Wednesday, September 4, 2013

PMC Drives SSD Flash Performance with 12Gb/s SAS Storage Solution

PMC is pushing the performance of SSD flash storage ahead with the introduction of its Adaptec Series 8 12Gb/s SAS RAID Adapter family for high-performance server and networked storage. The 12Gb/s SAS interface is backward compatible with existing 6Gb/s SAS infrastructures.

The Adaptec 8 series leverages PMC's I/O protocol controllers, RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controllers, SAS expanders, Solid State Drive (SSD) controllers and advanced software to offer a complete 12Gb/s SAS implementation.

This is the first time that a complete 12Gb/s SAS architecture has been available to access the untapped performance of 12Gb/s SSDs.
Adaptec Series 8 delivers >700,000 4k random read RAID I/Os per second, a 60 percent improvement over the previous generation. The technology also provides the flexibility to create hybrid storage arrays of SSDs and HDDs. 
Adaptec’s fourth generation caching solution also features tiering technology that can configure all storage devices in a server environment, not just those connected to PMC hardware. All storage assets in a server can be leveraged according to their performance capabilities with the fastest media used for data acceleration, enabling the most cost-effective storage architecture.

PMC said its 12Gb/s SAS architecture is optimized to deliver the performance, flexibility and density needed for dynamic data in cloud computing, content delivery networks, and mission-critical database applications. The Series 8 family supports the PCI Express 3.0 specification.
"With our new Series 8 RAID adapters, PMC is now addressing all the key points of 12Gb/s SAS connectivity," said Jared Peters, vice president of Server Storage Solutions at PMC. “We designed our Series 8 adapter family to enable denser, faster and more configurable storage environments, which translates directly into faster data delivery and access. With innovations like the maxCache Plus™ tiering capability for Series 8, we continue to provide the technology that helps datacenter architects get the most value and performance out of their storage assets."
"Our new 12Gb/s SAS SSDs dramatically improve response times to dynamic and mission critical data in cloud and datacenter environments, but an end-to-end 12Gb/s SAS architecture is a critical part of the foundation of the build out," said Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate’s solid state drive business. "Products like PMC’s Series 8 adapters are key elements that will allow data center architects to realize the full benefits of our industry-leading SSD performance."

Sony Launches 4K Video Download Service

Sony launched the world's first 4K Ultra HD video download service, providing access to an expanding library of native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows.

The service, which launches with about 70 full length native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other producers, offers customers the option to rent and purchase content for download on Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) for playback on Sony 4K Ultra HD televisions.

Sony also expanded its 4K Ultra HD TV line-up with the addition of 55- and 65-inch models.

"We have been spearheading the advancement of 4K Ultra HD technology from the start, and have now reached another milestone as promised with the Video Unlimited 4K service going live," said Sony Electronics President and COO Phil Molyneux. "Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs featuring our exclusive TRILUMINOS Display have been receiving amazing feedback and now we are bringing the most immersive entertainment experiences to new audiences right in their living rooms."

Broadcom to Acquire LTE Modem Business from Renesas Electronics

Broadcom agreed to acquire LTE-related assets from affiliates of Renesas Electronics Corporation for approximately $164 million in cash.

Broadcom is gaining a dual-core LTE SoC that is ready for volume production and is carrier-validated by leading global operators in North America, Japan and Europe. Broadcom also receives high-quality multimode, multiband, LTE-A/HSPA+/EDGE modem IP that includes support for leading-edge features such as Carrier Aggregation and VoLTE. The acquisition adds quality patents and applications to Broadcom's IP portfolio and brings some of the world's most experienced cellular engineers to Broadcom.

Broadcom said the deal will accelerate the launch of its first multimode, carrier-validated LTE SoC platform, which is now expected in early 2014.

"Today's transaction firmly establishes Broadcom's presence in the rapidly growing LTE market with a production-ready, carrier-validated SoC," said Scott McGregor, President and CEO of Broadcom. "Our LTE platform will leverage Broadcom's rich connectivity portfolio and will deliver an optimized feature set for this fast growing market."

