Thursday, January 6, 2011

WSJ: Verizon Expected to Sells Millions of iPhones

Verizon Wireless may sell between 9 to 12 million iPhones this year, according to analysts cited by The Wall Street Journal. This compares with 11.1 million iPhones sold by ATYT in the first nine months of 2010. An announcement is widely expected on Tuesday.

T-Mobile USA Launches Dell Streak 7, 42 Mbps HSPA+ Coming

T-Mobile USA launched its first tablet, the Dell Streak 7, which is capable of peak speeds download rates of up to 21 Mbps. Running the Android 2.2 operating system, the Dell Streak 7 features a 7-inch WVGA touch screen with Gorilla Glass, dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and full Adobe Flash® Player 10.1 support.

T-Mobile also unveiled plans to double the speed of its HSPA+ network this year to 42 Mbps. A USB modem from ZTE is already capable of this rate. T-Mobile USA anticipates its first smartphones at 21 Mbps in the first half of the year, followed by smartphones capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps in the second half of the year.

"Consumers are increasingly embracing the benefits of smartphones, with 80 percent of U.S. mobile customers wanting a smartphone, and as many as 100 million of them not yet having one," said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. "Our compelling offering of affordable broadband devices and consumer-friendly data plan pricing will enable customers to step up to mobile data and 4G, and our customers will not pay a toll to ride on our 4G superhighway."

Ofcom Opens More Frequencies for 3G

Ofcom, the official telecom regulator in the UK, adopted a new measure that provides more flexibility for mobile phone operators. Specifically, airwaves used by mobile phone operators for 2G services, such as making phone calls and sending texts, will be available to provide 3G services, such as mobile internet browsing. Previously, certain spectrum could only be used for 2G services -- mainly voice calls and text messages.

Verizon Streams 1080p 3D Video Over FiOS at 18 Mbps

At CES, Verizon and Panasonic demonstrated full HD 3D video delivered over Verizon's FiOS All-Fiber-Optic Network. Engineers showed a selection of 1080p 3D content streaming to a Panasonic Full HD Blu-ray 3D Disc player at a bit rate of up to 18 Mbps -- double the bit rate currently used by most cable providers.

Let's Golf! 2 HD Coming to Verizon Wireless LTE

Gameloft's Let's Golf! 2 will be available on select 4G smartphones on the Verizon Wireless LTE network. Let's Golf! 2 is Gameloft's first high-definition game capable of being played over the air through the 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network. With faster download times, the game features multiplayer capabilities that can be accessed anytime without relying on a Wi-Fi connection.

Slacker Mobile Music Optimized for Verizon Wireless LTE

Slacker Radio is optimizing its service for select 4G smartphones on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network. Slacker Radio provides mobile listeners with access to their favorite music along with artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art, enabling music lovers to enjoy a highly personalized music experience. With Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, Slacker listeners can enjoy high-fidelity audio along with high-resolution album art. In addition, with 4G LTE, Slacker listeners can quickly cache their favorite stations for playback without a wireless connection.

Ericsson Showcases LTE at CES

Ericsson showcased two solutions at CES in Las Vegas:

Ericsson Converged Workspace -- Ericsson is collaborating with the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center on a converged workspace solution for small businesses that will provide the world's first "office in a box" solution with fully integrated multiple cellular connections. Powered by Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, the Ericsson Converged Workspace device provides full PBX functionality, simultaneous voice calls across multiple cellular lines, LTE VoIP and multi-user Internet connectivity. The Ericsson Converged Workspace unit allows businesses to deploy new office locations or set up temporary work environments within minutes.

Ericsson 4G Mobile Broadband Router -- Ericsson is also working with the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center on a 4G LTE mobile broadband router for both homes and small offices. The Ericsson 4G Mobile Broadband Router provides high-speed wireless Internet access, Wi-Fi functionality and voice calling via LTE VoIP.

Philips Develops First Wireless HDMI Blu-ray Player

Philips introduced the first Wireless HDMI Blu-ray player, eliminating the need for wired connections to the TV.
Other features of the wireless HDMI player included 3D playback, Philips MediaConnect, NetTV, Netflix and Blockbuster streaming, that not only bring movies to life but allow consumers unlimited access between their PC and TV.

Bitbop TV Coming to VZ's LTE Devices

Verizon Wireless will bundle BitBop TV viewing app with its LTE smartphones and tablets. Bitbop is a premium content aggregator offering TV shows from CBS, Fox, NBC, MTV and others for mobile phone users. Plans start at $10 per month.http://

Entropic and Cavium Team on MOCA 2.0

Entropic Communications and Cavium Networks announced an Ethernet to Coax Bridge (ECB) reference design that utilizes the latest MoCA 2.0 solution from Entropic Communications and Cavium's ECONA CNS3xxx energy efficient ARM based network processor.

