Friday, May 14, 2010

Whitepaper -- Aricent

LTE: Beyond the Numbers

Much has been written about the
numbers pertaining to Long Term Evolution (LTE). The fourth generation
of wireless technology... millions of subscribers... billions in equipment
spend... billions in R&D spend required... and so on. It is an established
fact that while LTE represents a huge market with an unprecedented
uptake rate, the nature of its complexity makes product development very

Additionally, LTE needs to co-exist
with multiple legacy and contemporary technologies for a long time to
come, and hence, wide interoperability is a must the touted numbers hold
significant implications for equipment vendors who seek to optimize
their scarce resources to best align investments with operator schedules
for LTE deployment.

LTE: Beyond the Numbers --the market
report- looks beyond these analyst forecasts to gain an insight into the
implications of these for LTE infrastructure development and service
deployment, as well as to evaluate their impact on equipment vendors.
Utilizing these different numbers in isolation provides only a partial
view of the situation at hand and how best to approach it. This market
report aims to view these numbers collectively and in a holistic manner
to draw insights and outline implications for LTE equipment vendors.

the full whitepaper here:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

BT to Continue Investments across Asia Pacific

BT announced plans to further increase its capabilities across the Asia Pacific region. Under the investment plan, BT will invest in additional portfolio and resource capability as an overlay on the footprint the company has already established. This will be carefully aligned to the growth plans of its multi-national customers as they continue to expand across in Asia Pacific.

BT sees the addressable market for its services in Asia Pacific at around GBP 8bn, with annual growth rates of 6%.

BT maintains regional 24/7 service centres, with a customer management centre in Pune, India and customer service help desks in Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. There is also a technology & service centre in Dalian, China. Other centres of excellence include a research centre in Malaysia, a research centre in China, a global operations centre in Gurgaon, India, and an India-UK advanced technology centre with 22 industrial and academic partners.

ZTE Builds its Engineering Team in India

ZTE Corp. announced plans to boost its resources in India with a new Indian Engineering Centre (IEC) located in Delhi.

In 2009, the company increased its Indian headcount by more than 1000 employees nationwide, only in Delhi almost 100 employees were recruited and trained during this period.

This expansion follows the establishment of the National Network Operation Center (NNOC) announced by ZTE India last year to showcase its long-term development and localization strategy.

ZTE said it remains focused on India as a key market and is committed to increasing its investment in India.

Frontier Wins Approvals in West Virginia

Frontier Communications' pending acquisition of Verizon Communications' local wireline operations in West Virginia has been approved by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC). The parties are awaiting regulatory
approval from the FCC.

Sri Lanka's Dialog Telekom Deploys Huawei's ngHLR

Dialog Telekom, the largest mobile carrier in Sri Lanka, has deployed Huawei's next-generation Home Location Register (ngHLR), which can serve up to 10 million subscribers. Huawei replaced four traditional HLRs in Dialog' s network with one pair of Huawei ngHLRs, which were deployed in two strategic locations: Union Place and Malabe. Huawei said its solution enables seamless geographical redundancy and gives reliability of 99.9999%, thus greatly improves the stability of Dialog' s network. In addition, the deployment of Huawei' s ngHLR further simplifies Dialog's network. Huawei's ngHLR is based on the ATCA platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Australia's vividwireless Launches First MIMO BeamForming WiMAX

Australia's vividwireless has deployed the first WiMAX network with 4T4R (4 transmitter and 4 receiver) and Beamforming technology, delivering wireless access speeds comparable to most ADSL2+ connections.

Nokia Siemens Networks Advocates SOA Data Model for OSS/BSS

Nokia Siemens Networks is advocating a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based environment as common data model for carrier OSS, BSS and customer management platforms. As a step towards that goal, the company recently received TM Forum's Information Framework (SID) certification to its open, process-led OSS/BSS architecture and its business analysis application suite.

SID conformant interfaces help operators avoid time consuming point-to-point integration efforts aligning Operations Support System (OSS), Business Support System (BSS) and customer experience management processes between fixed, wireless, broadband and IP domains.

"The management and business systems of most communication service provider comprise a patchwork of multi-vendor applications and hardware platforms," says Juhani Hintikka, head of Operations Support Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks. "Due to the inconsistency between the information and process structures of the different solutions, changing one element in the setup requires adjustments across the network. Our aim is to simplify data consolidation from different systems, enabling operators to speed up systems integration."http://www.nsn.comhttp://

Telstra Activates 40G Trunk between Melbourne and Sydney

Telstra has activated its first 40 Gbps connection between Melbourne and Sydney. The capacity upgrade was delivered by augmenting its existing DWDM system and required no changes to the underlying infrastructure. The Marconi MHL 3000 platform is capable of delivering up to 80 channels at 40Gbps per channel over a single fibre pair. Telstra has also tested Ericsson's 100Gbps system and plans to move ahead with this technology as well.

