Monday, February 12, 2007

Korea's Hanaro Reaches 900,000 Optical LAN Subscribers

As of the end of 2006, the total number of optical LAN subscribers served by hanarotelecom reached 900,000, accounting for 40% of the 100 Mbps market, according to the company. Hanaro said that by upgrading its own HFC networks to 100 Mbps networks, it is planning to expand the total 100 Mbps coverage to 12.6 million households by the end of 2007 from the current optical LAN coverage of 4.3 million households.

For 2006, Hanaro posted revenues of KRW 1,723.3 billion, operating profit of KRW 30.8 billion and net loss of KRW 86.0 billion.

Spirent Develops Mobile Video Analysis Platform

Spirent Communications introduced a lab-based mobile video analysis solution that allows operators and manufacturers to evaluate the quality of video being displayed on a mobile device prior to deployment of the device and/or the service.

Spirent said its APEX Wireless Multimedia Analyzer (WMA) provides accurate and repeatable content-based video quality assessment. It allows lack of a video source and display deficiencies to be captured, issues that can result in misleading high mean opinion score (MOS) when using other methodologies. It also offers voice and video time alignment (lip-sync) measurement.

Boingo Offers Unlimited Wi-Fi Phone Roaming Access for $7.95 Month

Boingo Wireless launched the first global Wi-Fi Internet service aimed specifically at Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones and devices.

Boingo Mobile provides global hotspot access for Wi-Fi enabled handsets for a monthly flat rate of USD $7.95. Boingo partner locations include airports, hotels, restaurants and convention centers worldwide.

The Boingo Mobile software is a client application that enables automatic connection and roaming authentication to more than 150 different Wi-Fi network operators around the world. It is currently available for Windows Mobile 5.0-based Smartphones or Pocket PC devices.

The new Boingo Mobile service is also currently available to users of Belkin's Wi-Fi Phone for Skype. Boingo is also working with Nokia to showcase the company's Symbian-based S60 phones using Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi access.

Boingo anticipates additional Wi-Fi enabled devices -- mobile/cellular handsets, VoIP phones, mobile gaming consoles, MP3 players and digital cameras -- will be available with integrated Boingo Mobile service in the near future.

"Wi-Fi enabled phones just became a whole lot more useful," said Tim Farrell, Boingo vice president for product management & professional services."

Alvarion Pursues Open Ecosystem for WiMAX Deployments

Alvarion is pursuing an "OPEN WiMAX" ecosystem to match best-of-breed IP platforms from core network equipment to consumer electronics to its WiMAX systems. Alvarion said the IP open architecture of its OPEN WiMAX would enable service providers ton choose any combination of vendors and partners to best fit their specific requirements.

Québec's Télébec Partners with MetaSwitch

Télébec, Québec's leading regional telecommunications company, has will deploy MetaSwitch platforms to enable the launch of new services based on an IMS architecture. In addition to being the lead equipment provider, MetaSwitch is providing a wide range of professional services including systems integration and project management.

Samsung Invests in Strix for Wireless Mesh Networking

Samsung Ventures has made a strategic investment in Strix Systems, a start-up specializing in wireless mesh networking. Samsung Electronics is a leading supplier of WiMAX equipment worldwide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Strix offer a modular, chassis-based mesh system that accomodates up to six radios per node. The platform can scale by adding more radio boards, 4.9GHz, WiMAX modules, or new technologies. The network architectures features Scalable Mesh Fast Re-route (SMFR) capabilities for distributed localized node intelligence, network topology-independent fast re-route, instant roaming, zero throughput loss, and zero latency over multiple hops.

Motorola Debuts 10 Gbps AdvancedTCA Communications Servers

Motorola introduced its Centellis 4000 series AdvancedTCA-based communications server featuring a 10 Gbps internal Ethernet switching fabric and high performance payload blades. Target applications include 4G base stations and IPTV service delivery platforms.

This first release of Motorola's Centellis 4000 Series of ATCA communications servers features a combined system controller and switching blade providing 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet links to each payload slot, and both optical and copper fabric extension ports. The system will support existing Centellis 3000 payload blades to ease migration, and also will introduce a new 1Gbps and 10Gbps AdvancedMC carrier blade and a high performance 10Gbps packet processing blade.

Motorola said its Centellis 4000 series would help network equipment providers (NEPs) to accelerate service providers' migration to a standards-based carrier-grade common platform.

Future releases of the Centellis 4000 will also feature 10 Gbps payload options focused on key applications.

