Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wireless Charging Groups to Merge

The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) agreed to merge and establish an organization that will accelerate the availability and deployment of wireless charging technology on a global scale. The A4WP and PMA Boards will combine and feature a roster of global consumer brands, supply chain and market leaders: AT&T, Broadcom, Duracell, Flextronics, Gill Electronics, Integrated Device Technologies (IDT), Intel, Powermat, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Starbucks and WiTricity.

One of the main objectives of the new organization is to accelerate the transition to volume economies of scale of wireless power transfer technology to benefit consumers, mobile network operators, consumer-facing commercial and retail brands, and the consumer electronics industry, including its semiconductor and manufacturing partners.

"The 'standards war' narrative presents a false choice," said Kamil Grajski, Board Chair and President, Alliance for Wireless Power.  "Consider that the typical mass-market smartphone contains a multiplicity of radio technologies (Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, 3G, LTE) each built around a vibrant ecosystem, whereas other devices are single-mode (Bluetooth headset).  The A4WP PMA merger is in the same spirit: enable the market to apply technologies to their best use cases."

"The key to volume economics is to combine best-in-class wireless power transfer technology with innovative cloud-based network services," said Ron Resnick, President, Power Matters Alliance.  "The best-in-breed combination of A4WP and PMA assures decision-makers throughout the industry of responsible stewardship of these essential contributing technologies."


Marvell Intros Wave-2 802.11ac Chipset with 4x4 MIMO

Marvell introduced a 4x4 MIMO chipset and reference design for Wave-2 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Marvell’s new Avastar 88W8964 processor chip features built-in 802.11ac 160 MHz support and delivers up to 2.6 Gbps of peak data rate.

Marvell’s AP3200 Reference Platform combines the company’s ARMADA and Avastar product lines to deliver a total solution for enterprise and home connectivity applications, including fanless enterprise access points (EAPs), smart gateways, multi-room carrier-grade video distribution, small/medium business (SMB) routers, and network-attached storage (NAS) devices, among others. It integrates dual concurrent 802.11 radios with Multi-User, Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MU-MIMO).

The AP3200 Reference Platform features the programmable networking and security offload capabilities of the ARMADA product line, freeing up the host CPU utilization for managing the increasing bandwidth demand for services brought by the Internet of Things (IoT) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movements. The ARMADA-395 SoC also integrates a dual core host CPU running at up to 1.8GHz and embedded support for 1Gbps/2.5Gbps/10Gbps Ethernet speeds for addressing different levels of network speeds. These features, coupled with the industry’s most proven Transmit Beamforming implementation, make the AP3200 Reference Platform optimized for multi-stream, carrier-grade video distribution as well as other high performance, low latency applications.

“With the advent of IoT and the growing number of wireless connected devices in the home and enterprise, robust and secure wireless connectivity is an absolute requirement,” said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. “In continuing our leadership position, our advanced wireless gateway platform enables our OEM and service provider customers to quickly and easily bring their products to market. Our high-performance Multi-User, Multiple Input and Multiple Output wireless gateway solution will enable a broad spectrum of applications making it possible for today’s consumers to have an always-on connected device experience.”


Ohio's Agile Networks Deploys Coriant

Agile Networks, a telecommunications company headquartered in Canton, Ohio, is deploying Coriant's 8600 Smart Router Series and its 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM) to underpin its fiber-grade wireless data services for metro and rural markets across the state of Ohio.

The Agile Network supports vital communications for emergency first responders and makes fiber grade service and carrier-class reliability available to more than three million locations in Ohio's metro and rural markets.

The Coriant 8600 Smart Router Series is designed for mobile backhaul, fixed and mobile convergence, and cloud computing networking. It provides an extensive Ethernet and IP/MPLS feature set and is LTE-ready. The Coriant 8600 Smart Router Series includes the Coriant™ 8611 Smart Router, a fully redundant, scalable network element for IP/Ethernet access aggregation and the Coriant™ 8602 Smart Router, a compact, low-powered router ideal for dense, remote and outdoor access network deployments. All Coriant 8600 Smart Routers are managed by the Coriant 8000 INM, an end-to-end network management solution that minimizes operational and maintenance costs.

