Sector Roadmap

SDN Sector RoadMap

Software-defined networking (SDN) represents the next big wave of networking investment: $2.45 billion by 2018, according to GigaOM Research. ANd with standards still evolving, products still developing, partnerships still forming, and buyers still learning, the SDN market remains wide open.

Nokia Siemens sells optical biz to hone its 4G focus

A private equity firm will pick up the optical business for an undisclosed amount, relieving NSN of one its last remaining ties to wireline networking. NSN’s focus on 4G appears to paying off. In the last year, it’s won key contracts and turned record profits.

China’s secretive networking giant Huawei weighs an IPO

Huawei is reportedly giving some serious thought to listing itself on a US or international exchange, exposing its books and ownership structure to the world. An IPO won’t silence all of Huawei’s critics, but it would help the company close equipment contracts and acquisitions.


The evolving mobile network: from slide-deck presentations to deployment

Cisco’s VNI graph shows mobile data growing 18 times over the next five years, and it makes a strong case for the need of mobile networks to evolve to reflect the transition from voice- to data-centric usage models. Yet to make these fundamental changes in operating networks, it is crucial to move beyond compelling graphics and understand what requirements new usage models impose on the network infrastructure. To successfully address the increase in data traffic, operators need to act on multiple fronts, because no single solution will be sufficient in isolation.

T-Mobile’s Genius voice-command button just got a lot smarter

T-Mobile is giving its rather pathetic MyTouch voice-command feature a much-needed overhaul. It’s incorporating the same semantic-search technology Nuance uses in Dragon Go into Genius, allowing the voice assistant to search over 200 different content providers and understand intent rather than just words.

Clearwire: You want fast 4G?? How’s 168 Mbps?

The Big 4 carriers took swipes at one another at CTIA Wireless, arguing over which had the faster network and whose were really 4G. Clearwire stayed out of the debate, but according to CTO John Saw the carrier is planning to shame them all.

Ericsson, NSN keep their T-Mobile jobs for LTE build

It’s official: Ericsson is now building every major LTE network in the U.S. T-Mobile revealed today that its current 3G and HSPA+ equipment suppliers, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks would handle its new $4 billion LTE rollout, deploying 37,000 next-generation base stations.

Watch out Cisco. Huawei’s coming!

Huawei, six months after creating its enterprise networking division here in the U.S. is ready to make a big splash at Interop this year. The Chinese networking gear maker is the one thing Cisco’s CEO John Chambers fears and today’s announcements show why.

Zippy! NSN shows off 1 Gbps wireless speeds

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to show off gigabit wireless speeds using the variant of of LTE-Advanced network that Clearwire plans to deploy. But don’t get too excited, too soon. These aren’t real world speeds and they’re not for handsets.


A global mobile handset forecast: 2011-2015

Eighty-five percent of the global population owns mobile phones currently. This report forecasts the global handset market, examining the following regions: the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific. Drivers for handset growth include an increased number of subscribers in developing countries, the rollout of 3G and 4G wireless networks, and shorter upgrade cycles for technology.

UBS: For now, mobile still comes down to Samsung v. Apple

It’s no secret Apple is skilled at sucking profits out of its product lineup. But Samsung is getting better too, according to the analysts at UBS. And the two are currently dominating the handset industry when it comes to profits, with very little competition in sight.

Look! It’s yet another effort to save DSL

Vectoring, a technology that eliminates crosstalk on a DSL line can boost speeds on existing copper to up to 100 Mbps. And apparently service providers are interested in testing it out, according to Telebyte, which launched the first gear capable of testing how vectored lines perform.

How about that: A 100 Mbps mobile hotspot

A new mobile hotspot from Huawei pushes the limits of current LTE technologies, offering peak speeds of 100 Mbps. The catch is that the hotspot is only available in Japan, because that’s where the only network resides that can support it.

