Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MontaVista Joins OpenSAF

MontaVista Software has become a member of the OpenSAF Foundation to help drive the development of OpenSAF high availability middleware. Consistent with SA Forum specifications, OpenSAF is rapidly being adopted by major vendors in the network infrastructure market, as well as other vertical markets.

Last month, MontaVista announced MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 6.0 which bundles OpenSAF 4.0 open source code, the latest version of the high availability middleware. http://mvista.com

Telegent Introduces Mobile TV Receiver Chip for Latin America

Telegent Systems introduced a single-chip mobile TV receiver supporting ISDB-Tb and analog broadcast TV standards with an integrated H.264 decoder. The solution is targeted at handsets supporting live, broadcast TV capability in Latin America and other emerging markets.

Telegent's TLG1180 chip enables ISDB-Tb to be added as a feature on low-cost phone platforms in which the mobile phone baseband processor does not have embedded H.264 decoding capability, which is the majority of baseband processors today. The solution's H.264 integration enables all video decoding to occur within the single-chip system, reducing power consumption, simplifying the design cycle, and reducing the overall solution bill of materials by more than 50% relative to designs that incorporate analog and digital TV and the H.264 decoder as discrete components.

Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF) Shows Interoperability

The Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF), which was formed earlier this year with the goal of promoting interoperability between test tools and simplifying lab automation efforts, conducted its first "plugfest" in which
NTAF members succeeded in demonstrating initial interoperability of their respective implementations of draft NTAF specifications.

Five leading companies, BreakingPoint Systems, Fanfare, Ixia, Spirent, and Verizon, tested their code in "real world" scenarios by successfully interconnecting to the implementations from other NTAF members and resolving the challenges of getting prototypes to interwork. The event validated the draft NTAF specification and demonstrated acceptance from multiple NTAF members including Cisco and EXFO.

Aruba Hits Revenue of $83M, Up 44% YoY

Aruba Networks reported quarterly revenue of $83.1 million, an increase of 44% from the $57.6 million reported in the same period last year. GAAP net income for the quarter was $2.1 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to a net loss of $24.7 million, or $0.28 per share, last year.

"The proliferation of mobile devices, such as iPads, tablet devices and smart phones, continues to rapidly increase, forcing companies to reconsider their approach to the network edge," said Dominic Orr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aruba. "With our user-centric architecture, industry-leading security and proven scalability, we believe Aruba is uniquely positioned to take advantage of these trends, as evidenced by our fiscal first quarter results. First quarter revenues increased 44% year-over-year and 8% sequentially, driven by strong demand from our existing customer base across all of our key verticals, as well as from new customers, over 800 of which we added in the first quarter alone."http://www.arubanetworks.com

Microsoft Debuts Lync Server 2010

Microsoft released Lync Server 2010 -- the next generation of Office Communications Server -- its system for converging communications across the enterprise. Lync integrates instant messaging, presence, audio, video, web conferencing and voice. The Lync interface works within applications, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange.

Microsoft Lync Online will be available as part of Microsoft Office 365 next year. The company also expects that Lync-based solutions will develop across a wide spectrum of personal computing devices, browsers and mobile devices in 2011 and beyond.

As part of the rollout, over 70 devices specifically designed for Lync are being announced. Hardware products include headsets, webcams, Internet protocol phones, telepresence systems and USB endpoints optimized for Lync, from partners including Polycom, Aastra, Plantronics, Jabra, ClearOne, Logitech and Radvision. In addition, more than 30 partners are launching applications on the Lync platform for public and private organizations of all types and sizes. Solutions include contact centers, call recording, accounting, performance monitoring services and new applications that embed communications within business processes. Partners include Aspect Software Inc., Convergent Media Systems Corp., ProtonMedia Inc. and Wortell.

Finally, several partners, such as British Telecom (BT), Dell, Dimension Data, HP and Verizon Business are offering services to help customers evaluate, deploy and manage their Lync infrastructure.

AT&T Markets its First MiFi Mobile Hotspot -- Novatel

AT&T announced its first MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. The MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless goes on sale November 21 at AT&T company-owned stores nationwide or online for $49.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $149.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card.)http://www.att.com

GSMA Launches Embedded SIM Initiative

The GSMA is exploring the possibilities for embedded SIM that could be remotely activated. Embedded SIM could lead to exciting new form factors for mobile communications and speed the development of M2M services by making it easier to bring mobile broadband to non-traditional devices such as cameras, MP3 players, navigation devices and e-Readers, as well as smart meters.

"The traditional SIM has been an important innovation in mobile telephony, and has provided many benefits to consumers in terms of security, portability of contacts, and ease of portability of devices across networks," said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board of the GSMA. "As our industry moves from connecting phones to connecting a wide range of devices, it is apparent that the embedded SIM could deliver even greater flexibility. The embedded SIM will provide assured levels of security and portability for consumers, as well as provide additional functionality for enabling new services such as e-Wallet and NFC applications."http://www.gsmworld.com

DOCOMO Studies Mobile Spatial Stats for Disaster Prevention Planning

NTT DOCOMO will conduct a joint research project with Kogakuin University to study how mobile spatial statistics could be used for better disaster prevention planning. The idea is analyze mobile user data in the Tokyo region to understand the movement of people and thereby estimate the consequences if public transportation were to be severely disrupted or halted by an earthquake.