Entropic's MoCA 2.0 solution consists of a 40nm baseband MAC/PHY SoC along with an RF transceiver plus analog front-end IC that provides 400 Mbps of aggregate net MAC throughput over 16 nodes and 500 Mbps of net MAC throughput for two node Turbo mode — with full backward interoperability to MoCA 1.1 devices. Cavium's ECONA CNS3xxx family of ARM-based, energy efficient processors offer multi-core processors, a rich set of integrated hardware accelerators and a range of I/Os for glueless voice, video and data connectivity. Sophisticated power management techniques enable super low-power operation, starting at less than 1 watt.

Entropic and Marvell Team on MoCA 2.0

Entropic Communications and Marvell will develop a new class of MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) 2.0 enabled consumer electronics and customer premise equipment (CPE). The cooperation between Marvell and Entropic leverages the power of Marvell AVANTA Gateway-on-a-chip and ARMADA 1000 media processor system-on-a-chip with Entropic's recently announced complete MoCA 2.0 silicon and software solution to enable a greater level of MAC throughput over coax cables for broadband routers, IP set-top boxes and Blu-ray players.

HARMAN and Sierra Wireless Focus on 4G for Cars

HARMAN and Sierra Wireless announced a partnership to bring 4G connectivity to automobiles. HARMAN will support Sierra Wireless AirPrime intelligent embedded modules for LTE networks to offer robust in-vehicle wireless connectivity enabling high bandwidth telematics, navigation, and online infotainment applications. The AirPrime modules also leverage broadly adopted applications programming interfaces (APIs) to encourage a growing ecosystem of software providers' solutions for connectivity, location, and manageability.

The companies are betting on multi-faceted media, office and online experience within the vehicle, from driver enhancements such as real-time mapping and traffic updates, to a variety of new services for passengers such as online services, dynamic loaded applications and content, gaming, streaming video, and full internet access that can be shared among multiple devices.

Sling Media Coming for Verizon Wireless LTE

Sling Media announced a subscription offering for select 4G smartphones on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network. This will enable Verizon Wireless LTE customers to watch their home TV on new 4G smartphones. The subscription service provides a Slingbox, the SlingPlayer application and networking accessories. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Verizon Wireless to Bundle TuneWiki with LTE Smartphones

TuneWiki's social music player will be available as a pre-installed application on select 4G smartphones on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, beginning later this year. TuneWiki's social music player provides real-time, subtitled lyrics as users listen to their stored library of music, watch music videos or stream Internet radio from all over the world. To discover new music from around the world, users can view music maps and geography-based Top 50 charts inside the application. The LTE network will enable quick search capabilities for more than 2.5 million lyrics. The app also automatically translates lyrics to more than 40 languages.

ng Connect Showcases Six 4G/LTE Apps

At CES 2011 in Las Vegas, the ng Connect Program, founded by Alcatel-Lucent, showcased six new retail-focused solutions that could leverage 4G/LTE networks. These include:

Virtual Personal Stylist -- Alcatel-Lucent, HFMUS, Samsung, TelePresence Tech, [TC]2, Vidyo, and VisionMax showcase an enriched retail experience made possible by 3D telepresence, video conferencing, cloud computing and ultra-high bandwidth connectivity. These program members developed an augmented reality shopping experience providing consumers with professional, personalized styling advice based on the shopper's online profile. Whether shopping in a store, at home on a PC or on-the-go with a Samsung Galaxy Tab, the online profile and avatar are always retrievable and provide accurate measurements. The demonstration shows how a shopper can visualize his or her look in the virtual reality "mirror" using virtual clothing based on AQUA apparel provided by upscale retail icon Bloomingdale's, as well as receive recommendations from editors at the world's #1 fashion brand ELLE, and beauty industry global leader L'Oréal USA, including cosmetics and skincare products. The solution concept illustrates how new technology and cloud-based processing enables retailers and brands to benefit from increased customer loyalty, reduced returns, and increased advertising effectiveness by providing innovative shopping experiences to consumers. The benefits also extend to service providers who can increase revenue and entry into new value chains through high bandwidth services and enablers like location-based services, next gen advertising, billing, and rating services.

