Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Nortel Teams with GENBAND on VoIP Migration

Nortel will partner with GENBAND, a supplier of IP media gateway and infrastructure products, to offer new solutions that allow regional North American voice carriers to migrate to VoIP. The solutions enable seamless transition to VoIP for regional carriers while extending Nortel's migration capabilities to DCO and EWSD switches.

GENBAND's media gateways, when paired with the Nortel Communication Server (CS) 1500 and CS 2000, enable users of these legacy TDM voice switches -- serving millions of lines in North America -- to migrate to Nortel VoIP at a significantly lower cost by reusing rather than replacing existing line equipment.

Nortel will resell, distribute and support both GENBAND's G6 Universal Media Gateway and G2 Compact Media Gateway. These media gateways complement the existing capabilities of Nortel's CS 1500 and CS 2000, which already migrate existing line equipment from both the Nortel DMS-100 and DMS-10.

Nortel CEO Appointed to National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

President George W. Bush will appoint Nortel's President and CEO Mike Zafirovski to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

The NSTAC, which is comprised of leaders from throughout the communications industry, provides industry-based analyses and recommendations to the President and the executive branch regarding policy and enhancements to National Security and Emergency Preparedness communications policy.

Sony Ericsson Ships 24.9 million Mobile Devices in Q2, up 59%

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications shipped 24.9 million mobile units in the quarter ended 30-June-2007, a 59% increase compared to the same period last year, generating both year-on-year and sequential market share gains.

Sales for the quarter were EUR 3.11 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 37%. Income before taxes for the quarter was EUR 327 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 55%. Net income for the quarter was EUR 220 million. In line with Sony Ericsson expectations, the increase in Q2 in low and mid-tier priced phones in the product portfolio resulted in a decline in ASP to EUR 125.

Hong Kong's PCCW Deploys Cisco ONS 15454

PCCW, the incumbent telecommunications provider in Hong Kong, has selected Cisco Systems' optical networking solution (ONS) to help strengthen its Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) services for its enterprise customers.

Specifically, PCCW is deploying the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP), which uses reconfiguration optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM) technology to add, drop or pass through any combination of the available wavelengths. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Stu Reed Named Head of Motorola's Mobile Devices Business

Stu Reed, executive vice president of Motorola's Integrated Supply Chain organization, has been named president of Motorola's Mobile Devices business effective immediately. Reed will continue to report directly to Greg Brown, president and chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Motorola, Reed worked at IBM Corporation for more than 20 years, where he held executive roles over manufacturing; strategy, process and information technology; and systems and software products.

India's Reliance Awards US$200 Million Contract to Huawei

India's Reliance Communications awarded a network expansion contract valued at over US$200 million to Huawei Technologies. The project is described as the largest wireless network expansion undertaken by any operator across the world.

Under the agreement, Huawei will supply and provide services for CDMA & GSM base stations, including BSC (Base Station Controller) and switches, and help to create first class all-IP Next Generation Network infrastructure. Reliance Communications' decision to choose Huawei comes after more than a year's intense scrutiny and stringent equipment tests.

TerreStar and Alcatel-Lucent Develop "IMS-over-Satellite"

TerreStar Networks selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply a next-generation solution for a significant test as TerreStar prepares to build an integrated mobile satellite and land-based communications network in North America, believed to be the first of its kind using the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) to deliver universal access and personalized services over standard wireless devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs.

TerreStar, which is a majority owned subsidiary of Motient Corporation, is planning to build a 4G integrated mobile satellite and terrestrial communications network that will provide universal access and tailored applications throughout North America over conventional wireless devices. TerreStar, which has begun deploying its network for commercial launch in 2008 expects to operate as a carrier's carrier, providing integrated next generation terrestrial and satellite mobility services to communications services providers -- such as wireless carriers, satellite vendors, wireless operators, and electric and telephony cooperatives -- and also providing services directly to companies and government entities.

For the lab trial, Alcatel-Lucent will provide an IMS service delivery architecture that can enable TerreStar's service provider customers to develop and integrate communications applications into the next generation network. TerreStar and its channel partners will test the ability of this new platform to help provide some of the fastest service provider response in the industry to new commercial market opportunities through rapid provisioning and deployment of new applications.

