Latest Mobile Trends That May Annoy or Inspire You

11/19/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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As I got back to reading tech headlines this morning, I was reminded once again how increasing mobility and instant access to data have both positive and negative implications on us. Some of the latest trends are annoying while others give me great hope for humankind. Here are the headlines that caught my eye...
Kids Using Mobile Phones Will Become the Norm by 2020
A recent study from Ericsson predicts that 90 percent of the world’s population over the age of six will have a mobile phone by 2020. Right now, there are 2.7 billion smartphone subscriptions and this number is expected to hit 6.1 billion by 2020. There is also expected to be a tenfold increase in the use of mobile video calls, which would make up more than half of all mobile data traffic by 2020.
I’m sure most of you have stories about how your kids have already outsmarted you with mobile technology. It would be eye-opening to learn from an anthropological study how this ingrained mobile behavior will impact society in the future. I imagine this is already in the works.
This image reminds of one of my little nieces, although I cringe at the thought of either of them yelling with attitude into a smartphone like an over-stressed and over-caffeinated executive.
Drivers Now Talk Less on Mobile Phones But are Addicted to Mobile Internet
State Farm just conducted its annual survey to measure drivers’ attitudes and behaviors related to distracted driving. While the percentage of drivers who talk on their phones has decreased, most likely due to laws implemented across the country, texting remains at the same level while other risky mobile behaviors have actually increased.
Accessing the Internet has doubled from 13 percent in 2009 to 26 percent this year. Drivers checking social media networks like Twitter rose from 9 percent to 20 percent over the same time period.
I wonder if the rise of connected cars that more seamlessly connect us to a wide range of data throughout our car environments will ease the distraction or further evolve them into weapons of mass distraction (and at times destruction). Better get more driverless cars on the road, stat!

Aid Workers Are Leveraging Big Data to Fight Ebola
People helping to fight the battle against Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have recognized that the lack of real-time data is slowing efforts to thwart this frightening disease.
To combat this, they are programming 10,000 smart phones so that aid workers can send data to the United Nations via a special WiFi network for faster and more informed decision making. This will help them quickly make major decisions, like figuring out where to deploy more resources such as personnel and supplies.
The WiFi network in the affected countries will be built by NetHope, a consortium of international humanitarian groups that specializes in bringing technology to developing regions.
Mobile Apps for Happiness Are on the Rise
Anxiety and depression continue to increase but other research indicates that in reality, we actually have three times more positive than negative experiences. This disconnect has triggered a whole new field of research called “positive psychology.”  Silicon Valley has been integral to this trend with the creation of multiple mobile apps and programs for enhancing happiness and popular conferences like Wisdom 2.0.
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford has also started holding the annual “Happiness App Challenge” for the development of the best happiness apps, acknowledging that the popularity of smartphones provides a unique platform to address mounting stress in modern society.


Incidentally, I used to practice yoga with the brilliant woman who wrote this article for the Huffington Post but I refuse to forgo the sanctuary of my local yoga studio for a mobile yoga app, no matter what her story says!


Where is LTE Headed?

11/13/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Next week, JDSU is exhibiting at LTE North America (November 18-20) held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dallas, Texas. One of many stops for our company to engage with global mobile technology industry leaders. It has been reported that 50 billion connected devices are expected by 2020.  In an era of massive mobile app downloads, frequent mobile video viewing, lively social media activity and other drivers that impact bandwidth, LTE is a major enabler. But, where is LTE headed?

In a recent exchange with Paul Gowans, global mobile network and service enablement expert for JDSU, we covered how LTE is evolving.  He will be presenting at the event next Wednesday: "Bulletproof Deployment and Management of Small Cells" in track 3 at 12:35 PM.  Here are his highlights on LTE.
Observing the LTE market today, coverage and capacity dominate in two areas: coverage for indoor and capacity for urban environments:
o indoor coverage - started with the humble FemTo cell in the home for residential coverage where the mobile signal proved to be poor. Now, the  issue of indoor coverage extends to key public areas, namely: stadiums, malls, offices, airports. The importance of access to environments where there are typically large numbers of people congregating in one place is big.
o urban capacity – an immense appetite for greater capacity exists in cities where the most data hungry users are. It is key to provide the capacity for the high end users in the specific locations they could use it most.
HetNet is a big influencer - think of this as a combination of macro, small cells, DAS and WiFi.  These technologies will deliver benefits to the end user. DAS for example aligns well for indoor coverage. For urban capacity you must position the small cells as close to the heavy users as possible.
Let’s not forget hungry handsets - LTE continues to evolve to meet the ever increasing capacity and coverage demands of the hungry handsets. 
As for LTE and data services, LTE Advanced is key, in particular carrier aggregation for increased bandwidth where component carriers can be joined to deliver a potential bandwidth of up to 100 Mhz.  This allows operators to aggregate different parts of the spectrum they may have to deliver a broader pipe to the customer.  There is the added advantage of combining spectrum that does better for indoor with spectrum that deliver greater capacity.
MIMO brings another dynamic by offering capacity where different user data is transmitted from multiple antennas or for coverage where the same user data is transmitted from multiple antennas.  
LTE-Broadcast or eMBMS is also being deployed – this is rather than a 1-to-1 form of communication but a 1-to-many allowing a more efficient use of the bandwidth to broadcast content to a set of users.
VoLTE is another key evolution.  Consider that LTE, up until now, has been focused on data services. VoLTE is an all packet voice service, delivering HD voice with fast connection time over LTE. In addition messaging will typically also be delivered over LTE when voice migrates. VoLTE not only delivers a better voice experience it also helps operators realize business benefits in the shape of improved OpEx.
And we’re already talking about 5G, which is at the very early stages. Many operators are starting to get involved in what 5G might look like or what the user demands will be.  
Fiber is a critical technology and prevalent in the fronthaul and the backhaul with distributed cell site architectures gaining traction.  The RF signal is delivered over fiber and mechanisms such as RFoCPRI in order to allow field technicians to do an effective job.
As 2014 nears an end, looking ahead to next year, LTE deployments will still dominate the landscape together with the evolution of LTE into LTE-Advanced, LTE-Broadcast and VoLTE.  In fact, LTE will be the defacto service for many users. Plus, small cells will be used more readily in cities to provide extra capacity. NFV, although new, will evolve as the industry evaluates the opportunities and challenges of a virtualized network. Lastly, SON (self-organizing networks) will be an important part of the strategy of operators.