Gametime Media Table -- Alcatel-Lucent, Brass Monkey and MediaTile created a network-connected table which provides advertisements and media in a variety of retail and hospitality environments, enticing customers to "try before you buy" to encourage purchases. In this showcase demo at CES 2011, the user can play the Suzuki Kizashi™ Ring of Fire racing game using a smartphone as a controller, a feature which utilizes technology developed by Brass Monkey. Additionally, the demonstration will highlight how potential advertising opportunities can be integrated into the service with a featured Suzuki advertisement. A boat racing competition and Bit-101's Falling Balls game will also be available with the option to simulate the purchase of the game allowing attendees to take the game on the road at CES via their mobile phone.

Global Bazaar -- Alcatel-Lucent and TelePresence Tech worked together to develop an interactive virtual storefront which demonstrates how small producers and manufacturers from around the world can sell their products and extend their global reach through a shared digital retail kiosk in a mall, train station, entertainment venue, or other settings where retail space is not available but there could be interested shoppers. Customers select a location and vendor on the kiosk touchpad, and products appear in 3D on the kiosk allowing them to view before making a purchase. Customers can also see interactive videos, purchase items and arrange for shipment or make a donation to a sponsoring charity or organization.

Media Hotspot -- Alcatel-Lucent, Atlantic Records and MediaTile developed a new digital age jukebox concept -- perfect for hospitality or small retail environments -- that allows consumers the opportunity to purchase their favourite music, movies and more via their mobile phone taking advantage of 4G/LTE connectivity. The Media Hotspot also provides Wi-Fi access to encourage patrons to purchase new media content and surf the web. They can listen to or view their chosen content later on any device.

Virtual Concierge -- Alcatel-Lucent, Infrared5, MediaTile, and Samsung created an LTE-connected 2-way video interactive digital platform application providing information - directions, rules, events details or interactive pushed content - through access to a real person, in the language of a traveler's choice. 4G/LTE connectivity enables placement in any location with a power outlet. Now travelers in airports, hotels and more can get instant answers to their most pressing questions answered immediately in a personalized manner.

Virtual Venue -- Alcatel-Lucent has created a solution concept that allows a fan to experience the best of at-home viewing while in a stadium watching the big game or rock concert. In this demonstration, fans can purchase food and merchandise with a mobile device for delivery to their seat. Fans can access instant replays and live video camera feeds via LTE video support. Finding the bathrooms and concessions also just got easier with location mapping to venue facilities with a video link. The Virtual Venue also enables access to player stats and supports user-generated content and messaging. Businesses and service providers benefit from increased sales, entry into new value chains through high bandwidth services and increased customer loyalty.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Zscaler Names Former Motorola Executive as CTO

Zscaler, a provider of cloud security solutions based in Sunnyvale, California, named Dr. Amit Sinha as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he spearheads research and development initiatives of Zscaler's emerging technologies. Sinha served as Fellow and Chief Technologist of Motorola's Enterprise Networking and Communication business. He was the CTO of AirDefense, which was acquired by Motorola in 2008. Prior to AirDefense, he served as Co-Founder and Chief Technologist at Engim, a Wi-Fi semiconductor company.

Broadband Line Growth Strongest in Developing Economies

The number of fixed, broadband line subscriptions topped 508 million as of the end of Q3 2010, representing a growth of 6.7% over a year earlier, according to new figures prepared by Point Topic and announced today by the Broadband Forum. Over 14.3 million lines were added in the third quarter alone, representing 2.88% growth over the previous quarter. China and India both reported their second best ever quarters in Q3 for broadband line additions. Vigorous growth was generally concentrated in developing broadband markets, with India, Russia, Vietnam, Ukraine and the Philippines all growing by more than 20% in the last 12 months.

In Asia, more and more of the developing markets are starting to report significant growth in broadband, with China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam and even continued growth in South Korea all pointing to increased dominance in the global market.

In Europe the biggest gains are in Eastern Europe, although the region as a whole has performed better in 2010 than in 2009 on a quarter by quarter basis with most of the big markets showing improvement. With these strong numbers coming from Eastern Europe, there is optimism that 2011 will continue a strong growth trend for the region as a whole.

In the Americas, we see renewed pickup, although it's too early to say if this is the start of a full blown recovery. In Canada especially there is little head room for further growth as household penetration nears 90%. In South America, Brazil and Mexico continuing to offer robust numbers while growth is slow in some of their South and Central American neighbors.

The Middle East and Africa region also shows steady growth rather than spectacular numbers. While growth is strong in Egypt, Turkey and South Africa, there are still impediments to adoption (mostly availability and cost) in much of Africa. Once these are overcome we should see mass adoption become a reality.

The total number of IPTV subscribers worldwide now stands at 41.9 million (41,892,171), representing a growth of 7.3% (2.846 million net adds in the quarter) in the three months to end September and 36.7% growth in the last 12 months (11.256 million net adds). With 46% market share, Europe continues as the leading IPTV region. But China is fast catching up to France, the current world leader in terms of IPTV subscribers, and at current growth rates China will overtake France sometime during 2011. With this growth, Asia is rapidly closing the gap.

