Sunday, January 2, 2011

TDS Chooses Calix for VDSL2 Upgrade in 20 States

TDS Telecommunications, the eighth-largest wireline communication service provider in the U.S, is upgrading its Calix C7 Multiservice Access Platforms (MSAPs) in twenty states with VDSL2.

TDS is utilizing all-Ethernet VDSL2 to enable voice, high-speed data, and in some areas video services to over one hundred communities. The service targets 25 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. This initiative, which was recently rolled out to customers in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin, will be expanding to thirteen more states in the first quarter of 2011, reaching subscribers across hundreds of nodes embedded in nearly 150 networks.

Motorola Spin-Offs Take Effect

The two divisions of Motorola officially become separate companies on January 4, 2011.

Motorola Mobility Holdings (MMI) is the company's smartphone division.

Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI) is the company's division that includes public safety radios, handheld scanners and telecom gear. It closed at $40.51.

Both companies will continue to use the Motorola brand.

Marvell Moves to 802.11n Beamforming

Marvell will integrate transmitter beamforming technology into its family of Avastar 802.11n solutions to improve link robustness for clients ranging from new and existing 1x1- 4x4 MIMO products to legacy devices.

Beamforming is a specialized method of radio-frequency (RF) transmission used in Wi-Fi access points (APs), substantially enhancing signal reception at the client and, as a result, extending Wi-Fi signal coverage by two to four times. It can also be used between two clients in conjunction with Wi-Fi Direct.

Marvell said its beamforming does not require special antennae or any other cost increase of the wireless subsystem and provides greater than 10dB of perceivable gain in over-the-air tests in home and enterprise
environments. This gain translates to an increased throughput of 2x to 20x depending on the environment.

"Existing wireless solutions still presents different challenges when it comes to the long range and high throughput required for applications such as HD video streaming. Marvell raises technology bar with Wi-Fi solutions leveraging beamforming technology, increasing throughput at range and delivering consistent performance at all times, ultimately providing greater user experience with Wi-Fi than what has traditionally been possible. Marvell's leading Wi-Fi solutions will fundamentally change how the technology is used today and enable a plethora of new applications and innovative products," stated Weili Dai, Co-founder of Marvell.

Video: Lantiq Discusses "The Future of Networking"

Lantiq is a brand new company with 25 years of history. Tracing its origins to Siemens Semiconductor (later Infineon Technologies), Lantiq is focused on the future of broadband and home networking. Imran Hajimusa, President of Lantiq North America, discusses technology evolution, home networking in the broadband era, competition in the silicon space, and network access trends.


Lantiq Debuts Home Networking Silicon

Lantiq introduced its "XWAY" HNX family of chips supporting the ITU-T global standard for next generation wired home networks., which enables network connectivity across all common in-home wiring with data rates as high as 1 Gbps, is expected to become an integral feature in residential gateways, consumer electronics devices, personal computers and Internet-connected smart home devices. The new XWAY HNX devices can be connected using any combination of phone, power and cable wiring.

The new Lantiq devices incorporate four exclusive technologies designed to improve the broadband services model for service providers:

  • Lantiq XWAY STREAM (LXS): provides "end-to-end carrier-grade QoS over Anything" (including, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DSL and PON). It allows service providers to pick and choose which services and applications receive the highest priority inside both the access and home networks.

  • Lantiq XWAY HARMONY (LXH): a spectrum management technology that maximizes performance of VDSL and networks operating side-by-side.

  • Lantiq XWAY PROBE (LXP): real-time diagnostic information about subscribers' home networks that lets service providers optimize performance even in highly complex subscriber environments.

  • Lantiq XWAY PATH FINDER (LXF): provides automatic path selection across the home network, using real-time link quality information to choose the optimal communication path (802.11n, wired Ethernet,, etc.) and dynamically avoid line noise that creates network bottlenecks.

Lantiq XWAY HNX chips can be used in standalone node applications or as part of multi-service platforms. The Lantiq XWAY HNX 156 and HNX 176 are Universal Digital Transceiver chips compliant with ITU G.9960, G.9961 and G.9972 and IEEE 802.3. The devices support all of the media types and the 25, 50 and 100 MHz band plans defined in the standard. Each chip architecture includes integrated RISC processor; Gigabit Ethernet PHY, RGMII and Ethernet switch; PCIe interface (master and slave); SPI; I2C; UART; on-board RAM; hardware accelerated MAC & PHY to ensure hostless, wirespeed performance; and support for home networking API and hardware abstraction layer functions for ODMs to build service provider-class products. HNX176 also supports external DRAM, which is needed to support such features as TR-069 service management.

