Saturday, March 3, 2007

MediaFLO Technology Trial Planned for Taiwan

China Network Systems (CNS) together with Taiwan Television Enterprise Ltd. (TTV) will conduct a technical trial of QUALCOMM's MediaFLO technology in Taipei.

The technical trial will feature four live channels of CNS content and up to three live channels of TTV content distributed to mobile devices.

MediaFLO technology is complementary to UMTS/WCDMA and CDMA2000 EV-DO infrastructure.
  • In December 2006, British Sky Broadcasting Limited (BSkyB) and QUALCOMM completed a joint technical trial of QUALCOMM's MediaFLO System in the United Kingdom. The technical trial, conducted over two months in Cambridge, featured 11 channels from the BSkyB content menu delivered to non-commercial devices from QUALCOMM and aimed to demonstrate the performance of the MediaFLO System in both laboratory and mixed field test environments.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Akros Silicon Raises $10 Million for PoE Network-Attached Appliances

Akros Silicon, a start-up based in Folsom, California, secured $10.1 million in Series B financing for its silicon designs.

Akros is developing system level ICs that manage power at the edge of the network. In less than 18 months, Akros Silicon has developed a mixed signal system-level IC solution that integrates Power over Ethernet (PoE) control, power management and interface to the Ethernet world. The company is sampling highly integrated and differentiated ICs used for bringing power to network attached appliances such as VoIP phones, wireless LAN access points, RFID tag readers, point-of-sale terminals, security cameras, remote access and home networked systems which will accelerate the convergence of data, audio and video transmission.

The funding was led by Levensohn Venture Partners and included existing Series A investors, Bay Partners, SPM Capital and US Venture Partners.

YouTube Signs BBC as Content Partner

The BBC will post some of its video content on YouTube.

The non-exclusive partnership will create branded BBC "Channels" on YouTube operating under separate BBC and BBC Worldwide agreements.

YouTube said the partnership reflects its commitment to work with content owners to make compelling video accessible online.

Espial's IPTV Middleware Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Espial, a provider of IPTV middleware and applications, has reached the one million subscriber unit milestone for its Evo family of IPTV products. During 2006, the company shipped over 750,000 Evo subscriber licenses to operator customers and partners around the globe.

Espial's flagship Evo IPTV Service Platform product family includes Evo Client middleware, various data-driven applications including Evo EPG, Evo VOD, Evo DVR, Evo Browser and Evo BML, the carrier-grade Evo Server, and the open Evo Future-Proof Framework.

CableLabs Works On Spec for Receiving Off-Air Digital Broadcasts

CableLabs is launching an initiative to develop cable interface specifications for receipt of off-air digital broadcast signals. The interface specifications would enable devices to receive digital off-air television signals and would deliver these digital signals seamlessly through a cable set-top box.

CableLabs said this technology would allow consumers to receive broadcast television signals as an integrated viewing experience. The concept combines over-the-air digital television transmission with television programming carried by the cable provider.

Paris Selects Alcatel-Lucent and SFR for Metro WiFi

The city of Paris has selected Alcatel-Lucent and SFR, the second largest mobile telecommunications operator in France, to supply and integrate the first urban WiFi network in France. Alcatel-Lucent will integrate and deploy the turnkey WiFi network. SFR, with Alcatel-Lucent as its WiFi technological partner for the past three years, will be responsible for the operation, monitoring and maintenance of the WiFi network, as well as the customer service and the Web portal. The launch of this network will take place in the third quarter of 2007.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent for 802.16e-2005 WiMAX

Chunghwa Telecom selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy Taiwan's first Universal WiMAX (802.16e-2005) network in the densely populated metro area of Taoyuan county. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Chunghwa Telecom's Universal WiMAX network will fully comply with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 (also called Rev-e) standard for fixed, nomadic and mobile usage. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its end-to-end WiMAX solution, including 2X2 multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) technology, which can help increase capacity and coverage. Alcatel-Lucent will also be providing Chunghwa Telecom multi-vendor network integration, engineering and installation support.

The new wireless broadband network will enable Chunghwa Telecom customers to access applications such as high-speed Internet, video streaming and VoIP using their laptops, computers, modems or wireless handheld terminals.