NSN Develops Tools for Mobile User Data Analysis

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced new "charge@once" business analytics software helps to measure whether an operator is genuinely improving the experience for its customers and enhancing the business value of its customer relations. The software provides a set of predefined reports and dashboards for revenue analysis, customer segmentation, service and product use. The dashboards can be customized and personalized providing a user-friendly presentation of information and metrics. Extensive charging data analysis capabilities complement vendor's recently launched Insight & Experience Framework.

NSN said its new software will help operators assess the revenue potential of offers, compare the impact of marketing campaigns across revenue, usage, and subscriptions, gain a clear view on figures such as how often customers recharged their prepaid account per offer and provide insights into customer churn, how often subscribers bought a voucher to recharge their accounts, and usage of specific services.

"Telco operators can only develop sound marketing strategies based on comprehensive, up-to-date insight into what their customers are doing," said Rick Centeno, head of Charging, Billing and Care at Nokia Siemens Networks. "This software helps operators develop effective strategies to optimize and adapt their market offerings and business propositions and then measure the effects of those changes." According to Nokia Siemens Networks research operators worldwide consider the improvement of their subscribers' experience as their most important business goal for 2012.

Corning Introduces Ultra-Low-Loss Submarine Optical Fiber

Corning introduced an ultra-low-loss, large-effective-area fiber that is optimized for the next-generation, high-data-rate submarine networks.

Corning's "Vascade" EX2000 optical fiber has a typical effective area of 112 square microns (µm2) and average attenuation of 0.162 decibel of loss per kilometer (dB/km) at 1550 nanometers (nm). This enables extended system reach with fewer amplifiers in repeatered submarine networks. In unrepeatered submarine networks, Vascade EX2000 fiber can accommodate higher optical launch power and increased system span length.

Corning said it plans to use this new optical fiber to develop its next-generation dispersion-managed fiber solution, Vascade R2000 fiber, which enables 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps systems to reach transoceanic distances.

"Today, we face the first deployment of 40 Gb/s systems in submarine networks, and we expect that Vascade R2000 fiber and Vascade EX2000 fiber will play a critical role," said Barry Linchuck, director, worldwide marketing, Corning Optical Fiber.

Vascade EX2000 optical fiber is fully qualified and is being sampled and tested by submarine-system vendors around the world.

Radvision selects Freescale DSP for Video conference Server

Radvision has selected Freescale Semiconductor's MSC8144 multicore digital signal processor (DSP) for use in its latest high-definition SCOPIA Elite 5000 Unified Communications Video Infrastructure Multiparty Conferencing Unit. The platform delivers multi-channel 1080p processing, telepresence connectivity, dynamic resource allocation and individual video layouts per participant.

Freescale's MSC8144 combines four high-performance 1 GHz DSP cores based on SC3400 StarCore technology with 10 MB internal memory and high-speed interconnects such as Serial RapidIO and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

tw telecom Teams with Cisco and BT on TelePresence

tw telecom is collaborating with Cisco and BT Conferencing to deliver high-definition business videoconferencing in the U.S. This solution will help enable companies with the Cisco TelePresence equipment to communicate and collaborate within and between companies.

Under this arrangement, tw telecom is provisioning its nation-wide business broadband Ethernet and MPLS IP VPN services to connect the enterprise customer to BT's Global Video Exchange conferencing platform, while Cisco and several of its key VAR partners, including BT, deliver and install the required Cisco TelePresence equipment at those enterprise customer locations.

Cox Business Expands With Phoenix NAP

Cox Business and Phoenix NAP, a new, next generation datacenter and network access point, announced an alliance focused on small and medium-sized businesses across Arizona.

Phoenix NAP features 148,000 square feet of raised-floor datacenter space supported by divergent network feeds and extensive physical security systems. Cox Business built dual fiber entries into the building, supported by redundant network switching centers. The connections reside on multiple OC-192 fiber rings, the highest network bandwidth available. Cox Business can serve as the primary and back-up network for all datacenter customers to meet their business continuity requirements.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

NXP Semiconductor Pursues SiGe Chips for RF/Microwave

By the end of 2010, NXP Semiconductors will offer more than 50 products based on the latest SiGe (silicon-germanium) process technology.

The company said SiGe provides high power gain and excellent dynamic range, making it well suited for high-frequency applications in the wireless, broadband communications, networking, and multimedia markets. NXP currently has about a dozen silicon germanium based products in the market, and has developed and shipped more than 25 million RF products using its QUBiC4 technology.

