Spirent TestCenter Live helps service providers in Ethernet mobile backhaul migration

On Monday Spirent (Sunnyvale, CA) announced enhancements to its Spirent TestCenter Live service assurance tool, designed to enable service providers to align service assurance costs with new Ethernet service business models. According to Spirent, as service providers make the transition from Time-division multiplexing (TDM) to Ethernet in the backhaul, there are operational challenges of managing these new networks.

Telstra invests $800 million to further grow its cloud

Telstra (Melbourne, Australia), a network carrier, on Thursday announced it would invest more than $800 million in cloud computing over the next five years to support the growing demand from Australian organizations for cloud services.

As part of the announcement, Telstra CEO David Thodey unveiled more corporate customers who use Telstra cloud computing including Australian Vintage Limited, The Salvation Army Employment Plus, Oz Minerals, Tabcorp, and Tristar Medical Group.

Ericsson to acquire Telcordia

Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), a vendor of telecommunications technology and service, Tuesday announced that it has reached an agreement with Providence Equity Partners, LLC and Warburg Pincus to acquire 100 % of the shares of Telcordia (Piscataway, N.J.), a company that develops mobile, broadband and enterprise communications software and services, for $1.15 billion. Closing is anticipated in Q4 2011 with full effect in Q1 2012.

This will be Ericsson’s second major acquisition in recent months, having just recently acquired the M2M service platform of Telenor Connexion in April.

Customer experience management and the demand for mobile data services: Tekelec one-on-one

Thanks to a boom in mobile devices and the popularity of mobile data services, customer appetite for mobile bandwidth is growing. The challenge for mobile operators is that demand is outpacing revenue growth, creating a gap that threatens the technology's economic promise. TelecomEngine spoke with Lane Liley, Director of Product Management at Tekelec, to discuss how customer experience management, among other strategies, might provide a way for operators to stay profitable while keeping their customers happy.

Focusing on your subscribers in a mobile broadband world

The convergence of technology, devices and content has ushered in a sea change in mobile communications. A growing breed of access devices is changing how people communicate by enabling an “always-on,” connected experience. Media-rich applications are supplanting basic voice services. And, Internet protocol networks are replacing circuit-switched networks to provide the bandwidth and speed to support today's interactive lifestyle.

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.

Key Announcements

Intelligent Switching

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.

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.

Echelon expands its Control Operating System Software for the smart grid

Echelon (San Jose, Calif.), an open-standard energy control networking company, announced on Tuesday its Edge Control Node (ECN) is Verizon 3G certified. According to Echelon, certifying the ECN product through Verizon Wireless’ (Basking Ridge, N.J.) Open Development program ensures that utilities can use Verizon’s network as the backhaul for their smart grid systems.

Vehicles as smart mobile devices

Building adaptive ecosystems of connected things

Any picture of a "true connected car system" that works seamlessly is, by definition, incomplete. Much as a computer can accommodate a programmer's chosen software language and development process, so connected vehicles must be designed to adapt to changing consumer desire and incorporate their content, applications and services. An initial challenge is to consider the connected vehicle as a platform for content and service delivery, rather than a branded expression of content or application determinism.