Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ericsson to Offer End-to-End Mobile Banking Solution

Ericsson is launching a new business line that will offer mobile financial services. Ericsson said it will offer an end-to-end solution and associated business and operational model, fulfilling all necessary regulatory, legal and security requirements, in cooperation with its operator customers and innovative players in the financial sector.

"A new market is opening up consisting of consumers whose first meeting with banks will take place over a mobile phone and who may never own a plastic credit card. People who may never enter a bricks-and-mortar bank now have the opportunity to "walk" into a virtual bank using their phone. They will also benefit from more reasonable fees for routine transactions such as transferring funds", says Semir Mahjoub, Head of Ericsson Money Services, Ericsson.

India's Former Telecoms Minister Arrested

Authorities arrested Mr. A. Raja, India's former telecommunications minister, as part of an investigation into the 2G licensing scandal. Raja's personal secretary RK Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura were also held.

AT&T Readies Mobile Hotspot Application

AT&T is preparing to release a mobile hotspot application that enables customers connect multiple devices from their smartphone via Wi-Fi. Pricing is set at 2 GB of data usage for $20 a month when bundled with AT&T's Data Pro plan ($25 / 2GB). In other words, the combined AT&T Data Pro plus AT&T Mobile Hotspot will provide 4GB for $45 per month.

NSN Sees 5X GSM Performance Boost for SmartPhone Packets

Nokia Siemens Networks announced a new Smart Resource Adaptation software feature that enables GSM networks up to five times more smart device users with higher data throughput and less congestion. The software technique allocates packet resources based on actual use of smart device applications.

Nokia Siemens Networks said the performance boost is made possible due to the current mismatch between packet sizes traversing GSM networks. According to the company, GSM networks have been optimized for data applications that create large packet sizes and require high throughput.

However, about half of the total data volume handled by these networks today is generated by smart applications that actually produce small packets.

"If these applications are not effectively accommodated, they will end up blocking available data traffic channels, resulting in severe network congestion and slower data speeds for users," said Prashant Agnihotri, head of GSM/EDGE product management, Nokia Siemens Networks.

The new Smart Resource Adaptation software feature allocates radio timeslots on the network for applications according to actual use. This frees data traffic channels for applications that require high throughput.

NSN calculates that by managing packet radio resources more efficiently, the software can deliver up to five times higher GSM radio network efficiency for applications that generate small packets.

The Smart Resource Adaptation feature will be available in the second quarter of 2011.
  • In August 2010, Nokia Siemens Networks announced a unique Dynamic Frequency and Channel Allocation (DFCA) feature that that it claims will double GSM network capacity within existing spectrum. DFCA leverages a combination of software capabilities to increase the traffic carrying capacity of existing sites, while improving network quality. This, in turn, minimizes the immediate investment in additional sites, reducing the total cost of ownership. An added benefit is a huge increase in energy efficiency per subscriber.

  • In January 2009, Nokia Siemens Networks announced the successful implementation of Orthogonal Sub Channel (OSC) technology to carry four calls in one GSM radio timeslot. This effectively doubles the voice capacity of the GSM radio network. The OSC demonstration was conducted as a drive test using four handsets sharing only one radio timeslot and without compromising the call quality. The demonstration, which was held on January 21, used existing commercially available GSM handsets. Nokia Siemens Networks said the OSC demonstration was the first of its kind The company is actively contributing to the standardization of OSC and is planning to have the technology commercially available in 2010.

Egypt Restores Internet Access Amidst Street Chaos

The Egyptian government permitted the nation's four ISPs to reboot at 09:29:31 UTC (11:29am Cairo time). The Renesys blog tracked the service restoration, which progressed over the course of about 25 minutes for most routes to be reestablished. Facebook and Twitter were also restored.

SiTime Debuts Highest Performance Silicon MEMS Timing Platform

SiTime introduced its new "Encore" Silicon MEMS timing platform for telecom, networking, wireless and storage systems. Like all of SiTime's oscillator offerings, Encore offers pin compatibility with existing quartz-based solutions, while delivering the highest stability, phase noise, jitter and aging performance.

Performance on the Encore platform includes:

  • ± 0.5 PPM frequency stability.

  • 650 femtoseconds of integrated RMS random phase jitter, measured over 12 kHz to 20 MHz. With this performance, Encore-based products are an excellent fit for Telecom, Networking, Wireless and Storage applications.