"We have worked closely with Agile Networks to best serve the needs of their public safety, government and enterprise customers," said Joe Shilgalis, Senior Vice President of North America Sales, Coriant. "Our 8600 Smart Router Series provides Agile Networks with a new level of optical layer efficiency, scalability and automation that enables them to deliver enhanced service value to their end-user customers across Ohio."


Ikanos and SoftAtHome Offer Broadband Line Monitoring

Ikanos Communications and SoftAtHome, a provider of home operating platforms, announced a solution for real-time broadband monitoring and diagnostic tools for operators.

The combined solution of inSIGHT BXM and SOP, jointly designed by Ikanos and SoftAtHome, aims to the best QoS over increasingly complex broadband networks such as VDSL2 vectoring and, in the near future, G.fast.

The solution offers two benefits: proactively identify the cause of common wiring faults and noise interference problems; and secondly, help end-users to solve certain local home connectivity problems.

“Broadband quality of service monitoring and diagnostics are more necessary than ever to reduce carrier operating costs and ensure optimal quality of service for subscribers,” said Omid Tahernia, CEO of Ikanos. “Adding our inSIGHT BXM to SoftAtHome software allows the combined solution to diagnose physical-line problems and noise interference accurately in real time. It also extends the benefits of inSIGHT to a broader base of global carriers.”


D-Link's 11ac Router Delivers Up to 5.3 Gbps

D-Link unveiled its latest ULTRA Performance Series of 11AC Wi-Fi Routers and Adapters, including a high-end model that chart-topping wireless speeds up to 5.3 Gbps, far-reaching coverage, a revamped and intuitive user interface, and dynamic Smart Connect to automatically balance clients.

The routers boast an array of advanced features including Wireless 11AC Beamforming to enhance signal strength and throughput, Smart Connect to automatically assign clients to the wireless band providing the best bandwidth and an advanced QoS engine with a drag-and-drop UI to provide an easy way to prioritize applications and devices. In addition, the routers feature gigabit WAN/LAN Ethernet ports for high speed wired connectivity and are enabled with WPA or WPA2 security and Wi-Fi Protected setup to ensure network integrity and ease-of-setup.

"We've set the bar for how a Wi-Fi Router should look and perform," said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "Our new ULTRA Performance Series has everything a demanding user is looking for – three bands of Wi-Fi, fast speeds, beamforming, and QoS – all housed in an attractive form-factor that is sure to make a statement."


Meru Posts Disappointing Preliminary Results, Considers Options

Meru Networks announced preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2014, saying it now expects revenues of approximately $21.0 million to $22.0 million, which is below the previously announced guidance range of $23.0 million to $27.0 million. The company announced a restructuring aimed to reduce breakeven from approximately $27.0 million in quarterly revenues to approximately $21.5 million to $22.5 million by the end of the first quarter of 2015.  Meru also said it has retained Deutsche Bank as its exclusive financial advisor to explore strategic options, including, but not limited to, strategic partnering of its technology and possible sale or merger of the company.

"We are disappointed with this performance, yet believe that our technology advantages can be converted into greater market adoption.  We are determined to optimize the mix of partners, channel distribution, and effective direct sales necessary to put the Company back on a growth track," said Dr. Bami Bastani, President and CEO of Meru. "Today we have taken a major step in further streamlining the company structure to accelerate decision making, enhance operational efficiencies, and reduce breakeven sales to position the company for profitability."


Pluribus Recruits Director of Global Alliances from Cisco

Pluribus Networks, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced the appointment of Anthony Rocca as senior director of global strategic alliances.

Rocca joined Pluribus from Cisco, where he spent the last two years as the converged infrastructure lead, the Americas, for the worldwide data center business unit, and two previous years as field strategist, the Americas, for the data center application services business unit. Rocca has spent more than 25 years in the data center market space working for companies such as F5 Networks, Citrix-Netscaler, and Cisco Systems.


  • Pluribus Networks features a "Freedom" architecture for integrating compute, network, storage and bare-metal hypervisor OS technologies.  The platform brings full bare-metal control and visibility into the network through Unix-style APIs to deliver inNetwork Application Programmability, inNetwork virtualization, inNetwork analytics and inNetwork automation. The solution is based on a distributed network operating system with hypervisor bare-metal virtualization capabilities of computing resources - CPU, memory, and storage - and merchant silicon switch chip. This is matched to a powerful server platform combined with a high-density 10/40 GbE merchant silicon switch and network processor.  The company's technology partners include Intel and Broadcom. 
  • Pluribus is headed by Kumar Srikantan (CEO), who was previously VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco where he was responsible for the HW engineering execution of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio.

