Thursday, January 12, 2012

Acacia Acquires ADAPTIX for Wireless Patents

Acacia Research Corporation has acquired ADAPTIX, Inc., a pioneer in the development of 4G technologies for wireless systems, for $160 million.

ADAPTIX, Inc., which has $10 million in cash, holds s portfolio of 230 issued and pending patents in 13 countries, ADAPTIX's innovations extend across a broad range of 4G technologies including OFDMA and MIMO.

"ADAPTIX has been on the forefront of developing next-generation wireless communications for the past 11 years," commented Acacia CEO, Paul Ryan, "and Acacia's acquisition provides our shareholders with a great opportunity to participate in the worldwide growth of 4G wireless technologies as Acacia continues to expand its patent licensing business."

TE Subcom Demos 100G Coherent over trans-Atlantic Distance

TE Subcom demonstrated 100G coherent transmission over trans-Atlantic distances, achieving 10 Tbps total capacity on a single fiber. The test was completed using a prototype of the company’s new, first generation smarTEr C100 transceiver on a straight line coherent optimized test bed that simulates undersea systems, including amplifiers and fiber, transmitted 100x100Gb/s (10Tb/s) error-free capacity over 6,400km with significant system performance margin. The hardware tested included proprietary soft decision error correction algorithms.

“This significant customer demonstration builds on a 60-year track record of commitment to specialized, long-haul undersea transmission research and development and success in delivering capacity-record-setting undersea cable systems," said David Coughlan, CEO, TE SubCom. “Further, it is a notable step toward the delivery of the first generation of new, 100Gb/s subsea cable systems and marks the beginning of ultra-high, double-digit terabit per fiber pair deployments."

Sisvel Acquires Over 450 Nokia Patents

Sisvel International, which already manage patent pools for the UHF-RFID, CDMA 2000, DVB-T, and DVB-T2 standards, announced that it has acquired 47 patent families comprised of more than 450 patents and applications originally filed by Nokia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sisvel noted that thirty-three of the patent families, consisting of more than 350 patents and applications, have been declared essential by Nokia to second, third and fourth-generation communications standards, including GSM, UMTS/WCDMA (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service / Wide-Band Code Division Multiple Access) and LTE. The balance of the portfolio consists of implementation patents including video encoding optimization technologies. The acquired patents remain subject to certain prior agreements and Nokia is licensed under the portfolio as part of the acquisition.

"Sisvel has been extremely active in recent years working with the wireless industry to provide simplified access to essential wireless patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, conditions," said Giustino de Sanctis, CEO of Sisvel International. Mr. de Sanctis also explained that "Acquiring the many essential patents in this key portfolio is a very significant step for Sisvel and a testament to Sisvel's commitment and determination to succeed in this space. We look forward to offering these essential patents on FRAND terms and to continuing our work within the wireless industry."

Preparation Work Proceeds on Hibernia Atlantic's Next Cable

Huawei Marine Networks Co., has received a construction contract for Hibernia Atlantic’s Global Financial Network (GFN) Project Express.

The first phase of the project’s marine survey work is complete and Huawei Marine is now commencing the manufacturing of the necessary cables and wet plant for the project. The companies anticipate the Project Express segment of the GFN will be ready for service during the summer of 2013. The system will involve a minimum of a 4-fibre pair repeatered submarine cable, providing connectivity between New York and London, initially using 40G technology with upgrades to 100G planned in the future.

The first phase of the system begins with laying a 4600KM cable from Brean in Somerset, United Kingdom to Halifax, Canada. This cable will then connect to Hibernia Atlantic’s current low latency cable, which runs from Halifax to the United States, passing from Lynn, near Boston, and onwards to New York. The new system will also include five branching units for future connectivity enhancements to the United States, Continental Europe, and Ireland.

Calient Upgrades its Photonic Switch

CALIENT Technologies has upgraded its FiberConnect 320X (FC320X) photonic switch with new software that improves security in multi-tenant applications and adds new configuration flexibility. The new release e can be used to create port groups of any number of ports and assign a specific user to manage and view traffic from that port group.

For government applications that involve multiple security clearance levels, the port group management feature supports seven user classification levels, which allows port group management to be segregated by security clearance level.

Southern Cross Cable Deploys Calient's Photonic Switch

Southern Cross Cable Networks has deployed CALIENT Technologies' FiberConnect 320X photonic switch on its trans-Pacific network. The switch makes it possible to remotely reconfigure the fiber network in seconds, adding further protection in the event of fiber breaks or repeater/transponder failures.

