Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Orange Advances its “Content Everywhere�? Strategy

Orange is advancing its three screen "Content Everywhere" strategy in France with the upcoming launch of "Orange cinema."

Orange cinema series includes a main "feature film" channel, called Orange cinemax, which is available in HD and groups together the best of recent films and TV series that have never before been seen in France. The offer also includes four other channels that are organized along the themes of family, action, arthouse and classics.

  • Orange cinemax: all the blockbusters exclusive to Orange and in High Definition

  • Orange cinehappy: cinema for all the family

  • Orange cinechoc: all types of action film

  • Orange cinenovo: a reference in independent cinema

  • Orange cinégéant: cinema classics at your fingertips

To acquire the content, Orange announced agreements with leading studios, including Warner Bros, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, HBO, Gaumont, BAC Films, Wild Side Films and Fidélité Film.http://www.orange.com

Qatar Telecom to Launch DVB-H Mobile TV with NSN

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and Nokia Siemens Networks have signed the world's first commercial Mobile TV deployment contract based on DVB-H and OMA BCast Smart Card Profile technology.

Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks will supply Qtel with a Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) solution providing their subscribers enhanced TV viewing experiences on their mobile phones. Nokia Siemens Networks will roll out a DVB-H solution with OMA BCast Smart Card Profile (SCP) for Qtel.

For the authentication of mobile TV subscribers, Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its One-BSF solution, forming a key part of Qtel's Unified Subscriber Database strategy for creating a common subscriber profile to be used for both mobile and DVB-H service. In addition, Nokia, the infrastructure vendor's parent company, will provide Nokia N96 handsets to test the first SCP compliant software that enables subscribers to choose from among a host of payment models and interactivity options. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.nsn.com

Nortel Expands its Unified Communications Portfolio for SMBs

Nortel has expanded its Business Communications Manager (BCM) portfolio with several new products that provide SMBs with a path to unified communications.

The Business Communications Manager (BCM) 450 enables businesses up to 300 employees to transition from existing legacy digital equipment to a unified communications solution. The BCM450 is available from Nortel, or through its strategic vendors, including AT&T. Key features include:

  • Unified messaging, consolidating voice, fax and e-mail messages onto a single device.

  • Message forwarding, available in one to two months, which sends voicemails and faxes to the most convenient desktop or mobile device. For workers on the move, this can save long distance and roaming charges when retrieving messages.

  • Meet-Me Conferencing that can establish teleconferences for up to 120 participants. This can eliminate the need for external services and reduce teleconferencing expenses.

  • Computer Telephony Integration, which allows the use of third-party applications to control telephone services, such as click-to-call or automatic screen "pop" with customer information when they call.

  • Intelligent Contact Center functionality, which quickly directs clients to the right contact.

The Business Services Gateway (BSG) 8 and 12 combine data infrastructure components needed to run unified communications. Available in North America, the Business Services Gateway (BSG) 8 and BSG12 replace multiple equipment and software with a single solution by including: a router; advanced security including firewall; VPN and intrusion detection; wired and wireless switching; a resilient SIP gateway with an integrated Analog Telephony Adapter; and application-aware QoS.

Business Services Gateway 8 provides routing, wired/wireless switching, and SIP capabilities. It is specifically targeted at SMBs, small branch offices and teleworkers with fewer than 100 users. The solution supports SIP Phones, a single analog station and fax machines as well as LAN connected PCs or network devices.

The Business Services Gateway 12 combines multiple functions, including broadband router, sophisticated security services, Power over Ethernet (PoE) managed switch, modular Wi-Fi access point, and a Survivable SIP Gateway.

Nortel estimates its single solution approach reduces the initial cost by up to 45 percent and provides the backbone upon which SMBs can build out an effective and cost-efficient network. The BSG8 and BSG12 also serve as a client-side data infrastructure platform for carriers who deliver hosted VoIP services to SMBs with Nortel's IP Powered Business Solutions .http://www.nortel.com

NETGEAR Warns on Q3 Revenues

NETGEAR warned that its net revenue for the third quarter ended September 28, 2008 is expected to be in the range of $173 million to $183 million, or below the range of $208 million to $212 million provided on July 23, 2008.

