Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Ericsson Announces $1.8 Billion in Contracts with China Mobile and China Unicom

Ericsson announced frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom valued at US$1.8 billion.

Under the agreement with China Mobile, Ericsson will provide a radio access network including a multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 and mobile soft-switching technology, which will drastically boost the capacity of the network and evolve it into an IP network. This deal is worth US$1 billion and will be implemented during 2010.

In the agreement with China Unicom, Ericsson will provide a faster 3G network with HSPA Evolution technology to secure higher speed and better user experience for consumers. In addition, Ericsson will further expand cooperation with China Unicom in the area of IP and broadband, supplying IP routers, fiber access technologies GPON and 40G WDM as well as IP multimedia subsystem (IMS). The framework contract is worth US$800 million and will also be implemented during 2010.

Ericsson noted that China added 106 million new mobile subscriptions in 2009, bringing its installed mobile base to a total of a 747 million. China now has a penetration rate of 56.3 percent, indicating further growth. The fixed broadband market also shows strong growth of about 20%, bringing it to a total of 103 million subscriptions at the end of 2009.

IBM Wins Outsourcing Contract for NZ's TelstraClear

IBM has been awarded a three-year contract by TelstraClear, a voice and data company in New Zealand, to manage critical maintenance and support services for the carrier's Next IP Network. IBM will also provide TelstraClear with architectural leadership, regression testing capabilities and quality assurance around implementations of new services and equipment.

TelstraClear will continue to manage maintenance and support for basic issues and faults relating to its 5,300 miles of fiber cable in New Zealand. IBM will leverage its global expertise to help resolve situations where detailed troubleshooting and analysis methods are required.

IBM currently provides similar services to TelstraClear's parent company in Australia, Telstra Corporation. The support model being implemented locally will ensure strategic alignment between TelstraClear and Telstra Corporation and deliver immediate financial and operational benefits for TelstraClear.

"TelstraClear's Next IP Network is a core piece of infrastructure for us and key to the successful operation of our business. We are pleased to be able to access the expertise and global capability of a company like IBM to help us to keep it running at optimal performance," said Andrew Crabb, TelstraClear's Head of Networks and Services.

VZ Activates Fifth Hurricane-Ready Super Switch in Florida

Verizon Wireless has activated its fifth hurricane-ready super switch in Florida. These Mobile Telephone Switching Offices (MTSOs) -- the latest began serving southern Florida, including the Florida Keys, Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas just this month -- will further strengthen wireless coverage and advanced services for Verizon Wireless customers throughout the state year-round and during hurricanes and other emergencies.

A $50 million, 45,000-square-foot facility is home to the company's newest super switch, which connects tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions each day. Verizon Wireless said its super switch are designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. In addition to hardened shells, they feature large-scale, on-site power generation; redundant operations and technologies; and other back-up systems to ensure the Verizon Wireless network remains strong, running and reliable. The switches also serve as Emergency Operations Centers for Verizon Wireless engineers and technicians working to ensure continued wireless network operation in the event of a hurricane or other crisis.

Blue Coat Introduces Carrier Caching Appliance

Blue Coat Systems introduced a carrier caching platform aimed at cutting international and mobile backhaul bandwidth consumption.

The Blue Coat CacheFlow Appliance 5000 Series helps scale service delivery to meet the burgeoning subscriber demand for online video, large file downloads and other Web 2.0 rich media content. The appliance uses advanced, purpose-built caching technology to address Web 2.0 content, large files and rich media, including video. This content traditionally has been difficult to cache due to its large size and dynamic nature. For example, CacheFlow appliances can cache and deliver content served from dynamically generated URLs, including content previously believed to be non-cacheable. In addition, the CacheFlow appliance validates content freshness before serving it to the subscriber, maintaining consistency with the origin server.

The CacheFlow appliance also uses a new Blue Coat "CachePulse" service to obtain automatic, network-based updates. This cloud-based service provides rules and instructions designed to fine-tune CacheFlow 5000 appliances to better address the changing Web and deliver consistent bandwidth savings.

The CacheFlow 5000 appliance features 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces nd can scale to meet multi-gigabit demands through the use of a clustered caching farm. The appliances have been validated withLayer 4-7 load balancing switches, including those from Brocade, Radware, A10 Networks and others.

Boingo Wi-Fi Available through iTunes Account

Boingo Wireless released a new application designed for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users that allows consumers to purchase one-hour credits for Wi-Fi service directly from their Apple iTunes account. Consumers can purchase the $1.99 Wi-Fi credits in advance or at the time of connect simply by confirming the purchase using their iTunes account login. The credits can be redeemed for 60 consecutive minutes of Wi-Fi access at a single Boingo hotspot, and can be used at any of the more than 125,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide.

