Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Amino Selected for Canal Digital's IPTV

Canal Digital has deployed Amino's AmiNET110 MPEG-2 set-top boxes in its Nordic market. The service roll-out will cater initially to subscribers who will be able to receive popular Canal Digital content over DSL and FTTH. Subscribers to the IPTV service will also be able to order individual movies or games.

Shanghai Telecom Deploys Cisco CRS-1

Shanghai Telecom is deploying the Cisco CRS-1 multichassis carrier routing system to collapse the super point of presence ("Super-POP") for its current high-speed core IP network and to expand its gateway capacity to meet its future growth. It is the first telecommunications carrier in China to deploy the Cisco CRS-1 multichassis carrier routing system.

Through the deployment of the Cisco CRS-1, the current network nodes for Shanghai Telecom's IP network gateway will be collapsed into super nodes with increased uplink and downlink bandwidth. The Cisco CRS-1 adopted by Shanghai Telecom can be scaled up to 72 line-card shelves, totaling 1,152 slots. Cisco said this will provide room for system expansion to satisfy the company's expected needs for the next 10 to 15 years.


Airwide Raises $25 Million for Mobile Infrastructure

Airwide Solutions, a start-up based in London, secured $25 million in Series D funding, for its mobile infrastructure software. Airwide supplies software to carriers for mobile messaging applications. Airwide is also active in the mobile security market, with more than 200 million mobile phones around the world secured by Airwide's fraud prevention products. Its customers include over 70 wireless operators worldwide.

The financing was led by a new investor, Advent International, with participation from existing investors Artiman Ventures, Axiom Venture Partners, Key Venture Partners, and Kodiak Venture Partners.


Analog Devices Offer High-end Baseband Processor for Mobiles

Analog Devices introduced a high-end multimedia baseband processor enabling advanced audio and video functions in EDGE and GSM/GPRS cellular phones. The new SoftFone chipset consists of the AD6900 digital baseband processor and the AD6855 analog baseband processor, which together offer 3.0-megapixel camera support, USB On-the-Go, 128-voice MIDI ringtones and full-duplex speakerphone capability, without requiring a separate applications co-processor. The chipset is based on Analog Devices' award-winning RAM-based SoftFone architecture.


Salira Supplies GEPON in Bangladesh

Salira Systems is supplying its IEEE 802.3ah-compliant optical platform to build the first GE-PON network in Bangladesh. Sirius Broadband has been using Salira's equipment to deliver commercial-grade bandwidth to downstream carriers for more than two years in the city of Dhaka. http://www.salira.comhttp://www.siriusbroadband.com

Maxim and RAD Develop TDM-over-Packet Pseudowire Chips

Maxim Integrated Products, its subsidiary Dallas Semiconductor, and RAD Data Communications announced a partnership to produce the TDM over Packet (ToP) chips. Specifically, RAD will develop a circuit emulation "core" based on its key technologies, to be incorporated by Dallas Semiconductor, alongside its own integrated T1/E1/J1 transceiver technologies, into the ToP chips.

The companies said the ToP solution will be the only TDM-over-Ethernet/IP/MPLS (ToP) family of devices to provide circuit emulation over PSN capability and the Dallas Semiconductor framer and line interface unit (LIU) in the same device.

The chip will feature a robust clock-recovery engine onboard and will provide full IETF PWE3 TDMoIP, SAToP, and CESoPSN draft compliance. The ToP devices are expected to have low power consumption, offer a substantial cost reduction over the processor-based solutions, and be available in several pin-compatible, compact packages.

The RAD technologies to be incorporated into the chips are:

  • TDMoIP (TDM over IP) Pseudowire

  • Circuit Emulation Service over Packet Switched Networks

  • Structured Agnostic TDM over Packet

The Dallas Semiconductor technologies integrated into the chips are:

  • Full-Featured, Integrated T1/E1/J1 Transceivers

  • Long-Haul/Short-Haul, Low-Power LIUs with On-Board Software-Selectable Termination

Juniper Posts Revenue of $575 Million

Juniper Networks reported revenue of $575.5 million for Q4 2005, compared with $430.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2004, an increase of 34 percent. Net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis for the fourth quarter of 2005 was $105.5 million or $0.17 per share, compared with a GAAP net income of $66.0 million or $0.11 per share for the fourth quarter of 2004.

"I'm pleased to report another strong quarter and the completion of a year characterized by growth across multiple dimensions," commented Scott Kriens, chairman and CEO, Juniper Networks. "Juniper remains at the intersection of opportunity, where the increasing and strategic importance of today's network demands the integrated best-in-class solutions that the company was built to deliver. As we surpass annual revenues of $2 billion on the eve of our 10th anniversary we see a bright future, founded in the confidence our customers have placed in Juniper."http://www.juniper.net

NetLogic to Acquire Cypress's Network Search Engine

NetLogic Microsystems will acquire all of the assets and intellectual property associated with Cypress's standard Network Search Engine products. The deal includes the Ayama 10000, Ayama 20000, and NSE70000 Network Search Engine families as well as the Sahasra 50000 Algorithmic Search Engine family. Cypress, meanwhile, will retain and continue to support its custom TCAM1 and TCAM2 products. NetLogic Microsystems will pay approximately $50 million in NETL common stock upon closing, and, if certain revenue targets are achieved in a 12-month time period, up to an additional $10 million in cash and approximately $10 million in NETL stock.

