Thursday, September 10, 2009

IEEE Ratifies 802.11n Standard, New Amendment Adds WLAN Scalability

The IEEE officially ratified the 802.11n standard along with an amendment for enabling greater scaling of WLANs. Wi-Fi devices supporting 802.11n have been on the market for some time and an estimated 1 million 802.11n devices are shipping per day.

More than 400 individuals from equipment and silicon suppliers, service providers, systems integrators, consultant organizations and academic institutions from more than 20 countries participated in a seven-year effort leading to IEEE 802.11n's ratification. Publication of the amendment is scheduled for mid-October.

"This was an extraordinarily wide-ranging technical challenge that required the sustained effort and concentration of a terrific variety of participants. When we started in 2002, many of the technologies addressed in 802.11n were university research topics and had not been implemented," said Bruce Kraemer, Chair of the IEEE Wireless LAN Working Group. "The performance improvements achieved via IEEE 802.11n stand to transform the WLAN user experience, and ratification of the amendment sets the stage for a new wave of application innovation and creation of new market opportunities."

NTT DOCOMO Bids for Germany's net mobile

NTT DOCOMO will launch a voluntary public tender offer for net mobile AG, an international mobile content distribution platform company based in Düsseldorf, Germany. DOCOMO will offer a cash compensation of EUR 6.35 per share for all outstanding shares of net mobile. The offer price represents a 53.9 percent premium over the three-month average weighted share price prior to this announcement and a 34.2 percent premium over the closing price on September 10, 2009.

net mobile AG is an internationally leading full-service provider for mobile and interactive value added services. Its fully managed service approach encompasses consultation, design, applications, content, billing, transport and technical implementation of multichannel marketing campaigns.

NSN Supplies VDSL2 for Israel's Bezeq

Nokia Siemens Networks has supplied Israel's Bezeq with its latest Multi Service Access Nodes (MSANs), which are capable of handling both voice and broadband data services on one common platform. This enables the roll out of new advanced services, like High Definition television, video conferencing or remote services, over VDSL2 connections with bandwidths of up to 50Mbps. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ditech and SimulScribe Partner on Voice-to-Text

Ditech Networks will be the exclusive global marketing and sales partner for SimulScribe's voice-to-text (VTT) applications to service providers and enterprises.

The companies said the combination of SimulScribe's VTT products and Ditech Networks' Voice Quality Assurance (VQA), mStage, and toktok products will enable Ditech to offer an extensive suite of voice capabilities to carriers.

Effective immediately, Ditech Networks will begin offering SimulScribe's SimulAuto, SimulHybrid, and ScribeALL products. SimulAuto, available as an Internet-based cloud service or on premises, is a fully automated, real-time API transcription service that runs on voice recognition technology with SimulScribe's proprietary models. SimulHybrid adds human-based correction to SimulScribe's exclusive VTT technology to deliver the highest quality voice transcription. ScribeALL is a real-time, highly accurate platform designed for any file that needs transcription, regardless of the application.

SES To Provide Satellite Broadband in East Africa

Paris-based SES is expanding the reach of its satellite-based broadband service to Africa through a signed agreement with Intersat Africa. The service, which will start in January 2010, will be offered to households, small and medium enterprises as well as schools in Eastern and Central Africa. The service will use satellite capacity from the SES WORLD SKIES' NSS-12 satellite.

ASTRA2Connect will be sold in ten countries in East and Central Africa, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Newtec, a highly experienced manufacturer of state-of-the-art satellite equipment and a long-term partner for ASTRA2Connect will supply Intersat Africa with the respective satellite broadband user terminals.

Motorola Showcases Latest Digital Video Products

At IBC 2009 in Amsterdam, Motorola is showcasing its next-generation encoding platform which has been designed to meet future processing demands of both 1080P/50Hz and 1080P/60Hz resolutions using the MPEG-4 format, as well as providing additional processing horsepower to support emerging services such as 3D television and multi-stream output.

Motorola's is also showing its next-generation APEX1000 all-purpose edge QAM, offering MPEG-4 rate shaping in a single box with SimulCrypt-compliant conditional access.

