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The Memjet disruption to the printing industry

Update: Memjet Corporate Video [ YouTube Channel, Jan 16, 2012]

LG’s new Machjet color printer based on Memjet technology is 60 ppm fast vs a traditional laser printer of only 18 ppm speed [LG video ad for the Korean market, June 21, 2011]

Memjet Honored with Prestigious Intertech Technology Award [July 27, 2011]

Memjet, the global leader in color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability, today received the 2011 InterTech Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America, recognized as a symbol of technological innovation and excellence. This is the first InterTech Technology Award for Memjet and its blazing fast printing technologies.

“According to our panel of judges, Memjet’s disruptive technologies will prove to be a significant game changer within the printing industry,” said Dr. Mark Bohan, vice president, technology and research at Printing Industries of America. “Memjet’s printing technologies have the potential to shift the economics of the inkjet industry and ultimately reduce costs for consumers.”

Through its partners, Memjet is bringing its technologies to office, industrial, commercial and consumer markets to help change the way people print. Memjet-powered office printers, for example, print in beautiful color at incredibly fast speeds of 60 pages per minute (the fastest desktop printer speed in the world), while consuming considerably less energy than competing products. Around the world, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) use Memjet technologies to power printers and printing solutions far beyond what traditional markets have come to know and expect. Memjet provides technologies and components to OEMs and partners in the office, labels, wide format and photo retailmarkets. The company’s technologies are protected by more than 3,000 global patents, with another 2,000 pending.

“This has been a pivotal year for Memjet as we commercialize globally with leading OEM partners including LG, Lenovo, Lomond, Kpowerscience Co. Ltd., OWN-X and Astro Machine Corporation, among others,” said Len Lauer, president and CEO of Memjet. “We’re extremely honored to be recognized by Printing Industries of Americafor our innovation and contributions as we continue to bring change to the industry through the creation of an entirely new category of printing—that of very fast affordable color.”

See Memjet technologies in action here.

Market Impact

Memjet advancements are dramatically changing and opening up new opportunities for large and small print companies that want to adopt scalable, cost-efficient and more flexible business models. For the first time, it’s easier and possible for more players to enter new markets of the commercial-print industry value chain, such as book publishing, newspapers, direct mail, transaction, photo books, packaging, and more. Memjet printheads are configured for a host of print applications at a never-before-seen combination of speed, low-capital costs, and high-quality color. Memjet inks are specially formulated, so the printhead can release up to 700 million drops per second. Its controller chip provides a powerful development platform for OEMs. All Memjet controller chips include Memjet’s high-speed print pipeline that runs on dedicated hardware and is optimized to achieve Memjet’s industry-leading speeds.

Memjet customer Jack Ellis, president of Post Haste Mailing, has run a mail addressing business for nearly 30 years in Annapolis, Maryland and adds: “Memjet has been the best product in the mailing industry since inkjet’s inception over 15 years ago.”

For more information on Memjet’s award winning technologies, please visit www.memjet.com.

About Intertech Technology Awards

Since 1978 the InterTech™ Technology Awards sponsored by Printing Industries of America have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80% of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.

About Memjet

Memjet is the global leader in color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability. The company supplies technologies and components to OEM partners across the printing industry. Memjet maintains its corporate office in San Diego, and has offices in Dublin, Sydney, Taipei, Singapore and Boise, Idaho. The company is privately held. For more information, please visit www.memjet.com or follow us on Twitter @memjet.

About Printing Industries of America

Printing Industries of America is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association representing an industry with approximately one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 10,000 member companies. Printing Industries of America, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

Associated Press article picked up by tens of thousands:
Inkjet, laser, Memjet? Fast color printers on tap [Jan 7, 2011]

Memjet Printhead Singapore Pte Limited [March, 2008]

Company Charter

Memjet Printheads is a technology company setup to manage the manufacturing and commercialization of Memjet printheads in conjunction with our partners at Silverbrook Research and Memjet Commercial Companies. We are responsible for the sourcing, prcurement, planning, manufacture, quality control, product and process improvement of Memjet™ printheads. Memjet Printhead Singapore Pte Ltd is based in Singapore.

The Memjet Printheads organization is a growing new company with the exciting task of commercializing the game-changing Memjet™ printing technologies. We are seeking individuals who thrive on innovation and collaboration while bringing experience and a proven ability to deliver results in an entrepreneurial environment.

Please refer to our jobs page.

Memjet Printhead [memjet.com, June 14, 2009]

Memjet arrives: why isn’t all printing this fast? [July 22, 2011]

The printer we saw yesterday was hooked up to the kiosk printing system that Jessops has in its stores, although it will have the Memjets in a few select stores that offer premium printing to start with (it’s also introducing wide format photo printers that can print extra-large images on a roll into the stores and we’ll see those first).

Jessops is hoping that offering photo books with silver halide or glossy photo paper; printing onto canvas or acrylic; being able to print snaps directly from your phone or from Facebook; iPhone, IPad, Android and Windows Phone apps for laying out your photo book or – our favourite – a folded set of prints in the size and shape of an iPhone that you can carry in your handbag, might get us printing out the hundreds of photos we take. Certainly not having to stand there twiddling your thumbs for ten minutes to get A4 photo prints will help – and it’s nice to see that Memjet turns out to be a real product and not vaporware.

AND WHAT THE FUTURE COULD EASILY BRING:
as an old example Memjet Mobile Phone Printer Prototype [Jan 15, 2009]

Interview with Kim Beswick of Memjet (SilverBrook Research) [April 2, 2007]
[with Memjet since June 2006 after a 13 years stint with HP as a marketing manager]

When should we expect to see the Memjet technology available for purchase by American consumers?

Early 2008.

How many American manufacturers should we expect to be selling the photo and A4 printers?

We currently have a handful of customers in different stages of discussion. We will likely have three to four customers introducing home and office products initially in 2008. These numbers, of course, could change. The Memjet Photo Retail company is working on customers for the kiosk market and Memjet Labels is working on customers for the label, ticket, and tag markets. All the home and office customers have distribution capabilities in the U.S. We are being very private about the nature of our customers at their request. We want them to have the opportunity to announce their products in the timeframe that they see fit.

What was the goal Silverbrook Research related to inkjet printers when they began work a decade ago?

The initial goal was to create a small, inexpensive, high-quality photo-printing engine that could be integrated into a digital camera. That is still part of the vision although the home and office, label and photo-retail markets have taken priority over the smaller format print engine.

Your latest patent involves putting printers in cell phones. How long before that technology is prototyped and licensed out?

We can prototype this technology now and Silverbrook actually has a working phone model in their lab today. Small-format devices for phones, cameras, PDAs and the like will likely follow our current introductions by about two years (or 2010).

An Interview with Kim Beswick of Memjet [March 19, 2010]

… Ms. Kim Beswick, VP of Marketing for Memjet Home and Office graciously agreed to give us a few minutes of her time for an interview. Below are the questions I asked and the responses from Ms. Beswick. The quotes provided are from an interview given to the website Databazaar in 2007.

Q. In April 2007 you stated that “We believe within five years we will have the capability to do color office documents at 120-150 ppm and full-page photos at 60-75ppm.” Is that still the current goal? And when Mr. Lauer says that he believes the print head will do 60ppm, is he simply being cautious?
A. The focus was slightly different in 2007 than it is today but I think the two performance statements are still basically true. Currently, we are able to print at 60ppm for typical office documents and 30ppm for high quality color documents and photos. So yes, we are already basically where [Len] Lauer said we were. But we’re also improving all the time. Looking into the future 120-150ppm speeds are definitely possible. We may be a year off from our initial statements but the technology will evolve and expand over time from where we are today.

Q.You also stated that Memjet planned to have “Small-format devices for phones, cameras, PDAs and the like will likely follow our current introductions by about two years (or 2010)”. And what about printers in cell phones? Are you still on track with that? Do the advances made with Wi-Fi technology and iPhone applications for printing give you any pause?
A. Our research and development team is focused on bigger market opportunities at the moment. We have a broad set of ideas and potential over time – the key is deciding which ones to focus on. We do know about Polaroid and the PoGo system, which was a major advance in an integrated camera printing solution. We believe that phones are a major computing platform that will at times also need to connect to a printer and print. While we have the potential over time to shrink our format and potentially integrate into smaller format devices, however iPhone and other phone apps that connect those devices to regular sized printers are likely the bigger near term opportunity. These solutions will be good for the industry at large and will be good for Memjet as well.

OWN-X Kft/SpeedStar 3000 [July 21, 2011, for Label Expro Europe 2011, Sept 28 – Oct 1, 2011]

OWN-X LLC. Budapest is the OEM manufacturer of the table top SpeedStar 3000 digital label printer driven by Memjet technology. Beside the SpeedStar 3000, OWN-X will also display two new Memjet technology base products, the WebStar 1000 which is a high speed roll to roll label printer aiming the flexo market and the WideStar 2000 for packaging products in sheet format. The OWN-X printers are sold globally by authorised resellers, most of them will be at OWN-X booth (9F15).

SpeedStar 3000 Digital Label Printer Introduction Video [May 26, 2010]

OWN-X introduces the new SpeedStar3000 digital label printer based on Memjet technology. Check out: http://speedstar3000.com and http://www.own-x.hu

SpeedStar 3000 Presentation [July 29, 2011]

SpeedStar 3000 in Action I [May 24, 2011]

SpeedStar 3000 in Action II [July 1, 2011]

SpeedStar3000 powered by MEMJET – FASTEST digital labels printer 12 inch/s paper width 220 mm of Inkjet High Glossy pressure sensitive material 5000 CMYK labels in just 140 sec.!!!!! at REAL 1600 x 800 dpi ONLY 7950 EURO!!!

SpeedStar 3000 use [dealer info, excerpted on July 30, 2011]

For all applications [which] need fast variable color label print in small volume.

Retail
Banners
Posters
Shelf labels
Price tickets
Food production
Fresh food labels
Lunch labels
Frozen food labels
Seafood labels
Fruits, Vegetables
Box labels
Government
DOD logistic labels
Library RFID labels
GHS – Global hazard Safety labels
Sanitary products
Colors, paints
Chemistry
Oil, Gas products
Logistic
SSCC labels
Transportation labels
Health care
Pharmaceutical labels
Medical devices
Blood banks
Anniversary
Wedding
Birthdays
Baptist event
Wine, Beer, Water, Juices
Wine labels
Wine box labels
Domestic appliances
Energy labels
Product promotional labels
Fashion, Bags
Swing tags
Box promotional labels
Hotels
Soap
Shampoos
Agriculture
Plants
Seeds
Animal feed
Shoes
Box labels
Cosmetics
Perfumes
Shampoos
Cars
Tire labels
Price stickers
Promotional banners
Bumper stickers
Energy labels
Electronics
Unit packaging
Price level tags
RFID
Libraries
Health care
Security

SpeedStar 3000 ink price [dealer info, excerpted on July 30, 2011]

Some label samples and ink costs in EUR cents per label

Label size: 8″x4″ /203x104mm
Ink price per label: 0,98
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Label size: 8″x4″ /203x104mm
Ink price per label: 2,34
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Label size 8″x4″/203x104mm
Ink price per label 2,51
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Label size: 8″x4″ /203x104mm
Ink price per label: 1,15
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Label size: 8″x4″ /203x104mm
Ink price per label: 1,57
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Label size: 8″x4″ /203x104mm
Ink price per label: 2,13
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Label size: 8″x4″ /203x104mm
Ink price per label: 2,16
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Label size: 6″x4″ /152x104mm
Ink price per label: 2,15
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Label size: 6″x4″ /152x104mm
Ink price per label: 2,86
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Label size: 6″x4″ /152x104mm
Ink price per label: 2,35
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Label size: 6″x4″ /152x104mm
Ink price per label: 2,25
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LG Machjet color printing for office use: 60 pages per minute [LG video ad for the Korean market, June 21, 2011]:

On the left a typical office color laser printer (18 ppm), on the right a traditional office inkjet printer (6 ppm)

Other (actually funny) videos on the same theme:
Machjet Coffee [LG video ad for the Korean market, June 21, 2011]
Machjet Talk [LG video ad for the Korean market, June 21, 2011]

LG Launches World’s Fastest A4 Color Desktop Printer Powered by Memjet Prints High-Quality Color Documents at Astounding Speeds [LGE press release, June 21, 2011]

Prints High-Quality Color Documents at Astounding Speeds

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LG Electronics (LG) and Memjet, a global provider of high-speed color printing technologies, today jointly introduced Memjet’s breakthrough office printing technology into the Korean market. The Machjet LPP6010N, the world’s fastest A4 color desktop printer, will be available this month through authorized LG resellers and channel partners.

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Until now, printing technology has been limited to laser and traditional inkjet systems. The Machjet represents an entirely new category of printing technology that makes possible high-quality color printing at never-before seen speeds and quality. Memjet’s ground-breaking, high-density page-wide printheads and components enable printers to operate twice as fast but at only half the cost to run versus traditional color office printers, on average.

“LG prides itself on launching truly innovative products and is pleased to bring the world’s fastest A4 color desktop printers powered by Memjet’s game-changing printing technology to the Korean market,” said Sihwan Park, vice president of LG Electronics’ monitors and printers business unit. “The Machjet delivers completely new levels of color performance and affordability and uses significantly less energy versus laser printers.”

The Machjet leapfrogs over current printers with high-quality color outputs in 1600×800 dpi resolution at 60 pages per minute. Memjet’s proprietary Page Straight Array (PSA) Technology packs more than 70,000 ink nozzles on a single printhead — 17 times the nozzle density of traditional printheads — allowing the Machjet to deliver more than 700 million drops of ink per second on a page.

Len Lauer, president and CEO of Memjet, said: “Combining Memjet’s core technology benefits with LG’s brand, corporate capabilities and vast distribution network, LG is creating exciting new value for Korean customers looking to be more efficient and cost effective in their office printing.”

Printers that are “powered by Memjet” are also energy efficient and less expensive to operate. While competitive color laser printers use on average approximately 600W of electricity during normal operations, the Machjet consumes just 32W. Costs are further reduced via the Machjet’s Hyper Small Drop Technology. The Machjet takes advantage of smaller droplets to minimize the amount of ink required to render clean, crisp text and images at high speed. This technology results in faster-drying ink and reduces the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) by up to 70 percent when compared to competitive color laser printers.

Such innovation has given Memjet a significant intellectual property position in the industry with more than 3,000 approved global patents and another 2,000 pending.

LG rolls out world’s fastest color printer [June 21, 2011]

LG Electronics said on Tuesday it would roll out the world’s fastest A4 color desktop printer, able to print up to 60 pages per minute, this month.

In a press conference held in downtown Seoul, the global electronics giant said it joined hands with global player Memjet to release the product “Machjet LPP6010N” in the local market.

The event comes as LG Electronics is putting more weight on the printer project with the company repositioning this month its printer business unit to combine with its monitor business unit, moving it away from the marketing department.

LG previously folded its printer business about 15 years ago, only reopening the business portfolio in 2009 by partnering with other global firms, such as Lexmark and Hewlett-Packard, which are equipped with printing technologies.

“The maintenance fees are about 70 percent cheaper (compared to other printers) and it’s an environmentally-friendly product that uses the lowest level of electricity,” said Kwon Hee-won, executive vice president of LG Electronics’ home entertainment unit.

“I believe it’s an item that could bring revolution through providing differentiated values in the competitive printer industry.”

Printing a single color page costs 55 won for Machjet, while it costs 200 won for a regular laser color printer and the product is priced at 750,000 won, said LG officials.

Company officials also said developing a model to sell overseas needed more consideration, but second and third upgraded versions of Machjet ― including changes in design and the addition of other functions such as scanning and copying ― will be launched for local consumers.

LG Rejoins Printer Market With Memjet’s Technology [The Wall Street Journal – Korea Realtime, June 21, 2011]

LG Electronics Inc. on Tuesday became the latest and biggest company to embrace a new technology for making office printers – a kind of inkjet on steroids developed by small U.S. firm called Memjet.

With the product, LG is re-entering with its own brand a business that it left around 1998 because it couldn’t gain share in crowded market. LG has been a contract manufacturer of printers for Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lexmark International Inc. in recent yearsbut has stayed away from a branded line of its own.

The new product is aimed at the office market and its key trait is speed. The printer produces 60 color pages at 1,600-by-800 dpi (dots per inch) resolution in one minute.

“We believe we will be able to secure a differentiated place in the market,” Havis Kwon, the chief of LG’s consumer electronics unitsaid at a news conference in Seoul.

For now, LG will concentrate on the South Korean market, relying heavily on the distributors who sell its computer systems locally.

But that also fits with Memjet’s strategy. The closely held firm, based in San Diego, has been forging deals with manufacturers on a geographic basis. In China last month, Memjet partnered up with Lenovo Group Ltd. In India, it has lined up WeP Peripherals Ltd., in Taiwan Kpowerscience Co. and, in the U.S., Delphax TechnologiesInc.

Len Lauer, a former Qualcomm Inc. exec who became Memjet’s chief executive earlier this year [January 2010], said the company is adopting a strategy akin to Qualcomm or Intel Corp. in which it is the technology provider for manufacturers that already have strong brands and distribution channels. A “powered by Memjet” label will be affixed to the printers, similar to the “Intel Inside” sticker.

The company’s name comes from the acronym MEMS, or microelectromechanical system, which is at the heart of the “printhead” it developed. The printhead has about 70,000 nozzles that are formed on microchips and span the width of a page.

For now, the home market is not on the company’s radar, he says. “Our main differentiator is speed and homes don’t need speed,” Mr. Lauer says. “The office is dominated by lasers and there’s so much differentiation we provide against lasers.”

In addition to speed, Memjet-based printers claim savings in ink and power consumption.

Memjet Adds Another Partner – Korea’s LG Electronics [Lyra, June 24, 2011]

Memjet added another Asian-based partner this week with the launch of LG Electronics’ Machjet LPP6010N printer. The machine, which appears to be the same design as those already introduced by China’s Lenovo and others, is targeted at the South Korean market and is expected to begin shipping this month.

While Memjet and LG spokespeople were not able to provide us with pricing information, LG officials said in an article in the English-language Korean Herald, “Printing a single color page costs 55 won for Machjet, while it costs 200 won for a regular laser color printer, and the product is priced at 750,000 won.” According to recent currency exchange rates of just less than one-tenth of a U.S. cent per South Korean won ($.0009268 to be precise), the color CPP figure for the Machjet converts to roughly 5 U.S. cents, and the printer will sell for slightly less than $700 USD.

Memjet continues along its circuitous path to market, mixing in new-to-the-industry partners, along with some better known names (see partner summary below), as is the case here with Korea’s LG Electronics. From the latter’s successful experience in diverse markets such as mobile phones to household appliances, we believe that a worldwide (or at least North American) push by LG with its Machjet LPP6010N would be a distinct possibility in coming months or years, especially given the lack of North American-based partners for Memjet so far.

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Memjet CEO Lauer Talks Strategy as Debut Approaches for “Disruptive” Inkjet Technology [July 20, 2010]

Original Article:  Xconomy

(continued from previous page)It has the look and feel of a startup technology company. Yet Memjet was founded in the mid-1990s and has roughly 500 employees around the world, including 50 now working at its corporate headquarters—which is probably within range of a No. 3 iron shot of HP’s San Diego Imaging and Printing Group

And then there is Lauer himself, who resigned as one of the highest-ranking executives at Qualcomm, the San Diego wireless giant, to become CEO of a company that’s little-known—if it’s known at all—beyond the inkjet printing industry.

“Qualcomm is a really good company,” Lauer tells me. “I got along fine. I wasn’t looking to leave.” He makes it sound like it was an easy decision, once Memjet’s board agreed to establish the company’s headquarters in Rancho Bernardo, a San Diego suburb that also has Sony Electronics and Northrop Grumman’s unmanned systems business in the neighborhood.

“In my view, it’s a businessman’s dream,” Lauer says. “It’s technology that represents a high-value proposition to the customer. It’s really fast. And it’s less-expensive.” He calls Memjet’s technology “truly disruptive.”

After maintaining a low profile over the past eight months or so, Lauer says Memjet plans to step into the open and increase its visibility later this year. The company gave a preview of what to expect in May, with the debut of the SpeedStar 3000, an ultra-fast label printer produced by Own-X, a Memjet partner based in Budapest, Hungary. The device makes high-resolution product labels at a rate of 12 inches per second. Memjet doesn’t make the printers itself, but is building its strategy around the idea of selling print heads, ink, and other components to partners like Own-X. (A Web-based video demonstration of the technology can be found here [pointing to http://www.speedstar3000.com/].)

INSERT: SpeedStar 3000 Presentation [June 30, 2011]

Memjet intends to introduce its technology in the commercial label market this fall, beginning in Eastern Europe, according to Lauer. The company has similar agreements to supply its components with other manufacturing partners in other parts of Europe, Asia, and the United States.

“We’re not coming out with a Memjet-branded printer, we want to do in-branding,” says Lauer, who sees a big market for Memjet among the companies that print everything from Heinz ketchup bottles to UPS shipping labels—even the coupons printed on the reverse side of cash register receipts. He even envisions a Memjet-powered kiosk in hotel lobbies, with the capability of letting guests choose among 50 or 60 international newspapers—and printing out a current edition in just one or two minutes.

Lauer also sees opportunities for Memjet’s technology in the photo printing centers at pharmacies and warehouse retailers like Costco, in poster-size, wide-format printing, computer assisted design (CAD), and blueprints. The Memjet CEO estimates the global market opportunity for its technology is worth $30 billion. It’s a market ripe for innovation, he says, because while the giant companies manufactured printers for many years, the industry “really hasn’t spent much on R&D.”

In this respect, Lauer sees similarities in Memjet’s strategy to Qualcomm, which initially made cell phones and wireless network infrastructure as a way to gain market acceptance of its core digital wireless technology. “We’re similar in that we’re going to sell to existing printer and imaging OEMs,” Lauer said, referring to the original equipment manufacturers that make products for sale under another company’s brand name.

“Our technology will print 10,000 envelopes per hour, and it’s in color, which stands out in the mass mailing industry,” Lauer says. “It’s just much, much faster and at lower price points.”

To protect Memjet’s “disruptive” technology, Lauer says the company has obtained about 3,000 patents, with another 2,000 patents pending. Memjet’s core technology was developed at Silverbrook Research, founded in Sidney, Australia, by Kia Silverbrook, a onetime Canon R&D director in Australia, who has spent decades expanding Memjet’s patent portfolio.

So how does the Memjet printer work differently than the classic inkjet? Unlike an inkjet printer head that moves sideways across the page, Memjet’s print head is fixed. It extends all the way across the page—it’s 8.66 inches wide—so it lays down an entire line of ink as the paper advances. Each Memjet printhead consists of 70,000 inkjet nozzles (in contrast to the 1,500 to 2,000 nozzles in a conventional inkjet print head) and prints in five colors at 1,600 by 1,600 dots per inch(DPI), Lauer says.

Each Memjet nozzle is less than 100 microns wide (roughly the width of human hair) and uses micro-electro-mechanical technology (the MEM in Memjet) to spew 1.2-picoliter droplets of ink at a rate of 900 million per second, Lauer says. The nozzles are made out of silicon in a semiconductor factory and operated by Memjet’s proprietary, “systems on a chip” print engine controller electronics, firmware, and software.

Funding for Memjet’s extensive intellectual property protections, global workforce, and other operations has come primarily from one investor, whom Lauer declined to identify. “Our main investor came in about five or six years ago,” he says. “It’s an individual with a lot of money, someone whose name I’m sure you’d recognize, who came in as a private equity investor,” which has been reported to be Argonaut Private Equityof Tulsa, OK.

Apart from operating far more efficiently than commercial batch printers, Lauer says the genius of Memjet’s technology lies in its capability to customize labels and other print jobs “so maybe a Heinz ketchup label could have regional customization” for the San Diego Chargers or Padres. As Lauer puts it, “We’re ready to go, and fairly excited about it.”

Argonaut Private Equity [Bloomberg Business Week, excerpted: July 30, 2011]

Argonaut Private Equity is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in growth capital, middle market, early venture, mid venture, late venture, turnaround and buyout investments. The firm seeks to invest in the followings sectors: consumer electronics, energy, specialty materials, telecommunications, drug discovery and delivery, medical devices, aviation, healthcare services, technology, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. It prefers to invest between $1 million and $500 million over the life of its investment. Argonaut Private Equity was founded in 2002 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma with an additional office in India.

IIE Distinguished Speaker Series – 28 Jul

On July 28, SMU [Singapore Management University] Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship will organize IIE Distinguished Speaker Series. There are two speakers: Ashok Rao, CEO of Inlogy and Anil Khatod, Managing Director of Argonaut Private Equity. Both of them will talk  about different topics. Ashok Rao will talk about “Angel Investments for Ventures in Emerging Economies” and Anil Khatod will talk about “Sustainable Energy – Fueling Our Future”.

Anil Khatod, Member of TiE Global Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Argonaut Private Equity

Anil Khatod is the managing director of Argonaut Private Equity, a global venture and private equity firm with $5.5 billion assets under his management. Argonaut has significant investments in sustainable energy space including in solar, solar thermal, wind, biomass, natural gas, fuel cell, advance insulation materials and solid state lighting companies. Anil is also the founding partner of the firm’s investment practice in India, where he built a local team, developed investment strategy and has invested more than $600MM in infrastructure, cleantech, technology, retail, financial services and consumer goods companies. In addition to India, Anil also actively invests in technology, cleantech and medical devices sectors in the US and Israel. Anil currently serves on the boards of twelve companies including Memjet Technologies, OmniGuide, Bombay Stock Exchange, Siklu Networks, VenturEast, and CrownBio in the US, India, China, Ireland, Israel and Australia. Anil also serves on the global board of TiE and was formerly president of TiE Atlanta.

Memjet Launches High-Speed Color On-Demand Printing Technologies for Labels and Packaging Market [Oct 29, 2011]

Memjet, the global leader in color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability, will launch its color on-demand printing technology for the labels and packaging markets at PACK EXPO International 2010 (October 31-November 3, booth 3866). Memjet represents an entirely new category of technology that brings cost-effective, on-demand color printing to the manufacturing floor. “We believe that Memjet technology is disruptive and will have a dramatic impact on how color printing is used in packaging activities,” said Sean Marske, president of Memjet Labels.

“The technology gives you the freedom to print exactly what you want, when you want it, and where you want it, making near-line color label printing possible for ‘just-in-time’ and other manufacturing operations. This reduces waste and accelerates the workflow process. It also enables brand owners and manufacturers to move their label, tag, ticket, card and folding-carton printing out of a centralized print facility and directly onto their factory or warehouse floors,” Marske added.

This capability for high-quality, cost-effective, on-demand color speed makes possible a decentralized color-printing model, which can shorten the supply chain, reduce over-buying, and simplify labeling and versioning activities. A Memjet-powered printer can provide high-speed, variable-data, color printing for localized on-demand label runs and many other trans-promotional marketing activities. Printers that are powered by Memjet can produce a color label or impression in seconds, and a full roll or stack of labels or impressions in minutes.

“Powered by Memjet” Printers Available Now

Memjet provides the core technology that allows innovative Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partners to deliver new value to their target markets with fast and affordable color printers. These printers are “powered by Memjet.” Memjet technology has already been incorporated into several commercially available labels, packaging and addressing products, including the following:

 Astro MachineCorp: M1 and M2

MainStreamLLC: The 12 Pacc

OWN-XIndustrial (Europe): SpeedStar 3000

Rapid Machinery Company(Australia): Rapid X1 and Rapid X2

“Memjet is a promising technology, altogether new, unlike any other available technology,” said George Selak, president of Astro MachineCorporation, a Memjet OEM partner. “The printhead is nearly nine inches wide, as opposed to the typical small heads that have to be stitched together. The fast process color from a single printhead creates a compelling value proposition for our customers,” he added.

“The first color label printers on the market have been relegated to niches because they are slow and their running costs are high,” said Fred Noll, president of MainStreamLLC, another Memjet partner. “Memjet color printing technology allows us to serve a broad market because we can overcome these previous speed and running cost obstacles.”

Previews of Upcoming Print Engines

In addition to showing its labels and packaging technologies that are available today, Memjet will demonstrate upcoming color printing technologies and systems in booth 3866. Memjet Labels will demonstrate a color on-demand labels print-engine prototype that operates at 30 inches per second (ips). PACK EXPO will also be the first public demonstration of the Memjet wide format technologies. A 42-inch-wide print engine will print color, on-demand, on folding carton and corrugated packaging material. Memjet will be making a series of announcements for a variety of industries in 2011. Memjet’s breakthrough design delivers more than 700 million drops per second of color ink through more than 70,000 nozzles on a single, stationary printhead. The core technology consists of 8.77-inch printheads, custom ASICs, software and ink that OEMs incorporate into their printers. The Memjet technology is protected by 3,000 global patents; 2,000 more are pending.

Memjet to Debut Label and Packaging Print Technology [Nov 2, 2010]

[Original article: PCMag.com]

(continued from previous page)Memjet design delivers more than 700 million drops per second of color ink through more than 70,000 nozzles on a single, stationary printhead. The core technology consists of 8.77-inch printheads, custom ASICs, software and ink that OEMs incorporate into their printers. The Memjet technology is protected by 3,000 global patents, and 2,000 more are pending.

Memjet claims that the speed, quality, and cost-effectiveness of its technology makes possible a decentralized color-printing model, which can shorten the supply chain, reduce over-buying, and simplify labeling and versioning activities.

Memjet technology has already been incorporated into several commercially available labels, packaging and addressing products, including the following: Astro Machine Corp: M1 and M2; MainStream LLC: The 12 Pacc; OWN-X Industrial (Europe): SpeedStar 3000; and Rapid Machinery Company(Australia): Rapid X1 and Rapid X2.

In addition to showing its labels and packaging technologies that are available today, Memjet will demonstrate upcoming color printingtechnologies and systems. Memjet Labels will demonstrate a color on-demand labels print-engine prototype that operates at 30 inches per second (ips).

Pack Expo will also be the first public demonstration of the Memjet wide format technologies. A 42-inch-wideprint engine will print color, on-demand, on folding carton and corrugated packaging material.

Memjet says that it will be making a series of announcements for a variety of industries in 2011. Privately held Memjet supplies technologies and components to OEM partners across the printing industry. Its corporate office is in San Diego, and it has offices in Dublin, Sydney, Taipei, Singapore, and Boise as well.

San Diego Startup Ready to Hit the Print Button [Dec 13, 2010]

[Original Article: The San Diego Union-Tribune]

In a San Diego research building, Len Lauer examines a strip of colorful package labels printed at a blazing rate of one foot per second using a benchtop printer.

He’s looking at color quality, and the labels pass the eye test. But Lauer, chief executive of local startup Memjet, knows his company must pass much bigger tests as it brings its inkjet printing technology to market after 15 years of development.

Memjet makes 8.5-inch — or page wide — printheads and related technology that it says offer much faster print speeds and cost advantages over competitors in the nearly $250 billion worldwide digital printing market.

After a false start at commercialization about three years ago, the company now says its technology will be in printers that hit the market in January. Those first devices will target label and package producers— a behind-the-scenes, but large, printing market.

Later next year, however, Memjet expects that its printing technology will power office printers sold to businesses.

Wide-format printers using Memjet printheads to produce architectural drawings also are expected to be launched in 2011, the company said. And it thinks its technology will be used in photo kiosks at retailers and photofinishing mini-labs by the end of 2011.

“Our value is we can bring much faster print speeds at lower costs, and color,” said Lauer. “You might say, ‘What do you mean? Everybody has color.’ But in the commercial space, color is very expensive. So we bring in color at a very low cost.”

Inkjet and laser print technology has been around for decades. Big companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Canon, Epson and Lexmark dominate the industry. It hardly seems like fertile ground for an upstart company to make a stand.

But industry analysts are taking Memjet seriously for several reasons.

Over all those years of development, it has accumulated 3,000 patents worldwide related to its technology. It has an additional 2,000 patents pending.

It’s also a sizable operation, employing about 500 workers in Australia, as well as about 50 employees in San Diego. The local office is a few hundred yards from H-P’s inkjet product development campus in Rancho Bernardo. It also has an office in Boise, Idaho, — another H-P stronghold — and other cities worldwide.

Moreover, at least one mega-rich investor has made a bet big on Memjet. Argonaut, a private equity fund controlled by Tulsa energy billionaire George Kaiser, is the chief financial backer of the firm. Lauer won’t pinpoint how much Memjet has raised over the years, but he will say it’s “hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Finally, Memjet managed to lure Lauer away from San Diego-based Qualcomm, where he was chief operating officer, this year to lead Memjet as it pushed toward bringing its technology to market.

“It has gotten a lot of attention in the industry,” said Bob Leahey, an analyst with technology research firm InfoTrends. “It’s not fully commercialized at this point. We’ll know much more when some (label printers) get installed. But they have very high resolution. They have very low costs for a fairly substantial piece of equipment. So those two things are compelling.”

There has been some skepticism surrounding Memjet, in part because it came out in 2007 talking about revolutionizing the inkjet business but then missed deadlines for deliveringproducts.

“They have been sort of like Bigfoot in the industry for a number of years now,” said Gary Peterson, an analyst with Gap Intelligence, which tracks the printer industry. “They were first introduced to the market about March 2007. They were coming out with products the next year. Then it got bumped back a year. Then another year.”

Peterson said Memjet’s product line up has been a moving target as well. It once expected to have a home photo printer, but those plans have been shelved.

“Back in 2007, they approached everybody — Lexmark, H-P — and essentially said, ‘This is what we’re bringing to market. We know it’s a category killer. Either join us or perish.’ ”

Competitors didn’t jump to deploy Memjet’s printhead, which analysts think indicates they are confident in their own technologies and ability to compete.

Lauer said the delays in 2007 occurred because Memjet’s partners wanted more fully developed printing systems than Memjet anticipated. The company has now met those requirements for the label printer marketand expects to soon meet them for the other markets it is targeting.

Memjet’s business model is not to make printers. Instead, it wants to provide “print engines” — the printhead, ink, software and semiconductor chips — to partner companies. Those partner companies will design the printers, paper trays and so on, then sell the devices under their own brand names.

Lauer said the business model is similar to that of Qualcomm, which sells modem chips to wireless phone makers that allow cell phones to work. Memjet is getting its brand name out with a “Powered by Memjet” campaign, similar to the Intel Inside strategy. “We want people to recognize at the point of sale, ‘Oh Memjet. That must be fast,’” said Lauer.

The company’s core technology was developed by Kia Silverbrook, an Australian inventor who once was chief technology officer for Canon. He started working on the concept of a page-wide printhead in 1994.

“Laser and inkjet technology is 25 years old,” said Lauer. “And what happens is every year the industry just evolves. Every year it comes out with a little bit better price performance, a little bit better speed. But nothing revolutionary.”

Memjet thinks its technology is a big step forward.

“The holy grail for a long time has been to come up with an inkjet printhead that was wide enough where it didn’t have to be scanned back and forth,” said Charles LeCompte, an analyst with Lyra Research, an industry group.

With a page-wide printhead, a device could print very fast. Memjet says its technology will allow an office printer to spit out 60 pages a minute — or about four times the amount a typical monochrome lasermight produce.

Four companies have signed up to put Memjet’s technology in printers targeting the label market or envelope printing market — including MainStream LLC, Astro Machines, Rapid Machinery and Own-XIndustrial.

The company won’t reveal its potential partners in other markets, including office printers. But it expects to make some announcements during the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Lauer thinks Memjet has advantages over a typical startup.

For one, it’s targeting big markets. Digital printing is a $249 billion worldwide industry. While printing overall is declining, digital printing is growing about 10 percent a year as older analog presses and chemical-based photo finishing systems are replaced.

“A lot of times when you’re a startup, you have to develop a market for your mousetrap,” he said. “In our case, the market already exists, and it’s a quarter of a trillion dollars.”

Analysts say labels are a good fit for Memjet, since speed matters and the low price for the initial equipment is attractive.

But other markets may be more difficult. Photo kiosks, for example, mean competing against H-P, Kodak and Fuji Film. The office printer business is stock full of competition.

“It’s not so much that they’re competing against an established beast like H-P, it’s that they are competing against four or five established beasts, including Lexmark, Canon and Epson,” said Peterson.

An unusual aspect of the company’s business is that the printhead is a consumable, meaning it must be replaced periodically depending on use. For the office market, Memjet is encouraging partners to implement an ink refill program so customers can reuse the ink cartridges. Memjet has developed designs for ink refill stations.

Office printers are by far the biggest market Memjet wants to attack. It aims to compete against monochrome laser with a device that sells for $500 to $600 but offers a better cost per page and faster speeds.

“It’s been a long haul for Memjet,” said LeCompte. “They came out more slowly than they expected. But I’d say their chances are good.”

MEMJET FACT SHEET [June 22, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

Memjet is the global leader in color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability.

TECHNOLOGY:
Memjet develops color printing technologies (controller chips, printheads, ink and software) that enable super-fast, affordable quality color printing.

DIFFERENTIATORS:
Memjet has three major differentiators:

  • Memjet provides a fast and affordable way to print in 1600 dots per inch (DPI) color at 60 pages per minute (ppm) or 12 inches per second (IPS).
  • Memjet-powered printers are twice the speed and half the total cost of ownership, on average, compared to traditional color printers.
  • The Memjet partner business model leverages the channel strength, market innovations and brand awareness of Memjet OEMs.

MARKET:
$250 billion digital printing market.

While the Memjet technology is appropriate for a wide variety of printing applications, currently the company is focused on four key markets:

  • Labels
  • Home & Office
  • Wide Format
  • Photo Retail

Memjet will participate in—and accelerate—these printing industry trends:

  • Analog to ditigal
  • Monochrome to color
  • Pre-print to print on-demand
  • Centralized to de-centralized
  • Off-line to in-line

TECHNOLOGY:
Memjet’s core technology is controller chips, quality assurance chips, printheads, and ink and reference designs developed by Silverbrook Research of Sydney, Australia. Memjet technology is protected by 3,000 global patents, with 2,000 additional patents pending.

A single Memjet printhead contains more than 70,000 nozzles. It is designed to fire more than 700 million drops of ink per second, enough to print a full color page. Each printhead nozzle is approximately one-tenth the diameter of a human hair.

The Memjet printhead prints in true 1600×1600 DPI. Its five-color-channels per printhead can be configured with different color combinations and various media widths for different market needs. The Memjet printhead prints an entire page in one pass, eliminating the scanning motion of traditional inkjet printers.

BUSINESS MODEL:
Memjet supplies printing components to its OEM partners, which incorporate the technology into their branded products. These OEM partner printers can be identified through a “powered by Memjet” logo mark.

ANNOUNCED PARTNERSHIPS:
Memjet is working with OEMs and innovative start-ups, many of which have asked to remain confidential at this time.

The following companies have been announced.

• LG (Korea) • Astro Machine Corp. (North America)
• Lenovo (China) • OWN-X KFT (Europe)
• MEDION (Europe) • Rapid Label Systems (Australia)
• Lomond (Russia) • Kpower Science Co. Ltd. (Taiwan)
• WeP Peripherals Ltd. (India)

[1. Rena Shows Memjet Based Prototype for Direct Mail [May 5, 2010]: “AMS Will be launching the new AMS M1 Colour Page Printer at IPEX May 2010. Stand D861 Hall 18. The AMS M1 Printer incorporates new Memjet Inkjet Technology. … AMS is the exclusive distributor in the UK & Ireland for Astro Machine Corporation products.”

2. Neopost USA Addressing Group Partners with Astro Machine Corporation [Oct 1, 2010]: “ The Neopost USA Addressing Group announces the introduction of the RENA Mach 5 Color Mail Printer. RENA is a Neopost USA brand known for leadership in direct mail technology. This new inkjet printer is designed to print envelopes, postcards, mailers & more in true digital full process color. The new RENA Mach 5 offers breakthrough performance powered by Memjet® technology. … Engineered in partnership with Astro Machine Corp., the RENA Mach 5 Color Mail Printer is now available for purchase with the first production models shipping in December 2010. Pricing is positioned below comparable toner-based print systems. It is available via the Neopost USA and RENA Systems national network of equipment dealers. … Neopost USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neopost S.A., the fastest-growing worldwide provider of mailing and shipping solutions. With its two flagship brands of Neopost and Hasler, it partners with customers to help them achieve higher levels of efficiency, control and value in their mailing operations. … RENA & RENA Systems are Neopost USA brands. The RENA Brand is managed by the Neopost USA Addressing group based in Oaks, PA.

3. CeBIT: Medion zeigt 60-Seiten-Drucker mit Tintentechnologie von Memjet [March 4, 2011]
image Translation: CeBIT: Medion shows 60-page print in ink technology Memjet [April 6]: “The Medion E89400 prints up to 60 color pages per minute and will cost around 600 euros (picture: ZDNet). … He is 600 euros will be available this year for around middle. Currently Medion checked with the distributor Tech Data opportunities, product dealers to sell the. … The technology was presented by Memjet already at CES in Las Vegas. Medion has taken over the marketing for the European space and displays it for the first time in Europe. … 2012 can be calculated using the same technology with a smaller model. For 2013, a variant is planned with duplex printing. A wireless version is not currently on the roadmap. … 2012 can be calculated using the same technology with a smaller model. For 2013, a variant is planned with duplex printing. A wireless version is not currently on the roadmap.”

4. Memjet Partners with Lomond to Bring World’s Fastest Office Color Printer to Russia [April 14, 2011]: “Memjet, the global leader in color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability, and Lomond, a provider of consumables for office and large-format digital printing, today announced a partnership to deliver Memjet-powered printers to the Russian market. The first printer to be introduced from the new Lomond product line is the EvoJet Office. … allows us to offer the world’s fastest desktop color printer to Lomond customers for office use across Russia and more than 10 additional countries in the Eastern European market,” said Lomond CEO Alexander Bulaev. … LOMOND Trading Ltd. is an international company headquartered in Douglas, Isle of Man.]

The end-user base for Memjet-powered printers will continue to expand rapidly in 2011 with OEM partner launches across the first four areas of our industry focus: labels, office, photo kiosks and mini labs, and wide format.

SIZE:
500 full-time professionals, the majority of whom are focused on Research & Development.

OFFICES:
Corporate office located in San Diego, and offices in Dublin, Sydney, Taipei, Singapore and Boise, Idaho

FOUNDED:
2002

FUNDING:
Privately funded. The principal investor is Argonaut Private Equity.

LEADERSHIP:
The executive team is comprised of technology veterans with deep experience across a variety
of leading companies in high-tech, as well as the print industry.
• Len Lauer, president and chief executive officer (formerly COO of Qualcomm, and president and COO of Sprint)
• Mark Legg, chief financial officer
• Bill McGlynn, president, Home & Office Business Unit
• Sean Marske, president, Labels Business Unit
• Dave Clark, president, Photo Retail Business Unit
• Mike Puyot, president, Wide Format Business Unit

MEMJET TECHNOLOGY BRIEF [Dec 23, 2010] (emphasis is mine)

Memjet is a new generation of color printing technologies that provide remarkable speeds and affordability.

Memjet technologies today power OEM partner printers that produce commercial labels and other commercial color print materials at up to 12 inches per second (IPS). Memjet technologies enable color document printing at 60 PPM (A4 paper).

Memjet supplies technologies and components to OEM partners across the printing industry the same way leading-edge chip makers supply OEM partners across the cellphone, smartphone and personal computing industries. Memjet holds 3,000 global patents for color printing technologies, with 2,000 more pending.
Memjet technologies make possible an amazingly fast and efficient digital color print system that combines a controller chip, software, ink and revolutionary printheads.

PAGE-WIDE PRINTHEADS
Memjet technologies put more than 70,000 ink nozzles on a single high-density printhead—17 times that of traditional printheads. This design allows Memjet printheads to deliver true 1600×1600 dots per inches (DPI) at 1 PPS / 12 IPS.

A Memjet page-width printhead is less than nine inches wide (222 mm). It is designed to fire more than 700 million drops of ink per second, enough to print a full-color, A4 page in one second. Its five-color ink channels can be configured with different combinations for different market needs.

Color printing speed and high quality are achieved simultaneously because the printhead’s high-density nozzles, firing with incredible speed, achieve full coverage and quality with one pass of the paper, labels or other media.

PRINTHEAD AT-A-GLANCE
• High-density, page-wide printhead with 8.77 inch (222.8 mm) printable width
• Prints 6 inches (152mm) per second or 12 inches (305mm) per second
• Single pass 1,600 dots per inch (DPI)
• 11 integrated circuits (ICs)
• 70,400 nozzles (6,400 per IC chip)

CUSTOM ASICS
Memjet’s custom controllers provide a powerful development platform for OEM brands. All Memjet controllers include Memjet’s high-speed print pipeline which runs on dedicated hardware and is optimized to achieve Memjet’s 60 PPM / 12 IPS speed continuously. Whether leveraging the fully functional single-function capabilities, adding and customizing modules or porting existing firmware architectures, Memjet’s controllers are designed to optimize performance, streamline development processes and reduce overall controller board costs by maximizing controller-chip-based functionality.

CONTROLLER OVERVIEW
• 32 bit RISC controller
• 648 MHz CPU
• 2.6+ million logic gates and fast, flexible memory options
• Integrated Memjet 60 PPM / 12 IPS pipeline
• Integrated networking and USB support
• Extensive user interface and motor control elements
• Software development kit and tools available to OEMs

SOFTWARE
Memjet’s software modules include end-user applications such as printer drivers, installers, usage-tracking and error-reporting modules as well as other manufacturing, service and management modules. All applications are written in ANSI C/C++ and provide a well-defined set of common operating system interfaces and OS-independent code for OEM brands to leverage and customize.

INK
Memjet inks are proprietary, water-based, four-color (CMYK) ink formulations, customized to work in conjunction with Memjet printheads. While water-based inks are common in the office and home printing market, Memjet inks are unique to meet the demands of high-speed drop ejection and single-pass printing, and to ensure reliable, high-quality color printing for the life of the printhead.

AVAILABILITY
Memjet’s technologies are commercialized today and available through several OEM partners in the labels and labels packaging space. The end-user base for Memjet-powered printers will continue to expand rapidly in 2011 with OEM partner launches across the first four areas of industry focus: labels, office, photo kiosks and mini labs, and wide format.

Labels [Business]

HIGH SPEED REVOLUTIONIZES PRODUCTIVITY.

Memjet technology means you can now print blistering-fast color runs of labels and packaging onsite and on-demand, while cutting run costs nearly in half. This revolutionary technology means that your high-demand logistics and manufacturing operations customers get what they need, when they need it, for less money. Need variable run capacity? Memjet breakthrough technology gives your customerUp to 8 times fastermultiple printers at once, and change data on the fly, while increasing speed and maintaining complete quality control.

Memjet makes history of pre-printed labels inventory. Now there’s no waste or overruns. Memjet technology puts control into the hands of brand managers to provide the most relevant messages to their markets and customers. Which means your customers can print what they want, when they want it. No one in the labels and packaging industry can match Memjet’s low costs, high speeds and color on-demand.

Memjet Labels OEM Benchtop Print Engine [Oct 28, 2010]
Watch this video to see just how fast Memjet label printing technology runs labels.

Memjet OEM benchtop print engine creating color barcode labels at high speed and on demand.

Memjet Labels OEM Forms Benchtop Print Engine [Nov 1, 2010]

[Other videos:
Memjet Labels OEM Production Class Print Engine – Pre-Production [Jan 3, 2011]
Memjet Labels OEM Production Class Print Engine – Printhead Changeout [Jan 3, 2011]
Memjet Labels OEM Production Class Print Engine – Variable Imaging [Jan 3, 2011]]

Wide-format [business]

WATCH OUR FAST, LARGE FORMAT TECHNOLOGY AT WORK.

Everything about wide format printing is turned on its head. Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology™ brings big color in a wide way with speeds that will amaze you. What else would you expect from a print engine with more than 350,000 nozzles dropping more than 3 billion drops of ink per second?

This revolutionary technology delivers vivid architectural and engineering documents, maps, indoor signage, P-O-P displays, packaging, folding carton, corrugated boxes, newspapers and more. And all on-demand, with the ability to go variable, customized and personalized with no lengthy waits. Finally, short print runs are at your fingertips in seconds. Raise productivity to all-time highs with a low total cost of ownership Up to 8 times fasterthat will increase your profits, too. Revolutionize your business with the most remarkable color speed—8 times faster than current technologies. That’s big.

Memjet Wide Format OEM Print Engine – technical graphics [Oct 29, 2010]
Watch the incredibly fast (real-time) Memjet wide format printing technology at work.

Memjet Wide Format OEM print engine at work producing color technical graphics at high speed.

Memjet Wide Format OEM Print Engine – production graphics [Oct 29, 2010]

Memjet Wide Format OEM print engine at work with production graphics in color and at high speed.

[Other videos:
Memjet Wide Format OEM Print Engine, Label Printing [Oct 29, 2010]
Memjet Wide Format OEM Print Engine, Color on Corrugated [Oct 28, 2010]
Memjet Wide Format OEM Print Engine, Folding Carton Printing [Oct 28, 2010]
Memjet Color Printing Technologies at Work [Oct 29, 2010]
]

Home & Office [Business]

Faster charts. Faster documents. Faster business.

What do Memjet color office printers mean to your business customers? They mean incredibly fast color productivity, cost efficiency and high impact documents for less money. In fact, Memjet-featured office color printers print pages faster than traditional monochrome printers and more affordably than color laser. Up to 8 times faster Suddenly, color printing at the office makes sense every day, for every document, for every employee.

BUSINESS MOVES FAST. YOUR PRINTING SHOULD, TOO.

Memjet-powered office printers can print 60 color pages per minute—twice as fast as color laser options. They’re also half the cost, on average, to operate. Which means you no longer have to sacrifice great color for cost or speed. Now you can have both. For your presentations. For your reports. For every daily correspondence. In literally seconds.

Memjet Office Printer – Production Reference [Oct 29, 2010]

Memjet office printer producing color pages at high speed. 60 pages per minute

Memjet vs. HP Laser Jet [Oct 29, 2010]

Features the Memjet A4/Letter prototype printer vs. the Hewlett Packard LaserJet CP3525, color laser printer.

[Other videos:
Canon MX7600 VS Memjet [Oct 29, 2010]:
Features Memjet A4/Letter prototype printer vs. a Canon MX7600 color inkjet printer.

Brother MFC-7840W VS Memjet [Oct 29, 2010]:
Features the Memjet A4/Letter prototype printer vs. the Brother MFC-7849W monochrome laser printer.
]

Photo Retail [Business]

Small is the new big. Brilliant Images. Faster than ever.

Lightening-fast, self-serve photo kiosks? High-speed, mini-photo labs behind counters in retail stores? Your photo development customers want to deliver photos fast and affordably without sacrificing quality or taking up lots of floor space. And now they can.

Our next-generation printing technology delivers sharp, rich photo prints faster than anything on the market, up to 8 times faster and for less money—without chemicals or a photo processing and printing machine the size of a subcompact automobile. Memjet-powered photo printers pack tons of photo profits into a very small space, and for as little as one-tenth the cost of traditional photo retail installations.

Memjet printing technology creates beautiful full color photography at speeds that will amaze your customers Up to 8 times fasterand photo enthusiasts everywhere. What else would you expect from a print engine with more than 70,000 nozzles dropping more than 700 million drops of ink per second?

Memjet Photo Retail OEM Print Engine [Jan 3, 2011]

Memjet, photo retail, print engine, photo printing.

Hungarian inkjet printer debuts in Australia [May 9, 2011]

Budapest, Hungary-headquartered Own-X Kft has appointed Queensland, Australian-based Label Print Systems as a distributor of its SpeedStar 3000 mono and color inkjet printer.

Launched into the Australian market last week, the ultra-fast (18 meters/59ft every 60 seconds at 1600 dpi) roll-fed machine, powered by Memjet technology, received an enthusiastic reception from local converters.

Label Print Systems’ marketing manager Lindsay Nutley is quoted as saying that inkjet printers have long been considered too expensive per label to compete with thermal technology while the SpeedStar meets industrial label printing demands with low imaging costs. The advent of the SpeedStar 3000 will make it viable for people to enter the short run label market, he said.

SpeedStar 3000 Promotion in China/Asia [from a Chinese distributor: Techway Technology (HK) Ltd., now offering SpeedStar 3000]

SpeedStar 3000 – Professional Monochrome and Color Label Printer

AMS unveils two new Memjet units [PrintWeek version UK, May 11, 2011]

Addressing and Mailing Solutions (AMS) has debuted two print engines at Northprint 2011, both featuring Memjet technology.

Both the M1 Colour Page Printer and the Speedstar 3000 Colour Label Printer are on AMS’s stand (A112).

The Speedstar 3000 is a Hungarian-built machine, manufactured by Budapest-based OWN-X.

It runs at 300mm/second at 1,600dpi in mono and is capable of full 1,600dpi colour print at 150mm/second. Print width on the £8,450 machine runs from 50mm to 222mm and it can handle substrates from 0.13mm to 0.33mm thick.

AMS managing director Kevin McPheat said: “Compared to other machines I have seen around here, I would say it is around 50 times faster, you are paying for speed.

“A good example is a sandwich packaging manufacturer, you have 600 sets of sandwiches, each one with a different weight, different ingredients, even different customers. There is no need to worry about getting labels in. Put one of these machines in your factory and the labels can be produced in-house.”

The machine also has an onboard computer monitor that informs the user about the amount of ink that has been used so that they can work out the cost of a job.

The M1 Colour Page Printer is also powered by an Memjet print engine designed by Chicago-based Astro.

It has been designed for short-run, variable-data print and McPheat said it has a number of potential uses.

He said: “It’s ideal for short-run envelopes – addresses and graphics can all be personalised – but it can also produce other products, such as low-cost greetings cards.”

The £12,950 machine runs up to 3,600 A4 sheets or 9,000 envelopes per hour at 1,600 dpi. It can handle paper from 0.1mm to 0.5mm.

McPheat added that the machine’s maintenance and inkheads were not currently on click charges, but it was something that AMS is looking at.

Product Information For The AstroJet M1 [May 25, 2011]

AstroJet M1 in Action [Sept 23, 2011]

1 A4 sheet per second in process color with variable data in a single pass. Based on MemJet© Technology.

AstroJet M2 in Action [Nov 23, 2010, commercially available from Dec’10]

Astro Machine Corp M2 filmed in action at Astro Machine Corp.

OWN-X INFORMATION (in Hungarian)

Új technológiájú nyomtatók Magyarországról [2010. november 23.]

Tintasugaras nyomtatás álló nyomtatófejjel

Nyomtatócsalád – négy különböző célra

Maga a Memjet technológia önmagában természetesen nem képes nyomtatásra. Ahhoz, hogy valóban használható gépek szülessenek, további fejlesztésekre, kiegészítő egységekre volt szükség. E fejlesztések részben az Egyesült Államokban, részben Magyarországon, az Own-X Kft.-nél folytak. A magyarországi Own-X Kft. mintegy két és fél éve kapcsolódott be a fejlesztésekbe. A közös munka olyan jól sikerült, hogy az Own-Xifj. Kozmann György vezetésével – kizárólagos gyártási jogot kapott a Memjet technológiára egész Európában, továbbá kizárólagosan értékesítheti a technológiát Észak-Amerikában. Időközben Amerikában megalakult a Memjet cégcsoport, amely négy ágazatból áll.

A Memjet Home and Office-hoz az otthoni és irodai felhasználásra szánt gépcsoport, a Memjet Labels-hez a címkenyomtatók, a Memhet Photo-hoz a fotónyomtatók, a Memjet Wide Format-hoz pedig a nagy méretű rajzok nyomgatására is képes plotterek tartoznak. Ezen cégek közül az Own-X a Memjet Labels-szel és a Memjet Wide Format-tal áll szerződéses jogviszonyban, tehát ezen cégek gépeit fogják Magyarországon a Memjet technológiával gyártani. A technológia alapja mind a négy nyomtatócsaládnál ugyanaz. Lényegében azonos a nyomtatófej, a festékanyag és a papírmozgatás elve.

Az alaphoz azonban természetesen rengeteg, a nyomtatás típusától függő eltérő „apróság” jön hozzá. Ha például a széles formátumú nyomtatókat tekintjük, akkor számos elektronikai újdonságra volt szükség a nyomtatási idő drasztikus csökkentéséhez. (Amit egy ma piacon lévő plotter 30 perc alatt nyomtat ki, azt a Memjet technológiára épülő széles nyomtatóval mintegy 30 másodperc alatt lehet a papíron megjeleníteni.)

Beépített számítógép, stand alone nyomtatás

Az Own-X címkenyomtatója, a SpeedStar lényegében négy fő részből áll. A nyomtatómotort jelenleg a Memjet szállítja Szingapúrból, de lehetséges, hogy a későbbiekben a motor összeszerelése Magyarországon történik majd. A nyomtatófej kész egységként érkezik a Memjettől. A nyomtató azon további két egysége, amely lényegében működőképessé teszi a Memjet technológiát, száz százalékosan magyar találmány– tájékoztat ifj. Kozmann György.

A hazai csapat – a veszprémi Pannon Egyetem közreműködésével – körülbelül egy év alatt gyakorlatilag összehangolta a már kész elemek működését. A nyomtatómotor és a nyomtatófej köré olyan elektronikai környezetet, valamint szoftverrendszert fejlesztett és épített, amely működteti a szóban forgó egységeket. Rendkívül komoly feladat volt például a nyomtatómotor és a letekercselő közötti hajszálpontos együttműködés megteremtése, ugyanis folyamatosan meghatározott, 4 Newton erőnek kell hatnia az anyagra nyomtatás közben, hogy a papír kellő egyenességet, kellő simaságot érjen el a nyomtatófej alatt. Hosszas kísérletezések után kiderült, hogy nincs a piacon az igényeket kielégítő, megfelelő gyorsaságú letekercselő.

