Wednesday, December 2, 2009

AT&T Pledges to Energy Usage Intensity by 25%

AT&T has joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Save Energy Now LEADER initiative, which asks that companies pledge to reduce their energy intensity by 25 percent or more during the next 10 years.

Save Energy Now LEADER is a national public-private initiative to drive energy intensity and carbon emission reductions across the U.S. industrial sector. AT&T is among more than 30 companies making this initial pledge to reduce energy intensity.

Over the next 12 months, pledge signatories agree to take the following additional steps toward greater energy efficiency:

  • Establish energy use and energy intensity baselines

  • Develop an energy management plan

  • Report changes in energy intensity, energy use data and achievements annually to DOE
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    Earlier this year, AT&T announced a goal to reduce energy usage intensity by 15 percent in 2009, relative to data growth on its network. AT&T has taken a number of steps over the past year to reduce energy consumption, including introducing a series of efficiency-focused initiatives around AT&T's datacenters, network and facilities.

    Recently, AT&T appointed its first director of energy, John Schinter.

    AT&T has also joined The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems. In addition, AT&T supplies data center performance information to assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in developing a new ENERGY STAR rating for data center efficiency.

Intel Shows 48-core Single-Chip Cloud Computer

Intel Labs demonstrated an experimental, 48-core Intel processor, or "single-chip cloud computer." The design leverages a high-speed on-chip network for sharing information between the fully-programmable Intel cores, along with newly invented power management techniques that allow all 48 cores to operate extremely energy efficiently at as little as 25 watts, or at 125 watts when running at maximum performance.

Intel Labs said it nicknamed this test chip a "single-chip cloud computer" because it resembles the organization of datacenters used to create a "cloud" of computing resources. Researchers from Intel, HP and Yahoo's Open Cirrus collaboration have already begun porting cloud applications to this 48 IA core chip using Hadoop, a Java software framework supporting data-intensive, distributed applications.

Intel plans to produce 100 or more of these 48-core chips to share with partners engaged in developing new software applications and programming models.

Quantenna Debuts First 4x4 MIMO Wireless Video Bridge

Quantenna Communications has released a 4x4 MIMO Wireless Video Bridge reference design based on its Full-11n chipsets. Quantenna'a Full-11n devices deliver up to four high-definition (HD) video streams at more than 100 Mbps data rates, over 100 feet, and guaranteeing this performance nearly 100 percent of the time through near-zero packet error rate (PER) data transfers, regardless of signal interferences and dead zones that are typical of most residential environments.

At the heart of Quantenna's wireless video bridge reference design is the company's QHS600 device, whose data rates are enabled by a multi-core processing architecture that drives a 4x4 MIMO radio/transceiver augmented with adaptive digital beamforming plus channel monitoring and optimizing.

Quantenna said its QHS600 wireless video bridge reference design delivers five times the coverage of other 802.11n solutions across the 5 GHz frequency band, ensuring the ultra-low system latencies necessary for real-time applications such as online bidirectional video-game controllers. Content and privacy security is ensured without compromising performance by using an integrated DSP engine for higher-layer security acceleration. Additionally, a variety of Quantenna features ensure ultra-simplified setup, including auto detection of access point and bridge mode, and security pre-configuration with single-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup when new devices are added to the network.

BT and BSNL Partner on Global Conferencing

BT and Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) announced a partnership focused on Global Conferencing Solutions. BT and BSNL engaged on their managed services journey after signing a MoU. As part of this agreement, BT and BSNL have been working jointly on large customer opportunities in India whereby BSNL utilizes their country-wide telecom infrastructure with BT providing its best practices to design, offer and support seamless customer solutions to enterprises for end-to-end service delivery.

AT&T Joins Asia-America Undersea Cable

AT&T has joined the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) consortium, which is focused on building an undersea cable system connecting Southeast Asia and the United States. The consortium recently announced the completion of the 20,000 kilometer-long AAG submarine cable network's testing. The AAG system is now ready to begin carrying commercial traffic.

The AAG cable connects at AT&T landing stations in Guam, Hawaii and Southern California and is designed to provide more direct connectivity to emerging markets in Asia via landing stations in the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The cable also provides seamless connectivity to Australia and India via common landing points along its route.

Tiscali Selects Infinera for Nationwide Italian Network

Tiscali will deploy an Infinera Digital Optical Network for its nationwide Italian backbone and metro networks. The installation includes the new Infinera ATN metro edge platform for more than 80 metro areas, including Rome, Milan, Turin, and Palermo. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tiscali serves more than 700,000 customers in Italy, including more than 550,000 ADSL users.

Verizon Pays Quarterly Divident

Verizon Communications declared a quarterly dividend of 47.5 cents per outstanding share, unchanged from the previous quarter. The company has approximately 2.5 million shareowners and approximately 2.8 billion shares of common stock outstanding. The company made $3.9 billion in dividend payments through the first nine months of 2009. In September, Verizon's Board approved a quarterly dividend increase of 3.3 percent. This was paid in November and marked the third consecutive year of a Verizon quarterly dividend increase.