The Southern Cross Cable Network is a fully protected fiber-optic cable network linking Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii directly to the U.S. west coast. The network has 28,900 km of submarine and 1,600 km of terrestrial fiber optic cables, operated in a figure eight configuration. The network has a total of 11 landing points, including sites in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji; as well as Hawaii, California, and Oregon in the U.S.

“Even though 90% of capacity on the Southern Cross Cable Network is configured for automatic protection on self-healing rings, there is always a small chance of multiple failures that require redirection of traffic to maintain service,"? said Fiona Beck, Southern Cross CEO. “Until now this has been a manual intervention that would take time to implement. Because service availability is our top priority, we wanted to take advantage of photonic switching technology to eliminate delays when restoring traffic."

CALIENT’s FiberConnect 320X is based on the company’s patented 3D MEMS technology and uses a three-dimensional array of silicon micro mirrors to switch light paths. It offers 640 total fiber terminations consisting of 320 transmit ports and 320 receive ports. The FiberConnect 320X is built with high reliability and redundancy for mission-critical carrier applications. The power supplies and all key electronics cards are hot swappable to eliminate a single point of failure.
  • In October 2011, Ciena announced that Southern Cross Cables is increasing capacity on all of its network segments between Australia, New Zealand and the United States, including one that spans more than 8,000 kilometers, using Ciena's 40/100G coherent optical solutions. The upgrade also includes implementation of Ciena's multi-protocol switching platform to enhance the network's survivability, efficiency, and intelligence. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MobileIron Chalks Up 600% Growth in 2011

MobileIron, which specializes in enterprise management and security for mobile devices and apps, reported 600% growth in its customer base during 2011, including adding 435 new enterprise customers in the last quarter. MobileIron closed the year with more than 100 of the Fortune 500 and Global 250 companies as customers. Bookings grew by more than 400% year over year and the company added over 130 new employees, doubling its size.

"MobileIron is the only company that was purpose-built to address the challenges Mobile IT departments are facing," said Bob Tinker, CEO of MobileIron. "Our success is due in equal parts to rigorous business execution and having a unique solution that meets the needs of an expanding market at the right time. We deeply appreciate the customers and channel partners who chose MobileIron to make their organizations successful today and keep pace with mobile innovation in the future."

Motorola Mobility Prevails over Apple in ITC Ruling

The Administrative Law Judge in the U.S. International Trade Commission case brought by Apple issued an initial determination, finding that Motorola Mobility did not violate any of the three Apple patents listed in Apple's suit.

Level 3 Completes $900 Million Notes Offering

Level 3 Communications completed its previously announced offering of $900 million aggregate principal amount of its 8.625% Senior Notes due 2020 in a private offering to "qualified institutional buyers." The company said a portion of the net proceeds from the offering will be used to redeem all of Level 3 Financing's outstanding 9.25% Senior Notes due 2014 in aggregate principal amount of $807 million. The remaining proceeds will constitute purchase money indebtedness under the existing indentures of Level 3 and will be used solely to fund the cost of construction, installation, acquisition, lease, development or improvement of any telecommunications/IS assets, including the cash purchase price of any past, pending or future acquisitions.

Amped Wireless Delivers 10,000 Sq Ft of Wi-Fi Coverage with High Power Gigabit Router

Amped Wireless introduced its R10000G High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Router powered by a 620MHz processor, premium dual high power Wi-Fi 600mW amplifiers and dual high gain 5dBi antennas. The Amped Wireless Premium Series router promises up to 10,000 Sq Ft of Wi-Fi coverage. The R10000G features gigabit wired ports for connecting additional wired network devices and includes Smart Features, such as, guest networks, adjustable Wi-Fi coverage controls, parental controls, website blocking and support for the latest Wi-Fi security to secure your Wi-Fi experience.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Motorola Solutions Completes Phase 1 Public Safety LTE Tests

Motorola Solutions completed all sections of the Public Safety Communications Research Program (PSCR) LTE Demonstration Network Test Plan, Phase 1 in Boulder, Colorado.

Motorola supplied LTE infrastructure equipment, user devices and public safety applications to validate proper operation of the system.

Two additional testing phases remain: Phase 2 System and Node Level Testing, and Phase 3 Advanced Features, Conformance, Interoperability and Roaming Testing. Motorola is installing a Public Safety LTE core now and integrating other necessary equipment at the NIST Colorado facility in early 2012 to facilitate optimal Phase 2 and Phase 3 testing.

Motorola previously announced the first commercial release of standards-based LTE technology to public safety, with shipments beginning on Nov. 11, 2011. As Motorola continues to deploy LTE networks nationwide, participation with PSCR in their testing of Public Safety LTE equipment will continue as prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help ensure interoperability between various LTE deployments using the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) block of spectrum.


