14 Indian companies to participate in BITS Brazil 2014


14 Indian companies are participating in BITS Brazil 2014 , a CeBIT event (Business IT South America) organized from May 13 – 15, 2014 in Brazil.

BITS Brazil 2014 will be home to the ICT-sector with CIOs and other decision makers from across the globe converging in Brazil for this mega event.

Over 14 Indian companies are present at the Brazil event this year, including Atlanta Systems, Compucare, Deki Electronics, Securinex, Flexi Templates, 01 Synergy, Gateway 7 production & technologies, Allied Info Services, Nichi-In Software Solutions, Sierra Odc, Telematics 4u, Yusata Infotech, Securinex, Theindiainc.Com and Zansys.

In 2014, the 4th edition of BITS will gather companies and highly skilled professionals from different countries and segments, ready to expand their business base and broaden their technological knowledge. BITS’ international platform presents a multitude of possibilities for participants by including concurrent activities.

In 2013, BITS Brazil attracted a record 12,905 visitors and 209 exhibitors from 20 countries across the globe. This year, ICT companies from 20 countries including Germany, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Egypt, United States of America, Italy and Mexico are present to showcase their innovative potential at BITS Brazil.

“For India, CeBIT worldwide events like BITS represent a landmark in the IT sector as it gives Indian companies an opportunity to take part in an international event. This year, India will be hosting its own version of CeBIT which itself indicates succesful participation of Indian companies in CeBIT worldwide events,” said Mehul Lanvers-Shah, managing director, Hannover Milano Fairs India.

Vinod Sharma, chairman, ESC said, “BITS Brazil presents an opportunity for India to showcase its innovation in new emerging economics like Brazil, South America. BITS will help us gain inroads into these markets while facilitating global interests in establishing business linkages in India. Here ideas and opportunities come together for Indian companies to showcase their innovation. We are glad to collaborate with BITS Brazil to  promote India’s electronics, software and IT trade and provide Indian companies opportunities to showcase their innovation on a global platform.”

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Broadnet and Huawei join hands


Huawei and Broadnet today announced the launch of the Nordic’s first, and Europe’s biggest, IP core network enabled for commercial use of 400G technology.

Bringing a more diversified and efficient service experience to large organizations and enterprise customers, the launch of this network is further testament to Huawei’s leading capabilities with 400G router line cards and its ability to help carriers implement future-ready networks.

Per Morten Torvildsen, CTO, Broadnet said, “I am confident that our cooperation with Huawei will be fruitful and profitable. Huawei’s rich experience in the fixed network area, and especially IP, will help us to develop the most ”future proof”, high-speed and cost efficient network in Norway.”

“We are pleased to join Broadnet in deploying Europe’s biggest commercial 400G-enabled IP core network. Together, we will promote and popularize 400G technology in the industry. Huawei will work with Broadnet to build a high-quality and high-reliability network and to promote the application of Broadnet’s nationwide fiber network,” said Eric Zhang, CEO, Huawei Technologies Norway.

The Huawei NE5000E 400G core router allows flexible subcards to be removed and re-installed, and supports flexible combinations of 100GE, 40GE, and 10GE boards, boasting a smooth extension to Terabit/s-level capability for each slot.

The Huawei NE5000E core router will help Broadnet to optimize the network architecture and make it more flexible, reduce the bandwidth cost of each bit, and improve customer satisfaction. With the Huawei NE5000E core router, Broadnet will stand out in the market with its fixed network services and make rapid progress in future-oriented network evolution.

As a leader in global IP technologies, Huawei carrier IP products and solutions have been deployed by 45 of the world’s top 50 telecom operators. Huawei leads in commercial 400G network deployment globally with more than 60 commercial 400G networks deployed to date, guiding global IP backbone networks into the 400G era.

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Will Western Europe €30 bn investment help next-generation broadband?


Western Europe is planning to invest over €30 billion in the next three years for next-generation broadband, according to IHS.

