Sunday, September 11, 2011

Qualcomm Positions for More Powerful Enterprise Femto Networks

Qualcomm introduced three enterprise Femtocell Station Modem (FSM) chipsets supporting up to 32 active users. These chipsets complement the currently available FSM 3G femtocell chipsets that feature eight user versions targeting the residential market with hardware and software compatibility. The company also announced a Femto-Wi-Fi hardware reference design that integrates these FSM enterprise solutions with Qualcomm Atheros 802.11n Wi-Fi AR9350 and AR9344 access point solutions.


Qualcomm's FSM chipsets support both CDMA2000 and UMTS/HSPA+ network technologies and include a baseband modem, RF, network listen, GPS and an application processor.


Qualcomm is first releasing enterprise FSM chipsets for UMTS and CDMA supporting 16 users. Both the Femto-Wi-Fi integration hardware platform and the CDMA version of the FSM chipset with the expanded 32-user support are scheduled for availability in the second half of 2011.


Qualcomm is featuring "UltraSON" interference and mobility management algorithms, which provide robust wireless coverage while ensuring that the femtocells do not interfere with macrocells while providing hand-off capabilities between macrocells and other femtocells.


The company said that providing increased support for up to 32 active users, its FSM chipset will provide the capability to address larger cell sites, such as metro-femtocells and picocells, allowing more simultaneous users to connect to the femtocell and access cellular networks in challenging environments where reception is poor. The integrated Femto-Wi-Fi reference designs allow operators to create access points that let their enterprise customers connect to both Wi-Fi and cellular networks through a single gateway and coordinate the services delivery via either access technology.


The Qualcomm Atheros AR9350 and AR9344 Wi-Fi SoCs support all modes of 802.11n in both bands and include Ethernet, routing and management functions.
http://www.qualcomm.com

American Jobs Act Includes Spectrum Provision

The American Jobs Act presented by President Obama highlights urges support for the bipartisan legislation from Senators Rockefeller and Hutchison, including an investment to develop and deploy a nationwide, interoperable wireless network for public safety. The plan includes reallocating the D Block for public safety (costing $3 billion) and $7 billion to support the deployment of this network and technological development to tailor the network to meet public safety requirements.
http://www.whitehouse.gov

Broadcom to acquire NetLogic for $3.7 Billion

Broadcom will acquire NetLogic Microsystems in a deal valued at $3.7 billion ($50 per share) net of cash assumed.


NetLogic Microsystems, which is based in Santa Clara, California, adds a number of critical new product lines and technologies to Broadcom's portfolio, including knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors, and digital front-end processors.


"This transaction delivers on all fronts for Broadcom's shareholders -- strategic fit, leading-edge technology and significant financial upside," said Scott McGregor, Broadcom's President and CEO. "With NetLogic Microsystems, Broadcom is acquiring a leading multi-core embedded processor solution, market leading knowledge-based processors, and unique digital front-end technology for wireless base stations that are key enablers for the next generation infrastructure build-out. Broadcom is now better positioned to meet growing customer demand for integrated, end-to-end communications and processing platforms for network infrastructure."


The companies expect the deal to close in the first half of 2012. Broadcom currently expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings per share by approximately $0.10 on a non-GAAP basis in 2012.


Broadcom today also reiterated its business outlook for the third quarter of 2011. Broadcom expects revenue around the middle of the previously-guided range of $1.9 billion and $2.0 billion, GAAP product gross margins of flat to up slightly and GAAP research & development and selling, general and administrative expenses of flat to down $10 million in the third quarter of 2011. By the end of the third quarter, Broadcom also expects to have approximately $4.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents on hand, up from approximately $3.8 billion at the end of the second quarter.
http://www.broadcom.com
http://www.netlogicmicro.com
  • Last week, NetLogic Microsystems unveiled its next generation of XLP II family of processors based on 28nm process technology, packing up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, and promising 5-7x performance enhancement over the existing XLP processors. Target applications for the new multi-core devices include next-generation LTE mobile infrastructure, data center, enterprise networking, storage and security platforms. NetLogic said its XLP II processor family is designed to deliver over 100 Gbps of network processing performance per device and over 800 Gbps in a clustered, fully-coherent system. The devices integrate up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, featuring an enhanced quad-issue, quad-threaded, superscalar out-of-order processor architecture capable of operating at up to 2.5 GHz to provide unmatched control and data plane processing and low-power profile.



