Monday, July 22, 2013

AT&T Delivers Audiovox Vehicle Diagnostics/Tracking

AT&T is partnering with Audiovox Electronics to provide a telematics and location-based service system to help consumers monitor, manage and maintain vehicle health and safety.

The system is a do-it-yourself plug-in On-Board Diagnostic (OBDII) device that will work on all post 1996 model year vehicles.  The device will use an embedded HSPA wireless modem to send telematics and location data that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

Audiovox plans to market its telematics solution through its nationwide distribution network.  Key capabilities include:

  • Vehicle maintenance alerts and reminders sent to a smartphone
  • Cell phone restriction while driving, 
  • Vehicle tracking 
  • "Lot Spot" -- feature that shows a Google map of cars location in a parking lot
  • Coaching -- helping young drivers to monitor fuel consumption
  • Vehicle lock/unlock for remote access and remote start 

"Audiovox is on the leading edge of a wave of connected products that deliver advanced services to cars that would not otherwise be connected," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility. "Combining the power of the AT&T network with Audiovox's telematics solution unlocks amazing sets of capabilities for our customers."

ZTE's 1H2013 Revenue Falls 11.6%, Profit Rises 23.5%

ZTE's preliminary financial results indicate that revenue for the first half of 2013 was RMB 37.7 billion, a decrease of 11.6%.  The company cited lower demand for GSM and UMTS products in China, and lower sales of GSM handsets and data cards.

ZTE achieved net profit attributable to shareholders of RMB 302 million in the first half, a 23.5% increase compared with a year earlier. This continues the momentum in ZTE’s s operational review, as the company has achieved two consecutive quarters of positive results. ZTE attributed the improvement to its ongoing operational review. The company’s sales, administrative and research and development expenses declined significantly, and the company recognized a financial gain from the disposal of a subsidiary. In addition, the Renmenbi appreciated in value against the U.S. dollar, resulting in less favorable foreign exchange comparisons with a year earlier. ZTE was also affected by a depreciation in the Euro, Japanese Yen and some emerging market currencies against the U.S. dollar.

ZTE to Grant Stock Options to Employees

ZTE announced plans to award stock options to more than 1,500 employees in the company’s first stock-option incentive program since 2007.

The company will award stock options for 103.2 million ZTE shares, equivalent to 3% of the company’s share capital, to 1,531 holders. The stock options will have a validity period of five years, comprising of a two-year waiting period, and a three-year exercise period. Those eligible for the program include ZTE directors, senior management, and employees involved in core businesses.  A total of 5.35 million stock options will be granted to 18 directors and executives holding senior management roles, while 97.85 million options will be awarded to core business employees.

“The stock option scheme is a mechanism for correlating employee remuneration with the company’s financial performance and long-term strategic objectives,” said Mr. Hou Weigui, Chairman of ZTE Corp. “The scheme will help the company foster a culture of value creation, and align the interests of shareholders with senior management and core employees. It will enable the company to effectively deploy our human resources, and optimize our employee compensation structure and competitiveness, laying the foundation for the continuing sustainable development of ZTE in the long term.”

ADTRAN Supplies FTTP in Indonesia

Lintasarta has chosen ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 broadband platform as the backbone for its Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service roll out.

Lintasarta is Indonesia’s largest telecommunications provider focused solely on enterprise customers.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The carrier-class capabilities of ADTRAN’s fiber solution enables service providers, like Lintasarta, to take the simplified, automated operations of a residential broadband Fiber-to-the-Home architecture and apply it to the enterprise market,” said Brian Efimetz, ADTRAN general manager, Asia-Pacific. “Lintasarta is able to deliver a scalable and extensible next-generation fiber network to offer compelling voice, data and video service offerings for its business customers that are powerful enough to meet their strict demands at a fraction of the cost of typical carrier Ethernet over Fiber solutions."

Sunday, July 21, 2013

NFV Video Series: Overview and Objectives

In this 5-minute video, Dr. Christos Kolias, Senior Research Scientist at Orange Silicon Valley and one of the founding members of the NFV initiative within ETSI, introduces the basic concepts and objectives of network functions virtualisation. An ETSI meeting is underway this week in Bonn, Germany to further advance the initiative.

NFV, in a nutshell, is about implementing and running network functions and services purely in software, on commoditized servers.  The NFV vision is summarized as being able to operate in an environment where most if not of all of telecom boxes have given way to software-based solutions.