The investment will be made by countries like Germany, France, UK, Italy and Spain and includes investment both by government as well as private telcos. According to the study, the government and telecom operators will spend €200 per household on next-generation broadband rollout providing high speed broadband services to end consumer across the country.

The investment will be used for creating fiber network in the country, coupled with FTTC (fiber to the cabinet) and FTTH (fiber to the home) which will help in providing next-generation broadband services. Even investment will go for creating infrastructure for 4G LTE network in these countries. The combination of wireline and wireless infrastructure will definitely help next-generation broadband services to penetrate in the country.

In Germany, Deutsche Telekom is planning to spend €6 billion for next-generation broadband services. In 2012, Deutsche Telekom had announced to invest €30 billion in high speed broadband technology by 2015. A significant proportion of Deutsche Telekom’s investment is actually committed to the US for LTE build-out but €6 billion is still being devoted to next-generation broadband rollout in Germany.

Deutsche Telekom intends to ensure that 65 percent of homes are covered by its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) network by 2016, with new ‘vectoring’ technology being deployed to raise transmission rates to 100 Mbps.

The French government is planning to invest €20 billion of public and private funds in next-generation fixed and mobile broadband. This investment is aimed at covering half of the population by 2017, with the remaining homes covered within a further five year period.

In 2013, the UK government committed to ensure that 95 percent of UK homes receive 24 Mbps speed by 2017. Coupled with BT’s investment in FTTC and FTTH broadband, UK is planning to cover nearly 20 million homes by the end of 2014. The country is planning to spend over €5 billion in upgrading the UK’s broadband infrastructure.

In Spain, Telefonica Spain, Vodafone and Orange are planning to invest over €1 billion in a joint fibre optic network covering 6 million homes by 2017. The three operators ahve have signed additional deals to share fibre infrastructure in buildings in Spain resulting to reduce capex as well as opex for next-generation broadband services.

Telecom Italia has a strategic plan to invest €1.8 billion to provide Ultrabroadband services. At the end of 2013, Telecom Italia ended speculation about its plans for next-gen broadband rollout by committing to significant investment in next-gen broadband – encompassing €1.8 billion in fixed access, and €0.9 billion in expanding its next-gen mobile network. The company aims to cover over half of the population with its ‘ultrabroadband’ by 2016.

All these investments will help Western Europe to catch up with Korea and Japan in terms of next-generation broadband services and consumer will be able to surf HDTV services on their broadband connections.

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3 bn Internet users by end 2014: ITU


ITU has announced that by the end of 2014, there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the developing world.

This corresponds to an Internet-user penetration of 40 percent globally, 78 percent in developed countries and 32 percent in developing countries. More than 90 percent of the people who are not yet using the Internet are from the developing world.

Number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally and fifty five percent of these subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world.

“The newly released ICT figures confirm once again that information and communication technologies continue to be the key drivers of the information society,” said Hamadoun I Toure, secretary-general, ITU.

Results show that fixed-telephone penetration has been declining for the past five years. By end 2014, there will be about 100 million fewer fixed-telephone subscriptions than in 2009. Mobile-cellular subscriptions will reach almost 7 billion by end 2014 and 3.6 billion of these will be in the Asia-Pacific region.

The increase is mostly due to growth in the developing world where mobile-cellular subscriptions will account for 78 percent of the world’s total.

Data show that mobile-cellular growth rates have reached their lowest-ever level (2.6 percent globally), indicating that the market is approaching saturation levels.

Africa and Asia and the Pacific, where penetration will reach 69 percent and 89 percent, respectively by end 2014, are the regions with the strongest mobile-cellular growth (and the lowest penetration rates).

Penetration rates in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Arab States, the Americas and Europe have reached levels above 100 percent and are expected to grow at less than two percent in 2014. The region with the highest mobile cellular penetration rate is the CIS.