A feladatot végül csak úgy sikerült megoldani, hogy a magyar szakemberek saját letekercselőt fejlesztettek. A SpeedStar címkenyomtató specialitása, hogy beágyazott (embedded) számítógépet is tartalmaz. A nyomtató működtetéséhez így nincs szükség külön számítógépre, továbbá a gép az internetre is kapcsolódhat. Ez – ifj. Kozmann György elmondása szerint – unikális megoldásnak számít a címkenyomtatók piacán. A címkék – a beágyozott számítógép, illetve az arra telepített célszoftverek segítségével – magán a nyomtatón előállíthatók, szerkeszthetők. A SpeedStar úgynevezett stand alone nyomtatásra képes egység, tehát önmagában is használható. A címkenyomtató jelenlegi legszélesebb formátuma az A4.

A SpeedStar végfelhasználói árait már kikalkulálták: Európában 7900 eurót, Észak-Amerikában mintegy 6000 dollárt kell fizetni egy gépért. Egy Memjet-nyomat ára körülbelül ugyanannyi, mint a termotechnológiánál, sőt egyes területeken akár kedvezőbb is lehet a korábbiaknál. További szempont lehet, hogy míg a termotechnológiával kizárólat fekete-fehér nyomatokat lehet előállítani, addig a gazdaságosan üzemeltethető (kevesebb festéket felhasználó) Memjet színes nyomtatásra is képes.

Gyártás Esztergomban

Az Own-X Kft. az Innomed Medical Orvostechnikai Fejlesztő és Gyártó Zrt.-vel állapodott meg a nyomtatók gyártásáról. A gépek az Innomed esztergomi gyártósoráról kerülnek le. A nullszériás darabokat követően a sorozatgyártás október közepén elkezdődött. A nyomtatók november első hetétől kaphatók Európában és Észak-Amerikában.

Az értékesítés kizárólag viszonteladói hálózaton keresztül történik. A szervizszolgáltatást szintén a viszonteladók nyújtják, a szakembereket az Own-X képezte ki. Kizárólag olyan cégeknek adtak exkluzív értékesítési és szervizjogot, amelyek már régóta jelen vannak a nyomtatópiacon, illetve megfelelő szervizháttérrel rendelkeznek – hangsúlyozta ifj. Kozmann György. Csak így biztosítható, hogy az esetleges hibákat 24 órán belül kijavítsák, bárhol működjön is a nyomtató.

Egyedülálló nyomtatót fejlesztettek [2011. február 12.]

„Speedstar 3000” nevet viseli a világon egyedülálló, intelligens nyomtató, melyet az OWN-X Kft. hozott forgalomba, s amelyhez az elektronikus egységeket és az intelligenciát biztosító szoftver fejlesztését a Pannon Egyetem Műszaki Informatikai Karának munkatársai végezték. A termék széleskörű ausztrál-amerikai-magyar tudományos és technológiai együttműködés eredményeként valósulhatott meg. A szoftver létrehozása a magyar partner feladata volt, melyhez az OWN-X Kft. vezetői, dr. Jules Farkas és Kozmann György Zoltán Veszprémben találták meg a szakembereket, akik a fejlesztéseket elvégezték.

A „Speedstar 3000” nyomtató bemutatójára február 11-éndélelőtt került sor a Pannon Egyetem Műszaki Informatikai Karának épületében.


dr. Jules Farkas

Dr. Friedler Ferenc, a Pannon Egyetem Műszaki Informatikai Karának dékánja számolt be arról, hogy a fejlesztés két történet találkozásának köszönhető.

– Az első történet 1956. november 17-én indult, amikor egy 12 éves kisfiú felszállt a vonatra, és elhagyta az országot. Ez a fiú nem volt más, mint Jules Farkas. A másik történet az, amikor találkozott karunkkal – mondta.

– Visszatértem Magyarországra, hogy csináljak valamit, új technológiát kell behozni az országba. Ehhez nagy tudás kell, mert ez a nyomtató a technológia csúcsát jelenti, így kellett az egyetemi szakértelem. Itt egy év alatt olyan nagy dolog történt, ami a világ első nagyon gyors nyomtatóját eredményezte a címkenyomtatásban – fogalmazott dr. Jules Farkas, az OWN-X Kft. elnöke.

A Műszaki Informatikai Kar az intelligens nyomtató teljes fejlesztési folyamatát végigkísérte az innovációtól a gyártásig. A gyártást kereskedelmi mennyiségben a karral tudományosan is együttműködő Innomed Zrt. végzi. Az intelligens, azaz a gyorsan változó igényekhez alkalmazkodni képes nyomtató tervezését és végső ipari termékké alakítását jórészt a Műszaki Informatikai Kar Villamosmérnöki és Információs Rendszerek Tanszék munkatársai végezték dr. Juhász Zoltán egyetemi docens vezetésével.

Az egyetem kidolgozta a vezérlő elektronikát, és az igényekhez alakították a mechanikát. Az új nyomtatót gyorsan befogadta és elismerte a piac, amit kifejez a rendelések száma, hiszen 3000 az éves eladott darabszám, nem csak Európában.


Judd Quimby és Sean Marske

Sean Marske Memjet Label LLC, San Diego elnöke elmondta, büszke arra, hogy a Pannon Egyetemmel együtt dolgozhat. Beszámolt róla, hogy a nyomtatófej 70.000 fúvókából áll. A nyomtatófej a színes nyomtatás minden minőségi, sebességi és ár paramétere szempontjából a világon egyedülálló megoldást jelent. Ezt a tehnikát a Memjet Label LLC 10 évig fejlesztette.

– Izgalmas volt látni, mi történik az egyetemen egy év alatt, hiszen szép eredményeket értünk el. Olyan termék ez, amely az egész világon forgalomba hozható, első ilyen nyomtató a címkenyomtatók között – számolt be róla Judd Quimby, Memjet Label LLC, Senir Vice President.

Ifj. Kozmann György, az OWN-X Kft. general menedzsere elmondta: “a nyomtató “arany termék” lesz, amihez olyan “arany csapat” kell, amilyet a Pannon Egyetem mögénk állított. Dr. Juhász Zoltán, a Pannon Egyetem Műszaki Informatikai Karának projektvezetője mutatta be a nyomtató működését, valamint ismertette a műszaki paramétereket.


Dr. Juhász Zoltán

A termék nyomtatástechnológiai és informatikai adottságai miatt jelent áttörést a nyomtatópiacon, hiszen szolgáltatási színvonala minden eddiginél magasabb, amit technológiai fejlettségével ér el. Változó tartalommal képes nagy felbontású színes képeket nyomtatni széles méterhatárok között, minden eddiginél olcsóbban. Ezen feladatok együttes megvalósítására eddig egyetlen gép sem volt képes.

E-Cégközlöny 2011/10. szám (174690. oldal) [2011. március 10.]

01 09 886536
OWN-X Financial Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság (1220 Budapest, Péter Pál u 75.; [14049929-2-43])*
2. A cég elnevezése
OWN-X Financial Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság
Vált. vége: 2011.02.16.
Törölve (végzés kelte): 2011. február 23.
OWN-X Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság
Vált. kezdete: 2011.02.16.
Bejegyezve (végzés kelte): 2011. február 23.
6. A cég telephelye(i)
1149 Budapest, Szabó József utca 12.
Vált. kezdete: 2011.02.16.
Bejegyezve (végzés kelte): 2011. február 23.
8. A létesítő okirat
Módosítva: 2011. február 16. napján.
Végzés kelte: Fővárosi Bíróság 2011.02.23

E-Cégközlöny 2011/24. szám (438004. oldal) [2011. június 16.]

01 09 962752
OWN-X Fejlesztési és Technológiai Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság (1146 Budapest, Szabó József utca 12.;
[23377411-2-42])*
1. Általános adatok
2011. május 30.
Korlátolt felelősségű társaság
2. A cég elnevezése
OWN-X Fejlesztési és Technológiai Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság
3. A cég rövidített elnevezése(i)
OWN-X Fejlesztési Kft.
4. A cég idegennyelvű elnevezése(i), idegen nyelvű rövidített elnevezése(i)
OWN-X Innovation and Technology Ltd., OWN-X Innovation Ltd.
5. A cég székhelye
1146 Budapest, Szabó József utca 12.
8. A létesítő okirat kelte
2011.05.25
9. A cég tevékenysége
7112 Mérnöki tevékenység, műszaki tanácsadás
7219 Egyéb természettudományi, műszaki kutatás, fejlesztés
11. A cég jegyzett tőkéje
500000.- HUF, azaz ötszázezer HUF.
13. A képviseletre jogosult(ak) adatai
A képviselet módja: önálló.
E-mail: gyorgy.kozmann@own-x.hu
Adóazonosító jel: 8418573392
Kozmann György Zoltán vezető tisztségviselő (ügyvezető) (an.: Farkas Ildikó)
1220 Budapest, Péter Pál utca 75.
Jogv. kezdete: 2011.05.25.
20. A cég statisztikai számjele
23377411-7112-113-01
21. A cég adószáma
23377411-2-42
Adószám státusza: érvényes adószám
45. A cég elektronikus elérhetősége
A cég e-mail címe: gyorgy.kozmann@own-x.hu
49. A cég cégjegyzékszáma és a nyilvántartását vezető bíróság
01-09-962752 Vezetve a Fővárosi Bíróság mint Cégbíróságnál.
1(09). A tag(ok) adatai
Kozmann György Zoltán (an.: Farkas Ildikó)
1220 Budapest, Péter Pál utca 75.
Tags. kezdete: 2011.05.25.
Dr. Jules Farkas (an.: Gurszky Olga)
Külföldi lakó,illetve tartózkodási helye:
CH 8450 Andelfingen, Alfred Baur str. 9.
Tags. kezdete: 2011.05.25.
Végzés kelte: Fővárosi Bíróság 2011.05.30

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21. 14049929143.
Törölve: 2009. 08. 17.
14049929243.
Bejegyezve: 2009. 08. 17.
2009. 08. 17.

E-Cégközlöny 2011/24. szám (438004. oldal) [2010. március 4.]

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Financial Korlátolt Felelősségű Társaság (1220 Budapest,
Péter Pál u. 75.; [14049929243])
6. 1111 Budapest, Kruspér utca 68.
1. em. 19/A.
A változás időpontja (törlés): 2010. 01. 20.
Törölve: 2010. 01. 20.
8. 2010. 01. 20.
13. A képviselet módja: önálló.
Tisztsége: vezető tisztségviselő (ügyvezető).
Kozmann György Zoltán (an: Farkas Ildikó)
A jogviszony kezdete: 2007. 09. 10.
A változás időpontja (törlés): 2010. 01. 20.
Törölve: 2010. 01. 20.
A képviselet módja: önálló.
Tisztsége: vezető tisztségviselő (ügyvezető).
Dr. Jules Farkas (an: Gurszky Olga)
Adóazonosító jel: 756.7289.8978.04
Kézbesítési megbízott: Kozmann György Zoltán (an: Farkas
Ildikó)
A jogviszony kezdete: 2010. 01. 20.
A változás időpontja: 2010. 01. 20.
A képviselet módja: önálló.
Tisztsége: vezető tisztségviselő (ügyvezető).
Kozmann György Zoltán (an: Farkas Ildikó)
Adóazonosító jel: 8418573392
A jogviszony kezdete: 2007. 09. 10.
A változás időpontja: 2010. 01. 20.
Bejegyezve: 2010. 01. 20.
1(09). Dr. Jules Farkas (an: Gurszky Olga)
A tagság kezdete: 2010. 01. 20.
A változás időpontja: 2010. 01. 20.
Bejegyezve: 2010. 01. 20.
A fenti adat(ok) bejegyzése és közzététele a következő okirat(ok)
alapján történt: egyéb (formanyomtatvány); Ctv. 3. számú melléklet
II. pontjában meghatározott okiratok törvényességi szempontú
vizsgálatára vonatkozó jogi képviselői nyilatkozat. Az
okirat(ok) a cég cégjegyzékét vezető cégbíróságon megtekinthetők.
2010. 02. 16.

História – Tudósnaptár: Kozmann György [nagyapa?!]

Debrecen, 1905. máj. 11. – Budapest, 1980. júl. 22. Gépészmérnök, egyetemi tanár

1930-ban a budapesti műegyetemen szerzett gépészmérnöki oklevelet. A gazdasági válság idején 1932-1936-ig a Honvédelmi Minisztériumban műszaki rajzoló volt. 1936-1945-ig a diósgyőri gyárban a sajtoló műhely vezetője. 1945-1949 között a MÁVAG diósgyőri kohászati üzemeiben az öntödei osztály, majd a metallográfiai osztály laboratóriumának a vezetője. 1942-1949 között a miskolci Gépipari Középiskolában, 1948-tól az Állami Műszaki Főiskola diósgyőri vaskohászati tagozatán tanított. 1949-ben nevezték ki a BME Gépészmérnöki Karára. 1952-től nyugdíjba vonulásáig tanszékvezető a műszaki mechanika tanszéken. 1951-1960-ig a BME oktatási rektorhelyettese, jelentős szerepet játszott a felsőoktatási reform munkálataiban. Számos hazai és külföldi szakfolyóiratban publikálta a szilárdságtan, a műszaki lengéstan és a rugalmasságtan körébe vágó tanulmányait.

Dr. Kozmann György (DSc) [1941] [apa, 1941, Diósgyőr]

egyetemi tanár

Dr. Kozmann György (D.Sc.) egyetemi tanár, a Pannon Egyetem Egészségügyi Informatikai K+F Központ elnöke.
Okleveles villamosmérnök (BME, 1964), C.Sc. (1981), MTA doktora (2001). A Pannon Egyetemnek 1998 óta főállású oktatója. Részmunkaidőben az MTA MFA tudományos tanácsadója, a Biomérnöki Osztály tudományos osztályvezetője.

Az NJSzT Orvosbiológiai Szakosztály elnöke, az Információ és Menedzsment az Egészségügyben c. lap főszerkesztője. Két nemzetközi és öt magyar szakmai társaság illetve munkabizottság tagja, az OTKA ELE zsűri elnöke. Szakmai érdeklődési területei: egészségügyi információs rendszerek, bioelektromos jelenségek mérése és értelmezése, távdiagnosztika.

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Sikertörténetem/Innováció:

Dr. Kozmann György
v, 08/02/2009 – 15:06 — zsofi

Okleveles villamosmérnök, az MTA doktora, a veszprémi Pannon Egyetem tanára, az Egészségügyi Informatikai K+F Központ elnöke, az MTA MFA tudományos tanácsadója, a megalapítása óta az IME főszerkesztője. Tisztségeit hosszú lenne végig felsorolni és díjainak száma is kellően hosszú listát eredményezne. A Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend Lovagkeresztjét 2006-ban kapta meg. „Saját munkámból a legfontosabbnak azt tartom, hogy létrehozhattam a Pannon Egyetem Műszaki Informatikai Karán a bioelektromos jelenségek képalkotó eljárásaival foglalkozó kutatólaboratóriumot. Itt egy új képalkotó modalitás-család létrehozásáról van szó, amely többek között a szív és agyvizsgálatok új dimenzióit nyitja meg, lényegesen felülmúlva a hagyományos EKG vagy EEG teljesítőképességét. Ezen a területen aktuálisan a hirtelen szívhalálra való hajlam korai detektálásával, illetve az agyi plaszticitási jelenség vizsgálatával foglalkozunk egy interdiszciplináris kutatócsoporton belül.”


Ha a sikerre gondol, mi jut az eszébe?
A sikert, valamilyen tudatosan, esetleg a tudat alatt megfogalmazott lényeges, nem könnyen elérhető cél beteljesülése jelenti. A siker értékét a „tét” nagysága határozza meg.

Siker a munkában. Siker a magánéletben. Mennyire és hogyan egyeztethető össze?
A sikerről beszélve, többnyire a munkában elért eredményre gondolunk, megőrizve a magánélet lényeges örömeit, a külvilág irányában nem emlegetett erőt adó energiaforrásnak. Ide elsősorban a jól működő párkapcsolatot, a gyermekáldást szokás számítani. Magam is úgy látom, hogy a megfelelő háttér, harmónia hiánya az eredményes, elmélyült, hosszantartó munkának gátja.

„Mindenki a saját sikerének kovácsa”?
Egy kutató esetében a sikerhez vezető úton az első állomás a művelt tudományterület lényeges, megoldatlan és hasznosítható problémáinak felismerése. Ez a mozzanat szükségszerűen valamilyen alapkutatási feladat felismeréséhez kapcsolódik, ami már önmagában is alkotó típusú hozzáállást igényel. A kutatási cél megfogalmazásához állhatatos munka szükséges, meg kell ismerni a szakterület irodalmát, de legfőképpen eredeti gondolkozásra van szükség, hiszen a kutatás-fejlesztés élvonalában lévő kutató a lényeges kezdeti pillanatokban „egyedül van”, neki magának kell a leghasznosabb előrevivő lépéseket meghatározni. Ez általában igaz, néhány kivételes esettől eltekintve, mint amilyen, pl. az egyetemi keretek között történő „kutató (PhD) képzés”, amikor a felkészítés keretében a témavezető is segíti, irányítja a folyamatot. Az új gondolat helyességének igazolása, megvalósítása, a szakmai közösség meggyőzése, a sikerhez vezető út további fontos állomása. Ez többnyire nem egyszerű, hiszen tudományáganként különböző mértékben, de a munka elvégzéséhez többnyire eszközökre és munkatársakra is szükség van, ami természetesen megfelelő anyagi forrásokat is igényel. Ennek ellenére, azt hiszem a leglényegesebb azt látni, hogy „igazi siker” hátterében az újszerű felfogás húzódik meg. „Követő típusú” kutatás-fejlesztés eredménye ugyan hasznos lehet, de mivel nem képes az össz-tudás mennyiségét növelni, az ezen az alapon megvalósuló „innováció” nem képes valamely iparágon belül megváltoztatni az ország helyét a nemzetek sorában.

Mikor érezte először sikeresnek magát?
Dátumszerűen nehéz megmondani. Talán a pályám legelején, amikor az MTA Központi Fizikai Kutatóintézetébe kerülhettem és megéreztem, hogy ez ideális hely a természettudományok iránt érdeklődő kíváncsi emberek számára… Az én esetemben talán a legfontosabb mozzanat az volt, amikor a korábban „követő típusú” biomérnöki, elektrokardiológiai kutatás közben először megértettem, hogy a rendelkezésre álló mérnöki, fizikai és orvosi tudás szerencsés ötvözésével miként lehetne a hagyományos EKG vizsgálatok teljesítőképességét lényegesen megnövelni. Ma már tudom, hogy ez nem csupán egy vizsgálóeljárás teljesítményéről szól, de erősen és kedvezően befolyásolhatja az egészségügyi ellátás gazdaságosságát is, hozzájárulhat a XXI. századhoz méltó orvoslás kialakulásához. Bizonyossá vált előttem, hogy a gondolat nem csak lokálisan, egy-egy érdekes publikáció megírása szintjén, de magasabb szinten is fontos, lehetővé teheti sok ezer kritikus állapotú szívbeteg pontosabb diagnózisát, illetőleg lehetővé teheti például a hirtelen szívhalál rizikójának kellő időben történő felismerését. Mindkét probléma megoldása hasznos lehet a hazai betegellátás szempontjából és a hazai egészségügyi műszeripar szempontjából is, és ami egyáltalán nem mellékes, hogy megvalósítása a hazai technológiai háttér mellett is lehetséges. Ez elindított egy úton, ami egyre közelebb visz egy a felfogásom szerinti fontos végső cél eléréséhez. A siker része az is, hogy az MTA Műszaki Fizikai és Anyagtudományi Kutatóintézetében, majd az utóbbi 10 évben meghatározó módon a Pannon Egyetem Informatikai Karán kellően stimuláló környezetben PhD hallgatói és jelentős kutatói támogatással végezhetem a munkámat. A munka végzéséhez szükséges pályázati támogatást sikerült elnyerni, ami nem megy magától, de a szaporodó „részsikerek” növelik a pályázó hitelét és esélyét a jelentős támogatáshoz.

Kit tart Ön sikeresnek?
Az igazi siker számos mozzanatból épül fel. Említettem az új gondolatok fontosságát. Ezen túlmenően fontos említeni a kutatási és innovációs folyamat (divatos rövidítéssel: K+F+I) teljes egészének a sikerre vitelét. Ez, érzésem szerint a végső sikerhez egyre több együttműködő megtalálását igényli, szükségessé teszi a szakmai és a szélesebb közvélemény érdeklődésének felkeltését, támogatásának elnyerését is. Kicsit sántító hasonlattal egy lavina effektusra van szükség a folyamat megvalósításához. Egy kicsit „mindenessé” kell válni ahhoz, hogy mindez megvalósulhasson.  Személyes példám esetében úgy gondolom, hogy azzal, hogy megalapítása óta az IME (az egészségügyi vezetők szaklapja) főszerkesztője lehetek, segíti a kutatási eredmények teljes innovációs folyamatának megvalósítását. A mi országunkban erre kevés példa van…

Mi élete legnagyobb szakmai sikere?

Saját munkámból a legfontosabbnak azt tartom, hogy létrehozhattam a Pannon Egyetem Műszaki Informatikai Karán a bioelektromos jelenségek képalkotó eljárásaival foglalkozó kutatólaboratóriumot. Itt egy új képalkotó modalitás-család létrehozásáról van szó, amely többek között a szív és agyvizsgálatok új dimenzióit nyitja meg, lényegesen felülmúlva a hagyományos EKG vagy EEG teljesítőképességét. Ezen a területen aktuálisan a hirtelen szívhalálra való hajlam korai detektálásával, illetve az agyi plaszticitási jelenség vizsgálatával foglalkozunk egy interdiszciplináris kutatócsoporton belül.

Mik voltak a sikeressé válás állomásai?
Érdekes módon, Magyarországon a mérnöki, számítástechnikai, fizikai kutatási módszerek egészségügyi alkalmazásához kapcsolódó interdiszciplináris kutatások nehezen nyertek polgárjogot. Tulajdonképpen a mai napig nincs olyan akadémiai intézmény, egyetemi tanszék, amely nevében is vállalja ennek az érdekes és fontos területnek a gondozását. Magam, most már több mint 35 éve végzem megszakítás nélkül a kutatásaimat ezen a területen és minden bizonnyal az elsők között próbáltam a téma elismertetéséért dolgozni.

Mi élete legnagyobb szakmai kudarca/sikertelensége?
Szerencsére szakmai kudarcról nem beszélhetek, életpályám meglehetősen zavartalanul alakult.

Ki/kik vagy mi segítették Önt sikerének elérésében?

Az én esetemben Pál Lénárd akadémikus, aki a 70-es években a KFKI akkori főigazgatója volt, nyitotta meg a biomérnöki kutatás végzésének a lehetőségét, azzal, hogy az Intézeten belül az én vezetésemmel életre hívott egy új kutatócsoportot. A szakmai ismertség útján fontos állomás volt, hogy éveken keresztül dolgozhattam a University of Utah Cardiovascular Research and Training Center-ében, a világhírű Abildskov és Lux professzorok közelségében, akik maradandót alkottak a modern kardiológiai méréstechnika kidolgozásában, a kardiológiai alapjelenségek értelmezésében. Külön is kiemelném Bruno Taccardi professzorral kialakult szakmai barátságom szerepét. Ő volt az, aki a XX. század közepétől kezdve, a noninvazív elektrokardiológiai vizsgálatok elméleti és gyakorlati kérdéseinek sorát oldotta meg, és megváltoztatta a klasszikus EKG szemléletet. A magyarországi kutatások infrastrukturális és folyamatosan erősödő kutatói hátterét az elmúlt 10 évben a nagy NKFP, GVOP, Jedlik, stb. sikeres pályázataink sora teremtette meg, az MTA MFA-ban és a Pannon Egyetem Műszaki Informatikai Karán. Az MTA-MFA-ban kiemelném Gyulai József akadémikus szerepét, aki a maga sokoldalú egyéniségével akkor is védte és támogatta az anyagtudományhoz közvetlenül nem kapcsolódó biomérnöki kutatásokat, amikor még ezek fontossága nem kapta meg országos és EU szinten is a kiemelt figyelmet és elismerést. Az utolsó évtizedben az egészséges hazai kutatási struktúra kialakítása szempontjából kiemelkedő fontosságúnak tartom Friedler Ferenc dékán szerepét, hogy az interdiszciplináris szemléletű Műszaki Informatikai Kar keretében létrehozta az Egészségügyi Informatikai Kutató-fejlesztő Központot, amely szakmai területünkön az ország legfontosabb kutatóhelyévé vált, számos hazai és külföldi kutatói és ipari kapcsolattal. Fontos adalék, hogy Karunkon az országban elsőként indult meg az egészségügyi informatika oktatása graduális szinten, illetve ehhez kapcsolódóan létrehoztuk a PhD képzést is.

Mi a siker „receptje”, ha van olyan?
A siker receptjének eddig említett tételein túlmenően fontosnak tartom, hogy a kutató témájának kiválasztásakor ne csupán egy részkérdésre gondoljon, hanem már a korai fázisban megpróbálja elképzelni, hogy az általa vizsgált terület mivé nőheti ki magát. Fontosnak tartom tehát, hogy az ország alkotóképes kutatói olyan kérdésekkel foglalkozzanak, amelynek társadalmi és gazdasági méretben is jelentős kihatásai lehetnek. Az egészségügyhöz kapcsolódó témákat ilyennek érzem, de természetesen több más hasonló fontosságú kutatási terület is létezik. Az egészségügyhöz kapcsolódó példák esetében egyszerre gondolni érdemes az ellátás színvonalának növelésére, és ami legalább ilyen fontos, az egészségügyi ipar (gyógyszer, műszer) termékeinek eladhatóságára is. Úgy gondolom, hogy a jövőben jelentősebb kutatási támogatásra az ilyen típusú munkák számíthatnak.

[Dr.] Jules Farkas’ line:

[nagybácsi]

VIPColor hosts digital label seminar in Budapest [Aug 14, 2009] [The Federation of Screen and Digital Printers Associations]

The VP485e label printer was one of the main features of the recent digital label printing seminar organized in Budapest by Kovacs Gyorgy, vice president of FESPA [The Federation of Screen and Digital Printers Associations]. Over 80 attendees witnessed presentations showing how the unit could handle a variety of print jobs and substrates. The event was organized in combination with VIPColor Technologies and its re-seller in Hungary Own-X.

Following presentations highlighting different inkjet technologies and market applications, Adrian Down, CEO of VIPColor Technologies in the United States, addressed some of the advantages of the VP485e and reasons why there is interest in on demand, digital inkjet printing for customized, short run labels. This interest was endorsed by Eric Bonten of GraphicAll, VIPColor’s re-seller in the Netherlands. With over eight years experience in the field of full color digital label printing, Bonten covered some of the applications where the VP485e is used in Europe. Attendees also saw a range of private label samples produced by GraphicAll customers in markets including pet food, wine, cosmetics, food and beverage, paint and logistics.

‘The seminar was extremely successful,’ said Jules Farkas of VipColor. ‘We demonstrated three VP485e running different labels and as a result, we received orders for seven units during the event. The VP485e is able to provide photo quality, full color labels and uses HP inkjet technology with individual 28ml cyan, magenta and yellow ink cartridges, plus one 69ml black. This means many labels can be printed cost effectively.’

VIPColor Technologies announces European reseller manager [Nov 24, 2008]
[as of June 21, 2011 he is EMEA Director of VIPcolor while somewhere else he is indicated as Sales Director VIPcolor Europe]

VIPColor Technologies has appointed Dr Jules Farkas to the position of European reseller manager responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Based in Vienna, Austria, Dr Farkas has a seven year association with VIPColor and has been working in industrial digital printing solutions and channel management globally for many years.

‘This is an exciting time for anyone using color labels as part of their business with the arrival of VIPColor’s VP485e on demand label printer and its launch,’ said Dr Farkas. ‘I am looking forward to working directly with the VIPColor channel partners to help drive new sales opportunities and grow the European market.’

Adrian Down, CEO at VIPColor, said, ‘We are delighted to have Dr Farkas heading our European reseller channel. With his breadth of industry knowledge, and understanding of global commerce, Dr Farkas is supremely qualified to develop new opportunities and motivate our reseller channel to new levels of success.’

Click here for more stories about VIPColor on L&L.com.

More from L&L on VIPColor and/or Jules Farkas [from Jan 27, 2004 to Oct 22, 2009 in Labels & Labeling]:

VIPColor Technologies launches inkjet label printer [Nov 25, 2008]

Jules Farkas, European reseller director, said: ‘Unlike many units currently available, the VP485 is designed with large separate ink tanks. Each separate ink color can be changed discretely and is operated in conjunction with long-life print heads. This greatly reduces the frequency of replacements as well as the waste and costs associated with today’s tri-color ink cartridges. In addition, this system prints five times faster than any currently on the market and redefines the desktop color label printer market with its speed and quality, expanding the range of applications that can be served with this type of equipment.’

The VP485 enables color labels to be produced in-house, exactly when and where they are needed with the exact content and quantity required. It is suited to the production of labels with variable color, images, text and barcode content and can generate customized product and package labels for events, special occasions or private branding. It is also suited to the regional use required for products sold within foreign markets and for gourmet food, beverage, sauces, food supplements, medical devices, hardware/DIY in-store, colored shoe box labels and apparel price tags.

With high resolution print quality and full bleed printing capability, the VP485 produces labels from rolls or fan folded material in lengths up to 1219mm (48”) depending on width with gap, black mark and continuous format. It is equipped with an adjustable label position sensor and with additional features such as the automatic media loading for user-friendly operation.

VIPColor launches medical verification platform [Oct 22, 2009]

California, USA-based VIPColor Technologies has created a pharmaceutical application that reduces medical errors through the use of color printing with its VIPColor 485e digital printer linked to dedicated software. The application permits the pharmacist to compare the actual medication against a color image of the product. The patient can also verify if the image on the label matches the medication in the container and any difference between the two can immediately be identified.

‘We have already supplied twenty VIPColor 485e printers for this application to hospitals in Taiwan,’ said Dr Jules Farkas of VIPColor Europe. ‘Major hospitals in the region are transitioning to color in order to print labels that can be compared against the medication. Hospitals and pharmacies can print on label blanks the same day that they are required avoiding the problems, costs and waste associated with traditional pre-printed labels. More importantly, this application is enabling them to reduce medication errors and save lives.’

The American Institute of Medicine states that medication errors account for at least 7,000 deaths in the United States alone each year. Around 20 percent of these errors are reportedly deemed due to administering incorrect medical products. In addition, the American Medical Association estimates that over 770,000 patients are injured because of medication errors every year.

AB Graphic appoints Chinese distributor [July 28, 2008]

In a move to strengthen its presence in the region, UK-based AB Graphic International has appointed Do.WellSwiss International its distributor in China. The company will be responsible for the sales and service of the Vectra range of turret rewinders and the Omega label inspection and converting lines.

Based in Guangzhou, Do.WellSwiss International manufactures presses and auxiliary equipment for label, flexible packaging and folding carton production and is an established supplier to the Chinese printing industry.

‘AB Graphic International is a market leader in label converting equipment for the narrow web printing industry with good reliable products,’ said Jules Farkas of Do.WellSwiss. ‘We have extensive experience in the sales and service of equipment in China and the Vectra and Omega lines are a good fit that will enable us to extend our product offering.’

GRE poised with digital alternative in Asia [Nov 8, 2006]

GRE Digital Solutions, a subsidiary of GRE Engineering Products AG of Switzerland, has announced the move of its Hong Kong Operations Center to new premises in Kowloon to further reinforce sales, distribution and servicing of its equipment in Asia.

Dr Jules Farkas, managing director, GRE Digital Solutions, said: ‘It is recognized that the Asian economies have become vibrant with long-term growth anticipated. Accordingly, we felt it was vital to have a strong presence centrally located in Hong Kong.  We have appointed Johnson Lai as general manager based on our belief he will bring the necessary commitment and vision to our digital solutions offerings.’

New technical centre start-up for narrow web printing and converting in China [April 20, 2005]

The Board of Hong Kong based Wutung Holding has announced plans to establish a Technical Centre for printing in South China and has appointed Dr. Jules Farkas to the post of Chairman of the Advisory Board.

Paul S.P. Yeung, chairman comments. ‘There is a need to improve operational quality and productivity in the Chinese narrow and mid-web converting industry, in flexography in particular, and in combination with gravure, screen and offset printing. The Technical Centre will provide theoretical and hands on training in all relevant label and package
printing processes and applications.  Dr Farkas brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and as Chairman will be responsible for bringing together key European and USA companies to participate in the build-up and daily operation of the Technical Centre.’ States Dr Farkas. ‘It is an honour and a challenge to be nominated for this important position and a rare opportunity to be involved in the start-up of a new venture.  It is my goal to develop the UV flexo market in China and the new Technical Centre will serve to achieve this well. We will also address combination printing applications and selected companies with leading technology will be invited to contribute to the success of the centre.’

The new Technical Centre will also establish working relations with the DFTA-TZ at the University of Stuttgart to exchange knowledge and experience of flexography and sponsor members will be sought to start a Chinese Narrow Web Technical Association. Plans are also in place to develop the Advisory Board to oversee and lead the Technical Centre to a successful future.

Dr Farkas has over 30 years experience in the printing industry and has aquired an international reputation for his expertise in bringing new technologies to the fore. He introduced and pioneered the use of UV flexo technology in the late eighties and more recently has been involved in the development of digital printing, laser die cutting and RFID/EAS technology.

L&L sponsors Digital Label and Tag Printing Workshop [Jan 27, 2004]

… Converting Equipment for Digital Presses
Jules Farkas, MNF Consultants Inc. …

On Demand Colour [Sept 9, 2004, from VIPcolor’s Labels & Labeling Magazine – Issue 4 Volume 25]

‘On-demand colour’ systems showcased at Labelexpo Europe will open up new opportunities for label printers in sectors now dominated by black and white printing. Andy Thomas reports on a conference in Amsterdam which focused on opportunities in the secondary labelling sector.

Markets

Despite the slowdown of overall pressure sensitive growth in the mature markets of Europe and the US, there remains plenty of potential to add value within key end use sectors. Industrial labelling and product identification is a sector currently dominiated by black and white print systems, overwhelmningly desktop thermal transfer.

Of particular interest here is a new generation of colour Variable Information Printing (VIP) and Print-on-Demand (POD) systems which could revolutionise the secondary labelling market.

These developments were examined at the Digital Label & Tag workshop held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, organised by the Giga Information Group and sponsored by Labels & Labeling, Canon and Matan.

[Sean Marske was with VIPcolor till 2007, then taken over Memjet Labels, altough he was the founder of VIPcolor in 1998. ]

Kicking off, Sean Marske, president of VIPColor Technologies, looked at the potential for bringing colour into the supply chain. ‘Barcodes are not enough,’ said Marske. ‘Colour coding and picture coding when combined with traditional barcoding, create a comprehensive defence against costly mistakes through the supply chain.”

The emerging market for ‘Colour-on-demand’ sits between the black&white thermal transfer printer, and conventional flexo/offset press technology, where costs are inversely proportional to volume (ie the shorter the run, the higher the cost).

On-demand colour means putting labels into the supply chain when and where they are required and in the exact quantities. Good examples would include end users with multi-site production, multi-language markets, contract manufacturing and packaging, make-to-ship manufacturing and real-time order fulfillment.

On-demand colour helps product locating and reduces shipping errors, but also makes it easier to keep track of work-in-progress and quality control at the manufacturing end.

In the retail environment, the secondary lable moves from being a simple logistics information carrier, to a ‘brochure on the shelf’. Coloured graphics allow store assistants and customers to instantly identify a product.

Picture coding and brand graphics work best where there is a high mix of different products in relatively small amounts – think of electrical components, plumbing parts, telecom and computer components, automotive/machinery spare parts, sporting goods, office supplies and fashion accessories as examples.

Within the logistics chain, colour coding is a powerful tool to complement barcode systems. Colour coding can be used for sell-by date, product expiration date codes, to check destination, and for easier identification in a crowded warehouse.

Although scanning systems work well, companies still ship items to the wrong locations, and colour coded labels allow employees in the despatch bays to act as a last line of defence against errors. Colour can also be used to show which items get shipped first – for example by colour highlighting sell-by-dates.

Label converters have traditionally operated a Print and Distribute model, where a label moves from a blank roll, through conversion on a press to over-printing, transportation and into pre-printed inventory. This system works well fo rhigh run lengths, but has relatively long lead times and increases the costs of inventory management and wastage through product obsolescence or incorrect estimation or demand.

The opportunity is to complement this traditional model with Distribute and Print, where short runs of multi-coloured secondar labels are printed from blank sotck on-demand, reducing lead times, rationalising inventory and reducing waste. This can lead to a new business in managing the end user’s secondary labelling business from digital asset management to proofing, output and delivery. At the same time, it allows converters to offer package customisation, short run marketing and sales campaigns and even product prototyping.

Jules Farkas, president of MNF Consultants, is a longtime advocate of innovative print and converting techniques, so his paper looking on how label converters might integrate digital printing into their conventional operations was eagerly anticipated.

Farkas conceded that takeup of digital presses by label converters has been painfully slow despite the fact that label converters ‘need’ digital printing.

‘Not only are production runs getting shorter and product variations larger with quicker turnarounds, but there are requirements for conventional and variable information printing in one pass. Who will need color-on-demand? Fortune 1000 manufacturers, small and medium manufacturers and retailers and other service providers.’

As well as the logistics chain and product identification opportunities outlined by Sean Marske, Farkas said there would be significant emerging applications for ‘light prime’ labels where high-mix, low-volume producers desire a ‘professional’ look. Examples might include nutriceuticals (vitamins, health supplements etc), organic foods, produce, specialty healthy store products and boutique/hotel/B&B items such as soaps and shampoos.

Farkas also forsees a much more radical development: networked, distributed colour-on-demand label printing. ‘This means real-time control of label content, availability and authorised usage in local or multi-national operations. The advantages are reduced risk of outdated labels, reduced risk of product recalls due to  mislabelling, instant content or format changes in the supply chain, instant reaction to new promotional initiatives. Centrally managed yet remotely executed product localisation.’

About VIPColor

VIPColor Technologies is a leading-edge provider of innovative solutions for the production, management and utilization of package, product, promotion, logistic and location labels across industrial and retail supply chains. We enable onsite digital label printing for day-to-day operations. The company’s application focus is on networked, shop floor batch printing of sophisticated labels to meet mass customization and personalized packaging needs. Targeted at companies dissatisfied with the long lead-time and large print-run constraints dictated by current label delivery methods, VIPColor is dedicated to creating a new level of labeling value around packaging and identification activities.

As a member of the global Venture Corporation Ltd group of companies, VIPColor is part of a rapidly growing, billion-dollar organization offering world-class services in high-tech engineering and manufacturing. VIPColor has facilities in Newark, California (Silicon Valley) and Singapore. Products are marketed worldwide via Reseller and OEM channels.

About Venture (www.venture.com.sg):
from 2010 Full Year Results Announcement press release [Feb 23, 2011]

Venture Corporation Limited … registered sequential quarterly revenue improvement for FY 2010, culminating in full year revenue of S$2.7 billion. For FY 2009, the Group generated revenue of S$3.4 billion. The year-on-year revenue decline for FY 2010 was within expectation given the Group’s earlier guidance on its businessmix shifting towards technology services, products and solutions with greater design and engineering content.

The Group is pleased to report that full year profit attributable to shareholders of the Company (“net profit”) rose 30.9% year-on-year to S$188.1 million.

Venture (SGX: VENM.SI) was founded in 1984 as a global electronics services provider. Today, it is a leading global provider of technology services, products and solutions with established capabilities spanning marketing research, design and development, product and process engineering, design for manufacturability, supply chain management, as well as product refurbishment and technical support across a range of high-mix, high-value and complex products.

The Group has built know-how and intellectual property with domain expertise in printing and imaging; advanced storage systems and devices; handheld interactive scanning and computing products; RF communications and network; test and measurement equipment; medical devices; retail store solution suite of products and industrial products and installations.

Headquartered in Singapore, the Group comprises about 40 companies with global clusters of excellence in South-east Asia, North Asia, America and Europe and employs more than 14,000 people worldwide.

In its pursuit to create unparalleled enterprise excellence across design and engineering, manufacturing and distribution, Venture has forged numerous meaningful partnerships and alliances. As it assumes a key role in the enterprise chain, Venture will continue to tap the knowledge and best-in-class capabilities of global enterprises for breakthrough innovations.

Venture is a strategic partner of choice for successful global companies and ranks among the best in managing the value chain for leading electronics companies. It is committed to enhancing its competencies through further investments in technologies, market access capabilities and its people. It stands poised, to provide the leading edge and remain relevant in a constantly changing and evolving world.

Contract Manufacturing / Venture Corporation:

Venture Corporation Limited, established in 1984, is a public listed company with shares quoted on the Stock Exchange of Singapore.

The Venture Group comprises about 40 companies and employs more than 14,000 people worldwide.

Over the years Venture has made incremental investments and expanded its operations with manufacturing facilities and offices in strategic locations worldwide. These are organised as global clusters of excellence across South-East Asia, North Asia, America and Europe.

Venture is a strategic partner for successful global companies providing a fully integrated range of original design manufacturing (“ODM“), electronics manufacturing services (“EMS“) and e-fulfillment services (“EFS“). With complementary engineering capabilities, operational synergy, real-time infrastructure interfaces and faster time-to-market, Venture ranks among the best in managing the value chain for leading electronics companies.

Ngit Liong Wong, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Group President, Member of Investment Committee, Member of Remuneration Committee and Member of Nominating Committee, Venture Corp Ltd.

Age: 70

Mr. Ngit Liong Wong has been the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Venture Group of Companies since 1986. Mr. Wong serves as Group President and Chief Executive Officer of Venture Corporation Limited. Mr. Wong has been instrumental to the overall growth and development of Venture Corp. Ltd.’s businesses. Mr. Wong was instrumental in developing the business of Venture Group from the start-up phase.

Mr. Wong spent more than 12 years with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) holding various management positions at headquarters Palo Alto (USA), Santa Clara and Cupertino Divisions, HP Singapore and HP Malaysia.

He served as Managing Director of Venture Corporation Limited. Mr. Wong has been Chairman of the Board of Venture Corporation Limited since February 4, 2004. He serves as an Executive Director of Venture Corp. Ltd.

Mr. Wong served as Director of DBS Group Holdings Ltd. from May 3, 2004 to August 2009. He served as Director of DBS Bank Ltd., a subsidiary of Dbs Group Holdings Ltd since May 3, 2004.

Mr. Wong serves as Director of:
– Advanced Products Corporation Pte Ltd.,
– Royal Phillips Electronics Sector Cebelian Holdings Pte Ltd.,
– EAS Security Systems Pte Ltd.,
– Innovative Trek Technology Pte Ltd., International Enterprise Singapore,
– Multitech Systems Pte Ltd.,
– NLW Pte Ltd.,
– Pintarmas Sdn Bhd,
– PT Venture Electronics Indonesia,
– V-Design Services (M) Sdn Bhd,
– Technocom Systems Sdn Bhd,
– Univac Precision Engineering Pte Ltd.,
– Ventech Data Systems Pte Ltd.,
– Ventech Investment Ltd.,
– Venture Electronics (Europe) B.V,
– Venture Electronics International, Inc.,
– Venture Electronics Solutions Pte Ltd.,
– Venture Electronics Spain, S.L.,
– Venture Hungary Electronics Manufacturing Limited Liability Company,
– Singapore Economic Development Board,
– VIPColor Technologies Pte Ltd.,
– VIPColor Technologies USA, Inc., VM Services, Inc., and
– VS Electronics Pte Ltd.

He served as Member of the Supervisory Board at Koninklijke Philips Electronics Nv from April 21, 2005 to 2009. Mr. Wong served as an Independent Director of Singapore Exchange Ltd., since November 15, 1999. Mr. Wong served as a Director of SIA Engineering Co., Ltd., from March 1, 2000 to July 21, 2006. He was previously on the Boards of k1 Venture Limited, Keppel Capital Holdings Limited and Keppel Tat Lee Bank Limited. He serves as Chairman of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Board of Trustees.

He serves as Member of the Research Innovation and Enterprise Council under the Prime Minister’s Office.

Among the recognitions accorded him were the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Master Entrepreneur Award in 2002, and Singapore Business Time/DHL Worldwide Express Businessman of the Year in 1998.

Mr. Wong holds a 1st Class (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering, (Bachelor of Science) and Master of Science (EE) degree from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Mr. Wong also holds an MBA degree with distinction from McGill University under the Canadian Commonwealth Fellowship.

Netbook prices starting $50 less at $200 via Intel MeeGo strategy

Preliminary reading:
Acer & Asus: Compensating lower PC sales by tablet PC push [March 29, 2011 with comprehensive update on Aug 2, 2011] which is showing IHS iSuppli’s recent mobile broadband device forecast with constituents of Apple’s dominant position in the media tablet space as well as serious technical and market problems with the original version of Honeycomb up to now
>>> please note after reading this that for ASUStek the below $200 market trial with MeeGo netbooks is much-much more than simply to keep the netbook category alive
Intel: accelerated Atom SoC roadmap down to 22nm in 2 years and a “new netbook experience” for tablet/mobile PC market [April 17, 2011]

Asus will ready some other experimental products in the coming weeks, such as the X101 model of its popular Eee PC netbooks. The device has attracted attention for its low price ($199) and use of the MeeGo operating system, a relatively new, open source technology project backed by Intel (and, formerly, Nokia). Shih said the X101 will also be available in Microsoft Windows and Google Android versions. Asus decided to offer a MeeGo flavor of the device so consumers could choose from a range of operating systems, he added.

Asus: Super-Thin ‘Ultrabooks’ Can Capture 50% Of Notebook Market [July 29, 2011]

Intel: MeeGo exists because Microsoft let us down [April 20, 2011]
Interview: Even Windows 7 doesn’t do enough for Atom, says chip giant

Despite saying that “Intel is very supportive of Windows,” James Reinders, Chief Evangelist of Software Tools at Intel, criticises Microsoft roundly in an interview with TechRadar.

Why? He says it’s taken too long for the software giant to make Windows run well on Atom and to make a success of Intel’s UMPC and MID ideas.

“Microsoft hasn’t been quite as aggressive as we might have hoped at supporting Atom, especially in the embedded space and that’s why we came up with our platform Moblin – which is now MeeGo. Intel is all about platform choice, choice of operating system and so on, and we believe in the opportunity of embedded very strongly.”

“Some of their Windows offerings are great now, but Moblin started a number of years ago when we didn’t see Windows in that space at all. We’re thrilled to death to see user mode scheduling in Windows 7 but the progress of Windows 7 still limited – it doesn’t go all the places we think Atom will go.”

Those places include smartphones, MIDs, tablets and in-car systems, for a start, and Android – or the version of Mac OS in the iPad – just isn’t enough in his view. “We feel people want an operating system that is more powerful on these devices.

What web browsers does MeeGo come with? [Dec 24, 2010]

There are two MeeGo images, one comes with Google Chrome that requires you to agree to a EULA. The other image comes with Chromium. Both images also come with Mozilla Firefox.

Chromebooks Are Doomed to Fail [PCWorld, May 15, 2011]

The Chromebook is not any lighter or smaller than a standard netbook. It boots up faster, and has longer battery life than a full notebook, but so do most netbooks. The difference between the Chromebook and a standard netbook is that with a netbook you can do everything you can do with a Chromebook, and you can still do all of things you normally do with a PC.

Essentially, buying a Chromebook is like buying a television that is only capable of delivering some of the channels, even though there are televisions available for the same price that can give you all of the channels. The Chromebooks are going to retail from $350 to $500. Funny thing about that–at BestBuy.com there are 15 netbooks listed that range from $230 to $530.

Early MeeGo devices supporting a compute continuum [July 1, 2011]

… MeeGo has a full featured PC OS at its core, with a series of device UI builds. Device manufacturers take these builds and build their own device experiences upon them. Thus with this approach MeeGo is raising the tide of all devices in a relative short time period. It is a different approach to spending years focused on one segment like handsets before stepping out incrementally to tablets. Not saying it is a better approach. It’s a different strategy, or strength, that gets a broader set of device types and experiences out there running MeeGo sooner. At this pace with IVI and embedded devices, next year MeeGo could be running on more device types than any other mobile OS.

In the PC world a desktop vs a laptop is a hard distinction. There’s little possibility to get those confused. With mobile devices it will be harder to have a distinction between handset and tablet, and tablet and netbook. And with TV, having devices work cooperatively for a full TV experience, it’s hard to define what is a definitive TV computing device.

For OSs that are built from the ground up with a specific device in mind this could be a problem. We see that with Windows today. It’s just about the most mature OS out there, and while you can put Windows on a tablet it’s not the best experience. The text based menus and mouse designed boxes, and file based navigation, do not translate well to touch based devices. Thus with Windows 8, Microsoft is putting a significant effort to build it from the ground up to be more touch friendly.

For MeeGo, as an OS that can be easily tweaked to work for a new devices segment, this is an opportunity. As device categories blur lines; as tablets get keyboards, as netbooks get touch screens, as OLED screens come out and devices can wrap, bend and extend their shape, it will be hard to define what is a handset verses another device. Device manufacturers will have flexibility with MeeGo, to quickly pull together what they need for the device they are shipping.

Update: Asustek expects better business performance in 2H11 [Aug 17, 2011]

Asustek Computer expects its performance in the second half of 2011 to be better than that of fellow Taiwan-based companies, according to CFO David Chang.

Asustek is likely to hit record quarterly revenues in the third
quarter and is optimistic about business operation in the fourth mainly due to the launch of second-generation Eee Pad Transformer tablets and ultrabook notebooks, Chang said.

Asustek aims at a 14% market share for notebooks in China, and
became the largest vendor in Eastern Europe’s notebook market in the second quarter. In addition, Asustek is poised to make forays into Latin America, especially Brazil and Mexico.

Asustek expects to ship 14 million notebooks and 4.5-5 million Eee PCs in 2011, Chang indicated. Asustek shipped 11.4 million motherboards in the first half and expects to ship 22.5-23 million for the year.

Asustek begins marketing Eee PC X101/X101H netbooks [July 29, 2011]

Asustek Computer will begin marketing its low-priced Eee PC X101/X101H netbooks in the US, Taiwan and other markets by the end of July. For the US market, the Eee PC X101, which runs on Intel’s MeeGo OS, is priced at US$199, while the X101H, powered by Windows 7 Starter, is available at US$299.

Since global sales of netbooks have been pressed down drastically by the launch of tablet PCs, the roll-out of the Eee PC X101/X101H will be crucial for other vendors to decide whether they should continue to bring out new netbooks, according to industry sources.

More information from elsewhere:

Eee PC X101 from Eee PC X101 product site Eee PC X101H from ASUS Product Guide (July-August 2011)
Operating System MeeGo Genuine Windows® 7 Starter
Display 10.1″ LED Backlight WSVGA (1024×600) Screen 10.1″ LED Backlight WSVGA (1024×600) Screen
CPU Intel® Atom™ N435 [Q3’11, single core, 1.33GHz/0.5M cache]]/N455 Intel® Atom™ N455 [Q2’10, single core] (1.66GHz)/1M cache [?0.5M cache?]
Memory DDR3, 1 x SO-DIMM, 1GB (Maximum 2GB ) 1GB DDR3 RAM
Storage 2.5″ SATA 8GB SSD HDD,
2 GB DropBox cloud storage
250GB
Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz*1
Bluetooth V3.0*1
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n,
Bluetooth 3.0
Camera 0.3 M Pixel Camera Built-in Webcam
Audio Stereo Speakers
Interface 2 x USB 2.0,
1 x Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-In),
1 x Card Reader : SD/ SDHC/ MMC
Battery 4hrs (3cells, 28W/h) battery life*
*Operation lifetime subject to product model, normal usage conditions and configurations. For more information, please visit our web site.
3 cell battery, 2600 mAh
Dimensions 262 x 180 x 17.6 mm (WxDxH) 262 x 180 x 22 mm (WxDxH)
Weight 0.92 Kgs (w/ 3cell battery) 1.02 Kgs (w/ 3 cell battery)
Color Texture : Red, White, Brown Texture : Red, White, Brown
Note *1 : Availability is dependent on selected model, country or operator support. Check with your local ASUS website for more details.

Eee PC X101H from ASUS Product Guide (July-August 2011)

The ASUS X101H is not just another netbook, it’s a social media machine. Super lightweight weighing less than 1.02 Kgs and only 22 mm thin, it still packs in the latest Intel® Atom™ CPU for exceptional performance. It comes in two flavors: the all-new MeeGo operating system, which boots up in seconds and integrates all your favorite social sites like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr into one convenient and easy to use home screen, and the popular Windows® 7 OS, which has ASUS Instant On technology so you can resume your session in 2 seconds. Offered in a variety of stylish colors, it’s the perfect accessory for wanting to stay connected when traveling.

Eee PC X101 from Eee PC X101 product site

Colorful and light, right at your fingertips

· Wing-shaped inspired design, under 17.6mm

· Easy-use MeeGO operating system for real netbook usage

· Have fun with asus @vibe and asus app store for cloud content enjoyment

Slim profile

clip_image002The X101 was designed to be thin and lightweight, for maximum portability. Boasting a profile that’s less than 17.6 mm thick and weighing less than 920 gram, it easily slips into bags without adding much bulk. Featuring a comfortable chiclet keyboard for typing and large responsive touchpad, the X101 just screams to be used.

Your social networking companion – MeeGo OS

clip_image003Today’s digital life is all about staying connected. We write blogs, upload photos and stay connected with friends on countless social networking sites. The new MeeGo Operating System on the X101 brings the internet to you in a new intuitive interface, integrating Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media sites onto the homepage for quick access so you can stay connected even faster.

English learning application

The X101 isn’t all play; it’s also a learning tool. Included with the MeeGo OS is the British Council English Language Learning application, designed for people from non-native English speaking countries who aspire to improve their English. The product takes the form of a content bundle of interactive games, videos and mp3s which are preinstalled on the X101. Over 300 pieces of material was developed by English Language Training (ELT) leaders and the British Council, with the application designed by Intel’s award winning Performance Learning Solutions.

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Cloud computing for everyone

The X101 is preloaded with not only the MeeGo OS, but also the ASUS App store so you can download applications and stay productive and entertained. Discover apps, games, extensions and themes for the Google Chrome web browser on the Chrome Webstore. Also available is access to asus @vibe, which provides a fun, easy and convenient center filled with rich cloud computing content. As an added bonus, the popular Dropbox online storage is preloaded so you can easily and seamlessly sync files across your desktop, netbook or smart phone.

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Chip Shot: MeeGo Netbooks Based on Intel Atom Arrive at Computex [Intel, May 31, 2011]

The ecosystem around MeeGo-based netbooks expands with the introduction of devices including the Acer Aspire One Happy 2, Asus Eee PC X101, Samsung N100 and Lenovo IdeaPad S100 at Computex. These systems are based on the new, 1.33 GHz single-core Intel® Atom™ processor N435. These netbooks will provide new levels of affordability for market expansion. Acer and Asus netbooks will come pre-loaded with the Intel AppUpSM center in select countries. Also at Computex, Acer demonstrated a MeeGo-based tablet on stage at the Intel netbook, tablet and software focused satellite event.

Intel officially unveils Atom N435 chip for low cost netbooks [June 1, 2011]

The Intel Atom N435 is a 1.33 GHz single core chip with 512K of cache and an estimated TDP of about 5W. As expected, it’s basically the newest and slowest member of the Intel Atom Pine Trail family. The next step up the ladder are the 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 and N455 chips which were introduced last year and which have TDP’s of 5.5W and 6.5W respectively.

Intel is making an interesting move by launching a new Pine Trail chip this summer. The company is pushing its new Oak Trail platform for tablets and will start shipping next-generation Cedar Trail chips for netbooks and notebooks soon. So why launch a new chip using last year’s tech and offering lessperformance?

In a word: price. The Atom N435 is a budget chip which makes dirt cheap netbooks like the Eee PC X101 possible. You also don’t need a blazing fast processor to offer decent performance with MeeGo Linux, an operating system optimized for Atom and other low power chips. I also suspect that Windows 7 will run reasonably well on the 1.33 GHz processor… I just wouldn’t expect good results with HD video playback.

Intel’s New Atom Processor to Lower Netbook Prices [PC World, June 1, 2011]

Intel on Wednesday [June 1] said it has introduced a new Atom processor to bring down the price of netbooks in emerging markets to under US$200.

Netbooks are generally priced above $250. New netbooks using the N435 will provide “new levels of affordability for emerging markets,” said Suzy Ramirez, an Intel spokeswoman, in an e-mail [to PC World].

Lower prices could also help draw renewed interest in netbooks, which are small and low-powered laptops for basic word processing and Internet surfing. After a phenomenal take-off in 2008, netbook shipments have stumbled in the last year, partly due to a growing interest in tablets.

ASUS “INNOVATION BEYOND EXPECTATIONS” AT COMPUTEX 2011 [Asustek, May 31, 2011]

Eee PC evolved

ASUS evolves the Eee PC further with new models that take netbooks to ever-greater heights. The new Eee PC X101 has been designed from the start to be the perfect ultraportable for modern mobile users, with its Intel® MeeGo operating system incorporating full support for a wide range of social networking services. Eee PC X101 Series netbooks are also offered with the Windows® 7 operating system, and models ship with both solid state and mechanical hard drive storage configurations.

ASUS Unveils New Innovations at Computex 2011 [Asustek, June 2, 2011]

New Eee PCs
ASUS are committed to developing the Eee PC range and bring users three new options for fully functional computing on the go.

The 10.1” Eee PC X101 is a true ultraportable with the Intel MeeGo OS and the latest Intel Atom 435 processor. Offering a QWERTY keyboard, wireless and full support for social networking it is the perfect companion for computing away from home.

The 10.1” Eee PC X101H is the X101’s big brother, with the added choice of either Intel MeeGo or Windows 7, and the option of either HDD or SSD drive. Featuring Instant On technology to bring the netbook to life in just seconds (and last 2 weeks in standby) plus a range of stylish colours, users can make a statement across the entertainment, work and fashion worlds.