Broadcom also updated its business outlook for the three months ending September 30, 2013. The company now expects revenue between $2.075 billion and $2.175 billion; GAAP and non-GAAP product gross margins to be up roughly 50 to 100 basis points; and GAAP and non-GAAP research and development, and selling, general and administrative expenses to be somewhat above the high-end of the previously guided range of down ~$5 million to up ~$15 million and flat to up ~$20 million, respectively.

Qualcomm Launches 2net Mobile for Secure On-the-Go Medical Device Connectivity

Qualcomm is launching "2net Mobile", a gateway for aggregating clinical data from multiple medical device sensors into one unified stream on a variety of mobile phones and tablets.

2net Mobile is a white-label solution for secure data transmission in compliance with HIPAA security requirements.

Specifically, 2net Mobile is a software module designed to enable Android smartphones, tablets and other data-capable devices to take on the gateway functionality of the 2net Hub.

The 2net Hub, which launched in December 2011, delivers short-range radio flexibility, security, interoperability and seamless data transfer, while serving as the information highway for machine-to-machine connectivity for wireless medical devices into and out of the home.

2net Mobile will allow this connectivity to extend beyond the home so that users can securely monitor and transmit their readings while on-the-go.

Qualcomm is now offering a 2net Mobile Software Development Kit for those interested in using the 2net managed services through their applications.

"Our objective with the launch of 2net Mobile is to further support our customers' business strategies in remote patient monitoring, while enhancing the ability to innovate on the 2net Platform," said Rick Valencia, vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Life. "Through its open approach to connectivity, transmission and aggregation of data on mobile phones and tablets, 2net Mobile improves the capability of users to monitor their health anytime, anywhere."

Qualcomm Life will be showcasing 2net Mobile the company's Uplinq 2013 event this week in San Diego.

Crehan: Data Center Ethernet Switch Market Posts Record Results

The data center Ethernet switch market posted record revenue and shipment results in 2Q13, according to the most recent Data Center Switch Report from Crehan Research.  The data center market's overall growth was propelled by 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) price declines.

As shown in the accompanying figure, 10GbE pricing within the fixed/top-of-rack switch segment – which accounts for a majority of overall data center switch shipments – is now almost at three times that of 1GbE.

"Offering ten times the bandwidth for only three times the price of 1GbE is a key threshold for 10GbE data center Ethernet switch adoption,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research. "This type of pricing  should  finally  drive mainstream 10GbE data center switch adoption."

Last month, Crehan reported that 10GbE adoption within servers also returned to strong growth in the second quarter of 2013, with shipments and revenues posting double-digit increases.

In line with a strong quarter for data center networking investment, Fibre Channel Switching also enjoyed a sequential increase, albeit much more modest than that of the data center Ethernet switch market. Cisco had a particularly strong quarter, with its recently introduced flagship MDS 9700 Director switch driving close to a 40% increase in its overall Fibre Channel switch revenues.

Ciena Reports Revenue of $538 Million, Increasing Market Share

Ciena reported revenue of $538.4 million for it third fiscal quarter of 2013. Net loss (GAAP) was $(1.2) million, or $(0.01) per common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(29.8) million, or $(0.30) per common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2012.

Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal third quarter 2013 was $26.2 million, or $0.23 per common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net loss of $(4.1) million, or $(0.04) per common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2012.

"Differentiated by our specialist strategy, we have increased our market share, achieved steady growth, and delivered improved and more consistent financial performance over the last several quarters," said Gary Smith, president and CEO. "We believe that by expanding our role in the industry and extending our reach within our markets, we will be positioned to deliver greater profitability that is more sustainable over time."

Dell'Oro: Enterprise 802.11ac WLAN Equipment Enters Market

The Enterprise Edge market reached almost $3.5 billion in the second quarter of 2013 -- an increase of two percent versus the year-ago period, according to a new report by Dell"Oro Group. Enterprise-class 802.11ac wireless LAN products shipped for revenue during 2Q13.

