Tuesday, October 19, 2010

China Mobile Adds 48 Million Users in 2010 YTD

China Mobile is now serving 570 million users, up by nearly 48 million since the beginning of the year. Average Revenue per User (ARPU) per Month has remained steady at RMB 72 (approx. US$10.83). For the first nine months of year, China Mobile posted revenue of RMB 352.643 billion, up by 7.8% for the year.


Bytemobile Boosts its Video Optimization with Media Caching

Bytemobile, which supplies mobile video optimization solutions, released its new Unison Mobile Internet Platform featuring media caching capabilities.

The solution monitors network conditions and dynamically detects congestion in the video delivery path -- automatically applying the most appropriate level of optimization for an optimal user experience. Media caching enables operators to download and optimize a video once and serve it as many times as requested. Unlike standard caching technology, Bytemobile said solution seamlessly integrates video optimization and caching to enable both on-the-fly and offline optimization of content. The company calculates that its new media caching feature can reduce network downloads by 25-50% - further reducing the cost of video delivery and improving the overall economics of data services offered by operators.

Recent Bytemobile video optimization deployments show that nearly half of all videos requested on wireless networks are repeat downloads. On average, within a seven-day period, the most popular YouTube videos are downloaded more than 600 times, and the top video advertisements are downloaded over 5,000 times. As a result, a considerable amount of duplicate video content is traversing wireless networks and stressing the entire mobile content delivery supply chain.

IEEE 802.16m Approved as IMT-Advanced Technology

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has approved IEEE 802.16m, also know as "WirelessMAN-Advanced", as an IMT-Advanced technology. WirelessMAN-Advanced offers up to 180 Mbps of aggregate downlink throughput per site using a 20 MHz TDD channel in ITU's real-world microcellular system model, with further support for nearly 2500 VoIP users per site. Depending on design goals, antenna configurations, and spectrum availability, significantly higher dates rates can be enabled.

The key decision, taken by ITU-R's Working Party 5D (WP 5D) at the conclusion of its meeting of 13-20 October in Chongqing, China, followed a rigorous evaluation and consensus-building process after the introduction of detailed technical proposals in October 2009, including consideration of exhaustive evaluation reports from nine expert groups from around the world.

The WiMAX Forum noted that WirelessMAN-Advanced represents a group of three proposals, of which two (one by the Administration of Japan and one by Korea's TTA) were considered technically identical to that of IEEE. During the meeting, WP 5D accepted an offer from the three parties to have IEEE complete and submit the full detailed specification of the technology at the following WP 5D meeting in April 2011. WirelessMAN-Advanced and LTE-Advanced were the only two technologies approved for IMT-Advanced.

The WiMAX Forum is working to complete the detailed specification of WiMAX Release 2, which will take advantage of the new IEEE standard and ensure that WiMAX Release 2 networks and devices will offer capabilities and efficiencies to exceed the baseline IMT-Advanced requirements.

WiMAX Release 2 also promises improved VoIP capacity, spectral efficiency, latency, handover speed, cell range, and coverage -- with support for wider operating bandwidth in both TDD and FDD modes.

"WiMAX is a commercially proven technology with a vibrant ecosystem. Our industry is ready to make WiMAX Release 2 a strong option for networks requiring IMT-Advanced capabilities," said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. "We have remained focused on bringing WiMAX Certified Release 2 networks and devices to market as quickly as possible, and today's decision within the ITU further reinforces our confidence. This decision and the WiMAX industry's commitment to Release 2, with all its benefits, should be of particular relevance to Indian Service Providers determining which technology options will best meet India's broadband data requirements."http://www.wimaxforum.com

CommScope Intros BrighPath RFoG, EPON and HFC Solutions

CommScope, which is already a leading supplier of physical plant infrastructure to cable network operators, introduced its "BrightPath Optical Solutions" (BOS) for RF-over-Glass (RFOG), EPON, and hybrid-fiber coax (HFC) node segmentation architectures.

