Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Google Seeks to Super Charge Android with Motorola Acquisition

Google completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, saying the deal will "supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing."

Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business. Sanjay Jha has stepped down as CEO and been replaced by longtime Googler Dennis Woodside.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, "I'm happy to announce the deal has closed. Motorola is a great American tech company, with a track record of over 80 years of innovation. It's a great time to be in the mobile business, and I'm confident that the team at Motorola will be creating the next generation of mobile devices that will improve lives for years to come." 

NTT Expands in Nordics

NTT Communications has extended its global network and cloud solutions into Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. NTT Europe’s Nordic launch is further strengthened through partnership with Secode (wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Com), a leading provider of managed-security and security-consulting services within the Nordic markets. http://www.ntt.co.jp 

Brocade and NEC Enter Partnership for Software-defined Networking

Brocade and NEC Corporation of America (NEC) announced a partnership focused on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow switching, including network virtualization. The companies will jointly market solutions for network virtualization, large-scale data center infrastructure management, traffic engineering and Wide Area Network (WAN) flow management, with an open standards-based approach.

The partnership combines Brocade's OpenFlow-enabled products and NEC's Programmable Flow Controller. The companies will establish joint solution labs in key regional offices to test and demonstrate their solutions. 

SAP to Acquire Ariba for $4.3 Billion - Business Collaboration in the Cloud

SAP agreed to acquire Ariba for $45.00 per share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $4.3 billion and a 20% premium over the company's closing stock price on May 21. The deal combines Ariba's buyer-seller collaboration network with SAP's broad customer base and business process expertise to create new models for business-to-business collaboration in the cloud.

Ariba is based in Sunnyvale, California and has 2,600 employees. It recorded 2011 revenue of $444 million, up 38.5 percent over 2010.

Last week, SAP announced the roadmap for its cloud applications business (Software-as-a-Service), focusing on managing customers, suppliers, employees, and financials, in addition to its cloud suite offerings SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business One. 
http://www.sap.com http://www.ariba.com 

Juniper Fires Back with Core Router Multi-Chassis Upgrades

Juniper Networks announced plans to upgrade the capacity of its core TXP multi-chassis routing system for all existing Juniper Networks T4000 and T1600 core routers. The upgrade more than doubles the maximum capacity of the existing T Series Core Routers. Specifically, the TXP multi-chassis routing system will support the following key functionality:
  • Up to 4X T4000 and 8X T1600 system capacity.
  • Up to 22 Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity.
  • Future capacity expandable up to 64 Tbps.
  • Simplified pay-as-you grow installation and expansion with standards-based cabling and pluggable optics.

  • Juniper Networks first unveiled its T1600 core router in June 2007.
  • Juniper Networks first unveiled its T4000 core router in November 2010.
  • Juniper's T4000 is powered by its Trio silicon, which was first unveiled in October 2009 for use in its MX series edge routers. The first generation was implemented in 60nm technology and optimized for highly granular packet processing. The second generation features the smaller and more energy-efficient 45nm technology and is optimized for the high-throughput requirements of core routing. By comparison, the T1600 uses 90nm silicon.
  • A fully loaded T4000 system can support up to 192 ports of 10GbE, or 16 ports of 100GbE interfaces.

Brocade Builds OpenFlow into Switching & Routing Platforms

Brocade has integrated hardware based OpenFlow support into its MLX Series of routers and related NetIron platforms, which support wire-speed 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance.

The company said its goal it to deliver a SDN-ready product family today that will serve as the foundation for software-defined network architecture in the future. These products include the Brocade VDX family of data center switches, Brocade ADX Series application delivery switches, Brocade MLX Series of 100 GbE routers, Brocade NetIron CER Series routers and Brocade NetIron CES Series switches.

Brocade articulated an SDN strategy encompassing the following key technologies and capabilities:

Resilient and auto-forming Ethernet fabrics optimized for virtualized applications with virtual machine (VM)-aware intelligence.

Network virtualization via overlay technologies for highly scalable multi-tenancy environments.

Support for OpenFlow in hybrid mode, enabling traditional Layer 2/3 forwarding with OpenFlow.

Partnerships with a broad set of OpenFlow controller vendors and open APIs.

