Monday, February 20, 2012

Qualcomm Invests in AirStrip Technologies --Mobile Patient Monitoring

The Qualcomm Life Fund, whose mission is to accelerate wireless health services and technology adoption, has recently made a strategic investment in AirStrip Technologies, a start-up based in San Antonio, Texas.

AirStrip's vision is to securely send critical patient information directly from hospital monitoring systems, bedside devices, and electronic health records to a clinician's mobile device. The company has built an "AppPoint" software development platform that is FDA-cleared and designed to meet HIPAA-security requirements. AirStrip applications are powered over wired and wireless networks.

"Today, mobile technology plays one of the most important roles as we enter the largest health care transformation ever. As the model of care shifts to an outcomes-based approach, mobility will be an essential vehicle to develop a more collaborative, patient-centered model that delivers improved care at lower costs," said Alan Portela, CEO of AirStrip Technologies.http://

Allot Wins LTE Service Gateway Order from Asian Tier One

Allot Communications received a follow-on order from an Asian Tier 1 mobile operator for the deployment of multiple Allot Service Gateway platforms to provide centralized policy control and charging, enabling the operator to drive new revenues by implementing value-based charging and offering its subscribers innovative service plans. The deployment will support the carrier's LTE rollout.

"Service providers are coming to realize that while LTE represents a huge opportunity for operators to improve the way they deliver Internet to subscribers in terms of throughput, they also require network intelligence to offer a wide range of services and service plans, and have the ability to charge for them," said Rami Hadar, Allot's President and CEO. "

LG U+ Trials Cisco ASR 5000 for VoLTE

Cisco has supplied its mobile Internet solutions to LG U+ for trials on its next gen network. Specifically, the Cisco V2oLTE (Voice and Video over Long-Term Evolution) solution, based on the Cisco ASR 5000 Series multimedia core platform, will help LG U+ meet the performance challenge of carrying voice traffic over LTE.

Cisco claims its V2oLTE solution delivers the industry's highest-performing Call Session Control Function, unique deployment flexibility and a comprehensive application layer portfolio.

Tekelec Cites Tier One Selection for Diameter Signaling supporting VoLTE

Tekelec has been selected by a Tier One mobile operator in the U.S. to expand its new Diameter network. The service provider will implement two new Tekelec Diameter Signaling Router (DSR) systems, in addition to the one announced in June 2011. The name of the customer was not disclosed.

The Tekelec Diameter Signaling Router (DSR) centralizes subscriber routing data and dynamically maps identification information, such as an MSISDN or IMSI, with the correct IMS Home Subscriber Server (HSS). Tekelec said its approach gives the service provider flexibility to move subscribers between databases and update databases when a new IMS HSS is added to the network, supporting future Voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployment.

Ciena Expects Revenues Below Previous Guidance

Ciena pre-announced revenues for its fiscal first quarter ended January 31, 2012 to be approximately $415 million, compared to the company’s previous expectation of $435 to $455 million. Adjusted (non-GAAP) gross margin is expected to be in-line with the previous guidance of the low 40s percent range.

“We are disappointed in our expected first quarter revenue results,�? said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. “As previously stated, we continue to experience longer customer deployment and revenue recognition cycles as a result of our greater mix of international and solutions-oriented sales. When combined with the impact of the seasonality of our business and the calendar timing of our first fiscal quarter, this trend had a more significant effect than previously anticipated, and resulted in revenue recognition delays on a few solutions-oriented projects with new customers, especially in international markets.�?

Smith continued, “However, we believe that first quarter revenue results are not reflective of the underlying strength of the business and ongoing customer demand. Specifically, product orders grew approximately 20 percent year-on-year, shipments were strong, and our ending backlog increased for the quarter. And, as evidence of our ability to drive operating leverage, we expect to be cash flow positive from operations and to achieve positive free cash flow for the quarter.�?

Apple Plans New Data Center in Oregon

Apple has acquired a 160 acre property in Prineville, Oregon and plans to build a state-of-the-art data center there, according to

Facebook operates its flagship data center in this same town in central Oregon.

