Tuesday, July 6, 2010

AT&T Teams with Apriva on Wireless Payments

AT&T is partnering with Apriva to offer a wireless payment application that transforms smartphones into point-of-sale devices that accept credit and debit card transactions. AT&T is the first wireless carrier to provide mobile point-of-sale solutions from Apriva.

AprivaPay is a browser-based application that enables businesses to process credit and debit transactions through the browser of their mobile phones. AprivaPay Professional is a full featured application that is downloaded directly onto a smartphone. Additionally, the service can be integrated with an optional card reader and a receipt printer, allowing businesses to obtain the financial benefits of "card present" transactions, along with printing receipts.

Alcatel-Lucent Releases Multimodal Communication App

Alcatel-Lucent released an iPhone Multimodal Communication Companion application for enterprise customers using its OmniPCX Office and the Extended Communication Server (ECS). The app extends Web 2.0 communications including multiple voice and data communication capabilities of a desk phone to an Apple iPhone, making it a fully featured unified communication client. There is a companion application designed for Apple Macs and PCs that brings this same functionality to users' laptops. The company said additional versions will be made available for other smart devices in the future.

NSN Supplies IPTV to HickoryTech

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its multi-screen IPTV platform to HickoryTech, which an independent operator with networks in Minnesota and Iowa. NSN's new multi-screen IPTV platform includes an interactive applications toolkit based on Interactive Markup Language (IML). This toolkit enables personalized content such as live weather and stock market information to be accessed via onscreen widgets. The software facilitates faster development and roll-out of interactive applications, creating new revenue streams for the operator, and delivering a more useful service to subscribers. The contract scope also includes professional services, including care services.

ADTRAN Supplies Total Access 5000 in Alaska

Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative, dba Copper Valley Telecom (CVT), a leading provider of communications services for Alaska's Valdez/Copper River Basin, has selected ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP) and Total Access 1124P OSP DSLAM for Broadband DLC and rural broadband expansion. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The ADTRAN Total Access 5000 and Total Access 1124P solution allows us to provide Broadband services 70 miles from the nearest office and 85 kilofeet from the nearest commercial power source," said Mitch Vieu, plant manager, CVT.

NetLogic Debuts 40 Gbps, MultiCore L2-L7 NPU

NetLogic Microsystems introduced its multi-core processing solution for advanced Layers 2-7 functions at 40Gbps wire-speed. The new NLX321103A device is aimed at complex networking functions such as deep packet content inspection, application-aware switching and routing, intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-virus/malware, network service management, packet ordering, parsing, IPv6/IPv4 forwarding, classification, IPSec/SSL encryption, ACL security, compression/decompression and QoS at 40Gbps wire-speed.

NetLogic Microsystems' 40Gbps solution incorporates 32 NXCPUs from its XLP multi-core, multi-threaded processor family, along with 128 knowledge-based processing engines, 196 Intelligent Fabric for Automata (IFA) engines from its NETL7 processor family and over 40 fully-autonomous programmable processing engines. The company said this delivers deterministic wire-speed performance and low latency, enabling next-generation switches, routers, access aggregation, metro Ethernet, service gateways, security appliances and storage appliances to perform uncompromised L2 - L7 packet processing on every packet of traffic with minimal network latency under a wide variety of Internet traffic scenarios.

"Our new L2 - L7 NLX321103A solution is a game changer for the industry as it provides customers with the unprecedented ability to develop a new class of highly differentiated networking systems that deliver deterministic line-rate throughput while supporting L2 - L7 functionality," said Chris O'Reilly, vice president of marketing at NetLogic Microsystems. "This further demonstrates our unique capabilities to drive innovations across multiple product lines and to deliver new levels of performance that are unparalleled in the industry.

The NLX321103A solution is expected to sample in the third quarter of 2010.

Mammoth Networks Builds Line Aggregation Business

Mammoth Networks, a facilities-based aggregator of fiber and data circuits, today announced that it has surpassed 21,000 DSLs on its network and now supports more than 160 Service Providers across the United States. These milestones were achieved five years after starting the business.

Mammoth Networks, which is based in Wyoming, combines Qwest DSL with T1s, DS3, OCn and GigE from multiple carriers to serve as a one-stop shop for full-service network connectivity and outsourcing. The company said it is unique in that it interfaces with Qwest to provide reach to multiple remote DSLAMs in the field, unlike most private DSL providers who have a single DSLAM in each market. In addition, as Mammoth operates its own MUX, DACs, switches and routers, its service and engineering support team is able to fully troubleshoot connections within the Mammoth network to expedite any necessary action.