"We experienced weakness in September demand on our consumer products across all channels and in all geographies, particularly in the service provider channel, where our carrier customers worldwide requested shipment delays on previously placed orders, thereby preventing us from recognizing revenue on those orders," commented Patrick Lo, Chairman and CEO of NETGEAR. "We believe the uncertainty in the economies and financial markets worldwide, especially in light of recent events, is causing the weakening of demand and we expect these conditions to persist until financial confidence returns to the market."

The company expects non-GAAP operating margin to be in the range of 10.3% to 11.3% versus the company's previous expectation of approximately 9.5% to 10.5%. Additionally the company expects to report other expense in the range of $4.5 million to $5.5 million in relation to losses on transactions denominated in foreign currencies. This is primarily a result of the strengthening of the U.S. dollar as compared to the Australian dollar, the British pound and the Euro.http://www.netgear.com

AT&T Issues Citizenship and Sustainability Report

AT&T will intensify its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, according to the company's 2007/2008 Citizenship and Sustainability Report, "Connecting for a Sustainable Future." AT&T is also increasing its commitment to help customers find ways to reduce their impact through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services and applying innovation and technology to help address society's needs.

According to the report, some of the significant steps AT&T has taken to better integrate citizenship and sustainability initiatives with its business, include:

  • The AT&T Board of Directors expanded the responsibility of its Public Policy Committee to include oversight in this area.

  • AT&T appointed a senior executive to coordinate its citizenship and sustainability program.

  • AT&T put in place a Citizenship and Sustainability Steering Committee that is made up of officers from across the company.

  • AT&T worked with a nonprofit group, Business for Social Responsibility, to further drive citizenship and sustainability programs into the business operations of the company.

  • In 2008, AT&T introduced a new fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles. The company is also covering much of the roof of its San Ramon, Calif., campus with a 1 megawatt solar panel system. In addition, 10 percent of the electricity purchased for all facilities in Austin, Texas, is coming from wind power. A new energy policy balances the company's need for affordable energy with the pursuit of alternative and renewable forms of energy that have less impact on the environment.

  • Offering customers sustainable products and services: AT&T and Cisco Systems Inc. launched the AT&T Telepresence Solution, a new video conferencing service that combines rich audio with High Definition video to create a unique "in person" experience, helping customers reduce travel. The company provides its AT&T U-verse TV customers with set-top boxes that meet energy- efficiency criteria set by ENERGY STAR.

  • AT&T Labs is fostering a work environment and culture that encourages its more than 1,100 scientists and engineers to actively follow their passions and apply technological advancements to address social and environmental challenges. AT&T innovations are helping tackle a variety of global issues, such as climate change through work on species migration and energy efficiency.

AT&T also said that it is in the initial stages of establishing data-gathering systems and key performance measures for its citizenship and sustainability efforts.http://www.att.com/csr

Aricent Names Ex-Wipro Exec as CEO

Aricent has named ex-Wipro veteran Sudip Nandy as its new CEO, replacing Ash Bhardwaj who has resigned to pursue other interests. Previously, Mr. Nandy was the President of the Technology Media and Telecom Business Unit at Wipro, overseeing more than 18,000 people and a revenue run rate of US $1.3 billion per annum.

Aricent's investors include leading firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (‘KKR'), Sequoia Capital, Flextronics International Ltd and The Family Office.http://www.aricent.com

Ixia Announces Fibre Channel over Ethernet Test Solution

Ixia will begin offering a testing solution for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The company also announced a partnership agreement with SANBlaze Technology Inc., a leading provider of storage solutions for embedded systems.

Ixia's data center Ethernet (DCE) testing solution provides functional, performance and scalability testing of Ethernet, FCoE and SCSI devices, in addition to application traffic such as rich media, inherent to storage area networks. Port density scales up to 96 10 GbE ports in a single chassis. The solution provides support for FCoE protocols, including priority flow control (PFC), enhanced transmission notification (ETS) and congestion notification (CN), all of which are required to transmit SAN traffic over Ethernet, or "lossless Ethernet."

