Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Data Connection Collaborates with UNH-IOL on Routing Test

Data Connection Limited (DCL) is collaborating with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in the lab's development of its first Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS) routing test suite. The UNH-IOL, which relied on Data Connection's DC-ISIS routing software, is using the IS-IS test suite to offer interoperability and standards conformance testing to the industry at large via membership within its IP Routing Consortium.

DC-ISIS is a fully portable, source code solution that implements full mandatory IS-IS protocol support, including ISO 10589 and RFC 1195. DC-ISIS fits into the same architectural framework as DCL's other IP Routing protocol products (including DC-OSPF and DC-BGP) and can be integrated with DC-MPLS to provide a control plane solution for TE routers, or can be used on its own or with third-party products. http://www.dataconnection.com

Boeing Awards Ka-band Antenna Project to Harris

Harris was awarded a two-year contract by Boeing Satellite Systems to provide primary spot-beam communications antennas for the next three DIRECTV satellites being built by Boeing. The Harris antennas utilize multi-beam technology and extensive frequency reuse to greatly enhance each DIRECTV satellite's capacity. The antennas will enable DIRECTV to provide substantial new services, including hundreds of local and national HDTV channels, and downlink the new expanded services to DIRECTV customers across the continental U.S., Hawaii and Alaska. The satellites are slated for launch in 2007. http://www.harris.comDIRECTV, which currently serves over 13 million video customers across the U.S., announced the planned launch of four new next-generation satellites aimed at significantly expanding its programming capacity in local and national high-definition (HD) channels, as well as capacity for new interactive and enhanced services and standard-definition programming.

The first two of these satellites, Spaceway 1 and Spaceway 2, will launch in 2005 with programming being offered to consumers by the middle of the year. These satellites will have the capacity for more than 500 local HD channels. With these satellites, DIRECTV will have the ability to bring local HD programming to most of the U.S. population, as well as continuing to expand standard-definition local offerings and other enhancements.

The next two satellites, DIRECTV 10 and DIRECTV 11, will launch in early 2007. These satellites will have the capacity for more than 1,000 additional local HD channels, more than 150 national HD channels, and other new programming offerings. These satellites will provide DIRECTV the capability to bring local and national HD programming and other advanced services to every U.S. household. Consumers will be able to receive all of these services, as well as existing DIRECTV(R) programming, with a single small satellite dish.

DIRECTV 10 and DIRECTV 11, to be built by Boeing, will be among the largest and most powerful Ka-band satellites ever launched. The satellites, which will take advantage of DIRECTV's advanced transmission techniques and state-of-the-art video compression technology, will deliver national HD programming and will be capable of supporting spot beams carrying local HD broadcast channels in all 50 states. Boeing will also build a third satellite for DIRECTV that will serve as a ground spare.

The Spaceway 1 and Spaceway 2 satellites, also being built by Boeing, are approaching completion and the satellites were recently converted to be capable of offering both video and a broadband Internet service. Boeing is also constructing a third Spaceway satellite. "Today's announcement is one of the most significant in the history of DIRECTV. We are reinforcing our commitment to best serve our customers with the most attractive and compelling array of programming services available," said Mitch Stern, president and CEO, DIRECTV.

QUALCOMM Reports Q4 Revenue of $1.1 billion

QUALCOMM reported Q4 revenues of $1.1 billion, up 28 percent year-over-year and down 17 percent sequentially. Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 grew $247 million compared to Q4 2003, including a $343 million increase in QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies (QCT) segment revenues and a $91 million decrease in QUALCOMM Technology Licensing (QTL) segment revenues, including the effect of the change in method of accruing estimated earned royalties in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 partially offset by increases in royalties reported by licensees. Q4 diluted earnings per share were $0.23, up 28 percent year-over-year and down 21 percent sequentially.

During Q4, Qualcomm sold approximately 39 million Mobile Station Modem phone chips, compared to 20 million in Q4 of fiscal 2003. Qualcomm licensees reported CDMA phone sales for Q4 of fiscal 2004 of approximately 41 million units at an average selling price of $211, compared to 23 million units reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 at an average selling price of $193.

For most of this year, there has been insufficient channel inventory of Qualcomm's MSMs and CDMA phones, as demand continued to increase throughout the fiscal year. The company said it now believes that the CDMA channel has come back into better balance, due in part to the recent temporary slowdown of the South Korean market. As a result, unit shipments in the fourth fiscal quarter were lower than its prior estimate of 46 million units. The company now anticipates that 48-52 million CDMA phones will be shipped in the December quarter.