CommScope's BrightPath comprises headend, outside plant and end user solutions for residential, multi-dwelling unit, commercial and cellular backhaul applications. These products include optical line transmitters, optical amplifiers, low-noise receivers, head-end optical splitters, head-end WDM, optical taps, micronodes, NIDs, conduits and fiber.

Cisco's 24-Channel DOCSIS 3.0 Nears 1 Gbps Downlinks

Cisco introduced a new Broadband Processing Engine for its flagship uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router and Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS). The new line card aims to accelerates the transition of cable operators to an all-IP network. Significantly, it enables DOCSIS 3.0 bonding of up to 24 channels for downstream speeds approaching 1.0 Gbps. Comcast, Cox and others are testing the new 3G60 line card.

Designed as a modular CMTS solution, the 3G60 will help cable operators use universal-edge quadrature amplitude modulation, or QAM, products with more channels per port, lowering the cost and environmental overhead for all services. Some key features:

  • the card provides 72 downstream and 60 upstream channels with full DOCSIS 3.0 capabilities per module to boost overall bandwidth capacity and alleviate high-traffic network pressures.

  • the upstream and downstream channels on the 3G60 can be provisioned via software licensing, and customers can install the card and pay only for the channels they use.

  • compared with the Cisco DOCSIS 2.0 solution with the uBR-MC5X20H line card, the downstream channel capacity has increased 10-fold, and the upstream channel capacity has increased threefold, per line card.

  • using the 3G60, a single uBR10012 can support up to 576 downstream and 480 upstream channels per chassis. This is the highest CMTS capacity and density in the industry.

  • the 3G60 supports DOCSIS 3.0 downstream channel bonding of up to 24 channels, allowing downstream speeds approaching 1.0 gigabit per second.

  • the uBR10012 together with the 3G60 line card supports the full set of DOCSIS 3.0 features at scale, including IPv6, and supports advanced features such as dynamic bandwidth sharing. Cable operators can rest assured that the CMTS solutions they purchase today will support large-scale IP video services and enable the migration to an all-IP network in the near future.

Cisco Adds Traffic Packet Optimization to ASR 5000 (Starent)

Cisco introduced a Traffic Packet Optimization service capability for its ASR 5000 platform, its IP-based mobile core platform that was developed by Starent Networks, which Cisco acquired last year.

Traffic Packet Optimization optimizes transmission control protocol (TCP) and hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) traffic over a mobile connection to improve the performance of video and Web applications. Some of the performance gains are accomplished via compression, thereby reducing the amount of traffic in a service providers' network. These capabilities are software-enabled.

Cisco said its ASR 5000 In-Line Services could also help service providers deliver differentiated services that can be quickly monetized and optimized for customer attraction and retention.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Tests LTE with Alcatel-Lucent

Chunghwa Telecom Laboratories (CHT-TL) will conduct an LTE trial using both the 2.6 GHz and 700 MHz bands. Alcatel-Lucent will provide a pre-integrated, end-to-end solution including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), its Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP service routing network elements, application portal for innovative services as well as operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) system. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide a range of professional services including project management, planning, installation, integration and commissioning, and testing.

Motorola Debuts USB LTE Modem, WiMAX CPE

The Motorola Solutions introduced its FDD LTE USB modem (USB-lte 7110).

Motorola also introduced its most powerful WiMAX indoor customer premises equipment (CPEi) . The CPEi 890 provides wireless broadband access, including data, voice and Wi-Fi to home subscribers in frequencies over 2.5 GHz frequencies. Key features includes 2x2 802.11 b/g/n router functionality and Wi-Fi Protected Set-up (WPS).

"We are pleased to introduce Motorola's first LTE device to the industry to complement our own LTE networks and provide an LTE device to operators worldwide for the profitable delivery of 4G broadband wireless services to the mass market. We look forward to the opportunity to team with operators worldwide for an end-to-end LTE solution or to provide interoperability testing of the new USB-lte 7110 device on their own LTE networks," Fred Gabbard, vice president, Product Management, Motorola Solution.

