Sunday, April 8, 2007

Akamai Offers Rich Media Management for Enterprises

Akamai Technologies introduced an enterprise-class, rich media management solution that provides an automated way for content owners to manage and distribute large digital libraries, including video and audio assets, online. At the foundation of the Akamai Stream OS solution is Akamai's global media delivery platform. Akamai said its new service allows content to be uploaded and published in a controlled way, to support both traditional syndication models and viral distribution across the Internet. The service provides detailed analytics at both an enterprise and asset level across distribution channels, referring sites and accessing devices.

Akamai said it is embracing a standards-based syndication model to facilitate distribution across the Internet to increase reach and build a targeted online audience that is attractive to advertisers.

The NBA is using Akamai Stream OS to manage more than 45,000 streaming assets, and provide access to online game highlight footage within minutes of production to,,, and all team sites. Additionally, Stream OS helps the NBA distribute its content to partner sites, licensees and web and desktop widgets.

VSNL Partners with Microsoft for Messaging/Collaboration Service for Mobile Operators

VSNL, the international arm of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, has introduced a global, white label "ReadyAccess" messaging solution for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

VSNL is using a custom-designed, hosted Microsoft Exchange solution to enable MNOs with the ability to offer business messaging and collaboration solution with push-email connectivity in a cost effective and expedited manner.

Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), Thailand's leading MNO, also announced that it selected VSNL International to provide its customers with enterprise-class messaging.

AIS' announcement also follows a recent statement positioning VSNL as the first global provider to bring this essential collaboration service to enterprise customers in India in alliance with Microsoft.

Microsoft Ties Windows Live Messenger to Xbox 360

Beginning the week of May 7, 2007, Microsoft Xbox 360 users will have access to Windows Live Messenger, enabling members of the 6 million-strong Xbox LIVE community to text chat with up to six people on their contact list at one time, while playing games, listening to music or watching movies.

A virtual keyboard is accessible on Xbox 360 or users can connect a USB keyboard to the console. This summer Microsoft plans to offer a QWERTY text-input device, a new accessory that will connect directly into the Xbox 360 controller to support text and instant messaging.

Fujitsu Debuts H.264 Encoders for IP and DVB Networks

Fujitsu introduced a new line of video encoder/decoders designed for broadcast-quality high-definition video over IP and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) networks. The IP-9500 uses H.264 to enable live transmission of high-quality HDTV at approximately half the bit-rate of typical MPEG-2 encoders.

Fujitsu said its new device also features Forward Error Correction (FEC) for IP network deployment for exceptional rendering of decoded images on networks with large error rates, thus ensuring very high Quality of Service (QoS). It can be used in remote sites for Electronic News Gathering (ENG), as well at most contribution and distribution applications. In addition, the IP-9500 can be directly connected to the latest HDTV cameras and displays via popular HD-SDI and HDMI interfaces. The appliance is priced at $49,950 (U.S. list).

UTStarcom Selects Motorola AdvancedTCA

UTStarcom has selected Motorola's AdvancedTCA communications servers as a carrier-grade common platform for the company's "mSwitch" IP-based multi-service platforms.

"UTStarcom's selection of Motorola's communications servers is further evidence that the adoption of ATCA is growing in Asia and throughout the world," said Stephen Dow, vice president and general manager, Embedded Communications Computing, Motorola. "We believe that deployment of open, standards-based communications servers as a common platform for a portfolio of applications will help network equipment providers lower CAPEX and OPEX and speed time-to-market."
  • 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 10 Gbps packet processing blade.

Japan's J:COM Deploys pre-DOCSIS 3.0 with ARRIS

J:COM, the largest multiple system operator (MSO) in Japan with 2.62 million subscribing households, is deploying the ARRIS FlexPath pre-DOCSIS 3.0 wideband channel bonding solution to its residential customers, enabling Internet service capable of downstream speeds of 160 Mbps, and upstream speeds of 10 Mbps.

The service carries the brand "J:COM NET HIGHGRADE", and will be offered to customers living in single dwelling units, individual homes and smaller apartment buildings within the J:COM network footprint beginning this month. Initial J:COM NET HIGHGRADE service deployments are in the Kansai area at the Minami Osaka, Izumi, and Izumi Ohtsu systems.

J:COM is using the ARRIS C4 CMTS situated in J:COM's headend and ARRIS Touchstone Wideband Modems WBM650C in the customer premises.