  • In July, NetLogic Microsystems reported Q2 2011 revenue of $103.7 million, a 5.1% sequential increase from $98.7 million for the first quarter of 2011 and a 9.1% increase from $95.0 million for the second quarter of 2010. Net loss (GAAP) was $35.2 million or $0.51 per diluted share. By comparison, GAAP net loss was $4.8 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2010.



  • In March 2011, NetLogic agreed to acquire Optichron, a privately-held, fabless semiconductor provider of 3G/4G LTE base station digital front-end (DFE) processors, for approximately $77 million in cash, $22 million for restricted stock units for employees of Optichron, and a possible maximum earn-out or approximately $108.5 million payable in 2013 if certain milestones are met. Optichron, which is based in Fremont, California, offers DFE technology for next-generation LTE systems requiring the highest data rates and lowest power consumption. The company said its DFE processors have been designed into next-generation base stations by multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).






























































  • Broadcom's Previous Acquisitions

    SC
    Square
    security software $42 million  May 2011


    Provigent
    microwave radio silicon $313 million March 2011


    Beceem
    multimode LTE/WiMAX chipsets $316 million October 2010


    Innovision
    near field communications $47.5 million  June 2010


    Teknovus
    EPON silicon $123 million February 201


    Sunext Design
    Blu-ray $48 million March 2008


    Global Locate
    GPS $146 million June 2007


    Sandburst
    Ethernet switching silicon $80 million January 2006


    Athena Semi
    DVB-H $21.6 million October 2005




  • In 2009, NetLogic Microsystems acquired RMI, a developer of multi-core, multi-threaded processors, in a deal valued at approximately $175 million. The merger helped NetLogic Microsystems to expand into the high-performance "data-in-flight" processing segment. RMI's portfolio included its XLP, XLR and XLS Multi-Core, Multi-Threaded Processors, complementing NetLogic Microsystems' existing portfolio of knowledge-based processors, content processors, network search engines and 10-100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY products.


  • Ron Jankov has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of NetLogic Microsystems since April 2000.


  • NetLogic Microsystems went public on July 9, 2004.

NTT Opens new POP in Sao Paulo

NTT Communications has extended the reach of its Tier 1 Global IP Network with a new Point of Presence (PoP) location in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


"The Latin American telecommunications sector is quickly becoming a crucial part of the worldwide market, so it's an optimum time for NTT America and NTT do Brasil to leverage the NTT Communications Global IP Network to provide a stable and dependable infrastructure to meet the broadband demands of service providers and consumers in the area,�? said Yukio Adachi, president of NTT do Brasil.
http://www.ntt.co.jp

RED-C Intros Next Gen ROADM Amplifiers

RED-C Optical Networks introduced a new set of amplifiers specifically designed to target next generation ROADM networks. These include a variety of high density EDFA packages for integration in ROADM line cards, as well as a new four-pump Hybrid Raman-EDFA module enabling dynamic path reconfiguration.


RED-C said its new model provides seamless integration of a distributed Raman pre-amplifier and a variable gain EDFA in a single compact module. The integrated Hybrid control circuitry operates in advanced AGC mode so that the combined Raman and EDFA gain is accurately measured and controlled, including fast transient suppression. The module operation and interface are similar to those of a traditional variable gain EDFA, and therefore requires no special system adaptations. Thanks to advanced laser safety mechanisms the module is classified as Class 1M with respect to laser safety. http://www.red-c.com

Verizon Deploys 100G on 10 ULH Routes this Year

Verizon is expanding its deployment of 100G technology on ultra-long-haul portions of its U.S. backbone network to more than 10 routes in 2011. The installations use 100G coherent optical transport technology from Ciena.


"We're seeing not only growth in traffic, but also in the need for immediacy from our customers that are managing financial transactions, health care data exchange, energy services and entertainment on-the-go," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning at Verizon. "With 100G, Verizon will be able to help meet those demands more efficiently and with better performance."


The installation uses the same 100G equipment from Ciena that was deployed in Europe earlier this year.
http://www.verizon.com

  • In March 2011, Verizon activated a 100 Gigabit Ethernet link for an IP backbone on a portion of its European long-haul network between Paris and Frankfurt, a distance of 893 km. The deployment uses Juniper Networks' routers and Ciena's 100G Ethernet coherent optical transport solution.

Juniper Upgrades Switching Fabric in MX 3D Edge Routers

Juniper Networks released a new 3.8 Terabits per second switch fabric for its MX 3D Universal Edge Routers. The new switch fabric, which can be installed in an existing MX Series chassis while in the router remains in service, enables full 120 Gbps through-put per interface slots.


