Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Huawei Announces Hybrid Access Line Assurance Solution

Huawei Technologies announced a hybrid access line assurance solution aimed at solving new line maintenance problems arising from hybrid xPON+DSL access deployments. Such problems can arise in networks where multiple FTTX network topologies with different copper lengths and aging copper loops are used. Issues arising out of crosstalk and interference seriously impact the performance of DSL, and affect the service rollout.


Huawei said its Xpert LAS implements the leading DSM (Dynamic Spectra Management) technology based on its APO (Associated Performance Optimization) algorithm, to solve the DSL crosstalk & interference bottleneck in an efficient and practical way. Its software-based provisioning and management solution enables operators to reduce service roll-out time and maintenance effort and in turn attract more customers with faster time-to-market. The end-to-end line assurance solution offers great power saving features for DSL, assisting operators in their effort for energy savings.


Huawei calculates that its Xpert LAS can improve ADSL2+/ VDSL2 performance by over 30%, while greatly reduces the probability of mosaics in IPTV. http://www.huawei.com

China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone to Open Joint Lab

China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone agreed to establish a Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) to promote the development of new mobile technologies, applications and services. The three companies expect the initiative will help to accelerate the commercial deployment of mobile Internet services. Specifically, the JIL will focus on mobile widgets. Initially, the JIL plans to develop a platform for mobile widgets to encourage the development of innovative new services that can leverage mobile operators' unique capabilities. The JIL also welcomes the co-operation of vendors and developers in the creation of new applications and services.
http://www.chinamobileltd.com/doc/pr/2008/20080421.htm

HSBC Mexico Deploys Converged Network with 9,800 Cisco Unified IP Phones

HSBC Mexico has implemented an IP network which supports 9,800 Cisco Unified IP Phones and 500 desktop video cameras using the Cisco Unified Video Advantage solution. This converged network connects 279 branches and the HSBC Tower in Mexico City, enabling voice, data and video transmission between the bank's nine main buildings. In addition to HSBC Mexico, Cisco Unified Communications is currently deployed in the HSBC offices in Argentina, Paraguay and Peru.


Cisco said that since 2005 it has experienced a 300 percent growth in IP phone sales in Latin America.http://www.cisco.com/go/uc/

Salira's EPON Attains MEF Carrier Ethernet Certification

Salira Systems' Ethernet PON (EPON) solution has attained MEF-9 and MEF-14 certification status for Carrier Ethernet services. MEF-14 certification is the first global program to test for QoS conformance, which is critical for delivering stringent service level agreements to enterprise customers. The certification is sanctioned by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). Salira noted that it is the first EPON vendor to gain such certification.

"For many compelling reasons, enterprise customers are moving more of their mission-critical applications to Ethernet-based networks," said André Martineau, Senior Director, Business Solutions for Advance Newhouse Communications. "As this migration continues, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that our networks are Carrier Ethernet compliant. Salira's MEF-9 and MEF-14 certifications are an important contribution to meeting our customers' needs."http://www.salira.com

Juniper Reports Q1 Revenue of $823 Million, up 31% YoY

Juniper Networks posted Q1 2008 revenue of $822.9 million, up 31% on a year-over-year basis, GAAP net income of $110.4 million or $0.20 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $149.5 million or $0.27 per diluted share. The non-GAAP EPS figure represents an increase of 44% from the $0.19 per diluted share reported for the first quarter of 2007.


Juniper's operating margin rose to 17.3% on a GAAP basis from 9.6% in the same quarter a year-ago. Non-GAAP operating margin rose to 23.5% from 19.6% in the first quarter of 2007. The improvement reflected strength in gross profit margins owing to a favorable mix of infrastructure products, particularly in the Company's T and M series products, as well as reduced operating expense as a percentage of net revenues due to the Company's efforts to manage expenses and improve efficiency.