JDSU's Paul Gowans is presenting during the "Bulletproof Deployment and Management of Small Cells" session at LTE North America in Dallas.


CCOP Wins in China & More on the Upcoming Spin

11/7/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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This week, Huawei granted JDSU the 2014 Excellent Core Partner Award for the fourth time in five years at its core partner convention held in Shenzhen, China. The award is the highest honor given by Huawei to its base of approximately one thousand suppliers.

Alan Lowe, president of CCOP, was at the event on Thursday and also participated in a media briefing at the JDSU Shenzhen office on Friday to discuss the CCOP business and the upcoming separation.
Alan Lowe, President of CCOP and TJ Lu, VP of APAC Sales, spoke to Chinese media on Friday and provided a tour of the JDSU facility in Shenzhen.
Here are some the key points that shed more light on what's happening at CCOP:
What is the rationale behind the separation of CCOP from JDSU?
It allows CCOP to focus on its strategic direction without having to compete with other business units for prioritization. It also provides a clearer path and understanding of our vision and goals for our customers, employees and other key stakeholders.
CCOP is operationally fit and we have done all of the heavy lifting and are ready to be focused as a standalone company to serve our customers and to grow profitability.
How will the separation impact the existing CCOP structure?  

CCOP is creating a new company that has its own functions and infrastructure. Recently we named Aaron Tachibana as CFO-designate. Aaron is presently JDSU’s VP of Finance and Global Controller and we’re very excited to add him to our executive team.

Other than that, we have strong leaders in place who will continue to collaborate closely with our customers.  If anything, the new company will reinvigorate the CCOP team, make us more agile, and enhance the value we bring to our customers and other stakeholders.

Can you explain the different technologies you provide and the markets that you serve?

The amount of network traffic is staggering, driven by new smart devices, popular apps like streaming video, and other consumer electronics like smart TVs. This drives demand for bandwidth and for our solutions in both the Telecom and Datacom (data center) markets.

Network providers are moving from fixed networks to faster, more agile networks and are buying our TrueFlex solutions for flexibility and 100G modulators to support faster data rates. They are also requiring higher-density applications and solutions for next generation networks such as our leading ROADM, Tunable SFP and XFP solutions. We provide a broad range of products across different parts of the network infrastructure and will continue to develop high density solutions that drive down power consumption for our customers.

Hyperscale data centers are also being aggressively built by Web 2.0 companies to support soaring bandwidth and CCOP provides an innovative portfolio of 40G interconnects and is also ramping up a series of 100G products for this fast-growing market.


Our commercial lasers group has had great success over the past year. Earlier in 2014, we acquired Time-Bandwidth for picosecond lasers and that business is performing very well. We are also providing second-generation fiber lasers as the manufacturing market continues to shift away from CO2 lasers for uses such as glass cutting. In addition, we continue to grow our strong partnership with Amada for high-power fiber lasers.


CCOP was one of early leaders to provide optics for 3D sensing; first in gaming and now moving to other applications and devices. Our expertise is a huge advantage for emerging opportunities. Now we are focusing on new capabilities such as facial and iris recognition so that people don’t have to remember their passwords to use various devices.

What will be the name of your new company?

We are in the process of going through a branding exercise now and will formally announce the name of the company once it is final.
How many employees and locations will you have?
We aren’t currently sharing this level of detail but we will continue to have a strong presence in APAC and across all regions. Our headquarters will remain in Milpitas, CA with key sites across all regions.
How much revenue does CCOP expect to generate?
We don’t share forward-looking information but as a business unit of JDSU, CCOP’s revenues in fiscal year 2014 (ended June 30, 2014) were $794.1 million.
CCOP serves a $7.4 billion optical communications market expected to grow at a compounded rate of 11 percent over the next four years.
It also serves an approximate $2.5 billion commercial lasers market, growing at a forecasted 7 percent annually. 
Will this change the way you do business with your customers or timing for your current product roadmaps?
We will move forward with our roadmaps and don’t expect this to change the way we do business. If anything the separation will make us more agile.
How do you see CCOP expanding in China and in Asia overall?
The APAC region is a strategic area for CCOP. 100G is a huge opportunity in China and all telecom carriers are investing in this area to upgrade and build out their networks with faster data rates.
We are also having positive momentum with our laser solutions in China, Korea and Japan and have a strong partnership with Amada for our high-power fiber laser solutions.  Our 3D sensing solutions are also gaining more momentum across different players in various APAC regions.

Alan Lowe celebrated the Huawei award news with JDSU employees in Shenzhen, China on Thursday.

Congratulations to CCOP on their continued success and to the APAC team for their award from Huawei!


Gimme Fibre Day 2014: Q&A with FTTH Council Europe’s Hartwig Tauber

11/3/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Sure, fibre is a real technology force.  But, why all the recent fuss about fibre?  That's because Nov. 4 is Gimme Fibre Day, a virtual event run by the FTTH Council that encourages organizations around the world to tout the benefits of fibre to the home technology.  What’s new since last year’s event, you may ask?  Well we took our questions straight to a major industry source – this blog features a recent exchange between me and Hartwig Tauber who is the Director General of FTTH Council Europe.

For JDSU’s part … in the spirit of celebrating Gimme Fibre Day, highlights of recent activity include:

* JDSU’s Get Fiber Smart Page is loaded with the latest in JDSU fiber products and solutions, videos and webinars, resource center and reference guides.

