Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Infineon to Divest Wireline Business to Private Equity for EUR 250 Million

Infineon Technologies will sell its Wireline Communications (WLC) business to Golden Gate Capital for EUR250 million. Golden Gate Capital is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with approximately $9 billion of capital under management.

Infineon's Wireline division supplies semiconductor solutions for ADSL/VDSL, access network processors, broadband CPE, TE carrier solutions, VoIP and digital cordless phones. Employment contracts for approximately 600 WLC employees will be transferred to the new company. Furthermore, an estimated 300 employees from Infineon central functions who already work on behalf of the WLC segment today are also designated to join the new company.

All products, locations and development projects will be continued by the new company. Around 800 patent families will be transferred.

Christian Wolff, who has led the division for many years, has been designated CEO of the new company. A name for the new company has not yet been announced.

Infineon said the divestiture enables it to focus on four segments: Automotive (ATV), Industrial & Multimarket (IMM), Chipcard & Security (CCS) and Wireless Solutions (WLS). The transaction will significantly improve Infineon's financial situation. Closing is expected in autumn 2009.

"The divestiture of the WLC segment is an important step in our overall refinancing process. Furthermore, our stronger focus enables us to expand our leading technological position in the three key sectors energy efficiency, communications and security", says Peter Bauer, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG. As the Wireline Communications segment is relatively independent from the working and production processes of the company as a whole, the carve-out will involve reasonable effort.
  • In 2007, Infineon Technologies acquired Texas Instruments' DSL Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) business. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Also in 2007, LSI sold its mobility products business to Infineon Technologies for $450 million in cash, plus incentives. The division, which originally belonged to Agere Systems, designs semiconductors and software for cellular telephone handsets and complete chip-level solutions for satellite digital audio radio applications.

Latin American Mobile Carriers Launch Free-to-Air TV with Telegent

Telegent Systems, which supplies single-chip mobile TV solutions, reports accelerating adoption by leading operators throughout Latin America of mobile phones with a free-to-air TV feature.

Since December of last year, subsidiaries of América Móvil and Telefónica that are the leading operators in their country -- including Telcel in Mexico, Claro Argentina, COMCEL Colombia, and Movistar in Mexico and Peru -- have deployed multiple models of Telegent-enabled TV handsets that allow consumers to receive live, free-to-air broadcast TV programs -- without additional cost.

Telegent said free-to-air TV phones provide an additional benefit to operators -- because the phones leverage the existing broadcast ecosystem and TV content, operators are able to deliver the TV feature to customers without a significant financial investment in infrastructure and content licensing, and customers are able to access TV on their mobile without having to pay more for a service.

BridgeWave's Backhaul Links Video Surveillance Net in Texas

BridgeWave Communications' FE60U gigabit upgradeable wireless products are being used to power the wireless video surveillance network for the City of Highland Village in Texas. BridgeWave's radio links provide the backhaul for the surveillance video cameras. BridgeWave said that a fiber optic network for the surveillance cameras was not an option in this case due to cost and time-to-install. To cover the shopping centers, Highland Village used multiple license-free BridgeWave FE60U products for its advanced wireless security providing full-rate, full-duplex Fast Ethernet capacity. In addition, the ultra-low latency afforded by these wireless links allow officers at the monitoring station to utilize the camera's full pan-tilt-zoom function with little delay, providing razor sharp images as the camera moves to a new subject almost instantaneously. As the network adds more cameras, and thus requiring greater backhaul capacity, the FE60U links can be upgraded to full-rate gigabit speeds.

Orange Business Wins EUR 100 Million Deal with Total for Global VPN

Orange Business Services and Total have signed a 5-year global networking contract with a value of up to EUR 100 million. Under the deal, Orange Business Services is responsible for the integration, operation and optimization of WAN networks for Total at more than 1,000 sites in 100-plus countries.

Total, which is based in Paris and ranks as one of the largest oil and chemical companies in the world,
has set forth an IT VISION program that calls for all of its employees to use the same collaborative tools and with a uniform level of service wherever they are in the world.

Orange Business Services will be responsible for integrating and managing all of Total's networks whether provided by Orange or by third party operators. The goal is to deliver reliable, homogeneous and financially viable WAN services for every local Total entity. As the "integrator of operators", Orange Business Services will guarantee the continuity and quality of service for all of Total's WAN networks -- including supervision, operational and contractual management of third party suppliers, project management -- along with WAN optimization solutions.

China's Sohu Picks 3Com's H3C for Next Gen Data Center

Sohu, one of China's leading search engines and online destinations, has selected 3Com's H3C data center solutions to build a next-generation data center. Sohu made its decision after a two-month field test of H3C's recently launched data center solutions portfolio -- including the S12500 Series core switch line and the S5800 Series 10-gigabit switch series. Financial terms of the exclusive network supplier contract were not disclosed.

