Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Juniper's CEO to Step Down After 5 Years with the Company

Kevin Johnson, Juniper's CEO, announced plans to retire once a successor and an orderly transition is accomplished.

Johnson said, "It has been a privilege to have served as Juniper's CEO during the past five years. Juniper has an exceptional management team and world-class employees and together we have grown our business and strengthened our position in the networking industry. Networks are being transformed by the rapid increase in traffic volume, cloud computing and the mobile Internet and we are entering a fresh cycle of customer investments in the network. With this positive momentum, I believe it is a good time to transition to new leadership and drive the next phase of Juniper's growth, and I look forward to working with the board to ensure a seamless transition. I am confident in the current strength and long-term potential of Juniper's business, as evidenced by the results of the most recent quarter and the company's proven ability to innovate and execute."


On July 23, 2008, Juniper Network appointed Kevin Johnson as its new CEO, replacing Scott Kriens who will continue as chairman of the board and will remain active in the areas of strategy and leadership development.

Johnson joins Juniper Networks from Microsoft, where he served in a range of strategic executive assignments over the course of his 16-year tenure, most recently as president of the Platforms and Services Division. Under his leadership, the division achieved record breaking results with over $20 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2008. In addition to leading the Windows business, Mr. Johnson focused on building Microsoft's position as a leader in online advertising and evolving its "software + services" strategy.

A10 Networks Intros Entry-level Application Delivery Controller

A10 Networks announced its new entry-level A10 Thunder Series, extending its family of Unified Application Service Gateways (UASGs) to small/medium business and enterprise customers.

The 1-RU appliance delivers Application Delivery Controller (ADC) and Server Load Balancing (SLB) functionality for optimization and acceleration, full Layer 4-7 support, scalability and availability. Additional advanced modules include Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) and Application Delivery Partitions (ADPs) for multi-tenancy through virtualization to enable more applications and more services.  It also integrates home-grown services including a Web Application Firewall (WAF) for website protection, DNS Application Firewall (DAF) for DNS infrastructure protection, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection for next-generation attack mitigation, SSL Intercept (SI) to inspect encrypted traffic and Application Access Management (AAM) for pre-authentication.
The A10 Thunder 930 – Entry-level UASG supports 200,000 connections per second (CPS), 5 Gbps of application throughput, and up to 16 million concurrent sessions.  Hardware highlights include 2 x 10-Gigabit ports (SFP+), 6 x 1-Gigabit Copper, 2 x 1-Gigabit SFP ports and 8 GB of RAM. All new entry-level Thunder appliances include an Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon CPU, solid-state drive (SSD), hot-swap smart fans and 80 Plus "Platinum" efficiency (best-in-class) power supplies. The Thunder 3030S and 1030S also include Lights-out Management (LOM).

Other new models scale to higher performance levels.

"Our new Thunder models extend the expansive benefits of our Unified Application Service Gateway family to the entry-level and mid-range markets," said Lee Chen, Founder and CEO of A10 Networks. "With the new Thunder 3030S, 1030S and 930 UASGs, customers receive additional value to optimize and scale their existing infrastructure, reduce latency and cost through device consolidation, and increase management efficiency."

Juniper Reports Q2 Revenue of $1.15 Billion, Uo 7% YoY

Juniper Networks reported Q2 net revenues of $1.151 billion, up 7% year-over-year and 9% sequentially. The company posted GAAP net income of $98 million or $0.19 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP net income was $148 million or $0.29 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2013. As a reminder, the first quarter of 2013 included an R&D tax benefit of $0.03 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share increased 53% compared to the second quarter of 2012.

"We're pleased with our strong second quarter results, which reflect our continued ability to execute on our strategy," said Kevin Johnson, chief executive officer of Juniper Networks. "We continue to see signs of strength in our key markets and we are confident in our routing and switching portfolio. We are also seeing early signs of improving security demand. As we drive innovation to differentiate across our product portfolio, we continue to deliver revenue growth and stay focused on executing with agility to drive value for all our stakeholders."

