Monday, July 7, 2014

SK Telecom and Ericsson Announced 5G Collaboration

SK Telecom and Ericsson agreed to collaborate on 5G technologies.

Under an MOU signed by company representatives in Stockholm, SK Telecom and Ericsson plan to investigate a number of technologies on the path to 5G, including next generation small cell, ultra-wideband, low latency technology that could be used for remote driving, FDD/TDD convergence technology, and gigabyte-level data transmission technology. Low latency technology refers to a technology to bring down data transmission latency to 1ms.

Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center at SK Telecom, said “SK Telecom is pleased to work with Ericsson to lead 5G network technology. We will continue to lead development of technologies for the era of the next generation network.”

Thomas Norén, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson says: “Korea is clearly leading in the uptake of LTE, in terms of technology and subscriber uptake, and SK Telecom is the largest mobile carrier in their market. They are early drivers of technology and we see them as an important partner in defining new opportunities, innovations and requirements for the continued evolution of LTE and towards 5G.”

http://www.sktelecom.com/en/press/detail.do?idx=1077

http://www.ericsson.com

Europe's Transatel Picks Affirmed Networks to Virtualize its Infrastructure

Transatel, a Paris-based company that enables mobile virtual network operators, has selected Affirmed Networks' Mobile Content Cloud solution for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Transatel, founded in August 2000, has launched more than 150 MVNOs across Europe in the last 10 years. Transatel has roaming agreements with seven major European carriers to offer seamless service to its subscribers.


Affirmed said its Mobile Content Cloud enables rapid service launch by moving away from legacy infrastructure with a more agile and flexible virtualized architecture. By virtualizing network functions with the Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud and utilizing data center/cloud environments, Transatel is able to differentiate their service offering as well as embrace new and flexible business models critical for taking on a leadership position in the MVNO and M2M business.

“In the M2M and Internet of Things space, Transatel offers a comprehensive embedded connectivity solution for consumer device manufacturers and distributors to embed connectivity into their devices ‒ such as PC, tablets, and gaming devices ‒ at the time of manufacturing via soldered SIM card and benefit from local connectivity in the country of commercialization, whilst supporting advanced economic models, such as B2B2C and split billing, effectively becoming data MVNOs,” said Jacques Bonifay, CEO of Transatel. “Affirmed Networks’ virtualization solution is a key component to support these various economic models in real-time mobile data control and charging, radically simplifying the way new services are created and launched, and monitored for our customers’ benefits.”

“We admire Transatel’s forward thinking vision of the consumer device market and the role the MVNO model will play in this market to bring differentiated services to subscribers. In many ways it parallels our own philosophy of innovation at Affirmed,” stated Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks. “The Transatel team immediately recognized that our virtualized architecture greatly enhances their ability to launch and monetize new services while radically simplifying their operations and management.”

http://www.transatel.com
http://www.affirmednetworks.com/


Mellanox Offers Open Source Ethernet Switch MLAG

Mellanox Technologies is releasing the first implementation of Multi Chassis Link Aggregation Group (MLAG) functionality as part of its open source, Open Ethernet program.

MLAG provides the ability for a host to connect to two standalone switches with a pair of load balanced bonded interfaces. This allows for faster failure recovery.

“Mellanox continues to drive the community effort to enable Open Ethernet switch solutions for cloud, web 2.0 and enterprise data centers,” said Amit Katz, senior director of Ethernet switch product marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The open source MLAG release allows companies to improve their switch software stack by offering their customers enhanced network resiliency and better utilization of their network.”

The open source code is available online:

https://github.com/open-ethernet/mlag

http://www.mellanox.com/page/press_release_item?id=1326


Small Cell Forum Adds Virtualization to Work Agenda

The Small Cell Forum will address virtualisation as part of its on-going Release Program.

The goal is to leverage Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) to understand the optimal approach to apply to the small cell layer.  The Small Cell Forum said virtualization could have a number of use cases for small cell networks, including:

  • Scalability
  • Improved resource utilization/sharing
  • Multi-tenancy (multicarrier, carrier/enterprise)
  • Enhanced resource coordination (between small cell and macro and between small cells)
  • Multi-point capability
  • Co-located core network virtualized functions

“Operators need to understand how small cells fit into the Cloud-RAN story,” said Sue Monahan, CEO of the Small Cell Forum. “We believe there will be better ROI if operators can plan virtualisation across the entire HetNet, including small cells, rather than as a separate exercise. This work stream will consider the impact of such an approach on everything from network architecture to the business case. We are now inviting Forum members and the wider industry to get behind this initiative and help shape the future of mobile networks through our Release work.”

