Thursday, November 5, 2009

Infonetics: Recession Accelerates Wireline-to-Mobile Substitution.

The global recession clearly accelerated the pace of wireline-to-mobile substitution, according to a new Fixed and Mobile Subscribers market forecast report from Infonetics Research. Driven by strong growth in China, India, Brazil, Russia and other emerging economies, the number of worldwide mobile subscribers will reach 5.9 billion by 2013.


Some other highlights of the report:

  • There were nearly 4 times more mobile subscribers than access line subscribers worldwide in 2008 (3.9 billion vs. 1 billion)


  • The number of mobile subscribers grew 17.4% in 2008 over 2007, while access line subscribers declined 5.5%


  • Access lines are disappearing fastest in North America and China, due to the move to fixed-to-mobile substitutions, the switch from copper to fiber lines, and the recession, during which many people ditch their landlines and keep only their mobile or smartphone


  • The number of worldwide mobile subscribers will reach 5.9 billion by 2013


  • The number of PON FTTH subscribers worldwide is expected to soar at a compound annual growth rate of 32% from 2008 to 2013.



http://www.infonetics.com

Lantiq Begins Operations as Independent Company

Lantiq has begun operations as independent company. The new entity was created throught the sale of Infineon Technologies Wireline business unit to US- based investor Golden Gate Capital. The final purchase price will amount to approximately EUR 243 Million resulting from customary adjustments in the asset purchase agreement with Golden Gate Capital. Infineon is expected to record a book gain of more than Euro 100 Million as a result of this transaction in the first quarter of its fiscal year ending September 30, 2010.

Lantiq is a market leader in the broadband access market and has approximately 900 employees around the globe. It is among the world's Top 15 fabless semiconductor companies and fifth largest among the companies headquartered in Europe.
http://www.lantiq.com/

Nortel Cites Recent Govt Wins in Asia-Pacific

Nortel said it has recently won significant public sector deals in several countries across the Asia Pacific region for its Unified Communications (UC), Ethernet Routing Switches, contact center deployments and virtual collaboration solutions. These contracts include:

  • New Zealand Public Service Association, the nation's largest union with more than 57,000 registered members, will migrate to a unified communications network from Nortel, Microsoft and implementation partner Gen-i.


  • Taiwan Post, the largest postal, banking and insurance services provider in Taiwan , is implementing a Nortel Metro Ethernet solution.


  • Shanghai Metro Line 1 has deployed a Nortel Metro Ethernet solution to transmit information relating to wireless access systems, electronic monitoring, digital television and broadcasting, including comprehensive network monitoring and alerting tools. All operational and management information - voice, data and video - will be securely and accurately transmitted and monitored, ensuring seamless communications among train staff and access to the PIS (Passenger Information System) at all times.


  • The Commonwealth Youth Games 2008, which were held in Pune , India from October 12 to 18, ran on a next-generation data network infrastructure set up by Nortel. The always-on, highly available network supporting 1,000 users, ran multimedia applications including real-time schedule updating, statistical analysis, resource coordination and media coverage helping ensure the Commonwealth Youth Games 2008 ran smoothly.


  • Japan 's Kyushu University Hospital has a new medical information network based on Nortel's clinical-grade Healthcare Solutions portfolio.


http://www.nortel.com

Alcatel-Lucent and Belgium's ONDD Offer Third Party Financing

Belgium's public export credit insurer (ONDD -- Office National Du Ducroire | Nationale Delcrederedienst) has agreed to provide insurance for third party financing for the purchase of Alcatel-Lucent equipment by service providers worldwide.


As a first result of this agreement, Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking has arranged an ONDD-backed loan facility in favour of Turk Telekom, to finance various contracts between Turk Telekom and Alcatel-Lucent for a global amount of EUR 46 million. In line with Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) regulations, part of the local services was also integrated in this financing.


