Thursday, June 21, 2012

O3b to Provide Satellite Broadband to World's Largest Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has selected O3b Networks to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard the world’s largest cruise ship -- the Oasis of the Seas, which will carry more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members when it launches in 2013.



O3b provides a fully managed end-to-end service including the equipment at the O3b Gateway, and
aboard the ship, site survey, installation and commissioning. O3b’s steerable satellite beams will provide cruise industry passengers ultra-fast Internet communications throughout their voyage.



According to the O3b website, the O3b Maritime will support speeds of up to 350 Mbps to the ship and 150 Mbps to the shore.



“From the moment we met the Royal Caribbean team we were struck by an intense customer focus and a determination to provide an unrivalled cruise experience to their guests on board,�? said Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer, O3b Networks. “With O3b Maritime, Oasis of the Seas will experience connection speeds that are an order of magnitude higher and latency that is four times lower than offered in the market today. At O3b, we believe that affordable, high speed broadband should always be within reach – wherever you are in the world, on land and at sea - and we are delighted to showcase the unrivalled performance of O3b Maritime together with Royal Caribbean.�?http://www.o3bnetworks.com

Dr. Henry Samueli Wins 2012 Marconi Prize

The 2012 Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation for his work with digital signal processing.



After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1980, Samueli took a job at TRW (later merged with Northrop Grumman) working on military broadband communication systems. In 1985, Samueli joined the UCLA faculty full-time as an assistant professor. In August 1991, Samueli and Henry T. Nicholas, III, his former colleague at TRW and his first Ph.D. student at UCLA, each invested $5,000 and launched Broadcom out of Nicholas’ Redondo Beach garage. Their first major commercial customer was Scientific-Atlanta, which needed chips for an experimental digital cable TV set-top box.

http://marconisociety.org

Sprint Extends Ethernet Access to 143 Markets Domestically

Sprint confirmed plans to extend its business Ethernet service to 143 markets domestically and 38 countries globally by the end of 2012. The rollout building out existing markets and expanding into new markets.



Sprint Ethernet provides dedicated and aggregated speeds ranging from 2 Mbps to 1 Gbps, subject to market availability. Businesses can select from 18 aggregated speeds and 16 dedicated speeds, choosing the port speeds that best fit their network needs. Aggregated Ethernet access can provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional TDM access, while Dedicated Ethernet access expands easily to meet specific customer bandwidth needs, offering fixed-rate and fractional (burstable) billing. http://www.sprint.com/convergence

SanDisk Ships Fastest Memory Card for Smartphones and Tablets

SanDisk introduced the fastest mobile memory card so far -- the Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I, featuring a UHS Speed Class 1 rating (Class 10 equivalent). The card allows smartphone and tablet users to record superior Full HD videos, even in 3D. It offers up to 90MB/sec write speed for capturing multiple photos using burst mode with a UHS-I enabled mobile device. File transfers to host devices are rated at up to 95 megabyte per second (MB/sec) read speed.



The SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I card is available in 8GB and 16GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $59.99 and $99.99. http://www.sandisk.com

IDT Intros Low-Distortion Mixer for 4G Base Station Transceivers

Integrated Device Technology introduced a low-power, low-distortion diversity mixer for 4G base stations. The new device reduces distortion while simultaneously reducing power consumption in LTE and time-division duplexing (TDD) wireless communication architectures. Compared to competitive solutions, the IDTF1162 improves IM3 distortion by 18 dB while simultaneously reducing power consumption by 40 percent (1150 mW typical). These attributes ease heat-sinking requirements on the radio card and allow infrastructure vendors to utilize higher average frontend gain settings, which results in higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Improved receiver SNR of up to 0.4 dB benefits cellular operators by expanding the coverage area and improving the available data rates to users on the periphery of the cell.

IDT said its new LTE mixer is an important RF product in its strategy to provide the industry with a complete radio card signal chain, from the antenna to the digital signal processors (DSPs). http://www.idt.com/go/RF

Verizon Wireless and Comcast Extend Marketing Partnership

Verizon Wireless and Comcast began marketing each other's services in several cities across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Verizon Wireless and Comcast have previously introduced this offering in the following markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. http://www.verizon wireless.com http://www.comcast.com

Huawei's Ren Zhengfei Cites Commitment to Russian Market

Huawei plans to deepen its roots in Russia through increased investment, said Huawei Founder and CEO, Mr. Ren Zhengfei, speaking at last week's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Russia was one of Huawei's first international markets, which it entered 15 years ago.



