Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Telegent Appoints CEO as Mobile TV Chip Shipments Top 50 Million

Telegent Systems, which supplies single-chip mobile TV solutions, appointed Dr. Samuel Sheng as its new CEO. Sheng has served as Telegent's Chief Technology Officer and executive Chairman of the Board since co-founding the company. In tandem with Sheng's appointment, Dr. Weijie Yun, the driving force behind Telegent since co-founding the company with Sheng in 2004, will take up Sheng's prior post of executive Chairman of the Board and carry operational responsibility for key strategic initiatives.

Sheng's appointment coincides with a new milestone for the company which has realized significant uptake of its free-to-air analog mobile TV products, shipping a record 50 million mobile TV receivers since mid-2007.Telegent's products deliver a quality mobile TV viewing experience for analog broadcast standards, providing consumers around the world with mobile access to the same, live free-to-air programming that they receive on conventional TV sets.

ViaSat to Acquire WildBlue for Satellite Broadband

ViaSat agreed to acquire privately-held WildBlue Communications, which operates Ka-band satellite broadband service across the U.S., in a cash and stock transaction valued at $568 million.

In less than five years since launching its residential broadband satellite service, WildBlue has grown to over 400,000 customers, making it one of the top ISPs in the country.

WildBlue, which is powered exclusively by the ViaSat SurfBeam networking system, pioneered the use of "unprocessed" Ka-band spot beam technology to increase capacity and lower bandwidth costs.

The companies said their merger sets the stage for accelerated growth and expansion of the WildBlue broadband service using ViaSat next generation network technology, which will use a new higher-capacity ViaSat-1 satellite scheduled to launch in early 2011.

"WildBlue and ViaSat have been close partners for nearly a decade and today's announcement is the logical next step," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. "By integrating ViaSat-1 and its ground network technology into the WildBlue operational and distribution platform, we believe we can meaningfully reduce our operational execution risks. Joining forces with ViaSat provides fast and efficient access to next-generation capacity for the WildBlue business and its subscribers. This synergy, coupled with the improved free cash flow profile WildBlue has attained in the last year, has enabled us to structure what we believe is a highly capital efficient transaction that offers immediate financial benefits to ViaSat. In our view, it's exceptional to be able to make an acquisition with so many strategic benefits under such favorable financial terms."

"Our new satellite," Dankberg continues, "will have nearly all of its capacity aimed at those areas where WildBlue growth is constrained by lack of cost-effective bandwidth. The planned launch of ViaSat-1 in early 2011 is expected to multiply WildBlue total network capacity by more than tenfold, and by a factor of over 20 in those areas with the highest demand at a fraction of its current bandwidth costs. The increased bandwidth coupled with next generation ViaSat network technology is expected to enable WildBlue to increase upstream and downstream user speeds by factors of 3 to 5 times in those high-demand areas at current subscription prices, substantially raising the value to consumers."

GSMA Launches Global Number Portability Registry Service

The GSMA launched a PathFinder Number Portability Discovery managed service that serves as a state-of-the-art solution for global number portability. The new service, which is operated by Neustar, encompasses 2.2 billion telephone numbers that are impacted by number portability worldwide, a figure which is expected to rise rapidly.

Number portability is currently implemented in over 52 countries globally, with many more, including China and India, expected to launch by the end of 2010. The service will also aggregate numbering plan data from virtually every country in the world, including those with high number portability penetration.

"The GSMA's PathFinder Number Portability Discovery service provides critical numbering plan and number portability information that dynamically enables service providers to identify the true destination network for accurate routing," said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the GSMA. "The service will help eliminate incremental fees, reduce costs, optimise rates in commercial agreements, improve traffic delivery and pave the way for new feature-rich IP-based services. With their leading credentials in Number Portability, we are pleased to extend our relationship with Neustar, who will operate the service."

The GSMA said it created the service to provide an interoperable, industry-wide solution that enables the routing of global IP service interconnect traffic. The new Number Portability Discovery service will make use of PathFinder's extensive number portability database, which provides access to all national numbering plans and number portability information, where available, throughout the world. With adaptable and extensible interfaces, the service can rapidly incorporate new number portability data for countries coming on line or that plan to implement number portability in the future.

Furthermore, Pulse Networks, Veraz Networks and TransNexus have been certified as PathFinder Partners to enable access to IP-based ENUM services from both next generation networks and C7 legacy networks. T

AT&T to Manage Global Network Services for MEI

AT&T won a new three-year contract to provide an array of managed network services to MEI, one of the leading manufacturers of electronic bill acceptors, coin mechanisms and other unattended transaction systems. MEI's global network links is headquarters in West Chester, Pa., U.S. distribution centers and other operations in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia and China.