* JDSU XG-PON video shows the ins and outs of the JDSU OLP-87 XG-PON test meter.
* The launch of a new optical power meter solution for FTTH deployments PowerChek™ with flexibility for many fibre network applications.
How ​PowerChek™works: When testing fibre optic networks, there is no instrument more widely utilized than the Optical Power Meter (OPM), an essential tool to troubleshoot and ensure fibre networks are correctly installed and optimized. As requirements for testing and certifying optical networks expand, technicians rely on their OPM to measure optical power and provide an easy way to document results and generate reports to certify quality and performance.  The expansion of fibre into additional applications has created an influx of technicians that are new to fibre optic technology—they prefer a tool that adapts to their working environment and skill set. JDSU’s new solution makes fibre optic power measurements easier, faster and safer.
* Interview with Hartwig! Read on for great, global insight on fibre’s fantastic future.      
Hartwig Tauber from FTTH Council - Director General, FTTH Council Europe
Let’s start with the past year  since the last Gimme Fibre Day celebration - please name a few industry trends that have been peaking this year in the fiber industry. Also, it seemed like Gimme Fibre Day was a major success . . . how did it go in your view?
Hartwig Tauber:  Since last year, FTTH has gained speed again in some European countries. The Nordics started a second wave of fibre roll out and we could see a new trend of regional broadband-fibre initiatives in Germany, Austria, UK, France and some other countries. It seems that in particular rural and semi-rural areas are not willing anymore to wait until the incumbent is moving forward on fibre. In Germany there was even a debate on structural separation, investigating models to split Deutsche Telekom into an infrastructure and services part. The first statements of President Junker regarding a focus of the new European Commission on Digital Economy sound promising.
Regarding our first Gimme Fibre Day: this was a great success. There were more than 30 activities and events in 16 European countries – and several more in the areas of our sister organisations around the world. This year we event want to top this and we already have a lineup of interesting Gimme Fibre Day activities!
Now, let’s look ahead - what are the hot areas that are coming up/down the road in Europe that observers should keep an eye on – any new advancements or expected opportunities for fiber technology?
Hartwig Tauber:  We expect a strong broadband and fibre push through the new European Commission next year. Many projects that are in planning seem to start off in 2015/16. This should include some interesting news from Poland where we have our FTTH Conference in February 2015. We are realistic;  countrywide deployments by incumbents will still not happen – but they are forced to go at least for Fibre to the Building in cities to stay competitive towards the cable operators. The combination of FTTB and G.Fast could lead to a new acceleration of fibre deployments.
You travel the world to take part in forums that address the impact of fiber on the technology industry. What stands out as common themes?
Hartwig Tauber:  There is common agreement that ultra-fast broadband that delivers good quality of service is important for economic growth and society. And all players agree that FTTH is the only endgame solution. The interesting situation is that Europe still sticks to its “technology neutrality” approach while most of the other regions pave the way towards full fibre networks. The FTTH Council Europe will therefore continue to urge the decision makers to actually MAKE a decision: “If you want fibre, why don’t you just say it?”.
Another topic that I see around the world: the consumer demand for bandwidth and quality of service is increasing very fast. 4k and Ultra-High-Definition TV are buzz words but when you discuss further, most experts agree that the parallel use of already existing services quickly adds up to bandwidth demands that can only be fulfilled by FTTH.
How about the status of FTTB/H penetration and how you see it moving forward?
Hartwig Tauber:  While the growth in Europe is slow but steady, some other regions in the world move forward in a surprising speed. South America and several African countries start deploying FTTH in a broad scale, simply because the growing cities need telecommunication infrastructure and there is no legacy copper network available. European decision makers have the reflex to say that this cannot be compared with the regulatory and market framework in Europe. This might be correct, but still we are in global competition with those regions and it could be a big surprise when “Good Old Europe” realizes one day that we are lagging behind on FTTH and therefore on competitiveness.
What activity does the FTTH Council Europe have planned for this year’s Gimme Fibre Day?  Since you have insight into what organizations have planned, does any activity get your attention as super creative or big to commemorate the occasion?
Hartwig Tauber:  The Gimme Fibre Day is the day of all FTTH supporters. Like last year we count on our members, on operators, associations and individuals to do a broad spectrum of activities on 4th November. We see ourselves as facilitator to motivate and to coordinate the activities. With our new and completely redesigned Gimme Fibre Day website combined with a Facebook campaign, we try to attract as many people as possible.
A special activity from FTTH Council Europe is #run4fibre – everyone can post her or his jogging-trainings on Facbook and tag it with #run4fibre. The one who runs the largest distance until February 2015 will win either an iPad or a brand new Polar training computer. Therefore: put on your running shoes, activate your running app and run for fibre!
Hartwig, thanks for your time! Congratulations on a fantastic worldwide “virtual” event to drive awareness of and celebrate the immensely important benefits of fiber. 


Quarterly Roundup: More on the Company Split

10/31/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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On Wednesday, JDSU announced its first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2015, which exceeded the high end of its guidance range at $433.6 million in revenue.  A lot of discussion during the earnings call was of course centered on the company split and so I thought I would address a few questions in this post.

As announced in September, JDSU plans to separate into two publicly traded companies. The CCOP organization (SpinCo) will include Telecom, Datacom, Lasers and 3D Sensing offerings and will be led by the business unit’s current president, Alan Lowe.

