Monday, March 12, 2012

Toshiba Touts Fastest SD Cards -- 95 MB/sec

Toshiba is launching a new line of high performance SDXC and SDHC memory cards under a new brand name - EXCERIA.

The new cards offer the fastest data read and write speeds and full compliance with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver.3.0 UHS-I. The fastest EXCERIA Type 1 series card integrates new controllers that realize the world's fastest data transfers, with a maximum read speed of 95 megabytes (MB)/sec and a write speed of 90MB/sec. Type 2 series products offer a maximum read speed of 95MB/sec and a write speed of 60MB/sec, while Type HD products have a maximum read speed of 90MB/sec and a write speed of 30MB/sec.

ARM Unveils Cortex-M0+ Processor for Internet of Things

ARM introduced what it describes as "the world's most energy-efficient microprocessor" -- the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, optimized for the "Internet of Things", including ultra low-power, low-cost sensors and smart control systems in home appliances, white goods, medical monitoring, metering, lighting and power and motor control devices.

The 32-bit Cortex-M0+ processor consumes 9µA/MHz on a low-cost 90nm LP process, around one third of the energy of any 8- or 16-bit processor currently on the market while offering 32-bit performance.

Early licensees of the Cortex-M0+ processor include Freescale and NXP Semiconductor.

Ericsson to Acquire Technicolor's broadcast services division

Ericsson agreed to acquire the Broadcast Services Division of Technicolor for an undisclosed sum.

Technicolor, which is based in France, develops advanced video services and management platforms for content creators and distributors. The broadcast services division has approximately 900 highly skilled professionals and operations in France, UK and the Netherlands. Ericsson said the deal substantially increases its current broadcast operations in terms of channels managed and households reached.

Technicolor said the sale enables it to focus on media monetization solutions, new growth businesses, and strengthen its balance sheet.

"As the TV industry is undergoing fundamental changes with the transition to multi-platform, on-demand television, teaming up with a trusted partner enables broadcasters to meet the increasing commercial and technological complexity and competition in the TV market" says Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson. "We combine our service and technology leadership with strategic investments in playout operations, broadcast capability and competence."

Ofcom Allows Everything Everywhere to Refarm Spectrum for LTE

Ofcom, the official regulator in the UK, will allow Everything Everywhere to reuse its 2G spectrum to launch LTE service this year. Ofcom said it considered whether this would distort competition and has concluded that it would not. Public comment is welcomed for the next four weeks.
  • In December 2011, Everything Everywhere, the joint venture that operates the networks for T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), outlined plans to invest more than £1.5bn+ over the next three years to upgrade its infrastructure and set the stage for LTE. Capex will see double digit growth in 2012 network investment compared to 2011.

  • The plans will bring tighter integration of the T-Mobile and Orange mobile networks. Everything Everywhere said it is in the final stages of “the big switch on�?. In the next few week, Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to use 2G and 3G signals from either of the networks and benefit from fast data speeds in more places. In the first half of 2012, Everything Everywhere will further improve the cross-network signal sharing by enabling Orange and T-Mobile customers’ devices to automatically select the stronger signal from either network if their own signal is weak.

Deutsche Telekom Partners with City Utility for FTTH

Deutsche Telekom announced its first partnership with a municipal power utility company for installing optical fiber.

Deutsche Telekom and eins energie signed a cooperation agreement under which the power company will construct the infrastructure and Deutsche Telekom will operate the network. Up t0 20,000 residences in Chemnitz will get fiber connectivity this year. Up to 60,000 homes are scheduled to be connected to the state-of-the-art optical fiber network by the end of 2014. Deutsche Telekom plans to offer Internet access at up to 200 Mbps.

Once the optical fiber network has been completed, Deutsche Telekom will lease the network from eins and will operate it with open access for other service providers.

"This is the largest optical fiber project Deutsche Telekom has undertaken anywhere in Germany and this project here in Chemnitz is the first time we have entered into a cooperation with a regional utilities company," said Niek Jan van Damme, Chairman of the Managing Board of Telekom Deutschland GmbH. "eins is the local power company, the people of Chemnitz know the company, and it is an expert in the construction and operation of supply networks. We are open to work together with other enterprises and we look at all forms of cooperation, including with regional companies such as municipal and regional utilities companies or other partners," emphasized van Damme.

Huawei Launches LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot with eAccess

Huawei introduced a multi-band, multi-mode, Mobile WiFi hotspot for Japan's eAccess LTE network.

