Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Aricent Expands its LTE Solutions to Include Devices, Base Stations, Backhaul and EPC

Aricent has expanded its LTE solutions portfolio to include new software and frameworks for devices and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) systems. The company also announced enhancements to its existing IP backhaul offering.  These new capabilities add to Aricent's existing eNodeB offering to provide network OEMs and Device Manufactures with a an LTE design solution spanning user equipment, network access, IP backhaul, and EPC.

Aricent's LTE practice consists of software, frameworks and comprehensive lifecycle services to jumpstart LTE device and systems development and reduce engineering complexity and cost. These include:
  • LTE User Equipment Software Suite -- Aricent's LTE UE Software Suite is a complete software package for device and semi-conductor vendors including fully optimized Layer 1, Layer 2 protocol software with support for 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink data rates. The implementation ensures optimal power consumption, processor utilization and easy integration on multiple hardware platforms.

  • eNodeB Protocol Stacks and Framework -- Aricent's existing eNodeB offering provides a turnkey solution for radio access, from pluggable stack software to a pre-integrated and optimized software frameworks for Radio Access equipment, that have been benchmarked on multiple industry leading hardware platforms. Aricent's eNodeB Framework (eNBF) serves as a robust software platform for infrastructure providers planning to develop a complete LTE Release 8+ compliant eNodeB of varying densities (macro/pico/femto).

  • IP Backhaul -- Aricent's IP Backhaul solution is based on its industry-proven ISS Metro platform which offers pre-integrated Layer 2 switching solutions and can be used to build LTE and IP backhaul devices such as IP RAN Aggregation devices, Internet Offload Gateways, and Metro Ethernet devices.

  • Evolved Packet Core Protocol Stacks and Framework -- Aricent offers EPC protocol stacks as well as frameworks for the System Architecture Evolution (SAE) Gateway and the Mobility Management Entity (MME) Gateway. These include support for charging, QoS, high availability, lawful interception, and bearer-related features.

Motorola Introduces Android-based CLIQ with T-Mobile

Motorola unveiled its Android-based smartphone featuring a unique "MOTOBLUR" capability that automatically syncs contacts, posts, messages, photos and tweets from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail, and LastFM.

CLIQ is a GSM slider phone that features a 3.1-inch HVGA touch-screen display, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with video capture and playback at 24 frames per second, a 3.5mm headset jack, a music player with pre-loaded Amazon MP3 store application, Shazam, iMeem Mobile, and a pre-installed 2GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB of removable memory.

MOTOBLUR taps in to the Android ecosystem. Every friend feed, status update, wall post, bulletin and photo upload is automatically delivered to a widget on the homescreen. Contacts are automatically synced to the phone from personal and work e-mail as well as social network accounts, and MOTOBLUR updates any changes friends or contacts make to their information.

"With MOTOBLUR we are differentiating the Android experience for consumers by delivering a unique mobile device experience designed around the way people interact today," said Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices. "MOTOBLUR, which will be available on our first Android-powered device and on multiple Android devices in our upcoming portfolio, helps us to create phones that are instinctive, social and smart." 

MOTOBLUR will be available first on select Motorola devices in the fourth quarter with regional carriers worldwide. In the U.S., Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR will be available exclusively with T-Mobile USA. Motorola DEXT with MOTOBLUR will be available with Orange in the United Kingdom and France, Telefonica in Spain and America Movil in Latin America.

Deutsche Telekom Expands HDTV with Harmonic

Deutsche Telekom has selected Harmonic's recently introduced DiviCom Electra 8000 universal broadcast encoder to expand the MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) HD video service to its T-Home Entertain subscribers throughout Germany. The deployment enables T-Home Entertain to offer the largest number of HD channels in Germany.

The Electra 8000 provides up to four standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) channels of superior quality constant bit-rate (CBR) or variable bit-rate (VBR) video using either MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC encoding, and can reduce bit-rates by 20 percent. The Electra 8000 also features integrated statistical multiplexing and a built-in broadcast quality up/down converter for differentiated services such as an HD broadcast of the premium SD lineup. This groundbreaking architecture, which can be easily upgraded with a variety of firmware options, eases operational requirements of density and power efficiency, and facilitates the launch of new value-added video services.

Huawei Supplies Metro Ethernet for Telefónica in Spain

Telefónica has deployed more than 100 sets of Huawei's CX600 Metro Services Platform (MSP) in its network in Spain. The MSP CX600 is part of Huawei's IP Transport Infrastructure for Multi-play Experience (IPTime) frame, featuring carrier-class multi-service transport and IP/MPLS. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Zayo Takes Over 60 Hudson St.