"This acquisition is positive in numerous ways," said Ron Jankov, president and CEO of NetLogic Microsystems. "The Sahasra algorithmic technology is synergistic with our recently announced Layer 7 processing initiative. We see this algorithmic technology as a critical component in driving towards low-cost Layer 7 applications acceleration and security processing solutions. This acquisition gives us a four-year head start in the development of products to address this low-cost requirement, based on Cypress's leadership position in developing this advanced technology."http://www.netlogicmicro.comhttp://www.cypress.com

Motorola Adds UMTS Indoor Access Point

Motorola introduced its new High Speed Access Point -- Motorola AXPT --for enhanced indoor mobile broadband access.

Motorola AXPT is designed to help mobile operators retain and grow broadband usage on their cellular network, by reducing the need for users to switch to alternative fixed or wireless broadband services in the office environment. The design combines traditional network functionality, such as SIM authentication, circuit switched voice and roaming with IP backhaul in a wall mountable form factor.


Netcentrex Reports Growth in Eastern Europe

Netcentrex signed 10 new customers and 6 new partners in the last 12 months in Central and Eastern Europe for its VoIP platforms.

Netcentrex said that although VoIP market growth is still heavily influenced by local loop deregulation and the need to upgrade legacy networks, there is a significant demand for advanced communication services in countries with growing broadband penetration, such as Poland, Croatia or Slovenia.

Recent Netcentrex deployments include MobilTel AD in Bulgaria, Optima Telekom and Portus d.o.o. in Croatia. The company will announce two new deployments this week in Slovenia. Five more deployments are underway in Russia, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic and include 2 incumbent operators. They bring the total number of Netcentrex customers in the region to 21, with deployments ranging from NextGen POTs, to FMC and video communication services for cable, fiber and xDSL networks.


SURFnet6 Deploys Intelligent Optical Network from Nortel

SURFnet, the national research network in the Netherlands, launched SURFnet6 -- a state-of-the-art, self-configurable, intelligent optical network.

The network is a high-speed hybrid optical and packet switching infrastructure with native IPv4, IPv6 and Light Path Provisioning over a single transmission infrastructure for easy configuration of broadband access. It is also managed via a control plane for efficient network administration, helping reduce operating costs and enhanced traffic restoration.

The hybrid nature of the SURFnet6 network is designed to enable it to tune precisely to the bandwidth demand of users. SURFnet6 can set up optical light paths for point-to-point connections that give large data streams their dedicated path outside of the IP routed network. This feature improves the capacity, quality and security of the connection, while making use of the most cost effective transport technology.

The transmission infrastructure was built using products from Nortel's next generation optical and Metro Ethernet portfolio, including: Common Photonic Layer (CPL), Optical Multiservice Edge 1000 and 6500 product families, the Optical Metro 5000 and the Metro Ethernet Routing Switch (MERS) 8600.

The SURFnet6 network will be equipped in the near future with additional advanced Nortel next-generation optical technologies such as:

  • Enhanced Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (eROADM) providing seamless photonic switching of light paths and "on the fly" creation of new optical branches

  • Electronically Dynamically Compensating Optics (eDCO) extending the reach of light paths throughout the SURFnet network while dramatically simplifying the network and reducing its operational costs

  • Dynamic Resource Allocation Controller (DRAC) allowing for a dynamic, efficient and cost optimized use of network resources

SURFnet6 was implemented by a consortium of industry partners including Avici Systems, who provided their SSR routers and Telindus, a pan-European network integration specialist.


Telindus to Standardize on Amdocs CRM

The Telindus Group, an international Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) company, signed a five- year contract with Amdocs to standardize its global customer help desk on Amdocs CRM software. Telindus has already deployed Amdocs CRM in five out of the 14 countries in which it operates.


BellSouth Cites DSL Growth and Hurricane Katrina Damage

BellSouth reported Q4 2005 revenue of $8.7 billion, up nearly 2 percent sequentially driven by DSL growth and Cingular customer growth. Normalized net income of $965 million grew $27 million compared to the third quarter of 2005.

During the fourth quarter of 2005, revenue was reduced by $48 million due to Katrina-related billing credits and the Company estimates approximately 60,000 access lines were disconnected in the affected area. The Company incurred $244 million of incremental expense and $189 million of incremental capital during the fourth quarter.

For the full year, revenue credits totaled $111 million across all three business segments. BellSouth estimates approximately 100,000 access lines have been disconnected as a result of the hurricane. For the year, incremental expenses for wireline network restoration and capital are approximately $500 million.

In September 2005, BellSouth made an initial estimate of the future cost for network restoration, including capital and expense, of $400 million to $600 million. Based on current assessments to complete the restoration effort, the company now expects this amount to total $700 million to $900 million. A portion of the cost associated with the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort are expected to be covered by insurance.

