Thursday, September 8, 2011

AT&T and T-Mobile USA Defend Merger Efficiencies

AT&T and T-Mobile USA filed a response in U.S. District Court to the Department of Justice's lawsuit that seeks to block their proposed merger.

In a 27-page filing, the carriers argue that the DOJ failed to appreciate how the efficiencies of the acquisition would lead to a healthier market for advanced wireless services, that the DOJ failed to understand the competitive dynamics currently at play in this industry, and that the DOJ failed to appreciate how the spectrum shortage they now face will lead to higher prices should their merger not go forward.

AT&T notes that T-Mobile USA has been losing customers, lacks the spectrum to deploy a true 4G network, and its parent company is unwilling to invest the funding needed to make it a viable competitor in the long term.

In conclusion, the carriers state the "efficiencies more than outweigh any anticompetitive effect from this merger."
  • The Department of Justice lawsuit, which was filed August 31, seeks to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile on the grounds that the deal would result in "tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for their mobile wireless services." In its conclusion, the DOJ said it was not convinced by AT&T's arguments that the proposed transaction would yield efficiencies benefiting consumers and outweighing adverse impacts on competition. The key finding was that AT&T could achieve the same network power and reach by deploying its own infrastructure rather than by eliminating a competitor.

KT to Integrate Cisco's Videoscape Media Suite

KT has agreed to integrate Cisco's Videoscape Media Suite, a cornerstone component of the Cisco Videoscape portfolio, into its unified content management system. Videoscape is a TV platform for service providers that utilize the network, cloud and client devices together to deliver new, high-quality video experiences over the Internet. It supports PC/Mac/iOS/Android clients to efficiently manage and publish content across multiple screens.

KT serves over 16 million mobile subscribers and over 7.6 million fixed broadband Internet subscribers with nearly 2.5 million customers now subscribed to its ‘olleh tv' IPTV service.

KT is also now making various multimedia services available to its customers via PCs and third-party devices, and is creating a new culture for ‘N Screen' media services by offering connections to a wide range of content including video, audio, e-books and online games.
  • In January 2011, Cisco's John Chambers outlined a new "Videoscape" portfolio of five major product families aimed at "transforming the TV experience." The goal is to work with Service Providers to allow any device over any network to access any content to which they are entitled. Cisco Videoscape would enable service providers to monetize activities outside their own network or traditional device footprints.

    A key facet of Videoscape is about delivering a consistent interface across multiple devices, while providing a universal guide and search capabilities across all content sources. This requires building capabilities into the service provider's video back-office using APIs extending across content management systems and virtualized storage. The capabilities would be social network-aware and open to advertising opportunities.

    Telstra was named as a lead customer.

Cisco Supplies 3G60 Broadband Processing Engine for Virgin Media

Cisco has supplied its DOCSIS 3.0 solution to Virgin Media for use in its trial of the world's fastest cable connection -- a service boasting up to 1.5 Gbps downstream and 150 Mbps upstream. The connection is delivered over the same HFC infrastructure and technology as Virgin Media uses to provide residential customers with speeds of up to 100 Mbps, which is currently being rolled out to over half of all UK homes.

The trial includes Cisco's (3G60) Broadband Processing Engine, a high-density, cost-effective line card for Cisco's flagship uBR10K Universal Broadband Router and Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS).

Vodafone Opens "Xone" Silicon Valley Center

Vodafone opened a Silicon Valley research and development center to provide technical expertise, potential financial assistance, logistical support and facilities to help promising US technology companies gain a fast track into proof-of-concept trials across Vodafone's global network.

Specifically, Vodafone said its "Xone" facility is intended to:

  • identify and qualify innovative technologies from startups, R&D labs, universities and venture capital portfolios with the potential to deliver new and innovative products and services to Vodafone's global customer base;

  • provide selected companies with commercial feedback. Companies will be offered support from the Vodafone Xone team of professionals whose expertise spans business development, network and device architecture, consumer electronics, payment and billing mechanisms, data analytics and content delivery. Up to 24 companies are able to use on-site office and test space within Vodafone Xone;

  • test products and services in the Vodafone Xone™ test and development lab, a fully functional replica of Vodafone's global networks including a protected environment for developers to test solutions. Capabilities include 2G/3G/LTE radio and an Internet Protocol (IP) network together with access to the IP service framework IP Multimedia Subsystem. The lab is interconnected via a dedicated backbone to Vodafone's European networks. Vodafone Xone™ is also closely aligned with Verizon's Innovation Centres in San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., giving select companies access to Verizon Wireless's development 4G LTE network, the high-speed, next-generation platform common to both Vodafone and Verizon Wireless, as well as additional collaboration resources;

  • assess options for strategic investments in start ups via Vodafone Group's corporate venture capital arm - Vodafone Ventures.
  • Vodafone noted that is now serving 382 million customers in more than 30 countries.

