Sunday, September 25, 2011

Positron Access Combines MIMO-on-DMT with VDSL2 Vectoring for 800 Mbps

Positron Access announced a performance benchmark of 800 Mbps for its Ethernet over copper over "real life service distances."

"FlexStream 800 combines our revolutionary MIMO-on-DMT technology with VDSL2 vectoring to deliver Ethernet over copper at rates that have not yet been practically achieved,�? explains Hossam Salib, VP of Product Management and Marketing for Positron Access. “We now offer a true multi-service, symmetric/asymmetric bonded copper solution that provides bandwidths ranging from 100 Mbps to 800 Mbps at reaches from 1,000 to 65,000 feet, all from the same product platform.�?

Positron noted that its FlexStream 800 is currently in trials with Tier 1 customers.

Mu Dynamics Expands its Blitz Application Testing

Mu Dynamic has integrated its "Blitz" cloud-based, application testing service into multiple platforms –- including Heroku, AppHarbor, Acquia and CloudFlare -- to make it easier for developers to test the performance of their application.

The integration with these major Platform as a Service (PaaS), Content Management System (CMS) and web security and performance offerings means that the application developer can perform the network load testing without leaving the workflow of their environment.

“By integrating Blitz into established development platforms such as Heroku, AppHarbor, Acquia, CloudFlare and many more, we are making it easy and affordable for developers to test their apps for load and performance – something that, in many cases, was not happening before,�? said Ajit Sancheti, Co-Founder, Mu Dynamics. “Incorporating a performance testing solution into our customers continuous integration model is helping them ensure they deliver a high quality experience for their end users.�?http://www.mudynamics.com

NSN Shows Three TD-LTE devices

Also at PT Expo Comm in Beijing, Nokia Siemens Networks is introducing three TD-LTE devices that support broadband access at up to 102 Mbps downlink and 51 Mbps uplink. The devices include a plug-and-play USB dongle, an indoor wireless router, and a wireless router that can be mounted outdoors.

Nokia Siemens Networks Demos HSPA+ at 336 Mbps

At this week's PT Expo Comm in Beijing, Nokia Siemens Networks is demonstrating a multi-band, multi-carrier HSPA+ data call with peak throughput of 336 Mbps.

The demo uses the company's commercial Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Multicontroller platform alongside MDM8220 test terminals from Qualcomm. It combines a total of eight HSPA carriers (multi-carrier), each carrying 42 Mbps with MIMO and 64 QAM modulation. This configuration can be allocated from one or multiple frequency bands (multiband), simultaneously for one data connection of over 300 Mbps. Multi-carrier and multiband HSPA is standardized in 3GPP Release 8 through 11, and the standardization for eight carriers is expected to be completed by 2012. The eight-carrier product will be available from Nokia Siemens Networks by end of 2012.

Nokia Siemens Networks noted that it is driving the standardization of Long Term HSPA Evolution to achieve speeds of more than 650 Mbps.

“HSPA evolution is increasingly gaining importance as the technology is capable of achieving high data rates of over 300 Mbps,�? said Keith Sutton, head of the WCDMA business line for Nokia Siemens Networks. “Existing HSPA+ customers and new 3G entrants can deploy multi-carrier and multiband HSPA technology as it will allow them to offer the best user experience for bit-rate hungry applications such as the transfer of large files and mobile TV.�?

Freescale Sees Q3 Sales Decline

Freescale Semiconductor updated its financial guidance saying it now expects Q3 net sales to decline 6% to 8% sequentially. This compares to the initial guidance of flat to down 3% sequentially. The sales decline is attributable primarily to weakness in the company's industrial and networking businesses;
Gross margins to show modest sequential improvement despite the sequential decline in sales.

Russian Social Networking Site Buys Wavelengths from Global Crossing

VK, a leading Russian social networking site, has purchased several 10 Gbps IP Transit ports in Helsinki and Stockholm from Global Crossing. In addition, Global Crossing is providing 10 Gbps Wavelength Services among VK's sites across Europe and in the U.S.

AirTouch Plans MVNO Launch on Lightsquared

AirTouch Communications. which makes mobile, cordless and landline accessories, plans to offer its own branded wireless connectivity service over Lightsquared's wholesale LTE network.

