Monday, January 22, 2007

Actelis Raises $22 Million for Ethernet over Copper

Actelis Networks, a start-up based in Fremont, California, secured an additional $22 Million in private capital for its Carrier Ethernet over Copper solutions. The company's products employ advanced digital signal processing techniques and link level dynamic spectral management (DSM) in a bonded-copper solution with Carrier Ethernet characteristics.

The new funding was led by Adams Street Partners and included all of Actelis' existing investors including ATA Ventures, Global Catalyst Partners, Dupont Capital, The Carlyle Group, Innovacom Venture Capital, Vertex, Walden International New Enterprise Associates, and Independent Venture Fund.

Radialpoint Enables Windows Vista Compatible Managed Security Service

Radialpoint, which provides managed Internet services to broadband service providers (BSPs), introduced its next-gen Security Value Added Services (VAS), offering Windows Vista compatibility and enhancements to its Virus Protection, Spyware Protection, Fraud Protection, Parental Controls, and Personal Firewall services.

Radialpoint is also introducing two new services - PC Optimizer and Backup & Restore - to address consumer concerns regarding computer slowdown and data loss. PC Optimizer is an automated, fully managed service that, by reversing the clutter that slows down PCs over time, greatly improves performance for faster application access, Web surfing, security scanning, and startup. PC Optimizer also features disk and registry defragmentation technology.

Radialpoint Security VAS are available as a managed, re-branded services for BSPs.

CableLabs Adopts IPDR Streaming Protocol

Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) will incorporate technology from the Internet Protocol Detail Record Organization ( into its OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) Version 1.1 initiative.

Specifically, the set-top box (STB) mechanism for metrics gathering -- a critical function of the OCAP 1.1 specification - will be using IPDR Streaming Protocol (IPDR/SP), for encoding and transmitting metrics to a collections system within the cable operator. The evolving JSR 190, the Java Community Process (JCP) specification of an API for event reporting from JavaME platforms embedded the IPDR/SP for the same purpose. Once the adoption is complete all OCAP 1.1 set-top boxes will have the IPDR Streaming Protocol.

The full set of technologies include the IPDR/Streaming Protocol (IPDR/SP) transport, the IPDR binary encoding, along with open source code of reference implementations and development tools for integration of the technology into vendor solutions.

"The integration of technologies into OCAP represents a significant impact to the cable industry and offers cable operators the capability of providing detailed metrics from the home network with next generation television, communication and entertainment," said's President and COO Kelly Anderson.

Freescale and IBM Announce CMOS Agreement

Freescale Semiconductor and IBM announced an alliance for joint semiconductor research and development covering Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) and Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technologies, as well as advanced semiconductor research and design enablement transitioning at the 45-nanometer generation.

Azimuth Introduces WiMAX Channel Emulator

Azimuth Systems introduced a channel emulator platform for testing multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) and single-input-single-output (SISO) WiMAX solutions. The ACE 400WB is a purpose-built, single box that provides channel modeling capabilities in a test automation platform. Azimuth said its solution enables real-time performance testing of MIMO devices, streamlining the testing of WiMAX chipsets, clients and infrastructure.

PMC-Sierra Opens Shanghai Office

PMC-Sierra announced the opening of a sales and design center in Shanghai, China. Mr. Tom Sun, vice president, Asia Pacific Operations, continues to lead overall operations and the development of this center, which is focusing primarily on the development of PMC-Sierra's enterprise storage and fiber access solutions.

Spain's Jazztel Launches VOD with Kasenna's PortalTV

Jazztel has launched a video-on-demand (VOD) service across Spain using Kasenna's PortalTV product suite. The deployment, which involved more than more that 50 of Kasenna's video servers, was implemented by Kasenna authorized reseller Telindus.

Jazztel operates a nationwide IPTV network. The new Videoclub service uses Kasenna's MediaBase Video Server platform to deliver H.264 video streaming, and by vFusion, Kasenna's content distribution software that allows Jazztel to optimize storage between a centralized server and streaming edge servers.

Videoclub will offer all customers of Jazztelia TV access to free and pre-paid content, which the subscriber will be able to choose from a catalogue of new releases. In addition, Videoclub has a recommendation and novelty section, enabling the customer to always know the new content that can be accessed that month.

Jazztel plans to add NPVR (Network Personal Video Recorder) to its network. The first phase has been implemented already across all of Spain's largest cities, serving more than 100,000 simultaneous subscribers.