Motorola Wins $30M Contract for Secure Border Communications

Motorola was awarded a $30 million contract from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to provide Astro 25 land mobile radio (LMR) P25 communications upgrades for border security operations on the northern U.S. border. The $30 million contract allocates for equipment and technology and for services and support. Motorola will manage the delivery, installation and optimization of P25 radio network technology. Additionally, the company will be responsible for Point-to-Point wireless IP backhaul optimization and civil deployment to more than 50 remote radio frequency (RF) tower sites over a period of 24 months.

Video: Voice over LTE


Presented by Dan Warren, GSMAhttp://www.convergedigest.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

Symantec Offers Network-based Policy Control for Mobiles

Symantec is extending its mobile security and management strategy with a network-based policy control and enforcement solution that will allow communication service providers to dynamically apply user preferences in a consistent fashion to a variety of services. Such a value-added service would protect smartphone users from the growing number or online threats. It could also enforce parental controls, such as time-of-day usage or inappropriate vocabulary, on texting usage by children.

For example, a parent may choose to disable texting functionality for their child's phone during school hours or at night. Or, a corporation might disable photo sharing from mobile devices for their employee base. Symantec Next Generation Network Protection will also provide data retention capabilities to aid with regulatory requirements and usage analysis. Compliance with local regulations is simple with Symantec assisting in the archiving of mobile messaging and Web access logs, storage of content and traffic information, mobile data traffic management and an audit history.

Symantec said it will be able to provide flexible, customizable policy features from the network.

"We want to give communication service providers confidence that they are securing their customers' information and implementing customer preferences. Symantec Next Generation Network Protection provides that confidence," said Doug Havas, vice president of communications industries, Symantec. "As smart phone usage increases and mobile devices store growing volumes of valuable data, it's vital to protect the information while allowing for the flexible creation of desired controls that enhance the value of the subscribers' mobile experiences."http://www.symante.com

DragonWave Forms Joint Venture in India with HFCL

DragonWave has formed a joint venture with Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd. (HFCL), one of India's leading telecommunication equipment manufacturers and turnkey service providers, to provide packet microwave solutions to the Indian market. DragonWave will own 50.1% of the equity in the Joint Venture and the balance of the equity will be owned by HFCL. The new company will be based in Delhi and will utilize HFCL's local market knowledge and expertise to sell and market DragonWave products in India. HFCL will provide the Joint Venture with local manufacturing of DragonWave products.

Narus to Broaden its CyberSecurity Ecosystem

Narus is intensifying its efforts at building a cyber security ecosystem that will enable customers to deploy interoperable products from multiple vendors in a layered approach to cyber security, resulting in the most effective detection and mitigation.

The Narus ecosystem for cyber security, comprised of strategic alliances, technical relationships, and partnerships with leading security companies and systems integrators, provides a holistic approach to cyber security using both loose and tight integration of complementary products and technologies.

One recently announced partnership forged in the Narus ecosystem is with ArcSight. As a certified ArcSight partner, Narus developed a "connector" to ArcSight enabling seamless integration between its NarusInsight system and the ArcSight Enterprise Threat and Risk Management (ETRM) platform.

As part of the effort to build out its cyber ecosystem, Narus recruited Chee Tan as director of business development. Prior to Narus, Mr. Tan was the Director of Business Development for GFI-Sunbelt Software, where he was responsible for growing worldwide OEM revenue and forging strategic business partnerships with technology vendors. He also held senior management positions at Trend Micro, ActivCard and Novell.

TerreStar Submits its Bankruptcy Filing

TerreStar Networks filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition aimed at strengthening its financial position by lessening its debts.

