Thursday, March 1, 2012

UK Broadband Activates LTE TDD 3.5GHz in London with Huawei

UK Broadband switched on its first 4G LTE system in London using TD-LTE technology in the 3.5GHz band.

UKB will operate a wholesale model, working with partners to offer commercial services from May 2012 to businesses, consumers and the public sector. The network will initially cover the Southbank and Borough areas of Southwark.

The network will use UKB’s 124MHz of spectrum in LTE bands 42 and 43 (3.5GHz and 3.6GHz). This allows the deployment of 6 x 20MHz wide channels that will enable UKB to deliver LTE Advanced speeds and enough capacity across the network to deliver Next Generation Access superfast broadband speeds to a large number of users simultaneously.

The first devices, jointly developed by UKB and Huawei, include indoor and outdoor units for high-speed wireless broadband to homes and businesses within the coverage area. Multi-mode mobile devices supporting TD-LTE, FD-LTE and 3G will be available from September 2012.

Huawei noted that this is the first LTE TDD 3.5GHz deployment in the world and the first commercial LTE TDD deployment in the UK.

UK Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of PCCW Limited, the holding company of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider.

TELUS Announces $3 Billion Investments in B.C.

TELUS announced plans to invest C$3 billion in advanced technology and state-of-the-art facilities over the next three years in British Columbia. The money will be spent to expand TELUS’ advanced wireless and wireline broadband networks across the province and the construction of TELUS Garden, a LEED platinum office and residential development in downtown Vancouver .This includes the expansion of the new 4G LTE wireless network from Vancouver to more than four million British Columbians in 20 communities this year alone – close to 90 per cent of the province’s population.

“The economic backbone of our province relies on investment and innovation. TELUS’ $3 billion investment over the next three years will support significant economic and community development in every region of British Columbia,�? said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “We will continue to expand wireline broadband access to rural and remote communities and deliver the world’s fastest wireless technology to almost 90 per cent of British Columbians by the end of this year. We are building the communications technology and infrastructure that will help B.C. companies compete on the world stage, create local employment opportunities, and advance healthcare and education across the province.�?

Hi3G Chooses ZTE for LTE in Sweden

Hi3G has selected ZTE to deliver the next stage of its LTE infrastructure rollout in Sweden.

ZTE has delivered and installed the first stage of the network since it was first announced in March 2011. In this phase , ZTE will deliver the SDR-based infrastructure equipment to upgrade the operator's 3G network in Sweden.

The Hi3G network delivers a mix of FDD-LTE 800MHz and UMTS 900MHz services across southern Sweden, with TDD-LTE spectrum also being used in high demand areas including the major cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo.

J├Ârgen Askeroth, CTO of Hi3G, commented: “TDD-LTE gives us great capability to provide the best possible network capacity where demand is high, but we also have FDD-LTE because we believe that not all devices will support TDD in the future, and of course we have to support all users."

ZTE noted that its has worked on more than 30 commercial LTE projects with over 100 operators around the globe, including high-end markets including Spain, the United States and Hong Kong, with established operators such as Telenor, CSL (in the Telstra Group), Etisalat, SingTel, Commnet Wireless/NTUA and China Mobile.

Verizon Keeps Dividend Steady at 50 Cents

The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications declared a quarterly dividend of 50 cents per outstanding share, unchanged from the previous quarter.

Verizon Launches New Telematics Practice

Verizon has launched a new practice focused on developing telematics solutions and hired industry-veteran Martin Thall to lead the effort. Thall previously was chief executive officer and founder of Vehicle ICT Corp., a management consulting company.

The new Telematics practice will leverage the company's wireless, cloud and mobility platforms to develop and deploy integrated telematics solutions for key industries including automotive and transportation.

While Verizon currently offers a wide range of machine-to-machine solutions, the new practice will leverage the full breadth of the company's technology platforms to address the rapidly growing demand for telematics applications.

"Telematics services have been growing rapidly for the past decade," said Thall. "The always-connected consumer lifestyle, advancements in vehicle technology and increasing commercial fleet management requirements have set the stage for even steeper growth. Verizon has been a significant technology and network provider in OEM telematics for 15 years. Our 4G LTE and cloud analytics capabilities provide the core components upon which superior telematics solutions are and will be built."

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Router Market Down 7% in Q4

The Service Provider Router market experienced its first year-over-year decline in two years as sales declined 7% to $2.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group.

Geographically, Dell'Oro noted weaker sales in the North America and Europe, offset by rising demand in Asia and Latin America,

The top five Service Provider Router vendors for 4Q11, in ranking order were Cisco, Juniper, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, and Ericsson.

"From the beginning of 2010 through mid-2011, router sales grew more than 20% each quarter, but started to decelerate last summer," said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "We think this is a temporary lull that will carry into the middle of this year, and we expect the market growth to accelerate in the second half of the year," added Umeda.

Saudi Arabia's Mobily Picks Huawei's Service Delivery Platform

Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) will be the first network operator in the Middle East to commercially deploy Huawei's next generation Service Delivery Platform (SDP). Mobily is also currently deploying Huawei's LTE solution in cities and towns across KSA.