The E589 FDD supports LTE FDD/HSPA+/UMTS. The unit provides Wi-Fi hotspot service for up to 10 Wi-Fi devices, including mobile phones, tablets, notebook computers, PSP consoles, and e-books. The product has a battery life of up to 10 hours, and is compatible with 95% of battery-powered Wi-Fi enabled devices currently on the market.

Dubbed the "Pocket WiFi" (a term trademarked by eAccess in Japan), the E589 frees users from geographical and network connection constraints. It supports top LTE download speeds of 100 Mbps.

The E589 global edition will feature internal SD cards which can be read and written through Wi-Fi connections, empowering consumers to easily share photographs, documents, music, and video files. It will also support text messaging functions – its sophisticated Web UI software design allowing users to compose, send and receive text messages via their computer quickly and conveniently.

VimpleCom Reaches 205 Million Mobile Users

Russia's VimpleCom reported Q4 2011 revenues of US$5.878 billion, up 5% YOY on an organic basis, and a net loss attributable to of US$386 million including special charges. Actual twelve months 2011 results reflect the consolidation of Italy's Wind Telecom as of April 15, 2011.

Some operating highlights:

The total mobile subscriber base increased 13% YoY to 205 million by the end of the fourth quarter. The largest absolute contribution came from accelerated growth in subscribers in the Africa & Asia Business Unit. The company also achieved strong growth in fixed and mobile broadband in Russia, Italy and Ukraine.

In Russia, the subscriber growth rate decreased in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter, in line with the announced strategy to focus on profitable growth. Mobile broadband subscribers in Russia increased 32% YoY to 2.5 million and fixed broadband subscribers grew 46% YoY to almost 2.1 million.

The Company's Italian business continued to outperform the broader Italian telecom market in the fourth quarter despite the ongoing weak macroeconomic environment and unfavorable regulatory developments. VimpelCom strengthened its market position in Italy in both mobile and fixed-line, increasing its revenue share in both segments. The fixed broadband subscriber base increased 12% YoY to more than 2.1 million, with an increase in Fixed Broadband revenues of 21% YoY, while Mobile broadband revenues increased 43% YoY.

In the Africa & Asia Business Unit, the Company achieved strong growth in its subscriber base across all countries of operation, exceeding 82 million in total. Solid performance across the main operations led to organic revenue growth of 5% YoY. Reported net operating revenues increased by 3% YoY, adversely impacted by local currency devaluation against the USD in the main operating countries of Algeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as the liquidation of the handset business of "Ring".

The Ukraine Business Unit continued to deliver healthy top line revenue growth in mobile and fixed data revenues and doubled its fixed line broadband subscribers. Mobile data revenue grew 12% YoY to UAH 218 million driven by increased usage of data services in USB modem offers and within the new bundled tariff plans.

The CIS Business Unit delivered double digit revenue growth in all of its markets with the exception of Armenia, and was able to maintain high quality subscriber growth.

TI and 6WIND Partner on Packet Processing Software

6WIND announced support within the 6WINDGate software solution for TI's new scalable 28-nm multicore processors based on its recently announced KeyStone II multicore architecture.

6WINDGate includes a full set of control plane modules, a high performance networking stack and a wide range of data plane protocols that have been specifically optimized for TI's KeyStone II-based multicore processors. 6WINDGate said its fast path-based architecture enables OEMs to quickly migrate existing application software to TI's KeyStone II architecture, allowing the use of TI's on-chip network coprocessors, as well as reducing time to market and schedule risk.

"We're constantly looking for ways to push the envelope with our KeyStone II multicore processors," said Ramesh Kumar, business manager, multicore processors, TI. "No multicore architecture matches the performance, flexibility and power efficiency of KeyStone II and our collaboration with 6WIND gives our customers the software support they need to quickly and easily develop high performance applications."

TI's scalable KeyStone II architecture includes support for both TMS320C66x digital signal processors (DSP) generation cores and multiple cache coherent quad ARM Cortex™-A15 clusters, for a mixture of up to 32 DSP and RISC cores. The multicore architecture includes capacity expansion for SoC structural elements such as TeraNet, Multicore Navigator and Multicore Shared Memory Controller (MSMC). This expansion allows developers to fully utilize the capability of all processing elements, including ARM RISC cores, DSP cores and enhanced AccelerationPacs. RISC processing within KeyStone II has been significantly upgraded with the addition of quad ARM Cortex -A15 clusters, providing ultra-high performance at half the power consumption of traditional RISC cores.