AT&T Completes Acquisition of VeriSign's Global Security Consulting Business

AT&T completed its acquisition of VeriSign's global security consulting business. The transaction aligns VeriSign's security consulting experience in comprehensive risk assessment with AT&T's suite of network-based cybersecurity services.

Tyco Tests 10/40 Gbps over Same Undersea Fiber

Tyco Telecommunications demonstrated 40 Gbps transmission capabilities using an existing 2,500 km undersea system originally designed for 10 Gbps transmission. In-field testing on a live network demonstrated the capability for simultaneous transmission of 40 Gbps and 10 Gbps traffic. Tyco was able to transmit 64 wavelengths of 40 Gbps traffic, which increases system capacity to 2.56 terabits on a single fiber pair.

Verizon Provides Free Wi-Fi to its Small-Business Broadband Customers

Verizon is now offering free Wi-Fi hot spot access at more than 14,000 locations nationwide to its small business broadband customers. Free Verizon Wi-Fi hot spot locations include hotels, airports, restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, convention centers and public locations across the U.S.

Actus Networks Debuts G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection for Carrier Ethernet

Korea-based Actus Networks debuted an access ring Ethernet protection solution compliant to G.8032 Recommendation version 1 and version 2, which enables 50 ms protection switching for packet transport in a ring network.

The company said its products open a new market window for PBB-TE, OAM (802.3ah, 802.1ag, Y.1731), MEF E-LINE and E-LAN, and PWE3 services on mobile backhaul and access rings.

In comparison with the IEEE802.17 Resilient Packet Ring Standard, Actus notes the following benefits:

  • 50 ms protection switching using generic standards of IEEE802.1 and IEEE802.3

  • Flexible topology with a single ring and interconnected multi-rings

  • All Ethernet Speed (1/10/40/100GbE MAC)

  • Support for multiple Ethernet services

Actus Networks developed the solution in collaboration with ETRI, an R&D subsidy of the Korean government, and KAIST, a globally renowned research university of Korea.,

Nokia Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Nokia has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, an industry group whose mission is to create and promote wide market adoption of Qi (pronounced "chee") as the international wireless power standard for interoperability across rechargeable electronic devices. Members include ConvenientPower, Duracell, Hosiden, Fulton Innovation, Leggett & Platt, National Semiconductor, Nokia, Olympus, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Shenzhen Sangfei Consumer Communications, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments.

"As the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer and leader in mobile telecommunications, Nokia brings a new dimension to the Consortium. This significantly expands the potential market traction of the Qi wireless charging standard," said Menno Treffers, Chairman, Wireless Power Consortium.

Cisco + TANDBERG See $34 Billion Collaboration Market

In a bid to consolidate its position in telepresence and teleconferencing, Cisco launched a cash tender offer to purchase all the outstanding shares of TANDBERG for 153.5 Norwegian Kroner per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3.0 billion. This represents an 11.0% premium to the previous day closing price of TANDBERG's stock, and a 25.2% premium to the 3-month volume weighted average closing price for TANDBERG's stock.

TANDBERG's Board of Directors is supporting the Cisco bid. Cisco expects the acquisition to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2011.

TANDBERG's video endpoints and network infrastructure solution will be integrated into Cisco's collaboration architecture. This will enable intercompany and multi-vendor interoperability and ease of use across the full product portfolio -- from desktop to immersive, multi-screen TelePresence.

Cisco plans to position TANDBERG's Norway operations as a European center of video excellence alongside its own Service Provider video team in Kortrijk, Belgium.

"Cisco and TANDBERG have remarkably similar cultures and a shared vision to change the way the world works through collaboration and video communications technologies," said Cisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chambers. "Collaboration is a $34 billion market and is growing rapidly -- enabled by networked Web 2.0 technologies. This acquisition showcases Cisco's financial strength and ability to quickly capture key market transitions for growth."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Huawei Launches its 100G Router + WDM Solution

Huawei rolled out its 100 Gbps core networking solution. Product offerings include 100GE cards (1x100GE and 10x10GE) for routers and a 100G OTU for its WDM platform. These capabilities are provided via Huawei's in-house developed "Solar 2.0" 100G chipsets.

