Thursday, November 24, 2011

SingTel Joins GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency Initiative

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is joining the GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Benchmarking initiative. The result from the benchmarking will help to identify areas to raise power consumption efficiency. These include reviewing the design of radio access network architecture through techniques like free air cooling and insulation paint for base station shelter to improve the energy efficiency and accelerate adoption of renewable green energy solutions in these areas.


SingTel said participation in this initiative will extend to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Optus, and regional mobile associates, including Airtel (India and Africa), Advanced Info Service (Thailand), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd (Bangladesh), Telkomsel (Indonesia) and Warid (Pakistan).
http://www.singtel.com

BT Wins EUR 50 Million Contract for Global Data Network

BT announced a contract with Spain's FCC, an engineering and construction firm, for the delivery of a global data network and fixed communications services for a period of five years. The network will extend to more than 50 countries on four continents. The contract includes wide and local area networking services, fixed voice services, video conferencing and remote access for more than 12,000 users located in approximately 850 sites.


FCC's core activities are the management of environmental services and water, construction of large infrastructures, cement production, urban facilities and renewable energy generationhttp://www.btplc.com
http://www.fcc.es

Anite Enhances LTE Multi-RAT Testing

Anite has added support for LTE Multi-RAT (Multiple Radio Access Technology) testing to its Development Toolset (DT) solution. This offers the possibility to perform complex LTE Multi-RAT Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB) scenarios, which provides voice support on LTE networks in the early stages of LTE deployment as well as Packet Switched Handover (PSHO), which offers the ability to perform sustained data transfer across LTE and legacy networks.


Anite said LTE Multi-RAT testing, prior to hardware and RF integration, ensures that vendors eliminate risk in their development programmes, as LTE device features are verified to work correctly at the very start of the development cycle. Device and chipset manufacturers can use the platform to validate their LTE Multi-RAT implementation in a proven test environment at a very early stage on host as well as on a more traditional target test platform. http://www.anite.com

Everything Everywhere Raises £875 million -- Financing Still Flows

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture that operates the networks for T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), announced new bank financing facilities of £875 million, comprising a term loan and a multicurrency revolving credit facility with maturities of between 3 and 5 years.
img border="0" src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11402824/CND//everythingeverywhere.gif" align="right">

The facilities will be used to refinance part of the £1.25 billion shareholder loan provided equally on Everything Everywhere's formation by its parent companies, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom. The refinancing does not change the ownership of Everything Everywhere, with Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom each continuing to own 50% of the business. The new facility is provided by a group of banks comprising The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays Capital, HSBC Bank, J.P. Morgan, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bankhttp://everythingeverywhere.com/
  • In July 2011, Everything Everywhere appointed Olaf Swantee as CEO effective as of 1-Sept-2011, replacing Tom Alexander. who resigned for personal reasons and to pursue other interests.

SingTel Joins GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency Initiative

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is joining the GSMA's Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) Benchmarking initiative. The result from the benchmarking will help to identify areas to raise power consumption efficiency. These include reviewing the design of radio access network architecture through techniques like free air cooling and insulation paint for base station shelter to improve the energy efficiency and accelerate adoption of renewable green energy solutions in these areas.


SingTel said participation in this initiative will extend to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Optus, and regional mobile associates, including Airtel (India and Africa), Advanced Info Service (Thailand), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd (Bangladesh), Telkomsel (Indonesia) and Warid (Pakistan).
http://www.singtel.com

BT Wins EUR 50 Million Contract for Global Data Network

BT announced a contract with Spain's FCC, an engineering and construction firm, for the delivery of a global data network and fixed communications services for a period of five years. The network will extend to more than 50 countries on four continents. The contract includes wide and local area networking services, fixed voice services, video conferencing and remote access for more than 12,000 users located in approximately 850 sites.


FCC's core activities are the management of environmental services and water, construction of large infrastructures, cement production, urban facilities and renewable energy generationhttp://www.btplc.com
http://www.fcc.es

Anite Enhances LTE Multi-RAT Testing

Anite has added support for LTE Multi-RAT (Multiple Radio Access Technology) testing to its Development Toolset (DT) solution. This offers the possibility to perform complex LTE Multi-RAT Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB) scenarios, which provides voice support on LTE networks in the early stages of LTE deployment as well as Packet Switched Handover (PSHO), which offers the ability to perform sustained data transfer across LTE and legacy networks.


