Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Beijing Mobile Selects Nokia Siemens Networks' TD-SCDMA Radio and Core

Beijing Mobile Communications has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' TD-SCDMA radio and core network platforms, alongside its planning and implementations services, to upgrade its 3G coverage and support migration to the time division variant of Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE). As part of the new deployment, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Beijing Mobile TD-SCDMA base stations and create a common circuit and packet core network that ensures inter-working between 2G and 3G. Moreover, the company's future-proof TD-SCDMA solution will enable Beijing Mobile for smooth future LTE evolution.

"This is a breakthrough deal for us, as it marks our entry into Beijing Mobile's 3G business," added Ding Weiqing, head of the China Mobile business team at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Alcatel-Lucent and LGE Completed Data Call Handoff Between LTE and CDMA

Alcatel-Lucent and LG Electronics (LGE) completed a handoff of an end-to-end data call between LTE and CDMA mobile networks.

The live, over-the-air handover involved an uninterrupted streaming video session conducted during test drives in the New York metropolitan area over Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end commercial LTE and CDMA/EV-DO infrastructure using an LG Electronics CDMA/LTE dual mode device.

"This is a key milestone that demonstrates Alcatel-Lucent's readiness to deliver LTE to CDMA operators," said Ken Wirth, president, 4G/LTE Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.

For the tests, Alcatel-Lucent employed its end-to-end LTE solution, which is comprised of base stations (eNodeBs), Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), IP backhaul solutions and associated management systems. The tests also demonstrated a feature on CDMA/EV-DO networks called Evolved High Rate Packet Data (eHRPD), which serves as an interface to manage the seamless handover of data services between the two network types. In 2009, Alcatel-Lucent's eHRPD offering received the CDMA Development Group (CDG) Network Technology Innovation award for its leadership role in the development of the eHRPD standard and its successful introduction into service provider networks.

This test initiative also leveraged professional services expertise including project management and planning, as well as installation, commissioning, integration and test plan execution services.

LG's M13 CDMA/LTE device incorporated for testing was created with commercial grade components and will form the basis for a consumer device which is expected to be available in 2010. The M13 also achieved recognition from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and fully supports both CDMA EV-DO and LTE.

Alcatel-Lucent said these successful tests are part of its ongoing effort to ensure that the LTE networks of service providers such as Verizon Wireless interact smoothly and seamlessly with existing 2G and 3G CDMA networks in order for the user to experience uninterrupted service.

UK Plans £1 Billion Investment in Rural Broadband

The governement of the UK will invest £1 billion in a Next Generation Fund to bring broadband to rural areas. Specifically, the objectives of the Next Generation Fund are:

  • To support Digital Britain's aim to roll out next generation networks to at least 90% of the UK by 2017;

  • To support economic growth by incentivising market investment in communications infrastructure to meet the needs of businesses and households;

  • To maximise links with the Government's Universal Service Commitment -- a parallel broadband investment programme to ensure every community has access to 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012.

Government is now consulting on the most effective way to deploy the investment and will soon appoint a procurement team to oversee the delivery and management of Next Generation Access.

"This investment is about bringing the future of broadband to areas of the country that would otherwise miss out. We cannot underestimate the opportunities this will bring for homes and businesses which is why we are taking action to make sure everyone benefits. Already the market is delivering superfast internet speeds of 50Mbps to half the country but we cannot be certain that it will reach the communities that are not currently served, which is why we are putting in an extra £1billion to support the market," stated Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson.http://

NVIDIA, Verizon Wireless Demo HD Internet Tablet

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NVIDIA and the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center are demonstrating a full 1080p HD touchscreen tablet.
The demonstration uses an NVIDIA Tegra-powered Ultra tablet, designed by Innovative Converged Devices (ICD) utilizing the ultra-broad bandwidth of a Motorola 4G wireless modem, operating over a pre-commercial Verizon Wireless LTE network.

NVIDIA said its Tegra mobile processors are able to stream uncompromised, full HD video, such as streaming YouTube HD, for hours on a single charge.

"Verizon Wireless' planned LTE network will deliver what consumers demand - bandwidth for a full HD web experience. This coupled with our Tegra processor will deliver amazing streaming content, all on the go," stated Brian Higgins, Executive Director, LTE Ecosystem Development at Verizon Wireless.

DragonWave Reports Quarterly Revenue of $55.8 Million

DragonWave reported revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, ended November 30, 2009, of $55.8 million, compared with $10.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Revenue from customers within North America increased to $52.7 million, compared with $6.4 million in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Net income doubled to $12.6 million or $0.37 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $6.3 million or $0.21 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2010 (Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are reported in Canadian dollars). Gross margin for the third quarter increased to 43%, from 42% in the prior quarter of fiscal 2010, while operating margin increased to 23%, from 18% in the prior quarter.