Alcatel-Lucent Cites Short-term Uncertainty and Trims Outlook

Citing short-term market uncertainty from major customers, delays attributed to its merger, and heightened competition in the global wireless market, Alcatel-Lucent trimmed its financial expectations for Q4 2006 and its outlook for 2007.

On an adjusted pro-forma basis, Alcatel-Lucent expects fourth quarter 2006 revenue to be approximately EUR 4.42 billion, compared with revenue of EUR 5.25 billion in the 2005 fourth quarter. Fourth quarter 2006 operating profit(2) is expected to be approximately at breakeven, compared with EUR 0.57 billion profit for the 2005 fourth quarter.

On an adjusted pro-forma basis, Alcatel-Lucent expects full year 2006 revenue to be approximately EUR 18.3 billion, compared with EUR 18.6 billion revenue for full year 2005. Full year 2006 operating profit is expected to be approximately EUR 1.04 billion, compared with EUR 1.41 billion in full year 2005.

"2006 was an extraordinary year in many ways for our company," said Patricia Russo, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent. "We completed the first and largest merger to date in our industry, we enhanced our wireless portfolio through the acquisition of Nortel's UMTS radio business and we completed a substantial part of the transfer of some of our operations to Thales.

In the past few months, these moves created short-term uncertainty for our customers and for our people as we worked to develop the combined company's product portfolio and new organization structure. This uncertainty together with the work required to close the merger significantly impacted the business.

In addition, the last quarter of the year proved to be challenging from a market perspective, driven by a shift in spending from some of our large North American customers and heightened competition in the global wireless market. Overall, the 2006 adjusted pro-forma financial results of the combined company were impacted by the weak performance in the fourth quarter resulting in cumulative revenues for full year 2006 at a similar level to full year 2005 revenues."

Amdocs 7 Suite Targets Converged Services

Amdocs introduced its industry-specific software suite that allows service providers to offer their customers the benefits of access to any service, over any network, at any time and on any device, which is made possible by the move to next- generation networks and the convergence of voice, video, data, content, and entertainment.

The modular Amdocs 7 suite allows telecom carriers, broadband cable and satellite providers to offer next-generation services, enabling them to bundle these services, offer incentive pricing to customers, capture and fulfill complex orders, assure quality and accuracy, and focus on the customer experience. The platform supports traditional and next- generation video, voice and data services -- regardless of the access method, device, payment method, or the network over which the service is delivered, including IP Multi-media Subsystem or IMS.

"Convergence represents an enormous opportunity for service providers," said Michael Matthews, chief marketing officer of Amdocs. "However, to offer these new services, including services developed and delivered by partners, providers must make sizable investments in technology infrastructure. They must also transform the way they do business.

The new Amdocs 7 suite, Amdocs Qpass Digital Commerce Solution and Amdocs Cramer OSS suite make up the Amdocs portfolio. The portfolio includes the customer-facing BSS, such as billing, CRM, self-service, settlements, and digital commerce management, and network-facing OSS, such as customer assurance, service fulfillment and inventory management. The suite includes:

  • Amdocs Foundation -- a powerful set of open frameworks for unified information, operation, integration, and application management across the suite, based on service-oriented architecture (SOA) principles and adhering to industry standards such as Enhanced Telecom Operations Map (eTOM) and Shared Information/Data Model (TMF/SID). Among its components, Amdocs Foundation includes a common offer catalog across Amdocs CRM, billing and ordering products, a Customer Information Hub to provide a single view of the customer, and an Integration Framework to facilitate interoperability with third-party applications.

  • Amdocs Enterprise Product Catalog -- deployed as part of the Amdocs 7 suite or independently, this innovative new product enables centralized product lifecycle management by employing role-specific user interfaces and by applying Master Data Management (MDM) principles to readily link all enterprise systems involved in the creation of service offerings.

  • Centralized management of this critical process lowers costs and speeds time to market for convergent and bundled offerings.

  • Amdocs B/OSS Manager -- the core of the Amdocs integrated fulfillment and assurance platform, B/OSS Manager enables end-to-end visibility and process convergence across BSS and OSS. It offers a single integrated platform to manage critical customer-centric processes such as ordering and fulfillment.

  • Customer Management Optimized for Convergence -- by creating connectors to third-party business intelligence and marketing automation platforms, Amdocs 7 delivers intelligence that providers can act upon, such as likelihood to churn or customer profitability across all interaction channels. In addition, by giving customers enhanced, multi-channel self-service capabilities, consumer and business customers can manage their own accounts, order new convergent services or content on demand, or request a credit -- via phone, Web, and now even digital Interactive TV.

