Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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India Widens Probe in Spectrum Auction Fraud

The government of India is widening its probe into how 2G spectrum licenses were awarded. A former Supreme Court judge has been appointed to investigate the nation's spectrum licensing not only for the 2G auctions in 2008 but going to 2001.

FCC Releases Sixth Broadband Deployment Report

The FCC published its Broadband Deployment Report, providing detailed statistics across the United States based on data from 31-December-2009. The report categorizes connections into speed tiers defined by eight ranges of downstream speed and nine ranges of upstream speed.

At year-end 2009, 58% of reportable connections (or 76,594,000 connections) were slower than 3
mbps in the downstream direction, 12% (or 16,172,000 connections) were at least 3 mbps in the
downstream direction but slower than 6 mbps, and 30% (or 40,382,000 connections) were at least
6 mbps in the downstream direction.

Extensive charts and tables are included in the 83-page report.

Broadcom Teams with Symmetricom on IEEE 1588v2 Ethernet Timing

Broadcom introduced an IEEE 1588v2-compliant solution for service provider, data center and smart grid power control networks. The solution includes the new Broadcom BCM53903 precision timing protocol (PTP) processor, a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch, 1588v2-based Gigabit physical layer (PHY) devices, and embedded software clock from Symmetricom.

The IEEE 1588 precision timing protocol (PTP) standard makes it possible for the first time to synchronize clocks of different end devices over a packet-based network to within one microsecond, with Ethernet as the chosen transport technology.

Ethernet timing synchronization is a key requirement in mobile backhaul networks for synchronizing base stations and avoiding dropped calls as the call is handed off from one base station to the next. Data center networks also require tighter synchronization to ensure the accuracy and timing of financial transactions, while smart grid networks rely on time synchronization to avoid blackouts and manage dispersed and dynamic renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.

TeliaSonera Launches LTE in Denmark

TeliaSonera officially launched commercial LTE services in Denmark. The network is initially available in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. TeliaSonera expects to cover 75% of the Danish population in 2011.

The consumer price for Telia's 4G service is 399 DKK/month.

With this launch, TeliaSonera now has LTE services available in 20 cities across Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark.

Ciena Posts Revenue of $417.6 million, up 7% Sequentially

Ciena reported quarterly revenue of $417.6 million, representing a 7% sequential increase from fiscal third quarter 2010 revenue of $389.7 million. Fiscal fourth quarter performance includes $255.6 million in revenue from the acquired assets of the Metro Ethernet Networks business of Nortel.

For fiscal year 2010, Ciena reported revenue of $1.2 billion, as compared to $652.6 million for fiscal year 2009, an increase primarily driven by the acquisition of the MEN Business.

"While current macroeconomic conditions are still causing some caution in customer spending, the continuing strength in the fundamental demand drivers of our business and progress on our integration gives us confidence in our ability to achieve our operating targets," stated Gary Smith, CEO of Ciena. "We expect fiscal first quarter 2011 revenue to be in the range of $410 million to $430 million and adjusted gross margin to be in the low 40s range."

Tyco Electronics Completes Acquisition of ADC

Tyco Electronics completed its previously-announced acquisition of ADC Telecommunications.

Tom Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of TE, said, "With our expanded product offering and strong position in every major geographic region, TE will provide the broad range of products and solutions our customers need to keep pace with the rapidly increasing demand for video and data connectivity anytime and anywhere."

The deal positions Tyco Electronics' Network Solutions segment as a leading global provider of broadband connectivity products to carrier and enterprise networks.

ADC's connectivity product portfolio provides end-to-end network infrastructure solutions for central office, data center, outside plant and wireless network and cell-site deployments. Tyco Electronics' Network Solutions group supplies infrastructure components and systems for the communication service provider, building networks and energy markets, including connectors, above- and below-ground enclosures, heat shrink sleeves, cable accessories, surge arrestors, fiber optic cabling, copper cabling and racks for copper and fiber networks. The company is also a leader in developing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining advanced fiber optic undersea networks.

When the deal was first announced in July 2010, the companies valued the transaction at approximately $1.25 billion, or $12.75 per ADC share in cash.