FCC's Copps Questions Comcast + NBC

In reposnse to the Comcast + GE announcement, FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps issued the following comment:

"Some may have thought the era of media consolidation--fewer huge companies controlling more of the nation's media assets--was behind us. This transaction proves those analysts wrong. The push to combine content and distribution continues and, as the economy recovers, we will see more proposed media industry combinations. While I look at each proposed transaction on its individual merits, my long-standing skepticism about the harms imposed by so few controlling so much persists."

Alcatel-Lucent Offers Application Exposure Suite

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled an Application Enablement framework aimed at tying Web 2.0 applications and rich content delivery services to capabilities inherent in the company's High Leverage Network architecture.
The new framework would help service providers open their networks to application developers and content providers in a secure and controlled way. The goal is to provide developers with an easy way to integrate key network service information, such as the location of subscribers, service preferences, billing relationships and more, to create "mash up" applications that combine the functionality of service provider networks with Web-based capabilities.

Key components of this framework include:

Application Exposure Suite -- Securely exposes key network assets so developers can easily "grab" simple APIs for new and existing network functionality to differentiate their applications. Capabilities supported include: API Exposure Framework and Network Abstraction Layer, Policy & Privacy Management, Partner On-Boarding Toolkit, Network Application Platform, Advanced Reporting & Analytics, Billing & Settlement Support.

Alcatel-Lucent Open API Service -- Cloud based, cross-carrier aggregation service making it easy for developers to access multiple network assets from multiple service providers and reach large numbers of users. This helps developers same time by eliminating the need to establish individual relationships with carriers and providing the cross carrier advantage of reaching a larger potential customer base.

Transformation Services -- including business consulting, multi-vendor integration, on-board self-care portals and processes, OSS/BSS integration, and Lifecycle Governance. An example of an Alcatel-Lucent-led transformation services project is its engagement with Nucleus Connect of Singapore where Alcatel-Lucent is providing a turn-key BSS/OSS solution including software, hardware and professional services, to support the customer's OpCo operations and business models.

"We are helping service providers find new ways to fully exploit their resources, including location, presence, preferences, address book, Quality of Service and payment, by exposing such capabilities in a managed and controlled way to a growing community of application developers to create a whole new category of advanced Web 2.0 and multimedia services," said Kenneth Frank, president of Alcatel-Lucent Solutions and Marketing. "In particular, the Open API Service eliminates the inconsistent policies, practices, requirements and capabilities across multiple networks that make application development a costly and lengthy process, while protecting the integrity and reliability of the network."

Google Launches Public DNS

Google launched its own public Domain Name System in an effort to make Web browsing faster and safer. The service, called "Google Public DNS", is an alternative to company's hosting their own DNS.

The Google Public DNS IP addresses are as follows: and

Comcast Confirms Acquisition of NBC

Comcast and General Electric confirmed a deal to form a joint venture that will be 51 percent owned by Comcast, 49 percent owned by GE and managed by Comcast. The joint venture, which will consist of the NBC Universal (NBCU) businesses and Comcast's cable networks, regional sports networks and certain digital properties and certain unconsolidated investments, will be a leading media creation and distribution player.

Comcast Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts said, "This deal is a perfect fit for Comcast and will allow us to become a leader in the development and distribution of multiplatform ‘anytime, anywhere' media that American consumers are demanding. In particular, NBCU's fast-growing, highly profitable cable networks are a great complement to our industry-leading distribution business.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Nokia Issues 2010 Predictions on Mobile Devices and Infrastructure

Nokia is predicting that industry mobile device volumes will be up approximately 10% in 2010, compared to 2009. For its part, Nokia expects its mobile device volume market share to be flat in 2010, compared to 2009. At its annual Capital Markets Day event in Helsinki, Nokia also predicted lower average selling price (ASP) erosion of its mobile devices in 2010, compared to recent years. To combat these trends, Nokia is pushing ahead with new valued-added services, including its ovi store for mobile applications, as well as initiatives such as mobile banking aimed at developing markets.

For the mobile and fixed infrastructure market, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks expect a flat market in euro terms for the mobile and fixed infrastructure and related services market in 2010, compared to 2009. Nokia Siemens Networks is expecting to grow faster than the market in 2010. The company is targeting non- IFRS operating margin of breakeven to 2% in 2010.

"In 2010, we will drive user experience improvements, and the progress we make will take the Symbian user interface to a new level. As an operating system, Symbian has reach and flexibility like no other platform, and we have measures in place to push smartphones down to new price points globally, while growing margins. I see great opportunity for Nokia to capture new growth in our industry, by creating what we expect to be the world's biggest platform for services on the mobile," stated Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.