By end 2014, fixed-broadband penetration will have reached almost 10 per cent globally. Forty-four per cent of all fixed-broadband subscriptions are in Asia and the Pacific, and 25 per cent are in Europe. In contrast, Africa accounts for less than 0.5 per cent of the world’s fixed-broadband subscriptions and despite double-digit growth over the last four years, penetration in Africa remains very low.

Africa, the Arab States, and CIS are the only regions with double-digit fixed-broadband penetration growth rates. The Americas region stands out with the lowest growth in fixed broadband penetration, estimated at 2.5 percent and reaching a penetration rate of around 17 percent by end 2014. Europe’s fixed-broadband penetration is much higher compared with other regions and almost three times as high as the global average.

Globally, mobile-broadband penetration will reach 32 percent by end 2014; in developed countries, mobile-broadband penetration will reach 84 percent, a level four times as high as in developing countries (21 percent). The number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally and 55 percent of all mobile-broadband subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world.

Mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe (64%) and the Americas (59%), followed by CIS (49%), the Arab States (25%), Asia-Pacific (23%) and Africa (19%).

By end 2014, 44 per cent of the world’s households will have Internet access. Close to one-third of households in developing countries will be connected to the Internet, compared with 78 per cent in developed countries. The analysis shows that household Internet access is approaching saturation levels in developed countries.

More than one out of two households in the CIS will be connected to the Internet. In Africa, only about one out of ten households will be connected to the Internet.

However, household Internet access in Africa continues to grow at double-digit rates. In Africa, almost 20 percent of the population will be online by end 2014, up from 10 percent in 2010.

In the Americas, close to two out of three people will be using the Internet by end 2014, the second highest penetration rate after Europe. Europe’s Internet penetration will reach 75 percent by end 2014, the highest worldwide. One-third of the population in Asia and the Pacific will be online by end 2014 and around 45 percent of the world’s Internet users will be from the Asia-Pacific region.

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Nokia and NTT DOCOMO collaborate for 5G


Nokia and NTT DOCOMO have agreed to collaborate on research and standardization of 5G technologies and to work jointly on a 5G proof of concept (PoC) system to develop and validate next-generation mobile broadband technology.

This move builds on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two companies in January 2014 to research future radio access experimental systems.

To meet the demand for extreme capacity and performance, future 5G networks will need to overcome the challenges that will become relevant for operators, such as guaranteeing cell-edge rates in excess of 100 Mbps and reducing latency by a factor of 10.

Nokia’s hands-on innovation approach builds on existing cutting edge technologies, enabling the transition towards higher bandwidths and superfast mobile broadband.

“We chose Nokia as our partner for the 5G research project based on its clear vision as well as its extensive mobile broadband experience and technology leadership,” said Dr Seizo Onoe, chief technology officer, NTT DOCOMO.

The two companies will continue to cooperate on the research of future radio access systems, with an initial focus on exploring the potential of the millimeter wave technology at the 70 GHz spectrum band. The experimental 5G PoC system will be implemented using National Instrument’s (NI) baseband modules which make up the state-of-the-art system for rapid prototyping of 5G air interfaces today.

“Expanding our cooperation with NTT DOCOMO on 5G radio technology is an important step towards defining future mobile networks,” said Hossein Moiin, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Networks.

“Future wireless networks will interconnect not just humans but also machines and objects, creating a vibrant overlay of virtual and physical worlds with a huge variety of use cases. Together with the industry, we need to make sure that 5G technology offers the right tenets to serve these use cases flexibly and profitably,” added Moiin.

Nokia and NTT DOCOMO have a successful three-year history of cooperative research on various technologies and standards, including collaborative work on 3G and LTE from its early stage. Their work supported LTE global market development with projects conducted in NTT DOCOMO’s research labs in Europe and Japan.

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Mobile broadband users to reach 500 mn by 2020


India’s mobile broadband (MBB) users will reach 500 million subscribers and smartphone penetration will reach 45 percent.