ARRIS said its FlexPath software can be installed into existing C4 CMTS with a simple software upgrade and all legacy DOCSIS modems -- 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 -- can coexist on the same downstream channels as the FlexPath modems. The Touchstone Wideband Modem WBM650 delivers end-user data speeds of up to 160 Mbps in the downstream and up to 120 Mbps in the upstream. It does this by bonding up to four 256-QAM DOCSIS channels using packet-based bonding. The company also noted that its C4 CMTS is fully upgradeable to DOCSIS 3.0 and the Touchstone Wideband Modems WBM650 are forward compatible with DOCSIS 3.0.
  • In November 2006, ARRIS announced that Hyundai Communications and Network (HCN), South Korea's third- largest cable system operator serving over 1.1 million video customers, is now delivering full duplex data speeds in excess of 100 Mbps to its customers using the ARRIS FlexPath wideband data solution.

  • In September 2006, ARRIS announced that Korea's KCTV JEJU Broadcasting completed field testing of its wideband data solution.

Nokia Launches its N95 in US Market

Nokia has begun selling its N95 Multimedia Computer in the United States. The N95 is an all-in-one multimedia computer with a 2-way slide concept, integrated GPS functionality, a 5 megapixel camera and support for High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) mobile networks.

The 2-way slide concept makes it easier to switch between different modes, going from reading maps to watching a video with a simple slide. A numeric keypad slides out from one end of the device while dedicated media keys slide out from the opposite direction, converting the display into full screen landscape mode.

JDSU Appoints President of Optical Communications Group

JDSU has appointed David Gudmundson as President of Optical Communications. Gudmundson joined JDSU in December 2003, serving as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Marketing where he played an integral role in a number of strategic transactions - including the acquisitions of Lightwave Electronics, Acterna, and Agility Communications.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Atheros Introduces New 802.11g Chip for Carrier Gateways

Atheros Communications announced introduced an enhanced 802.11g silicon solution for home gateways. The compact, single-chip Atheros AR2417 solution, which is the newest member of the company's seventh-generation AR5007 family, offers significantly increased integration while delivering WLAN signal range of up to 300 ft. Rhe new low cost, single-chip solution for mini-PCI and cardbus designs reduce the rest of bill-of-materials (RBOM) by 30-45 percent compared to competitive solutions.

Like its predecessor, the AR5005G which has shipped more than 30 million units to date, the new AR2417 integrates the media access controller, baseband processor and 2.4GHz radio onto the single-chip design. In addition, the AR2417 now delivers greater value by integrating the low noise amplifier (LNA) and power amplifier (PA) onto the low cost, digital CMOS system-on-chip. The AR2417 offers the added benefit of its innovative 2-layer mini-PCI design.

Atheros said while it continues to push ahead with its XSPAN draft 802.11n solutions, it also continues to invest in 802.11g. Home gateway solutions based on 802.11g technology provide ample performance for basic data networking and web surfing, while the significantly greater throughput enabled by 802.11n networks is required to deliver triple-play services -- data, video and voice -- throughout the home.

The AR2417 chip is currently in volume production and shipping to leading retail and carrier customers.

AboveNet Announces Network Pact with PAXIO

AboveNet announced an agreement with PAXIO Inc. of Anaheim, California for optical network facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. PAXIO is developing FTTH networks planned for later this year. http://www.above.net

Vonage Continues Adding Customers Under Emergency Stay of Injunction

A U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia issued an injunction against Vonage effective April 12 that bars Vonage from acquiring new customers during its appeal in its VoIP patent dispute with Verizon.

In response, Vonage filed for and received an emergency stay of the injunction from the Federal Circuit. Vonage said the stay enables it to continue to sign up new customers until the Appellate court can hear Vonage's request for a permanent stay. The Court's ruling also allows Vonage to continue to provide phone service to existing customers.