The capacity upgrade applies to all MX Series services, including Juniper's MobileNext open mobile core for next-generation wireless networks.


Juniper also noted that a single MX960 can support eight million mobile subscribers or 10,000 business virtual private networks (VPNs). With the new capacity, a single MX960 is also capable of processing more than 8 billion views on YouTube a day. http://www.juniper.netEarlier this year, Juniper introduced its strategy (project Falcon) for delivering 2G/3G and LTE evolved packet core functions via a MobileNext Broadband Gateway providing GGSN/P-GW/ S-GW, MobileNext Control Gateway providing SGSN/MME, as well as a MobileNext Policy Manager providing PCRF functions. The MobileNext Broadband Gateway software, which runs on the company's MX 3D Universal Edge platform, promises scalability of mobile sessions, set up rates and forwarding capacity and a programmable platform for rapid service innovation.

Cisco Expands ASR 9000 Edge Routing Family

Cisco introduced three new ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers aimed at supporting the proliferation of new mobile Internet services and devices such as tablets, smartphones and connected appliances on carrier networks. These include:


Cisco ASR 901 cell site router -- a high-capacity, low-power router for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile cell sites. Clocking options include TDM, BITS, 1588v2, and SyncE;


Cisco ASR 903 unified Ethernet access router -- a 3RU, fully redundant Ethernet access device for business, residential and mobile applications. It can also aggregate cell sites and use MPLS as a transport for Radio Access Network (RAN) backhaul traffic;


Cisco ASR 9001 small edge router -- a smaller version of the popular Cisco ASR 9000 Series edge router for smaller deployments. The 2RU unit delivers 120 Gbps of capacity. The Cisco ASR 9001 has an integrated route switch processor (RSP) and two modular bays, which support 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet modular port adapters;


The platforms leverage Cisco's advanced nV (Network Virtualization) technology, which intelligently blends the network edge, aggregation and access layers into a single 96 Tbps system.


Cisco noted that is now has over 500 service provider customers for the ASR 9000 series, including recently announced customers: Polish Telecom (Poland), PCCW (Hong Kong), US Signal (U.S.), Comcast (U.S.), China Telecom (China), Tata Communications (India), FastWeb (Italy), Cox Communications (U.S.), NTT Plala (Japan), Kabel Deutschland (Germany), Charter Communications (U.S.) and Consolidated Communications (U.S.) and 3 Scandinavia (Denmark and Sweden).

http://www.cisco.com

  • In June 2011, Cisco rolled out a series of enhancements for its ASR 9000 series edge and aggregation routers with a new high-capacity chassis, new 10 GigE and 100 GigE interface cards, a virtualization technology for linking edge routers into a single management plane, and a content-caching service module. With this rollout, the company is introduced two new members of the ASR 9000 family: the high-capacity ASR 9922 and the compact ASR 9000V. The ASR 9922 is designed to deliver application layer services quickly and reliably.

    A key design criteria for the new platform was to increase scalability, and this is achieved with the ASR 9922's 20-slot chassis and the new high-density line cards. The first of these high-density line cards supports 24 full-rate 10 GigE ports in a single slot. Transport optimized and service optimized versions of this line card will be offered. The second card offers dual 100 GigE ports. Even at full line rate with small packets, it fully protected with redundant switching fabrics.


    The new ASR 9000V is an access and aggregation router for the intelligent edge. Cisco is tying these edge routers together with a new technology that it is calling Cisco Network Virtualization (nV). This enables Service Providers to manage thousands of ASR 9000vs as though they were a single device, greatly simplifying network operations. The nV technology allows the ASR 9000v to operate as a "virtual distributed line card". Cisco said this enables it to scale to tens of thousands of Gigabit Ethernet ports under a single, managed ASR 9000 system.


    Cisco is also introduced a distributed content caching card for the ASR 9000 series. This module combines compute capabilities with over 3 TB of solid state storage. The idea is store video content in the edge or aggregation router itself, closer to the viewer. Apart from video caching, the integrated service module could support a new generation of applications that require responsive content caching and advanced subscriber management.