"With new 802.11ac-compliant WLAN devices now shipping, enterprises are faced with the prospect of having to upgrade their cabling and campus Ethernet switches to satisfy the greater power and throughput requirements for these devices," said Chris DePuy, Vice President of Enterprise Edge research at Dell'Oro Group.  "Much of the installed base of Ethernet switches that are 802.3af-capable may not be adequate to service 802.11ac wireless.  Newer switches have more power available, yet the throughput needs of 802.11ac may require multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports or even 10 Gigabit per second ports which may drive additional in-building cabling."

Hibernia Acquires Atrato for IP Services

Hibernia Networks has acquired Atrato IP Networks, a provider of IP-transit and carrier services based in The Netherlands. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Atrato’s services include IP-transit, remote IX and managed services. The company has a presence across Europe and U.S.

“The combination of Hibernia’s worldwide fiber networks and Atrato’s Ethernet and IP offering will further establish Hibernia as a service innovation leader,” states Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO for Hibernia Networks. “Atrato has an exemplary reputation in the industry, due to its high quality customer service by its experienced and dedicated team. Hibernia looks forward to continuing this high level of service and utilizing Atrato’s strong talent base to offer high performance solutions globally.”

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Deutsche Telekom Looks to LTE-A, Vectoring+Fiber, City Wi-Fi and Project TeraStream

Deutsche Telekom unveiled plans to push its LTE network to 150 Mbps downlink speeds, to expand its fiber optic infrastructure and reach around 24 million households with up to 100 Mbps service by the end of 2016, and to transform Hamburg into the first “WiFi city”.

In a press conference ahead of next week's IFA trade show in Berlin, executives from Deutsche Telekom described the network infrastructure the Group is implementing as "the best possible combination of technologies, including mobile communications, fixed line, Internet Protocol (IP) based infrastructure and wireless connections (WiFi)."

In addition, the network expansion will allow the Group to hire almost 6,000 of its own trainees by 2015. Deutsche Telekom is also reducing its outsourcing in favor of internal jobs and is promoting partial retirement over early retirement.

“We’re already building the network of the future for Germany today! We’re investing in Germany, for Germany! And not just in the urban centers,” said René Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom.

Regarding the modernization of IP infrastructure (project TeraStream), DT said the large-scale conversion to IP-based connections lays the foundation for integrated networks with expanded functionalities.  The IP conversion is also taking place in other European subsidiaries and affiliates – and it’s even happening faster in some places. For example, it will be completed in Macedonia by the end of this year. Slovakia will be the next to finish in 2014, Croatia and Montenegro will follow in 2015, and then Hungary in 2016.

  • In December 2012, Deutsche Telekom announced the launch of its first pilot of TeraStream IP architecture in the Zagreb area of Croatia. The pilot is being carried out by Hrvatski Telekom, member of Deutsche Telekom Group. TeraStream architecture is based on the "simple – lean – differentiated" approach. It reduces IT complexity by applying the cloud model to network infrastructure.

KT Gains 1.8 GHz Spectrum for LTE-A Launch

KT is preparing to launch LTE-A service this month using carrier aggregation technology to achieve downlink speeds of up to 150 Mbps.  The Korean operator secured the 1.8 GHz frequency band at auction last week. The license covers 20 MHz in the band.
KT, which currently has about 6.5 million LTE subscribers, plans a nationwide rollout over the coming months, beginning in Seoul.

The company has about 100,000 base stations ready for upgrade.

KT also claims its LTE-A will be more energy efficient at the handset, enabling longer battery life for end users.

In August, SK Telecom announced an expansion of its LTE-Advanced commercial service network, via its local entity Ericsson-LG, to downtown areas of 84 cities nationwide, including the entire Seoul metropolitan area and six other major cities.  The carrier launched its commercial LTE-Advanced service earlier this summer, offering up to 150Mbps mobile broadband speeds, twice that of LTE.  The initial launch included the entire Seoul area, the downtowns of 42 cities in Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong-do provinces, and 103 campus towns.

SK Telecom plans to deploy 32,000 LTE-Advanced base stations by the end of the year, which will cover 84 cities nationwide and approximately 300 college campuses.

