Monday, January 29, 2007

Aperto Adds $19 Million in Funding to Accelerate WiMAX Plans

Aperto Networks, a developer of WiMAX base stations and subscriber units has completed a follow-on Series E financing round of $19 million, bringing the company's total capitalization to $139 million.

Aperto, which is based in Milpitas, California, currently claims more than 200 customers in 65 countries.

The financing round, the third tranche in the series, was led by GunnAllen Venture Partners and included participation from all of the existing investors including JK&B Capital, Canaan Partners, Alliance Ventures, Innovacom, JAFCO, Labrador Ventures, and Tyco.

Mistletoe Partners with Kaspersky Lab

Mistletoe Technologies, a start-up offering a security system-on-a-chip (SoC) featuring VPN, firewall and denial of service prevention applications in silicon, announced a partnership with Kaspersky Lab, a developer of secure content management solutions. The collaboration is a part of Mistletoe'a on-going effort to integrate best-in-class software that will enable system manufacturers to increase unified threat management (UTM) performance and network security, while reducing system development time and expense.

Juniper Posts Revenue of $595.8M, up 4% from Q4 05

Juniper Networks reported Q4 2006 revenue of $595.8 million, compared with $575.5 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 4 percent. Net revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 were $2,303.6 million, compared with $2,064.0 million for the same period last year, an increase of approximately 12 percent.

"2006 marked our 10th anniversary and a year of considerable progress which culminated with record revenue results in the fourth quarter," said Scott Kriens, Juniper Networks' Chairman and CEO. "Moving into 2007, we see a marketplace that presents us with significant opportunity to deliver strategic value to customers, scale our ability to execute and continue to grow our business."

Strix Wireless Mesh Network Deployed in Mumbai

Strix Systems' wireless mesh networking gear is being deployed in Mumbai, India by LifeStyle Networks Pvt. Ltd. Nearly 1,000 radios are already in operation and more than 2,000 additional radios will be operational before mid-2007. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, with over 18 million people.

Strix Systems' modular mesh products support up to six radios and 768 users per node. Strix networks scale to 10 or more wireless hops with near-zero throughput loss and latency.

Mesh Networking for Developing Countries
mesh networks have become a new economic stimulus for the developed
economies of North America, Europe and East Asia. This is especially true
at the municipal level, where city after city are announcing major Wi-Fi
initiatives. However, the impact of Wi-Fi and mesh is even more
significant in developing countries, where telecom services have been
limited. Consider Bangladesh....

Sprint Expands EVDO-Rev A Rollout

Sprint rolled out EV-DO Revision A coverage in South Florida, Portland, Ore. and Puerto Rico. The Sprint service is available in 21 other major markets across the U.S. EV-DO Revision A offers faster average upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps of current EV-DO networks) and average download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (from 400-700 Kbps).

EC Prevails in Court 2003 Case against Wanadoo

The European Commission prevailed in a legal case in which France Télécom SA, formerly Wanadoo Interactive SA, had appealed the Commission's 2003 decision concerning predatory pricing. In July 2003, the Commission fined Wanadoo EUR 10.35 million for charging predatory (below cost) prices for its Pack eXtense and Wanadoo ADSL services as part of a plan aimed at excluding competitors from the market for high speed internet access. The Court of First Instance ruled that the European Commission was right to reach its conclusion in the matter. The court also confirmed the EUR 10.35 million fine imposed by the Commission.

Motorola Invests in DARTdevices

Motorola Ventures has made a Series A investment in DARTdevices Corporation, a start-up that is developing software that lets multiple consumer devices directly access the combined content and applications of any DART-enabled device such as mobile phones and PCs. The software allows wired and wireless distribution of applications, games and information such as music, photos, video, calendars and data, across mobile phones, PCs, Internet servers, PDAs, set-tops, MP3 players and DVRs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DATdevices is based in Mountain View, California

Devicescape Debuts Consumer WiFi-to-Device Service

Devicescape Software introduced a consumer service that allows any Wi-Fi enabled device, like media players, VoIP phones or game systems, to automatically connect to Wi-Fi hotspots and municipal networks. The service is aimed at simplifying the process of accessing multiple WiFi services when using a WiFi enabled device. It works like this:

  • Consumers log-on to the Devicescape and download a free client application for their device

  • The consumer then registers the device on the Devicescape website and indicates which WiFi networks they wish to use. Where appropriated, they register their user names and password for the desired WiFi network.

  • After this, the user's devices will automatically login to the Wi-Fi network without any user interaction.

Devicescape is licensing its technology to device manufacturers, enabling them to provide products that effortlessly connect to the Wi-Fi networks their customers need. Currently, Devicescape supports over 30 public networks including the largest carriers in the world such as T-Mobile, BT and NTT; municipal networks such as Google WiFi; universities such as UC Berkeley; and the FON community.

Seagate's DAVE platform Offers 10-20GB of Mobile Storage

Seagate Technology unveiled its Digital Audio Video Experience (D.A.V.E) technology -- previously code-named "Crickett" -- offering 10-20 GB of wireless storage in an accessory smaller than many common slim-line mobile phones. The DAVE mobile platform is about the size of a centimeter-thick credit card and connects to the owner's mobile phone using Bluetooth or WiFi.

Seagate said the 10GB version will hold about 2,500 songs or 21 hours of video. A rechargeable lithium ion battery delivers up to 10 hours of media-streaming performance and up to 14 days of standby power.

In addition to the hard drive, the DAVE also incorporates an application processor from Marvell. Seagate will be releasing an open API development kit to encourage third-party applications.
  • In December 2006, Agere Systems unveiled its BluOnyx Mobile Content Server, a new consumer product category designed to un-tether users from the PC and stationary storage devices by giving them access to content and applications in a portable device. It incorporates a choice of Flash storage or HDD, along with an application processor.

blinkx Develops Video Blogging Tool

blinkx, a leading video search engine, is introducing a free tool that that enables bloggers to insert relevant video streams into their blogs. The San Francisco-based start-up said this will enable users to become broadcasters by harnessing the variety of content in its video index.