The loan facility could be extended to support additional new contracts between Turk Telekom and Alcatel-Lucent. The buyer's credit will be applied to the full foreign portion, on a global level, of contracts concluded between Alcatel-Lucent Teletas (Turkey) and Turk Telekom for technologies sourced from different Alcatel-Lucent entities around the world.


"This agreement demonstrates ONDD's commitment to supporting Alcatel-Lucent export transactions worldwide, in recognition and support of the critical role Alcatel-Lucent's Belgian operations play as a centre of expertise in R&D, export and project management for the company. This is an important milestone in our ongoing long lasting relationship with Alcatel-Lucent," said Stefaan Van Boxstael, Deputy Head of Underwriting from ONDD. "This agreement with ONDD allows Alcatel-Lucent to provide financing to its customers for contracts with sourcing on a global level involving technologies in the fields of optics, access, mobile, IP and applications and creates new ways for Alcatel-Lucent to meet customer requirements for worldwide sourcing."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Motorola and Aruba Settle WLAN Intellectual Property Dispute

Aruba Networks and Motorola -- together with its subsidiaries Symbol Technologies, Wireless Valley Communications, and AirDefense -- announced an agreement that settles all outstanding intellectual property disputes between the two companies. The disputes involved patents owned by both parties, and the settlement includes a cross-licensing agreement.
http://www.arubanetworks.com
http://www.motorola.com

Ericsson Appoints Exec for Brand Strategy

Ericsson has appointed Cesare Avenia to a new position in the group management team where Avenia will be responsible for driving the implementation of Ericsson's new brand strategy. Cesare Avenia has most recently served as head of the company's South East Europe market unit.


"We will move from traditional telecom to IP, we see how we move from being a hardware to a software business and we will see an evolution and modernization of the networks rather than the past years vast rollouts of new networks", says in-coming President and CEO Hans Vestberg. "This requires us to change our ways of working as well as business and engagement models. Our ability to develop competence, behavior and position are key success factors and we are repositioning our brand to capture these new opportunities."
http://www.ericsson.com

Optical Internetworking Forum Launches New 100G Project

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has launched a new technical project to define a Module Management Interface for 100G long-haul DWDM transmission.


The Management Data Input/Output Interface (MDIO) project, started in the Physical and Link Layer Working Group, will specify the logical architecture and frame structure, module control and host-module signaling theory, and MDIO register set. Work on the 100G Long Haul DWDM Transmission Module Multisource Agreement (MSA) began a year ago and the MDIO interface is an important component to completing the project, enabling multi-vendor interoperability.


The OIF has a number of projects in various states of progression addressing 100G for Long Haul DWDM transport networks. The OIF's Framework Document outlines the issues for the various projects and can be viewed at http://oiforum.com/public/documents/OIF-FD-100G-DWDM-01.0.pdf


"The OIF Framework Document brings many different pieces together for 100G Long Haul DWDM networks," says Karl Gass of Sandia National Labs and the OIF Physical and Link Layer Working Group Vice Chair. "As we identify the boundaries for each issue, we work to fill in that piece of the technological puzzle. The MDIO is another key piece of that puzzle."


In addition, the OIF announced the results of its recent election. Newly elected to the OIF board of directors are Ghani Abbas of Ericsson and Martha Fratt of AT&T. Fratt will serve as Secretary/Treasurer and both will serve one-year terms. Klaus-Holger Otto of Alcatel-Lucent is newly elected as Technical Committee Vice Chair and Jim Jones of Alcatel-Lucent is newly elected as Interoperability Working Group Chair.

The OIF membership reelected Jeff Hutchins of CoreOptics and Jim Jones of Alcatel-Lucent for two-year terms. Jim Jones will continue as Vice President of Marketing. Hans-Martin Foisel of Deutsche Telekom remains the OIF President while Stephen Shew now holds the position of Vice President.