Back in fall of 2012, a number of operators got together and decided to form an industry specifications group under the European telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in order to pursue the development of NFV.  The clear objective and mandate of the group is to produce a set of requirements (as laid by the operators) and an overall specifications framework that could lead to further standardization efforts - but the latter is a sought goal of this group.  Other goals include the exposure of use cases and the in-lab development of Proofs-of-concepts.

00:12 - What is NFV?
01:41 - What is the vision of NFV?
02:29 - Is NFV the same as SDN? How does NFV bring an Open Paradigm to Networking?
03:48 - Who is developing NFV? Will it be standardized?
04:32 - What are some basic NFV concepts?
05:04 - How can I learn more about NFV?

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    Ericsson Demos VoLTE in Virtualized Core

    Ericsson has demonstrated VoLTE in a virtualized core-network environment.

    Specifically, a large European operator was invited to the Ericsson Eurolab in Aachen, Germany in early June to experience the first proof-of-concept demonstration of Ericsson’s VoLTE (Voice over LTE) solution in a virtualized core-network environment. The VoLTE solution was shown for the first time in a virtualized telecom-core-network environment, and was run on commercial Ericsson IMS equipment, including the Call Session Control Function (CSCF), the Multimedia Telephony Application Server (MTAS), and Ericsson Enriched Messaging. Commercial VoLTE/LTE smartphones were used in the demonstration.

    Ericsson said the operator benefits from this approach could include easily scalable hardware infrastructure and the speedier launch of new communication services over IP.

    The company has repeated the demo for other operator representatives.

    Marton Sabli, Head of IMS Control and Media Plane, Product Line IMS, Business Unit Networks, says: "Ericsson demonstrated for the first time that a VoLTE system can automatically scale within a telecommunication cloud and fulfill telecom-grade service availability. This availability – 99.999 percent uptime over a year – is achieved with a combination of a high-availability, telecom-grade cluster on application level and cloud mechanisms, such as hot migration."

    Siemens Enterprise Communications Launches Project Ansible

    Siemens Enterprise Communications unveiled Project Ansible, a dynamic unified communications and collaboration platform that is hosted in the cloud.

    The new platform, which was developed in collaboration with frog, features a modern interface that brings together voice, video, social communications, search, business process applications, and other channels on a desktop, notebook, tablet or smartphone.

    The company said its goal with Project Ansible is to present a "single pane of glass" providing visibility across a workgroup, an enterprise and the Web at the same time. Project Ansible is designed to pull together and manage the daily flow of communications into rich and meaningful conversations in an intelligent, intuitive and personalized way. It will offer advanced search capabilities  within communication and collaboration applications, including transcribed voicemails, emails, social aggregated content, text messages, and beyond. Siemens Enterprise Communications terms this concept "Thought Trails" -- where users have real-time, searchable access to the content they need by topic and conversation.

    “Project Ansible is designed to address core challenges faced by so many organizations today: enterprises are at the center of a complex web of interconnected systems that are hard to manage; companies are failing to drive the full value of those investments; and, while communications tools increasingly play a more central role in business, the user experience is broken,” said Hamid Akhavan, CEO of Siemens Enterprise Communications.

    Siemens Enterprise Communications will offer the solution as a white label UC solution that could be hosted by telcos or cloud providers.  Large enterprises could host the platform in their own data centers.  Siemens Enterprise Communications may also host the platform in its facilities for special clients.

    Enterprise security is a top concern, stated Torsten Raak, Head of Corporate Marketing for Siemens Enterprise Communications. Encryption is provided end-to-end, including 256-bit SSL VPNs on the transport side and 256-bit AES for storage.  Users are provided the option of deactivating the features that create a "thought trail"across integrated voice, email, chat and other applications.  Moreover, enterprise could choose the specific geographic location to host the UC platform, thereby conforming to online privacy directives.

    Project Ansible is expected to begin limited customer trials at the end of 2013 and be generally available later in 2014.  The company said it is working to ensure interoperability with leading on-premise PBX vendors. Its own systems will support many of the advanced features.

    Dell'Oro: LTE RAN Equipment Revenues to More than Double by 2015

    The Mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) LTE equipment market is forecast to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 20 percent over the next five years, according to a newly published forecast report by Dell’Oro Group.

    Top LTE RAN vendors in first quarter 2013 included Ericsson, Nokia Siemens, Huawei.