Major Telecom and Networking Acquisitions in 2011 So Far (some pending)













2011 Major Networking Acquisitions
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Broadcom

NetLogic
Multi-core embedded
processors
9/12/2011
Cisco

Versly
collaboration plug-ins 8/29/2011
Verizon

CloudSwitch
cloud interconnect for
enterprise apps
8/25/2011
Ericsson

Telenor Connexion
M2M tools 8/24/2011
Cisco

Axioss Software
service fulfillment
software
8/22/2011
Skype

GroupMe
mobile group messaging 8/21/2011
Amdocs

Bridgewater
policy management for
3G/4G networks
8/17/2011
Google

Motorola Mobility
patents, mobile
devices, set-top boxes
8/15/2011
F5

Crescendo
application
acceleration technology
8/15/2011
Time Warner Cable

Insight
750,000 cable
customers
8/15/2011
ADTRAN

Bluesocket
virtual LAN technology 8/9/2011
Windstream

PAETEC
national CLEC, 36,700
fiber mile network, 7 DCs
8/1/2011
CA Technologies

Watchmouse
Saas-based monitoring 7/29/2011
Tektronix

Optametra
100G Coherent
Lightwave Signal Analyzer
7/26/2011
Mindspeed

IPG Communications
WCDMA signal
processing technologies
7/25/2011
Dell

Force10
data center and
service provider switching
7/20/2011
Riverbed

Zeus and Aptimize
web optimization
technologies
7/19/2011
Intel

Fulcrum Microsystems
10/40 GbE switching
silicon
7/19/2011
Citric

Cloud.com
Hypervisor-agnostic
Scaling
7/12/2011
Private Equity

Go Daddy
web registry, hosting 7/1/2011
Synchronica

Nokia's operator branded messaging
white label email and
IM services
6/30/2011
Private Equity

Masergy
managed, virtualized
network services worldwide
6/27/2011
Ixia

VeriWave
wireless testing 6/27/2011
Charter

US Cable
16,000 cable customers
in Missouri
6/24/2011
CommScope

Argus
antenna technologies 6/17/2011
Ericsson

Telcordia
service fulfillment,
service assurance, OSS
6/14/2011
Qualcomm

Rapid Bridge
IC design tools 6/10/2011
CommScope

LiquidxStream
dense QAM systems 6/2/2011
Mavenir

Mobile Messaging
mobile messaging 5/30/2011
Qualcomm

Atheros
Wi-Fi silicon 5/24/2011
euNetworks

LambdaNet Deutschland
fiber networks in
Germany, Czech and Austria
5/19/2011
Skyworks

SiGE Semiconductor
RF front-end chips 5/17/2011
VMWare

Shavlik
cloud-based IT
management
5/16/2011
Rambus

Cryptography Research
semiconductor security 5/12/2011
Private Equity

Tollgrade Communications
network assurance
solutions
5/10/2011
Microsoft

Skype
170 million Web voice
users
5/10/2011
Motorola Mobility

SunUp Digital Systems
software for IPTV,
digital cable, DTH
5/10/2011
NVIDIA

Icera
3G/4G baseband
processors
5/9/2011
Sophos

Astaro
unified threat
management
5/9/2011
Xilinx

Modelware
traffic management IP
cores for 10/40/100G
5/9/2011
Broadcom

SC Square
security software 5/8/2011
Vimplecom

Vladivostok's New Telephone
mobile operator in
Russia's Far East
5/6/2011
TelePacific

Orange County Internet Xchange
California CLEC 5/5/2011
TelePacific

Telekenex
California CLEC 5/5/2011
Applied Materilas

Varian
silicon wafer
manufacturing
5/4/2011
RadiSys

Continous Computing
ATCA communication
platforms
5/3/2011
Aurora Network

GoBackTV
cable headend and edge
solutions
5/2/2011
Consortium

Nortel Networks patents
  5/2/2011
Nokia Siemens Networks

Motorola Solutions' Networks assets
GSM, CDMA, WCDMA,
WiMAX and LTE products
4/29/2011
Equinix

ALOG Data Centers of Brazil
data centers in Sao
Paolo and Rio
4/26/2011
Neustar

Evolving Number Systems
OSS 4/21/2011
Level 3

Global Crossing
fiber network spanning
3 continents
4/11/2011
Metaswitch

Colibria
enhanced mobile
messaging
4/6/2011
EMC

NetWitness
network security
analysis solutions
4/4/2011
Texas Instruments

National Semiconductor
analog silicon 4/4/2011
Lightower

Open Access
network operator on
Long Island
4/1/2011
Cisco

newScale
self-service portal
software
3/29/2011
NetScout

Psytechnics
performance management
technology
3/28/2011
Motorola Mobility

Dreampark
IPTV software 3/23/2011
AT&T

T-Mobile USA
nationwide network,
spectrum, 33 million users
3/21/2011
NetLogic

Optichron
LTE Base Station
Processors
3/21/2011
Broadcom

Provigent
microwave radio
backhaul silicom
3/21/2011
NETGEAR

Westell Technologies
Customer Networking
Solutions (CNS) division
3/18/2011
Cisco

