Sunday, February 12, 2012

AT&T Video: Self Optimizing Network from AT&T and Intucell

This video from AT&T comments on Self Optimizing Network technology from AT&T and Intucell, which helps to ease the overcrowding of users on overloaded towers. AT&T expects to deploy the technology by the middle of 2012.

TI Intros 5-in-1 Wireless Combo Chip

Texas Instruments introduced its WiLink 8.0 -- integrating up to five different radio -- for smartphones, tablets, eBooks, ultrathin computing devices and other feature-rich mobile products.

The new family of 45-nanometer single-chip solutions offers mobile Wi-Fi, GNSS, NFC, Bluetooth and FM transmit/receive capabilities. TI said its WiLink 8.0 architecture supports various combinations of these technologies, allowing for customized solutions to address the unique needs and price points of all mobile markets. Each chip variant comes in a compact WSP package that can be mounted directly on a PCB, and includes all required RF front ends, a complete power management system, and comprehensive coexistence mechanisms. The result is that the five-radio WiLink 8.0 chip offers a 60 percent cost reduction, 45 percent decrease in size and 30 percent lower power consumption compared to traditional multi-chip offerings.

Vitesse Announces 10G 72x72 Crosspoint Switch

Vitesse Semiconductor has expanded its connectivity signal integrity portfolio with the addition of he industry's first 10G asynchronous 72x72 port crosspoint switch.

The new Vitesse VSC3172-12 is aimed at network equipment applications ranging from broadcast video to data centers and enterprise storage. The device leverages Vitesse's unique FlexEQ technology to offer equalization that is programmable on a global or per-channel basis. FlexEQ enables a superior level of signal integrity engineering, allowing maximum design flexibility in addressing signal integrity issues at the board and system level, thus improving the overall system jitter margin. Designed for equipment types requiring less than 772 Gbps aggregate bandwidth, the VSC3172-12 delivers up to 40% PCB board area savings versus comparable solutions. This simplifies high-speed signal routing with a smaller footprint solution and improves time-to-market.

The VSC3172-12 is fully protocol agnostic and operates up to 10.709 Gbps. The device features full support for Forward Error Correction (FEC) rates, as well as backwards compatibility to legacy data rates. Additionally, it provides a lower power and smaller size alternative to expensive protocol aware 10G switches to perform functions such as high speed signal fan-out, loopback, protection switching and equalization.

The VSC3172-12 is currently an packaged in a 33-sq-mm, 613-pin, lead-free FCBGA.

Cisco to Resell Virtual Desktops from VMware, Citrix

Cisco will resell VMware View 5 software as part of an integrated desktop virtualization solution that is based on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to simplify the secure and scalable deployment of virtual desktops across the enterprise. The integrated solution enables simplified physical and virtual infrastructure and management associated with virtual desktop deployments.

Separately, Cisco also announced plans to resell Citrix XenDesktop as part of an integrated desktop virtualization solution based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). This integrated desktop virtualization solution simplifies the deployment of high-definition virtual desktops and application.

AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service Delivers VMware Power

AT&T introduced its "Synaptic Compute as a Service", enabling enterprises running VMware to extend their private clouds across and into AT&T's network-based cloud using AT&T's VPN.

AT&T said the benefits of this "virtual private cloud" include the flexibility of using private and public cloud systems interchangeably and strategically.

Specifically, AT&T Synaptic Compute as a Service allows users to rapidly provision and scale compute resources and flexibly shift workloads between their private clouds and AT&T's network-based cloud. It also supports bursting, data center extensions, disaster recovery, and mobile application development and deployment. ST&T has achieved certification according to VMware's rigorous standards for its vCloud Datacenter Service program which was created to ensure globally consistent enterprise-class cloud computing infrastructure services. It is available immediately in the U.S. with global availability expected by year-end 2012.

AT&T Synaptic Compute involves no upfront fees, no term commitment and no termination fees. You pay on a per-hour basis per virtual machine and charges are accumulated and assessed at the end of each month.

In addition, AT&T said its new service allows for virtual machine cloning, logical separation via virtual LAN, the ability to allocate up to 1TB of storage per virtual machine, and a 99.9% service level agreement (SLA) for portal availability.

TranSwitch LTE Gateway Completes VoLTE Testing over Verizon’s 4G

TranSwitch 's "Atlanta 2000" LTE Gateway reference design has successfully completed testing over the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE development network. The testing occurred at Verizon’s LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass.

TransSwitch said that iIn addition to validating operability of its reference design on the 4G LTE network, the testing confirmed the Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) capability of the design, a step that can lead to the development and implementation of products incorporating this new technology.

Key features of the Atlanta 2000 LTE Gateway include:

  • Low power hardware architecture consisting of Dual Network Processor Cores, Dedicated VoIP DSP and Dual Crypto Security Engines.

