Monday, February 18, 2008

JDSU Releases Mini Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS)

JDSU released a new wavelength selective switch (WSS) product designed as a low cost solution for traffic management in the metro and access areas of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks.

The new Mini WSS, which is half the size of typical WSS offerings, provides colorless switching, or the ability to direct wavelengths from and to any port. It is scalable from 1X2 to 1X9 applications.

The WSS switching technology is one of JDSU's three ROADM-enabling technologies. In addition, JDSU offers planar lightwave circuit (PLC) and wavelength blocker technology to address various market needs.

In the second quarter of fiscal year 2008 (October through December, 2007), JDSU shipped 2,500 ROADMs.

Telenor Picks Alvarion

Telenor Telecom Solutions AS awarded a framework agreement to Alvarion to purchase WiMAX solutions. The contract has an option for other Telenor subsidiaries and affiliates as well. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telenor has adopted WiMAX as one of several technologies for providing broadband coverage where the traditional fixed-line technologies are not suitable.

Ciena CN 5060 Platform Achieves MEF Certification

Ciena's CN 5060 Multiservice Carrier Ethernet Platform has secured Carrier Ethernet certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The platform was tested by Iometrix in accordance with its MEF-approved "Test Plan for Ethernet Services at the UNI," receiving MEF 9 Service and MEF 14 Traffic Management certification.

The CN 5060 is the first offering in the CN 5000 Packet Services Series and key element of Ciena's FlexSelect Architecture. The platform delivers MEF-compliant services, Advanced Ethernet Interworking for Layer 2 services, MPLS functionality and support for TDM-over-packet capabilities.

Tektronix Introduces New MPEG Transport Stream Monitor

Tektronix introduced an MPEG Transport Stream Monitor to help broadcasters and network operators to detect signal degradation caused during transmission and distribution to find and diagnose errors more quickly to prevent viewers from experiencing loss of signal. Tektronix said its new MTM400A MPEG Transport Stream Monitor is the only platform in the market that provides a common measurement engine for both confidence monitoring and diagnostic monitoring, ensuring consistency in measurement results. The MTM400A also features a new FlexVuPlus user interface that leverages the deep measurement capabilities of the MTM platform to simplify DTV monitoring and diagnostics.

AMCC Announces Embedded Processor for Secure Gateways, Network Appliances

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) introduced a new embedded processor for secure gateways, network appliances, multifunction printing platforms, networking line cards and other embedded systems. Tte PowerPC 440EPr processor features up to 500MHz of processing speed, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 32 bit PCI, USB2.0, support for 32-bit DDR2 high performance memory and an integrated Turbo Security Engine. Typical power dissipation is rated at 3.5 Watts. The PowerPC 440EPr will begin sampling in Q2 of this year.

AMCC Announces10GbE LAN/WAN PHY Device for Metro-Ethernet

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) announced a 10GbE PHY for 10GbE, 10G Fibre Channel, and WIS (OC-192/STM-64) network applications. The new S19263 represents AMCC's second device in its MEtrON (Metro Ethernet Optical Networks) product family. It is a highly integrated XAUI to XFI physical layer integrated circuit for Ethernet and Fibre Channel LAN and WAN applications based on SFP+ or XFP optical modules. It is also pin-to-pin compatible with AMCC's recently announced PEMAQUID S19258.

Significantly, the new device supports operation in a -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C industrial temperature environment, critical for Metro-Ethernet and Carrier Ethernet applications. It is also fully compliant to IEEE(R) 802.3-205 and XFP4.5 standards.

"As the convergence of Ethernet and SONET-based networks continue to accelerate, our customers have been requesting a 10GbE LAN/WAN PHY that can meet their need for a Metro-Ethernet and Carrier Grade Ethernet system and can function reliably in extreme temperature conditions," stated Neal Neslusan, Director of Transport Marketing at AMCC.

Duke Deploys 2,500 Cisco Access Points

Duke University will deploy an expansive 802.11n wireless network across its campus featuring more than 2,500 Cisco access points - the largest planned 802.11n wireless network in the world by any organization to date. The deployment will provide ubiquitous wireless coverage in academic halls, libraries, residence halls and other campus buildings.

During real-world tests, Duke experienced consistent average data throughput performance of nearly 130 Mbps per client with the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series access point, according to Cisco. In addition, tests at Duke indicated that existing 802.11g clients such as laptops connected to a Cisco Aironet 1250 Series access point obtained almost twice the data rate achieved while connected to an older wireless network, demonstrating the benefit of 802.11n to existing Wi-Fi devices.