Tom Starr, the Chairman of the ITU-T WP1/15 committee responsible for the standards, said: "I am pleased to hear that products based on the G.9960/9961 ITU-T Recommendations will be available from Lantiq and other vendors so quickly after the approval of these standards. This will accelerate the adoption of as the next generation standard for wired home networks. I appreciate Lantiq's extensive contributions to the work in ITU-T WP1/15."

"China Telecom has been an early proponent of international open specifications such as ITU-T, which enable rapid adoption of standards-based home networks with carrier-grade QoS. We are glad to see Lantiq bringing to market products to take advantage of this emerging opportunity," said a director at China Telecom.

"In Lantiq's vision for connectivity in the digital home, we see standards-based wire line and wireless technologies working as one single network to provide the best possible Quality of Service, reach and flexibility throughout a household," said Christian Wolff, CEO of Lantiq. "From day one we are delivering solutions that will integrate seamlessly in a hybrid network infrastructure. The XWAY HNX family also includes Lantiq-exclusive technologies for optimal QoS and overall in-home network performance.".
  • In June 2010, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) formally approved the standard for next-generation wired home networks. All three components of the new standard –- the Data Link Layer (G.9961), Physical Layer (G.9960) and coexistence protocol (G.9972) –- are now complete. The first products based on this standard are expected to reach the market later this year. is expected to simplify the home networking market, which has until now been cluttered with many competing technologies and upgrade variations. A global standard, when implemented by service providers, could lead to better and cheaper home gateways and IPTV set-top boxes.

    Consumer electronics manufacturers will be able to provide powerful devices for connecting all types of entertainment, home automation, and security products throughout the house. Smart Grid devices such as electricity meters, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical appliances, electrical vehicles, and lighting systems will also benefit from the reliability, security, and low-power consumption provided by the Recommendation.

    "In an industry cluttered with a host of incompatible technologies, we congratulate the ITU-T for championing one standard that truly delivers anywire connectivity and next-generation performance," said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum and technology strategist at Intel Corporation. " is the only technology platform that supports every wire in the home. We believe that consumer electronics manufacturers, PC companies, and service providers--and every group that works within these markets--will benefit from the commercial availability of this technology as it rolls out later this year."

MetroPCS Offers $40/Month LTE with Unlimited YouTube

MetroPCS added a $40 per month, no-contract plan to its menu of 4G LTE services. The plans include unlimited talk, text and Web browsing on 4G LTE handsets. Three options are now available:

  • $40 service plan with unlimited talk, text, 4G Web browsing with unlimited YouTube access.

  • $50 service plan with the same unlimited talk, text, 4G Web services and unlimited YouTube access as the $40 plan. Additional features include international and premium text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation with MetroNAVIGATOR, ScreenIT, mobile instant messaging, corporate e-mail and 1 GB of additional data access, with premium features available through MetroSTUDIO when connected via Wi-Fi, including audio capabilities to listen and download music and access to preview and trial video content.

  • $60 service plan provides the same premium features as the $50 plan, plus unlimited data access and MetroSTUDIO premium content such as 18 video-on-demand channels and audio downloads.

MetroPCS is now offering LTE in nine U.S. metropolitan areas -- Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Sacramento and San Francisco. The next markets in its rollout will be Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

Clearwire Activates in SF Bay Area

On December 28, Clearwire activated its WiMAX service in the San Francisco Bay area. Clearwire is now available in 71 markets across the United States.

Skype Enables Video Calling on iPhones over 3G and WiFi

Skype released a new iPhone application that supports video calling over both 3G and WiFi networks. The new Skype for iPhone app is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 4th generation with i0S 4.0 or above. Video receiving capabilities are available on the iPod touch 3rd generation and iPad. Calls can be made between devices using the new Skype for iPhone app and desktops including Skype for Windows 4.2 and above, Skype for Mac 2.8 and above, Skype for Linux and ASUS Videophone.

The company noted that video calling represented approximately 40% of all Skype-to-Skype minutes for the first six months of 2010.

HTC Expected to Debut "Thunderbolt" LTE Smartphone

HTC is expected to debuted a LTE-enabled smartphone at the upcoming CES show in Las Vegas, possible in conjunction with Verizon Wireless.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

China Plans TD-LTE Trial in Six Cities

China Mobile has received permission from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to launch trials of TD-LTE in six cities: Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen.

China Mobile successfully demonstrated multi-vendor TD-LTE developments at last year's Shanghai World Expo. The company has been actively promoting a synchronized development and convergence of TD-LTE/FDD LTE in international standards organizations. TD-LTE has also gained support from China's government and from the industry ecosystems. Multiple TD-LTE chipsets are now expected to be commercially available in the first half of 2011.

