Monday, July 26, 2010

Tellabs Posts Q2 Revenue of $423 Million, up 10% YoY

Tellabs reported Q2 2010 revenue of $423 million, up 10% from $385 million in the second quarter of 2009.
On a GAAP basis, Tellabs earned 17 cents per basic share and 16 cents per diluted share in the second
quarter of 2010, up from 4 cents per share (basic and diluted) in the year-ago quarter. Second-quarter
2010 GAAP net earnings were $64 million, compared with $16 million in the year-ago quarter.

Tellabs' GAAP gross profit margin was 53.5% in the second quarter of 2010, compared with 43.5% in
the year-ago quarter.

"Tellabs is achieving profitable revenue growth as our innovations help our customers succeed in growth
markets such as mobile Internet," said Rob Pullen, Tellabs president and chief executive officer. "In the
second quarter, our growth products with IP and Ethernet technologies generated 58% of our revenue."

For the second quarter of 2010, Broadband segment revenue was $229 million, up 9% from the year-ago
quarter. Transport segment revenue was $133 million, up 12%. Services segment revenue was $61
million, up 8%.

France's Bouygues Telecom taps Alcatel-Lucent for Mobile Backhaul

Bouygues Telecom of France has selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS-based mobile backhaul solution to support smartphone data traffic. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM). Alcatel-Lucent will provide a full range of comprehensive business transformation services including network design, installation, integration, testing and system maintenance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Mobile Selects Alcatel-Lucent's IMS

China Mobile will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's IMS Solution in Shanxi, Shandong and Gansu provinces to support the delivery of enhanced communication services to consumers and businesses. The contract was secured through Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell. Financial terms were not disclosed.

As part of its IMS framework, China Mobile will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's IP Access Border Solution, which provides security at the network's edge to enable network-independent access to offerings such as triple play services, as well as independent scaling of media and signaling elements to flexibly support today's multimedia traffic mix.

Alcatel-Lucent said the IMS network, when it is completed, will help China Mobile to deliver services such as in-call sharing of images and video, presence-enhanced contact management and unified messaging across mobile and fixed devices.

Qualcomm Sees Opportunity in Electric Vehicle Charging

Qualcomm has formed a partnership with ECOtality to implement cellular connectivity into charging stations. The solution will allow ECOtality to use a commercial cellular network to manage its Blink brand charging station operations, transfer usage data, download firmware updates and publish availability to electric vehicle drivers in real time.

ECOtality plans to begin deploying cellular-enabled charging stations this year under the EV Project, a $230 million project involving the U.S. Department of Energy; ECOtality's subsidiary, ECOtality North America; and more than 40 project partners.

The EV Project is the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in U.S. history, including up to 8,300 fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and nearly 15,000 at-home and publicly available charging systems. All chargers to be deployed under this program, as well as those carrying ECOtality's recently unveiled Blink brand, will contain Qualcomm technology to communicate over cellular networks.

Broadcom Posts Record Quarterly Net Revenue -- Up 54% YoY

Broadcom reported record Q2 2010 revenue of $1.604 billion, an increase in net revenue of 9.7% compared with the $1.462 billion reported for Q1 2010 and an increase of 54.3% compared with the $1.040 billion reported for Q2 2009. Net income (GAAP) was $278 million, or $.52 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $210 million, or $.40 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of 2010, and GAAP net income of $13 million, or $.03 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of 2009.

"The second quarter was an exceptional quarter for Broadcom, as strong product demand within our Broadband and Mobile & Wireless segments resulted in record revenue and earnings. Broadcom's substantial increase in earnings per share and solid improvement in product operating margin demonstrates our commitment to driving profitable growth in 2010," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer.

"We anticipate that increasing demand for communications solutions and market share gains will drive strong revenue growth for Broadcom in the third quarter."

Wholesale Applications Community Sets Course

The Wholesale Applications Community, which was formed earlier this year by global telecommunications operators looking to build an open alternative Apple's iTunes and similar storefronts, has taken its first steps.