Telefónica Agrees to Acquire E-Plus Germany from KPN

Telefónica announced plans to acquire KPN’s German subsidiary, E-Plus, for 5 billion euros in cash and a stake in the resulting company of 17.6%.  Telefónica said it will finance 4.14 billion euros of the cash payment.

Under the deal, Telefónica would end up holding a final 65% stake in the new company, KPN will have 17.6% and the remaining shares will be free float.

If approved by regulators, the deal would make Telefónica the second largest European operator by number of mobile customers and volume of revenue.  It would also improve Telefónica's growth and cash generation profile.

Eelco Blok, CEO of KPN, stated "the opportunity to unlock significant value in Germany by selling E-Plus is clear and compelling. The significant premium embedded in the sale price recognizes the substantial operational synergies. The combination of E-Plus and Telefónica Deutschland will establish a mobile operator with attractive synergy and growth potential in Europe’s largest economy. KPN Group post the sale of E-Plus will focus on its core geographies.”

Thorsten Dirks, CEO of E-Plus, said "in Germany we are implementing the next phase of our strategy towards a data-centric Challenger, which already resulted in strong postpaid net adds and data growth in the first half of 2013. I can assure you that we will remain fully focused on executing our operational strategy and will be committed to our customers and employees."


Broadcom Posts Q2 Revenue of $2.09 Billion, up 6% YoY

Broadcom reported Q2 net revenue of $2.09 billion, representing an increase of 4.2% compared with the $2.01 billion reported for the first quarter of 2013 and an increase of 6.0% compared with the $1.97 billion reported for the second quarter of 2012. The net loss (GAAP_ was $251 million , or $.43 per share (basic and diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $191 million , or $0.33 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of 2013 and GAAP net income of $160 million , or $.28 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2012.

The net loss for the second quarter of 2013 included a purchased intangible impairment charge of $501 million, or $.87 per share, which was primarily related to Broadcom's acquisition of NetLogic Microsystems.

"Broadcom delivered solid revenue and gross margins in Q2 with tightly managed sequential growth in operating expenses. This combination of financial discipline and in-line revenue enabled us to deliver non-GAAP earnings per share ahead of First Call consensus," said Scott McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Looking forward, we see continued growth driven by our industry leading portfolio of wired and wireless communication platforms."


Ericsson Acquires Canadian Systems Integration Company

Ericsson agreed to acquire Telcocell, a Canadian-based consulting and systems integration company specializing in Business Support Systems (BSS).  Fiancial terms were not disclosed.  Approximately 200 services employees and consultants primarily based in Canada and the United States are expected to join Ericsson.

Telcocell's consulting and systems integration delivers converged charging, custom development, quality assurance and production support for BSS.

Paolo Colella, Head of Consulting and Systems Integration at Ericsson said: "Multi-vendor business support systems integration and consulting is of high strategic importance for Ericsson worldwide. Acquiring capabilities from Telcocell will further strengthen our ability to offer full ICT transformation capabilities to our customers, and Ericsson's competitiveness at the intersection where IT meets telecom."


FCC Revitalizes E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries

The FCC has kicked off a review and modernization of the E-rate program built around three goals: increased broadband capacity, cost-effective purchasing, and streamlined program administration.

E-rate was established in 1997 and represents the federal government's largest education technology program. To date, the E-rate program has successfully connected virtually all U.S. schools and libraries (97% of U.S. classrooms) to the Internet.

However, according to a 2010 survey of E-rate applicants, half had slower connection speeds than the average American home and 39% cited cost of service as the greatest barrier to better meeting their needs
And according to a recent American Library Association survey, one quarter of libraries still have broadband speeds of 1.5 Mbps or less, and only 9 percent of libraries have speeds of 100 Mbps or greater.