NSN Tunes Self-Organizing Networks (SON) for the Core

Nokia Siemens Networks is applying Self-Organizing Networks (SON) technology to automate core network operations. The approach aims to enable a more flexible network core by automatically detecting, analyzing and reacting to changing traffic conditions.

The new SON for Core adapts instantly to balance traffic loads and help prevent demand peaks from causing bottlenecks. The company said its SON for Core also helps to optimize the use of transmission links between core network elements by automatically allocating unused capacity to overloaded connections. The solution enables operators to route voice calls to a point of interconnection that is lowest cost and best quality, thereby reducing operational expenditure and improving the customer experience. In addition, SON for Core enables the core network to handle smartphone signaling more efficiently.

“Today, core network management is largely manual and often reacts too slowly to maintain the best customer experience in the face of rapidly changing demands from smartphones. Manually configuring core network elements and their connectivity is a highly skilled task that can be prone to human error. SON for Core addresses these issues by helping to prevent harmful traffic congestion and other core network conditions that could degrade voice and data services," said Thorsten Robrecht, head of Network Systems product management, Nokia Siemens Networks.

AppliedMicro Upgrades OTN Multiplexer for High Capacity P-OTS

AppliedMicro introduced an OTU2 Add-Drop multiplexer with 16 clients in one device and is designed to support Terabit-per-second switching capacity in Packet-Optical Transport Systems (P-OTS).

The new TPO134, which builds on the company's portfolio of optical framers and mappers, expands ODU cross-connect capacity to 80 Gigabit-per-second with two devices, while doubling the density for IP packet aggregation and TDM services.

AppliedMicro’s TPO134 offers support for ODU0 and ODUflex and all standardized client mappings. It is also adaptable to future new client mapping and monitoring requirements. An advanced software Application Programming Interface (API) makes integration into target systems efficient and allows for smooth migration of solutions over time.

The TPO134 joins AppliedMicro’s TPO124/114 add-drop multiplexers in addressing OTN aggregation as network providers and transport system vendors introduce a new OTN networking layer to replace SONET/SDH for greater capacity and efficiency of the Internet. The new layer not only transports IP services, but allows specialized Fibre Channel and video services as well as migration away from older SONET/SDH networks.

The TPO134 Add-Drop multiplexer is available now and shipping to customers this quarter.

"AppliedMicro leads the world in innovative technology for OTN transport and aggregation of packet and TDM services,�? said Lars Pedersen, Chief Technology Officer of AppliedMicro TPACK A/S. "Today we are announcing the expansion of our leadership position with the TPO134, which doubles the capacity and density of our TPO114/124 solutions. We provide our customers with a safe and stable migration path to future standards and market requirements. Additionally, AppliedMicro’s advanced software API makes integration into target systems efficient and allows for smooth migration of solutions as standards change and system requirements evolve."

Qualcomm's 5th Gen Gobi Supports Multiple LTE Bands

Qualcomm announced its fifth generation "Gobi" embedded data connectivity reference platform for integrating LTE into a wide range of thin mobile devices, including laptops, tablets and convertibles.

Gobi now delivers LTE connectivity on FDD and TDD networks, with backwards compatibility to both HSPA+ and EV-DO networks. This will allow support for regional LTE frequencies with backwards compatibility to existing 2G/3G technologies. More specifically, this latest Gobi 4G LTE connectivity reference platform includes embedded GPS capability and features an application programming interface (API) with LTE extensions, which is compatible with leading connectivity standards, including CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and LTE, with integrated backwards compatibility to HSPA and EV-DO. OS support includes Windows 8 and Android on multiple processing platforms, including Snapdragon dual-core and quad-core processors and x86 platforms.

Qualcomm said embedded modules based on the Gobi fifth generation reference platform will initially be available from Huawei, Novatel Wireless, Option, Sierra Wireless and ZTE in several form factors and regional configurations, making them a compelling 4G LTE solution for a variety of connected mobile devices.