  • 200 femtoseconds of integrated RMS random phase jitter, using the FibreChannel 8.5Gbps jitter mask.

  • The widest pull range, up to ± 1600 PPM, on VCXOs.

"SiTime has used its Silicon MEMS technology and programmable analog expertise to deliver the best price-performance timing solutions that are available today," said Rajesh Vashist, CEO of SiTime. "We believe that the Encore platform changes the game significantly as it forms an inflection point in the adoption of MEMS-based silicon timing solutions. These products offer the compelling benefits of silicon -- flexibility, size, power and lead time -- and enable customers to completely eliminate quartz from their systems."

SiTime is currently sampling the Encore chips to customers.http://www.sitime.com http://www.sitime.com/products/Encore

Singapore's Optical Coverage Hits 60%

Singapore is making progress with its Next Generation National Broadband Network. OpenNet, which is the consortium selected to build and operate the passive fibre infrastructure, reported that 60% of buildings in Singapore are now directly connected to the optical network.

OpenNet began the fibre rollout in 2009. The rollout is on schedule and is expected to achieve the target of 95% total coverage by middle of 2012. OpenNet is a joint venture between four partners -- Axia NetMedia (Axia), Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and SP Telecommunications (SPT).

Singapore's Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN) officially began commercial operations in August 2010.

OpenNet's charter is to provide a competitive, yet neutral, level playing field environment for all downstream operators, enabling the delivery of rich content and ultra-high speeds of 1Gbps and above per end user.

Nucleus Connect, which is responsible for designing, building and operating the active portion of Singapore's NGNBN, announced the first five Retail Service Providers (RSPs) who will go live on the network: LGA, M1, Singtel, StarHub and SuperInternet. Nucleus Connect is installing GPON and Optical Ethernet equipment for the last mile connection. The company said businesses and home owners can look forward to pervasive, competitively priced, broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Some of the initial services expected from these RSPs include ultra-speed Internet access, IPTV, HD video surveillance and HD digital signage applications.http://www.opennet.com.sg

NeoPhotonics Completes IPO

NeoPhotonics a supplier of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based modules and subsystems, completed its initial public offering (IPO) and began trading on NYSE under the symbol NPTN.

The stock closed at $13.25 on Wednesday.

The company priced its initial public offering of 7,500,000 shares of its common stock, at $11.00 per share. All shares are being sold by the company. NeoPhotonics has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 1,125,000 shares at the initial public offering price to cover overallotments, if any.http://
  • In September 2010,NeoPhotonics announced general availability of its Integrated Coherent Receiver (ICR) for 100 Gbps DWDM transmission systems. The ICR is an integrated intradyne receiver based on NeoPhotonics' Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology. The ICR supports the requirements of the OIF Implementation Agreement on 100G Integrated Polarization Intradyne Coherent Receivers. The device provides advanced demodulation to analyze the state-of-polarization and optical phase of a phase-modulated signal relative to an externally supplied optical reference, enabling recovery of the phase-polarization constellation of 100 Gbps Dual Polarization Quadrature Phase Shift Keyed (DP-DQPSK) format signals. The ICR incorporates four sets of high sensitivity balanced photodiodes with four differential linear amplifiers to provide four output channels at 32 Gbaud data rates.

NSN Launches New FlexiPacket Microwave Backhaul Platform

Nokia Siemens Networks is introducing a new FlexiPacket Microwave platform for backhauling 3G, WiMAX and LTE. The new platform includes software that can be programmed to provide operations for both hybrid and full packet traffic mode, enabling operators to choose any evolutionary path from legacy TDM-base to all-IP backhaul.

Nokia Siemens Networks FlexiPacket Microwave also features an end-to-end point and click service provisioning. The platform can customized with a pay-as-you-grow approach.

The new FlexiPacket Microwave solution comprises of three basic components:

  • FlexiPacket Multiradio (Dual Mode) - fully Outdoor Unit (ODU), full-fledged high-capacity microwave system, featuring a standard GE UNI interface. It provides operations for both hybrid and full-packet traffic mode and capacity upgrade up to 1.2 Gbps per carrier.

  • FlexiPacket FirstMile 200 -- cost-effective peripheral switch optimized for backhauling networks' tail and chain sites.

  • FlexiPacket Hub 800 (Dual Mode) -- a nodal switch supporting up to 14 different directions in one unit for both small and large microwave hubs. Its software can be configured for both hybrid and full-packet traffic mode.

