Nortel sells mobile network to Ericsson and Kapsch

April 2nd, 2010 • By: admin Telecom Industry News

Canada’s Nortel Networks on Thursday announced it has completed the 103 million dollar sale of its GSM-GSMR wireless business to Sweden’s Ericsson and Austria’s Kapsch.

Announced on November 25, the 103 million dollar sale awaits confirmation by US, Canadian and French courts.

“Ericsson has purchased assets relating to the North American GSM business and Kapsch has purchased assets relating to the EMEA and Taiwan GSM businesses. Kapsch has also acquired the global assets of the GSM-R business,” Nortel said in a statement.

The deal calls for transferring 670 Nortel jobs to its buyers.

Placed under bankruptcy protection in January 2009, Nortel is currently under divestment proceedings.

(c) 2010 AFP

Acme Packet Confirms 134 Service Providers Customers for Enterprise SIP Trunking

March 27th, 2010 • By: admin Telecom Industry News

SIP trunking is poised for substantial growth in 2010, according to Acme Packet, as service providers look to meet enterprise demand for more cost-efficient means of delivering IP connections.

A total of 134 service providers in 43 countries are currently delivering SIP trunking services using Acme Packet’s Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs). The company said these service providers are currently in the early stages of their SIP trunking service delivery and they expect more significant enterprise adoption in 2010.

Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless Now Available

March 25th, 2010 • By: admin Telecom Industry News

Verizon Wireless officially launched Skype mobile on its network. Initially available on nine Verizon Wireless 3G smartphones, Skype mobile uses the Verizon Wireless voice network for the wireless connection of the Skype-to-Skype calls, providing its users with a superior experience and top-notch call quality.

NSN Demonstrates Voice over LTE Interoperability with Samsung

March 24th, 2010 • By: admin Telecom Industry News

Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung demonstrated standards-based Voice over LTE (VoLTE) interoperability using two different clients running on Samsung LTE devices.

The calls used the 700-MHz frequency LTE band and encompassed a complete end-to-end VoLTE configuration including laptops installed with VoLTE clients from Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung. The laptops are connected to the network via Samsung’s “Redwood” LTE dongle, which incorporates Samsung’s in-house developed “Kalmia” modem chipset.

“Following the announcement of our first commercial LTE dongle and the demonstration of our LTE netbook, this demo is a defining moment for us. Full interoperability with Nokia Siemens Networks’ LTE network infrastructure and its own VoLTE client takes us one step closer to commercial deployments and showcases the viability of our products,” said Yunsang Park, vice president of the Telecom R&D Center at Samsung Electronics.

“We have achieved interoperability with Samsung for both data and voice calls across several frequency bands required for LTE deployments in different markets,” said Tommi Uitto, head of Network Systems product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. “With this demo, we further underscore that we are commercially ready for global LTE deployments and that our end-to-end LTE ecosystem is fully interoperable with leading vendor devices.”

Russia’s Uralsvyazinform Tests Huawei’s Gear

February 25th, 2010 • By: admin Telecom Industry News

Huawei will supply a test IMS network for Russia’s Uralsvyazinform, a universal communication provider and subsidiary of Svyazinvest. The IMS solution has a packet-switched network as its core and implements transmission of different types of traffic (voice, multimedia, and video).

“This IMS project, implemented in cooperation with Uralsvyazinform, is the largest project of this kind ever to be implemented in Russia and CIS. We are proud of the confidence put in our company by OJSC , Uralsvyazinvest. Successful implementation of this project will mark a new stage in the transition of operators to convergent services,” said Wang Kexiang, president of Huawei Russia.