    “Even though commercial LTE networks are deployed in more than 70 countries, it is important to keep in mind that in excess of 80 percent of the worldwide LTE subscription installed base resides in just three countries,” said Stefan Pongratz, RAN Analyst at Dell’Oro Group.  “So even if some of the advanced LTE markets will see their eNodeB shipments peak in 2013, in many other parts of the world we are still at the very beginning of the transition towards 4G.  For the early LTE adopters, the shift from coverage to improving performances at the cell-edges, indoor, and adding capacity will be significantly faster in the 4G versus the 3G era, and will drive recurring LTE investments in many of the advanced LTE markets,” continued Pongratz.

    The report also shows that total RAN revenues in Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to generate the highest CAGRs over the next five years while the North America RAN market is expected to have the most negative CAGR.

    U.S. Navy's 2nd MUOS Satellite Launched

    The second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, which will provide simultaneous voice, video and data communications to U.S. military combatants, was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

    MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capacity over the existing system by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology, and will provide simultaneous voice and data capability.

    The MUOS constellation replaces the legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Follow-On system and delivers secure, prioritized voice and data communications, a first for mobile users who need high-speed mission data on the go.

    Lockheed Martin said first MUOS satellite, launched in 2012, is currently providing high quality legacy voice communications for users.  More than 20,000 existing terminals are compatible with and can access the MUOS legacy UHF payload, and with the release of the new waveform developed for increased data-handling capacity, many of these terminals could be retro-fitted to access the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) payload. This advanced WCDMA payload incorporates commercial technology designed to provide 16 times the number of accesses as the legacy UHF Follow-On system that it replaces.

    The geosynchronous constellation consists of four satellites and one on-orbit spare, which are expected to achieve full operational capability in 2015, extending UHF narrowband communications availability well past 2025.

    Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the MUOS prime contractor and system integrator.

    • A single MUOS satellite will provide four times the capacity of the entire legacy UFO constellation of 10 satellites. The satellites also include a hosted legacy UHF payload that will be fully compatible with the current UFO system and legacy terminals.

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

    Huawei Announces the World’s Smallest LTE Cat4 Mobile WiFi

    Huawei introduced an LTE Category 4 Mobile WiFi device boasting top download speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

    The new unit, which measures 99mm x 62.2mm x 14.4mm, offers 2x2 WiFi as well as 5 GHz coverage.  The company states a a battery lasting up to 6 hours. It also features an auto offload function that can switch to a secure WiFi connection as soon as one becomes available.

    "The new HUAWEI E5372 reinforces Huawei’s position as a global LTE industry leader and joins its portfolio of world-class products, as the world’s smallest LTE Cat4 mobile WiFi device," said Mr. Wu Shimin, President of the Mobile Broadband Product Line, Huawei Device. "The E5372 is further evidence of Huawei’s continued commitment to the research and development of LTE technology and its global commercialization."

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    Telstra's 4G Covers 65% of Australian Population, 85% by Year-End

    As of mid-year, Telstra's 4G services were available to 66 percent of the Australian population.  So far, Telstra has deployed more than 2,000 4G base stations in all of the country's capital cities and many surrounding metropolitan suburbs.  Telstra had 20MHz of contiguous spectrum in the 1800MHz band in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth and 15MHz in Sydney and Melbourne.

    By year-end, Telstra aims to make 4G available in more than 300 towns across Australia, including many popular holiday hotspots.  By then, there should be more than 3,500 4G base stations in operation.

    Huawei hosts Global Innovation Event in Shenzhen

    Last week, Huawei hosted a Global Innovation Index 2013 event for Asian economies in Shenzhen, China.

    Huawei, which now operates 28 joint innovation centers around the world, attributes part of its success to its collaboration with customers instead of being focused exclusively on technology.  The company stressed the importance of open markets for innovation.

    "Innovation requires open markets that embrace fair competition and effective IPR protection to sustain vitality." These views were expressed by Ken Hu, rotating CEO of Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, in a speech delivered at an event to acknowledge the contribution of Asian countries and economies to the Global Innovation Index for 2013 in Shenzhen today.

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    South Korea's LG U + Launches LTE-Advanced

    South Korea's LG U + officially launched its LTE-Advanced service, promising download speeds of 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps -- roughly twice the performance of its standard LTE service.