Boingo Wi-Fi Available through iTunes Account

Boingo Wireless released a new application designed for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users that allows consumers to purchase one-hour credits for Wi-Fi service directly from their Apple iTunes account. Consumers can purchase the $1.99 Wi-Fi credits in advance or at the time of connect simply by confirming the purchase using their iTunes account login. The credits can be redeemed for 60 consecutive minutes of Wi-Fi access at a single Boingo hotspot, and can be used at any of the more than 125,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide.

Codenomicon Transforms its Analyzer into Network Time Machine

Codenomicon introduced new capabilities that enable its Network Analyzer to record test behavior and automatically visualize network traffic, thereby proving network operators with a clear picture of actual network traffic. The solution can store and process terabytes of real-time network data, and automatically visualize all network flows and identities, making it extremely easy to search and pinpoint troubling network issues. The problematic messages and sequences can be easily extracted to tools like Codenomicon Defensics for reproduction and testing, or to open source tools like Wireshark for closer inspection.

The Codenomicon Network Analyzer is a collaborative solution: companies and organizations can use it to model actual network traffic, to troubleshoot networks and to debug any type of network communication from multiple locations. The collaborative framework also enables customers to invite third-parties to the collaboration environment to assist in troubleshooting.

NTT Debuts Super-Low Latency HD H.264 Encoder/Decoder

NTT Electronics has enhanced its AVC/H.264 HDTV/SDTV encoder/decoder (HVE9100/HVD9100) with a new "super-low latency mode" that achieves a rating of 100 ms for 1080i 29.97 meda -- a new world-class result for low bit rate AVC/H.264 encoding, according to the company. This mode also supports audio compression, substantially reducing the delay perceivable in interactive video communication during live broadcasts and remote operation of fixed cameras.

XO Launches 40 Gbps Services Nationwide

XO Communications announced the availability of 40 Gbps network services in all its major metropolitan markets across the U.S. The service is targeted at enterprises such as large financial institutions and service providers are increasingly looking for more cost-effective, higher speed network connectivity options to manage larger volumes of network traffic and achieve ultra-low latency for applications.

The new XO 40 Gbps network offerings include:

  • 40 Gbps Wavelength services: Allow customers to use a single 40 Gbps link for ultra high-bandwidth network connections between two locations and provides operational benefits of managing one link instead of purchasing multiple 10 Gbps links.

  • 40 Gbps IP Transit services: Allow customers to aggregate large volumes of Internet traffic over a single connection and not have to manage multiple dedicated Internet access circuits.

"We are continually investing in our network to offer customers the highest levels of capacity, speed and performance they require today and be prepared for their network needs of tomorrow," said Randy Nicklas, chief technology officer at XO Communications. "These new high-speed, low latency network offerings enable customers with mission-critical applications to achieve their strategic business objectives to increase revenue in the most cost-effective manner possible."

AT&T Extends its 24 Mbps U-verse Internet Service

AT&T is extending the footprint of its U-verse High Speed Internet Max Turbo service to 120 markets across 22 states. Max Turbo, which offers speeds of up to 24 Mbps downstream and up to 3 Mbps upstream, was initially launched in Austin, San Antonio and St. Louis in December 2009.

AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet Max Turbo is priced at $65 per month for eligible residential customers and $95 per month for small business customers.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

FCC Approves Transfer of SkyTerra to HCP

The FCC approved the transfer of control of SkyTerra to Harbinger Capital Partners. SkyTerra is building two new satellites for a next generation ancillary terrestrial network, which will offer ubiquitous mobile + satellite communications across North America for public safety, homeland security, aviation, transportation and entertainment. Dual-Mode handsets would work on both 700 MHz public safety terrestrial networks and on satellites when terrestrial networks are unavailable or inaccessible. The first of two SkyTerra next-generation satellites is planned for launch this year.

Harbinger said it plans to use SkyTerra's spectrum in concert with its other investments in radio frequencies to implement an open next generation terrestrial network and mobile satellite system. The new network could lead to increased competition in mobile broadband services, a goal supported by the FCC's newly released National Broadband Plan.

Philip Falcone, Chief Executive Officer of HCP said that, "The FCC's broadband policies have given us the confidence to make a series of investments that will bring new competition and innovation to all Americans. This announcement by the FCC sets the stage for the launch of our business plan whose objective is nothing less than to revolutionize how Americans use and experience wireless communications in the 21st century."

On a separate item, the FCC's International Bureau also granted SkyTerra's application for a modification of certain terms of its ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) authorization. This approval allows SkyTerra to implement its Cooperative Agreement with Inmarsat and deploy a robust terrestrial mobile broadband network, which will be integrated with SkyTerra's satellite network.

Nokia to Acquire Novarra for Mobile Browser and Services Platform

Nokia agreed to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Novarra, a privately-held company based in Chicago that offers a mobile browser and service platform. Novarra has more than 100 employees.