Openreach to double FTTC speeds from April

Starting in April, BT Openreach will double the speed of its wholesale Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) service to up 80 Mbps downstream. Openreach’s fibre network is available to all Communication Providers on an open wholesale access basis. It will be up to CPs to choose when and if they offer these enhanced speeds to end users, as the current up to 40Mbps service will continue to be available.

FTTC technology underpins the majority of BT’s £2.5bn commercial roll-out of super-fast fibre broadband in the UK.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nortel Patent Sales Gets DOJ Clearance

The Department of Justice waiting period for review concerning the acquisition of a substantial majority of the former Nortel Networks patent portfolio has expired and the company is free to consummate the acquisition. The portfolio consists of approximately 4,000 patent assets related to a broad array of networking, communications, and internet technologies. The patents are being acquired by the Rockstar Consortium, which consists of Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericsson and Sony, for $4.5 billion.

Rockstar has said it intends to pursue licensing agreements with companies that are harnessing its intellectual property.

John Veschi, Chief Executive Officer of Rockstar, and formerly Chief IP Officer of Nortel, stated that, "We are pleased to emerge from this review process, and are looking forward to working with technology related companies to provide them with access to Rockstar's technology. The entire industry has benefited from Nortel's groundbreaking innovations, and we are eager to work with them to establish licenses enabling the continued use of this technology."

IIJ and China Telecom Announce Cloud Computing Partnership

Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and China Telecom announced a strategic partnership to jointly provide Cloud computing Services in China.

As part of the partnership, the two companies plan to develop Cloud computing Services such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, and aim to provide them to the Chinese market from summer 2012.

IIJ noted that it began providing Cloud computing Service in 2009 under the brand name "IIJ GIO" which covers layers from IaaS to SaaS. Currently, IIJ GIO has been recognized as No.1 Cloud computing Service in Japan and is adopted by over 600 Japanese blue-chip customers.

Broadcom Debuts STB Silicon for Convergence of Pay-TV and Open Internet Apps

Broadcom introduced a 40nm Dual Core Hybrid Gateway system-on-a-chip (SoC) that enables operators to securely deliver premium broadcast content converged with Web-based content and services to multiple screens in the connected home.

The BCM7435, featured at the CableLabs Winter Conference this week, shows video broadcast content streaming simultaneously (with transcoding) wirelessly to multiple devices, while concurrently supporting secure web applications.

Broadcom said its solution breaks new ground by enabling operators to offer new, Web-based services while protecting high value broadcast content. The chip offers 7000 DMIPs dual-core/ quad thread application processing power and also features Integrated Quad Transcoding and MoCA 2.0 for a connected, Web-based TV experience.

Verizon Carries 21.7 Terabits per second over Single Fiber with NEC

In a trial performed earlier this year on 1,503 kilometers (934 miles) of standard single mode field fiber in the Dallas area, Verizon successfully transmitted 21.7 terabits per second (Tbps) -- the highest capacity to date under field conditions.

NEC was the equipment supplier for the trial, which was described in a post-deadline paper presented at the recent OFC/NFOEC Conference and Expo in Los Angeles.

NEC said the terabit capacity was achieved by increasing modulation levels and reducing optical carrier spacing using superchannels. This trial also used a novel approach that allowed for different modulation formats to be used to help ensure signal performance while carrying the highest total capacity. The two companies also specifically focused on transmission performance over a significant fiber distance since other experiments in this area have only been performed in a lab environment.

In 2011, Verizon and NEC Corporation of America completed an industry first by successfully transmitting high bit-rate technologies, including 100G, 450G and 1T, coexisting on the same fiber in a joint field trial.

"Verizon continues its research to find the scientific limits of high-capacity optical technology as we strive to offer the most advanced network technology that adds long-term value to our customers and is capable of sustaining the tremendous growth potential," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global IP and transport planning and technology for Verizon. "This joint effort moves the industry toward a better understanding of the technology's challenges, differentiators and viability because the future will be shaped by what we learn now."http://www.verizon.net

FibroLAN Implements Vitesse Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine

FibroLAN, a developer of integrated fiber-optic broadband access systems and Carrier Ethernet solutions, is using Vitesse’s Caracal Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine (VSC7428) and quad-port IEEE1588v2 VSC8574 SimpliPHY 1G PHYs in its latest generation Ethernet Access Device (EAD) targeted at Metro Ethernet services delivery. At the recent Mobile World Congress, FibroLAN debuted its µFalcon-S platform for 4G/LTE mobile backhaul networks.

