Wednesday, September 17, 2008

One Minute Video: What is 10GBase-T?

One Minute Video presented by Matt Rhodes, Teranetics -- What is 10GBase-T?

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Legend Silicon Releases Digital Terrestrial TV Chips for China

Legend Silicon, a fabless semiconductor company based in Fremont, California with operations in Shanghai and Beijing,
introduced two new high-performance terrestrial demodulators for the China market. The devices are aimed at handsets and other portable devices able to tune into China's digital terrestrial television broadcasting service.

The LGS-8G75 and LGS-8G77 demodulators, which are compliant with China's GB20600-2006 digital terrestrial television broadcast (DTTB) standard, enable reception of both single- and multi-carrier broadcasts. The devices support integrate analog to digital converters (ADCs) and time de-interleaver memory, and provide correction for silicon tuner IQ imbalance. Both demodulators are packaged in a 10mm x 10mm 144 pin ball grid array (BGA).

"More than 840 million television viewers in China watched the Olympic opening ceremonies, according to CSM Media Research. The Olympics offered the perfect opportunity for CCTV, China's national television network, to showcase the capabilities of GB20600-2006 standard, which we co-invented and developed," said Ben Runyan, vice president of marketing of Legend Silicon. "With our new products, Legend Silicon continues to demonstrate its leadership by bringing this digital television standard to virtually any device with a screen."
  • Legend Silicon also maintains a joint DTV Research Center with Tsinghua University in Beijing.

T-Mobile Signs New Backhaul Agreements for Six Major U.S. Markets

T-Mobile USA announced backhaul agreements with Bright House Networks, FPL FiberNet, IP Networks Inc. and Zayo Bandwidth. The agreements cover sites in Tampa, Fla., Orlando, Fla., South Florida, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Memphis, Tenn., respectively.

T-Mobile said these backhaul arrangements, when fully implemented over the next six to 18 months, will help to enable it to deliver 3G services in a significantly less expensive manner. They will also expand existing network capacity and bandwidth to accommodate new, data-hungry mobile services and applications using HSDPA technology.

The agreements are as follows:

  • Bright House Networks -- Tampa and Orlando. T-Mobile has signed an agreement with Bright House Networks to utilize Bright House Networks' extensive fiber distribution plant to provide backhaul in central Florida.

  • FPL FiberNet -- South Florida. T-Mobile will now announce its relationship with FPL FiberNet as its backhaul carrier in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in South Florida.

  • IP Networks -- San Francisco. T-Mobile has signed an agreement with IP Networks to provide Ethernet backhaul services in the greater San Francisco area. IP Networks has built and operates an extensive Ethernet Over Fiber telecommunications system primarily on the utility infrastructure of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. With 1,060 cell sites, the contract with IP Networks is reported to be among the largest all-fiber backhaul agreements in the country.

  • Zayo Bandwidth -- Philadelphia and Memphis. Zayo Bandwidth is a provider of high-capacity, fiber-based bandwidth services. T-Mobile's agreement with Zayo covers the Philadelphia and Memphis metropolitan areas, and more than 450 unique sites. The agreement with Zayo in Philadelphia was among the first all-fiber backhaul agreements entered into by T-Mobile.

T-Mobile USA also confirmed plans to deliver 3G wireless broadband service to 27 major markets in the United States by the end of 2008. The planned expansion is expected to deliver T-Mobile 3G services to more than two-thirds of T-Mobile's current data customers, with meaningful expansion to additional customers and markets through 2009.

T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA high-speed data network is currently available across 13 major metropolitan markets.

Sumitomo Develops 10Gbps 80km Transceiver

Sumitomo Electric Industries introduced a 10 Gbps integrated direct modulation laser diode (DML) featuring built-in electronic dispersion compensation (EDC) and a range of 80 km. Previously, DMLs were used in transceivers up to data rates of 2.5 Gbps.

Sumitomo Electric Industries noted that for 10Gbps ZR applications, DMLs previously were not a reliable light source because transmission distance was limited by chromatic dispersion due to optical spectrum chirping. As a result, light sources such as those combined with an expensive external modulation laser diode (EML) had to be used for this application.