"We're proud to add AirTouch to our increasingly diverse partner portfolio," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and chief executive officer of LightSquared. "In addition to cellular voice and data products, AirTouch can now add a new source of revenue by delivering a bundled wireless offering to their customers. This represents the true spirit of LightSquared's wholesale-only business model, and we look forward to AirTouch using our network to develop next-generation products and services, and forge new strategic alliances."

LightSquared noted that it has now signed 15 partner agreements.

Broadcom Introduces NFC Chips in 40nm

Broadcom introduced its family of NFC chips implemented in 40nm silicon and designed for consumer electronics. Broadcom said it is committed to making NFC as ubiquitous as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are today.

The new BCM2079x family slashes power consumption by more than 90 percent, uses 40 percent fewer components and has a 40 percent smaller board area than existing solutions. The NFC controllers are platform agnostic with support for multiple secure elements or SIM cards — or both at the same time. In addition, Broadcom's advanced Maestro middleware allows new NFC applications to utilize Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities in the device to spur new innovations in user interface and media sharing.

TI Targets sub-1GHz 6LoWPAN for Low Cost, IPv6 Wireless Sensors

Texas Instruments introduced a new sub-1 GHz 6LoWPAN solution aimed at providing a gateway for remote, low-cost wireless sensors to connect to the Internet and a wireless extension of wired IPv6 infrastructures. The target is large-scale mesh networks for use in Smart Grid, security, home and building automation, street lighting and other wireless sensor networks.

TI said the use of sub-1GHz spectrum offers longer wireless range at lower power levels than traditional 2.4 GHz-based 6LoWPAN offerings.

TI's new product family includes the CC1180 network processor, CC430 complete system-on-chip (SoC) microcontrollers, 6LoWPAN software stack, and CC-6LOWPAN-DK-868 development kit. The company said its solution supports hundreds of hops. This would enable light poles on a city street to be wirelessly connected and managed using one gateway, based on TI's 6LoWPAN sub-1 GHz solutions.

Sensinode, a start-up based in Finland, is supplying its NanoStack software as part of TI's solution.

Lantiq and Altair Plans LTE Home Gateways

Lantiq and Altair Semiconductor announced a partnership for the development of LTE-ready home gateways.
The collaboration matches Altair's LTE chipset with the Lantiq XWAY GRX family of network processors for a range of products from simple LTE bridge modems up to multiservice LTE gateways, optimized for different regional market requirements in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The Altair FourGee-3100/6200 is a 3GPP LTE chipset that offers both TDD and FDD capabilities and has been extensively tested for interoperability with all leading infrastructure solutions.

Lantiq's connectivity and voice product portfolio, including Fast/Gigabit-Ethernet, WLAN, FXS, DECT/CAT-iq solutions, complements the system offering allowing customers to build LTE gateways from pure data-only gateways up to high-end LTE gateways, including voice.

Lantiq's XWAY GRX network processors and Altair's FourGee LTE chipset are available today, tested. The joint system solution is planned for Q1 2012.

KT Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Routers

KT is deploying Alcatel-Lucent's IP routing technology to deliver a better faster, higher-quality Internet, video and voice services to its residential customers in the Seoul and GangWon regions. The deployment uses Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Routers to support VoIP, IPTV, high-speed Internet services and other applications.

T-Mobile Czech Upgrades to 100 Gbps with Alcatel-Lucent

T-Mobile Czech Republic has upgraded portions of its fiber backbone to 100 Gbps. The new infrastructure, which links Prague to major cities, is intended for use by corporate clients, and will serve as the backbone for T-Mobile's 3G network, supporting T-Mobile's broadband vision of providing “The Fastest Network�? to its customers.

The network uses the Alcatel-Lucent 1626 Light Manager enhanced with 100G next-generation coherent technology along with the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).

Broadcom Samples Next Gen Carrier Ethernet Aggregation Silicon

Broadcom introduced its next generation StrataXGS switching silicon for next-generation, high-density Carrier Ethernet aggregation platforms, including packet transport-oriented (PTN) and IP-oriented (IP-RAN) aggregation networks.