Motorola is revealing its new eco-friendly range of IPTV set-tops and accessories, along with its KreaTV open application platform, which enables familiar web applications and user generated content on the TV. Also on display will be the latest transport gateway that delivers interactive on-demand cable TV and IP-based media services around the home.

Nokia has Acquired Plum for Location Services

Nokia has acquired certain assets of Plum Ventures, Inc, a privately held company which employed approximately 10 people with main offices in Boston, Massachusetts. Plum will complement Nokia's Social Location services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Plum operates a cloud-based social media sharing and messaging service for private groups. Plum-powered groups are suited for families, co-workers, neighborhoods, sports, schools, faith and any other existing social group.

The acquired Plum assets will become part of Nokia's Services unit.

Court Backs Microsoft in Finding Patent Infringement Award Excessive

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Microsoft in a decision concerning a $358 million damages award that the software maker was ordered to pay Alcatel-Lucent for violating one of its patents. Microsoft had argued that the $358 million award was excessively large and that the court had used a mistaken formula for calculating the damages it owed. A new trial will be held to decide the amount of damages owed.

Virgin Media Picks Cisco for Digital Video Network

Virgin Media (UK) has selected Cisco to support its IPTV distribution platform and help upgrade its legacy digital TV infrastructure. Specifically, Virgin Media will deploy Cisco Digital Video Headend technology in all of its regional and central headends to enable growth in standard-definition and advanced high-definition TV (HDTV) services. Deployed across Virgin Media's national fibre optic network, Cisco IP core and edge network technologies will provide high-speed distribution between the central and regional headends and support delivery to Virgin Media's high-speed access network. On completion, the new TV platform will be capable of delivering advanced services to more than 12.6 million UK homes.

Virgin Media's upgraded TV distribution platform will be extensively based on Cisco technology, including Cisco's IP Next-Generation Network core and edge routing and switching, digital video headend solutions, and system management and monitoring. Cisco will also manage the project, including installation, full system integration, the priming of third-party elements and support provided by the Cisco Advanced Video Services Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.

10G-EPON Standard Ratified

The 10 Gbps Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G-EPON) standard has been ratified by the IEEE P802.3av Task Force.

IEEE Std. 802.3av-2009, also known as Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 10 Gbps Passive Optical Networks, describes Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) telecommunications systems using symmetric and asymmetric line-rate operations. The symmetric option operates at 10 Gb/s in both the downstream and upstream directions. The asymmetric option, which reflects the fact that IP video services create bandwidth pressure mostly in the downstream direction, uses 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream.

IEEE Std. 802.3ah 1 Gbps EPON (1G-EPON) systems have been deployed to more than 30 million subscribers worldwide and support diverse services, including IPTV, VoIP, and cellular backhaul. The new 802.3av enables seamless upgrades via the simultaneous operation of 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps symmetric and asymmetric EPON systems on the same outside plant. This allows operators to introduce 10G- EPON without replacing any existing 1G-EPON customer equipment and minimizes the operational impact of upgrading a large, in-service FTTH network.

Initial deployments of the 10G-EPON equipment are expected in 2010.

The following companies have expressed their support for the approved standard: Alloptic, Anritsu Company, ARRIS, B-DeltaCom, Bright House Networks, Cambridge Industries Group, China Mobile Communications Corporation, China Telecom -- STTRI, China Unicom -- Beijing, Corecess, Cortina Systems, CyOptics, Dasan Networks, Dongwon, Enablence Technologies, ETRI, FiberHome, Fujitsu, H3C, Hisense Broadband, Hitachi, Huawei Technologies, Kawasaki Microelectronics, KDDI R&D, KT, Ligent Photonics, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, NTT Corporation, OF Networks, OneChip Photonics, PMC-Sierra, Shanghai Luster Teraband Photonics Co., Sumitomo Electric, Teknovus, Telekom Malaysia R&D, Ubiquoss, Vitesse Semiconductor, and ZTE. The China Communications Standards Association (CCSA), the Ethernet Alliance, the Optical Access (FTTx) Industry Alliance (OAIA) of China, and the Taiwan Optical Communication Industry Alliance also endorse the 10G-EPON standard.

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.