Thursday, July 15, 2010

Infonetics: Mobile Broadband Service Revenue to More than Double by 2014

Between 2010 and 2014, mobile broadband revenue will more than double, according to a new report from Infonetics called Mobile Services and Subscribers: Voice, SMS/MMS, and Broadband. The number of mobile broadband subscribers is expected to reach 1.8 billion worldwide by 2014, or 28% of total mobile subscribers. The bi-annual report provides in-depth analysis and worldwide and regional market size and forecasts through 2014 for mobile services (voice, SMS/MMS, and mobile broadband [W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EV-DO, TD-SCDMA, LTE]) and subscribers (voice [prepaid and postpaid] and mobile broadband [W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EV-DO, TD-SCDMA, LTE, Phone-based and PC-based]).

Some highlights:

  • The number of LTE subscribers is forecast to reach 153 million by 2014, mostly in Asia Pacific and EMEA

  • Due in large part to the high concentration of mobile operators in developed markets in Western Europe with good HSPA coverage, the EMEA region leads the mobile broadband race, having outpaced early 3G adopters such as Australia, Japan, and South Korea.

  • In emerging Asian economies such as China and India, data revenue, including SMS and mobile broadband, is already having a positive impact on total ARPU, more than offsetting the rapid decline of voice ARPU that's occurring despite double-digit percentage annual increases in voice traffic.

  • By 2014, W-CDMA/HSPA revenue will almost be 7 times that of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO revenue, as the majority of worldwide mobile subscribers are on GSM networks.

  • Revenue from mobile broadband cards (standard PC cards and embedded cards) grew 6% in 1Q09 over 4Q09 to $1.55 billion worldwide.

  • Strong growth is expected in mobile broadband card revenue and unit shipments in 2010, driven in large part by increasing adoption of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access).

  • LTE-based mobile broadband embedded PC card sales are forecast to top US$3.8 billion in 2014.

  • Shipments of mobile routers jumped 59% in 1Q10 over 4Q09 as mobile operators see them as a means of offloading mobile data traffic onto WiFi and are actively promoting them.

  • Huawei, Sony Ericsson and ZTE are the top 3 mobile broadband card revenue market share leaders in 1Q10

  • The number of mobile broadband subscribers surpassed DSL subscribers for the first time in 2009, and is forecast by Infonetics Research to grow to 1.8 billion worldwide in 2014.

Vendors back POLQA -- Mobile Voice Quality Testing Standard

OPTICOM, SwissQual and TNO announced that POLQA, a new voice quality testing technique, has been selected to form the new ITU-T voice quality standard to be used with HD Voice, 3G and 4G/LTE. POLQA - which stands for "Perceptual Objective Listening Quality Analysis" - will offer a new level of benchmarking capability to determine the voice quality of mobile network services.

A new POLQA coalition has been formed by OPTICOM, SwissQual and TNO as the outcome of the competitive standardization process run by the ITU-T. The POLQA standard was selected as a technology update for PESQ/P.862, which has been an industry benchmark for the past ten years.

"Over the last ten years test and measurement vendors have widely adopted ITU-T Recommendation P.862/PESQ ("Perceptual Evaluation of Speech Quality") and there are now more than 20,000 installations worldwide," explains Michael Keyhl, Founder and CEO of OPTICOM. "However, recently developed speech codecs for 3G and 4G, and new techniques for delivering an enhanced voice quality experience have generated strong demand for an update to this industry standard. POLQA is the answer the industry has been looking for."

SwissQual will provide commercial test products with embedded POLQA solutions, like ready-to-run drive test tool (DTT) systems for network benchmarking.

OPTICOM will provide POLQA within its PEXQ software test suite for Windows.

Brazil's Mobile Penetration Rate Hits 95%

As of the end of June 2010, Brazil had 185,134,974 mobile subscriptions for a mobile penetration rate of 95.92% for its population. Of these, 152,394,841 (82.32%) were pre-paid users and the remaining 32,740,133 (17.68%) were post paid users.

Sony Ericsson Reports Sales Growth, Market Share Estimated at 4%

Sony Ericsson reported quarterly sales of Euro 1,757 million, a 25% increase sequentially and a 4% increase year-on-year. Units shipped in the quarter were 11 million, a 5% increase sequentially and a 20% decrease year-on- year due to the reduction in size of the product portfolio. Average selling price (ASP) increased 19% sequentially and 31% year-on-year to Euro 160 during the quarter due to improved product and geographical mix, as well as positive currency effects.