“Mobile computing and broadband connectivity have already become indispensable tools in the road warrior's arsenal,�? said Fram Akiki, senior director of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "With Windows 8, we expect to see an increasing variety of mobile computing devices also in use by connected consumers around the world. Our Gobi fifth generation reference platform helps ensure that OEMs can develop products across their choice of operating systems and hardware platforms to meet the growing demand for mobile connectivity."
  • In November 2011, Qualcomm has released its Gobi 4000 embedded modem chipsets for LTE. The Gobi 4000 platform, which represents the next generation of the company's existing multimode 3G/4G wireless modems, allows mobile device manufacturers to offer both LTE/HSPA+ and LTE/EV-DO designs. The new silicon features the Gobi Application Programming Interface (API) with LTE extensions and is compatible with leading connectivity standards, including CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A and B, HSPA+, dual-carrier HSPA+, and LTE with integrated backwards compatibility to HSPA and EV-DO. Novatel Wireless and Sierra Wireless are offering modules.

LSI Unveils AXM2500 Processor Targets Wireless Access and Backhaul

LSI has expanded its Axxia Communication Processor family with a new device targeted at wireless access and mobile backhaul systems, including indoor and outdoor microwave units, cell-site routers, packet transfer nodes and backhaul platforms.

The AXM2500 combines traffic management, security and packet processing capabilities, the bridging function of an Ethernet switch, and the transport and internetworking functions of a multiservice processor in a single device.

The AXM2500 leverages PowerPC 476FP processors and LSI hardware acceleration engines and is the first LSI device to be implemented in 28nm technology, which ensures low power requirements. Various security features are integrated directly on-chip.

The LSI AXM2500 communication processors will be available to networking manufacturers in the second quarter of 2012.

Ericsson's Acquisition of BelAir Adds Carrier Wi-Fi Solutions

Ericsson agreed to acquire privately-held BelAir Networks, a supplier of carrier-grade Wi-Fi solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

BelAir Networks, which is based in Ottawa, Ontario, supplies indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi systems that enable service providers to build scalable, high performance Wi-Fi networks. The company develops mobile networking solutions that are deployed by service providers including AT&T and Comcast.

Ericsson said the deal will accelerate carrier integration of Wi-Fi and cellular technologies. The acquisition will be part of Ericsson's heterogeneous network (hetnet) strategy to improve the mobile broadband experience by managing the co-existence of mobile technologies and Wi-Fi.

"Ericsson will lead the way in the growing converged Wi-Fi and cellular market where improved end-user experience is the driving force. By integrating BelAir Networks' market-leading products and competence into Ericsson's existing radio portfolio, we will be able to do this more quickly. We welcome 120 highly skilled people into the company," said Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson.
  • In October 2011, BelAir Networks introduced a compact LTE+3G+Wi-Fi Metrocell featured integrated wireless backhaul and designed for massive, city-wide, small cell deployments.

    The new BelAir2100 LTE/3G/Wi-Fi Metrocell, which builds on the company's existing portfolio of Carrier Wi-Fi solutions, supports multiple licensed bands, Carrier Wi-Fi access and a range of integrated wireless and wireline backhaul options in a small, robust and easy to install base station. The company is aiming the product at metropolitan in-fill coverage. BelAir said its design mitigates interference and enables full RF interoperability between the licensed band and Wi-Fi access radios.

    Significantly, the unit will offer a bladed approach for 3G/LTE radio access. This will allow a carrier to use small cell radio modules compatible with their macro RAN infrastructure and perhaps even from the same vendors as their macro gear. The Wi-Fi capabilities could be used for offload from the cellular network or be configured for backhaul in a resilient mesh or point-to-point links. A series of units could be deployed in adjoining and intermeshed small cells requiring only electrical power.

Radisys Announces LTE Small Cell Software Solution

Radisys announced its "Trillium TOTALeNodeB" software solution for LTE small cells.

TOTALeNodeB, which builds on the company's existing library of Trillium LTE protocol stacks, helps telecom equipment manufactures (TEMs) get to market quickly with an integrated LTE eNodeB that is verified across leading small cell system on a chip (SoC) platforms from Radisys’ premier silicon partners. The software can be used with any operating system on any chipset, enabling TEMs to choose from a variety of SoCs and transfer to a new silicon platform as market dynamics require. Radisys professional services are also able to customize the source to the required specifications.

