Saturday, May 17, 2008

Motorola Launches Multi-Line eMTA for Cable Operators

Motorola launched a ruggedized, modular embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter (M-eMTA) for multi-line IP voice and high-speed data (HSD) services from one device. Motorola's SURFboard M-eMTA platform can be applied to both multi-tenant businesses and multi-dwelling residential installations to extend broadband coverage to customers. Because the M-eMTA can be located outdoors or in a utility closet, customers no longer need to be available or at home for the cable company to install services or make repairs.

Motorola Showcases Cable Platforms

At this week's Cable Show in New Orleans, Motorola will unveil its advanced advertising portfolio, among other products aimed at MSOs. Demonstrations on the booth integrate Motorola's switched digital video (SDV) platform, Motorola's Advanced On Demand platform, the latest Motorola CherryPicker CAP-1000 and the new Motorola APEX1000 Edge QAM. Motorola said these integrated products show the potential for delivering targeted content - be it entertainment or advertising, linear or on demand programming -- with existing equipment and incremental software upgrades.

Motorola is introducing its SmartStream Terminal Data Collector (STDC), which is a set-top diagnostics solution to the company's broader service assurance portfolio. The STDC provides remote collection and presentation of detailed diagnostic set-top data and will be shown in conjunction with the Motorola NBBS Device Management Platform.

To facilitate increased demand for HD content distribution, Motorola will also showcase the new DSR-6050 IRD solution for seamlessly converting programmer's new MPEG-4 HD feeds to the cable-compatible MPEG-2 format .

Motorola will also show its BSR 64000 cable modem termination system (CMTS) - newly recognized with CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 bronze qualification - as well as a live demonstration of the Motorola TX32 decoupled downstream module, which is designed to increase downstream capacity in the CMTS by more than 500 percent. Motorola will also exhibit other ultra-broadband technologies, including passive optical network (PON) solutions for cable operators, and our DOCSIS 3.0- certified SURFboard cable modems.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Nortel and IBM Offer Tivoli Netcool Carrier VoIP Manager software

Nortel announced a new service assurance solution combining IBM Tivoli Netcool Carrier VoIP Manager software with network consulting and integration services from Nortel. The implementation combines IBM Tivoli Netcool Carrier VoIP Manager, Nortel's Tivoli Netcool-based Common Management Platform and Nortel Global Services to provide greater visibility and control across multi-technology, multi-vendor networks.

The initial version of IBM Tivoli Netcool Carrier VoIP Manager supports Nortel's Communication Server 2000 IP Multimedia Softswitch.


Finisar and Optium to Merge, Consolidation of Optical Component Suppliers

Finisar and Optium Corporation agreed to an all-stock merger, creating one of the largest suppliers of optical components, modules and subsystems for the communications industry. Finisar is a leading supplier of components in the storage and data networking industries and Optium holds a leadership position in the telecommunications and CATV industries.

Under the deal Optium stockholders will receive 6.262 Finisar shares for each Optium share they own. Optium options and warrants will represent a corresponding right to acquire a number of Finisar shares based on the exchange ratio. Finisar is expected to issue approximately 160 million common shares in the proposed combination. Upon completion of the combination, Finisar shareholders will own approximately 65% of the combined company and Optium shareholders will own approximately 35% of the combined company. Shares of the combined company will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Select Market under the symbol: FNSR. The combination is intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization for Federal income tax purposes.

Based on the twelve months through January 2008 reported by each company, the combined company had revenues of approximately $554 million. Based on revenues expected to be reported for the most recent quarter, annualized revenues for the combined company would total approximately $660 million. The combined company will have approximately 5,000 employees world-wide.

Finisar is based in Sunnyvale, California and has approximately 4,500 employees.

