Thursday, November 13, 2008

Three Executives Killed at SiPort in Santa Clara, California

Tragedy struck on Friday afternoon at SiPort, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, when three senior executives were murdered by a disgruntled employee who had been laid off earlier in the day. According to police reports, Sid Agrawal (CEO), Brian Pugh (vice president of operations) and Marilyn Lewis (head of human resources) were shot to death after the fired employee returned to confront the company executives. The alleged suspect, Mr. Jing Hua Wu, a lead product test engineer, has been taken into custody and charged with three counts of murder.


SiPort was founded in 2004 and received its first round of funding in 2005 with backing from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Morgenthaler, New Venture Partners and Intel Capital. The company has been developing a line of mixed signal RF and digital baseband wireless receiver chips supporting multiple digital broadcast standards. SiPort's target customers include leading OEMs selling MP3, cell phones and other portable media players.http://www.siport.com

Dune Networks 80Gbps Full-duplex Line Card

Dune Networks has begun sampling a new member in its PETRA family that integrates complete 80Gbps full-duplex line card functionality into a single device addressing Data Center and Carrier Access requirements. The solution is aimed at high-density switching line cards ranging from 24 to 48 10GE ports. Such line cards could enable a switching system design featuring a non-blocking fabric, 100ms packet buffer and densities of up to 768 ports of 10GE or 40GE/100GE equivalent with a single stage fabric.


The P330 incorporates a flexible packet processor using micro-code engines. Packet-processing features include L2 bridging, L3 IPv4 and IPv6 unicast and multicast routing, flexible L2/L3/L4 aware ACLs. For Data Centers, the P330 offers additional benefits such as enhanced TCP performance, TCP starvation avoidance, Lossless Ethernet support, high fan-out ECMPs and LAGs, security and policing, and virtualization support.
http://www.dunenetworks.com/

Telefónica Reports Solid Q3 and Confirms 2009 Guidance

Citing its strong diversification geographically and across wired and wireless networks, Telefónica reported solid financial results for Q3 2008 and a sharp growth in the total number of access accounts across all businesses and regions. As of 30-September-2008, the Telefónica Group was serving 252 million accesses (up 15.2% on the first nine months of 2007). The growth in mobile telephony (+19.0%), broadband (+24.5%) and Pay TV (+54.0%) accesses was particularly
noteworthy.


Telefónica's organic revenue growth accelerated to 7.0% in the first nine months of 2008 (up from 6.7% in the first half), driven by solid growth at Telefónica Latinoamérica, which increased its contribution to the Group's organic growth (contributing 4.6 percentage points in the first nine months, up from 4.3 percentage points in the first half).


Operating cash flow (OIBDA-CapEx) amounted to 11,621 million euros in January-September 2008. The healthy cash flow generation in Europe (7,995 million euros including Spain) was boosted by the growing contribution from the Latin American operations (3,626 million euros). Net income rose 23.5% on January-September 2007 on like-for-like terms2 to 5,596 million
euros.


Some additional highlights from the financial report:


TELEFÓNICA ESPAÑA


  • In its home market, Telefónica maintained its competitive strength with 47.2 million accesses (an increase of 3.3% year-on-year)


  • Telefónica holds an estimated market share of over 57%. Retail broadband Internet accesses stood at over 5.1 million (+16.8% year-on-year), with solid performance in broadband ARPU (-3.4% year-on-year).


  • Pay TV customers reached more than 589,000, up 25.7% vs. September 2007.


  • In a market characterised by a high rate of penetration, Telefónica's mobile contract customer base grew by 9.0% year-on-year, which drove the total customer base to more than 23.4 million lines (an increase of 4.5% from a year earlier).


TELEFÓNICA LATINOAMÉRICA


  • Telefónica Latinoamérica significantly boosted its customer base to more than 150 million subscribers at the end of September (+21.1% vs. September 2007)


  • The mobile telephony business continued to grow strongly, at 26.7% year-on-year, with organic net adds5 for the nine-month period rising by 20.4% on the previous year, driven by the higher number of gross adds and contained churn, to a total of 118.3 million accesses.


  • The company boosted outgoing ARPU by 1.2% in organic terms6 in constant euros in the first nine months of 2008, despite rapid growth in the customer base.