Introduced in 2010 and 2011, respectively, the VSC7428 Caracal Switch Engine and VSC8574 quad-port GE PHY are part of Vitesse’s broad portfolio of IEEE1588v2 timing solutions for mobile backhaul and network IP Edge applications. Both devices deliver highly accurate timing synchronization and Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) support, critical for Carriers implementing mobile backhaul and delivering MEF services over their access networks. Integrated with Vitesse’s EcoEthernet 2.0 green technology, both the switch and PHY exceed the IEEE 802.3az specifications requirements while delivering unprecedented energy efficiency.

3 Italia Selects Ericsson for Upgrade

3 Italia has selected Ericsson to transform and upgrade its existing 3G mobile broadband access, core and transport network to 42Mbps HSPA and 100Mbps LTE. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal marks another step in the long-standing collaboration between 3 Italia and Ericsson, which started in 2001 when 3 Italia chose Ericsson as the main partner for its 3G core and access technology. In 2005, the operator assigned Ericsson as exclusive partner for managed services of its multi-vendor network and telecom IS/IT infrastructure. In 2009, 3 Italia awarded Ericsson a network transformation deal to upgrade its WCDMA/HSPA network and extend the managed services deal.

OKI Back to Pre-Flood Capacity in Thailand

OKI Data is back to full-scale operations at its manufacturing facility at the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province, central Thailand. The recovery now includes both the first floor and the second floor of the facility. As a precaution against future flooding, OKI Data has realigned production lines on the first and second floor so that essential production equipment, power supplies and air-conditioning facilities are located on the second floor. In addition, the company will further promote business continuity planning (BCP) by pursuing a reinforced production backup system on a global level.

Dell'Oro Predicts 10 GigE Server Deployments to Ramp Up

10 Gigabit Ethernet revenue is expected to exceed one-third of overall market revenue in L2-L3 switching during 2012, according to a new market report from Dell'Oro Group. The report attributes the growth to continued data center deployments utilizing 10 Gigabit Ethernet in Top-of-Rack and Blade switches.

"We believe we are still in the early stages of server access from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet. We expect the first significant ramp of this migration to start in the second half of 2012 and continue through 2013. We expect server vendors will ramp Intel's Romely chipset quickly in the second half of 2012. Most new high-end servers will, for the most part, be 10 Gigabit Ethernet going forward," said Alan Weckel, Senior Director of Dell'Oro Group. "We believe we will see a mix of connectivity options ranging from blade servers, SFP+ direct attach and 10G Base-T during 2012. We also expect vendors will most likely specialize in a particular area within the data center, or have a large portfolio of products to address customer requirements, as vendors migrate servers from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet in significant volumes and look towards 40 Gigabit Ethernet to connect these switches to the core," stated Weckel.

Ceragon Wins Mobile Backhaul Contract in Nigeria

Ceragon Networks announced a contract valued at $6 million to supply wireless backhaul solutions to Globacom Nigeria. The deal includes Ceragon's short-haul and long-haul systems as well as site survey, installation, commissioning and project management services.

Ceragon will manage the end-to-end deployment of its FibeAir IP-10 and Evolution IP Long-Haul systems throughout Nigeria, expanding upon the original network Ceragon developed for Glo in 2010. Glo is the second largest mobile operator in Nigeria serving approximately 25 million subscribers, and is Africa's fastest-growing telecommunications company.

Ecuador's CNT Picks Alcatel-Lucent for Mobile Broadband

Ecuador's Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) has selected Alcatel-Lucent for a new 3G mobile broadband network in Ecuador.

The CNT 3G network will deliver converged services that can be accessed from both fixed and mobile devices, at home or on the go. The network will also be 'LTE and lightRadio-ready', another first in Ecuador.

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will design and deploy a complete end-to-end 3G W-CDMA network in the Pacific coastal and Southern area of Ecuador. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide maintenance and network optimization services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei Selects IP Infusion's ZebOS

Huawei has selected IP Infusion's ZebOS network platform software to expand the capabilities of its Internet Protocol products.

ZebOS is a suite of networking protocol software supporting Layer 2 (L2), Layer 3 (L3), unicast, multicast, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Metro Ethernet standards. It supports both IPv4 and IPv6 networks as well as a number of transition technologies.

"The future of IP networking is software that enables accelerated time to market and continual product enhancement," said Koichi Narasaki, president and CEO of IP Infusion. "Through software-defined networking combined with best-in-class routing and switching platforms, IP Infusion and Huawei are leading a transformation of IP networking to accommodate Big Data."