CommScope Develops Copper-Alternative Grounding Wire to Deter Theft

CommScope introduced a copper-alternative grounding wire designed to deter copper theft and lower maintenance costs for telecoms and data applications.

CommScope said its GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel solution is designed for use in subsurface grounding grids, as well as inside and outside plant bonding applications. It is an electrical conductor that has copper metallurgically bonded to a solid steel core. The wire is capable of dispersing fault currents and lightning strikes. It also offers a lower total cost of ownership compared to pure copper. In addition, it can be jacketed with a polyethylene coating and printed to disguise and distinguish the wire from solid copper.

“Companies trying to protect their copper infrastructure have been going to extreme measures to deter theft, many of which are neither successful nor cost effective," said Doug Wells, vice president, Outside Plant Solutions, Broadband, CommScope. “Companies have increased security around their plants, going as far as laser etching their cables so they can be traced when they are stolen. Others have coated cables with a special liquid that leaves a stain detectable under ultraviolet light. Despite efforts like these, thieves continue to steal copper because of its rising value. The result is costly damage to networks and growing service disruptions.
  • BT's Openreach division has been deploying an invisible, "SmartWater" forensic ink in its cabling across the UK as a deterrence to metal thieves. Driven by the recent surge in scrap copper prices, metal theft is a growing problem.

    BT's Metal Theft Taskforce is using the SmartWater as a means to tag anyone tampering with its lines. SmartWater is a forensic marking liquid that is unique to a particular location. It will be used to mark the outer shell and inner core of Openreach cable, along with tools and other equipment. This will allow police to irrefutably identify where any stolen items have come from. Any thieves who target Openreach property face being sprayed with the liquid. The system is also interconnected with GPS.

Samsung to Add Verizon FiOS TV App to Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players

Samsung will be the first consumer electronics manufacturer to commercially introduce a Verizon FiOS TV App to its line of Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players in 2012. The app will allow Verizon FiOS TV subscribers to instantly access 26 live TV channels, including HD channels, directly through the subscribers' connected Samsung Smart TV or Smart Blu-ray Player. No additional hardware is required. Users will also have access to more than 10,000 video-on-demand titles available through Verizon Flex View – the company's anytime, anywhere on-demand entertainment service for TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones.

"Our companies are squarely focused on two objectives: adding tangible value and excitement to our customers' entertainment experience," said Eric Anderson, vice president of content and product solutions, Samsung Electronics America. "By combining our respective capabilities and technologies, we are advancing our goals to transform entertainment throughout the home."

Ofcom Proposes Auction of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz Spectrum this Year

Ofcom set out a number of new proposals for making 4G mobile spectrum available in the UK. Plans call for the auction of ‘digital dividend’ spectrum in the 800MHz band along with higher frequency airwaves in the 2.6GHz band at the end of 2012.

Among the proposals, Ofcom is considering revising or dropping a special condition that is attached to one of the 800MHz licences, obliging the holder to roll out a 4G network to 95% of the UK population. Given the Government's plans to invest £150m to boost mobile coverage in those areas with no coverage, Ofcom now believes that the special condition can be strengthened in one of two ways. The first option is to increase the obligation to 98% of the UK by population. However, the second and potentially more effective option, is to require that one 800MHz operator provides 4G coverage that not only matches existing 2G coverage but also extends into mobile ‘not spot’ areas of the UK where the £150m will provide infrastructure capable of supporting 4G coverage.

In another proposal, Ofcom is considering ways to help ensure that there are at least four national wholesalers of mobile services.

Ofcom is also proposing to reserve some spectrum in the 2.6GHz band to be shared by a group of companies that might be considered a new entrant - for instance, mobile networks for student campuses, hospitals or commercial offices, which operate on short-range frequencies serving a small area.

Ericsson Sharpens its IPR Focus

Ericsson announced a reorganization of its Licensing and Patent Development department with the focus on further monetizing its IPR assets. Ericsson's Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Kasim Alfalahi, who currently reports to Ericsson's CTO within Group Function Technology and Portfolio Management, will report directly to President and CEO Hans Vestberg.

Ericsson hold 27,000 granted patents that cover a wide range of technologies, from wireless access (2G, 3G and 4G) to WLAN and the whole Information and Communications Technology (ICT) value chain. The company notes that it is already a net receiver of royalties and has signed more than 90 license agreements. With new devices and other industries entering the world of connectivity, Ericsson targets to grow its IPR revenues above the SEK 4.6 billion net revenue generated in 2010, as stated at the company's Capital Markets Day on November 9, 2011.

Ericsson Completes Telcordia Acquisition

Ericsson completed its previously announced acquisition of Telcordia for US$1.5 billion in cash. Telcordia is now part of the Ericsson Group and its approximately 2,600 skilled employees have joined Ericsson.