  • Retail broadband Internet accesses were close to 5.9 million (+24.9% year-on-year), with a strong ramp-up in net adds in the third quarter (+21.2% compared to the second quarter of 2008) to 839,830 in the nine-month period. Pay TV customers reached 1.5 million (+66.0% vs. September 2007) and the number of fixed telephony accesses7 grew 1.4% year-on-year.


  • The average revenue per fixed telephone access rose 5.5% in constant euros, on the back of
    a greater penetration of bundled products.


  • Telefónica Latinoamérica consolidated its role as the Group's key growth driver. Organic revenue growth8 ramped-up to 12.9% in January-September 2008 (vs. +12.2% in the first half of 2008) while the OIBDA showed an outstanding growth, which in organic8 terms was up 15.6% year-on-year


  • Wireless revenues continued to post year-on-year growth exceeding 20% in local currency in the majority of markets, thanks to the good performance of outgoing revenues.


  • The third quarter saw a significant acceleration in wireline revenues growth rates, helped by the growing contribution of Internet and Pay TV revenues (18.3% of the total at the end of September; +3.1 percentage points on September 2007) and improved performance among traditional services.


TELEFÓNICA EUROPE


  • During the first nine months of the year, mobile had net adds of 2.2 million customers (+8.3% year-on-year), to reach 44.9 million total accesses at September 2008 (+9.9% year-on-year).


  • Telefonica O2 UK recorded its best ever third quarter with 278,000 contract net adds, mainly leveraged on customer propositions such as Simplicity, iPhone and improvements in churn, leading to a best-in-class 1.3% rate.


  • Telefonica O2 Germany added 402,405 mobile customers in the quarter, with an improved mix of higher value customers on contract, bringing the total mobile customer base to 14.0 million (+14.9% year-on-year).


http://www.telefonica.com

Alcatel-Lucent and Thales Supply Traffic System for Poland's A2 motorway

Poland's General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways awarded a EUR 80 million contract to Alcatel-Lucent and Thales consortium to design, integrate, install and deploy the systems that will bring the A2 motorway up to EU commercial motorway standards. Alcatel-Lucent ,as the leader of the consortium, will project manage the integration, testing and deployment of a toll collection, emergency communications, traffic management, and a traffic statistics collection system, along the 100 kilometer section between Konin and Strykow. Alcatel-Lucent will also design and build a fiber optic communication system, which will be the transmission backbone for all the systems placed along the motorway. The project is targeted to be in service by the end of 2010.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Motorola Supplies MPEG-4 Network Encoder to Midwest Video Solutions

Midwest Video Solutions, an IPTV headend services provider serving 16 member companies throughout the Upper Midwest, has selected Motorola's MPEG-4 Network Encoder for deployment by the end of the year. This upgrade to the Motorola multi-channel MPEG-4 AVC network encoder family will enable MVS to migrate two diverse MPEG-2 headend platforms at separate locations to a single consolidated MPEG-4 platform, streamlining the delivery of content while accelerating the delivery of personalized media experiences and increasing programming choice for customers. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Motorola's NE-4012 is a high-density solution designed to deliver purely IP-based multi-channel video compression capabilities and services. It combines the decoding of IP video services with advanced MPEG-4 AVC video encoding. The platform is able to deliver two channels of video compression in a 1RU package.http://www.motorola.com

Nokia Sees Drop in Global Consumer Spending for Mobiles

Nokia issued new financial guidance for its fourth quarter 2008 and full year 2009, saying that the global economic slowdown, combined with unprecedented currency volatility, has resulted in a sharp pull back in global consumer spending including for mobile devices. Nokia said the mobile device market has also been negatively impacted by the more limited availability of credit, which has limited the purchasing ability of some of its trade customers.


As a result, Nokia now expects that the industry mobile device volumes will be lower in the fourth quarter 2008 than previously anticipated at approximately 330 million mobile devices. This is sequentially up from the estimated 310 million in the third quarter of 2008. This would result in a current estimate of industry mobile volume of 1.24 billion in 2008, instead of the earlier estimated 1.26 billion units, up from 1.14 billion units Nokia estimated for 2007. - Nokia continues to expect its mobile device market share in the fourth quarter 2008 to be at the same level or slightly up, sequentially.