Zayo Group completed its previously announced acquisition of FiberNet Telecom Group, a provider of colocation and complex interconnection services. This makes Zayo the exclusive manager and operator of the 60 Hudson St. Meet-Me-Room in New York City, one of the world's largest interconnect exchanges. Zayo acquires similar colocation and interconnection responsibilities at 165 Halsey in New Jersey, 111 8th Ave. in New York City, and in key locations in Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.
Zayo also now gains FiberNet's revenue resulting from U.S. connectivity services it provided to and from carriers from Europe, Asia and South America.

Motorola Energy-Efficient IPTV Set-tops

Motorola has expanded its VIP series IPTV portfolio with new high definition (HD) set-tops that are compliant with US and EU initiatives for low-power consumption, including ENERGY STAR and the EU's Eco-Design Directives for Energy-using Products (EuPs).

The Motorola VIP2202E, VIP2262E, VIP1002E, VIP1003 and VIP19xx series set-tops are all compliant with the European Commission's Code of Conduct (CoC) v8. CoC v8 defines three different operating modes for complex set-tops - 'standby', 'auto power down', and 'on'. Depending on models and the market in which they are deployed, all of the Motorola units are compliant with ENERGY STAR and European CoC recommendations.

Tata Comm. Extends WAN Ethernet to China

Tata Communications has extended its Ethernet service portfolio into China through an alliance with Beijing-based China Enterprise Communications (CEC). Tata Communications now offers Dedicated Ethernet and a Priority Ethernet line of services into the Chinese market.

Qualcomm and GlobalWireless Sign 3G Femtocell Deal

Qualcomm and Global Wireless Technologies have entered into a CDMA femtocell (including femtocell modules) license agreement. Under the terms of the royalty bearing agreement, Qualcomm has granted GlobalWireless a worldwide patent license to develop, manufacture and sell femtocells that implement a CDMA2000 , WCDMA and/or TD-SCDMA 3G standard, including multi-mode femtocells that implement any one or more of these 3G standards as well as a 4G (OFDMA) standard.


Sprint Offers Unlimited Any-to-Any Mobile Calling

Sprint is stepping past the idea of calling circles to provide Any Mobile, Anytime -- a new feature of Sprint Everything Data plans -- that enables the subscriber to get unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the Sprint Network to any wireless phone on any U.S. wireless carrier network at any time. Sprint's Everything Data plans start at $69.99. Everything Data plans include unlimited text, picture and video messaging and unlimited data services such as email, Web browsing, social networking, GPS navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, exclusive NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile applications and more.

AT&T Launches Online TV & Movie Delivery

PCs and other web-connected devices. The online content - provided by numerous content providers including ABC and NBC Universal (via an agreement with Hulu), CBS Interactive and dozens more - is available to all U.S. consumers

AT&T said the new online entertainment portal is part of its strategy to make popular content to consumers across the three screens at the center of their lives - the TV, PC and wireless phone. AT&T plans to add more TV programs and movies from other leading providers in the coming months.

"We know our customers want to be able to access their favorite content anytime, anywhere," said Dan York, executive vice president of content and programming, AT&T. "AT&T Entertainment provides the one-stop destination to watch your favorite TV shows and movies on your PC, wherever you have a broadband connection. The site will grow and evolve to make more content available to consumers in new and better ways."

AT&T U-verse TV and Internet customers who visit AT&T Entertainment can sign in to access U-verse Web Remote Access, a popular application that allows customers to schedule and manage DVR recordings directly from their PC.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TI Boosts Q3 Business Outlook

Texas Instruments raised and narrowed its expected ranges for revenue and earnings per share (EPS) for Q3 2009. The company currently expects its financial results to fall within the following ranges: The company now expects:
  • Revenue: $2.73 - $2.87 billion, compared with the prior range of $2.50 - $2.80 billion.

  • EPS: $0.37 - $0.41, compared with the prior range of $0.29 - $0.39.

Comcast Launches its First 100 Mbps Internet Service

For the first time, Comcast launched a 100 Mbps high-speed Internet service to businesses. The service, which is available in the Twin Cities region, offers upload speed of 15 Mbps and is based on DOCSIS 3.0 technology.

The 100 Mbps service is a comprehensive business solution that includes Microsoft Communication Services productivity suite (Windows SharePoint and Microsoft Outlook email powered by Microsoft Exchange Server ) for no additional fee. In addition, the service includes McAfee's Security Suite software that protects up to 25 PCs from viruses and spyware. There are a range of other Web site hosting, design features and options available as well.

Wavesat's LTE Chipset Boasts 100 Mbps Downlink Capability

Wavesat is preparing to launch its new Odyssey 9000 family of LTE chipsets boasting 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink performance for mobile devices such as USB dongles, data cards, mobile handsets and MIDs.