“Cloud-RAN and small cells have often been presented as alternatives,” said Gordon Mansfield, Chair of Small Cell Forum. “We believe that virtualisation techniques can be re-applied to small cell architectures. This work will help ensure that in dense HetNets, small cells are fully interworking with other platforms to create the broadest pool of capacity and most efficient use of shared resources.”

Slideshare:
http://www.slideshare.net/SmallCellForum1/mark-grayson-virtualization

http://www.smallcellforum.org/newsstory-small-cell-forum-kicks-off-network-virtualization-work-stream

IBM's Green Horizon Project Aims to Help China on Energy and Environment

IBM announced a 10-year initiative to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens.

IBM's "Green Horizon" project seeks to address three areas critical to China's sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimization.

The project will be led by IBM's China Research laboratory and tap into the company's network of 12 global research labs and create an innovation ecosystem of partners from government, academia, industry and private enterprise.

On the issue of air pollution, the Green Horizon project will collaborate with the Beijing Municipal Government to leverage some of IBM's most advanced technologies such as cognitive computing, optical sensors and the Internet of Things, to enable a Big Data and analytics platform that predicts air quality in the city. The aim is to create visual maps showing the source and dispersion of pollutants across Beijing 72 hours in advance with street-scale resolution.

For the renewable energy sector, IBM's "Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting" (HyRef) solution will provide weather modeling capabilities, advanced cloud imaging technology and sky-facing cameras to track cloud movements, while sensors monitor wind speed, temperature and direction. It can predict the performance of individual renewable energy farms and estimate the amount of energy several days ahead. IBM said its system has already been rolled out at China's largest renewable energy initiative - the Zhangbei Demonstration Project managed by State Grid Jibei Electricity Power Company Limited (SG-JBEPC) in the Northern province of Hebei. Using the system, SG-JBEPC is able to integrate 10% more alternative energy (enough for 14,000 homes) into the national grid. With a prediction accuracy of 90% proven on Zhangbei's wind turbines, it is one of the most accurate energy forecasting systems in the world.

"China has made great achievements and contributed much to the world's economic growth over the past 30 years. It now has an opportunity to lead the world in sustainable energy and environmental management," said D.C. Chien, Chairman and CEO, IBM Greater China Group. "While other nations waited until their economies were fully developed before taking comprehensive action to address environmental issues, China can leverage IBM's most advanced information technologies to help transform its energy infrastructures in parallel with its growth."

http://www.ibm.com
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44202.wss

Windstream Launches Cloud-based Unified Communications

Windstream announced the nationwide availability of its enterprise-class Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS).

Windstream’s UCaaS is a fully managed cloud-based solution, offered to enterprise and mid-sized businesses for a flat monthly rate. The UCaaS product suite is hosted in Windstream’s secure data centers and leverages Windstream’s high-quality MPLS with Quality of Service (QoS) for optimized performance.

For its UCaaS solution, Windstream's partners include Avaya, Cisco, Mitel and ShoreTel.

“Our UC solution helps businesses create a more collaborative and connected workforce, providing anytime, anywhere access to a range of UC options, using a single, consistent interface,” said Matt Preschern, senior vice president and enterprise chief marketing officer at Windstream. “Our business customers are seeking solutions that offer business continuity, security and increased productivity – UCaaS, supported by our team of experts and entirely hosted and managed by Windstream, from our data center to the MPLS network, provides the smart solutions and personalized service our customers need to help their businesses succeed.”

http://www.windstreambusiness.com

Box Announces $150 Million Investment

Box announced a $150 million investment from TPG Growth and Coatue Management.  The company, which filed an S-1 registration statement in March with the S.E.C., said TPG Growth will also appoint a director to the Box Board of Directors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The company said it now has more than 27 million individual users at more than 240,000 businesses globally as customers.