The FCC said these findings point to a growing consensus that E-rate needs to be updated and revitalized with a renewed focus on ensuring that all schools and libraries have affordable access to high-capacity


ZTE's Low-Cost Smartphones for India

ZTE introduced six new smartphones, including its flagship Quad-Core ZTE Grand X, for India.  ZTE is partnering with Calyx Telecommunications to make the devices widely available to consumers across the country. In addition, ZTE is introducing four new data cards together with partner Digilife.

ZTE, which ranks in the top 5 mobile handset and smartphone manufacturers, said its new ZTE smartphones are priced between Rs. 5,000 and Rs, 15,000.

“By year-end, ZTE aims to have our pan-India presence with the smartphones and data cards,” said Mr. Xu Dejun, CEO of ZTE India. “We are optimistic on our marketing and channel spends and looking at strengthening the brand from all fronts. Our distribution and sales structure is backed by a strong network of 214 service centers across the country. We are replicating the same pedigree of our global innovation leadership in the Indian market and aim to emerge as the third-largest smartphone vendor in the country within three years. ”


Monday, July 22, 2013

Intel: Re-Architecting the Data Center

Intel unveiled its plans to "re-architect the data center" with a new generation of 22nm Atom processors, future 14nm system-on-chip (SoC) products, smart storage options, new rack designs and virtualized network technologies.

In a press event in San Francisco, Intel executives said the new data center infrastructure strategy arrives just in time to handle the massive growth of information technology services in the data center. These mega trends include the global proliferation of smartphones, online video, cloud-based software, and big data applications.

"Datacenters are entering a new era of rapid service delivery," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group at Intel. "Across network, storage and servers we continue to see significant opportunities for growth. In many cases, it requires a new approach to deliver the scale and efficiency required, and today we are unveiling the near and long-term actions to enable this transformation."

The next-generation Intel Atom processor C2000 product family are aimed at low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed "Avoton"), and network devices (codenamed "Rangeley"). This second generation of Intel's 64-bit SoCs is expected to become available later this year and will be based on the company's 22nm process technology and Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory. Intel estimates the new chips will deliver up to four times the energy efficiency and up to seven times more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server SoCs introduced in December last year. Sampling is underway.

Intel also outlined its roadmap for products based on its forthcoming 14nm process technology, which is scheduled for 2014 and beyond. These products, which are aimed at microservers, storage and network devices, will include the next generation of Intel Xeon processors E3 family (codenamed "Broadwell").  It also includes the next generation of Intel Atom processor SoCs (codenamed "Denverton").

Inside the data center, Intel's Rack Scale Architecture (RSA) promises to dramatically increase the utilization and flexibility of the datacenter by moving to pooled compute, memory and I/O resources in a rack. These resources will have shared power, cooling and rack management software.  Optical interconnects could be used a "rack fabric" uniting all these resources. Each component would be modular, enabling easy upgrade paths for compute, memory or I/O components.  Rackspace Hosting is already deploying server racks based on this RSA vision.  Rackspace is also a big backer of OpenStack.

On the networking front, Intel is backing SDN to maximize network bandwidth, significantly reduce cost and provide the flexibility to offer new services. The goal is to move from manually-configured networks to flexible, open system for rapid provisioning of specialized services.

Intel introduced Open Network Platform reference designs to help OEMs build and deploy this new generation of ne


In April 2013, Intel introduced three platforms for software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV):