The transformation programme, which started in mid-2008 is now in its final stages and on target to reduce annual operating expenses by Euro 880 million by the end of the year. Since the start of the program Sony Ericsson has reduced its global workforce by approximately 4,000 people to reach a total workforce of approximately 7,800 by June 30, 2010. The total restructuring charges taken to date for the programme are Euro 374 million.

As of June 30, 2010 Sony Ericsson retained a net cash position of Euro 609 million, an increase of Euro 46 million sequentially mainly due to operating results, tight financial management of working capital, as well as positive currency effects.

Market share in unit base for the quarter remained flat and is estimated to be around 4%.

Sony Ericsson maintains a forecast of slight growth in units in the global handset market in 2010.

Ocean Observatories Establish Two 10 Gbps Peerings with Amazon Web Services

CENIC, which operates the high performance network for California's education and research communities, and PNWGP, which operates similar facilities in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Idaho, have established two 10 Gbps connections to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

When a national network of ocean observatories begins streaming environmental sensor data in March 2012, researchers will be able to access storage and computing clouds operated by Amazon Web Services.

"The ability to use cost-effective cloud services to store and process large amounts of data is vital for researchers in many of the most active areas of research," says CENIC President and CEO Jim Dolgonas. "Collaborative research is dependent on the ability to share, and seamlessly access and manipulate data. With these new peering connections to Amazon Web Services, both the CENIC and PNWGP communities can obtain maximum speed and benefit from AWS cloud services."

Members of CENIC include the California K-12 system, all 114 campuses of California's Community Colleges, all 23 campuses of the California State University, all 10 campuses of the University of California, and prestigious private universities including Caltech, USC, Stanford, and others. With this type of fiber-optic path connecting California's research and educational institutions, data exchanges can take place in a fraction of a second -- enabling research and collaboration previously within the realm of science fiction.

Among the first users to benefit from access to Amazon Web Services will be researchers participating in the National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Cyberinfrastructure (CI) project. The University of California, San Diego is building the information technology and telecommunications infrastructure that will bring ocean and atmospheric sensor data from the observatories and make them available to environmental researchers around the country and throughout the world. Research teams in California will have the option to do their storage and computing on their own machines, or remotely on Amazon S3 or Amazon EC2.

Both UW and UC San Diego are involved in the $400 million Ocean Observatories Initiative, and its Cyberinfrastructure group -- led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and based in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) -- determined that cloud computing and remote storage would reduce the need for capital expenditures.

Akamai Reports Traffic Peaks during World Cup

Akamai reported that global interest in this year's World Cup was over 2X higher than the 2006 event, as demonstrated by Akamai's Net Usage Index for News, which registered a peak of more than 20 million visitors per minute on June 24th, compared to a peak of 8 million visitors per minute during the 2006 World Cup.

For this year's World Cup, Akamai delivered live and on-demand Web content and streaming for 24 global broadcasters into 65 countries during the month-long World Cup championships. Customers included ESPN, Prisacom, Televisa, TV2 and TV4. Some highlights:

On, matches were viewed by 7.4 million unique viewers

  •'s front page, which prominently featured World Cup news, video and scores, saw 304 million visits and 663 million page views

  • Swiss IPTV portal saw its traffic more than double during peak times and supported more than 100,000 additional viewers during the event

  • provided live and on-demand streams of all matches in Switzerland and at peak times registered up to 35,000 concurrent streams, a streaming record.

Subaru Adds Mobile Wi-Fi Access to its Crossover SUV

Subaru has begun offering an optional Wi-Fi
connectivity capability in its 2011 Outback crossover SUV model. The new Subaru Mobile Internet system connects to a 3G network and creates a Wi-Fi hotspot inside the Outback giving internet access to 10 or more users for up to 150 feet around the vehicle. The Wi-Fi capability is designed for passenger access while the Outback is in motion.

Subaru Mobile Internet technology is provided by Autonet Mobile, which is an in-car Internet service provider. The Wi-Fi service can be added as a port or dealer-installed accessory to any 2011 Subaru Outback for an MSRP of $499, plus a $35 activation fee. A one-year subscription at $29 per month is required.