Ericsson estimates that India’s mobile subscriber base will grow from 795 million in 2013 to 1,145 million subscribers by 2020. Simultaneously, smartphone penetration will grow from 10 percent or 90 million devices in 2013 to 45 percent or 520 million devices.

A strong user base and high-speed broadband connectivity will fundamentally change the way people live, interact and do business; with consumers expecting data connectivity at all times, everywhere.

Mobile broadband usage will grow 4X by 2020, thanks to social media, web browsing and chat driving which constitutes more than a third of the mobile broadband traffic currently. Video consumption also continues to grow.

However, ubiquitous mobile broadband experience for users is a challenge at present, with only a third being able to access internet over a mobile broadband network every time they attempt. “Consumers’ value broadband and their expectations around experience are evolving fast.

Users also value superior network performance as they rate network reliability, coverage and speed as the top three parameters for a good mobile broadband experience.

Operators looking to effectively monetize broadband services and tap future growth opportunities need to significantly invest in scaling network performance in three areas – ensuring network ubiquity, consistent app coverage and new charging models based ‘personalization’ that address consumer’s specific preferences.

“Consumers today expect ubiquitous and high performing networks everywhere they go. At the same time, different applications being used by consumers require more and more from the networks. The device experience, the network experience as well as the App experience, together constitute a superior consumer experience,” stated Nishant Batra, head, Engagement Practices, Ericsson India.

Ericsson as a global and local leader in mobile broadband is addressing the needs of operators by ensuring that networks are evolving in sync with the growing needs of consumers. Network reliability, speed and coverage continue to be a priority at Ericsson, as we focus on providing consumers with a superior experience from our networks.

“We are focusing on delivering smart networks that drive simplification, agility, robustness and efficiency as newer and newer cloud based services continue to be innovated,” added Batra.

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OnMobile to divest Voxmobili SA


OnMobile Global is planning to divest Voxmobili SA which specializes in mobile telecommunication products.

The company has signed a binding share purchase agreement with Synchronoss Technologies, a company headquartered in Germany New Jersey and a leading player in Synchronization technology products.

The proposed deal will be subject to and contingent upon certain events, including applicable regulatory and shareholders’ approvals.

Upon the consummation of the deal, OnMobile will realize an amount of $26 million, subject to escrows and other conditions customarily contracted as pat of such a deal.

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Qualcomm’s retail subsidiary is a standalone company


Qualcomm Technologies has signed a definitive agreement with a group of third-party investors to establish Qualcomm Retail Solutions (QRS) as an independent, standalone company.

At close, the third-party investors will collectively assume a controlling interest in the business. Qualcomm Technologies will remain a substantial investor. All aspects of QRS, including the Gimbal technology platform, will be part of this transaction. The QRS entity will be renamed as Gimbal.

“Enabling proximal, contextually relevant experiences is an important element of our vision to bridge the digital and physical worlds across retailing, advertising, social networking and other use cases, and Gimbal is well positioned to continue to drive industry leadership,” said Derek Aberle, president, Qualcomm.

“Qualcomm often serves as a catalyst for creating businesses and technology that enable new and unique user experiences. We look forward to seeing the Gimbal platform continue to flourish and drive the vision we have created – now as an independent entity,” commented Aberle.

Gimbal is a context aware proximity platform that originated in Qualcomm’s internal business incubation group before transitioning into QRS. Gimbal was created to help bring Qualcomm’s vision of a ‘digital sixth sense’ to life. Gimbal includes support for geofencing and proximity beacons as well as an intuitive SDK for iOS and Android that enables brands, retailers and others to engage consumers with relevant, timely and personalized communications.

“The QRS team has made tremendous progress with the Gimbal technology platform and I am excited to continue leading this group as CEO of Gimbal,” said Rocco Fabiano, current president, QRS.

“I am eager to continue working with this team under a new corporate structure that will permit the business to respond quickly to this rapidly evolving ecosystem,” commented Fabiano.