  • Revenue Management for "Any-Play" Services -- convergent real-time service mediation, billing and settlements for mobile and fixed Telecom, and cable and satellite providers, including multi-affiliate and intercontinental providers. This includes support for "any-play" services, any charging method (pre-paid, post-paid and hybrid), any partner type (content, roaming and interconnect) and any customer type (residential, small business and enterprise).
  • In July 2006, Amdocs acquired Cramer Systems, a supplier of operations support systems (OSS) solutions, for approximately $375 million in cash. Cramer will form a new division in Amdocs, which will be the centerpiece of Amdocs' OSS strategy and activities, and will leverage and enhance Amdocs' current assets in BSS and OSS. Cramer's current management will continue to lead the business.

  • In April 2006, Amdocs agreed to acquire Qpass, a leading provider of digital commerce software and solutions, for approximately $275 million in cash. Qpass can act as a channel between the content provider and the service provider, helping to determine how to offer, manage, charge, and fulfill for the service. It plays a key role in enabling the value chain and monetizing digital content. Qpass currently has relationships with over 300 content providers and also works with some of the largest carrier groups globally, including Cingular, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Tellabs Posts Q4 Revenue of $455 million, down 13%

Citing uncertainty from its large North American carrier customers, Tellabs reported fourth-quarter 2006 revenue of $455 million, down 13% from $521 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. For the year 2006, Tellabs revenue totaled $2,041 million, up 8% from $1,883 million in 2005. Tellabs earned $29 million or 7 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2006 on a GAAP basis, down 68% from $92 million or 20 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Tellabs expects first- quarter 2007 revenue to be flat to slightly down from the fourth quarter of 2006, in a range from $445 million to $455 million.

"While our fourth-quarter results reflected temporary uncertainty around carrier consolidation in North America, we are hopeful that this will clear soon," said Krish A. Prabhu, Tellabs president and chief executive officer. "As 2007 begins, our customers continue to see growing user demand for bandwidth, and Tellabs remains well-positioned to benefit from this."

Some highlights:

  • Broadband - Fourth-quarter 2006 revenue from the broadband segment totaled $249 million, down 17% from $302 million in Q4 2005. Within the broadband segment, access revenue fell 23% to $138 million from $180 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Managed access revenue fell 12% to $80 million from $91 million a year ago. Data revenue was $31 million, flat with $31 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Full-year 2006 revenue from the broadband segment was $1,080 million, up 4% from $1,042 million in 2005.

  • Transport - Fourth-quarter 2006 revenue from the transport segment totaled $159 million, down 10% from $175 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Full- year 2006 revenue from the transport segment was $778 million, up 15% from $674 million in 2005.

  • Services - Fourth-quarter 2006 services revenue was $47 million, up 7% from $44 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Full-year 2006 revenue from the services segment was $183 million, up 9% from $167 million in 2005.

Tundra's SLE Develops Interlaken Interconnect Protocol IP Core

Silicon Logic Engineering Inc. (SLE), a division of Tundra Semiconductor, has developed a licensable Interlaken protocol IP core for use in ASIC or FPGA designs. SLE's Interlaken IP Core is scalable, with early versions providing from 10Gbps to 60+Gbps bandwidth across the interface. Future versions will provide over 120Gbps of bandwidth. Target applications include network switches, routers and storage equipment. The scalability is achieved through the combination of the SERDES speed (3.125Gbps to 6.375Gbps) and a variable number of SERDES lanes (1 to 24).

The open Interlaken specification was co-written by Cortina Systems and Cisco Systems to provide a far more scalable chip-to-chip interface protocol than previous protocols. Interlaken combines the advantages of the popular SPI4.2 and XAUI interfaces by building on the channelization and per channel flow control features of SPI4.2, and reducing the number of chip I/O pins by using high speed SERDES technology, similar to XAUI.

AT&T Supplies Switched Ethernet to California Utility

AT&T was awarded a five year contract to supply its OPT-E-MAN switched Ethernet service to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), a water and wastewater service provider that serves more than 1.3 million residents in the San Francisco region. Switched Ethernet will be used to connect local access networks (LANs) within the same metropolitan area. AT&T will also deliver Ethernet Dedicated Internet Access (EDIA), a pure Ethernet solution for always-available Internet access. The municipal utility will also take advantage of a backup data center supported by AT&T's IP-enabled Ethernet Private Line Service (EPLS) backbone.