Inlet
adaptive digital media
processing
3/14/2011
Ericsson

Nortel's Multiservice Switch
switching platforms
for CDMA networks
3/11/2011
NetApp

LSI's External Storage Business
Engenio external
storage
3/9/2011
Overture

Hatteras Networks
carrier Ethernet
systems
3/1/2011
Private equity

Conexant
  2/25/2011
Interoute

KPN's fiber network in Germany
3600km fiber net in
Germany
2/22/2011
CSR

Zoran
imaging and video
silicon
2/21/2011
EchoStar

Hughes
broadband satellite
systems
2/14/2011
Symmetricom

Brilliant Telecom
network timing 2/14/2011
PAETEC

Xeta Technologies
enterprise
communication sales
2/9/2011
Time Warner Cable

NaviSite
enterprise cloud
services, 10 data centers
2/1/2011
Corning

MobileAccess
distributed antenna
systems
1/31/2011
Cisco

Pari Networks
net configuration and
change manament tool
1/26/2011
Silicon Laboratories

SpectraLinear
network timing silicon 1/26/2011
Google

SayNow
voice messaging
software
1/25/2011
Ceragon

Nera Networks
short and longhaul
microwave backhaul
1/19/2011
Aerohive

Pareto
WLAN + cloud services 1/18/2011
GE

Linear Power
telco power solutions 1/13/2011
NetApp

Akorri
data center
optimization tools
1/12/2011
Skype

Qik
video sharing software 1/6/2011
Avaya

Konftel
audio collaboration 1/4/2011
GENBAND

Cedar Point
VoIP switching
platform
1/4/2011
Earthlink

ONE Communications
  12/20/2010
Altera

Avalon
100G OTN 12/14/2010
Dell

Compellent
  12/13/2010

http://www.convergedigest.com

OIF Approves 25 Gbps Common Electrical Interface IA

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) members approved the Common Electrical I/O (CEI) 3.0 implementation agreement (IA), which defines electrical layer interfaces with signaling rates up to 28 Gbaud/s for next generation systems and are the next evolutionary step beyond the existing CEI IA which addressed signaling rates up to 11.2 Gbaud/s.


The CEI 3.0 electrical layers form the basis of future protocol interfaces developed by the OIF, and were developed in conjunction with the OIF's efforts to address 100 Gbaud/s networks.


“The CEI work is important to the networking industry because it paves the way to second generation 100G systems and even beyond,�? said Klaus-Holger Otto, of Alcatel-Lucent and the OIF's Technical Committee vice chair and CEI author. “Moving forward, these IAs will help to drastically reduce power and increase density of the system internal interconnects and therefore open the way for even higher integrated transmission systems in the near future.�?


CEI 3.0 defines electrical specifications for up to 28 Gbaud/s signaling for chip-to-chip applications and 25 Gbaud/s signaling for backplane applications. The CEI-28G-SR clause supports chip-to-chip interfaces up to 300 mm with one connector. The CEI-25G-LR clause supports backplane interfaces up to 680 mm with two connectors. The CEI-25 project builds on the legacy of previous generations of the CEI effort, which provided electrical signaling solutions in the 5-6 Gbaud/s and 10-11 Gbaud/s ranges. http://www.oiforum.com

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." http://www.att.com
  • 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.
http://www.cisco.com
http://www.kt.com
  • 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).
http://www.cisco.com
http://www.virginmedia.com

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.
http://www.vodafone.com/xone
  • 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.
http://www. motorola.com/mobility
  • 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.
http://www.huawei.com

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. http://www.dynamicops.com


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


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. http://www.ipcommerce.com/


Guavus (Santa Clara, Calif) -- provides solutions for timely decision-making on big data for Fortune 1000 enterprises. http://www.guavus.com


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. http://swrve.com/


Gaikai(Los Angeles) -- provides a cloud gaming service that streams 3-D video games directly to the Web browser. http://www.gaikai.com/


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. http://www.revolutionanalytics.com/
http://www.intel.com/pressroom/capital

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. http://www.cisco.com

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