The initiative has formally registered as a not-for-profit corporate entity based in the UK, named a prestigious board of directors, and joined forces with the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL).

Peters Suh has been named the CEO of the Wholesale Applications Community. Most recently Peters was the CEO of the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL), a joint venture between China Mobile, SOFTBANK MOBILE, Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone. Prior to JIL, Peters held a number of executive positions at Vodafone, Fremont Communications and AirTouch.

The company announced that Michel Combes, Vodafone Chief Executive Europe has been elected Chairman of the Wholesale Applications Community, and Jean-Philippe Vanot, Deputy CEO, France Telecom has been named as Vice Chairman.

In addition to Combes and Vanot, the WAC board of directors includes:

  • John Donovan, CTO, AT&T

  • Li Zhengmao, VP, China Mobile

  • Olivier Baujard, CTO Deutsche Telekom

  • Alex Sinclair, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, GSMA

  • Dr Hyun-Myung PYO, President of Mobile Business Group, KT Corporation

  • Dr Kiyohito Nagata, SVP, NTT DOCOMO

  • Sung Min Ha, President Mobile Network Operation Business Unit, SK Telecom

  • Napoleon Nazareno, President and CEO, Smart Communications

  • Tetsuzo Matsumoto, Senior Executive Vice President, SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp.

  • Marco Patuano, Head of Domestic Market Operations, Telecom Italia

  • Vivek Dev, Group Director of Global New Services, Telef√≥nica

  • Dr. Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO, Telekom Austria Group

  • Morten-Karlsen Sorby, EVP and Head of Corporate Development, Telenor

  • Dick Lynch, EVP and CTO, Verizon

WAC aims to establish wholesale applications ecosystem that provides a simple route to market for developers to deliver the latest innovative applications and services. Network operators would be able to distribute applications through their respective application storefronts and charge users through their existing phone bill. In this model, developers will set the application price and will receive a revenue share for the transaction. The revenue share will be defined on an operator-by-operator basis.

WAC aims to publish its initial specification and components of its SDK to developers in November. This specification will be based on W3C standards and create a strong platform for developing rich mobile web applications. WAC will also provide backwards compatibility for devices based upon the current JIL and BONDI specifications.

UNH-IOL Launches 40 & 100GigE Consortium

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is establishing a 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium for companies preparing products for the IEEE 802.3ba standard for high speed Ethernet.

The consortium is currently accepting founding member companies who will have an early opportunity to provide input into the testing process and have market ready products as the high speed Ethernet standards evolve.

Huawei and Silicon Vendors Complete DSL Retransmission Test

Huawei, in partnership with major DSL chipset suppliers, including Broadcom, Lantiq and Ikanos, successfully completed the industry' s first ITU-T G.998.4-compliant DSL retransmission interoperability (IOP) test. The test proves that DSL retransmission technology is mature, with good IOP among chipsets from major DSL chipset suppliers.

ITU-T G.998.4 retransmission technology is an important milestone for DSL technology because it improves DSL stability by diminishing impulse noise, lowering high bit error rates (BER), and reducing the number of dropped VoIP calls, and frozen, blank, or paused screens. This is seen as a key to ensuring high-quality IPTV services over DSL.

In this Huawei-led DSL retransmission test, chipsets from different suppliers passed the IOP test, even in high impulse noise environments. In the ADSL2+ IOP test between Broadcom and Lantiq, the payload throughputs showed little difference between retransmission features enabled with impulse noise, and retransmission features without impulse noise. The maximum packet delay caused by retransmission is approximately 6 milliseconds, and the anti-impulse-noise capability of the retransmission technology is more than 10 times that of traditional INP technologies.

Mr. Deng Xiaohe, Chief Officer of Access Network Product Line, Huawei, said, "DSL retransmission technology will help carriers worldwide to construct best-in-class ultra-broadband, ultra-stable DSL networks. We believe that through our joint efforts with industry-leading chipset suppliers, this technology will enable carriers to roll out new services that meet the needs of today' s consumers who seek not only higher bandwidth and richer services but better broadband service stability."

