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Verizon Offers Mobile Broadband Backup to SMBs

Verizon Adds Mobile Broadband Backup for Dedicated Internet Service to Keep Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Online All the Time


High-Performance Internet Access Automatically Routes to Verizon Wireless 3G Network for Uninterrupted Business Operations


NEW YORK, Jan. 5 — Small and medium-sized businesses now can get Verizon (NYSE:VZ) high-performance Internet access coupled with automatic wireless broadband backup to help ensure the businesses are always available to their customers. The new solution — Verizon Internet Dedicated Access with Mobile Broadband — automatically routes business traffic to the Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO broadband wireless network in the event of a service disruption.


The new solution, which is immediately available nationwide, is ideal for businesses that have highly distributed locations and primarily use IDA for outbound critical traffic, Web research or point-of-sale transactions. more…

Wavesat, 4G Chipsets Leader, Names VP Business Development

Wavesat Names Anil Barot as New Vice President – Business Development


Former Senior Executive for Motorola, with 20+ Years Wireless Industry Experience,

Will Help Company Expand Presence in 4G Markets such as LTE and WiMAX


San Mateo, CA – January 4, 2010 – Wavesat Inc., a leading supplier of broadband wireless semiconductor solutions, today announced that Anil Barot has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Mr. Barot will oversee sales and marketing efforts with 4G service providers, end user device manufacturers and channel partners around the globe and will work closely with Wavesat’s engineering and product development teams.


At Motorola, Mr. Barot served in numerous leadership roles, including Global Product Management, Business Development and Product Strategy for Wireless Broadband Access Technologies (LTE & WiMAX). Immediately prior to joining Wavesat, he held the position of Senior Director of Motorola’s Broadband Strategy more…

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Related Topics: LTE, 3G/4G, WiMax, Wireless, Broadband

Optical Networking News — “MSA” Announced for Athermal AWGs

Leading Companies Announce Enhancements to MSA Standard For Athermal Arrayed Waveguide Grating Modules


Tokyo, San Jose January 4, 2010 - NEL, Hitachi Cable, Gemfire, Furukawa Electric, JDSU and NeoPhotonics, leading companies in the planar lightwave circuit (PLC) passive components industry, today announced an enhanced Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) that provides a standardized form factor for Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) Modules with an athermal configuration.


Athermal AWGs provide multiplexing and demultiplexing for DWDM optical equipment through a common interface. The athermal design compensates for temperature passively and requires no electrical power, reducing overall system power requirements.


The MSA enables equipment manufacturers to choose from multiple suppliers for the standardized product, helping to reduce lead times and cost. Version 3.0 of the MSA has been published and contains descriptions of the standard, small form factor and athermal AWG packages. For more information, please see the AWG MSA more…

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Zhone Names Telecommunications Leader Brian Caskey as CMO

Oakland, CA —January 4, 2010 — Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a global leader in network access solutions announced today that Brian Caskey has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer effective immediately. Caskey brings a 25 year track record in global marketing, product strategy, business development and global branding to Zhone where he will oversee all aspects of worldwide marketing.


Prior to joining Zhone, Caskey served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for UTStarcom where he was instrumental in growing the IPTV and NGN business. There, he spearheaded a company-wide global rebranding campaign, launched multiple new product lines and lead strategic sales initiatives that resulted in top-line revenue growth while increasing gross margins. Caskey’s accomplishments included critical innovations in IPTV marketing and awareness that resulted in industry leading deployments in both India and China.


Prior to UTStarcom, Caskey worked for 3Com Corporation where he was responsible more…

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ADC Divests GSM Assets

ADC Announces Altobridge’s Acquisition of Its GSM Base Station and Switching Product Portfolio


ADC strengthens focus on its in-building and microcellular wireless market leadership


Acquisition complements Altobridge’s emerging markets strategy


MINNEAPOLIS & TRALEE, Ireland, Dec 31, 2009 — ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) (www.adc.com), a leading global supplier of network infrastructure solutions, and Altobridge, a leading provider of cost-effective solutions for mobile network operators, announced today that Altobridge has acquired ADC’s portfolio of GSM base station and switching products. Terms of the transaction, which closes today, were not disclosed. more…

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Related Topics: 3G/4G, Mobile content, IMS, WiMax, Wireless, Other

