Thursday, December 3, 2009

Motorola Supplies Mobile WiMAX Network for Dubai Metro

Motorola, in partnership with UAE telecom provider "du", has supplied a mobile WiMAX network for the new Dubai Metro. The WiMAX network provides backhaul for a Wi-Fi service that is accessible in moving train carriages and metro stations.

The Dubai Metro's Red Line, which is 52 km long, is already functional and is expected to be followed by the Green line in early 2010. Once completed, the Metro will have 47 stations, four of which will be underground. Trains travel at speeds of up to 90 km/hr.

Arteris Raises $9.7 Million for Network-on-Chip

Arteris, a start-up based in San Jose, California with its Engineering Design Center based in Paris, France, has raised the first tranche of a strategic investment round totaling $9.7 million from a group of investors led by Qualcomm Incorporated and including ARM.

Arteris provides semiconductor interconnect IP, and tools to improve communication performance of ICs for wide range of applications. Results obtained by using Arteris IP product line include lower power, higher performance, lower risk of development and faster delivery of simple to complex ICs, SoCs and FPGAs.

Existing investors include Synopsys, DoCoMo Capital, Crescendo Ventures, TVM Capital and Ventech, who also participated in this round. Arteris is the pioneer of Network on Chip (NoC) interconnect IP solutions and supplies its technology to leading SoC makers for wide range of applications.

Arteris said it will use the financing to expand its global sales and customer support infrastructure to further accelerate adoption of its Interconnect IP and design tool solutions.

Japan's Softbank Mobile Picks NSN for HSPA+ at up to 42 Mbps

Japan's Softbank Mobile has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy an HSPA+(DC-HSDPA) solution over its existing network in the 1.5 GHz band.

DC-HSDPA stands for dual cell high speed downlink packet access. The companies said DC-HSDPA operation is aimed at enhancing the user experience throughout the whole cell coverage, especially at the cell edge, since the user can access the capacity of two carriers instead of only one. DC-HSDPA can support up to 42 Mbps downlink peak data rates.

"Japan is the world's most advanced market in terms of data consumption," states Mr. Junichi Miyakawa, chief technology officer, Softbank Mobile. "We realize that mobile broadband is now a lifestyle preference and are constantly thinking of ways to improve our delivery to subscribers. The Nokia Siemens Networks solution enables the affordable cost competitive prices, allowing us to provide the best value for our subscribers."

Nokia Siemens Networks noted that Softbank Mobile has already achieved 60% in power consumption and 40% savings in site rentals using its Flexi Base Station.

Telenor Launches Mobile Services in Seven Indian Telecom Circles

Telenor Group's Indian mobile operation, Uninor, launched mobile services in seven Indian telecom circles, representing a population footprint of close to 600 million people. Specifically, Uninor services were launched simultaneously in the circles Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh East, Uttar Pradesh West and Bihar (including Jharkhand).

The launch of Uninor's services happens only eight months after Telenor Group finalized the a share purchase agreement of the Unitech Group's wireless division.

Uninor said its entrance into the market represents the largest ever distribution at launch by any operator in India. From the start, Uninor will be retailed at over 210,000 points of sale through close to 1000 exclusive distributors in the seven circles. Uninor services will also be available in 17 exclusive company owned shops and 50 exclusive franchisee shops.

Unior seeks to scale its operations by using an outsourcing model. The company holds tower sharing agreements with Tata Teleservices' tower company and Quippo Telecom Infrastructure Limited. The company will also leverage Telenor's established marketing and design framework along with its own local identity.

Cisco Controls More Than 90% of the Shares in TANDBERG

Cisco has now received acceptances for or purchased shares representing more than 90% of the shares in TANDBERG, allowing it move ahead with the acquisition

On Thursday, Cisco received a second request for additional information from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) with respect to its previously announced proposed acquisition of TANDBERG.

Agreement Reached on a Single European Patent Court

The European Union Member States reached an agreement for the establishment of a single European Patent Court. The next step will be for the European Parliament to take a position on the proposal.

