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Hughes Network Systems, OneWeb Ink Deal

Hughes Network Systems and OneWeb have inked a capacity deal for its customers in two agreements – one with the United States, the other with India, according to a statement from Hughes. The U.S. distribution agreement  focuses on enterprise services, and the companies have reached a memorandum of understanding to distribute services in India to large enterprises, government, telcos and internet service providers in the rural and remote parts of the country, Hughes said.

Services will be offered in the United States by Hughes Network Systems and in India by Hughes Communications India Private. Hughes President Pradman Kaul said at a press event that the company’s joint venture with Bharti Airtel in India is expected to close later this year, according to a report published by Satellite Show Daily.

This action will combine Hughes Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites and network technologies with OneWeb’s satellites in low-Earth orbit (LEO). Satellite Show Daily said that the companies shared a demonstration on Sept. 9 of this multi-orbit connectivity. It showed Hughes ActiveTechnologies software transmitting different types of traffic, such as streaming and gaming, over the most efficient path, whether it be OneWeb or Jupiter HTS.

“The future of connectivity depends on a worldwide network of multiple transports, including terrestrial, geostationary and low-Earth orbit satellite services,” Kaul said in a prepared statement. “OneWeb’s system enhances the Hughes portfolio of networking capabilities, introducing a low-latency option with global reach that complements GEO satellite capacity density and capability to meet our customers’ needs.”


China’s H3C Selects Keysight for PCIe Compliance Validation, 5G Small Cell Performance Testing

H3C, an IT infrastructure product manufacturer with principal operations in Hangzhou, China, has selected Keysight Technologies for peripheral component interface express (PCIe) compliance validation and 5G small cell performance testing to capture opportunities in data compute and 5G markets, according to information from Keysight.

“H3C has served the Chinese data compute market with digital infrastructure products including servers, routers and switches for more than 30 years,” a statement from Keysight reads. “H3C is now expanding into 5G technology with small cell solutions. H3C selected Keysight’s comprehensive suite of 5G and high-speed digital test solutions to continuously verify compliance to the latest specifications defined by standard organizations and industry consortia such as PCI-SIG, 3GPP, O-RAN Alliance and IEEE.”

Digital transformation at the edge of the network requires efficient management of compute workloads, the statement reads. It said that the design complexity of high-speed serial data links in servers, routers and switches in data centers is increasing as data rates rise. The complexity creates a need for high-performance, software-driven PCIe transceiver test tools, according to Keysight. The company said that its Infinium UXR real-time oscilloscope, bit error ratio tester (BERT), precision waveform analyzers and optical transceiver test solutions enable H3C to verify PCIe transmitters and receivers used in data center and cloud computing platforms.

“H3C also uses Keysight’s user equipment (UE) emulation solution, UeSIM to validate the performance of a network infrastructure under real-world scenarios across the full protocol stack by emulating real network traffic over radio and O-RAN fronthaul interfaces,” the statement reads. ” UeSIM, part of Keysight’s open radio access network architect (KORA) portfolio, addresses emulation requirements from the edge of the radio access network (RAN) to the core of the network.”


U.S. Navy Awards L3Harris Contract For 16 COMSATCOM Terminals

By The Editors of AGL

The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris $18 million as part of the Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP), a continuing effort to bolster sailors’ access to commercial broadband communications while on active maritime duty.

The company’s long-standing commitment to the program and on-time delivery of the systems led to four additional units being added to this year’s contracted activities.

CBSP provides terminal-to-shore, space, and terrestrial connectivity, increasing throughput for commercial satellite communications to provide redundancy for military satellite communications. The program includes two U.S. Navy contracts for separate types of terminals, one for Force-Level Variants (FLV) and another for Unit-Level Variants (ULV).

The ULV contract is a 10 year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity award, through which the Navy has deployed more than 150 systems to date. This year’s award will provide the service with 16 new units; work is expected to be completed later this year.

CBSP is used as a secondary service for communications that do not leverage the Advanced Extremely High Frequency Naval Maritime Terminal (NMT). It is also the backup for the NMT if it is unavailable,

Source: SatNews

Ericsson Reports Second Quarter Results

By The Editors of AGL

Second-quarter highlights

  • Group organic sales grew by 8 percent YoY, despite a sales decline in Mainland China of SEK -2.5 b. YoY and an IPR revenue decline of SEK -0.5 b. YoY. Reported sales were SEK 54.9 (55.6) b.
  • Gross margin excluding restructuring charges improved to 43.4 percent (38.2 percent driven mainly by operational leverage in Networks. Q2 2020 was negatively impacted by inventory write-down and initial 5G deployments in Mainland China. The reported gross margin was 43.4 percent (37.6 percent
  • EBIT excluding restructuring charges improved to SEK 5.8 b. (10.6 percent) from SEK 4.5 b. (8.2 percent) YoY driven by Networks. Reported EBIT was SEK 5.8 (3.9) b.
  • Organic sales in Networks grew by 11 percent YoY, driven by market share gains. Sales in Mainland China were SEK -2.0 b. lower YoY. The reported EBIT margin was 21.7 percent (13.2 percent).
  • Organic sales in Digital Services were stable YoY, despite a sales decline in Mainland China of SEK -0.5 b. YoY. Reported EBIT (loss) was SEK -1.6 (-0.7) b., impacted by a write-down of SEK -0.3 b. for pre-commercial product investments for the Chinese market.
  • The reported net income was SEK 3.9 (2.6) b.
  • Free cash flow before M&A was SEK 4.1 (3.2) b. supported by higher incoming IPR payments. Net cash per June 30, 2021, was SEK 43.7 (37.5) b.
  • The RAN market outlook for 2021 has been updated to 10 percent growth YoY, compared with previously 3 percent growth. Source: Dell’Oro.

The opportunity from enterprise for 5G provides an exciting growth path for Ericsson. Building on the strong foundations of our core business Ericsson continues to take a stepwise approach to invest in growth in Dedicated Networks, IoT, and the wireless portfolio acquired with Cradlepoint. A 20-30 percent annual market growth in enterprise, with opportunities in automation, remote operations and safety management across whole industry sectors such as smart manufacturing, ports and airports, energy, mining, health and agriculture is expected.

Enterprise use cases in 5G – and the continuing growth in 4G – will drive the digital transformation of business globally combining the high performance, low latency and security benefits of wireless over traditional fixed networks. We are confident that wireless will be the first-choice connection for global business in the 5G era.

Source: Ericsson

FairPoint Grows Ethernet Mobile Backhaul Business

FairPoint Communications, a telecom provider across 18 states, said its Ethernet mobile backhaul business in northern New England is expected to increase by more than 39 percent in 2013.

By the end of 2012, less than two years since FairPoint embarked on its fiber-to-the-towers initiative, FairPoint has increased the number of its mobile carrier contracts to more than 950 mobile connection points on its fiber backhaul network. The company intends to increase the number of these mobile connection points to more than 1,300 in 2013 based on signed contracts. FairPoint expects to increase its Ethernet mobile backhaul services to more than 1,000 towers by the end of the year in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

“FairPoint’s investment in wireless space is smart business,” said Tony Tomae, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, in a company statement. “This demonstrates that our initial investment has had a significant payoff because the major carriers have joined FairPoint’s Ethernet mobile backhaul network.”

The company has invested more than $200 million in its network, which provides its wireless carrier customers with the latest technology. This next-generation network is strategically located, allowing FairPoint to provision new technology advances like small cell applications.