There’s a reason the $200 Eee PC X101 will be so cheap [May 30, 2011]

… now that more specs are available, it turns out that Asus isn’t just keeping the price low by using open source software instead of paying for a Windows license. The company is also taking a page out of it’s 2008 playbook and offering the MeeGo Linux version of the Eee PC X101 with a small battery and very little storage.

Asus Eee PC X101H lands at the FCC [July 19, 2011]

Here’s a comparison between the Eee PC X101H (above) and the X101 (below) and you can see the difference in thickness, and port choice:

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Thanks to MeeGo, Asus Makes Good on Its $200 Laptop Promise [PC World, July 28, 2011]

Reportedly due to begin shipping in September, the Eee PC X101 was first spotted earlier this week on several U.S. retailers’ websites, as Liliputing pointed out on Tuesday. At PCSuperStore, for instance, it’s now available for preorder at a price of $199.73, while at Directronit’s listed at $208.98.

Now there’s also an official product page for the machine on the Asus site, and the netbook turned up on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Exhibits List as well, complete with photos and a user manual.

Samsung launches new Super-Light N100 Netbook [July 21, 2011]

The N100 Netbook demonstrates Samsung’s continued innovation while delivering superior quality, mobility and satisfaction to our customers.

clip_image001[6]Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd,a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the N100 Netbook in India. Containing a powerful Intel Atom processor within a highly portable ultra-durable casing, the N100 is the answer for users looking for a simple, practical and connected device to use on-the-go.

“The N100’s design is based on our tremendously successful N150P Netbook, which has sold over 3 million units to date. The N100 Netbook demonstrates Samsung’s continued innovation while delivering superior quality, mobility and satisfaction to our customers. The N100 continues our line of high-quality Netbooks and represents superb value for money,” said Mr. Ranjit Yadav, Country Head, Samsung Mobile& IT.

Durable Design with an Anti-Reflective Screen

Despite weighing just 1.03kg, the integration of Samsung’s scratch-resistant Duracase ensures the Samsung N100 is durable and robust. The device delivers long-lasting reliability, which has been demonstrated through an exhaustive testing process. This durable portability ensures the device can be used for long stretches whilst on-the-move. However durability doesn’t have to come at the cost of design and the N100 is stylish and elegant and available in either black or white.

High quality video and pictures can be enjoyed both inside and outdoors with the device’s anti-reflective 10.1” LED display. The display contains a matt surface designed to reduce ‘mirror effect’, which allows longer use without undue strain on the eyes. The screen is also more resistant to scratching, enabling a higher quality viewing experience for a longer amount of time.

A User-Friendly Experience

Usability is at the heart of the N100’s design. The device includes Intel’s innovative MeeGo™ operating system*1 (OS), to deliver an efficient and enjoyable user experience. The interface has been designed to enable easy access to online and offline contents, while social networks can be viewed at a glance – meaning that it’s easier to stay connected. A fast boot-up process and energy-efficient design means that MeeGo™ is perfect for those on the move. A free DOS or Genuine Windows® 7*2 operating platform is also available as a factory option.

While the N100 may have a compact form factor, this does not impact upon the device’s usability. Thanks to the inclusion of an ergonomic keyboard with intelligent key spacing, typing is easier, faster and more accurate. The user experience is also enhanced through improved connectivity options; two USB ports enable the connection of additional peripheral devices as well as a VGA port to connect a larger external monitor.

Performance & Satisfaction Guaranteed

The N100 is powered by a dual[single] core Intel Atom processor, which combined with an Intel GMA 3510 graphics processor delivers a swift, responsive experience. The Intel Atom processor is also incredibly energy-efficient, making better use of the battery life and extending usage time when on-the-move. Power reduction is reduced by up to 50 times.

Pricing and Availability

The Samsung N100 Netbook is priced at Rs. 12,290/- [US$278]. With the addition N100, Samsung has a range of eight netbooks in its portfolio priced between Rs. 12,290/- to Rs. 21, 990/-.

Specifications

Display 10.1” (1024*600) WSVGA, Anti-reflective LED
Operating System* MeeGo
CPU* Intel® ATOM™ Processor N435 (1.33GHz)
Memory* 1 GB DDR3
HDD* 250 GB (5400 rpm)
Graphic Intel GMA 3150
Port GA, Headphone-out, Mic-in, 2 x USB 2.0,4-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), RJ45(LAN), DC-In(Power Port)
Battery 3 Cell (40 Watt)
Dimension 264 x 188.0 x 26.7~34.7 mm (10.3” x 7.4” x 1.05” ~ 1.36”)
Weight 1.03 kg (2.27lbs)

Tackling the Android tide

Remarks by Larry Page on the quarterly earning calls [July 14, 2011, see also Larry Page to boost Google even more as becoming CEO again [April 2, 2011]]

We have tremendous new businesses being viewed as “crazy” Android We actually have a new metric to report of 550,000 Android Devices activated a day!

[See the full post by Larry Page later]

Follow-up:
Nokia Lumia (Windows Phone 7) value proposition [Oct 26, 2011]
Note: the “affordable” Nokia Lumia 710 for 270 EUR [US$ 376] is the one produced by Compal (the 800 is by Nokia itself)

Updates:
Supercharging Android: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility [Larry Page, Aug 15, 2011]

We recently explained (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/when-patents-attack-android.html) how companies including Microsoft and Apple are banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android. The U.S. Department of Justice had to intervene in the results of one recent patent auction to “protect competition and innovation in the open source software community” (http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/April/11-at-491.html) and it is currently looking into (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903635604576476430510833852.html) the results of the Nortel auction.  Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.

Is Google buying Motorola for its 24,000 patents? [April 15, 2011]

Motorola Mobility Holdings’ CEO Discusses Q2 2011 Results – Earnings Call
Transcript
  [July 28, 2011]

… we own one of the strongest and most respected patent portfolios in the industry. We have over 17,000 patents granted and over 7,000 patents pending with particular strength in 2G and 3G essential, non-essential patents important to the delivery of competitive products in the marketplace, video particularly compression, decompression and security technologies and finally, a leading position in 4G LTE essential.

With new entrants to the mobile space resulting from the convergence of mobility, media, computing and the internet, our patent portfolio is increasingly important. …

@parmy Parmy Olson [Forbes’ London bureau chief]
Microsoft buying Nokia doesn’t seem like such a wild idea anymore. #Google #Motorola
2 hours ago via TweetDeck

Google’s Motorola Deal Could Give Windows An Opening [Forbes guest post, Aug 15, 2011]

Nokia says Google-Motorola deal may help Windows Phone [Aug 15, 2011]

This further reinforces our belief that opportunities for the growth of Nokia’s smartphone business will be greatest with Windows Phone. This could prove to be a massive catalyst for the Windows Phone ecosystem. Additionally, with our respective intellectual property portfolios, Nokia and Microsoft are working together to build and nurture an innovative ecosystem that benefits consumers, operators, developers and other device manufacturers.

Quotes from Android partners [Larry Page, Aug 15, 2011]

“We welcome today’s news, which demonstrates Google’s deep commitment to defending Android, its partners, and the ecosystem.”

– J.K. Shin

President, Samsung, Mobile Communications Division

“I welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

– Bert Nordberg

President & CEO, Sony Ericsson

“We welcome the news of today‘s acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem.”

– Peter Chou

CEO, HTC Corp.

“We welcome Google‘s commitment to defending Android and its partners.”

– Jong-Seok Park, Ph.D

President & CEO, LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

Google acquisition of Motorola likely to benefit Taiwan production partners, but potential uncertain [Aug 17, 2011]

Share prices of Taiwan-based companies known to have strong business relations with Motorola staged a rally on August 16, one day after Google announced its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility as investors expect the deal will bring more orders for those companies. However, some industry watchers commented that Google may eventually release Motorola’s hardware business, forcing Taiwan handset ODMs, and parts and components suppliers to face more uncertainties.

The deal should help improve the financial structure as well as
business of Motorola, which will then release more orders to its production partners in Taiwan, said the sources, indicating the potential beneficiaries include Arima Telecommunications, Compal Communications, Merry Electronic, Ichia Technologies and Chi Cheng Enterprise.

Arima is currently a major ODM of feature phones for Motorola, while Compal and Foxconn International Holdings (FIH) are smartphone ODMs for the vendor. Motorola’s focus on Android phones after being merged with Google will benefit all three ODMs, said the sources.

Motorola is expected to outsource a total of 11-13 million handsets to Taiwan ODMs in 2011, with more than 90% being feature phones, said the sources, indicating that shipments of smartphones to Motorola have more growth potential.

However, the sources pointed out initial orders from Motorola after being merged with Google are unlikely to increase substantially as Google has said it will run Motorola as a separate business and will treat all Android partners equally. This means that Motorola will be able to increase its orders to production partners if doing so remains competitive.

Motorola, operating as an independent handset vendor under Google, still also posts a potential threat to HTC and other Android phone vendors. Google is likely to compete directly with HTC or Samsung Electronics unless it sells or terminates Motorola’s hardware business eventually, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.

Taiwan handset PCB and chipset vendors hail Google acquisition of Motorola [Aug 17, 2011]

Taiwan-based handset PCB and chipsets makers have applauded Google’s announcement of acquiring Motorola Mobility, expecting that a growing Android mobile device market will help boost their sales.

Unimicron Technology and Compeq Manufacturing are currently two Taiwan-based PCB suppliers for Motorola, but supply volumes take only a small portion of their total shipments, according to industry sources.

Taiwan-based handset chipset vendors MediaTek and MStar  Semiconductor have been developing handset solutions for Android models because Apple has a preference of buying handset chips from players outside Taiwan.

MediaTek has also been cooperating with Motorola for some time and so the integration between Google and Motorola is certainly good news for MediaTek as well as MStar from a long-term point of view, the sources asserted.

IHS iSuppli News Flash: Fast Facts on Google’s Purchase of Motorola Mobility [Aug 15, 2011]

 The Motorola Mobility acquisition puts Google Inc. in a stronger position in any potential patent dispute with Apple Inc. “From an intellectual property (IP) standpoint, the acquisition bolsters Google’s negotiating position with Apple, in the event that Apple goes after Android-based products the same way it did with Samsung in Europe,” said Francis Sideco, principal analyst, wireless communications, for IHS. “If nothing else, Google will be able to assert Motorola’s IP for the 3GPP and 3GPP2 cellphone specifications, which are used in both the iPhone and iPad.”

Motorola’s product development capabilities also may have made it an attractive acquisition target for Google. “Motorola has been closely following Google Android’s operating system release schedule,” said Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless communications, for IHS. “Whenever Google releases a new version of Android, Motorola almost immediately has a device ready with the latest revision of the software, reflecting the company’s prodigious product development capabilities.”Google previously has used new HTC and Samsung products to demonstrate the latest capabilities of the Android operating system. For example, the HTC MyTouch and Samsung Nexus S served to show off the operating systems’ capabilities so other OEMs could follow the example. Now, Motorola is the company that will set the example.

Motorola can serve as Google’s product R&D department as Android spreads into new markets,”Teng added. “Motorola has engineering expertise in a wide range of products where Android will be used, including set-top boxes and televisions. The addition of Motorola’s engineering and intellectual property will accelerate Android’s time-to-market in these areas and potentially revitalize the Google TV business, which so far has met with little success.”

The acquisition could prompt some Android licenses to increase their focus on alternative operating systems, such as Windows Phone.“ Although Google has said Motorola will continue to operate as a separate company, this development has to raise questions among the other Android licensees as to the level of support they will get from Google in the future. Even before this announcement, Motorola already had gotten preferential treatment, receiving first access to Honeycomb on the tablet side. While it’s unlikely that the other licensees will abandon Android, they could shift their priorities and focus more R&D toward Windows Phone from Microsoft.”

Motorola ranked sixth in the global smartphone business in the second quarter. The company held a 4 percent share of global unit shipments. Company shipments amounted to 4.4 million, up 7.3 percent from 4.1 million in the first quarter, as shown in the table below.

Since hitting bottom in the first quarter of 2009, Motorola has been experiencing nearly uninterrupted quarterly growth in smartphone shipments. Quarterly company shipments have expanded sequentially for the past nine consecutive quarters, with the exception of the first quarter of 2011, as shown in the figure below.

Motorola once was the world’s No. 2 cellphone maker. As recently as the first quarter of 2007, Motorola was the world’s second-largest cellphone shipper after Nokia on the strength of its stylish RAZR product line. However, because of its difficulties in offering compelling new models following the success of the RAZR, Motorola’s share of global cellphone shipments went into decline. Following a precipitous and sustained drop in shipments and market share, the company made a strategic decision to shift its focus away from low-margin, mass-market cellphones and toward higher-profit smartphones based on the Android operating system, like the Droid and Backflip.

Motorola Inc.’s XOOM media tablet introduced early this year represented the first legitimate match for Apple Inc.’s iPad 3G, in terms of features and pricing. The IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis service’s dissection of the device determined the Motorola XOOM carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $359.92, based on pricing in March 2011, compared to approximately $320 for a 3G iPad with 32GB of NAND flash memory, based on pricing from April 2010.

Learn More > Low-End Smartphones Boost Market Growth

Has Google wasted $12bn on a dud patent poker-chip? [The Register, Aug 15, 2011]

Larry Page’s Moto bluff fails to convince

Analysis It’s all about patents, says Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page. Google insists that it bought Motorola to shore up its Android platform, which is caught in a litigious pincer movement from old buddies Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison. Microsoft is merely egging them on the sidelines as the manbags fly, shouting: “Fight!”

But analysts I’ve spoken to are already wondering how much due diligence Google performed before the announcement, or whether the Motorola acquisition will turn out to rival Terra’s legendary, rushed purchase of EMI. Here’s why.

Android is a copycat platform. The APIs copy Java, and the UI copies Apple’s iPhone. Oracle believes Google has violated Java IP, which it acquired with Sun Microsystems. Google says the language, and a third of Android’s API’s are “derivative” of Java. On the other warpath, Apple has launched three dozen lawsuits relating to usability and UI. Apple is hurling these lawsuits at Android licensees, rather than at Google itself. Google has refused to indemnify its partners, causing much nervousness.

But Motorola’s IP war chest does not help Google here. It is poor where it needs to be rich. It is no help at all in the Oracle battle, which (alas) as many people have forgotten today, is largely about copyrights not patents. The Motorola patent war chest could only help Google against Apple by opening up a new front, with retaliatory litigation which threatens every rival handset manufacturer. But have a look where Motorola patents’ strengths are: radio engineering and design. The most vital radio patents are already covered by existing patent pools.

Bear in mind, too, that Nokia has a patent portfolio that is as strong as – or stronger than – Motorola’s. Nokia executives believed it was so strong it would derail the Cupertino upstart. But when Nokia and Apple settled last month, Nokia barely came out ahead, with a one-off payment of €430m.

These radio and design patents of legacy manufacturers such as Motorola or Nokia really aren’t worth quite as much as their owners think they are.

Google has paid $12.5bn for a negotiating chip that appears to be almost impossible to redeem. In this light, the acquisition looks like panic, rather than a calm and carefully deliberated strategy. Google didn’t take IP seriously, bidding silly numbers (such as pi billion dollars [1]) for the Nortel patents. Then it realised it might be in trouble, and so went out and bought some IBM patents. Now it has splurged $12.5bn, truly believing the IP is going to be useful.

Hats off again to Motorola’s leadership, though. The company has been trying to sell its phone division for over three-and-a-half years [3] – and nobody wanted to know. “Who would buy a
loss-making mobile maker?” we asked in 2008.

Moto merely had to whisper to Google: “We can solve your patent woes,” and its shareholders were rewarded beyond their wildest hopes. Google’s offer price has a huge premium over the market’s valuation of what Motorola is worth.

With the right timing and the right sales seduction, it is amazing what the right mug punter can be prepared to pay.

End of Updates

Regarding the Apple vs. Android situation in the tablet space see:
Acer & Asus: Compensating lower PC sales by tablet PC push [March 29, 2011 with comprehensive update on Aug 2, 2011] which is showing Apple’s dominant position as well as serious technical and market problems with the original version of Honeycomb up to now
Update: Apple hikes 2H11 iPhone orders to over 56 million units [Aug 15, 2011]

Apple has upward adjusted the total order volume for iPhones,
consisting of iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA and iPhone 5, for the second half of 2011 by 12-13%, from 50 million units originally estimated at the end of the second quarter of 2011 to more than 56 million units. iPhone 5 will account for 25.5-26 million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

iPhone 5 orders for the third quarter of 2011 have been lowered from seven million units to 5.5-6 million units, while fourth-quarter orders have been raised from 14 million units to more than 20 million units, the sources pointed out. Total orders for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4 CDMA for the third quarter exceed 20 million units, and fourth-quarter orders have been
reduced to eight million units, the sources indicated.

Total shipments iPhones in 2011 will reach 95 million units, the sources noted. While Taiwan-based supply chain makers will benefit from increased component orders, they are expected to see pressure for price cuts from Apple, especially touch panel makers which account for the largest proportion of total production costs, the sources said.

What about Windows Phone 7 chances to compete with that?

The chances are suddenly becoming quite good as:

1. The Next Release of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango, is coming

Designed to be the best Windows Phone yet. Check out how the next Windows Phone release, codenamed Mango, will deliver smarter and easier mobile apps, web, and communication. Coming Fall 2011 to a Windows Phone mobile smartphone near you. Tons of new features and everything you love about Windows Phone 7.

More: Meet the next release of Windows Phone: Smarter and easier communications, apps, and web

Update: Mango phones to compete with new iPhone in September [July 29, 2011]

Branded handset vendors including HTC, Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics all plan to launch Microsoft’s Mango-based smartphones in September, competing neck and neck with the forthcoming iPhone which is also slated for the same month, according to industry sources.

Other vendors to unveil Mango phones at the recently concluded Microsoft’s 2011 WPC (Worldwide Partner Conference) included Acer, ZTE and Fujitsu Toshiba, the sources indicated.

In cooperation with Fujitsu Toshiba, Japan-based mobile carrier KDDI has unveiled its first Mango phone, the IS12T, which features a Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor, 3.7-inch touch screen and 13.2-megapixel camera.

HTC is expected to roll out a number of Mango phones, powered by Qualcomm 1.5GHz single-core CPUs with display sizes ranging from 3.8- to 4.7-inch, the sources noted.

Nokia is expected to unveil its first batch of Mango phones at Nokia World 2011 to be held in October, at a time when fellow vendors have already heated up the market for Mango phones, which will probably be a good strategy for the handset vendor, commented the sources.

But the very latest legal problems with Android could become an even more decisive factor:

2. Android legal losses reportedly prompt exodus to Windows Phone and MeeGo [July 19, 2011]:

HTC’s recent legal loss in the ITC Apple patent case, along with Microsoft’s aggressive patent push amid Android OEMs, has reportedly left manufacturers increasingly wary of Google’s open-source OS. According to the 21st Century Business Herald, growing Chinese brands like ZTE and Huawei are looking to adopt Windows Phone Mango either as a placatory measure toward Microsoft or the first step in a transition from over-reliance on Android. However, the platform spat could also have an unlikely beneficiary: MeeGo.

Chinese analysts have pointed to the relatively closeness of MeeGo’s system kernel and that of Android, suggesting that both hardware and apps could be reasonably straightforward to migrate. MeeGo’s under-the-radar legal situation, and backer Intel’s extreme willingness to find new partners – now that Nokia has all but abandoned MeeGo in favor of Windows Phone – could make the platform a safer bet for spooked Android OEMs. Interestingly, rumors have already surfaced earlier in the year regarding the possibility of a ZTE handset powered by Intel processors.

However, just as Nokia has left the N9 to helm its fledgling MeeGo effort, more manufacturers are expected to look to Windows Phone. Although Microsoft charges a roughly $15-per-device licensing fee for Windows Phone 7, versus Google’s free distribution of Android, there are suggestions that should Apple, Oracle and others win their patent cases then $15-20 royalty fees may become commonplace for Android phones and tablets. HTC is already believed to pay Microsoft roughly $5 per Android device in licensing, while Samsung is supposedly being chased for up to $15 per Android device.

Of course, whether Apple would agree to licensing its technologies remains a sleeping-dragon issue. HTC has already announced that it has “alternate solutions” to the systems Apple alleges are infringed, perhaps in unspoken admission of the fact that the Cupertino company is likely more interested in squashing and hamstringing its rivals than it is in clawing license fees from them. Forcing Google back to the drawing board to identify and replace elements of Android found to overstep into iOS IP would certainly sap some of the platform’s current momentum.

DETAILED INFORMATION

Some key Microsoft sites to watch:

Joe Belfiore shows off Windows Phone Mango [May 23, 2011]

  1. A Web experience that goes beyond the browser [00:40 or separate excerpt]
    Windows Phone Mango has the power of Internet Explorer 9 built-in and the ability to localize the Web based on where you are. Corporate VP of Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, demonstrates how Windows Phone Mango takes mobile internet to the next level.
    Bing serves you better than a hotel concierge. Use Local Scout to find cool restaurants, sights, and shops—then buy tickets or make reservations on the spot.
  2. A smarter approach to apps  [04:45 or separate excerpt]
    Smart app integration is built into Windows Phone Mango, so mobile apps show up when and where you need them. Corporate VP of Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, demonstrates how to get the most from your mobile apps on Windows Phone Mango.
    Thousands of apps and counting. Rather listen to music? Create playlists, download podcasts, or track down that tune you can’t place with Music search. Live Tiles are more dynamic and informative in the next release of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango.
  3. Easier to connect and share [07:10 or separate excerpt]
    Windows Phone Mango communications features are organized around the person or group you want to interact with, not the app you have to use. Corporate VP of Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, shows how access to mobile Facebook and Twitter has never been easier with Windows Phone Mango.
    Texting, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger—now in one seamless experience. Create Groups to send your messages, videos, and pics to friends or family at warp speed. Groups and Threads coming to Windows Phone this fall, make it easier to stay connected with friends and family.

Remarks by Larry Page on the quarterly earning calls [July 14, 2011, see also Larry Page to boost Google even more as becoming CEO again [April 2, 2011]]

We have tremendous new businesses being viewed as “crazy”

Android
We actually have a new metric to report of 550,000 Android Devices activated a day!
That’s a HUGE number even by Google’s standards

Chrome
It’s the fastest growing browser
With over 160 million users

People rightly ask how we will monetize these businesses?

And of course I understand the need to balance the short term with the longer term needs because our revenues and growth serve as the engine that funds our innovation

But our emerging high usage products can generate huge new businesses for Google in the long run, just like search And we have tons of experience monetizing successful products over time

Well run technology businesses with tremendous consumer usage make a lot of money over the long term

I think about our products in three separate categories

First, there is search and our ads products, the core driver of revenue for the company. Nikesh and Susan are going to talk more about ads later in the call

Next, we have products that are enjoying high consumer success–YouTube, Android and Chrome. We are investing in these in order to optimize their long-term success

Then we have our new products–Google+ and Commerce and Local. We are are investing in them to drive innovation and adoption

Overall, we are focused on long term absolute profit and growth, as we have always been–and I will continue the tight financial management we have had in the last two years, even as we are making significant investments in our future

Exclusive: AT&T’s Ralph De La Vega on Which Smartphones Are Winning [June 4, 2011 — Excerpt 1 ]

AllThingsD: You guys have always offered the broadest range of smartphones. What are the trends?

De la Vega: They definitely are buying a lot less feature phones than they used to. We’ve seen a dramatic shift from feature phones and quick messaging devices, which were texting devices only, into smartphones. We love that.

Android is becoming more popular. Our Android business is doing very, very well. I think what’s happening is people have latched on to smartphones. I think over time there will be fewer and fewer feature phones.

There are a million Android devices. Do you want to see more customization? I know at Mobile World Congress you said that you would carry the HTC device that is very Facebook-centric. Do you want to see more devices like that, that are a little more specialized?

De la Vega: I think you are going to see more people put a different UI on top of Android, like HTC has very successfully done. I love what they have done with their UI. It’s very simple, but it is still Android. I hope others will step up to the plate and Android itself will get better.

What have been the positive surprises? We talked about how BlackBerry has had a rough time and with Windows Phone, even though you like the product, the volume hasn’t been maybe what you hoped for.

De la Vega: iPhone and Android. I’ve been very pleased with HTC. HTC has come out with the HTC Inspire and it is selling extremely well in our stores. I think HTC has done a great job with the user interface. You go in and it is distinctive and I think other players are going to have to step up to that. So, Android and Apple are really the hot products right now.

Microsoft’s Android Plan: Evil Genius Or Just Evil? [July 13, 2011]

Buried in all the intrigue surrounding the Nortel patent auction was an interesting tidbit: Microsoft did not have to bid on the patents, but they did anyway. Why? As far as I can tell, it’s one of two reasons. One is evil. The other is evil genius. Either Microsoft really wants to kill Android. Or, if Android continues to thrive, Microsoft wants to be the ones that make billions of dollars off of its success.

… they’d prefer that Android (which killed Windows Mobile) would die and Windows Phone would take it’s place. But the next best option is to catch a free ride on the Android train. Patent licensing deals already in place with HTC, General Dynamics, and others could mean revenues of over $1 billion by next year, as Forbes reports. And if they’re able to convince Samsung to sign one as well (which could effectively force every Android partner to sign one), we could be talking multiple billions of dollars of revenue each year.

Microsoft’s intent here is pure evil genius. “It’s not like Android’s free. Android has a patent fee. You do have to license patents,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said last year. What he didn’t explicitly say is that you’d have to pay Microsoftand not Google for those patents. Think about this for a second: it’s entirely possible that Microsoft is going to end up making more money — perhaps significantly more — from Android than Google will. A year ago, such a statement would have seemed like a joke. But now it’s becoming reality. And it must be the ultimate nightmare for Google.

By being a part of the winning team, and not allowing Google to get Nortel’s patents, Microsoft put themselves in a win-win situation. If their continued threats to Google’s Android partners force those partners to reconsider their Android commitments, well there’s Windows Phone waiting with opened arms. If the threats lead to licensing agreements and the continued rise of Android, well there’s a huge pile of money from each participating OEM.

So no, Microsoft did not have to bid on the Nortel patents. But doing so may prove to be one of the best moves Microsoft has never made. And strangely enough, they have Apple to thank. Of course, they’re likely playing their own little game in this situation. Keep your enemies closer. Or keep them fighting.

Behind Microsoft’s $15 Samsung Android royalty claim [July 6, 2011]

Samsung is reported to be trying to lower the payment to $10.

The source for this report is the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper, which quoted unnamed industry officials.

The Samsung story follows a week in which Microsoft named three OEMs as having agreed to license its patents for devices they make and sell running Android.

A fourth manufacturer was named on Tuesday this week, only this time Google’s Chromewas added to the Android mix. Microsoft said it had signed a deal with Wistron on tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices that use Chrome in addition to Android.

Microsoft is giving manufacturers two choices: pay up over the long term or incur years of high legal fees. You decide which your board or your investors like best.

That’s a tough choice given patent and IP cases can drag on for years and can cost billions of dollars. It’s a hard course of action to take when, given the fashion-driven nature of consumer devices, the product you’re battling over stops selling or gets canned. It’s an even tougher decision to fight cash-rich Microsoft alone while the maker of the thing you’re fighting over, Android, doesn’t want to step in to back you up.

Microsoft is putting other Android OEMs on notice that it’s coming after them for some easy patent money. That’s the first “win”.

The second? Microsoft will be hoping it can influence the courts in the Barnes & Nobel and Motorola cases – and in any future cases – by saying: if you don’t believe us on Android violating our patents, just look at all those who accepted we were right and agreed to pay up.

Nortel Announces the Winning Bidder of its Patent Portfolio for a Purchase Price of US$4.5 Billion [June 30, 2011]

Nortel Networks Corporation [OTC: NRTLQ] announced that it, its subsidiary Nortel Networks Limited (NNL), and certain of its other subsidiaries, including Nortel Networks Inc. and Nortel Networks UK Limited (in administration), have concluded a successful auction of all of Nortel’s remaining patents and patent applications. After a multi-day auction, a consortium emerged as the winning bidder with a cash purchase price of US$4.5 billion. The consortium consists of Apple, EMC, Ericsson [USD 340 million], Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony.

The sale includes more than 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patents. The extensive patent portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as well, including Internet search and social networking.

“Following a very robust auction, we are pleased at the outcome of the auction of this extensive patent portfolio”, said George Riedel, Chief Strategy Officer and President of Business Units, Nortel. “The size and dollar value for this transaction is unprecedented, as was the significant interest in the portfolio among major companies around the world.”

The sale is subject to applicable Canadian and U.S. Court approvals which will be sought at a joint hearing expected to be held on July 11, 2011. Nortel will work diligently with the consortium to close the sale in the third quarter of 2011.

As previously announced, Nortel does not expect that the Company’s common shareholders or the NNL preferred shareholders will receive any value from Nortel’s creditor protection proceedings and expects that the proceedings will result in the cancellation of these equity interests.

On the very latest legal problems with Android:

ITC says HTC violating two of Apple’s patents [July 15, 2011]

The ITC administrative law judge’s initial determination was that HTC infringed on two of the 10 patents Apple had filed a complaint over in March 2010, according to an HTC statement. The ITC still needs to make a final ruling on the complaint. A loss carries the threat that HTC’s products would be banned from coming into the U.S., and Apple only needs to get a favorable decision on one of the patents.

The latest development is also a major blow to HTC, which has made strides in building market share and a brand with its line of Android-powered smartphones, many of which feature the company’s own Sense user interface. HTC was the first Android supporter that Apple went after, signalling the growing threat of Google’s software to iOS and the iPhone franchise.

On Monday, Apple had filed a second complaint with the ITC, claiming that five additional patents were being illegally used, including one used for scrolling operations, another for programmable tactile touch-screen displays, and one for a double-sided touch-sensitive panel, all of which are used in another complaint against Samsung.

The other relates to the ability to scroll, zoom, and rotate content on a screen, while the last references “portable computers.”

The five additional patents weren’t a part of this ruling.

HTC is considered the most vulnerable legally of the Android partners because it lacks a robust portfolio of patents that act as a potential shield. Earlier this month, HTC purchased S3 Graphics, largely because of a collection of patents that the ITC administrative law judge recently determined were used illegally by Apple.

Apple, meanwhile, is still in the middle of a similar patent fight against Samsung Electronics.

Apple Notches Patent Win Against HTC [July 18, 2011]

Apple Inc. netted a victory in its legal dispute with HTC Corp., as a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled the Taiwanese cellphone maker infringed two patents that Apple had cited in a March 2010 complaint to the agency.

The patents relate to multimedia processing technology and data detection technology that lets users dial a phone number that appears in their email. Apple originally alleged that ten of its patents were used in smartphones from HTC, which uses Google Inc.’s Android mobile operating system. The ITC ruling Friday only applied to four patents.

Apple, which helped reshape the mobile phone market with its hit iPhone, has been grappling with the rise of competing smartphones that run Android.

The ruling comes as a blow to HTC, and could have implications for other Android phones that offer similar functionality. Apple has squared off in other patent cases against smartphone makers such as Motorola Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for HTC said it plans to appeal the decision. “We are confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to defend ourselves using all means possible,” she said, adding that “this is only one step of many in these legal proceedings.”

A spokesman for Apple reiterated its previous statement that “competitors should create their own original technology and not steal ours.”

Taiwan’s HTC rejects fresh Apple patent claim [July 11, 2011]

Taiwan’s leading smartphone maker HTC on Tuesday dismissed fresh patent infringement claims by US giant Apple as the legal battle between the rivals escalated.

Apple Monday filed a complaint against HTC with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) — which is already reviewing three other disputes between the two — over five cases linked to technology used in the iPad and iPhone.

It has also lodged a suit in a US District Court in Delaware.

“HTC is disappointed at Apple’s constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market,” said HTC general counsel Grace Lei in a statement.

“HTC strongly denies all infringement claims raised by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights,” she said.

Shares in HTC closed limit-down seven percent at Tw$915.0 ($31.5) in the Taipei bourse.

“Sentiment was hit by Apple’s fresh legal action as well as heavy losses in the international and regional markets,” said Alex Huang, an analyst at Mega International Investment Services.

HTC touts its own brand of smartphones and also makes handsets for a number of leading US companies, including the Nexus One unveiled by Apple rival Google.

Apple in March 2010 called on the ITC to investigate the Taiwan company over iPhone patents. That was followed months later by HTC filing for a probe into possible software patent abuse by the California-based firm.

Patent lawsuits are a regular occurrence among technology giants and Apple is currently being sued by Nokia for patent infringement. Apple has fired back a countersuit against the Finnish mobile phone giant.

And last week Apple hit back at an infringement claim by Samsung by calling for the South Korean company to be investigated.

— Dow Jones Newswires contributed to this story —

ITC judgment of HTC infringement of Apple patents arouses concern in China handset industry [AFP from Taipei, July 19, 2011]

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has made an initial ruling that Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC has infringed two of Apple’s 10 patents related to iPhone, and this has caused concern among China-based vendors and white-box vendors of smartphones mainly because almost all of these smartphones are based on free and open-source Android, according to China-based 21st Century Business Herald.

Some of these vendors worry about the risk of becoming embroiled in patent infringement due to adoption of Android, and have drawn up three strategies to cope with potential impact. The three strategies are enhancement of support to Microsoft Mango operating system, promotion of smartphone customization by mobile telecom carriers for protection through binding common interest (especially carriers partnering with Apple and Microsoft), self-development of own operating systems, the source pointed out. China-based smartphone vendors Huawei Device and ZTE have planned to adopt Mango, the source indicated.

However, other vendors hold the opinion that China-based vendors are not so competitive and important in the global smartphone market as to become targets of Apple’s or Microsoft’s patent infringement lawsuits, the source indicated. They also think the ITC ruling will push up cost of adopting Android and this will benefit white-box vendors because it is impossible for them to pay royalty fees to Apple or Microsoft, the source noted.

Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 Information:

Steve Ballmer: Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 [speech transcript, July 11, 2011]

… Phones, we’ve gone from very small to very small, but it’s been a heck of a year. (Laughter.) And you’re going to see a lot of progress in that market competitively as we move forward.

… A year ago, Microsoft had no Windows Phone. In the last year, we’ve sold millions of phones. When we survey our users, nine out of ten of the people who bought a Windows Phone absolutely would recommend it to a friend. It’s certainly a very busy, active, competitive market. We’ve got a lot of work to do to break through. And yet, the people in the phone business believe us. We’ve already had over 20,000 applications built for Windows Phone in eight months. That’s a faster ramp than either Android or iPhone had. Nokia, who had a choice this year to bet on themselves, to bet on Android, or to bet on Windows Phone said for their bet the company strategy, they’re going with Windows Phone. They saw our roadmaps. They saw what we’ve done. They saw what we’re planning on doing. They’re pushing us. They’re pushing us to go broader geographically with Windows Phone. They’re pushing us to hit new price points with Windows Phone. But, they believe.

Others believe, too. Gartner and IDC both did predictions this year that said Windows Phone would be the No. 2 phone in the market by 2015. We’ve already shipped two major updates since we launched Windows Phone less than a year ago. The update that we just made available, “Mango,” which will be on phones this fall, has over 500, 500 new features. We know we’ve got a lot to do, but like the cloud, like NT many years back, we’re all in when it comes to mobile devices. And whether it’s phones or slates, or PCs, or console devices, we’re certainly pushing extremely far, and extremely fast.

Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ video demo YouTube [July 13, 2011]

The 3 main things about ‘Mango’:

  1. Connecting and sharing more easily with people
  2. Making apps smarter
  3. Taking the web beyond just the browser

Andrew Lees: Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 [speech transcript, July 12, 2011]

… there are some key trends that are fundamentally changing the world of devices. Now, they’re going to have a huge impact in the technology that we provide, and the solutions that you build. And it starts right at the core of the devices themselves, the core technologies.

we’re at an inflection point in Moore’s Law, where you can put all of the key things required to run a computer into a single chip, a system-on-a-chip. That means that you can have full PC compute power available in whichever form factor that you like. And that’s part of the reason why we’re seeing all of these different form factors.

… Another advantage of moving everything onto a single chip is that the price comes down dramatically. And, in fact, if you look even at the price of smartphones, a year ago all smartphones cost over $400 when they left their hardware manufacturer. Today, they’re down to about $200, and next year, a smartphone that can run something like Windows Phone 7 will actually be down to $100 to $150. So, you’re seeing a dramatic price reduction. …

… a lot of people have asked me, are we going to produce a phone that is a tablet? You know, are we going to use Windows Phone 7 to produce tablets? Well, that is in conflict with this strategy. We view a tablet as a sort of PC. We want people to be able to do the sorts of things that they expect on a PC on a tablet, things like networking to be able to connect to networks, and utilize networking tools, to get USB drives and plot them into the tablet. To be able to do things like printing, all of the things using Office, using all of the things you would expect from a PC and provide a hybrid about how you can do that with the tablet, as well.

And so at the Build Conference in September we will talk about how we can provide the bet of the PC and the tablet. And our strategy is not just limited to that. We are aiming to provide coherence and consistency across the PC, the phone, and the TV, particularly with Xbox. That’s through providing new types of scenarios, things like the way in which we make the user experience more common, as you saw yesterday in the demonstration of the user experience that you have on Windows 8, Windows Phone, and also on Xbox. But, also sharing key pieces of technology.

You see if you looked at the update that we’re providing to Windows Phone this year, we include a new browser. It’s Internet Explorer 9. It’s the same technology that we have on the PC. It’s not similar. It’s the same. So, we can take the advantages that we provide on the PC and immediately leapfrog and provide those across different types of devices.

This is very important to you, because it protects the investments that you have made with ustogether, and your customers have made in key elements of the technology, not only the device, but the infrastructure, the productivity, and the solutions that are used to feed those devices to enable those business and consumer scenarios.

So, for a phone the strategy here is not to provide a business phone, or a consumer phone, but to have them all be the same thing. There’s only one thing. And so there’s a few key things that we’re delivering with our phone strategy:

The first one is that we need to provide what end users desire and what they require. These personal scenarios like music and games, and communications, personal communications, social networking, build them into the phone, but also enabling a line of business solutions, business productivity, getting access to information inside of your company. And we may need to make sure that it works with the existing infrastructure and we provide the same tools for you to provide solutions to customers.

… what is “Mango” all about? Well, it’s about three main things. The first thing is communication, the second thing is about applications, and the third thing is the Internet.

You see, the phone has always been a communications device, but people today are communicating in lots of different ways. Communications, email, instant messaging, sharing pictures and laugh-out-louds, and social networking; even checking in is a type of communication. Rather than doing all of that in individual applications we build those core capabilities into the phone. It is the easiest and simplest way to communicate across a variety of different services, and to go from phone to phone, phone to PC, or phone to Xbox.

The second area is applications. The problem with applications is they all run in silos. So, with “Mango” we let applications break out of their box. It means that information from the application is available throughout the phone, and also, the application participates in the total experience.

Then finally with the Internet, the challenge here has always been to provide a desktop-type experience on the phone. And we deliver that by including things like Internet Explorer 9, in with “Mango.” But, we go one step further, and we say imagine if you could take the power of the Internet and deliver that beyond the browser, in a way that enables you scrape the Web so that you can quickly find answers and get things done, find information to be more productive. …

IDC recently did a study; first of all, they’re predicting that Windows Phone will be the number two smartphone in 2014. More about that in just a second. But what they’ve also done is looked at the revenue attach opportunities that there are for partners when they go through to provide infrastructure that feeds the phone, through things like management, security, and enabling these types of scenarios. The second thing is productivity through delivering things like Office 365, Office itself, et cetera, to make employees more productive, SharePoint, and then solutions, line-of-business solutions, that you develop. And the opportunity here is just mind-blowing. …

So, the message here is make sure that the phone is a key element of your strategy for how you’re providing productivity, infrastructure, and solutions for your customers.

The second area is with operators. And here what we want to do is provide the largest geo-footprint that we can. We’re going to more than double the size of the market that we have in “Mango.” We significantly increased the number of countries, and we will lower the price of the phones by half, increasing the total addressable market very, very dramatically.

And, of course, we’re doing that in partnership with the handset makers. There will be a whole new range of phones that are available this fall around “Mango” at different price points, with different features, particularly from the partners that we have already been working with, Samsung, HTC, and LG. But I’m also very excited about the partnership that we announced in February with Nokia, and this is where they’re going to move to exclusively rely on Windows Phone as their platform.

Microsoft Reveals New Windows Phone 7 Mango Handsets From Samsung, Acer, And More.flv [July 12, 2011]

Steve Guggenheimer: Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 [July 12, 2011]

[see the above video excerpt]
Andy talked about Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE as new phone providers. I’m happy for the first time ever to have one of each of the phones up here and running. All of these are running live “Mango” builds. Acer brings one of the large OEM brands into the phone space on Windows 7. I think this Fujitsu brings a little bit of lightheartedness and life along with a waterproof design. Great capability in terms of the camera. And the ZTE brings one of the largest manufacturers in the phone space into the Windows Phone 7 world. So, as we see the technology move forward in Derek’s great demo, we’re going to have devices that take advantage of it.

Last, but not least, I’m very happy to show, this is the first time, this is the new Samsung that’s coming. It’s very thin, and light, and that’s the theme you’re going to see as the processors get thinner and better battery life, as the screens get better, we’re going to see phenomenal screen resolutions, great battery life, lightweight devices across the phone.

Fujitsu to launch first Windows Phone Mango handset in… August? [July 16, 2011]

Say it ain’t so — not only is a phone not delayed, it’s actually planning to come out earlier than its quoted launch window? This particular miracle is the exception much more than the rule, but Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone OS (nicknamed “Mango,”) might come out prior to the anticipated fall release. According to Nikkei, Fujitsu will offer the very first Mango device, a waterproof phone called the IS12T, on KDDI “as early as late next month.” The phone is to be sold for 30,000 – 40,000 yen ($378 – 505), a reasonable amount of coin for what will likely be a higher-end device. And — if it’s the same handset showcased at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference — a pink version will be on sale. So, what’s more enticing: a Hello Kitty-flavored Windows Phone, or a Samsung Galaxy S II lookalike running Mango? It’s a tough call.

Microsoft slips Windows Phone Mango ready by September

Microsoft spoils WP7 Mango launch timing

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup account on Twitter inadvertently gave away timing for the first Windows Phone 7 Mango devices through a Twitter post(since deleted). The company promised that the finalists in the student competition would all get “Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.” Every winning student would get a phone with the new OS “by September.”

The statement doesn’t directly equate to a full, public launch of Mango in September, but it does hint that the OS will at least be ready by the same time. Microsoft is holding its Build developer event the same month and will probably want a complete OS, if not production hardware, to show.

Outside of the new misstep, Microsoft has only ever committed to fall for the new WP7 update. Its timing may depend on new hardware. This year, the hardware partners are expanding significantly and include very regional companies like Fujitsu and ZTE along with returning veterans like HTC, LG, and Samsung. [via Mobility Digest]

Microsoft President Announces New Partner Benefits and Underscores Opportunity With Windows Phone ‘Mango’ [feature story, July 12, 2011]

During a keynote address at WPC, Lees also emphasized that now is the time for partners to join and benefit from the expanding Windows Phone ecosystem.

Lees highlighted a number of new featurescoming to the next version of Windows Phone, code-named “Mango,” that build upon the unique design of Windows Phone and deliver integrated experiences with the company’s massive business user base of more than 750 million Microsoft Office users, 150 million Exchange users and 100 million licensed SharePoint users.

As the only phone to offer Microsoft Office Mobile and Outlook Mobile built-in, the next version of Windows Phone, available later this year, will enable greater productivity by allowing businesses to extend their IT infrastructure and utilize Microsoft cloud-based services such as Office 365while increasing opportunities for partners around the globe, Lees said.

At WPC, Lees unveiled a range of new benefits and opportunities for members of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN).

Lees announced an exclusive discount program that makes it easier for MPN members worldwide to obtain and experience Windows Phone. The new discount program, which begins immediately, is available to all MPN memberswith at least one Microsoft competency.

Lees also unveiled a new MPN app for all Mobility Competency partners that enables them to easily access exclusive technical and sales contentfor Windows Phone while on the go.

“When people try Windows Phone, they love it,” Lees says. “But it’s more than selling phones. Our goal is to equip partners with what they need to be successful, giving them the guidance and tools they need to bring compelling experiences to their customers.”

As a specific benefit to Mobility Competency partners, Lees announced a special MPN logo, available today, that partners may use to distinguish their apps from others in the Windows Phone Marketplace and App Hub.

Lees also announced that the next round of MPN updates in the fall will include a new way for partners that build mobile apps to attain the Mobility Competency certification by developing an app that meets specific business criteria.

For another view of the partner news shared about Windows Phone during WPC 2011, view the Windows Phone Mobility Partners video of Microsoft Partners discussing the opportunities for building Windows Phone applications and solutions.

Mango Provides Sweet Opportunities for Windows Phone Partners [July 12, 2011]

[​Author: Paul Bryan – Sr. Director, Product Management, Business Experience on the Windows Phone team.]

I’m at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles today, which this year is hosting almost 15,000 Microsoft Partners from around the world. Today, Windows Phone Division President Andy Lees addressed attendees on the opportunities for partners with Windows Phone. It’s an exciting time for the Windows Phone business and we’re thrilled to see the great things people are saying about our next major update – code-named Mango. Take the great new product capabilities coming in Mango, combined with new partner benefits just announced and there’s never been a better time to join the rapidly growing Windows Phone ecosystem.

Expanding Windows Phone Partner Ecosystem

We launched Windows Phone 7 last fall with the help of our partners and have seen the ecosystem momentum build rapidly ever since. We’ve received great customer feedback about their experiences across the range of devices being offered by our hardware and mobile operator partners. More than 42,000 developers worldwide have registered with the Windows Phones Marketplace. To date, these developers have added more than 22,000 apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace, greatly expanding the range of experiences for Windows Phone customers. From hot consumer apps like Angry Birds, ESPN Scorecenter and Netflix, to business-focused apps like CWR Mobile CRM 2011, and PushBI, the Marketplace is growing stronger each day with the help of our partners.

Additionally, with our agreement with Nokia finalized, work is well underway to deliver Nokia phones on the Windows Phone platform before the end of the year.

Sweet, Sweet Mango

There’s a lot of buzz around our upcoming Mango update, which will add hundreds of new features and capabilities that build upon the unique design and integrated experiences of Windows Phone. If you’re a partner building solutions with Exchange and SharePoint, Mango adds a number of new Outlook and Office Mobile productivity features bringing even more value to your solutions on Windows Phone. Mango will also add built-in support for Office 365 and a free Lync Mobile app, making communication and collaboration a snap for companies whose infrastructure is on premises or in the cloud. Mango will also offer added functionality for organizations to make the most efficient use of resources, allowing IT departments to use existing infrastructure to manage phones or distribute their own applications using Targeted App Distribution in Marketplace.

For developers, Mango adds a range of new capabilities for delivering richer more compelling apps. In addition to support for SQL Linq, sockets, and background processing, Mango brings new ways for app developers to make the user experience more engaging and seamless through Live Tiles and integration with Bing search services.

Not only do these new features in Mango extend the premier productivity smartphone experience, but they’ll help partners to grow their business. In fact, a new study by IDC study suggests that by 2012 Windows Phone has the potential to generate annual attached software and service revenue of nearly $300 per Windows Phone device for partners. In other words, Windows Phone for the long-term is a huge opportunity for partners to attract new customers and grow their business.

windowsphone1.PNGFor app and solution developers, a familiar platform and enhanced development tools in Mango will enable partners to create and distribute new solutions and applications. Partners will continue to leverage familiar tools such as Silverlight, the XNA Framework, Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend, to bring new apps to market quickly. Some good examples of this are Yellowbook and REALTOR.com. Additionally, Yammer announced today they will be bringing their enterprise social networking app to the Windows Phone Marketplace later this year.

We also recently released the Windows Phone Mango Beta 2 Developer Tools so developers could try out the new capabilities and get a jump on building and testing new apps for Mango.

Revamped Mobility Competency and Added Discounts for Microsoft Partners

As part of WPC, we are happy to announce several new benefits designed to help partners experience Windows Phone and promote their Windows Phone expertise to customers.

First, we’re making it even easier for partners to obtain and experience Windows Phones with a new Windows Phone Discount Program. Partners with at least one Microsoft Competency can take advantage of exclusive discounts from mobile operators and hardware vendors for all of their employees worldwide.

We’re also making it easier for partners to stay informed through a new MPN app for Windows Phone, which provides access to exclusive technical and sales content.

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In addition, we’re revamping the Mobility Competency certification. Partners can earn the Microsoft Mobility Competency for their organizations through newly revised Windows Phone training. And for the first time, beginning with the next round of MPN updates this fall, partners will be able to obtain the Microsoft Mobility Competency certification for their company by developing an app that meets specific criteria as a business application. Through the Mobility Competency, partners can become and stay proficient in Windows Phone app development and solution deployment. They will also be able to utilize a special MPN logo, available immediately, to distinguish their apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace and App Hub.

Exciting times indeed! With new partners, new products, new platform capabilities, new partner benefits and more great apps and solutions being delivered every day, it is a great time to be part of the Windows Phone ecosystem and take advantage of the tremendous opportunity ahead.

For information about the opportunities with Windows Phone Mango or the Marketplace, visit our Partner site. To view sessions from Worldwide Partner Conference, visit here. For more information, we encourage you to check out this feature on Microsoft News Center.

To learn more about the Windows Phone partner news shared today, we encourage you to check out this video that features Microsoft Partners discussing the opportunities for building applications and solutions for Windows Phone.

The Weekly Wrap: Marketplace tops 25,000, Windows Phone goes Hollywood, Garmin’s new app [Windows Phone Blog, July 8, 2011]

Marketplace tops 25,000 While estimates differ, unofficial Marketplace counters now peg our app inventory at somewhere north of 25,000, as multiple bloggers noted last week. Regardless of whose numbers you trust, the bottom line is that Marketplace is going gangbusters. But buzz about the overall app count overshadowed what I think was the week’s most exciting news: the boatload of brand-name apps that poured in. WPCentral counts at least 52 marquee titles in the last two weeks. Liveside.net, meanwhile, compiled its own handy list (complete with download links) of standouts. Check it out

Devices’ information:

WP7 Mango: HTC Eternity Windows Phone 7 Specs and Release Date [Jul 13, 2011]

The images leaked online provides glimpses of new HTC Windows Phone 7, currently being called ‘Eternity’. HTC Eternity will land as one of the first most smart phones running Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango (WP7) operating system.

HTC reconfirmed its commitment to Windows Phone 7 based smartphones in a statement at Global Technology Summit in Paris by HTC Head European Nations, Florian Seiche to to Reuters that they will keep developing Windows Phone 7 smart phones like HTC Eternity and HTC Omega, despite of Microsoft Nokia deal:

It will not change our commitment to Microsoft. With a new player entering, it should actually help to elevate the relevance of that platform. We actually feel that we should be able to benefit. The long-term opportunity with Nokia entering will definitely bring Windows back to critical mass.

There were few news leaks back in May 2011, which failed to attract much attention, but this time there are enough details to be given weight. The new HTC Eternity appears to have a big 4.7 inches WVGA Super LCD display screen, bigger than on the Samsung Infuse 4G. So if a large screen is what you wish for, the HTC Eternity might be the phone you want to wait on. Other than that, HTC Eternity seems to have a typical spec sheet for a mid-to-high level device, beside running Windows Phone 7 (WP7 Mango).

HTC Eternity is said to have a single core 1.5GHz processor, 4.7 inch screen with WVGA resolution, 8P autofocus camera with dual-LED 720p video recording capabilities, 1.3 MP front camera and 16GB internal memory. There was also a DLNA, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, 1650mAh battery. Here under is the HTC Eternity Windows Phone 7 complete specs:

WP7 Mango: HTC Eternity Windows Phone 7 Specs
Microprocessor Chipset CPU:Clock: 1500 MHz
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
Memory,_Storage+capacity RAM+capacity: 512 MiB
ROM:capacity: 14.9 GiB
Display Display Type: Super LCD , 16777216 scales Display:Diagonal: 4.7 ”
Display:Resolution: 480 x 800
Sound Microphone(s): stereo
Loudspeaker(s): Supported
Audio-Output: 3.5mm
Cellular Phone Cellular_Networks: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS2100 Cellular-Data-Links: CSD, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
Call Alert: 64 -chord melody
Vibrating+Alert: Supported
Speakerphone-: Supported
Control+Peripherals Positioning:Device: Multi-touch screen Primary Keyboard: Not supported Directional+Pad: Not supported
Scroll-Wheel: Not supported
Interfaces Expansion:Slots: Not supported USB: USB 2.0 client, 480Mbit/s
micro-USB Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Wireless LAN: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n Infrared:Gate: Not supported
Multimedia+Telecommunication Analog Radio Receiver: FM radio (87.5-108MHz) with RDS Digital+Media-Broadcast_Tuner: Not supported
Satellite Navigation Built-in-GPS module: Supported Complementary GPS-Services: Assisted GPS
Built-in-Digital-Camera Main-Camera: 8 MP Autofocus-(AF): Supported Optical+Zoom: 1 x Macro_Mode: Supported Built-in Flash: mobile light (LED) Secondary-Camera: 1.3 MP
Additional Details Built-in-accelerometer: Supported Battery: removable Battery Capacity: 1650 mAh

WP7 Mango: HTC Eternity Windows Phone 7 Release Date

Release Date and Price of the new Windows Mobile 7 based HTC Eternity are yet officially disclosed by the HTC, but reportedly HTC Eternity will be released in fall 2011.

HTC to tap tablet boom with many models [Reuters from Paris, May 17, 2011]

Smartphone maker HTC plans to roll out a range of different tablet computers to gain a foothold in the fast-growing market, a company executive said on Tuesday.

The global market for tablets, started only last year with Apple’s iPad, will likely grow to 108 million devices next year, compared with just 17.6 million in 2010, according to research firm Gartner.

“I really believe that the tablet market is really going to be a big market in the future and this is just the start,” HTC Europe head Florian Seiche told the Reuters Global Technology Summit.

“In five years’ time, schools will have tablets probably instead of physical notebooks. I think that’s going to be such a massive wave of additional penetration in society… I think we can’t even guess the potential.”

Seiche said HTC’s first tablet, the Flyer, had made a good start in terms of sales.

“It’s early days but we feel very good about it,” he said.

NOKIA BOOST

HTC should benefit from Nokia’s deal to start using Microsoft’s software in its smartphones as this will boost Windows’ share of the smartphone market, Seiche said.

“It will not change our commitment to Microsoft,” he said. “With a new player entering, it should actually help to elevate the relevance of that platform … we actually feel that we should be able to benefit.”

Microsoft’s mobile platform has rapidly lost appeal among consumers who have instead picked iPhones, BlackBerrys and phones running on Google’s Android platform, which became market leader in the last quarter. It now controls only around 3 percent of the smartphone market.

The long-term opportunity with Nokia entering will definitely bring Windows back to critical mass,” Seiche said at the summit at the Reuters office in Paris.

HTC uses Microsoft software, although its growth has mostly come from smartphones using Google’s Android platform.

“Android has had tremendous growth and we believe that this trend is going to continue, definitely,” Seiche said. “Android’s growth … is going to expand further to Asia and the emerging markets.”

Seiche added that he expects HTC to roll out its first mobile phone using near-field communications (NFC) technology for mobile payments within the next 12 months.

NFC is a short-range way to swap data wirelessly, meaning mobile phones can become a way to pay for goods, store e-tickets or swap photos and business cards.

Samsung GT-i8350 with Windows Phone Emerges [July 11, 2011]

South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics is reportedly gearing up for the launch of a new Windows Phone handset, one that would become the direct successor of the company’s Omnia 7 handset.

Samsung was named among the launch partners for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango OS, and we knew that the vendor was preparing the release of new devices based on the platform, but no specific info on the handset was available until now.

However, a user agent profile (UAProf) of the Samsung GT-i8350 shows that the company might have this device included among the first series of Mango-powered handsets.

What the said agent string shows is that this mobile phone will arrive on the market with the IE9 browser on board, which leaves little room for speculation when it comes to the operating system it would be based on.

Windows Phone Mango was unveiled previously this year with the new Internet Explorer Mobile 9 on board, and this is the platform the Samsung’s GT-i8350 will land on shelves with.

Moreover, the said UAProf (found by nanapho) unveils that the new device will arrive on the market with a screen capable of boasting a 800 x 480 pixel resolution, and that it would sport Bluetooth 2.1 and HSPA+ connectivity capabilities as well.

As UnwiredView notes in a recent article, the new mobile phone was already added to the handset vendor’s website, though its page does not offer any info at the moment.

Last year, Samsung came to the market with more than just one Windows Phone device, and chances are that it would launch more than one such device this year as well.

This means that Samsung GT-i8350 will soon be accompanied by more new Windows Phone devices on the company’s website, most probably targeted at various segments of the market.

However, it remains to be seen what hardware Samsung would pack inside these mobile phone since nothing was confirmed on it for the time being.

Samsung GT-i8350 may be the WP7 Mango-running successor to the Omnia 7 [July 11, 2011]

Steve Ballmer has said that a new wave of Windows Phones is due out for release before the end of this year, and as we’re approaching that deadline, the leaks are starting to come in. Today we have what is probably going to be one of Samsung’s new WP7 handsets, one to run the Mango update (which will likely be called either WP 7.1 or 7.5) from day one.

Japanese site Nanapho has uncovered a user agent profile (UAProf) of the Samsung GT-i8350, and apparently its Web browser will be IE9. Now, those following Microsoft stuff closely know that Mango is the first version of WP7 to come with what the company is branding IE9, so that can only mean that this new device will run just that.

The GT-i8350 will have an 800×480 resolution screen (which is the standard resolution for WP7), and will come with support for Bluetooth 2.1, and HSPA+.

The i8350 has also received its very own (blank, for now) page in Samsung’s UK support database, pretty much confirming that it’s real. You can see a screengrab of that above.