Colombia is Fastest-Growing Internet Market in Latin America

Colombia is the fastest-growing Internet market in Latin America, growing 31 percent in the past year to reach 11.8 million unique visitors in September 2010, according to a new report from comScore.

In September 2010, more than 107 million people age 15 and older visited the Internet from a home or work location in Latin America, a 17-percent increase from the previous year. Brazil ranked as the largest online market in Latin America with more than 38 million visitors, an increase of 19 percent. Mexico followed as the next largest market with nearly 17 million visitors (up 21 percent), followed by Argentina with 12.8 million visitors (up 9 percent). Colombia led as the fastest-growing market in audience growth, increasing 31 percent to 11.8 million visitors.

Video: Dell'Oro on Enterprise WLAN Growth

Loren Shalinksky discusses key trends in enterprise WLAN markets.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

FTTH Council Elects Three New Board Members

The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council elected three industry executives to seats on its Board of Directors for 2011: Kevin Bourg of Enablence Systems, Doug Dowling of Tyco Electronics and Kevin Morgan of ADTRAN to serve two year terms. Both Bourg and Morgan are first-time board members, while Dowling served on the Council's board earlier in the decade.

Mike Hill, CEO/President of On Trac, a Tennessee based company that provides turnkey installation services for the fiber to the home industry nationwide, will serve as board chairman in 2011, replacing David Russell, Solutions Marketing Director for Calix, who is stepping down from the board following the expiration of his term. Rounding out the nine-member 2011 board are John George of OFS, Steve Holt of KGP Logistics, Kyle Hollifield of Bristol Virginia Utilities, Dave Kiel of Corning Cable Systems, and George O'Neal of GVTC, all of whom were elected to two-year terms at the end of 2009.

HP Ships Energy Efficient Ethernet Switch

HP is the first to ship products based on a new energy-efficient Ethernet standard (IEEE 802.3az), which reduces power consumption of IT devices by automatically adjusting energy use based on actual network traffic between switches and other networked devices in real time.

The new HP E-Series zl modules are the first IEEE Energy Efficient Ethernet-enabled switches to automatically enter "sleep mode" as will connected EEE-devices, when no traffic is being transmitted. The connected devices are able to instantly re-engage when data transmission occurs.

HP expects the IEEE Energy Efficient Ethernet standard will be implemented across multiple devices, including servers, laptops and wireless access points. This will further reduce energy consumption and, therefore, lower IT costs across the enterprise.

China Telecom Tests 100G DWDM with Huawei and Corning

China Telecom, Huawei, and Corning completed a 100G WDM ultra long haul transmission test. The test, which set a new record for 100G WDM transmission distance by covering a terrestrial span of over 3000 km, used coherent PM-QPSK (polarization multiplexed quadrature phase-shift keying) technology and Huawei's OSN 8800 platform. The traffic was carried in the C-band with 50 GHz-spacing. It also featured hybrid transmission of 100G/40G.

Another highlight of the test was Corning's SMF-28 ULL ultra-low-loss optical fiber, an ITU-T G.652-compliant optical fiber that has ultra-low attenuation (average attenuation at 1550 nm: 0.168 dB/km) and polarization mode dispersion (PMD), empowering new-generation transmission system to achieve ultra-long span reach and ultra-high speed.

Huawei said China Telecom is looking to 100G WDM ultra-high-speed transmission technology as the successor of its backbone network based on 40G WDM transmission technology. Its OSN 8800 platform offers the ability to smoothly scale to 100G and support hybrid transmission of 100G, 40G and 10G signals.

Zhang Chengliang, deputy general engineer of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, said, "This 100G WDM test, in collaboration with Huawei and Corning Incorporated, has demonstrated the positive outlook for 100G WDM applications. This test will help China Telecom step up efforts to provide more enriched broadband network services to users in the future."