Ixia said it also supports SCSI testing over FCoE, which provides real-world storage area network testing. Ixia ports can emulate tape drives, disk arrays and other native fibre channel storage devices, bridging the gap between native fibre channel and FCoE. Application support includes functional testing and high-scalability performance testing, as well as RFC test suites for validation of data center Ethernet performance.

Under the Ixia/SANBlaze partnership, SANBlaze technology for fibre channel target and initiator emulation testing is integrated on the Ixia IxYukon 10 GbE hardware platform.http://www.ixiacom.com

BroadLight Supplies GPON Chip for Billion Electric Co.

Taiwan's Billion Electric Co., Ltd. has selected BroadLight's BL2348 Residential Gateway (RG) SoC for a new line of GPON CPE devices. Billion's new GPON line of CPE products will feature a low cost, carrier-class design and leverage the company's own proprietary software stacks. Billion was able to easily port their own software onto the BL2348 architecture and have it run seamlessly and powerfully.http://www.broadlight.comhttp://www.billion.com

WiMAX-Embedded Laptops Arrive in US from Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba

The WiMAX ecosystem continues to expand. Sprint noted that Intel is now shipping its first-ever combined WiMAX/Wi-Fi module, formerly code-named "Echo Peak," as part of the Intel WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 Series that is an optional feature for Intel Centrino 2-based laptops. Several leading PC OEMs have announced plans to deliver Intel Centrino 2-based notebooks featuring the Intel Core2 processor with WiMAX ,including Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba. Beginning today WiMAX-based Intel notebooks can be found online at Amazon.com and NewEgg.com. Dell, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony also plan to support WiMAX in their laptops starting in 2009.

This month, Sprint's XOHM service expects to start offering a USB dongle by ZTE. Also later this month, Nokia will sell the new pocket size Nokia N810 Internet tablet WiMAX edition, with widescreen display and QWERTY keyboard, at select independent retailers in Baltimore as well as online.

Sprint expects to launch a dual-mode 3G - 4G access device expected later in the fourth quarter. This device will extend Sprint's mobile broadband leadership by offering access over its 3G NOW network as well as the new 4G network in Baltimore and in future markets.

Sprint also noted that XOHM is relying on a new distribution strategy that follows a consumer electronics model, allowing customers to buy devices independent of service. XOHM products will be initially available at six select Best Buy locations in the Baltimore market. XOHM sales kiosks are open in several Baltimore-area shopping malls. The retail strategy involves both direct and indirect channels, local independent retailers, door-to-door, web and telesales. XOHM customers will self-activate their devices from retail channels, be able to bundle multiple devices under one account and in some cases with one rate plan, have daily and monthly service plans without traditional long-term contracts and access enhanced location-based and other services through a XOHM web portal.http://www.xohm.comhttp://www.sprint.com

Zyxel Employs Sequans Chip for XoHM CPE

ZyXEL is using silicon from Sequans for the MAX-206m2 desktop modem/router that Sprint is featuring in its Baltimore launch of the XOHM Mobile WiMAX service.

Sequans said it is powering more than half of the Mobile WiMAX MIMO-enabled devices that are now certified by the WiMAX Forum.http://www.sequans.com

SiRF Debuts SiRFlinkIII Combo Radio IC

SiRF Technology Holdings unveiled its SiRFlinkIII combination radio single-chip solution that combines a high-performance GPS RF front end and a complete Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR controller optimized for use with the SiRFatlas and SiRFprima multifunction SoC platforms. The device is designed to drive its on-chip Bluetooth radio at full class 2.0 power while providing high GPS sensitivity in next-generation mobile convergence devices.

The SiRFlinkIII combo radio IC successfully passed Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR qualification tests as well as interoperability testing with more than 150 popular mobile phones in the market. The GPS and Bluetooth functions share many peripheral components, such as power regulators and clock sources.