NXP offers three variants of the QUBiC4 technology: QUBiC4+, a silicon-based process for applications up to 5GHz such as medium power amplifiers; QUBiC4X, a 0.25µm SiGe:C process introduced about 6 years ago, typically used for applications up to 30GHz and very low noise applications such as GPS; and the most recent 0.25µm QUBiC4Xi SiGe:C process, offering on Ft in excess of 200GHz, which is particularly suited for applications above 30GHz and those requiring minimum noise figure, such as VSAT and radar.

SiGe Semiconductor Offers Wi-Fi Front End IC for Mobiles

SiGe Semiconductor introduced an RF switch/LNA Front End IC (FEIC) designed to enhance the performance and functionality of converged Bluetooth/Wi-Fi chipsets for embedded applications, such as smartphones, netbooks, personal media players and digital cameras.

SiGe developed the SE2601T to enhance Bluetooth/Wi-Fi chipsets utilizing an integrated CMOS power amplifier (PA). The company said its design improves the connectivity range of the Wi-Fi solution by placing a high-performance LNA between the antenna and the RF receiver that is part of chipsets from leading vendors such as CSR, Marvell, Broadcom and Atheros. Often the LNA function is omitted in embedded applications such as smartphones due to physical space constraints on the Wi-Fi solution, thus degrading connectivity performance. This LNA significantly increases the sensitivity of the Wi-Fi receiving system -- critical in embedded applications where physically small antennas are limited in their contribution to signal quality.

RADWIN's Wireless Backhaul Delivers 100 Mbps Full-Duplex Releases

RADWIN announced that its 2000 C-Series wireless backhaul platform now supports 200 Mbps net aggregate throughput (100 Mbps full duplex). The solution supports up to 16 E1s/T1s + Ethernet while operating at a range of up to 120km. The platform leverages MIMO and OFDM technologies together with unique proprietary protocols to ensure robustness and resiliency in operation in the sub-6 GHz bands. RADWIN said its C-Series products operate in the most challenging conditions, including non-line-of-sight, interference zones and extreme temperatures.

JDSU Boosts Mobile Service Assurance Portfolio

JDSU introduced a set of enhancements for its mobile service assurance portfolio, which was recently acquired from Agilent. These enhancements address voice and data service quality challenges faced by mobile operators as the volume of high-bandwidth traffic continues to grow. The service assurance solution enhancements include:

Managing IP data growth with 100 percent improvement in Gn data monitoring. This is fundamental for performance and scalability, and is available as a simple software upgrade for existing customers.

Managing the growth of the control plane -- the complicated transactions that set up mobile voice and data calls -- with a cutting-edge 4th generation IP Probe. The new probe enables far-better performance with much less hardware, saves up to 80 percent in operating and capital expenses and reduces power consumption by 37 percent.

Enhanced Customer Troubleshooting (ECT). ECT allows operators to quickly troubleshoot high-value customers by name and store control plane data for up to a year.

Obtaining the cell ID from network core monitoring. This capability locates problems for deeper troubleshooting with other tools such as JDSU's Drive Test Systems and Systems Analyzer Real Time (SART), helping to avoid speculative and expensive "truck rolls" to network locations where problems do not exist.

"JDSU's mobile assurance enhancements will help support operators facing the 40-100-fold increase in data traffic expected with the deployment of LTE networks, bringing dramatic improvements in performance, scalability and IP monitoring, as well as new applications that enable quick and personalized troubleshooting," said Tom Smith, senior vice president in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment.

Ciena Supplies PBB-TE Wireless Backhaul in South Africa

iBurst, a wireless broadband service provider in South Africa, has deployed Ciena's Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) platforms for supporting wireless backhaul for 3G and 4G wireless networks.

Specifically, iBurst has replaced its existing Layer 2 infrastructure with Ciena's wireless backhaul solution, which leverages connection-oriented Ethernet, to provide higher performance service levels in its radio cell collection network.
The deployment uses PBB-TE to provide predictable path management and replaces a Spanning Tree-based architecture.

After evaluating several options, iBurst selected Ciena's solution for its enhanced implementation of Provider Backbone Bridging -- Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) technology, which provides the reliability, scalability and efficiency the service provider required to support its transport network.

The Ciena CESD platforms, including the CN 5305 Service Aggregation Switch and LE 311v Service Delivery Switch, operate seamlessly within iBurst's Layer 2 environment and manage the switchover of dual microwave radio links without delays or failures.

In addition to the wireless backhaul platforms, iBurst has also deployed Ciena's CN 4200® FlexSelect® Advanced Services Platform to connect its primary and back-up data centers. The initial deployment includes multiple GbE and 2G Fibre Channel connections over DWDM carrying traffic from iBurst's Internet, VoIP, Metro Ethernet and network monitoring services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ciena worked with its South African systems integration partner, Telecom 180, to trial and deploy the Carrier Ethernet and optical transport platforms with iBurst.