Some additional notes:

  • For 2009, Nokia retained the title of the world's fifth most valuable brand

  • Some 1.1 billion users now carry a Nokia in their pocket every day

  • Nokia devices are being sold at 650,000 points-of-sale across the world

  • The company's intellectual property portfolio now extends to over 11,000 inventions

  • NSN's driver's for growth are 1) Mobile broadband 2) Managed services 3) Subscriber-centric services

Kazakhtelecom Deploys Cisco IP NGN

Kazakhtelecom has deployed a Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) based on Cisco optical networking and routing technologies. Kazakhtelecom's IP/MPLS core infrastructure in Almaty runs on the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System platform. The next-generation optical transport network is based on DWDM infrastructure, equipped with the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform. Project design and implementation was carried out by the specialists of AMT Group, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, based in Moscow. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Stephane Richard Names as CEO Delegate of France Telecom

Didier Lombard, France Telecom's Chairman and CEO, has submitted a proposal to the Board of Directors concerning the appointment of Stephane Richard as Chief Executive Officer Delegate. This proposition was approved by the company's Board of Directors and the appointment will apply from January 1, 2010.

Stéphane Richard, 48, graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA). In January 2003, Stéphane Richard was appointed as Executive Vice President of Veolia Environnement and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Transport. From May 2007 to June 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff for the French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment. Until 2007, he was a board member at France Télécom SA, UGC SA and Nexity SA.

Verizon Kicks Offs Cloud Computing Program

Verizon Business launched a new Cloud Computing Program - a set of IT consulting and managed services that offer enterprises a holistic approach to transitioning to the cloud, while addressing specific security, privacy, performance and governance requirements. The Verizon Cloud Computing Program also helps enterprises manage, monitor and maintain their clouds, whether applications are delivered from an enterprise's own data center, or one operated by Verizon or a third party.

This lifecycle-centric program offers enterprises a flexible, vendor-neutral approach to understanding the cloud environment, using a five-tiered process: assess, design, migrate, manage and secure. Verizon Business said its experts in data center virtualization, application management and security can help enterprise customers to create a secure, cloud computing environment, while giving them the level of support desired, no matter where they are in their cloud computing deployment.

"It is now clear that cloud computing is part of the future of IT," said Joe Crawford, executive director - IT solutions and hosting product management, Verizon. "While many businesses recognize the many benefits associated with cloud computing, concerns still persist over security, performance and governance. With our market-leading IT capabilities and experience from building and deploying our flagship cloud offering, Computing as a Service, Verizon Business is well-positioned to advise enterprises on their cloud computing strategy."

Greenpacket Releases New WiMAX Modems

Malaysia-based Green Packet release new Wave 2 compliant WiMAX modems, including a tower model offering Wi-Fi and VoIP functionality. The Tower features high-gain omni directional antennas and is aimed at both home and SOHO users.

Greenpacket also launched a WiMAX USB High Gain Modem (UH). Known as the "Shuttle", the high gain USB modem supports both fixed and nomadic WiMAX. Its 5dBi omni antenna radiates and receives signals from any direction and automatically selects the best antenna to improve signal strength for better uplink performance. With 25dBm transmission power, Shuttle delivers exceptional quality both indoors and outdoors. For optimum indoor performance, Shuttle is fitted with a suction cup to fix the modem to a window or wall. An accompanying 5meter USB cable gives users the flexibility of sitting away from the window yet enjoying a strong WiMAX signal.

Dell'Oro: Steep Declines in 3G Spending in China

Mobile infrastructure market revenues declined 10 percent in the third quarter of this year to $9 billion, due in large part to fewer 3G deployments in China during the quarter, according to a recently published report from Dell'Oro Group. The report indicates that the vast majority of 3G deployments in China were completed in the first half of 2009, which resulted in WCDMA and CDMA base station shipments in the third quarter experiencing double-digit declines over the record-setting second quarter of this year.

While 3G spending in China is expected to stay depressed for the remainder of this year, the report indicates that heavy spending by China Unicom and China Telecom is expected to resume in 2010, and will be a prime contributor to both the WCDMA and CDMA markets.

"The lack of 3G spending by China Unicom and China Telecom in the third quarter had two major consequences on the market," stated Scott Siegler, Senior Analyst of Mobile Infrastructure research at Dell'Oro Group. "First, each of the top five vendors experienced steep declines in base station shipments during the third quarter due to their slower sales to China. Second, the average selling price of wireless infrastructure equipment rose in the third quarter, because a greater percentage of equipment was sold in more developed countries, where prices are generally higher than in China," continued Siegler.

HipLogic Secures $7 Million for Mobile Application Platform

HipLogic, a start-up based in Fremont, California, secured $7 million in Series B funding to further develop and deploy its mobile application platform.

The HipLogic platform improves content and application discoverability, provides a consistent user experience across all handset models, and optimizes data traffic on cellular networks. It is available for select smartphones as well as feature phones running closed real-time operating systems. It is currently being deployed through a partnership with The Carphone Warehouse, Europe's leading independent mobile retailer.

The Series B round includes existing investors Benchmark Capital and Stage 1 Ventures as well as new investors Bay Partners, who led the round, and Accrue Sports and Entertainment Ventures.