Russia's VimpleCom Picks Motorola Mobility's IPTV Set-top

VimpelCom has selected Motorola Mobility's VIP22n2E series set-tops to expand their roll out of enhanced IPTV services to customers under its Beeline brand. The STB offers personal video recording (with the VIP2262 model), time shifting, electronic programming guides and HD content. In addition, with multi-room functionality and a built in hard disc, the VIP2262 gives operators the flexibility to offer a raft of new services – such as on-demand content and Internet via the TV – without having to invest in expensive back-end and network upgrades.
  • Last month, Google announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility.

Huawei Joins MetroPCS to Sponsor Enrique Iglesias Euphoria Tour

Huawei Device USA is joining with MetroPCS to sponsor the Enrique Iglesias Euphoria Tour, which kicks off in Boston on September 22 and will visit 19 cities across the country.

"This partnership with MetroPCS allows us to link fans to their favorite artists, while also keeping them connected to friends and family by providing affordable entertainment devices, like the new Huawei M835," said Cui Jiangao, president of Huawei Device USA.

Intel Invests $24 Million in 7 Start-ups

Intel Capital announced the investment of $24 million in seven start-up companies. These include:

DynamicOps (Burlington, Mass.) -- provides an Operations Virtualization platform that enables enterprise IT to evolve existing infrastructure into on-demand private and public cloud services.

enLighted (Sunnyvale, Calif.) -- provides a solution for commercial energy management. The idea is to bring distributed people-aware intelligence to traditional lighting fixtures.

IP Commerce (Denver) -- provides a Platform-as-a-Service that functions as a commerce operating system. IP Commerce enables application developers to create customized, intelligent multi-channel commerce applications and payment workflows that give retailers enhanced opportunities to interact with customers.

Guavus (Santa Clara, Calif) -- provides solutions for timely decision-making on big data for Fortune 1000 enterprises.

Swrve New Media (San Francisco) -- provides game personalization and testing for social games that redefine the relationship between game makers and game players. Swrve's real-time personalization allows design, product and marketing teams to continually test and adjust their games in the cloud, maximizing engagement across an unlimited range of players.

Gaikai(Los Angeles) -- provides a cloud gaming service that streams 3-D video games directly to the Web browser.

Revolution Analytics (Palo Alto, Calif.) -- a leading commercial provider of software and services based on the open source "R" project for statistical computing. The company's flagship Revolution R Enterprise product brings high performance, productivity and enterprise readiness to R, meeting the production needs of large organizations in industries such as finance, life sciences, retail, manufacturing and media. Revolution Analytics is aligned with Intel's visual and parallel computing and open source strategies.

TIM Selects Cisco's CRS-3 for Core Upgrade

TIM, which serves over 55 million mobile users across Brazil, will invest 20 million BRL to upgrade its core network using the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System. The project includes the deployment of 12 routers by the end of November. Eight of the routers will be installed in the core network and four will be used for peering (providing Internet access).

The deployment is being carried out in partnership with Italtel.

"TIM is the first operator in Brazil and the second in Latin America to invest in the most advanced technology in IP networking equipment. With the capacity provided by this new equipment, you can download more than 15 high-definition films per minute, enabling a higher standard of quality, for example, allowing data flows to be redirected seamlessly in case of a fault", said Claudio Merulla, the executive in charge of TIM Brazil's Transport network.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chunghwa Telecom Switches to Ericsson for IPTV

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom has selected Ericsson to deploy a new IPTV system for its 900,000 subscribers. The new platform will replace Chunghwa's existing IPTV system and respond to a growing demand from consumers for content anywhere, any time on a wide range of devices including TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets. The deal also includes Ericsson Multiscreen TV and the Ericsson Media Connect (IPTV Remote) service. The new services are due to be available to subscribers in December of this year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TI Trims Q3 Outlook

Texas Instruments narrowed and lowered its expected ranges for revenue and earnings per share (EPS) for Q3, saying it now expects revenue in the range of $3.23 – 3.37 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.40 – 3.70 billion. The company cited lower demand across a wide range of products, markets and customers.

ZTE Develops 4-Path TD-LTE with 40MHz Channels

ZTE introduced the first 4-path TD-LTE Remote Radio Unit (RRU) that operates at a bandwidth of 40MHz and transmits with a power of 80W. The new high-power, large-capacity RRU supports 2x20MHz TD-LTE carriers and 80W (20W x 4 paths) of transmission power.