Quantenna and Lantiq Partner on 802.11ac 4x4 Ethernet Routers

Quantenna Communications and Lantiq announced a joint solution for Ethernet Retail Router market that combines Quantenna’s QSR1000 4x4 802.11ac with the Lantiq GRX300 communications processor family.

The Lantiq /Quantenna AC2000 solution boosts 5GHz Wi-Fi performance by offering 4x4 11ac including MU MIMO, while optimizing the performance of 802.11n Wi-Fi with existing 1x1 and 2x2 clients.

“The Ethernet Retail Router market today requires highest performance 11ac technology, while there is still the need to serve existing 1x1 and 2x2 11n clients well. Through this strategic partnership with Quantenna we are able to address these market requirements with a single platform. By combining Quantenna’s 4x4 11ac and Lantiq’s 11n technology we are offering an extremely attractive solution for the Ethernet Retail Router market,” said Matthias Kindler, director of marketing, Residential Gateway


Monday, January 5, 2015

Blueprint: Collaboration to Drive Telecoms Market in 2015

2015 looks set to be another fascinating one for the telecoms sector as we begin to see the next stage of evolution in services and business models. Following the rapid adoption of LTE, we are likely to see an increasing number of operators further developing their offering and introducing VoLTE, LTE roaming and other advanced 4G services.

OTTs and MVNOs are also looking to expand their portfolios and customer reach by breaking out of their silos and moving into more mainstream telecoms services. The current market evolution has created a scenario where, in order to deliver the optimum customer experience and maximise revenue, the sector as a whole needs to break out of their individual mind-sets and adopt a more collaborative approach.

For instance, in order to deliver quality of experience and reach their goal of breaking out of their silo-based models and widen the range of services they provide, OTT players must engage with both operators and infrastructure providers to take advantage of their footprint and network services.

Mobile operators too must collaborate in order to provide a range of interoperable services normally associated with OTT providers, including file transfer and VoIP services. Many operators have already recognised the value in offering enhanced messaging services, usually the realm of the Internet players, with RCS adoption. There are encouraging signs widescale adoption is not far away. Recently, BICS conducted a survey of industry executives on their attitudes and plans for RCS adoption and found that two thirds of operators were looking to go live by the end of 2015.

In Europe, further adjustments to roaming charges and other regulations are expected, which will further open up the telecoms market. This will give way to a number of new niche MVNOs founded on innovative roaming-only premises. For carriers, these regulatory developments will offer opportunities to improve roaming monetisation through the launch of enhanced roaming services such as tailored packages for specific customer types. This will further stimulate usage as consumers receive a higher-quality user experience relevant to their needs.

Commercial LTE services are now available in over 100 countries according to GSA figures announced in October, and many suppliers have extended this commitment to offering customers the highest data speeds wherever they are in the world by introducing LTE roaming agreements. In 2015, we can expect this trend to continue and the widespread use of further enhanced services, including HD Voice and VoLTE.

The enhanced user experience brought about by next generation new voice services will invigorate the voice market, enabling operators to better monetise voice.

With market consolidation continuing and so many dynamic factors in play those who succeed will need to have a compelling offer across the range of services including voice, messaging, GRX and signalling. Operators will also look to their infrastructure providers to offer far more than just the transport network, seeking intelligent services that facilitate monetisation, innovative packages and efficiencies.

To satisfy demanding end-users innovation is key. The best way to achieve this is for all the players in the mobile ecosystem to work collaboratively to create benefits for all parties and ultimately the end customer.

About the Author

Daniel Kurgan is CEO of BICS SA/NV. He joined Belgacom’s Carrier Division at the start of the carrier's commercial operations in January 1997, where he held several positions including International Account Manager, Head of International Relations & Sales, Sales Director (domestic and international wholesale) and VP International Wholesale, in charge of Sales & Marketing, Buying & LCR, and Customer Service and Network. In 2005 Daniel was VP Commercial of BICS, and contributed to the spin-off of Belgacom’s international carrier business.