Vonage said it will continue to provide digital telephone service to existing customers indefinitely by paying into escrow a quarterly royalty of 5.5% throughout the appeals process. Separately, the District Court required Vonage to post a bond of $66 million to secure Verizon's damages judgment.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Nortel Global Operations Center in Istanbul

Nortel opened a new Global Operations Center of Excellence in Istanbul to help provide enhanced technical support services to its service provider customers around the world. The facility provides technical and operational support to Nortel customers deploying next-generation mobile, converged, metro Ethernet and optical networks. This includes product support for global customers, network technical support for customers in North America, and network integration and technical support for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Verso to Acquire sentitO for VoIP Gateway

Verso Technologies agreed to acquire privately held sentitO Networks, a supplier of voice gateways, for approximately 7.7 million restricted shares of Verso common stock, 2.2 million of which are subject to escrow provisions, and warrants to purchase approximately 841,000 shares of Verso common stock, subject to certain conditions and approvals. Shares in Verso (Nasdaq: VRSO) traded on Thursday at $0.96.

Founded in 2000, sentitO supplies open and distributed VoIP gateway solutions for telecommunications service providers worldwide. The sentitO Open Network Xchange (ONX) architecture enables new, innovative voice services by providing media and signaling conversion utilizing session initiation protocol (SIP) technology.

Verso said the acquisition complements its existing portfolio and opens up new distribution and market opportunities. Verso intends to maintain its valuable relationship with AudioCodes as a source for optical and other gateway products.

Verso expects that certain of sentitO's resellers and their strategic affiliations in Russia will allow Verso to expand in the Russian and Eastern European markets with an experienced partner.

Pursuant to the merger agreement, an additional $3.0 million of Verso common stock will be issued through an earn-out provision based on Verso achieving a $12.0 million revenue target during the 12 month period following the closing of the acquisition that is attributable to the sentitO business. In addition, the merger agreement provides that 1.2 million shares of Verso common stock will be held in escrow and released based upon the completion of certain in-progress customer activity and approximately 1.0 million shares of Verso common stock will be held in escrow to satisfy potential indemnity claims.
  • In January 2007, Verso Technologies acquired the iMarc product line from Paradyne Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of Zhone Technologies. Verso had previously served as a reseller of Zhone products. Under the deal, Verso will pay $2.5 million. In addition, Zhone will provide contract manufacturing services to Verso for a period of up to six months. Verso will then purchase from Zhone the inventory relating to the iMarc product line.

  • In August 2006, sentitO Networks raised $6 million in venture financing for its intelligent voice gateway and signaling solution. The funding round was led by Columbus Nova Capital, an affiliate of Russian-based RENOVA Group of Companies, with previous investors Core Capital Partners, Inflection Point Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, and Technology Venture Partners also participating.

  • sentitO's Open Network Xchange (ONX) architecture and distributed VoIP media and signaling gateway solutions provide media and signaling conversion between the PSTN and IP networks. sentitO's ONX solution set includes the IVG1200 Intelligent Voice Gateway, Proxy7 Signaling Gateway, and PreVision Network Manager.

  • sentitO recently announced it has been certified to commercially deploy its VoIP infrastructure equipment in Russia by Infokom, the Center of Examination and Certification. The certification confirms mandatory quality, functionality and interoperability requirements for commercial deployment in Russian networks. sentitO's VoIP infrastructure products are currently deployed in China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Russia, Singapore, and the U.S., among others.

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies IP Communications for Russia's Gazprom

Alcatel-Lucent has delivered a state-of-the-art IP communication solution for Gazprom neft, Russia's fastest-growing oil company. The installation serves more than 3,000 employees at Gazprom's oil processing factory in the city of Omsk. Based on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Enterprise IP telephony platform, the solution includes Alcatel-Lucent's newest VoIP handsets. All nodes of the network are interconnected to ensure a feature rich environment and to unite existing systems into a single, integrated enterprise communication platform. Alcatel-Lucent also delivered Alcatel-Lucent IP Touch phones. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Siemens Networks Supplies GEPON to Indonesia's Biznet

Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GE-PON) technology to the Indonesian Internet provider Biznet.

Biznet, Indonesia's premium ISP and data center provider, has launched new FTTH access service based on Siemens Surpass hiX 5404 -- Optical Network Termination (ONT) and Siemens SURPASS hiX 5430: Optical Line Termination (OLT) GE-PON (Gigabit Ethernet -- Passive Optical Network) technology.

Biznet MetroNET Prepaid Internet Service is a broadband service for both business and residential users with a connection speed up 100 Mbps for both download and upload. As of 2007, current Biznet MetroNET Prepaid Internet Service is available maximum at 5 Mbps. Biznet MetroNET also offers value added services such as Biznet Bandwidth on Demand and Biznet SafeSurf.