For 2009, Nokia is now predicting that the industry mobile device volumes will be down compared to 2008, impacted by the continuing overall economic slowdown. Nokia Siemens Networks' preliminary estimate is that the mobile infrastructure and fixed infrastructure and related services market will be down in euro terms in 2009 compared to 2008.


Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks both plan to take steps to reduce their costs appropriately to the market conditions.
http://www.nokia.com

ITU to Increase Focus on CyberSecurity, Climate Change

In an address to the 63rd Session of ITU Council, which is currently underway in Geneva, ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Touré urged the ICT sector to do more to ensure cyber security and to leverage telecommunications technology for the protection of the world's climate.


For the past year, the ITU has hosted a High-Level Experts Group (HLEG) which has developed proposals to promote cybersecurity. The ITU is now moving into its operational phase and is undertaking a partnership in conjunction with IMPACT -- the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Threats -- hosted by the Government of Malaysia, which will put a global early warning system at the disposal of all Member States.

The Child Online Protection (COP) initiative is a vitally important project that will protect one of the most vulnerable groups online by providing valuable guidance on safe online behaviour, in conjunction with other UN agencies and partners. Companies including Intel, Microsoft and Telecom Italia have also pledged their support. Organizations, such as the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the GSM Association are also backing the initiative.


The ITU is mainstreaming the issue of how ICTs can help prevent and avert climate change. Touré said there is a strong role for ITU in standards for energy efficiency of the ICT equipment on which our digital economy depends. The Resolution passed recently at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) in Johannesburg encourages ITU Member States to work towards reductions in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions arising from the use of ICTs, in line with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. ITU aims to achieve climate neutrality for its operations within three years.

The ITU said its efforts to combat climate change will also include an effort to identify the necessary radio-frequency spectrum for climate monitoring and disaster prediction, detection and relief, including a promising cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the field of remote-sensing applications.http://www.itu.inthttp://www.itu.int/osg/csd/cybersecurity/gca/

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

NCTA Protests FCC Inquiry into

The President of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), Kyle McSlarrow, sent a letter of protest to the FCC concerning an newly-opened inquiry into about the industry's digital migration and its impact on consumers. Earlier this month, the FCC Enforcement Bureau sent letters to 13 cable operators asking about the industry's digital migration and its impact on consumers. McSlarrow said that cable operators welcome the opportunity to describe the benefits of this evolution but that that this collection of data constitutes an abuse of the Commission's processes and violates the Paperwork Reduction Act. Furthermore, McSlarrow said the FCC inquiry appeared to be a "broad fishing expedition" rather than a means of addressing any specific complaints that the agency is investigating. The NCTA letter is posted online.http://www.ncta.com

CableLabs Issues Modular Headend Architecture Specifications

CableLabs released a set of Modular Headend Architecture (MHA) specifications that define interfaces for narrowcast MPEG digital video services such as video-on-demand (VOD) and switched-digital-video (SDV). These build on the existing DOCSIS Modular CMTS specifications.


The MHA suite includes multiple specifications and an architecture overview technical report. The new specifications define MPEG video processing functionality for VOD and SDV Edge Quadrature Amplitude Modulators (EQAMs), as well as an interoperable resource management and video session setup protocol and an interoperable EQAM provisioning and configuration mechanism. With the addition of these new specifications, the MHA suite provides a common industry-wide approach for Universal EQAMs, as well as for Video EQAMs and M-CMTS EQAMs.


CableLabs said these new digital video specifications result from an effort involving headend equipment manufacturers and cable operators. The specifications provide a point of harmonization between the Time Warner Cable-led Interactive Services Architecture (ISA) and the Comcast-led Next Generation on Demand (NGOD) architecture, which are used throughout the industry.


"This is important because for the first time we have an interoperable set of specifications that will lead to integrated equipment from multiple suppliers for delivery of advanced video and data services," said Tony Werner, Comcast CTO. Added Mike LaJoie, Time Warner Cable CTO: "Once again our industry's suppliers have worked with us through CableLabs to achieve a common approach which benefits the whole industry and our suppliers."http://www.cablelabs.com

OIF Adds Long Haul DWDM Transmission Module Project

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is launching a 100G Long-Haul DWDM Transmission Module project that will define mechanical dimensions of an optical line interface module, as well as the electrical connector, maximum power consumption and communication interface. This project is part of the OIF's efforts to accelerate the availability of 100G networks.


