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GIPS brings HD voice to Android

High-definition voice, a relatively nascent technology, is coming to the Android operating system, courtesy of Global IP Solutions (Oslo Børs: GIPS). The company is enabling Android mobile application developers to build voice-over IP-enabled clients with its VoiceEngine Mobile. Free mobile social networking application Nimbuzz will be the first customer to implement the HD technology for free mobile VoIP calls. more

Nortel postpones optical, Ethernet unit auction

Nortel Networks (OTCBB:NRTLQ) has postponed the auction of its Metro Ethernet Networks unit, which was scheduled to be held today.

“In light of ongoing discussions with interested parties, [Nortel] has decided to not hold the previously scheduled auction today in relation to the sale of its global Optical Networking and Carrier Ethernet businesses,” the company said in a statement today. “Qualified bidders are now required to submit offers by November 17, 2009.”

The news puts a damper on Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN), whose $521-million stalking-horse bid for Nortel’s assets (that’s slightly less than half of the unit’s 2009 revenue) would catapult its stature globally and domestically.

Other potential bidders may include Ericsson, Nokia Siemens, Huawei, Tellabs, Cisco, and Infinera. In October, one analyst suggested that interest among potential buyers had waned in recent months, a notion that seems to bear more credence now that Nortel is seeking more time to attract alternative bids. More recently, however, UBS analyst Nikos Theodosopoulos called NSN a “likely active bidder” that could push the purchase price above $750 million. more

Can RCS help operators battle mobile app explosion?

rcs.jpg The success of SMS — and the explanation for why Web-based IM or other would-be rivals have failed to replace it — is that it * just works.*

It took years and many false-starts for that to be the case, but when mobile operators and their vendors worked out how to interconnect and interoperate formally siloed SMS islands, the telephone industry’s most successful modern app was born.

Mobile operators can either figure out how to replicate this success — or they can kiss their ability to delivery mobile services, and the affiliated revenue, goodbye. And that’s where RCS comes in.

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NSN reorg to slash work force, focus on partnerships, acquisitions

Faced with mounting competitive and financial pressures, Nokia Siemens Networks (NYSE:NOK, NYSE:SI) is launching a major overhaul, reorganizing its business into three divisions, focusing more attention on partnerships and acquisition, and contemplating cutting its work force by as much as 9%. more

Motorola ships 10,000th WiMax base station

Motorola (NYSE:MOT) has shipped 10,000 WiMax access points or base stations, drawing on 35 network contracts globally for the new 4G technology. more

Meet the 3GPP’s newest member: the CDMA Development Group

If you needed any final proof the cellular technology wars are over, the CDMA Development Group provided it this week. It has officially joined the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, the central standards body for the GSM community, as a market representation partner. Its job is to help with the transition of CDMA operators to long-term evolution networks. more

Recovery priming carrier M&A, CEOs say

Now that the economy is regaining its footing, mergers and acquisitions in the service provider space should heat up, two carrier CEOs said this week.

Market conditions have become much more favorable to mergers in the last three months, Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) CEO John Legere said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call today, pointing to its refinancing of $750 million in debt last month as a sign of receptiveness in the capital markets. “I believe we’re in a different environment than even the last time we spoke,” he said. “The biggest change is more

Apple staying two steps ahead of the competition

apples_shipments1.jpgEven with a slew of competitors coming to market any day now, Apple (NASDAQ:APPL) has a reason for feeling cocky. The maker of the iconic iPhone today reported its best quarterly sales ever for its phones and line of Mac computers. Apple posted a 47% increase in profit in the fourth quarter and sold more than 7.4 million iPhones across 80 countries. more

LTE labs in US multiplying

If you’re a foreign infrastructure vendor looking to gain ground in the highly competitive 4G market, the thing to do is open up up a long-term evolution (LTE)–preferably somewhere on the outskirts of Dallas. ZTE is the latest equipment supplier to do just that, joining Nokia Siemens Networks (NYSE:NOK, NYSE:SI), Huawei and Fujitsu in building new 4G R&D facilities or expanding their current labs in the technoburb of Richardson, Texas. more

Nokia still backing venture with Siemens

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was upfront today about the reasons for the increasingly poor performance Nokia Siemens Networks. While the economy, competition and even the fluctuation in currency were factors, “It is clear that NSN has lost market share,” Kallasvuo said after announcing Nokia’s Q3 earnings.

NSN reported revenue declines of 21% year-over-year in the 3rd quarter, and 28% drop in profits, which forced its parents to take write downs. Nokia wrote off 908 million Euros (US $1.35 billion), increasing its 3rd quarter loss to Euro 1.11 billion (US $1.66 billion). Siemens (NYSE:SI) hasn’t reported its 3rd quarter numbers yet, but according to the Dow Jones Newswires, its write down could be as high as $1.6 billion Euros (US $2.4 billion).

Despite NSN’s poor performance and declining market share, Kallasvuo said both Nokia and Siemens still have faith in the venture. “Let me be clear,” he said. “We continue to support NSN’s efforts to improve its performance. Both shareholders have continued to make the necessary capital available to NSN, so that NSN can meet the product and services needs of the leading operators around the world.”

Last summer, NSN CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie announced his retirement, turning the reins over to NSN head of services Rajeev Suri, who in a recent interview said he plans to push NSN more in the direction of professional and managed services and software while still maintaining a strong infrastructure portfolio. For Q3, services accounted for 47% of NSN’s total revenues.

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