Anite said LTE Multi-RAT testing, prior to hardware and RF integration, ensures that vendors eliminate risk in their development programmes, as LTE device features are verified to work correctly at the very start of the development cycle. Device and chipset manufacturers can use the platform to validate their LTE Multi-RAT implementation in a proven test environment at a very early stage on host as well as on a more traditional target test platform. http://www.anite.com

Everything Everywhere Raises £875 million -- Financing Still Flows

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture that operates the networks for T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), announced new bank financing facilities of £875 million, comprising a term loan and a multicurrency revolving credit facility with maturities of between 3 and 5 years.
img border="0" src="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11402824/CND//everythingeverywhere.gif" align="right">

The facilities will be used to refinance part of the £1.25 billion shareholder loan provided equally on Everything Everywhere's formation by its parent companies, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom. The refinancing does not change the ownership of Everything Everywhere, with Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom each continuing to own 50% of the business. The new facility is provided by a group of banks comprising The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays Capital, HSBC Bank, J.P. Morgan, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bankhttp://everythingeverywhere.com/
  • In July 2011, Everything Everywhere appointed Olaf Swantee as CEO effective as of 1-Sept-2011, replacing Tom Alexander. who resigned for personal reasons and to pursue other interests.

3S Photonics Acquires Manlight for Optical Amplifiers

3S PHOTONICS, formerly Alcatel Optronics then Avanex France, has acquired Manlight S.A.S. for an undisclosed sum.


3S PHOTONICS, which is based in Nozay, France, designs, develops, manufactures and sells active components powered by in-house III-V optoelectronic chips as well as passive components using Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG). The company also provides foundry services using its related epitaxial and wafer processing expertise.


Manlight is a supplier of optical fiber amplifiers and lasers for telecommunication transport networks, broadband access networks, defense,
and industrial markets. Based in Lannion, France, Manlight was founded in 2006 through the acquisition of Highwave Optical Technologies assets. The company has 30 employees. http://www.3sphotonics.com

NTT Tests Plug-and-Play 40G & 100G Coherent Optics Developed in House

NTT announced the successful field testing of plug-and-play coherent optical transmission technology operating at 40G and 100G over exiting fiber. The coherent technology, which was developed in-house by NTT, enables 100 and 40 Gbps ignals to be configured easily and automatically in 50 ms or less.


NTT said its newly developed digital coherent technology transmits an optical signal with lightwave characteristics (optical phase and polarization) corresponding to ones and zeros of the digital signal. It implements high-speed configuration for the ultra-high-speed signal by applying a new DSP function to the digital coherent technology. A DSP in the optical transmitter first introduces a known digital signal into the transmitted optical signal to measure waveform distortion beforehand, and this is transmitted as a digital coherent optical signal using lightwave characteristics. The receiver then receives optical signal, having been distorted by the unique transmission characteristics of the optical fiber, and it is digitized in real time, as-is, by the receiver DSP, making it available for high-speed digital signal processing. Specifically, the receiver DSP measures the waveform distortion added to the received optical signal directly and accurately by extracting the known signal from it, and later removes this measured waveform distortion from the received signal. The new technology measures the waveform distortion quickly and reduces configuration time to allow high-speed removal of the distortion.


For the trial, 11 wavelengths with 100 or 40 Gbps signals per wavelength were transmitted under over 1,000 different artificially-created transmission conditions, in field tests spanning 580 km. The results confirmed extremely stable automatic configuration in all cases.


http://www.ntt.co.jp

Australia's NBN Co Opens Network Operations Centre in Melbourne

NBN Co opened a $32.5m operations centre in Melbourne's Docklands. The facility serves as the central hub for the National Broadband Network's central hub, housing the facilities that will manage the day-to-day operations of the Australia-wide broadband service. The new Network Service and Operations Centre (NSOC) enables NBN Co to monitor the network across the country, detect faults, manage orders and support the telephone and internet service providers that will sell broadband services to the public.


NBN Co also announced a National Test Facility (NTF), which will allow telephone and internet service providers to test new services before they are rolled out across the NBN. It will also be used to test NBN Co's new products such as the planned multicast capability that is being designed to give telephone and internet providers the ability to deliver high-quality video to support a new wave of services such as IPTV in high-definition.


In addition, NBN Co is opening a "Discovery Centre" at Docklands to give visitors a preview of NBN capabilities. An NBN Co Demonstration Truck will serve a similar function as its visits more than 100 towns and cities across Australia over the next 12 months, starting next week in Tasmania.
http://www.nbnco.com.au/

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom Withdraw FCC Application -- T-Mobile USA Merger in Doubt

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom withdrew their application to the FCC for transfer of licenses required for the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T. Without FCC approval, the $39 billion acquisition cannot proceed.