"In an attempt to alleviate the problems of early adopters, the OIF is bringing together carriers, systems vendors and component suppliers to arrive at a consensus solution," said Karl Gass of Sandia National Laboratories and the Physical and Link Layer Working Group vice chair. "The 100G Electromechanical project will give suppliers a starting point for multi-source transponder designs. The OIF continues to identify projects that are required to address the 100G needs of the industry."


At its meeting last month's meeting. In addition, OIF members approved the completion of SFI-S, an implementation agreement that defines a scalable interface between SERDES and Framer devices from 40G to 100G and beyond. Specifically, the SFI-S IA is based on 4 - 20 data lines plus deskew channel, for aggregate data bandwidths in the range of 40 -- 160 Gbps data rate.


The SFI-S project is an extension of the prevalent OIF SFI-4 specification for electrical 10 Gbps interfaces used on all 300-pin transponders. SFI-S is targeted to support the 100G work being addressed by standards bodies like IEEE 802.3ba and ITU-T and forums like ATIS and the Ethernet Alliance.


In addition, the OIF announced that Torsten Wuth of Nokia Siemens Networks has been elected to serve a two-year term as the Physical & Link Layer User Group chair. In the board of directors election, the OIF membership reelected Hans-Martin Foisel of Deutsche Telekom, Steve Joiner of Finisar and Stephen Shew of Nortel Networks to two-year terms; Hans-Martin Foisel will continue to serve as president; Stephen Shew will continue as secretary/treasurer. Alessandro D'Alessandro of Telecom Italia and Jeff Hutchins of CoreOptics were also reelected to the board of directors for one-year terms. Monica Lazer of AT&T continues to serve as vice president and Jim Jones of Alcatel-Lucent continues to serve as vice president of marketing, both as part of two-year terms on the board.


The following members were reelected for one-year terms; Dave Brown of Alcatel-Lucent and Rod Smith of Tyco Electronics as Market Awareness & Education (MA&E) Committee co-chairs; Lyndon Ong of Ciena as Technical Committee Chair; and Chuck Sannipoli of IP Infusion as Technical Committee Vice Chair. Jonathan Sadler of Tellabs was reelected to a two-year term as Architecture and Signaling working group chair.http://www.oiforum.com

Tellabs Intends to Resume Common Stock Repurchases

Tellabs announced plans to resume its common stock repurchases under an existing Board of Directors authorization, previously announced on Nov. 8, 2007. Over the next four quarters, the company may repurchase up to $100 million (about 7.1% of shares at Wednesday's closing price) under the previously announced repurchase program. The resumption follows Tellabs' significant curtailment of stock repurchases since the second quarter of 2008, as the company re-evaluated uses of cash.http://www.tellabs.com

Verizon Business Adds Nortel for Managed Telepresence

Verizon Business has selected Nortel to help deliver a new managed telepresence service over IP. Nortel managed telepresence services include set-up and management of high-definition (HD) video conferencing and collaboration, including such concierge-like amenities as web-based reservations and pre-configured, pre-connected conferences. In addition, Nortel offers video bridging and gateway services, allowing enterprises to take full advantage of video systems from multiple equipment providers by enabling them to interoperate. Nortel noted that it also provides proactive testing, 24/7 network performance monitoring, recording, on-demand playback and metrics reporting are also part of Nortel's managed telepresence services portfolio. http://www.nortel.com

BT Posts Quarterly Revenue of GBP 5,303 million, Announces Job Cuts

BT reported revenue of £5,303 million for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2008, up by 4% over the previous year based on continued growth in managed solutions and broadband and convergence revenue. However, the company experienced weakness in BT Global Services primarily due to slower than anticipated delivery of efficiency savings, the continued decline in higher margin UK business and the negative effects of currency movements. Overall, EBITDA came in at £1,429 million, down 1%.


"Three out of our four business units, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach are delivering on or ahead of target. But profits in BT Global Services are simply not good enough and we are taking decisive action to put matters right. We have appointed Hanif Lalani as the new CEO of BT Global Services and he will continue to grow the business while reducing the cost base," said Ian Livingston, BT's CEO.


Some key points of the quarterly report.:

  • BT plans to cut its work force by about 10,000 positions. The work force currently includes 110,000 direct employees and 50,000 indirect employees (contractors, off-shore workers, etc).