WMPU speculates that this may be the successor to the Omnia 7, Samsung’s first WP7 device released last year, which has the model number GT-i8700. However, that may not be the case. The i8350 may just be a lower-end device to accompany that successor onto the market. This is also pure speculation, but let’s keep in mind that Samsung likes to increment model numbers for sequels (successor devices). So, for example, the Galaxy S II is GT-i9100 whereas the original Galaxy S was GT-i9000. If Samsung hasn’t just changed that strategy, logically it means that the i8350 should be part of the WP7 lineup, yes, but not a successor to the Omnia 7. Perhaps the Omnia 7 will get a higher-specced successor that will be called i8750, or i8800. That would make sense.

Then again, these are all just (almost) random numbers anyway, so Samsung may have just chosen to do things differently this time. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out for sure.

New images of ZTE’s Mango device destined for China [July 16, 2011]

During WPC11, we saw the first glimpse of ZTE’s entry into the Windows Phone field. Now a few more images have come forth, posted by ZTE’s Dr. Luo Zhongsheng, who evidently is their head of smartphone development.

The phone can be seen sporting some art on the start screen as well as localized Chinese language support. In addition, it looks to have Weibo built in instead of Twitter, which is blocked in China. Weibo is described as “a Chinese microblogging site akin to a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook…”. The device itself looks like a prototype as opposed to the more polished version demonstrated at WPC, though as NanaPho suggests perhaps different color schemes will be offered. No other device specs are currently known.

This coincides nicely with the leak about the Toshiba-Fujitsu phone release in August, suggesting that indeed these phones are coming earlier than expected an the Asian market is gearing up for release.

Update: Evidently it’s not Weibos that’s built, but rather a standalone app running the service.

Fujitsu IS12T with Windows Phone 7 Mango coming next month [July 18, 2011]

At Microsoft’s 2011 Partner Conference , the company had a handful of unreleased smartphones on display running the Windows Phone 7 Mango update. The quartet included models from Samsung, Acer, ZTE, and Fujitsu, and it was thought that the phones would launch sometime in September when Mango is due to be released. The Fujitsu IS12T, however, appears to be ahead of schedule and could be the first to market — launching in August on Japanese carrier KDDI.

Details on the new smartphones remain scant so far, though the Samsung SGHi937 looks an awful lot like a Galaxy S II — one of the most popular non-iPhones in the world right now — running Windows Phone 7 instead of Android. If the internals remain unchanged, then we know exactly what kind of hardware the SGHi937 will pack.

When it comes to the Fujitsu IS12T, there’s not quite as much information. The IS12T won’t sport a massive display like the Samsung’s 4.5″ — instead, it’s a more modest 3.7″ screen that’s expected. There’s also a very good chance the IS12T will feature a 12 megapixel camera, based on its model number, Fujitsu’s past 12MP offerings, and the company’s statement that the phone will feature “great capabilities in terms  of the camera.” In addition to a stellar camera, the IS12T is going to be waterproof.

While snapping high-quality digital pics in the rain is cool, it’s even more amazing to think that a manufacturer may actually be releasing a smartphone ahead of schedule for once — instead of repeatedly delaying its launch. Pricing has yet to be revealed for the IS12T, but it’s safe to say this won’t be one of those $100 Windows Phone 7 devices Microsoft talked about.

More at WM Power User and Nikkei

Acer reveals its first Windows Phone Mango device [May 31, 2011]

Acer W4Windows Phone
Acer has revealed its first Windows Phone Mango device at Computex this week.

The device, expected later this year, will be named the Acer W4. Acer’s Windows Phone includes a 5PM camera, 8GB storage and DLNA support. Chinese blog zol.com.cn published images of the device on Tuesday after discovering it on display at Computex this week. Microsoft previously revealed that Acer was a new hardware parter for Windows Phone Mango devices during a VIP event last week.

Acer’s W4 specifications:

  • 3.6-inch WVGA
  • Screen Resolution: 480×800
  • 5mp Camera with auto-focus
  • HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support
  • Qualcomm MSM8255 running at 1GHz
  • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • DLNA Support (DMC)
  • Windows Phone Mango
  • 8GB Storage

Acer W4 Windows Phone Mango device

Image credits: zol.com.cn

What a difference from the current offering!

From Buy your phone [US] site and HTC’s past press release:

Vendor and model:

Date:

Highlights:

Display:

Processor:

Carrier(s) and store(s):

HTC HD7

Friday, December 03, 2010 4:51 PM

•Seamlessly brings together work, play and family.

•Features the largest screen on a Windows Phone.

•Enjoy Netflix, T-Mobile TV, and Slacker Radio.

480×800

(4.3”)

1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250

US: T-Mobile, Microsoft Store, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Walmart

Singapore [Oct 12, 2010], Malaysia [Oct 13, 2010], Hong Kong [Nov 11, 2010], Australia: Telstra [March 29, 2011]

HTC Arrive™
[= HTC 7 Pro]

Friday, March 18, 2011 9:58 AM

•Sliding full QWERTY keyboard

•Tilt-up display

•5MP camera and 720p HD camcorder

[access to Zune, Xbox LIVE and Netflix]

480×800

(3.6”)

1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250

US: Sprint, Microsoft Store, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Walmart

Samsung Focus™

Sunday, August 01, 2010 5:50 PM

•Thinnest, lightest Windows Phone.

•Brilliant 4″ Super AMOLED WVGA screen.

•Audience Noise Reduction for crystal clear calls.

480×800

(4.0”)

1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250

US: AT&T, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, Walmart

LG Quantum™

Friday, October 08, 2010 3:52 PM

•Full QWERTY keyboard for faster, easier texting.

•16 GB internal memory.

•Play To (or DLNA) software that lets you easily transfer photos & videos to your home entertainment system.

480×800

(3.5”)

1 GHz

Snapdragon  [Qualcomm QSD8250]

US: AT&T, Amazon.com, Costco, Walmart

HTC Surround™

Monday, October 04, 2010 2:51 PM

•Slide-out speakers with SRS Dolby Mobile surround sound.

•Surround yourself with entertainment, wherever you go.

•Kickstand for hands-free viewing.

16 GB internal memory.

480×800

(3.8”)

1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250

US: AT&T, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Radio Shack, Walmart

Dell Venue Pro

Sunday, September 26, 2010 3:58 PM

•Vertical QWERTY keyboard provides quick access.

•Scratch and shatter resistant screen.

•Available on the T-Mobile network, exclusively from Dell.

480×800

(4.1”)

1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250

US: Dell

HTC HD7S [largely = HD7 but with a Super LCD screen, it is exclusive to AT&T in the USA ]

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:13 AM

•High resolution 4.3” WVGA Super LCD Screen

•Slim, premium design with kickstand

•5 MP camera with auto focus and dual LED flash (records 720p HD video)

•Voice-activated, location-aware Bing search engine

480×800

(4.3”)

1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250

US: AT&T, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Walmart

HTC Trophy™

Thursday, May 19, 2011 1:09 PM

•3.8” touchscreen for optimal gaming [harnesses the power of Xbox LIVE® for epic gaming]

•HD video

•5 MP camera with autofocus and flash

480×800

(3.5”)

1 GHz

Qualcomm QSD8250

US: Verizon, Microsoft Store, Amazon.com, Best Buy

Singapore [Oct 12, 2010]

wikipedia HTC HD7: The HD7 shares nearly all its specifications with its older Windows Mobile 6.5-running brother, the HD2, including the screen resolution and size (4.3 inches diagonal and WVGA 800×400 resolution).

HTC GOES BIG WITH MICROSOFT; LAUNCHING FIVE NEW WINDOWS PHONE 7 SMARTPHONES [Oct 11, 2010]: … HTC 7 Surround, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC HD7 …

HTC 7 Mozart („a phone powered by high-fidelity audio”): Singapore [Oct 12, 2010], Malaysia [Oct 13, 2010], Hong Kong [Nov 11, 2010]

From List of Windows Phone devices (wikipedia):

Product
Release Date
System on Chip
Memory (RAM)
Display
Weight (g)
Carrier
Notes
Dell Venue Pro
November 8, 2010
QSD8250
512MB
4.1″, WVGA 800×480 AMOLED
165
AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Rogers (Pending)
Has vertical slide-out keyboard
HTC 7 Pro
January 17, 2011
QSD8250
576MB
3.6″, WVGA
185
Sprint, US Cellular, Cellular South
CDMA: HTC Arrive
Has slide-out keyboard
HTC 7 Surround
October 21, 2010
QSD8250
448MB
3.8″, WVGA
165
AT&T, TELUS
Has slide-out speaker
HTC 7 Trophy
October 21, 2010
QSD8650
576MB
3.8″, WVGA
140
Vodafone UK, Vodafone Australia, Vodafone NZ, Verizon
LCD, 8GB, Yellow back on International version.
SLCD, 16GB, Red back on Verizon.
HTC 7 Mozart
October 21, 2010
QSD8250
576MB
3.7″, WVGA
130
Orange U.K., Telstra
Camera: 8 megapixels + Xenon flash
HTC HD7
October 21, 2010
QSD8250
576MB
4.3″, WVGA
162
T-Mobile USA, O2 UK, Bell
Largest screen on a WP7 device
LG Optimus 7
October 21, 2010
QSD8250
512MB
3.8″, WVGA
157
TELUS, Vodafone UK, Optus
DLNA
LG Quantum
October 21, 2010
QSD8250
512MB
3.5″, WVGA
178
AT&T, Bell
Has slide-out keyboard
Samsung Focus
October 21, 2010
QSD8250
512MB
4.0″, WVGA Super AMOLED
115
AT&T, Rogers
Storage may be expanded with a compatible microSD card
Samsung Omnia 7
October 21, 2010
QSD8250
512MB
4.0″, WVGA Super AMOLED
138
Orange UK, 3 UK, Optus

Developers’ information:

Developer News: Beta Mango Tools Available Today [Windows Phone Developer Blog, July 8, 2011]

Today Microsoft is showing off many of the new features coming in the next version of Windows Phone, code named Mango. We highlighted a few features like hardware accelerated IE9 with HTML5, increased multitasking capabilities and the addition of Twitter to the People hub at Mobile World Congress in February. During April’s MIX11 event, we gave developers a deep dive into new Mango capabilities and opportunities and promised new tools in May.

I’m pleased to announce that the beta release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools that support Mango will be available for download today, in just a few hours! We also have some exciting news to share about Windows Phone Marketplace.

First the tools. Developers can use this beta release to get ready for the upcoming Windows Phone OS release. The new application platform capabilities coming in Mango deliver the top features you have asked for:

– Background processing- New profiler and emulator for testing- Use of Silverlight + XNA together- Silverlight 4- IE9 web browser control- Live Tile enhancements: use of back of tiles and ability to update Live Tiles locally – Deep linking into apps from notifications and Live Tiles- Additional sensors; direct camera access, compass & gyro- Fast application switching- Networking / sockets for communications- Local SQL database for structured storage- Access to calendar and contacts for apps

You also asked us for new ways to keep customers engaged with your apps, so we’ve taken steps in Mango that will help keep great apps front and center. The Mango release allows you to create a new wave of apps and games that appeal to consumers by further extending the popular Windows Phone design system. Mango also helps apps remain engaged with the customer and contextually relevant through integration with the Bing Search, Pictures and Music & Video experiences, as well as added functionality for the Live Tiles that live on the Start screen. For example, with Bing Search, when searching for products, movies, events or places, the customer will see among the results a link to a “Quick Card” for that specific search. That card contains an “apps” panel (formerly known as the “extras” panel).  This panel will display both installed and non-installed apps associated with that search query term. This is just one example of how the app experience is different on a Windows Phone in ways that give you a unique opportunity.

With Mango we are not only improving the way we merchandise your apps within our Marketplace, we are also exposing your apps as a part of our customers’ everyday experiences. You want more ways for consumers to find your apps; and consumers have been raving about the Windows Phone design. In short, we are listening and investing accordingly. You should expect us to continue to deliver technology and services unlike anyone else.

Below is simple graphic to help show how new tools and resources are unlocking additional developer capabilities: image

Another way we’re growing the Windows Phone ecosystem is by expanding geographically. With Mango, Windows Phone Marketplace will expand from 16 to 35 countries where both app submission and app purchase are supported locally.

Today Adding with Mango
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea (South), Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan

In addition, Windows Phone Marketplace now supports app submission in China, Israel and Luxembourg. For those countries that are not yet locally supported by Marketplace, we continue to expand the Global Publisher Program we announced in early March. Today, developers in 69 Middle Eastern and African countries can submit applications via Yalla Apps. App Port supports 13 countries in East Asia. APPA Market is available to developers in 19 central European countries. And both Device7 and MTel service China.

To better reach customers worldwide, I’m also pleased to announce today that Mango will offer a new web version of Windows Phone Marketplace. This will enable customers to shop, share and buy/download apps and games from any PC and send them directly to their phones. You get more visibility for your apps with no extra work. The Mango Marketplace will bring several new features and capabilities that Todd Brix will be expanding upon here a little later.

We’re extremely grateful for all that the Windows Phone developer community has accomplished in a few short months and we’re excited to see what you can do with Mango. Today we offer more than 17,000 apps, and with 42,000 registered developers and counting, plenty more are on the way. We recognize that the strength of our developer community and the Windows Phone ecosystem is a big reason why analysts are so optimistic about the Windows Phone ecosystem in predicting sales of hundreds of millions of units by 2015. With the release of beta tools for Mango, we hope we’ve taking another big step toward giving you exactly what you want from a platform so that you are inspired to create the next generation of amazing Windows Phone apps and games. In the coming weeks we will announce the date when App Hub will begin accepting Mango apps for certification.

Whether you’re a new or existing Windows Phone developer, now is the perfect time to take the next step and be what’s next in mobile. The checklist is simple:

Thank you, Matt Bencke General Manager, Windows Phone Developer and Marketplace Experiences

More information:
Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta2[June 29, 2011]

The new Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta2 (renamed from WPDT) can be used to develop Applications for both 7.0 and 7.1 version of Windows Phone OS releases.

The Windows Phone SDK includes the following

  • Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (Beta2)
  • Windows Phone Emulator (Beta2)
  • Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Assemblies (Beta2)
  • Silverlight 4 SDK and DRT
  • Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Extensions for XNA Game Studio 4.0
  • Microsoft Expression Blend SDK Preview for Windows Phone 7.1
  • WCF Data Services Client for Window Phone 7.1
  • Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7

SketchFlow Template for Windows Phone [June 9, 2011]

The SketchFlow Template for Windows Phone 7 adds a new SketchFlow template for Expression Blend* users that makes creating a prototype of a Windows Phone app quick and easy. * Please note: To use the SketchFlow Template for Windows Phone 7 you need to be using Blend 4 with SketchFlow enabled (this is the version of Blend that comes with both Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate) you also need to have the Mango developer tools  Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta2 for Windows Phone installed. 2011-06-09 09h43_52   2011-06-09 09h44_47   2011-06-09 09h47_25   2011-06-09 09h47_52 2011-06-09 10h01_27

Developers Get Goody Basket Full of Mangos [Windows Phone Developer Blog, June 29, 2011]

Over the course of the past six months, the Windows Phone team has been working very hard to ensure that there is a great experience for all of our customers with the upcoming Mango release of the Windows Phone OS. That means educating consumers, empowering developers, and working closely with our hardware and carrier partners to bring it all together with great devices.

Just last week, the first reviews of Mango started landing in press and blogs and the early sentiment is very encouraging. People get that Mango is a big step that dramatically enhances the core experiences that we all rely on our phones for every day; messaging and communication, use of any of our more than 20,000 great apps and games, and great use of the Web. AllThingsD wrote that the OS “is a mix of elegance and whimsy that’s a treat to use.” Gizmodo went so far as to say that Mango feels “complete.” However, it was The Daily that offered some bigger picture perspective in noting that, “it took Android nearly two years before hitting critical mass and three years to begin carving out a significant chunk of the smartphone market.” We’ve got a great product in Windows Phone and we feel we’re right on track, in fact we’ve already seen reports showing that in only a few months we’ve surpassed the more established RIM marketplace in the number of real apps available to customers.

Since beginning this journey with the new Windows Phone developer platform, we have aspired to be transparent, easy to build for, and easy to partner with.

We know that one of the most impactful things we can do for developers is to help them get their hands on the actual product. For Mango, that starts today with an early access program for developers. We’re still working out some final kinks in the distribution and support infrastructure for delivering Mango to all of our registered developers around the world, but are inviting the most eager developers to come get Mango today, for their retail devices, as part of our early access program! We expect the full distribution infrastructure to be fully operational in the next couple of weeks. For now, consider yourself a beta tester for the distribution process. Registered developers will get invites to the Microsoft Connect site, which will give them access to Mango. This build of Mango should also be viewed as beta quality, so there are still consumer features missing, but you can now start building apps and testing them against retail devices. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Download the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta 2 – You will need to update your developer tools to update your phone and to deploy your apps, so run…get them now.
  • Read the instructions before updating – These are very important steps which you need to follow to the letter. We’re committed to supporting our developer community with such an early access program, so if you have questions, start with the forums, which we are monitoring.

This is especially well timed for the tens of thousands of student developers who have registered through DreamSpark or related programs. Just as our Spring Cleaning program encouraged developers to finish up their projects over the past few months, delivering thousands of new apps, summer break is the perfect time for student developers to relax and have some fun with Mango. With the free Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta 2 and free access to Mango, now is the perfect time to see what you can do with Windows Phone. To make it even more interesting for students looking for a great summer project, we’ve set aside 50 Mango phones for those students who are building the next big thing on Windows Phone. Want one? Here’s what to do:

  1. Make sure you’re registered for DreamSpark
  2. Download and install Expression Studio Ultimate and the new Mango Windows Phone Developer Tools (available free as a member of DreamSpark)
  3. Get the free Sketchflow Template for Windows Phone and create a Sketchflow mock-up of your app
  4. Post the Sketchflow mock-up somewhere online and tweet out the link using the hash tag #WPAppItUp
  5. We will review all prototypes and will contact the developers who submit the best ones and send them a special Mango developer device

There’s lots to like in Beta2 of the developer tools, and some new goodies as well. You can find the release notes here, but I also wanted to talk about the new Advertising SDK June 2011 Update that was released for Windows Phone 7 earlier this week. The June update makes it even easier for developers to earn money and build ad-enabled mobile apps with streamlined Ad Control APIs and other new features.

Lastly, we got a lot of questions in email and on twitter as to why reviewers got Mango first. In short, it was to allow us to get you Mango today. Bringing a product to market requires a healthy balance between marketing features and empowering the ecosystem. Striking that balance is all about sequence. Microsoft believes in developers like no other company, but not even we want developer tear downs serving as the foundation for how consumers ultimately understand Mango. To get Mango to you today, we had to first set some context so that the market would have a good understanding of the product and not define us only by those features that developers uncovered. Think of it this way: if you could choose which path to go down, would you rather have a tightly selected group of influential people write your first reviews of your amazing app, or leave it to the customers with the fastest fingers?

So what now? First, go get the tools. Second, update your retail phones to Mango. Third, go rub it in your friends’ faces that you have Mango and they don’t. Fourth, start building your Mango apps using some of the cool new functionality like fast app resume, updated Live Tiles, Motion Sensor, Live Agents, sockets, background audio or raw camera access. There will be a tools update in the coming months which will have the go-live license you need to publish Mango apps to the Marketplace, but don’t wait. With the tools and the ability to test on Mango enabled phones, you should all be in really good shape when Mango is released later this year.

For the early access program, here are the countries which are explicitly supported – meaning that should your device become unusable as a result of updating, we will be able to process it for fixing once the full distribution infrastructure is fully operational in the next couple of weeks:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States

Windows Phone around the world: Language support in Mango [Windows Phone Blog, July 6, 2011]

At launch last year we supported 5 display languages: English (US and UK), French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

In Mango, we’re adding 17 more: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian (Bokmål), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish.

The Zune software will be available for the same set of languages.

Displaying some of these new languages required new phone fonts. Specifically, we’ve added 4 beautiful new fonts for the East Asian languages:

… The 20 new keyboard options are: Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

The keyboard languages shown in italics regular [here] also support text prediction, which makes typing on your phone faster and easier. Even better, all these input languages are available on any Windows Phone, regardless of which display languages come with it.

The new East Asian keyboards—which were developed in Asia by the same team that creates them for Windows and Office—are especially neat. We’ll explore them in more detail in a future post.

This fall you’ll see a significant increase in the number of new countries where the Xbox LIVE service for Windows Phone is available. The Zune Marketplace for music, video, and podcasts is also expanding to more markets. We’re not quite ready to announce specifics just yet—expect to hear more later this summer.

Finally, we get many questions about specific phone features—especially ones related to searching and mapping— and where they’ll be available. Here’s a list of ones we hear about most:

  • Bing search (accessed from the phone’s hardware Search button) is available in 33 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. (Elsewhere, handset and mobile operators can configure the hardware search button to a locally-relevant search site).
  • Local search results show up in 6 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Maps is supported in 19 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Voice-to-text and Voice-to-dial is available in 6 countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and the Unites States.
  • Voice search is supported in 4 countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Extending services such as Marketplace or Xbox LIVE to more markets, on the other hand, is a very different type of challenge—as much legal and organizational as it is technical. But we’re working hard to scale up our engineering effort from a couple dozen countries to the entire world.

Application Certification Requirements for Windows Phone

Windows Phone

June 24, 2011

This section provides the policies and technical requirements that a Windows Phone application or game must meet to pass certification and to be eligible for listing in Windows Phone Marketplace.

1.0 Program Overview


A core principle that is applied in designing the certification process is that each individual policy or requirement is clear, objective, and testable. This transparency is designed to help developers easily design and test applications to meet these requirements.

The following list shows the pillars of the certification program:

  1. Applications are reliable.
  2. Applications make efficient use of resources.
  3. Applications do not interfere with the phone functionality.
  4. Applications are free of malicious software.

1.1 What You Need to Know About the Submission and Certification Process

When your application is ready for publication, it must go through the certification process before it is eligible for listing in Windows Phone Marketplace. Your application does not have to be signed before submission.

The certification process involves static validation and automated testing of your application to verify that it meets all the policies and requirements. The following list shows the five major categories of policies and requirements:

The following is a simplified illustration of the submission and certification process.

CertificationDiagram

1.1.1 Process Outline

The following is a brief outline of the submission and certification process:

  1. Sign in to your account in App Hub.
  2. Create a new application submission.
  3. Upload the application XAP file.
  4. Enter the metadata for the application, such as title, description, category, and iconography.
  5. Select the distribution countries/regions and pricing.
  6. The XAP file is validated while you are entering metadata.
  7. If the XAP file validation succeeds, the submission process continues to Step 8; otherwise, the process terminates and you get a notification. Select the option to publish immediately after passing the certification process or to wait until you decide to publish.
  8. The XAP file is repackaged as described in Section 4.1.2.
  9. The repackaged XAP file is deployed to a phone for the certification testing. Certification involves the automated and manual verification of the meeting of the requirements that are described in Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
  10. If the application meets all the requirements, the repackaged XAP and assembly files are signed, and the application is eligible for publication according to the option selected in Step 8.
  11. If the application fails one or more of the requirements, you get a failure report and the application is not published.
Important noteImportant Note:
When you submit an application update for certification, it goes through the same process as the original application.

1.1.2 Code Signing

Code signing occurs automatically once the application has successfully passed the certification testing without any failure. The application and repackaged XAP files are signed with the Authenticode® certificate assigned to you when you registered for App Hub membership. Any signatures in a submitted application or XAP files will be replaced and are not retained.

Important noteImportant Note:
All applications must be signed with the Microsoft issued Authenticode certificate before they can be installed and run on commercially available Windows Phone devices.

Zune to Expand Multiscreen Entertainment Services Into International Markets [Sept 10, 2010, as Zune Marketplace was originally only available in the United States]

Microsoft Corp. today announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, Zune will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass1 music subscription service and enhanced features on Zune.net to new markets, providing a comprehensive entertainment experience on Windows-based PCs, on the go with Windows Phone 7 and in your living room through Xbox LIVE.2

“The integration between Zune, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE is an exciting expansion in our entertainment offerings,” said Craig Eisler, corporate vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business Group at Microsoft. “Zune enables users to access the entertainment they want, wherever they want it — and now, more people than ever will be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that the Zune service offers.”

Zune software has been upgraded with new features and functionality and will serve as the Windows Phone 7 synchronization client. The new software (version 4.7) will be available to download for free in more than 20 countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain, to easily manage your personal collection of movies, music, podcasts and pictures. Zune software continues to set the standard for entertainment software, providing best-in-class experiences to organize, discover and enjoy digital media with a variety of exclusive features. For example, the Quickplay menu enables immediate access to recently played content and personal favorites, and Smart DJ 3 automatically creates playlists from your personal music collection and takes the extra step of mixing in suggested music from the Zune Marketplace. The updated Zune software will also enable instant streaming of high-definition movies, allowing you to watch some Zune Marketplace movies in HD, with no download time, directly on a Windows PC.

Zune Marketplace online store is accessible from within the Zune software and offers the ability to purchase millions of individual songs or albums from its catalog, all in MP3 format. Here, consumers can also subscribe to Zune Pass,4 which provides unlimited downloads and music streaming capabilities from the Zune music library, including content from major music labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group, as well as thousands of independent labels. Zune Marketplace also has a large library of videos from major studios such as Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution for purchase or rental. Video purchases will be accessible through Xbox LIVE and Windows-based PCs, and can also be added to a Windows Phone 7. Simply buy your favorite video from Zune Marketplace and watch it on the screen of your choice.9

Zune.net is the perfect resource for consumers as it allows them to download the software and set up a Zune account with a new or existing Windows Live ID.5 Zune.net will also provide Web access to Zune Marketplace so you can purchase music or use a Zune Pass to stream music directly through an Internet browser,6 as well as purchase video content.7

Zune Expansion to New Markets

As Zune expands internationally, its music and video service will be tailored for each market. Genre experts will custom program Zune Marketplace and feature the top songs, videos, movies and unique promotions for each country.

The fall 2010 international expansion of the Zune music and video service includes the following:

Zune Marketplace will extend services to several markets in Europe and beyond.

Zune Pass (U.K., France, Italy and Spain). The monthly music subscription service will be available for 9.99 euros /8.99 pounds per month for unlimited download and streaming access to the Zune music catalog and will be accessible on Windows-based PCs, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE. The offer in the U.S. will remain at $14.99 per month for unlimited downloads and streaming access, with the ability to keep 10 MP3s per month.8
Music purchase (U.K., France, Italy, Spain and Germany). Expansion to these markets will enable consumers to purchase MP3s and listen on their Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 or any other device that supports MP3 format. Users will also be able to purchase music videos to enjoy on Windows-based PC, Windows Phone 7 and Zune on Xbox LIVE.
Video purchase (U.K., France, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). Consumers will now be able to purchase movies to download and watch anywhere — on the big screen in the living room with Xbox LIVE or their Windows-based PC as well as sync it to their Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go.9
Movie rental (U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). In addition to Zune video on Xbox LIVE, consumers in these countries will now be able to rent movies for viewing on their Windows-based PC or choose to sync the rental to their Windows Phone 7.

The global expansion of the service is the latest step in a series of milestones for Zune, including powering Bing music search results, the added ability to purchase music and video on Zune.net, and the forthcoming integration with Xbox LIVE and Kinect for Xbox 360. By continuing to integrate Zune across the most important screens to consumers, Zune provides an all-in-one music and video service for users to discover, enjoy and experience their entertainment wherever they want.About Zune

Zune is Microsoft’s music and video entertainment service that provides an integrated digital experience across Zune devices, Windows-based PCs, Xbox LIVE and Windows Phone 7. The Zune platform includes a line of portable digital media players, elegant software, the Zune Marketplace and Zune.net online stores, the Zune Social online music community created to help people discover music, and the ZuneOriginals.net online media player customization store. More information can be found online at http://www.zune.net/en-us/press.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 Zune Pass available in U.K., France, Italy and Spain.

2 Zune Pass on Xbox 360 requires an Xbox LIVE Gold membership and a Zune Pass subscription.

3 Only available with Zune Pass.

4 Zune Pass is a music subscription; some Zune Marketplace songs and content are not available via Zune Pass. Available content may vary over time.

5 For cross-screen functionality, the same Windows Live ID needs to be used on the Zune software, Windows Phone 7 and Xbox LIVE accounts.

6 Internet browser support for Silverlight required.

7 Service features may vary based on market availability.

8 Keep 10 MP3s per month feature available to U.S. Zune Pass subscribers only, on their PC or Windows Phone 7.

9 Content available for download on multiple devices may vary over time. Availability of content and video resolution will vary by device.

On Windows Phone 7 history:

Thoughts on Windows Phone 7 Series (BTW: Photon is Dead)[Feb 17, 2010]

The real Windows Mobile 7, that is, Photon as it once was called, is dead. Windows Mobile 7 was supposed to be an evolution of Windows Mobile 5 and 6. It was supposed to be built on the paradigm that previous generations of Windows Mobile had been created from: a Start-menu centric application experience, two soft keys on bottom, and applications that acted as they would on the desktop (often with a close button). Well Photon was scrapped, probably around 2008 when the Mobile division of Microsoft saw a big reorganization. With that, Microsoft started from scratch to build the next generation of Windows Mobile, or Windows Phone as they began calling it in 2009. Also at that time, they decided to extend the life of Windows Mobile 6 to buy some time, and a year later we saw 6.5. And despite rampant criticism, 6.5 shipped on a lot of really awesome devices like the HTC Touch Pro2 and HD2, Acer neoTouch, and Samsung Omnia II.

Back in 2007, as you may or may not recall, I wrote about Windows Mobile 7 after having seen it at a Microsoft event. If you want to go back and see the text, it’s still available at MobilityToday. I contended that what Microsoft had in store for the next version of Windows Mobile was awesome, and that it could succeed. But I also warned that if they didn’t bring the product to market before the target late 2009 launch, it would fail. It would fail because by that time, two years later, iOS, Android, and other mobile platforms would be wildly evolved, and that Photon would seem like more of the same, instead of a breakthrough new operating system that the market would so desire.

I also saw Photon two years prior to 2007. Back then, it was pretty much the same as we know Photon to be today. It’s very possible that work began on Photon as early as 2004, which begs the question: how could a company with such vast resources and fantastic human talent take nearly half a decade to roll out a product? The answer could come down to mismanagement or lack of investment. My guess is that Microsoft didn’t truly understand how big the mobile category would grow, and how fast it would happen.

Behind the scenes: Windows Phone 7 [June 17, 2010]

… The launch of the new phones is critical for Microsoft, which is trying to play catch-up with Apple and Google. Despite having been in the phone business far longer than either of those two rivals, complacency, lack of focus, and bad bets have left Microsoft an afterthought in the cell phone business. It now has just a single-digit percentage market share among smartphone operating systems, trailing Symbian, RIM’s BlackBerry, Apple’s iPhone, and Google’s Android, according to Gartner. Windows Phone 7 is the big bet to reverse years of decline, assuming it’s not too late.

Leading that effort is vice president Terry Myerson, the 37-year-old former head of the Exchange Server development team. Myerson is the rare Microsoft exec who knows what it’s like to be an underdog. He came to Microsoft in 1997 through the acquisition of his own Web analysis company [Interse’ see Terry Myerson [Duke Pratt School of Engineering, Oct 16, 1998]] and went to work on Exchange back when it was badly behind IBM’s Lotus Notes software.

… Myerson, who agreed to take on this job in October 2008, has picked up the pieces on a next-generation mobile operating system that Microsoft has been developing in fits and starts for several years now, switching leadership and approaches several times along the way.

Despite its long and winding road to fruition, Windows Phone 7 has a chance, Myerson says with a quiet conviction that sounds more like an engineer sure of his work than a salesman looking to close the deal. Myerson is convinced that Microsoft can get back in the game if Windows Phone 7 really nails the set of things that it does tackle–merging personal and work contacts, integrating Xbox Live games and Zune music and video, including mobile versions of Office and aiming to bring together photos from various social networks.

What they’ve already done hasn’t been easy. Although it retains Windows CE at its core, Windows Phone 7 has a completely new look and interface. The overhaul was so significant, that when it was first outlined in early 2009, the project’s leaders handed out a bottle of Pepto Bismol to the several hundred people on the development team. “The entire user experience of Windows Phone 6 was built on a certain graphics framework,” Myerson said. “We decided to change that to a different one. We sort of decided that top down and teams just had to digest that, so it was sort of a joke that people were given that.”

“I think we are going to have something very high-quality and different this holiday,” Myerson said. “We won’t be better on every dimension and we won’t be better on a feature point on all of the dimensions we wish we could… I think about this really as a first release, a first release for this team.”

A blunt assessment

Catching up with the market leaders, Myerson figures, is a multiyear project, something he warned both executives and colleagues when he took over the project. “We’re going to reset, but it is going to take us five years to build a product we all want to have,” he said.

Myerson’s less-than-rosy assessment scared off more than a few people. “There were people that looked in the mirror a year ago and said, well, if we aren’t going to win next year, I am out of here,” he said. “There were people that looked in the mirror and said what a great fun project to spend the next three to five years of my life on and kind of buckled down for it…Those are the people you want because that’s how long it is really going to take. The company has that level of commitment.”

If anything, Myerson hopes that is what he is bringing to the team–clarity, along with enough resources to get the job done.

“If you invest in people as craftsman and give them great tools, I think they will build great products.” Myerson said. “Probably the most important thing we can give these guys is a clear plan. If the plan changes every three months, it’s hard to do great engineering.”

With that in mind, the company decided more than a year ago to start over yet again, with a new approach and a firm target–holiday 2010–to have the all-new Windows Phone on the market. “I think when we look back on the release five years from now, this was a foundational release, not the release that broke through,” Myerson said. “We’ve got some tough competition.”

In particular, Microsoft will need to make a good impression with carriers–the companies like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile–who decide which phones will get the prime shelf space and the big ad campaign, and which will not make the cut at all.

“They take all the burden of support calls and all the burden of selling it,” he said. Given that “they want it months ahead of time so they can learn how to sell, learn how to support it.”

Having to coordinate among chipmakers and Microsoft and hardware makers and carriers is a lot of work, Myerson acknowledges. It requires a lot more companies working together than is the case with Apple, which now even designs the iPhone’s main processor.

“The OEM partnership model we have is more complicated,” Myerson said. “We aspire to have the same level of end-user finish as Apple, but getting that level of user finish requires a level of partnership.”

The idea of partnering with phone makers like Samsung and HTC is to get the benefit of their ideas as well as have more models than Microsoft could if it built the hardware itself. But add that to a business model that also includes 180 different carriers across the country as well as other components and it’s a lot to juggle.

“Between Qualcomm and Broadcom and Samsung and LG and HTC, AT&T and T-Mobile, it’s just very partnership-complex, it just is,” Myerson said. “I don’t know any other way to describe it.”

Microsoft has considered but rejected the idea that it should go it alone in the phone business, building its own hardware to better take on Apple. Among other reasons, it’s just how the company prefers to do business. Although it makes the Xbox and Zune, the company prefers to build software that is used a wide range of hardware makers.

“We’ve made it work many times in the past and as you know, there’s times in the past where it hasn’t worked out so well,” Myerson said. “We’re aspiring to do it well, which unfortunately does take more time.”

But time is running out for Microsoft, which needs to get the first devices to carriers soon if it wants the devices to be on sale by the holidays. Hence, the conference rooms inside Microsoft this day are filled, not just with folks from Microsoft, but also from its many partners.

As the work day draws to a close, the hours-long meeting between Qualcomm and Microsoft engineers beaks up. Myerson meets in his office with Torrey Harmon, a Qualcomm senior vice president. The conversation is informal–a mix of some subtle salesmanship and small talk and venting about some of the project’s more challenging aspects and people.

Between trading jabs at various partners and competitors, the two turn their attention to their own companies’ partnership, discussing how they might further reduce the amount of friction between the teams working on the chips at Qualcomm and those working on the software at Microsoft.

“We want you to see us as an extension of your team and we’re trying hard to figure out how to do that,” Harmon said. Qualcomm recently hired one of the members of the Windows 95/98 development team to help the company in that effort. “We’ve made a lot of progress and still we’ve got a ways to go. We’d like just to look like another one of your technology groups, that’s our goal.

As the conversation continued, they talked about the battery life issues on a particular prototype. “Usually it runs out by about 2 o’clock,” Harmon said, although, that’s better than before a recent software build. “It was running out at about 11 o’clock when I first got it. It’s better already than it was.”

As it often does, Myerson’s mood this day shifted quickly between optimism and pessimism. “I just want to survive this launch,” Myerson told Harmon. “If I can get out there and get some respect, for lack of a better word, from consumers, everything will get easier. Right now things are hard.”

Windows Phone 7: A Fresh Start for the Smartphone[Microsoft feature story for the press, Oct 11, 2010]

The goal for Microsoft’s latest smartphone is an ambitious one: to deliver a phone that truly integrates the things people really want to do, puts those things right in front of them, and either lets them get finished quickly or immerses them in the experience they were seeking.

“When you first get the phone, the stuff that’s more obvious makes you smile,” says Andy Lees, Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business president. On the phone’s Start screen, “live tiles” show users real-time content, such as social media updates and contacts. “The features sort of scream out at you,” says Lees. “But the other thing that is even deeper for me is the elegance of the experience, which you only appreciate if you’ve used the phone for some time.”

Learn more about Windows Phone 7 The result is Windows Phone 7, which will make its debut in some European markets on Oct. 21 and in the U.S. Nov. 8. The phone uses an elegant operating system that is very different from the current trend toward app-focused phones. Instead it provides active and configurable interface elements called tiles that update on the fly with real information, allowing users to place the tiles that interest them most where they want on their Start screen. Facebook photos, music and contacts are pulled into the phone and distributed appropriately across Hubs. It also brings together many of Microsoft’s popular offerings from other platforms, including Xbox, Zune, Office and Bing.

The new phone is an important step for Microsoft in three ways. To begin, it is a completely fresh start for Microsoft in smartphones. Second, it represents a new approach from Microsoft toward integrating products and services from across the company into the phone to create a richer experience and greater productivity. Hence the presence of Office, Zune and Xbox LIVE and their integration within the Hub model. And finally, the new phone approach is critical to Microsoft’s efforts to make new gains in the huge smartphone market, which despite the success of the iPhone and Android is still relatively untapped globally.

As people use their phones, they’ll discover lots of thoughtfully designed features and perks. Holding down the camera shutter button, for example, lets the user take a picture even if the phone is locked – as Lees says, “unlocking your phone can sometimes mean the difference between missing the moment or not.”

The phone’s interface features Hubs for categories such as People, Music and video, Photos, Games and Office. These Hubs are never more than a few screens away, no matter how deep the user navigates within the phone. The People Hub, for example, pulls in Facebook status updates from friends as well as providing the more obvious contact information and phone numbers. Users can take actions like responding to updates or sending a text message right from the People Hub rather than having to find and launch a particular app. The Hubs also update live, pulling in pictures and information so that in many cases a glance and a couple of clicks will be all that users need to bring themselves up to date with phone messages, e-mail and what is happening with friends and colleagues.

“We think people want to get updates from their social networks, they want to get contact information, they want to get e-mails from a variety of different places, they want to share music — but they want control over it,” says Lees.

Plus, says Lees, “They want one thing that they can access their work e-mail on and then put in their bag and go to the party, and they want it to be easy to use. That’s exactly what we’re delivering.”

Applications will be available for the phone as well via a Hub called the Marketplace. But, unlike other smartphones, they won’t be required for the majority of everyday tasks.

Smartphones are increasingly a part of our lives. It is incredibly seductive to be constantly connected, to be able to communicate with and interact with friends and associates at any time. Or to be able to dive into the sea of information on the Internet at any time. But the current smartphone designs aren’t helping. People either take too long to find what they need on their phones or they get distracted and drawn in to unproductive activities simply because they have to click in and open apps to see things.

To highlight the problem, the company is launching a provocative advertising and marketing campaign, showing how Microsoft’s new phone is different. The new Windows Phone 7 is designed to help users connect with the people and information they care about most, then let them return to the real world as fast as possible.

Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Windows Phone engineering at Microsoft, led the development group for the new phone. “We had this list of things we knew we wantede-mail, a browser, games, a music player,” says Myerson. The team knew that they wanted the phone to be versatile and deliver exactly what the customer wanted out of a phone. But its greatest asset is something less tangible than a single feature or access to a program. “Using this phone is truly a delightful experience,” says Myerson.

Creating this ease of use was one of the design team’s primary goals. “We talked a lot about smart design when we talked about this phone,” says Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows Phone program management. Belfiore joined the project shortly after Myerson and oversaw, among other things, user experience. “We wanted this phone to be able to anticipate what you want and give it to you before you ask for it.”

New phones in a variety of hardware designs will be available from Samsung, HTC, LG and Dell.

Microsoft is so committed to the new phone that it has arranged for every full-time employee worldwide to be able to switch to the new phone as soon as it launches in their market. And while executives say they are thrilled with the final product, they also acknowledge there is a lot more to be done. When the phone is released, they plan to enjoy the moment – but not for long. “There’s so much more of Microsoft we’ve got to bring out in the phone,” says Myerson. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Exclusive: AT&T’s Ralph De La Vega on Which Smartphones Are Winning [June 4, 2011 — Excerpt 2]

Nokia has made this huge bet on Windows Phone. One of the reasons, they have said, is to have a bigger presence then they have had in many years in North America. How interested are you in adding them to your lineup?

De la Vega: We already have Windows Phone 7 in our lineup. We actually like that software very, very much. It hasn’t sold as well as Microsoft or we would want it to, but I think having the Nokia hardware capability with the Microsoft software capability is a really good combination. They have to prove it by bringing some great devices to market. But I would love to have a great Nokia device with Microsoft Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7, is it a hard sell, or are their features that are missing?

De la Vega: Keep in mind this is the first product that Microsoft has come out with since Microsoft redid their OS. I think for the first thing out of the chute it is pretty good. I think they just need to make it better. If you listen to what Steve Ballmer is saying (Mango, the next version), is going to add about 500 features. I think they are going to make it a lot better. Giving customers more application choices, having a bigger app store with more functionality on the phone, I think that is all that it needs.

Actually, I loved Windows 8. That looks a lot like a Windows Phone screen, with the tiles. I think that’s a huge win for Microsoft. Now they have their same look and feel on their PCs and tablets as they have on their smartphones.

Building the Next Great Mobile Software Developer Opportunity [by Terry Myerson, Feb 14, 2011]

On Friday Feb 11th our two companies announceda partnership that we believe will shake up the mobile phone market. Together Nokia and Microsoft are bringing to bear significant and complementary strengths in global smartphone and mobile phone market reach, hardware, software and services. Based on these strengths, we will build a new, global ecosystem that creates a wealth of new opportunities and innovative experiences.

However, we can’t do it alone. We need you: our developers. Over the years, you, our developer communities, have created great experiences for your customers. You’ve also given us feedback that you want new opportunities, accelerated innovation, and access to more consumers. We are going to realize this future based on a shared set of principles about what developers want and deserve:

  • Opportunity: a large number of customers with unparalleled global reach
  • Feedback: so that you can improve your applications and games
  • Ovi Store and Windows Phone Marketplace: a great shopping experience, where your creativity can be discovered
  • Flexibility: in how you are compensated for your work– in dollars or notoriety
  • Amazing tools: to take creativity from idea to sale
  • Structure: a prescriptive roadmap that balances opportunity and diversity while maintaining the stability of the platform
  • Innovation: combining services assets to drive innovation including putting Nokia’s Ovi Maps at the heart of key Microsoft assets like Bing and AdCenter

We appreciate that applications and games are many peoples’ livelihoods, and that developers deserve respect and transparency. We further understand that choosing a mobile platform is a serious commitment of time and energy that we must earn. This new conversation is just starting and we would like it to be an open and continuing dialogue.

To that end, we want to make clear that our alliance represents a long-term commitment to developers. Nokia developers working with Qt or Java will continue to do so and enjoy healthy demand for those. Nokia has an installed base of 225 million Symbian devices, and plans to sell 150 million more, and Series 40 has an addressable market of 600 million devices today. Nokia continue to enhance and innovate on those platforms and in Qt tools. Nokia, and now Microsoft, are committed to making sure that your contributions to and investments in the Nokia ecosystem will be worthwhile. In the coming weeks we will provide more information about programs that will help you access the Symbian and Qt opportunities more effectively.

Nokia’s Windows Phone portfolio will support the existing, free Windows Phone Developer Tools. Nokia and Microsoft will support Symbian developers wishing to port their application to Windows Phone. Both Nokia and Microsoft manage rich application and game commerce platforms in Ovi Store and the Windows Phone Marketplace. We believe that both platforms bring distinct strengths to the alliance, and we are planning to combine these strengths into a single great commerce experience for developers and consumers alike.

We still have much work to do and we will provide you, our developers, with more details in the weeks and months to come. We will ensure that developers can count on timely and prescriptive guidance on the implications and opportunities of this new alliance. For now, we hope that you are as excited about the long-term potential of this alliance as we are, and that you are already thinking of new application and games that you’ll bring to market to take advantage of the significant volumes of Nokia Windows Phones, as well as the existing and future Symbian and Series 40 devices from Nokia.

If you’re interested in learning more about developing for Windows Phone, please visit http://create.msdn.com. For the latest guidance to Nokia developers, visit http://forum.nokia.com. Sincerely Tero Ojanpera, Executive Vice President, Services, Nokia Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone Engineering, Microsoft

Reindeer Antlers and Reykjavik: How Microsoft and Nokia Are Getting Down to Business Together[July 11, 2011]

“We’ve spent the last couple months working really closely together to get first products really materializing,” Nokia’s Jo Harlow, who is in charge of Smart Devices at the phone giant, said in an interview. “We all feel confident about where we are.”

… Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has been boasting for a while that he is carrying something along those lines, and a recently leaked video shows him with an early version of the hardware.

Harlow declined to comment on that leak, but says she is increasingly confident in the first product that will arrive this year, and that the company may yet have multiple devices for sale before the end of the year. The first Nokia phones are expected to arrive this fall alongside Mango, the first major update to Windows Phone 7.

“I’m committed to one model this year,” Harlow said. “More would be great.” For next year, though, Harlow said there will be a steady stream of releases — something that Microsoft badly needs as it tries to keep up with rivals, particularly Android devices, which are released on a constant basis.

If Microsoft was close to the latest hardware when it released the first Windows Phones last fall, it is fair to say that its models now look dated when stacked up against the latest Android models, some of which boast 3-D screens, dual-core processors, high-definition video recording and other features. “I’m hoping that won’t be an issue next year,” Myerson said. Harlow said her goal is that Nokia will have more frequent hardware updates, keeping the company, and by extension Windows Phone, front of mind with phone shoppers.

… For its part, Microsoft said it has shifted its priorities to make sure that Nokia’s needs are being met first. The company has increased its focus on going global more quickly, as Nokia counts on Windows Phone to quickly fill a gap created by the rapid decline in its existing Symbian phone business. “We had been focused on North America and Western Europe,” Myerson said of the company’s early efforts. That, he said, has now changed.

Although Microsoft is also working with its other partners, Myerson isn’t shy about saying that he is pouring more energy into his partners in Finland. After all, while HTC and Samsung build Windows Phones, they also make phones running Google’s Android software. Nokia, meanwhile, has pledged to make Windows Phone the core of its smartphone strategy. “We are prioritizing work proportionate to Nokia’s commitment to Windows Phone, which is unlike anything we have had before,” Myerson said.

On Andy/Andrew Lees’ promotions:

Microsoft Announces New, Expanded Roles for Key Executives[Feb 14, 2008]

Microsoft Corp. today announced a series of executive promotions — seven new senior vice presidents and seven new corporate vice presidents — reflective of the company’s commitment to build and maintain a strong and dynamic management team across its unique portfolio of businesses.

… “Along with attracting world-class talent from outside the company, one of my top priorities is growing Microsoft’s existing leadership team,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Each of these executives will play a critical role in leading Microsoft into the future. Today’s promotions are a result of their ability to think strategically on a global scale, the respect they’ve earned from their peers, customers and partners, and their significant contributions to the company.”

Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communications Business. Previously corporate vice president of the Server & Tools Marketing and Solutions Group, Lees will oversee the development, marketing and sales of software and services that power mobile devices for business and consumer customers worldwide. Lees will fill the role previously held by Pieter Knook, who made the decision to leave Microsoft to pursue new opportunities.

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, Original Equipment Manufacturer Division. Previously general manager, Application Platform Marketing, Guggenheimer will move to a new role leading the group that manages Microsoft’s relationships with the makers of personal computers and other devices.

Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform. Previously general manager, Guthrie will continue to oversee several development teams responsible for delivering Microsoft Visual Studio developer tools and Microsoft .NET Framework technologies for building client and Web applications.

Microsoft Announces Retirement and Transition Plan for Robbie Bach [May 25, 2010]

Underscoring the strength of the leadership teams in place for the entertainment and mobile businesses, the company announced that Senior Vice President Don Mattrick will continue to lead the Interactive Entertainment Business and Senior Vice President Andy Lees will continue to lead the Mobile Communications Business. Each will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer effective July 1.

… Bach will remain with Microsoft through the fall, working with Ballmer and his leadership team to ensure a smooth transition. …

… Lees has led the Mobile Communications Business since February 2008 and has been instrumental in reinvigorating Microsoft’s mobility efforts, bringing in new business and development talent and overseeing the creation of both KIN and Windows Phone 7. A 20-year Microsoft veteran, he previously served as corporate vice president for Server & Tools marketing and sales, led a variety of worldwide sales and marketing functions, and began his career in Microsoft’s U.K. subsidiary. “One measure of a leader is the team he assembles around him, and Robbie built an incredible team.

Don and Andy are exactly the right leaders to carry our entertainment and mobility efforts forward,” Ballmer said.

Microsoft also announced that J Allard, senior vice president of Design and Development for E&D, will be leaving Microsoft after 19 years, and will take an official role as an advisor in a strategic role for Ballmer and his leadership team. “J has brought a game-changing creative magic to Microsoft for years, from Windows to Xbox, from Zune to KIN,” Ballmer said. “He was one of the key drivers in our early work on the Web, and we’re absolutely delighted that J’s role with the company will evolve in a way that lets all of Microsoft benefit from his business insight, technical depth and keen eye for consumer experience.”

Microsoft Announces New Leadership Promotions[Oct 1, 2010]

Microsoft Corp. today promoted Kurt DelBene to president of the Microsoft Office Division, Andy Lees to president of the Mobile Communications Business, and Don Mattrick to president of the Interactive Entertainment Business. … As President of the Mobile Communications Business, Lees, 45, will continue to oversee the overall marketing and product development for Microsoft’s mobility efforts. Lees, a 20-year Microsoft veteran, has led the Mobile Communications Business since February 2008 and was at the center of the company’s efforts to rebuild the mobile business, including the development of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 to be released this holiday season. Windows Phone 7 is designed to make every-day tasks faster by doing more in fewer steps and providing timely information in a “glance and go” format.

Microsoft Mobile Communications Business is now the Windows Phone Division[June 16, 2011]

Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business (MCB) is no more. The group itself still exists, but is known officially, as of this week, as the “Windows Phone Division.” I noticed the change on the bio page for the division President Andy Lees. (Until yesterday, Lees was listed as President of MCB. He’s now President of the Windows Phone Division.) A Microsoft spokesperson said that only the name of the unit has changed and that there’s no change in the unit’s responsibilities or charter.

Say it ain’t so — not only is a phone not delayed, it’s actually planning to come out earlier than its quoted launch window? This particular miracle is the exception much more than the rule, but Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone OS (nicknamed “Mango,”) might come out prior to the anticipated fall release. According to Nikkei, Fujitsu will offer the very first Mango device, a waterproof phone called the IS12T, on KDDI “as early as late next month.” The phone is to be sold for 30,000 – 40,000 yen ($378 – 505), a reasonable amount of coin for what will likely be a higher-end device. And — if it’s the same handset showcased at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference — a pink version will be on sale. So, what’s more enticing: a Hello Kitty-flavored Windows Phone, or a Samsung Galaxy S II lookalike running Mango? It’s a tough call.

Good TD-LTE potential for target commercialisation by China Mobile in 2012

See also: Mobile Internet (Aug’11) which is a total update on Aug 26, 2011 with a lot of additions to the original July 19, 2010 content on the following subjects:
– LTE and LTE Advanced — HSPA Evolved (parallel to LTE and LTE Advanced) — Heterogeneous networks or HetNets — Femtocells and Picocells — Qualcomm innovations in all that — Ericsson’s LTE Advanced demo — Current roadmaps on evolutions of current 3G+ broadband mobile networks

Updates: China Mobile to set up TD-LTE network in Hong Kong [Feb 8, 2012]

The Hong Kong subsidiary of China Mobile, the largest mobile telecom carrier in China, has acquired 15-year licensed use of 30MHz-bandwidth radio frequency band 2,330-2,360MHz from the Office of the Telecommunications Authority, Hong Kong for HK$170 million (US$21.9 million), and the parent company will use the band to provide TD-LTE (Time Division-Long Term Evolution) service in Hong Kong, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

China Mobile is required to reach a minimum coverage of 50% of the Hong Kong population for its mobile services or 200 commercial and/or residential buildings for its fixed services in the initial five years following the licensing, the sources said.

China government not expected to issue TD-LTE operating license for the time being [Jan 16, 2012]

While China Mobile has been actively promoting TD-LTE, the China government is not expected to issue a TD-LTE operating license to China Mobile for the time being, according to industry sources.

China Mobile finished initial TD-LTE trials in seven selected cities in China around the end of 2011 and has proposed a second-round of trials, but the China government has not yet approved the plans, signaling the government’s attitude to slow down promotion of TD-LTE in China, the sources indicated.

This is because 3G mobile communication services are taking off in the China market and therefore the government does not want to issue a TD-LTE operating license out of consideration for China Telecom and China Unicom, the sources said.

Volume production of TD-LTE handsets to not start until end-2012 [July 14, 2011]

Although some telecom carriers plan to kick off commercial TD-LTE services in the second half of 2011, volume production of TD-LTE-enabled handsets will not be realized until the end of 2012, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Being pushed by China Mobile, more than 10 telecom service providers worldwide have committed to support TD-LTE technology and about 20 other carriers, including those in India and Japan, are now testing TD-LTE networks, noted the sources.

However, those carriers will use devices such as mobile data cards and routers as end devices to support their TD-LTE networks initially without the availability of TD-LTE handsets, the sources added.

Although China-based handset makers may adopt single TD-LTE chips being rolled out by Innofidei and Hisilicon Technologies, most of them may begin commercial production of TD-LTE handsets at year-end 2012, the sources indicated.

International chipset makers including Qualcomm and ST-Ericsson both plan to launch LTE FDD and TD-LTE dual-mode chips, but volume production of those chips will not begin until the first half of 2012, explained the sources.

End of updates

Compulsory preliminary reading (as the information in that is the essential part of this post and generally won’t be repeated her):
China Mobile repositioning for TD-LTE with full content and application aggregation services, 3G [HSPA level] is to create momentum for that [June 18, 2011]. One esssential quote is important, however:

We are targeting commercialization next year, not in five years. In fact, operators in India and Japan plan to go commercial this year, but we are not that aggressive. So you see: 4G is not being pushed by the vendors, like 3G was. 4G is being pushed by the carriers. LTE is the only standard in the industry where, if you have a product, people will buy it right away. It’s  the reverse of how things used to be, and very interesting. LTE is being developed fast, but not fast enough.

[Bill [Xiaoqing] Huang, general manager of China Mobile’s Research Institute, response to the reporter’s question: Isn’t that a long way off in the future? Don’t you need to develop mobile broadband now?]

as well as two whole excerpts:

TD-LTE Industry Briefing – May 2011 by China Mobile [May 27, 2011]

TD-LTE Large Scale Trial in China Update –All 6 Cities Have Launched Base Stations

  • All 6 cities have launched base stations. The number of launched Base Stations has reached 20% of the planned ones.
  • The planning of continuous coverage in hot spot areas has been completed in all 6 cities. The constructions are under way:
    – 78% supporting facilities modification accomplished
    – 69% equipments arrived
    – 35% equipments installed
      • Transmission tests have been completed in several cities
      • EPC and Security tests initiated in several cities in April 2011
      • RANtests are planned to start in the end of May 2011TD

GTI Official Website: http://www.lte-tdd.org

The GTI official website was launched during the 1st GTI Workshop [on 27-28 April 2011 in Guangzhou, China]. The website shares the latest information about TD-LTE related News, Events, Reports and Statistics. GTI operators have the rights to access the Working Space on GTI website for technical presentations and further deliverables of GTI.

China Mobile Almost Finishes Pilot TD-LTE Network Deployment [June 7, 2011]

China Mobile, one of the Big Three telecom operators in the country, has completed deployment of a pilot TD-LTE network in most of the cities selected for a planned test, disclosed people familiar with the matter today.

Most of the system equipment makers have completed the first TD-LTE call in cooperation with the branches of China Mobile, according to one of the people, noting that additional telecom equipment makers are expected to make a presence in the program for an expansion of the test.

The TD-LTE network test, kicked off on March 24 with the releasing of document from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), has been going on smoothly reflected by a group of telecom equipment makers’ success in TD-LTE call.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., one of the top-ranking telecom equipment makers in the country, helped launch the first TD-LTE wireless connection in Shenzhen on April 6, facilitating the rollout of high-speed download service and high-definition video service based on the TD-LTE data card.

And now the new information about TD-LTE potential for target commercialisation by China Mobile in 2012:

China Mobile ambitious to lead 4G tech [by China Daily, July 11, 2011]

BEIJING – China Mobile, the country’s largest mobile telecom operator, is taking ambitious steps to promote the “fourth-generation,” or 4G mobile technologies, according to the general manager of its research institute.

“You have to be a leader, not a follower…timing is everything,” said Huang Xiaoqing [Bill], general manager of China Mobile’s Research Institute, in an interview with Xinhua.