The SDP enables Mobily to more rapidly implement new multimedia services in collaboration with content publishers, service providers and all other players on the value chain. The platform also allows Mobily to do things like setting up their own app store, integrating with OTT content providers, and developing cloud-oriented services-all part of opening the door to more diverse revenue streams and a healthy business ecosystem.

IPtronics Announces 4x25 Gbps

IPtronics announced a 4x25 Gbps chipset -- the first in a set of dedicated devices the company plans to offer for low power, high volume parallel optical interconnects primarily focused at computer communications.

IPtronics is seeking to revolutionize the interconnect landscape by focusing on system challenges in addition to packaging constraints. The company said recent developments in VCSEL, photo diode, connector and packaging technologies, combined with the availability of driver and receiver IC’s, underline that parallel optical interconnects at 25 Gbps is not only within reach, but becoming a reality this year.

IPtronics expect its VCSEL based approach will be the technology of choice for short reach parallel optical interconnects at 25G due to cost and flexibility advantages.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Freescale Accelerates Developers with New Abstraction Layer for VortiQa Software

Aiming to accelerate the development cycle for new networking products, Freescale has expanded its VortiQa networking software to include industry’s first comprehensive user space software framework for embedded Linux software development.

Freescale's VortiQa networking software is designed for networking products built with Freescale silicon, such as enterprise routers, security appliances, application optimization devices, web application firewalls, wireless infrastructure devices and data center appliances.

The latest VortiQa provides developers an abstraction layer for software development targeting Freescale’s data path acceleration architecture (DPAA) –highly advanced technology integrated into the company’s QorIQ multicore processors. The abstraction layer enables a consistent API across multiple silicon devices and providing access to large repository of libraries (e.g. PCRE, XML). Significantly, VortiQa now uses the familiair Linux User Space.

“With the increased sophistication of multicore processors such as Freescale’s QorIQ products, user space programming minimizes development efforts, helps to unleash the full performance potential of our products and reduces overall total costs of software development and maintenance,�?said Sathyan Iyengar, vice president of Software Products for Freescale’s Networking and Multimedia Solutions Group.

Marvell Shows Multicore Modem for World 4G + WCDMA

At Mobile World Congress, Marvell announced a complete reference design featuring high performance multicore application processing and a world modem including 4G Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) / Time Division Duplexing (TDD) LTE, Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) and Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) in a single platform.

The solution is comprised of the Marvell ARMADA PXA2128 application processor featuring Marvell's Hybrid-SMP Technology - a new symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) hardware and software architecture - and its PXA1801 multimode LTE modem - which provides support for all global broadband standards including FDD and TDD LTE network, DC-HSPA+ (Dual Carrier Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) and TD-SCDMA.

"Leveraging Marvell's leadership in multicore processors and connectivity technologies, I believe now our customers around the world can utilize a single platform to deliver high-performance, low-power, cost-effective, multicore, FDD / TDD LTE smartphones and tablets to meet global consumers' increasing demands for rich and live streaming content," said Weili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell.

The Marvell reference design includes the company's latest power management and Radio Frequency (RF) technologies, as well as its wireless connectivity solution comprised of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (BT) and FM.\

Narus Enhances its Traffic Intelligence and Analytics System

Narus introduced the latest release of its NarusInsight traffic intelligence and analytics system, adding full IPv6 support as well as a number of performance and resiliency improvements. The system offers a highly scalable combination of real-time traffic intelligence and cyber analytics, including deep insight into multiple layer of traffic from heterogeneous networks.

The new NarusInsight 8 supports over 1,000 netflow sources with more than 2,500 interfaces. It also offers embedded connectors to data warehouses such as Teradata and SEIMs such as ArcSight.

Some key enhancements in NarusInsight 8:

Support for IPv6 — IPv6 traffic intelligence is especially critical for government and
large international organizations, including healthcare and financial institutions. Most of today's security solutions operate using IPv4, and are unable to correctly parse and identify IPv6 connections, creating a lapse in visibility.

Increased Efficiency, Enhanced Performance, Improved Scalability — Software efficiency is increased by 25 percent on average, with no need for investment in new hardware, although the new release also supports more powerful hardware.

System Hardening — Especially critical for government, financial services and healthcare organizations, NarusInsight 8 supports system hardening. This functionality reduces the areas of vulnerability by removing unnecessary software and disabling applications, thereby closing ports that may be easy entry points for hackers looking to invade a network.

Oclaro Announces 4x28G Optical Transceiver

Oclaro announced a tunable DWDM pluggable transceiver module that utilizes 4x28G wavelengths to deliver a 2.5 times improvement in spectral efficiency over competing 10G solutions. The new Oclaro transceiver is based on a direct-detection ODB (Optical Duobinary) modulation format which complements Oclaro's line of 100G coherent transponder solutions.