The company notes that its microwave solutions for mobile network backhaul hold a market leading position. It has more than one million transceivers installed worldwide and more than 200 customers in 100 countries.http://www.nsn.com

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cisco: 92% CAGR in Mobile Data Traffic to 2015

Cisco is predicting a 26-fold increase in worldwide mobile data traffic by 2015 due to a projected surge in mobile Internet-enabled devices delivering popular video applications and services. The newly released Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2010 to 2015 forecasts that mobile data volumes will reach 6.3 exabytes per month in 2015, or an annual run rate of 75 exabytes. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 92 percent over the same period.

The study looks at packets carried over 3G and 4G networks, but not Wi-Fi offloads either in the home or via public hotspots.

Some key findings:

  • Cisco predicts that by 2015, more than 5.6 billion personal devices will be connected to mobile networks

  • There will also be 1.5 billion machine-to-machine nodes

  • Mobile video is forecast to represent 66 percent of all mobile data traffic by 2015, increasing 35-fold from 2010 to 2015.

  • Global mobile data traffic increased 159 percent from calendar year 2009 to calendar year 2010 to 237 petabytes per month, or the equivalent of 60 million DVDs.

  • Global mobile data traffic grew 4.2 times as fast as global fixed broadband data traffic in 2010.

  • Global mobile data traffic in 2010 was three times the size of all global Internet traffic (fixed and mobile) in the year 2000.

  • The Middle East and Africa will have the highest regional mobile data traffic growth rates, with a compound annual growth rate of 129 percent (63-fold growth) over the period.

  • Latin America anticipates a 111 percent CAGR (42-fold growth), followed by Central and Eastern Europe, with a 102 percent CAGR (34-fold growth), and Asia-Pacific, with a 101 percent CAGR (33-fold growth). Western Europe is forecast to experience a 91 percent CAGR (25-fold growth); North America, an 83 percent CAGR (20-fold growth); and Japan, a 70 percent CAGR (14-fold growth).

Time Warner Cable to Acquire NaviSite and its 10 Data Center

Time Warner Cable agreed to acquire NaviSite, a provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services, for $5.50 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $230 million. The deal represents a 33% premium to NaviSite's Tuesday's closing price.

NaviSite operates ten data centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, including two SAS 70 Type II certified data centers, and network operations centers in Gurgaon, India and Andover, Massachusetts. It employs approximately 570 people worldwide. The company has approximately 1,200 customers and reported US$126 million in revenue for fiscal year 2010 (ending 7/31/10).

"Our commercial services business is a key growth driver for the company and one in which we continue to see great opportunity," said Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. "NaviSite provides us with a successful managed services business and a new, innovative managed cloud platform representing significant new growth opportunities. We expect to build upon NaviSite's successful enterprise-class offerings, and their operational capabilities, infrastructure and expertise to more rapidly create a robust managed services offering for small and medium sized businesses. This transaction is consistent with our capital allocation strategy - selectively investing in our business to accelerate growth while continuing to return capital to shareholders."http://www.timewarnercable.com/http://www.navisite.com

Canada Considers Usage-based Broadband Billing

Last week, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decided to require usage-based billing rates for an incumbent telephone carrier's wholesale residential Gateway Access Services or equivalent services, and for an incumbent cable carrier's third-party Internet access services. These usage-based billing rates are to be established at a discount of 15 percent from the incumbent carrier's comparable usage-based billing rates for its retail Internet services.

The ruling follows a CRTC decision last October, where it by approved a proposal by Bell Canada to introduce usage-based billing for their wholesale Residence Gateway Access Services (GAS).

Several smaller ISPs have posted notices to their subscribers stating that these decisions will force them to rescind unlimited surfing plans and impose tight bandwidth usage caps.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ordered a review of the decision.

Verizon Teams with eMeter on Cloud-based meter Management

Verizon announced a partnership with eMeter, which provides Smart Grid software for utility companies. The new service, expected to be available in the spring, will deliver eMeter's data management software to utilities as a managed service in a scalable cloud-based environment via Verizon's IP network.

Broadcom Posts Record Revenue, up 45% YoY

Broadcom reported record quarterly revenue of $1.95 billion, an increase of 7.7% compared with the $1.81 billion reported for the third quarter of 2010 and an increase of 44.9% compared with the $1.34 billion reported for the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $266 million, or $.47 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $327 million, or $.60 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2010, and GAAP net income of $59 million, or $.11 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Net revenue for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $6.82 billion. This represents an increase in net revenue of 51.8% from the $4.49 billion reported for the year ended December 31, 2009.

