Tuesday, December 22, 2009

NTT Activates New Cable Linking Japan to Trans-Pacific Express

NTT Communications (NTT Com) launched a new cable route linking Japan to the Trans-Pacific Express Cable Network (TPE), an optical fiber cable system that interconnects Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and now Japan.

TPE, which was built by a consortium comprising NTT Com, AT&T, China Telecommunications, China United Telecommunications, Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation and Verizon Business, began operating on September 30, 2008.

The construction and operational startup of the Japan--Asia section leg constitutes the second phase of the TPE project. The TPE now comprises approximately 18,000 kilometers of cable and offers maximum transmission capacity of up to 5.12 terabits per second.

Huawei Confirms 4G Order from Tele2 and Telenor

Huawei received a major infrastructure order from Net4Mobility, the joint venture by Tele2 and Telenor. Under the contract, Huawei will supply infrastructure and modems for a nationwide 4G network in Sweden. The goal is that 99 percent of the Swedish population will be able to access the new network before the end of 2013, starting with densely populated areas. The deployment also includes increasing the number of base stations for voice traffic in 2G/GSM by 30-50 percent, with enhanced indoor- and outdoor coverage across the country as a result. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ireland's Altobrige Acquires ADC's GSM Base Station and Switching Portfolio

Altobridge has acquired ADC's portfolio of GSM base station and switching products for an undisclosed sum.

The deal includes ADC's existing GSM base station and switching product customer base. Altobridge will retain all of the employees necessary to support the business. In addition, Altobridge is acquiring certain assets and intellectual property related to the product portfolio.

The ADC GSM base station and switching product portfolio supports remote wireless and small national networks, as well as government, emergency and private network communications. Altobridge said these products complement its offerings in several markets, including its Fully Managed Service business for meeting the growing communication needs of emerging markets, and solutions for optimising voice and data transmission for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

"Mobile Network Operators face a major challenge to deliver accelerating voice and data traffic for declining returns. Altobridge will continue to innovate and deliver further solutions that drive down these underlying communication costs," said Mike Fitzgerald, CEO of Altobridge. "This acquisition will enable Altobridge to broaden our Intellectual Property portfolio and grow our Fully Managed Service business as we work hand in hand with MNOs striving to connect their subscriber groups at lower costs."

Altobridge is headquartered at Kerry Technology Park, Ireland with regional offices in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, USA and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Alcatel-Lucent Selectecd for IP/MPLS in Ukraine

Kyivstar GSM, the largest operator in Ukraine, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to design, install, and maintain a country-wide Metropolitan transmission packet based IP/MPLS network as part of its larger IP network transformation. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent will supply products from its industry leading Service Router (SR) portfolio including the 7750 SR, 7210 Service Access Switch and the 5620 Service Aware Manager to address the access, aggregation and core network layers. To offer a full end-to-end solution, Alcatel-Lucent will also supply its next generation Enterprise product, the Omni Switch 6250, to deliver residential access and 3G backhauling. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide professional services.

The network transformation will be performed in two phases: phase one will cover the needs of end-users services (HSI, VoIP, IPTV) and up-coming 3G mobile traffic. During the second phase 2G traffic will be gradually moved from SDH to the converged IP network.

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances 100G Transmission with Coherent Detection

Alcatel-Lucent enhanced its optical networking portfolio with next-generation coherent technology for dealing with transmission impairments, which become extremely severe at speeds higher than 100 Gbps. The technology uses proprietary algorithms in digital signal processing. It has been demonstrated in a 112 Gbps field trial over an existing, heavy loaded real-traffic fiber link of Telefonica's network during which live traffic was transmitted over 1,088 km between four cities, in Spain.

Alcatel-Lucent is implementing next-generation coherent detection in key optical platforms with the goal of helping service providers transform their existing networks to ease the strain caused by high bandwidth applications, while maintaining superior performance. Additionally, the technology will seamlessly support further evolution to higher speeds than 100G over the same future-proof platform when the market dictates.

Alcatel-Lucent said its optical networking portfolio allows for dynamic wavelength assignment and restoration, as well as transmission of any hybrid traffic mix. Ensuring the optimized use of existing fiber plants, it can transmit mixed 10, 40 and 100G signals without the need for guard bands or network reengineering, and traverse multiple nodes without additional regeneration. As a result, operators can implement highly-flexible and scalable meshed transmission networks to cost-effectively carry services in response to end customer demands, today and in the future.

"The advancements to our optical portfolio further confirm the role of optical networking as a critical enabler for competitive transformation to seamlessly move to higher capacities fast and reliably," said Romano Valussi, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Optics activities. "In combination with our customer focus is set to help operators accelerate time to service for new applications, simplify their operations and improve performance for better total cost of ownership."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Telefónica acquires JAJAH for EUR 145 Million

Telefónica acquired JAJAH, a start-up that offers an IP Communications platform enables consumers to make free long-distance and global calls online The deal was valued at EUR 145 million ($207 million) in cash.