    The LTE-A network is using carrier aggregation of 800 MHz and 2.1 GHz spectrum.  Compatible handset initially include a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and soon the LG Electornics Optimus G2.  By the end of the year, the company expects there will be six LTE-A terminal devices on the market.

    • LG U+ said its network will offer pure LTE connectivity between compatible handsets, where voice is carried by VoLTE rather than falling back to CDMA.
    • LTE-A is initially available in Seoul / Manila / Gwangju, Daejeon and other major cities.
    • LG U+ vendors include LG, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung.

    • In late June 2013, SK Telecom launched the world's first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service through smartphones. The LTE-A service offers download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, which is two times faster than its regular LTE service, and 10 times faster than its 3G network. LTE-A coverage initially is available in Seoul and central city areas of Gyeongg-do and Chungcheong-do.  Expansion to 84 cities nationwide is planned.  At top speed, LTE-A users can download an 800MB movie in just 43 seconds.  The LTE-A implementation leverages several advanced mobile network technologies including Carrier Aggregation (CA) and Coordinated Multi Point (CoMP). SK Telecom plans to implement Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) in 2014.

    Verizon Delivers Strong Q2, Increases CAPEX

    Verizon reported Q2 2013 operating revenues of $29.8 billion, up 4.3 percent year-over-year, while operating income increased 16.0 percent, to $6.6 billion, compared with $5.7 billion in second-quarter 2012.  Cash flow totaled $17.1 billion in first-half 2013, compared with $15.3 billion in first-half 2012.  Capital expenditures in first-half 2013 were $7.6 billion, compared with $7.4 billion in first-half 2012.

    “Verizon’s consistent strategic investments in wireless, FiOS and global networks drove strong financial performance in the first half of 2013,” said Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and CEO.  “Having posted double-digit earnings growth in five of the last six quarters, we are focused on continuing to provide the best portfolio of products on the most reliable networks; capturing incremental revenue growth in broadband, video and cloud services; and sustaining our earnings and cash-flow momentum.” - See more at:

    Verizon is increasing its capital spending guidance from $16.2 billion to between $16.4 billion and $16.6 billion for full-year 2013.  The company said it anticipates higher demand for wireless data consumption as it begins deployment of AWS (advanced wireless services) spectrum in second-half 2013.

    Some highlights:


    Total revenues were $20.0 billion in second-quarter 2013, up 7.5 percent year over year.  Service revenues in the quarter totaled $17.1 billion, up 8.3 percent year over year.  Retail service revenues grew 7.8 percent year over year, to $16.4 billion.

    Verizon Wireless added 941,000 retail postpaid net connections, out of a total 1.0 million net retail connections, in the second quarter.  These additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.  Verizon expects to continue to see increases in quarterly sequential net additions for retail postpaid connections in the second half of 2013. At the end of the second quarter, the company had 100.1 million retail connections, a 6.3 percent increase year over year -- including 94.3 million retail postpaid connections.

    Smartphones accounted for 64% of the retail postpaid customer base at the end of Q2 - up from 61% at the of Q1.


    Consumer revenues were $3.6 billion, an increase of 4.7 percent compared with second-quarter 2012.  Consumer ARPU for wireline services increased to $109.67 in second-quarter 2013, up 9.4 percent compared with second-quarter 2012.

    FiOS revenues grew 14.7 percent, to $2.7 billion in second-quarter 2013, compared with $2.4 billion in second-quarter 2012.  ARPU for FiOS customers continued to be more than $150 in second-quarter 2013.  Verizon added 161,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 140,000 net new FiOS Video connections in second-quarter 2013.  Verizon had a total of 5.8 million FiOS Internet and 5.0 million FiOS Video connections at the end of the quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 12.2 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively.

    Broadband connections totaled 8.9 million at the end of second-quarter 2013, a 1.9 percent year-over-year increase.  Overall, net broadband customers increased 45,000 in the second quarter, as FiOS Internet net customer additions more than offset a decline in subscribers for DSL-based High Speed Internet services. Verizon has been replacing high-maintenance portions of its residential copper network with fiber optics to provide enhanced services and to reduce ongoing repair costs.  In first-half 2013, Verizon migrated 169,000 homes to fiber, toward a target of 300,000 migrations within FiOS markets in 2013.

    Sales of strategic services to global enterprise customers increased 4.8 percent compared with second-quarter 2012 and represented 57 percent of total enterprise revenues, compared with 52 percent in second-quarter 2012.  Strategic services include cloud and data center services, security and IT solutions, advanced communications, strategic networking and telematics services.