The T100GE cards (1x100GE and 10x10GE) for routers will increase switching capacity of the Huawei NE5000E router cluster system to 200 Tbps. The 100GE cards for routers will increase switching capacity of the NE5000E router cluster system to 200T, allowing operators to meet network capacity expansion requirements. The new router cards will offer wire-speed forwarding capability and guaranteed services at 100G wire-speed.

A 100GE port-based NE5000E router cluster system can be plugged into Huawei's OSN6800/8800 OTN system, which will now support "40/80 wavelengths at 100 Gbps. This will increase transport capacity over a single optical fiber to 8 Tbps.

The WDM 100G OTU, which is compatible with both advanced coding modulation and coherent detection techniques, leverages Huawei' s 100G optical/electrical module and core chips. It provides hybrid transport speeds of 100G and 10G/40G, enabling 40/80-channel 1500 km transport. In addition, 100G OTU helps the overall evolution of the WDM transport network by utilizing advanced, large-capacity OTN switching and ASON technologies.

Telefónica Commissions Six LTE Trials

Telefónica has selected six vendors for a set of LTE trials in six countries. These suppliers are Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens Network and ZTE. The countries selected for testing are Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Czech Republic in Europe, and Brazil and Argentina in Latin America.

Telefónica said the LTE field trials will be coordinated globally and that by testing in various geographies it will be better prepared to evolve its networks, which currently serve 264 million customers worldwide.

"At Telefónica we are working with the conviction that we can only offer our clients the maximum levels of quality and innovation. To do this, we are defining our strategy and the rollout of LTE with the objective of driving mobile broadband and offering the best service from the moment that the equipment and terminals can support the new standards and are available for sale", explained Julio Linares, COO of Telefónica.

In April, Telefónica and Ericsson conducted an LTE demonstration in Madrid. The network delivered downloads in excess of 140 Mbps.

NSN Outlines its "Network of One" Strategic Blueprint

Nokia Siemens Networks officially unveiled its long term vision of how telecom operators can transform their business models, infrastructure and operations. The "Network of One" aims to provide a unified approach to cope with the tidal wave of information being created and shared as billions of people and trillions of ‘things' link up from every corner of the planet.

"The market evolution presents many opportunities for operators, but they are also under pressure like never before. The challenges they face are becoming increasingly complex and up to now the general approach has been to deal with them separately", says Stephan Scholz, chief technology officer, Nokia Siemens Networks, speaking at the Solutions Forum. "For the first time we have outlined a holistic approach that operators can adopt to effectively use their scarce resources and provide the ideal experience for their subscribers. Very simply, that describes our Network of One."

NSN said its "Network of One" will reduce complexity while enabling operators to derive greater value from their existing assets, improve their collaboration with other industry players, and realize operational efficiencies.

The vision calls for a simplified IP based flat architecture both in wireline and wireless networks, an automated management and charging system, a consolidated view of customer data, flexible service enablement, unified control of voice and multimedia calls, and new models for optimized business operations.

The "Network of One" plan identifies six key focus areas for service providers:

One simplified network: Evolve your network architecture will towards a simple flat, converged, IP centric architecture (all-IP) allowing much more efficient handling of traffic.

One convergent service control: Converge fixed and mobile voice on one IMS based service control infrastructure, enabling rich communications for customers.

One view of customer data: consolidate customer data that is today distributed across multiple databases and applications, creating the foundation for developing deep customer insights.

One flexible service enablement: drive flexibility in service enablement to allow fast and easy launch and pull down of own and 3rd party services through open API's.

One unified management & charging: consolidate heterogeneous silo management systems into one highly automated system.

One business-optimized operation: explore collaboration opportunities such as outsourcing and partnering to drive efficiency and differentiation in your business and service offerings.

Hutchison 3G Austria modernizes for HSPA+ and LTE with NSN

Hutchison 3G Austria has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its radio access network to be ready for HSPA+ and LTE. Nokia Siemens Networks will undertake this upgrade starting in autumn 2009. New base stations will allow the operator to halve the energy consumption of its base stations. The operator's network will be ready for download data rates of 21 Mbps (High-Speed Packet Access, HSPA+) in early 2010. As of 2011 the network can be upgraded to LTE, offering theoretical data rates as high as 100Mbps or more. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Blackwave Raises $7 Million for Video Storage Infrastructure

Blackwave, a start-up based in Acton, MA., closed $7 million in series C funding to support its integrated storage and delivery platform.