Panda Security Grows its Cloud/SaaS Business

Panda Security launched version 5.04.50 of its Panda Cloud Office Protection, a cloud-based security solution for business endpoints. One of the new features is a heuristics technology for preventing infections from unknown malware, allowing it to block threats even if the user is offline at the time of detection, or if the malware strain is new. Panda Cloud Office Protection is also now compatible with Office 2010, as well as its capacity to scan email messages stored in Windows Live Mail.

Panda said its new heuristic engine not only classifies files as suspicious, but also as malware or goodware, minimizing the risk of false positives. It also contains a small signature file that includes data about active malware every day, making protection more efficient with less impact on the user's PC. In addition, signature file updates are truly automatic requiring no administrative intervention to deploy and implement them across every workstation on the network.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Optus Australia Tests LTE 2100 MHz, Acquires Licences

SingTel's Optus division has tested LTE operating in 2100 MHz spectrum using equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks.

The field testing, which occurred in Sydney, Australia, used pre-commercial LTE USB dongles over 10 MHz of spectrum. The test achieved peak download speeds of over 50 Mbps and upload speeds of 20 Mbps. The companies also noted that the LTE trials, conducted in metropolitan Sydney, showed significantly reduced network latency, improved connectivity and enhanced mobile streaming capabilities when compared to 3G. Lab tests reached speeds of up to 73Mbps over 10 MHz of spectrum.

The LTE trials were part of Optus ongoing commitment to Australian consumers and businesses to deliver a stable, reliable and robust mobile network service to improve the user experience.

Separately, Optus announced that it is the first mobile network operator to successfully acquire new regional spectrum licences in a combination of 10 MHz and 5 MHz of paired spectrum in the 2100MHz band at almost 1000 sites across regional Australia. This includes Bendigo in Victoria; Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Townsville in Queensland; Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Port Macquarie in New South Wales.

The spectrum acquisition in regional areas complements Optus' recent acquisition from Qualcomm of an additional 10 MHz paired spectrum in the 2100 MHz band in all eight capital cities.

"The release of this regional spectrum, in advance of expected new spectrum allocations in the 700MHz and 2.5GHz bands in the coming years, will help us to continue to transform the playing field in the regional communications market. As well as strengthening Optus' position to challenge the incumbent by improving capacity and coverage in previously under-serviced areas," stated Andrew Buay, Managing Director, Optus Products and Delivery.
  • In the twelve months up to 31 March 2010, the number of Optus 3G services increased by almost 40 per cent from 2.58 million to 3.61 million, inclusive of Optus mobile broadband customers which increased more than 86 per cent to 907,000.

FCC to Consider Wireless Backhaul Barriers

At its next meeting on August 5th, the FCC will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to remove regulatory barriers to the use of spectrum for wireless backhaul and other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications.

FCC to Invest $400 /million annually in Rural Healthcare Broadband

The FCC announced plans to invest up to $400 million annually to enable doctors, nurses, hospitals and
clinics to deliver health care to patients in rural areas using broadband facilities. The initiative is one of four programs in the Universal Service Fund administered by the FCC.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would bring affordable broadband connectivity to more than 2,000 rural hospitals and clinics. The FCC said it can do so without increasing the projected size of the overall universal service fund.

FCC Explores Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) Spectrum

The FCC kicked off a proceeding to help make 90 megahertz of prime spectrum available for mobile broadband deployment by considering the use Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) spectrum in three bands -- the 2 GHz band, Big LEO band, and Lband.

A new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) outlines two proposals that would remove regulatory barriers to terrestrial (i.e. land-based) use and promote additional investments in the MSS bands, while retaining sufficient market-wide MSS capability. First, it proposes to add co-primary fixed and mobile allocations to the 2 GHz band. This allocation modification sets the stage for more flexible uses of the band by terrestrial services. Second, it proposes to expand existing secondary market policies and rules to address transactions involving the use of MSS bands for terrestrial services. This would create greater predictability in bands licensed for terrestrial mobile broadband service.

Vodafone to Make its Location based Services Software Open Source

Vodafone Group announced plans to make its location based services software open source. The company said its aim is to offer other organisations the opportunity to use a code base which has been developed over the past decade so that they can build new and innovative navigation products which widen choice for consumers.