"The strength of our first quarter results continues to underscore the value of Juniper's commitment to high-performance networking," said Scott Kriens, chairman and chief executive officer, Juniper Networks, Inc. "Across our markets and around the world, we are seeing clear opportunity to extend our lead through an optimal combination of Juniper size, speed, focus and execution, which translates directly into strategic advantage for our customers."http://www.juniper.net

Riverbed's Sales Rise to $73 Million, up 71% YoY

Riverbed Technology reported Q1 2008 revenue of $73 million, an increase of 71% from the first quarter of 2007. GAAP net income was $638,000, or $0.01 per share, in the first quarter of 2008, compared to net income of $3.3 million, or $0.05 per share, in the first quarter of 2007. Riverbed's first quarter of 2008 GAAP results included $11.3 million of stock-based compensation expenses and related payroll taxes. Excluding the impact of stock-based compensation and related payroll taxes in all periods, as well as related income tax effects, the non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2008 was $7.9 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $8.6 million, or $0.12 per share, in the first quarter of 2007.


"In the first quarter, we posted 71% revenue growth year-over-year but our results were impacted by a lengthening sales cycle at some accounts due to macro-economic trends," said Jerry Kennelly, Riverbed president and chief executive officer. "While we had fewer large deals in the first quarter than in recent periods, we did see broad-based demand from our installed base and added approximately 500 new customers this quarter across a broad range of verticals. With these new customers, we now have over 4,000 cumulative customers."http://www.riverbed.com

Ixia Posts Q1 Revenue of $41.7 Million, up 2% YoY

Ixia reported Q1 2008 revenue of $41.7 million, which represents a year-over-year increase of 2% from the first quarter of 2007. The company recorded net income on a GAAP basis for the first quarter of 2008 of $106,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $759,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2007. Ixia's 2008 first quarter GAAP results include non-cash charges of $2.9 million related to stock-based compensation, $1.5 million for the amortization of acquired intangible assets, and a net tax benefit of $1.7 million related to these items.


"Although we experienced a seasonally weaker than expected first quarter, we saw several positive trends during the quarter and we continued to position Ixia for future growth opportunities," commented Atul Bhatnagar, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. "The lower than expected shipments to Europe and Canada in the first quarter were partially offset by record sales to the Asia Pacific region. We were also encouraged by the sequential increase in shipments to network equipment manufacturers, led by higher sales to Cisco Systems, which were up over 20% compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. On the product side, sales of our 10 gigabit Ethernet products continued to be strong and represented about 28% of revenue."http://www.ixiacom.com

Motorola Announces Q1 Sales of $7.45 billion, Mobile Sales decline 39% YoY

Motorola reported Q1 2008 sales of $7.45 billion and a net loss from continuing operations of $194 million, or $0.09 per share. The net loss from continuing operations includes net charges of $0.04 per share from highlighted items, primarily related to a charge associated with workforce reductions. The company had an operating cash outflow of $343 million and ended the quarter with a net cash position of $3.5 billion.


Some highlights from the report:

  • Mobile Devices segment sales were $3.3 billion, down 39 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. The operating loss was $418 million, compared to an operating loss of $233 million in the year-ago quarter. During the quarter, the Company shipped 27.4 million handsets.


  • Home and Networks Mobility segment sales were $2.4 billion, up 2 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. Operating earnings were $153 million, compared to operating earnings of $167 million in the year-ago quarter. Motorola saw strong demand for High Definition and DVR devices resulted in shipments of over four million digital entertainment devices during the quarter, including a milestone three millionth IP device to-date. Sales outside North America grew 30 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, led by Europe and Latin America. Motorola recorded WiMAX wins in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.


  • Enterprise Mobility Solutions segment sales were $1.8 billion, up 5 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. Operating earnings increased to $250 million, compared to operating earnings of $131 million in the year-ago quarter.
http://www.motorola.com
  • In March 2008, Motorola announced plans to split into two independent, publicly-traded companies in 2009. The split would occur as follows: The Mobile Devices business will continue to supply multi-mode, multi-band communications products and technologies. The business designs, manufactures and sells mobile handsets and accessories globally with integrated software solution. It also licenses a portfolio of intellectual property. Motorola is currently searching for a new CEO for this business.