  • Turnkey broadband, wireless and telephony functionality with IMS compliant, Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployment-ready software stack, Certified OMA-DM, Broadband Forum Management and Provisioning

  • Telco-grade VoIP quality with comprehensive Wireline and Wireless Codec support

  • Dual Stack IPv4/IPv6, Hardware-based security and tunneling (IPSec /PPPT/L2TP /SSL).

  • Best-in-class performance Java Virtual Machine and OSGI support for Home Automation Applications over LTE.

France Telecom Contemplates Acquisition of Egypt's MobiNil

France Telecom-Orange (“FT�?) and Orascom Telecom (OTMT) signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding regarding their interests in the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services S.A.E. (“ECMS�?) and MobiNil for Telecommunications S.A.E. (“MobiNil�?). The companies contemplate:

The early sale by OTMT of most of its stake in MobiNil/ECMS to FT, at a price of EGP 202.5 per ECMS share. FT would then launch a tender offer for ECMS’ free float at such price, in accordance with applicable laws and subject to the approval of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (“EFSA�?).

OTMT would retain a 5% economic interest in ECMS.

FT and OTMT would amend certain provisions under the current MobiNil Shareholders Agreement in order to adjust the governance structure to the new shareholding interests and to put in place the usual mechanisms to protect minority shareholders’ interests.

Broadcom Launches First 802.11ac Silicon

Broadcom launched the first "5G WiFi" chips based on the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, which promises more reliable coverage and gigabit speeds compared to the legacy 802.11a/b/g/n technologies,

Specifically, the new BCM43460 system-on-chip (SoC) is 3x faster and 6x more power efficient than previous generation 802.11n solutions while remaining interoperable with the legacy 802.11 technologies. The 2.4/5 GHz single-chip MAC/PHY/Radio SOC is aimed at enterprise and carrier class access points, branch office routers and business class integrated services routers.

The BCM43460 is a dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) IEEE 802.11ac draft 3 x 3 compliant MAC/PHY/Radio complete SoC. The fully integrated dual-band radio transceiver supports 3 x 3 antennas for date rates up to 1.3 Gbps.

Broadcom is offering a number of new capabilities in the SOC, including an explicit and implicit transmit beam-forming technology that significantly extends the range, coverage and network efficiency of enterprise wireless networks, particularly in single antenna devices such as smartphones. Broadcom is introducing an airtime fairness feature that enables better performance through its support for a denser environment of mixed speed Wi-Fi devices. Advanced spectrum analysis features combine in-depth RF analysis with real-time WLAN information for real-time trouble�shooting of performance problems. This feature is critical to Enterprise operators for deep monitoring of interference in the network, resulting in more reliable, consistent wireless service.

"Enterprise networks are on the cusp of a new mobile computing era in which tablets and smartphones will be ubiquitous in the workplace," said Rajiv Ramaswami, executive vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Infrastructure and Networking Group. "Broadcom is at the forefront of developing the latest wireless technologies for the enterprise, delivering the connectivity capabilities needed to meet the growing demands of an unwired workforce."
  • 802.11ac. leverages 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is 2 times wider than current 802.11n solutions.

NSN Cites Gains in LTE-ready Packet Core Deployments

Nokia Siemens Networks has reached a major milestone in the deployment of packet core systems for mobile broadband -- one billion packet core subscriber licenses have been deployed to date (operators typically deploy more licenses than the actual number of mobile broadband subscribers on their network).

Furthermore, 285 operators in more than 115 countries around the globe use Nokia Siemens Networks’ packet core offering to serve the fast growing demand for mobile broadband. Of these, over 100 operators use the company’s Liquid Core based LTE-ready packet core. These deployments amount to over 2000 packet core network elements installed worldwide.

Google + Motorola Deal Clears Regulatory Hurdles

Google's bid to acquire Motorola Mobility received regulatory clearance from the European Union and the U.S. Department of Justice. The deal was first announced on Aug. 15, 2011. The companies say the merger will "supercharge" Android.

Motorola Mobility is the holder of a portfolio of approximately 17,000 issued patents and 6,800 applications, including hundreds of standard essential patents (SEPs) relevant to wireless devices that Motorola Mobility committed to license through its participation in standard-setting organizations (SSOs).

Separately, the U.S. Department of Justice also approved the acquisitions by Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) of certain Nortel Networks Corporation patents, and the acquisition by Apple of certain Novell patents.

Stoke's Wi-Fi Exchange Enables Trusted Extension of Mobile Services

Stoke introduced its new Wi-Fi Exchange gateway for helping network operators to safely and automatically authenticate Wi-Fi subscribers and securely link them to their services network. This enables operators to leverage Wi-Fi as an intelligent offload without requiring a software client on the mobile device.