Based on the current business outlook, Qualcomm estimates the CDMA phone market will total approximately 218-228 million new unit shipments in calendar 2005. Based on the 223 million unit midpoint of this estimate, the company anticipate shipments of approximately 168 million CDMA2000 units and approximately 55 million WCDMA units. It anticipates average selling prices for CDMA phones, CDMA2000 and WCDMA combined, to increase 5 percent in fiscal 2005 to approximately $215, compared to approximately $205 in fiscal 2004. http://www.qualcomm.com

Sonus Reports Revenue of $47 Million

Sonus Networks reported Q3 revenue of $46.8 million compared with $22.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2003 and $42.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2004. Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2004 was $10.3 million or $0.04 per share compared with a net loss of $5.0 million or $0.02 per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2003 and net income of $4.9 million or $0.02 for the second quarter of fiscal 2004. http://www.sonusnet.com

Lucent to Resell Kagoor's Session Border Controllers

Lucent Technologies signed a non-exclusive global reseller agreement covering Kagoor Networks' session border controllers. Kagoor's Voice Flow 3000 will be part of Lucent's converged IMS (IP Multimedia Sub-system) solution that can deliver multimedia voice, video and data services to enterprises and consumers. Services supported by the integrated solution include hosted IP PBX, IP Centrex, Voice over Broadband and Voice VPNs. Lucent already has completed interoperability tests involving Lucent products and the Kagoor VF3000.

The companies also are announcing their first customer. Israeli cable telephony consortium, Hot Telecom, is deploying Kagoor's VoiceFlow 3000 session border controllers for network integration and security services, as part of Lucent's next generation network solution. http://www.kagoor.comhttp://www.lucent.com
  • Kagoor's list of strategic partners also includes Siemens, Fujitsu, NEC and Avaya.

SR Telecom Launches WiMAX-Ready Platform

SR Telecom launched an OFDMA-based WiMAX-ready platform that encompasses the key technologies outlined in the latest draft of the 802.16e standard, including OFDMA, diversity, and space-time coding. SR Telecom said its "symmetry" platform would provide price points suitable for residential business cases as well as SME and SOHO applications. symmetry is available in the 3.5 GHz frequency bands. http://www.srtelecom.com

Viseon Chooses Bleck Design for Next Gen Consumer VOIP Device

Viseon has hired the Bleck Design Group for the industrial and mechanical design of its next generation VisiFone broadband videophone. The Viseon VisiFone is being designed to enhance the VOIP experience for consumers. Whereas most VoIP services have been marketed on price, Viseon says it will offer new features that will change the value equation and consumer perception of VOIP. Its goal is to offer consumers "the world's finest home telephone instrument and two-way video telephony".

Bleck is credit with numerous hot product designs, including the Polycom SoundStation, the world's best selling speakerphone, and the Polycom ViewStation, the highest selling corporate video conferencing system. http://www.viseon.com

Japan's SRS Sakura Internet Deploys Force10

Japan's SRS Sakura Internet has deployed Force10 Networks' E-Series 10 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure at the core of its network. The Force10 E600 equipment is used to deliver its data center, dedicated server, hosting and distributed Internet exchange (DIX) services. Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.force10networks.com

WiMAX Forum Gains Momentum

The WiMAX Forum cited increased industry momentum with the additions of Lucent Technologies, LG Electronics and Huawei Technologies to its membership. In addition, support for WiMAX among service providers continues to strengthen, with the recent additions of America Online, Deutsche Telecom, SBC and Time Warner Telecom.

The WiMAX Forum now has more than 170 members. http://www.WiMAXForum.org

Alvarion Sees Broadband Wireless Revenues Rise 7% Sequentially

Alvarion, a supplier of wireless broadband equipment, reported record Q3 revenues of $52.2 million, an increase of 7% compared to $48.8 million in Q2 2004, and up 52% from $34.3 million in Q3 2003. Gross margin increased for the 12th consecutive quarter, reaching 44.3% compared to 43.2% in the second quarter of 2004 and 41.1% in the third quarter of 2003.

According to US GAAP, net income increased to $3.7 million or $0.06 per share on a fully diluted basis for the third quarter of 2004. GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2004 was $2.5 million, or $0.04 per share on a fully diluted basis, and GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2003 was $(2.1) million, or $(0.04) per share.

"Our broad-based growth in Q3 again reflected the increase in worldwide demand for wireless broadband solutions. We also continue to see a high degree of interest in the WiMAX standard."http://www.alvarion.com

Telabria Deploys 802.16 Network in UK with Redline

Telabria, a privately-held developer of next-generation wireless networks, selected Redline Communications' AN-50 and AN-100 equipment for an 802.16-based broadband wireless deployment in the south east of England. Redline AN-50 equipment is being used to provide point-to-multipoint (PMP) backhaul services for business and enterprise applications, as well as backhaul for Wi-Fi locations during the test trials scheduled to begin in January 2005. Plans are to transition to AN-100 equipment for the commercial launch in April. Residential wireless service connections will be provided though an 802.11a wireless local loop.