The Network and Service enablement company (NewCo) will include JDSU’s current Network Enablement, Service Enablement and Optical Security and Performance Products and will be led by JDSU’s current CEO, Tom Waechter.
What’s the rationale behind splitting the company in two?
JDSU decided on this path after a comprehensive review of our strategy, portfolio, and other options available to the company and extensive discussions with our board. With the two new companies operating independently, each will have a sharper focus on capturing growth opportunities in the various markets that they serve.  
We believe the separation will allow CCOP to devote enhanced focus to its leading position in telecom, expand its position in the high-growth datacom market, and grow its commercial lasers and 3D sensing businesses.
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The separation will also enable NSE to continue its leadership in network enablement, while continuing to transition to a more software-centric company aligned with the industry's rapid shift to software defined networks.
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As our results and Q2 guidance show, both SpinCo and NewCo are starting out fiscal year 2015 with solid revenue and margins, providing positive momentum as we move towards the spin.
What progress have you made since you announced plans for the separation in September?
We’ve identified a significant number of JDSU employees that will be part of NewCo. We’ve also made a lot of progress setting up processes and systems for the separation and remain on track for our target separation date of the third quarter in calendar year 2015.
What are your biggest challenges moving forward?
Telecom carrier spending has been uneven in recent years. However, at the same time, the lines between Telecom and Enterprise networks have blurred with increased mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to work environments. We’ve been diversifying across the Enterprise and Datacom markets, including Cloud and Data Center opportunties, to serve these areas.
What are your biggest opportunities moving forward?
For NewCo, it is the transition towards software-based architectural changes, including SDN and NFV. This presents a unique opportunity to deliver greater customer value by providing end-to-end network visibility across Service Providers and Enterprises.  Our goal is to help customers profitably scale and meet unrelenting demand for the ongoing proliferation of devices and applications.
For SpinCo, networks are moving to faster transmission speeds of  40G in data centers and Enterprise and 100G in Long Haul and Metro networks. These infrastructures require fast and flexible optical components and solutions. Lasers is also entering a new growth phase in both micro and macro machining.
Expect more updates about the split on “JDSU Perspectives” in the near future. Happy Halloween and congratulations to the San Francicso Giants on winning the World Series!

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Video Quality – One Way It’s Done (Video)

10/29/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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You may have heard that video is an “emotional medium.” It’s always been that way. No wonder viewers are sensitive to having a flawless experience. But especially these days...just look at the following setting that a recent article points out:

o Global Internet traffic has multiplied five-fold over the past five years and is set to increase threefold over the next five years (Cisco). Within two years, the annual volume of data will pass one zettabyte.

o By 2018, traffic will reach 64 times the volume of the entire Internet in 2005 (Cisco).

o One major culprit of all this drama is “the movement of video entertainment to the Internet. We now live in an era when we can use an online service like Netflix or Hulu to pick what we want to see when we want to see it.”

There’s a low threshhold among viewers of content when a picture pixilates or tiles – any impairment in our viewing and listening is tolerated less and less in the age of instant access. Throw in the mix the increase in video on demand (VOD) and the popularity of digital video and one key aspect for customer satisfaction has for years grabbed JDSU’s attention: what type of quality is the consumer experiencing, and how do service providers like cable operators make sure it’s of a high quality? 

JDSU just released a video showcasing just that – the ins and outs of analyzing and troubleshooting the network with a recently unveiled, top notch, incredibly innovative video analyzer solution. In this short video clip, check out how:
·         The industry’s first converged digital spectrum video analyzer and noise-troubleshooting platform works in today’s unique environment and for the future
·         JDSU helps cable service providers maintain optimal network performance with video and spectrum analysis for fast and easy preventive maintenance and troubleshooting 


JDSU & Amada Introduce New Direct Diode Laser

10/22/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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As part of continued momentum in its lasers business, JDSU announced another collaboration with Amada today on a new direct diode laser. The laser is being demonstrated in a new metal cutting system from Amada called ExC (Exchange CO2) during the EuroBLECH event in Hanover, Germany this week.
Top executives from Amada & JDSU were at the unveiling of the new ExC metal cutting system.
Direct diode lasers are typically used for welding or for treating metal surfaces. This is one of the first new designs that leverages diode laser technology to cut metal.
JDSU and Amada have also co-developed many fiber laser cutting solutions over the past seven years. Both fiber laser and direct diode laser solutions are replacing traditional CO2 lasers because of the improved performance and lower costs that they provide.Exc.jpg
The new ExC metal cutting system includes an innovative diode laser design that was co-developed by JDSU and Amada.
Metal manufacturers use the solutions to quickly and efficiently create metal parts that go into many products we use every day, from car parts, to ATM machines to file cabinets.
“We’ve collaborated closely with Amada for more than seven years on innovative laser solutions," said Alan Lowe, president of CCOP at JDSU. "This latest offering complements the fiber laser portfolio we developed so that metal processing manufacturers have a wide range of solutions to meet their various needs."CollabInnovation.png
Categories:2015 Trends, Lasers


On the Cutting Edge of 3D Sensing

10/20/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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Last month, the Optical Society of America announced that JDSU won its 2014 “Enabled by Optics” award for its innovative light source technology that is used in 3D sensing applications. 3D sensing lets people interact with technology in a very seamless and natural way. It could eventually remove the need for a remote, mouse or keyboard when you use a connected device like your TV or smartphone.

Early versions of this technology recorded a person’s gross movements, such as hand gestures, to control applications like video games. The latest version of JDSU’s light source technology allows for highly-precise 3D sensing capabilities that record very subtle activities such as facial expressions or heart rate and incorporates them into various applications. 3D sensor process.png

The light source generates invisible pulses of light at the highest power and fastest speed to allow for these improved sensing and high resolution capabilities. A new ‘active IR’ capability also better adapts to room lighting changes and lets 3D sensing systems detect and track people even in the dark.
In addition to gaming and living room/TV applications, more advanced levels of 3D sensing are now opening up opportunities for use in mobile and security applications - imagine being able to use 3D sensing to scan your face and unlock your phone.
Today, Andre Wong from JDSU accepted the award at the Frontiers in Optics event held in Arizona and the video below was shown to attendees.
Congratulations to Andre and the rest of the team at JDSU for all of their pioneering work on 3D sensing over the past several years.