Daniel graduated from the Solvay Business School of the University of Brussels.

About BICS

BICS delivers best-in-class international wholesale solutions to any communication service provider worldwide. Through its Mosaic portfolio, a comprehensive, flexible and innovative suite of solutions designed to be used individually, or collectively, BICS meets the existing and future requirements of the global telecoms industry. BICS is headquartered in Brussels with regional offices in Bern, Dubai, Madrid, New York and Singapore.

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AT&T Developer Summit: SDN, NFV, IoT and WebRTC

 AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to launch support for Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC).  The announcement, which was made at the annual AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, paves the way for voice and video calling from web browsers to mobiles and landlines without the need to install any software or plugins. The AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API is now available in an open beta program and offers several enhancements to the basic WebRTC standard.

Some highlights from AT&T Developer Summit and keynotes:

  • Software-defined networking will drive the biggest transformation at AT&T in 30-years, said John Donovan, Senior Vice President, AT&T Technology and Operations. He said the open movement is essential to AT&T's networking strategy, especially OpenStack, which is now deployed in 20 sites. Donovan also confirmed a 5-year, $5 million commitment to back ON.Lab's open source, SDN Open Network Operating System (ONOS) for Service Providers.
  • The AT&T NetBond ecosystem now includes 11 cloud service providers and is part of the AT&T Mobile Cloud. Sungard Availability Services and Blue Jeans Network are the newest AT&T NetBond members. Sungard AS will manage, backup, and recover data and applications. Blue Jeans Network will give people the tools they need to collaborate over video, virtually whenever and wherever.
  • AT&T is expanding its Digital Life home automation services with new products from Lutron Electronics, Samsung, Qualcomm Life, and LG Electronics.
  • Lutron Electronics will offer devices such as window shades and lighting controls, that can be programmed through the Digital Life app. Samsung Techwin’s newest Wi-Fi IP camera will also be added to the Digital Life camera automation offerings, providing high-quality images with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), Samsung Light Enhancer (SLE) technology and advanced motion detection to reduce false alerts.  Qualcomm Life’s 2net Platform and Hub is a medical-grade device connectivity platform and standalone gateway that allows customers to seamlessly transmit biometric data such as blood pressure or weight, via the Digital Life app.  LG’s webOS Smart TV’s with AllJoyn capabilities could receive notifications and alerts from the Digital Life system - such as if someone is at the front door or even be alerted if there is a leak in their basement.
  • AT&T Work Platform extends BYOD functionality by allowing specific data allotments and services to be charged to an enterprise while personal services on the device remain unchanged.  This reduces the need to manually calculate employee stipends for personal devices. AT&T is working with MobileIron, AirWatch by VMware, and Good Technology to enable such capabilities.
  • AT&T announced the commercial availability of the M2X Data Service, its first Internet of Things (IoT) managed service for developers.  The company also unveiled a Beta Version of AT&T Flow Designer, which is a new cloud-based visual development tool aimed at speeding the development time required to build new IoT applications. Typical IoT-focused solutions can be complex as they require application integrations at the device, network and application layers.
  • Subaru of America is the latest car company to join the AT&T Drive program for automotive connectivity.S TARLINK is the Subaru in-vehicle platform that provides hands-free connectivity, entertainment, and safety services to Subaru vehicle occupants. Subaru will offer owners STARLINK with a built-in AT&T 4G LTE communications module capable of offering features including stolen vehicle recovery, automatic collision notification, remote vehicle services such as lock/unlock via a smartphone device and monthly vehicle health reports. 
  • There were more than 4,000 attendees at the AT&T Developer Summit.


NTT Com Opens REST API Gateway to Customers

NTT Communications activated a new API Gateway that enables customers and partner companies to use their own systems to directly view and control information to operate and maintain business services. The API Gateway, which leverages NTT Com's network and cloud services, is available from delivery centers in Japan, the USA and Europe.

Initially, the following NTT Com services will be compatible with the new gateway: Arcstar Universal One, Arcstar Universal One Virtual, and Arcstar Universal One Mobile Global M2M, Enterprise Cloud, Cloudn, Nexcenter colocation, Arcstar UCaaS (Unified Communication), Arcstar SIP Trunking (External telephone), and Enterprise Mail.