The company also announced an agreement with EchoStar Corporation, its largest secured creditor, that will provide TerreStar with a $75 million debtor-in-possession financing facility. TerreStar Networks will use the debtor-in-possession financing to maintain business-as-usual operations during the restructuring process. EchoStar has agreed to support a restructuring premised on a debt for equity conversion by the Debtors' secured noteholders, and backstop a $100 million rights offering that will provide the funding for TerreStar Networks' exit from chapter 11.
  • In September 2010, AT&T has begun marketing a new Satellite Augmented Mobile Service featuring the TerreStar GENUS dual-mode cellular/satellite smartphone. The dual-mode device uses AT&T's cellular wireless network as the primary default mode and Terrestar's satellite network as a secondary option for voice, data and messaging. The TerreStar satellite network ensures coverage in remote areas for government, energy, utility, transportation and maritime users, as well as backup satellite communications capabilities for public safety agencies, first responders and disaster recovery groups. The satellite footprint covers the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and territorial waters.

Global Crossing Adds Smart Demarcation to Carrier Ethernet

Global Crossing has added smart demarcation capabilities to its "EtherSphere" services, which run over its global MPLS network. Smart demarcation uses a network interface device to provide Global Crossing with an extensive end-to-end view of the customer's EtherSphere WAN, which can help speed service turn-up and troubleshooting.

Global Crossing also has introduced two additional, fee-based optional service features: performance assurance and traffic management, as well as other service enhancements. The performance assurance service feature facilitates the collection of service and network statistics to support end-to-end service level agreement (SLA) metrics. The traffic management feature provides increased control and flexibility to meet the demands of customer applications.

ARRIS Boosts C4 CMTS, Enabling 300-400 Mbps Downlinks

ARRIS introduced a new module that significantly increases the downstream density of its DOCSIS 3.0 C4 CMTS. The module will provide higher speed service tiers, especially for eight channel bonded services -- enabling speeds up to 304 Mbps for North American DOCSIS (Annex B) and 400 Mbps for European DOCSIS (Annex A).

DOCSIS 3.0 was initially introduced in 2008 on the C4 CMTS with a 16 downstream channel single slot Cable Access Module (CAM). With this second generation DOCSIS 3.0 capability, the capacity of the 16D CAMs can be increased to 32 Annex B or 24 Annex A downstream channels.

ARRIS is also announcing C4 software release 7.4, which provides IPv6 support as well as support for DOCSIS 3.0 Multicast traffic. All these new features build on the highly reliable C4 architecture with its industry-leading redundancy.

Juniper's Q3 Revenue Tops $1 Billion, up 23% year-over-year

Juniper Networks reported the following preliminary financial results for Q3 2010: net revenue increased 23% on a year-over-year basis, and increased 3% sequentially, to $1,012.4 million. GAAP net income is expected to be $134.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $171.5 million, or $0.32 per diluted share.

"Juniper's results reflect our ability to deliver on the promise of the New Network with cost effective solutions that scale to meet growing network demand," said Kevin Johnson, Juniper's chief executive officer. "We anticipate customer demand to remain healthy and are well-positioned to drive further gains as we enable the deployment of secure, scalable wireless networks and deliver solutions to the growing cloud computing market."http://www.juniper.net

AT&T Opens 3G Access Program for M2M Manufacturers

AT&T has kicked off a program aimed at lowering the barrier to 3G adoption for connected device developers.

The 3G Access Program expands AT&T's lineup of Network Ready 3G modules to include lower cost, high performance options, offering next generation consumer electronics and machine to machine device makers access to a more efficient path to production.

AT&T said it is working with Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE to certify a total of 11 mobile broadband modules for the 3G Access Program. The modules will be compatible with a range of applications, including consumer electronics, M2M and computing devices. Ericsson and Huawei each offer an AT&T certified 3G data module through this program today. Additional modules will be certified throughout the next 12 months and will include data only and voice and data options.

"We feel strongly about providing consumer electronics and M2M device makers cost efficient alternatives, and that includes optimized module pricing with world class support to help them get to market as quickly as possible," said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging device, resale and partnerships, AT&T. "From start ups to established brands, our new suite of 3G modules will fill a void in the ecosystem today -- the option to wirelessly connect a product and get it into the hands of customers with fewer barriers."http://www.att.com

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