"Our mission is to help organizations be more productive, collaborative and competitive by connecting people and their most important information. This focus has been instrumental in building a customer base that includes some of the most influential businesses in the world,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. “We’re excited to work with TPG Growth and Coatue as we continue to aggressively invest in our customers, technology, and future growth.”

http://www.box.net


  • Box was founded in 2005 and is based in Los Altos, California.

  • In December, Box announced $100 million in new venture funding and strategic partnerships with with Itochu Technology Ventures, Macnica, Mitsui USA, MKI, Telefónica Digital and Telstra. Coatue, DST Global, and existing Box investors also participated.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blueprint: Street-Level Small Cell Wireless Backhaul For Outdoor Small Cells

by Erik Boch, MSEE, Peng
CTO, VP of Engineering and Co-founder
DragonWave Inc

The global small cell market can be represented as being partially “indoor” small cells (pico, femto cells), or “outdoor” small cells (“micro” cells). Backhaul availability is of critical/primary interest to the success of this mobile network segment (see Figure 1). In the indoor environment, small cells can often capitalize on existing backhaul infrastructure, however in the outdoor small cell case the picture is quite different.
In the outdoor environment, fiber “close” to a micro-cell site doesn’t generally mean that there is a point-of-presence which allows cost effective or timely deployment of a fiber spurline to the micro-cell site (located on a store front, or lamp-pole for example). As a result, wireless backhaul technology is a very important contributor to the expected build-out strategies in small cell networking. Fiber penetration statistics sit about ~16% , which includes FFTH and FTTB/E, so it’s logical to assume that Fiber to the Street-Lamp-Pole (SLP)” or “Traffic-Light-Pole (TLP)” is a very small value.

A growing market consensus is that micro-cellular network segments will tie into local macro-cellular points-of-presence (PoPs) . These PoPs tend to be on high point locations in the dense urban environment. The problem with servicing these from the macro PoP is that the “street furniture” onto which the micro-cell equipment is mounted generally doesn’t have a clear LoS connection path. Assuming installations at/near roadway intersections, only 5% - 15%  of these locations have clear LoS to the elevated macro PoP locations.

As a result of this reality, conventional Line-of-Sight (LoS) radio link technology has been seen as somewhat limiting, despite its other positive attributes, namely;
  • Many spectrum choices. Lots of available spectrum in site-licensed, area-licensed, or unlicensed segments.
    o At high frequencies, antenna sizes can be made very small whilst beam shaping for optimized spatial filtering of static and dynamic multipath contributors in the path.
  • Very high degree of deployment success certainty.
  • Predictable over-life availability performance.
  • Use of FDD technology which allows for low delay and low delay-variability.
  • The use of very high frequency radio systems in street-level backhaul links allows the use of the low-multipath channel just above the vehicular traffic in the roadways, assuming they have properly designed antenna beam shapes. This avoids, or largely mitigates flat and selective fading impacts to the radio link (which results in superior link performance stability).
Despite some of the attractive strengths of LoS radio systems, the path blockage reality has incented various non-Line-of-Site (so called nLoS or NLoS) radio system products to have been brought to market. Generally, these systems rely on low RF frequencies (i.e. < 6GHz) and the use of modem/waveform techniques that allow varying degrees of tolerance of the harsh propagation environments involved (i.e. OFDM, MIMO). There are several residual artifacts that the operator has to accept when adopting this technology, namely;
  • There is very limited spectrum available.
    o Difficult to achieve the needed high capacities.
    o If operating unlicensed, there is a significant risk of interference. This can negatively impact capacity, but also can severely impact delay and delay variability.
    o Spectrum allocations often drive the use of TDD technology, which negatively impacts delay and delay variability.
  • It is not possible to predict with certainty the success/outcome of the installation of a non-LoS radio link.
  • It is not possible to know the over-life radio link availability.
  • Small physical form factors [usually] dictated by microcell installations cause larger beamwidth operation. This in turn leads to an increased vulnerability to flat and selective fading, particularly acute when considering street-level links in which the dynamic impacts of vehicular traffic can have severe impacts to the radio channel performance.
Higher frequency waveforms have also been used to build nLoS/NLoS links using reflected/bounced path geometries. 28 GHz was used in the 1990’s by CellularVision to deliver consumer TV services. Recently similar types of links have been demonstrated successfully at frequencies above 6 GHz and as high as 60 GHz . However, these suffer from difficulties in predicting performance in advance of installation, similarly to sub-6GHz.