"SiRFlinkIII is designed to address our customers' need to build cost- effective mobile navigation and location-aware devices with wireless connectivity for enhanced functionality, such as hands-free calling, without compromising the location performance," said Kanwar Chadha, vice president of marketing and founder of SiRF. "By pre-integrating SiRFlinkIII with our multifunction SoC platforms, we are able to optimize the system-level performance while minimizing the design complexity for our customers to enable them to accelerate their time to market."http://www.sirf.com/

Kineto Wireless Raises $15.5 Million for FMC

Kineto Wireless, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, announced an additional $15.5 million in funding for its fixed-mobile-convergence (FMC) solutions for mobile operators. The new funding includes a strategic investment from Motorola as part of a broader commercial relationship with the company's Home & Networks Mobility business.

Kineto's FMC solutions enable mobile operators to extend voice, data and IMS services over broadband access networks, thus harnessing the power of the Internet to lower service delivery costs while improving mobile coverage and performance. Kineto's FMC solutions are currently enabling mobile operators around the world to deliver a number of new revenue-generating FMC services, including dual-mode handsets, femtocells, terminal adaptors and softmobile clients.

Kineto's existing investors Oak Investment Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, Venrock, Seapoint Ventures and InterDigital also participated in the funding.http://ww.kineto.com

TerreStar Submits 2GHz MSS S-Band Application to EC

TerreStar Europe has submitted an application with the European Commission for a Pan-European 2GHz MSS S-band spectrum authorization.

The company plans to create a pan-European integrated satellite and complementary ground component network that is designed to provide high quality, cost-effective, seamless wireless applications and services to urban, rural and remote regions of Europe on a wholesale basis.

The TerreStar satellite-terrestrial wireless broadband network can allow customers to operate using a conventionally-sized mobile device capable of communicating over both traditional land-based wireless networks and the satellite network. TerreStar plans to provide multiple communications applications including voice, data, and video services.http://www.terrestar.com

KT-NTT Venture Forum held in Seoul

A KT-NTT Venture Forum held this week in Seoul, Korea attracted 9 startup companies from US and Korea. The companies were invited to present their ideas for the executives and working groups from both KT and NTT.

Earlier this year, KT and NTT will work closely regarding new business development, toward the early development and commercialization of applications and other services for broadband and next-generation networks.http://www.ntt.co.jp

Monday, October 6, 2008

Reliance Globalcom Integrates Operations

Reliance Globalcom is structuring its services under four core business segments comprising of Data, Voice, WiMax and NLD.

The company said it is in unique position to deliver a unrivalled hybrid network reach, depth and breadth with a private undersea cable system spanning 65,000 km, over 110,000 kms of domestic optic fiber in India, and a Global Service Delivery Platform connecting 40 key business markets in India, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the U.S..

The Data segment integrates Reliance Globalcom Limited ( formerly known as FLAG Telecom), Reliance Globalcom Services Inc (formerly known as Yipes Enterprises) and Reliance Vanco Group ( formerly known as Vanco Group). The company provides multinational clients with low-latency connectivity into developed and developing markets, global Ethernet VPLS spanning key metros, and relationships with over 750 carrier partners.

The Reliance Globalcom data business will compete with AT&T, British Telecom Global Services, Orange Business Services, and Verizon Business, for medium to large MNCs around the world, serving them directly or through channel partners.

"Reliance Globalcom is now poised for strong exponential growth." said Mr. Punit Garg, President and CEO, Reliance Globalcom. "This consolidation will augment our capabilities to offer highly customer-focused solutions to end consumers and businesses (including enterprises, systems integrators, and carriers) around the globe. This is an important step towards making Reliance Globalcom one of the Top 5 Global communications enterprises", he added.http://www.relianceglobalcom.com

Kontron to Acquire Intel's Rack mounted Server Division

Munich-based Kontron AG announced an agreement to acquire Intel's Communication Rackmount Server operations. The Intel family of IP network security servers comprised of 1U, 2U servers are designed for enterprise application acceleration and content caching, as well as for running Telco SoIP, such as IMS, IPTV, video on demand (VoD), SIP application servers, IP-PBX, and IP-PSTN gateways.