Stoke's Clientless Interworking solution enables operators to provide trusted connections to mobile services, offering high-density secure session termination of Wi-Fi connections outside the operator core. A key advantage is that, unlike consumer or ad hoc Wi-Fi offload, commercial offload gives subscribers access to all the services, security and standards they receive over cellular networks, effectively extending the operator’s services delivery and revenue generating capabilities to Wi-Fi.

Stoke said benefits of its new Wi-Fi Exchange gateway include:

  • eliminating the need for software installation on or hardware modifications to the mobile device;

  • enabling a fully-featured and secure experience over Wi-Fi;

  • providing operators with visibility into Wi-Fi subscriber traffic in order to optimize the user experience ;

  • allowing operators to remain connected with their subscribers throughout their mobile broadband experience.

The company noted that its Wi-Fi Exchange with Clientless Interworking leverages capabilities already deployed in mobile devices and networking infrastructures, such as the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) feature common in today’s mobile device operating systems. Stoke has already demonstrated the use of Wi-Fi Exchange with Wi-Fi infrastructure from Aruba Networks.

"With the expanding availability of Wi-Fi, mobile users are increasingly choosing Wi-Fi over cellular, distancing them from the mobile operator. Operators’ current strategies leveraging unmanaged Wi-Fi offload are reinforcing this effect, which represents a major threat to the business model,�? said Dave Williams, CTO at Stoke. “Operators are aware they have to do something about this, but until now the technology hurdles have been too high. Our offering helps to solve these challenges. It is already attracting strong interest from the operator community, and we are working closely with technology partners to build out an ecosystem supporting our approach."

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Belgian cable operator Transitions to IPv6 with Cisco

VOO, the leading Belgian cable operator, is working with Cisco to transition its network to IPv6. Initially, VOO is deploying a dual-stack infrastructure to minimize disruption to its existing customer base. The Cisco solution will include the deployment of the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System and the Cisco Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS) with DOCSIS 3.0 technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sierra Wireless Sees Revenue Drop from Barnes & Noble, Clearwire

Sierra Wireless reported Q4 2011 revenue of $147.2 million, a decrease of 12% compared to $167.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, and comparable to $146.8 million in the third quarter of 2011. The year-over-year revenue decrease was primarily due to the absence of revenue from Barnes & Noble and Clearwire, which combined had accounted for approximately $14.8 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010. Machine-to-Machine (“M2M�?) revenue was $71.3 million, down 15% compared to the historically high levels of fourth quarter 2010, which included $8.4 million of revenue from Barnes & Noble. Mobile Computing revenue was $75.9 million, down 9% compared to $83.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, which included $6.4 million of revenue from Clearwire.

“In the second half of 2011, we delivered improved operating results compared to the first half, continued to strengthen our global leadership position in the Machine-to-Machine market, and established ourselves as a 4G leader in Mobile Computing," said Jason Cohenour, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we look forward, we believe that the strength of our market position, combined with an efficient cost structure and better gross margin, will drive continued improvement in operating results.�?

NTT Communications Extends Global Connectivity to Laos

NTT Communications has signed an agreement with Lao National Internet Center (LANIC) to provide Internet service providers (ISPs) in Laos with global access via NTT Com’s Tier-1 network. NTT Com will work with LANIC to establish direct connections to NTT Com’s Tier-1 global IP network via LANIC infrastructure. The result will give ISPs a reliable service to provide end customers with enhanced and low-latency Internet access. NTT Com also will provide consultation to help local ISPs transition to IPv6 and strengthen security.

LANIC is an affiliate of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, which manages Internet exchange points and functions as a gateway for connections to global telecom carriers. NTT Com was selected as LANIC’s first partner to establish the International Internet Gateway (IIG), a platform to which all ISPs in Laos will connect.

Google TV Announcement Expected Feb. 13

Google is expected to make a big announcement on Monday, February 13th concerning Google TV and possibly a home entertainment product, according to Facebook postings from the firm.

TranSwitch to Raise $10 Million in Stock Offering

TranSwitch filed a prospectus supplement to sell up to an aggregate of $10,000,000 of its common stock (Shares) through an “at-the-market�? (ATM) offering. The company said it intends to use the proceeds from any sales related to the offering for product development, working capital and other general corporate purposes.

Alcatel-Lucent Expands Patent Licensing

Alcatel-Lucent will offer access to its worldwide portfolio through a licensing syndicate to be formed by RPX Corporation.

Alcatel-Lucent holds approximately 29,000 issued patents relevant to a broad range of technologies, including fixed line and wireless communications, semiconductors, consumer electronics, multimedia, optical, software, cloud computing, applications and network security.

“We have chosen to undertake an innovative approach to realizing the value of our world-class patent portfolio, and while retaining ownership of our patents, we seek to expand access to them for a diverse set of industries. For a breakthrough arrangement of this scale, we have decided to work with RPX, a known and respected expert in the patent market,�? said Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen. “We believe that RPX’s model encourages an environment where owners and users of intellectual property have the benefit of transparency and fair pricing. We expect to generate substantial proceeds from this arrangement.�?

