Monday, November 6, 2006

Broadlogic Unveils Massively Parallel, Multi-channel Video Processor

Broadlogic, a start-up based in San Jose, California unveiled its massively parallel, multi-channel video processor to help cable operators (MSOs) reclaim over 450MHz of bandwidth and scaling access network performance to fiber-like levels.

BroadLogic said its new BL80000 TeraPIX chip is designed for a new generation of Residential Gateway installed outside or just inside a residence This allows the network to be all-digital, while subscribers continue to receive the cable-ready analog video, digital video, high speed data and voice services inside the home. A digital program uses one-tenth the space of a an analog program. Most cable operators typically deliver an 80-or-so channel lineup of the most popular broadcast and cable channels using analog. Because these channels are delivered in analog format, not digital, they take up a disproportionate amount of an operator's bandwidth (500MHz of a typical 750MHz network).

With an all-digital network and 750 MHz capacity would enable 4.5 Gbps to the home.

However, going all-digital requires subscribers to install a digital set-top box and remote for every cable-ready device in the home. This solution is both costly for operators and undesirable to many subscribers.

The BroadLogic TeraPIX video processor works by decoding bandwidth-conserving digital video signals delivered by a cable operator, and generating 80-plus high-quality channels of television. Cable operators get their extra bandwidth, and consumers get the channel lineups they're used to without having to get more set-tops, run more coax, or lose more remotes. The TeraPIX processor enables solutions that support virtually all existing analog and digital consumer devices. For example, if a subscriber has a DVR set-top from their cable operator, the digital signals are passed through TeraPIX to the DVR.

BroadLogic is sampling the TeraPix now.

Sylantro Appoints Marco Limena President and CEO

Sylantro Systems named Marco Limena president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Limena, former vice president of Hewlett Packard's multi-billion dollar Network and Service Provider Solution business, assumes the role from Sylantro president and CEO Pete Bonee, who now serves as Sylantro's chairman.

Acme Packet Reports Revenue of $22.3 million

Acme Packet reported Q3 revenue of $22.3 million, up from $6.8 million in the same period last year. For the three month period ended September 30, 2006, net income was $6.8 million. Basic and diluted net income per share for the three month period ended September 30, 2006 was $0.14 per share and $0.12 per share, respectively.

"Our top line growth -- which continues to be fueled by the broad support by new customers and new projects launched by existing customers -- demonstrates the value that session border controllers (SBCs) play in advanced IP service creation and delivery," said Andy Ory, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acme Packet.

Nortel Reports Revenue of US$2.96 Million

Nortel reported revenues of US$2.96 billion for the third quarter of 2006 compared to US$2.52 billion for the third quarter of 2005 and US$2.74 billion for the second quarter of 2006. The company reported a net loss in the third quarter of 2006 of US$99 million, or US$0.02 per common share on a diluted basis, compared to a net loss of US$136 million, or US$0.03 per common share on a diluted basis, in the third quarter of 2005 and net earnings of US$366 million, or US$0.08 per common share on a diluted basis, in the second quarter of 2006.

"I am pleased with our overall revenue growth and, in particular, in our focus areas of next generation mobility, enterprise and related services, and metro optical. I am also pleased with the 270 basis points operating margin improvement versus the third quarter of 2005. However, we should and will be moving faster. Pricing pressures and the speed at which our revenues are shifting to next generation, early cycle products is increasing our challenge to drive profitability improvements," said Mike Zafirovski, president and chief executive officer, Nortel.

For Mobility and Converged Core Networks (MCCN), revenues were US$1,540 million, an increase of 23 percent compared with the year-ago quarter and an increase of 7 percent sequentially.

Fort Enterprise Solutions, revenues were US$609 million, an increase of 14 percent compared with the year-ago quarter and an increase of 28 percent sequentially.

For Metro Ethernet Networks, revenues were US$430 million, an increase of 18 percent compared with the year-ago quarter and a decrease of 8 percent sequentially.

Global Service revenues were US$316 million, an increase of 4 percent compared with the year-ago quarter and an increase of 2 percent sequentially.

Gross margin was 38 percent of revenue in the third quarter of 2006.