Two new devices are sampling now and expected to enter volume production next year: the StrataXGS BCM56640 series for modular platforms and the StrataXGS BCM56540 series for fixed carrier Ethernet platforms. Both devices feature the latest Carrier Ethernet innovations including MPLS-TP, MPLS OAM, integrated time synchronization, upgraded protection switching, and extensive IPv4 and IPv6 routing resources.

BCM56640 Series Features:

  • 240 Gbps fully-integrated multilayer Carrier Ethernet aggregation switch for modular platforms

  • Unites integrated 10G serial technology with massive forwarding scale to deliver single-chip line cards from 48xGE up through 100GE. Line cards options could include 48 GigE ports, 12X 10 GigE ports, 3x 40 GigE ports, or 1x 100 GigE ports. No PHYs required.

  • Latest generation expandable TCAM interface offers a platform for up to 1M IPv6 longest-prefix route lookups

BCM56540 Series Features

  • 180 Gbps fully-integrated multilayer Carrier Ethernet switch for fixed platforms

  • New flexible port logic allows per-SerDes sharing between GE, 2.5GE, and 10GE modes, delivering flexibility for centralized switch silicon system architectures

  • New flexible forwarding technology allows providers to allocate lookup resources on a per-application basis, vastly improving the application range of a given system solution.

  • 2.5GEBroadcom's F.XAUI technology allows 10GE interfaces to be reassigned on the fly to GE or 2.5GE

Broadcom is introducing the new products at this week's P&T/Expo Comm in Beijing. The company said its vision for the aggregation network is particularly suited for the PTN and IP-RAN architectures being pursued by China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom

Saturday, September 24, 2011

LightSquared CEO Pleads Case in Open Letter to Americans

LightSquared's CEO, Sanjiv Ahuja, published the following letter in major U.S. newspapers.

"To Americans everywhere,

Today, with limited competition in the U.S. wireless market, there are still vast areas of our country without access to broadband. Other areas are plagued by dropped calls and weak signals.

America's wireless infrastructure is at a critical crossroad as weak signals, dead-zones, and over-subscribed networks risk stalling American innovation and failing to meet consumer needs now and in the future. Within the next 24 months, demand for broadband wireless will outstrip the current total spectrum available in the United States—jeopardizing everything from the smartphones and tablets we love to the emergency responder services we rely upon to keep us safe. The current nationwide wireless providers have failed to innovate and in the process have failed to keep pace with consumer and technological demands.

Understanding this impending reality, LightSquared began investing nearly a decade ago in the development of America's first state-of-the-art nationwide wireless broadband network integrated with satellite coverage to provide high quality broadband access and affordability for all Americans. After the review of our engineering and technological plans, LightSquared received the license to operate our network in 2003 and again in 2005 with the full endorsement of the GPS industry. Half a dozen years ago, Republican and Democrat regulators and policy experts understood the impending crisis caused by a lack of competition and innovation, and they, too, endorsed our plan to bring an affordable solution to Americans no matter where they live.

Recently, concerns have been raised about interference with GPS devices. We take these concerns very seriously. Despite the fact that the interference is caused by others' inappropriate use of LightSquared's licensed spectrum, we have been proactive in working toward a solution to the GPS issue. We are making a $150 million private investment in the solution for GPS. We have moved our spectrum farther away from the core GPS frequencies and at the request of the FCC, we set up, funded, and ran the largest and most comprehensive testing program this country has ever seen.

Hundreds of engineers tested hundreds of devices in laboratories around the country, providing experts an enormous bank of data to assess the extent of the problem and design the solution.

With 99.5 percent of all commercial GPS interference accounted for and solved, LightSquared has now tackled solving the remaining .5 percent of GPS interference occurring on precision devices that also inappropriately violate our licensed spectrum. We have partnered with established GPS manufacturers to develop technology that eliminates interference issues for high-precision GPS devices, including those in the agriculture, surveying, construction, and defense industries. Pre-production designs are already in testing; once completed, this technology can be implemented simply, quickly, and inexpensively into GPS devices.