TOTALeNodeB includes the Trillium LTE eNodeB application, radio resource management (RRM), radio environment monitoring (REM), self-organizing network (SON), schedulers and all of the Trillium protocol layers. Its modular design provides the flexibility for TEMs to choose to leverage Radisys’ off-the-shelf RRM, SON and scheduling algorithms or to implement custom algorithms.

“We’ve created reference designs in the past and now we’re moving to a complete solution by adding the application layer on the framework,�? said Todd Mersch, product line management director, Radisys. “With TOTALeNodeB, TEMs can choose from a range of integrated packages on a variety of chipsets to get a complete solution for migrating from 3G to LTE. In addition, we can provide any level of professional services needed throughout the development and deployment process.�?

Comcast Launches "Xfinity Streampix" Streaming Service

Comcast introduced its "Xfinity Streampix" subscription video service that enables its customers to instantly stream movies and TV shows in and out of their homes. Comcast has licensing agreements with leading movie studios and programming providers including Disney-ABC Television Group*, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Cookie Jar Entertainment to begin streaming this week.

The streaming service, which is priced at $4.99 a month when purchased with other Comcast video packages, complements the 75,000 TV shows and movies currently available on Xfinity On Demand, and through the Xfinity TV app.

Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and Ericsson Hold Strongest LTE Patent Portfolios

The recent multi-billion valuations for the patent portfolios of Nortel and Motorola Mobility have raised greater interest in which companies hold the strongest patent portfolios in 4G/LTE.

Recent analysis by Thomson Reuters, along with input from members of the Article One Partners (AOP) patent research community, reveals that Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and Ericsson have built the strongest LTE patent portfolios. These top four companies own 55% of the highly essential and most novel patents. The study reviewed all 3,116 patents and pending patents declared essential, as of September 30, 2011, by members of ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).

The study also looks at patent claims for advanced LTE technologies, including MIMO techniques, Advanced Carrier Aggregation, which relates to the use of more than one channel or carrier in contiguous elements of the spectrum or bands, and Voice-Over LTE (VoLTE).

"Leading mobile communications companies understand the importance of patent portfolios in developing LTE technology. This report indicates portfolio growth through patenting of key trend technologies (e.g., Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung) and acquisition (e.g., Motorola Mobility and Nortel). We expect that the LTE Standards process and litigation resolution will over the next decade result in a licensing regime for the smartphones industry to more closely resemble their forbearers, the telecommunications and computer industries. Patents rarely exclude competition in the long run, particularly where thousands of patents (e.g., 3000+ under ETSI LTE specifications) can apply to devices, LTE access and content/applications," stated Cheryl Milone, CEO of Article One Partners.

Article One (AOP) publishes requests for patent research to its 20,000 global community members.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dell'Oro: Mobile Infrastructure Spending Increased 15% in 2011

In 2011, the mobile infrastructure RAN market recorded its strongest full-year revenue growth since 2004. - up 15% over 2010 -- according to a recently published report by Dell'Oro Group. The strong momentum that drove the mobile infrastructure RAN market in the first three quarters of 2011 slowed down significantly in 4Q11 paving the way for slower growth in 2012.

"While operators in North America maintained capex guidance for 2011 and front end loaded investments were expected, it was the shift in product mix from capacity to LTE coverage that resulted in weaker than anticipated wireless infrastructure investments," commented Stefan Pongratz, Analyst of Mobile Infrastructure research at Dell'Oro Group. "The product mix will have a large impact on the equipment market in 2012. LTE RAN investments accounted for 40 percent of global mobile RAN growth in 2011 and there are no major signs yet of operators holding back LTE rollouts as a result of a challenging macro economic environment," continued Pongratz.

F5 to Acquire Traffix Systems for its 4G Diameter Signaling

F5 Networks has agreed to acquire Traffix Systems, a developer of 4G Diameter signaling systems, for an undisclosed sum.

Traffix, which is based in New Jersey with offices in the UK and Israel, has focused on solutions for the Diameter control plane with a portfolio of Diameter products including a Diameter Gateway, Diameter Load Balancer and Diameter Router. The company claims of 100 active deployments, many with leading operators worldwide.