SEI's design is the first product to integrate a DML and an EDC circuit internally to the transceiver. By providing improved chirp characteristics in the DML and combining it with a receiver having a built-in EDC capability, this product offers a low cost integrated solution for long distance applications. SEI said its product enables 10Gbps transmission over 80 km using a low cost DML.

Ericsson Opens Global Service Delivery Center in Pakistan

Ericsson opened a new Global Service Delivery Center (GSDC) in Lahore, Pakistan. The new center will support Ericsson's global managed services and form a regional base for offerings in consulting and education for emerging markets - contributing to the expansion of the company's services business.

Ericsson said the Pakistan center is another evolutionary step in its strategy for developing global and local service and delivery capabilities. This follows the recently announced openings of GSDCs in Lebanon and Romania.

"Pakistan has the sixth largest population in the world. The opening of the GSDC will further develop our service delivery capabilities in this region," says Zibber Mohiuddin, president and country manager, Ericsson Pakistan.

Orange Launches with Telkom Kenya

Orange has launched services in Kenya as the commercial brand for Telkom Kenya, the country's historical operator. The launch follows France Telecom's acquisition of 51% of its capital in December 2007. Since then, EUR 58 million has been invested in network infrastructure. The companies said the launch of the new GSM network, alongside new mobile and broadband Internet offers under the Orange brand constitutes a decisive step in Telkom Kenya's development.

Initially, broadband Internet and mobile offers will be available in Nairobi and Mombassa only, but this will be progressively extended and rolled out across the whole country by the end of the year. Additionally, with the arrival of undersea cables planned for 2009 and a pricing policy adapted to the country, Telkom Kenya is setting itself up to adopt a leadership position in broadband Internet.

Harris Stratex Networks Increases Revenue Guidance for Q1 FY 2009

Harris Stratex Networks reported revenue of $186.8 million for its fiscal Q4, which ended June 27, 2008, representing an increase of 7 percent compared to $174.1 in the year ago period. GAAP net loss was $13.7 million or $0.23 per share, which includes $21.0 million in pre-tax charges associated with inventory impairment, amortization of purchase related assets, merger integration and restructuring, and stock compensation expense. The net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 was $7.2 million.

North America microwave revenue was $55.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, compared with $58.8 million in the year ago period and $56.9 million in the prior quarter. International revenue was $124.6, compared with $110.6 million in the year ago period and $117.1 million in the prior quarter. Strong year-over-year growth was achieved in both Africa, which increased 16 percent, and Europe, Middle East and Russia, which increased 26 percent. Combined fourth quarter revenues for Latin America and Asia Pacific were $21.1 million, compared with $25.1 million in the year ago period and $22.0 million in the prior quarter. Network Operations revenue was $7.1 million compared with $4.7 million in the year ago period and $4.2 million in the prior quarter.

The company also raised its financial guidance based on current bookings. The company now expects Q1 FY 2009 revenue of between $185 million and $195 million. This is an increase from the prior forecast of between $175 million and $185 million.

RADCOM Announces Contract with Major Chinese Mobile Operator

RADCOM Ltd. has been selected by a ttier-1 Chinese NGN mobile operator to troubleshoot softswitching on its core network. At the beginning of this year, RADCOM announced that it had extended the capability of its monitoring and troubleshooting solution, which already provides operators with full end-to-end monitoring of their core network, to include Softswitch monitoring. This sale marks the first success for RADCOM in the new technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A Green Energy Push for Mobile Networks

A new Green Power for Mobile Programme has been launched with the goal of helping the mobile industry use renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, or sustainable biofuels, to power 118,000 new and existing off-grid base stations in developing countries by 2012. The initiative is backed by The GSM Association along with 25 mobile operators, including Telecom Holding, Roshan, Safaricom, Smart, Telefonica, Telenor Pakistan, Vimpelcom, Vodacom Tanzania, Vodafone Egypt, Zain Group, and Zantel.

Specifically, the Green Power for Mobile programme will provide expertise to support the deployment of base stations that use renewable energy. Up to now, off-grid base stations have primarily been powered by generators running on diesel fuel, which is increasingly expensive, generates carbon dioxide emissions, and can be difficult to transport to remote locations.