Alcatel-Lucent's solution for TerreStar will include key elements of its IMS portfolio including IMS session controller, consolidated subscriber management system, IMS media server, presence server and IMS application server.
  • TerreStar's first satellite, TerreStar-1, is being built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) and delivery is slated for August 2008. Arianespace is the commercial launch service chosen by TerreStar.

SHD Chooses Alcatel-Lucent for WiMAX Network in France

SHD, Société du Haut Débit, a joint venture between SFR (66%) and Neuf Cegetel (34%), awarded a two-year contract to Alcatel-Lucent to build a next-generation WiMAX network in France, using standard 802.16e-2005 technology. The new radio network will use the 3.4 -- 3.6 GHz frequency band. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A pilot network in the Paris region was deployed at the end of 2006 and is currently operational. Alcatel-Lucent will equip the planned sites of SHD's WiMAX network in the Ile-de-France (IDF) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) regions by mid-2009.

Alcatel-Lucent will also qualify advanced WiMAX terminals complying with standard IEEE 802.16e-2005, aided by one of the world's leading suppliers.

NextWave to Acquire Mori Trust Interest in Tokyo's IPMobile

NextWave Wireless agreed to acquire all shares of IPMobile, a Tokyo-based telecommunications company, held by Mori Trust Co., Ltd., of Japan, for an undisclosed sum. The deal will give NextWave a 69.2% stake in IPMobile.

Founded in 2002, IPMobile received a nationwide concession of spectrum in the 2 GHz frequency band from Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in November 2005. IPMobile has been working with IPWireless towards a commercial launch of a TD-CDMA wireless broadband network by November of this year.

NextWave Wireless supplies a broad range of mobile broadband and wireless multimedia products and technologies, including WiMAX/Wi-Fi semiconductors, TD-CDMA mobile broadband systems, wide-area Wi-Fi networks, and device-embedded multimedia software solutions. The company develops and markets its products through its family of operating companies, which include NextWave Broadband, PacketVideo, IPWireless, and GO Networks.
  • Earlier this month, NextWave Wireless announced that it had acquired a 65% controlling interest in WiMAX Telecom AG, a Zurich-based operator that has obtained nationwide wireless broadband spectrum concessions in Austria and Slovakia, and a major spectrum concession in Croatia.

  • In April 2007, NextWave Wireless agreed to acquire IPWireless, the leading supplier of TD-CDMA network equipment and subscriber terminals, for approximately $100 million at closing, consisting of $25 million in cash and $75 million in NextWave common stock.

Obopay Secures $29 Million for Payment-by-Mobile

Obopay, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, raised $29 million in third round funding for its payments-by-mobile service.

Obopay delivers instant payment solutions that allow consumers, merchants, banks and carriers to embrace mobile payments. The company has alliances with Verizon Wireless, Citi, and America Online.

Brightcove Launches UK Operations

Brightcove has launched its new UK operations and opened an office in central London. The Brightcove Internet TV service is already in use by the leading media owners, publishers and advertisers.

Brightcove has raised $82 million from investors such as AOL/Time Warner, IAC/InterActiveCorp, The New York Times Company and The Hearst Corporation. The company said it will be making a significant and sustained investment in European operations to service its fast-growing base of media customers. The opening of Brightcove's London office follows the adoption of its Internet TV platform among major UK-based media programmers, including BSkyB, Sony BMG UK, Emap, and IPC Media.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Qwest Offers Windows Live Services to Broadband Users

Qwest Communications is the first communications provider in the U.S. to offer its broadband customers Microsoft's Windows Live services.

Windows Live from Qwest is available at no additional charge to residential Qwest Broadband customers who choose Microsoft as their ISP. These services include:

  • A customizable home page that includes Live Search and hundreds of gadgets for weather, sports, news, games, etc.

  • Windows Live OneCare from Qwest: an all-in-one security and performance service for customers' computers, including anti-virus, anti-spyware and computer health and optimization features.

  • Qwest Mail by Windows Live: An updated, more powerful e-mail platform with new features such as a reading pane, drag-and-drop functionality and AutoComplete address population.