Optium is headquartered in Horsham, PA and has offices in Sydney, Australia and Nes Ziona, Israel. Optium has approximately 400 employees.http://www.Finisar.com

Nokia Siemens Networks Supplies 3G to Tahiti

Nokia Siemens Networks was selected by MARA Telecom to design, build and operate a complete greenfield mobile network in order to offer high-end 3G services in French Polynesia. Within three years, the project is expected to serve up to 100,000 subscribers in the main islands of the French Polynesia. Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide MARA TELECOM with a 3G end-to-end solution, including network equipment, applications and a full range of services, comprising network design, implementation, operation as well as training and competence transfer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MARA TELECOM, the first mobile network operator to be granted a 3G license in French Polynesia, aims to be commercially operational by December 2008 with High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) functionality providing the end users with an unrivaled mobile connection speed to the Internet and services.
  • In January 2008, The French Polynesian operator Office des Postes & TĂ©lĂ©communications (OPT) selected Alcatel-Lucent to roll out a new, high-speed submarine cable network linking Tahiti in French Polynesia to Hawaii. The "Honotua" network will deliver an ultimate capacity of 32 x10 Gbps. It will be composed of an international link between Tahiti and Hawaii (4,650 km) and a domestic connection (305 km) linking some of the islands in the French Polynesian archipelago. Completion is scheduled for 2010. The project is valued at EUR 72.2 million.

Salira Introduces Multi-wavelength EPON Solution

Salira Systems introduced a multi-wavelength EPON solution that uses Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) to increase bandwidth capacity dramatically without any upgrades to the outside plant.

Salira's MW-PON increases the bandwidth capacity from 1 Gbps to 4 Gbps for each PON link. Traffic is carried over four wavelengths, thereby quadrupling bandwidth that can be transmitted over a single fiber optic cable. Moreover, MW-PON's bandwidth capacity is symmetric, meaning that end-users can upload data at the same enhanced speeds. Salira uses SFP modules on the CPE side to allow service providers to re-assign equipment easily as conditions change.

Salira said that unlike DWDM solutions that are costly to implement and change, its MW-PON solution gives operators the ability to easily re-assign equipment at both the head end and at the customer premises for maximum flexibility.

Siemens Launches Outdoor WiMAX Modem

Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices (SHC) introduced an outdoor Gigaset SE680 WiMAX modem. It is based on the IEEE 802.16-2005 standard, complies with Wave 2 specifications, including MIMO (Multiple Input / Multiple Output) A and B, and supports beamforming. The product is designed for small enterprises or for bridging large distances.

The Gigaset SE680 WiMAX outdoor modem enables data rates of up to 20 Mbps and is available as of summer 2008 for the 2.5 and 3.5 GHz frequency bands. It conforms to Wave 2 specifications and, with its two integrated antennas, supports MIMO (Matrix A and B) and adaptive beamforming so that the signal is amplified between the base station and WiMAX end-user devices. If desired, an external antenna can also be connected to increase the range. Such antennas produce a gain of up to 18 dBi at 3.5 GHz or 15 dBi at 2.5 GHz.

An acoustic signal output via the computer during installation helps ensure optimum alignment of the outdoor modem. The compact modem is easy to install, and Power over Ethernet reduces cabling.

Lockheed Martin Wins $1.4 Billion Contract to Build GPS III Space System

The U.S. Air Force selected a team led by Lockheed Martin to build the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) Space System program. GPS III promises improved position, navigation, and timing services for both military and civilian users worldwide. The system is also being developed to provide advanced anti-jam capabilities, yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability.

Under the $1.4 billion Development and Production contract, the team of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, ITT Corporation, and General Dynamics, will produce eight GPS IIIA satellites, with first launch projected for 2014. Eight GPS IIIB and 16 GPS IIIC satellites are planned for later increments, with each increment including additional capabilities based on technical maturity.

When fully deployed, the GPS III constellation will feature a cross-linked command and control architecture, allowing the entire GPS constellation to be updated simultaneously from a single ground station. Additionally, a new spot beam capability for enhanced military (M-Code) coverage and increased resistance to hostile jamming will be incorporated.

Lockheed Martin said its GPS III program management and spacecraft development effort will occur at its facilities in Newtown, Pa, with final assembly, integration and test located in Denver. The company's Sunnyvale, California operations will provide various spacecraft components and a launch support team will be based at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Lockheed Martin's flight-proven A2100 bus will serve as the GPS III spacecraft platform.