Additionally, Lyndon Ong of Ciena was reelected Technical Committee Chair while Rod Smith of Tyco Electronics and Dave Brown of Alcatel-Lucent were reelected Market Awareness & Education Co-Chairs.


A "100G Ultra Long Haul DWDM Framework Document" is posted online.
http://www.oiforum.com/http://oiforum.com/public/documents/OIF-FD-100G-DWDM-01.0.pdf

AT&T Adds 893,000 Wireless Subscribers Through Centennial Acquisition

AT&T completed its acquisition of Centennial Communications, adding approximately 893,000 wireless subscribers across the Midwest and Southeast United States and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


AT&T said it will move quickly to rebrand Centennial as AT&T. By late January 2010, AT&T products and services will be available at more than 100 Centennial retail locations. Within the same timeframe, AT&T signage will be installed in all Centennial locations. Former Centennial wireless subscribers may keep their existing rate plans, but they will also have the opportunity to migrate to AT&T rate plans without activation or upgrade fees. Existing AT&T customer contracts will not change. In Puerto Rico, the Centennial brand will continue through mid-2010.

As previously announced, Centennial stockholders will receive $8.50 per share in cash. Including net debt, the transaction is valued at $2.7 billion.
http://www.att.com

DOCOMO to Add Flat-rate Data Service

Starting next month, NTT DOCOMO will reduce the monthly maximum charge for packet communications with a PC or other device under its "Pake-hodai" double flat-rate data service to 5,985 yen, down from 13,650 yen (both figures include tax), at selected Internet access points. The revision is for users of DOCOMO phone-tethered external devices such as PCs and handheld gaming consoles at access speeds of up to 128 Kbps (uplinks of 64 Kbps). Other monthly maximum charges for Pake-hodai double will remain unchanged.
http://www.nttdocomo.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Europe Reaches Agreement on Telecoms Reform

The European Parliament and the European Council reached an agreement on a Telecoms package aimed at strengthening consumer protections in the broadband market. The full package of regulatory reform have been under discussion for years, but recently negotiations became snagged by the issue of copyright piracy.


Under a compromise agreement over amendment 138, which had been the stumbling block, Internet users accused of copyright infringements cannot be cut off from their Internet connection without a "fair and impartial procedure" rather than a court proceeding. The deal clears the way for the European Parliament to adopt the full Telecoms Package.


The full Telecoms Package calls for the creation of a single, independent European Telecom Market Authority accountable to the European Parliament. This new authority would ensure that the 27 national regulators work as an efficient team on creating a seamless telecoms market across Europe. The new regulator would facilitate cross-border EU services in relation to rights-of-use for scarce resources such as spectrum and numbers, and enabling operators wishing to do so to use a single European area code for their services. It is also expected to play a role in opening markets still dominated by an incumbent player.


In order for the Telecoms package to come into force, the European parliament and the Council have to confirm the agreement. This is expected to happen before the end this month.
http://www.europa.eu

Telefónica to Acquire Hansenet in Germany for EUR 900 Million

Telefónica will acquire Hansenet from Telecom Italia for EUR 900 million in cash. Telefónica will add new fixed and mobile subscribers, making Telefónica O2 Germany the number three player in the German telecommunications market. The combination of both companies annual revenue will amount to almost five billion euros. The transaction is subject to approval from the relevant competition authorities and is expected to be finalized during the first quarter of 2010.


After the acquisition is finalized, Telefonica O2 Germany will add Hansenet's DSL customers which currently stand at around 2.2 million and will also strength the capability to serve bundle-offers of mobile and fixed net products. Telefónica will therefore become a leading integrated telecommunication provider in Germany with 15 million mobile and 2.4 million DSL customers in the country.
http://www.telefonica.com

DT and FT Finalize Deal to Combine T-Mobile UK and Orange UK

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom signed the final agreement to combine their UK operations, T-Mobile and Orange, into a 50:50 joint venture company. The deal was first announced on 8 September 2009. Completion is conditional upon approval by the relevant authorities and remains expected in the first half of 2010 as previously indicated.
http://www.francetelecom.com
http://www.telekom.de