A single common cloud management and orchestration interface through northbound standards-based plug-ins and standards-based RESTful interfaces. The plug-ins to cloud management frameworks -- including Cloudstack, Microsoft System Center, OpenStack, and VMware vCenter/vCloud Director -- provide comprehensive orchestration capabilities for cloud service delivery and automated operations. 
http://www.brocade.com http://www.brocade.com/launch/sdn/index.html 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Infonetics: Carrier VoIP Market Up in 1Q12; Alcatel-Lucent Doubles Share

Thanks to exceptionally strong IMS equipment spending, the overall service provider VoIP equipment market bucked its traditional down first quarter by inching up 1% to $715 million over 4Q11, according to a newly released report from Infonetics Research. The increased spending on IMS equipment is tied to Voice over LTE deployments.

"In the first quarter of 2012 we saw the largest order of IMS core equipment and application server licenses on record, secured by Alcatel-Lucent -- a clear sign that operators in North America are gearing up for voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments. While commercial VoLTE services have yet to launch, this is a taste of what is to come as operators push forward over the next 5+ years. That said, large equipment orders will be sporadic and the IMS market will continue to be lumpy," explains Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

Some highlights:

Globally, the overall market is up 18% in 1Q12 from the year-ago first quarter -- despite continued declines in legacy trunk media gateway and softswitch sales -- driven by strong IMS core equipment, session border controller (SBC), and voice application server sales.

In 1Q12, Alcatel-Lucent more than doubled its service provider VoIP and IMS revenue and market share, propelling them to the #1 position for worldwide market share, ahead of perennial leaders Huawei and GENBAND North America led the quarter, with carrier VoIP and IMS spending up 18% quarter-over-quarter and up a strong 76% year-over-year.

Infonetics expects the number of mobile and fixed-line subscribers on IMS networks to grow 42% in 2012 to top 250 million worldwide. 

Alcatel-Lucent Offers Motive Customer Experience Service

Alcatel-Lucent is launching a new managed service for telecommunications operators and service providers that will monitor the customer experience of their subscribers using metrics such as dropped calls to issues with video downloads and connecting to the Internet.

The new Managed Service Quality and Assurance (MSQA) offering draws on Alcatel-Lucent’s Motive Customer Experience Solutions portfolio – launched in February – as well as patent-pending methodology developed by Bell Labs, and the company's existing base of network operations centers. The Bell Labs methodology uses service modeling - directly aligned with the service provider’s business priorities - to determine how best to measure service quality and identify the appropriate ways of addressing customer concerns. Motive solutions are then used to proactively detect, isolate, and help resolve issues that can impact the customer experience. This approach gives service providers a focused and tangible way to increase customer satisfaction and strengthen subscriber loyalty. 

Comcast Showcases X1 Video Platform

Comcast is showcasing its X1 Video Platform at The Cable Show being held this week in Boston.

The X1 platform leverages IP technology and cloud servers on Comcast’s network to integrate interactive, customized apps and social media features with traditional video programming. Comcast plans to launch Xfinity TV on the X1 Platform in Boston and a new X1 remote control app in the coming weeks. Rollout in several other major markets is planned to follow this year. It will be available to new Xfinity Triple Play with HD/DVR service customers at no additional cost. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Google + Moto Mobility Deal Gets Regulatory Approval from China

Google's bid to acquire Motorola Mobility received regulatory clearance from the Chinese authorities.

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).

Friday, May 18, 2012

Motorola Mobility Showcases Home Connectivity Vision, HEVC

At The Cable Show this week in Boston, Motorola Mobility is showcasing its latest innovations for cable operators offering whole home connectivity, including its DCX3600 Video Gateway – a nextgen set-top positioned as the entertainment hub in the living room... and morphing into the Center of the IP Connected Home.

Motorola Mobility is also demonstrating HEVC video compression technology, which reduces bandwidth by 50 percent in comparison to MPEG4 AVC/H.264 at similar video quality. HEVC was jointly developed by ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG). It promises better video delivery over wireless link, including Wi-Fi and cellular.

Time Warner Cable has selected the company's SecureMedia Encryptonite ONE HLS+ solution for securing video streams across a variety of devices – including smartphones, tablets, game consoles, connected TVs and Blu-Ray players.

NTT Com Connects with Brunei

NTT Communications and Brunei International Gateway (BIG), a joint venture of government and telecommunications companies in Brunei, agreed to collaborate in providing local Internet service providers (ISPs) with IPv4/IPv6 dual stack global access via NTT Com's Tier-1 global IP network. BIG's local infrastructure will provide direct connections to NTT Com's Tier-1 network.

NTT Com is BIG's first partner to establish an International Internet Gateway (IIG) for ISPs in Brunei and nearby regions of neighboring countries. Several local ISPs already connect separately to global ISPs, but the IIG will unify connections for greater efficiency. 