ADTRAN Adds Advanced Operational Environment Mgt

ADTRAN introduced an Advanced Operational Environment (AOE) management framework focused on service delivery and overall operational improvement. AOE is designed to integrate with existing OSS systems, reducing the need for disparate management tools and allowing customers to provide and diagnose services using the same familiar billing, provisioning, equipment and facilities systems they use today. ADTRAN said its Advanced Operational Environment is in trials at several carriers.

Sprint 4G to Carry BlackBerry Playbook Tablet

Sprint will promote the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet along with its 4G network. The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook will be the first BlackBerry PlayBook model to include wide area wireless connectivity. In addition to Wi-Fi support, the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook features a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS.

CES Keynote: Verizon Sees LTE Accelerate Development Cycle

LTE is turning out to be a real game-changer for the networking industry because it speeds up the development cycle, said Verizon executives Ivan Seidenberg and Lowell McAdam in a keynote at CES in Las Vegas. The Verizon booth has over 60 companies demonstrating products and services that are coming to the company's network this year, and over 6,000 developers are enrolled in its program. Sharing the keynote spotlight were TimeWarner, Motorola Mobility and Google -- each of which sees opportunity for 4G-connected media tablets.

Verizon's CTO, Tony Malone, is very pleased with the recent launch of the LTE network. There have been few bumps in the rollout and the network performance is exceeding expectations, including the targeted 5-12 Mbs downlink rates , 30ms of latency, and edge-of-the cell performance of 1-3 Mbps. Customers are confirming this too. Malone credited Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson, the principal suppliers, for the smooth deployment in the first 38 markets. During 2011, the rollout will expand to dozens of new market, and 36 months from the now, the nation will be covered with LTE.

Building on a partnership announced last year, Verizon Wireless confirmed that the Skype mobile application will be bundled and supported on its LTE devices, enabling video and audio calling to Skype users worldwide. The device integration will include Skype presence indicators inside the smartphone contact list. The Skype mobile applications will "always-on" in the background of these devices.

Verizon Wireless showcased a portfolio of new LTE devices that are coming in the first half of 2011 (some are expected by March):

LG - will be offering the "Revolution" LTE smartphone.

HTC - the company's first LTE-enabled smartphones is called "ThunderBolt". It integrates Skype's video calling over LTE. It also offers a hotspot capability for sharing connecting with 8 other Wi-Fi devices. Qualcomm is a partner on the ThunderBolt.

Electronic Arts -- the company is developing mobile games that are better over the LTE network. An example is RockBand, which lets 4 friends to play in a virtual band from anywhere on the network.

Samsung -- the company is introducing LTE-enabled mobile hotspots, smartphones, and the 7-inch Galaxy tablet.

Novatel Wireless - MiFi mobile hotspots and USB modems

Motorola -- earlier this week, the company joint introduced the Droid Bionic 4G smartphones and the Xoom tablet, which will also be LTE enabled.

In addition, Verizon Wireless said its rural initiative is drawing considerable interest from regional spectrum holders. Two more rural partners were signed this week.

Some Q&A's from the press conference --

On battery life for LTE -- Silicon suppliers have worked hard on power optimization techniques and these are being implemented in LTE devices.

On Roaming and 3G fallback -- LTE devices for the Verizon Wireless network will be able to roam internationally and will be able to fall back on 3GPP networks.

On pricing models for 4G -- No pricing was announced for the LTE devices being shown, and no new LTE services were announced. The company has already announced LTE plans for USB wireless modems.

Are the Verizon LTE devices spectrum locked? Could they be used on other carrier networks?-- The SIM card will dictate access to the network.

Are VZ's regulatory Open Access requirements for the 700MHz being met? Yes.

Will simultaneous voice/data be supported? -- Some devices will support this. The capability could be on some devices but not all.

Will there be data caps on the smartphones? -- Pricing structures will be similar to what is available now. VZ will look at new pricing models. Caps may make sense at some point in time.

Will in-building penetration be better than competitors? -- VZ's 700 MHz spectrum has a 3x or 4x distance propagation advantage over 2.5 GHz mobile services.

Are all of the devices being shown from HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung all based on Android? -- Yes.

On Net Neutrality over LTE -- VZ has been very specific about the openness of the network. VZ thins that for innovation to happen, an unfettered development environment is the best and that the free market system works best.

On Tethering for LTE smartphones -- Some of the LTE devices being shown offer mobile hotspot capability, but the company has no comment on tethering at the moment.