"Given our decision to stop developing turn by turn location based services as part of our core business, it seemed an obvious choice to make the code we own open source" said Pieter Knook, Director of Internet Services at Vodafone Group. "We look forward to seeing its continued use in all sorts of different applications in the future."

Australia's NBN Picks Contractors for First Sites

Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) awarded construction contracts for three of the five first release sites for its FTTH rollout. These are Silcar Pty Ltd, Armidale NSW; Transfield Services, Minnamurra/Kiama Downs, NSW and ETSA Utilities, the South Australian power distribution network operator in Willunga. In the fourth site, Ergon Energy will construct the passive optical fibre network in Townsville. For the fifth site, Brunswick in Victoria, NBN Co is in discussions with Telstra on the potential design and construction solutions that may be possible making use of the Telstra infrastructure.

NTT to Acquire Dimension Data for Enterprise Services

NTT agreed to acquire Dimension Data, an international provider of IT infrastructure services, for approximately £2.1 billion in cash, representing an 18% premium to the company's stock on the preceding day.

NTT Group is the largest provider of fixed and mobile voice-related services, internet protocol/packet communications services, sales of telecommunications equipment, system integration and other telecommunications related services in Japan and operates one of the largest telephone networks in the world.

Dimension Data is a recognized global leader in the provision and management of specialist IT infrastructure solutions. Dimension Data plans, builds, supports and manages IT infrastructure solutions for over 6,000 clients in 49 countries around the world. Dimension Data Shares are listed on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange and have a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. The company has about 11,500 employees and has major operations in both the UK and South Africa.

NTT said the acquisition extends its strategy of pursuing international business opportunities and increasing revenue from value-added services for enterprise solutions on a global basis. By leveraging the complementary strengths of NTT and Dimension Data, NTT believes the enlarged group will be well-positioned to establish a leadership position as a comprehensive ICT services provider that offers significant value to its clients.

IBM Introduces Network IPS Appliance

IBM is introducing a new security network intrusion prevention system (IPS) that consolidates intrusion prevention with data and web application security into a single, optimized appliance. The hardware appliance comes preloaded and preconfigured with IBM security software and extends the capabilities of the IBM X-Force research team to deliver high-performance network security at lower costs.

IBM said its appliance allows clients to manage a variety of network security capabilities, such as automated Virtual Patch technology that can sense and block network threats, client-side application protection, data security, web application protection and application control.

"Effective threat and vulnerability management needs to focus on preventing problems, not responding to them," said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. "Through our new intrusion prevention system, IBM is helping organizations save valuable time and money by giving them a single view of security to better thwart potential threats before their networks can be compromised."

TIA Lobbies Against Changes to Current Broadband Regulatory Structure

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is urging the FCC to maintain the current, long-standing regulatory status of broadband Internet access service. TIA believes that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's recent "Third Way" proposal to reclassify broadband under a new regulatory regime "would imperil American jobs as manufacturers face an uncertain regulatory climate, dampening investment in an industry that has been tapped by President Obama and Congress as a driver for economic recovery. U.S. global competitiveness would suffer, as would American consumers of broadband services and broadband-enabled technology."

TIA noted that the broadband marketplace has greatly benefited from the Commission's current (but longstanding) regulatory approach to broadband Internet service as an "information service."

"The regulatory certainty associated with Title I oversight has been a key driver in promoting a robust Internet ecosystem and in encouraging significant investment in the deployment of broadband infrastructure during the past decade," said Danielle Coffey, TIA Vice President for Government Affairs.
  • In May 2010, CC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined a "Third Way" for regulating Internet traffic and services -- a new legal framework aimed at restoring the status quo consensus that existed prior to the court decision that vacated the FCC's authority to regulate the way Comcast manages peer-to-peer traffic on its network.

    Genachowski said he supports a light-touch regulatory approach that encourages investment in network infrastructure but that gives consumers "basic protection against anticompetitive or otherwise unreasonable conduct by companies providing the broadband access service (e.g., DSL, cable modem, or fiber) to which consumers subscribe for access to the Internet."

    However, the Comcast decision sharply reduces the FCC's ability to protect consumers and promote competition using its "ancillary" authority, and creates serious uncertainty about its basic oversight functions as well as its ability to pursue the broadband-related policies.