JDSU Recognized for Mobile Innovation: Frost & Sullivan, Internet Telephony

10/13/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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Great news! Frost & Sullivan and TMC/Internet Telephony picked JDSU as an industry leader in LTE and small cells categories. We recently won two industry awards heralding our portfolio of network and service mobile test solutions for innovative excellence. We continue to enable next-generation mobile networks and services worldwide driven by the fast pace of 4G/LTE, big data, small cells, mobile video and other advanced technologies.

Frost & Sullivan Names JDSU New Product Innovation Winner.
Frost & Sullivan selected JDSU as the winner of its best practices in New Product Innovation award for RF over CPRI, or Radio Frequency over Common Public Radio Interface. As Frost & Sullivan’s global team of analysts and consultants research a wide range of markets across multiple sectors and geographies, they chose JDSU for successfully introducing a new and innovative solution into their markets, with emphasis on product quality and customer value.


A month ago JDSU added integrated RFoCPRI to its cellular tower-testing solution, the CellAdvisor Base Station Analyzer, in an industry first that allows field technicians to quickly and more affordably identify and fix signal interference problems without having to climb a fiber-based tower.
Frost & Sullivan is pleased to recognize JDSU as the new product innovation leader in the RF over CPRI market,” said Olga Shapiro, program manager for Measurement and Instrumentation at Frost & Sullivan, a global research group. “To achieve leadership in new product innovation is never an easy task, but it is one made even more difficult due to today’s competitive intensity, customer volatility, and economic uncertainty—not to mention the difficulty of innovating in an environment of escalating challenges to intellectual property. Within this context, JDSU’s award signifies an even greater accomplishment.”

TrueSite, a JDSU mobile test solution that enables the installation and troubleshooting of indoor cell site and DAS deployments, won the 2014 LTE Visionary Award by the Mobility Tech Zone. The award is sponsored by Internet Telephony/TMC, a global integrated media company, and Crossfire Media. This recognition honors companies enabling delivery and capitalizing on the opportunity for LTE-based networks to continue to support customers with solutions that facilitate the evolved packet core, deliver hetnet and small cell architectures to reach customers, and other supporting network systems designed to deliver and enable applications.

“It is exciting to be witnessing the evolution of mobility and the recipients of the Mobility Tech Zone LTE Visionary Award represent leaders within the mobile industry,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Our award winners are delivering on enabling users by making carriers and enterprise networks capable of supporting our exponential data demands.”

For more on our awards and recognition, please visit here.    
Categories:Mobility, LTE, Small Cells


Tech Watch: Smart Tattoos, Underwater Drones, 3D Food Printing & Self-Destructing Hard Drives

10/2/2014 · Posted by Noël Bilodeau
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More innovations are coming to the Internet-of-Things (or Everything) ecosystem that will continue to change our relationship with technology and are simply just fun to think about. Here’s the latest.

Tech Tattoos
Innovators are imagining what wearable tech will look like when it reaches “beyond the wrist.” They are developing a smart digital tattoo that is implanted into your hand to unlock doors, make payments or to share your personal business card with others during a handshake.

Prototypes are being designed for smart tatoos that include small sensors that would be embedded under your skin.
Drones That Go Deep - Personal Submarines
Compact, lightweight personal submarines are hitting the market that let people self-pilot them with minimal training. DeepFlight Dragon is an all- electric submarine that can explore underwater down to 400 feet.
This new tech toy should appear in the next "James Bond" movie.
3D Printers for Food
Researchers are testing new 3D printers that create food like pizza and coffee for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. 3D printing gives them the ability to ‘manufacture food components’ according to their personalized nutritional needs. Picture printing only the food portions that you need directly from your own ‘easy bake oven’ of the future and reducing food waste.
Astronauts can now enjoy better-tasting coffee and pizza in space with this 3D food printer.
Hard Drive That Self Destructs via Text Command
For about $1,600, you can now buy a hard drive that will self-destruct upon your text command if it appears that someone is trying to hack your information. The “kill command” makes the drive scramble all stored data and blocks all known methods of data recovery.
Every First-World techno geek needs one of these.
Nano Batteries For Improved Mobile Life
Longer and faster charging batteries is something every mobile user wants. StoreDot, a company that uses bio-organic technology to make ultrafast charging batteries, just raised $42 million in new funding. StoreDot’s technology provides a sustainable solution to replace lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in minutes rather than hours because the elements, or nanodots, are so small.

StoreDot has discovered self-assembling nanodots from organic materials that can be used to make a new kind of batteries.


Network Managers Lead the Charge with Observer Platform 17

9/30/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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The following blog post is by Steve Brown, the director of product marketing for Network Instruments, a business unit of JDSU.

The management of IT resources has changed significantly over the past several years. With the implementation of cloud, unified communications (UC), and Big Data initiatives, locating the source of application or service delivery issues has become increasingly complex. As a result, the network team often functions as a first responder, ensuring the continued and uninterrupted delivery of critical services.

In our Seventh Annual State of the Network survey earlier this year, we discovered that nearly three-quarters of IT managers cited their top application troubleshooting challenge as determining the root cause of performance problems. These problems take too much time to isolate and repair, and this downtime has a real impact on the bottom line. According to research firm Aberdeen Group, every hour of downtime costs an organization $163,674.
To effectively turn this tide, IT teams need comprehensive data at their fingertips that incorporates all operational views of the network, from systems to applications in a single view. This is something at which the Observer Performance Management Platform excels.


The Observer Performance Management Platform Version 17 delivers high-level, real-time performance views, applies advanced application analytics, reliably captures every packet, and polls every infrastructure resource for accurate resolution. It helps network teams lead the charge in ensuring service availability by: 

  • Facilitating closer coordination between the IT teams
  • Providing greater web application insight

Improve IT Coordination

The latest release of the Observer Platform simplifies the process of sharing critical performance insight with other IT teams. Through new user interfaces and RESTful API’s, this powerful solution streamlines the process of creating and sharing dashboards and reports while integrating this insight into third-party tools and workflows. The end result is that problems will be fixed sooner and IT is better equipped to maintain peak service performance.