The GSMA forecasts that by 2012 up to 50% of new off-grid base stations in the developing world could be powered by renewable energy. Currently, GSMA estimates that only 1,500 base stations worldwide are powered by at least one form of renewable energy. Challenges to date have included commercial viability, equipment availability and lack of expertise, but the GSMA's research suggests that rising diesel prices and falling renewable equipment costs mean that operators investing in green power sources for base stations could recoup the capital costs in as little as 24 months.

In addition, the GSMA is developing metrics for "green" base stations, to support operators in their decision-making on providers and products.

Customer Experience Becomes Top Priority at Sprint

In the mobile market, the customer experience is the No.1 factor for success, said Dan Hesse, CEO or Sprint Nextel, speaking at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. Hesse has called "all hands on deck" to improve Sprint's overall customer experience. The impact of this company-wide initiative will be measured in terms of customer churn and the volume and length of customer-care calls. Incentive plans are being tied to improvements.

Another critical factor for success is the company "brand health". Here too, Hese said he is implementing programs to improve the Sprint brand, both for existing companies and past customers, many of whom may have had a bad experience in the past. Once Sprint has a story to tell, its advertising will pick up again with the goal of reestablishing the brand image.

Moving forward, Hesse believes the company's nationwide data network will help it attract and retain new customers. The challenge is to make data plans simple and to make them worry-proof. He believes customers want personalization but have been frustrated with all of the configuration settings on smart phones and other mobile devices. Sprint will start offering in-store personalization help to make sure customers are ready to go at the time of purchase.

From a macro economic perspective, Hesse said wireless networks are less susceptible to turbulent conditions than wireline networks. The process of wireless substitution could actually lead to higher net adds in tough times, and a drop in corporate wireless phones might lead to more adds on the consumer side.

Hesse expects the Clearwire deal to close on target in Q4.

An archived webcast is online.
  • In December 2007, Dan Hesse was named President and CEO of Sprint Nextel, following the resignation of Gary Forsee.

TI Increases Dividend by 10 Percent

Texas Instruments plans to raise its quarterly cash dividend 10 percent. TI's new quarterly dividend rate will be $0.11 per share, resulting in annual dividend payments of $0.44 per share. TI's current quarterly dividend rate is $0.10 per share.

The company said this marks the fifth consecutive year it has increased its dividend rate. The company has paid dividends to its shareholders on an uninterrupted basis since June 1, 1962.

GXS and Verizon Business Tackle Supply Chain Automation

GXS, which provides B2B e-commerce solutions, is working with Verizon Business on solutions that can help supply chain management. These solutions would enable businesses to securely convert manual, paper-based processes into automated electronic transactions among vendors, partners and customers, reducing the use of paper and making business transactions more efficient.

The companies cite a number of ecological benefits to supply chain automation. Each electronic document sent via GXS Trading Grid, the company's global B2B integration services platform powered by Verizon Business' Managed Network Services, represents a paper document that no longer has to be printed, enveloped or delivered. The process of making paper uses wood as well as energy, fresh water and chemicals. GXS processes more than four billion electronic transactions per year on behalf of its customers.

Verizon Sees Steady Progress So Far in Q3

Verizon is on target for achieving its long-range plans, said Denny Strigl, Verizon's President & COO, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XVII Conference. This confidence led Verizon to recently increase its dividend. Moving forward, Strigl said he continues to look at how to take cost out of the business while improving the product mix, especially in wireless and broadband. He remains bullish about long-term opportunities.

Commenting on current market conditions, Strigl said the wireless division will achieve solid net add growth in Q3. There has been no change in quarter after quarter performance. Verizon Telecom continues to come on strong and broadband growth is stabilizing. The company is working toward improving margins. The FiOS business case continues to improve as cost-to-connect drops and penetration rate continue to climb.

Verizon Business may see some impact from customers in the financial services sector in in Q4, as consolidation in the banking sector occurs. However, Stiegle said these customers, while important, do not represent a significant portion of the company's overall revenues. More importantly, Verizon Business is becoming more selective in its deal making, with less discounting expected going forward.

An archived webcast is available on the company's Investor webpage.