"DragonWave delivered solid results again this quarter," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. "The Company continues to scale the business to meet expanding worldwide demand for our market-leading packet microwave solutions."

FCC Seeks One Month Delay in National Broadband Plan

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has asked the U.S. Congress to extend the deadline by one month for it to present a National Broadband Plan. Genachowski said more time was needed to gather input from key stakeholders and to more fully brief Commissioners and House and Senate Committees on aspects of the plan. Genachowski requested a final plan submission date of March 17, 2010.
  • In December 2009, the FCC published an interim National Broadband Plan report focused on policy recommendations in ten key areas: Universal Service, infrastructure access, spectrum, Tribal lands, set-top boxes, consumer information, media, adoption of broadband, accessibility for people with disabilities, and public safety. Other areas that are to be addressed by the plan, including education, energy, health care, civic participation and others, will be addressed further in January. The report included a framework of issues to be addressed.

Intel Adds "My WiFi" Hotspot Capabilities

At CES, Intel introduced its 2010 family of Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel 5 Series Chipsets, and Intel Centrino Wi-Fi and WiMAX adapters that include new Intel My WiFi capabilities.

Intel My WiFi enables up to eight personal Wi-Fi certified devices, such as other laptops, smartphones, cameras or picture frames, to be directly connected to your laptop, while the laptop is simultaneously connected to the Internet.

Previously, with Wi-Fi ad hoc mode, you need to disconnect from the Internet to connect to a single Wi-Fi device. Intel My WiFi technology stays connected to the Internet and can run up to eight additional consumer electronics device connections.

The technology works with Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Motorola Acquire SecureM for Software-based DRM

Motorola agreed to acquire the assets of SecureM, a developer of software-based digital rights management (DRM) and security systems for IP video distribution and management. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

SecureMedia develops and markets software systems for securing the distribution of digital entertainment over multiple platforms to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, wireless handsets, PCs and portable entertainment devices.

SecureMedia's Encryptonite ONE system supplies proven end-to-end security for content in managed IP, mobile, over-the-top (OTT) and hybrid environments. SecureMedia also provides consulting services including installation, training, integration and support.

Motorola said the acquisition enhances its content security product portfolio, enabling it to offer both stand-alone and integrated software security solutions to IP video customers.

SecureMedia is based in Natick, MA, with its core development team in Auckland, New Zealand. The company will now become part of Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility business.

Sprint Debuts 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Sprint has begun marketing Sierra Wireless' "Overdrive" 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot that lets up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices to share one 3G/4G connection. The unit supports WiMAX peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps and peak upload speeds of 4 Mbps. Average download speeds are in the range of 3-6 Mbps. 3G peak data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) are up to 3.1 Mbps down and 1.8 Mbps up, and average download speeds of 600 kbps - 1.4 Mbps.

Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot also includes built-in GPS capability (on 3G), MicroSD slot for up to 16 GB memory cards creating shared storage with up to five connected devices, and an extended Wi-Fi range of up to 150 feet.

The device will go on sale on January 10 for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement.

The silicon inside is the Beceem 250 (WiMax) & MC5728 (CDMA module with QSC6085).

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Microsoft Mediaroom 2.0 Extends IPTV to PCs and Phones

As part of Microsoft's digital entertainment strategy, Microsoft announced Microsoft Mediaroom 2.0, the next version of its IPTV solution for service providers.

Microsoft said that while its original version of Mediaroom enabled services to be viewed on TV set-top boxes and on Xbox 360 game consoles, Mediaroom 2.0 alleviates the need for operators to deploy redundant systems, allowing them to expand the reach of their television service to include Windows 7-based PCs via Windows Media Center, Web browsers on both Macs and Windows-based PCs and, in the future, compatible smartphones.

Specifically, Mediaroom 2.0 gives service providers the ability to offer their subscribers features such as:

  • The ability to stream live and on-demand content to the TV but also devices such as PCs and phones

  • The same on-demand experience on the PC with Windows Media Center in Windows 7.

The Mediaroom software supports whole-home digital video recording, on-demand capabilities, access to both operator-hosted content and Internet TV, and interactive applications. Mediaroom 2.0 also adds support for Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming for the access and delivery of on-demand content. In addition, support for Microsoft PlayReady preserves the service providers' ability to secure their content libraries and monetize consumer experiences.