Telcordia was previously owned by Providence Equity Partners and Warburg Pincus.

"The addition of Telcordia's skilled people and knowledge, a good multi vendor product portfolio and an important customer base in North America, complement Ericsson's already established position in the OSS/BSS space," stated Per Borgklint, Head of Ericsson's business unit Multimedia.
  • Telcordia, which is headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey, generated revenues of US$739 million during the last fiscal year. The company supplies mobile, broadband and enterprise software and services. Its portfolio includes Next Generation OSS — with a focus on planning & engineering, fulfillment, and service assurance -- as well as Service Delivery & Charging software for mobile operators. Telcordia also serves as a global administrator of industry interconnection directories and registries, helping carriers to find, route, connect and interact for high-value voice and data services.

  • The deal was first announced on 14-June-2011

Telenor and Verizon Sign Global Wholesale Deal

Telenor will begin reselling Verizon Global Wholesale's international Private IP under a new agreement announced by the firms.

Telenor will be able to provide its customers in Norway with a single point of contact for global communications that run over Verizon's network,
In addition, by linking into Verizon's MPLS network, Telenor will also be able to offer its customers enhanced communications services on a global scale.

"This collaboration with Telenor is a great example of how Verizon is helping its wholesale customers expand their global reach and gain control over capital expenses while maximizing their capabilities," said Mike Millegan, president of Verizon Global Wholesale. "We look forward to working with Telenor to help expand its global customer base."

Deutsche Telekom Signs Backhaul Deal with Telefónica Germany

Deutsche Telekom has reached a network infrastructure agreement with Telefónica Germany.

Under the long-term deal, Telekom connect up to 2,000 of Telefónica’s points of concentration via fibre optics in the next few years. This will allow the O2 mobile network to transmit data at even greater speeds and higher capacity. The first connections to telecom masts are expected in Q2 2012. The data of the UMTS and LTE stations at points of concentration will be connected via Telekom into the O2 core network.

“The agreement with Telekom gives us the chance to operate cost-efficiently, quickly and flexibly in the rapidly growing market for mobile data�?, says Telefónica Germany CEO René Schuster. “So we can offer the best quality in one of the most high-tech mobile networks in Europe.�? Niek Jan van Damme, Telekom board member responsible for German business, points out: “To be able to exploit synergies in broadband expansion, network operators have to work together. And Telekom is willing to do that�?.http://

Global Broadband Lines Top 581 Million

Approximately 17.4 million broadband lines were deployed during Q3 2011, bringing the global total to 581.3 million, a quarterly increase of 3.08% - and an annual growth rate of 12.89%, according to figures prepared for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic. The quarter witnessed the strongest growth since 2009, thanks largely to continued rollouts in China.

"These are very healthy figures for Q3 and they demonstrate the ongoing strength of the broadband market," commented Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. "We are especially pleased to see the trend in fiber technologies beginning to take off. Our G-PON certification program, launched in Q3 and with first certifications already in place, has been very widely welcomed and this is an indication that the market is ready for much further growth in this area."

Some highlights:

FTTx is gaining ground but DSL remains the dominant technology.

Both FTTH and FTTx/hybrid technologies, showed the largest growth with over 8% overall, compared to 2.2% for cable modems and 2% for DSL.

FTTx added just under 19 million lines in Q3 2011 - this is more than double the number in the same period last year.

FTTx now accounts for 16% of the global broadband market - fast catching up with cable's 19.5%.

China topped 152 million broadband subscribers, up from 126 million a year earlier.

IPTV subscribers grew by 6.06% in the third quarter of 2011 and now total 54.4 million globally.

France remains the top country for IPTV, but China will soon surpass it in total number of IPTV subscribers. http://www.broadband-forum.org

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

IEEE Targets Network-Adaptive QoE Standard -- P1907.1

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved work to begin on IEEE P1907.1 – Standard for Network-Adaptive Quality of Experience (QoE) Management Scheme for Real-Time Mobile Video Communications.

The proposed standard would address the quality of mobile video communications. It would help network operators, application developers, service/content providers and end users to develop, deploy and utilize real-time collaborative services.

“The goal of IEEE P1907.1 is to help raise the bar for real-time mobile video communications, ultimately resulting in a richer and more satisfying end-user experience,�? said John Ralston, chair of the IEEE P1907.1 Working Group. “By tackling real-time video capture, transmission and monitoring of received video quality, IEEE P1907.1 is intended to facilitate a high-quality real-time mobile video user experience within the constraints of mobile devices and networks."

The first meeting of the IEEE P1907.1 Working Group is scheduled for March 2012 in Piscataway, N.J.