Pronto Networks (www.prontonetworks.com) hired Paramjit ("Param") Singh Puri as the General Manager for its management team in the Asia-Pacific region. He has additional interim responsibility for South Asia. Puri will work from Pronto Networks' Bangalore, India office. Initially, Puri will focus on the company's expansion to India and other South Asian countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Prior to joining Pronto, he managed his own management-consulting firm. Puri also held senior-level marketing positions for companies like Epson India, Siemens Nixdorf, and AT&T.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (www.telecomsys.com) launched a scalable solution for mobile operators within the European Union to address E112 wireless emergency-services call requirements. The EU E112 mandate targets all mobile operators that are technically capable of offering location-based services to their subscribers. By law, those operators must forward the caller's location information to emergency services in the event that a 112 emergency call is made. TCS' E112 location-based solution promises to ensure that mobile operators are compliant with the legislation while it evolves and scales with mobile network technology.
The Global UMTS TDD Alliance (www.umtstdd.org) was launched to accelerate the growing success of UMTS TDD. The specific goals of the alliance are to: create greater awareness of UMTS TDD technology as the leading standard for mobile broadband and other high-speed packet-based services; offer a forum for information sharing among members; support collaborative technology development, interoperability testing, and certification; educate the market about the reference cases and economics of UMTS TDD deployments; and provide information on TDD solutions. Among the founding members of the Global UMTS TDD Alliance are 18 operators from five continents including: Airdata, AtlasOne, IPMobile, IQ Networks, Kite Networks, Mobicom, Net2Cell, Nextwave Telecom, Sentech, Softbank BB, SonaeCom, Aksoran, and Woosh Wireless. Among the vendors participating in the forum are Andrew Corp., Axcera, Fastcomm, InCode Telecom, IPWireless, MRiC, Possio, Samsung, and UTStarcom. Joining the group as technical advisors are Professor Masao Nakagawa and Professor Riaz Esmailzadeh from Keio University in Japan.
Sierra Wireless (www.sierrawireless.com) appointed David McLennan as its Chief Financial Officer. McLennan will assume overall responsibility for the financial management of the company and for directing the business' financial planning, administrative-support, and investor-relations functions. Prior to joining Sierra Wireless, David spent approximately 10 years in a variety of senior-management positions within the BCE group of companies. He served with Bell Canada as CFO and with Bell ExpressVu—initially as CFO and subsequently as President and COO.
Wi-LAN Inc. (www.wi-lan.com) and Wellink (www.wellink.co.kr) agreed to enter the market for broadband-mobile-wireless intelligent transportation systems (ITSs). They will use Wi-LAN's LIBRA 5800 Transit Mobility (TM) and Wellink's network-backbone products. Wi-LAN also agreed to provide Wellink with broadband-mobile-wireless products, which are valued at several million dollars, over a 12-month period. These mobile wireless systems are intended for ITSs in the Asia-Pacific region. Intended ITS applications for the Wi-LAN/Wellink systems include broadband communications to high-speed trains.
The EU commission signed a research and development contract with the Open Broadband Access Network (OBAN) consortium, which will be led by Telenor within the European Union 6th Framework Research and Development Programme. The OBAN consortium consists of four leading European telecom operators as well as various research institutions and universities. In addition, the consortium includes some industrial partners. Using the Birdstep IP Zone and Mobile IP technologies, Birdstep Technology ASA (www.birdstep.com) will act as a technology contributor to the consortium. The funding scope of OBAN is 5 million EUR over a three-year period. Birdstep is being granted 437 thousand EUR of that total with a primary focus on prototype development. In this R&D project, the consortium will address a variety of aspects related to the use of open-broadband-access networks, including system architecture, wireless technology, and advanced services. Three trials are planned during the project in Berlin, Lannion, and Oslo.
In a separate announcement, Birdstep Technology ASA revealed that it has entered the smart-phone market. In recent months, the company registered an increased interest in seamless mobility from a number of players within the smart-phone market. The new terminals that are hitting the market are equipped with multi-radio capabilities. To be able to deliver the technology that is required by these manufacturers, Birdstep has decided to open a Cambridge, England office that focuses on Symbian platform development.
Sweden is the first country in the world to offer nationwide third-generation cellular-phone network coverage to its mobile users. A variety of 3G handsets were made available to coincide with TeliaSonera's national 3G rollout. New services include data, e-mail, mobile Internet, multimedia messages, and streaming video.
Airespace, Inc. (www.airespace.com) opened its newest office in Tokyo, Japan. Known as Airespace K.K., it will serve as headquarters for the sales and support of the Airespace Wireless Enterprise Platform throughout Japan. In addition, Hidesuke Kawata, an industry veteran with management experience at Cisco, Sun, DEC, and other leading networking companies, joined Airespace as Representative Director for Japanese operations. Kawata will handle strategic sales and support activities throughout the country. He also will manage customers through local partners including NEC, Macnica Networks Company, Kanematsu Electronics Ltd. (KEL), and Net One Systems Co. Ltd.
Kawasaki Microelectronics (www.klsi.com) announced its Matrix ASIC strategic initiative. This initiative enables customers to mix and match logic components from several different libraries to meet specific design objectives. All of the libraries that are currently offered for this initiative come from Virage Logic Corp. (www.viragelogic.com). As a result of the Kawasaki initiative, designers can now mix and match libraries with different voltage thresholds and cell heights. In addition, designers can mix standard cell libraries with metal programmable libraries for cost-effective reversions and prototypes.
Air2Web (www.air2web.com) completed its acquisition of Wokup SA. Wokup serves banking institutions like Credit Lyonnais, Société Générale, and BRED; telcos like France Telecom, Orange, and Telefonica, and many other companies. By combining the products and technology of Air2Web and Wokup, these customers and others will be able to leverage Air2Web's suite of wireless products. Wokup's office in France will operate as the headquarters for Air2Web Europe.