With JAJAH, consumers simply enter their phone on the JAJAH site along with their friend's phone number anywhere in the world. JAJAH then sets up an Internet call between both parties.
JAJAH services are used in around 200 countries by millions of people and are integrated into everyday instant messaging and social media applications, as well as through its own JAJAH direct-to-consumer offer.

Matthew Key, Chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe, said: "The acquisition of JAJAH broadens the scope of our communications offering and opens up new capabilities in the voicem
communication space. People using social networking sites such as Twitter now have an even wider range of communications channels available -- and have the option of speaking directly to each other as well as communicating by text or keyboard."

JAHJAH is based in Mountain View, California with offices in Ra`anana, Israel.

Qualcomm Announces Changes to Management Team

Len Lauer has resigned as chief operating officer of Qualcomm and has accepted a CEO role at another company.

As a result, the Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT) organization will now report to Steve Mollenkopf, EVP and president, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT). With the display business entering an important phase of expansion, close partnership with QCT will help QMT as they work with device manufacturers and tackle the challenges of commercializing, scaling and evolving the mirasol product line. All remaining services businesses will now report to Steve Altman, president.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mobile Norway Choose Ericsson for 3G

Mobile Norway, the joint venture by Tele2 Norway and Network Norway, has chosen Ericsson as its main vendor for its new 2G/3G mobile network in Norway. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mobile Norway plans to deploy a nationwide mobile network reaching 75 percent of Norway's population.


Ford Plans In-car WiFi with Next-Gen Sync

Ford Motor Company plans to include a mobile hotspot capability in vehicles equipped with the second generation of its popular SYNC in-car connectivity system next year.

Inserting an owner's compatible USB mobile broadband modem -- sometimes called an "air card" -- into SYNC's USB port will produce a secure wireless connection that will be broadcast throughout the vehicle, allowing passengers with WiFi-enabled mobile devices to access the Internet anywhere the broadband modem receives connectivity.

"While you're driving to grandma's house, your spouse can be finishing the holiday shopping and the kids can be chatting with friends and updating their Facebook profiles," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. "And you're not paying for yet another mobile subscription or piece of hardware because Ford will let you use technology you already have."http://www.ford.com

Intel Expects Faster Netbook Adoption in 2010

Intel unveiled its latest Atom CPUs featuring significant power reduction, performance improvements and smaller package size. Using 45nm high-k metal technology, the new chips reduce average power consumption by 20 percent over previous generation, enabling longer battery life in netbooks.

Since introducing the Atom line in June 2008, Intel has shipped over 40 million Atom chips for netbooks. The company expects the rapid uptake in netbooks to accelerate next year. The company has over 80 design wins to-date for the new Atom platform from such leading OEMs as ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, MSI, Toshiba, Samsung and Fujitsu.

Worldwide netbook shipments by telecommunications companies such as T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and others are also growing and expected to fuel another round of expansion. Intel has been working closely with mobile operators and modem vendors to advance 3G capabilities in netbooks in established and emerging markets. To-date approximately a dozen service providers offer netbooks in various markets, and the numbers are expected to grow with the newest platform.

"The Intel Atom processor has fueled an entirely new category of computing over the last year and a half and we think the growth will continue for devices like netbooks and entry-level PCs built around basic computing and Internet usage models," said Mooly Eden, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group.

Pakistan's Wateen Telecom Accelerates WiMAX Rollout

Wateen Telecom has accelerated its rollout of WiMAX services and is on its way to doubling its existing customer premises equipment (CPE) volume from 100,000 to 200,000 by year end.

Motorola announced a new agreement with Wateen, under which it remains the carrier's exclusive WiMAX CPE and infrastructure supplier, delivering reliable, easy-to-install, high performance devices to the Pakistani operator for nationwide distribution.

As part of its latest CPE order, Wateen has chosen Motorola's WiMAX USBw 100, which will be made available to consumers and businesses for the first time in Pakistan, and the outdoor WiMAX CPEo 450, as well as the newly introduced WiMAX CPEi 775 and CPEi 750 for indoor use within a home or office environment. Wateen's services currently cover 22 cities in Pakistan, and the company recently reached a milestone of 100,000 subscribers.

Limelight Networks to Acquire EyeWonder for Monetization Tools

Limelight Networks, which operates a global content delivery network (CDN) will acquire privately held EyeWonder. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1999, EyeWonder specializes in monetization solutions that helps Forbes 2000 advertisers, interactive agencies and content publishers create, build, track and optimize rich media and interactive video advertising campaigns. EyeWonder's advertising serving platform is projected to service over $500 million in media spend globally in 2009, helping stakeholders across the digital advertising ecosystem to realize increased return-on-investment from that spend.

The companies said the combination of EyeWonder's value-added monetization solutions and Limelight Networks' delivery, storage, management and consulting services will enable enterprises, agencies and content publishers to unlock the value of their online content and maximize the revenue and profitability of their online strategies. The combined company will have relationships with over 2500 online businesses, over 800 interactive agencies, 900 last-mile access networks and over 20 ecosystem partners who, together, will working toward building a more efficient and intelligent Internet.