Expanded Web Application Insight

Since web-based applications have become the most common way for users to gain access to a company’s online resources, the need for detailed operational information into these services continues to grow. The Observer Platform meets this need by providing IT teams fine-grained metrics into end-user access methods such as browser type and platform, alongside status and resource usage as it relates to web applications. This provides network and application managers the detail they need to quantify user access behavior and experience to solve problems. 


As the network manager is increasingly relied upon to be the first responder, the Observer Platform helps network teams lead the charge to keep applications working smoothly. The new user interface, streamlined workflows, and transaction-level capabilities of the latest release of the Observer Platform provide the integrated intelligence, ensuring that IT and network teams can successfully collaborate in the successful delivery of services.  Learn more about the Observer Platform 17 release.



Aligning IT with Business via Performance Management

9/30/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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The following blog is by Brad Reinboldt, senior product manager for Network Instruments, a business unit of JDSU.

Much of the discussion around the Observer Performance Management Platform 17 release has focused on how the designs of the new user interface (UI) and other enhancements will assist network and operations teams to more easily manage service and application performance.

This performance data and analysis isn’t just of value to IT but to the overall business. The challenge for performance management solutions has been providing this intelligence in a way that can be easily accessed and understood by other IT and business teams. The Observer Platform 17 both expands useful analysis available to business groups and makes it easier to use the data with systems familiar to these groups.
Enhancement: Expanding Web Service Analytics
·         Benefit: Strengthens visibility into how users consume company web resources, specifically as it relates to a web-based app’s device parameters like OS, mobile and desktop platform details, and browser type.
·         Business Value: Knowing not just “what” but “how” customers are accessing data is pivotal to optimizing web content and quantifying the effectiveness of customer-facing web interactions.
·         In Practice Example: For the marketing team launching web initiatives, these metrics provide details on how visitors are accessing the website, and enhance their understanding of the user experience by providing response-time and error metrics. Additionally, when network-based problems occur that impact marketing web programs, they can be resolved by the network team which has access to the packets.


Enhancement: Third-Party System Integration via RESTful APIs

·     Benefit: Simplifies sharing of performance data with other groups. RESTful APIs are a programming interface that utilizes HTTP requests like GET, PUT, POST and DELETE. Using this universal access method enables any solution to connect to the Observer Platform to access data or even manage the solution remotely.
·     Business Value: Other teams in an organization can interact and view performance data and analysis from the Observer Platform from the tools and workflows that they use on a daily basis. This allows them to proactively track performance of critical business systems, and view these metrics alongside business metrics.
·     In Practice Example: A support staff for a retail chain could integrate the Observer Platform into their helpdesk system via Apex’s RESTful API to monitor points of sale (PoS) on their network. The Observer Platform could instantly alert the service desk of an anomaly or system condition that could soon negatively impact users. The early alerts, performance analysis, and access to packets allow the staff to take proactive steps to remediate the issue before it impacts the PoS and customers. 


With IT playing a key role in helping businesses to develop competitive advantages and nimbly respond to changing markets, it’s critical that network teams can facilitate the sharing of performance intelligence. This also allows IT and business teams to evaluate the success of business operations and initiatives. The new features of the Observer Platform 17 mark a significant step forward in enabling the network team and IT to more closely align with business processes and goals.  Learn more about the Observer Platform 17 release.



JDSU Reaches Altitude in Mile-High City: SCTE Expo 2014

9/17/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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The 2014 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo  the premiere cable telecommunications engineering event  starts next week in Denver, Colorado (aka Mile-High City) and JDSU (booth #863) is set to make it another memorable one.  While DOCSIS 3.1 is still a driving trend, there are other critical technology challenges and opportunities that the event will focus on.  

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A sampling from the 2014 program:

·         improving the customer experience through enhancements in installation experiences, operations, and workforce training; defining and redefining the connected home; and new technologies and techniques, such as apps.

·         transitioning to the all-IP video network; proving portability of services; delivering Ultra HD and High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC); and modernizing next-generation User Interfaces (UIs).

·         access network architectures and technologies, virtualized-, cloud- and software defined-networks, and energy/event management for today and the future.

JDSU's network and service enablement solutions support operators worldwide to help ensure reliability and quality as SDN, NFV take hold. And as the increase in data, video, fiber, 100G and connected devices spike at an unprecedented pace. For more perspective on the event, the industry and what's new with JDSU, Rob Flask, senior product line manager at JDSU, shared his view.

Rob Flask of JDSU: "The top three trends that I am seeing are virtualization, convergence, and capacity."

Rob, entering into SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, how has the industry evolved from last year? What are the main themes driving the industry – say, the top three technical trends we see?

The top three trends that I am seeing are virtualization, convergence, and capacity.   Virtualization is an exciting new technology that really drives the speed of adopting and deploying new services.  Cloud technologies and virtualization go hand in hand.  It is touching every facet of the industry from virtualized guides, virtual CMTS’s and all the way down to virtualized test clients in the CPE device.   