NTT said the chief advantage of an API Gateway is that it les corporate customers to use NTT Com services faster and more efficiently.  The gateway standardizes API specifications for NTT Com services and simplifies deployment on the systems of customers and partners by leveraging the REST API and OAuth industry standards. Information on specifications and deployment will be readily available through a developers' portal. The gateway has multilayered security, including Web Application Firewalls, protection against DDoS attacks and unauthorized API access.

The gateway is offered to NTT Com customers and partners who use the NTT Communications Business Portal. There is no charge to use the gateway. Interfaces in Japanese and English are available.


SK Telecom Activates World’s First Tri-band LTE-A Service

SK Telecom activated the world's first commercial tri-band LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service, boasting downlink speeds of up to 300 Mbps by aggregating three component carriers in three different frequency bands: 20MHz bandwidth in 1.8GHz band, 10MHz bandwidth in 800MHz band, and 10MHz bandwidth in 2.1GHz band.

At peak speed, the service is capable of downloading a 1GB movie in only 28 seconds.

In order to provide tri-band LTE-A service, base stations that support three different frequency bands are required and all three component carriers must intersect.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 S-LTE is the first tri-band LTE-A capable device.

SK Telecom said that since it has already secured Wideband LTE-A coverage in the main areas of all cities across South Korea - meaning that it already has in place 800MHz and 1.8GHz base stations - it can offer tri-band LTE-A service by simply adding 2.1GHz base stations. The company plans to build more than 26,000 2.1GHz base stations within the first quarter of 2015 to provide its customers with the fastest mobile telecommunications service in Seoul/ Seoul Metropolitan Area, central areas of all cities nationwide as well as all subway lines in Korea.

SK Telecom also has plans for 4-band and 5-band carrier aggregation on its roadmap to realizing 5G service.


Broadcom Speeds Wi-Fi Forward with 4x4 MU-MIMO Chip

Broadcom debuted new 802.11ac chips for high performance and mass market retail routers, wireless cable/DSL/PON gateways and set-top boxes (STBs).

The new BCM4366 incorporates multiple 802.11ac Wave 2 features, including a MU-MIMO implementation, which delivers up to a 4x speed boost, and optimizations for broadcast-quality video.

Some key features:

  • NitroQAM modulation for higher peak throughput
  • Capable of 8x8 5G WiFi XStream configuration with 8 client MU-MIMO support
  • Dedicated hardware for enhancing video distribution while maintaining best-in-class data performance
  • Enhanced receiver performance in the presence of interference for better range
  • Enables 160MHz aggregation for mobile devices taking upload and download speeds to the next level
  • Zero Wait DFS allows access points to connect to more 5 GHz channels and achieve higher capacity to deliver better performance

The new portfolio also includes the BCM53573 and BCM47189 dual-band 2x2 5G WiFi SoCs for affordable and mid-tier residential routers, wireless repeaters, power line and MOCA Wi-Fi bridges. These two new SoCs are the first to integrate a 2x2 802.11ac radio on a single chip with a CPU and Ethernet switch, which reduces cost while delivering the powerful benefits of 5G WiFi to the entry-level segment.

"Broadcom continues to deliver the industry's highest performing 5G WiFi solutions," said Manny Patel, Broadcom Director, Wireless Connectivity. "The new 4x4 5G WiFi MU-MIMO architecture enables our customers to design faster, higher capacity, longer range access points that are equipped to address the growing number of connected devices in the home and continued demand for high quality wireless video streaming."


New ETSI Group Focuses on Millimetre Wave Transmission

ETSI has created a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) to work on millimetre Wave Transmission (mWT) in the 30GHz to 300GHz range, where there is one order of magnitude of more spectrum available in this band than in lower bands.

Specifically, ETSI’s new Industry Specification Group on millimetre Wave Transmission (ISG mWT) will facilitate the use of the V-band (57-66 GHz), the E-band (71-76 & 81-86 GHz) and, in the future, higher frequency bands (up to 300 GHz) for large volume backhaul and fronthaul applications to support mobile network implementation, wireless local loop and any other service benefitting from high speed wireless transmission. The first meeting will be held this month.


Huawei: 2014 Sales Expected to Hit US46 Billion, up 15%

Huawei's 2014 sales revenue were expected to reach US$46 billion in 2014, an increase of over 15% year-on-year, according to a New Year message posted by Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating CEO.