Pipex Wireless Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for WiMAX

Pipex Wireless, a new venture formed in April 2006 by Pipex Communications and Intel Capital to develop and roll-out a WiMAX network into the UK market, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as a key partner.

Pipex Wireless will use Nokia Siemens Networks' equipment, services and networking expertise to widen its roll-out of WiMAX powered broadband wireless services nationwide. Pipex Wireless and Nokia Siemens Networks are now working on equipment specification, network design and service definition in readiness for a pilot deployment during this year.

Pipex Wireless owns a national spectrum license in the 3.6 to 4.2 GHz frequency range allowing it to deploy new and innovative broadband wireless services.

Digital Music Group (DMG) to Sell Content on Amazon Unbox

Digital Music Group, a content owner and global leader in the digital distribution of independently owned music, television, film and video catalogs, will begin offering its television and film content through Amazon Unbox.

DMGI currently controls the digital distribution rights to more than 4,000 hours of video content.

Amazon Unbox is the latest in a growing list of digital video services added to the DMGI distribution network that includes YouTube, the iTunes Store, Google Video, and In2TV, among others.

Veraz Networks Completes IPO

Veraz Networks Inc. completed an initial public offering (IPO) and began trading on NASDAQ under the symbol "VRAZ". Veraz is a leading global provider of IP softswitches, media gateways and digital compression products that enable voice, video and other multimedia services. ECI Telecom Ltd. holds approximately 40% of Veraz.

Veraz priced its initial public offering on NASDAQ at $8 per share (before underwriting discounts), expecting to raise gross proceeds of $54 million (before underwriting discounts and expenses), selling 6,750,000 shares. In addition, ECI planned to sell 2,250,000 shares at the public offering price. The underwriters were granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,012,500 shares of common stock by Veraz and up to an additional 337,500 shares by ECI at the initial public offering price to cover over-allotments, if any.

The offering was made through an underwriting syndicate let by Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Lehman Brothers Inc. who acted as joint book-running managers. Jefferies & Company and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. acted as co-managers for the offering.

VRAZ closed at $7.80 after its first day of trading.

Nokia Makes Patent Payment, QUALCOMM Files Arbitration Demand

Nokia made a payment of US$20 million to QUALCOMM for patent licenses covering the second quarter 2007. Nokia and QUALCOMM have had patent license agreements since 1992 and Nokia's obligations to pay license fees under the old agreements partially expire on April 9, 2007.

Nokia said the payment announced today does not extend, and is not related to, the old agreement. Rather, it is based on the licenses that QUALCOMM has agreed and provided through the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI).

"As we continue to negotiate the new cross-license agreement, Nokia views this payment as fair and reasonable compensation for the use of relevant Qualcomm essential patents in Nokia UMTS handsets during the second quarter of 2007. Nokia believes that Qualcomm's patent portfolio is concentrated in the United States, and that it has few or no alleged UMTS patents in many of the countries in which Nokia has substantial UMTS handset sales. When Qualcomm's early patents become paid-up and royalty-free on April 9, 2007 Qualcomm's share of all patents relevant to Nokia UMTS handsets will significantly decrease", said Rick Simonson, chief financial officer, Nokia.

In response, QUALCOMM filed a demand with the American Arbitration Association, seeking a ruling that Nokia's continued use of QUALCOMM's patents in Nokia's CDMA cellular handsets (including WCDMA) after April 9, 2007 constitutes an election by Nokia to extend its license under the parties' existing agreement. QUALCOMM said such an extension would obligate Nokia to pay QUALCOMM the same royalty specified in the current agreement and prohibit Nokia from asserting patent claims against QUALCOMM's CDMA products. QUALCOMM also seeks a ruling that it is entitled to terminate all of Nokia's rights and licenses under the agreement if Nokia sues QUALCOMM for patent infringement after April 9, 2007.

Cantata Names Timothy L. Murray as CEO

Cantata Technology announced the appointment of Timothy Murray to the position of CEO, replacing Marc Zionts, who will remain with the company in an advisory capacity, serving as Vice Chairman. Murray spent more than 20 years in senior executive positions at AT&T, including as Executive Vice President, Business Service Operations; President, Business Network Services; and, Vice President, Middle Market Business Unit. Prior to joining Cantata Technology, Murray held the positions of President and CEO of Cross Match Services, a leading provider of biometric identification services.