Zscaler Appoints Cisco Exec to Head Data Center Operations

Zscaler, a start-up specializing in SaaS security, has hired Gururaj Singh as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Data Center Operations. Previously, Singh served as Vice President and co-General Manager of the $500 million Application Delivery Business unit at Cisco Systems. Prior to that, he was CEO and co-founder of Netiverse which was acquired by Cisco in 2000. In addition, Gururaj has led engineering operations at various successful ventures, including Berkeley Networks (acquired by Fore Systems), Centillion Networks (acquired by Bay Networks) and Adaptive Corporation (acquired by Network Equipment Technologies).

Zscaler is based in Sunnyvale, California.

Meru Networks Files for I.P.O.

Meru Networks, which specializes in enterprise wireless LAN solutions, filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as sole book-runner for the offering. Baird, Cowen and Company, JMP Securities LLC, and ThinkEquity LLC, are acting as co-managers.
  • Meru Networks is based in Sunnyvale, California.

  • The company was founded in 2002.

Mformation Appoints Todd DeLaughter as CEO

Mformation Technologies, which supplies mobile device management (MDM) solutions, has appointed Todd DeLaughter as its new Chief Executive Officer. He was most recently president and CEO of Opalis Software, an independent IT Process Automation company. His career also includes over 20 years at HP and Compaq in a wide range of executive, engineering, marketing and product management roles in North America and Europe, including leading HP's OpenView Business Unit.

3DTV Working Group Formed by the MPEG Industry Forum

The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) has formed a new 3DTV Working Group aimed at accelerating the development of 3D video technology.

"3DTV is of keen interest to everyone in the video creation and delivery industries. The challenge we all face is that of sorting through the myriad technical options. Our common goal is to create a 3DTV ecosystem that delivers great new experiences to consumers," says Dr. Sean McCarthy, chair of the newly formed 3DTV Working Group and Fellow of the Technical Staff at Motorola.

The 3DTV Working Group will provide a forum for free exchange of information related to this emerging technology, an industry voice advocating the adoption of standards and for consolidating the overall direction of the 3DTV industry. Its focus and constituency will be derived from video service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers, content owners, equipment manufacturers, system integrators, software providers, as well as industry advocacy groups, industry analysts, financial institutions and academic institutes.

Qwest Secures New $1.035 Billion Revolving Credit Facility

Qwest Communications has entered into a new revolving credit facility. The new $1.035 billion agreement expires on Sept. 30, 2013, and replaces the company's pre-existing revolving credit agreement that was scheduled to expire on Oct. 21, 2010. Wachovia Bank, National Association -- an affiliate of Wells Fargo Securities, LLC -- acts as administrative agent under the new agreement.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

DOCOMO Deploys Remote Radio Equipment for LTE Base Stations

NTT DOCOMO is deploying new W-CDMA base stations equipped with newly developed remote radio equipment (RRE) units to provide both existing W-CDMA and forthcoming LTE service.
RRE (also known as remote radio head) allows the relatively easy and efficient installation of LTE base stations to existing W-CDMA base stations. Compared to existing equipment, it also helps to lower operational costs thanks to its reduced weight, size and energy consumption. The RRE-equipped base station comprises a master unit for signal processing and maintenance functions and the RRE for modulating and demodulating both W-CDMA and LTE signals transmitted and received via antenna. The two are linked by optical fiber

NTT DOCOMO said the RRE-equipped base stations will account for about half of the initial LTE base stations when DOCOMO becomes one of world's first operators to launch an LTE service in December 2010.

The deployment is a part of DOCOMO's initial plan to layer a 2GHz LTE network over its existing 3G network to provide dual W-CDMA/LTE service, which will combine the benefits of LTE's high transmission speeds with 3G's wide-area coverage as the LTE network is expanded gradually.

Zayo Bandwidth Expands Fiber-to-Tower Services in Northwest

Zayo Bandwidth will deploy TDM and Ethernet services to 45 wireless tower sites in Spokane, Washington and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The deployment will support the rollout of LTE wireless network services. This expansion increases Zayo's national tower footprint to more than 1,300 locations.
  • Zayo Bandwidth has committed $65 million in its capital expenditure program for FY 2010. This compares with the $45 million that the company will have spent this year on network expansion. In 2009, Zayo added over 400 buildings across its dense fiber footprint. 75% of that capital expense was deployed in direct support of customer bandwidth requirements.

Nokia and ST-Ericsson Partner on TD-SCDMA

Nokia will be using ST-Ericsson as a key supplier of chipset platforms in its Symbian based TD-SCDMA devices and solutions portfolio. The companies have entered into a partnership aimed at creating a robust user experience for Chinese consumers.

In October, Nokia launched Nokia 6788, its first Symbian based TD-SCDMA phone and announced the creation of a dedicated TD-SCDMA R&D team in Beijing.

ST-Ericsson, through its Chinese subsidiary T3G, has been fully dedicated to the creation of new TD-SCDMA technology and devices for more than six years.