Optimum Lightpath Supplies Metro Ethernet for NY Clinics

Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath division announced that more than 15 healthcare providers in the New York tri-state area have recently opted for its Metro Ethernet service. The carrier said that Metro Ethernet is especially attractive to medical facilities that specialize in diagnostic imaging technologies (i.e., MRI, CT, PET Ultrasound, Mammography, and Nuclear Medicine).

"Many of the newest clinical applications, such as those related to imaging, are highly data-intensive. Clearly, the previous 45 Mbps connections we had did not cut the mustard," said Richard Temple, chief information officer, Saint Clare's Health System.

Etex Selects Occam's Broadband Loop Carrier

Etex Telephone Cooperative, Inc., among the largest independent local exchange carriers (ILECs) in Texas, has purchased multiple products of Occam's Broadband Loop Carrier system to provide its customers with advanced services, such as Triple Play. Specificallym Etex is deploying Occam's BLC 6252, 6440 and 6312 blades inside Occam's BLC 6012 chassis. The 6252-02 ADSL2Plus Blade provides 48 ports of ADSL2Plus with Lifeline POTS on the same physical interface to deliver voice, data and video services.

Fujitsu CMOS Chip Recovers Clock and Data at 40-44Gbps

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a CMOS IC that performs clock and data recovery (CDR) at 40 to 44Gbps and de-multiplexes to 16 x 2.5Gbps.. Future applications include 40Gbps optical serializer-deserializer modules. The IC also complies with the ITU G.8251 jitter tolerance mask standard, achieving BER <10(-12) with a 2(31)-1 PRBS source. Previous ICs with similar or less functionality have been implemented in SiGe, biCMOS and other compound semiconductor technologies.

"This research demonstrates the viability of CMOS for implementing the most difficult circuit blocks in future high-speed optical modules," said William Walker, vice president of the Components and Devices Integration Group at Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. "In the near future, we will be able to demonstrate that the remaining blocks, such as the serializer and limiting amplifier, can also be implemented in CMOS and integrated together with the deserializer on the same IC."

GSM Association to Develop Global Mobile Payment System

The GSM Association (GSMA) has formed a "Pay-Buy Mobile" to further its efforts to define a common global approach to enabling Near Field Communications (NFC), the technology used to link mobile devices with payment and contactless systems. By embedding mobile contactless services, such as credit and debit payments, in the SIM card the mobile industry will extend the role of mobile phones in customers' everyday lives.

Fourteen mobile operators are participating in the 'Pay-Buy Mobile' initiative, which seeks to define a common global experience for mobile phone payments, on which seamlessly interoperable services will be provided. The fourteen operators, representing more than 900 million mobile users, are Cingular Wireless, now part of the new AT&T; China Mobile; KALL; KTF; MCI; MTN; NTT DoCoMo; Rogers Wireless; Smart Communications; Telenor, TeliaSonera; Telecom Italia; Turkcell, and Vimpelcom.

TietoEnator Launches IMS Signaling Middleware and Signaling/Protocol Gateways

TietoEnator introduced its next generation signaling products - carrier grade IMS Signaling Middleware and a family of Signaling/Protocol Gateways. TietoEnator said the key benefits of its Signaling products are carrier grade durability, redundancy and highly scalable software and hardware platforms based on a signaling architecture. The current signaling products from TietoEnator are included in major network equipment manufacturers' products used world-wide.

IMS Signaling Middleware provides a platform-independent and portable control plane solution for nodes in the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), such as Call Session Control Functions (CSCF), IMS Application Servers and Charging Functions. Together with TietoEnator's solutions for SS7 signaling, it is a building-block for developing convergence solutions such as signaling gateways, bridging the gap between legacy and all-IP networks.

The Signaling/Protocol Gateway provides interconnectivity between different types of signaling networks, access networks and transport networks, allowing integration of legacy equipment with state-of-the-art next generation IP-based networks.

Motorola Deploys WiMAX Network for Pakistan's Wateen Telecom

Nine months after the contract was awarded, Motorola has deployed Wateen Telecom's WiMAX network in 17 major cities across Pakistan, including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. The network will be used to provide wireless fixed broadband data services for residential and corporate use.
The two companies have also carried out end-to-end voice and data calls over the network. The deployment uses IMS core technology in preparation for Wateen to offer voice, data, Internet and multimedia services to its subscribers.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Adobe's Flash Lite to Video Playback for Mobiles

Adobe Systems announced that support for video will be integrated in the next generation of Adobe "Flash Lite" software, its Flash Player runtime specifically designed for mobile phones. Flash Lite 3, expected to be available in the first half of 2007, will bring the Adobe Flash Player video format from the desktop to mobile phones and devices, enabling operators, handset manufacturers and developers alike to deliver more compelling and engaging experiences to mobile users.

