Monday, July 10, 2006

TANDBERG Television Reports Q2 Revenue of $100M

TANDBERG Television reported Q2 revenue of US$100.1 million, up 40% compared to $71.2 in Q2 2005. The gross margin was 58.2%, up from 55.1% in the same quarter in 2005. Operating profit was $18.9 million compared to $12.2 million in the same quarter last year. Pre-tax profit was $21.3 million, up from $12.2 million in the same period in the previous year.

T-Mobile Selects Comverse and Huawei to Supply IMS

Comverse and Huawei were selected to supply IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) network infrastructure and applications for Magyar Telekom's T-Mobile and T-Com business lines in Hungary. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In this project, Huawei and Comverse will provide IMS network infrastructure, converged services, and a range of IP multimedia applications such as Instant Messaging and Presence.

The companies said the IMS networks for T-Mobile and T-Com will be among the first of their kind deployed in Europe. The new IMS networks will enable Magyar Telekom to quickly deploy new services for both consumers and enterprise segments including voice and video calls over IP, fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services, presence-enabled applications, rich video and multimedia messaging services, personalized content services and converged billing solutions.

"IMS will enable us to deliver converged, rich content of telephony, high-speed Internet, cable television and mobile services over a single converged network, assuring that our subscribers receive maximum value from our quadruple-play offering," said Mr. Peter Janeck, Chief Technical Officer at Magyar Telekom.


Occam Reports Eighth Consecutive Quarter of Record Revenue

Occam Networks, a supplier of Ethernet and IP-based loop carrier equipment, reported quarterly revenue of $16.2 million, posting its third consecutive quarter of operating profits and its eighth consecutive new revenue record. Second quarter 2006 revenues represented an increase of 14 percent over the first quarter of 2006, and an 86 percent increase over the same second quarter of 2005.

Occam noted that its customer base has grown to more than 170 customers.

BAE Systems to Resell BelAir Networks' Wireless Mesh

BAE Systems signed a reseller agreement for the world-wide sale of BelAir Networks' portfolio of wireless mesh networking solutions through BAE Systems Information Technology.

BAE Systems is a leading IT provider to the U.S. government, and is a full-service solutions provider of information technology systems and services and offers a broad spectrum of network and managed IT operations.

BelAir Networks said it now has thousands of wireless mesh nodes operating in more than 150 deployments worldwide.
  • In June 2006, Fujitsu Network Communications announced plans to offer a metro wireless mesh solution for North American telecom carriers, cable/MSO operators, utilities and municipalities, based on BelAir Networks' platform.

SES AMERICOM Readies Satellite-based Emergency Service Ahead of Hurricane Season

SES AMERICOM announced commercial availability of its "REDiSat Network" for America's first responders, emergency management professionals, and private enterprises from the financial, manufacturing, retail, and oil and gas industries.

The REDiSat Network is a system capable of variable-bandwidth management and actively allocates satellite space bandwidth as needed to correspond to disaster and other emergency situations. The system is built upon a TDM/TDMA architecture, enabling multiple users to share a pool of Ku-bandwidth set aside for REDiSat subscribers on the AMC-6 satellite.

Customers pay an upfront fee for initial equipment, a minimal monthly subscription fee to secure access to the network, and then only when bandwidth for the service is activated.

The REDiSat Network delivers broadband Internet connections based on an iDirect platform based service, and can transmit and receive data and voice transmissions. Customers can choose from two levels of service. The customer premises equipment (CPE) consists of a pre-aligned, removable 1.2-meter Ku-band antenna with non-penetrating roof mount, a low noise block down converter (LNB), a two-watt block up converter (BUC), and a satellite modem.
  • Launched in October 2000, AMC-6 is the company's fifth hybrid C- and Ku-band satellite and operates at 72 degrees west longitude.

NTT America Appoints New President and CEO

NTT America announced the appointment of Mr. Tetsuro Yamaguchi as President and CEO. Mr. Yamaguchi succeeds Mr. Tatsuo Kawasaki to the position effective immediately. Prior to assuming his new position, Mr. Yamaguchi was Vice President of the Financial Industry Sales Department, Enterprise Division I at NTT Communications, where he was responsible for all of NTT Communications' large financial accounts, including those with the major U.S. banks.

Verizon Picks Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System

Verizon has selected the Tellabs 7100 optical transport system to provide next-generation solutions in the backbone of its metro networks. Initially Verizon will deploy the Tellabs 7100 system to provide enhanced reliability and efficiency in its FiOS Fiber-to-the-Premises triple-play network. Later, Verizon will use the Tellabs 7100 system to converge all of its core metro services onto flexible, dynamic DWDM (dense wave division multiplexing) transport. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tellabs said its optical transport system will help simplify Verizon's video, voice and data network, reducing transport costs and enabling quick response to changing customer needs for services such as video on demand.

The Tellabs 7100 system integrates pure optical switching via wavelength selective switches (WSS), ROADM (reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexing), Ethernet switching, next-generation SONET/SDH ADMs (add-drop multiplexers) and DWDM into a single platform. It decreases operating expenses by eliminating network elements and reducing equipment interconnections.

The Tellabs 7100 system is part of the Tellabs "DynamicHome" solution, which enables service providers to deliver advanced video, voice and data services to residences and businesses.
  • The Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System is a 32-channel DWDM platform with optical pass-through capabilities. The system is offered in single-bay and dual-bay hub OADM (optical add/drop multiplexer) configurations.