OpenSAF Announces High Availability Middleware Release 4.0

OpenSAF announced the public availability of Release 4.0 of its high availability (HA) middleware platform. OpenSAF Release 4.0 implements all major functions of the Service Availability Forum Application Interface Specification and includes important enhancements to improve scalability as well as hardware and software management.

"With Release 4.0, OpenSAF has reached a level of maturity that will broaden its reach and cross-industry impact," said Monica Hatlen of Ericsson, President of the OpenSAF Foundation. "Release 4.0 in many ways fulfills the vision of the initial OpenSAF community when the project was created, and we are proud to offer it to the world. It delivers a cost-effective, standards-based way to create highly available and reliable networks, and its new management features take a big step toward solving larger problems, including network saturation from increased smartphone use. Consumers also will reap this benefit as mobile traffic continues to grow."

OpenSAF is an open source community focused on developing HA middleware consistent with SA Forum specifications.

The group said its OpenSAF code base has re-architected to be much more modular, so that users can now build and install only the features they want, reducing the overhead of maintaining unneeded services. Release 4.0 is the first implementation in the industry of the SA Forum Software Management Framework (SMF), which enables users to upgrade -- or roll back -- application software from one deployment configuration to another, seamlessly, without affecting service availability. SMF represents the first real industry effort at standardizing a software management interface, and it offers great potential benefits to users who have had to create and maintain proprietary implementations.

Other key enhancements include implementation of the SA Forum's new Platform Layer Management (PLM) service, which provides hardware abstraction to ease the management of supporting multiple hardware architectures and facilitates virtualization. This can significantly increase scalability and thus the overall usage and ROI of OpenSAF on multiple platforms, within an organization. Release 4.0 also has a number of logging, tracing and debugging enhancements.

AT&T Builds Security Center portal, Implements Arbor for DDOS

AT&T announced two separate enhancements to its cloud-based security services -- the launch of AT&T Security Center, a new Web-based security administration tool that is accessible via the AT&T BusinessDirect Portal, as well as enhancements to AT&T Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense protection.

The AT&T Security Center portal enables customers to perform a multitude of network management and administrative tasks:

  • Centralization of security tools for Network-Based Firewall self-servicing, Premises-Based Firewall, Intrusion Detection, AT&T Threat Management Suite of tools (AIP, DDoS, PIP, MIP), Security Event and Threat Management, End-Point Security, Web Security Services and Token Authentication.

  • New interactive security reporting for Network-Based Firewall self-servicing, Premises-Based Firewall and Managed Intrusion Detection, with additional reporting options planned to be rolled out in a phased approach.

  • Access to security resources and tools such as device policy change requests, AT&T Security Product information, AT&T CSO Security Insight microsite, AT&T Tech Channel videos, internet traffic watch (Flood), IP address lookup tool and access to the latest security advisories with tips for customers to keep current on the latest security vulnerabilities

AT&T also is announcing implementation of the next generation of DDoS mitigation hardware from Arbor Networks within its network-based security infrastructure. This new fully managed security platform includes a range of capabilities to help mitigate the latest attacks:

  • Blocking of known malicious hosts and application layer exploits; defense against Web-based threats and botnets; and protection of VoIP services and critical infrastructure.

  • 24x7 "peace time" pro-active monitoring of customer traffic with learned traffic data fed back into customers' traffic profiles, which can be leveraged to help protect against future attacks.

  • Up to 40 Gbps surgical mitigation that automatically identifies and removes only attack traffic without interrupting flow of legitimate business traffic.

Juniper to Acquire SMobile for Mobile Security

Juniper Networks agreed to acquire SMobile Systems, a privately-held developer of smart phone and tablet security solutions, for $70 million in cash.

SMobile's product portfolio protects devices running on Android, Apple iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile operating systems from viruses, spyware, identity theft and other threats, while providing parental and enterprise controls. SMobile said its solution combines strong mobile security with a powerful device management console. Enterprises are able to protect mobile users against viruses and malicious attacks while being able to remotely locate and wipe lost devices.