Video Reaches 40% of Traffic on AT&T's IP Backbone

AT&T's challenge is to deliver more bandwidth in more places while scaling rapidly, said John Donovan, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), AT&T, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia XVII Conference. There are two key drivers for AT&T's network: Mobility and Video.

As recently as three years ago, video was a negligible factor of overall traffic. Last month, video exceeded 40% of total traffic across the AT&T IP backbone.

The proliferation of devices access in the AT&T network has also been dramatic, said Donovan. After 100 yeas of operating networks, AT&T recently surpassed 1 billion devices on the network. Donovan expects it will take less than 10 years to add the next billion devices.

Traffic growth is also huge. Industry-wide, backbone traffic is up dramatically, with growth at 50% year over year.
The company is now handling 15 petabytes of traffic daily.

Donovan said AT&T is uniquely positioned for 3 reasons:

  • 1. Scale and Scope

  • 2. Access network includes both wired and wireless

  • 3. Building an all-IP network

In conclusion, he sees promising times for the business both from a market and technology perspective.

An archived webcast is on the AT&T Investor's webpage.

Cisco Meeting


Cisco is not starting from scratch. A decade of investment for Cisco -- from the early days of VoIP up through its acquisition last year of WebEx.

market transistions and technology transitions. The market transition can be about the nature of work, changes in organizational hiercharchies,

will services be rendered locally or in the cloud? For most companies, the answer is not yet clear.

on the verge of true inter-company collaboration.

Working across the firewalls

WebEx Meeting center,

WebEx Connect, which integrates conferencing, IM,

meeting, mesgind, directory, team spaces and document management.

built on standard SOA protocols

can also be used for business mash-ups

Develops are creating new apps that can be

Also integrate Postpath technologies, which will add email and calendaring functions

So what are business Mash-ups? Web 2.0 has been about consumer apps with Ajx, Java, Ruby, etc. Content distribtion through portal ans monetization has been advertising.

Application publishing environment for business? Leverage same base of Web 2.0 application developers.

WebEx would provide hosting, distribution and monetization for these apps.

compelling business environment

collaboration is going multimodal
collaboration is going inter-company

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

NTT Com Offers SaaS-based Internet Gateway Service

NTT Com is preparing to launch a new Internet gateway service in October that combines a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based Internet gateway and integrated virtual private network (VPN) in a single package with one-stop support. Customers will access through NTT Com's virtual private network services (e-VLAN, Arcstar IP-VPN and Group-VPN), ensuring a highly secure corporate communication environment that bypasses the Internet.

Using NTT Com's existing corporate Internet gateway service, "Secure ICT," customers wishing to use a VPN must establish the network themselves and provide a line for connection to the service, as well as register separately for each application software. With Secure ICT over VPN, however, integrated support will enable customers to quickly access a secure Internet gateway with less preparation and expense.

Corporate customers will be able to use the gateway as a unified platform for managing security policies, such as firewalls, Web proxy and logging in. Business continuity plans will be supported with multi-home Internet transit and complete server redundancy.

Optional features will include e-mail hosting, virus checking, spam filtering, Web proxy and URL filtering. Monthly fees will start as low as 98,000 yen.

NTT Com also announced that it will launch an e-mail hosting service, Secure Mail over VPN, to enable customers to outsource their e-mail environments for just 63,000 yen per month. Security will equal that of an in-company server, and the service will offer options such as virus checking, spam filtering and e-mail archiving.

NextWave Wireless Receives $100 Million Debt Financing Commitment

NextWave Wireless, a global provider of wireless broadband and mobile multimedia products, today announced that, subject to certain conditions, it has received a commitment from Avenue Capital Management II, L.P. and Sola to provide $100 million of new financing through the issuance of senior-subordinated secured second-lien notes. Through a combination of cost reduction actions, the planned divestiture of its infrastructure businesses and the sale of other business assets, the $100 million in net proceeds from the financing is projected to fund NextWave's business operations into 2010.

"This financing will provide the runway we need to execute our strategic plan in an orderly and efficient manner. It will allow us to seek to maximize the value of our assets, including our spectrum, as we implement a global restructuring of our business," said Allen Salmasi, chief executive officer and president of NextWave Wireless. "To help conserve cash, we are working to divest our infrastructure business units in the near term. In addition, we have recently taken important steps to reduce our operating costs including reducing our global workforce by over 20 percent and scaling back corporate overhead expenses."