Ericsson to Supply FTTx in Greece

Ericsson was awarded a turnkey contract by the Greek city of Trikalaas to serve as the prime integrator a turnkey FTTx backbone telecommunications infrastructure project. Ericsson is also the sole supplier of switching, WiFi systems and a metropolitan area fiber optic network, as well as related telecom services, such as consulting, deployment, systems integration and customer support, until 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Amino and Ruckus Wireless Announce IPTV Alliance

Amino and Ruckus Wireless announced an extended partnership and advanced integration and interoperability of their next-generation IPTV products. The joint development includes the creation of custom drivers and firmware that enable a completely plug-and-play wireless IPTV solution.

Amino has recently integrated its multi-codec AmiNET125 IPTV set-top box (STB) with Ruckus' next-generation MediaFlex wireless USB dongle, a unique, miniaturized wireless multimedia adapter. This new Smart Wi-Fi adapter, which requires no power adapter, reduces the cost and simplifies the deployment of IPTV to the operator even further compared to the first- generation of Ruckus adapters -- making wireless IPTV even more affordable.

Amino and Ruckus Wireless estimate that IPTV installation within consumer homes typically take between three to six hours. The companies claim their solution can be installed in less than one hour in most cases for a multi-room IPTV solution.

UTStarcom Delays Filing 2006 Annual Report

UTStarcom announced a delay in filing its 2006 Annual Report, saying it needs more time to analyze and compute the financial statement effects of the errors in measurement dates for past stock option grants.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

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Deutsche Telekom Posts Contiued Decline in Home Market, Growth Abroad

Deutsche Telekom reported its 2006 results. Two key trends stood out: in Germany, intense competition was met with a major drop in prices; meanwhile, significant growth continued in the company's international business.

Overall, net revenue increased by 2.9 percent year-on-year to EUR 61.3 billion. Based on adjusted net profit of EUR 3.9 billion and free cash flow (excluding the investment in Mobile Communications spectrum in the United States) of EUR 5.7 billion, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board will propose a dividend of EUR 0.72 per share to the shareholders' meeting on May 3, 2007.

Some highlights:

  • Domestic revenue declined by around EUR 1.7 billion or 5.0 percent year-on-year to EUR 32.5 billion in 2006.

  • Revenue generated outside Germany increased by EUR 3.5 billion or 13.6 percent to EUR 28.9 billion. International business therefore generated 47.1 percent of the Group's net revenue, compared with 42.7 percent in 2005.

  • T-Mobile Deutschland recorded a decline in revenue of 4.7 percent to EUR 8.2 billion in the 2006 financial year. This decrease was attributable in part to the continued drop in prices of more than 10 percent in the German mobile communications market and the effects of the reduction in termination charges imposed by the regulator in November 2006.

  • Domestic revenue in the Broadband/Fixed Network business area decreased by around 6.1 percent in 2006 to EUR 21.8 billion. This is mainly the result of lower revenues from Network Communications where the migration of lines from T-Com's network to alternative fixed-network providers and to mobile communications as well as the continued decline in prices led to a drop in revenues of EUR 1.1 billion or 9 percent, mainly from lower call revenues.

  • Bundling continues to grow. At the end of 2006, the number of complete packages marketed had increased to 3.6 million. More than two thirds of the packages sold were double-play (telephone and Internet).

  • In Q4, T-Com recorded 880,000 new broadband lines, its highest ever quarterly DSL growth in Germany since market launch. The proportion of broadband lines that were marketed by T‑Com itself increased significantly in the last quarter of the year: from 19.0 percent in the third quarter to 64.0 percent in the fourth quarter.

  • As of the end of 2006, Deutsche Telekom was serving 11,716,000 total broadband lines, of which 10,280,000 were domestic, and 3,212,000 were resale.

  • As of the end of 2006, narrowband lines numbered 38,961,000 down from 41,243,000 a year earlier.

  • As of the end of 2006, total mobile subscribers across the group were 106,419,000, up from 97,846,000 a year earlier.

Deutsche Telekom Renews Focus on Broadband and Mobile Internet

Deutsche Telekom will center is long-term strategy on broadband services and the mobile Internet, said company CEO René Obermann, speaking at a press conference in Bonn.

Key points of the strategy include:

  • Simplifying the company's branding. T-Home will offer services for the home and T-Mobile for on the move. The new brand portfolio will be rounded off in Germany with a second brand comprising mobile communications and DSL offerings specifically aimed at extremely cost-conscious customers and launched before the summer holidays.

