Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mavenir and Acme Packet Partner on Voice+Messaging over 3G, 4G

Mavenir Systems, a developer of mobile convergence solutions, and Acme Packet announced a reseller agreement targeted at interactive communication services over 2G, 3G and IP-based 4G mobile broadband access networks.

The agreement enables Mavenir to combine its Converged Voice and Messaging solutions with Acme Packet's Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) to significantly reduce the development costs, time-to-market and time-to-revenue for voice, mobility and rich communications services delivered over fixed and mobile broadband networks.

Specifically, Mavenir's Mobile VoIP solution extends Mobile Switching Center (MSC) voice, intelligent network (IN) and Short Message Service (SMS), as IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) application servers to offer services consistently across multiple broadband access domains. In addition, Mavenir's Rich Communications Suite (RCS) solution, combined with Acme Packet's Proxy Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) solution, allows service providers to build global mobile social networks around a powerful set of building blocks--subscriber management, presence, instant messaging, web 2.0 services aggregation and media sharing.

The companies said their combined solution is currently supporting two Tier 1 mobile service provider customers in Europe and North America.

CA to Acquire NetQoS for $200 Million in Cash

CA agreed to acquire privately-held NetQoS Inc., a leading provider of network performance management and service delivery solutions, for $200 million.

CA is a recognized leader in the management of networks, systems, application performance, and cloud computing. NetQoS' solutions will extend CA's capabilities in each of these areas:

  • Network and Systems Management -- combining CA eHealth Network Performance Manager, CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager and the NetQoS Performance Center will give CIOs and network engineers and operations managers better visibility and control of critical services in their physical and virtual network and systems environments.

  • Application Performance Management -- by linking transaction views to the infrastructure, CA Wily Application Performance Management and the NetQoS Performance Center will enable a new level of quality of experience, in which the infrastructure is application-aware.

  • Cloud Management -- the acquisition of NetQoS builds on the assets CA acquired from Cassatt earlier this year, as well as CA's organically developed CA Spectrum Automation Manager for dynamic performance-based automation of physical, virtual and cloud computing environments.

"NetQoS customers and partners will benefit from CA's extraordinary development capabilities, outstanding sales force, and global customer support infrastructure," said Joel Trammell, chief executive officer, NetQoS. "NetQoS' solutions will strengthen CA's ability to deliver to its customers service-centric insight into network, systems and application performance--with no visibility gaps."

Craig Wireless Picks Motorola WiMAX for Vancouver

Craig Wireless Systems has selected Motorola to build a new 802.16e WiMAX network in Vancouver, British Columbia. The system for Vancouver is the first commercial deployment of Motorola's mobile WiMAX technology in Canada, and follows up on an Industry Canada decision to award a Broadband Radio Service License to Craig Wireless (British Columbia).

In addition to its end-to-end WiMAX solution, including base stations, wireless access controllers and an operation and maintenance center (OMC), Motorola will provide supporting services for network design, planning, installation and optimization for end-to-end integration of the network, which will operate in the 2.5GHz spectrum band. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Avere Secures $15 Million for Demand-driven Storage

Avere Systems, a startup based in Pittsburg, secured $15 million in Series A funding from Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners for its work in Demand-Driven Storage solutions.

Avere is pioneering the use of multiple storage media in a new scalable architecture that provides enterprise storage customers with breakthrough reductions in cost, space and power. The goal is to offer NAS solutions that will allow enterprises to scale storage network performance independently of capacity - driving up performance while driving down cost. the company plans to unveil its first products in the fall of 2009.

Avere founders were members of the visionary team that created Spinnaker Networks, an innovator in scalable grid storage solutions, acquired by NetApp, Inc. in 2004 for $300 million. Avere's founder and CEO Ron Bianchini, most recently Senior Vice President, Scalable Systems at NetApp and CEO of Spinnaker Networks, reunited with CTO Michael Kazar and VP of Engineering Daniel Nydick to form Avere in January 2008. Joining these three to round out the management team are: CFO John Dean, another Spinnaker alumni; VP Sales Brian Gladden, storage veteran and former NetApp colleague; and VP Marketing Rebecca Thompson.

AT&T U-verse TV Adds Viewing Apps

AT&T introduced a set of U-verse TV applications and services, including Multiview, an app that lets you watch up to four channels at one time; TV Awards and New Shows, an app that helps you stay on top of this season's award shows and season premieres; and a new Media Share feature which lets you stream personal photos and music files from your PC to your U-verse TV.

T-Systems to Acquire SAP's European Hosting Business

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems' division will acquire SAP's existing European external hosting customer base. As a result of this transaction, hosting support for SAP software applications of nearly 90 SAP customers will be transferred to T-Systems. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alvarion Introduces Outdoor WiMAX Base Station

Alvarion has expanded its BreezeMAX portfolio with a new small footprint, 802.16e macro base station that implements the latest WiMAX 802.16e technology for multiple frequency bands.