The resulting reality is that the various wireless solutions have different attributes that need to be optimally combined such that the resulting “networking” solution provides a predictable, reliable and available backhaul; function.

So how does this get done? One backhaul networking solution (see Figure 2) can be composed of the following:
  • LoS high capacity radio shot from a macro [high] site to a street level PoP.
  • Once at the street level, build rings, zig-zagging LoS radio shots up the center of the roadways. The use of high frequency delivers high capacity, low delay & delay variability, and stable operation in the presence of vehicular (and other) multipath.
  • The use of self-healing rings is desirable because in order to keep availability high … as there are unforeseen propagation impairments, and network node outages that are a reality. Downed poles, interruptions to power, elevated maintenance equipment (etc.) need to be realistically considered.
  • Spur shots used to pull in local base station sites which can’t be directly designed onto the ring path.
  • Use of nLoS radio technology to address [the odd] blocked link which can’t be deigned out of the solution.



In summary, understanding the beneficial attributes and limitations of various wireless technology solutions can allow optimized combinations of LoS and n/NLoS technologies into reliable and deployable backhaul networking solutions – a key enabler for outdoor small cell deployments.

About the Author
Erik Boch holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa and is a registered professional engineer. Erik has held senior engineering or technical management positions at a number of communications and aerospace companies namely Litton Systems, ComDev, Lockheed Martin and Alcatel Networks (formerly Newbridge). While at Alcatel, Erik was AVP of the Wireless Systems Group and was involved in various aspects of microwave & millimeter wave subsystem and system design for more than 22 years. Erik led the R&D team at Alcatel (formerly Newbridge) that introduced the first ATM-based Fixed Wireless Access System in the industry.

Erik has been published extensively in major networking publications, including Telephony, Microwave Journal, Wireless Review, Internet Telephony and America's Network. Erik has spoken at numerous industry events including IEEE sessions, WCA, Broadband Wireless World and IWPC. Erik has served on the Technical Advisory Board of the NCIT (National Capital Institute of Technology). Erik holds several approved RF design patents, with numerous patents pending.

About DragonWave
DragonWave is a leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions that drive next-generation IP networks. DragonWave's carrier-grade point-to-point packet microwave systems transmit broadband voice, video and data, enabling service providers, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations to meet their increasing bandwidth requirements rapidly and affordably. The principal application of DragonWave's portfolio is wireless network backhaul, including a range of products ideally suited to support the emergence of underlying small cell networks. Additional solutions include leased line replacement, last mile fiber extension and enterprise networks. DragonWave's corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, visit http://www.dragonwaveinc.com.

1  Data from www.OECD.org , June 2013
2  Small Cell Forum
3  DragonWave field data
4  Ericcson at 28 GHz, DragonWave at 60 GHz


Huawei Joins Europe's 5G Infrastructure Association

Huawei will join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association in Europe, which represents the private interests participating in the EU's 5G Public and Private Partnership (5G-PPP).

The 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) was formed earlier this year with a mission to secure Europe’s leadership in the particular areas where it is strong in networking technologies.  The initiative will also explore new areas, such as smart cities, e-health, intelligent transport, education or entertainment & media.

Huawei said it will place significant effort in driving 5G foundational technology research, tests and large scale trials in collaboration with partners to assess the technical feasibility and business viability of new 5G technologies.

http://5g-ppp.eu/
http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-349829-5g.htm#.U7mQpI1dVSN

ELECTED MEMBERS OF 5G INFRASTRUCTURE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Industry
•    Alcatel-Lucent
•    Astrium Satellites
•    Atos
•    Deutsche Telekom
•    DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH
•    Ericsson
•    Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH
•    NEC Europe Ltd., NEC Laboratories Europe
•    Nokia Solutions and Networks
•    Orange Labs
•    Portugal Telecom
•    SES
•    Telecom Italia
•    Telefónica I+D
•    Telenor ASA
•    Telespazio
•    Thales Alenia Space
•    Turk Telekomünikasyon A.Ş.
Research
•    CEA-LETI
•    Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)
•    Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT)
•    Fundacion IMDEA Networks
•    Instituto de Telecomunicações
•    University of Bologna – DEI
SME
•    Integrasys SA
•    INTERINNOV
•    M.B.I. S.R.L.
•    Nextworks s.r.l.
•    Quobis
•    Sequans Communications

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SMIC to Manufacture 28nm Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMCI), of China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundries, inked a deal with Qualcomm to manufacture Snapdragon processors using 28nm process technology.