Alcatel-Lucent Sees Continued Improvement in Results

Alcatel-Lucent reported Q4 2011 financial results in line with its guidance, with significant sequential improvement to its cash and ongoing costs positions. Overall, the company posted revenues of Euro 4.256 billion for Q4 2011, up 9.5% sequentially and down 11.2% year-over-year at constant currency. There was a free cash-flow of €541 million for the quarter.

Commenting on the results, Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent said: “I’m very pleased by the responsiveness of our company to adapt to a changing business environment. This has resulted in a significant improvement in free-cash-flow and an acceleration of cost-reduction actions. Overall, this concludes a second year of strong improvement in our results, and leads to the first positive full-year net results for Alcatel-Lucent since the merger. We have strengthened our financial flexibility with the Genesys divestment, while taking the strategic decision to realize the full value of our existing and future patent portfolio.�?

Mr Verwaayen added: “We were operating in a challenging environment in 2011. Looking ahead, we target, in 2012, additional savings of €200m in fixed costs and €300m in variable costs. We will continue to strengthen our portfolio, drawing upon an innovation pipeline of software assets and breakthroughs in wireless and fixed-line technologies such as lightRadio, 100G coherent technology, IP and vectoring – innovations that enable operators to quickly adapt to the continuing explosion of data and content.

Some highlights:



For the fourth quarter 2011, revenues for the Networks segment were €2.476 billion, a decrease of -16.1% compared to €2.952 billion in the year-ago quarter and an increase of 8.4% compared to €2.285 billion in the third quarter 2011.

Revenues for the IP division were €454 million, a 10.6% decrease from the year-ago quarter with Europe being the main driver behind the year-over-year weakness. However, this still represented the second highest quarter of revenue ever in the IP division, growing 20.7% sequentially, with double-digit growth across all regions, led by Europe which grew more than 30%. At the end of the quarter, the IP division saw a very healthy book-to-bill ratio. Full-year revenue for the IP division increased 9.9%, at constant currency, in 2011, with a 10%+ increase in service routing.

Revenues for the Optics division were €724 million, a decrease of 11.2% from the year-ago quarter, driven by a double-digit decrease in the terrestrial business, partially offset by mid-single-digit growth in our submarine business. Sequentially, revenues in our optics division grew 24.4% with double-digit growth across most of the portfolio, led by WDM, which saw very strong quarter-over quarter growth in all regions, led by the Americas and Europe. Full year optics revenues were down 2.1% year-over-year at constant currency, with the terrestrial business declining slightly, while the submarine business grew at a mid-single-digit rate driven by new builds and upgrades.

Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 893 million, a decrease of 22.8% from the year-ago quarter. Wireless saw weakness across most parts of this business after several quarters of strong activity, with the exception of small/femto cells as well as GSM in APAC. Sequentially, growth was fairly strong in Europe and APAC, with both regions growing in the double digits, driven by GSM and small cells as well as W-CDMA in APAC. This growth was more than offset by weakness in the Americas as spending slowed down towards the end of the year. Full-year wireless revenues increased 4.6% at constant currency, with CDMA and LTE driving a majority of this growth.

Revenues in the Wireline division declined 14.1% from their year-ago level, to €419 million. Wireline, however, did see a strong sequential increase of 36.0%. The year-over-year decline in Wireline was driven by legacy businesses, partially offset by strong overall growth in APAC. The fiber access portfolio continued to show strength, growing in excess of 80%, mainly driven by GPON growth in the APAC and Americas regions. Full year wireline revenue fell 7.9% at constant currency as strong double-digit growth in broadband access equipment was not enough to offset double-digit declines in the legacy businesses.

Sales of next-generation Networks products decreased 11% from the year-ago quarter but increased 19% compared to the prior quarter at constant currency, reaching Euro 1,193million in the fourth quarter 2011. This accounts for 48% of Networks sales. Orders for our next-generation products increased in the double digits compared to the year-ago quarter in Q4’11.

S3 (Software, Services and Solutions)

For the fourth quarter 2011, revenues for the S3 segment were Euro 1,315 million, a decrease of 5.5% compared to Euro 1,391 million in the year-ago quarter and an increase of 19.5% compared to Euro 1,100 million in the third quarter 2011.


Revenues in the Enterprise business increased 0.3% compared to the year-ago quarter, at €325 million in the fourth quarter 2011and increased 1.9% compared to the third quarter 2011. At constant currency exchange rates, the Enterprise business was flat compared to both the year-ago quarter and the previous quarter. The segment posted an adjusted operating profit of €45 million or 13.8% of revenues compared to an adjusted operating profit of €37 million or a margin of 11.4% in the year ago quarter.

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