The network initially will be deployed in the county of Kent, which has a population of over one and a half million people over an area of 1,442 square miles. Telabria plans to deliver broadband wireless services - including VoIP - to major urban and suburban centers, as well as to rural regions. http://www.redlinecommunications.comhttp://www.telabria.com

Bell Canada Tops 1.7 M DSL and 1.4 M Video Customers

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) reported revenue of $4.8 billion, up 3.3% and EBITDA of $1.9 billion, up 2.2% when compared to the same period last year. Some highlights for Q3:

  • Bell Canada's DSL Internet business added 96,000 subscribers this quarter growing the subscriber base by 27% over the third quarter of 2003 to 1,766,000. The company's DSL footprint in Ontario and Quebec reached 81% of residential and business lines passed by the end of the quarter compared to 79% at the end of the third quarter of 2003. This increase was in part due to the deployment of new high-density DSL remotes which began in April, 2004. These remotes not only extend high-speed availability throughout the network, they also lay the groundwork for Bell to offer video to the home over higher- speed DSL connections. By the end of the quarter, the company had deployed 139 of these new remotes.

  • Subscriptions to Sympatico's value-added solutions increased by 20,000 to reach a total of 453,000 at the end of the quarter.

  • Customer gains of 33,000 in the video business were almost double the net activations achieved in Q3 last year and significantly outpaced growth in the second quarter this year. Total subscribers at the end of the quarter reached 1,460,000, 8% higher compared to the same period last year.

  • Bell Canada said it has taken steps recently to revitalize its video business, including more flexible programming packages starting at $25 per month; an advanced personal video recorder (PVR) that allows customers to watch and record on two separate TVs simultaneously; a simplified channel line- up; a simplified pricing structure; and a simplified on-screen programming guide.

  • Bell ExpressVu's deployment of VDSL to multiple dwelling units (MDUs) is also making progress. By the end of the quarter, Bell had signed access agreements with 220 buildings, on track to achieve the year-end goal of 300 buildings.

  • Revenues in the Consumer segment grew by 3.8% in the quarter to reach $1.9 billion.

  • Subscribers to Bell Canada's "Digital Bundle", which consists of a combination of video, wireless and high-speed Internet service, grew by 114,000 in the third quarter. There are now 313,000 Bell Digital Bundle customers.

  • Bell Canada now has 110,000 IP enabled lines running off customer premise equipment (CPE) and has a national Managed IP Telephony (MIPT) service fully in place. IP-based connectivity services grew by 35% this quarter with almost two-thirds of Bell Canada's large Enterprise customers using some elements of the company's VAS portfolio.

  • Bell expects to close its purchase of 360 Networks during the first half of November, doubling both the number of customers and access to buildings in the West and allowing the company to run a far greater portion of its traffic on its own networks.

  • Wireless EBITDA margin was strong at 45.4% in the quarter. The cost of acquisition (COA) per subscriber improved by 10.4% in the quarter to $381.

  • BCE's wireless subscriber base grew by 109,000 net additions this quarter to reach 4.7 million customers, an increase of 11.5% over last year. Compared to the third quarter of 2003, net additions were down by 15,000.

  • In the quarter, the company achieved its best wireless churn rate since the beginning of 1997, with blended churn at 1.2% and postpaid churn at 1.0%. On a year-to-date basis, blended churn of 1.3% and post-paid churn of 1.1% reflected improvements of 0.1 and 0.2 percentage points compared to the same period last year.

Lockheed Martin Tests In-Flight High Speed Downlinks

Lockheed Martin's Sniper XR /PANTERA) advanced targeting pod (ATP) data downlink capability was successfully flight tested on a Norwegian mid-life upgrade F-16 aircraft at Bodo Air Force Base in Bodo, Norway. This event marked the first flight for the Sniper XR-based downlink capability. The downlink system transmitted a real-time PANTERA video stream to a downlink ground station from the Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 aircraft at tactically significant ranges. Lockheed Martin said the Sniper XR/PANTERA downlink supports the armed forces move towards a net-centric battlespace, allowing ground forces to view the battlefield from the airborne vantage point by providing wireless, scrambled, real-time streaming video (infrared and day TV) from the aircraft to ground forces.

The Sniper XR/PANTERA downlink is compatible with currently fielded, man-portable ground receiver stations (Rover III) and features a long-range line-of-sight transmission radius. The downlink allows for simultaneous video transmission from multiple downlink-equipped aircraft operating in the same airspace. http://www.lockheedmartin.com/