The Odyssey 9000 family of chipsets incorporates a unique hybrid architecture with a combination of highly efficient DSPs and hardware acceleration blocks. Wavesat said it will be able to scale to support CAT-4 (150 Mbps downlink) devices. The first LTE baseband processor in the Odyssey 9000 family, the OD9010, will sample in October 2009, and will come complete with an LTE protocol stack including MAC, RLC, PDCP, RRC and NAS layers, as well as a ready to manufacture reference design. A follow-on dual-mode chip, the OD9050, is scheduled to sample by mid-2010 and will offer both 3G and LTE on the same chipset.

Source Photonics Announces 10GE-PON Solution

Source Photonics announced the industry's first version 10G EPON ONU module in the SFP+ form factor. The module meets the 10/1G Base PRX30 optical interface requirements and SFF-8431 MSA. The transmitter side real time signal strength indication and digital diagnostic interface provide advanced features for module applications. The 10G EPON ONU in the SFP+ form factor is ideal to address the low power consumption requirement of Fiber to the Business/Node/Curb (FTTB/N/C) business applications.

To complete the end-to-end PON solution, Source Photonics also announced the industry's first 10G EPON Optical Line Terminal (OLT) module in the XFP form factor. The transceiver meets MSA standard XFP form factor and 10/1G Base PRX30 optical interface requirements. The module is based on the first 10G EPON XMD BOSA structure in the industry and can support 10G commercial application requirements.

Dell'Oro: Set-top Box Revenues Contract Slightly in Q2 2009

Strength in the satellite and IP set-top box (STB) markets could not offset a contraction in the cable market that caused the overall STB market to decline 2 percent during the second quarter, according to a newly published report from Dell'Oro Group.

The cable market, dominated by North America, is in the midst of a correction after two years of increases fueled primarily by: (1) United States Federal Communications Commission's separable security mandate and (2) increased distribution of lower-end products by cable MSOs wanting to convert analog and terrestrial broadcast consumers to low-end digital cable services.

"Although the cable market took the brunt during the quarter, both cable and satellite operators in North America are experiencing increased competition from telecom/IP operators, as well as suffering from a poor economic environment, in which consumers have been trimming purchases of premium channel and video-on-demand services," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group.

Dell'Oro: Business VoIP Boosts Carrier IP Telephony in Q2

The carrier IP telephony market rose 7 percent sequentially in the second quarter of 2009, to $737 million, as service providers replenished equipment and license inventories and purchased infrastructure to serve near-term customer needs, according to a recent report from Dell'Oro Group.

According to the report, several smaller market players with limited exposure to large network upgrade projects, such as AudioCodes, MetaSwitch, and Veraz, gained share in the second quarter. Nortel regained the top market position during the quarter; however, some of its larger competitors, such as Huawei and Nokia Siemens, that have a relatively high degree of exposure to large network modernization projects, lost share.

"Although the weak economy and lack of confidence in business conditions have severely reduced spending on network modernization projects, subscriber facing equipment has seen only a modest negative impact, and business voice-over-broadband licenses on both softswitches and voice application servers remain a bright spot," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "During the quarter, softswitch IP business trunk, including SIP trunk, license shipments increased 33 percent during the second quarter and business voice or IP Centrex license shipments on voice application servers grew 85 percent," he added.

Cisco Debuts One Screen, One-Camera TelePresence System

Cisco unveiled a one-screen, one-camera Cisco TelePresence system for multipurpose conference rooms. The system targets branch offices or other areas where deployment over a T-1/E-1 or broadband Internet connection is suitable.
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The new Cisco TelePresence System 1100 uses the standard 65-inch plasma screen and fits in small, general-use meeting rooms. When not being used for virtual meetings, it also functions as a high-quality audio conferencing device, as an auxiliary display for presentations, or as a digital sign, utilizing integrated Cisco Digital Media Player functionality.

The Cisco TelePresence System 1100 uses the same industrial design as the Cisco TelePresence System 1300 Series. It interoperates with standards-based video conferencing at SD and HD resolutions, and Web-based conferencing applications such as Cisco WebEx.

Cisco noted that AT&T, BT, Orange, NTT, Tata Communications, Telefonica, Telstra, and most recently Telmex, have all announced commercial intercompany Cisco TelePresence services, enabling the more than 350 organizations that have already selected Cisco TelePresence.

Force10 Gains JITC Approval for DoD Networks

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has listed Force10 Networks' Adit 600 Converged Services Access Gateway on the Unified Capabilities Approved Products List (UCAPL). This listing results from extensive security and interoperability certification testing performed by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) at their Ft. Huachuca, AZ, facility.