DAS & Small Cells Congress

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, April 29, 2013
End Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Las Vegas:

Now in its 6th year, the DAS & Small Cells Congress agenda addresses the business and technical challenges and opportunities, and attracts hundreds of senior-level attendees from wireless carriers, OEMs, system integrators, and a host of enterprise end-users from a variety of environments, including universities, sporting stadiums, healthcare, and hospitality.

Ericsson wins managed services deal with Etisalat in Africa

Swedish network equipment maker Ericsson has signed a five-year deal to manage the networks of Atlantique Telecom, the African subsidiary of Middle Eastern telecoms giant Etisalat.

The contract will see Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) manage all of the mobile networks of Atlantique Telecom, which serves about 10 million customers in Benin, the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Niger and Togo.

Atlantique Telecom says the deal will allow it to focus on the development of value-added services and tailored offerings for its customers.

Courts take novel approach to Nortel Networks cash fight

Reuters

A U.S. judge and a Canadian judge agreed on Friday to a joint, simultaneous trial to decide how to divide $9 billion from the liquidation of Nortel Networks, overruling objections that the unusual arrangement would lead to "chaos."

Kevin Gross, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Wilmington, Delaware, told the parties on a conference call held jointly with a Canadian judge that the litigants should prepare for a trial late this year.

MWC wrap-up: Vendors roll out backhaul solutions for small-cell complexity, more

Driven by increased consumer expectations for mobile broadband, solving operator problems by adding small cells to more traditional network topographies in outdoor environments was a recurring theme at this year’s Mobile World Congress. A roundup of some of the backhaul news from the shows follows.

18th Annual Ski Event

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2013
End Date: 
Sunday, April 7, 2013

Colorado:

As spring approaches in the Rocky Mountains, the Cable and Telecommunications industry is preparing for the premiere, annual networking event, formerly known as SkiTAM. This year, the event will take place Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 7 in Vail, Colorado.

CeBIT: Huawei wins HANA certification from SAP

Huawei’s strategic partnership with SAP has received a boost from the launch of a new rack server that comes with HANA certification.

SAP (Walldorf, Germany) describes HANA as an in-memory computing platform that lets enterprise customers “dramatically accelerate analytics, business processes and predictive analysis”.

Speaking at a press conference during this week’s CeBIT show in Hannover, where the product was unveiled, SAP senior vice president Alex Atzberger said that Huawei (Shenzhen, China) was “the first Chinese hardware partner to be HANA-certified”.

DragonWave cuts revenue estimate as sales fall in Nokia Siemens unit

Reuters

Telecom network equipment maker DragonWave Inc said revenue for the fourth quarter would miss its forecast, citing lower sales in the microwave technology business it bought from Nokia Siemens Networks last year.

DragonWave (Ottawa, Canada) shares slid 25 percent to a three-month low of C$1.81 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.

Ottawa-based DragonWave also said it will cut costs further but did not specify what the measures were. Chief Financial Officer Russell Frederick said he could not provide more information on cost cutting.

Palo Alto Networks results beat Street, 3rd quarter goal in line

Reuters

Security software maker Palo Alto Networks reported second-quarter revenue and earnings per share that beat expectations amid strong demand for products that offer protection from cyberattacks.

Revenue in its second quarter, that ended January 31, rose 70 percent to $96.5 million compared with a year earlier, the company said on Thursday.

Non-GAAP earnings were $3.9 million, or 5 cents a share.

Analysts had expected revenue of $93.3 million and earnings per share of 4 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Small cells go large to help meet data demand

Reuters

Small cell radio equipment that boosts network coverage is providing big opportunities for telecom operators as they face growing demand for smartphone Internet access in busy streets, shopping centers and stadiums.

The devices - small radio nodes which provide network coverage over a range of between 10 and 200 meters - have been used by businesses and consumers to provide a signal in areas of poor coverage for years.

Networking creates devices buzz at mobile fair

Reuters

Networks, whether superfast mobile broadband, wifi or a combination of both, are helping add pizzazz to new mobile products as the rapid evolution in smartphone and tablet design slows to a trickle.

The world's fastest smartphone, new "phablets" - sized between a phone and tablet - and small tablets optimized to watch video and run multiple applications on 4G mobile networks were making the biggest splash at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Networks are also enabling millions of other devices, from coffee makers to bicycles and cars to homes, to become "smart".

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