ZTE said these capabilities will increase edge frequency efficiency by more than 30 percent. It also increases network coverage and reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by supporting two carriers and reducing the number of base station devices needed by operators. The RRU can also be upgraded to support LTE-A in the future.

NTT Docomo Offers New LTE Billing Plans, GALAXY Tablets

NTT DOCOMO is introducing new billing plans for its Xi (read 'Crossy') LTE service beginning next month. The carrier will offer a flat-rate plan suited to heavy data users and a new two-tiered plan that allows moderate data users to pay as they go up to a set limit. Both plans will be available either with or without two-year contracts.

Specially discounted introductory rates will be offered for all plans. For example, the flat-rate data plan with a two-year contract, called the “Xi Two-Year Data Plan FLAT,�? will be available for 4,410 yen (including tax) per month through April 2012, compared to the regular rate of 5,985 yen thereafter.

Through September of next year, all downlinks will be offered at a max. 75 Mbps. From October 2012, downlink rates for users who exceed 7GB of data will be reduced to a max. 128 Kbps for the remainder of that month. Continued service at a max. 75 Mbps will be available, however, for an additional charge of 2,625 yen (including tax) per each additional 2GB of data.

In addition, NTT Docomo will begin selling its first two LTE tablets next month: the "docomo Tablet GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE SC-01D" and the "docomo Tablet ARROWS Tab LTE F-01D". Both tablets feature large 10.1-inch displays and are powered by dual core CPUs running on Android 3.2.

Vendors Test Shortest Path Bridging (802.1aq) Interoperability

The industry's first large-scale, multi-vendor interoperability test leveraging IEEE 802.1aq Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) technology was recently completed by leading vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Huawei, Solana Networks and Spirent Communications.

SPB allows customers to greatly simplify how they create and configure networks -- across the enterprise and for the cloud -- by requiring service provisioning only at the edge of the network. It uses Intermediate System To Intermediate System (IS-IS), a proven carrier-grade link state protocol, to dynamically build the topology between network nodes, saving network administrators time and effort, and virtually eliminating human error.

The interoperability test simulated a large network environment of almost 200 nodes and more than 400 links. It demonstrated full control plane interoperability between each vendor's equipment, native network discovery in a multi-vendor network and Layer 2 Virtual Private Network (L2VPN) interoperability

Qosmos Raises EUR 19.8 Million for DPI Network Intelligence Tools

Qosmos, a start-up based in Paris, raised EUR 19.8 million (US$28.5 million) for its Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)- based Network Intelligence (NI) technology.

Qosmos' ixEngine provides visibility into data crossing wireless networks by identifying, extracting and querying specific information. The ixEngine offers recognition for hundreds of protocols, and captures thousands of metadata and protocol attributes. The data can then be applied to lawful interception, cyber security, traffic optimization, policy management, service assurance, market research and network and data security. Qosmos' customers are Network Equipment Providers, Software Vendors and Systems Integrators in the telecom, networking and cybersecurity markets.

The round was co-led by leading European venture firm DFJ Esprit, Fonds Stratégique d'Investissements (FSI) and Alven Capital. The deal is a combination of primary equity and debt plus a secondary purchase of former investor Sofinnova's stake in the company by the three named companies.

  • Qosmos was established in 2000 by members of the LIP6 Computer Research Laboratory in Paris.

ADVA's 100G Metro Blade is Competitive with 10x 10G

ADVA Optical Networking introduced a 100G Metro blade for its FSP 3000 DWDM platform promising competitive pricing compared with 10x 10G solutions. The new solution offers efficient 100 Gbps data transport across distances of up to 500km for service providers or large enterprises.

The foundation of ADVA's compact 100G Metro blade is in its non-coherent 4x28G technology: The company highlights four key efficiencies:

Cost Efficiency – Cost competitive with 10 lanes of 10G, the 100G Metro solution offers the lowest cost-per-bit transport available and immediately reduces network costs and expenditures from day one. This cost reduction guarantees lowest operational cost in all data center and metro network applications.

Space Efficiency – The 100G Metro solution's compact design consumes a fraction of the space of today's 10G devices, requiring less rack and floor space per bit thanestablished solutions. Since the ADVA 100G Metro solution consumes less space than 10 lanes of 10GE, users will not need to make any additional space in already overcrowded data centers when upgrading to higher spectral efficiency.