    Ericsson Reports Flat Sales for Q2

    Ericsson reported Q2 sales of SEK 55.3 billion, flat compared to last year, as operating income fell to SEK 2.5 billion, down 24% compared to last year.

    Sales for comparable units, adjusted for FX, grew 7%. Reported sales were flat YoY, due to continued currency headwind,” said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.  "There was continued high project activity in Europe as well as in North America where two large mobile broadband coverage projects have peaked in first half 2013. North East Asia had another challenging quarter following continued structural decline in GSM investments in China, FX in Japan and lower business activity in South Korea due to spectrum delays."

    Some highlights from the quarterly report:

    • Networks sales increased 1% YoY, with strong growth in North America and Latin America as well as Western and Central Europe, while sales continued to decline in North East Asia. Networks sales were flat QoQ, with strong sales in Latin America. CDMA sales continued to decline rapidly both YoY and QoQ.
    • The structural decline in GSM sales in China and in CDMA sales in North America continued as anticipated. CDMA sales declined by -54% YoY and -31% QoQ to SEK 0.9 b.
    • Global Services grew 3% YoY, driven by continued high activity in Network Rollout. Professional Services sales declined -1% YoY, negatively impacted by FX effects. Sequentially, Global Services grew by 16% and Professional Services grew by 15%. Servicesrelated sales in North America were strong in the quarter.
    • Support Solutions sales declined -33% YoY and -4% QoQ. The YoY decline is mainly due to the divestment of Multimedia Brokering (IPX) in Q312 and continued decline in Media Management sales following the strong
    • The number of subscribers served by networks managed by Ericsson has passed the 1 billion threshold.

    NSN Posts is 5th Sequential Profitable Quarter

    Nokia Siemens Networks achieved underlying profitability for the fifth consecutive quarter, with a Q2 non-IFRS operating margin of 11.8%, reflecting record non-IFRS gross margin and continued progress relative to its strategy. Nokia said the performance exceeded the earlier expectation for Nokia Siemens Networks non-IFRS operating margin to be approximately 5%, plus or minus four percentage points.

    NSN's Q2 net sales decreased 1% quarter-on-quarter to EUR 2.8 billion, partially due to a divestments of businesses not consistent with Nokia Siemens Networks strategic focus, as well as the exiting of certain customer contracts and countries.

    Excluding these two factors, Nokia Siemens Networks net sales in the second quarter 2013 declined by approximately 11% due to reduced wireless infrastructure deployment activity, which affected both Mobile Broadband and Global Services.

    EdgeCast Raises $54 Million for CDN

    EdgeCast Networks announced $54 million in new financing for its content delivery network.

    The company said it has added more than 2,000 accounts in the past year and now has more than 6,000 accounts, including such well-know brands as Twitter, Pinterest, Sony, and Hulu. Its network includes more than 30 POPs in the major data centers where primary carriers exchange traffic.

    "Millions of people use EdgeCast every day – when they use Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Hulu, or any other of the thousands of sites we accelerate worldwide. We deliver more than 4 trillion digital items a month to almost every Internet user in the world,” said Alex Kazerani, EdgeCast Chairman and CEO. “We are proud that our investment partners recognize our incredible performance and share our enthusiasm about our continued growth."

    The Series D funding round was led by Performance Equity Management (PEM), with follow-on participation from the company’s existing investors Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. The equity portion of the financing was augmented with a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank.


    Telx Opens 3rd Data Center in NYC

    Telx opened its third data center in New York Cit at 32 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave).

    NYC3’s (32 Avenue of the Americas) Interconnection Center covers an initial 72,000sf with additional opportunity for growth.The facility will leverage Telx’s dense connectivity environments at both NYC1 (60 Hudson) and NYC2 (111 8th Ave) offering the collective Telx customer base access to over 600+ network alternatives.

    In addition, Telx confirmed that the Rudin Family has chosen Telx as a long term strategic partner to exclusively manage and operate the HUB, the carrier-neutral meet me room at 32 Avenue of the Americas.  The HUB which aggregates voice, data and wireless service providers in a single network dense facility. Telx will assume exclusive operation of the HUB and will develop a new 10th floor data center with the opportunity for expansion onto multiple additional floors in the building.

    Telx now operates a total of 6 within the greater NY/NJ metro area encompassing over 550,000 gross square feet.