The companies said the deal will help accelerate SMIC’s 28nm process maturity and capacity, and will also make SMIC one of the first semiconductor foundries in China to offer production locally for some of Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon processors on 28nm node, both PolySiON (PS) and high-K dielectrics metal gate (HKMG).

“We are delighted to enter this collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies since this marks a significant milestone on the readiness and competitiveness of SMIC’s 28nm process technologies,” said Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu, chief executive officer and executive director, SMIC. “This step forward demonstrates SMIC’s capabilities and commitments on bringing up the needed advanced node technologies for addressing customers’ demands and product roadmaps. With Qualcomm Technologies’ support, we are confident that our 28nm technologies will become one of the most important growth drivers for the company. We expect that the 28nm product life cycle longevity will exceed previous nodes, which will help better position SMIC to service the needs of Qualcomm Technologies, as well as others.”

http://www.qualcomm.com
http://www.smics.com

CTERA Raises $25 Million for its Cloud Storage Service Platform

CTERA Networks, a start-up based in Petach Tikvah, Israel, announced a $25 million Series C funding round to accelerate its cloud storage services platform.

CTERA's Cloud Storage Services Platform combine enterprise endpoint backup software, enterprise file sync and share software, and cloud storage gateway appliances. It can be used large enterprises and service providers to sync, serve and protect data from one centrally managed solution that is 100% secure and deployable on the cloud infrastructure of their choice.

The financing round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners who join existing CTERA investors Benchmark Capital, Cisco, and Venrock. CTERA’s existing investors also participated in the Series C round.

Earlier this year, the company announced that more than 21,000 businesses are powered by CTERA technology, and marked the shipment of more than 30,000 CTERA Cloud Storage Gateways to date. Some examples:

  • A large multi-national insurance firm has deployed CTERA Cloud Storage Gateways across thousands of its branch office locations.
  • A large multi-national financial services firm has successfully deployed CTERA’s Enterprise File Sync and Share and Endpoint Backup software to more than 50,000 users across their enterprise.
  • The business services unit of a large telecommunications company has delivered CTERA-powered services to more than 10,000 business customers in less than 12 months.


Zayo Files for IPO

Zayo Group Holdings filed an S-1 statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed public offering of its common stock.

Zayo operates a fiber network spanning 77,000 route miles across the U.S. and Europe, as well as 28 data centers in markets across the U.S.

The company was founded in 2007 and has completed a number of acquisitions since then. The company has about 1,400 employees.

http://www.zayo.com

From Edgar: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1608249/000119312514259283/d715611ds1.htm


From its founding in 2007 through June 30, 2014, Zayo completed acquisitions with an aggregate of $3.7 billion. These include:


Acquisition
Date
Memphis Networx
July 31, 2007
PPL Telecom
August 24, 2007
Indiana Fiber Works
September 28, 2007
Onvoy
November 7, 2007
Voicepipe
November 7, 2007
Citynet Fiber Networks
February 15, 2008
Northwest Telephone
May 30, 2008
CenturyTel Tri-State
July 22, 2008
Columbia Fiber Solutions
September 30, 2008
CityNet Holdings Assets
September 30, 2008
Adesta Assets
September 30, 2008
Northwest Telephone California
May 26, 2009
FiberNet
September 9, 2009
AGL Networks
July 1, 2010
Dolphini Assets
September 20, 2010
American Fiber Systems
October 1, 2010
360networks
December 1, 2011
MarquisNet
December 31, 2011
Arialink
May 1, 2012
AboveNet
July 2, 2012
FiberGate
August 31, 2012
USCarrier
October 1, 2012
FTS
December 14, 2012
Litecast
December 31, 2012
Core NAP
May 31, 2013
Corelink
August 1, 2013
Access
October 1, 2013
FiberLink
October 2, 2013
CoreXchange
March 4, 2014
Geo
May 16, 2014