Convergence of data and video is another big trend.  The drive for video on any screen, anytime, anywhere is helping fuel the migration to using the data pipe as a primary delivery for video.  This will really continue to change and evolve content distribution from where it is today into an IP centric system all the way to the consumer.
Capacity is really fueled by efficiency.  How can I get more speed and services to the consumers and devices utilizing as much of the available infrastructure that I can.  There are innovations being delivered in every medium including WiFi with 802.11AC, coax with DOCSIS 3.1 on the horizon, and fiber with 100G.
What are some of the recent or new innovations from JDSU are you excited to exhibit?  How do they support operators to meet today’s biggest deployment or network and service enablement challenges?
JDSU continues to deliver innovative new products and services to support this dynamic industry.  The 2014 Expo is no exception – JDSU will be talking about recent and new solutions.  What is exciting is the breadth and depth of products that serve the entire organization.  Here is a short list of some of the innovations that will be on display:

o   StrataSync is our cloud enabled solution that helps operators maximize the utility from their test assets and their data across their complete organization. 


o   PathTrak PNM (proactive network maintenance) is a new return path tool utilizes information from cable modems and CMTS’s to remotely pinpoint upstream impairments to fix the real root cause.   


o   EdgeTrak™ is a virtualized test client for CPE devices that goes beyond what typical polling PNM tools can provide by putting a virtual technician in the device that identifies downstream problems near real time. 


o   The VSE-1100 (Video Spectrum Expert) is a totally new class of product that changes the definition of what a portable spectrum analyzer and video analyzer should be.

Image above: "The VSE-1100 (Video Spectrum Expert) changes the definition of what a portable spectrum analyzer and video analyzer should be."


o   Another exciting product that we are launching at Expo is our new WiFi Advisor. This tool is designed to help operator provide reliable services over WiFi as operators are migrating to WiFi as a core revenue driving service.


Images above:  "WiFi Advisor helps  operators provide reliable services over WiFi as they migrate to WiFi as a core revenue driving service - especially with customers’ quality expectations when viewing video over their WiFi connections.”


o  Solutions such as PacketPortal, JDSU’s cloud-based approach to embed data-capture technology throughout the network, delivering in-line intelligence; and, the T-BERD/MTS-5800 which  tests throughout the service life cycle, including fiber characterization, service activation, troubleshooting, and maintenance, are among others that will be on display.


When was your first Expo?  JDSU has been a longtime sponsor of the Opening Day Reception, what are you looking forward to this year as the industry’s main players convene?

My first Expo was in 1996 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.  The industry has come a long way since then when digital video, cable modems, and telephony over cable were just in their infancy.  One of the best parts of the Expo is getting to connect with operators, customers and other vendors to collaborate, exchange ideas and set forward new directions.  Having all of these great thought leaders together in one place spurs builds an exciting atmosphere to explore emerging trends and foster new ideas for better products and services of the future.  The symposiums and sessions always provide an insightful look into what is driving the industry.  At this year’s expo I am looking forward to seeing many of the innovations of previous years come into realization in the new products that will be displayed.   Who would have thought that that novell “cable modem” concept shown back in 1996 would evolve into a device that is capable of pumping over 4Gb/s to the home.  All done through great collaboration between vendors and operators.


LTE Mobile Assurance's Future – Patrick Kelly, Analysys Mason (& JDSU)

9/10/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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For communications service providers, customer churn is one of those “what keeps you up at night” concerns.  In a new white paper recently released − co-authored by Patrick Kelly of Analysys Mason and JDSU’s own Tara Van Unen − an in-depth look is taken at what’s being done about it. 

It's called: “Revolutionizing Mobile Assurance in the Era of LTE,” [click here].

According to the freshly minted piece, with billions being invested in the evolution to dynamic LTE/4G networks, and customer churn at an all-time high, the time is now for a better ‘assurance’ model to enable a real and relevant improvement in customer experience, while improving operator productivity and profitability.

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Patrick Kelly was kind to provide more on the importance of breaking into the new paradigm of customer experience assurance (CEA) to ensure quality LTE networks and services.

Patrick, congratulations on a great, informative paper. Talk about the customer churn part of this equation – operators must be dedicated to doing what’s in their power to decrease customer churn. And, how does assurance play into this?
Thanks, Bernie.  Yes, one way to look at churn and assurance is the following: To seize the revenue opportunity associated with increasing data growth, operators must ensure a personalized and high quality experience for subscribers who are consuming the underlying services and applications. Quality experience, therefore, is a powerful competitive differentiator that enables operators to improve the customer lifecycle value and reduce churn. Research shows that customer experience is directly related to quality of service and network performance.  Recent studies also indicate that current assurance solutions are not capable of achieving real and relevant improvements in customer experience and service performance, and that poor quality of service is responsible for 40% of all customer churn.  That’s why we talk so much about customer experience assurance – the traditional approach to assurance is not efficient or effective in the era of enriched and personalized service offerings.“
Speaking of  customer experience assurance (CEA), that is a big claim in this paper as being that big breakthrough approach to improving customer experience . . .what types of new performance measurements are required in this new “paradigm shift”?  Any examples?
That’s truealong with the multi-dimensional analysis provided by CEA, new and refined performance measurements are also required. For example, when voice becomes just another LTE data service (as VoLTE), the measurement of voice quality will again be required, and must be of sufficient resolution to identify all customer experience issues. This requires solutions that can provide mean opinion scores (MOS) measured every few seconds during a call, and not just an MOS score averaged over the call duration. In the mobile broadband environment, the effectiveness of an assurance solution is measured by the degree to which the customer experience data can be correlated (via multi-dimensional analysis) to an underlying network, service, or other problem. With such analysis, assurance staff can conclude which customers and revenues are truly being negatively impacted, and identify which issues should have the highest priority for resolution.”
For operators, what are some of the key CEA findings and takeaways they should bear in mind in this unique time to ensure quality? 
"Sure thing Bernie.  For operators, the key requirements of CEA include the ability to:
• proactively identify and resolve problems having the greatest impact on customer experience in a fraction of the time, through a multi-dimensional and real-time correlation of customer experience with network and service performance
•  break the traffic growth cost curve, with a substantial improvement in capex, opex, footprint and scalability through innovative monitoring and troubleshooting processes
•  integrate and correlate data from any source to any application, providing deep end-to-end visibility, reduced OSS costs, and data monetization
•  enable the assurance of dynamic networks and services with real-time intelligence, delivered in the order of seconds – not minutes – and virtualization-capable features.
Thanks again for collaborating with JDSU on helping to define a new era of mobile assurance spurred by LTE. 
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Patrick Kelly, industy analyst, has been working in the telecoms industry for more than 20 years. Patrick’s published research include big data analytics, IP next-generation service assurance, policy management, advanced mobile data software services, cloud computing, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and customer experience management (CEM).
Categories:LTE, Mobility