SMobile was founded in 2002, has approximately 35 employees, and is based in Columbus, Ohio. Noted customers include BT, Fortune 15 companies and U.S. government agencies.

Juniper plans to integrate the SMobile technology into Junos Pulse, its software client for enabling ubiquitous connectivity, security and acceleration to smart phones, tablets, netbooks and notebooks.

"Security breaches in today's mobile environment are growing threats that impact everyone," said Mark Bauhaus, executive vice president and general manager, Services Layer Technologies at Juniper Networks. "Juniper already secures the majority of smart phone traffic in the United States, is a global leader in high-end firewalls and the SSL VPN2 market, and enables more than 25 million end users to remotely and securely connect their PCs and smart phones to corporate networks. Integrating SMobile's portfolio into Junos Pulse will provide users with the most comprehensive mobile security solution available on the market."
  • In June 2010, Juniper Networks released its Junos Pulse multi-service network client for mobile networks. The Junos Pulse client allows the IT staff to enforce consistent endpoint security policies across a wide variety of notebooks, netbooks, and smart phones, regardless of whether or not they are corporate owned. It also designed to reduce the number of software agents they support, while greatly limiting the need for end users to directly interact with network connectivity and security software.

    Junos Pulse leverages Juniper's SA Series SSL VPN appliances, Unified Access Control (UAC), and WXC Series Application Acceleration platform. It combines all of these capabilities.

    Juniper also announced the availability of AppTrack software, part of the AppSecure suite of security software that enables application-level visibility and control for its SRX Series Services Gateways across the enterprise.

Intel's Silicon Photonics Achieves 50 Gbps Chip Laser Interconnect

Intel Labs has created a silicon-based optical data connection with integrated lasers using Hybrid Silicon Laser technology that can transmit data at 50 Gbps. The prototype device, which is the result of a multi-year silicon photonics research agenda, is composed of a silicon transmitter and a receiver chip.

The transmitter chip is composed of four such lasers, whose light beams each travel into an optical modulator that encodes data onto them at 12.5Gbps. The four beams are then combined and output to a single optical fiber for a total data rate of 50Gbps. At the other end of the link, the receiver chip separates the four optical beams and directs them into photo detectors, which convert data back into electrical signals.

Intel said its chips were assembled using low-cost manufacturing techniques familiar to the semiconductor industry. Intel researchers are already working to increase the data rate by scaling the modulator speed as well as increase the number of lasers per chip, providing a path to future terabit/s optical links.

Intel noted that this silicon photonic project is separate from its Light Peak technology, though both are components of Intel's overall I/O strategy. Light Peak is an effort to bring a multi-protocol 10Gbps optical connection to Intel client platforms for nearer-term applications.

BTI Positions 7200 Metro Services Platform for High Density 10G

BTI Systems unveiled its 7200 Metro Services Platform, a new metro networking platform designed for optical and packet layer flexibility in delivering wireless backhaul, video and Ethernet business services.

The 7200 Metro Services Platform, which features a modular architecture in a 7U footprint, consolidates Carrier Ethernet, multi-service optical, and Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) functions. BTI adopts a pay-as-you-grow model, allowing the system to scale for high-density 10G hubbing.

BTI Systems said its 7200 Metro Services Platform is especially well suited for the new breed of metro/regional carriers that require a larger solution for ring interconnect, high-capacity metro service delivery, data center interconnections and high-density cloud networking. The platform also acts as a Middle Mile solution for service providers to deliver broadband and video networking functions.

Key features of the 7200 Metro Services Platform include:

  • The ability to simplify network operations by consolidating packet optical service delivery, WDM multiplexing and photonic-layer building blocks in a single 7RU form factor with 20 modular slots;

  • Support up to 400 Gbps of 10G private line capacity;

  • Access over 100 GbE and 18 10GbE Carrier Ethernet switched ports, or a combination of optical and packet functionality; and

  • Expandable up to 800G with expansion shelf architecture that enables deployment of multiple shelves, managed as a single network entity;

  • Support existing BTI Systems solutions, including the full line of 10G multiprotocol transponders, muxponders, reach extension and network multiplexing modules.