Ericsson confirmed its major role in the SK Tel upgrade, providing the software for Carrier Aggregation and multi-carrier technology for the B5 (850MHz) and B3 (1.8GHz) bands in South Korea’s southeastern regions, where Ericsson partnered with SK Telecom for the LTE network deployment and commercial service launch in 2011.

Digital Realty Acquires Data Center in Osaka

Digital Realty Trust announced its entrance into the data center market in Japan with the acquisition of a 15,000 square meter site in Osaka at a purchase price of $10.5 million.

"Our customers continue to demand enterprise-quality data centres on a global scale," said Michael F. Foust, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Realty. "The acquisition of our first site in Japan enables us to expand our world-class data centre platform to meet the growing domestic and global demand for critical IT facilities in Osaka."

The new data center is located less than 20 kilometres from Osaka's central business district.  Its power architecture can deliver 4.0 megawatts of IT capacity.

"Entering the Osaka market represents an important milestone in our growth strategy for the region as we continue to build a truly global data centre platform," said Kris Kumar, Senior Vice President and Regional Head, Asia Pacific, for Digital Realty. "We are pleased to now be able to offer our customers data centre solutions in Osaka, as well as the other 32 markets in which Digital Realty has a presence today."

Siklu Joins Cisco Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Ecosystem

Siklu Communication's small cell wireless backhaul solutions are now part of the Cisco Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Ecosystem.

Siklu’s Gigabit capacity small form factor millimeter wave radios provide a solution for both the small cell backhaul and small cell offload to the macro cell backhaul network. Its EtherHaul-600T is a palm-sized all-outdoor small cell backhaul product operating in the 57-66 GHz V-band that enables rapid deployment anywhere, from street lamps to rooftops. The EtherHaul-1200 is a very small form factor radio operating in the 70/80 GHz, E-band spectrum.

"A variety of backhaul technologies will be used for small-cell connectivity; hence the importance and value of the Cisco Small Cell Wireless Backhaul Ecosystem initiative to mobile operators implementing small-cell infrastructure," said Ed Chang, vice president of product management, Cisco. "By collaborating with Siklu, we are furthering our commitment to delivering an end-to-end solution for small cell backhaul and are well-positioned to deliver proven E-band and V-band for mobile operators."

Microsoft to Build $250M Data Center in Finland

Microsoft plans to invest $250 million to build a new data center in Finland. The new facility will serve Microsoft consumers in Europe. The announcement was made in conjunction with Microsoft's bid to acquire Nokia's device business.

Microsoft operates a major data center in Dublin, Ireland.

  • In February 2012, Microsoft announced an additional US$130 million investment to expand its data centre located in Dublin, Ireland. The expansion is driven by increased demand for Microsoft’s cloud services. This investment builds on the original $500m investment Microsoft made in the Dublin data centre, which has been operational since July 2009, serving customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

RiverMeadow Closes $12 Million for Cloud Migration Tools

RiverMeadow Software, a start-up based in San Jose, California and Westford, Massachusetts, has closed a $12 million Series B financing round to support its automated server migration solution developed specifically for carrier and service provider clouds.

RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS version 2.0 automates the migration process for moving both Linux and Windows servers into public, private or hybrid clouds. Unlike other solutions that migrate at the application level and have to account for shared libraries, registry entries and other complex interoperability issues, the RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS migrates whole servers and disk volumes at the OS level.

RiverMeadow currently supports AWS and OpenStack.  Support for Microsoft Azure (Hyper-V) is on the roadmap for later this year.

Investors in the current funding round included Cisco, Violin Memory and others.

In April, RiverMeadow announced that Cisco will use the RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS tool in its Cloud On-Boarding Service offerings to help customers easily move entire server workloads to public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Microsoft to acquire Nokia Devices & Services for $7.1 Billion

Microsoft plans to acquire Nokia’s Devices & Services business in a deal valued at EUR 5.44 billion (US$7.1 billion) in cash.

The deal includes all of the Mobile Phones and Smart Devices business units as well as Nokia's design team, operations including all Nokia Devices & Services production facilities, Devices & Services-related sales and marketing activities, and related support functions.