Carlos Slim Gets Honorary Degree from George Washington U.

Carlos Slim, the Chairman and CEO Telmex and América Móvil and currently the world's richest person, was awarded an honorary degree from George Washington University. Hundreds of protesters picketed the university in Washington D.C., arguing that Slim amassed his great fortune by working to block any meaningful competition in the Mexican telecommunications market and then using his monopoly to price-gouged Mexican customers billions of dollars for basic telephone and Internet service. http:// 

Insight Research: U.S. Telecom Business Services Continues to Grow

U.S. businesses will spend $154 billion for telecommunications services in 2012 and business spending on wired and wireless calling will grow to $184 billion by the close of 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8 percent over the forecast period, according to a new market report from Insight Research.

Insight's newly released market analysis report, "Telecom Services in Vertical Markets, 2011-2016" found that business spending for cellular and other wireless services is creating all of the growth, while spending on wireline services will be essentially flat over the five year forecast horizon.

Wireless expenditures are expected to grow at a compounded rate of 9.4 percent over the period of 2011-2016. Four vertical industries – wholesale trade; financial, insurance, and real estate services; professional business services; and communications -- account for 68 percent of total business telecom expenditures in 2011. The study analyzes 14 vertical industries categorized by the NAICS, and focuses on corporate spending for wireline and wireless telecommunications services in each of the 14 industries.

"The U.S. telecommunications industry continues to show modest revenue growth, driven by business Internet and mobility solutions," says Fran Caulfield, Research Director for Insight Research. "As US business activity recovers, employment and network traffic increase. In parallel, business applications shift to the cloud and end users shift to wireless access, driving higher network and wireless revenues for service providers," Caulfield concluded. 

Google + Moto Mobility Deal Gets Regulatory Approval from China

Google's bid to acquire Motorola Mobility received regulatory clearance from the Chinese authorities.

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). 
http://google.com http://www.motorola.com 

Huawei Previews 12.5GHz DWDM

Huawei unveiled a WDM prototype based on a flexible 12.5 GHz wavelength grid , improving upon the current mainstream commercial products that use a 50GHz of 25 GHz fixed spectrum interval. The flexibility of the wavelength spacing lays a foundation for multi-carrier technologies and next-generation bandwidth-flexible optical networks beyond 100G.

Huawei said its WDM prototype developed increases the spectrum utilization for large-capacity WDM systems. The WDM prototype supports 40G, 100G, 400G and 1T hybrid transmissions and is compatible with the 50GHz or 25GHz spectrum interval legacy systems. It provides smooth evolution from 40G and 100G systems to 400G and 1T systems, effectively protecting investment on current networks. Huawei expects next-generation, bandwidth-flexible optical networks will leverage systems capable of automatic adjustment of the modulation mode and line rate based on the transmission distance and service capacity, constantly changing the frequency width utilization. The 12.5GHz granularity enables flexibility in the adjustment of bandwidth, distance, and frequency width, freeing up more of the available spectrum to transmit services.

Jack Wang, president of Huawei Transport Network Product Line, said: "After releasing the world’s first 10 petabit all-optical switch prototype and the 400G DWDM prototype, Huawei has provided a preview of next-generation optical networks by unveiling the highest efficiency spectrum WDM prototype. Huawei is committed to providing innovative solutions in the field of optical networks and to making significant contributions in broadband network construction to further develop next-generation optical transmission technologies."


Comcast Launches Skype on Xfinity

Comcast began marketing "Skype on Xfinity" widescreen HD video calling in its first two markets: Boston and Seattle. The service rolls out later this week in Atlanta, Augusta, Ga., Chicago, Detroit, Harrisburg, Pa., Indianapolis, Miami and Pittsburgh.

The service allows users to make and receive Skype-to-Skype video and audio calls or send instant messages via Skype on a TV while watching a TV show at the same time, and accept incoming Skype calls during a TV show with the help of Caller ID.

Pricing is set at $9.95 per month for qualifying Xfinity Triple Play customers.

Dell'Oro: LTE RAN Investments Grow in Q1

Despite the challenging macro economic environment, mobile operators are investing in LTE networks while slowing down spending on the 2G/3G mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment, according to a new Mobile RAN Quarterly report from Dell'Oro Group. Some highlights:
  • LTE RAN revenues up more than 160 percent versus 1Q11

  • There were more than 60 commercial LTE networks at the end of 1Q12

  • There were 15 million LTE subscriptions at the end of 1Q12, up 70 percent Q/Q

  • TDD LTE markets have been commercialized in Japan.