Monday, December 27, 2010

NSN's Acquisition of Motorola's Public Carrier Awaits Chinese Approval

Nokia Siemens Networks expects to complete its acquisition of the majority of Motorola's public carrier wireless network infrastructure assets in the first quarter of 2011. The company had expected, at the time the transaction was originally announced on July 19, 2010, to complete closing activities by the end of 2010 but the transaction has not yet received regulatory approval from the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of China, which is continuing its review process. All other necessary regulatory clearances from the U.S., the E.U. and elsewhere have been obtained.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Infonetics: Data Center Equipment Market poised for Growth

Worldwide revenue from data center network equipment, including data center Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers (ADCs), and WAN optimization appliances, grew 2% in 3Q10 over 2Q10 to $1.9 billion, according to newly released report from Infonetics. Growth was led by activity in North America and EMEA.

Infonetics reports that 10G now accounts for 14% of data center switch ports and 10G port penetration is predicted to reach about 50% by 2014, aided by rapidly falling prices.

"A new round of data center upgrades is underway, driven by virtualization, surging amounts of data, the growing need for storage, under-investment in 2009, and renewed life in the financial sector. Even with a relatively flat third quarter and an expected down fourth quarter, the market for data center network equipment is poised to grow 67% in 2010 over 2009 to hit a milestone $7.6 billion worldwide," predicts Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

MetroPCS Picks Devicescape for Mobile-to-Wi-Fi Offload

MetroPCS Communications will deploy Devicescape's Easy WiFi in support of its Android-based smartphones. The embedded Devicescape client enables the handsets to transparently offload data traffic to Devicescape's virtual Easy Wi-Fi network, reducing mobile network congestion and helping optimize network efficiencies. No user configuration or interaction is required.

A custom version of Devicescape's Easy WiFi, called "MetroPCS Easy WiFi", is included in MetroPCS' Android smartphones -- starting with the LG Optimus M and Huawei Ascend. The Devicescape technology is used to mitigate costs and reduce congestion through the diversion of data traffic onto the prolific Easy WiFi network.

Devicescape said its Easy WiFi allows data offload at more than 125,000 public hotspots throughout the United States.

Isocore Uses Ixia to Validate Alcatel-Lucent's Service Router

Isocore used Ixia's gear in recent testing of the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) acting as a broadband network gateway (BNG) for media-rich residential service delivery. The large-scale test covered subscriber management, IPv6 support, video quality assurance, and terabit forwarding capabilities. Specifically, Isocore
employed Ixia's IxNetwork to emulate and scale stateful subscriber hosts using a variety of residential access technologies, while generating high volumes of wire-rate multi-service IPv4 and IPv6 bi-directional traffic flows. Ixia emulated over 250,000 subscribers with various home residence scenarios. Granular QoS settings and analysis enabled Isocore to validate video assurance capabilities and user quality of experience. Ixia was able to deliver high volumes of media-rich traffic over extended periods of time -- a critical step in ensuring the test set-up represented real-world field deployments.

Sprint Hires Qwest's CFO

Sprint named Joseph J. Euteneuer, as its new chief financial officer (CFO), succeeding Bob Brust, who is retiring. Sprint expects Euteneuer, who currently serves as executive vice president, chief financial officer for Qwest Communications International Inc., to join the company following the completion of the proposed merger between Qwest and CenturyLink Inc. Brust, 67, will remain as CFO until that time.

Before serving as Qwest's CFO, Euteneuer served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of XM Satellite Radio Holdings.

Xilinx Trims December Quarter Guidance Citing Wireless

Xilinx now expects December quarter sales to be down approximately 7% to 9% sequentially, compared with earlier sales guidance of flat to down 4% sequentially. The company said this decreased sales guidance is primarily related to weaker than anticipated sales to a few large communications customers, specifically in the wireless segment.

AboveNet Expands Fiber Network in Seattle

AboveNet has expanded its network in Seattle with new fiber rings that provide short, low latency routes from downtown Seattle to the Sabey Data Center Complex in Tukwila and include connections into the new American Life data center. The company's fiber network in Seattle currently spans 250 route miles stretching from Mukilteo to the north to Tacoma in the south, with routes throughout downtown Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and around Lake Washington.

FCC Opens on Next Gen 9-1-1

The FCC adopted a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking public comment on Next Generation 911 (NG911), which would update the nation's 9-1-1 emergency calling system with the addition of text, photo, and video capabilities. Already, 70% of 9-1-1 calls come from mobile phones and most of these users are frequent users of SMS and picture messaging. However, most 9-1-1 call centers are not capable of receiving text, photo, video or other incoming data.

Specifically, the FCC is seeking public comment on:

  • The technical feasibility and limitations of text messaging video streaming and photos;

  • Consumer privacy issues, particularly related to the sharing of personal electronic medical data;

  • Development of technical and policy standards;

  • Consumer education and awareness; and

  • Inter-governmental coordination and coordination within the public safety community.