At closing, approximately 32,000 people are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including approximately 4,700 people in Finland.

Following the sale, Nokia plans to focus on its NSN, HERE (mapping and location services) and Advanced Technologies (R&D and patent licensing) businesses.  Nokia's CTO (Chief Technology Office) organization and patent portfolio will remain within the Nokia Group.

Some additional highlights:

  • Nokia will grant Microsoft a 10 year non-exclusive license to its patents as of the time of the closing.  This includes over 8,500 design patents relevant to the hundreds of Nokia handset models.
  • Microsoft will grant Nokia reciprocal rights related to HERE services.
  • Nokia will grant Microsoft an option to extend this mutual patent agreement to perpetuity.
  • Microsoft acquires Nokia's Qualcomm license
  • Microsoft will become a strategic licensee of the HERE platform, and will separately pay Nokia for a four year license. Microsoft sees tremendous potential for integrating HERE geospatial data into its full range of online services
  • Microsoft has agreed to make immediately available to Nokia EUR 1.5 billion of financing in the form of three EUR 500 million tranches of convertible bonds to be issued by Nokia maturing in 5, 6 and 7 years respectively.
  • Microsoft has agreed to a 10 year license arrangement with Nokia to use the Nokia brand on current Mobile Phones products.
  • To avoid the perception of any potential conflict of interest between now and the pending closure of the transaction, Stephen Elop will step aside as President and CEO of Nokia Corporation, resign from the Board of Directors, and will become Executive Vice President, Devices & Services.
  • Risto Siilasmaa will assume an interim CEO role for Nokia while continuing to serve in his role as Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors. He will oversee strategy and have four direct reports: Michael Halbherr, Executive Vice President, HERE; Stephen Elop, Executive Vice President, Devices & Services; Timo Ihamuotila, Nokia CFO and interim President; and Jesper Ovesen, Executive Chairman of the NSN Board of Directors.
"After a thorough assessment of how to maximize shareholder value, including consideration of a variety of alternatives, we believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders," said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors and, following today's announcement, also Nokia interim CEO.

Microsoft said having "one brand, one united voice" for Windows Phone will help its marketing efforts.
The companies believe they can get the deal completed by early 2014.

“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.”

Verizon and Vodafone Agree on $130 Billion Buyout Deal

Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc reached a deal under which Verizon will acquire Vodafone’s 45% equity stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion.  This will give Verizon full ownership of Verizon Wireless.

Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and CEO, said: "Over the past 13 years, Verizon Wireless has been a key driver of our business strategy, and through our partnership with Vodafone, we have made Verizon Wireless into the premier wireless provider in the U.S. The capabilities to wirelessly stream video and broadband in 4G LTE complement our other assets in fiber, global IP and cloud. These assets position us for the rapidly increasing customer demand for video, machine to machine and big data. We are confident of further growth in wireless, and our business in its entirety."

Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group CEO, said: "This transaction allows both Vodafone and Verizon to execute on their long-term strategic objectives. Our two companies have had a long and successful partnership and have grown Verizon Wireless into a market leader with great momentum. We wish Lowell and the Verizon team continuing success over the years ahead."

The deal will require regulatory approvals and the approval of both companies’ shareholders. The company expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2014.

Under the deal, Verizon will pay Vodafone $58.9 billion in cash, which it will obtain through a fully executed bridge load from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Bank of America, N.A. and Barclays. Verizon will also issue common stock currently valued at approximately $60.2 billion to be distributed to Vodafone shareholders, subject to a collar arrangement with a floor price of $47.00 and a cap price of $51.00 that will determine the maximum and minimum number of shares to be issued upon closing of the transaction. In addition, Verizon will issue $5.0 billion in notes payable to Vodafone, and Verizon will sell its 23.1 percent minority stake in Vodafone Omnitel N.V. to Vodafone for $3.5 billion. The remaining $2.5 billion of the transaction value will be a combination of other consideration.