Calix Cites Broadband Stimulus Boom

Calix announced a contract to supply its Unified Access portfolio to XIT Rural Telephone Cooperative (XIT), which serves rural customers across the northwest Texas panhandle. XIT will leverage advanced fiber and copper access technologies to deliver a superior broadband services experience to underdeveloped parts of its access network.

As part of the Broadband Stimulus program, XIT has been awarded a $3.1 million grant and $3.2 million in private funds. XIT will be leveraging a combination of E5-121 and E5-111 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs) for targeted VDSL2 and ADSL2+ services, as well as the E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) for Gigabit Ethernet aggregation and 10GE transport applications. XIT has also submitted an additional application for Round Two Broadband Stimulus award consideration.

Calix noted that this vendor selection by XIT pushes the total number of Calix Broadband Stimulus award winner selections to nine, which in aggregate represent over $100 million in stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment for plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.

Boeing to Acquire Narus for CyberSecurity Systems

Boeing has agreed to acquire Narus, a privately-held provider of real-time network traffic and analytics software, for an undisclosed sum. The company is based in Sunnyvale, California and employs approximately 150 people globally.

Narus' systems are used to protect against cyber attacks and persistent threats aimed at large Internet Protocol networks. Its NarusInsight system provides deep insight into multiple layers of IP network traffic in real time, enabling applications such as network cyber protection, traffic and application monitoring and capture for legal intercept, and traffic management via policy enforcement.

Boeing said the acquisition follows a successful partnership with Narus and advances its strategy to offer world-class, scalable, state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions.

Once acquired, Narus will operate within Boeing's Network & Space Systems business as a wholly owned subsidiary. In addition to supporting cyber activities within Network & Space Systems, Narus' network-centric technology also will be applied to Boeing's smart grid energy work, the secure networking of Boeing's ground, air and space products, and the defense of the Boeing network.

"This acquisition is another step forward in our strategy to develop integrated solutions for better network visibility, threat detection, and cybersecurity," said Roger Krone, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems, a business within the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) operating unit. "Narus' innovative employees and unique capabilities to secure complex networks will be a significant benefit to Boeing and our customers."

"We're excited to join Boeing and provide its customers with our proven NarusInsight system and applications, which are currently used by governments and large service providers worldwide," said Narus Chief Executive Officer and President Greg Oslan.

The acquisition is expected to close during the third quarter of 2010.
  • On June 30, Boeing announced plans to acquire Argon ST in an all cash tender offer and merger for $34.50 per share, or approximately $775 million, net of cash acquired. Argon ST is a leading developer of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and combat systems. Boeing said the deal expands its capabilities to address the C4ISR, cyber and intelligence markets.

Bluetooth Adopts Low Energy Spec for Wireless Sensors

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has adopted low energy wireless technology within its Core Specification. This could open the market for low-energy Bluetooth wireless sensors for health care, sports and fitness, security, and home entertainment. Such sensors could be powered by long lasting coin-cell batteries that last for several years, while communicating with the millions of Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, PCs and PDAs that are shipped each year.

DragonWave Reports Quarterly Revenue of US$48.7 million

DragonWave reported revenue of US$48.7 million for its first quarter of fiscal 2011 (ended 31-May-2010), up 275% versus $13.0 million in Q1 FY2010 and $61.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010. Revenue from customers within North America was $42.9 million, compared with $10.5 million in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. DragonWave had one major customer in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 that generated 78% of revenue.

Net income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 was $9.7 million or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $2.4 million or ($0.08) per diluted share in the first quarter of 2010. Gross margin for the first quarter was 43.6%, compared with 34.5% in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year; operating margin was 20% in the quarter.

DragonWave expects revenue for Q2 FY2011 to be approximately $25 million. DragonWave's largest customer is expected to contribute approximately 25% of Q2 FY2011 revenue.

"DragonWave delivered strong year-over-year growth in the first quarter," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. "We are focused on achieving our key strategic objectives of broadening and deepening our global market presence, expanding our customer base and continuing to deliver innovative solutions. The global mobile broadband Internet is unstoppable, which will drive the growth for DragonWave solutions in markets throughout the world."http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

WSJ: NSA's "Perfect Citizen" CyberSecurity Program

The National Security Agency is launching a program called "Perfect Citizen" aimed at detecting large scale cyber attacks on key infrastructure across the country, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Raytheon is named as a key supplier for the program.