T-Mobile may tap Huawei for myTouch phone lineup

What used to be exclusive to HTC is turning into an opportunity for its peers: T-Mobile is reportedly choosing handsets from Huawei to be part of the carrier’s myTouch smartphone lineup. The Chinese-based handset maker is slowly gaining a larger foothold in the U.S.

Telus turning on LTE across Canada on Friday

Telus will launch Canada’s third LTE network on Friday, rolling out the mobile broadband technology in 14 cities from Vancouver to Halifax. It plans to expand the network throughout 2012 to cover 25 million Canadians, 71 percent of the country’s population, by year end.

Nokia Siemens reaches for a $1.6 billion lifeline

With no more money from its corporate parents forthcoming and few remaining businesses to sell, Nokia Siemens Networks has gone to European and U.S. banks for the funding it needs to restructure and survive. Will $1.6 million be enough to set it on course?

MobileTechRoundup podcast episode 258

CES is over, so here’s what wowed Matt and Kevin in terms of tablets, smartphones, Ultrabooks and other mobile devices. Plus Matt has pulled the SIM card from his Samsung Galaxy Nexus and put it in the…. you’ll have to listen to find out!

CES Video: Huawei’s Android 4.0 MediaPad tablet

Given my love for 7-inch tablets, I had to swing by Huawei’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show. The Chinese company is showing off its MediaPad tablet with Android 4.0 and beautiful IPS display. Here’s a look at the light, thin and capable 7-inch slate.

Apple vs. Samsung and the reality of the Android ecosystem

If the latest data is to be believed, the battle for high-end smartphones is essentially a tussle between Apple and Samsung. With China’s ZTE’s and Huawei’s aiming for the lower end of the business, is there is room for HTC, LG, Sony or Motorola?

HTC’s star continues to fall; outlook slashed again

Just three weeks after lowering sales and revenue expectations, HTC has reduced guidance again, and not by just a little. The holiday season in a growing market should bring about increased sales, not lower figures. So what’s the problem with HTC, and what can it do?

IPhone stays on top as mobile OS share stabilizes

The mobile OS mix hasn’t changed much in October compared with the previous three months, which could mean we’re seeing smartphone market share volatility settle a bit. If that’s true, Apple is in a good place, with a big share of mobile ad hits and spending.

Cox writes the obit on its mobile service

After an abysmally slow start with numerous hiccups and strategy changes along the way, Cox Communications is giving up on wireless completely. On March 30, Cox is turning off the mobile service it offers through Sprint, making it the latest cable wireless venture to fall flat.

Huawei, Corning test 100G over 3,000 kilometers

This fall we have seen a number of companies announce their experiments and tests with 100 Gbps networks, especially over long haul networks. Today Chinese telecom behemoth Huawei showed off its latest efforts, conducted in partnership with Corning, a maker of optical cables and television glass.

Under the Atlantic Ocean, data zips at 100 Gbps

An optical transmission under the Atlantic at 100 Gbps – that sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Today, Hibernia Atlantic, a network operator and Chinese hardware maker Huawei did just that – the first 100Gbps optical transmission across the Atlantic. Infinera did the same under the Pacific.

HTC’s meteoric rise is starting to fizzle

Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC again posted record sales, revenues and profits, but the company expressed a flat forecast for the rest of this year. HTC continues to build excellent handsets but is just another Android phone maker in a growing sea of other Android phone makers.

For PC & Tablets, faster is better & bigger in Europe

As the faster wireless broadband connections proliferate, we are going to need devices to access those networks. The demand for these kind of connections is only going to increase as we adapt to this new world. Signs of this change are reflected in this research report.

Huawei’s $29 Android aims at AT&T feature phone users

Huawei’s new Impulse 4G for AT&T won’t attract many current smartphone owners, but at $29 with contract, feature phone users are sure to take notice of the Android smartphone. The low-priced handset offers solid functionality and will help Huawei become a household name in the U.S.