The creation of a single patent system would mean that people can apply for a patent to be valid in the entire EU - a market of some 500 million people. Protection in 13 Member States currently costs 11 times more than a patent in the United States.

"Establishing an EU patent and a single European Patent Court is the single most important measure for promoting innovation in Europe. In view of the major simplifications and cost savings, this is, of course, also particularly important for small and medium-sized enterprises," says Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask.

Verizon Wireless Continues Alltel Network Integration

Teams of engineers and technicians from Verizon Wireless continue to upgrade and reconfigure Alltel infrastructure into the more advanced Verizon Wireless EV-DO Rev A network. The company announced that network integration and enhancement recently has been completed in the Lake City, Ocala and Gainesville areas of Florida. The Jacksonville market was the first to be completed in Florida earlier this year. As part of this integration, all calls in North Florida now will be routed through the $40 million Verizon Wireless "super-switch" in Jacksonville, versus a series of older Alltel switching facilities. Tallahassee and the Florida Panhandle are the next areas in Florida to be addressed by the company's network teams, with the entire state expected to be integrated by 2011.

Across the state, more than 700 cell sites and several large switching facilities will eventually be upgraded and incorporated into the Verizon Wireless network. This includes vast amounts of hardware and software enhancement and standardization.

A major challenge, faced by Verizon Wireless engineers for the very first time, included successfully overlaying and transitioning the network in former Alltel areas from a 850 MHz frequency to a 1900 MHz wireless signal.

Another engineering success featured a hybrid roaming connection (free of roaming charges) so Alltel handsets and cell sites could communicate reliably with the Verizon Wireless network before more permanent hardware and software updates were made. Technicians then executed a complex three-phase "cut-over" in North Florida, stretching to the Georgia state line, when they transitioned and turned on former Alltel network resources. All these areas were then "drive-tested" by real-life test teams in high-tech vehicles that form the basis of the famous Verizon Wireless TV Test Man.
About Verizon Wireless
  • In January 2009, Verizon Wireless completed its purchase of Alltel Corporation for approximately $5.9 billion. The deal added about 12.9 million customers.

Australia Funds First Building Blocks of National Broadband Network

The Australian government signed an agreement with Nextgen Networks to construct the new broadband backbone infrastructure under the $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program. The investment represents the first building blocks of the National Broadband Network on mainland Australia.

Under the contract signed by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, Nextgen will build backbone transmission links and provide more than 100 access points en-route to six priority blackspot locations:

  • Geraldton, Western Australia.

  • Darwin, Northern Territory.

  • Emerald and Longreach, Queensland.

  • Broken Hill, New South Wales.

  • Victor Harbor, South Australia.

  • South West Gippsland, Victoria.

These priority locations were chosen following a public consultation process to identify competition and capacity shortfalls. In addition, assistance will be provided to regional communities to take full advantage of the new infrastructure through $5 million funding for regional NBN coordinators.

"These regional backbones are the first building blocks of the National Broadband Network on the mainland and will stimulate competition and better broadband services across regional Australia," stated Senator Conroy.
  • In July 2009, the Australian government appointed Mike Quigley as the Executive Chairman of the company established to deliver the National Broadband Network (NBNCo). Quigley most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel-Lucent.

  • Earlier this year, the Rudd Government announce plans for a new national broadband network linking every house, school and business in Australia with affordable fast broadband. The plan calls for the government to set-up a new entity that would install fiber connections to ninety percent of Australian homes and businesses over an eight year period. The network will deliver wholesale services of 100 Mbps or better.

NYT: Momentum Continues to Build for Apple's AppStore

Although the company does not confirm figures, Apple's AppStore may now be generating $1 billion in revenue per year, according to an in-depth article on mobile commerce published by The New York Times. Developers have flocked to the AppStore thanks to the simple model -- Apple takes 30% of the revenue from any App sale and the developer keeps the rest. One game developer cited in the story is pocketing $181,000 per month for its top game. Other mobile commerce storefronts mentioned in the article include Palm, Research In Motion, Microsoft and Google (Android).

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.