Nokia expects a new service offering utilizing the Novarra technology platform to be available later this year.

"Connecting the next billion consumers to the Internet will happen primarily on mobile devices," said Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Services, Nokia, "and delivering an optimized internet experience on our devices is core to our mission. By driving innovation in all segments of our portfolio, we are building one of the largest consumer audiences for web services and content. Novarra's Internet services technology delivered on the world's most widely-used mobile platform, Nokia's Series 40, will help us achieve this."

IEEE to Support Serial 40 Gbps Ethernet Over Single Mode Fiber

The IEEE has begun work on a new amendment to the 802.3 Ethernet standard to enhance the 40 Gbps Ethernet physical layer (PHY) capabilities already under development in the IEEE P802.3ba 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet project.

The project, which is known as IEEE P802.3bg, aims to provide multiple system operators and telecommunications operators with an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet 40 Gbps serial PHY that provides optical compatibility with existing carrier 40 Gbps client interfaces. It is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society's Local and Metropolitan Area Networks Committee and will be developed by the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group.

"This project is to build upon the current IEEE P802.3ba 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet project to create a new PHY for 40 Gbps Ethernet operation that is optimized for carrier networks," says David Law, Chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group. "The ongoing liaison relationship between the IEEE 802.3 Working Group and ITU-T Study Group 15 will help to ensure interoperability between standards developed by the two organizations."

Cable & Wireless Splits into Two

Cable & Wireless Worldwide began trading as an independent company on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker CW. Cable&Wireless Worldwide provides managed voice, data and IP-based services and applications to large corporates, multinational companies, governments, carrier customers and resellers across the UK and around the globe. It operates an extensive fibre network across the UK, as well as a multiservice NGN with connectivity to 153 countries.

Cable & Wireless Communications also began trading as an independent company on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol CWC. Headquartered in London, Cable & Wireless Communications is composed of four operating units - the Caribbean, Panama, Macau and Monaco & Islands. It operates as a full-service telecommunications provider offering mobile, broadband, and domestic and international fixed line services, as well as enterprise and managed service solutions. As of September 2009, these operations (including subsidiaries and joint ventures) provided services to approximately 8.3 million mobile, 0.6 million broadband and 1.8 million fixed line customers.

The original Cable&Wireless traces its history to a number of British telegraph companies founded by Sir John Pender in the 1860s. In 1866, a Pender-led consortium laid the first submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean. In subsequent years, submarine cables were laid from the United Kingdom throughout the British Empire. These operations were later merged with the Wireless Telegraph Company founded by Marconi in 1929 to form the Imperial and International Communications Company. During the Thatcher years, Cable&Wireless was one of the first privatizations.

AT&T to take $1 Billion Accounting Charge for Health Care

AT&T will take a non-cash charge of approximately $1 billion in the first quarter of 2010 to reflect the impact of the new health care legislation signed into law by President Obama. In an SEC filing, AT&T said the new legislation will result in an additional tax burden on the firm and therefore it is evaluating prospective changes to the active and retiree health care benefits offered by the company. AT&T currently has about 282,000 employees.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

ZTE Picks Qualcomm for CDMA2000 Femtocells

ZTE is working with Qualcomm on femtocell technology. The terms of the agreement allow ZTE to access Qualcomm's Femtocell Station Modem (FSM) chipset platform in order to develop CDMA2000 femtocell products.

Alcatel-Lucent names VP of its Services Business

Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Vivek Mohan as President of its Services business. He replaces Andy Williams who has left the company for another opportunity. Vivek will be based in India.

Mohan is currently Head of Alcatel-Lucent's business in India. Previously, he headed the Services organization for Alcatel-Lucent's South Asia region. Before India, Vivek worked in a variety of roles and locations in Alcatel-Lucent. He led the Asia Pacific Supply Chain operations for Lucent Technologies from Shanghai and supported global business restructuring for Lucent's Optical Networks Group (ONG) from Murray Hill, USA.

Sprint Awards Motorola iDen Services Contract for 5th Year

Motorola has been awarded its fifth consecutive annual contract by Sprint to provide Intelligent Optimization Service (IOS) for its iDEN network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola's IOS includes expert resources, analytical tools and a proven optimization methodology for achieving efficient and measurable improvement results in network performance. Motorola's IOS utilizes data-reporting features generated by the network and subscribers as they use their phones. Motorola said its service virtually eliminates the need for manual resource intensive drive-testing.

Clearwire Picks Tellabs SmartCore 9100 for WiMAX in Spain

Clearwire will deploy the Tellabs SmartCore 9100 platform for its WiMAX network throughout Spain. Clearwire already uses the Tellabs 9100 SmartCore ASN Gateway (formerly the WiChorus SmartCore platform) in the United States. Financial terms were not disclosed.