Wednesday, October 6, 2010

DragonWave Posts Revenue of $27.2 Million

DragonWave reported revenue of US$27.2 million for its second quarter fiscal year 2011, ended August 31, 2010, compared with $32.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. Net income was $1.2 million or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.7 million or $0.19 per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. Gross margin for the second quarter was 44%, compared with 42% in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year; operating margin was 4% in the quarter, compared with 17% in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Revenue from customers within North America was $20.3 million, compared with $29.1 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year. Revenue from customers outside North America was $6.9 million, compared with $3.3 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year. DragonWave had two customers that each contributed more than 10% of revenue in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.

"I am satisfied with our progress in the second quarter in meeting key objectives to strengthen our global market presence, expand our customer and partner base, and to continue to deliver innovative solutions," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen.

NTT Com Builds Premium Data Center in Hong Kong

NTT Communications will open a new premium data center in Hong Kong. The Tseung Kwan O Data Center, which occupies 30,000 square meters of land, will become NTT Com's biggest data center outside of Japan, and located in the eastern side of Kowloon.

UK Regulator Issues Wholesale Fibre Access Rules

Ofcom, the official telecom regulator in the UK, published new rules designed to promote competition and investment in super-fast broadband services across the UK. The plan calls for "virtual unbundling/; -- allowing competitors to have access to a dedicated virtual link over new fibre lines laid by BT. Ofcom will permit BT to set prices for these new wholesale products. These prices would be constrained by market forces given the highly competitive wider broadband market, while enabling BT to make a fair rate of return reflecting commercial risk. Ofcom would still enforce rules to prevent anti-competitive pricing. BT has already started offering its "Generic Ethernet Access" and has agreed to develop it further in line with the requirements outlined today.

Key elements of Ofcom's Wholesale Local Access (WLA) regulatory model include:

  • Virtual Unbundled Local Access ("VULA"), which will allow competitors to deliver services over BT's new NGA network, with a degree of control that is similar to that achieved when taking over the physical line to the customer;

  • Physical Infrastructure Access ("PIA"), which will allow competitors to deploy their own NGA infrastructure between the customer and the local exchange, using BT's duct and pole infrastructure, to provide broadband and telephony; and

  • Local Loop Unbundling ("LLU") which will continue to provide a basis for competition in current generation services, allowing competitors to physically take over (or share) BT's copper lines between the customer and the local exchange.

Force10 Adds 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Top-of-Rack Switch

Force10 Networks is extending its S-Series family with a new S55 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack (ToR) access switch fore data centers.

The 1 RU unit delivers non-blocking, line-rate switching performance as well as support for the Force10 Open Automation Framework to make virtualized data center environments more responsive and manageable. It provides 48 GbE access ports and up to four optional 10 GbE uplinks.

TELUS deploys Alcatel-Lucent's Digital Media Store

TELUS has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's Digital Media Store (DMS) to offer ringtone, image and mobile game services to its more than 7.9 million mobile and broadband Internet customers across Canada.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing the digital store front for TELUS as an end-to-end managed and hosted service. The DMS is driven by a configurable merchandizing and analytics engine that enables focused marketing programs, such as bundles, subscriptions, personal locker, gifting, sharing of games, videos, music, applications, etc. To boost the store, Alcatel-Lucent is also providing relationships with leading content producers and aggregators focused on mobile applications, games, music and electronic publishing.

Alex Giosa, President of Alcatel-Lucent Canada added: "The DMS service builds upon Alcatel-Lucent's Application Enablement vision combining the capabilities of TELUS' network with the innovation of the Web to provide TELUS' customers with an enriched experience."

AT&T Builds Innovation Centers in Palo Alto, Plano and Ra'anana

AT&T will build innovation centers in Palo Alto, California, Plano, Texas, and Ra'anana, near Tel Aviv, Israel to accelerate new networking technologies and applications. Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs and Ericsson are initial participants. Cisco and Juniper also plan to contribute to the centers. The centers will provide an environment for developers to collaborate with AT&T and its innovators, its host suppliers and other developers.

The centers will provide a semi-autonomous environment for developers to conduct live testing on the AT&T network. The program will also include an online portal that will give developers the tools, support and customer access to help build, test and certify applications across a range of broadband platforms.

Peter Hill, who previously had responsibility for the technology behind AT&T U-verse service, has been tapped to lead AT&T's innovation center initiative as vice president, ecosystems and innovation.

"The innovation centers will help us enhance collaboration and dramatically accelerate the velocity of innovation, taking ideas from concept to reality in mere months as opposed to years," said John Donovan, AT&T's chief technology officer. "We're tapping into cutting-edge design expertise in Silicon Valley, prototyping industry applications -- from automotive to education services -- in Plano and the deep skills in communications protocols and innovation that reside in Israel. Working across centers, innovation can follow the sun with a near 24-hour cycle time for agile development."