The Blackwave R6 platform allows Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), telcos, wireless network operators, content publishers and video aggregators to store and deliver video in multiple protocols from a single platform. A single rack of Blackwave's system enables storage and delivery of video and rich media via HTTP, Flash Media Server (FMS), and Windows Media Server (WMS) at a useable bandwidth of 30Gbps.

The new funding brings total venture and strategic capital funding to more than $29 million. This latest funding includes continued investment by Globespan Capital Partners, Flybridge Capital Partners and Sigma Partners.
  • Blackwave is headed by Robert Rizika, who previously served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Entertainment Strategy, for Macrovision Corporation. Blackwave's technical team is headed by Mike Kilian (CTO), who most recently w as the Distinguished Engineer in the Cloud Infrastructure and Services Group at EMC; Muriel Medard (Chief Scientist), who is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT; and Bob Scheifler (Chief Architect), who previously served as a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems.

AT&T to Market Terrestar's Satellite Cellular Smartphone Service

AT&T has agreed to market Terrestar's satellite cellular smartphone.

The TerreStar GENUS Smartphone combines AT&T's 3G terrestrial wireless service with Terrerstar's all-IP satellite voice and data as a back-up throughout the United States. The TerreStar satellite footprint also covers Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and offshore coastal waters.

The GENUS smartphone uses the Windows Mobile operating system and includes premium features such as a touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a QWERTY keyboard. The solution is intended to work as a user's everyday cellular smartphone device, with satellite access capability as a secondary option when needed.
  • In July, TerreStar Networks successfully completed the first end-to-end VoIP phone call over its newly launched TerreStar-1, the world's largest, most advanced commercial communications satellite. The call used two handsets developed by EB (Elektrobit). The satellite-terrestrial smartphone reference design represents the world's first quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA device running the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, and offering integrated satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities.

Union Ratifies Contract with AT&T

Another group of AT&T's core wireline employees have voted to ratify a three-year work agreement. The agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers covers about 8,900 employees.

Roughly half of the 120,000 employees covered under AT&T's core wireline contracts now have ratified or tentative agreements. In addition to the IBEW agreement, agreements between AT&T and the Communications Workers of America have been ratified in the Midwest and West regions, and a tentative agreement with the CWA is pending ratification by Legacy AT&T Corp. employees.

AT&T Acquires Plusmo for Mobile Applications Strategy

AT&T has acquired privately-held Plusmo, a cross-platform mobile application developer. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Plusmo platform helps other developers to create widgets and applications using common web development standards that enable easy deployment across multiple mobile operating systems and devices.

AT&T said the acquisition provides it with an open standards technology that will simplify mobile application development, accelerate innovation and deliver a better application experience for consumers. Plusmo will become a part of AT&T Interactive, and the Plusmo mobile application development platform is expected to be used by multiple AT&T subsidiaries, including AT&T Mobility.

Orange Signs $2 Billion, 7-year Deal with SITA

SITA, which provides global communications for the air transport industry, and Orange Business Services announced a seven-year agreement, valued in excess of US$2 billion. The deal renews and broadens their existing partnership and covers an extensive range of Orange Business Services' communications services which SITA will provide to airlines, airports and other air industry participants around the world.

Francesco Violante, SITA CEO, said: "SITA is a leading provider of critical services to airports and airlines worldwide. Our extended partnership with Orange Business Services secures and enhances SITA's ability to deliver continued improvements and exceptional service levels for our communication solutions in over 220 countries and territories, supporting more than 1,800 customers."

Major services currently provided by SITA and Orange Business Services include AirportHub, which delivers IP and legacy services from a shared IP-based platform for over 500 airlines at airports worldwide; IPVPN networks which connect 13,500 air transport sites worldwide; SITA Mobility Access; and voice and convergence solutions.

Huawei Appoints Matt Bross as CTO

Matt Bross, the former BT Group Chief Technology Officer and CEO of BT innovate, has joined Huawei as its Chief Technology Officer, with effect from October 1. Bross will focus on identifying global telecommunications industry and network architecture trends that will guide Huawei' s continuous customer-centric innovation of products and solutions. He will also support the company' s efforts in delivering the latest products and solutions for North American customers.

Most recently, Bross was Group Chief Technology Officer of BT Group and CEO of BT innovate, responsible for technology strategy, vision and innovation across all BT divisions. Mr. Bross was a driving force behind BT's 21st Century Network transformation program and led a global BT technology and research organization that spanned the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. and Europe. Previously, Mr. Bross held senior positions at ConTel, MasterCard,Critical technology a company he founded and Williams Communication.