In a joint statement issued on Thanksgiving, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom said they are still seeking to complete the deal and that their next step would be to focus their continuing efforts on obtaining antitrust clearance for the transaction from the Department of Justice either through the litigation pending before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. A new application to the FCC would be made as "soon as practical."


However, AT&T said is planning to recognize a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion ($3 billion cash and $1 billion book value of spectrum) in the 4th quarter of 2011 to reflect the potential break up fees due Deutsche Telekom in the event the transaction does not receive regulatory approval.
http://www.att.com
http://www.telekom.com
  • The U.S. District Court, District of Columbia has set a date of February 13, 2012 to hear the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. 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."

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom Withdraw FCC Application -- T-Mobile USA Merger in Doubt

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom withdrew their application to the FCC for transfer of licenses required for the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T. Without FCC approval, the $39 billion acquisition cannot proceed.


In a joint statement issued on Thanksgiving, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom said they are still seeking to complete the deal and that their next step would be to focus their continuing efforts on obtaining antitrust clearance for the transaction from the Department of Justice either through the litigation pending before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. A new application to the FCC would be made as "soon as practical."


However, AT&T said is planning to recognize a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion ($3 billion cash and $1 billion book value of spectrum) in the 4th quarter of 2011 to reflect the potential break up fees due Deutsche Telekom in the event the transaction does not receive regulatory approval.
http://www.att.com
http://www.telekom.com
  • The U.S. District Court, District of Columbia has set a date of February 13, 2012 to hear the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. 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."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NSN's Restructuring Sees 17,000 Job Cuts, Renewed Focus on Liquid Net

Nokia Siemens Networks announced a major restructuring that will include the elimination of approximately 17,000 jobs worldwide and a renewed focus on mobile broadband. The cuts represent about 23% of NSN's current employees. The company is seeking to reduce its non-IFRS annualized operating expenses and production overheads by EUR 1 billion by the end of 2013, compared to the end of 2011. The savings are expected to come from the streamlined company size, real estate consolidation, cost synergies from the integration of Motorola's wireless assets, information technology, product and service procurement costs, overall general and administrative expenses, and a significant reduction of suppliers.




In a conference call, Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks, said the decision is to focus on mobile broadband rather than attempting to be an end-to-end player in network infrastructure. Optical is considered part of the mobile infrastructure offering, but wireline and other product categories would be considered non-core. NSN will either sell these non-core businesses or "manage them for value."


At this point, NSN is not disclosing where the job cuts will be made, apart from saying that the 17,000 eliminations by the end of 2013 is a global number.


Looking forward, Nokia Siemens Networks plans to leverage its Liquid Net and Liquid Transport strategies as key differentiators. The company will continue to invest and innovate in these areas, as well as to emphasize quality as a key value. Strategic interests include HSPA and LTE, signalling and data traffic management, cloud capabilities for mobile networks, OSS for mobile broadband, subscriber data management, M2M, multivendor network management, and outsourced network services.


"We believe that the future of our industry is in mobile broadband and services – and we aim to be an undisputed leader in these areas," said Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. "At the same time, we need to take the necessary steps to maintain long term competitiveness and improve profitability in a challenging telecommunications market." http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

  • Earlier this month, Nokia Siemens Networks reached an agreement to sell its microwave transport business, including its associated operational support systems (OSS) and related support functions, to DragonWave in a transaction potentially worth up to EUR 110 million. The deal provides DragonWave with an existing microwave transport business serving many top carriers worldwide, a more extensive product portfolio, an on-going agreement under which its will become the preferred, strategic supplier to Nokia Siemens Networks of packet microwave and related products, and joint R&D work with NSN. The division has sales several times larger than DragonWave, its client base is much larger, and it has more employees (360), mainly based in Milan, Italy and Shanghai, China.



  • In September 2011, Nokia and Siemens agreed to each putting EUR 500 million in new capital into their joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks, with the aim of further strengthening the company's financial position and setting the stage for strategic flexibility, productivity and innovation in areas such as Mobile Broadband and related services. In addition, Jesper Ovesen, 54, was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board of Nokia Siemens Networks, effective immediately, replacing Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.



  • In April 2011, Nokia Siemens Networks completed its acquisition of the majority of Motorola's wireless network infrastructure assets for US$975 in cash. The deal, which was first announced in July 2010, gave Nokia Siemens Networks incumbent relationships with more than 50 operators and strengthened its position with China Mobile, Clearwire, KDDI, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Motorola's networks infrastructure business covered GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMAX and LTE. Approximately 7,500 employees were expected to transfer to Nokia Siemens Networks from Motorola's wireless network infrastructure business, including R&D sites in the U.S., Russia, China and India.