Mobile spatial statistics are aggregate data that include mobile phone locations and user attributes, but individual users are not identified in the use of such statistics.

DOCOMO is conducting related research with the University of Tokyo focused on urban planning.

HP Extends Visual Collaboration with H.264 SVC

HP is extending its line of visual collaboration products with the introduction of a wider array of lower cost solutions and the implementation of H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) -- a new video compression technology suited for IP networks.

The new software-based HP Visual Collaboration products extend HD videoconferencing from notebook computers, to executive touch-screen workstations to conference rooms and high-end HP Halo telepresence studios.

The software-based SVC capability, which is provided through a technology partnership with Vidyo, enables scalable video quality that adapts dynamically to best-efforts network connections. This means that compression occurs in the end-point rather than with encoders in the network, reducing latency and eliminating the need for a costly multipoint control unit.

The new desktop and conference room solutions include:

  • HP Visual Collaboration Desktop software client -- it can be deployed by users on their own PCs and notebooks.

  • HP Visual Collaboration Executive Desktop -- a bundled, touchscreen solution that features an HP TouchSmart 600 Quad loaded with HP Visual Collaboration software. It also includes camera and headset accessories.

  • HP Visual Collaboration Room 100 and Room 220 -- video-enable multipurpose conference rooms.

  • HP's Visual Collaboration infrastructure products -- based on standard ProLiant servers, these include a video portal, a video router for connecting up to 100 concurrent sessions, and a video gateway for bridging H.323 and SIP sessions.

HP's current Halo solutions that run on a dedicated network will continue to be offered as an option for customers who seek a fully managed, high-touch solution.

"Customers need to collaborate inside and outside their companies -- whether they are traveling, working at home or at the office," said Rob Scott, general manager and vice president, Visual Collaboration, HP. "HP's full range of high-quality, HD videoconferencing solutions, especially at the desktop, make that possible."http://www.hp.com/go/visual-collaboration
  • The Unified Communications Interoperability Forum's (UCIF) Task Group on Scalable Video Coding (SVC) is working to define H.264 SVC UCIF-compliant unified communication systems.

  • In June 2010, HP announced plans to use Vidyo’s complete VidyoConferencing line of software-based desktop and room system-based solutions running on HP servers for delivering high-quality, high-definition video.

  • Also in June 2010, Vidyo, which is a start-up based in Hackensack, New Jersey, announced a $25 million Series C round of financing to support is personal telepresence solutions. Vidyo is headed by Ofer Shapiro (CEO and co-founder), who previously spent eight years at RADVISION where he was responsible for the development of the first IP video conferencing bridge and gatekeeper technology. Ofer was also a contributor and one of the editors of the H.323 standard. Vidyo's other co-founder is Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis (Chief Scientist), who was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He holds 12 patents, has served as the Editor of the MPEG-4 Systems specification, and is currently co-editor of the H.264 SVC Conformance specification.

Alcatel-Lucent launches Wireless Network Optimization

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a Wireless Network Optimization Solution for helping mobile operators manage their networks. This set of services and software tools, which leverages network modeling expertise developed at Bell Labs, enhances the Quality of Experience that mobile users perceive. Alcatel-Lucent's new tool sets include RF design audits, remote network monitoring (NPA), and an LTE -- TIA services suite.

Jean-Philippe Poirault, Head of Media, IT and Telecom Services for Alcatel-Lucent, said: "Our specialized Wireless Network Optimization solution delivers measurable and proven increases in utilization and performance, expands subscriber capacity and delivers an end-to-end Quality of Experience that exceeds customer expectations. This solution can improve throughput by more than 20%, decrease network costs, increase revenues and widen profit margins. The solution can pay for itself in as little as 3 months, freeing up cash for re-investment."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

UK Sets Auction 2012 Date for 800 MHz Spectrum

Ofcom, the UK's telecoms regulator, will auction spectrum licenses for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands in 2012, according to the BBC. The 800MHz band has become available as a result of the switchover to digital TV. The auction has been repeatedly delayed by litigation.

SiTime Intros High Frequency MEMS-Based Differential Oscillator

SiTime introduced a high frequency, programmable, differential oscillator for applications such as Ethernet Switches, Solid-State Drives (SSD), Optical Line Terminals (OLT), RAID controllers and Host Bus Adapters (HBA), Servers, Memories, and PCIe-based embedded applications. The MEMS-based SiT9107 device supports common protocols such as Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS, SATA, DDR, microprocessor and FPGA clocking. It offers up to 5 decimal places of frequency accuracy and is a drop-in replacement for existing quartz-based timing solutions.