Nokia Networks Acquires 3-D Geolocation Tool from NICE Systems

Nokia Networks has acquired a 3-D geolocation solution from NICE Systems that can be used to enhance the planning and optimization of mobile networks.  The dead includes the tools, technical expertise, and the right to further develop these capabilities.  Nokia plans to build up a competence center in Israel, develop its future portfolio around 3-D modeling, and increase automation in its services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia said three dimensional modelling can deliver unparalleled accuracy of network performance for multivendor networks.  Combined with Nokia’s services expertise, this technology helps to provide deep insight into traffic trends and the performance of mobile broadband networks.

 “Advanced network planning and optimization services are at the forefront of Nokia Networks’ strategic services to mobile operators.  The evolution of small cells and LTE necessitates more accurate 3-D geolocation capabilities. Nokia Networks  intends to enhance this unique solution in order to offer superior services to our customers, regardless of which network gear they use,” said Dennis Lorenzin, head of Network Planning and Optimization** at the Global Services business unit of Nokia Networks.

http://nsn.com/

Zayo Acquires Data Center in Atlanta

Zayo has acquired Colo Facilities Atlanta ("AtlantaNAP"), an Atlanta data center and managed services provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AtlantaNAP has over 72,000 square feet of total data center space, including 42,000 square feet of conditioned colocation space. The Atlanta colocation facility is connected to most major carrier hotels and data centers via high-count and diverse fiber rings, providing customers with increased connectivity options. The SSAE 16 type II compliant facility offers 5Mw of fully redundant 2N UPS power, serviced from diverse utility feeds.

Zayo said AtlantaNAP complements its metro fiber network in the region, which spans over 600 route miles. The deal brings Zayo's number of data centers to 28, with over 570,000 square feet of capacity.

“Atlanta is a high demand colocation market and a growing hub for healthcare, technology, and large enterprises,” said Greg Friedman, vice president of zColo. “The AtlantaNAP facility offers customers a highly secure and redundant infrastructure, and will now be able to leverage Zayo’s existing fiber footprint to provide a connectivity-driven colocation offering in Atlanta for new and existing customers.”

http://www.zayo.com

In March, Zayo acquired CoreXchange, Inc., a data center, bandwidth and managed services provider in Dallas, Texas. Financial terms were not disclosed.  The purchase adds one new data center to Zayo's zColo portfolio. In addition, zColo will secure an additional 12,000 square feet in CoreXchange’s suite at its existing data center in the Dallas Infomart at 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway.

The acquisition yields over 18,000 square feet of total data center space and brings zColo’s national data center count to 27 locations. As a part of the acquisition, Zayo will also assume ownership of ColoUnlimited, CoreXchange’s online presence that facilitates simple, real-time online sales and ordering of colocation services. zColo will continue operating ColoUnlimited in the Dallas market before integrating into Zayo’s recently announced Internet Portal, Tranzact, in the second quarter of 2014. Tranzact will enable transactional ordering capabilities across zColo’s national data center footprint.

In 2013, Zayo acquired CoreNAP, establishing zColo’s presence in Austin, Texas.  


Gowex Suspended for Financial Irregularities

Shares of Gowex, a provider of free municipal Wi-Fi services based in Madrid, Spain, were suspended from trading following reports of financial irregularities.

Over the weekend, the founder and CEO of Gowex, Jenaro Garcia Martin, resigned.  Insiders said Garcia Martin indicated to the board that financial records had been manipulated for some time.  The company subsequently announced plans to file for bankruptcy protection.

Gowex has previously announced multiple partnerships with cities and public transport companies to deploy a free Wi-Fi service supported by its business model.

Public transport Wi-Fi projects included with Madrid & Barcelona City Tour, the Subte and the Metrobus of Buenos Aires, the intercity buses of Madrid Arriva de Blas, etc.

http://www.gowex.com

Google Chrome to support WebRTC

Google Chrome is implementing WebRTC to enable users to launch Hangouts in the browser without needing a plug-in.