ITT will provide the navigation payload, and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will provide the Network Communications Element (NCE) which includes the UHF Crosslink and Tracking Telemetry & Command (TT&C) subsystems.

Comcast Awards DOCSIS 3.0 Contract to Arris

Comcast awarded a purchase agreement to Arris

for its latest generation DOCSIS 3.0 C4 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) chassis supporting downstream speeds of up to 160 Mbps using channel bonding technology. Arris said a graceful enhancement process allows the cost-effective introduction of this major technology upgrade to the existing installed base of C4 CMTS. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • In April 2008, Comcast launched "wideband" Internet service at up to 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream in its first market -- the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. The service leverages DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Comcast said it expects to deliver even faster speeds of up to 100 Mbps to its customers over the next two years with the capability of delivering higher speeds of 160 Mbps or more in the future.

Russia's MTS Reaches 85.68 million Mobile Users

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, was serving 85.68 million users on April 30, 2008.

The company said it added 740,000 users during the month of April alone. The total number of subscribers is up 15% year over year. MTS has 60 million of its users in Russia and 19.5 million in Ukraine. The Moscow area alone counts nearly 14 million MTS users.

Qualcomm Wins 40 MHz of L-Band Spectrum in UK Auction

Qualcomm has acquired 40 MHz (1452-1492 MHz) of L-Band radio spectrum recently auctioned by UK communications regulator Ofcom, at a cost of GPB 8,334,000. The L-Band spectrum license acquired by Qualcomm covers the entire United Kingdom and is technology neutral, thereby enabling Qualcomm to use the spectrum for innovative technologies, depending on its assessment of market needs in the United Kingdom.

"Winning this license creates an opportunity for Qualcomm to explore emerging business models and advanced mobile technologies," said John Caterer, managing director, UK, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. "If we can help the market to harness this potential, we will see additional opportunities for service providers using a variety of technologies. This will ultimately benefit consumers, offering them high quality services and a range of creative applications."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Broadcom Execs Take Leaves of Absence Following SEC Charges

Broadcom's Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Henry Samueli, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel, David A. Dull, have each taken leaves of absence as executive officers of Broadcom pending resolution of a civil complaint filed against them by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to its previously- disclosed investigation of Broadcom's historical stock option granting practices.

Also pending resolution of the civil action, Dr. Samueli has resigned as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company. The Board has named John E. Major, an independent director of the company since January 2003, to serve as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.

SingTel Adds 244,000 Mobile Subscribers, Market Penetration at 129%

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) announced a double-digit growth in net profit and double digit growth in revenue for its fourth quarter ended 31 March 2008, driven by its Singapore business, which posted another record number of mobile net additions, and the strengthening of the Australian dollar. Group revenue in the three months ended 31 March 2008 increased 11 per cent to S$3.76 billion from S$3.38 billion a year ago. Underlying net profit for the quarter posted a 9.2 per cent gain to S$968 million from S$886 million, helped by a strong performance from the regional mobile associates.

Some operational highlights:

  • In Singapore revenue from Data & Internet grew 12 per cent to S$356 million in the fourth quarter driven mainly by strong corporate data and broadband growth.

  • For the quarter, SingTel added 19,000 broadband customers and retained its leadership position with 54.3 per cent market share.

  • SingTel's Wireless@SG also attracted 496,000 customers since its introduction of which 203,000 do not subscribe to SingNet's residential broadband service.

  • Mobile Communications posted another strong quarter with revenue increasing 15 per cent to S$339 million from a year ago. In a market with a penetration level of 129 per cent, SingTel added a record 244,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter. This brings SingTel's total number of users to 2.57 million with a market share of 43.4 per cent.

  • SingTel added 207,000 prepaid customers to 1.19 million users and 37,000 postpaid users as at 31 March 2008.Average revenue per user rose 2 per cent for postpaid customers and 16 per cent for prepaid customers from a year ago.