The 7200 platform also supports all the existing modules in the BTI portfolio.

ADC and AFL Reach FTTX Licensing Agreement

ADC and AFL Telecommunications have settled their patent infringement suit. Under the agreement, ADC has added AFL as another licensee to certain patents pertaining to ADC's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTX) technology. ADC's patent technology relates to fiber distribution hubs and optical splitter modules that are widely deployed in an FTTX environment.

"AFL Telecommunications is the second company to take a license to ADC's patented FTTX technology under ADC's FTTX licensing program, which provides further recognition of the value of our portfolio to the FTTX market," said Jaxon Lang, vice president, Global Connectivity Solutions - Americas for ADC. Ranks Comcast as Fastest U.S. ISP

Ookla, which operates the popular website, is now providing ISP performance rankings as part of its "Net Index." The new performance is index is gleaned from the more than one million daily tests on the site.

The new ISP rankings show the top residential ISP in the U.S. based on download speed performance is Comcast, followed by Charter, Optimum Online, MidContinent Communications and Road Runner to round out the top five. Upload
speeds tell a different story with Surewest Broadband on top, followed by Verizon Internet Services, AT&T Worldnet, Comcast and Cox.

The ISP rankings are updated daily and are available for free by geographic region. The index provides separate tracking for download and upload speeds. In addition, each ISP will be listed with a 1 to 5 star rating
system based on end-user provided input.

"The Net Index already offers a powerful research tool for academia, government, ISPs, and those curious about broadband performance. However, it has always been our goal to expand on that information and provide a resource that helps consumers make more informed broadband decisions," said Mike Apgar, co-founder and managing partner of
Ookla. "The new ISP ranking data takes a giant step in that direction, further empowering consumers for the first time with rich data that helps evaluate ISP performance close to home or throughout the world."

In the near future, Ookla will add a Value component to Net Index, allowing consumers to see the cost breakdown associated with broadband services by country, state, city, and even by ISP. The Value Index is currently in development, but to-date Ookla has collected survey information from more than 100,000 broadband-only participants. Preliminary data shows the current average monthly cost for broadband in the U.S at
$47.32, with the average cost per Mbps at $5.06, although this varies greatly from state-to-state. For example, based on download speed, California broadband costs just $4.24 per Mbps, while residents of Idaho pay $8.80, Washington respondents averaged just $3.89 per Mbps and Michigan subscribers pay $6.36.

AudioCodes Expands Enterprise Session Border Controller Line

AudioCodes announced the expansion of Enterprise Session Border Controller (E‐SBC) capabilities for the Mediant 1000 and Mediant 3000 platforms with new features targeted at SIP Trunking, Hosted IP‐PBX, Remote Extension, Contact Center and Conferencing services. The new capabilities address the needs of those users who want a combined solution of a media gateway with a Session Border Controller, as well as those users who want stand‐alone Session Border Controllers.

AudioCodes' E‐SBC family delivers perimeter VoIP defense, signaling mediation and media transcoding, as well as QoS monitoring and SLA enforcement. AudioCodes Mediant 1000 and Mediant 3000 E‐SBC configurations address the needs of SMB, SME and larger enterprises.

"As the VoIP market continues to grow with more and more enterprises moving to IP‐based Service Provider networks, the demand for secure VoIP peering is increasing," said Nimrod Borovsky, AudioCodes' Vice President of Marketing. "With our Enterprise Session Border Controller capabilities, customers can safely and transparently migrate from traditional PSTN to SIP Trunking, protecting not only their network from new world VoIP security threats, but also their existing investment in IP and TDM PBX equipment. Customers have been reacting very positively to the new E‐SBC offerings, as well as to the additional Multi‐Service Business Gateway capabilities of the product."