  • In April 2008, NextWave announced that it had retained Deutsche Bank and UBS Investment Bank to sell its U.S. spectrum assets. The company has also retained Canaccord Adams to sell its Canadian spectrum assets.

  • Also in April, NextWave Wireless announced its NW2000 Wave 2-ready family of second-generation mobile WiMAX chipsets designed for high-volume, small form-factor wireless broadband subscriber stations, including CPE modems, PC card modems, laptops, multimode/smartphone handsets and mobile multimedia terminals.
  • BT Launches Enterprise Mobility Services in North America

    BT announced a suite of mobility solutions and professional services designed for mobile workforces.

    BT's Global Enterprise Mobility Portfolio includes:

    • Work Anywhere Quick Start - This concept is the core of the consultancy and professional services that is provided within the Work Anywhere proposition and provides the strategic and tactical guidance for all other work that follows.

    • BT Workstyle Managed Service - offers a portfolio of managed services which address the Property, People and Process needs of an enterprise.

    • Mobile Data Services - BT MobileXpress enables end-users secure access to the corporate intranet & key applications when working remotely.

    • Mobile Infrastructure Services - focus on helping customers plan, design, procure, stage, & deploy WLAN environments.

    • Mobile Collaboration and Advisory - BT Conferencing offers a suite of audio, video, & web solutions facilitating knowledge sharing & improved productivity across a distributed base of employees.

    • Mobile Voice/Data Services - Managed Mobility is a comprehensive managed solution that helps enterprises gain control of their wireless spend and devices for both mobile voice and data.

    • Unified Communication & Collaboration Services - BT can turn the complexity of integrated voice, data, fixed, mobile and applications into an operationally supporting and business impacting UCC environment.

    • Professional Services including planning and assessment, intelligent buildings, design, implementation, management and security, training and support.

    BT said these mobility capabilities have enabled approximately 70,000 of its own employees (70% of its global workforce) to work flexibly from anywhere. Through flexible working, BT has enabled over 90% of its female workforce to return to work after maternity leave, compared with the average of 47% for most companies.

    To meet the requirements of its customers, BT offers "Work Anywhere" - a consultancy-based approach combined with an integrated global enterprise mobility portfolio addressing property, people and process needs.

    The BT Working Anywhere proposition is now available in North America and will be available in the UK and Europe later this year.

    Motorola Debuts Wireless LAN Real-time Location Solution

    Motorola introduced a real-time location solution as part of its the Wireless Next Generation (Wi-NG) architecture supporting its RF Wireless Switches. The Real-time Location System (RTLS) delivers location awareness and standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs) for third-party business applications across Motorola's indoor and outdoor wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure. The solution enables accurate location determination and presence detection capabilities for Wi-Fi-based devices, Wi-Fi-based active RFID tags and passive RFID tags.

    Motorola said its location solution is both RF- and tag-agnostic, and includes built-in location determination algorithms that can integrate data from third-party location engines. An application level events (ALE) interface allows developers to create location-based business applications using location data. The design is capable of processing many location technologies simultaneously and delivering the data with a single XML-based interface.

    Motorola Expands Wireless Ethernet Bridge Portfolio

    Motorola introduced an addition to its Wireless Ethernet Bridge portfolio -- the Point-to-Point (PTP) 200 Series designed for customers who need a wireless bridge that can perform reliably in line-of-sight (LOS) or near line-of-sight (nLOS) conditions where obstacles partially block the radio's line-of-sight.

    The PTP 200 Wireless Ethernet Bridges operate in the 5.4 GHz band providing users with data rates of up to 21 Mbps and line-of-sight distances of up to five miles (eight kilometers). The PTP 200's Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology provides resistance to interference and fading while providing virtually instant fade recovery. The PTP 200 is also equipped with GPS synchronization capabilities that significantly reduce self-interference, which allow network operators to support collocation applications. In addition, Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) detects radar-based users in the band and automatically switches to a non-interfering channel.