With more than 600 million subscribers, the mobile giant, which is both listed in Hong Kong and New York, is pushing for China’s home-grown 4G standard, known as TD-LTE, or “Time Division-Long Term Evolution,” to be a globally accepted standard.

The technology is expected to provide faster broadband wireless services to meet the explosive future demand in data communication that the current 3G network is unable to deliver, Huang said.

Demand for mobile communications, especially for mobile internet, is rapidly growing, totally beyond our expectation and forecast,” he said.

The TD-LTE network is believed to be “ten times lower in price and ten times better in performance” than the current 3G service, he added.

The upgraded version of TD-LTE, or TD-LTE-Advanced, is now among the three international 4G standards accepted by the UN’s International Telecommunication Union(ITU). The other two are LTE FDD and WiMAX, which are dominated by Europe and the United States, respectively.

Currently the company has arranged large-scale TD-LTE trials in six Chinese cities and set up a demonstration network in Beijing. It has also developed a TD-LTE mobile network in Taiwan with the local Far EasTone Telecommunications for testing purposes.

According to Huang, telecommunication operators worldwide are seeking a single and unified global standard and tend to agree to the LTE standard.

China Mobile joined with seven other operators to form Global TD-LTE Initiative(GTI) at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, he said.

The GTI now has 22 members, including telecommunication giants like the UK’s Vodafone, Japan’s Softbank, and Axiata from eastern Europe. Currently, trial networks of TD-LTE have been established in 29 countries.

Goldman Sachsis also optimistic about TD-LTE’s future. In a report released late June, the investment bank said TD-LTE is becoming the global solution for unpaired spectrum due to its 3G inter-operability, large data capacity, and leverage of the LTE FDD system.

The report expects China Mobile, Bharti (India), and Softbank to launch TD-LTE services in late 2012 or 2013, which would cover nearly 2.7 billion people, or 39 percent of the world’s total population, in the three countries.

China is leading the global promotion of the TD-LTE standard, therefore, tests on the network are fully open, said Cao Shumin, vice director of the Telecommunication Research Institution under with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology(MIIT).

The test site at the MIIT institutionhas gathered not only domestic cell phone manufacturers but also multinational tycoons like Motorola, Ericsson, and Nokia Siemens Networks.

The LTE FDD network, which is promoted by European operators, is seen as a strong competitor to TD-LTE. But as the two technologies are based on the same LTE system, they are able to share R&D results and subscribers at a global level, Cao said.

The company is also pinning hope on the 4G technology to gain back its high-end subscribers lost to China Unicom and China Telecomin the 3G business.

China Mobile, whose 3G network technology isn’t supported by the iPhone, has announced it will work with Apple on a TD-LTE-type iPhone.

Currently, China Mobile’s iPhone users can only run their device on the 2G mobile network.

But the Chinese government has not given a clear timetable for the commercial launch of TD-LTE.

Miao Wei, minister of the MIIT, said in April that China plans to commercially promote the TD-LTE technology nationwide within three to five years.

The government has only issued the 3G licenses in 2009, with China Mobile getting the self-developed TD-SCDMA standard.

The regulator is afraid that China Mobile is becoming stronger, gaining more market share and monopolizing the market,” Huang said.

China Mobile had 611 million subscribers by the end of May, of which 32 million were 3G users. China Unicom had 22.1 million 3G users in May, while China Telecom came in third with 19.7 million.

Cell Shackles Crumble [by WSJ via C114, July 12, 2011]

China Mobile Ltd. has missed out on Apple Inc.’s iPhone and other hot smartphones because China’s government forced the Chinese company to build its 3Gnetwork with a homegrown technology not used elsewhere.

Now, the world’s biggest carrier, with more than 611 million subscriber accounts, is looking to improve its situation as it prepares to roll out a fourth-generation network.

China’s government, which owns all three of the nation’s telecommunications carriers, saddled China Mobile with TD-SCDMA, a third-generation wireless technology developed in China, because Beijing thought the company’s size would help promote the technology. The government let the other two, smaller, carriers employ the foreign-developed protocols that are used in other markets.

Now, the industry is moving toward a fourth generation of mobile technologies, part of a migration that allows faster, pricier data services. China Mobile has backed a standard called TD-LTE, for time-division long-term evolution. Analysts said the company has a shot at reversing the fate it suffered with 3G, largely because the company has worked to build international support for the technology.

With 4G, most carriers so far have favored a different version than China Mobile’s technology, called FDD-LTE. In the U.S., VerizonWireless introduced 4G services using the standard last year, and AT&T Inc. will do so in some cities this summer.

But there are also major carriers interested in TD-LTE, which China Mobile is using. Bharti Airtel Ltd., India’s largest telecom company by users, has said it will adopt the protocol. U.S. wireless-service provider Clearwire Corp. last year said it would run tests with both versions of LTE. And in Japan, a unit of Softbank Corp. plans to introduce a service this yearthat it says will be compatible with TD-LTE.

China Mobile has encouraged suppliers and other mobile carriers to support the technology. Analysts said Chinese telecom-equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. also has been a key advocate.

Analysts said development of supporting equipment for TD-LTE has lagged behind that for FDD-LTE by more than six months. But TD-LTE has advantages: It makes more efficient usethan does its cousin of wireless spectrum, a scarce resource.

In part because TD-LTE has international support, it could mean access for China Mobile to a wider range of handsets and less-expensive components, analysts said. China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou in May said Apple planned to use TD-LTE on the iPhone.

China Mobile also appears to be racing ahead of its Chinese rivals toward 4G. Mr. Wang in March said the company aims this year to start commercial trials of TD-LTE using wireless modems. China Unicom [the W-CDMA licensee] Chairman Chang Xiaobing in March simply said the company was experimenting with 4G technology. And a China Telecom [the CDMA2000 licensee] spokesman last week said the carrier doesn’t have a timetable for building a next-generation network.

China Mobile and TD-LTE still face hurdles. According to the state-run China Daily newspaper in March, China’s information-technology minister said China won’t launch commercial 4G mobile services nationwide until 2014, leaving unclear how quickly China Mobile will be able to move ahead.

But TD-LTE still has more potential than China Mobile’s 3G standard did, said Duncan Clark, chairman of consulting firm BDA China Ltd. “People certainly can’t just say it has no future, which is better than TD-SCDMA,” he said.

China Mobile Shows Power Still Lies With the Party [Financial Times via China Digital Times, July 5, 2011]

At first glance it looks easy to tell who is in charge at China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone operator by subscribers – industry veteran Wang Jianzhou is chairman of both the Hong Kong-listed company and its majority stakeholding parent.

In reality, however, things are not so simple. In a terse notice last week the listed company revealed that Mr Wang had been replaced as secretary of the Communist party committee at the state-owned parent company by Xi Guohua, former vice-minister for information technology….

Such is the strange world of Chinese big business, where an enthusiastic embrace of the trappings of global capitalism and corporate governance collide with the hard facts of political power in a one-party state. While China’s communists long ago cast aside any pretence to ideological purity, they remain determined to keep tight control over the state companies that command the economic high ground ….

Some observers of Mr Xi’s appointment last week wonder if it is part of a wider clear-out linked to the waning influence of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and the upcoming retirement of current leader Hu Jintao. Others see it as punishment for Mr Wang for failing to prevent China Mobile becoming ensnared in a series of corruption scandals since 2009. More benignly, the move could be seen as simply a preparation for the 63-year-old chairman’s retirement.

Wang Jianzhou: China Mobile’s Growth is Sustainable [Caijing, July 5, 2010]

With fierce market competition and an unknown model for the mobile Internet, what path should China Mobile take to continue its growth?

By staff reporters Ming Shuliang, Zhang Min, Wang Qihua and Li Weinuo

The number of mobile phone users in China continues to rise. After the last round of restructuring, the level of competition in the market intensified as two operators became three. TD-SCDMA technology is not as mature as WCDMA and CDMA2000. And the popularity of the mobile Internet has changed the original business model of the communications industry. In an interview with Caijing, China Mobile Communications Corp. Chairman Wang Jianzhou discussed the four major challenges ahead for China Mobile.

[the 1st one is the further growth in general and turning the current TD-SCDMA investment profitable in particular] Wang believes there are still growth points in China’s mobile communications market. The penetration rate in China’s rural areas is still low, and people are steadily migrating to cities, which will bring more new users and continued growth. At present, China Mobile’s revenue share of data traffic only accounts for 7.5 percent of annual income. Moreover, the demand for machine to machine communication, also known as the Internet of Things, also has some room for growth.

Wang is optimistic about China Mobile’s future growth prospects, stating that TD-SCDMA terminals have steadily improved, WiFi and LTE networks are now being built, and China Mobile’s scale dividends have yet to be tapped.

China Mobile plans to increase its TD-SCDMA subscribers to 50 million by the end of 2011. And by improving terminals and increasing network usage of its TD network, the company will pay more attention to the development of mid-to-high-end mobile phones.

[the 2nd one] China hasn’t yet issued a timetable for 4G network licensing. Wang believes that tablet PCs may become an important application for the LTE era. [Bill Huang, GM of the China Mobile Research Institute has made a possible clarification for that here: “I see them as just bigger smartphones. In fact, Microsoft and others have tried for many years to introduce tablets and failed. But when Apple introduced the iPad, which is just a big iPhone, everybody loved it. So, this proves that a successful tablet is a big smartphone. The look and feel is very similar to that of a phone.]

Driven by China Mobile, more international carriers, especially operators from the WiMAX world, are joining the TD-LTE camp. Japan-based Softbank Mobile Corp. has pledged to put its TD-LTE network into commercial use by the end of 2011.

[the 3d one] Negotiations between China Mobile and Apple Inc. have yet to conclude, and terminal subsidies are one of the key points for both sides. China Mobile only provides 3G terminal subsidies, but Apple doesn’t support China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA standard. Apple has promised to manufacture TDD standard compatible mobile phones after LTE chips come out.

[the 4th one is international expansion] China Mobile’s Pakistan subsidiaryhas widened its subscriber base to 10 million, and the company is expected to turn a profit in 2012. China Mobile’s future international acquisitions will focus on key emerging markets, TD-LTE operators and Internet companies. The company is also now considering whether it can participate in future international mergers and acquisitions as a minority shareholder.

Full article in Chinese: http://magazine.caijing.com.cn/2011-07-03/110763826.html [王建宙:增长仍将持续]

China Mobile to set up 1,000 TD-LTE base stations in five cities [March 28, 2011]

China Mobile (CHL.NYSE; 00941.HK) decides to initiate large-scale construction of TD-LTE trial network in five cities first. Five telecom equipment providers will share the construction, with each establishing 200 base stations in assigned citi (NYSE:C) es, according to www.sina.com.cn.

The TD-LTE trial network was planned to cover seven cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen, but there are only five telecom equipment manufacturers passed the external field tests so far, and each manufacturer is entrusted with network construction in one city.

Alcatel Shanghai Bell Co., Ltd. acquired the mobile TD-LTE trial network deployment program in Shanghai; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd . took up Shenzhen; Nokia-Siemens (NYSE:NOK), Hangzhou; ZTE Corp. (OOTC:ZTCOY), Guangzhou; and Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd., Nanjing.

An industrial insider revealed that as long as other telecom appliance providers pass the tests, China Mobile will start the construction in Beijing and Xiamen [July 1: picked by Nokia Siemens Networks, see later] at any time.

China Mobile schedules to complete the trial network construction in the first batch of cities by September.

China Mobile TD-LTE trial network details [July 1, 2011]

Experts of China Mobile revealed the details of TD-LTE trial network that the first batch of admited equipment vendors, which including Huawei, ZTE, Datang, Nokia Siemens, Shanghai Bell, Motorola and Ericsson, have completed the testing of core network, and went into the next phase of wireless network, it is expected by the end of December, 2011, all the vendors will complete the testing.

Now, the first batch of admited equipment vendors have completed the hotspot contiguous coverage, the first base station and transmission testing in several cities, while the core network, security testing and wireless networks has also being started.

The TD-LTE network trial has three major parts: wireless networks, terminals, core network (basic function: verification, carrying and transmission).

Demo business includes home entertainment, working and living, office meetings and professional use such as high-definition wireless video on demand, 3G video-on-demand and high-speed wireless cities.

China Mobile in TD-LTE testing R&D pact [July 4, 2011]

China Mobile has entered a joint TD-LTE R&D agreement, and revealed it tapped NSN [Nokia Siemens Networks] to deploy part of its trial networkusing the homegrown 4G standard.

The operator’s R&D division, China Mobile Research Institute, has signed a MoU with Rohde & Schwarz to collaborate on the development of TD-LTE testing tools and systems, AsiaNet reported.

A stated goal of the co-operation is to speed up global deployment of TD-LTE.

NSN meanwhile announced it has been operating TD-LTE test networks in two of the six cities where China Mobile has been trialling the technology since May.

The core network has been tested, and NSN has now moved on to radio access. The vendor is also working with the ICT ministry on TD-LTE device testing, and said it will introduce devices into the trial network once the preliminary tests are complete.

China Mobile hopes to commercially launch TD-LTE in 2012, but the communications ministry in March stated it doesn’t expect significant LTE rollouts until 2014.

Nokia Siemens Networks trials TD-LTE in Hangzhou and Xiamen [July 1, 2011]

First global vendor to be awarded two cities in six-city China Mobile 4G trial

Nokia Siemens Networks has successfully been running live TD-LTE (4G) trial networks in Hangzhou and Xiamen for China Mobile, the world’s largest operator. The trial networks, operational since May, demonstrate the promise of TD-LTE to transform the mobile broadband experience in China. Trial users have been able to enjoy peak download and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps along with uninterrupted access to applications such as video streaming and online HD video conferencing.

Nokia Siemens Networks has already finished testing the core network and is now testing radio access. It is working with China’s Ministry of Information and Industry Technology (MIIT) on TD-LTE device testing, and will use devices in the trial, when testing is completed.

“In Zheijang region, we reached a major milestone earlier this year with 50 million subscribers and can also see the data boom in the network,” said Zhong Tianhua, General Manager of China Mobile Group Zhejiang Co. Ltd. “As our long-standing partner, Nokia Siemens Networks fully understands our aim to improve the capabilities of our network to improve subscriber experience.”

Nokia Siemens Networks deployed its single RAN advanced TD-LTE equipmentin 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz spectrum. The company’s network management system, NetAct is providing configuration, monitoring and operations support system capabilities during the trial. Nokia Siemens Networks is also providing network planning and optimization services.

“Nokia Siemens Networks has been committed to developing the TD-LTE ecosystem since its inception. The Motorola Solutions’ acquisition clearly strengthens our market proposition and enables us to deliver greater value to operators, looking to adopt TD-LTE,” said Markus Borchert, head of customer operations for Greater China at Nokia Siemens Networks. “China Mobile’s trust in our TD-LTE capabilities for this large-scale trial affirms our technology leadership and readiness for large-scale commercial TD-LTE rollouts.”

ZTE launches new salvo against Huawei [June 8, 2011]

Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp has demanded rival Huawei Technologies Co stops making and using equipment related to fourth-generation time division long term evolution (TD-LTE) technology, expanding the legal battle between the two Chinese telecom giants.

In a lawsuit filed at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court, ZTE alleged that Huawei infringed on three TD-LTE patents. The company also demanded Huawei stops participating in large-scale TD-LTE trials in seven Chinese cities that started in January.

The move came after Huawei filed four lawsuits against ZTE in Germany, France and Hungaryat the end of April, accusing it of patent and trademark infringements.

Representatives of ZTE’s communication department said on Tuesday that the Shenzhen court has accepted the case and the company is awaiting the next phase of the lawsuit.

Shi Xiaoyan, a Huawei press officer, said Huawei has received a bill of indictment from the Shenzhen court. She said Huawei welcomes ZTE’s counteraction.

“We believe the court will give us a fair trial. Huawei is a leading company in LTE technology, and we own 15 percent of the basic patents in LTE technology worldwide,” Shi told China Daily.

TD-LTE technology is a Chinese telecommunication standard. China Mobile Ltd, the world’s biggest phone carrier by users, is leading its development and striving to make it a global standard.

In December, China Mobile got approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to begin large-scale tests of TD-LTE technology in seven cities. Huawei is working with Telefon AB LM Ericsson to provide TD-LTE equipment in Shenzhen, while ZTE is supplying the equipment for the trial network in Guangzhou. Alcatel-Lucent SA is providing equipment for Shanghai and Nokia Siemens Networks for Hangzhou.

The lawsuit is unlikely to hamper China’s TD-LTE trials,” said Yang Hua, secretary-general of the TD Industry Association in China. He pointed out that the lawsuit could be lengthy and Huawei will not suspend the trial network constructionunless the Shenzhen court issues an injunction.

Yang also said he expects that all of the lawsuits are merely “paving the way for a comprehensive settlement”, because ZTE and Huawei both own a large portion of LTE patents and cannot afford to work without each other.

Ji Chendong, an analyst with the research firm Frost & Sullivan, said the competition between Huawei and ZTE has become increasingly intense, especially in the overseas market. “The market share in Asian and African countries is relatively stable, and Europe and the US are the two telecom giants’ major battlefields,” Ji said. That explained why Huawei launched the first salvo in its war on ZTE in the European market.

ZTE’s revenue rose by 50 percent year-on-year in the European and US markets in 2010, the biggest overseas contributors to ZTE’s annual growth. The company expects its revenue to grow by more than 20 percent this year, beating Huawei’s forecast of less than 8 percent.

ZTE demonstrates TD-LTE handover [July 12, 2011]

TD-LTE devices are close to hitting the market, according to ZTE, which has completed what it says was the world’s first TD-LTE to 2G/3G handover test.

The Chinese vendor saidit had demonstrated interoperability between TD-LTE terminals and GSM, UMTS and CDMA EV-DO networks.

Some operators have been reluctant to deploy the 4G technology due to concerns about TD-LTE multi-mode terminals, but ZTE claims its tests demonstrate the maturity of the standard’s ecosystem.

The China Mobile-backed TD-LTE standard is gaining traction worldwide. As of April, ZTE alone had deployed TD-LTE trial and commercial networks for 25 operators in 15 countries throughout Asia and Europe.

Indian incumbent Bharti Airtel will adopt the protocol and a Softbank unit and US wireless operator Clearwire have revealed that they will test the technology, WSJ said.

China Mobile has itself built a trial network in six cities, and has teamed up with FarEasTone to trial the standard in Taiwan.

ZTE on Friday revealed [July 8] it had secured a $900 million loan with 10 international banks to help it further expand internationally.

ZTE, first to Start the TD-LTE Large-Scale Test in Guangzhou

On March 24, 2011, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) officially announced the kickoff of TD-LTE scale test. ZTE as one of the first vendors to enter the TD-LTE field will be responsible for building the TD-LTE network in Guangzhou, indicating the start of TD-LTE scale test in China.

This project which is organized by MIIT and China Mobile will cover six cities including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen. It will also include a demon network to be deployed in Beijing. After all the deployments are completed, China Mobile will be able to provide high-speed mobile broadband services such as HD video, 3D games, FTP transmission and high-speed Internet access for the customers in these cities. In the previous 2×2 IOT – MIIT’s entrance test for TD-LTE scale test, ZTE was the first to complete the IOT with Innofidei and Hisilicon and became one of the first vendors to build TD-LTE trial due to its innovations and commercialization.

ZTE has led the industry in TDD technology. It has kept the leading position in the TD-LTE field in terms of technology and system commercialization. In January 2011, the well-known consulting institution Frost & Sullivan released the TDD market research report, in which ZTE was ranked No.1 in terms of competitiveness.

ZTE has been actively promoting the commercialization of TD-LTE. By April 2011, ZTE had deployed TD-LTE trials and commercial networks for 22 world-leading operators in 13 countries covering Europe, India, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia, and so on. ZTE is building the world’s largest LTE TDD/FDD commercial network in Sweden and Denmark, which is also the first TD-LTE network in North Europe. This network will adopt ZTE’s SDR base stations, unified core network and network management platform. Besides, ZTE also actively collaborates with a large number of chipset vendors such as Qualcomm, Sequans and Altair to carry out IOT so as to jointly promote the ecosystem development.

ZTE, the Only Vendor to Provide TD-LTE Service for GTI

The Global TD-LTE Initiative 1st Workshop made its debut in Guangzhou on April 27 to 29, 2011. ZTE and CMCC presented diversified interactive service experience inside and outside the conference hall based on the TD-LTE trial in Guangzhou. The interactive service experience will include mobile video conference, HD 3D streaming and multi-mode high-speed FTP download, allowing the visitors to feel 4G in advance.

During GTI conference, the participants enjoyed the TD-LTE high-speed data service via MF820T data card which is solely provided by ZTE. The type of TD-LTE data card earned favorable comments what is the stable signal, excellent temperature-control.

GTI was officially launched by China Mobile, Bharti Airtel, Softbank Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus, Aero2 and Clearwire at Mobile World Congress 2011. This event will help expand the international influence of TD-LTE, lay sound foundation for the global expansion of TD-LTE in future, and facilitate the implementation of global roaming and subscriber growth for TD-LTE. Besides the seven member operators, this event also attracts many operators and equipment vendors who have interest in TD-LTE development.

Guangzhou is one of the six cities in which China Mobile will carry out TD-LTE scale test. After China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) officially announced the kick-off of TD-LTE scale test on March 24, ZTE and China Mobile’s Guangzhou Branch jointly launched the first high-speed data service in the early April, which laid foundation for the development of diversified TD-LTE services.

ZTE has been actively promoting the commercialization of TD-LTE. By April 2011, ZTE had deployed TD-LTE trials and commercial networks for 22 world-leading operators in 14 countries covering Europe, India, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia, and so on. ZTE built the world’s largest LTE TDD/FDD commercial network in Sweden and Denmark, which is also the first TD-LTE network in North Europe. This network will adopt ZTE’s SDR base stations, unified core network and network management platform. Besides, ZTE also actively collaborates with a large number of chipset vendors such as Qualcomm, Sequans and Altair to carry out IOT so as to jointly promote the ecosystem development.

Ericsson to build TD-LTE trial network in China [April 7, 2011]

  • Will support China Mobile in its first large-scale TD-LTE trial network deployment in China
  • Network to be located in Shenzhen – a highly advanced telecoms market
  • Official interoperability tests in progress with ST-Ericsson and Qualcomm Incorporated to secure global ecosystem

China Mobile has selected Ericsson to participate in the world’s largest TD-LTE trial network deployment to date. With the approval of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Ericsson will build a TD-LTE trial network in the city of Shenzhen, one of the most advanced telecommunications markets in China.

The approval by MIIT follows the successful completion of interoperability tests of Ericsson’s TD-LTE network equipment with multiple chipset manufacturers. As part of its efforts to further develop the global ecosystem, Ericsson is proactively conducting interoperability tests with leading international players such as ST-Ericsson and Qualcomm.

Mats H Olsson, President of Ericsson China & North East Asia, says: “China Mobile has always been a formidable force in driving the evolution of telecommunications technologies. As a longtime strategic partner to China Mobile, Ericsson will fully support our customer in its tremendous endeavor to make TD-LTE a reality in the foreseeable future. Tens of millions of users, not only in China but also around the world, will benefit from the new and better services enabled by the superior TD-LTE technology, and we are thrilled to be part of this initiative.”

Ericsson will provide the industry-leading end-to-end TD-LTE solution, which includes its latest multi-standard base station, RBS 6000 and its commercially proven Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network; operations support systems software and professional services. As early as July 2010, Ericsson demonstrated extremely high-speed multimedia applications enabled by its TD-LTE solution in Shanghai, China. [First complete TD-LTE solution showcased [July 12, 2010]] And in February this year, Ericsson achieved another milestone by making the world’s first TD-LTE voice call over its LTE/EPC network in Barcelona, Spain. [Ericsson showcases voice over TD-LTE for China Mobile [Feb 14, 2011]]

In August of this year, Shenzhen will host the 26th Universiade, or World University Games. According to the deployment schedule, the network will be ready in time for athletes and visitors, together with the city’s population of more than 10 million, to enjoy the TD-LTE experience made possible by Ericsson.

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile speed the delivery of mobile broadband in China [May 11, 2011]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and China Mobile have announced a major step toward the delivery of high-speed mobile broadband to subscribers in China by successfully completing the first call over a trial TD-LTE network deployed in the city of Shanghai.

Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end 4G LTE solution in Shanghai is a vital element of the large-scale TD-LTE trial formed by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and China Mobile, covering six major cities in China, to commercially showcase the advantages of TD-LTE technology in delivering high-speed applications and services to millions of customers.

As a key partner of China Mobile, the largest mobile operator in the world, Alcatel-Lucent is utilizing its expertise in TD-LTE to deliver a highly-efficient and cost-effective network to the large population of data-hungry subscribers in the central business and education/technology districts of Shanghai.  The network includes the high-tech park of Zhangjiang and financial district of Lujiazui, which China Mobile and the Shanghai Government want to make a leading demonstration zone of TD-LTE technology. The successful completion of this first call is a major milestone in realizing this goal.

“We are excited to be able to collaborate with China Mobile and demonstrate our leadership in TD-LTE on this important trial network. The first call takes us a step closer in delivering a high-quality network that will provide faster wireless services and applications to the people of Shanghai,” said Rajeev Singh-Molares, president of Alcatel-Lucent ‘s activities for Asia-Pacific.

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile further enhanced their relationship in April of this year by announcing a joint research program to pioneer developments in next generation mobile communications, including further co-development of Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio solution.

Alcatel-Lucent has established a strong leadership position in LTE, being selected so far by fourteen customers for commercial deployments — including two of the world’s largest service providers — and being involved in over 60 LTE trials worldwide.

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile to Co-Develop Future of Mobile Networks [April 20, 2011]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and China Mobile today announced a wide-ranging joint memorandum of understanding to pursue pioneering developments in next generation mobile communications including further co-development around Alcatel-Lucent’s powerful lightRadio™ technology.  The partnership agreement was signed by Romano Valussi, President of Alcatel-Lucent in China, and Bill Huang, president of China Mobile Research Institute in a signing ceremony in Beijing today.

China Mobile is the biggest mobile operator by subscribers in the world.  Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in radio access, IP, and optical technologies – all critical elements in mobile networking – thanks to its flagship Bell Labs research arm which invented and continues to invent many of the fundamental networking technologies of today and tomorrow including the much heralded lightRadio cube.

This research collaboration will further extend the close relationship between the two companies, establishing the framework to jointly explore:

  • the evolution of mobile network architectures leveraging and integrating China Mobile’s Cloud-RAN and Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio and advanced antennas technology;
  • explore the evolution of core network structure on the basis of network virtualization; and
  • develop technologies and approaches for alternative energy use to achieve green ICT

The MOU is mutually initiated and endorsed by Wang Jianzhou, Chairman of China Mobile and Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent CEO.

Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “This vital collaborative agreement will bring together two industry leaders, using joint research, to bring new breakthroughs to market at what we call ‘the speed of ideas’.”

Wang Jianzhou, Chairman of China Mobile said “Co-development with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs will benefit evolving our network technology to support the next generation of mobile-based applications, experiences, economies, and social networks.”

Alcatel-Lucent to help China Mobile deploy world’s largest 4G TD-LTE end-to-end trial network [March 24, 2011]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced it has been selected by China Mobile to participate to the world’s largest 4G TD-LTE trial network deployment in China. This qualification follows successful completion of various interoperability tests which started from January 2010 as required by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT) and China Mobile. Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China is one of the first suppliers to have successfully achieved this key milestone and will be deploying its end-to-end LTE solution for China Mobile’s large-scale 4G TD-LTE trial in the city of Shanghai.

Covering 6 major Chinese cities, namely Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen, and recently extended to Beijing, this large scale TD-LTE trial will help China Mobile to provide a wide range of high speed mobile broadband services to its subscribers, such as high definition video, 3D gaming, FTP transmission and high speed Internet. It will also enable new industries with LTE connectivity like automotive industry and multi-industry ecosystem development thanks to initiatives pioneered by Alcatel-Lucent through the ng Connect Program launched two years ago.

Rajeev Singh-Molares, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Asia-Pacific said: “This is a major accomplishment for Alcatel-Lucent and clearly reinforces our leading position in China and our global leadership in LTE. We are committed to provide China Mobile with the most advanced LTE solution for the world’s largest TD-LTE trial and to demonstrate the maturity and cost-effectiveness of our solution for TD-LTE which is emerging as the 4G standard for TDD spectrum globally. The successful interoperability tests with terminal suppliers further demonstrate our commitment to create an open TD-LTE ecosystem that will participate in the broader global LTE value chain.”

The tests were conducted in both 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands for indoor and outdoor deployments and relied on Alcatel-Lucent’s industry-leading LTE expertise to provide an end-to-end integrated solution including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), the Evolved Packet Core (EPC). Alcatel-Lucent’s solution successfully passed interoperability tests with two major terminal suppliers.

Alcatel-Lucent is a key partner of China Mobile on TD-LTE and next generation wireless networks initiatives and evolution programs. During the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Alcatel-Lucent supported China Mobile in the first large-scale TD-LTE trial network deployment delivering advanced mobile services including ultra high speed Internet access and High Definition TV (HDTV). Most recently, at Mobile World Congress, Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile demonstrated with Audi, a variety of in-vehicle high-value applications that worked seamlessly on a converged Time Division Duplex (TDD) and Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) network ensuring seamless global coverageand the ability to benefit from a common LTE ecosystem across both modes. Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile are partnering to develop next-generation radio access network based on Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio, a groundbreaking innovationto prepare wireless networks to handle the explosive growth in demand for wireless broadband services while making the networks more eco friendly.

Having been selected so far by twelve customers for commercial deployments — including two of the world’s largest service providers— and being involved in over 60 trials worldwide –- including thirteen LTE TDD trials in seven countries — Alcatel-Lucent has established a strong leadership position in LTE.

More information about Alcatel-Lucent and LTE: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

About Alcatel-Lucent(Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countriesand one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in Franceand headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow the Company on Twitter: external linkhttp://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

Additional information on mobile infrastructure vendors participating in the TD-LTE trials by China Mobile (sans Datang for the time being):

  • Huawei
  • ZTE
  • Ericcson (+ acquisition of divested Nortel assets strategic for Ericsson)
  • Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)
  • Alcatel-Lucent (with special emphasis on lightRadio and related QorIQ Qonverge SoCs from Freescale quite essential for that)

I. Huawei

Huawei Showcases Cutting-Edge LTE TDD Technology at the16th Asian Games [Nov 24, 2010]

Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that it has exclusively deployed a LTE TDD trial network for China Mobile at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou. Visitors to the Asian Games are able to enjoy a range of cutting-edge services, such as mobile HD (high definition) video conferencing and surveillance and HD video on demand. Using a portable digital video camera with the LTE TDD module-embedded, members of the media can send real-time high-resolution photos and live broadcast video across the world.

“As the use of data services is at an all-time high around the world, the development and rapidly growing uptake of LTE is in direct response to consumer requirements for faster mobile communication services,” said Ying Weimin, President of LTE Network, Huawei. “The success of this deployment, along with the success of our LTE TDD network at the Shanghai Expo, reaffirms the high performance and reliability of LTE TDD solutions and demonstrates Huawei’s commitment to enabling operators around the world to deliver superior mobile media experiences to their customers.”

Huawei’s demo network delivers the following solutions and services:

  • Low carbon and cost efficient LTE TDD base station, based on Huawei’s industry-leading SingleRAN solution
  • Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
  • HD video conferencing, mobile HD video surveillance, catch-and-transfer, live broadcast, and HD video on demand (VOD)
  • LTE TDD devices featuring high-end chipsets
  • E2E service deployment, management, and service guarantee

As a leading provider of E2E mobile broadband solutions, Huawei constructed the world’s first LTE FDD network for TeliaSonera in Norway and was awarded the world’s first LTE TDD commercial contract from Aero2 in Poland. To date, Huawei has won 18 commercial LTE contracts and has partnered with leading operators in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East to deploy over 70 LTE/EPC trial networks deployments around the world.

Huawei Awarded the World’s First Commercial Frame Contract Covering LTE TDD Technology in Poland [Nov 18, 2011]

Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that it has been awarded a frame contract to deploy the world’s first commercial LTE TDD network for Aero2, Poland’s leading mobile broadband operator. With Huawei’s end-to-end LTE TDD/EPC (Long Term Evolution/Evolved Packet Core) solution, the network will allow ultra-speed data rates and deliver rich experiences and high-quality mobile broadband services, such as video call and mobile Internet access, to Aero2’s subscribers. The network will become operational in early 2011.

“Aero2 is committed to providing high-quality mobile broadband services for our customers and introducing cutting-edge telecom technologies in Poland,” said Adam Kuriański, the President of Aero2. “We are confident that with Huawei’s advantages in LTE technology, we will be able to offer users a rich communications experience with the deployment of the LTE TDD network.”

“This milestone demonstrates that LTE TDD technology is already mature, stable and reliable for large-scale deployment,” said Ying Weimin, President of LTE Network, Huawei. “Based on Huawei’s LTE unified platform supporting both LTE FDD and LTE TDD, we are confident that the network will contribute to Areo2’s success in the mobile broadband era.”

Due to their long-term partnership, Aero2 and Huawei have achieved a series of breakthroughs in LTE, benefiting from Huawei’s LTE FDD and TDD unified platform. In September, 2010, the world’s first commercial LTE FDD network, on 1800MHz band, was launched in Poland. Recent LTE TDD lab testing with Aero2 in Poland showed that download throughput rate reached up to 100Mb/s.

As a leading provider of end-to-end mobile broadband solutions, Huawei has constructed the world’s first LTE FDD network for TeliaSonera in Norway and supported China Mobile to deploy the world’s first pre-commercial LTE TDD network at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. To date, Huawei has won 18 commercial LTE contracts and has partnered with leading operators in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East to deploy over 70 LTE/EPC trial networks around the world.

About Aero2

Aero2 is a new comprehensive telecommunications provider in Poland. The company builds mobile networks and broadband Internet access. The coverage of Aero2 has already reached more than 40% of the Polish population. Aero2 has a radio frequency of 900 MHz and 2.5 GHz.

Huawei Launches Industry’s First WiMAX and LTE TDD SingleRAN Solution [Nov 3, 2010]

Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today released the industry’s first commercially available WiMAX and LTE TDD SingleRAN solution. This end-to-end solution enables operators to seamlessly migrate from WiMAX to LTE TDD networks.

Huawei is the first vendor to offer a commercially available solution consisting of a WiMAX and LTE TDD dual mode remote radio unit (RRU) and dual mode base band unit (BBU), which fully support 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz mainstream Time-Division Duplexing (TDD) frequency bands. Based on Huawei’s leading SingleRAN ability, Huawei WiMAX RRU has been widely applied in several operators’ current operating WiMAX networks. It is a 4T4R (four transmitters and four receivers) design that supports multi-input multi-output (MIMO) and Beamforming (BF), and it can be flexibly configured as a WiMAX module, a LTE TDD module, or a WiMAX and LTE TDD dual mode module simply by upgrading the software.

This solution also features an end-to-end advantage by adopting Huawei’s SingleEPC packet core network solution, which enables GPRS, UMTS, LTE, and WiMAX users alike to enjoy high-speed mobile broadband access with converged and smart network management.

“Huawei’s WiMAX and LTE TDD SingleRAN solution will provide our customers with great flexibility,” said Tang Xinhong, Vice President of Wireless, Huawei. “By adopting Huawei’s SingleRAN solution, operators will be well-positioned to adapt and evolve their networks to any standard in the future. This solution also offers operators current investment protection and an overall lower total cost of ownership.”

Huawei supported China Mobile to deploy the world’s first pre-commercial network using its LTE TDD solution. This network successfully demonstrated a variety of mobile broadband services, including high definition (HD) transmission, HD video conference, HD video monitoring, HD video-on-demand (VOD) and HD live broadcasting to visitors in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Park and some key pavilions.

Huawei has won over 79 commercial WiMAX networks contracts worldwide and is adding new ones faster than any other vendor in the world. Huawei has a wealth of experience in delivering global WiMAX projects, and has partnered with operators worldwide including BSNL in India, Globe in the Philippines and MTN in the Middle East and Africa.

China Mobile Launches World’ s First TD-LTE Network with Huawei’ s E2E Solution [May 6, 2010]

Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that it has assisted China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), the world’ s leading telecom operator, launched the world’ s first TD-LTE/SAE trial network enabled by Huawei’ s E2E solution. The network, which offers a more than 10 times faster download data rate than existing 3G networks, will serve the entire 2010 Shanghai World Expo Park and some key pavilions.

Construction of the network faced challenges due to the more than 70 million visitors expected throughout the Expo and the complex coverage area that includes grass lands, rivers, roads and high density buildings. To address these challenges, Huawei’ s industry-leading E2E TD-LTE/SAE solution provides high-quality, high-speed, large capacity and low latency coverage. With this technology, visitors to the Expo will have access to a variety of mobile broadband services, including high definition (HD) video transmission, HD video conference, HD video monitoring, HD video-on-demand (VOD) and HD live broadcasting.

Li Changzhu, Vice President of China, Huawei, said: “This TD-LTE/SAE network is one of the most exciting innovations to be showcased during the Expo. Visitors from around the world will enjoy the unparalleled services offered by China Mobile’ s TD-LTE network. This milestone illustrates Huawei’ s commitment to support operators around the world in delivering truly mobile media experiences to consumers.”

As a major investor in TD-LTE/SAE technology and contributor in the development of its standardization, Huawei believes that the common development of TD-LTE and LTE FDD facilitates the efficient use of limited spectrum resources to meet performance and cost requirements of mobile broadband.

In May 2009, Huawei demonstrated TD-LTE-based inter-site and inter-cell switching for the first time in the world, marking a great leap forward toward massive commercial TD-LTE deployment. To date, Huawei has conducted more than 60 LTE networks, including commercial and trials with world leading operators. As of March 2010, Huawei has submitted more than 4,700 LTE/SAE standard proposal contributions to 3GPP and holds 181 LTE essential patents, becoming No.1 and account for 34% of the infrastructure vendors in LTE essential patents.

Huawei Deploys World’ s First TD-LTE Trial Network for 2010 Shanghai World Expo [Nov 13, 2009]

Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced the deployment of world’ s first TD-LTE/SAE trial network for China Mobile. This new network with an actual download speed of up to 29Mb/s will be used for 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Wang Jianzhou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Mobile, said: “This state-of-the-art network covers the whole site of 2010 Shanghai World Expo, which will fully demonstrate the capability of TD-LTE technology.”

As the only vendor able to provide end-to-end TD-LTE/SAE solutions, Huawei deployed the TD-LTE radio access network and SAE core network for China Mobile, and delivered chipsets and terminals. These infrastructures and terminal devices enabling high definition (HD) video transmission, HD video monitoring, HD video-on-demand (VOD) and mobile Internet will support the live broadcasting and security for the coming events.

“TD-LTE/SAE technologies with the advantage of low latency and high spectrum efficiency are getting increasingly more recognition from operators and telecom organizations.” said Li Changzhu, Vice President of China Marketing, Huawei , “As most of the significant technical innovations will be showcased during the Expo, this TD-LTE/SAE trial network is one of the most exciting innovations during the event. This network adopted Huawei’ s integrated LTE solution of FDD and TDD technologies, as well as the SAE core network which is being used in world-leading operators’ network modernization.”

Huawei has been appointed to deploy the world’ s first LTE network for TeliaSonera and Europe’ s largest LTE network for Telenor. Over 20 LTE/SAE trials have been deployed by Huawei for global operators.

Huawei’ s SAE Solution Successfully Completes TD-LTE Tests for 2010 Shanghai World Expo [Nov 5, 2009]

Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunication solutions to operators around the world, today announced that it’ s SAE (System Architecture Evolution) solution has successfully completed all the mandatory and optional tests on the TD-LTE trial network for 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The tests were conducted by China Mobile Research Institute and Shanghai Mobile, a subsidiary of China Mobile, to evaluate the LTE/SAE solutions among all the leading vendors for deploying the commercial TD-LTE network for the coming event.

The core network tests verified the functionalities of MME (Mobility Management Entity), Serving Gateway, PDN Gateway and the HSS (Home Subscriber Server). According to the result of the tests, Huawei is the only vendor with its commercial SAE solution that has successfully passed all 119 tests.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to participate in 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and fully confident to support its success through our advanced LTE/SAE network solutions.” said Wang Gang, Director of China Marketing, Huawei Core Network, “The excellent performance of Huawei SAE solution in this test reflects our deep understanding and continuous investment in LTE technology, and the long-term commitment of providing world-leading mobile broadband solutions to operators worldwide.”

As a partner of Shanghai Mobile, Huawei provided end-to-end network solutions for the TD-LTE trial, including mobile network, SAE, terminals, chips and transmission systems.

Huawei Demonstrates World’s First Handoff Tests Between TD-LTE Base Stations [May 14, 2009]

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”), a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that the company was selected by the Next Generation Mobile Network Congress to provide the new end-to-end TD-LTE/SAE solution for field testsat its conference held in Beijing on May 11-12, 2009. World leading operators including Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo, AT&T, China Mobile, TI and TeliaSonera participated in the conference and jointly discussed the development of future networks.

As the sole provider of the network for testing, Huawei conducted a live demonstration of the world’s first handoff tests between TD-LTE base stations with a 100-percent success rate. These field tests demonstrated the ability of Huawei’s network to successfully deliver the handoff or handover technology that facilitates phone calls between different technologies. The completion of the test marks a major forward step in the evolution of TD-LTE technology.

“Due to the rich resources in the TDD spectrum, the application of TD-LTE is currently of great interest to operators both in China and beyond. We are very confident about the future of TD-LTE which is one of the major next-generation mobile broadband platforms.” said Wan Biao, President of Huawei Wireless Product Line. “Huawei is committed to promoting the development of LTE through its proven expertise and extensive global application experience.”

Huawei also showcased the world’s first multi-user access and multi-cell handoff tests based on a TD-LTE network at the event. Different terminalswere used to simultaneously demonstrate the services based on TD-LTE, such as VOD, video phone and VOIP.

Huawei has been researching LTE technology since 2004 and, in December 2008, was awarded with the world’s first LTE commercial contract, with Teliasonera. By the end of March 2009, Huawei had submitted more than 2,500 LTE/SAE applications and has contributed 20 percent of all the patents in LTE field.

The brilliant debut TD-LTE elevates experience at World Expo [by Huawei, April 28, 2011]

The World Expo is a great event to showcase the best achievements of human civilization, including telecommunications advancement. At the 2010 World Expo Shanghai, TD-LTE was first introduced, pointing to the future of 4G mobile broadband in China.

TD-LTE’ s global debut

As one of the world’ s largest mobile operators, China Mobile is a global partner of the Shanghai World Expo. In 2009, it selected vendors including Huawei to deploy the World Expo TD-LTE Demo Network, the first of its kind in the world, signifying the debut of TD-LTE in the largest mobile communications market in the world.

Straddling both sides of the Huangpu River between the Nanpu Bridge and Lupu Bridge, the Shanghai Expo Park covers an area of 5.28 square kilometers and is the largest expo park in history. The Expo is also likely to be the largest World’ s Fair ever in terms of visitor numbers as Expo organizers expect about 70 million visitors during its 6-month run.

To showcase the latest achievements in and promote the TD-LTE industry, China Mobile invited dozens of well-known vendors and providers to join in the demo project in 2009. Thanks to its outstanding overall test results, the strength of its end-to-end solutions and its rich experience in commercial/pilot LTE network deployments outside China, Huawei was selected as a key partner to exclusively build the outdoor TD-LTE network in the Expo Park and provide support and guarantees for outdoor service demonstrations.

For this largest TD-LTE demo network in the world, Huawei has provided an end-to-end TD-LTE solution including base stations, EPC core network equipment, CPE terminals, and a service platform. With 17 outdoor distributed TD-LTE base stations, the solution has delivered complete outdoor coverage for the entire Expo Park and even on the Huangpu River that runs through the Park.

Fabulous TD-LTE experience

On the Shanghai Expo TD-LTE Demo Network, a series of great mobile broadband services are demonstrated, showcasing the advanced TD-LTE capabilities and features, especially the diversified mobile high-definition (HD) video applications that require high-end network and even end-to-end system capabilities.

For various groups such as friendly users and security personnel, the Demo Network facilitates mobile broadband services such as HD video conferencing, multi-way HD video surveillance, portable video surveillance, instant shoot & transfer, and high-speed wireless network access. HD video conferencing, portable video surveillance, and instant shoot & transfer services are all carried over the mobile network for the first time, marking a major breakthrough in mobile broadband development.

Mobile HD conference brings people closer

Video conferencing is efficient while saving time and money. Its increased popularity means that video conferencing systems are expected to be reliable and render high-definition images.

Under normal circumstances, video conferences are held at fixed venues, where access is provided through fixed broadband to meet bandwidth and latency requirements. Yet, it is increasingly desirable for professionals and businesspeople to do business on the move and they expect to have the same real-time communication experience with HD conferencing as they do face to face.

The China Mobile TD-LTE Demo Vehicle in the Expo Park cruises visitors at speeds of up to 40 km/h (speed limit for the Expo Park and nearby roads). Another TD-LTE test vehicle running on the Pudong South Road outside the Expo Park connects users to the Huawei Telepresence HD conferencing system and the TD-LTE network covering the Expo Park. Users are able to experience clear imaging (with delays of less than 1s and with no frame loss nor mosaic), and complete audio/video synchronization. Videoconference participants evidently can get nearly the same experience as in a meeting room and have been duly impressed.

HD video surveillance ensures a “Safe Expo”

The Shanghai World Expo has rapidly attracted visitors from home and abroad. Since the end of May, the average number of visitors has hit 400,000 each day with more than 500,000 per weekend day. All of the venues, roads, pavilions, combined with buses and Huangpu River ferries present major safety and security challenges. To ensure the safety of visitors, an HD video surveillance system has been put in place.

Traditional video surveillance systems are simply not enough. Buses, ferries and people move. In typical mobile video surveillance systems, image definition is often sacrificed for mobility. Mobile video monitors often adopt CIF or QCIF for code resolution and the image definition is usually 1/4 or even 1/16 of standard definition.

The introduction of the mobile HD video surveillance system over the TD-LTE network clears up the images. The system enables the images collected by mobile video monitors to reach the level of standard definition by improving the video quality up to 16 times, allowing for the display of 720P/1080P HD videos. The system not only renders videos with quality comparable to a fixed network but also satisfies other mobility and higher bandwidth needs in terms of end-to-end experience and application scenarios.

Real-time full-range monitoring contributes greatly to effectively ensuring visitor safety and the TD-LTE video surveillance system covers the entire Expo. The ferries on the Huangpu River, buses on the land, and surrounding high-rise buildings are all closely monitored with video specific for various scenarios.

During surveillance planning, China Mobile and Huawei ingeniously introduced portable video transfer. Both TD-LTE CPE (portable TD-LTE terminal) and devices such as batteries and video codecs are put into a backpack weighing about 3kg. Carrying the pack on his/her back, a single person can handhold a portable DV camera, shoot a scene and then transfer the video back to the surveillance center in real time over the TD-LTE network for evaluation. In this manner, the TD-LTE mobile HD video surveillance system perfectly serves the needs of the Shanghai Expo by equally emphasizing all aspects, large or small. General surveillance is thus maintained as more specific and detailed information is scrutinized. Furthermore, portable video transfer is so flexible that it can be deployed whenever needed.

Instant shoot & transfer revolutionizes news gathering and broadcast

Instant shoot & transfer is one of the featured TD-LTE services and it wowed the visitors to the ITU’ s 145th anniversary celebration at the Expo Park on May 17th and the Shanghai NGMN Industry Conference in early June. Hailed as a pioneering move at the Expo, it also represents a technical revolution and a turning point in the history of news video.

Mr. Bill Huang, General Manager of the China Mobile Research Institute, remarked that this service was regarded by the media as a revolution in news gathering and broadcastin his keynote speech at the “TD-LTE Demo Night” on June 2nd at the Shanghai World Financial Center.

Traditional live broadcasting requires the construction of live broadcast facilities like a newsroom or a live broadcast truck. That is often demanding and difficult to do on site, take time to set up and test, and is vulnerable in emergencies. Cost is another major concern, for a set of integrated equipment costs a million or more USD, and with the satellite transmission link, the system really costs an arm and a leg.

By comparison, the TD-LTE-based instant shoot & transfer service replaces the newsroom or broadcast truck with portable integrated equipment that is easy to operate and maintain and costs much less. If we take O&M into account, instant shoot & transfer can definitely save a lot of labor and transmission link costs.

The TD-LTE HD instant shoot & transfer service was jointly demonstrated by China Mobile, Huawei, and other partners, attracting wide attention at the NGMN Industry Conference in the Shanghai World Financial Center. The TD-LTE HD instant shoot & transfer equipment consisted of professional HD cameras, audio and video codecs, and TD-LTE terminals. China Mobile put a large screen in the booth, which played the scenes captured by HD cameras. Video content was encoded and decoded locally and the video code streams were up to the HD standard, with no blurry images, frame loss, or mosaic. The delay of images from the camera to the screen ranged between one and two seconds, and, according to the on-site presenter, the delay was mainly caused by the codecs and would be less than 20ms if the videos were transferred from LTE network equipment. If the codec capability was further improved or a more professional codec was adopted, the end-to-end delay would be so small that you would hardly notice it, said the interpreter. Through the indoor TD-LTE network, the system can directly upload and download HD video code streams without any server platform. News can be collected, edited, and broadcast even while mobile, without location restrictions.

All roads lead to Rome

Skype, YouTube, and Facebook are moving into mobile applications and services. Smart terminals such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, OPhone, iPAD, and Kindle are leading the market. The app store has become a common model for mobile communications giants, and the entire industry is molding the mobile Internet era.

In the future, a more diverse range of mobile Internet terminals will be available for increasingly more users to enjoy better mobile Internet services. In addition, new-generation mobile broadband networks, mostly evolving toward LTE, will provide the infrastructure to guarantee that the mass users embrace the mobile Internet.

In December 2009, TeliaSonera, the largest telecoms operator in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, launched the world’ s first commercial LTE network in Oslo and Stockholm supplied by Huawei and Ericsson respectively. According to data released by the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), there were 110 operators committed to LTE network deployments in 48 countries and regions as of June 2010, and 22 LTE networks will be in commercial service or at trial stages by the end of 2010. These operators include traditional GSM/CDMA operators such as Vodafone, T-Mobile, and NTT DOCOMO, CDMA operators like China Telecom and Verizon Wireless, and GSM/TD-SCDMA operators like China Mobile. LTE has no doubt become the common choice for most mobile operators in their migration to mobile broadband.

From the Shanghai Expo Park, TD-LTE’ s brilliant debut marks the beginning of China’ s journey toward LTE mobile broadband.

II. ZTE

ZTE Achieves World’s First TD-LTE and 2G/3G Handover Interoperability Test [July 11, 2011]

TE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that it has completed the industry’s first interoperability test (IOT) between TD-LTE terminals and GSM/UMTS/CDMA EV-DO networks.

This is the first IOT between a multi-mode TD-LTE terminal and non TD-LTE networks. The success of the test is significant for the entire TD-LTE ecosystem, proving that TD-LTE devices can work seamlessly with existing GSM, UMTS and CDMA EV-DO networks as well as with new LTE FDD and TD-LTE networks. It is expected to promote the convergence of TD-LTE and existing networks, and speed up TD-LTE network deployments.

“The test shows that devices for TD-LTE networks are close to market availability, and that ZTE’s extensive TD-LTE expertise ensures that our existing 2G and 3G networks are able to handle traffic from TD devices,” said Mr. Wang Shouchen, general manager of ZTE TD products.

Most operators have mature 2G/3G networks with huge numbers of subscribers. TD-LTE networks offer operators significant opportunities in terms of using available and often low-cost spectrum, but they need to work concurrently and seamlessly with existing networks and with the next generation of multi-mode devices.

Multi-mode terminals will allow the leading LTE operators to provide global roaming with existing 2G and 3G networks, thus reducing the market entry barriers for LTE development. TD-LTE multi-mode terminals have therefore been one of the core capabilities operators have been concerned about, and are an important indication of TD-LTE ecosystem maturity.

As of April 2011, ZTE had deployed TD-LTE trials and commercial networks for 25 leading global operators in 15 countries covering Europe, India, CIS, Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia, and has been actively carrying out interoperability testing with other terminal vendors.

ZTE is also a major provider of LTE multi-mode terminals that meet the requirements of different network operators, and can provide a full range of LTE devices including data cards, inbuilt modules, tablet PCs and smart phones.

ZTE to deliver world’s first LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode infrastructure equipment to Hi3G [April 1, 2011]

Operator Hi3G plans to build world’s first LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode network in Sweden and Denmarkto offer next generation mobile broadband networks to its customers with data speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

29 March 2011, Shenzhen – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced the company will deliver LTE infrastructure equipment to operator Hi3G, which plans to build the world’sfirst LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode networks in Sweden and Denmark. As part of the deal, ZTE will also deliver 3G infrastructure equipment to upgrade the operator’s 3G network.

The delivered base stations will be based on ZTE’s Uni-RAN SDR (Software Defined Radio) technology, which enables Hi3G to support all viable mobile standards and frequency bands, housing both the upgraded 3G network and the two versions of LTE: TDD and FDD. The SDR technology also makes it possible for Hi3G to perform future upgrades of its infrastructure without acquiring new base stations.

Peder Ramel, CEO at Hi3G, said: “We have chosen ZTE for additional 3G 900/2100 rollout and for LTE mobile broadband networks in Sweden and Denmark because of the possibility to house three different mobile standards in the same physical infrastructure and the low cost of ownership. Furthermore, ZTE advanced LTE dual-mode solutions and quick consignment responses really meet our requirements.”

Zhu Jinyun, President of ZTE Europe and America, commented: “The agreement with Hi3Gfully demonstrates that ZTE has a great capability to provide solutions for end-to-end multi-mode convergence systems. It further strengthens our position in LTE in Western Europe and will be followed by additional LTE-infrastructure deals, which will be announced shortly.”

ZTE Corporation is a leading supplier in both the TDD and FDD markets. ZTE has worked on more than 20 LTE projects in high-end markets including Spain, the United States and Hong Kong, with established operators such as Telenor, CSL (under Telstra Group), Etisalat, SingTel, Commnet Wireless/NTUA, and China Mobile. ZTE has to date rolled-out 15 LTE commercial networks and over 65 LTE trials in Europe, North America, and the Middle East and Asia Pacific areas.

Thomas Granström, Managing Director for ZTE in the Nordics, said: “The deal with Hi3G signals a real breakthrough for ZTE in the advanced Nordic market, demonstrating our capabilities in providing high speed mobile broadband network infrastructures. The agreement with Hi3G comes on top of a successful year, including several handset launches throughout the region and additional infrastructure deals with Nordic operators in foreign markets.”

Hi3G builds world’s first LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode network

Hi3G expects to develop its Swedish and Danish networks for mobile broadband during 2011and will introduce LTE technology with very high data speeds of up to 100 Mbps for its customers.

Hi3G will exploit its spectrum resources by rolling out two versions of LTE. The two versions are usually referred to as Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD). The main benefit of the TDD version is that it can make full use of TDD spectrums to maximize data throughput and enhance user experience. Hi3G has acquired 50MHz of TDD spectrum in Sweden and 25 MHz of TDD spectrum in Denmark.

The TDD version of LTE is also used in other parts of the world, for example China. The use of TDD LTE by China will facilitate the world-wide availability of TDD LTE terminals.

The E-Plus Group, China Mobile and ZTE collaborate for TD-LTE field trial in Germany [Feb 17, 2011]

The E-Plus Group will launch a TD-LTE field trial in Germany in Q1 2011. The trial is based on 2.6 GHz spectrum that E-Plus acquired in the German spectrum auction. China Mobile, with its leading position and rich experience in the operation and maintenance of TDD networks, will provide technical support to this trial. ZTE will provide base stations developed on the advanced SDR platform and co-siting solution of LTE FDD/TD-LTE, which is a breakthrough in the industry.

The E-Plus Group is the third largest mobile network operator in Germany. The E-Plus Group has been one of the most innovative mobile operators for years. After revolutionizing the mobile voice market for larger user groups E-Plus is now opening the mobile data market for the masses with low-priced data tariff schemes and the roll-out of a HSPA+ network with speeds up to 21.6 Mbps. On top of the high speed mobile data network roll out, E-Plus will now test TD-LTE in the field. The E-Plus Group is one of the founding members of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance.

The E-Plus Group and ZTE agreed and scheduled a field trial program for 2011consisting of several streams to investigate the capabilities of ZTE’s commercial SDR equipment and best utilisation of the spectrum holdings of E-Plus in 1.8 GHz, 2.1 GHz and 2.6 GHz, both TD-LTE and LTE FDD.

China Mobile claims the largest number of mobile subscribers in the world. From TD-SCDMA to TD-LTE, China Mobile is devoted to promoting TDD industry being equipped with rich experience in TDD network deployment. Furthermore, China Mobile is pro-active in TDD technology globalization and the convergence of the TD-LTE and LTE FDD industry by seeking cooperation with overseas operators in Europe, Asia, America and Australia.

With the joint effort of the E-Plus Group, China Mobile and ZTE, this trial will not only demonstrate the latest progress of TD-LTE/LTE FDD convergence in standards and industry development, but also lay an excellent ground for the full commercialization of TD-LTE.

ZTE Secures 18 TD-LTE Contracts Globally [Feb 16, 2011]

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced it had secured 18 TD-LTE contracts globally, cementing its place as an international and first-class TD-LTE equipment provider.

These contracts are for trial and commercial networks in 12 countries across Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, or the former Soviet Republics) and the Asia Pacific region, including India.

Since entering the TD-LTE field in 2005, ZTE has achieved sustainable development on TD-LTE wireless systems, chipsets and terminals. So far it has established eight TD-LTE R&D centers in America, Europe and the Chinese cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai, Xi’an and Nanjing. The company has over 4000 elite researchers developing wireless systems, core network products and terminal products simultaneously.