As the first third-generation interactive Chinese search engine launched by Sohu, www.sogou.com is vital to the company's future business prospects and development. Sogou's launch requires a data center platform that can support storage of 10 billion Web pages; a Web page update and rating system; high-performance, concurrent access to and from numerous server clusters; and flexible expansion in years ahead.

Ericsson Signs US$1.7 Billion Contracts with China Mobile, China Unicom

Ericsson signed 2G/3G framework agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom, valued at USD 1 billion and USD 0.7 billion respectively. China Mobile and China Unicom have received 3G licenses of TD-SCDMA and WCDMA standards respectively at the beginning of 2009. Together the two operators are currently serving more than 620 million mobile subscribers.

Under the deal with China Mobile, Ericsson will continue to deliver green solutions to support China Mobile's network energy optimization and CO2 emission reduction target. Ericsson will also expand GSM/GPRS network coverage and capacity in 18 provinces in China with related services. In addition, Ericsson also supports China Mobile's 3G network build-out by providing a wide range of innovative TD-SCDMA products and solutions.

Under the deal with China Unicom, Ericsson will not only become the main supplier to upgrade China Unicom's GSM networks in 10 provinces, but also provide the operator with GSM/WCDMA core network and/or wireless access system in 15 provinces, including transmission, IP and value-added service platform. Ericsson's strong local support team with global experience plays a key role in supporting China Unicom in launching the world's largest WCDMA commercial networks.

T-Mobile UK Signs 4-Year Services Deal with Amdocs

T-Mobile UK awarded a four-year managed services agreement to Amdocs to manage the ongoing development, maintenance and support of T-Mobile UK's billing, customer care and ordering systems for its 16.7 million subscribers. Amdocs will also modernize T-Mobile UK's ordering system. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cisco Appoints Chief Strategy Officer

Cisco has appointed Ned Hooper as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).

Cisco appointed Ned Hooper as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Hooper is an 11-year veteran of Cisco. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Business Development, where he led the company's acquisition strategy focusing on growth opportunities by entering new markets and integrating innovative technologies into Cisco businesses. Through acquisitions including Linksys, Scientific Atlanta, Webex, IronPort, Airspace and Pure Digital, he has led Cisco's expansion in new markets, resulting in more than $5 billion in additional annual revenue since 2002.

EMC Announced Definitive Deal to Acquire Data Domain

Following a protracted bidding war with NetApp, EMC Corporation announced a definitive agreement to acquire Data Domain , a leading provider of deduplication storage solutions, in a cash tender offer for $33.50 per share. The transaction is expected to have a total enterprise value of approximately $2.1 billion, net of Data Domain's cash.

Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and CEO, said, "This is a compelling acquisition from both a strategic and financial standpoint. We look forward to bringing Data Domain together with EMC to form a powerful force in next-generation disk-based backup and archive. I have tremendous respect for Data Domain's people, technology and business, and anticipate great things ahead for our respective companies, our customers and partners."http://www.emc.com

Monday, July 6, 2009

Nortel Ships New Release of Unified Communications Solution

Nortel released its latest Communication Server 1000 (CS 1000) featuring a number of resiliency, security and energy efficiency improvements.

Release, 6.0 includes CS 1000 provides even greater simplicity, resiliency, security, and openness. Initial results of independent comparisons of CS 1000 release 6.0 and competing products also find that the Nortel solution is up to 40 percent more energy efficient. The Communication Server 1000 is a software-based, full-featured IP PBX and the cornerstone of Nortel Enterprise unified communications solutions.

As part of release 6.0, CS 1000 offers a number of new features including greater centralization of functions that can further help enterprises to reduce the total cost of ownership of their network solution. For example, a new high-density services gateway, the Media Gateway 1010, centralizes the provision of communications services and applications to simplify operations across the network. Another component of release 6.0, the Unified Communications Management Solution manages CS 1000 as the network's UC foundation and provides a framework that allows centralized management of all converged network elements. A Linux-based software solution provides simplified diagnostics and serviceability. Release 6.0 also expands CS 1000 options for COTS platforms adding the IBM x3350 and Dell R300.

Solarflare and Bel Fuse Partner for High-Density 10GBASE-T

Solarflare Communications and Bel Fuse have qualified Bel 1X1 integrated magnetics module (MagJack) with Solarflare's 10Xpress 10GBASE-T PHY. The companies said their joint solution provides superior insertion loss, return loss and crosstalk performance across 100 meters of Category 6A UTP copper Ethernet cabling. This will enable optimal network performance and reliability on high-density 24 port 10GBASE-T switches that are forthcoming from multiple OEMs in USA and Asia.

Bel's 10GBASE-T LAN magnetics modules are offered to address the transmission standards of 10GbE data over copper LANs. Notably meeting the IEEE 802.3an requirements for operation over 100 meters on CAT6A/CAT7 cabling, the SMT series is qualified with leading IC manufacturers' 10GBASE-T transceivers. The MagJackproducts include a comprehensive line of single and multi-port RJ-45 connectors with integrated magnetics for 10/100/1000Base-T applications. All 10GbE connector products are designed to meet current performance standards including Category 6 regulations for 10 Gigabit Ethernet applications.
  • Solarflare Communications is headquartered in Irvine, California, with a development center in Cambridge, UK, and has announced relationships with Accton, Citrix, CommScope, Delta Networks Inc., Panduit, SMC Networks and VMware.