Goodrich Chooses AT&T for MPLS

Goodrich Corporation, a global aerospace and defense supplier, has selected AT&T to provide next-generation network services under a multiyear contract valued at more than $4 million. The contract includes MPLS connectivity, engineering services and advanced monitoring

Carl Icahn Seeks Appointment to Motorola's Board

Motorola said it received a nomination to appoint Carl C. Icahn to its Board of Directors. The nomination came Carl Icahn entities that "may be deemed to beneficially own, in the aggregate, 33,529,000 shares, representing approximately 1.39% of the Corporation's outstanding shares."

NTT DoCoMo Offers Flat-Rate Data Plans

NTT DoCoMo will begin offering flat-rate data communications billing plans beginning March 1. The "Pake-hodai full" plan will enable FOMA i-mode subscribers with full-browser handsets to view not only i-mode but also websites and videos in Windows Media format with a flat monthly rate of 5,985 yen. The "Biz-hodai" will offer flat-rate packet communications for non-i-mode FOMA handsets at a monthly rate of 5,985 yen.

In addition, DoCoMo plans to introduce a FOMA 64kbps data-card flat-rate packet billing plan this autumn to replace @FreeD, a flat-rate plan for Internet access via the PHS service, which will be discontinued at the end of this year.

Tektronix Enhances its IP Video Monitoring Capabilities

Tektronix announced new monitoring capabilities for its MPEG Transport test platform, including expanded monitoring coverage of simultaneous IP streams, with the ability to drill down through the IP layer and analyze the MPEG layer in depth. Specifically, the Tektronix MTM400 MPEG Transport Stream Monitor now provides simultaneous monitoring of critical Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for up to 500 MPEG Transport Streams carried within a Gigabit Ethernet link to aid rapid fault resolution.

The simultaneous monitoring of up to 500 IP sessions includes critical MPEG Transport Stream errors (Sync and Continuity Count), IP packet errors (Lost and Out of Order RTP packets and packet CRC errors) and IP timing (Packet Inter-arrival time). The Transport Stream error testing is undertaken at the PID level and both Multi Program Transport Streams (MPTS) and Single Program Transport Streams (SPTS) are supported.

Tektronix has also added an automatic channel changing capability to sequentially poll multiple streams for the MTM400. This capability allows up to 200 IP sessions to be monitored in depth. The polling option is also available for the MTM400 with RF interfaces, where it allows for polling of up to 200 RF channels. An MTM400 using the polling option monitors each selected IP session or RF channel in a repeating sequential measurement process. Multi-stream polling ability makes a single MTM400 probe a broader tool, monitoring large numbers of network points in a time sampled measurement mode.

Zeugma Hires Former Director of Alcatel Triple Play Marketing

Zeugma Systems, a start-up based in Vancouver, announced the appointment of Mr. Mehdi Sif as Vice President, Marketing. Mehdi joins the Zeugma Systems team from Alcatel-Lucent where he was Director, Triple Play Solutions Marketing. He previously held multiple senior product line and marketing management positions at Juniper Networks for core routing platforms, Nortel Networks for VPN and Security solutions and Bay Networks for enterprise routing.

Zeugma is developing a telecommunications system for next generation, high speed broadband networks. Product plans have not yet been disclosed.
  • Zeugma Systems is head by Andrew Harries, co-founder, President and CEO, who previously was co-founder of Sierra Wireless Inc. and formerly at Motorola. Its team also included Siegfried Luft, founder, CTO and formerly a co-founder of Siara Systems, which merged with Redback Networks.

  • In the summer of 2006 Zeugma Systems announced the completion of its US$15.75 million Series A financing. The financing was led by San Francisco-based Granite Ventures and syndicated by Ventures West, Yaletown Venture Partners, GrowthWorks Capital Ltd., BDC Venture Capital and Zeugma management and staff.

USCarrier Selects Ciena

USCarrier Telecom will deploy Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform for in its Southeastern metropolitan and regional networks to upgrade its existing SONET network. USCarrier is headquartered in Atlanta and serves more than 40 cities in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ikanos and Jungo Announce VDSL2 Residential Gateway Design

Ikanos Communications and Jungo Ltd. introduced a joint VDSL2 Residential Gateway (RG) reference design for triple play services. The new VDSL2 residential gateway platform, which is backward compatible with ADSL2/2+ and VDSL1, combines Jungo's OpenRG gateway software with Ikanos' Fusiv processor. The platform delivers 100 Mbps symmetrical throughput utilizing the underlying Fusiv architecture.

The joint reference platform is designed to support a number of applications, including VDSL2, ADSL2+, IPTV, home media distribution, home networking, VoIP, WLAN, Ethernet switching, data routing, NAT, firewall and TR-069 remote management support.

TANDBERG Delivers Adaptive Telepresence Solution

TANDBERG introduced an across-the-table telepresence solution that creates a highly collaborative, in-person meeting experience.

The TANDBERG Experia, which will be released in Q2, is being positioned as a "natural communication experience." Key features include high-definition (HD) video, one-touch connectivity, low bandwidth requirements and optimization for six participants per site. Experia can also be managed through TANDBERG Management Suite (TMS) as well as existing desktop tools.

TANDBERG already offered a number of other telepresence solutions, including an immersive telepresence environment called HP Halo Collaboration Studio offered in partnership with HP. TANDBERG's existing High Definition systems can also deliver telepresence to additional office environments through the HP Halo Video Exchange Network (HVEN).