Some operational highlights for Q4:

  • added 204,000 net DSL customers, giving the company a total of 2.9 million DSL customers at year's end.

  • network data revenue was $1.25 billion, up 7.7 percent from the same period of the prior year. Retail data revenue grew 15.9 percent from the same period last year driven by a 32.5 percent increase in retail DSL revenue and 4.4 percent growth in revenue from other retail data services. Wholesale data declined 2.8 percent as growth in wholesale services to wireless carriers partially offset declines in traditional wholesale data transport services. For the year, network data revenue grew 5.1 percent totaling more than $4.7 billion.

  • BellSouth now serves almost 7.2 million long distance customers, a 57.7 percent penetration of its mass-market customer base, and a total of 523,000 customers have included DIRECTV services in their communications packages at year-end.

  • While access lines were down 6.2 percent for the year, revenues grew as a result of higher penetration of broadband and long distance services. As of Dec. 31, 2005, total access lines were 20.0 million, down 409,000 compared to Sept. 30, 2005. Other than the 60,000 estimated disconnects associated with Hurricane Katrina, access line loss continues to be primarily driven by wireless substitution and, to a lesser extent, by competition from cable telephony providers. Retail residential access lines were down 189,000. Retail business access lines increased 12,000 driven by Small Business gains. As expected, Commercial Agreement/UNE-P (Unbundled Network Elements-Platform) access lines resold by BellSouth competitors were down compared to Sept. 30, 2005.

Avaya and Juniper Partner on IP Telephony

Avaya and Juniper Networks announced joint standards-based solutions for enterprise IP telephony. These solutions include:

  • Distributed IP Telephony, providing secure and assured communications across highly distributed organizations, including headquarters and branch offices, that require mission-critical wide area networks (WAN) to support voice, video and data as companies expand their use of business communications applications that drive productivity and deliver competitive advantage;

  • Secure IP Telephony on Any Network, enabling customers to add enhanced security, intrusion detection and optimization capabilities needed with the addition of new applications to their existing multi-vendor IP networks.

  • Virtual Contact Center, allowing customer care operations to lower costs and increase service by consolidating disparate systems into a single shared IP-based infrastructure connecting worldwide contact centers with branch offices, home agents and headquarters locations;

  • Enterprise Mobility, increasing productivity and responsiveness by supporting expanding mobile work-styles, including road warriors, campus roamers and teleworkers, with secure and assured access to applications, any-time, any-where.

These solutions can be enhanced with add-on capabilities that include secure SIP communications, including emerging "SIP trunking" service provider choices, application assurance networking that monitors and controls real-time application traffic across a network, and WAN acceleration that optimizes and compresses network traffic enhancing real-time communications.

The solutions are supported by Avaya Global Services, Avaya's worldwide services organization. Avaya will be providing comprehensive end to end services for Juniper products.

Avaya has targeted having maintenance and implementation in place by February 2006, including training and certifications for many Avaya Global Services engineers.

In addition, Avaya Global Services offers IP Network Assessments and IP security assessments in support of distributed IP solutions and branch solutions and collaborative account planning and professional services for customers looking to enhance their applications.


Vodafone Partners With Telekom Malaysia

Vodafone signed a Partner Network Agreement with Telekom Malaysia and its subsidiaries: Celcom (Malaysia), XL (Indonesia) and Dialog (Sri Lanka). The three TM subsidiaries will be able to provide their roaming customers with access to Vodafone's international voice and data roaming services such as Vodafone World, Virtual Home Environment, Vodafone Passport, GPRS roaming and 3G roaming. The three subsidiaries will also locally introduce a number of Vodafone's business solutions, which will include the world-leading Vodafone Mobile Connect Card proposition, BlackBerry from Vodafone, the 3G/UMTS Router and Vodafone Wireless Office.


Denmark's TDC Chooses Alcatel and Microsoft for IPTV

TDC, Denmark's largest telecom and cable TV operator, has selected Alcatel and the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition software platform for its IPTV offering. Alcatel will provide services integration for the network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel and Microsoft said their joint IPTV solution would offer user-friendly features, such as instant channel change, personal video recorder (PVR) (such as one-touch recording and pausing live TV) and video on demand.


QUALCOMM Posts Revenue of $1.74 billion, up 25% YoY

QUALCOMM reported quarterly revenues of $1.74 billion, up 25 percent year-over-year and 12 percent sequentially, for its first quarter of fiscal 2006. Net income was $620 million, up 21 percent year-over-year and 15 percent sequentially.

"In emerging wireless markets like China and India, demand for low-end CDMA phones is increasing; in more established markets like the United States, South Korea, Japan and Europe, subscribers continue to migrate and upgrade to feature rich 3G devices and services," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, CEO of QUALCOMM.

"Looking forward, we expect continued growth of CDMA2000(R) 1xEV-DO products in North America, Japan, South Korea and Latin America. We remain encouraged by the consumer uptake of WCDMA services in Japan and Europe, and will continue working closely with operators during their ongoing WCDMA and HSDPA network deployment and optimization efforts."http://www.qualcomm.com