Archive for December, 2009

Adtran focuses on multi-access economics, mobile backhaul opportunity

Adtran this week opened up the doors to its Huntsville, Ala., headquarters to press and analysts to talk about a range of topics spanning its enterprise and carrier businesses.

On the service provider side of the house, the focus was on helping carriers drive IP and Ethernet ever deeper into the network while using Adtran’s multi-access platforms to affordably serve the mix of copper and fiber and TDM and Ethernet environments that are the reality today for most carriers.

Also on the agenda: opportunities in mobile backhaul, especially moving from bundled T1s to something more flexible, affordable and Ethernet-based; thoughts on broadband stimulus, national broadband and other funding scenarios; and the potential for blurring the unified communications lines between enterprise and carrier.

Plus: a tour of its on-campus manufacturing operations — a unique resource in an industry in which most manufacturing off-shored and outsourced. more

Consumer Services 2.0 - The emergence of the social telco

Connected Planet is working with STL Partners to provide coverage of the first of the U.K.-based strategy consultant’s influential Telco 2.0 events to reach the U.S., to be held Dec. 9-10 in Orlando. As a lead-up to that event, STL CEO and founder Simon Torrance and his team shared with us — and we’re sharing with you — some analysis of the most recent Telco 2.0 event, held last month in London.

Up today: Insights into Consumer Services 2.0, a session that examined the ongoing Web vs. telco battle over delivering the killer communications and social apps of tomorrow. (Also in this series: Telco Data 2.0)

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Rich Karpinski named editor-in-chief; Jason Meyers returns to Connected Planet

CHICAGO (December 3, 2009) — Connected Planet announces the appointments of Rich Karpinski as editor-in-chief and Jason Meyers as director of custom content and events. Both will report directly to group publisher Wayne Madden. more

Nokia plans, previews Symbian UI overhaul

At Nokia’s (NYSE:NOK) Capital Markets Day yesterday, the handset maker reiterated its commitment to Symbian, but promised a makeover to the user experience, which many think has been hindered by a clumsy user interface. Rather than start from scratch or phase out Symbian in favor of Maemo, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo promised to take the Symbian UI to “a new level.”

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Telco Data 2.0 - Much more interesting than it sounds

Connected Planet is working with STL Partners to provide coverage of the first of the U.K.-based strategy consultant’s influential Telco 2.0 events to reach the U.S., to be held Dec. 9-10 in Orlando. As a lead-up to that event, STL CEO and founder Simon Torrance and his team shared with us — and we’re sharing with you — some analysis of the most recent Telco 2.0 event, held last month in London.

Up today: Insights into Telco Data 2.0, a session that explored the issues surrounding telco resources of subscriber data, the opportunities they create, the barriers to success and the critical requirements.

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Verizon’s cloud consulting: Helping hand, foot in the door or throat to choke?

Verizon Business (NYSE: VZ) is positioning its new cloud-computing consulting offering – which fluidly combines consultation, professional services and some of the carrier’s own managed telecom/IT services – as an open-ended best-of-breed approach. The company hopes to advise enterprises on their cloud strategies, whether based on internal or third-party infrastructure or a hybrid of the two, even when those enterprises get their cloud computing services from a competitor to Verizon – say, Savvis, Rackspace or AT&T.

“The client may want our full support or just a helping hand,” said Bruce Biesecker, senior strategist at Verizon Business. “They may want design help or other resources. Or they may just want us to provide some training and then fade out into sunset gracefully.” more

Tellabs-WiChorus a done deal

Tellabs (NASDAQ:TLAB) today finalized its acquisition of upstart mobile core gateway WiChorus, making Tellabs the newest entrant into the 3G and 4G core space. Announced just over a month ago, the purchase of the small and privately held WiChorus was a relatively painless process. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) still has a few more hurdles to overcome in its own acquisition of mobile core vendor Starent (NASDAQ:STAR), which it announced just a few weeks earlier. As a publicly traded and much larger company (Cisco is paying $2.9 billion as opposed to the $165 million Tellabs shelled out for WiChorus), Cisco must has to run a much bigger regulatory gauntlet and doesn’t expect to finalize the deal until the first half of next year. more

Usage-based pricing key to AT&T’s iPhone woes, analyst says

By now it’s commonly known that consumer data habits on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone haven’t been friendly to AT&T’s (NYSE:T) overloaded 3G network. The average iPhone user consumes five to seven times the monthly bandwidth of an average wireless subscriber, and two times the amount of an average 3G smartphone user, according to Bernstein Research senior analyst Toni Sacconaghi. As smartphone penetration continues to increase, his belief is that usage-based pricing is inevitable in the US. more

AT&T drops VZW ‘map for that’ lawsuit

Though AT&T (NYSE:T) had another hearing in federal court coming up on Dec. 16, it has chosen to drop its lawsuit against Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) over its series of TV ads attacking AT&T’s 3G network coverage. In two separate filings today with the US district courts in Atlanta and New York, AT&T and Verizon Wireless agreed to dismiss the suit as well as VZW’s counter claims against AT&T. more

Aricent to power ADC WiMax core platform

ADC (NASDAQ:ADCT) has tapped Aricent to supply the packet core technologies behind its ever-increasing line of WiMax base stations. Rather than develop a hardware-based access service network (ASN) gateway from scratch, ADC is choosing to partner, either allowing carriers to hang its micro-cell or pico-cell architecture off of another vendor’s packet core or packaging the ASN as a software component in its radio base stations, as is the case with Aricent’s Access Service Node platform. more

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