  • Managed solutions revenue, including MPLS and networked IT services, increased by 23 per cent to £1,523 million, and broadband and convergence revenue increased by 2 per cent to £649 million. This was partially offset by an 8 per cent decline in revenue from calls and lines to £1,601 million, together with a 4 per cent decline in revenue from transit, conveyance, interconnect circuits, WLR, global carrier and other wholesale products to £822 million.


  • BT had 13.3 million wholesale broadband connections (DSL and LLU) at September 30, 2008, including 5.1 million local loop unbundled lines. There were 258,000 net additional broadband connections in the quarter. BT's retail share of those net additions was 27 percent. In the maturing broadband market, BT remains the UK's number one retail broadband provider with a customer base of 4.6 million. BT's retail market share of the DSL and LLU installed base was 34 percent at September 30, 2008.


  • BT's next generation Ethernet platform now has 110 nodes complete and the company is on target for 600 by April 2009.


  • ADSL2 service at up to 24 Mbps should be available to 40% of UK by April 2009. The company is taking orders from 8 resellers.


  • BT's MPLS network now has 1,282 PoPs in over 170 countries. The company is installing 5,200 new MPLS connections per month - up 68%.


  • As an example of its cost-saving strategy, BT cited its 7 year contract with Alcatel-Lucent to manage non-UK
    legacy networks. This deal is expected to yield savings of c.£100m over the contract term.
http://www.btplc.com

NSN Supplies Security Solution for China Mobile Jiangsu

China Mobile (Jiangsu Mobile) is implementing a security solution from Nokia Siemens Networks to protect itself against the potential risks brought by its increased use of IP networks and data services. Nokia Siemens Networks said it has worked closely with Jiangsu Mobile to deliver a tailor-made solution which combines project management, network structure design, system integration and operation and maintenance. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks also provided Jiangsu Mobile with a security evaluation tool based on international standards, which will help the operator measure the effectiveness of its security system, and evaluate the return on its security investment.
http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Alcatel-Lucent Appoints New Leadership Team

Alcatel-Lucent announced a new leadership team to coincide with its new business model, which is comprised of three Regions, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and APAC.


  • Robert Vrij, President Americas.

  • Adolfo Hernandez, President Europe, Middle East and Africa (to join on December 1st).

  • Etienne Fouques, President APAC.


Three newly created organizations will be headed by:

  • Kenneth Frank, President Solutions and Marketing.

  • Janet Davidson, President Quality and Customer Care.

  • Michel Rahier, President Operations.


In order to reflect the company's focus on open innovation led by Bell Labs, state-of-the-art product and software innovation as well as its continued momentum in Services and Enterprise markets, four Groups are formed. The groups will be headed by:

  • Philippe Keryer, President Carrier Product Group.

  • Andy Williams, President Services Group.

  • Paul Segre, President Applications Software Group. Paul will additionally continue to be President and CEO of Genesys.

  • Tom Burns, President Enterprise Product Group.


All the above-mentioned leaders will be part of the company's management committee together with Claire Pedini, Human Resources, Hubert de Pesquidoux, Chief Financial Officer and Jeong Kim, President Bell Labs.


The new leaders will take office effective January 1st, 2009.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
  • In September 2008, Alcatel-Lucent's Board of Directors appointed Philippe Camus as the company's non-executive Chairman as of October 1st, 2008. Ben Verwaayen is appointed as the company's chief executive officer. Ben will also join the company's Board of Directors. Philippe Camus has previously served as the Co-CEO at European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and managed a large, global business in the high-tech industry. He is Co-Managing Partner of Lagardère, an international media group, and a partner of Evercore Partners, a New York based investment and advisory firm.


  • Ben Verwaayen served as CEO of BT from February 2002 to June 1, 2008. He was formerly vice-chairman of the management board of Lucent Technologies in the US, which he joined in September 1997. Prior to that, he worked with KPN in the Netherlands for nine years as president and managing director of its telecom subsidiary, PTT telecom. Before that, Ben worked for ITT, a predecessor of Alcatel. Ben Verwaayen's office will be in the company's headquarters in Paris.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Huawei Joins Global e-Sustainability Initiative

Huawei Technologies has joined the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), an international organization aiming to promote energy saving and emission reduction in the ICT industry.