“Leading industry experts and service providers recognize the need for converged and unified IP solutions across carriers’ control, data, and application planes, which scale, secure, and optimize 3G, 4G/LTE, and IMS traffic,�? said John McAdam, President and CEO of F5 Networks. “The result is a dramatic reduction of complexity and costs, making service provider networks more agile. With this move, F5 continues to execute on the company’s vision of delivering an adaptable architecture to enable its customers to create a smart, converged carrier IP infrastructure.�?

“Bringing together F5’s superior expertise in IP for applications and data with Traffix’s industry leadership in Diameter and signaling for the control plane, F5 has the unique depth and breadth to make the transition from 3G to 4G and IMS much simpler, cost effective, and non-disruptive for carriers,�? said Ben Volkow, CEO of Traffix Systems.
  • Last year, Traffix Systems introduced its Signaling Delivery Controller (SDC) -- a unified platform that supports fully-featured solutions of a Diameter Gateway, Diameter Load Balancer and Diameter Router. This provides interfaces for both legacy and LTE/HSPA+ signaling network technologies and protocols.

Cisco Supplies 4G/LTE Core for Magyar Telekom

Magyar Telekom, which serves 5.2 million mobile customers and is part of the Deutsche Telekom, has deployed the Cisco ASR 5000 Series Mobile Multimedia Core, Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, and Cisco ME 3800X Series Carrier Ethernet Switch Routers for its 4G/LTE network.

The operator embarked on its large-scale network modernizing project in May 2011. Its first 4G/LTE-based mobile Internet service was launched on January 1, 2012, when 40 percent of Budapest's population was covered by 4G/LTE base stations. Magyar Telekom expects to have all Budapest areas covered by end of 2012.

ITU's World Radiocommunication Conference Pushes for 700 MHz Mobile Broadband

Following four weeks of negotiations in Geneva, the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 came to a conclusion with the signing of the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. A total of 153 countries are expected to sign the treaty, which significantly call for global harmonization of the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband communications.

In addition to the use of the 790-862 MHz in Regions 1 and 3, WRC-12 considered further spectrum allocations to the mobile service, including International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) to facilitate the development of terrestrial mobile broadband applications in the frequency band 694 – 790 MHz.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the Conference. “WRC-12 has helped define new and better ways to regulate radio services and applications, and represents a major contribution in making the world a better place for all,�? Dr Touré said. “The work done here will make the world a better place to communicate – and that will make the world a better place to live in.�? He highlighted the achievements of WRC-12 in allocating spectrum resources for mobile broadband and for addressing the digital dividend issue which “now provides for a great deal of global harmonization of the use of the 700 MHz band for all regions by the services which most need it�?. He also commended the delegates on the attention given to Earth observation radiocommunication applications, which are crucial for monitoring and combating climate change and for disaster prediction.

The next World Radiocommunication Conference is expected to be held in 2015.

Australia's Optus to Acquire Unwired Broadband

Seven Group Holdings has agreed to sell its Vividwireless business and the associated Unwired broadband business to Optus, a subsidiary of the SingTel Group, for A$230 million. Through the acquisition, Optus will gain 98MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band, enabling to expand its 4G offerings.

NSN Opens Silicon Valley Testing Lab

Nokia Siemens Networks has opened a mobile broadband testing and development facility in Silicon Valley.

The Smart Lab allows US-based operators, smartphone and operating system (OS) vendors, and application developers to analyze application and device performance across ‘live’ mobile network environments, including LTE.

The company is featuring a new Smart Lab Performance Advisor tool that provides instant insights into app and device behavior. Each application and device tested is ranked by comparing test results to a database of network performance indicators. Operators can use this ranking to get a thorough understanding of application and device impact, and achieve the most effective network configuration to minimize such impact.

“Smartphones with always-connected applications introduce a new type of network behavior, and increase volatility in mobile broadband demand,�? said Jan Hellman, head of Smart Labs at Nokia Siemens Networks. “This can considerably increase signaling traffic and drastically reduce smartphone battery life, and thus impact user experience. Our Smart Labs provide the world’s leading mobile broadband testing facilities and collaboration with other industry players allowing us to better advise our customers on how to make their networks more smartphone friendly.�?