"I am very pleased with our record performance in 2010, as Broadcom gained significant market share and delivered record revenue, earnings per share, and cash flow from operations," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our achievements highlight the incredible capabilities of our employees to create innovative solutions in the wired and wireless communications markets."

Broadcom's Board of Directors also approved a 12.5 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.09 cents per share ($0.36 per share on an annual basis) payable to holders of the Company's Class A and Class B common stock. The Company also announced a $300 million accelerated share repurchase plan under its existing evergreen share repurchase program.

BT launches Virtual Data Centre Private

BT introduced a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) Private service that enables customers to build dedicated private clouds.

VDC Private is a data centre infrastructure service that delivers the benefits of cloud-based services, like improved flexibility and lower cost, but also allows customers to choose a solution to meet their current business needs. The new service is aimed at customers who require a dedicated and private architecture to meet their business needs or for customers looking to refresh their data centre infrastructure but who want to continue to utilise their own data centre space. Customers can choose from a number of pre-defined and sized architectures to suit the needs of their business both now and in the future. Additional capacity can be added in a modular way quickly as the business needs require.

The new service complements BT's VDC On Demand service and can be provided within the customer data centre or hosted on one of BT's network-based datacentres. VDC On Demand delivers pre-provisioned hosted data centre infrastructure that enables customers to create, deploy, monitor and manage their own service on demand through a secure self-service portal. BT's VDC On Demand has been available in the UK since June, 2009 and subsequently rolled out in Germany, France, Italy, Benelux, Spain, Ireland and Brazil. VDC Private is available in the UK and will be rolled out in a number of EMEA countries over the next few months.

AT&T Office@Hand app Provides Mobile PBX

AT&T released an Office@Hand app for iPhone that delivers a mobile PBX for small businesses. The app works with existing mobile or fixed-line phones, offering professional phone system features such as auto-receptionist, multiple department and employee extensions, voicemail, rules for call handling, faxing, on-hold music, etc. Users can also update, configure and manage their office phone system while away from the office. http://www.att.com

Backhauling Any Wireless Generation over Any Technology

Presented by Rafael Francis, ECI Telecomhttp://www.ecitele.com

GreenTouch Advances Goal of 1,000-Fold Network Energy Efficiency Boost

The GreenTouch Consortium, a global research initiative dedicated to dramatically improving network energy efficiency, outlined its first set of accomplishments since its founding eight months ago. GreenTouch, which was established by Bell Labs, said that although overall power usage of networks worldwide has increased in absolute terms over the past year, it is encouraged by the industry support given its energy efficiency initiatives, and that the long-term goal of a 1000-fold improvement in efficiency is an achievable target.

In an event held in London, GreenTouch demonstrated a Large-Scale Antenna System proof of concept with the potential for tremendous energy savings thanks to its novel wireless transmission techniques. Such an antenna array, consisting of dozens of individual units, would transmit only one percent of the energy transmitted by a single antenna, for the same quality of service. Instead of broadcasting signals throughout the entire coverage area as other antenna systems typically do, the Large-Scale Antenna System utilizes knowledge of the propagation channels to transmit concentrated beams of information selectively to many users at once. The greater the number of antenna elements deployed, the higher the concentration of the beams and, therefore, the lower the power that any antenna needs to send a given amount of information.

GreenTouch is focusing its efforts in a few key areas: wireline access; core switching and routing; mobile communications; core optical networking and transmission; and services, applications, and energy trends.

Representative projects include:

  • Utilizing energy-efficient electronic integration of packet router functions combined with silicon photonic technologies to minimize losses in electronic interconnections and in the optical and electronic interfaces used in high-speed optical transport networks.

  • Generating energy efficiencies in delivery of high-bandwidth services through a dynamic wavelength capability that can more closely align the energy requirements of a given service with the energy needed to support it.

  • Reducing energy consumption in wireless access networks without compromising coverage by using separate data and signaling networks to facilitate "on-demand" rather than "always on" device functionality.

"When we launched the GreenTouch Consortium last year, we set ambitious goals for ourselves," said Gee Rittenhouse, GreenTouch Consortium chairman and vice president of research at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. "This initial technology demonstration and the research projects we've undertaken show that GreenTouch is on track to meet its objectives and position us squarely on the cutting edge of sustainable technology development."

A webcast presentation is online.http://www.greentouch.org