"The key to the future development of the electronic information industry lies in cyberspace technology. Cyberspace is a new strategic domain unlike physical territory. What makes the two domains different is that competition in cyberspace is not characterized by occupying territories and forming closed positions, but by being openly accessible," said Mr. Ren. "We must utilize information to benefit mankind and adopt a positive attitude towards data floods -- not merely look at the ills or complexities that they create."



http://www.huawei.com

O3b to Provide Satellite Broadband to World's Largest Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has selected O3b Networks to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard the world’s largest cruise ship -- the Oasis of the Seas, which will carry more than 8,000 guests, staff and crew members when it launches in 2013.



O3b provides a fully managed end-to-end service including the equipment at the O3b Gateway, and
aboard the ship, site survey, installation and commissioning. O3b’s steerable satellite beams will provide cruise industry passengers ultra-fast Internet communications throughout their voyage.



According to the O3b website, the O3b Maritime will support speeds of up to 350 Mbps to the ship and 150 Mbps to the shore.



“From the moment we met the Royal Caribbean team we were struck by an intense customer focus and a determination to provide an unrivalled cruise experience to their guests on board,�? said Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer, O3b Networks. “With O3b Maritime, Oasis of the Seas will experience connection speeds that are an order of magnitude higher and latency that is four times lower than offered in the market today. At O3b, we believe that affordable, high speed broadband should always be within reach – wherever you are in the world, on land and at sea - and we are delighted to showcase the unrivalled performance of O3b Maritime together with Royal Caribbean.�?http://www.o3bnetworks.com

Datapipe Buys Wavelength Service from Hibernia Atlantic

Datapipe, a global provider of managed services and infrastructure for outsourced IT and cloud computing, has selected Hibernia Atlantic to connect its two largest financial markets, the New York Metro area and London. The wavelength service is additional capacity that will provide Datapipe with diverse, secure and low-latency routing across a flexible, DWDM platform. To further the growing relationship between the two companies, Hibernia Atlantic will establish additional Points of Presence (PoPs) into Datapipe’s carrier-class facilities in both New Jersey and London.
http://www.hiberniaatlantic.com http://www.datapipe.com

Dr. Henry Samueli Wins 2012 Marconi Prize

The 2012 Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation for his work with digital signal processing.



After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1980, Samueli took a job at TRW (later merged with Northrop Grumman) working on military broadband communication systems. In 1985, Samueli joined the UCLA faculty full-time as an assistant professor. In August 1991, Samueli and Henry T. Nicholas, III, his former colleague at TRW and his first Ph.D. student at UCLA, each invested $5,000 and launched Broadcom out of Nicholas’ Redondo Beach garage. Their first major commercial customer was Scientific-Atlanta, which needed chips for an experimental digital cable TV set-top box.

http://marconisociety.org

Sprint Extends Ethernet Access to 143 Markets Domestically

Sprint confirmed plans to extend its business Ethernet service to 143 markets domestically and 38 countries globally by the end of 2012. The rollout building out existing markets and expanding into new markets.



Sprint Ethernet provides dedicated and aggregated speeds ranging from 2 Mbps to 1 Gbps, subject to market availability. Businesses can select from 18 aggregated speeds and 16 dedicated speeds, choosing the port speeds that best fit their network needs. Aggregated Ethernet access can provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional TDM access, while Dedicated Ethernet access expands easily to meet specific customer bandwidth needs, offering fixed-rate and fractional (burstable) billing. http://www.sprint.com/convergence

SanDisk Ships Fastest Memory Card for Smartphones and Tablets

SanDisk introduced the fastest mobile memory card so far -- the Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I, featuring a UHS Speed Class 1 rating (Class 10 equivalent). The card allows smartphone and tablet users to record superior Full HD videos, even in 3D. It offers up to 90MB/sec write speed for capturing multiple photos using burst mode with a UHS-I enabled mobile device. File transfers to host devices are rated at up to 95 megabyte per second (MB/sec) read speed.



The SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDHC UHS-I card is available in 8GB and 16GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $59.99 and $99.99. http://www.sandisk.com

IDT Intros Low-Distortion Mixer for 4G Base Station Transceivers

Integrated Device Technology introduced a low-power, low-distortion diversity mixer for 4G base stations. The new device reduces distortion while simultaneously reducing power consumption in LTE and time-division duplexing (TDD) wireless communication architectures. Compared to competitive solutions, the IDTF1162 improves IM3 distortion by 18 dB while simultaneously reducing power consumption by 40 percent (1150 mW typical). These attributes ease heat-sinking requirements on the radio card and allow infrastructure vendors to utilize higher average frontend gain settings, which results in higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Improved receiver SNR of up to 0.4 dB benefits cellular operators by expanding the coverage area and improving the available data rates to users on the periphery of the cell.