Ericsson to Build Three Massive Data Centers

Ericsson plans to build and operate three, huge data centers to serve as platforms for customer innovation and its own R&D.  Together, the three facilities will measure 120,000 square meters (1.3 million square feet), approximately the size of 14 football fields.

Two of the new data centers will be in Sweden (Stockholm and Linköping), while the third one will be built in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.   The company expects that innovative design will reduce energy consumption by 40% compared to typical data centers. The two ICT Centers in Sweden will begin initial operations from end of 2013 and from end of 2014 respectively and the North American ICT Center from early 2015.

Ericsson is planning to invest SEK 7 billion (US$1.06 billion) in the project over a period of five years..

Ericsson said customers will be able to connect remotely to the new facilities for interoperability testing and trials of new business services.

The new centers will house the company's complete portfolio, enabling the R&D organization to develop and verify solutions, creating the foundation for the next generation technology and cloud-based services.

"The new ICT Centers are examples of Ericsson's passion for driving the development of the industry. Great ideas come from collaboration, and at these centers we will push the boundaries of possibility on next generation technology and services. Flexibility enabled by new ways of working will realize innovation faster to the market and to our customers," said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson.

Pure Storage Raises $150 Million Pre-IPO

Pure Storage, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, last week announced $150 million in new funding to support its all-flash enterprise storage array strategy.

The Series E funding round was led by T. Rowe Price, Tiger Global Management and other public market investors, with participation by its previous venture capital investors Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Samsung Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures.

This bring Pure Software's total capital raised to date to $245 million.  The company said it is on-track for a future initial public offering (IPO).

Pure Storage offers all-flash enterprise arrays for high performance workloads, including server virtualization, desktop virtualization (VDI), database (OLTP, real-time analytics) and cloud computing.  The company's approach combines proprietary data deduplication and compression technologies with affordable multi-level cell (MLC) flash memory.

The company says that since releasing its flagship FlashArray to general availability (GA) in 2012 it has achieved over 50-percent consecutive quarterly growth.

"In 2009, we set out to build the next great storage company," said Scott Dietzen, CEO at Pure Storage. "Today, we are taking our most significant step yet toward realizing that goal. This landmark financing reinforces our position as the frontrunner in leading the transition from mechanical disk to flash memory in the data center – perhaps this decade’s most significant IT disruption. We are thrilled to have the strategic guidance of Frank Slootman and world-class public market investors, like T. Rowe Price and Tiger Global among others, to support us in this mission. 2013 has already proven to be an auspicious year for Pure Storage, with record growth on all fronts and our recipe for all-flash storage at the price of disk anointed us as the one to which our competitors aspire. Fortified by this pre-IPO funding round, we will continue to accelerate our global business. Expect even bigger things from Pure in the months and years to come."

NEC Supplies LTE Microcells to Russia's Scartel

NEC Neva Communications Systems will supply its LTE microcell base stations to Russian mobile operator Scartel (Yota).  The first installations have begun operating in Scartel's LTE network across major cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar and Sochi.

NEC said its LTE microcell base stations provide the ability for multiple operators to provide services simultaneosly. NEC's LTE base stations are also equipped with a Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) capabilities, enabling base stations with different radii of coverage to work in unison.  The units also support Self-Organizing Network (SON) functionality for facilitating the coexistence of products manufactured by multiple vendors within the same network.

Raymond Armes, Managing Director of NEC Neva, underlined the effectiveness of NEC's solution: "Our microcell base stations have demonstrated excellent results in terms of automation and energy saving, which consequently helps operators using our technology to reduce both CAPEX and OPEX. This latest partnership will enable us to expand our contributions to Scartel's network."

Acer Packs 4K Ultra HD into Smartphone

Acer unveiled the first smartphone featuring 4K Ultra HD recording capability, which is driven by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 processor.  Users will need a 4K TV to benefit from the higher resolution as the Acer Liquid S2 offers a 6-inch IPS display with 1080 resolution.

LTE is supported at up to 150 Mbps. It also features the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

A Zero Air Gap Display removes the air between the touch panel and LCD module, thereby providing improved tactile sense and reduced reflection boosting readability even in sunlight.