Each year ZTE commits 10% of its revenue developing frontier technologies. It now owns 7% of the world’s essential LTE patents, and is one of the companies holding the largest number of independent Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the world.

ZTE is actively cooperating with various parties in the TD-LTE ecosystem. The company collaborates on Interoperability Tests (IOT) with mainstream chipset providers such as Qualcomm, Innofidei, Altair, Sequans and ST-Ericsson. It also works to promote the development of the TD-LTE platform and standards. In October 2009, ZTE teamed up with Innofidei to successfully demonstrate the industry’s first multi-vendor TD-LTE high-definition video service at ITU Telecom World 2010 in Geneva.

At the end of 2010, ZTE was the first in the industry to launch Qualcomm chipset based TD-LTE terminals and achieved a download rate of nearly 100Mbps.

In January 2011, consulting company Frost & Sullivan released a research report on the Time-Division Duplex (TDD) market, evaluating the competitiveness of companies in the TD-LTE field based on four criteria including technical accumulation, product convergence, product progress and system openness. In this report, ZTE was ranked No.1 in terms of competitiveness.

ZTE Launches World’s First Commercial TD-LTE Base Stations [June 7, 2011]

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that it has launched the industry’s first commercial TD-LTE base stations: BBU- B8300 and RRU- R8962. The debut of the two base stations is timely to help accelerate TD-LTE industry commercialization.

ZTE’s B8300 TD-LTE base station is based on ZTE’s SDR unified platform and can be upgraded from TD-SCDMA mode to TD-LTE or TD/TD-LTE dual mode. It fully supports a smooth evolution of carrier networks to LTE and lowers their total cost of ownership.

ZTE’s R8962 TD-LTE base station supports two channels with 20W transmission power each – the highest transmission power and power efficiency in the industry. It incorporates compact size, the most lightweight design in the industry, and meets the growing industry demand for energy savings and emission reduction. Operators will benefit from its innovative product features for multi-mode functions of TD/TD-LTE, as well as its multi-band 2.3/2.6 GHz and multi-scenario indoor/outdoor applications.

To support the ever-growing needs for next-generation network infrastructure, ZTE has deployed more than 250,000 SDR base stations across the globe, including in mainland China, Hong Kong, India and Chile. The company successfully constructed a TD-LTE network for the Shanghai World Expo Press Center, and the company’s 2G/3G dual-mode base station built upon the SDR platform was nominated for a GSMA Global Mobile Award in 2009.

ZTE has taken the lead in LTE development and has achieved significant breakthroughs in the industry. To date, the company has deployed five commercial LTE networks and built 40 LTE trial networks for leading telecom operators in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and MEA. With an aim to advance the telecommunications market into 4G technologies, ZTE will continue to drive innovation and introduce market-leading and cost-efficient solutions to the market.

ZTE Completes the World’s First TD-LTE S1/X2 Interface Conformity Test [June 1, 2010]

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, and China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MII) today announced they have completed the world’s first S1/X2 Interface Conformity test, an important development under MII’s initiatives for the deployment of TD-LTE.

ZTE was invited by MII to conduct the trial in advance of mass-scale system testsdue to the company’s leading position and rich experience in TD-LTE. The test was a success and passed all requirements set forth by MII for the S1/X2 Interface Conformity Test, making ZTE the first in the world to successfully complete the related trials.

ZTE has been actively involved and participated in TD-LTE tests organized by MII and China Mobile. The Company has realized many industry firsts in TD-LTE industry trials. It achieved TD-LTE’s highest theoretical peak download rate in November 2009. In December 2009, ZTE became the first vendor to pass the essential test set for TD-LTE single systems organized by the MTNET Lab of MII followed by the industry’s first field tests.

In addition, in January 2010 ZTE passed the TD-LTE field test held by MII making it the first in the industry to submit a TD-LTE field test report to The LTE/SAE Trial Initiative(LSTI). Subsequently, ZTE successfully completed an indoor MIMO performance test in cooperation with China Mobile, underlining its key role in promoting TD-LTE industry-chain development.

Within LTE network infrastructure, the S1 interface is the communications interface between LTE eNB (base station) and EPC (packet core network), while the X2 interfaces between eNB and eNB. The success of the S1/X2 Interface Conformity test validates that ZTE’s TD-LTE system, including its wireless and core network, fully comply with 3rd Generation Partnership Project(3GPP)standards, and has laid down a solid foundation for the test of S1/X2 IOT.

ZTE has taken the lead in the TD-LTE development and has attained significant achievements in the industry. To date, ZTE has deployed five commercial LTE networks and built 40 LTE trial networks for leading telecom operators in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and MEA. With an aim to advance the telecommunications market into 3.5/4G, ZTE will continue to drive innovation and introduce innovative and cost-efficient solutions to the market.

ZTE Partners with CMCC for Ground-Breaking TD-LTE Indoor MIMO Networking Performance Test [March 30, 2010]

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that, together with CMCC (China Mobile Communications Corporation), it has successfully completed a TD-LTE indoor MIMO networking performance test in Beijing– producing the world’s first batch of TD-LTE performance evaluation data on indoor single/dual path cell throughput. The testing also produced data for indoor multi-UE circumstances.

The test evaluated the construction solution of indoor distribution systems, including whether a two-path system can achieve significant better performance than a single path system under different scenarios and user distributions. Organized by CMCC, ZTE based its results on comparative tests under several different scenarios. The testing found that, under diversified testing circumstances, a TD-LTE two-path indoor distribution system downlink throughput does show dramatic improvements compared with single path indoor distribution system. The data is valuable for the industry for TD-LTE networking construction and efficiency.

ZTE and CMCC partnered earlier this year for the Huairou field test organized by MIIT(China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology). ZTE is also taking great initiative in studying and testing MIMO utilization probability in indoor open environments.

ZTE has established itself as a leader in the TD-LTE industry through tests and partnerships across the globe. ZTE and CMCC will jointly deploy a TD-LTE operation network for the Expo News Centre at the World Expo Shanghai 2010. The TD-LTE network will provide high-speed wireless network services to reporters and expo staff from around the world. To date, ZTE has successfully engaged in over 10LTE projects worldwide with leading telecoms including Telstra CSL, Telefonica, SingTel, CMCC, and more.

ZTE Achieves Industry-High TD-LTE Network Downlink Speed of 130Mbps [Dec 11, 2009]

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions,today announced that it has successfully demonstrated its TD-LTE network technology and achieved a downlink speed of 130Mbps, the highest level in the industry. ZTE is the first company to reach the theoretical limit of TD-LTE throughput in downlink. Utilizing third-part terminal testing tools, ZTE conducted the tests using ZTE system products including EPC, eNodeB, etc in Guangzhou in November.

ZTE has created a simple and smooth transition path for operators to move to LTE through its mature and stable SDR Base Stations. Networks can be upgraded from TD-SCDMA to TD-LTE or to TD-S/TD-LTE dual-mode through a simple software upgrade, saving operators time and money. At the present time, there are more than 200,000 sets of ZTE SDR products running throughout the world, including in China mainland, Hong Kong, India, Chile and other countries. ZTE’s SDR platform Base Station was honored with a prestigious nomination by GSMA Global Mobile Award for the Best Network Technology

In May 2010, ZTE and China Mobile will jointly deploy a TD-LTE network at the Expo News Center for the World Expo Shanghai 2010. The TD-LTE network will provide high-speed wireless network services, enabling staff and reporters around the world to experience the excellent voice, video and data services of LTE technology during the World Expo.

Based on ZTE’s continuous investment and development in the TD-SCDMA field, ZTE has made great strides in TD-LTE field. During a TD-LTE proof of concept (PoC) test organized by China Mobile, Vodafone and the Ministry of Industry and Information (MII), ZTE scored many of the top marks in the industry testing. As the first vendor globally to report testing results for LTE TDD IODT technology to the Long Term Evolution/System Architecture Evolution Trial Initiative (LSTI) in September 2009, ZTE is effectively driving the development of IODT between the TD-LTE industry and chip manufacturers.

ZTE has more than 2,000 engineers and experts dedicated to the innovation and network development of LTE technology. ZTE is a leading pioneer in LTE terminal research and development, working with operators to driving the global adoption of LTE technology.

ZTE is First to Pass Third-Party UE TD-LTE Test [May 13, 2009]

ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions today announced that it is the first company to successfully complete and pass the TD-LTE Phase I test together with key industry players including China Mobile, Vodafone and the Ministry of Industry and Information of China on April 15, 2009. The TD-LTE test measures high bandwidth network capacity.

This significant achievement was made known during yesterday’s NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Network) Conference held in Beijing, China. As one of the key highlights of the conference, TD-LTE attracting numerous key industry participants including China Mobile, Vodafone and other leading members of NGMN.

In ZTE’s TD-LTE Phase I test, the results indicated that the downlink sector reached the theoretical peak rate of 39Mbps with a 10M bandwidth, at the same time, ZTE became the first company in the industry to realize 20M bandwidth support. In the trials, ZTE adopted third party test UE (User Equipment) and the downlink peak rate attained TM500’s upper limit of 61.228 Mbps. Upgradable through terminal, the system is designed to support a downlink rate of up to 82.3 Mbps in the future.

Adopting a unified SDR business platform for its system equipment in the test, ZTE is the first vendor to feature pre-business EPC (Evolved Packet Core) to complete the total system tests, highlighting its leading position in commercial applications. As an industry first to use third party UE to complete the tests, ZTE achieved its expected trail results, including zero fault, zero malfunction and 100% connection rate: another technology breakthrough that highlights ZTE’s winning customer offerings with its excellent system stability.

This TD-LTE test also makes ZTE the first company to complete a performance test under a 350Km/h high-speed mobile channel model, reaching the best theoretical value. In fact, in May 2009, ZTE was the first industry vendor to pass China Mobile Institute’s GSM/TD-SCDMA/TD-LTE joint platform testfurther underlining its leading edge in the TD-LTE area.

To date, as one of the leading advocates of the TD industry chain, ZTE has a taskforce of over 3,200 TD R&D engineers with more than 900 devoted to TD-LTE. The Company has submitted more than 400 LTE papers to the 3GPP Conference to further propel and inspire industry development. Through continuous and extensive investments in R&D and manpower, ZTE has been at the forefront of LTE fully demonstrating its leadership in both LTE and TD-LTE.

ZTE Stakes Out Its LTE Credentials [May 20, 2011]

China’s ZTE Corporation has made a huge investment in developing TDD-LTE equipment and solutions, and now it is looking to reap the benefits by winning contracts in the European and American markets.

“Our target is to achieve over 15 commercial LTE contracts in Europe in 2011,” says Li Jian, ZTE’s general manager, CDMA and LTE Product Line. It’s a bold statement of intent and a measure of the increasing confidence the Chinese telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider now has on the world stage. The reasons for this confidence are threefold, according to Li Jian. “It is because ZTE will continue to contribute 10% of its revenue to investment in LTE development. We already have 4,000 engineers and research staff, so this is a very special team devoted to LTE development.”

ZTE has spent a total of RMB 13 billion over the last two years on R&D alone, and the company maintains 15 R&D centres in Sweden, the U.S., France, India, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.

Li Jian says: “Also, ZTE is very mature in LTE knowledge with a full end-to-end LTE solution and technology. ZTE is the leading software defined radio (SDR) vendor. We came up with SDR, so we think we have a strong ability to lead on this new platform and that’s why we are confident we can win 15 contracts in Europe this year.”

“The third reason ZTE is confident it will hit this target,” she continues, “is that ZTE can customise its LTE solution to whatever the operator’s requirements are. So, operators can deploy ZTE’s LTE equipment on top of their existing infrastructure. This will save on deployment costs and maintenance costs in the evolution from one generation to the next.”

Opinions vary, depending on  what is being measured and how, but a report in February by Open Vista Consulting ranked ZTE among the top three vendors for LTE infrastructure, alongside Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks, with 21% of the LTE market.

ZTE is beginning to ride a wave of interest in TDD-LTE, the alternative to FDD-LTE, which is being heavily promoted by the world’s largest operator, China Mobile. The manufacturer is one of several companies that have worked closely with China Mobile over the last three years to develop TDD-LTE.

This commitment has led to a startling jump in influence in terms of the number of international patent applications from ZTE (and indeed, China generally). According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, ZTE jumped from 23rd place to second in 2011 for international patent applications.

By the end of December 2010, ZTE had a total of 1,863 patent applications registered. It has declared 235 essential LTE patents to ETSI, which accounts for 7% of the total so far. This has propelled ZTE into becoming one of the main holders of basic LTE patents.

The continued investment in R&D has also begun to translate into wider commercial success beyond China despite the economic downturn of the last two years. The percentage of overseas revenue grew from 44% in 2006 to 54.1% in 2010 (US$5.7bn).

Global revenue from principal operations reached US$10.6bn in 2010, up 21% on 2009. Net profit was US$490.7m. According to a Frost & Sullivan report “Insights on 2010 Market Performance”, ZTE had the highest compound annual growth rate among the top vendors―28% between 20082010 and 37.4% between 20062010. It secured contract sales worth up to RMB100 billion in 2010.

“We have 15 commercial contracts and 65 trials around the globe,” reports Li Jian. “But this year ZTE will focus on the high-end markets, such as Europe and the USA. We are looking for deeper and more intensive penetration of these markets.”

Li Jian says that some of the contracts will be undertaken by ZTE itself, while others will be won in partnership. But ZTE will provide the end-to-end solutions.

ZTE showcased its range of LTE base stations at Mobile World Congress in February as well as a number of innovations. Along with its distributed base stations, it also introduced what it claims is the industry’s first all-in-one micro base station, as well as the all-in-one indoor/outdoor macro base station.

The rollout of LTE is beginning to take off in Europe and America, but it is still early days. “In 2009, there were some LTE deployments in European and US markets, but it grew very slowly,” says Li Jian.

“But in 2010, we found that in the second half the trials by networks of LTE were becoming rapid. This year, the operators in Europe and the USA will increase the development of LTE, but it will not reach the explosion point.”

Problems with the availability of frequency and licences for LTE are delaying deployment. The UK 800MHz and 2.6GHz auction will not take place until 2012, for example. The lack of LTE-enabled devices other than dongles for laptops is also slowing down the arrival of LTE. But 2012 is likely to be the year it really takes off.

“Different countries will have different situations,” says Li Jian. “It’s true that some, if not most, are still benefitting from their 2G and 3G networks, but the development of LTE will not be stopped now. The advantages of fast mobile broadband will benefit the operators and enhance their operational capabilities.”

The advantage for ZTE is that over the last year many operators have started to show a keen interest in the TDD-LTE option. FDD and TDD are very similar and can share the same chip. However, FDD uses two frequency bands and TDD just one.

There is more TDD frequency available, it is less used and generally speaking cheaper to get for the operators. And for WiMAX operators, it is easier to convert to TDD-LTE than FDD-LTE should they wish to do so. Hence, there is growing attraction of TDD for mobile carriers. What ZTE’s SDR platform provides is a multimode platform that allows operators to choose FDD or TDD as and when they are ready to do so. But as Li Jian points out it does more than that―it can support the existing technologies too.

“Our base band units (BBUs) connect all the different technologies, so they can support GSM, UMTS, TD-LTE, FDD-LTE and WiMAX in one platform,” says Li Jian, “and that will provide a big cost saving for operators.”

Operators will continue to run their 2G and 3G networks in conjunction with LTE. But ZTE’s SDR platform allows them to invest in new network infrastructure now that will cut network CAPEX and OPEX and future proof them for LTE when it comes on line.

“SDR is a uniform platform―you can do anything on it. You can satisfy any operator requirement, so that will help them save money and satisfy their business development needs at the same time. We try to reuse existing facilities and systems as much as possible,” says Li Jian.

An example of this is the work ZTE has done with Hong Kong mobile operator CSL. In November 2010, CSL launched a commercial LTE/DC-HSPA+ network. “CSL has two GSM, two UMTS and two LTE bands, but it is all based on one platform―you no longer need separate big sized GSM units,” says Li Jian.

The availability of a wide and affordable range of LTE-enabled devices is also critical for the future of the LTE market. But Li Jian says that the development of terminals is growing very fast, “so ZTE will try to develop and provide a total solution to solve the problem and make it easier for operators.”

Besides terminal products, equipment and services, ZTE has invested in chip development. At the end of 2010, ZTE was the first to launch a Qualcomm chipset based on TDD-LTE terminals and achieved a download rate of nearly 100Mbps. “It is this kind of thing that makes ZTE different from other vendors,” says Li Jian.

The rollout of LTE may be protracted, especially in Europe, but ZTE looks to be well positioned to grab a large share of the market, if the number of operator trials it is picking up is anything to go by.

Recent ZTE technology advances showcased at MWC:

LTE-A CoMP prototype: ZTE unveiled its LTE Advanced coordinated multi-point (CoMP) transmission prototype. It incorporates a number of key technologies, such as carrier aggregation, multiantenna enhancement, relay technology and multipoint transmission. CoMP technology ‘dramatically increases’ throughput on the edge. Commercial LTE-A products are due out in 2012.

Multiple Access Binding (MAB) solution: Dubbed the all-join, the MAB solution shows how a UE can bind multiple RATs simultaneously. ZTE demonstrated the binding of LTE and Wi-Fi on a single UE through unified authentication. It then bound multiple access technologies using integrated serving gateway (ISGW) built on the advanced service router platform. MAB is being touted as an effective way to solve data storm issues and provide high quality services by introducing synergy between their access technologies.

C-RAN wireless networking solution: ZTE claims that the cloud of radio access network (C-RAN) solution, first introduced by China Mobile, will lower the total cost of ownership of wireless networks by 40%. It involves the development of a new generation of wireless access networks using centralised processing, collaborative radio, real-time cloud infrastructure, clean system (green wireless access network architecture) and cloud computing.

III. Ericsson (+ acquisition of divested Nortel assets strategic for Ericsson)

CEO sees markets beyond traditional telecom [May 5, 2011]

  • Determined to grow faster than market in traditional segments
  • Addressable market valued at USD 350 billion
  • New customer segments to address

Today at Ericsson’s (NASDAQ:ERIC) Capital Markets Day in Stockholm, President and CEO Hans Vestbergmade remarks on the telecom industry and Ericsson’s position.

“We have just seen the beginning of the massive data growth, driven by smartphones and other mobile devices. These new devices provide operators with new charging capabilities. As a consequence, we are beginning to see signs of changed operator tariffs and pricing models aligned to consumer needs, especially for mobile broadband services and data usage. It’s important for us to follow this development,” Vestberg said.

Ericsson estimates show that the number of mobile broadband users will increase from today’s 400 million to 3.5 billion in 2015.

“These fundamental industry drivers require operators’ to focus on network quality and efficiency. In addition, in the developed world, where the networks have been up and running for quite a long period, we will see operators modernize their infrastructure not only to meet increased data usage, but also to reduce power consumption and use frequencies better. These are challenging operations, requiring deep technology understanding and services capabilities as well as insights on advanced business support systems and understanding of consumer needs in order be successfully performed.”

Vestberg continued by stating that the operator environment is becoming more complex in competition for consumers who are becoming increasingly advanced and demanding.

“We will see new business models emerging and so called coopetition among operators, where they will share platforms and build scale together around applications.”

Vestberg, who took on the position as President and CEO as of January 1, 2010, continued by elaborating on Ericsson’s industry leading position in mobile networks, services and multimedia as well as platforms and handsets via the joint ventures ST-Ericsson and Sony Ericsson. Vestberg said that converged networks is an area where the company intends to continue investing.

“We see good long-term growth opportunities in our traditional segments and we are determined to further strengthen our position and continue to grow faster than the market. Less than 5% of the world’s population has access to 21 Mbit/s or more in the air, at least 1.5 million installed GSM radio base stations must be replaced and in addition we see continued need for services in fields such as consulting, system integration and managed services. We estimate that our addressable market, including joint ventures, is worth USD 350 billion.”

“However, we are not satisfied with our position today and we see new markets to address. The capabilities we have in place today enable us to address customers also beyond traditional telecom operators such as cable and TV-companies, governments, healthcare, transport and utilities. These are industries where there is a huge need for telecommunication services,” Vestberg stated.

Vestberg was also joined by Mr. Manoj Kohli, CEO of Bharti Airtel. Mr Kohli attended via a video link from India and elaborated on the challenges Bharti meets in India where the number of mobile subscriptions grow by 20 million only in March, making India the fastest growing market in the world.

Mats H Olsson, head of Ericsson in China and North East Asia as well as Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson North America, also joined via video link.

“Mainland China added more than 100 million subscriptions last year and we expect similar numbers in 2010”, said Mats H Olsson. “Non-voice revenues now make up 30% of Chinese operators’ total revenues and one of our focus areas for this year is deployment of TD-LTE in China and LTE in Japan and Korea.  We also see further opportunities to increase our GSM footprint in mainland China”.

“We have taken every LTE-contract announced in North America and with the acquisition of Nortel we now have access to 50% of the marketwe couldn’t approach previously. We take nothing for granted, but we are ready to move to the next level and achieve even greater market leadership”, said Angel Ruiz,

Other Ericsson executives on stage were: Executive Vice President and CFO Jan Frykhammar, Chief Strategist Douglas L Gilstrap, Chief Technology Officer Håkan Eriksson, Executive Vice President and head of business unit Networks Johan Wibergh, head of business unit CDMA Mobile Systems Rima Qureshi, head of business unit Global Services Magnus Mandersson and head of business unit Multimedia Jan Wäreby.

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Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices. 

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 80,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 206.5 billion (USD 27.1 billion) in 2009. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on OMX NASDAQ, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

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Ericsson received award for best contribution to LTE R&D [May 23, 2011]

  • Ericsson received Informa LTE Award at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam
  • Recognized for the best contribution to research and development for LTE
  • Recognition for Ericsson’s strong R&D asset

Ericsson envisions a networked society where everything that can benefit from a connection will have one. LTE is a key enabling technology for making that shift. Hence, relevant and continuous investments in R&D within LTE continue to be essential for Ericsson.

On Tuesday May 17, Ericsson received Informa’s LTE Award at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam for best contribution to R&D for LTE. The award recognizes the contribution towards the research and development of LTE regarding investments made into R&D and research projects undertaken and how the R&D activities have had a positive impact on making LTE commercially successful.

As a result of its extensive investments in R&D and field experience of LTE deployments, Ericsson has had the highest impact on the released LTE specifications and expects to hold 25 percent of all essential patents in LTE. Ericsson has been trusted to supply the large majority of the commercial LTE networks globallyincluding the world’s first commercial LTE network as well as the world’s largest commercial installation of LTE to date. LTE today covers 200 million people and Ericsson networks enable 130 million of those to enjoy a LTE service.

To secure a fast and smooth commercial rollout, Ericsson focuses on supporting user experience being the preferred and largest LTE chipset verification partner and introducing Self Organizing Networks (SON) in the LTE environment. The Ericsson solution for Self Organizing Networks (SON) is crucial for the quick deployment of commercial LTE, offering customers standardized “plug and play” networks with a high degree of automation, saving time while improving performance.

Including all technology areas, Ericsson holds a total of 27 000 granted patents, employs more than 18,000 persons in R&D units spread over 17 countries.

Ericsson wins LTE standards award [May 27, 2010]

Ericsson Research has won an award for the best contribution to LTE standards at the Informa LTE Awards 2010, adding another feather in its 4G technology cap.

Held in conjunction with the LTE World Summit 2010 in Amsterdam that ended on May 19, the LTE Awardscelebrated growth and success across the industry.

Ericsson has had a leading role in developing LTE as a 4G technology from its initial research cooperation to the finalized releases of the standard. It beat competitors in the Best Contribution to LTE Standards category, in which contenders were required to state the contribution they have made to the development of standards and specifications for LTE technology.

“It is really great that our contribution has been acknowledged,” says Mikael Höök, director of Radio Access Technologies within Ericsson Research. “Before the standardization even started we were very active in defining the framework for it. Once it started within 3GPP, we have been very active and shown a huge commitment to it.”

“We need to remember that LTE is continuously evolving and will do so for many years, and that includes standardization of new features and new functionalities in LTE. To maintain our leadership, we need to remain focused and innovative, evolving standards and ensure that our products are unique to make sure we have the solutions that operators are asking for,” he says.

David Astély, Joakim Bergström, Erik Dahlman and Stefan Parkvall from Ericsson Research were acknowledged for their roles in producing high-quality LTE specifications, enabling an early commercial launch of LTE mobile broadband. This has helped generate global industry trust and commitment to the LTE technology.

Next generation LTE, LTE-Advanced or LTE Rel-10 is the next step in radio access technology [Dec 21, 2010]

Next generation LTE, LTE-Advanced

Authors: Stefan Parkvall, Anders Furuskär, Erik Dahlman

Whatever the name – next generation LTE, LTE-Advanced or LTE Rel-10 – the next step in LTE evolution allows operators to introduce new technologies without putting existing investments at risk.

LTE radio access technology is continuously evolving to meet the requirements of regulators, operators and users. The first fully commercial and operational 4G mobile broadband systems, currently being deployed, are based on the first release of LTE, 3GPP Rel-8, which was finalized in 2008. Rel-9, finalized at the end of 2009, added support for broadcast/multicast services, positioning services, and enhanced emergency call functionality, as well as enhancements for downlink dual-layer beam forming.

Today, the main focus of 3GPP is the next generation of LTE evolution, Rel-10, often referred to as LTE-Advanced. Rel-10 further extends the performance and capabilities of the LTE radio access technology, and meets all of the requirements for IMTAdvanced as defined by ITU.

In October 2010, ITU completed the assessment of submissions for global 4G mobile wireless broadband technology, LTE Rel-10 (submitted by 3GPP) was one of two technologies accorded the official designation of IMT-Advanced.

This article provides a brief introduction to IMT-Advanced, followed by a description of the extensions to LTE introduced as part of 3GPP Rel-10. It concludes with system-level results that illustrate the ability of LTE Rel-10 to fulfill and even surpass the IMT-Advanced requirements.

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Long Term Evolution (LTE) – An Introduction [June 1, 2009]

The internet generation is becoming used to having broadband access everywhere. Of the estimated 3.4 billion people who will have broadband by 2014, about 80 percent will be mobile broadband subscribers – and the majority will be served by High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

People can already browse the internet or send e-mails using HSPA-enabled notebooks, replace their fixed DSL modems with HSPA modems or USB dongles, and send and receive video or music using 3G phones. With LTE, the user experience will be even better. It will enhance more demanding applications such as interactive TV, mobile video blogging, advanced games and professional services.

In capacity terms, LTE already meets key 4G requirements, providing downlink peak rates of at least 100Mbit/s. Its infrastructure is designed to be as simple as possible to deploy and operate, through flexible technology that can be used in a wide variety of frequency bands.

LTE will also be available in a wide range of terminals; not only in next-generation mobile phones but also in notebooks, ultra-portables, cameras, camcorders, mobile broadband routersand other devices that benefit from mobile broadband.

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Long Term Evolution (LTE) – An Introduction (pdf)

Strategic cooperation with Datang for mobile technology development in China [April 20, 2010]

      • Richer mobile communications for millions of Chinese consumers
      • Research, development and commercial cooperation within TDD technology

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has signed a memorandum of understanding to establish strategic cooperation with Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. (Datang) to jointly develop advanced TDD solutions, with the goal to deliver richer mobile communications to consumers in China and around the world.

As part of the memorandum of understanding, Ericsson will start integrating Datang’s current best-in-class TD-SCDMA radio access network equipment into its own 3G mobile communications offering.

More than six million mobile users in China are already enjoying mobile services through this technology. TD-LTE being the next generation of TD-SCDMA technology is also being tested pre-commercially to satisfy the growing appetite for higher speed and richer applications of the Chinese mobile subscribers in due time.

Ericsson set up a joint research center with Datang in Beijing as early as January 2008 to carry out research cooperation in TDD technology. The strategic cooperation formed now takes the relationship between the two parties to a substantially new level.

The strategic cooperation aims to leverage Ericsson’s leading position in global mobile communications, its unique experience from global LTE commercial deployment and its common platform for FDD and TDD, as well as Datang’s industry-leading expertise in TDD technology. Such move will increase the industrialization capabilities of TDD solutions by achieving economies of scale, improve the interoperability of operators’ 2G/3G/4G networks, and provide support to a successful commercial launch of TD-LTE in China in the near future.

“Leveraging our global leadership position in LTE, we have been firmly committed to evolving TD-SCDMA to TD-LTE,” said Mats H Olsson, Head of Region China & North East Asia of Ericsson. “Now we are further strengthening that commitment by this strategic cooperation with Datang. Our promise remains the same: we will always strive for providing the best TDD products and services to the Chinese consumers and to the world.”

Chen Shanzhi, Vice President and CTO of Datang Telecom Technology & Industry Group said: “Ericsson is the world-renowned telecom solutions and services provider. The cooperation between Ericsson and Datang to jointly develop TDD products and solutions demonstrates the recognition of Datang’s innovative R&D results, industrialization and market capabilities in the TDD field from mainstream telecom suppliers in the world. We believe that our joining forces will drive the globalization of TD-SCDMA and play an important role in the industrialization of TD-LTE in the long run.” Chen Shanzhi continued, “The strategic cooperation that we establish now will help both parties to fully leverage on our respective resources so that we can together provide products and services that meet the requirements of China Mobile.”

Datang Telecom Group is the initiator of the 3G mobile communication TD-SCDMA international standard, the owner of its core intellectual property rights and an important promoter of its industrialization.

Ericsson supplies largest LTE network [Dec 14, 2009]

TeliaSonera has launched the world’s first and largest commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in Stockholm, supplied by Ericsson. This historic rollout was completed well ahead of plan on December 14, 2009. TeliaSonera’s mobile broadband commercial network in Stockholm is the fastest and largest in the world to date.

Carl-Henric Svanberg

Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, says he is excited about this historic moment: ”The new era of mobile broadband has just begun today. With LTE, so-called 4G, your mobile broadband experience is moving to unequalled levels. The LTE speed gives you an absolutely effortless feeling of broadband access.”

Kenneth Karlberg, President and Head of Mobility Services, TeliaSonera says: ”We are very proud to be the first operator in the world to offer our customers 4G services. Thanks to the successful cooperation with Ericsson we can offer 4G to our customers in Stockholm earlier than originally planned.”

LTE, the next generation of mobile communication technology, is designed for transferring huge amounts of data in a most cost and energy efficient way, optimizing the use of frequency band and realizing fiber-like access speed over the air. With decreased latency, consumers can now enjoy whatever service is available online – high definition (HD) video, network games, you name it – effortlessly and on the move.

LTE

Downtown Stockholm is now covered by the Ericsson LTE network, making it the largest LTE deployment to date. TeliaSonera’s subscribers are the first to have access to the LTE service by commercially available Samsung LTE dongles.

Ericsson has completed commercialization of its LTE products, and larger-scale production is ready for further deployment. Interoperability has been tested thoroughly with many different devices in different

LTE rollout for AT&T in the US [Feb 10, 2010]

  • AT&T to build LTE network
  • Ericsson named as key supplier for LTE equipment
  • Commercial launch scheduled to begin 2011

LTE is the latest step in a wireless evolution that Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) began with AT&T over two decades ago and is part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to innovate and invest in mobile broadband.

AT&T serves more than 85.1 million customers and has seen mobile broadband growth of more than 5,000 percent over the past three years. Smartphones are just one example of innovation made possible by investment in mobile broadband.

After extensive testing of equipment from multiple suppliers in lab and field environments, AT&T chose to extend its existing relationship with Ericsson for LTE deployment. The agreement also complements AT&T’s strategy to continue to boost the speed and performance of 3G mobile broadband to deliver the best, most advanced customer experience for customers throughout the evolution toward LTE.

As part of this multi-year agreement, Ericsson expands its key supplier role with AT&T by delivering LTE network equipment as well as a full suite of services to design, deploy and optimize the LTE network.

AT&T plans field trials of LTE technology later this year, and commercial deployment is scheduled to begin in 2011.

“The announcement is an important step forward in our ongoing mobile broadband strategy, which is focused on delivering the best possible combination of speed, performance and available devices for customers at every level of technology deployment,” said John Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations. “AT&T has a key advantage in that LTE is an evolution of the existing GSM family of technologies that powers our network and the vast majority of the world’s global wireless infrastructure today.”

Hans Vestberg, president and CEO, Ericsson said: “Our ability to work together to meet the demands of a rapidly changing market has been a crucial element in gaining AT&T’s continued confidence. We will work just as hard to secure a smooth rollout of LTE and support AT&T in introducing new consumer and business services moving forward.”

AT&T previously named Ericsson as a key supplier for wireline accessproducts and services. Ericsson can offer wireline solutions to accelerate AT&T’s ability to bring new broadband-based products and services to market.

To date, Ericsson has signed commercial LTE contracts with four other major global operators, two of which are in the United States, the world’s fastest growing LTE market.

LTE, the next generation of mobile communication technology, enables the fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an efficient and cost-effective way, optimizing the use of the frequency spectrum. With increased speed and decreased latency, consumers can enjoy a wide range of applications (real-time web, online gaming, social media collaboration and video conferencing) effortlessly and while on the move. LTE will meet the demands of new and enhanced mobile internet applications of the future.

Ericsson has been driving open standards and has had the highest impact on the released LTE specifications. Ericsson expects to hold 25 percent of all essential patents for LTE, making it the largest patent holder in the industry.

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Ericsson selected by Magyar Telekom to modernize its network [May 4, 2011]

  • Market leader Magyar Telekom in Hungary chooses Ericsson as sole partner to modernize its radio access network and prepares for LTE
  • New  contract involves total overhaul of radio access network

With ever-increasing demands for data services and a strong commitment to providing the best available network performance and quality to its customers, leading Hungarian operator Magyar Telekom, of the Deutsche Telekom Group, has chosen Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to undertake a complete overhaul of its radio access network. The overhaul will drastically decrease Magyar Telekom’s operational costs while further expanding mobile broadband service performance and coverage.

Ericsson will transform Magyar Telekom’s 2G and 3G networks using the multi-standard RBS 6000 radio access network, which will also be ready for 4G/LTE functionality once licenses have been allocated.

Istvan Maradi, Chief Technology Officer of Magyar Telekom says:,”Our partner, Ericsson, will make sure our network will meet the most demanding expectations and help us to stay on top in Hungary. It is also makes sense for us to prepare our network for easy introduction of LTE functionality by using Ericsson’s multi-standard network.”

Nils de Baar, Head of Global Account for DT Group at Ericsson, says: “We believe in Magyar Telekom’s wise decision to introduce a multi-standard technology when the aging 2G network needs a strong boost. This will bring both a reduction in OPEX and a better user experience, while also preparing the network to meet the ever-growing demand for mobile broadband. This is a prestigious obligation for us and we will make every effort to meet our customers’ expectations.”

Ericsson Hungary celebrates 100 years in Hungary in 2011. Ericsson today has the largest R&D operation in the country. Emil Nilsson, Head of Customer Unit Central Europe and President of Ericsson Hungary, said: “This great win further emphasizes the importance of our long presence in the country and strong focus on technology leadership. With the agreement with Magyar Telekom, Ericsson has teamed up with the market leading operator once again in Hungary.”

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Ericsson Hungary

Ericsson Hungary celebrates 100 years in Hungary in 2011. Ericsson Hungary believes it is the task of Ericsson to participate in developing the future of mobile and broadband internet communication with innovative solutions and to play a determinant role in forming the world of telecommunications through its activities related to the most advanced, leading research and technologies. Hungary, and the R&D center operating in the country, are to play a leading role in achieving this – of the almost 1500 employees in the country, more than 1000 are working in research and development, making Ericsson the largest company in Hungary dealing with telecom research and development. This year’s centenary milestone will be marked by two special achievements: one is the continual development of R&D activities, the other is today’s announcement that the market-leading operator has chosen the market leader in technology.

http://www.ericsson.com/yourbusiness/telecom_operators/mobile-broadband

Vestberg foresees industry shift [Feb 15, 2010]

  • 3 billion new mobile broadband subscriptions in next five years
  • Industry focus on network capacity and quality
  • Innovation, speed and flexibility key success factors

Speaking at Ericsson’s (NASDAQ:ERIC) press conference at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, said, “Our future success will be determined by the ability to see beyond technology, stay ahead of our customers and solve their problems before they are even aware of them. This will require us to always put our customers first, always have the best competence and to drive innovation throughout the customer relationship.”

“In the past decade telecommunications have become the nerve system of the world. The number of mobile subscriptions worldwide has grown sixfold to 4.6 billion. Mobile broadband has had its breakthrough and we believe that we will see 3 billion new mobile broadband subscriptions in the next five years.

“We forecast that by 2015 mobile PC subscriptions will have grown six times and the traffic generated will grow more than 50 times compared with the end of 2009. In the same time period smartphone devices will grow four times and the traffic they generate will have grown more than 25 times. The rapidly increasing traffic puts a focus on network capacity and quality.

“We envision 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Patients will be remotely connected to hospitals, trucks will be online with logistics centers for efficient routing, and city students will be connected to students in rural villages halfway around the world. Several operators have already established machine-to-machine departments to meet these demands. In this development we have to move from traditional telecom to IP, from hardware to software and from network rollouts to network evolution.

“HSPA and 4G/LTE will enable the 50 billion connected devices and the continued traffic growth. Several leading operators have given us the confidence to deliver their 4G/LTE networks and we have established technology leadership and scale advantages.

“The overall LTE package with products and services is very competitive. We have taken these products to mass production and can manufacture on a large scale, which is a clear competitive advantage. The competition is fierce, but we can have grounds for having good self-confidence.”

Following the recent win with AT&T Ericsson now supplies its 4G/LTE solutions to operators that have a total of some 240 million subscribers. In the audience was Mr John Donovan, Chief Technology Officer at AT&T who briefly commented on his company’s plans for its LTE buildout and the reason for selecting Ericsson as its LTE equipment supplier.

Hans Vestberg continued, “In 2009 we significantly strengthened our position in North America. The rationale for the acquisition of the Nortel CDMA and LTE operations was to extend our footprint, expand customer relationships and gain a profitable CDMA business in North America. As the integration progresses, we are seeing opportunities for further CDMA business also outside North America.

“As the industry again moves into new territories, our role as a vendor must shift from just being a technology and services supplier to being a business enabler. Operators are looking to us to manage the increasing complexity of their networks so they can concentrate on enhancing the user experience. Our continued success in this area shows the value of our services offering. We will have to combine our strong technology leadership position and services capabilities to provide value to our customers. We have to drive innovation in both technology and business models,” concluded Vestberg.

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO

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Ericsson part of winning bid for Nortel’s patent portfolio [July 1, 2011]

  • Ericsson’s contribution to transaction USD 340 million
  • Expected to close in the third quarter of 2011

As announced separately by Nortel Networks Corporation, a consortium of certain technology companies, of which Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is a part, emerged as the winning bidder for all of Nortel’s remaining patents and patent applications for a cash purchase price of USD 4.5 billion. The transaction is subject to approval by the United States and Canadian Bankruptcy Courts.

The Nortel patent portfolio comprises approximately 6,000 patents and patent applications from information and communication technologies (ICT) industry, including telecommunications, internet search and social networking. It covers mobile, LTE and data networking as well as optical, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patent portfolios.

Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson, says: “The Nortel patent portfolio reflects the heritage of more than 100 years of its R&D activities and includes some essential patents in telecommunications and other industries. We believe the consortium is in the best position to utilize the patents in a manner that will be favorable to the industry long term.”

SEB Enskilda is acting as financial advisor to Ericsson in the transaction.
Notes to editors:Read more at www.nortel.com/ [Nortel Announces the Winning Bidder of its Patent Portfolio for a Purchase Price of US$4.5 Billion: … After a multi-day auction, a consortium emerged as the winning bidder with a cash purchase price of US$4.5 billion. The consortium consists of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony. …]

Ericsson closes the Acquisition of GDNT, China [May 12, 2011]

  • Ensures continued development of CDMA and GSM businesses
  • All assumed agreements will be honored and fulfilled
  • Adds R&D, manufacturing and services capabilities

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today completed the asset purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of the Guangdong NortelTelecommunications Equipment Company Ltd (GDNT). This acquisition gives Ericsson talented R&D engineers, manufacturing and services professionals, as well as manufacturing and research facilities in the China region and ensures continued development of the CDMA & GSM businesses.

“With these new assets, we can even better support our customers globally,” said Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit CDMA Mobile Systems. “Our new and agile employees complement the existing R&D, manufacturing and services capabilities of our business.”

Mats H Olsson, President of Ericsson China & North East Asia said: “The completion of this acquisition reaffirms our strong commitment to the China market, while greatly enhancing our existing R&D, manufacturing and services capabilities in the region. I’m very happy to welcome this new source of energy into the Ericsson family and look forward to its continuous contribution to the development of GSM and CDMA markets not only here in the region, but also in the world.”

Today’s closing follows the announcement on December 1, 2010, that Ericsson was entering into an asset purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of the Guangdong Nortel Telecommunication Equipment Company Ltd (GDNT).

Some 1,000 former GDNT employees, including approximately 550 R&D engineerswill be integrated in to the Ericsson group over the coming months and will work under the Ericsson brand effective today. Former GDNT customers gain a business partner dedicated to the ongoing support of their networks and the assurance of a seamless transition. Manufacturing and Services will operate as a separate business entity, known as “Ericsson (Guangdong Shunde) Communications Company Limited, effective immediately.

SEB Enskilda acted as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction.

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Pictures of quote: www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/management.shtml

Acquisition of GDNT, an R&D and services company in China [Dec 1, 2010]

  • Secures continued development of CDMA and GSM businesses in China
  • Complements existing R&D and services capabilities in the region
  • Purchase price is USD 50 million

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today signed an agreement to acquire certain assets of the Guangdong Nortel Telecommunication Equipment Company Ltd (GDNT). The purchase is structured as an asset sale at a cash purchase price of USD 50 million on a cash and debt free basis, subject to final balance sheet adjustments. The transaction is also subject to customary regulatory approvals and other conditions.

GDNT is a leading research, development and manufacturing company based in China and an important supplier to Ericsson following the acquisitions of the CDMA and GSM businesses of Nortel. GDNT was founded in 1995 as a joint venture between Nortel, a Canadian Telecommunications Company and local Chinese corporations and telecom operators.  The transaction also includes R&D facilities, manufacturing facilities as well as support and customer service in China. Some 1,100 employees, including approximately 550 R&D engineers will be integrated in to the Ericsson group over the coming months.

“We are very happy to welcome this key competence into Ericsson’s newest business unit,” said Rima Qureshi, head of Ericsson’s CDMA Mobile Systems unit.  “We have built a strong foundation with the CDMA & GSM teams acquired from Nortel. With these new assets, we take control of our business by acquiring capabilities for the continued development of the CDMA & GSM businesses.”

“The acquisition greatly complements our existing R&D, manufacturing and services capabilities in the region,” said Mats H Olsson, President of Ericsson China & North East Asia. “It will no doubt allow us to provide even better support to our customers across the region who are serving one of the largest GSM and CDMA subscriber bases in the world.”

The transaction is expected to have a positive effect on Ericsson’s earnings within a year after closing.

SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction.

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Pictures of Rima Qureshi and Mats H Olsson:
www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/management.shtml

Acquisition of Nortel’s stake of the joint venture LG-Nortel [April 21, 2010]

  • Strengthened ability to serve the Korean market and reach new customers
  • Second largest installed base with all leading Korean operators
  • Purchase price is USD 242 million on a cash and debt free basis
  • New name of the joint venture will be LG-Ericsson

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire Nortel’s majority shareholding (50%+1 share) in LG-Nortel, the joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel Networks. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

This acquisition will significantly expand Ericsson’s footprint in the Korean market and provide Ericsson with a well established sales channel and strong R&D capability in the country. Furthermore, the acquisition will provide Ericsson with an industrial base and the ability to build new customer relationships.

The joint venture includes important contracts with Korean operators such as KT, LG Telecom and SK Telecom.

LG-Ericsson will become one of the major telecom players in Korea.

“Korea is one of the largest telecom markets with advanced end-user demand of new services. A strengthening of our position through the collaboration with our new partner LG Electronics will enhance our position for future technology shifts such as LTE,” said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

“LGE is pleased to have Ericsson as a new partner in this joint venture,” said Yong Nam, Vice Chairman and CEO of LG Electronics. “Ericsson will provide global industry experience and technical expertise that will benefit both customers and employees. We look forward to a fruitful future collaboration.”

“LG-Ericsson is expected to provide the Korean market with leading technology and customer supports in cooperation with Ericsson’s Global Leadership in Telecommunication market. We are excited by the new perspective for our company.” said Jae Ryung Lee, CEO of LG-Nortel.

The joint venture was established in 2005 through the contribution by LG Electronics of its telecommunications systems business and by Nortel of its Korean distribution business. The focus of the joint venture has been to develop and market large scale telecommunications systems such as WCDMA, CDMA and LTE for telecom service providers in Korea as well as enterprise products and services. In 2009, LG-Nortel generated approximately USD 650 million of sales and had 1,300 employees.

The joint venture will continue to be headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

In July 2009, Ericsson and the Korean government agreed to cooperate in growing a green ecosystem based on 4G technology. The competence in LG-Ericsson is expected to contribute to this initiative.

The transaction is expected to have a positive effect on Ericsson’s earnings within a year after closing.

SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction.

Acquisition of substantially all the assets of Nortel’s GSM business completed [April 1, 2010]

  • Emphasizes commitment to North American market
  • Accretive to Ericsson’s earnings within a year

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has completed the acquisition of Nortel’s North American GSM business. Today’s closing follows the announcement on November 25, 2009, that Ericsson had entered into an asset purchase agreement for these assets.

“The addition of Nortel’s skilled GSM experts adds additional depth to Ericsson’s newest business unit,” said Rima Qureshi, head of Ericsson’s CDMA unit.  “The CDMA team acquired from Nortel late last year has built a strong foundation already, and this new acquisition places us in a great position to support our growing list of North American and International customers.”

“The completion of this acquisition strengthens our position as a leading provider of telecommunications technology and services in the United States and Canada and shows our commitment to the market,” said Angel Ruiz, Head of Ericsson North America. “The skill and experience the Nortel employees bring to Ericsson will help us continue to provide exceptional services to our customers.”

The acquisition includes the transfer of important GSM business with North American operators and further strengthens Ericsson’s ability to serve North America’s leading wireless operators.  More than 350 employeesfrom Nortel will be integrated in the Ericsson group over the coming months.

The acquired operations are expected to be accretive to Ericsson’s earnings within a year after closing.

Ericsson’s bid for Nortel’s GSM assets was made together with Kapsch CarrierCom AG of Austria. Under the two transactions Ericsson is acquiring certain assets of Nortel’s GSM business in North America and Kapsch is acquiring certain assets outside North America.

In 2009, Ericsson also acquired Nortel’s CDMA and LTE assets in North America.

Notes to editors:Photos of Rima Qureshi and Angel Ruiz:
www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/management.shtml

Ericsson to acquire Nortel’s North American GSM business [Nov 25, 2009]

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) was today selected as successful bidder to acquire certain assets of the Carrier Networks division of Nortel relating to Nortel’s GSM business in the US and Canada. The purchase is structured as an asset sale at a cash purchase price of USD 70 million on a cash and debt free basis, subject to adjustments. This announcement follows the completion of the auction process initiated by Nortel, and the transaction is subject to approval by courts in the US and Canada and customary regulatory approvals and other conditions.

Ericsson’s bid for Nortel’s GSM assets was made together with Kapsch CarrierCom AG of Austria. Under the agreements, Ericsson is acquiring certain assets of Nortel’s GSM business in North America while Kapsch is paying USD 33 million to acquire most of the remaining assets outside North America.

Ericsson acquires an installed GSM base, which expands its North American footprint. The acquisition further strengthens Ericsson’s ability to serve North America’s leading wireless operators, which now benefit from the strength of the combined resources in an experienced and financially strong company.

Along with our recent acquisition of Nortel’s CDMA and LTE assets, the transaction emphasizes Ericsson’s commitment to the North American market and strengthens our position as a leading provider of telecommunications technology and services in the United States and Canada” said Hans Vestberg, incoming President and CEO of Ericsson. “Our Ericsson family will be once again enriched by the addition of the valuable Nortel employees.”

The agreement includes the transfer of important GSM business with North American operators such as AT&T and T-Mobile. Under the agreement Ericsson will offer employment to approximately 350 employees from Nortel. Nortel’s North American GSM operations generated approximately USD 400 million in 2008.

Ericsson’s North American business generated SEK 17.9 bn (USD 2.7 b) of sales in 2008, mainly from GSM and WCDMA equipment and associated services. Together with the recently announced acquisition of CDMA and LTE assets as well as the Sprint services agreement, the acquisition makes North America the largest geographical segment within Ericsson and encompasses some 14,500 employees, up from 5,000 at the beginning of 2009.

The acquired operations will contribute top- and bottom-line additions to Ericsson. The transaction is expected to have a positive effect on Ericsson’s earnings within a year after closing.

Consummation of the transaction is subject to approval by the United States and Canadian Bankruptcy Courts and the satisfaction of regulatory and other conditions.

SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction.

Notes to editors: Picture of Hans Vestberg:
www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/management.shtml

Previously announced information on Ericsson’s acquisitions of Nortel assets:
www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/releases/20090725-1330882.shtml
www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/releases/20091113-1354893.shtml
www.youtube.com/ericssonpress#p/u/7/D3yDHV9O_5o

Ericsson closes the Acquisition of Nortel’s Multiservice Switch business [March 11, 2011]

  • High level of data experience in key locations
  • Customers gain a stable, committed partner
  • The Multiservice Switch business will operate under the Ericsson brand as of today

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today completed the asset purchase agreement to acquire Nortel’s Multiservice Switch business. This acquisition gives Ericsson access to a strong product portfolio and installed base in the data segment while ensuring the supply of the platform for the recently acquired CDMA and GSM units.

“We are gaining a solid business with a significant installed base and technology that complements our existing Ericsson portfolio. In key locations around the globe, we grow our data capability with experienced and talented people.” said Rima Qureshi, senior vice president and head of business unit CDMA Mobile Systems.

An important part of the CDMA ecosystem, the Multiservice Switch business offers the sale and support of data networks and switching platforms for core networks within the wireless and carrier voice divisions, previously acquired from Nortel. The Multiservice switches, to be called PPX henceforth, serve a valuable need for a multiplicity of services that the backbone network provides today for our customers.

Today’s closing follows the announcement on September 25, 2010, that Ericsson was entering into an asset purchase agreement for substantially all of the assets of Nortel’s Multiservice Switch Business.

The former Nortel Multiservice Switch staff will be integrated into the Ericsson group in business unit CDMA Mobile Systemsover the coming months and will work under the Ericsson brand effective today. Former Nortel customers gain a stable partner committed to the ongoing evolution of their networks and the assurance of a seamless business transition.

SEB Enskilda acted as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction.

Notes to editors: Photos of Rima Qureshi:
www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/rima_qureshi.shtml

Acquisition of Nortel’s Multi-Service Switch business [Sept 25, 2010]

  • Confirms commitment to CDMA portfolio
  • Strengthens R&D and services capabilities within CDMA
  • Cash purchase of USD 65 million

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire Nortel’s Multi-Service Switch business (MSS). This acquisition gives Ericsson access to a strong product portfolio and installed base in the data segment while ensuring the supply of the MSS platform for the recently acquired CDMA and GSM units.

An important part of the CDMA ecosystem, MSS offers the sale and support of data networks and switching platforms for core networks within the recently acquired wireless and carrier voice divisions. MSS serves a valuable need for a multiplicity of services that the backbone network provides today for our customers.

The purchase is structured as an asset purchase at a cash purchase price of USD 65 million on a cash and debt free basis, subject to adjustments. This announcement follows the completion of the auction process initiated by Nortel, and the transaction is subject to court approval and customary regulatory approvals.

“Today’s announcement is further evidence of our commitment to our CDMA portfolioas we continue to strengthen our in-house R&D and services muscle to deliver on the innovation, collaboration and support that our customers have come to expect from us.” said Rima Qureshi, senior vice president and head of business unit CDMA Mobile Systems.

Consummation of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant Bankruptcy Courts and the satisfaction of regulatory and other conditions.

SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction.

Notes to editors:Photos of Rima Qureshi:
www.ericsson.com/ericsson/press/photos/rima_qureshi.shtml

Ericsson strengthens global position with completion of Nortel acquisition in North America [Nov 13, 2009]

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today completed its acquisition of substantially all of Nortel’s CDMA business and LTE assets in North America. With this acquisition, Ericsson enhances its leading global telecommunications equipment supplier position and will further its quest to bring high-speed data connectivity to people on the move.

The Nortel acquisition, on the heels of important breakthrough contract wins for Ericsson in North America, positions Ericsson as the leading provider of telecommunications technology and services in the United States and Canada.

“Separately, our two companies played leading roles in freeing voice telephony from its fixed limitations,” said Hans Vestberg, Ericsson’s incoming president and chief executive officer. “Together, we will do the same for broadband – make it mobile and bring the benefits of high-speed data connectivity to the majority of the world’s population”.

“This deal, along with our recently announced services and LTE agreements, demonstrates the importance of the North American market to Ericsson. Our strength in the region proves to our global customers that we are capable of continuing to provide the best equipment and services, in a scaleable and efficient way,” said Vestberg.

In terms of sales, North America will now be Ericsson’s largest region.According to Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson’s North American operations, the acquisition significantly expands Ericsson’s footprint in North America, particularly as the region is emerging as an early adopter of LTE technology.

Ericsson will enjoy new access to North American CDMA customers and can better support CDMA networks that will transition to LTE, “said Ruiz.

In addition to the talented people Ericsson gains through the combination, it will also benefit from intimate knowledge of Nortel’s CDMA customers and their networks. In turn, these operators gain a stable partner committed to the ongoing evolution of their networks, and the assurance of a seamless transition.

“I look forward to working with the more than 2,500 highly skilled colleagues in North America and China arriving from Nortel,” said Magnus Mandersson, president of Ericsson CDMA Operations. Combined with the transition of employees in the recent Sprint deal, Ericsson now has some 14,000 employees in North America, making it the company’s second largest market based on number of employees.

The acquisition includes the transfer of important CDMA contracts with North American operators including Verizon, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Bell Canada, Telus and Leap, as well as LTE assets, certain patents and patent licenses relating to CDMA and LTE. Nortel’s customers will also benefit from the continued support of Nortel’s installed CDMA base and the migration path to LTE.

Today’s closing follows the announcement on July 25, 2009, that Ericsson was entering into an asset purchase agreement of USD 1.13 b. for these assets, subject to approval by the United States and Canadian Bankruptcy Courts and the satisfaction of regulatory and other conditions.

The former Nortel staff will be integrated into the Ericsson group over the coming months and the entity will work under the Ericsson brand beginning today.

The results for these operations will be consolidated by Ericsson on a pro-rata basis from the closing date proportionally within segments Networks and Professional Services. The report for the fourth quarter 2009 will be the first accounts including the new entity.

Notes to editors:
A video interview with Hans Vestberg available in our broadcast room on: www.ericsson.com/press/broadcastroom

Ericsson to acquire majority of Nortel’s North American wireless business [July 25, 2009]

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire the parts of the Carrier Networks division of Nortel relating to CDMA and LTE technology in North America. The purchase is structured as an asset sale at a cash purchase price of USD 1.13 b. on a cash and debt free basis. This announcement follows the completion of the auction process initiated by Nortel, and the transaction is subject to court and customary regulatory approvals.

Ericsson acquires an installed base and a healthy business that provides major operators CDMA technology and support services. In addition, the acquisition strengthens Ericsson’s ability to serve North America’s leading wireless operators in the evolution to LTE. The acquisition significantly expands Ericsson’s footprint in North America, particularly as this region is emerging as an early adopter of LTE technology. The acquisition also provides Nortel’s customers with a strong and reliable supplier for the future, many of which have expressed support for this acquisition.

“Acquiring Nortel’s North American CDMA business allows us to serve this important region better as we build relationships for the future migration to LTE. Furthermore, by adding some 2,500 highly skilled employees, of which about 400 are focused on LTE research and development, Ericsson reinforces and expands a long-term commitment to North America. This deal, along with our recently announced Sprint service agreement, truly positions Ericsson as a leading telecoms supplier in North America,” said Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.

The agreement includes important CDMA contracts with North American operators such as Verizon, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Bell Canada and Leap, as well as LTE assets, certain patents and patent licenses relating to CDMA and LTE. Nortel’s customers will also benefit from the continued support of Nortel’s installed CDMA base and the migration path to LTE.

Nortel’s North American CDMA operations generated approximately USD 2.0 b. in 2008, with robust profitability from a good product mix, which includes a significant amount of services. Going forward, research and development costs are expected to be relatively low in CDMA compared with other technologies.

Ericsson’s North American business generated SEK 17.9 (USD 2.7) b. of sales in 2008, mainly from GSM and WCDMA equipment and associated services. When coupled with the recently announced Sprint services agreement, this acquisition makes North America the largest region within Ericsson and encompasses some 14,000 employees.

The robust financial profile of the acquired operations will contribute significant top- and bottom-line additions to Ericsson. The transaction is expected to have a positive effect on Ericsson’s earnings within a year after closing. Magnus Mandersson, presently head of Ericsson Northern Europe, is appointed President of Ericsson CDMA operations, and Richard Lowe, Nortel, is appointed Chief Operating Officer.

“Our two companies share a long-standing commitment to technological excellence and innovation, and we look forward to welcoming the Nortel employees into Ericsson.  We are truly impressed with their continuing outstanding performance during these challenging times,” said Magnus Mandersson, President of Ericsson CDMA operations.

“The agreement with Ericsson provides a strong and stable future for Nortel’s CDMA and LTE business. Customers will enjoy continued strong support from an industry leader as they look to evolve to LTE. Many employees will also have the opportunity to continue their work with Ericsson, bringing their innovation power and creativity to the wireless industry for years to come,” said Richard Lowe, President of Carrier Networks at Nortel.