AT&T Wins $286M Contract with Social Security Administration

AT&T Government Solutions was awarded a contract by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to deploy a Citizens Access Routing Enterprise (CARE) contact call center through 2020.

The contract, which was The award determination was made under the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Networx Universal program, will permit SSA to issue individual task orders to AT&T worth up to $286 million for an IP--based interactive voice response automation and contact call center.

Monday, November 15, 2010

AT&T Offers Enterprise Smartphone Management from MobileIron

AT&T has begun offering the MobileIron Virtual Smartphone Platform (VSP) to help businesses better manage and secure smartphones within their organizations.

MobileIron, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, provides a server that enables companies to manage smartphone data, privacy, security, and cost across multiple operating systems using a single technology solution. This includes real-time intelligence and control over smartphone content, activity, and apps. This system can secure data without compromising privacy, even on employee-owned mobile phones.

MobileIron VSP from AT&T is expected to be available for purchase by AT&T business customers by the end of this month.

"More and more companies are using mobile technology as an essential business tool. However, as corporate information moves onto mobile devices, companies are challenged with visibility into what is happening with data, costs, security and applications," said Michael Antieri, President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "With the addition of this new mobile device management service from MobileIron, we're providing customers the ability to manage devices across multiple platforms. Our team at AT&T is focused on helping customers find the right technology solutions to embrace the benefits mobility offers to businesses."http://www.mobileiron.com
  • In August 2010, MobileIron announced $16 million in Series C financing for its multi-OS smartphone management solutions. The new funding came from Foundation Capital, which joined existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Storm Ventures.

GSMA Offers Mobile Energy Efficiency Network Benchmarking

The GSMA is launching a Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Network Benchmarking Service to help mobile network operators (MNOs) lower their energy costs and carbon footprint. Created in cooperation with China Mobile, Telefonica and Telenor, the MEE service will:

  • Quantify cost and CO2e savings for MNOs;

  • Promote a consistent methodology for benchmarking network energy efficiency along with common KPIs;

  • Collate industry data and benchmark outputs to enable MNOs to measure themselves externally and internally, quantifying potential efficiency gains; and

  • Coordinate across the industry and with regulatory stakeholders, so that the benchmarking methodology is adopted as a global standard.

The methodology benchmarks mobile networks by comparing four KPIs:

  • Mobile network energy consumption per mobile connection;

  • Mobile network energy consumption per cell site;

  • Mobile network energy consumption per unit mobile traffic and

  • Mobile network energy consumption per unit mobile revenue.

"Just a year ago we issued Mobile's Green Manifesto, which outlined the industry's plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions per connection by 40 per cent by 2020. The GSMA's mobile energy efficiency benchmarking service is a key enabler to achieving this goal," said Gabriel Solomon, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, GSMA.

The GSMA estimates that approximately 80 per cent of the industry's energy consumption is in the network, and energy costs are also becoming one of the largest components of network operational costs for MNOs. Given this, energy efficiency solutions, such as the MEE service, are becoming a strategic priority.

Verizon Introduces Mobile Services Enablement Platform

Verizon is introducing a new Mobile Services Enablement Platform (MSEP) that helps enterprises design their applications for a secure mobile environment. In addition to providing customizable application-development templates that can be tailored to create new business-specific applications, the platform is already integrated with major enterprise software applications including Siebel, SAP, Oracle, Remedy, Salesforce.com and Amdocs.

The company is also offering IT Professional Services for the new MSEP solution, including enterprise mobility assessment, enterprise mobility business process engineering, enterprise mobile application development and testing, and enterprise mobile application certification.

KDDI Begins Offering Skype Smartphone Service

KDDI officially began offering "Skype au" -- a service that allows voice calls and instant messaging on the company's "au" Android smartphones. Through the joint venture with Skype, the custom Skype client application will be preinstalled on models starting from "IS03." With the application, customers can enjoy not only Skype-to-Skype voice calls, but also instant messaging (chat) and international calls.

Significantly, "Skype au" uses au's mobile phone network, enabling stable voice calls with Skype users around the world with the quality and easy usage of KDDI's mobile network.

Separately, KDDI announced a new flat rate, data service -- 5,460 yen monthly.

Cisco and VMware Aim for the Virtual Desktop Solution

Cisco and VMware announced a desktop virtualization solution based on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and VMware View 4.5. The solution aims to simplify the physical and virtual infrastructure and management associated with desktop deployments, including QoS policies for each desktop or group of desktops, while ensuring consistent security profiles. This streamlined operational model can enable deployment of virtual desktops to users in minutes, according to the companies, at a lower cost per seat.
  • In November 2009, Cisco, EMC and VMware announced a Virtual Computing Environment coalition aimed at pervasive data center virtualization and a transition path to private cloud infrastructures. The first deliverables from the coalition are a set of "Vblock Infrastructure Packages." These are engineered, integrated and validated IT infrastructure packages for virtual machines, such as Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 1000v and Multilayer Directional Switches (MDS), EMC's Symmetrix V-Max storage (secured by RSA), and the VMware vSphere platform.