Mediaroom 2.0 also adds new on-demand storefront that further enhances the monetization potential for Mediaroom service operators.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Microsoft also noted some key Xbox and Xbox LIVE stats:

  • There are now over 39 million Xbox 360 consoles around the world, and more than 500 million games have been sold.

  • Between Christmas and New Years Day, Xbox LIVE experienced its busiest week ever, adding a new member every second and a record of more than 2.2 million concurrent members online.

  • Nearly 10 million people have logged into Xbox LIVE's nongaming applications -- Facebook, Twitter, Netflix,, Sky, Canal and Zune -- using their Xbox as a way to stay connected to friends and family.

  • Xbox LIVE membership is now an active community of over 20 million people.

Panasonic Offers 64GB and 48GB SDXC Memory Cards

Panasonic introduced its first 64 GB and 48 GB SDXC Memory Cards with Class 10 speed specification. Featuring new advanced Super Intelligent Controller helps to improve the reliability of the card and extend its lifetime. The new 64 GB and 48 GB SDXC Memory Cards will be globally introduced in February 2010 with suggested retail prices of $599.95 and $449.95, respectively.

SDXC is the next generation SD Memory Card, a new standard for storing data more than 32 GB and up to 2 terabytes.

The Panasonic 64 GB SDXC Memory Card features a massive 64 GB of capacity, making it ideal for recording AVCHD High Definition video, high-resolution, or even RAW still photos. When used with Panasonic's newly-released camcorders, such as the Panasonic HDC-TM55, the 64 GB SDXC Memory Card can record up to 8 hours and 30 minutes of video, while recording in the highest video quality in HA mode. Or when recording in 1920 x 1080i in HE mode, the SDXC Memory Card can hold approximately 27 hours and 30 minutes of video.

The 48 GB SDXC Memory Card will have nearly the same capacity as a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc, and can hold 6 hours and 20 minutes of HD video content recorded in HA mode and 20 hours and 20 minutes when recorded in HE mode.

Ikanos and Aricent Collaborate on Next-Gen Access Devices

Ikanos Communications and Aricent introduced a production-ready platform for advanced next-generation broadband access products that combines Aricent's Converged Access Solution (CAS) software with Ikanos' Fusiv Vx180 communications processor. The solution enables service providers and network equipment manufacturers to rapidly deliver next-generation access devices that support the evolving multimedia, telephony and storage requirements of the digital home.

In addition to wireline broadband access technologies, Aricent's feature rich software for WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE) integrates seamlessly with Ikanos' Fusiv communication processors enabling a unified platform for advanced wireless broadband access devices including mobile broadband routers (MBR) and femtocell base stations.

Ikanos' Fusiv Vx180 is a low-power, single-chip communications processor that incorporates a MIPS-based CPU core capable of 500 MHz processing speeds, digital signal processor (DSP)-based VoIP capabilities and security. The Fusiv Vx180 offers advanced processing power, wire speed performance and quality of service (QoS). Additionally, the Vx180-based production-ready platform easily integrates with home networking technologies, such as MoCA, Home PNA, HomePlug and 802.11a/b/g/n. The integration of Fusiv Vx180 and Aricent's CAS software enables service providers to deploy new offerings, including IPTV, more cost effectively.

Aricent CAS is a comprehensive control plane software solution designed for equipment manufacturers to simplify product development and shorten time to market for innovative new residential and small business multi-service gateways. CAS integrates all of the key software components needed for building multi-service, broadband enabled gateways. The Ikanos/Aricent gateway software stack enables the creation of multiple products based on a single software platform, alleviating the need to develop software in house or integrate various software products from multiple vendors.

LG Electronics Employs AMIMON for Wireless HDTV

LG Electronics is using AMIMON's wireless 1080p silicon for its new wireless HDTV products being introduced at this week's CES. LG's wireless HDTV product line are powered by AMIMON's second generation chipset, AMN2120/2220, enabling robust, high-quality wireless 1080p 60Hz in the 5GHz unlicensed band, both in the room and in between rooms through walls.

AMIMON and LG are among the promoters of the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) industry consortium.

AMIMON is headquartered in Herzlia, Israel, with offices in Santa Clara, California, USA; Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul, Korea.

Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) Shows Momentum at CES

WHDI, the consortium of leading CE manufacturers managing and licensing Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) technology, announced several new WHDI Contributors: Haier, Maxim, Mitsubishi Electric and Toshiba. Additionally, the following companies have joined as WHDI Adopters: AmTRAN, Domo Technologies, Elmo, Gemtek, Gospell Smarthome Electronics, Hosiden, Murata, QMI, Seamon Science International, TDK, and Zinwell. These companies are in addition to the original WHDI Promoters: Amimon, Hitachi, LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung, Sharp and Sony.