BT Reduces Costs as Revenue Decline 2%

For its recently concluded FY 2010, BT's revenues fell 2% to £20,911 million, ahead of expectations, largely due to the early delivery of around £100 million of revenue, primarily due to significant contract milestones in BT Global Services, without which revenue was down 3%. During the year, BT's total underlying operating costs and capital expenditure were reduced by £1,752 million, a reduction of 9%, ahead of its goal of cutting at least £1.5 billion.

Total labour costs, on an underlying basis, decreased by 16%, reflecting reductions in direct and indirect labour and lower pensions charges. Capital expenditure reduced by £555m to £2,533m, in line with our outlook of around £2.5bn. Free cash flow more than doubled to an inflow of £1,933m, compared with £737m last year, reflecting improved profitability and working capital and lower capital expenditure. Adjusted EPS increased by 16% to 18.6p due to the improved operating profit, partially offset by the higher net finance expense. Reported EPS was 13.3p

BT Retail revenue declined by 4% in the quarter and the year largely due to a continued reduction in our calls and lines revenue, driven by the challenging market conditions, particularly in the business market. Annual consumer ARPU increased to £309, up £8 over the previous quarter.

BT's retail market share of the DSL and LLU installed base remained at 35%. Net additions were 123,000 in the quarter, the highest in two years, and BT's retail market share was 44%, having now remained above 40% for five consecutive quarters.

BT Wholesale revenue declined by 5% in the quarter and 4% in the year largely as a result of the impact of low margin transit revenue declines of £51m in the quarter and £156m for the year, primarily due to mobile termination rate reductions, which has no impact on EBITDA.

Future Plans and Fibre Rollout

BT announced an additional investment of around £200m within our EBITDA outlook for 2010/11: mainly in the areas of enhancing our TV offering, introducing other new consumer propositions, fibre roll out and building on opportunities in BT Global Services, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. Depending on "favourable" investment conditions, BT will extend its current fibre roll out to around two-thirds of UK premises by 2015 for an incremental cost of around £1bn, while maintaining annual capital expenditure levels at around £2.6bn. The roll-out is already under way with four million homes due to have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2010.

BT also announced a commercial partnership with OnLive, a Silicon Valley based cloud gaming business, to provide online gaming services in the UK. In conjunction with this commercial partnership, we have taken a 2.6% shareholding in OnLive Inc. Based on the last audited accounts of OnLive Inc., at 31 March 2009, the proportionate value of gross assets that are the subject of this transaction is US$0.5m.

Telefónica Reaches 273 million accesses, Up 4.6% year-on-year

In its quarterly financial report, Telefónica said results fell within its expectations with higher
revenue growth (+1.7% year-on-year) and positive trends in all markets, particularly Europe. Telefónica's net
profit rose 2% to 1,656 million euros. Revenue growth has picked up and risen 1.7% in reported terms (-2.1% for full year 2009) putting net revenue at 13,932 million euros. In organic terms growth was 0.9% compared to the
same period in 2009 (+2.4%, stripping out regulatory impacts), with Latin America and Europe
contributing the most to this organic growth (2.1pp and 0.4pp, respectively).

As of 31-March-2010, Telefónica was serving 273 million accesses worldwide (+4.6%, 2.6 percentage points
more than at 31 December 2009).

The number of adds grew 16.9% year-on-year which, combined with customer loyalty initiatives, saw net adds nearly multiplying by 2.6 times the figure of the same period in 2009. Excluding accesses at Hansenet and Medi Telecom in both periods, net adds in the first quarter of 2010 totaled 4.3 million accesses in organic terms.

By regions, of particular note is the increase in the number of Telefónica Europa (+6.7% year-on-year organic growth) and Telefónica Latinoamérica (+8.1% year-on-year) customers. By segments, we would highlight the growth in wireless accesses (+8.7%), fixed broadband (+8.7% in organic terms) and pay-TV (+9.3% in organic terms).

The broadband businesses (wholesale+retail) totaled 35 million accesses at 31 March. The retail fixed broadband business increased 25.2% (+8.7% year-on-year in organic terms) while the mobile broadband business advanced 97.5%.

Telefónica Group wireless accesses advanced 4.4 million in the first quarter to 206 million. The contract segment increased to 2.3 million accesses, contributing 53% to total net adds in the 3
quarter and accounting for 30% of total wireless accesses at 31 March.

Also worth highlighting is the performance of wireless net adds in Spain (189,000 accesses in the quarter vs. 10,000 in the same period in 2009) and Latin America (+3.7M Accesses).

Mobile broadband accesses increased to 16 million in the quarter.

In Spain 89% of retail broadband accesses are bundled as part of either a dual or triple service package, while in Latin America 57% of broadband accesses are bundled as part of a dual or triple package.

Pay TV accesses stood at 2.6 million at 31 March 2010 (+9.3% year-on-year in organic terms). It is also worth mentioning that the company now has pay TV operations up and running in Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.