  • During the next fiscal year, capital expenditure in Singapore as a percentage of operating revenue is expected to rise to mid-teens level because of mobile capacity expansion and an upgrade of the fixed-line network.

  • In Australia, Optus achieved a 4.5 per cent increase in revenue to A$1.94 billion despite the ACCC's mandated reduction in mobile termination rates by 25 per cent to 9 cents per minute from 1 July 2007 and Optus' decision to exit the unprofitable consumer fixed-line resale market.

  • Optus Mobile operating revenue grew 6.5 per cent to A$1.09 billion with 135,000 new subscribers added in the quarter, including 87,000 postpaid additions, taking the total number of mobile customers to 7.14 million. 3G customer numbers increased 21 per cent from a quarter ago to 1.4 million.

  • Mobile EBITDA margin was 35 per cent, declining 4 percentage points from a year ago reflecting acquisition and retention costs to grow the postpaid segment.

  • SMS and other data revenue were at 29 per cent of ARPU, up from 26 per cent a year ago with stimulation of SMS and increased take-up of data services. The proportion of non-SMS data revenue grew to 6.0 per cent of ARPU in the current quarter compared to 4.2 per cent a year ago.

  • On 7 May 2008, Optus announced it would embark on a further investment program to expand its nationwide mobile network beyond 96 per cent population coverage to reach 98 per cent by December 2009.

  • The 3G network provided coverage to 68 per cent of the population as at 31 March 2008.

  • During the quarter, Optus Consumer and SMB Fixed saw continued Unbundled Local Loop (ULL) growth, with 317,000 customers provisioned with telephony and/or broadband services.

  • As at 31 March 2008, Optus had installed equipment in 357 ULL exchanges. The ULL build will comprise a total of 366 exchanges with a coverage footprint of 2.9 million premises.

Belgacom Resells Alcatel-Lucent's Integrated Communications Solution

Belgacom has selected Alcatel-Lucent's Business Integrated Communications Solution (BiCS) portfolio as its preferred midmarket communications offer. The Alcatel-Lucent Business Integrated Communication Solution is a multi-service, single-server communication solution for enterprises with 500 users, supporting 1000 users later this year. Key features include:

  • Communication server: OmniPCX Enterprise IP telephony & Alcatel-Lucent 4645 voice mail

  • Management: OmniVista 4760 Network Management System

  • Contact Center: OmniTouch Contact Center Standard Edition

  • Communication: My Instant Communicator

  • Openness to third party application: XML APIs for simplified third party application integration

  • High reliability via hard disk mirroring

  • " Try before Buying," five free licenses of key communication applications (e.g. UC, contact center agents)

FCC Seeks Comments 700 MHz D Block Spectrum Reauction

The FCC is seeking public comment on how to proceed with the reauction and licensing of the 700 MHz D Block spectrum while maximizing the public safety and commercial benefits of a nationwide, interoperable broadband network.

In July 2007, the FCC adopted rules for the 700 MHz Band spectrum that included the creation of a 10-megahertz license in the D Block to be part of a 700 MHz Public/Private Partnership with the adjacent 10 megahertz of spectrum dedicated to a Public Safety Broadband License. The 700 MHz Public/Private Partnership was designed to achieve the important public policy goal of promoting public safety interoperability, allowing police, fire and other first responders to better communicate with one another in times of emergency.

Because the D Block did not meet its $1.3 billion reserve price in the 700 MHz Auction, the FCC intends to re-auction this spectrum under revised rules.

Issues for which comments are sought include:

  • the rules governing public safety priority access to the network during emergencies;

  • the performance requirements and license term;

  • whether to license the D Block and public safety broadband spectrum on a nationwide or regional basis;

  • the various fees associated with the shared network;

  • whether or not it would be appropriate for the Public Safety Broadband Licensee or any of its agents, advisors, or service providers to serve as a mobile virtual network operator to manage access and use of the 700 MHz D Block of spectrum by first responders;

  • the process for the D Block licensee and the Public Safety Broadband Licensee to negotiate a Network Sharing Agreement;

  • the potential for requirements that the Public Safety Broadband Licensee be a non-profit organization and that no for-profit entities, apart from certain outside advisors or counsel, be involved; and

  • auction-related issues, such as whether to restrict auction participation and how to determine a reserve price.