Power Efficiency – With low power consumption and miniscule heat dissipation, enterprises and carriers simultaneously reduce costs and operating expenditures while upgrading to 100G transport.

Spectral Efficiency - The 100G Metro solution outperforms the spectral efficiency ofexisting 10G solutions. Carriers and enterprises can more than double the capacity of their existing optical networks, thus protecting their network investment and extending the lifetime of their existing infrastructure.

"Today's metro networks are rapidly reaching capacity. Service providers and enterprises are struggling to transport the enormous amounts of data required and this could seriously impact business operations," commented Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer of ADVA Optical Networking. "100G is the only solution to this problem, but it needs to be developed throughout the entire network, not just in the long haul. Our 100G Metro is the first solution on the market to address this issue, enabling our customers to meet their business expectations."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nokia Siemens Networks Global Network Operations Center in Russia

Nokia Siemens Networks has inaugurated its Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) located in Voronezh, Russia. The new center will help telecom operators across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to improve the speed, quality and efficiency of their services. The facility is designed to manage multi-vendor networks with hundreds of thousands of network elements.

BATS and DragonWave Develop Massive-Capacity, Auto Aiming & Tracking Wireless Systems

Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems (BATS) and DragonWave announced an auto-aiming and tracking wireless system that enables high-capacity backhaul for fixed-to-mobile and mobile-to-mobile applications. The joint solution integrates BATS' automatic antenna aiming and tracking technology with DragonWave's Horizon packet microwave solutions.

BATS' auto-aiming and tracking system uses proprietary search patterns and predictive algorithms to automatically setup and allow mobility for broadband radios. When coupled with DragonWave's Horizon Compact and Horizon Compact Plus, capacity of 500 Mbps to 1 Gbps per 56-MHz channel is delivered between fixed-to-mobile or mobile-to-mobile locations. BATS automates antenna alignment and typically acquires a wireless network link within minutes, then monitors network performance to automatically reposition the antenna and maintain optimal wireless network throughput. In effect, the system enhances mobility while simplifying the installer's tasks.

Pulse Electronics Offers Vehicle Navigation Antenna with LTE

Pulse Electronics introduced a vehicular mount antenna supporting LTE, 3G, WLAN, and GPS applications. The antenna offers optimized gain over multiple frequency bands. Wider frequency bands (698-960/1710-2170/2300-2700/1575 MHz) are covered in one small, compact 3.5�? (88.3mm) tall, 4.16�? (105.7mm) diameter at base antenna. Pulse said this antenna is ideal for voice, mobile data, fixed broadband, navigation, asset tracking, fleet management, LTE, and 700 MHz public safety applications.

The broader 698-960 and 1710-2170 MHz bands have a gain of 3 dBi, while 2300-2700 MHz WLAN band has a gain of 6 dBi compared to the industry standard 2 and 4 dBi. The GPS LNA gain at 3V is 5 dBic/25 dB and at 5V is 5 dBic/30 dB.

Sprint Expands Ethernet Access to 25 New Markets

Sprint announced an expansion of its Ethernet access service to 65 markets by the end of 2011, up from 40 U.S. markets today, as well as 37 countries globally.

Sprint has enhanced its service by adding new and dedicated speeds to current aggregated speeds, with ranges of 2 Mbps to 10 Gbps, subject to market availability. Businesses can now select from 18 aggregated speeds and 16 dedicated speeds, choosing the port speeds that best fit their network needs. Aggregated Ethernet access can provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional TDM access, while Dedicated Ethernet access expands easily to meet specific customer bandwidth needs, offering fixed-rate and fractional (burstable) billing.

MegaPath Targets Ethernet Services from 680 COs by June 2012


the new local exchange carrier formed through the merger of Speakeasy, Covad Communications and MegaPath, has partnered with ADTRAN for the nationwide expansion of its Ethernet network. MegaPath has over 200 central offices currently in service with plans to offer services in a total of 400 central offices by the end of 2011 and more than 680 central offices by June 2012.

ADTRAN is supplying MegaPath with its flagship Total Access 5000, along with its portfolio of customer premises equipment. Beyond the current rollout of Ethernet over Copper services, ADTRAN's optimized EFM and VDSL2 bonding solutions will enable MegaPath to deliver up to 100 Mbps symmetric services, while simultaneously offering download speeds in excess of 400 Mbps. For customer facilities that fiber cannot effectively reach, MegaPath is Ethernet-enabling its entire network with technology that scales to provide a wide range of customer applications and options. As a result of this project, MegaPath will deploy a number of business services including high-speed Internet access, MPLS networking, multi-site IP VPN and private data networking for large corporations.