A key area of progress over the past year has been the consolidation of the company's SoftCOM telecom network architecture, deeply integrating the concepts of cloud computing, Software-defined Networking (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Hu said these solutions "will reshape the telecom industry in four areas: services, operations, network functions, and network architecture. We have helped carriers with their comprehensive businesses transformation and network evolution."  Hu also highlighted the company's Service-driven Distributed Cloud Data Center solution; its OceanStor converged storage system, its IoT-oriented agile gateway; and its agile data center networking and agile branch solutions.

Looking forward to 2015, Hu discusses on-going structural changes inside the company along with efforts to "glocalize" operations in the 170 countries and regions in which Huawei operates.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Nokia Networks Takes Over Panasonic's Base Station Business

Nokia Networks has taken over key parts of the wireless network business of Panasonic System Networks Company Limited (PSN) in Japan.

Under the deal announced last July, Panasonic has handed over its LTE/3G wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business. The deal includes fixed assets, more than 300 employees and relevant contracts from Panasonic to Nokia Networks.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Networks said the acquisition enhances its existing mobile broadband capabilities and strengthens its market share for base station systems and related wireless equipment in Japan.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Luis Martinez-Amago Appointed CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell

Alcatel-Lucent appointed Luis Martinez-Amago as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (ASB).

Mr. Martinez-Amago previously served as president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has has run several Alcatel-Lucent businesses, including its fixed access, applications and wireless transmission divisions. He has been based in London, Vienna, Antwerp, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona, where he joined the company 26 years ago.

Commenting on Mr. Martinez-Amago’s appointment, Yuan Xin, chairman of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell said: “Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell has been a key pillar of Alcatel-Lucent for the last 30 years and will continue to be so with Luis at its helm. He will apply his outstanding capabilities in the continuation of ASB’s journey inside and outside of China”.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

SingTel Tests Ericsson's In-building Radio Dot

SingTel is conducting a field trial of Ericsson’s Radio Dot System at Changi Business Park across both its WCDMA (3G) and LTE live networks.

Ericsson's Radio Dot System is a small antenna element or “dot” which delivers mobile broadband access to users. Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables (Category 5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station. The Radio Dot System leverages the same features found in Ericsson’s macro base station. Ericsson said this allows the indoor network evolves in lockstep with the outdoor network.


Infonetics Research Acquired by IHS

Infonetics Research has been acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), which provides information, expertise and analysis to support the decision-making process of businesses and governments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Infonetics will be integrated into the IHS Technology group, which includes 10 major market coverage areas, including Automotive and Transportation; Consumer Electronics; Displays; Industrial, Security and Medical Technology; Information Technology (IT); Materials and Cost Benchmarking; Media; Power and Energy; Semiconductor and Components; and Telecommunications.

"The synergy between IHS and Infonetics is significant," says J'Amy Stewart, CEO and co-founder of Infonetics Research. "IHS has a global salesforce in 32 countries, very complementary technology coverage, and the majority of the Global Fortune 500 and U.S. Fortune 1000 companies as clients."


Australia's NBN Co Incorporates Optus HFC into Roadmap

Before the break, Australia's NBN Co announced plans to acquire key elements of the Optus hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) cable network.

NBN Co seeks to progressively take ownership of the Optus coaxial access network in those parts of the country where it represents the fastest and most cost effective way to deliver fast broadband to families and businesses.

Under the previous government, NBN Co and SingTel Optus had agreed to the progressive migration of Optus subscribers to the NBN and the eventual decommissioning of the Optus HFC network. NBN Co now plans to incorporate copper and HFC alongside fibre, fixed wireless and satellite technologies, to reduce the overall cost of the project.

“This deal will bring down the overall cost of building the NBN and enable us to complete the rollout much earlier than originally anticipated with less disruption to residents and communities. What’s more, making use of technologies such as HFC – rather than decommissioning them – enables Australia to capitalise on the significant investments being made globally in broadband technology," stated Bill Morrow, NBN Co CEO.

NBN Co also updated its 2015 roadmap, stating that construction of the NBN will have commenced or be complete for around 3.3 million Australian homes and businesses by June 2016.  Currently, about 309,000 premises across Australia are connected to the NBN.