Tut's Video Headend Converts MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC

Tut Systems' Astria content processor (CP) video headend solution can now be leveraged to convert MPEG-2 stored on-demand content to the latest MPEG-4 AVC compression. For service providers deploying services based on the bandwidth efficient MPEG-4 AVC compression technologies, a bridge is needed to convert content to the new compression standard. Cavalier Telephone is using the Tut solution for this purpose.

Level 3 Now Supporting Eight of Top Ten Sites

Level 3 will provide its High Speed IP service via multiple 10GigE ports to Photobucket, which offers a personal media sharing service. Level 3 said it is now supplying eight of the top-10 Internet destinations with network services.

Broadcom Wi-Fi Supports Skype

Broadcom has added support for Skype software to its Wi-Fi phone platform.

Buffalo is using the platform for a consumer device that can make calls at open Wi-Fi access points all over the world without being tied to a PC. The handset features include a high-resolution color display, speakerphone and Buffalo's AOSS easy configuration protocol.

UTStarcom Postpones Q3 Results, Reviews Stock Option Grants

UTStarcom announced a voluntary review of its historical equity award grant practices. As a result, the company will not announce its third quarter results until the review is completed.

Time Warner Telecom Sees 16% Enterprise Revenue Growth YoY

Time Warner Telecom reported $196.1 million in revenue, $71.2 million in modified EBITDA and a net loss of $11.3 million for Q3/

Some highlights for the quarter:

  • Achieved levered free cash flow(2) for the quarter of $6.1 million and $9.3 million for the first nine months of 2006

  • Grew total revenue $18.3 million year over year, an increase of 10%, and $4.8 million sequentially, an increase of 3%

  • Grew enterprise revenue $16.0 million year over year, an increase of 16%, and $3.1 million sequentially, an increase of 3%

  • Grew data and Internet revenue $12.5 million year over year, an increase of 30%, and $2.5 million sequentially, an increase of 5%.

Korea's Hanaro Reaches 800,000 Subscribers for 100Mbps Optical LAN Service

Despite the intensifying market competition in Korea, hanarotelecom said its broadband subscriber base expanded in Q3 and that it added more than 60,000 voice subscribers in the quarter.

With regard to the 100Mbps optical LAN, Hanaro's mainstay product, the cumulative number of subscribers reaching approximately 800,000. The service availability footprint has expanded to approximately 3.8 million households, which amount to about two thirds of its apartment coverage.

hanarotelecom posted a 0.5% gain in revenues to KRW 430.9 billion and a 2.3% increase in EBITDA to KRW 135.8 billion for the third quarter of 2006.

KDDI Selects Lucent's Optical Cross-Connect

Japan's KDDI Corp. has selected Lucent Technologies to supply optical cross connect systems to support its international transport network. Under the agreement KDDI will deploy Lucent's LambdaUnite MultiService Switch (MSS) and Navis Optical Management System (OMS) to create an integrated, multi-service transport network to support a range of traditional voice services and new and emerging data services.

Lucent's LambdaUnite is an optical transport and cross-connect system that features a non-blocking, duplicated switch matrix architecture.

Tzero Announces UWB Set-Top Box and RG Wins

Tzero Technologies, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California announced a series of design wins for its Ultra wideband (UWB) silicon from leading set-top box, residential gateway and network digital video recorder manufacturers -- including Amedia , Complete Media Systems, Entone Technologies, Magnum Semiconductor, Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices and UTStarcom. Tzero is also enabling a number of major original design manufacturers to support ultra wideband solutions. The first of these are AboCom, Arcadyan Technology Corporation and Asustek Computer of Taiwan.

Tzero said its UWB technology can be used to connect a range of A/V components -- displays, set-top boxes, digital video recorders, media center PCs, residential gateways and more. Unlike proprietary offerings, Tzero's platform is based on standards from the WiMedia Alliance.

The new Siemens UWB multimedia home solution is capable of providing high-speed communications between devices either wirelessly or using existing wiring within rooms or extending across multiple rooms. The product delivers transmission speeds of up to 480 Mbps to support even the high demands of high-definition video and IPTV.

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