The third-party investors are funding the business via a new investment round that includes additional funding from QTI. The investor group comprises of a mix of venture capital, strategic and individual investors, including the i-Hatch LBS Fund, which includes strategic corporate investors such as Zebra Technologies Corporation and AEG. The transaction is expected to close in May 2014.

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Avaya launches Avaya Contact Center Select


Avaya today announced Avaya Contact Center Select, the latest addition to its customer experience management solutions for midsized businesses.

Avaya Contact Center Select offers sophisticated, multichannel contact center capabilities with the simplicity needed by a midsize organization.

With fewer resources than their large-sized counterparts, midsize companies are often challenged to provide multichannel customer care with technologies typically built for larger enterprises. Avaya fills the gap in purpose-built midmarket communications and collaboration solutions to enable both mid and large enterprises to equally address the needs of their customers.

Avaya Contact Center Select is the first of a new category of products from Avaya — enterprise-class solutions that are optimized for the midmarket and work with the Avaya IP Office Platform.

Avaya Contact Center Select is expected to be generally available globally in June 2014 through Avaya channel partners. Avaya Contact Center Select software starts at $18,958 with 30 voice agent licenses, a multimedia license and a supervisor license. Additional licenses are available on a per agent basis.

Avaya Contact Center Select is the second Avaya contact center solutions for IP Office to be announced since the beginning of the year. Avaya IP Office Contact Center offers multichannel capabilities for 5-100 agents.

Led by the flagship Avaya IP Office Platform, Avaya’s midmarket portfolio offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of communication and collaboration solutions on the market. In addition to the contact center solutions, the portfolio includes video collaboration, mobility, security and networking solutions.

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ICT resilience needed to face climate change


“Resilient Pathways: The adaptation of the ICT sector to climate change” report recommends that positioning climate change in the sector’s agenda requires active engagement of stakeholders at all levels, fostering adoption of innovative measures to cope with, respond and adjust to change.

The new report was produced by ITU along with UNFCCC and UNESCO. The reports launch follows the addition of a new ICT Solutions pillar in the UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change initiative which ITU welcomes as a very positive step towards strengthening the transformational potential of ICTs as part of climate change responses.

These pathways can allow the ICT sector to go beyond short-term reactive measures, in order to improve its overall adaptability to future unforeseen effects, while approaching adaptation from a collaborative, multi-level perspective.

Hamadoun I Toure, secretary general, ITU said, “We need to foster a new, more flexible mindset and new learning processes to take into account robustness in the face of climate change impact when designing these fundamental technologies.”

Luis Neves, group sustainability and climate change officer, Deutsche Telekom said, “This report provides some concrete guidelines for industry on how to incorporate some of those principles into the development of new technology.”

The report recommends a number of adaptive actions based on the principle of resilience. It highlights, for example, the need for improvements in telecommunication service coverage, particularly in locations vulnerable to climate change impacts.

It also recommends the development of new work to strengthen the resilience of ICT infrastructure, such as those taking place in ITU-T’s Focus Group on Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery (FG-DR&NRR) and ITU-T’s Study Group 5 “Environment and Climate Change”.

It notes that ICT sector stakeholders face the challenge of building greater awareness of, and resilience to climate change impacts, especially in the context of increasingly interconnected and interdependent business and supply chains. In this respect the report highlights the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP), of which ITU is a partner.

Also recommended in Resilient Pathways are the implementation of novel approaches to improve systems’ diversity and interoperability, including virtualization, server networks and system backup, in order to ensure intra-sector redundancy, and thus the continuity of services and operations during climatic disturbances.

The Resilient Pathways report is part of ITU’s efforts to deepen multi-stakeholder collaboration and foster innovative responses to the challenges posed by climate change. It responds to an increasing interest within the international community on the significant potential of ICTs as part of climate change strategies, and aims at stimulating the exchange of experiences in this field.

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