The LTE Patent Pool managed by VIA Licensing combines the patent portfolios of 10 companies, and it now has the backing of the NGMN Board. “The NGMN Board has consistently stated that patents are an important part of standardized technologies like GSM, UMTS and LTE,” it says. “The NGMN Alliance published the first requirements for a successful LTE patent pool in 2010 and its Board has been a supporter of the development and use of patent pools as a means to improve transparency and predictability of royalty rates since that time.” Six of the patent pool’s members are NGMN partners (AT&T, NTT DoCoMo, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, SK Telecom and ZTE)…Alcatel-Lucent’s expanded mobile-backhaul portfolio leverages the company’s Internet protocol (IP)/multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) capabilities. New variants of the 7705 Service Aggregation Router family support 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi over any backhaul access; an expanded range of microwave transport solutions enable quicker deployments and multiple options to address a broader range of backhaul access scenarios, including 60 GHz point-to-point line-of-sight, and sub-6 GHz for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint non-line-of-sight apps; and increased capacity on the 9500 Microwave Packet Radio for both their macro and small cell sites…Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (AOS) is marketing the AOZ1232-01 and AOZ1233-01 high-efficiency synchronous EZBuck regulators featuring a proprietary Constant On-Time (COT) control architecture that enables smaller solutions and simplifies designs. The regulators are suited for the latest notebook PCs, ultrabooks, graphics cards, servers, data storage systems and Smart TVs…Tokyo-based OKI launched an upgraded version of its CenterStage NX3200 Session Border Controller featuring blades with OKI’s newly developed carrier-grade broadband codec conversion functions. OKI says the product “achieves high functionality and low delays of 20 ms or less for high-volume concurrent communications as well as smooth service exchange between carriers especially when LTE (Long Term Evolution) takes off”…ARRIS Group Inc. is debuting a bundled multicast IPTV advertising solution for the delivery of national, regional, zoned and targeted ads. The solution integrates ad storage, streaming, insertion and splicing in a single device, the ARRIS Media Services Platform (MSP), that supports both traditional SCTE 30 protocol as well as the new SCTE 130 protocol to integrate splicing with insertion. According to ARRIS, its advertising solutions are used directly or indirectly by nine of the top 10 service providers in North America…The HC-Series of ultra-high-density fiber-optic cables from Optical Cable Corporation (OCC) features tight-buffered 12-fiber units with an outer diameter reportedly smaller than conventional cables using “loose tube” construction. Suitable for direct pulling with wire mesh grips, the HC-series cables can help reduce costs by eliminating the need to splice outdoor cable to indoor cable at building entrance, the company says…An optical line terminal (OLT) transceiver with embedded Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (eOTDR) for gigabit passive optical networks (GPON) in an SFP form factor and for use in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks now is available from NeoPhotonics Corporation…At last week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Aurora Networks debuted the Trident7 Optical Line Terminal (OLT) blade it says provides double the port density of the current platform. Model T7-PIM-8802 has eight EPON ports and,  with as may as 18 blades in a chassis (assuming a 1×32 split), more than 4,600 ONTs can be supported from a single chassis. In addition, Aurora enhanced the link performance from its multiwavelength transmitters to its smart-node platform, “enabling the company to be the first to deliver 40 at 40: 40 wavelengths of full spectrum transmission at 40-km reach, with no amplification,” it notes. This enhancement extends from its Full Spectrum DWDM transmitter, the AT3545G-xx-1, to its smart-node platform.

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