This solution allows our network to coexist harmoniously, side by side, with GPS—generating much-needed competition in the marketplace and ultimately providing more than 260 million Americans with access to wireless broadband.

The facts are clear. The need for additional wireless broadband is imminent. The desire to expand free-market competition and to provide consumers with broader access has been the hallmark of both Republican and Democrat policy makers for more than a decade. Regulators from both Democrat and Republican Administrations have conducted reviews and tests of the LightSquared network—the most extensive in the history of the FCC—and both have reached the same conclusions: they support the LightSquared network.

LightSquared's commitment to infuse $14 billion of private investment—without any government funding—into America's infrastructure will bring 75,000 jobs over the next five years, competition, and innovation to the U.S. wireless industry, with affordable prices and better service for Americans everywhere. I hope you will join with us as we work to build the 21st-century communications network all Americans deserve.

Yours sincerely,

Sanjiv Ahuja

Chairman and CEO, LightSquared"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Texas Instruments Completes Acquisition of National Semiconductor

Texas Instruments completed its previously announced acquisition of National Semiconductor. Both companies are leaders in analog semiconductors.

More than 5,000 National employees will immediately become part of TI. The two companies will begin the work to integrate National as a unit of TI's Analog business, which will have a combined portfolio of nearly 45,000 analog products, strong customer design tools, and a sales force that is 10 times larger than National's previous footprint.

"National is now a strategic part of TI's Analog growth engine. Together, we're focused on accelerating semiconductor innovation to improve performance and power efficiency for our customers' electronic systems," said Rich Templeton, TI's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
  • In April 2011, Texas Instruments agreed to acquire National Semiconductor for $25 per share in cash -- valuing the deal at about $6.5 billion.

ATLANTIC BIRD 7 Satellite to Serve Middle East

Eutelsat Communications' ATLANTIC BIRD 7 satellite was successfully launched into orbit by a Zenit-3SL rocket operated by Sea Launch AG from the ocean-based Odyssey Launch Platform in international waters of the Pacific Ocean.

ATLANTIC BIRD 7, which will be located at 7 degrees West, will deliver Arabic and international channels into almost 30 million satellite homes across North Africa and the Middle East. ATLANTIC BIRD 7 will assume broadcasting of the 370 digital and High-Definition channels currently being delivered from this position by Eutelsat's ATLANTIC BIRD™ 4A satellite. The new satellite offers up to 50 transponders, 11 more than ATLANTIC BIRD 4A.

Following ATLANTIC BIRD 7's entry into service, ATLANTIC BIRD™ 4A will be redeployed to an alternative location where it will remain in full commercial service.

For Sea Launch, the successful mission marks its return to service following its corporate reorganization last year.

XO Appoints Laura W. Thomas Interim CEO

XO Communications announced the appointment of Laura W. Thomas as interim CEO. She currently serves as XO's Chief Financial Officer and will retain these responsibilities as she takes up the leadership role. Before joining XO in 2009, Laura held executive positions in finance with Concert Communications and MCI. She earned her MBA in Finance from George Washington University and also holds a BA from Radford University.

LightSquared to Use Convergys for Billing and Rating

LightSquared will implement Convergys' Rating and Billing Manager to deliver transaction volumes and flexible handling of complex account hierarchies for its upcoming, wholesale LTE service.

The Convergys Rating and Billing Manager, part of a suite of Smart Revenue Solutions, is a charging, rating, and balance management system that supports emerging services, such as those to be offered by LightSquared.

Germany's E-Plus Ex Alcatel-Lucent for Upgrade

Germany's E-Plus has selected Alcatel-Lucent for a significant expansion of broadband coverage throughout the country to increase the availability of high-bandwidth services like video and music downloads on smartphones. Alcatel-Lucent will continue to have overall responsibility for network operations, field maintenance, and build-out of services.

This renewed agreement builds on the long-standing Managed Services relationship between the two companies.

France's SFR Shows LTE in Marseille with NSN

SFR, France's second-largest telecom operator, held a live demonstration for the press in Marseille using Nokia Siemens Networks' Single RAN radio access equipment and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The companies showcased very high-speed mobile internet access with near instant response times.