  • Securing the Group's competitiveness in its home market of Germany. "Germany is our most important market. The best successes abroad are only of limited use if we don't get business on our home market under control."

  • International expansion. DT intends to expand in the mobile communications sector, potentially also in new markets and regions. This might be accomplished through strategic acquisitions that would be partially financed by the sale of non-strategic business units. Specifically under review are the T-Systems Media & Broadcast unit (a service provider for the broadcasting and media industry), DeTeImmobilien (real estate), Club Internet and (the Internet companies in France and Spain) along with radio towers in Germany and the United States, plus the remaining shares in the real estate company Sireo.

  • DT hopes to have 1.5 million IPTV users by 2010.

"The Group intends to grow in the mobile communications and fixed-network market for consumers in the coming years, particularly on the strength of broadband offerings, said Obermann.

Cisco Teams with NTT DoCoMo Dual-Mode IP Telephony Solution

Cisco will provide a dual-mode IP telephony solution matched to NTT DoCoMo's N902iL FOMA / wireless LAN dual-mode mobile phone and 3G network.

The SIP-based solution will leverage the Cisco Unified CallManager and the Cisco Unified Wireless Network to extend rich office IP communications capabilities to NTT DoCoMo dual-mode mobile handset.

When connected to the Cisco Unified Wireless Network in the office environment, employees will be able to place, receive, hold and forward calls just as they would from a desktop IP phone. Additionally, employees will be able to access office voicemail and interact with other office IP telephony features from their mobile phones. The mobile handset and Cisco Unified Wireless Network both support 54 Mbps Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11g along with IEEE 802.11e to ensure network performance and quality of service for voice traffic on the wireless LAN. Outside the office, the N902iL will operate on the NTT DoCoMo FOMA network and will receive incoming office calls using Cisco's mobile solutions for unified communications.

"NTT DoCoMo welcomes the support of Cisco Unified CallManager and Cisco's Unified Wireless Network, which are used by many people in the wireless LAN market. This integration was something our customers had requested since the release of our previous model, N900iL," said Hiroshi Sawada, Managing Director of NTT DoCoMo's Solution Business Department.

PMC-Sierra Appoints Former Wind River Exec as CFO

PMC-Sierra named Michael W. Zellner as vice president, chief financial officer (CFO). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Zellner was senior vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer at Wind River Systems, Inc., a device software solutions provider to the electronics industry. Prior to Wind River, Mr. Zellner was senior director of finance at Applied Materials, Inc. where he was responsible for two separate business units with revenues in excess of $1 billion.

Zarlink Releases Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Line Card Synchronizer

Zarlink Semiconductor expanded its family of Synchronous Ethernet timing solutions with a new single-chip Gigabit Ethernet line card synchronizer. The new chip provides timing and synchronization for Ethernet line cards in next-generation networking equipment supporting circuit services over IP-based architectures.

The device integrates independent analog and digital PLLs, the device synchronizes with standard telecom and Ethernet clocks, and generates an IEEE 802.3 jitter compliant 25 MHz Gigabit Ethernet output clock.

"Synchronous Ethernet is a key technology as service providers aggressively seek new ways to more efficiently support time-sensitive applications over packet networks," said Darren Ladouceur, marketing manager, Timing and Synchronization, Zarlink Semiconductor.

U.S. Fiber Subscribers to reach 18 million by 2011

The number of U.S. households subscribing to FTTx (fiber connections) will increase from three million in 2007 to 18 million by the end of 2011, according to a new report from Parks Associates.

"FTTx and BPL: Analysis and Outlook" analyzes the market trends and significant events that will impact FTTx and BPL deployments over the next five years. It also addresses the consumer and competitive pressures that will influence these methods, the economics associated with the deployment of these technologies, and the opportunities FTTx and BPL provides for vendors and service providers.

"While fiber is a small percentage of total U.S. broadband household subscriptions today, it will achieve a faster growth rate than what DSL and cable did after their inception," said Chris Roden, research analyst at Parks Associates.

Huawei Records 28 New UMTS/HSPA contracts in 2006

Huawei Technologies signed 28 new UMTS/HSPA contracts in 2006, giving it a total of 47 such projects worldwide. The company reckons it is now one of the top three players in this space.