Thursday, June 16, 2005

New Whitepaper: From Host-Remote to Next-Generation

Traditional telephone switching systems support the concept of "host-remote" operation, whereby lines are terminated by equipment in remote locations that is under the control of a host switch -- but potentially with the ability to operate independently of that switch if the control link is cut. With the emergence of next generation networks, a distributed "softswitch" architecture offers the same ability to reliably deliver services across a wide geographic area with several improvements over the previous generation of equipment. Most important of these are: multiple levels of emergency standalone operation; open interoperability; connectionless trunking in a packet network; distributed PSTN connectivity; and host site redundancy.

Tele2 Selects Huawei for SDH Equipment

Tele2 awarded a European Frame Supply Agreement to Huawei for its SDH optical transmission equipment. First equipment rollout has already started in Austria for the expansion of UTA's broadband access network. UTA was acquired by Tele2 in 2004. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei described the contract as an important breakthrough in the Nordic and European operator market.

Huawei Wins DSLAM Contracts for 3 Million Lines in China

Huawei announced contracts to supply 3 million DSLAM ports in China , including 1.71 million ADSL lines from China Telecom, and 1.3 million ADSL lines from China Netcom. Financial terms were not disclosed. Huawei noted that it has been awarded the biggest DSLAM contracts in China for 7 consecutive times since 2003.

Intel Develops CMOS Radio Supporting All Flavors of 802.11

Intel has developed a prototype of an all-CMOS direct conversion dual-band radio transceiver capable of supporting every current Wi-Fi standard (802.11a, b and g), as well as the projected requirements of 802.11n. The device integrates a 5GHz CMOS power amplifier that meets all the spectral purity and non-interference requirements from the FCC, while frequency planning techniques minimize interference caused by the on-die amplifier. To achieve these results, Intel researchers developed a new calibration scheme for the transceiver to achieve high volume manufacturability. Separating receiver and transmitter effects has proven to be difficult in the past, but Intel said its scheme is easy to implement and correctly separates the effects, improving yields and lowering the cost of these radios.

Entrada Networks Offers 16-Channel CWDM

Entrada Networks announced the availability of a 16-channel CWDM Metro Area Transport Platform through its wholly owned subsidiary Torrey Pines Networks. Entrada's line of CWDM products, which also includes 8-channel modules, supports 2.5 Gbps data rates.

Intersil Introduces HDTV Video Sync Separator

Intersil introduced a new sync separator that extracts sync timing information from both standard and non-standard video inputs. This timing information is critical to the detection and alignment of different formats on a screen. The device, which supports HDTV and standard definition formats, provides composite sync, horizontal sync and vertical sync outputs. It requires no external programming or set resistors.

Motorola Hires Telcordia/Lucent Exec to Head Global CDMA Organization

Motorola hired Teresa (Terry) Vega to lead its CDMA organization. She will be based at Motorola's South Plainfield, New Jersey, facility and report directly to Ron Garriques, executive vice president, president of Motorola's Mobile Devices Business. Vega most recently served as Group President of Wireless, Cable and Emerging Markets of Telcordia Technologies, a supplier of software solutions for network management and operations. Previously, Vega served as Chief Operating Officer of Lucent's wireless infrastructure business, managing the AMPS, CDMA and TDMA segments.

Digiweb Acquires Tiscali's Italian Satellite Business

Digiweb, which provides broadband coverage in Ireland and Europe using a combination of Fixed Wireless, Two-way Satellite and fixed line DSL, has completed the acquisition of Tiscali's satellite broadband business in Italy for an undisclosed sum. Using industry leading satellite technologies and a range of satellite uplink operators, the two-way satellite broadband technology enables Digiweb to provide high speed broadband access throughout all of Europe, including many areas that the national operators do not service, without any reliance on the fixed line telephony infrastructure. In addition to Italy, Digiweb is already servicing business customers throughout Germany, France, United Kingdom and Austria.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Intel Signs MOUs with KT, SK Telecom

At a press conference in Seoul, Intel signed separate memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with KT and SK Telecom.

Intel and KT agreed to cooperate on wireless broadband technologies, including WiMAX and WiBro -- a locally-developed standard similar to 802.16e that Korea plans to commercialized later this year.

Intel and SK Telecom agreed to collaborate on consumer devices and services, including SK's new music and video download service named MelOn. The companies plan to port the "MelOn" service to TVs and audio systems using Intel's digital home technologies within the first half of 2006. Earlier this month, SK Telecom announced that it had signed up 2 million subscribers for MelOn, including 470,000 for the paid music service. The goal that Melon has set for 2005 is to acquire a total of 3 million subscribers, including 800,000 paying subscribers.

I.T.U. Launches "Connect the World" Initiative

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched a "Connect the World" initiative aimed at bringing access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) to the estimated one billion people worldwide for whom making a simple telephone call remains out of reach. At present, ITU estimates that around 800,000 villages -- or 30% of all villages worldwide -- are still without any kind of connection.

The initiative has three elements:

  • Enabling Environment, which is aimed at helping nations develop transparent, fair and technology-neutral policy and regulatory frameworks, adopt national and regional technical standardization and harmonization initiatives, adopt intellectual property legislation, establish transparent dispute settlement mechanisms, and undertake other related business and social development initiatives.

  • Infrastructure & Readiness, which is aimed at helping nations promote the deployment of network infrastructure, raise the awareness of the value of ICTs, pursue universal service/access projects, and support the development of relevant and accessible local content.

  • Applications & Services, which focuses around e-Governance, e-Learning and e-Health programmes, the use of ICTs to improve disaster readiness and response, and initiatives designed to promote use of ICTs among young people.

Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of the ITU, said "It is time to stop regarding access to ICTs as a privilege available to the rich few within a country, and the rich few countries in the world. ICTs now underpin just about every aspect of modern life. They are basic infrastructure, as necessary to economic and social development as postal services, banks, medical centres and schools."

"Connect the World" has 22 founding partners, including Alcatel, Huawei, Intel, Microsoft, KDDI, Telefónica, Infosys and WorldSpace, whose CEOs have all embraced the goals of the initiative. Partners also include governments and government agencies including Egypt, France, Senegal and the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion (KADO), regional and international organizations including UNESCO, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the European Commission, the International Telecommunication Satellite Organization, RASCOM and the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP), as well as a range of organizations from civil society including Télécoms Sans Frontières, the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation and Child Helpline International.

Alcatel-led consortium Supports BT Fusion

Alcatel confirmed that it is the lead contractor for BT Fusion, previously known as "Project Bluephone", the new fixed/mobile service from BT. Alcatel leads a consortium that includes Ericsson, Inventel, IVT, Lucent, and Motorola. Alcatel said its role as prime contractor includes project management as well as extensive development and integration work in BT labs, and interoperability testing between the consortium vendors.

BT Fusion uses the UMA standard, which has now been formally released and accepted into the 3GPP standards group for generic radio access. UMA allows BT to carry GSM signalling and telephone calls over the public Internet using DSL access, with a Bluetooth interface. BT Fusion will be technology agnostic and in time, will work across other standards including WiFi and SIP.

Verilink Hires VP of Engineering

Verilink announced the appointment of Thi Nguyen to Vice President of Engineering. Previously, he was the Vice President of Software Engineering at Polaris Networks, where he led the development of a next-generation, multiservice optical digital cross connect product. Prior to Polaris, Nguyen was a Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems, where he led a 100+ member team across multiple sites that was responsible for the development of software and hardware platforms for Cisco's voice and media gateway products.

Sprint Offers EV-DO-Ready Card from Novatel Wireless

Sprint has begun offering a CDMA 1xEV-DO (Evolution, Data Optimized) PC card from Novatel Wireless. The card will support broadband-like speeds (400-700 kbps and peak rates of up to 2.0 Mbps) when Sprint EV-DO coverage is available later this year and is backwards compatible to provide 1xRTT throughput speeds (up to 144 kbps) in Sprint coverage areas where EV-DO service is not yet available.

By early 2006, Sprint plans to make EV-DO service available in approximately 60 metropolitan areas across the U.S.

Photron Implements Ultra Spectral Modulation in FPGAs

Photron Technologies Ltd., a start-up based in Singapore with offices in Los Angeles, has implemented its Ultra Spectral Modulation (USM) technology in FPGAs using technology from AccelChip. Photron's technology is expected to significantly increase spectral efficiency and boost wireless data transmission.

Photron describes USM as a paradigm shift away from traditional modulation theories and conventional practices that have endured for the past 50 years. The company's ultra efficient modulation techniques are designed to support data rates exceeding 5 Mbps through narrow frequency channels (50 KHz and smaller). In comparison a GSM channel of 200 KHz in bandwidth can deliver only a fraction of the information. USM is designed to be overlaid in existing wireless systems such as GSM, narrow PCS, AMPS, etc., or operate as a stand alone new network.

Azure Raises $15 Million for Revenue Assurance Systems

Azure Solutions, a spin-out from BT, raised $15 million in new venture funding for its revenue-assurance solutions. Azure enables service providers to reduce losses and safeguard profits from malicious and unintentional revenue leakage. The company estimates that global operator revenue losses are currently at 10.7% of turnover. This equates to over one hundred billion dollars of lost revenue and this figure is likely to increase with the emergence of next-generation telecoms services and technology. The company's existing customers include tier 1 operators such as BT, KPN, Vodafone, Telenor and Verizon.

The new round of funding was led by Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures with additional financing coming from Intel Capital. Existing investors New Venture Partners (NVP), AG Edwards and Hexagon Investments also contributed. NVP managed the spin-out of Azure from BT in 2003 and acted as the lead financial investor.

Motorola Ventures Invests in Anam Mobile

Motorola Ventures has made an equity investment in Anam Mobile, a start-up offering SMS & MMS delivery platforms. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Anam's patented Smart Services Framework intercepts messages and applies additional consumer oriented service logic to them. This allows operators to launch new SMS and MMS services to their subscribers. Anam was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with offices worldwide.

Agilent Offers Testing for Wireless Video Streaming

Agilent Technologies announced a test and optimization solution to verify the quality of service (QoS) for wireless video streaming. The company's Network Optimization Platform correlates RF measurements and subscribers' service experience to reduce troubleshooting and problem-resolution time, producing a higher-performing network and better QoS. The drive-test solution that measures network connection time, packet loss, buffer time, stream set-up time, jitter, bit rate measurements and other key video streaming performance indicators, giving RF engineers insight into their network's air interface performance.

Agilent said its automated data service tests ensure high QoS for all major wireless services, including video streaming, video telephony, website browsing, e-mail, multimedia message service (MMS), short message service (SMS), and FTP data transfers. The solution is technology-independent, monitoring all wireless networks such as UMTS, CDMA 2000, EDGE, WLAN and HSDPA.

Nortel Achieves TL Certification for HSDPA, UMTS, GSM

Nortel has become the first wireless networks supplier to successfully complete a TL 9000 consolidation registration across an end-to-end portfolio of hardware, software and services for HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access), UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) and GSM.

The scope of this certification covers portfolio marketing, product management, design and development, build, delivery, introduction and support of wireless networks using UMTS/HSDPA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE telecommunications network equipment.

Specific products covered include GSM and UMTS access, circuit core, packet core, and network management systems product categories. The certification also includes network engineering, installation, and technical support services.

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