The WHDI standard delivers the wireless, multi-room distribution of high-quality HD video (full 1080p/60Hz HD with Deep Color at a distance of 100 feet and through walls), enabling consumers to build a wireless HD network connecting HD sources (STBs, Blu-ray players, PCs, mobile devices, game players, etc.) to TVs around the home. The WHDI standard ensures that by purchasing products with the WHDI logo consumers can easily connect devices from different manufacturers into one network to access all of their a/v content and games.

WHDI and 802.11n use very similar technology in the 5Ghz frequency range, making it possible to build a single chip integrated WHDI/802.11n (WiFi) solution. WHDI employs spectrum management capabilities to avoid mutual interferences with other transmissions in the 5GHz unlicensed band. WHDI makes use of a number technologies to avoid collisions with other devices and to maximize the available wireless bandwidth, including: Automatic Frequency Selection (AFS), whereby WHDI will automatically switch to an unused channel in the case of interference. WHDI also supports DFS, for more available channels, and Transmit Power Control -- allowing re-use of channel frequency.

Arbor Appoints Jeff Lindholm as SVP of Global Field Operation

Arbor Networks has appointed Jeff Lindholm as senior vice president of global field operations, effective immediately. In this role, Lindholm will be responsible for driving all worldwide sales-related activities -- through direct and indirect channels -- as well as all customer service and support programs. Lindholm is filling the position left open following Colin Doherty's promotion to chief executive officer of Arbor Networks in October 2009.

Prior to joining Arbor, Lindholm served as SVP of Sales and Marketing at BigBand Networks, and before that held a number of senior management roles at Juniper Networks, including Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Worldwide Sales. Earlier in his career, he held senior sales management positions at Redstone Communications, New Oak Communications, StarBurst Communications and Bay Networks.

NBC Builds Cisco Medianet for HD Coverage of Vancouver Winter Games

NBC will leverage Cisco-provided IP video network infrastructure to deliver all-HD coverage of the upcoming 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The network will enable real-time editing by NBC personnel in Vancouver, New York and Las Vegas, and will allow for the transfer of gigabyte-sized files of content between locations and then delivered to three screens: TV, PC and smartphone. NBC will also be testing the Cisco Media Data Center and Cisco's Unified Computing System to support vital production and video-archiving functions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

HomePlug "Green PHY" Targets Smart Grid Applications

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance expects finalization of the HomePlug "Green PHY" (HomePlug GP) specification in the first quarter of 2010. HomePlug GP is a low power, cost-optimized powerline networking specification targeting Smart Grid applications such as HVAC, smart meters, home appliances and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. HomePlug GP has been developed with direct input from major utility companies like Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison.

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance estimates that HomePlug GP power consumption is estimated to be 75 percent less than an AV chip with similar cost savings projected. Certified chips and products are expected to ship in early 2011. Products based on HomePlug GP will be fully interoperable with both HomePlug AV products. The forthcoming HomePlug AV2 specification, designed for next generation broadband speed applications, maintains this family interoperability.

HomePlug GP is developed as a profile of the IEEE 1901 powerline communications standard and will be included in HomePlug's Compliance and Interoperability Certification Logo program.

LG Electronics Demos LTE Devices

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG Electronics MobileComm will be showcasing its LTE USB Modem downloading at rates up to 100 Mbps and uploading at up to 50 Mbps.

LG will also be unveiling to the public the "handover" technology which enables seamless network conversion between LTE and CDMA networks. Using the even slimmer version of the previous 4G LTE device, an LG proprietary device designed for the Handover last August, LG demonstrated seamless and endless data transmissions between LTE and CDMA antennas which allows for video file downloads, web surfing and internet calling.

Also LG and Verizon Wireless are collaborating to demonstrate the advanced capabilities and applications made possible by LTE networks. During CES 2010, the Verizon Wireless Innovation Center is demonstrating several applications using LG Mobile Phones. is a key participant.

LG provided the LTE connectivity modules and devices to support the following:

  • Home monitoring solutions, including a home gateway provides home security monitoring with a security camera, as well as energy management and home appliance monitoring from a web portal and a smartphone.

  • An indoor/outdoor IP security camera providing a home surveillance video stream that can be monitored via a web portal or a smartphone.

  • A video conferencing product transmitting a camera-captured IP video through a 4G connection to other devices supporting a multi-user video conference.

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