The Intel carrier-grade rackmount and network server team mainly centered in Columbia, South Carolina, and Penang, Malaysia, which include various employees engaged in engineering, product development, product marketing, technical support and operations. Kontron's Management expects for 2009 revenue from this new acquisition of more than US$40 million.

Kontron said the addition of Intel communication servers will be an excellent complement to the Kontron family of AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA communication platforms and industrial rackmount servers. It will enable Kontron to further address the needs of tier 1 and tier 2 telecom and network equipment providers who need to deliver compelling solutions for the growing communications market.http://www.kontron.comhttp://www.intel.com

SureWest Launches FTTH in Kansas City

SureWest Communications has launched fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network service in the Kansas City communities of Merriam and Olathe. The network initially passes 1,500 homes and SureWest plans to reach another 1,500 fiber homes in Merriam and Olathe by November 2008 and 8,000 total by the end of the year. The company is also expanding its FTTH network into the community of Prairie Village by the end of 2008 or early 2009.

SureWest's FTTH platform delivers 100 Mbps of bi-directional bandwidth to each customer's home, which is one of the fastest and most reliable broadband networks of any system in the country. SureWest provides the only residential service in the United States that delivers 50 Mbps of Internet speed both uploading and downloading.

SureWest's FTTH pricing begins at $79.95 for a triple-play of unlimited telephone calling, high-speed Internet and cable TV.http://www.surewest.com/http://everestkc.com/about/rates.shtml
  • In December 2007, SureWest Communications, which serves the Sacramento, California region, agreed to acquire Everest Broadband, which serves the greater Kansas City area, for $173 million. Everest was a portfolio company of Seaport Capital.

BT Wins 5-Year Wireless Backhaul T-Mobile and 3 UK

BT has won a five-year managed network solutions agreement with T-Mobile and 3 UK, through their joint venture company, Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL). Specifically, BT will provide Ethernet backhaul connecting 7,500 base station sites on their consolidated 3G infrastructure. The network services contract supersedes the original contracts that BT had in place with both T-Mobile and 3 UK.

BT's next-generation Ethernet service is currently being rolled out across the UK. The service will deliver improved access and backhaul service delivery to MBNL. It is the latest new service to launch on BT's 21CN global platform. The migration of the common backhaul network to Ethernet technology will follow BT's roll-out programme. In the shorter term, BT will continue to upgrade the legacy leased line connections.

Emin Gurdenli, Technology Director at T-Mobile UK, said: "We are now moving ahead with the large scale consolidation of cell sites with the objective of achieving scale and integrating quickly and smoothly. This agreement with BT will make sure backhaul is not a constraint now or in the future at a time when T-Mobile is experiencing strong growth in mobile broadband and other mobile data services. It will help ensure we continue to deliver a superior mobile broadband experience to our customers."http://www.btplc.com
  • In August 2008, Nokia Siemens Networks announced that it had been selected as technology partner for Mobile Broadband Network Ltd. (MBNL), the network collaboration joint-venture between T-Mobile UK and 3 UK. The companies anticipate creating the UK's most extensive 3G network providing near complete population coverage by the end of 2009. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will supervise the creation and operation of the joint network on behalf of both companies. The first integrated cell site was commissioned in early February. Although masts and the 3G access networks are being combined, each company's core network and T-Mobile's 2G network will not be shared. Both parties will retain responsibility for the delivery of services to their respective customers and use their own frequency spectrum.

    Nokia Siemens Networks said its radio access solution will replace most of the two operators' communications stations across the UK and equipment at the remaining sites is being upgraded and reconfigured for higher quality and capacity. The solution, featuring energy-efficient Flexi base stations from Nokia Siemens Networks, will allow a reduction the number of sites in the network by about 30 percent. As well as network infrastructure, Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver project management, network deployment and managed spare parts capability, as well as care services to maintain network performance and increase its efficiency.