Monday, November 21, 2011

FCC Chairman Opposes AT&T + T-Mobile Deal

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski signalled his opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA by informing fellow commissioners that he will seek to block the $39 billion deal. As of Tuesday night, a public statement on the issue had not yet been issued but media reports indicated that Genachowski will refer the issue to an administrative law judge rather than negotiate possible remedies with AT&T to overcome any points of contention.


A decision by the FCC not to approve the transfer of T-Mobile's licenses to AT&T would present a major obstacle to the proposed merger.


Larry Solomon, senior vice president of Corporate Communications, AT&T, issued the following statement:


"The FCC's action today is disappointing. It is yet another example of a government agency acting to prevent billions in new investment and the creation of many thousands of new jobs at a time when the US economy desperately needs both. At this time, we are reviewing all options."


The Communications Workers of America (CWA) issued their own statement:


"The action by the Federal Communications Commission on the AT&T/T-Mobile merger is a job killer at a time of 9 percent unemployment. Our T-Mobile members know that the path to secure jobs is through massive investment in a 4-G LTE network across America. T-Mobile management has clearly stated that the company doesn't have the scale to justify that investment. AT&T has promised to retain 23,000 call center, retail and technical workers who now have no clear employment path. Additionally, AT&T has committed to return 5,000 jobs to the U.S. from Asia and invest $8 billion in new capital and broadband buildout. The FCC's decision relegates the issue of good jobs to the bottom of the government's priorities."http://www.fcc.govhttp://www.att.comThe U.S. District Court, District of Columbia has set a date of February 13, 2012 to hear lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. 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.

  • AT&T and T-Mobile USA filed a 27-page response in U.S. District Court to the Department of Justice's lawsuit that seeks to block their proposed merger. In it, 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 noted 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."
  • NetLogic Stockholders Approve Acquisition by Broadcom

    NetLogic Microsystems' stockholders approved the deal offer by Broadcom to acquire NetLogic for $50.00 per share in cash. The completion of the merger remains subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the receipt of clearance by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce under the Chinese Antimonopoly Law.
    http://www.netlogicmicro.com
    • In September 2011, Broadcom announced plans to 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.


      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.

    FCC Chairman Opposes AT&T + T-Mobile Deal

    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski signalled his opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA by informing fellow commissioners that he will seek to block the $39 billion deal. As of Tuesday night, a public statement on the issue had not yet been issued but media reports indicated that Genachowski will refer the issue to an administrative law judge rather than negotiate possible remedies with AT&T to overcome any points of contention.


    A decision by the FCC not to approve the transfer of T-Mobile's licenses to AT&T would present a major obstacle to the proposed merger.


    Larry Solomon, senior vice president of Corporate Communications, AT&T, issued the following statement:


    "The FCC's action today is disappointing. It is yet another example of a government agency acting to prevent billions in new investment and the creation of many thousands of new jobs at a time when the US economy desperately needs both. At this time, we are reviewing all options."


    The Communications Workers of America (CWA) issued their own statement:


    "The action by the Federal Communications Commission on the AT&T/T-Mobile merger is a job killer at a time of 9 percent unemployment. Our T-Mobile members know that the path to secure jobs is through massive investment in a 4-G LTE network across America. T-Mobile management has clearly stated that the company doesn't have the scale to justify that investment. AT&T has promised to retain 23,000 call center, retail and technical workers who now have no clear employment path. Additionally, AT&T has committed to return 5,000 jobs to the U.S. from Asia and invest $8 billion in new capital and broadband buildout. The FCC's decision relegates the issue of good jobs to the bottom of the government's priorities."http://www.fcc.govhttp://www.att.comThe U.S. District Court, District of Columbia has set a date of February 13, 2012 to hear lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. 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.

  • AT&T and T-Mobile USA filed a 27-page response in U.S. District Court to the Department of Justice's lawsuit that seeks to block their proposed merger. In it, 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 noted 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."
  • NetLogic Stockholders Approve Acquisition by Broadcom

    NetLogic Microsystems' stockholders approved the deal offer by Broadcom to acquire NetLogic for $50.00 per share in cash. The completion of the merger remains subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including the receipt of clearance by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce under the Chinese Antimonopoly Law.
    http://www.netlogicmicro.com
    • In September 2011, Broadcom announced plans to 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.


      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.

    See also