ENISA Sees Paradigm Shift with Stuxnet

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) issued a preliminary assessment of the recent "Stuxnet" attacks and their potential impact on Europe, calling the attack a paradigm shift in cyber security.

The report argues that Europe should reconsider its protection measures for Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIIP). ENISA warns that new measures must be developed and put into practice by public and private enterprises to protect against future such attacks.

"Stuxnet is really a paradigm shift, as Stuxnet is a new class and dimension of malware. Not only for its complexity and sophistication, e.g. by the combination of exploiting four different vulnerabilities in Windows, and by using two stolen certificates, and from there attacking complex Siemens SCADA systems. The attackers have invested a substantial amount of time and money to build such a complex attack tool. The fact that perpetrators activated such an attack tool, can be considered as the "first strike", i.e. one of the first organized, well prepared attack against major industrial resources," stated Dr Udo Helmbrecht, Executive Director of ENISA.

LightSquared Reaches L-Band LTE Deals with Qualcomm, Nokia

LightSquared, the new company backed by Harbinger Capital Partners that is building a nationwide LTE + satellite wholesale network, announced agreements with Qualcomm, Nokia two additional suppliers of wireless devices -- AnyDATA and BandRich.

Qualcomm is integrating L-Band LTE technology in its mainstream chipset roadmap and has developed a satellite air interface technology. The Enhanced Geostationary Air Link (EGAL) enables the satellite mode of operation in mobile devices. These technologies will be integrated into silicon, including Qualcomm's MDM9600 chipset, which is an LTE multi-mode solution.

Nokia will supply branded, data-centric products for LightSquared customers. AnyDATA and BandRich will provide embedded modules, USB data modems, and other devices which will launch during the second half of 2011. The AnyDATA modem will utilize industry standard USB 2.0 interface, while the module will be mini-PCIE form factor to simplify interface with netbooks, notebooks, tablets, and portable computing devices.

In addition, the board of directors of both Nokia Siemens Networks and LightSquared recently approved the 8-year, $7 billion agreement for Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy, install, operate and maintain the LightSquared nationwide network. The LightSquared network, anticipated to consist of approximately 40,000 cellular base stations, is expected to cover 92 percent of the U.S. population by the end of 2015.
  • Earlier this month, LightSquared announced the closing of an additional $850 million in financing through a credit facility led by UBS AG. With this, LightSquared has obtained an aggregate of more than $2 billion in equity and debt proceeds and in commitment.

  • In July, LightSquared unveiled its plans to launch a wholesale-only, 4G-LTE network across the U.S. complemented by satellite coverage. LightSquared will provide wholesale wireless broadband capacity to a diverse group of customers, including retailers; wireline and wireless communication service providers; cable operators; device manufacturers; web players; content providers; and many others. The LightSquared network will allow these partners to offer satellite-only, terrestrial-only, or integrated satellite-terrestrial services to their end users.

Interview: NSN's Sue Spradley on LightSquared's Wholesale Mobile Data Paradigm

by Sue Spradley

LightSquared, a new company backed by Harbinger Capital Partners, plans to launch a wholesale-only, 4G-LTE network across the U.S. complemented by satellite coverage. LightSquared will provide wholesale wireless broadband capacity to a diverse group of customers, including retailers; wireline and wireless communication service providers; cable operators; device manufacturers; web players; content providers; and many others. NSN has been appointed vendor of choice in a deal valued at $7 billion over 8 years.

GSMA Launches mWomen Programme

The GSMA has launched an "mWomen Programme" aimed at bringing the resources of the global mobile industry and the international development community together to bring mobile devices to more than 150 million women in developing markets within three years. The initiative was formally launched by Rob Conway, CEO of the GSMA, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Cherie Blair, at an event in Washington, D.C..

The vision of the programme is that by increasing access to mobile connectivity and services, women living on less than US$2 per day will achieve a greater sense of security, independence, economic opportunity and connection with the world outside their homes. Key issues to be addressed by the initiative include total cost of ownership, technical literacy, and cultural barriers to adoption.

The GSMA mWomen Programme is aligned with the UN Millennium Development Goals, particularly MDG 3 on Gender Equity. It has already secure commitments from the following 20 leading global mobile companies: AT&T, Banglalink, Bharti Airtel, Cell C, Dialog, Digicel, IDEA Cellular, Maxis, Mobitel, Mobilink, MTN, France Telecom/Orange, Orascom, Roshan, Safaricom, SMART, Telenor, Telefonica, Uninor and Vodafone. Nokia has also committed to the programme by piloting women's information initiatives under its Ovi Life Tools service, focusing specifically on healthcare and education