Brocade Announces $1.1 Billion Term Loan for Acquisition of Foundry Networks

Brocade has entered into a $1.225 billion secured credit facility with Bank of America, N.A. as Administrative Agent, Banc of America Securities LLC and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners, Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. as Syndication Agent and HSBC Bank USA, National Association and Keybank National Association as Co-Documentation Agents and other lenders providing for a $1.1 billion term loan facility and a $125 million revolving credit facility.

The proceeds from the term loan facility are expected to be used to finance a portion of Brocade's acquisition of Foundry Networks, which was announced on July 21, 2008. The proceeds from the term loan facility were deposited into a restricted Brocade custody account pending the closing of the acquisition of Foundry and other release conditions.

In addition to using the term loan facility proceeds, Brocade anticipates raising up to $400 million in additional financing as well as using cash on hand (at both companies) and limited proceeds from a portion of the revolving credit facility to fund the acquisition.

The acquisition has cleared US and foreign regulatory review, has been approved by the board of directors of each company, and is subject to vote and approval by Foundry's stockholders on October 24, 2008, along with certain other closing conditions. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2008.http://www.brocade.com
  • Brocade agreed to acquire Foundry Networks in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion. Under the agreement, Brocade will pay a combination of $18.50 of cash plus 0.0907 shares of Brocade common stock in exchange for each share of Foundry common stock, representing a total value of $19.25 (based on Brocade's closing stock price on Friday, July 18, 2008 of $8.27).

    The acquisition will position Brocade as a leading provider of enterprise and service provider networking solutions. Brocade currently offers a range of Storage Area Networks (SANs) and File Area Networks (FANs) solutions. The company is based in San Jose, California.

    Foundry, which was founded in 1996 and held its initial public offering in September 1999, supplies a range of enterprise and service provider switching, routing, security and Web traffic management solutions, including Layer 2/3 LAN switches, Layer 3 Backbone switches, Layer 4-7 application switches, wireless LAN and access points, metro routers and core routers. The company is based in Santa Clara, California.

Ciena Builds on its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery Portfolio

Ciena has enhanced its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery with a new low-touch devices and intelligent software to simplify and scale Carrier Ethernet service delivery by automating and accelerating service creation and activation in access and metro networks.

Ciena believes that adopting programmable, carrier-class devices that use a common service-aware operating system and unified Ethernet services management software can reduce installation time by up to 75 percent through automated service creation, provisioning and activation.

Key additions to the portfolio include:

  • The new CN 3911 Service Delivery Switch, which is environmentally hardened and suitable for mounting outdoors or indoors. It offers flexible deployment options to support a range of mobile backhaul and business services applications and also provides significant cost savings in terms of real estate, site conditioning and power consumption. It accommodates two Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network ports, eight 10/100/1000 user ports as well as optional system components, including a physically secure module for customer access to user ports and a voice module with two FXS ports with POTS-VoIP gateway functionality.

  • The new CN 3920 Service Delivery Switch, a low-cost business service delivery switch with advanced features that include a high-capacity switching fabric with all GbE ports -- four 100/1000 Mbps optical and eight 10/100/1000 Mbps copper -- in a compact single rack unit ETSI form factor that provides front access to power and all network and management interfaces.

  • Ciena's service-aware operating system serves as the common software intelligence shared across all Ciena Service Delivery Switches and Service Aggregation Switches for consistent system and service attributes. This latest version has been upgraded with new Ethernet control and management plane protocols, Ethernet encapsulation techniques and Carrier Ethernet Operations, Administration, and Maintenance mechanisms, all of which enhance its fault and performance management, virtual switching, SLA verification and quality of service capabilities.

The full value of these new portfolio enhancements is realized through Ciena's Ethernet Services Manager, which leverages the Carrier Ethernet management plane features of the service-aware operating system to enable automated service activation, creation and administration across Ciena's Carrier Ethernet service switches.http://www.ciena.com