Level 3 helps power Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network rollout

Level 3 Communications, Inc., an international provider of fiber-based communications services, last week announced that it is providing Verizon Wireless with backbone infrastructure and cell-site backhaul solutions to support its ongoing rollout of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Touchscreens drive profit at chipmakers as PC sales slow

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Rising sales of smartphones and tablets boosted profit at touchscreen chipmakers Cypress Semiconductor and Synaptics Inc even as their traditionally strong PC market continued to slow down.

Cypress Semiconductor gave a blowout forecast for the current quarter as it expects its touchscreen business to double in 2011.

Meego sees interest from others after Nokia shift

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Technology firms such as LG Electronics are moving toward adopting the Linux-based MeeGo operating system after Nokia abandoned it, one of the project's leaders said.

Open-source MeeGo was created last year by the merger of Nokia and Intel's Linux-based platforms, but Nokia pulled back from the project in February when the Finnish firm said it would focus on Microsoft software instead.

Asset tracking and monitoring has 'bright future:' One-on-one with Quake Global

Quake Global exhibited their M2M products for asset monitoring and tracking at CTIA Wireless in Orlando last month. After the show, TelecomEngine caught up with Quake Global VP of Sales and Marketing, Ken Connor, to learn more about how the company differentiates itself in the asset tracking market and gain some insights on the future of M2M.

TelecomEngine: Quake claims to be the only manufacturer of “network agnostic” modems, but certainly others make that claim. Who do you see as major competitors?

Telco Systems acquires ANDA Networks' product portfolio

Multi-service Carrier Ethernet access and demarcation solutions provider Telco Systems announced Wednesday that it has acquired the major assets and intellectual property of ANDA Networks in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition allows the company to offer a complete range of Carrier Ethernet access, edge, aggregation and mobile backhaul solutions.

ANDA is a provider of Carrier Class Ethernet and wireless backhaul platforms that deliver cost-effective MEF-certified Metro Ethernet services over fiber, copper and wireless backhaul networks. 

Bright House Networks selects Cisco for enhanced video and services network

Bright House Networks, the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S., announced today that it has deployed the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers as its Carrier Ethernet platform to deliver enhanced video, data, voice and mobile backhaul services throughout its converged network.

MegaFon and Nokia Siemens to offer faster mobile broadband in Russia

MegaFon is building a country-wide IP mobile backhaul network to reduce costs, increase network capacity and ensure smooth migration from legacy technology to an all-IP transport platform. The operator has signed up Nokia Siemens Networks in one of Russia’s most significant systems integrator deals.

Sony Ericsson battles for parts after Japan quake

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Cellphone maker Sony Ericsson is suffering component shortages following the Japanese earthquake and has roped in its bigger parents to give it more muscle in the fight for supplies with bigger rivals.

Chief Executive Bert Nordberg said there were shortages of displays, batteries, camera modules and some printed circuit boards due to the March 11 quake, adding the problem was stabilizing but would definitely have a bigger impact in the second quarter.

ETSI partners with T&D Europe to drive smart grid standards

ETSI and T&D Europe announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development of ETSI standards for smart grid. Through this agreement, T&D Europe will provide input and requirements from the electricity transmission and distribution industry to ETSI's smart grid standardization activities. T&D Europe's members will be able to validate ETSI's standards, ensuring that they meet the needs of the smart grid industry.

Ericsson to buy Telenor Connexion's M2M platform

Ericsson today entered an agreement to acquire Telenor Connexion's M2M (machine-to-machine) technology platform. The acquisition follows Ericsson's ambition to drive the market for M2M communication, adding valuable technology and know-how from eleven employees that will be transferred as part of the deal.

Telenor Connexion is wholly owned by Telenor Group, one of the world's major mobile operators with 203 million mobile subscribers.