The capability is already available for Chrome Dev and Canary users.  Google plans to update Chrome shortly.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/103171586947853434456/posts/39TCW3PcLye


  • WebRTC is a free, open project that enables web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple JavaScript APIs.  http://www.webrtc.org/

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Qualcomm Acquires Wilocity, Combining 60 GHz WiGig with 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Qualcomm has acquired Wilocity, a start-up specializing in 60 GHz wireless chipsets based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard, also known as WiGig technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Qualcomm is launching a family of tri-band platforms that combine Qualcomm Atheros' Wi-Fi and WiGig solutions to significantly increase performance and enable cutting-edge wireless applications. The initial tri-band platform is a reference design based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, which is the world’s first mobile platform designed to support WiGig to enable applications such as 4k video streaming, peer-to-peer content sharing, networking, wireless docking, and backing up entire media libraries in seconds.

Qualcomm said WiGig technology brings multi-gigabit speeds for next gen mobile applications and allows for greater cellular network offload. 802.11ad also extends the Qualcomm VIVE portfolio, and builds on the company’s recent initiatives to revolutionize Wi-Fi networks with11ac 2.0 solutions with MU-MIMO.  Tri-band Wi-Fi solutions from Qualcomm Atheros integrate the multi-gigabit performance of 802.11ad operating in the 60 GHz spectrum band along with 802.11ac that operates in the 5 GHz band and 802.11b/g/n in the 2.4 GHz band. In combination, 11ad and 11ac create the most powerful and efficient wireless solution in the market; coupling the whole home coverage of 11ac with the in-area multi-gigabit connectivity of 11ad will provide users with a superior connected experience.

“Qualcomm is continually innovating and investing in leadership technologies to drive value for our customers while creating new growth opportunities for our mobile, computing and networking platforms. WiGig will play an important role in Qualcomm’s strategy to address consumers’ increasingly sophisticated smartphone, tablet and computing requirements to support applications—such as immediate streaming of 4K video and high throughput peer-to-peer communication to enable the next generation of social interactions between users sharing content,” said Amir Faintuch, president, Qualcomm Atheros.

Qualcomm Atheros has been an investor in Wilocity since 2008 and worked closely with Wilocity to develop and distribute tri-band solutions for the computing market since 2011.

http://www.qualcomm.com
http://www.wilocity.com
http://www.ieee802.org/11/Reports/tgad_update.htm

  • The WiGig MAC and PHY Specification, version 1.1 supports data rates up to 7 Gbps -- more than ten times faster than the highest 802.11n rate.  The spec supplements and extends the 802.11 Media Access Control (MAC) layer and is backward compatible with the IEEE 802.11 standard.

  • Wilocity is headed by Tal Tamir (co-founder and CEO), who prior to co-founding Wilocity in 2007, served as Director of Wireless Strategic Planning at Intel, leading the wireless initiatives for Intel's Centrino mobile technology platform. Tal joined Intel from Conexant, where as General Manager he directed development for voiceband and broadband modem technologies.

Nokia Networks to Acquire SAC Wireless for its Integration Expertise

Nokia Networks agreed to acquire SAC Wireless, a privately-held network integration provider based in Schaumburg, Illinois. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SAC Wireless, which has about 450 employees, supports the rollout of major telecom networks across the United States, including LTE upgrades and indoor/outdoor Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). The company's core business consists of fully integrated network solutions specializing in site development, architectural and engineering design, construction services, equipment installation, commissioning and integration, operations and maintenance and advisory consulting services.

“This acquisition builds on our existing strengths and continued investment in our customers’ success. Once the transaction has been completed, it will help us increase market share in the network implementation space,” said Ricky Corker, executive vice president of North America for Nokia Networks. “With SAC Wireless’ capabilities complementing our own in-house expertise, we are well positioned to bring enhanced quality and increased end-to-end delivery efficiency to our customers. No other infrastructure provider is offering this level of proven services.”

“As we continue to build an even stronger foundation for our U.S. services business, we see great opportunities to help our customers address the tough challenges of network deployment. These range from indoor/outdoor small cells, distributed antenna systems, 4G LTE upgrades, and solving backhaul connectivity and bandwidth issues,” said Jorg Erlemeier, vice president of North America Market Services for Nokia Networks. “SAC Wireless is to augment our existing network implementation service capabilities and increase the size and effectiveness of our delivery organization.”

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