China readies smartphone invasion of U.S.

First Huawei and now ZTE is poised to challenge in the U.S. The company has seen 300 percent sales growth in the U.S., and it’s just getting started. It plans to leverage Android, and even Windows Phone 7, with up to 30 new handsets this year.

Newest Android to help Huawei become a household name

If you live in the U.S. and aren’t familiar with the Huawei brand, prepare yourself to get acquainted. The huge China-based networking company also makes phones and its latest, the Vision with Android 2.3, is poised to arrive soon. Mid-tier components are cradled by high-end design.

LTE gets faster. Much faster.

Ericsson has demoed a new variant of the technology called LTE Advanced, which is ten times faster than today’s commercial LTE networks. Ericsson showed-off LTE Advanced using commercial hardware in Kista, Sweden for the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency using 60 MHz of spectrum.

Nokia Siemens is up against the wall

Nokia Siemens Networks, the telecommunications gear joint venture, is running out of options. The Wall Street Journal reported that the companies couldn’t find a private equity buyer for the gear maker and that the companies were thinking of putting more money into the entity.

Huawei enters 7-Inch tablet market with Android 3.2

Huawei, the top networking gear maker in China, continues its push into the consumer space with a new Android tablet. The dual-core MediaTab is a 7-inch slate was rumored to have a 1280 x 800 screen, just the right size for Honeycomb in a back pocket.

Ericsson buys Telcordia for $1.15B

Ericsson, the Swedish networking equipment maker, is buying Piscataway, N.J.-based telecom software provider Telcordia for $1.15 billion, the company announced this morning. Telcordia, which can trace it roots back to the old AT&T makes software for billing and operation support.

Cisco Beware! Huawei Plans a Data Center Push

Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei has plans to invade the enterprise IT market. A Deutsche Bank analyst expects the company to introduce a line of servers, low-end switches, security, VoIP and storage products designed for the enterprise before the end of this year.

Huawei Wins Some, Loses Some in the U.S.

Huawei scored a victory last night in U.S. District Court when a judge ruled that Motorola, which is attempting to sell its wireless business to Nokia Siemens Networks for $1.2 billion, couldn’t share certain information and documents with NSN. But the company lost a battle, too.


A 2011 Mobile Forecast

More exciting than examining the previous quarter is looking forward into the next 12 months and using the trends of 2010 to predict the realities that will surface in 2011. Throughout this past December, GigaOM Pro’s curators did just that, making trend predictions, pointing out companies to watch and even telling us what not to expect. Mobile curator Colin Gibbs’ thoughts, analyses and predictions are compiled here in a single report. Companies mentioned include Apple, Google, Research in Motion, Samsung and Verizon Wireless. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.

Pot Calls Kettle Black. Huawei Sues Motorola

Huawei filed suit Monday to stop Motorola Solutions from selling its wireless network business to Nokia Siemens Networks, because the sale would transfer trade secrets and competitive intelligence from the Chinese equipment firm to a competitor. Is this the start of a Chinese patent offensive?


5 Companies That Ruled Mobile in 2010

Once an isolated world dominated by network operators and their manufacturer partners, mobile is now a space where “outsiders” are some of the most powerful players. In 2010, companies like Google, Apple, MetroPCS, Huawei and Foursquare were among those who made the most impact in mobile in 2010 — and will likely continue to lead in 2011.

Who’s Going to Win the LTE Race?

The 2G wireless hardware market was dominated by Motorola, Ericsson & Nokia, collectively called M.E.N. Then came 3G and along with it Nortel and Lucent. With LTE wireless broadband on the horizon who is going to dominate the next generation hardware business? Find out.

Huawei Hires Ex-Nortel CTO John Roese

Huawei?, the Chinese telecom equipment maker wants to be the biggest networking equipment maker in the world. And it wants to do that by not just selling cut-rate gear. Instead it wants to sign-up bright minds from around the world to help it innovate.

