integrity and availability of their security services. 


“The expansion of our mobility services portfolio demonstrates our continued investments in building the full breadth of capabilities clients need to radically transform and grow their business through mobile,” said Rich Esposito, general manager, Mobility Services, IBM Global Technology Services. “In 2014, we will further leverage our software acquisitions and growing capabilities in the cloud to provide clients with more flexibility and choices, including ‘mobility as-a-service’ solutions.”

http://ibm.com/mobilefirst

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NSN: 87% jump in Indian Mobile Data Traffic in 2013

Mobile operators in India experienced an 87% rise in data traffic generated by 2G and 3G services during 2013, according to an annual study by NSN. 3G data traffic leapt by 146%, surpassing the world average that is roughly doubling every year. 2G data traffic continues to stabilize, growing by 59% over the same period.

“India is recording mobile broadband data growth figures higher than most other markets,” said Sandeep Girotra, head of India region at NSN. “With the recent spectrum auctions paving the way for acceleration of mobile broadband penetration in the country, there is a great  opportunity for India to create a world-class infrastructure and improve the lives of millions of Indians. This can be achieved through a wider 3G rollout as well as through selected introduction of LTE technologies and the modernization of existing GSM networks.”

The study is available online.

http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nsn-study-shows-87-jump-in-indian-mobile-data-traffic-in-2013

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