JDSU’s New Mobile Innovation (Q&A): Cell Tower Climbs Reduced; Quality Improved

9/8/2014 · Posted by Bernie Tylor
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As CTIA’s Super Mobility Week opens its doors this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas (JDSU booth # 6032), our mobile network and service enablement team is proud to boldly unveil a mobile test first - click here for press release.  News coverage has already started to appear
The backdrop: A significant driver to this new JDSU test technology centers on new complexities to cell site tower architecture, spawned by the immense popularity of connected devices worldwide.  Plus the fast pace of changing protocols, macro cells, small cells, distributed antennae systems (DAS), heterogeneous networks (HetNets) and fiber deployments. All to increase better network capacity and improve service coverage. 

We’ve released RFoCPRITM (or, Radio Frequency over Common Public Radio Interface) capabilities for the CellAdvisor base station analyzer.  It not only enables mobile field technicians to quickly identify and fix signal interference problems, it also maintains and manages next-generation fiber-based cell sites faster, easier and less expensively. Best of all, it minimizes potentially dangerous cell tower climbs.


JDSU’s RFoCPRI helps reduce risky cell tower climbs. Technicians can perform tests safely from the ground.
“The pace of change in the mobile industry is unprecedented ‐ advancements in cell tower technology are helping to improve service coverage and signal quality.  JDSU’s RF over CPRI introduction to its base station analyzer was developed in close collaboration with mobile operators and presents a truly innovative solution. Technicians will be able to maintain and manage fiber-based cell sites faster, easier and less expensively.  What’s also impressive is the feature minimizes dangerous tower climbs which can improve safety, lower maintenance cost, and reduce test time,” Olga Shapiro, program manager for Measurement and Instrumentation, Frost & Sullivan, a global industry analyst firm.
Euardo Inzunza, a global business development lead in JDSU’s Network and Service Enablement business and seasoned RF test specialist, provided the following insight in a recent exchange with me to learn more.


Congratulations to you and the team, Eduardo!  The CellAdvisor is on a roll with industry firsts – remind our audience . . . this came from the GenComm acquisition?

Yes, RFoCPRI this is one of many examples of technology synergies where the highly regarded radio frequency (RF) test technologies from the GenComm acquisition incorporates the proven fiber and protocol test technologies of JDSU.  This combination is important to ensuring mobile quality.

What is the environment today that warrants this solution?

Well, this gets a bit technical – but, the reality is, with the introduction of distributed radios, more progressive cell sites eliminated the major problem of coaxial feed-lines of signal reflections and other impairments of RF signals by the adoption of CPRI or OBSAI protocol over fiber links.  However, this architecture moved the RF test access from the radio (ground) to the remote radio head (tower). The JDSU CellAdvisor’s RFoCPRI technology provides the ability to perform RF tests from the base band unit (ground) in all types of cell sites using CPRI or OBSAI including macro cells, small cells and DAS systems.      

What an exciting benefit that it helps reduce cell tower climbs!
Yes, JDSU’s RFoCPRI technology provides RF test capability such as interference analysis and PIM detection at the base band unit located in the ground, minimizing tower climbs, and therefore reducing operational expenses and safety issues related to tower climbing.  
What is happening in the mobile industry that would make JDSU proactively deliver a solution such as this?
There are two main drivers in the mobile industry that paved the way for RFoCPRI.  First is the vast deployment of cell sites with distributed radios using CPRI or OBSAI protocols.  Second, the ever-increasing number of RF transmitters that cause interference. These factors force the ability to test interference in distributed cell sites.  JDSU’s RFoCPRI technology does just that, removing safety concerns created by tower climbing while also lowering maintenance time and operational cost.


Please simplify CPRI and RF, and why the combination matters

CPRI protocol was defined in collaboration with multiple radio manufacturers to eliminate coaxial feed-lines (reflections, loss) and improve transmission bandwidth in cell sites. However the required RF testing for maintenance and optimization aspects were undermined ultimately affecting the operational expenses of mobile operators, and increasing safety concerns. RFoCPRI extracts the RF components in CPRI allowing performance maintenance and optimization tests from the ground, reducing operational expenses and removing safety concerns.  

What makes this solution breakthrough and is there any other on the market that can do all or part of what this feature does?
Currently in the market exist dedicated solutions that extract the RF components from CPRI; however these solutions are not intended for field maintenance and optimization but rather for laboratory applications; and these solutions imply yet another test tool required by cell technicians and RF engineers. JDSU carefully considers all the needs and requirement of its customers, and as a result developed and integrated the RFoCPRI technology into the CellAdvisor base station solutions, providing  the ability to maintain and optimize conventional cell sites with coaxial feed-lines and modern cell sites with CPRI and fiber with a single field and portable solution.     
Why is this a first to market?
JDSU is the leader in the market due to its core competencies in fiber and RF testing technologies, and effectively realize the synergies of these competencies and ultimately helping customers navigate through the change of fiber inclusion and RF requirements in cellular networks.  The main innovation realized in this solution is the combination of CPRI and RF test technologies in an integrated and field portable cell site test solution.


Lastly, how has this gone over with customers?

The reception of the CellAdvisor with RFoCPRI has been overwhelming. We have conducted multiple tests with mobile operators in the USA and overseas, and we were able to test different radio types, CPRI line rates, and wireless technologies. All tests received very positive feedback and successful results.

Eduardo Inzunza is a global business development lead in JDSU’s Network and Service Enablement business and seasoned RF test specialist