DSL, Now Offering Speeds of 700 Mbps

Huawei, the telecom gear maker, today said it has achieved speeds of 700 Mbps over DSL using a prototype shown in Hong Kong: the fastest DSL we’ve seen. Earlier this year, Alcatel-Lucent (s alu) showed off 300 Mbps over DSL that could travel for one kilometer.

Want a Choice in LTE Providers? Move to Uzbekistan!

UCell, a wireless service provider in Uzbekistan, has deployed an LTE network, making the central Asia nation the first to offer two different LTE networks. The new high-speed network offers theoretical peak speeds of 100 Mbps and is powered by software and equipment from ZTE.

Nokia Siemens to Buy Motorola's Network Biz for $1.2 Billion

Nokia Siemens Networks will buy Motorola’s wireless infrastructure business for $1.2 billion, which will allow NSN to increase its presence in two key wireless markets — the U.S. and Japan. It also gives the Finnish company ammunition to fight off competitors, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei.


For Operators Who Bet on WiMAX, There’s an LTE Plan B

The Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard has been declared the victor over WiMAX in the war between radio technologies vying to dominate fourth-generation wireless networks. But the battlefield isn’t quiet yet, and a variation on the LTE standard known as TD-LTE is the latest frontline in the 4G network rollout.

Huawei Shows Off 1.2 Gbps Wireless — Yes, Wireless

Huawei today demonstrated the next generation Long Term Evolution network technology in trials that reached speed of 1.2 Gbps. That’s faster than wireline services, delivered via cellular networks. But before you dump your FiOS wireline subscription, know that the LTE Advanced technology is years away.

Huawei's North American Conquest Continues

Huawei grew its North American sales by 63 percent to $408 million in 2009. The base number is small compared with Huawei’s global contract sales of more than $30 billion, but the Chinese equipment vendor is finding growth in a shrinking industry.

China's Mobile Data Gold Rush Begins

About a year after China issued 3G licenses to its three national carriers iSuppli predicts wireless data revenue in the country will rise to $19.3 billion in 2009, up from $16.3 billion in 2008. It’s a big opportunity for device makers, app companies and the carriers.

Holy Sales Growth! Huawei Says Sales Grew Almost 29%

Huawei, the Chinese upstart, saw a 17.5 percent growth in revenue and a 29 percent upswing in contract sales for the year, despite a grim 2009 for many of the large telecommunications equipment providers. It appears to be winning as carriers meet growing demand for broadband.

Ericsson's Cuts Underscore Persistent Telecom Woes

Ericsson said it will slash 950 jobs in addition to an existing restructuring effort aimed at securing savings of $1.4 billion by the middle of next year. Indeed, with Chinese upstarts Huawei and ZTE on the rise, the telecom sector isn’t out of the woods yet.


Report: How Mobile Networks Can Cut Carbon

This Pike Research report focuses on the direct impact of green technologies and practices as applied to mobile telecommunications networks, with an emphasis on the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions from network operations. Within mobile networks, base stations and switching centers consume 70-80 percent of an operator’s network energy usage, so improvements here are critical. As operators concentrate on improvements in radio frequency (RF) amplifiers, new network architectures and topologies, fresh air cooling solutions and the use of sustainable energy solutions for off-grid locations, Pike Research believes that a significant opportunity exists to dramatically improve the efficiency and environmental impact of mobile networks. Our analysis indicates that there are sufficient technology and process improvements that could reduce 2013 infrastructure emissions by at least 101 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), a decrease of 42 percent from business-as-usual (BAU) trendlines. Other key factors supporting this trend include government emissions mandates in most parts of the world, along with operators’ increasing shift away from capex-only business case analysis to a total cost of ownership (TCO) approach for purposes of calculating return on investment (ROI) for major infrastructure upgrades. This report examines some of the key opportunities and business case scenarios for achieving these reductions.