The new module is described as the first tunable 100G DWDM CFP transceiver, and represents an alternative to coherent 168-pin MSA transponders to address less demanding shorter reach applications in a more cost-efficient manner. Oclaro said its new tunable CFP transceiver not only provides a performance boost in spectral efficiency, but also meets the low cost and power consumption requirements.

JDSU Releases 40G Coherent Transponder

JDSU released a 40G coherent (DP-QPSK) transponder for a broad range of high-speed optical networking applications. The JDSU 8500 series transponder integrates a wide range of optical components from JDSU, including an intradyne coherent receiver, tunable laser, and lithium niobate modulator. It also includes the latest mixed signal digital processing (MXSP) system-on-chip technology from ClariPhy.

Coherent optical transmission increases both the reach and capacity of fiber networks, eliminating bulky and expensive optical dispersion compensation equipment while simplifying network management for network operators.

Ciena Unveils its WaveLogic 3 Optical Processor

Ciena introduced its "WaveLogic 3" software-programmable optical processor aimed at extending the reach and flexibility of 100G coherent connections while paving the way for 400G technology.

Ciena describes this new generation of silicon chips as fundamental for the migration to dynamic, software-defined Terabit networking. The software programmability of WaveLogic 3 enables network operators to constantly monitor optical transmission performance and optimize the transmission for various applications—including low latency—over metro, ultra-long haul or trans-Pacific submarine distances.

Some key technologies implemented in WaveLogic 3:

Transmit DSP-- Ciena has integrated digital signal processing in the transmitter (Tx DSP), enabling sophisticated programmable modulation, including 16QAM for greater than 100 Gbps speeds. This also allows operators to adjust network settings to meet varying reach and capacity demands. The DSP also provides spectral shaping, which reduces network cost by improving system margin in metro environments, and pre-compensation, which allows service providers to run higher capacity services over older fiber links, maximizing network investment.

Soft FEC -- Ciena’s new intelligent soft-decision forward error correction (soft FEC) algorithm extends maximum service reach and enables practical deployment of higher capacity (>100G) systems. The Soft FEC in WaveLogic 3 is software-programmable, allowing operators to adjust for latency and reach, depending on application needs.

Next-generation DSP receiver -- Ciena’s completely redesigned DSP receiver achieves 75 trillion operations per second—six times the processing power of WaveLogic 2. An advanced 32 nm CMOS process is used to provide the highest level of integration with lower power consumption Additional enhancements in PMD compensation ensure better performance in existing networks with non-optimal fiber conditions, allowing customers to extract more capacity out of their existing infrastructure rather than incurring the cost and complexity of laying new fiber.

KT and NTT DoCoMo to Launch NFC Roaming in April

KT and DoCoMo are set to start NFC roaming service between Korea and Japan in April. The carriers agree to the plan a year ago and now standardization for NFC platforms and linkage between coupon systems are complete.

Vodafone and Visa Enter Mobile Payments Partnership

Vodafone and Visa tare embarking on a worldwide partnership to enable consumers to pay for goods and services using their mobile phones. The idea is a Vodafone-branded mobile wallet for consumers across Vodafone’s 398-million customer base in more than 30 countries. Transactions would be enabled by Visa’s payment network, product suite and brand.

Vittorio Colao, Group Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone, said: “The Vodafone mobile wallet represents the next stage of the smartphone revolution. It offers our customers the speed, simplicity and convenience of managing their everyday transactions with a single wave or tap of their smartphone, using innovative and reliable services developed by Vodafone and Visa - technology and providers they can trust. Our mobile wallet will be open to any service provider and we are committed to enable all partners to provide our joint customers the richest service portfolio possible."

AT&T Offers Device Manufacturers Single SIM Access

At Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, AT&T announced a worldwide M2M platform solution for device manufacturers featuring a single SIM offering expansive global coverage.

A single SIM, along with the AT&T Control Center powered by Jasper Wireless, would give d M2M device manufacturers the ability to manage global wireless device deployment and operations across markets with advanced diagnostic tools and smart process automation.

Currently, device manufacturers with M2M applications, must choose a SIM and partner for each target market.

“Lessons learned by market leading manufacturers suggest that a single carrier supplier with a single SIM solution is often preferred over working directly with multiple regional wireless carriers,�? said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging segments, AT&T. “Managing multiple relationships becomes increasingly complex and costly with each additional target market. With our single SIM dedicated exclusively to the Global M2M Offering, the benefit comes from a single solution, backed by an industry leading well managed platform. AT&T has made and will continue to make significant strategic investments with the world’s finest platform providers.�?

Mobile World Congress Attendance Up 11% to 67,000

Attendance at this week's Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona set a new record -- more than 67,000 visitors from 205 countries, up 11% over last year. The 2012 Congress hosted more than 1,500 exhibiting companies and occupied 70,500 net square metres of exhibition and business meeting space.

The GSMA estimates that the four day event contributed more than 300 million Euros to the local economy. Starting in 2013, the Mobile World Congress will be held at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, a move which will provide approximately 50 per cent more space.

The 2013 Mobile World Congress will be held 25-28 February, 2013.

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