IDT said its new LTE mixer is an important RF product in its strategy to provide the industry with a complete radio card signal chain, from the antenna to the digital signal processors (DSPs). http://www.idt.com/go/RF

Verizon Wireless and Comcast Extend Marketing Partnership

Verizon Wireless and Comcast began marketing each other's services in several cities across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Verizon Wireless and Comcast have previously introduced this offering in the following markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle. http://www.verizon wireless.com http://www.comcast.com

Huawei's Ren Zhengfei Cites Commitment to Russian Market

Huawei plans to deepen its roots in Russia through increased investment, said Huawei Founder and CEO, Mr. Ren Zhengfei, speaking at last week's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Russia was one of Huawei's first international markets, which it entered 15 years ago.



"The key to the future development of the electronic information industry lies in cyberspace technology. Cyberspace is a new strategic domain unlike physical territory. What makes the two domains different is that competition in cyberspace is not characterized by occupying territories and forming closed positions, but by being openly accessible," said Mr. Ren. "We must utilize information to benefit mankind and adopt a positive attitude towards data floods -- not merely look at the ills or complexities that they create."



http://www.huawei.com

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spirent Introduces Next-gen Test Appliance Platform

Spirent Communications introduced its next-generation test appliance platform for terabit, application-aware networks. The new Spirent TestCenter C100 is powered by a multi-core architecture with hardware-assisted application, mobility and encryption acceleration.



The Spirent C100 platform delivers a range of test coverage, including testing of app-aware carrier Ethernet devices, next-generation firewalls, mobile and Wi-Fi networks, and video and content delivery networks (CDN) with deep packet inspection (DPI) and app-aware policy controls. Spirent rates the C100 at double the performance compared with previous generations of test solutions.



For example, when testing application security, Spirent C100 is capable of generating more than 80Gbps of real application traffic and 90 million simultaneous TCP connections. For mobility testing, Spirent C100 emulates millions of subscribers with realistic busy-hour call/data models combining application traffic and complex 2G/3G/LTE and Wi-Fi mobility scenarios. For security application performance, the solution realistically emulates thousands of vulnerabilities and attacks, as well as thousands of IPsec tunnels and multi-10Gbps of encrypted traffic, to accurately determine the impact of smartphone applications on the network and whether the threat exposes secure business services.



“Our customers are under intense pressure to deliver a new generation of secure, application-aware mobile and cloud networks,�? said Patrick Johnson, senior director of product marketing at Spirent. “Spirent C100 advances Spirent TestCenter’s performance architecture and is built from the ground up to ensure that test engineers have testing resources that are ready to validate the performance and scale of modern networks.�?



Spirent C100 is available now for the Avalanche, Landslide and Studio test solutions. http://www.spirent.com

Huawei Looks to TWDM-PON for Next Gen Fiber Access

Dr. Yuanqiu Luo, Huawei's top optical access technology expert, has been appointed an editor for physical-layer standards in NG-PON2.



Huawei said it sees TWDM-PON as the primary solution for NG-PON2. TWDM-PON, a combination of TDM and WDM, stacks 10G TDM PONs using multiple wavelength channels, and from a technical perspective, does not require any changes in legacy ODN networks installed by operators. Currently, it is the solution most compatible with GPON and XG-PON, winning widespread recognition from telecoms operators, chip vendors, and equipment vendors. As a result, TWDM-PON was unanimously agreed to be the primary solution of NG-PON2 in the FSAN's latest group meeting.



In September 2011, Huawei released a 40G-GPON prototype built on TWDM-PON.
http://www.huawei.com

SK Telecom Plans VoLTE for Q3, LTE-Advanced in 2013

SK Telecom announced plans to support a high-quality VoLTE service in Q3 across Korea and to deliver up to 150Mbps data rates using LTE-Advanced in the second half of 2013. In a press conference earlier this week, Bae Joon-Dong, President of Network Operations Business of SK Telecom, said a new era of "LTE 2.0" will be marked by innovative services.



SK Telecom had 2.4 million LTE subscribers and a total base of more than 26 million mobile subscribers as of the end of April. This makes SK Telecom the second largest LTE service provider in the world after Verizon Wireless. The company expects to surpass 3.4 million LTE subscribers by the end of June in just a year since launching Korea's first LTE service in July 1, 2011. The company expects the number of cumulative LTE subscribers to exceed 7 million by the end of 2012.



Some highlights:



SK Telecom's LTE network covers 99% of the population. SK Telecom has been deploying LTE even in small towns and townships. It has already completed building LTE network in more than 84 major cities (plus railroads and highways), covering 95 percent of the population, in April 2012 through early execution of LTE network investment.