Established in 2001, GeSI coordinates environmental protection policies and implementation measures in the global ICT industry, exerts its influences on the formulation of environmental protection standards and regulations, and promotes the development of the cause of environmental protection in the communication industry. Currently, GeSI is made up of five workgroups: the Green Supply Chain Group, the Climate Group, the Green Material Group, the e-Waste Group, and the Public Policy Group. In the near future, a sixth workgroup -- the Standardization Group will be set up in GeSI.


Huawei cited its efforts to develop environmentally friendly Base Transceiver Stations, which are engineered to reduce equipment energy consumption by up to 30 percent. In 2007, Huawei signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Mobile as a partner in its Green Action Plan and embarked on other green initiatives such as recyclable packaging,http://www.huawei.comhttp://www.gesi.org

Nortel Wins Contact Center Contract Extension with Bharti Airtel

Nortel will continue to provide its contact centre technology (CCT) to Bharti Airtel under a two year contract extension. The initial contract was announced in March 2006 . Nortel's CCT solution for Bharti Airtel features interactive voice and video response capabilities, providing a 24x7 'virtual storefront' where customers can complete routine transactions and subscribe to new services through an auto attendant that interacts naturally in English, Hindi and four other regional languages. Nortel said that more than 70 percent of Bharti Airtel customer requests are handled through this virtual storefront, resulting in greater availability, flexibility and responsiveness to subscribers. http://www.nortel.com

South Korea's SK Broadband Deploys Nortel's 40G

SK Broadband, has boosted its network capacity with a 40G optical solution from LG-Nortel, the joint venture between LG Electronics and Nortel. The installation allows SK Broadband to quadruple the capacity of its current 10G network simply by swapping its existing fiber-optic interface cards with new cards. SK Broadband now has 3.52 Tbps of bandwidth (88 x 40G wavelengths) using Nortel's 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine. The Nortel gear offers a nonregenerated reach greater than 2000 km and provides an upgrade path to future 100G speeds. http://www.nortel.com

Pakistan's Mobilink Launches 802.16e Mobile WiMAX Service

Mobilink, Pakistan's cellular market leader, has launched a wireless broadband and telephony service for residential and enterprise consumers based on the mobile WiMAX standard, 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e). Mobilink Infinity went live on October 22 in Karachi, Pakistan's financial capital and major business center. In its very first week, the service attracted several thousands of subscribers. Mobilink, a member of the Orascom Telecom group, estimates that the service will attract 50,000 subscribers by year-end.


Alcatel-Lucent noted that it supplied Mobilink with a comprehensive WiMAX Rev-e solution including both fixed and nomadic terminal devices from various CPE partners, thanks to its Open CPE program, which is designed to ensure service provider customers have the widest possible range of interoperable end-user devices. The Alcatel-Lucent WiMAX network leverages existing sites and equipment in Mobilink's GSM network, helping to optimize deployment economics.http://www.mobilinkgsm.comhttp://www.alcatel-lucent.com

NSN Launches its Next Generation IPTV Solution

Nokia Siemens Networks unveiled its latest IPTV software release, Home Entertainment Release 3.0, featuring User Interface (UI) customization capabilities, third party application integration and new management tools and verification processing. Whereas IPTV developments to date have typically been a closed exercise, Nokia Siemens Networks said its aim is to pursue an open model by offering a Software Development Kit (SDK) that allows for third-party customizable User Interface development on HTML and Java. This should allow IPTV operators to customize and enhance their offerings by themselves.


Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks is decoupling the User Interface layer from the application layer by using ready-to-use building blocks like so-called Scriptables and Plug-ins, allowing for Internet Web2.0 type applications to integrate within an IPTV system quickly and cost effectively.


Home Entertainment Release 3.0 supports HDTV, DVR, VOD and Caller ID. Availability for North America is scheduled for the first quarter of 2009.


"The IPTV industry must take a leap forward beyond a proprietary, vendor-only development model, and leverage the proven internet model for introducing open and flexible applications and services," added Brook Longdon, Global Head of IPTV Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks. "The industry is at a crossroad of being able to blend the world of Web2.0 with that of traditional linear broadcast offerings, and the next generation IPTV solution we are launching today will help accelerate that reality."http://www.nsn.com