The BreezeMAX Macro Outdoor base station is available for 2.3 GHz, 2.3 GHz WCS, 2.5 GHz , 3.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz frequency bands. It supports advanced mobility features such as handoffs, HARQ, Re-use 1 and 4x4 RF diversity. Re-use 1 will allow the most efficient use of spectrum and will introduce flexibility for operators to plan and deploy their networks. The higher order 4x4 RF diversity configuration will considerably improve the coverage in certain scenarios, thus enhancing the customer business case and requiring less investment in cell sites.

Clearwire Signs WiMAX Global Roaming Deals for Japan, Russia

Clearwire Communications has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with WiMAX operators UQ Communications of Japan (UQ) and Yota of Russia for establishing WiMAX roaming between the operators.

Under the MOU, Clearwire, UQ, and Yota plan to collaborate on business and technical aspects of their respective operations to define and institute the process necessary to support international roaming and to ensure the operators' systems and devices are able to support roaming.

In addition to today's announcement, Clearwire said it will continue to work closely with its Global Alliance Partners YTL Communications of Malaysia, wi-tribe of Pakistan, Vee Telecom of Taiwan, and Global Mobile of Taiwan to ensure successful roaming once the partner networks are commercially deployed.

Virgin Media Deploys Nortel 40G Submarine to Ireland

Virgin Media upgraded its existing submarine cable link between the UK mainland and Ireland using a 40 Gbps submarine enhancement from Nortel. This follows Nortel's successful deployment of 40 Gbps technology in Virgin Media's network.

Virgin Media operates a north and south optical fibre cable between the UK and Ireland underneath the Irish Sea.

Avaya Prevails in Bid to Acquire Nortel Enterprise Solutions

Avaya prevailed its bid to acquire Nortel Enterprise Solutions at auction for US $900 million in proceeds to Nortel and an additional pool of $15 million reserved for an employee retention program. The final transaction is subject to court and customary regulatory approvals in Canada and the United States.

"Our successful bid brings us closer to adding Nortel and its complementary channel, portfolio, research and development, and global presence to Avaya," said Kevin Kennedy, president and CEO, Avaya. "
  • In July 2009, Avaya initially announced a deal to acquire Nortel's enterprise solutions business for US$475 million.

Sycamore Posts Revenue of $17.2 Million

Sycamore Networks reported revenue of $17.2 million for its fourth fiscal quarter ending 31-July-09, compared with $15.1 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Revenue for fiscal 2009 was $67.4 million compared with $115.5 million for fiscal 2008. Net loss (GAAP) was $34.9 million, or $0.12 per share, compared with a GAAP net loss of $14.1 million, or $0.05 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. The impairment charge included in the GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2009 periods is $24.2 million, of which $23.1 million relates to the total book value of goodwill and other intangible assets and $1.1 million to certain fixed assets.

"Our Q4 and full year results reflect the impact of reduced capital spending by service providers, occurring within the backdrop of a challenging business environment," said Daniel E. Smith, president and chief executive officer.

DragonWave Delivers 4 Gbps Wireless Links

DragonWave introduced its Horizon Quantum packet microwave radio system for mobile and access networks, capable of delivering up to a record-breaking 4 Gbps per link. The new DragonWave solution, which is optimized for the rollout of 4G services, features a native Ethernet implementation and sub-0.1-millisecond latencies. Clearwire plans to use the platform for its network.

DragonWave's Quantum packet radio leverages several innovations, including a unique "Bandwidth Accelerator" technology that allows it to achieve superior spectral efficiency. Depending on traffic type, the company said its Bandwidth Accelerator can deliver up to 5 times improvement in spectral efficiency with versus first generation microwave radios.

The half-rack-unit device incorporates key nodal-intelligence features and integrated switching capability. This enables Horizon Quantum to perform aggregation and serve as a switch for ring and mesh network architectures.

The Horizon Quantum -- scheduled to ship by the end of 2009 -- delivers interference-free performance in both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies in the 6-to-38-GHz range. The carrier-grade DragonWave solution enables 99.999-percent service reliability, delivers advanced security and encryption and fully supports SynchE and other critical Ethernet data transport capabilities such as virtual local area network (VLAN) queuing/prioritization, flow control and jumbo packets. Its pseudowire capability enables Ethernet and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) traffic to be collapsed on a single, packet-based network. The Horizon Quantum is easy to install, configure and maintain and can be remotely managed.

"Clearwire's position as a global leader in deploying 4G service places us at the forefront of backhaul network development where we are today building one of the world's largest, most dynamic and cost-effective microwave backhaul solutions," said Dr. John Saw chief technology officer of Clearwire "To meet the growing demand for high-speed mobile connectivity, we need increasingly powerful, intelligent and cost-efficient solutions to capitalize on demand for bandwidth intensive and runtime sensitive applications. Horizon Quantum will help us achieve even higher capacity in our backhaul network to serve the increasingly high-bandwidth demands of our customers."