Ciena unveils advanced packet-optical platforms, Unified Management System

Ciena Corporation (Linthicum, Md.), a supplier of telecommunications networking equipment, on Monday announced the evolution of its packet-optical portfolio designed to enable intelligent infrastructures using advanced silicon, software and switching technologies. Ciena also announced its OneControl Unified Management System, a component of its software portfolio that unifies visibility and control of wavelength, OTN and packet services from edge access through the network core.

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LightSquared nears deadline with FCC over GPS interference

With its final report deadline with the U.S. Global Position System Industry Council (USGIC) fast approaching, and rumored talks with both Sprint and AT&T ongoing, LightSquared’s (Reston, Va.) plans of a 4G-LTE nationwide wireless broadband service could sink or swim in the upcoming months.

Verizon and Blueforce deliver information mobility for national security teams through M2M

Last Thursday Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Blueforce Development Corporation (Salem, Mass.) announced a partnership to deliver information mobility and advanced situational awareness for human-to-human and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions using Verizon Wireless’ network and services.

“The nature of national security is changing. Now its small units striking at the same time who wish to do harm,” said Mike Helfrich, CEO of Blueforce Development. “It’s about mobility.”

Automakers participate in development of in-vehicle wireless charging

Global automakers including General Motors (Detroit, Mich.), Volkswagen (Wolfsburg, Germany) and Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) are all working to develop wireless in-vehicle charging, a technology that allows motorists to recharge the batteries of their mobile devices while on the road, new research from IHS iSuppli, a technology research firm, indicates.

ZTE to power BelTelecom GPON FTTH national broadband network

ZTE Corporation (ShenZhen, P.R.C), a global provider of telecommunications equipment, announced it will supply GPON fiber to the home (FTTH) equipment for BelTelecom’s (Minsk, Belarus) national broadband network project in Belarus.

AT&T becomes first foreign telecom operator to receive license in Indonesia

AT&T (Dallas, Texas) announced Wednesday it has become the first foreign telecom operator to secure a Multimedia Services Operator (MSO) license in Indonesia.

Indonesia Government's policy permits up to 95% foreign ownership for communications services in the country. AT&T owns 95% of the joint venture.

Apple introduces iCloud

Apple (Cupertino, Calif.),on Monday introduced iCloud, a cloud service that works with applications on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all other devices. According to Apple, when anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated.

Telecom Italia denies planning to delist media arm

Reuters

Telecom Italia SpA (Rome, Italy) on Wednesday denied it planned to delist its media arm, after a report about a possible buyout sent shares in Telecom Italia Media SpA seesawing.

"The news reported by some newspapers about the delisting of Telecom Italia Media is without foundation," Telecom Italia said in a statement.

Orange sees more T-Mobile mergers as unlikely

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France Telecom (Paris, France) is unlikely to merge its mobile operations with those of Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) in other markets in the way it has done in Britain, the head of its European operations said on Wednesday.

But the French carrier is keen for more network-sharing deals to cut costs, following agreements with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile in Poland, Austria and Romania and with Vodafone in Spain.

HP helps telecoms grow revenue with on-demand cloud services for SMBs

HP Enterprise Services (Plano, Texas) on Tuesday announced enhancements to the company’s hybrid delivery cloud solutions, offering telecom companies the agility they need to quickly enter the small and medium-size business (SMB) market with revenue-generating on-demand communications services.

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