Etisalat Misr Selects Ericsson for GSM/WCDMA/HSPA in Egypt

Ericsson announced a contract to deliver a complete turnkey buildout of the mobile network of Etisalat Egypt

, including GSM and WCDMA/HSPA radio access equipment, microwave transmission and a core network including Mobile Softswitch. The contract also covers Ericsson's Convergent Charging and Billing solution. The project includes site acquisition, civil works, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and integration services. This expansion brings Etisalat Misr's total investment with Ericsson equipment and services to more than EUR 200 million to date.

Alcatel-Lucent Expands Services Agreement with NCR

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a global services agreement with NCR Corporation to provide standardized welcome center, help desk and network operations center services to distribution channels and enterprise customers. Under the agreement, NCR will provide service under the Alcatel-Lucent brand, creating a support organization covering more than 130 countries with a network of more than 10,000 service professionals.

This expands the existing North America level one services agreement between the companies.

"Phase one of our relationship with NCR has already led to successfully closing business in the influential North American market during 2007," said Tom Burns, Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise activities. "As we expand our addressable market globally with this important announcement, we are confident that our customers, partners and NCR will continue to benefit along with us."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
  • In July 2007, Alcatel-Lucent and NCR announced a services agreement for North America.

Veraz Posts Q4 Revenue of $35.0 million, up 21% YoY

Veraz Networks reported Q4 2007 revenues of $35.0 million, which represents a year-over-year increase of 21% from the fourth quarter of last year. Fourth quarter IP product revenues were $20.9 million, an increase of 36% over the fourth quarter of 2006. Total revenues for year ended December 31, 2007, were $125.8 million, a 26% increase over total revenues for the prior year. IP product revenues for year ended December 31, 2007, were $79.4 million, a 68% increase over IP product revenues for the prior year.

For the fourth quarter of 2007, Veraz recorded net income of $2.1 million, including $0.7 million in stock-based compensation expense, as compared to the fourth quarter of last year with a net loss of $0.6 million, including $0.4 million in stock-based compensation expense. Veraz reported net income of $3.4 million for 2007, including $2.3 million in stock-based compensation expense, as compared to a net loss of $13.7 million, including $1.2 million in stock based compensation expense for 2006.

"For each of the three quarters since becoming a public company, we have been profitable, and as we end the fourth quarter of 2007, we are pleased to report that we have also achieved profitability for the full year in our first year as a public company," said Doug Sabella, president and chief executive officer. "This was accomplished through a combination of revenue growth, strong gross margins and disciplined expense management."

AT&T Offers Palm's Centro for $99.99

AT&T has begun selling the Palm Centro device for $99.99 with a two-year contract. Featuring a color touch-screen and full QWERTY keyboard, Centro is the first Palm OS product to launch with AT&T services, such as XM Radio Mobile, Push to Talk and MusicID. The Palm Centro operates on AT&T's EDGE network.

Centro's text-messaging application displays text and multimedia messages in Palm's chat-style view, just like PC-based instant messaging. IM compatibility includes AIM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. E-mail supports Xpress Mail, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and Good Mobile Messaging.http:/www.att.com

U.S. Mobile Operators Offer $99.99 Unlimited Wireless Plans

AT&T announced a $99.99 per month wireless plan or unlimited U.S. calling on all devices with no domestic roaming or long distance charges. The plans can be combined with any current wireless data plan to give customers the ultimate in wireless freedom. Existing customers can choose unlimited calling without extending their contract. New customers have the option of a month-to-month, 12 or 24 month contract. Data plan options include $5 for 200 text, picture, video and instant messages or $35 for unlimited messaging and MEdia Net access.

Verizon Wireless introduced a new Nationwide Unlimited Anytime Minute Plan at a flat rate of $99.99 per month. The carrier's BroadbandAccess Plans are also being enhanced with two new choices for Internet browsing, e-mail access and downloading files: 50 MB data usage for $39.99 monthly access or 5 GB data usage for $59.99 monthly access. BroadbandAccess, the company's flagship data service, allows customers to experience average download speeds of 600 kbps to 1.4 Mbps and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.

T-Mobile USA announced an unlimited nationwide wireless calling and unlimited nationwide messaging for $99.99 per month. Domestic roaming and long distance charges are included. Unlimited messaging includes text messages (SMS), picture messages (MMS) and instant messages (IM).