Infinera Appoints VP of Sales for EMEA

Infinera named Chris Champion as its new Vice President of Sales, EMEA with responsibility for leading Infinera's sales activities in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa markets. Since joining Infinera in 2003, Mr. Champion has played a key role in building Infinera's European business. Previously, Champion held ales, marketing, and business development roles at Corvis Corporation and Nortel Networks.
http://www.infinera.com

Telenor Norway Selects Starent for Packet Core

Telenor Norway has selected Starent Networks' multimedia core network equipment for the carrier's 2G, 3G/UMTS and 4G/LTE networks. Specifically, Telenor will deploy Starent's market-leading Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) and Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) for the 2G and 3G/UMTS networks and Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) for the 4G/LTE network on the ST40 multimedia core platform. Additionally, Telenor's network will utilize Starent's Network-Based Traffic Optimization In-Line Service. Financial terms were not disclosed.


"This is the biggest upgrade of the mobile network in Norway we have ever carried out. It will create a solid base for further developing the services offered by the Telenor mobile network and the quality of those services. Our main aim is to provide customers with better, more innovative services across the country. This means better in terms of capacity, speed and stability," explains Ragnar Kårhus, CEO of Telenor Norway.
http://www.starentnetworks.com

Ericsson's CTO to Head company's Silicon Valley Operations

Håkan Eriksson, who currently serves as Ericsson's CTO, has been appointed to head the company's IP business in Silicon Valley. Eriksson will keep his current role as CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and head of Group Function Technology & Portfolio Management and will remain as member of the Group Management Team.


Bert Nordberg, who previously held this position, has been newly appointed as President of Sony Ericsson.
http://www.ericsson.com

Nokia Siemens Networks Partners with Neusoft in China

Nokia Siemens Networks and Neusoft agreed to expand their existing joint venture in China. The two companies will jointly address new and emerging market opportunities ranging from applications, security, service management, business support systems and customer relationship management, bundling their sales, development and delivery resources to strengthen the combined overall competitiveness of Nokia Siemens Networks and Neusoft. The entity is based in Dalian and will be able to build on the strong current basis the two mother companies have in the China market.
http://www.nsn.com

Telefónica O2 Germany Activates 28 Mbps HSPA+ with Huawei

Telefónica O2 Germany has activated a mobile HSPA+ data network in an urban area of Munich offer download rates of up to 28 Mbps and upload rates of up to 5.76 Mbps. The network technology and the surfstick will be provided by O2' s partner Huawei Technologies.


During the initial phase, signed O2 customers who work or live in the western urban area of Munich or around Munich's Marienplatz will be able to test the new mobile broadband internet. They will receive a stick from Huawei and the required mobile data flat rate. Until 31 December 2009 no additional costs will accrue to these customers for the use of HSPA+. The high HSPA+ upload and download rates enable high quality internet television, fastest response times for online games and even more efficient access to business data.
http://www.huawei.com

Huawei Completes TD-LTE Tests for 2010 Shanghai World Expo

Huawei's System Architecture Evolution solution has completed all mandatory and optional tests on the TD-LTE trial network for 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The tests were conducted by China Mobile Research Institute and Shanghai Mobile, a subsidiary of China Mobile, to evaluate the LTE/SAE solutions among all the leading vendors for deploying the commercial TD-LTE network for the coming event.


Huawei said the core network tests verified the functionalities of MME (Mobility Management Entity), Serving Gateway, PDN Gateway and the HSS (Home Subscriber Server). The company noted that it is the only vendor with its commercial SAE solution that has successfully passed all 119 tests.


As a partner of Shanghai Mobile, Huawei provided end-to-end network solutions for the TD-LTE trial, including mobile network, SAE, terminals, chips and transmission systems.
http://www.huawei.com

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