Genband bids on Nortel’s carrier VOIP business

Enters into sale agreements with GENBAND, Inc. for a purchase price of US$282 million, subject to balance sheet and other adjustments currently estimated at approximately US$100 million


Sale of business is best path forward for the future of Nortel’s Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions customers, employees and business


Agreements include the planned sale of substantially all assets within the Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions business globally


Nortel(1) Networks Corporation (OTCBB: NRTLQ) today announced that it, its principal operating subsidiary Nortel Networks Limited (NNL), and certain of its other subsidiaries, including Nortel Networks Inc. and Nortel Networks UK Limited (in administration), have entered into a “stalking horse” asset sale agreement with GENBAND, Inc. (GENBAND) for the sale of substantially all of the assets of its North America, Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) and Asia Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) business, and an asset more…

Startupcamp Telephony @ITEXPO East in Miami Offers Funding Counsel, Access

Embrase Business Consulting will host “StartupCamp Telephony at ITEXPO”, a forum at which early stage communications companies, investors and on-lookers alike can share information and validate their respective business models in a live setting.


Five startups will be selected to give 5-minute “pitch” presentations, after which the panel and audience will ask questions, and provide 5-10 minutes of valuable feedback.


Early-stage companies wishing to be included in the pitch roster should apply to present at http://scte.wikidot.com/registration


Collocated with TMC’s ITEXPO conference, StartupCamp Telephony will take place Thursday evening, Jan. 21 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida – day two of the three-day event. Companies will learn from each other about the ins and outs of pitching an emerging communications startup.


Keynote speakers will offer unique insight into keys to successful commercialization in this fast changing environment.


Also of more…

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IBBS Adds Broadband Veteran to Executive Team

Todd Zittrouer has joined Integrated Broadband Services (IBBS) as Vice President of North American Sales. Mr. Zittrouer is charged with expanding IBBS’ position as the leading provider of integrated OSS software and services for broadband and cable operators in North America. Among Mr. Zittrouer’s priorities will be to drive new business for IBBS’ recently introduced Commercial Services and Network Services offerings, which represent significant growth opportunities for the company in North America.


Prior to his arrival at IBBS, Todd served as Vice President of Sales for Momentum Telecom’s wholesale line business which he successfully grew by a compound annual rate of 157%.


“Todd is a very highly-regarded industry professional with an established presence in the broadband and cable marketplace,” said IBBS Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sandra Jimenez. “He is known for a high level of professionalism and the enthusiasm he brings to every assignment. We more…

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Avanti Communications Group plc: Placing of £86m plus £194m Debt Facilities to Fund Proposed HYLAS 2 satellite launch


LONDON, Dec. 21/BUSINESSWIRE/


Highlights



  • £86 MILLION RAISED THROUGH NEW AND EXISTING INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS

  • £194 MILLION DEBT FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED OR GUARANTEED BY US AND FRENCH EXPORT CREDIT AGENCIES AT RATES BELOW 6%

  • SECOND SATELLITE TO LAUNCH IN 2012 TO PROVIDE KA BAND BROADBAND SERVICES IN EUROPE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA


Background and details of the Placing


Avanti Communications Group plc (AIM: AVN), (”Avanti” or “the Company”), the broadband satellite operator, is pleased to announce a placing (”Placing”) of 21,500,000 new ordinary shares of 1p each in the Company (”Placing Shares”) to be carried out by Cenkos Securities plc (”Cenkos”) with new and existing institutional investors at a placing price of 400p per ordinary share of 1p each in the Company (”Ordinary Shares”). The Placing, which is conditional, inter alia, more…

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Comcast settles P2P throttling class action

Comcast Corporation Settles Class Action Consumer Lawsuit Over Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Practices


SAN DIEGO, Dec. 21, 2009 — Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has agreed to settle a consumer class action that challenged the company’s practice of secretly blocking certain Internet traffic while claiming to provide unlimited Internet access. The lawsuit alleges that Comcast impaired the use of some “Peer-to-Peer” file sharing traffic (”P2P”) on Comcast’s High-Speed Internet network. Under the terms of the settlement, Comcast has agreed to pay up to $16 million, less settlement costs, to eligible Class members. more…

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