The Intel Open Network Platform Switch Reference Design, previously codenamed "Seacliff Trail," is based on scalable Intel processors, Intel Ethernet Switch 6700 series and the Intel Communications Chipset 89xx series.  It will include Wind River Open Network Software (ONS), an open and fully customizable network switching software stack using Wind River Linux. Wind River ONS allows for key networking capabilities such as advanced tunneling as well as modular, open control plane and management interface supporting SDN standards such as OpenFlow and Open vSwitch. Common, open programming interfaces allow for automated network management, and coordination between the server switching elements and network switches enabling more cost-effective, secure, efficient and extensible services.
The Intel Data Plane Development Kit Accelerated Open vSwitch  -- a project aimed at improving small packet throughput and workload performance that can be achieved on the Open vSwitch.  Intel is specifically re-creating the kernel forwarding module (data plane) to take advantage of the Intel DPDK library. The Intel DPDK Accelerated Open vSwitch is planned to initially be released with the Intel® ONP Server Reference Design in the third quarter of this year.
The Intel Open Network Platform Server Reference Design, previously codenamed "Sunrise Trail," is based on the Intel Xeon processor, Intel 82599 Ethernet Controller and Intel Communications Chipset 89xx series. The ONP Server Reference Design enables virtual appliance workloads on standard Intel architecture servers using SDN and NFV open standards for datacenter and telecom. Wind River Open Network Software includes an Intel DPDK Accelerated Open vSwitch, fast packet acceleration and deep packet inspection capabilities, as well as support for open SDN standards such as OpenFlow, Open vSwitch and OpenStack. The project is in development now: the first alpha series is slated to be available in the second half of this year.

"SDN and NFV are critical elements of Intel's vision to transform the expensive, complex networks of today to a virtualized, programmable, standards-based architecture running commercial off-the-shelf hardware," said Rose Schooler, vice president of Intel Architecture Group and general manager of Intel's Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group. "The reference designs announced today enable a new phase in the evolution of the network and represent Intel's commitment to driving an open environment that fosters business agility and smart economics."

In a keynote address at the Open Networking Summit conference in Silicon Valley, Schooler cited a number of companies planning to build products based on these platforms, including Big Switch, HP, NEC, NTT Data, Quanta, Super Micro, VMware and Vyatta (a Brocade company). 

Some other points from the ONF event:

  • Intel is working with NEC and Telefonica to develop a network virtualization of the Evolved Packet Core.  The design puts MME and S/P GW functions on an ATCA Chassis.
  • VMware is working with Intel on a network virtualization solution for software defined data centers (SDDC).
  • Intel is using SDN concepts in its own data centers.
  • Intel is working with HP and Verizon to test a cross-country, cloud bursting between distant data centers.  The trial involves an Intel private cloud in Portland, OR, and HP Lab in Plano, TX, and a Verizon Public Cloud lab in Waltham, MA.

Google Captures Increasing Share of Overall Internet Traffic

Over 62% of all Internet end devices/users exchange traffic with Google servers during the course of an average day, according to Deepfield, which offers tools for tracking the structure of network traffic.  The study uses anonymized data from core Internet infrastructure (i.e. backbone routers).

Deerfield estimates that Google now accounts for 25% of all Internet traffic, up from 6% in 2010.  The company said its research also reveals that Google has made significant in-roads in deploying caching servers with the majority of Internet Service Providers in the U.S.


Samsung's Exynos5 Mobile Processor Packs 8 ARM Cores + 6 GPU Cores

Samsung Electronics Co. introduced its latest Exynos processor with top level of graphic performance driven by a six-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU and powered by four ARM Cortex-A15 processors at 1.8GHz with four additional Cortex-A7 cores at 1.3 GHz in a big.LITTLE processing implementation.

Samsung said its new Exynos 5 Octa boosts 3D graphic processing capabilities  by 2X compared to its predecessor. It is able to perform General-Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU), thereby accelerating complex and computationally intensive algorithms or operations, traditionally processed by the CPU. It also supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and Full Profile Open CL 1.1, which enables the horsepower needed in multi-layer rendering of high-end, complex gaming scenarios, post-processing and sharing of photos and video, as well as general high-function multi-tasking operations.

The new Exynos 5 Octa processor also features a memory bandwidth of 14.9 gigabytes per second paired with a dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz, enabling an industry-leading fast data processing and support for full HD Wifi display. This new processor also incorporates a variety of full HD 60 frames per second video hardware codec engines for 1080p video recording and playback.

Sampling is underway. Mass production is slated for August.


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.