The release is expected to allow users to view video content from popular Internet sites like YouTube or MySpace and enable developers to create new, dynamic applications across a variety of mobile and consumer electronics platforms. Adobe said videos can be viewed in different forms within the Flash environment, including downloadable video clips, streaming videos, applications with user interfaces based on Flash or personalized content such as wallpapers or screensavers.

"Video support in Flash Lite will revolutionize the way users engage with mobile content and open up new revenue opportunities for developers worldwide," said Al Ramadan, senior vice president for Mobile and Device Solutions at Adobe.

Telefónica Selects Alcatel-Lucent for Presence-Based IMS

Alcatel-Lucent announced a contract to supply its Presence Server IMS solution for Telefónica. Once implemented, communication services such as instant messaging, video mailbox, push-to-talk and push-to-view, click-to-call, or instant collaboration, both in fixed and mobile communications will benefit from this new capabilities based on the information, control and intelligent management of location, presence and availability of users. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide integration in Telefonica's core and the maintenance services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TI Launches "LoCosto" Single-Chip for GSM Phones

Texas Instruments launched its third generation GSM solution for the ultra low-cost handset market. The "LoCosto ULC" single-chip platform will reduce electronic bill of materials by up to 25% percent compared to the current generation, and include improvements in voice clarity and loudness; battery life; and support for a range of advanced features, such as enhanced color display, FM stereo, MP3 ring tones, camera, and MP3 playback.

Compared to the current "LoCosto" generation, the TCS2305 and TCS2315 solutions will enable 60 percent longer stand-by time and 30 percent longer talk time, significantly improving handset battery life - a critical requirement in rural areas where access to power infrastructure may be limited. The solutions will also offer a 2X improvement in voice loudness and will include full duplex voice call support to mitigate voice chopping, both of which are necessary in noisy environments.

Ericsson and Telstra Achieve 200 km Cell Range with up 2.3 Mbps Downlinks

Telstra is ready to launch the world's first 200 km cell range in a commercial mobile broadband network. The performance is achieved using Ericsson's Extended Range software, which has been installed in selected mountaintop sites across Australia, supporting all 3G services over extensive geographical areas.

The advanced software employs High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology to achieve peak network speeds of up to 1.9Mbps in the uplink and 14.4Mbps in the downlink. Downlink speeds of 2.3Mbps at a 200km range have also been achieved during testing.

Ericsson Acquires Entrisphere for Fiber Access

Ericsson has acquired Entrisphere, a start-up specializing in GPON fiber access technology, for an undisclosed sum. Entrisphere was founded in 2000 and is based in Santa Clara, California. The company employs about 140 people. Its platform is currently in deployment in North America and undergoing trials overseas.

The core of the Entrisphere GPON solution includes Optical Line Terminals (OLTs), Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), Optical Network Units (ONUs) and management systems. The solution also includes software upgrades that expand existing IP service-aware features such as IGMP multicasting, VLAN stacking and tagging, and security upgrades.

Ericsson said the acquisition brings a leading IP based broadband access platform ready for volume deployment compliant with both North American and international standards.
  • In December 2006, Ericsson acquired Redback Networks for $2.1 billion. Earlier in 2006, Ericsson closed its acquisition of Marconi. This deal, which was valued at US$2 billion when it was announced in October 2005, included Marconi's optical networking business, Marconi's broadband and fixed radio access network business, Marconi's softswitch business, and Marconi's data networking equipment and services businesses.

  • In May 2005, Entrisphere raised $75 million in Series C financing for its network access equipment. The funding was led by VantagePoint Venture Partners and included all of Entrisphere's existing investment group-Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital, CDP Capital, Crosspoint Venture Partners, Duff Ackerman & Goodrich, El Dorado Ventures, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, and STAR Ventures.

  • Entrisphere is headed by Mark Floyd, who previously was a founder of Efficient Networks (acquired by Siemens). The company is based in Santa Clara, California with an office in Plano, Texas.

Virtual Network Elements to Integrate Carrier Management Silos
Access Platforms enable new IPTV and packet voice services, and they lower
capital costs by reducing the number of separate boxes needed to provide
the various functions. But the very integration that makes MSAPs so
attractive also causes problems for the legacy side of telco operations.
The solution is to use software to abstract non-integrated, virtual views
of the MSAP's functions from its integrated hardware.