The company plans to introduce a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Suite (RCS) to be named "HD Voice" in the third quarter of this year. HD Voice is a premium communication service that offers voice, video and data in an integrated manner. Compared to the existing 3G voice call, it offers up to 2.2 times better sound quality and twice faster call connection speed (requires less than 0.3 ~ 2.5 seconds of call connecting time). HD Voice enables users to switch from a voice call to video any time during a call, and share content like photos and video with the person on the other end of the phone. The strength of HD Voices lies in that it can be further upgraded with the addition of new value and diverse features.



SK Telecom said it has employed state-of-the-art network technologies to ensure the best quality HD Voice service over LTE. In particular, the service will use QCI (QoS Class Identifier) technology to prioritize 'HD Voice' signals over other signals.



Although HD Voice is a premium version that offers differentiated value, the company plans to apply its current pay-per-second billing system to minimize customers' cost burden and promote service use. Details of service rates will be published later.



The RCS service enables integrated use of features like voice call, SMS, chatting, file-sharing through diverse networks and devices. The company will first integrate its messaging services such as SMS into an RCS service and provide differentiated service quality leveraging reliability and stability, the core strengths of mobile carriers, and plans to develop RCS into a next-generation integrated communication platform by expanding RCS-capable devices, securing fixed-mobile interworking, and converging RCS with HD Voice and other new services. The company plans to launch its RCS service in the second half of this year after building a detailed service structure and billing systems.



SK Telecom is preparing to release various lifestyle-enhancing services – in the areas of network games, mobile IPTV, etc. over its LTE network. The company is partnering with Korean game developers to optimized games over LTE (e.g. Genesis, Cart Rider Rush+, Blue Moon, etc.).



SK Telecom will also release a mobile IPTV service called 'Mobile B TV' in July. The service boasts high definition resolution at 1Mbps, which is the highest image quality realized for mobile IPTV service in Korea. Mobile B TV will provide around 40 channels including terrestrial broadcast channels, general programming and sports channels, and offer convenient features like reservation and notification.



SK Telecom will strengthen productivity-improving enterprise solutions specialized to run on LTE networks. Currently, the company is offering smart device-based customized enterprise solutions designed to suit the nature of each industry and company by leveraging the strength of LTE network.



In January 2012, SK Telecom achieved the world's first commercialization of Advanced-SCAN (Smart Cloud Access Network), an upgraded version of SCAN, which has been developed to enhance LTE speed and coverage. Advanced-SCAN uses virtualization technology to ensure four times better call quality in base station boundary areas, thereby improving the overall LTE coverage and speed.



SK Telecom commercialized world's first LTE Femtocell on June 1 to provide stable LTE call quality in underground, buildings and data traffic concentrated areas. With LTE Femtocell, customers can use high speed, premium quality LTE services anywhere, anytime.



SK Telecom's LTE network will be further upgraded with multi-carrier (MC), HIS (Hybrid Network Integrated Solution) and LTE-A. The MC technology will enable the company to utilize both its existing 800MHz frequency band and the 1.8GHz band it newly acquired in the second half of last year. With an additional 20MHz uplink/downlink spectrum, it will be using a total of 40MHz for its LTE services. SK Telecom began offering MC pilot service in the Gangnam Station area from May 30 and commercialization of MC will begin in July 2012, with plans to cover the whole Seoul area within 2012 and 23 other major cities by early 2013.



The company also said that it will achieve world's first commercialization of HIS that enables simultaneous use of LTE and Wi-Fi networks in the fourth quarter of this year. Hybrid Network provides data rates of up to 127 Mbps (LTE 75Mbps + Wi-Fi 52Mbps), which is 70 percent faster than that of current LTE network.



SK Telecom plans to commercialize Carrier Aggregation (CA), a core LTE-A technology that doubles data transmission speed by utilizing two different frequency bands, in the second half of 2013. CA realizes data rates of up to 150Mbps by combining the speeds of 800MHz (75Mbps) and 1.8GHz (75Mbps) frequency bands.



LTE customers are using around 1.7GB of data on average per month, which is approximately 60 percent more than that of 3G customers, which stands at 1GB. http://www.sktelecom.com
  • In May, Ericsson announced that SK Telecom, South Korea's largest operator, had signed a contract for LG-Ericsson to provide the LTE network including LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core as well as support services including engineering, design, deployment and support services. The LTE radio access network will make use of Ericsson's Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS-RC) and RBS 6000 base stations. The contract, which covers commercial launch of LTE services in some of Korea's major cities - including Busan and Daegu, makes Ericsson one of the operator's main partners. Financial terms were not disclosed.