    The Broadband & Mobility Solutions business includes Motorola's Enterprise Mobility, Government and Public Safety, and Home and Networks businesses. These businesses manufacture, design, integrate, and service voice and data communication solutions and wireless broadband networks for enterprises and government and public safety customers worldwide. These businesses also provide end-to-end digital and IP video solutions, cellular and high speed broadband network infrastructure, cable set-top receivers, and associated customer premise equipment for residential and commercial wireless network system access.

DISH Network Selects Alcatel-Lucent for DVB-SH Test

DISH Network has selected Alcatel-Lucent for a trial of DVB-SH (Digital Video Broadcasting - Satellite services to Handhelds) mobile broadcast technology in the United States. Alcatel-Lucent will supply DVB-SH equipment, test tools and training. The evaluation will take place in DISH Network's laboratories in Atlanta, Ga. from May to August 2008.


DVB-SH, which is an evolution of DVB-H, is a mobile broadcast standard for mobile TV. It can be used in any frequency spectrum below 3GHz, including UHF, L band and S band, and in terrestrial, satellite or hybrid networks. The DVB-SH waveform definition was published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in March 2008.http://www.alcatel-lucent.comhttp://www.dishnetwork.com/

Foundry Networks Posts Q1 Revenue of $150 Million

Foundry Networks reported Q1 2008 revenue of $150.1 million, compared to $135.8 million in the first quarter of 2007 and compared to $168.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of 10.5% year-over-year. Net income was $13.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $9.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2007, and net income of $28.9 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2007.


"While Foundry experienced a challenging environment during the first quarter, we still achieved over 10% growth year-over-year," said Bobby Johnson, President and CEO of Foundry Networks. "As the overall macro environment stabilizes, we believe the recent investments we've made in our sales organization and product portfolio will have a positive impact on our business."http://www.foundrynet.com

Ikanos Posts Q1 Revenue of $29.7 Million

Ikanos Communications reported Q1 2008 net revenue of $29.7 million compared with revenue of $29.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2007 and revenue of $24.7 million for the first quarter of 2007. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2008 was $4.8 million, or $0.16 per share, on 29.5 million weighted average shares. This compares with a net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.14 per share, on 29.3 million weighted average shares in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and with a net loss of $9.1 million, or $0.32 per share, on 28.0 million weighted average shares in the first quarter of 2007. Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2008 was $0.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, on 30.8 million weighted average shares.


"I'm very pleased that Ikanos achieved non-GAAP profitability for the second consecutive quarter. Our quarterly revenues increased 20% from the year ago period driven primarily by increased demand in Europe and Japan," said Michael A. Ricci, Ikanos' president and CEO. "During the quarter we expanded our product portfolio by introducing the industry's first single chip integrated front end (IFE) which enables cost effective, low power, multi-mode triple play residential gateways. In addition, we have made significant progress on our GPON initiative."http://www.ikanos.com

Qwest Launches 20 Mbps and 12 Mbps Broadband based on FTTN

Qwest Communications launched a new generation of residential Internet access services with downloads speeds of up to 20 Mbps. The new services powered by Qwest's ongoing fiber to the neighborhood (FTTN) network expansion. The new tiers include:

  • Qwest Connect Quantum -- delivering connection speeds of up to 20 Mbps for a bundled price of $99.99 per month.


  • Qwest Connect Titanium -- offering connection speeds of up to 12 Mbps for a bundled price of only $46.99 per month.


Both services will be available in 23 of Qwest's top markets across 10 states in 2008 as Qwest continues to execute its phased rollout of fiber-optic technology to the neighborhood.http://www.qwest.com

Jeff Pulver Resigns from Pulvermedia

Jeff Pulver has resigned as a director of Pulvermedia, which runs the VON tradeshows amongst its activities. No reason was given.

http://www.pulvermedia.com

See also