Consummation of the transaction is subject to approval by the United States and Canadian Bankruptcy Courts and the satisfaction of regulatory and other conditions.

SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson’s sole financial advisor in the transaction.

NORTEL NETWORKS CORPORATION 2011 First Quarter Report
(Under Creditor Protection Proceedings as of January 14, 2009 — note 2)

Nortel Networks Corporation

Prior to Nortel’s significant business divestitures, Nortel Networks Corporation (“Nortel” or “NNC”) was a global supplier of end-to-end networking products and solutions serving both service providers and enterprise customers. Nortel’s technologies spanned access and core networks and support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s networking solutions consisted of hardware, software and services. Nortel designed, developed, engineered, marketed, sold, licensed, installed, serviced and supported these networking solutions worldwide. As further discussed in note 2, Nortel is currently focused on the remaining work under the Creditor Protection Proceedings (as defined in note 2), including the sale of the remaining assets, providing transitional services to the purchasers of Nortel’s businesses and ongoing restructuring matters.

As of March 31, 2011, Nortel has completed the sales of all of its businesses and regarding these businesses only the residual contracts not transferred to the various buyers remain.

Significant Business Divestitures

On June 19, 2009, Nortel announced that it was advancing in discussions with external parties to sell its businesses. To date, Nortel has completed divestitures of all of its businessesincluding:

(i) the sale of substantially all of its Code Division Multiple Access (“CDMA”) business and Long Term Evolution (“LTE”) Access assets to Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson(“Ericsson”);

(ii) the sale of substantially all of the assets of its Enterprise Solutions (“ES”) business globally, including the shares of Nortel Government Solutions Incorporated (“NGS”) and DiamondWare, Ltd., to AvayaInc. (“Avaya”);

(iii) the sale of the assets of its Wireless Networks (“WN”) business associated with the development of Next Generation Packet Core network components to Hitachi, Ltd.;

(iv) the sale of certain portions of its Layer 4-7 data portfolio to RadwareLtd.;

(v) the sale of substantially all of the assets of its Optical Networking and Carrier Ethernet businesses to CienaCorporation (“Ciena”);

(vi) the sale of substantially all of the assets of its Global System for Mobile communications (GSM)/ GSM for Railways (“GSM-R”) business to Ericsson and KapschCarrierCom AG (“Kapsch”);

(vii) the sale of substantially all of the assets of its Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (“CVAS”) business to GENBANDInc. (now known as GENBAND U.S. LLC (“GENBAND”));

(viii) the sale of NNL’s 50% plus 1 share interest in LG-Nortel Co. Ltd. (“LGN”), its Korean joint venture with LG Electronics, Inc. (“LGE”), to Ericsson;

(ix) the sale of substantially all of the assets of its global Multi Service Switch (MSS) business to Ericsson; and

(x) the sale of substantially all of the Guangdong-Nortel Telecommunications Equipment Co. Ltd. (“GDNT”), assets to Ericsson Mobile Data Applications Technology Research and Development Guangzhou Company Limited and Ericsson(Guangdong Shunde) Communications Company Limited (collectively, “Ericsson China”).

On April 4, 2011, Nortel announced that it had entered into a stalking horse agreement with Ranger Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. (“Google’) for the sale of its remaining patents and patent applications.

Business Divestiture Proceeds Received

As of March 31, 2011, of the approximately $3,183 in net proceeds generated through the completed sales of businesses proceeds of approximately $3,171 had been received. These divestiture proceeds include the following approximate amounts:

(a) $1,070 from the sale of substantially all of Nortel’s CDMA business and LTEAccess assets;

(b) $18 from the sale of Nortel’s Layer 4-7 data portfolio;

(c) $10 from the sale of Nortel’s Packet Core Assets;

(d) $932 from the sale of substantially all of the assets of Nortel’s ES business, including the shares of DiamondWare, Ltd. and NGS;

(e) $631 from the sale of substantially all of the assets of Nortel’s Optical Networking and Carrier Ethernet businesses;

(f) $67 from the sale of Nortel’s North American GSM business;

(g) $21 from the sale of Nortel’s GSM business outside of North America (excluding its GSM business in CALA) and its global GSM-R business;

(h) $137 from the sale of substantially all of Nortel’s CVAS business, net of an estimated reduction in purchase price (see below);

(i) $234 from the sale of Nortel’s 50% plus one share interest in LGN;

(j) $47 from the sale of substantially all of Nortel’s MSS business; and

(k) $4 from the sale of various Nortel business assets.

Nortel Commences Comprehensive Business and Financial Restructuring [Jan 14, 2009]

Nortel* Networks Corporation [NYSE/TSX: NT] announced that it, Nortel Networks Limited (“NNL”) and certain of its other Canadian subsidiaries will seek creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) in Canada. As well, certain of the Company’s U.S. subsidiaries, including Nortel Networks Inc. and Nortel Networks Capital Corporation, have filed voluntary petitions in the United States under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and certain of the Company’s EMEA** subsidiaries are expected to make consequential filings in Europe. The Company’s normal day-to-day operations are expected to continue without interruption. Nortel remains 100% focused on serving customers worldwide through continued R&D investments and support of its product portfolio to fulfill customer needs.

Nortel made this decision with the unanimous authorization of its Board of Directors after thorough consultation with its advisors and extensive consideration of all other alternatives. This process will allow Nortel to deal decisively with its cost and debt burden, to effectively restructure its operations and to narrow its strategic focusin an effective and timely manner.

The Company commenced a process to turn around and transform Nortel in late 2005, and the Company made important progress on a number of fronts.  However, the global financial crisis and recession have compounded Nortel’s financial challenges and directly impacted its ability to complete this transformationNortel is taking this action now, with a $2.4 billion*** cash position, to preserve its liquidity and fund operations during the restructuring process.

“Nortel must be put on a sound financial footing once and for all,” said Nortel President and CEO Mike Zafirovski.  “These actions are imperative so that Nortel can build on its core strengths and become the highly focused and financially sound leader in the communications industry that its people, technology and customer relationships show it ought to be.  I am confident that the actions we’re announcing today will be the fastest, most effective means to translate our improved operational efficiency, double-digit productivity, focused R&D and technology leadership into long-term success. I want to reaffirm Nortel’s dedication to delivering world-class solutions and services to customers.”

The application under the CCAA will be heard later today by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 were filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.  Nortel expects to be in a position shortly to provide an update regarding the consequential filings by certain of its EMEA subsidiaries.

The Company’s affiliates in Asia, including LG Nortel and in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as the Nortel Government Solutions business, are not included in these proceedings and are expected to continue to operate in the ordinary course.

Nortel To Sell CDMA Business and LTE Assets; Company Advancing in Its Discussions With External Parties To Sell Other Businesses[June 19, 2009]

      • Enters into a Stalking Horse Sale Agreement for CDMA Business and LTE Access Assets with Nokia Siemens Networks for US$650 million
      • Sale of Businesses is Best Path for Nortel to Maximize Value While Preserving Innovation, Customer Relationships and Jobs to Greatest Extent Possible
      • Will Apply to Toronto Stock Exchange to Delist Shares and Expects Creditor Protection Proceedings Will Ultimately Result in Cancellation of Shares

… The agreement with NSN specifies that at least 2,500 employees would have the opportunity to continue with NSN.  This represents a significant portion of the employees associated with the assets being sold.

In addition to announcing this sale agreement, Nortel announced that it is advancing in its discussions with external parties to sell its other businesses. The company will assess other restructuring alternatives for these businesses in the event it is unable to maximize value through sales.

Commenting on the announcements, Nortel President and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Zafirovski said:

“Maximizing the value of our businesses in the face of a consolidating global market has been our most critical priority. We have determined the best way to do this is to find buyers for our businesses who can carry Nortel innovation forward, while preserving employment to the greatest extent possible.  This will ensure Nortel’s strong assets – technologies, customer relationships, and employees – continue to play an important role in driving the future of communications.  The value of Nortel’s wireless business is recognized throughout the industry.  The agreement we are announcing today is solid proof of that value and represents the best path forward for our other businesses.”

Zafirovski continued: “We also believe this will help provide clarity for our customers and employees. Customers have demonstrated consistent support for our products and services, and we want to ensure they continue to benefit from Nortel’s technology and know-how.  In addition, Nortel’s employees are doing a tremendous job under challenging conditions, stabilizing our business and delivering outstanding service to our customers.  It is important to provide our employees with a clear sense of direction around their future and potential opportunities with the new companies.”

The wireless business is the second largest supplier of CDMA infrastructure in the world.  It does business with three of the five top CDMA operators globally, including Verizon Wireless, which operates the largest wireless voice and data network in the United States.

Commenting on the wireless business announcement, Richard Lowe, President, Carrier Networks added:

“Seeking a strong and stable buyer is the best path forward for our CDMA business and LTE Access assets. If successfully completed, this transaction would give many of our CDMA customers a clear roadmap for the future evolution of their networks and the opportunity to extend their relationship with a long-term partner. Further, we expect that a significant portion of the employees associated with the assets being sold would be able to continue their innovative work.”

Lowe continued, “Nortel has a long track record of wireless innovation which has helped us secure a strong and loyal customer base. Throughout this sale process, our customers will continue to receive the highest quality support for their current networks. If successfully concluded, the buyer would gain access to leading edge technology, know-how, and embedded resources to support this significant customer base.”

Details of Sale Process for CDMA Business and LTE Access Intellectual Property Rights

Nortel will file the stalking horse asset sale agreement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware along with a motion seeking the establishment of bidding procedures for an auction that allows other qualified bidders to submit higher or otherwise better offers, as required under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. A similar motion for the approval of the bidding procedures will be filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

In addition to the bidding process and U.S. and Canadian court approvals, consummation of the CDMA business and LTE Access transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary and other conditions, including governmental approvals such as in Canada and the United States.  The stalking horse asset sale agreement is also subject to purchase price adjustments under certain circumstances.

Nortel Statement on Wireless Asset Auction [July 22, 2009]

As previously announced, on June 19, 2009, Nortel* [OTC: NRTLQ] entered into a stalking horse sale agreement with Nokia Siemens to sell substantially all of its CDMA business and LTE Access assets, subject to higher or better offers being received. On June 29, 2009, in the U.S., and June 30, 2009, in Canada, the courts established bidding procedures for the auction of these assets. The auction is scheduled to take place on July 24, 2009. Throughout this process, Nortel has made every effort to ensure all who want to participate can, with the goal of achieving the best outcome possible for employees and customers and maximizing value for its stakeholders.

Nortel had been in discussions with RIM regarding a related transaction but those discussions are currently on hold. Since the approval of the bidding procedures, Nortel has engaged with a number of potential bidders regarding the CDMA and LTE assets, including RIM.  Other parties moved expeditiously to comply with the court approved procedures to become qualified bidders, and RIM did not object to the approval of these procedures during the court process. It was not until  July 15 that  RIM submitted a letter to Nortel asking to be a qualified bidder and, since that time, Nortel has diligently attempted to work with RIM on acceptable confidentiality terms relating to Nortel’s valuable intellectual property assets. RIM has refused, however, to comply with the court approved procedures.

In order to participate in the court-approved bidding process, a qualified bidder is required to execute a standard confidentiality agreement. The agreement contains a common “standstill” provision that allows Nortel to ensure it is directly involved in any future negotiations on the sale of its assets. The standstill provision does not preclude future offers by a bidder to acquire assets consistent with any processes established by Nortel or the courts. Confidentiality agreements are a standard part of the auction bidding process and are designed to help run a fair process and protect a company’s confidential information, such as its intellectual property.  All qualified bidders are subject to confidentiality agreements.

Nortel, the Canadian Monitor, the U.S. Unsecured Creditors’ Committee and the Ad Hoc Bondholder Group have reviewed the circumstances related to RIM and have concluded that all bidders must comply with the bidding rules in order to maintain the integrity of the court-approved process. Consistent with that process, the auction will commence as planned on Friday, July 24, 2009.

Nortel Selects Ericsson as Successful Bidder For CDMA Business and LTE Access Assets [July 25, 2009]

  • Enters into Sale Agreement for CDMA Business and LTE Access Assets with Ericsson for US$1.13 Billion
  • A Minimum of 2,500 Nortel Employees will be Offered the Opportunity to Continue their Work at Ericsson
  • Canadian and U.S. Court Approvals of the Sale will be Sought at a Joint Hearing on July 28

TORONTO – Nortel* Networks Corporation [OTC: NRTLQ] announced today that it, its principal operating subsidiary Nortel Networks Limited, and certain of its other subsidiaries including Nortel Networks Inc.,  have concluded a successful auction of substantially all of Nortel’s CDMA Business and LTE Access assets. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (“Ericsson”) has emerged as the winning bidderwith a purchase price of US$1.13 billion. The bid is subject to court approvals in the U.S. and Canada as well as regulatory and other customary closing conditions and certain post-closing purchase price adjustments.

If approved by the courts, Ericsson will purchase Nortel’s CDMA business which is the second largest supplier of CDMA infrastructure in the world, and substantially all of Nortel’s LTE Access assets giving it a strong technology position in next generation wireless networks. Also as part of this agreement, a minimum of 2,500 Nortel employees supporting the CDMA and LTE Access business will receive offers of employment from Ericsson.

Commenting on the announcement, Nortel President and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Zafirovski said:

“The anticipated sale of our CDMA business and LTE Access assets to Ericsson for $1.13 billion represents a very positive prospect for our customers who will be able to continue their relationships with a long term partner; for employees who will have new opportunities at Ericsson and for many of our other stakeholders. I want to especially thank our customers for their tremendous support during the process, which contributed to such a positive outcome.”

“Nortel remains focused on finding the right buyers for our other businesses while continuing to maintain excellent customer service levels. We are determined to maximize value while preserving innovation platforms, customer relationships and jobs to the greatest extent possible. With today’s agreement and through the anticipated sales of the Company’s other businesses, Nortel will leave its mark on the industry for decades to come.”

Commenting on the sale, Richard Lowe, President of Carrier Networks at Nortel, said:

“The outcome of today’s auction underscores the value the industry places on Nortel’s CDMA business and LTE Access assets, which include a strong customer base and world-class operations. Nortel’s extremely talented and committed employees have been an integral part of our success in wireless and we are very pleased that so many of them will have the opportunity to continue their innovative work with Ericsson.”

Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson said:

“The agreement between Nortel and Ericsson brings together leading-edge wireless innovation from two of the world’s top telecommunications suppliers. We at Ericsson look forward to integrating Nortel’s products and talented employees into our business and realizing the full potential of our combined strengths.  Ericsson is committed to meeting the needs of our new CDMA customers today and bringing the next generation of mobile broadband to the world with LTE.”

While today’s auction is a significant step in the overall sale process, it is not the final step. Nortel will work diligently with Ericsson to close the sale later this year. Nortel will seek Canadian and U.S. court approvals of the proposed sale agreement at a joint hearing on July 28, 2009.

As previously announced in the Company’s June 19 and July 20, 2009 press releases, the Company does not expect that its common shareholders or the preferred shareholders of Nortel Networks Limited will receive any value from the creditor protection proceedings and expects that the proceedings will result in the cancellation of these equity interests

IV. Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)

Nokia Siemens Productivity Trails Ericsson’s [July 15, 2011]

Nokia Siemens Networks, which this week ended talks to sell a stake to buyout firms, needs to cut jobs to gain the option of independence as competition with rivals including Huawei Technologies Co. intensifies.

The phone equipment venture between Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) and Siemens AG (SIE) generated sales of about $254,000 per employee last year, 19 percent less than larger rival Ericsson AB, based on numbers from the companies’ financial reports. The figure for both manufacturers is sinking as selling prices for equipment such as base stations and packet-switching networks decline.

Nokia Siemens said this week that it plans to improve its competitiveness “as a standalone entity” while announcing the end of talks over a stake sale. The Espoo, Finland-based venture, which has been unprofitable for all but one quarter since it started in April 2007, has increased its headcount to about 73,000 from about 60,000 after additions for outsourcing and the acquisition of a Motorola Solutions Inc. unit. In Germany alone, Nokia Siemens has almost 10,000 workers.

Nokia said July 12 that it’s open to other ownership options for the 50-50 venture, without elaborating. … Nokia, which has more shared interest with Nokia Siemens since both sell to phone companies, is paring down assets that aren’t essential to its main devices product lines. …

The joint venture has lost 3.35 billion euros from operations, restructuring, and impairment charges for Siemens since it was formed. Siemens Chief Financial Officer Joe Kaeser has repeatedly said that telecommunications is no longer a core business for the company.

Nokia Siemens and Ericsson have focused on wireless network equipment such as base stations and core networks and have expanded in software and services to a greater extent than competitors Alcatel-Lucent SA, Huawei and ZTE Corp. (000063) Nokia Siemens gets about half its revenue from services, including running entire networks remotely from India and Portugal. Ericsson counts about 40 percent of its revenue as services.

Nokia Siemens had 20.4 percent of the wireless equipment market in the first quarter, up from 18.2 percent a year earlier, according to Redwood Shores, California-based researcher Dell’Oro Group. Huawei was almost tied with Nokia Siemens at 20.3 percent and Ericsson had 34.5 percent. Alcatel- Lucent’s share was 13.7 percent.

Nokia Siemens announced in November 2009 that it would eliminate between 7 percent and 9 percent of the 64,000 positions it had at the time. The aim was to cut 500 million euros in annual costs by the end of this year. It has reported more than 1.05 billion euros in operating losses since the job cuts announcement.

“They need to remove the question mark around the ownership structure,” Sylvain Fabre, an analyst at Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner Inc., said in a phone interview. “The first thing you learn in business school is you never do 50-50, you do at least 51-49. Until you really know who’s in charge you don’t really know what direction is ultimately imposed in the company.”

Nokia Siemens Networks completes acquisition of certain wireless network infrastructure assets of Motorola Solutions [April 29, 2011]

  • Pays US $975 million in cash
  • Approximately 6900 employees will transfer to Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Takes on responsibility for 50 operator customers in 52 countries

Nokia Siemens Networks and Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today jointly announced that Nokia Siemens Networks has completed its acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ Networks assets paying US $975 million in cash. As of April 30 2011, responsibility for supporting customers of Motorola Solutions’ GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMAX and LTE products and services transfers to Nokia Siemens Networks.

“The people, customers and technology we’ve acquired greatly complement our existing business by taking us into new markets and broadening our market share,” said Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our combined knowledge and experience will provide our newly expanded customer base with the means to grow by providing greater value to their subscribers.”

“Motorola Solutions is pleased to complete this transaction to combine our Networks team with an industry leader,” said Greg Brown, president and chief executive officer, Motorola Solutions. “This is great news for our customers, our investors and our people and will allow Motorola Solutions to further sharpen our strategic focus on providing mission-critical solutions for our government and enterprise customers.”

The acquisition strengthens Nokia Siemens Networks’ position in key regions, particularly North America and Japan, as well as with some of the world’s major service providers. Based on revenue, the addition of Motorola Solutions’ Networks assets makes Nokia Siemens Networks the third largest wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States and the leading non-Japanese wireless vendor in Japan. In addition, the acquisition reinforces Nokia Siemens Networks’ position as the world’s second largest wireless infrastructure and services provider.

As part of the deal, responsibility for supporting 50 operators across 52 countries, as well as approximately 6900 employees, will transfer to Nokia Siemens Networks. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is acquiring a number of research and development facilities including sites in the United States, China, Russia, India and the UK.

[Nokia Siemens Networks to Acquire Certain Wireless Network Infrastructure Assets of Motorola for US $1.2 Billion [July 19, 2010]

  • Transaction expected to significantly strengthen Nokia Siemens Networks’ presence globally, particularly in the United States and Japan.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks targeting to gain incumbent relationships with more than 50 operators and strengthen relationships with others.
  • Acquisition to enhance position of Nokia Siemens Networks in key wireless technologies; will give company large global footprint in CDMA.
  • Motorola retains the iDEN business, substantially all the patents related to its wireless network infrastructure business, and other selected assets.
  • The companies expect to complete closing activities by the end of 2010.

… As part of the transaction, Nokia Siemens Networks expects to gain incumbent relationships with more than 50 operators and to strengthen its position with China Mobile, Clearwire, KDDI, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. …

Motorola’s networks infrastructure business provides products and services for wireless networks, including GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMAX and LTE. This business is a market leader in WiMAX, with 41 contracts in 21 countries; has a strong global footprint in CDMA with 30 active networks in 22 countries; and a robust GSM installed base, with more than 80 active networks in 66 countries; and excellent traction with LTE early adopters. …]

Nokia Siemens Networks to participate in large scale China TD-LTE trial [March 25, 2011]

Provides TD-LTE network, OSS, services for large-scale field trial in Hangzhou

With the approval of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT), Nokia Siemens Networks has become one of the first telecommunications equipment vendors to participate in the large-scale TD-LTE trial with China Mobile. Nokia Siemens Networks will offer its commercial 2.3GHz/2.6GHz TD-LTE equipment, professional services and management software to conduct the major field trial in Hangzhou.

Nokia Siemens Networks has already completed both 2.3 and 2.6GHz outdoor, and 2.3GHz indoor, single-system testing with TD-LTE. The company is one of the first global vendors to be selected for the large-scale TD-LTE field trials with China Mobile. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks has conducted interoperability tests of its TD-LTE equipment with a number of TD-LTE devices of major suppliers. As stated by MIIT, Nokia Siemens Networks will cooperate with China Mobile to accelerate network construction, equipment installation, and network optimization according to the overall requirements and plan of the large-scale TD-LTE trial in Hangzou.

Nokia Siemens Networks has built a complete TD-LTE business in China, integrating procurement, production, testing and maintenance with its Hangzhou R&D Center at the center of this value chain,” said Markus Borchert, head of Greater China customer operations at Nokia Siemens Networks. “The approval by MIIT confirms our long-term support for TD-LTE and our leadership driving the global ecosystem for unpaired frequency bands.”

In addition to its market-leading Single RAN Advanced radio equipment, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide network planning and network optimization services to ensure sustained network quality and performance. Configuration, monitoring and optimization for this project will be based on the company’s Network Management System, NetAct.

Technology talk: Accelerating mobile broadband with TD-LTE [NSN’s Unite magazine, Feb 11, 2011]

Enabling communications service providers (CSP) to take advantage of unpaired spectrum to deliver high speed mobile broadband, Time Division Duplex (TDD) LTE, or TD-LTE, became a global technology in 2010. Important milestones included the first TD-LTE call in India Broadband Wireless spectrum at 2.3 GHz and the success of TD-LTE tests by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology(MIIT).

TD-LTE is a natural evolution of TD-SCDMA, and WiMAX networks and takes care of interworking, coexistence and roaming between different technologies. TD-LTE also helps WiMAX CSPs to enjoy the economies of scale, roaming and network sharing benefits of the large 3GPP ecosystem, therefore making it important for WiMAX and TD-LTE to co-exist.

Leading manufacturers are developing TD-LTE terminals, while chipset and platform vendors are announcing availability of multi-mode LTE (FDD and TDD) offerings to ensure CSP service roll-outs with one common technology platform. Nokia Siemens Networks has made significant contributions to TD-LTE development. The company’s ‘TD-LTE Open Labs’ facility in Hangzhou, China is fostering and accelerating developments by enabling vendors to undertake end-to-end testing and validate their solutions before delivery.

Nokia Siemens Networks readies TD-LTE for India [Oct 19, 2010]

First TD-LTE call on country’s Broadband Wireless Access spectrum*

Nokia Siemens Networks is the first company to successfully demonstrate the Time Division Duplex version of LTE (TD-LTE)** using broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in India. The first video call was made by Gurdeep Singh, chief operating officer of Aircel. The call was conducted with the 4G mobile technology running on commercial hardware at the Nokia Siemens Networks’ Bengaluru R&D facility. It marks an important milestone moving 2.3 GHz TD-LTE closer to commercial availability.

During the test, Nokia Siemens Networks demonstrated high-definition video streaming and three-way video conferencing. Using interoperable TD-LTE dongles from Samsung, the demo showcased a peak throughput speed of 110 megabits per second (Mbps) and low latency in the range of 10-20 milliseconds.

The end-to-end demonstration was based on Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE equipment and software. These include the company’s award-winning Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Evolved Packet Core – which comprises Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway) – and standard-compliant software.

TD-LTE technology promises enhanced delivery of broadband to laptops on the move and smartphone services, thanks to increased data rates, reduced latency and its scalable all-IP flat network architecture. This technology ensures high-speed mobile broadband connectivity and a superior performance from mobile applications across a wide range of devices.

“Today’s demo reiterates our leadership and commitment to getting TD-LTE into new market. It also demonstrates our regional and global progress in this area,” said Juha Lappalainen, head of mobile broadband sales at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our TD-LTE trials across the globe prove our capability in driving rapid commercial TD-LTE network deployments aimed at facilitating a new wave of advanced mobile broadband services.”

“This is an important milestone in building the TD-LTE ecosystem in India,” added Urs Pennanen, head of India region, Nokia Siemens Networks. “TD-LTE over the Broadband Wireless Access spectrum is important for the country, as it will allow operators to offer voice and data to the masses. We are ready to collaborate with partners to accelerate our progress toward a comprehensive deployment of TD-LTE in India.”

Nokia Siemens Networks is at the forefront of TD-LTE development and commercialization, actively working with telecom operators and device manufacturers. The company is fully prepared and committed to support the LTE activities and is in talks with many operators globally. It is actively participating in tests and trials for both Frequency Division Duplex LTE (FD-LTE) and TD-LTE technologies, while working with telecom operators and device manufacturers to strengthen the ecosystem. Earlier this year, Nokia Siemens Networks successfully demonstrated TD-LTE trials during Shanghai World Expo, and TD-LTE data calls at the company’s R&D center in Hangzhou (China) and at Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University.

Independent labs confirm Nokia Siemens Networks TD-LTE leadership [Aug 13, 2010]

  • Meets full TD-LTE test specifications defined by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
  • Conducts world’s first high-definition TD-LTE video call including handover with a Samsung TD-LTE device

Nokia Siemens Networks has proven its leading role in advancing TD-LTE as it met the complete TD-LTE test specifications defined by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).The successful completion of the trial in the 2.3GHz band at the MIIT lab in Beijing, China, marks an important milestone in the commercialization of TD-LTE. After the test, Nokia Siemens Networks also achieved the world’s first high-definition TD-LTE video call, including handover, with a Samsung TD-LTE device.

The high-definition video call demoshowcased interoperability between Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE infrastructure and Samsung’s TD-LTE USB dongle, and marks a definitive step toward ensuring early availability of a functioning TD-LTE ecosystem for commercial deployments.

“We’ve achieved excellent results from this test and are happy to partner with Nokia Siemens Networks in driving the TD-LTE ecosystem further,” said Mr. Tong Wang, president of Beijing Samsung Telecom R&D Center. “Commercial readiness of devices is a key indicator for the success of a new technology and the current test results show that we are now well prepared for TD-LTE.”

“Meeting TD-LTE test specifications defined by MIIT and achieving the first high-definition video call with handover, are key milestones in our list of achievements, added Paul Pan, head of Network Systems, Greater China Region, Nokia Siemens Networks. “We will continue to collaborate with partners to accelerate our progress toward a comprehensive deployment of TD-LTE.”

Nokia Siemens Networks is at the forefront of TD-LTE development and commercialization, actively working with telecom operators and device manufacturers. The company recently announced the first TD-LTE interoperability data call with a prototype TD-LTE USB dongle from Samsung and the first TD-LTE video call between Shanghai and Taipei.

Nokia Siemens Networks sets up industry’s first TD-LTE Open Lab [April 16, 2010]

Provides smart phone and terminal testing facility to accelerate TD-LTE ecosystem

Nokia Siemens Networks has inaugurated a TD-LTE Open Lab at its Hangzhou R&D facility. The first such lab in the industry aims to provide practical know-how that will help telecom operators and TD-LTE device manufacturers across the globe deploy commercial TD-LTE quicker. Major TD-LTE smartphone and terminal manufacturers can use the lab to test the interoperability and functionality of their devices across TD-LTE networks.

“The development of terminals and devices has always been a bottleneck in the roll-out of new mobile technology,” said Mr. Sha Yuejia, vice president of China Mobile. “We are thus more than happy to see that Nokia Siemens Networks has established a cutting-edge terminal testing environment, an initiative that we support wholeheartedly. After all, a healthy ecosystem needs efforts from all stakeholders.”

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Open Lab will provide an end-to-end testing environment for verifying the compatibility of terminals and devices with the company’s TD-LTE network products and solutions. The lab will also provide consultancy and testing services to device manufacturers. Nokia Siemens Networks’ TD-LTE R&D center in Hangzhou is fully integrated into the company’s global network of LTE Centers of Competence. It is an ideal location for the new Open Lab, as the company can use the R&D center’s existing competencies, resources and assets to speed deployment of TD-LTE.

“This initiative will facilitate the holistic development of TD-LTE technology,” said Wang Tong, chief technology officer of Samsung China. “We are working hard to build-up the TD-LTE ecosystem. TD-LTE Open Lab will provide us with a common testing platform to prove the interoperability of our terminals with its networks before commercial rollout.”

“We are at the forefront of driving TD-LTE deployments, as we were the first to conduct a call fully compliant with the 3GPP Release 8 (March 09 baseline) standard using commercial network hardware,” said Zhang Zhiqiang, president of the Greater China Region at Nokia Siemens Networks. “The TD-LTE Open Lab is a key cooperation initiative that will help us align our solutions with major user equipment vendors and ensure that our networks fully interoperate with their devices for the benefit of all TD-LTE operators.”

While Nokia Siemens Networks will focus on a quick ramp-up of the Open Lab by leveraging existing R&D teams and assets, it is also putting in place an expert pool of interoperability testing (IOT) professionals to ensure optimum quality standards and define a long-term strategy for the lab.

Providing a live TD-LTE experience to operators in the region, Nokia Siemens Networks also recently kicked off a nationwide TD-LTE road show in China. Beginning in Beijing, the road show will cover more than ten provinces in three months, demonstrating the most advanced TD-LTE technology and applications.

Nokia Siemens Networks drives development of TD-LTE [March 4, 2009]

Following the industry’s first lab based TD-LTE demonstrations last year R&D in Hangzhou is being ramped up to support its commercial roll-out

Nokia Siemens Networks is gearing up for the launch of next generation Time Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) technology in China. Following the industry’s first successful lab demonstrations conducted with leading operators in Germany last year, the company has further expanded its team in Hangzhou, China, to support the commercial roll out of TD-LTE.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ Hangzhou R&D center plays a pivotal role for the company. As well as driving innovation across GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA, LTE, I- HSPA and WiMAX technologies, Hangzhou’s 1,000 strong R&D team is being expanded to focus on supporting China’s home-grown TD-LTE technology through 2009. The company has been cooperating with leading operators in China and Europe to evaluate the performance of TD-LTE technology under various deployment situations and will continue this work with more advanced over the air tests and finally field trials in a pre-commercial multi-cell test network.

The TD-LTE first phase tests were completed in November last year and demonstrated the high throughput performance, in particular peak data rates and low latencies, of TD-LTE under various channel conditions as well as the robustness of the technology. The tests confirm that users will truly enjoy the superior mobile broadband experience promised by the LTE standard even in unpaired frequency spectrum.

“TD-LTE can catapult China to advanced next generation mobile broadband services and we are committed to putting significant resources to support its development and deployment,” said Marc Rouanne, head of the company’s Radio Access business. “In addition to the significant boost in ground resources, our fast rollout service capability and experiences in the region will help us in delivering cost efficient and high quality next generation mobile broadband networks to the benefit of operators and end users.”

Nokia Siemens Networks has played a pioneering role in China’s home grown technology standard TD-SCDMA and has developed a well proven network solution for this technology. In addition, it provides comprehensive delivery capability in related network planning, construction and optimization projects. The company’s expertise in TDD technology gained through deploying credible and competitive TD-SCDMA solutions in China, coupled with our global leadership in LTE puts us in an extremely advantageous position in the region.

A forerunner in LTE, Nokia Siemens Networks has made a long-term commitment through significant financial and R&D investment, across both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) mode of operations. The company was the first to demonstrate LTE technology with data speeds in the 160Mb/s range as well as a successful handover between LTE and HSPA as early as 2006. The company continued breaking records in 2007 by demonstrating multi-user field trials in urban environments with peak data rates of 173 Mb/s. Launched in February 2008, Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE capable Flexi base station is already shipping since Q3 2008, far ahead of competition. It is also one of the key contributors for standardization of both LTE modes in 3GPP.

V. Alcatel-Lucent (with special emphasis on lightRadio and related QorIQ Qonverge SoCs from Freescale quite essential for that)

China Mobile selects Alcatel-Lucent for TD-LTE trial network at World Expo 2010 [Nov 18, 2009]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been selected by China Mobile to deploy a TD-LTE* trial network at the occasion of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai (May 1 to Oct 31, 2010). The deployment will be the first in the world and follows Alcatel-Lucent’s first TD-LTE call on a third party terminal achieved earlier this year. The agreement was signed through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s Chinese flagship company.

Alcatel-Lucent‘s industry-leading TD-LTE platform will provide indoor coverage for 2 pavilions of World Expo 2010, namely the Theme pavilion and the Africa pavilion. Visitors will be able to enjoy advanced mobile services including ultra high speed internet access and HDTV at the exposition. Expected to have 200 participants and 70 million visitors, World Expo 2010 will open on May 1stnext year.

With the explosion of mobile data traffic that is underway today, service providers need to increase their wireless network capacity and to transform toward end-to-end IP networks in order to support a wide array of new revenue generating services while also driving down the operational cost of supporting the growing volume mobile broadband services. These needs are addressed by Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage Network™ architecture, which is intended to address the business, technical and operational challenges faced by service providers, enterprises and developers as they create, manage and market new applications. The High Leverage Network supports Alcatel-Lucent’s application enablement vision, which is focused on combining the trusted capabilities of service providers and enterprises with the speed and innovation of the Web to provide both consumers and business users with richer, more trusted and valuable experiences.

“China Mobile’s selection of our TD-LTE solution for this historical event further confirms that Alcatel-Lucent is playing a leading role in the evolution of 3G to 4G and that we are ready to help worldwide operators to take advantage of this technology,” said Olivia Qiu, President of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and head of Alcatel-Lucent in East Asia.

LTE is the next evolution in mobile network standards defined by 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) and supports operations in both the paired spectrum and unpaired spectrum. Alcatel-Lucent is a pioneer in the LTE market. It is able to provide common platform for both TDD and FDD spectrum, which creates a truly global ecosystem, and enables all operators to take advantage of a common system and unrivalled economies of scale as they look to provide 4G wireless broadband services to their subscribers.

In February 2009, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has completed the first data calls – involving terminals from third-party suppliers – using TD-LTE technology, demonstrating Alcatel-Lucent’s commitment to supporting a smooth evolution path to 4G for all service providers.

* TD-LTE: Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for Time Division Duplex (TDD) spectrum

For more information about Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE solution, please visit: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

Alcatel-Lucent achieves record speeds on World Expo China 2010 TD-LTE network [Feb 15, 2010]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)today announced it has successfully achieved record speed rates on China Mobile’s TD-LTE (time division duplex – long term evolution) trial network – which is being installed to support the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. During extensive tests, peak rates of more than 80Mbps downstream were realized by the team from Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China.The World Expo 2010, which will open on May 1stwith 70 million expected visitors, will provide a unique venue for all countries to demonstrate latest technological advances.

An industry’s first, these TD-LTE peak rates were achieved by using a single 20MHz spectrum band, carrying both the upstream and downstream traffic. And that’s an important differentiator versus previously announced breakthroughs in the LTE-FDD (frequency division duplex) space: the tests on China Mobile’s TD-LTE network show its readiness to cope with very high bandwidth demands as well, all while using half of the spectrum LTE-FDD networks require to accommodate peak throughputs of 100Mbps (downstream).

“These record speed rates on China Mobile’s TD-LTE trial network highlight Alcatel-Lucent’s commitment to providing our customers with an end-to-end LTE solution matching their specific spectrum and timing strategies,”said Romano Valussi, president of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and head of Alcatel-Lucent’s China regional business unit. “Visitors to the event will thus be able to enjoy ultra high-speed mobile Internet access and experience the next generation of high-definition multimedia demonstrations. This will stimulate the worldwide adoption of TD-LTE technology, as well as its future commercialization.”

“Following the industry’s first TD-LTE calls performed in February 2009, this new milestone further reinforces Alcatel-Lucent’s ability to make TD-LTE a reality, and once again demonstrates the reliability of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE solutions,” he added.

The tests were run using Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution – including eNodeBs (base stations), evolved packet core (EPC) and a range of third-party commercial terminals. Alcatel-Lucent provided its professional services expertise, encompassing network installation and software integration.

This significant milestone comes at the same time as Alcatel-Lucent announcing good progress on the TD-LTE field trial in Shunyi (Beijing)- initiated by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Using third-party terminals and following a successful completion of all mobile file systems (MFS) tests, Alcatel-Lucent thus further proves the readiness of its end-to-end LTE solution.

LTE is the next evolution in mobile network standards defined by 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) and supports operations in both the paired spectrum and unpaired spectrum. Alcatel-Lucent is a pioneer in the LTE market, having a common platform for both the time-division duplex (TDD) and frequency-division duplex (FDD) spectrums – that enables all operators to take advantage of unrivalled economies of scale as they look to provide 4G wireless services to their subscribers.

About Alcatel-Lucent and LTE
With 40 LTE customer trials secured to date, Alcatel-Lucent is a worldwide leader in LTE. The company is actively engaged in the majority of LTE projects being pursued by tier 1 operators around the globe. To help operators realize their potential, Alcatel-Lucent is offering a unique, pre-integrated, end-to-end LTE solution and a full set of associated professional services. Alcatel-Lucent’s network architecture is based on Alcatel-Lucent unique converged radio access network (RAN) strategy allowing scaling of W-CDMA networks and smooth evolution to LTE.The company also founded external linkthe ng Connect Program, a global initiative to drive the development of an open and diverse ecosystem of LTE device manufacturers, content providers and application partners. Through the ng Connect program and with Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution, wireless broadband operators benefit from open innovation, pre-integrated solutions, reduce time to market with LTE-enabled services, and the ability to drive new and non-traditional business models.

For more information about Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution, please visit:http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

Alcatel-Lucent collaborates with Innofidei and ASTRI to complete the first high-definition video call over China Mobile’s TD-LTE network at World Expo [June 2, 2010]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)and China Mobile today announced that they have successfully completed the first high-definition video call over a TD-LTE network at the Shanghai World Expo. Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s network infrastructure and systems integration expertise, as well as a TD-LTE USB dongle from Innofidei and ASTRI, World Expo visitors can experience a new class of ultra high-speed mobile services – including fast Internet access, significantly improved FTP upload/download speeds, 3D games and 3D maps.

As one of the key suppliers of China Mobile’s TD-LTE network at the Shanghai World Expo, Alcatel-Lucent is providing indoor broadband mobile coverage in the Theme and the Africa pavilions to the more than 70 million expected visitors. The achievement with Innofidei and ASTRI, both industry-leading TD-LTE terminal chip makers and recognized terminal vendors for China Mobile’s TD-LTE network, results from a series of successful interoperability tests aiming at an acceleration of TD-LTE’s commercialization.

“It is great to see the growth of TD-LTE in China. This achievement demonstrates that the TD-LTE industry chain is maturing, which will help boost the technology’s commercialization and global adoption,” said China Mobile’s TD-LTE EXPO project manager.

“This is a significant milestone for Alcatel-Lucent in the TD-LTE space. The successful interoperability tests, and resulting demonstrations with leading terminal vendors, further demonstrate our commitment to create an open TD-LTE ecosystem,” said Romano Valussi, president of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and head of Alcatel-Lucent’s China regional business unit.

“As a major chip maker, Innofidei is actively participating in efforts to promote the TD-LTE industry. We launched our TD-LTE project in 2007, conducting further research with ASTRI. We were proud to see our efforts recognized by being awarded the bid for terminals for China Mobile’s TD-LTE network at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai,” said Innofidei CEO Dr. Tom Zhang.

“Hong Kong ASTRI is determined to develop key technologies to benefit local and regional high tech industry. The cooperation with Alcatel-Lucent and Innofidei this time further illustrates our technology advance in TD-LTE” said Dr. Cheung Nim-Kwan, CEO of ASTRI.

In November 2009, Alcatel-Lucent was selected by China Mobile to deploy the first TD-LTE network in the world. This February, Alcatel-Lucent achieved record speedsof more than 80 Mbps downstream by using a single 20MHz spectrum band to accommodate both upstream and downstream traffic.

Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution is a key element of its High Leverage NetworkTM architecture, providing sufficient capacity for the ever-growing data traffic at the lowest cost per bit, all with the intelligence necessary to create new business opportunities for our customers. The company’s end-to-end LTE network solution includes eNodeBs (base stations),its Ultimate Wireless Packet Core, IP/MPLS mobile transport, a comprehensive IMS solution and the ng Connect ecosystem with content and application vendors.

Having been selected to support more than 45 LTE trials around the globe and securing commercial contracts with two of the largest operators in the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a recognized market leader in LTE.

About Innofidei
Founded in Sept 2006 in Beijing Z-Park with operations in Beijing, Silicon Valley and Taipei , Innofidei dedicates itself to provide enabling IC and system solutions for mobile TV broadcast and telecommunication market.  external linkhttp://www.innofidei.com/

About ASTRI
The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 to enhance technological advances for Hong Kong through applied research.  During the past years, ASTRI has been conducting a spectrum of world-class and customer-focused R&D, and has built teams of excellent researchers, produced a volume of intellectual properties and created real economic impact by transferring technologies to its clients in Hong Kong, the Mainland and the region.    Please visit external linkwww.astri.orgfor more information.

About Alcatel-Lucent and LTE
Having been selected to support 45+ LTE trials around the globe and securing commercial contracts with two of the largest operators in the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a recognized market leader in LTE. To help operators realize their potential, Alcatel-Lucent is offering a unique, pre-integrated, end-to-end LTE network solution and a full set of associated professional services. Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end network architecture is pre-integrating Alcatel-Lucent converged radio access network (2G/3G/4G RAN) and an industry-leading IP networking solution encompassing Alcatel-Lucent’s Ultimate Wireless Packet Core, IP/MPLS mobile transport, wireless network guardian, and a comprehensive IMS solution. This network solution allows scaling of GSM/W-CDMA networks and a smooth evolution to LTE. The company also founded the external linkng Connect Program, a global initiative to drive the development of an open and diverse ecosystem of LTE device manufacturers, content providers and application partners. Through the ng Connect Program and with Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution, wireless broadband operators benefit from open innovation, pre-integrated solutions, reduce time to market with LTE-enabled services, and the ability to drive new and non-traditional business models. For more information about Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution, please visit: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile together with Audi to bring the magic of LTE to the streets of Barcelona [Feb 15, 2011]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and China Mobile are collaborating to highlight a variety of high-value applications in an Audi A8 automobile supported by mobile network – based on Alcatel-Lucent’s commercially available infrastructure – that supports both flavours of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, Time Division Duplex (TDD) and Frequency Division Duplex (FDD), ensuring seamless global coverage.

In cooperation with Audi and application partners LiveCast and Vidyo, Alcatel-Lucent is bringing the magic of LTE to the streets of Barcelona with drive demos in a brand new LTE-driven Audi A8 cruising the neighbourhood around the Arts Hotel. From February 14th to 16th(9am-11:30am, 14pm-19pm), visitors will enjoy some exciting in-car services such as advanced street maps and navigation, video conferencing , video streaming, virtual desktop and music downloads.

“We are delivering a really cool driving experience in a really cool car using cutting-edge technology,” said Ken Wirth, President, 4G LTE Wireless Networks, Alcatel-Lucent. “What we are demonstrating is the ability of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE Solutions to support the same kinds of advanced applications in both TDD and FDD spectrum, ensuring that all members of the LTE ecosystem can participate in the broader global value chain.”

The two modes of LTE share commonalities and are quite similar from an ecosystem perspective. The demonstrations also show the commercial readiness of Alcatel-Lucent’s integrated end-to-end LTE TDD and FDD solutions. This project also highlights the close collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile around the development of LTE; Alcatel-Lucent supported China Mobile’s TD-LTE trial network at World Expo in Shanghai last year and at public demonstrations of LTE at Mobile Asia Congress in November.

Alcatel-Lucent is supporting applications across both modes of LTE that are being deployed around the world in order to assist operators in leveraging LTE technology to develop a new range of connected devices and applications, including automobiles, to create new revenue opportunities and unleash new business models.  Through the ng Connect Program – which was launched by Alcatel-Lucent two years ago at Mobile World Congress – Alcatel-Lucent has pioneered the concept of the LTE in-vehicle connectivity and multi-industry ecosystem development. This year Alcatel-Lucent has worked directly with Audi to bring LTE enabled automobiles one step closer to commercial reality.

“Audi will make LTE technology a feature available in their commercial production line cars” explained Michael Dick, Board Member for technical development at AUDI AG, at the presentation of the experimental vehicle.

The drive demonstrations rely on Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE converged solution comprising of common antennas, Alcatel-Lucent’s “zero footprint” base station (eNode B) and a Wireless Packet Core. In collaboration with Audi and application partners LiveCast and Vidyo we are showcasing how the network and applications like navigation, video streaming, virtual desktop, video conferencing, live broadcast and music downloads are integrated by our end-to-end LTE solution with both TDD and FDD coverage.

Vidyo is providing its revolutionary software-based telepresence technology for high-quality video conferencing demonstrations via TD-LTE, between passengers in the Audi A8 and people at the Mobile World Congress exhibit hall.

LiveCast’s industry proven live mobile video platform for enterprise is enabling HD quality video streaming with integrated telemetry and GPS location data, via TD-LTE from passengers in the Audi A8 to its LiveCast Command Center application at Mobile World Congress exhibit hall.

More applications will also be showcased in the Alcatel-Lucent’s booth at the Fira in Hall 6 and in the Apps Planet Hall 7 # 7A96 to highlight the commercial readiness of LTE and the transformation it will bring to many dimensions of our lives.

Having been selected so far by twelve customers for commercial deployments — including two of the world’s largest service providers — and being involved in over 60 trials worldwide –- including thirteen LTE TDD trials in seven countries — Alcatel-Lucent has established a strong leadership position in LTE.

More information about Alcatel-Lucent and LTE: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

Alcatel-Lucent and Sequans collaborate on LTE solutions [Feb 15, 2010]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Sequans today announcedtheir collaboration on LTE solutions for operators of TD-LTE networks in Asia and Europe who are planning to offer services at 2.6 GHz. The first result of this collaboration in response to this significant demand will be a Sequans 2.6 GHz USB dongle to be used in operator trials in 2010.

“Through this partnership, we are exhibiting our commitment to creating a vibrant LTE ecosystem and to supporting operator goals of demonstrating the value of TD-LTE in delivering advanced services to end users,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO.  “Alcatel-Lucent is an LTE technology leader, already actively involved in some of the most significant LTE deployment projects announced to date and we are pleased to work with them.”

Alcatel-Lucent was previously selected by China Mobile to deploy China Mobile’s demonstration network at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, beginning of May, using Sequans TD-LTE chips and USB dongles at 2.3 GHz.

“We are committed to working closely with operators in Asia and Europe to support their LTE strategies,” said Doug Wolff, vice president, Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G/LTE Solutions. “Our collaboration with Sequans, a truly innovative and accomplished 4G semiconductor supplier, will yield valuable TD-LTE solutions”.

About Alcatel-Lucent and LTE
With 40 LTE customer trials secured to date, Alcatel-Lucent is a worldwide leader in LTE. The company is actively engaged in the majority of LTE projects being pursued by tier 1 operators around the globe. To help operators realize their potential, Alcatel-Lucent is offering a unique, pre-integrated, end-to-end LTE solution and a full set of associated professional services. Alcatel-Lucent’s network architecture is based on Alcatel-Lucent unique converged radio access network (RAN) strategy allowing scaling of W-CDMA networks and smooth evolution to LTE.The company also founded external linkthe ng Connect Program, a global initiative to drive the development of an open and diverse ecosystem of LTE device manufacturers, content providers and application partners. Through the ng Connect program and with Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution, wireless broadband operators benefit from open innovation, pre-integrated solutions, reduce time to market with LTE-enabled services, and the ability to drive new and non-traditional business models. For more information about Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end LTE solution, please visit:http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lte

About SequansCommunications
Sequans Communications is a 4G chipmaker, supplying LTE and WiMAX chips to equipment manufacturers and mobile operators worldwide.  Founded in 2004 to address the WiMAX market where it is now a global leader, Sequans has recently expanded to address the LTE market.  Sequans chips are inside the world’s leading WiMAX networks and will soon be inside the world’s leading LTE networks.  Sequans is based in Paris, with additional offices throughout the world, including USA, United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. external linkwww.sequans.com

Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific President talks about Q1 2011 [May 20, 2011]

Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific President Rajeev Singh-Molares shares his perspectives about Q1 2011 in the Asia Pacific region. Business in the region grew relative to the same quarter last year. China and Japan were strong. Operators are aggressively rolling out LTE networks spurred by upticks in smartphone and tablet use. The company will collaborate with China Mobile on next-generation network development, leveraging cloud RAN and lightRadio. A study by Bell Labs and World Economic Forum reveals it’s possible to accelerate GDP growth by an additional 40% when combining applications and services with mobile ubiquity.

Alcatel-Lucent Columbus – Where LTE Readiness Becomes LTE Reality [March 2, 2011]

In 2010, Alcatel-Lucent deployed more than 60,000 base stations to North American customers. This video explains how our LTE Readiness Methods and Procedures team and our Remote Integration Testing Center (RITC) work together to deploy LTE technologies for our customers. The video also explains the concept of the RITC, its advantages for the customer and its track record of success. In addition, the video discusses the deep LTE expertise found in the Methods and Procedures team along with the many things it does to support the RITC.

lightRadio: Alcatel-Lucent at “Best Practice Live” virtual conference [July 5, 2011]

lightRadioTM is a disruptive Wireless Architecture that enables operators the opportunity to develop next generation converged 2G/3G/LTE Radio Networks. Valérie Layan – VP Wireless Solutions EMEA at Alcatel-Lucent outlined how this unique solution offers a dramatic new way of building networks that will enable Macro and Small Cell integration, offer Opex savings of more than 50% compared to Classic BTS design and set the course for Wireless & Wireline convergence.

lightRadio Press Coverage

LIGHTRADIO CONNECTS THE WORLD [June 15, 2011]

The world’s first long-distance, high-quality mobile video-call using lightRadio™ – a breakthrough system pioneered by Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to transform the economics and efficiency of mobile telephony– has successfully taken place from the historic desk of Alexander Graham Bell.

Industry executives, technology leaders and analysts witnessed the inaugural lightRadio video call made from the headquarters of Bell Labs, the innovation engine of Alcatel-Lucent and now home to Graham Bell’s desk, from which he made the first-ever long-distance phone call.

Chris Lewis, Group Vice President of industry analysts IDC, hosted the call from Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, connecting with Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive of Alcatel-Lucent in Paris, and delegates at a business conference in Miami.

lightRadio is the name of a family of technologies which are set to transform mobile communications, improving the quality of network services for consumers while dramatically reducing the size, carbon footprint and energy consumption of mobile base stations.

After participating in the call, Ben Verwaayen, said: “We have taken lightRadio from the drawing-board to a fully working system, creating an entirely new system to connect customers around the world.”

The launch of lightRadio will help address exploding demand for mobile broadband services and increasing global consumption of wireless content. This has been fuelled by the adoption of smartphones and the popularity of video applications, social networking and mobile gaming services– all requiring wireless service providers to provide greater speed and capacity everywhere.

Network operators such as France Telecom/Orange, Telefonica and China Mobile are now engaged with Alcatel-Lucent in co-creating the market implementation of lightRadio. The system is expected to deliver significant operational savings for carriers and infrastructure owners by marking an end to the existing system of complex base stations and large cell towers.

This week’s inaugural call demonstrates lightRadio’s ability to handle high levels of data, meeting demand from customers increasingly using mobile video on Internet-networks. Among breakthroughs promised by the system, it will reduce mobile network energy consumption by 50% – compared with current equipment; enable roll-out of mobile broadband services to new marketsusing sustainable-power sources; and deliver major savings for operators.

Alcatel-Lucent predicts that lightRadio will help cut the cost of mobile infrastructure site, energy consumption, operations and maintenance. Bell Labs estimates that the total cost of ownership of mobile networks, the sum spent by mobile operators on access systems, reached 150 billion Euros in 2010.

More information about Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio portfolio can found online at http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lightradio.

China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent partner to develop next-generation RAN [Feb 15, 2011]

Alcatel-Lucent today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator and a leader in TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE, for the development of a next-generation radio access network (RAN). The MOU was signed by Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China.

Alcatel-Lucent and China Mobile will jointly launch technical and economic studies and investigate the technologies essential to build a centralized, collaborative, Cloud-based RAN (C-RAN) in order to set new standards for cost-effectiveness, network intelligence and energy-efficiency (“green”). The C-RAN will provide a common platform for multi-mode wireless standards such as GSM, 3G, and LTE, enabling to significantly improve network quality and coverage, reduce transmission resource consumption and lower OPEX by up to 50% and CAPEX by 15%.

Rajeev Singh-Molares, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Asia-Pacific said: “The partnership with China Mobile is directly addressing the challenges of high energy costs, explosion of mobile video and sustainable development. By helping them replace traditional network designs with flexible cloud-like architectures, we are preparing the future and help show the way in terms of technology and economic models.”

The strategic partnership for C-RAN will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s recently-announced lightRadio, a breakthrough in mobile and broadband infrastructure to streamline and radically simplify mobile networks. Pioneered by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s research and development arm, the new lightRadio system will dramatically reduce operating costs, technical complexity and power consumption.  This is accomplished by taking today’s base stations and massive cell site towers, typically the most expensive, power hungry, and difficult to maintain elements in the network, and radically reducing and simplifying them.

lightRadio represents a new architecture where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and distributed through the antenna or the network for cloud-like processing.  Additionally the various cell site tower antennas are combined and shrunk into a single small powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered multi frequency, multi standard (2G, 3G, LTE) device that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.

The partnership with China Mobile also reflects Alcatel-Lucent’s strong commitment to sustainable development and to Green as testified, in particular, by its leading role in theexternal linkGreenTouch™ Consortium, a global research initiative dedicated to dramatically improving the energy efficiency of information and communications technology (ICT) networks by a factor of 1,000. GreenTouch™ recently presented a Large-Scale Antenna System proof of concept offering the potential for tremendous energy savings thanks to its novel wireless transmission techniques.

Alcatel-Lucent maps the future of mobile technology [Feb 7, 2011]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced lightRadio™, a breakthrough in mobile and broadband infrastructure that streamlines and radically simplifies mobile networks. The solution was unveiled at a major press launch event in London supported by partners Freescale and HP.

Pioneered by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s unique research and development arm, the new lightRadio system will dramatically reduce technical complexity and contain power consumption and other operating costs in the face of sharp traffic growth. This is accomplished by taking today’s base stations and massive cell site towers, typically the most expensive, power hungry, and difficult to maintain elements in the network, and radically shrinking and simplifying them.

lightRadio represents a new architecture where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and then distributed into both the antenna and throughout a cloud-like network. Additionally today’s clutter of antennas serving 2G, 3G, and LTE systems are combined and shrunk into a single powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered multi frequency, multi standard Wideband Active Array Antenna that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.

Alcatel-Lucent’s new lightRadio product family, of which initial elements ready to begin customer trials in the second half 2011, provides the following benefits:

  • Improves the environment: lightRadio reduces energy consumption of mobile networks by up to 50% over current radio access network equipment. (As a point of reference, Bell Labs research estimates that basestations globally emit roughly 18,000,000 metric tons of CO2 per year). Also, lightRadio provides an alternative to today’s jungle of large overcrowded cell site towers by enabling small antennas anywhere.
  • Addresses digital divide: By reducing the cell site to just the antenna and leveraging future advances in microwave backhaul and compression techniques, this technology will eventually enable the easy creation of broadband coverage virtually anywhere there is power (electricity, sun, wind) by using microwave to connect back to the network.
  • Offers major savings for operators: Thanks to lightRadio’s impact on site, energy, operations and maintenance costs; when combined with small cells and LTE, this new solution can lead to a reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) of mobile networks up to 50% (as a point of reference, Bell Labs estimates that TCO spent by mobile operators in mobile access in 2010 was 150 billion Euros).

Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “lightRadio is a smart solution to a tough set of problems: high energy costs, the explosion of video on mobile, and connecting the unconnected.”

Alain Maloberti, Senior Vice President, Network Architecture and Design, France Telecom/Orangesaid: “Alcatel-Lucent’s new vision and strategy of mobile broadband is quite exciting: the new wireless network architecture and innovative radio proposal will potentially help us to achieve significant operating cost savings and be better prepared for future challenges. We look forward to work closely with Alcatel-Lucent to explore and test this new approach.”

Tom Sawanobori, VP Technology Planning, Verizon Wireless, said: “Verizon looks forward to learning more about the benefits of lightRadio technology and how they could be applied as we continue to expand and evolve our LTE network.”

Alcatel-Lucent is also in advanced planning with China Mobileas well as a number of other carriers around the globe around co-creation and field trials of the lightRadio solution.

Alcatel-Lucent studies have concluded that the total addressable opportunity for the multi-technology radio market1, which lightRadio addresses, will be over 12 billion Euros in 2014, representing more than 55% of the total wireless RAN market. The cumulative total addressable market will be over 100 billion Euros from 2011-2018.

Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio portfolio integrates a number of breakthrough innovations and technologies from Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs research arm and ecosystem of companies:

Market Impact Technology Innovation
A new generation of active antennas allows vertical beam-forming that improves capacity in urban and suburban sites by about 30%, supports all technologies (2G, 3G, and LTE) and covers multiple frequency bands with a single unit. lightRadio cube – A unique Bell Labs antenna technology, the lightRadio Cube includes an innovative diplexer type, radio, amplifier, and passive cooling in a small cube that fits in the palm of the hand.
By moving former basestation components to a System on a Chip (SOC), lightRadio places processing where it fits best in the network – whether at the antenna or in the cloud. System-on-a-chip (SoC) jointly developed with Freescale Semiconductor, integrates intelligent software from Alcatel-Lucent onto fully remotely programmable state-of-the-art hardware.
The economics of radio networks are substantially improved by reducing the number and cost of fiber pairs required to support the traffic between the antenna and the centralized processing in the cloud. Unique compression algorithms provide nearly a factor of three compression of IQ sample signals.
Matching of load to demand through ‘elastic’ controller capacity, delivered on sets of distributed and shared hardware platforms, will improve cost, availability, and performance of wireless networks. Virtualized processing platforms. Alcatel-Lucent will use innovative virtualization software and will collaborate with partners like HP to enable a cloud-like wireless architecture for controllers and gateways.

The lightRadio Product Family

The new Alcatel-Lucent lightRadio product family is composed of the following components: Wideband Active Array Antenna, Multiband Remote Radio Head, Baseband Unit, Controller, and the 5620 SAM common management solution. The Wideband Active Array Antenna will be trialed later this year and have broad product availability in 2012. Additional product family members will be available over 2012, 2013 and 2014.

For detailed information on these elements please as well as a webcast replay of today’s press conference please visit http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lightradio(replay available at 2:30 pm GMT). The lightRadio approach and technology path will be shown and explained further at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 14-17 February.

[1] The multi-technology radio market consists of radio access base stations that simultaneously support 2G, 3G, and LTE, and multiple frequencies, in the same platform

“Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio approach is a revolutionary step in evolving traditional telecommunication networks to more heterogeneous networks with higher capacity and lower cost,” said Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Freescale’s Networking and Multimedia Group. “Freescale is collaborating with Alcatel-Lucent to provide the chip-based architectures through our new system-on-chip technology that supports the highly-flexible, multi-standard, programmable capability required to make lightRadio a reality.”

“Communication service providers will be better able to meet the shifting and growing demands placed on their networks as a result of the new lightRadio product family from Alcatel-Lucent,” said Sandeep Johri, vice president, Strategy and Solutions, Enterprise Business, HP. “As part of the lightRadio evolution, HP intends to work with Alcatel-Lucent in a co-creation fashion around the use of cloud and virtualization technologies in the mobile access space.”

“The day has finally come when service providers need to take a serious look at the road ahead in terms of technology and their economic models,” said Phil Marshall of Tolaga Research. “To survive and thrive, service providers must evolve network designs, embrace small cell sites and all-IP architectures and replace traditional network designs with flexible cloud-like architectures that can truly meet the data demands of the future.”

The Disappearing Mobile Masts and Towers [Feb 7, 2011]

The looming global gridlock in mobile communications promises to be averted following the launch today of pioneering technology which will remove the bottlenecks constraining mobile networks and help deliver universal broadband coverage.

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), the leading network technology group, has joined forces with industry partners to develop lightRadio™, a new system that signals the end of the mobile industry’s reliance on masts and base stations around the world.

Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Today’s and tomorrow’s demands for coverage and capacity require a breakthrough in mobile communications.”

He added: “lightRadio will signal the end of the basestation and the cell tower as we know it today.”

Governments and regulatory bodies are expected to welcome the technical development, which will help meet targets for universal broadband access by laying the foundation to address the so-called “digital divide.”

Other major benefits from lightRadio™ include:

  • Shrinking the carbon footprint of mobile networks by over 50%
  • Reducing the Total-Cost-of-Ownership of mobile operators by up to 50%
  • Improving end user services by significantly increasing bandwidth per user thanks to the deployment of small antennas everywhere

Wim Sweldens, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Division said: “lightRadio will help mobile operators evolve their networks to address the mobile broadband deluge.”

lightRadio represents a new approach where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and then distributed into both the antenna and throughout a cloud-like network.

lightRadio also shrinks today’s clutter of antennas serving 2G, 3G, and LTE systems into a single powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered antenna that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.

The innovation coincides with growing demand for third-and-fourth generation mobile networks and devices, involving the mass adoption of wireless television services and other forms of broadband content. The total addressable market for the radio technology necessary to serve such networks and devices is expected to exceed €100bn1over the next seven years.

Alcatel-Lucent announced the lightRadio™ technical specifications and launch timetable at an industry event in London today. Visit http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lightradiofor product press release and link to event replay (available at 2:30 GMT).

[1] This is the total addressable market for multi-technology radio solutions that consist of radio access base stations that simultaneously support 2G, 3G, and LTE, and multiple frequencies in the same platform

Freescale introduces industry’s first multimode wireless base station processor family that scales from small to large cells [Feb 14, 2011]

Freescale Semiconductor – the communications processing leader and provider of industry-leading DSP technology – is transforming the future of wireless infrastructure equipment with the introduction of a highly integrated base station-on-chip portfolio built on advanced heterogeneous multicore technology. Freescale’s new QorIQ Qonverge seriesis the first scalable family of products sharing the same architecture to address multi-standard requirements spanning from small to large cells.

The explosion of smart connected devices with increasing data and video content has created a mobile data tsunami, requiring OEMs and carriers to dramatically boost network performance while controlling capital expenditure costs, increasing power efficiency and supporting the emergence of 4G technologies.

The QorIQ Qonverge portfolio of base station-on-chip products is based on a common architecture and integrates communications processing, digital signal processing and wireless acceleration technologies into a single system-on-chip in various configurations optimized for next-generation femtocell, picocell, metrocell and macrocell base stations. Advanced process technology and exceptional integration allow the convergence of multiple functions traditionally performed on separate FPGAs, ASICs, DSPs and processors to be incorporated on a single device. This integration lowers part counts and delivers significant power, cost and footprint reductions for base stations. The common architecture spanning from femto cells to macro cells optimizes R&D investments and software reuse.

“The current explosion in mobile data traffic worldwide provides unique challenges and opportunities for wireless infrastructure equipment providers as they race to increase capacity and capability,” said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Networking and Multimedia Group. “Freescale’s highly integrated QorIQ Qonverge portfolio enables base station manufacturers to provide a dramatic, step-function improvement in performance, power and cost in a single, flexible architecture.”

QorIQ Qonverge technology can deliver 4x cost reduction and 3x power reduction for LTE + WCDMA macro base stations, and 4x cost and power reductions for LTE + WCDMA pico base stationswhen compared to wireless infrastructure equipment powered by discrete silicon products.

“By integrating multiple industry-leading technologies into one scalable product line, Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge portfolio delivers significant innovation that advances the state of wireless networking at this pivotal time for the industry,” said Will Strauss, president and principal analyst of Forward Concepts. “The QorIQ Qonverge portfolio presents a unique solution and strengthens Freescale’s position as a processing technology leader in the wireless infrastructure space.”

Freescale leveraged its broad R&D scale, deep application knowledge of the wireless space and extensive IP portfolio to develop the new product family. QorIQ Qonverge processors combine multiple Power Architecture® cores and high-performance StarCore DSPs with a MAPLE multimode baseband accelerator, packet processing acceleration engines, interconnect fabric and next-node process technology. The portfolio’s products support multiple standards, including GSM, LTE – FDD & TDD, LTE-Advanced, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and WiMAX. In addition, the family’s flexible architecture allows support for evolving standards with software upgrades.

“Freescale’s innovative QorIQ Qonverge platform provides the integration, performance, energy efficiency and unmatched scalability that our new lightRadio™ product portfolio requires,” said Wim Sweldens, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Division. “Game-changing products like lightRadio disaggregate the base station between the network and the wideband active antenna, produce dramatic cost savings and need components that provide giant leaps forward such as Freescale’s new QorIQ Qonverge technology.”

“Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge product line gives us the flexibility to cost-effectively address the widest possible small cell market by providing a common architecture and multimode capabilities, along with the programmability for us to incorporate our own advancements,” said Michael Clark, Airvana’s general manager for femtocell business. “We look forward to working with Freescale to help accelerate the deployment of small cells in next-generation wireless networks.”

According to analyst firm Infonetics, radio access network base station spending is projected to be $197 billion worldwide over the next four years.

Complete solutions
Customers can develop best-of-breed solutions with ease by combining their own differentiated IP with off-the-shelf components from Freescale and ecosystem partners. Freescale has assembled a rich ecosystem of technology leaders focused on wireless applications. Products and services from these partners can be combined with third party tools, as well as Freescale’s CodeWarrior technologies and VortiQa application software. This ecosystem can provide ODMs and OEMs Layer 1 – 4 software, transport and security stacks, RF technologies, test and measurement capabilities and ODM solutions.

A development platform based on the P2020-MSC8156 AMC bundled with partner software and RF solutions is available immediately for rapid software development. In addition, Freescale offers a wide portfolio of GaAs MMICs and LDMOS RF solutions for consumer and enterprise pico and femto cells.

QorIQ Qonverge products
The QorIQ Qonverge portfolio includes four distinct products optimized for small cell (femto and pico) and large cell (metro and macro) applications. It also supports remote radio head and emerging cloud-based radio access network (C-RAN) configurations.

The first products in Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge multicore portfolio are built in 45-nm process technology and planned for availability in the second half of 2011. The products are the PSC9130/PSC9131 femto SoCs and PSC9132 picocell/enterprise femto SoC devices. Freescale plans to introduce portfolio members targeting larger cell (metro and macro) base stations built in 28-nm process technology later this year.

PSC9130/31 Femto SoC

      8-16 users (WCDMA, LTE, CDMA2K) and simultaneous multimode
      2×2 MiMO
      1x e500 and 1x SC3850
      MAPLE-B2F acceleration

PSC9132 Pico/Enterprise Femto SoC

      32-64 users (WCDMA, LTE) and simultaneous multimode
      2×4 MiMO
      2x e500 and 2x SC3850
      MAPLE-B2P acceleration

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com.

Supporting Partner Quotes Follow

Enea
“Enea currently provides a breadth of leading software solutions to support Freescale’s extensive portfolio of networking IP,” said Marcus Hjortsberg, vice president of Marketing for Enea. “We look forward to playing a role in unleashing the innovative capabilities of Freescale’s new QorIQ Qonverge hybrid multicore portfolio.”

Green Hills
“With a long history of optimized support for Freescale’s multicore and multiprocessor platforms, we are excited to see Freescale’s next-generation wireless base station solution,” said Dan Mender, vice president of Business Development, Green Hills Software. “QorIQ customers use our multicore development tools and scalable real-time operating systems, MULTI and INTEGRITY, to conquer today’s multicore challenges and we look forward to supporting them as they adopt the QorIQ Qonverge portfolio.”

Mentor Graphics
“The integration of StarCore DSP technology with Power Architecture cores in the new Freescale QorIQ Qonverge portfolio is a major advancement for the wireless industry. We see great potential for this class of heterogeneous multi-core designs,” said Glenn Perry, general manager of the Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “The Mentor Embedded Linux platform for Freescale devices combined with CodeSourcery software development tools will enable our mutual customers to develop advanced, innovative and scalable systems with increased performance and power efficiency.”

Aricent
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Freescale to accelerate development of new best-in-class solutions in the wireless infrastructure market,” said C.P. Murali, executive vice president and general manager at Aricent. “Our comprehensive suite of software frameworks and product engineering services enable customers to rapidly introduce innovative solutions based on Qonverge technology.”

Continuous Computing
“We are proud to be a member of Freescale’s technology partner program and for Freescale to be a member of the Continuous Computing Network,” said Todd Mersch, director of Product Line Management at Continuous Computing. “Together we offer customers a complete range of femto to macro base station solutions consisting of Trillium wireless software and the latest advances in the QorIQ Qonverge portfolio of processors.”

Critical Blue
”Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge platform is architecturally very innovative. Meeting next-generation network speed requirements will require software developers to make knowledgeable choices in application partitioning and task allocation to the different types of cores on these platforms,” said David Stewart, chief executive officer of CriticalBlue. “The development program we have ongoing with Freescale will ensure that our Prism tool has all the capabilities needed to support a smart methodology for software developers, enabling them to get the maximum benefit from targeting the QorIQ Qonverge platform.”

L&T Infotech
“L&T Infotech is excited to collaborate and build world-class wireless solutions based on Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge portfolio,” said Sudip Banerjee, chief executive officer for L&T Infotech. “Our end-to-end telecom proficiency spans the entire wireless domain, with proven expertise on LTE/WiMAX, multicore technologies, network security and optical transport networks, ultimately enabling accelerated time-to-market for our client’s products.”

Signalion
“We are pleased to support Freescale’s QorIQ Qonverge portfolio with our world-class wireless test technologies to ensure high-performance equipment, service and end-user experiences,” said Tim Hentschel, managing director for Signalion GmbH. “Freescale is charting new territory with the QorIQ Qonverge hybrid portfolio that promises to transform the future of wireless infrastructure equipment.”

Tata-Elxsi
“The introduction of theQorIQ Qonverge portfolio means OEMs now have a single-architecture, compatible family of products to address all their base station design needs,” said Shyam Ananthnarayan, head of the Communications Business Unit at Tata Elxsi. “As a key member of Freescale’s rich ecosystem, Tata Elxsi will offer market-leading LTE eNodeB software stacks optimized to ease customers’ development of best-of-breed solutions based on Qonverge technology.”

Wireless support and network functions converge in QorIQ Qonverge processors [By Tom Thompson, June 16, 2011]

Wireless communication seems ubiquitous these days–until you wander into a dead zone and lose the network connection to your laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Telco carriers are working hard to eliminate such areas by installing more macrocell towers. Sometimes installing one of those big bruisers in an area isn’t possible, so the carriers fill in the coverage gaps by scaling down. Scaling down in this case means building smaller wireless installations, such as microcell (also known as metrocell), picocell, and femtocell base stations.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that deploying such a diverse array of gear can be a nightmare, both in terms of hardware design, embedded software development, and support. Every base station has various wireless formats to manage, and the smaller base stations must also implement certain wired backhaul technologies such as Ethernet and ET/T1 so that they can connect to the carrier’s infrastructure. One way to alleviate this headache of multiple base station designs is to reduce the different types of hardware used. For this scheme to work, however, the signal processing capabilities of a DSP and the networking functions of an application processor must converge into one unified part.

Freescale happens to be well-positioned to provide such a converged solution. First, the company makes its StarCore DSPs, which are 32-bit multicore processors engineered for high data processing throughput and support for a variety of wireless protocols. Second, the company makes high-performance network processors, notably those that comprise its QorIQ Processing Platform. These are 32-bit processors based on a low-power, high-performance Power Architecture core that manages several high-speed communications interfaces. Variants of both the StarCore and Power Architecture families feature fewer cores or lack hardware accelerators, which enable them to hit a specific price point or power consumption target.

Freescale’s convergence strategy is simple in concept, yet presented an engineering challenge. First, you take the core subsystems of these two processors and place them on a single chip. Next, surround the cores with a bevy of enhanced communications interfaces. Finally, knit all of these elements together with a high-speed switching fabric. The result is the QorIQ Qonverge processor, a system that is essentially a base station on a chip. Let’s delve deeper into the microarchitecture of the QorIQ Qonverge and see how it offers a comprehensive solution.

A Tale of Two Processors

The block diagram in Figure 1 depicts the major logic blocks that make up the QorIQ Qonverge PSC3191E, a part suitable for femtocell and picocell base station designs.

Figure 1

Figure: Block diagram of the QorIQ Qonverge PSC9131E processor.

The StarCore subsystem consists of an SC3850 DSP core that has six execution units(four data ALUs, and two address units) that operate in parallel to retire six instructions simultaneously per clock. The ALUs support integer and fractional arithmetic, including multiply-accumulate (MAC) and other sophisticated instructions. The core is therefore capable of reading, processing, and writing a continuous stream of data. The subsystem has its own internal L1/L2 caches, an MMU, an interrupt controller, and timers.

The Power Architecture subsystem consists of an e500 core, which is a superscalar processor with multiple execution units that can issue and retire two instructions per clock cycle. It has its own internal L1/L2 caches, an interrupt controller, and timers.

Each core has separate 32 KB instruction and data caches to reduce latency and boost throughput. The Harvard architecture implementation of these caches requires more transistors, but it helps to ensure that the cores receive a continuous stream of data and instructions. The unified L2 caches can be configured so that a portion of them acts as a low-latency L2 memory for time-critical data or variable storage.

Both subsystems would grind to a halt if they could not access memory or peripheral devices rapidly. To minimize this bottleneck, a high-performance communications interface, known as the Chip-Level Arbitration and Switching System (CLASS) fabric was used. This high-bandwidth, low-latency switching fabric is a fully-pipelined, device interconnect that provides direct access to the resources of the subsystems and on-chip peripherals.

The DMA engine, which can be programmed by either core, uses the CLASS fabric to manage data transfers. It has four bidirectional channels. Off-chip memory is accessed through a DDR memory controller. The controller supports DDR3/DDR3L devices, and can manage a 32-bit interface at a maximum 800 MHz data rate.

Hardware Gives a Hand

As you can see, the QorIQ Qonverge processor is one busy piece of silicon. Among its many duties is to process various wireless formats and encrypt communications sessions. These wireless and encryption algorithms are complex and require substantial processing power. While they can be done in software, the QorIQ Qonverge processor has dedicated execution units that can off-load the computational demands of these algorithms from the core subsystems.

The Multi Accelerator Platform Engine for Femto BaseStation Baseband Processing (MAPLE-B2F) unit provides hardware acceleration for baseband algorithms such as channel decoding/encoding, UTMS chip rate processing, and LTE uplink/downlink processing. It also accelerates the computation of Fourier transforms, matrix inversions, CRC algorithms, convolution and filtering operations, Turbo encoding/decoding, and Viterbi decoding. It is a second-generation design that builds upon an established predecessor used in certain StarCore DSPs.

For encryption duties there is the security engine, a cryptographic and assurance acceleration unit. It uses a job queue interface that can schedule multiple cryptographic tasks in parallel, and its multiple accelerators can be shared among different applications. In concert with the DMA engine, this module can use scatter/gather operations to collect data that is distributed throughout memory. The module has hardware accelerators for public key, message digest, ARC four, SNOW 3G f8 and f9, and Katsumi cryptographic operations. It also has accelerators that manage DES, AES, and CRC operations, and it supports a variety of cryptographic authentication schemes.

Note that acceleration capabilities are not limited exclusively to these particular modules. Other modules can accelerate a subset of their functions. For example, the Ethernet controller can off-load and accelerate certain TCP/IP stack operations such as IP header recognition and checksum, plus TCP/UDP checksum and verification.

Smart Controllers

The PSC9131E has several controllers that manage complex I/O operations concurrently. The Antenna Interface Controller (AIC), as its name implies, handles transactions between the processor and an external Radio Frequency (RF) subsystem. It supports CDMA, WCDMA-DD, LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, and GSM (receive only) network modes. Data received from the transceiver is reformatted and stored by the AIC into system memory or in the MAPLE-B2F unit. Data to be transmitted is transferred by DMA to the AIC where it frames the data for the proper network format and sends it to the transceiver. The AIC can handle up to a maximum of four data lanes, depending upon the wireless format in use.

The Ethernet controller features two enhanced Gigabit Ethernet interfaces that can operate at speeds of 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps. These interfaces are IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 820.3x, 802.3z, 802.3ac, and 802.3ab compliant. As mentioned previously, the controller can accelerate the identification and retrieval of standard and non-standard protocols present on the Ethernet connection.

The USB controller is USB revision 2.0 compliant and can function as both a host and a device controller. As a host, it supports low-, full-, and high-speed transfer rates. It contains its own DMA engine that reduces the interrupt load on the processor and minimizes the bus bandwidth necessary to service any USB transactions.

In summary, these several controllers provide sophisticated wireless, Ethernet, and USB services, yet without adding a considerable burden to the processor’s operation, especially when it is conducting network/wireless routing.

Ports Aplenty

The PSC9131E provides a number of ports that enable you to connect a large cast of supporting peripherals to the processor. These are:

  • Enhanced SPI
  • Two DUARTs
  • Integrated Flash memory Controller (IFC)
  • Two I2C controllers
  • General-Purpose I/O (GPIO) interface with 32 bidirectional ports
  • Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) interface for communicating with a SIM card
  • PWM optimized to generate sound
  • Enhanced Secured Digital Host Controller (eSDHC) for interfacing to SD/SDIO/MMC cards

As a unit, QorIQ Qonverge processors represent a fusion of many existing, field-proven Freescale technologies. However, the resulting processor is far greater than the sum of its parts. Since the QorIQ Qonverge processor implements the level-1, -2, and -3 processing layers required for network/wireless communications on-chip, it only lacks some external hardware, such as a power supply, flash memory, DRAM, Ethernet line-driver and a RF transceiver to implement a stand-alone femtocell or picocell base station. It is designed to replace both the DSP and the applications processors at the heart of many such base station designs, as shown in Figure 2. By doing so, the QorIQ Qonverge part can reduce complexity, processing latencies, and the bill of materials for a base station design.

Figure 2. The QorIQ Qonverge-based picocell design (bottom) uses fewer parts than a design based on separate DSP and application processors (top).

A Processor for Many Uses

The QorIQ Qonverge processor isn’t limited to short-range base stations, however. It can also scale up: Multicore variants can support microcell and macrocell base station designs. This allows you to assemble a range of base station designs around one part.

Besides simplifying the base station design, the QorIQ Qonverge processor also allows you to reuse existing software. For example, existing StarCore MSC8156 DSP code and P2020 application code can be migrated to the QorIQ Qonverge processor, since the cores are nearly identical. The same CodeWarrior tool suite for StarCore DSPs and CodeWarrior tools for Power Architecture can be used to write and debug the software. Furthermore, the code written for–say, a picocell base station–can be reused in microcell and macrocell base station designs. Revising the code for a multicore processor can be tricky, but you can start the process with the knowledge that the application code was stress-tested on smaller base stations. Also, Freescale’s partner, CriticalBlue, has a multicore simulation tool to assist you in this process for Power Architecture-based software. All of this adds up to be a comprehensive solution for embedded base station designs.

Turn the lightRadio on [March 8, 2011]

Development hopes to double network capacity while halving power consumption. By Roy Rubenstein.

Mobile operators face significant challenges, given the rapid growth in mobile broadband traffic. They are starting to roll out the latest mobile technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE), as yet another overlay alongside the existing wideband CDMA and GSM networks. Mobile sites are thus being crammed with antennas and basestation equipment.

The cellular network is 30 years old,” said Tom Gruba, marketing director for wireless activities at Alcatel-Lucent. “You cannot just keep adding more basestations in the network to solve the [data] capacity problem; the business model doesn’t work.” Alcatel-Lucent’s solution is lightRadio, which moves the processing power to the antenna or into the network, like cloud computing. The system vendor points out that architecture change is being industry led; what Alcatel-Lucent is claiming is that the lightRadio portfolio of products is the first to support the new architecture.

Announced in the run up to Mobile World Congress 2011, lightRadio promises to double network capacity, while halving power consumption. The lightRadio products include a wideband active array antenna that integrates the amplifier and antenna elements, a radio SoC developed with Freescale, and a multimode radio controller platform being developed with HP. Integrating the amplifier alongside the antenna achieves better coupling of the signal to the antenna. Less power is wasted, such that a smaller amplifier can be used.

Alcatel-Lucent - lightRadio The wideband active array antenna is implemented as a 6cm cube, pictured left. The wideband operation covers 400 to 4000MHz, allowing one cube to support 700MHz and 2600MHz bands. “These can be stacked, depending on how much power is needed, and you can have two or three columns to serve two or three frequencies and any technologies you want,” said Gruba.

Being an active design, the antenna boosts cell capacity through beam forming and multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology. Combining the amplifier-antenna with the radio chip forms a compact basestation that can be mounted on masts or within buildings. Such a combined baseband/remote radio head takes little space and avoids the need for air conditioned cooling associated with traditional basestations.

LightRadio will also enable a cloud computing style radio network architecture, where the basestation is separated from the antenna-amplifier. Traditionally, the radio amplifier was connected to the baseband via a backplane. The advent of the remote radio head led to the creation of the common public radio interface (CPRI) to connect the amplifier at the antenna with the baseband unit. With a cloud based radio network, basestations from 25 or 30 cell sites could be placed in a facility up to 40km away, with the CPRI signal carried over an optical link.

Alcatel-Lucent estimates the maximum lightRadio bit stream needed to be carried over the CPRI link is 10Gbit/s. Compression technology will reduce this by a factor of three, so operators can avoid installing a dedicated 10Gbit optical link. At the core of the baseband processing is the SoC developed with Freescale.

“Dimensioning the various aspects of the SoC is critical,” said Preet Virk, Freescale’s director, networking segment. The SoC design uses Freescale’s recently announced QorIQ Qonverge technology that supports designs spanning femtocells to macro basestations. Two devices have been announced – for femtocells and picocells – that are implemented using a 45nm cmos process. Alcatel-Lucent’s radio ic will be implemented in 28nm cmos and will be available from 2012.

Freescale is not willing to detail the basestation SoC yet, but the scalable design uses cores and IP blocks that are shipping in Freescale products, such as the e500 Power Architecture core and the StarCore SC3850 dsp as well as baseband acceleration blocks.

“Scalability comes in many forms,” said Barry Stern, Freescale’s baseband DSP & SoC products, marketing manager, wireless access division, networking and multimedia group. “From a few users to hundreds of users; from 1.25 to 20MHz bandwidths and beyond; simultaneous multimode support; and enabling OEMs to use the same software across different basestation designs, saving on development costs.”

Freescale’s femtocell SoC supports 8 to 16 users and uses an e500 core and a dsp core. The picocell SoC supports 32 to 64 users and uses two e500s and two dsp cores. Freescale’s metro and macro cell SoCs will support hundreds of users, requiring multiple dsp and cpu cores. Other features will include several DDR3 memory controllers; baseband acceleration for turbo coding, fast Fourier transforms and MIMO; and interfaces for Ethernet, PCI Express and CPRI, according to Virk.

“The SoC in the cloud is going to give us the ability to do all sorts of new things,” said Tod Sizer, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs’ wireless research domain.

Intercell communication

Having baseband processors concentrated at one location enables intercell communication. One application is Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP), what Alcatel-Lucent calls networked MIMO, which will be a feature of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) Release 10 cellular standard.

Currently, only one cell serves a user, even if the user is commonly near the cell edge and is sensed by adjacent cells. With CoMP, MIMO technology can be used such that different streams are transmitted between the basestations and the user, boosting throughput. And it is this technique, says Alcatel-Lucent, which will double overall capacity.

The cloud like architecture will also enable new uses that benefit energy consumption. “One we are going to see in the coming years is coordination on the basis of energy usage,” said Sizer, citing how, for example, all users could be moved to the 3G network, with the LTE basestations turned off to save power, based on time of day and subscriber requirements. “You have that capability of moving users if you have control of both technologies from a single cloud,” said Sizer.

Power consumption has become a key issue for operators, with the likes of France Telecom looking to reduce the energy consumption in its network by 15% by 2020. In turn, US operator Verizon stipulates that each new piece of equipment must be at least 20% more energy efficient than its predecessor if it is to be deployed. Alcatel-Lucent is developing a virtualised radio controller architecture as part of the portfolio, working with HP to consolidate three generations of radio controllers into one platform. In GSM, the basestation controller (BSC) connects to multiple cell sites, while a radio network controller (RNC) is used in 3G.

“If I make the BSC or RNC a software routine, the software becomes independent of the platform and I can put both functions in one box,” said Gruba. Alcatel Lucent is basing the design on an ATCA version 2 based general purpose processor design, while HP is providing server and virtualisation expertise to the controller design. Alcatel-Lucent expects to be trialling the wideband active array antenna in the autumn before it becomes commercially available in 2012.

The remaining lightRadio elements will appear from 2012 onwards. Ken Rehbehn, principal analyst at the Yankee Group, says lightRadio is arguably the most important wireless equipment development made by Alcatel-Lucent since its 2006 merger. However, he points out that other vendors are pursuing comparable strategies that might challenge much of the lightRadio vision.

lightRadio: hideous cell towers to get smaller, lose the “hut” [Feb 2011]

Cell TowerEven when they’re disguised like fake trees or church steeples, cell towers are ugly. Most have a hut at the bottom, stuffed with baseband processing gear that does the hard work of creating and decoding, say, an LTE signal. These huts often contain signal amplifiers, big units that push power up the tower to the actual antennas—and half the signal is lost just moving through the tower’s wiring. At the top, rectangular antennas bristle from the tower. One set might be for 2G support, one for 3G, and another for 4G.

Alcatel-Lucent, one of the world’s biggest wireless gear makers, turned to its Bell Labs research division to rethink this aging architecture. First step: apply the “data center” model of centralization to baseband processing and consolidate all that rack-mounted hardware into a few locations per city, each connected to the towers it serves by fiber optic cable.

Right now, a cell tower fault might require a truck roll and a drive through traffic. When the tech gets to the tower site, it might turn out to be at the top of a hotel, and permission to access it must be obtained from the site manager. Put all the processing gear in a single remote location, however, and repairs to it get cheaper and faster.

Clustering the baseband units also makes it easier to do load balancing across a region. When commuters are driving into work, for instance, the baseband cluster can turn its combined energy to handling the signal load coming from towers along the highways and train lines. During the day, processing could handle heavy downtown traffic, while it shifts focus to the suburbs in the evening. Such load-balancing doesn’t produce any additional spectrum or data throughput, but it does mean that a carrier can operate fewer baseband processors, saving the carrier cash.

The third advantage to centralizing the baseband processors is that the interconnection fabric between them can operate at high speeds, fast enough to support a standard called CoMP, or Co-ordinated Multipoint. CoMP, which is currently moving through standardization, relies on the fact that, in many locations, a user’s wireless gadget is in range of multiple towers (the closer one comes to the edge of each cell, the more towers can typically see the device).

This is usually a waste, since multiple towers spend bandwidth contacting the gadget but can’t independently deliver different data. CoMP turns it into a bonus by dividing up requested download data and using all cells in the area to deliver a different slice of it at once—akin to the way BitTorrent operates. The phone then combines the data from all the towers in the proper order. This additive approach to using different towers means that a user’s total throughput can go up substantially, but it requires centralized baseband to function.

Finally, the new lightRadio baseband bear can do software-defined protocols. Upgrading to LTE? Just upgrade the software on the baseband processor. (Traditional rack-mounted baseband processors required dedicated units for each protocol.) A new baseband chip from Freescale makes it possible, but it gets even cooler when used in conjunction with the new wideband antennas.

LightRadio uses a new antenna that, in Alcatel-Lucent’s words, collapses three radios into one. The radios are tiny cubes of 2.5 inches square, and each can operate between 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz. They use tiny amps that can be located atop the tower, built into the antenna enclosure, which keeps the amp size down and dramatically cuts down on the power loss.

These radio cubes are stacked in groups of 8 to 10 in order to make an antenna element, and when one cube in the array goes down, the others remain unaffected. (In a traditional system, the whole antenna unit would fail.) The amps cover enough different frequencies that, in many cases, simply changing the software configuration on the baseband unit can control whether each antenna offers a 2G, 3G, or 4G signal.

The antennas also do “beam forming”—fine-grained directional control over the radio signal—in both the horizontal and vertical dimension to better connect with local wireless devices. Alcatel-Lucent claims capacity improvements of 30 percent through the use of vertical beam-forming alone.

The end result of the system: lightRadio cell towers don’t need huts, they don’t need air conditioners and heaters, big amps, fans, or even local processing gear. Baseband processing moves closer to the data center model and gets cool new capabilities like CoMP and load-balancing. The system’s cost savings come from power (Alcatel-Lucent claims a 50 percent reduction), along with lower construction and site rental fees. The total macro capacity of the system should double while cutting operator costs dramatically.

Though it will take months for any carrier to roll out this or similar gear, advances like lightRadio are crucial as wireless usage continues to soar and smartphones break out of the enterprise and the technorati and into the mainstream. And by making cell infrastructure smaller, cheaper, and less power-hungry, this sort of gear brings wireless networking into reach of more people, especially in rural areas and developing countries.

Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio™ portfolio wins NGN magazine leadership award for transforming mobile broadband networks [May 19, 2011]

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that its lightRadio portfolio was recognized as the outstanding new achievement in broadband Internet communications by the leading industry magazine NGN, as part of its NGN Leadership Awards contest. The awards program recognizes outstanding products, services and technologies relating to next generation networks.

“This award underlines the sweeping impact our lightRadio portfolio is having on the wireless communications industry,” said Wim Sweldens, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless activities.  “lightRadio isn’t just redefining the shape of the wireless base station, it also offers a compelling vision for what wireless networks will look like in the future.”

“This award for Alcatel-Lucent’s LightRadio is a great testament to their innovation.  They have brought to market a solution designed to solve the most critical issues facing the wireless industry, starting with the quasi impossibility to add new sites to increase capacity and improve coverage,” said Stéphane Téral, Principal Analyst, Mobile and FMC Infrastructure, Infonetics.

lightRadio™ is a new product offering from Alcatel-Lucent that will dramatically reduce operating costs, technical complexity and power consumption in mobile broadband networks. Designed to meet the long-term needs of mobile operators seeking to ensure their networks can handle increasing traffic loads, lightRadio radically shrinks and simplifies today’s base stations.

The lightRadio portfolio is designed to increase network capacity while simultaneously reducing the cost of delivery, on a per bit basis. The overarching goal is to give operators more options and a flexible path forward for the next decade.  By increasing the capacity at a reduced cost the operators can pursue a whole new market segment, the mass market. In addition, being able to use the lightRadio cube technology in various forms means Small Cells can leverage the technology and rural villages can get wireless coverage at lower costshelping to cross the digital divide.

lightRadio promises greener, simpler, lighter networks, and the benefits are substantial, including:

  • 50% reduction in total cost-per-bit as compared to 3G when adding a comparable amount of capacity
  • 50% reduction in energy consumption when compared to conventional ground based solutions
  • Small and easily deployable – can be deployed anywhere there is a power source and broadband connection and deals with less zoning restrictions
  • Nearly invisible – the WB-AAA is two products in one. It’s adding another radio in the same size form factor with no additional lease cost or further pollution of the urban skyline.

The Alcatel-Lucent “lightRadio” product family is composed of the Wideband Active Array Antenna, the Multiband Remote Radio Head, the “lightRadio” Baseband Processing, the “lightRadio” Control, and the 5620 SAM common management.  The Wideband Active Array Antenna will be trialed later this year and have broad product availability in 2012. For more information on the lightRadio portfolio please click here.

Bell Labs lightRadio™ Breakthroughs [Feb 7, 2011]

The world of mobile communications moves fast. With new mobile devices, new applications and ever-growing and changing consumer demands the wireless networks in use today have to evolve. Rather than take an incremental approach to meet these challenges, Bell Labs took a leap and developed a radically new approach to wireless technology. In order to do this, Tod Sizer, head of Bell Labs Wireless Research, challenged his team to think not just “outside the box,” but to think “inside the cube.” In six short months, the team developed a cube-shaped antenna that would fit in the palm of a hand – and was ready to test it with customers.

Tod Sizer, Head of Wireless Research for Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, talks about developing the lightRadio antenna module. lightRadio represents a new architecture where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and then distributed into both the antenna and throughout a cloud-like network. Additionally today’s clutter of antennas serving 2G, 3G, and LTE systems are combined and shrunk into a single powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered multi frequency, multi standard Wideband Active Array Antenna that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.

“There are many different types and sizes of base stations, from very small to very large, depending on where they are located, such as in an urban or rural area,” explained Sizer. “I realized that we needed to design a new and flexible type of antenna array for different environments– including one designed to the smallest possible size – ‘invisible antennas’ – in order to be flexible enough to meet the growing needs of all of our wireless service provider customers.”

A radio antenna element is a component of an antenna system that transmits signals from the wireless base station to a wireless end-user using a mobile phone, smart device or laptop. By reducing the size of the element itself, an antenna array can be scaled to fit any wireless need simply by adding more of these elements to the array.

Bell Labs wireless researchers weren’t daunted by the challenge of building something that was roughly ten percent of its current size. Several wireless research teams in Stuttgart and Ireland focused on different aspects of the problem, combining their unique areas of expertise to quickly resolve a myriad of technical challenges to reduce the antenna element’s size, improve energy efficiency and lower manufacturing expenses. The clever architecture of this new antenna is but one of the innovations critical to realizing Alcatel-Lucent’s unique lightRadio portfolio.

“We believe this unique antenna – as part of the lightRadio solution – will have a significant impact in the wireless space,” concluded Sizer.

Quick Links

Wim Sweldens presents lightRadio, a breakthrough for the mobile industry [Feb 7, 2011]

Wim Sweldens, President, Alcatel-Lucent wireless activities, talks about lightRadio™, a new system that signals the end of the mobile industry’s reliance on masts and base stations around the world.
lightRadio represents a new architecture where the base station, typically located at the base of each cell site tower, is broken into its components elements and then distributed into both the antenna and throughout a cloud-like network. Additionally today’s clutter of antennas serving 2G, 3G, and LTE systems are combined and shrunk into a single powerful, Bell Labs-pioneered multi frequency, multi standard Wideband Active Array Antenna that can be mounted on poles, sides of buildings or anywhere else there is power and a broadband connection.
More info: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/lightradio

Alcatel-Lucent. Cube light Radio [Feb 18, 2011]

Highlights of lightRadio press conference [London, Feb. 7th, 2011]

Presentation of the lightRadio system which will dramatically reduce technical complexity and contain power consumption and other operating costs in the face of sharp traffic growth. This is accomplished by taking today’s base stations and massive cell site towers, typically the most expensive, power hungry, and difficult to maintain elements in the network, and radically shrinking and simplifying them. Conference guests: Stephen Carter, Wim Sweldens, Tod Sizer and Javier Garcia Gomez (Alcatel-Lucent), Lisa Su (Freescale) and Joe Weinman (HP).

Marvell’s single chip TD-SCDMA solutions beaten (again) by two-chip solutions of Chinese vendors

Follow-up: First real chances for Marvell on the tablet and smartphone fronts [Aug 21 – Sept 25, 2011]

Suggested preliminary reading:
China Mobile repositioning for TD-LTE with full content and application aggregation services, 3G [HSPA level] is to create momentum for that [June 18, 2011]
High expectations on Marvell’s opportunities with China Mobile [May 28, 2011]
ASUS, China Mobile and Marvell join hands in the OPhone ecosystem effort for “Blue Ocean” dominance [March 8, 2011]
Marvell beaten by Chinese chipmakers in sub 1,000 yuan handset procurement tender of China Mobile[Nov 15, 2010]

ZTE, Huawei & Lenovo Jointly Won New Mobile Bidding [July 8, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

ZTE Corporation (SZSE: 000063), Shenzhen Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and Lenovo Group Co., Ltd. (SEHK: 000992) jointly won the mobile bidding launched by China Mobile Communication Corp (China Mobile in short, SEHK: 00941) last month.

At the beginning of June, China Mobile launched a new round of mobile bidding, with bidding products being CNY 1000 [US$152] intelligent mobiles and purchase scale being 7 million popular G3 mobiles and 3 million G3 wireless telephones.

The bidding result came out on July 6 evening, ZTE, Huawei and Lenovo won the bidding while foreign brands got nothing.

China Mobile Commissions Three Million+ Mobile TV Smartphones [July 7, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

China Mobile, the country’s biggest mobile telco, has announced the winning bidders for its tender of three to four million mobile TV smartphones, with Lenovo, Huawei, and ZTE being the selected hardware makers.

The order is believed to be for six different handsets, of 500,000 to 600,000 units each. All of them will be 3Gsmartphones, on the homegrown TD-SCDMA frequency that China Mobile uses, and they will all be low- to mid-level phones on the cheaper end of the smartphone scale.

Mobile TV is the most unique feature that the phones will bring. Again, this is a China-developed technology – the CMMB standard for mobileTV transmission – that is being pushed by the state-owned China Mobile.

The mobile TV roll-out started in March of this year, across 300 cities and to huge fanfare in (state) media – see this Sina Tech reportfrom the time (article in Chinese).

It’s not clear which OS this new batch of mobiles will be running, but it is very likely that they’re also rocking China Mobile’s own Androidmodification, dubbed OPhone, which has mobile TV support baked in – as seen in the two photos of the OPhone-powered Lenovo O1 in this post.

China Mobile has struggled to get appealing handsets onto its TD-SCDMA network, but this year finally got some attractive top-end Motorola and HTC smartphones.

Domestic Vendors Win China Mobile TD-SCDMA Handset Tender [July 6, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) has released a list of winning bidders in its TD-SCDMA handset procurement tender. The tender is for six handset models, approximately 500,000 to 600,000 of each for a total of 3-4 mln units. The orders are divided between Lenovo (0992.HK), ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ), and Huawei, with chips to be supplied by Spreadtrum (Nasdaq: SPRD), Leadcore and MediaTek. Spreadtrum and Leadcore will provide chipsets for two models each, while MediaTek will provide for one, and MediaTek and Leadcore will provide one they have jointly developed.

According to an industry source, the tender is for low-end and mid-range entry-level TD-SCDMA handsets equipped with CMMB mobile phone TV capability slated for launch in Q3 2011. Nearly 100 handset products were offered by over a dozen manufacturers in the bidding. Marvell was among the chipset bidders, but was not selected since its products are aimed at high-end TD-SCDMA handsets.

The source said that overseas handset and chipset makers did not participate in the tender because they are more focused on the low-end and mid-range TD-SCDMA smartphone market, and China Mobile’s unit price range was simply too low to attract their interest.

Spreadtrum Rides China TD-SCDMA Wave, Says Wedge; More On China Mobile iPhone [July 8, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair this morning writes that he thinks wireless chip maker Spreadtrum (SPRD) won half of a recent 4 million-unit order by China Mobile (CHL) for chips based on the country’s home-brewed “TD-SCDMA” wireless standard, and that the orders should continue to flow for the company.

Based on checks by contacts in China, writes Blair, Spreadtrum’s overall TD-SCDMA chipset shipments probably exceeded expectations in June, while the GSM flavors of its chipsets probably “recovered” in the month, bringing total chipset shipments to 17 million units. He thinks the company will probably forecast the current quarter about in line with the Street consensus of 57 cents per share in profit.

We believe there will be more low/middle-end TD handset procurements in the second halfand we continue to believe that Spreadtrum has the best position in that market.”

… On another note, Blair tells me that he and his team were reviewing a photo put online on a Chinese blog this week that appeared to show an Apple (AAPL) iPhonethat was stamped with the China Mobile designation.

That picture yesterday was interpreted by Ticonderoga’s Brian White as further evidence that a version of the iPhone for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network is “imminent.” …

Spreadtrum: Extremely Compelling After Broad Chinese Stock Sell-Off [July 9, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

We believe that there will be approximately total 55M TD-SCDMA units sold in 2011 and 90M in 2012. Spreadtrum should have approximately 40% market share in 2011 and 40 – 45% share in 2012.

Pricing is extremely competitive in China and we expect ASPs to continue to decline. ASPs on TD chips are currently approximately $7. Spreadtrum has a cost advantage since it is the only supplier producing chips on 40nm lithography. Other chip suppliers are producing chips using 60nm or 90nm lithography and above. Spreadtrum’s smaller die results in an approximate 40% cost advantage, enabling Spreadtrum to sell at a lower ASP and to maintain gross margins at/above 40%. For Spreadtrum, 3G chipsets should increase from 20% of total revenue at the end of 2010 to 40% by the end of 2012.

Spreadtrum is viewed by the Chinese government as a local Chinese company vs. MediaTek which is Taiwanese. Spreadtrum receives R&D grants of a few million US dollars annually from the Chinese government. Spreadtrum is a preferred vendor to promote the TD-SCDMA standard. The Chinese government wants a strong Chinese domestic chipset supplier.

Jianzhou Wang, the Chairman of China Mobile:

Single-chip may also fail, but the two-chip is no problem, that is coupled with a single-chip chip to do the TD call, without any problems. TD’s current dual-core chip has not done such a grade, but it can take the iPhone with a TD-chip chip.

[In response to the reporter’s question: From the technical point of view, TD maturity of the chip is able to meet the needs of the iPhone’s design?]

From: Wang: 4G is no timetable … [July 6, 2011, via Google translate]

Behind Spreadtrum’s Improbable Turnaround [July 10, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

The first opportunity came as a 90 million RBM TD-SCDMA research contract offered by China Mobile in May 2009. It was recalled by Chen Datong (see the interview) that “Leo Li and five other VPs of the company made an agreement, that if the product cannot meet the technical requirements by May, they would resign together.” (Note that Spreadtrum developed the first TD-SCDMA chip in China under Wu Ping’s management.) The 90 million contract helped Spreadtrum’s top line reflected in 2009 Q2 financial statements. (Chinese media reported this contractin 2009.)

… In June 2009, Spreadtrum ramped up a 6600L baseband chip developed under Wu Ping and launched the product aiming to compete against Mediatek’s MT6225. With comparable performance, the 6600L chip was cheaper by $1 USD on its own and by $2 USD in terms of integrated solution. The price advantage is huge given that the average profit on a low-end cell phone is about $1.4 USD. As a result, Mediatek, the market leader that enjoyed over 90% of market share back then, was forced to participate in this price war in the second half of 2009.

China T&T trip: Structural changes in China handset market [The Goldmann Sachs Group, May 24, 2011] (emphasis in paragraphs is mine)

Muted group procurement result of TD smartphone in May, indicating backend loaded demand with low SP mix in 2011

Leadcore, Huawei, and Borqs indicated that China Mobile (CM) procured only 1.2mn TD smartphone (SP) with a minimum order of 200,000 for each model, well below the market
expectation of 12mn units
with minimum guaranteed order of 800,000 per model. CM has selected six models (three Ophone, two Android, and one feature phone) from Huawei, ZTE, Samsung, Lenovo, Motorola, and Coolpad. They attributed the disappointing central procurement result of TD smartphone to relatively poor quality of phones.

CM would like to give 60% of its SP orders to Marvell. However, in a recent stability test by CM, Leadcore scored at 95% pass rate, with T3G at 93% and MRVL at only 65%. …

China market: TD-SCDMA device makers reportedly urged to slow cooperation with Marvell [March 31, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

Some TD-SCDMA end market device makers in China have reportedly urged their fellow local companies not to rush to adopt TD-SCDMA chips from Marvell Technology on concerns of stability and instead should use similar chips offered by China-based chipmakers, according to industry sources.

Device makers in China stated that the development of TD-SCDMA chips by China-based chipmakers has matured with most solutions having been used in volume commercially without problems regarding to stability.

Although Marvell has been eager to develop TD-SCDMA chips and also cooperated closely with China Mobile, China-based device makers are still skeptical about the stability and commercialization of TD-SCDMA chips from Marvell, claimed the sources.

Despite the concerns from China-based device makers, Asustek Computer has unveiled recently in Beijing a number of TD-SCDMA enabled handsets built using chipset solutions from Marvell, the sources indicated.

China handset and solution makers form alliance to push global image and sales [April 27, 2011] (emphasis is mine)

More than 30 makers in the upstream and downstream handset industries in China have recently formed an alliance, aiming to promote brand image as well as to push sales of China-made handsets globally, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Participating members include Lenovo, ZTE, TCL, Beijing Tianyu, G’Five, Coolpad, SIM Technology and chipset makers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, but do not include MediaTek and other Taiwan-based handset makers, the sources noted.

The exclusion of Taiwan-based chipset solution vendors and handset makers may encourage alliance members to adopt handset solutions and parts and components from suppliers in China, the sources indicated.

Update: Huawei Joins Group of Global OEMs Accelerating Adoption of China’s TD-SCDMA Standard with New Ultra-Thin ‘Super’ Smartphone Powered by Marvell’s Single-Chip Solution [Aug 10, 2011]

Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced that Huawei’s new T8300 ultra-thin smartphone, powered by Marvell’s industry’s first commercially available TD-SCDMA single chip solution, has passed China Mobile’s rigorous testing requirements and has shipped to its stores throughout China. The ultra-thin Huawei T8300 measures only 11.2 millimeters thick with Marvell® PXA918 processor and is one of the six new smart phones selected by China Mobile in its first round of procurement this year.

“Marvell’s TD-SCDMA single chip solution was the only semiconductor that offered the high-performance processing power and low power consumption we required to deliver a powerful, stylish, multimedia TD smartphone at the right price,” said Mr. Wang Yanmin, President of Mobile Phone Product Line, Huawei Device. “With its long-term commitment to TD and its leadership in the market, we were confident that Marvell could seamlessly deliver the right technology efficiently and be a true partner in bringing our new T8300 smartphone to market.”

Huawei’s T8300 is also equipped with Marvell’s latest 802.11n Wi-Fi solution and runs OMS 2.5, the newest Ophone operating system. It features a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen, 720p video decoding and gravity, light and proximity sensors.

Note that T8300 is the TD-SCDMA specific redesign of the IDEOS X3 smartphone announced at MWC’11 (but only delivered since June’11, for around US$240 in Singapore and for around US$200 in Malaysia). The Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC (announced in Feb’09 for sub-$150 smartphones) used in X3 was not able to support TD-SCDMA so the only available SoC was Marvell’s PXA920/918 SoCs family available since Sep’09 (although capable of passing the rigorous TD-SCDMA tests only almost 2 years later as on can see from Marvell’s above press release).

Update: The PXA920 opportunity was realized only in September 2011, two years later than the September 2009 launch. See: First real chances for Marvell on the tablet and smartphone fronts [Aug 21, 2011]

Marvell Drives New Rollout of TD-SCDMA Smartphones from China Mobile, the World’s Largest Mobile Operator [June 28, 2011] (emphasis is mine)
ZTE Launch Signals New Era of TD-SCDMA Smart Devices in China Powered by Marvell’s Industry-First Single Chipe Solutions

Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced the introduction of four new TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) smart devices by ZTE, including two smartphones, a mobile tablet and a mobile hot spot device. All four devices are customized for China Mobile’s 3G TD-SCDMA market, and feature Marvell’s industry-first TD-SCDMA single chip solution and the most advanced mobile 802.11n Wi-Fi technology with beam-forming capability.

The ongoing collaboration between Marvell and ZTE, one of China’s most prominent and innovative communications companies, delivers highly cost-effective smart devices to Chinese end users that are tailor-made for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA standard. Marvell and ZTE have also worked together to develop end-to-end TD-HSPA+. In the future, the two companies intend to further cooperate to develop creative mobile phone solutions and emerging mobile Internet applications. In recent years, the two companies have also collaborated on a passive optical network (PON), network switches, WLAN and CPUs.

ZTE Product Highlights

  • Blade U880, one of ZTE’s flagship smartphones, is powered by the Marvell® PXA920 and features a 3.5 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen at a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, delivering exquisite pictures with rich colors and multi-touch. Other features include Android 2.2 support, a TD-SCDMA +WLAN dual wireless Web connection, WLAN-AP wireless routing, CMMB (MBBMS) mobile phone TV, a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, 720p high-definition video, GPS/AGPS navigation and a 3D graphics processing accelerator.
  • Light Tab T9, powered by the Marvell PXA920, is a 7-inch tablet with a WVGA capacitive touchscreen that is only 12.6 millimeters in thickness. It supports phone calls, China Mobile’s CMMB+MBBMS mobile TV, WLAN, Bluetooth and FM. The device also ships with GPS, an electronic compass, an eBook reader and a camera.
  • U802 is a highly affordable (sub 1,000 Renminbi [RMB]), all-white smartphone powered by the Marvell PXA918. It features a 2.8 inch touch screen, WLAN/WAPI data connection, CMMB TV, accelerometer for UI auto-rotate, 3 megapixel and 0.3 megapixel dual cameras, a 3D graphics accelerator, Android 2.2 support and a customized Widget desktop.
  • A6 is a highly affordable mobile hot spot device customized for TD-SCDMA networks powered by the Marvell PXA920. It ensures smooth switching between TD and Wi-Fi and self-creation of hotspots. It supports up to eight terminal access points and is small, portable and easy to operate.

中兴U880 ZTE U880 (ZTE中兴U880) (ZTE ZTE U880) [extracted on July 11, 2011]
(via Google translate)

参考价格: Price:
1180 [北京] ¥ 1180 [Beijing]
商家报价Business offer:
¥1043至¥1480 ¥ 1043 to ¥ 1480
  • ZTE U880 - the main screen -- 11-July-2011网络模式: GSM,TD-SCDMA Network mode: GSM, TD-SCDMA
  • 外观设计:直板 Design: Straight
  • 主屏尺寸: 3.5英寸480×800像素 The main screen size: 3.5 inches480 × 800 pixels
  • 触摸屏:电容屏 Touch screen: capacitive touch panel
  • 摄像头像: 500万像素CMOS Camera head: 500 million pixel CMOS
  • 操作系统: Android OS v2.2 Operating System: Android OS v2.2
  • 机身内存: 512MB Body Memory: 512MB
  • 电池容量: 1250mAh Battery capacity: 1250mAh

中兴U880参数 ZTE U880 parameters [extracted on July 11, 2011]
(via Google translate)

Listing Date
纠错 2011年05月 in May 2011

手机类型 Phone type
纠错 3G手机 3G mobile phone

外观设计 Design
纠错 直板 straight

主屏尺寸 The main screen size
纠错 3.5英寸 3.5 inches

触摸屏 Touch Screen
纠错电容屏 capacitors screen

主屏材质 The main screen material
纠错 TFT TFT

主屏分辨率 The main screen resolution
纠错 480×800像素 480 × 800 pixels

主屏色彩 The main screen color
纠错 26万色 262K

网络模式 Network mode
纠错 GSMTD-SCDMA GSM , TD-SCDMA

数据业务 Data services
纠错 GPRS,EDGE,TD-SCDMA,HSPA GPRS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA, HSPA

支持频段 Support band
纠错 2G:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G:TD-SCDMA 1880-1920/2010-2025MHz 3G: TD-SCDMA 1880-1920/2010-2025MHz

操作系统 Operating system
纠错 Android OS v2.2 Android OS v2.2

CPU频率 CPU frequency
纠错 800MHz 800MHz

机身内存 Body memory
纠错512MB 512MB

存储卡 Memory card
纠错MicroSD卡,支持App2SD功能 MicroSD card support App2SD function

电池容量 Battery capacity
纠错1250mAh 1250mAh

键盘类型 Keyboard type
纠错 虚拟QWERTY键盘 the virtual QWERTY keyboard

机身颜色 Colors
纠错黑色 Black

手机尺寸 Phone Size
纠错114×56.6×11.8mm 114 × 56.6 × 11.8mm

手机重量 Phone Weight
纠错 115g 115g

中兴U802 ZTE U802 [extracted on July 11, 2011]
(via Google translate)

ZTE U802 - the overall appearance - sub 1000 yuan -- 11-July-2011Price:
即将上市 [北京] Upcoming [Beijing]
  • 网络模式: GSM,TD-SCDMA Network mode: GSM, TD-SCDMA
  • 外观设计:直板 Design: Straight
  • 主屏尺寸: 2.8英寸 The main screen size: 2.8 inches
  • 触摸屏:支持 Touch screen: Support

中兴U802参数 ZTE U802 parameters [extracted on July 11, 2011]
(via Google translate)

Listing Date
纠错 2011年05月 Correction in May 2011

手机类型 Phone type
纠错 3G手机智能手机 ,电视手机 Correction 3G mobile phones , smart phones, TV mobile phone

外观设计 Design
纠错 直板 Correction straight

主屏尺寸 The main screen size
纠错 2.8英寸 Correction 2.8 inches

触摸屏 Touch Screen
纠错 支持 Error correctionsupport

主屏材质 The main screen material
纠错 TFT Correction TFT

网络模式 Network mode
纠错 GSMTD-SCDMA Correction GSM , TD-SCDMA

数据业务 Data services
纠错 GPRS,EDGE,TD-SCDMA CorrectionGPRS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA

支持频段 Support band
纠错 2G:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Correction 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G:TD-SCDMA 1880-1920/2010-2025MHz 3G: TD-SCDMA 1880-1920/2010-2025MHz

操作系统 Operating system
纠错 Android OS v2.2 Correction Android OS v2.2

CPU频率 CPU frequency
纠错 624MHz Correction 624MHz

存储卡 Memory card
纠错 MicroSD卡,支持App2SD功能 CorrectionMicroSD card support App2SD function

键盘类型 Keyboard type
纠错 虚拟键盘 Correcting the virtual keyboard

机身颜色 Colors
纠错 黑色 Black

http://shop.zte.com.cn/main/mobile/shop_mob_partinfo.jsp?pid=3427&listName=&catalogId=13381 [extracted on July 11, 2011]
(via Google translate)

130x216ZTE Light Tab T9 ZTE Light Tab T9 2480元 2480 yuan

*TD-SCDMA HSDPA/HSUPA/GSM/EDGE 智能终端 TD-SCDMA HSDPA / HSUPA / GSM / EDGE smart terminal

*7 寸WVGA电容式触摸大屏 7-inch WVGA large capacitive touch screen

*厚仅12.6mm,纤薄便携,质感十足 Thickness of only 12.6mm, slim, portable, full texture

*超长续航能力:21天待机,5.5小时视频播放 Long battery life: 21 days standby and 5.5 hours of video playback

*采用Android 2.2操作平台,支持更多业务应用 Using Android 2.2 platform, support more business applications

*支持中国移动CMMB+MBBMS移动电视,特有智能视频增强技术有效提升画面质量 China Mobile CMMB + MBBMS support mobile TV, unique intelligent video enhancement technology to effectively improve the picture quality

*支持中国移动深度定制的宽带互联网、飞信、音乐随身听*、DM*等增值业务 The depth of customization to support China Mobile’s broadband Internet, flying letters, music player *, DM * and other value-added services

*最高支持32G扩展卡、U盘功能 Up to 32G expansion card, U disk function

*支持WLAN、蓝牙、FM功能 Support for WLAN, Bluetooth, FM function

* 支持重力传感、光敏感应、GPS导航 Support for gravity sensing, light-sensitive sensors, GPS navigation

Andorid2.2 custom blade moving ZTE U880 TD evaluation [June 17, 2011]