Pulse~LINK Shows UWB-based Whole-Home HD Video Distribution

Pulse~LINK is demonstrating its Ultra Wideband (UWB) Ethernet-Over-Coax solution for whole-home HD video distribution. The company said its "no new wires" solution can extend Gigabit Ethernet connectivity over a home's existing coaxial cabling, providing service providers, A/V manufacturers and professional installers with a cost effective method to deploy whole-home DVR functionality.

Significantly, Pulse~LINK said its CWave solution can coexist with other signals on the same coax cable, including broadcast video services from a local cable company, and coexist with MoCA technology. The platform networks up to nine HD multimedia content source and display devices throughout the home with end-to-end Quality of Service over existing coax cabling and splitters.

Orange Business Offers MPLS VPNs with Vietnam Datacommunication

Orange Business Services and Vietnam Datacommunication Company (VDC) have entered into a new commercial and technical partnership to offer advanced MPLS-based IP VPN services in Vietnam. The agreement is an expansion of an existing 7-year partnership by Orange Business Services and Vietnam Datacommunication Company.

Orange Business Services said it already has 122 unique multinational customers in Vietnam.

Other than Orange Business Services' presence in Vietnam, the France Telecom Group has been operating in the country since 1997 in a partnership with VNPT and is contemplating active participation in future telecommunications sector developments in Vietnam.

Covad Completes WiMAX Trial in SF Bay Area with Axxcelera

Covad Wireless has completed a WiMAX lab test and field trial in the San Francisco Bay area using equipment from Santa Barbara-based Axxcelera.

The trial included field testing for the reach and performance of Covad's service with Axxcelera's AB-MAX platform WiMAX equipment. The trial confirmed a total symmetric bandwidth of 8.0+ Mbps at 5+ miles and registered less than one percent packet loss and less than 50ms network latency.

Covad will use Axxcelera's WiMAX equipment to power its flagship "Super-T" product, which offers up to 6.0 Mbps of symmetric, business-class broadband access. Covad will begin deployment of its new WIMAX equipment at existing base station locations in Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Deployment will continue throughout 2008 and into 2009.http://www.covadwireless.com

Sprint and Samsung Ready with Mobile WiMAX

Sprint and Samsung Electronics announced that a trial WiMAX network has met Sprint's commercial acceptance criteria including overall performance, handoff performance and handoff delay. The companies said they passed this key technical milestone after extensive evaluation both in the XOHM lab environment and with the commercial service network being built in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Sprint plans on launching commercial WiMAX service in those cities later this year.

Samsung has been working with Sprint in the United States to test and build Sprint's XOHM mobile broadband Internet service compliant to the mobile WiMAX standard. The companies finalizing a supply agreement in 2007. Key milestones in this cooperation have included:

  • First data session in the lab -- June 2007

  • First data session on the live network -- October 2007

  • Successful interoperability testing with multiple other device vendors -- April 2008.

"This is a major step towards launch readiness and Sprint is extremely pleased with the performance of the mobile WiMAX network and access devices from Samsung," said Barry West, XOHM president. "The collaboration with Samsung and our other partners has created a WiMAX ecosystem that has now proven that it can deliver this new technology to the marketplace well ahead of any feasible alternative."http://www.sprint.com
  • In April, Samsung introduced several WiMAX-enabled devices, including its Express Card (E100 PC Card) and a WiMAX-embedded UMPC (Q1 Ultra Premium Mobile PC).

MTS Allstream Selects Zhone's MALC

Canada's MTS Allstream will deploy Zhone's multi-access line concentrator (MALC) as a full-featured Multi-service access platform optimized for delivering voice and data services over its national network. MTS Allstream will be rolling out the new services and evolving existing offerings with the Zhone MALC platform throughout 2008 and over the next several years. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.zhone.com