Globecomm Awarded $8.7 Million Ka-Band Infrastructure Contract

Globecomm Systems announced an infrastructure contract from a foreign government valued at $8.7 million.
Specifically, Globecomm will design and install multiple Ka band antennas and related subsystems for the unnamed country. The contract scope includes a turnkey RF electronics install for fixed and vehicle mounted Ka band
terminal systems, monitoring & control software which will control all subsystems and allow remote monitoring and
control from distant operational centers and life cycle support.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ECI Telecom Announces End-to-End 1Net Wireless Backhaul Solution

ECI Telecom introduced its end-to-end solution for packet evolution of wireless backhaul networks.
The company said its key differentiators are the ability to provide a graceful migration from pure TDM to pure packet networks while offering a fully-integrated solution from the RAN through the transport network and into the core over any medium (copper, fiber or microwave). ECI's transport options span DSL, PON, WDM, SDH/SONET, microwave, Ethernet/MPLS-TP and MPLS/IP. ECI will offer seamless interworking fore wireless backhaul across these domains and technologies, including common timing and synchronization for TDM across all its platforms.

As part of the rollout, ECI is announcing various enhancements to its existing gateway and transport platforms, new products in its Carrier Ethernet Switch Router (CESR) line, a microwave backhaul solution, and additional wireless backhaul consulting services.

Key elements of ECI's 1Net wireless backhaul solution includes:

  • 9000 Family of Carrier Ethernet Switch Router: ECI is introducing the SR9600 Series of metro aggregation and the BG9300 Series of cell-site access platforms for providing a converged L2-L3 approach. These offer a bridging functionality for dual support of IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP standards, in addition to a variety of synchronization schemes, circuit emulation for TDM traffic services, and end-to-end management to support both pure-packet and existing TDM services.

  • XDM and BroadGate families of multi-service and packet-optical platforms: ECI is enhancing these platforms with a Hybrid+ suite for native and independent handling of both Ethernet and TDM traffic. The Hybrid+ add-on suite includes independent and native Ethernet switching capabilities, end-to-end MPLS-TP support, end-to-end Ethernet synchronization support, circuit emulation support (CES) and carrier grade management for both TDM and Ethernet services.

  • BG-Wave Series of native packet and hybrid microwave platforms: ECI is introducing new LTE-ready platforms that incorporate microwave radio with full networking and multiservice capabilities, including Ethernet/MPLS switching, Add-Drop Multiplexer (ADM), Digital Cross Connect (DXC) and Circuit Emulation Service (CES) within the same platform. BG-Wave capabilities include packet payload rates up to 1 Gbps, low latency and packet delay variation, and comprehensive synchronization capabilities. The BG-Wave supports native TDM and Ethernet, TDM over Ethernet (circuit emulation), pure packet, and both fiber and microwave in the same platform.

    ECI said it developed the BG-Wave platforms in-house and that it will continue to offer microwave solutions from Ceragon.

  • Hi-FOCuS family of multi-service access nodes (MSAN), enabling operators to leverage last-mile backhaul through DSL and GPON networks over multiple E1 or Ethernet lines.

  • LightSoft unified network management system for graphical automated end-to-end provisioning and management across network layers (microwave radio, MSPP, CESR) and technologies (MPLS, Ethernet, DWDM, Sonet/SDH and PDH). LightSoft's multi-layer interface allows the user to get multiple physical and logical views of the network, facilitating the visualization of connections and correlations between different network layers.

  • 1NET consultancy services, planning services, and network design to assist operators in the charting of their specific migration path, through building the business cases, network design, network audit and traffic analysis and optimization.

"ECI's 1Net WBH approach is to address the main pain points for service providers such as the lack of fiber all the way to cell sites, the need for IP/Ethernet synchronization, the complexity of packet operations, cost-efficient handling of legacy services, and the need for transport-grade packet networks," Alon Moshes, Head of Marketing, Network Solutions Division, ECI Telecom.

Calix E7 Reaches 100 Customer Milestone

Calix announced that its E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) has been deployed by more than 100 communications service providers (CSPs) across North and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform is a modular, 1 RU Ethernet box with a 100 Gbps backplane. The E7's two slot chassis supports any mix of GPON, point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE) or Active Ethernet (AE), and 10GE transport for business and residential services.