AT&T Gains Cisco Powered Network QoS Certification

AT&T has earned the Cisco Powered Network QoS Certification for its AT&T "OPT-E-MAN" managed metropolitan optical transport service. The AT&T OPT-E-MAN service is delivered over Cisco 7600 series routers installed at AT&T's central offices for high-density Gigabit Ethernet (GE) aggregation and Cisco Catalyst 3550 Series Switches deployed at the network edge.

AT&T is the first North American-based service provider to receive the designation recognizing Metro Ethernet solutions with exceptional service quality and low latency.

The Cisco Powered Network QoS Certification for metropolitan Ethernet services, created in September 2005, verifies that AT&T is committed to delivering to customers the highest levels of recommended service quality in compliance with the criteria and specifications defined by Cisco.

The certification process requires AT&T to undergo an annual third-party, on-site assessment to validate that best practices are followed for delivering recommended levels of network performance and customer support for different types of video, voice and data services.

AT&T OPT-E-MAN is a fully managed, switched Ethernet network service that can be configured in a variety of ways, including point to point, point to multipoint and multipoint to multipoint, with bandwidth ranging from 5 Mbps up to 1 Gbps. OPT-E-MAN is currently available in 19 metropolitan areas across the US.

AT&T OPT-E- MAN is supported by Cisco High Touch Technical Support to maintain high availability of the network infrastructure and help with service assurance.

Guba Signs Sony for Online Movie Distribution began offering more than 100 feature-length movies from Sony Pictures via its premium online video download service.

The launch makes GUBA the first video sharing community to distribute Sony Pictures movies online. Among the diverse slate of more than 100 titles that will be available for digital downloading at are Spider-Man 2, Underworld: Evolution, Memoirs of a Geisha, Hitch and the classic Bridge on the River Kwai.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) plans to steadily increase the number of films available for Internet sales over the coming months, with an expected 500 films, including day and date releases, being offered to consumers within a year.

GUBA users can purchase films as of today on a download-to-own basis. New releases are priced at $19.99 and catalog titles will retail from $9.99. All video content can be downloaded and played on compatible home computers. Some titles will also be available for rental on a Video-on-Demand (VOD) basis.

BitTorrent Bulks up its Video Library

BitTorrent has added more than 1,600 video titles to its library of content to be made available on its website.

BitTorrent has signed video licensing agreements with entertainment distributors Hart Sharp Video, Egami Media (a subsidiary of Image Entertainment), Koch Entertainment and The Orchard.

Consumers will be able to download and enjoy video from these publishers on a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) and download to own (DTO) basis when the new service launches in late Fall.

Alcatel OmniPCX Office Adds SIP and Voice Over WiFi Capabilities

Alcatel released a new version of its OmniPCX Office, an IP communication server designed for small-to-medium sized business. The new version includes major developments such as a new PC-based attendant console, IP telephony on a local wireless network, new features for multi-site SMBs, and a SIP network interface providing inter-site links for VoIP and access to further service provider offerings.

The Office Management Console ensures more efficient centralized and secure systems management at each of the sites through a secure Internet connection, providing a quicker response to customer requests, while alleviating the need to dispatch a technician.

In addition, the new Alcatel PIMphony Attendant console application enables SMBs distributed over several sites to centralize call reception at a single site, simplifying the management of incoming calls and call transfers for all sites. Using a graphical interface, it provides instant knowledge of the status of all the terminals on the network - analog or digital phones, IP or PC - wherever they are located.

The Alcatel OmniPCX Office release 5.0 includes a VoWLAN-based solution for wireless telephony over IP. This new offer consists of a range of wireless IP terminals providing the same level of service as Alcatel wired digital phones. In addition, the performance of the network is optimized due to integrated control of the quality of service, optimization of voice-data traffic, and management of the autonomy of terminals. This performance improvement results in improved network availability and quality of user experience.

Finally, the Alcatel OmniPCX Office supports SIP protocol both for inter- site voice/data links and for connectivity with Next Generation Networks.

The new version of the Alcatel OmniPCX Office is available in North America starting now through Alcatel business partners.

SkyPilot Raises $21 Million for Wireless Mesh

SkyPilot Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced a $21 million round of funding for its carrier-class broadband wireless mesh networking solutions. The SkyPilot solution utilizes a patent-pending synchronous mesh architecture with high-speed switched directional antenna arrays that extends reach, mitigates interference, and maximizes spectral reuse. The company says it has over 15,000 units shipped to more than 200 customers in 40 countries.

SkyPilot said it would use the funds to continue to expand sales, marketing, engineering and customer service efforts for its growing customer base.

August Capital led the financing. Current investors joining August in the round include Mobius Venture Capital, INVESCO Private Capital, Palo Alto Investors, Nexit Ventures and Selby Venture Partners. With this investment, SkyPilot's funding since inception now totals $68 million.

Broadband Wireless Economics through Synchronous Mesh Networking
networking provides a completely new way of looking at wireless networking
economics. Mesh networks can address the two major areas of cost for
traditional point-to-multipoint topologies. First, mesh networks can use

Wireless backhaul to
minimize the expense of leased facilities and eliminate trenching. Second,
mesh base stations are a fraction of the cost of macro-cell base stations,
which makes extending coverage out to suburban and rural areas incremental
and profitable.