India's Aircel Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for 3G

Aircel has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, deploy and manage its HSPA+ network in three telecom circles -- Punjab, Kolkata and the rest of West Bengal. Nokia Siemens Networks has supplied and continues to manage Aircel's GSM/EDGE network in six circles of the country. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its compact Flexi Base Stations and Radio Network Controller that are not only easy to deploy, but also reduce energy consumption of the network. As part of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide a mobile packet backbone network, security solutions, and its multi-vendor network management and optimization software, NetAct. Nokia Siemens Networks will operate and manage Aircel's 3G network for four years under a managed services contract.

Using its global service delivery model, it will also deliver network implementation, optimization, network management, operations and maintenance services remotely from its Global Network Solutions Center (GNSC).

EarthLink Completes ITC^DeltaCom Acquisition

EarthLink completed its previously announced acquisition of ITC^DeltaCom, a leading provider of integrated communications services to customers in the southeastern United States, in a transaction valued at approximately $524 million. Under the deal, ITC^DeltaCom (Deltacom) stockholders received $3.00 in cash per each share of Deltacom common stock in the transaction.

EarthLink will now begin integrating its New Edge Networks and EarthLink Business Services operations with Deltacom and will market the combined services under the 'EarthLink Business' brand name.

Deltacom operates a 16,400 mile fiber optic infrastructure in the Southeast -- over 75% of which is owned or controlled under Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreements -- including a 14-state SONET backbone with 35 metro fiber rings, 294 collocations and 20 voice and data switches. Deltacom currently serves over 32,000 small and mid-size businesses, multi-location enterprises, government agencies and wholesale customers in the southeast with services including MPLS and IP.

Through its New Edge Networks division, EarthLink already provides business services over a nationwide MPLS network.

"With the addition of Deltacom's deep fiber assets and strong customer relationships, EarthLink is creating a leading IP infrastructure and services company. We are pleased to have gained the regulatory approvals required to close this transaction in just ten weeks. We've acquired a business that has meaningful revenue streams, strong gross margins and unlevered free cash flow that positions EarthLink for future strategic value creation," said EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rolla P. Huff. "
  • In March 2006, EarthLink acquired New Edge Networks.

MobileIron Delivers Enterprise App Storefront

MobileIron announced release 4.0 of its Virtual Smartphone Platform (VSP), featuring new capabilities for helping enterprise IT groups to centralize the discovery, deployment and security of internally- and externally-developed apps for all iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian devices in the company. MobileIron delivers an Enterprise App Storefront combined with a fully customizable API and policy engine that ensures secure apps get to employees and that rogue apps are kept out -- for both corporate-owned and employee-owned smartphones.

TI Boosts Performance of OMAP Processor for Mobiles - 1.5 GHz

Texas Instruments has boosted the performance of its OMAP applications processor line with a new OMAP4430 device that offers a 1.25x increase in graphics performance, a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time, a 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance and clock speeds as fast as 1.5 GHz per ARM® Cortex-A9 MPCore. The processor is targeted at Smartphone and tablet user experiences, such as 1080p stereoscopic 3D (S3D), 1080p video conferencing and gesture recognition.

"The increased performance given by the OMAP4440 applications processor illustrates TI's ability to push mobile computing possibilities with the right processor architecture enveloped in the right platform," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president, OMAP platform business unit, TI.

Russia's MegaFon Deploys 2G/3G in Siberia with ALU

Russia's MegaFon announced the launch of the largest 2G/3G converged network in Siberia. The network serves the 2.5 million people living in the Siberian Federal District's Altai Krai. Alcatel-Lucent supplied the converged radio access network (RAN) solution for the rollout. The converged radio access solution includes distributed base stations and macro base stations to support GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA/HSPA+ configurations, ensuring high coverage as well as high availability of 3G service.

MegaFon, with 55 million active subscriber accounts, is one of the largest mobile networks in Russia, and was the first to launch 3G services using W-CDMA, giving customers the benefits of modern mobile data services and mobile Internet access.

Sprint Signs WiMAX Roaming Agreements

Sprint has signed international 4G roaming agreements with Digicel in Jamaica and Global Mobile in Taiwan. Select Sprint devices that operate with the Sprint SmartView Connection Manager will automatically detect the Digicel and Global Mobile networks, giving customers the option to connect and roam with an unlimited 24 hour Daypass. Pricing and launch details of the agreements are still to be determined.

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