Solera Networks Appoints VP of Marketing

Solera Networks, a start-up specializing in network forensics products and services, has appointed Peter Schlampp as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. Prior to joining Solera Networks, Schlampp led product management for IronPort Systems. IronPort established the appliance-based enterprise anti-spam and anti-virus market and was purchased by Cisco in June 2007. At Cisco, he was promoted to General Manager of the Security Technology Business Unit (STBU) in India and was also responsible for global development centers in Ukraine, China and Costa Rica.

Orange Business Services Delivers IP VPN for Fairchild Semiconductor

Fairchild Semiconductor has named Orange Business Services as its primary worldwide network services provider. The three-year agreement includes a global managed IP Virtual Private Network (IP VPN), with IP voice services, network-based internet gateways, and DSL connections to Fairchild Semiconductor's smaller offices. The IP VPN connects 35 locations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, integrating data and voice connections under a single communications umbrella.

Japan's NICT Deploys Juniper Core Virtualization Solution

Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has enabled core routing virtualization across its new-generation ultra high-speed test bed research network using JGN2plus, Juniper's T1600 core routing platform and JCS 1200 control system. Juniper Networks provided NICT with the technology to build virtualized core routers, which can increase the flexibility, efficiency and performance of its network.

National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) is the sole national research institution in Japan in the information and communications field. NICT is striving to advance the fields, by promoting its own R&D centers (especially, "ICT for Safety and Security," "New Generation Networks" and "Universal Communications" fields) and by cooperating with supporting outside parties. NICT has been operating JGN2plus, its super high-speed and high performance test-bed network, since April 2008.

Juniper's T1600 multi-terabit core router enables service providers to increase network capacity in line with escalating service demands without adding incremental systems to the network so that they can speed new service deployment, deliver a superior end-user experience and maximize their existing T-series investments.
The JCS 1200 is an innovative system for scaling the control plane of routers and allowing the clean partitioning of services or network elements.

AT&T Expands TeleNav Track GPS Services

AT&T is expanding its TeleNav Track, GPS-enabled mobile resource management (MRM) service for mobile business customers, with a new TeleNav Track LITE version that provides real-time visibility of employee locations.

TeleNav Track LITE from AT&T is a tracking service that provides real-time visibility of field employee locations to improve dispatch operations and enhance customer service. It is a Web-based MRM solution that does not require software or GPS on the mobile device. The service works on the AT&T wireless network running on virtually all AT&T mobile devices, laptop cards and wireless equipped notebooks. The service will be available at the end of July.

With TeleNav Track LITE from AT&T, business managers can monitor their mobile workforce and resources with the ability to identify their current location on a map, even when inside buildings. The tracking feature is always on and cannot be disabled on the device, providing companies with a constant view into the location of all mobile resources.

Verizon Business Wins $245 Million Contract with U.S. HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an agreement worth up to $245 million to Verizon Business.

Under a new agreement through the Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS 3) contract, Verizon Business will provide the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with a comprehensive set of voice, data, collaboration and professional services As the new agreement is implemented, HHS will be able to order from Verizon Business additional services - including security software and professional services -- that could increase the value of the agreement.

The U.S. General Services Administration's WITS 3 contract, which runs through 2015, covers local telecommunications and professional services and products for federal agencies in the National Capital Region, which includes Washington, D.C., and portions of the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Verizon Business has previously provided voice and data services to the agency under the WITS2001 contract, the predecessor to WITS 3.

Parks Associates Forecasts Over 640 Million BB Households by 2013

The number of households worldwide with broadband will reach close to 650 million by 2013, according to international research firm Parks Associates. The firm's new report Broadband Services: Global Outlook warns that service providers will have to continue investing in network technologies to accommodate multiple services such as video-on-demand and converging social-networking applications.

Parks Associates reports the number of broadband households worldwide grew by over 18% in 2008 to exceed 400 million. Asia-Pacific is the largest market, accounting for over 160 million subscribers, and it will have over 49% of the global market share by 2013.

France's SFR Selects Mobile Backhaul from NSN

France's SFR has selected a radio solution from Nokia Siemens Networks to enable the migration of its mobile backhaul network to all IP architecture.

Earlier this month, SFR in collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks became the first to showcase such applications in France on a live 3G network with a 14 Mbps mobile broadband connection.

Nokia Siemens Networks' integrated IP radio access solution is a part of the Flexi Base Station platform, which supports High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and can help operators easily migrate their mobile backhaul to IP using software. This solution is also compatible with SFR's fixed broadband access technologies. Since it supports high bandwidth and low latency, it enables operators to offer a real-time multimedia experience at reduced costs.

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