AT&T Selects Sun Servers and Storage Arrays for U-verse

AT&T will use Sun Microsystems' servers and modular arrays for its U-verse IPTV service. Specifically, AT&T has decided to deploy Sun Fire X4600 servers and Sun StorageTek storage arrays, which will provide access to the U-verse TV Video-on-Demand library.

The servers and arrays will be rolled out in new deployments of IP-video super hub offices and IP-video hub offices in the AT&T U-verse network.

The AT&T solution from Sun will also include Sun Fire X4500 servers, which combine the performance of a four-way Sun x64 server and the highest storage density available. AT&T will also use Sun Support Services and Sun Professional Services to help manage the system. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson Selected for GPON Rollout in Cyprus

CYTA, the leading operator in Cyprus, selected Ericsson for a GPON rollout. The contract includes delivery of central office optical equipment and devices for the homes, EDA1200 and EDA1500, and passive infrastructure such as fiber systems and cables. Apart from the GPON network (point-to-multipoint configuration), the pilot project includes also a point-to-point network, using Ericsson's equipment (switches and CPEs). Financial terms were not disclosed.htp://

Alcatel-Lucent to Supply Fiber Backbone for Libya

The Libyan Post Telecommunications & Information Technology Company (LPTIC) selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply a nationwide, 4,400 km fiber backbone that will link all the major cities in the country. The contract is valued at more than EUR 90 million.

India's Reliance Awards US$400 Million Wireless Contract to Alcatel-Lucent

Reliance Communications, India's largest integrated telecom service provider, awarded a contract valued at US$400 million to Alcatel-Lucent for expansion of its wireless network to more than 20,000 towns and 600,000 villages. Alcatel-Lucent described the project as one of the largest telecom expansions undertaken by a telecom operator anywhere in the world.

Under the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade Reliance's CDMA and GSM network with additional mobile switching centers and base stations. Alcatel-Lucent also will provide a comprehensive suite of network integration services, including network optimization, system support and general project manager.

MSF Releases NGN Implementation Guidelines

The MultiService Forum released their R3 "NGN Guidelines," which are a distillation of the technical specifications based on the MSF Implementation Agreements (IAs) validated in last October's GMI 2006 event. The Guidelines are meant to provide a coherent framework for the practical implementation of large scale Next Generation Networks. The Guidelines are now freely available for downloading from the MSF website.

The MSF Release 3 Architectural Framework provides the essential context for the implementation of the physical components required in a multi-service, multi-vendor, open architecture Next Generation Network. The MSF Architectural Framework describes how key NGN components work together, and identifies key open interfaces. MSF IAs describe in detail how these physical interfaces should be implemented, selecting not just protocols but also specifying options and required additional functionality to increase interoperability between components from different vendors. Key interfaces covered in the guidelines range from transport control, through media gateway and session control, to application and database interfaces.

The MSF has also issued an invitation to companies to publicly declare their compliance with the MSF approach to making an open, standards-based NGN architecture work in practice. Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, MetaSwitch, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel and ZTE have already pledged their support.

Disney Offers Movie Rentals Through Xbox LIVE

Microsoft and Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced an agreement to offer films from The Walt Disney Studios to U.S. members of Xbox LIVE, the online games and entertainment network on Xbox 360.

The service launches today, offering access to a growing catalog of new and classic movies from The Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax Films.

Xbox LIVE Marketplace currently offers more than 2,350 hours of premium entertainment content from 15 partners.

Microsoft said that in the seven months since video content was launched on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, there have been nearly 10 million downloads of entertainment content.

Skype Now Available for the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet

Thanks to an OS upgrade from Nokia, Skype is now available for use on the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. The Nokia feature upgrade also introduces Adobe Flash 9 browser plug-in taking a step forward in web compatibility, support for largercapacity memory cards and considerably enhanced online use-times among other improvements.

XO Expands Broadband Wireless Coverage to 36 Markets

XO Communications has expanded its broadband wireless coverage from 12 to 36 metropolitan markets across the U.S. The services are delivered in partnership with Nextlink, an affiliated XO company, and the nation's largest holder of Local Multipoint Distribution System (LMDS) spectrum with licenses in 75 metropolitan markets.

The new markets are: Akron, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Colorado Springs, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, Tucson and Wilmington, DE. In addition to the new markets announced today, XO Communications also utilizes broadband wireless technology in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, DC.