Sunday, October 24, 2010

ZTE Purchases $3 Billion from U.S. Silicon Vendors

ZTE signed purchase agreements valued at a total of US$3 billion over the next three years with five U.S. silicon vendors: QUALCOMM, Texas Instruments, Freescale Semiconductor, ALTERA and Broadcom.

In the past, ZTE noted that it has paid over US$4 billion to U.S. vendors for intellectual property and hardware products.

"As a publicly traded and transparent company with more than 18.72% equity owned by European and American investors, we believe it is very important for ZTE to cooperate with U.S. partners and continue to increase our investment in the U.S. market," said Mr. Ye Weimin, Senior Vice President of ZTE Corporation. "We are keen to deepen our relationships with both U.S. suppliers and telecom carriers in order to meet the needs of our U.S. customers and provide highly secure and innovative products and solutions. It's an exciting time for ZTE and we are very optimistic about what can come from today's signed agreements."

Sigma Designs Shows its Chipset

Sigma Designs unveiled its chipset for home entertainment. The device, which is expected to start sampling early next year, will enable home networks that can run up to 3 Gbps using any wire (coax, phone lines and power lines) that is available in the home.

Sigma Designs notes that this level of in-home networking performance far exceeds the throughput of existing wireless technologies and is well-suited for media-rich applications, such as distributing HD video or telepresence sessions throughout a home.

Sigma's forthcoming CG5110 chip builds on the baseline spec approved by the ITU by implementing advanced MIMO techniques. Italso supports backward compatibility with today's mass deployments of HomePNA and
HomePlug AV.

"Sigma's new chipset delivers all the promise of breakthrough performance in every way and yet helps service providers radically decrease their costs to install and operate home networks," said Gabi Hilevitz, vice president and general manager of Sigma Designs' Home Connectivity Group. "Until today, there was no universal solution for wired home entertainment networking. For each market, you had to develop a proprietary solution. Now, a single standards-based solution can cover the entire world and provide a highly reliable and
easy way to move rich content inside the home."
  • Last year, Sigma Designs acquired CopperGate Communications for approximately $116 million. Founded in 2000, CopperGate offered silicon solutions that drive home entertainment networks based on HomePNA. Its technology portfolio spans across all three wire-types: coax, phone, and power. CopperGate was also one of the leading contributors to the next generation home networking standard,

Tellabs Debuts Ethernet Access Switches for Mobile Backhaul

Tellabs introduced two new Ethernet access switches aimed at providing backhaul for 4G and LTE networks. Both products complement the Tellabs 8600 managed edge system of MPLS-based multiservice solutions. Both switches will be integrated under the Tellabs® 8000 Intelligent Network Manager.

Tellabs 8609 Access Switch -- a 1RU multiservice device with an enhanced switching and routing capacity of 10 Gbps. The compact Tellabs 8609 switch is designed for cell-site locations and Ethernet ring applications. It offers a rich set of interface modules and boasts high port-density for 2G and 3G networks as they evolve to 4G and LTE. The Tellabs 8609 switch will be generally available in the second quarter of 2011.

Tellabs 8611 Access Switch -- a flexible switch with control redundancy designed for large cell-site locations or hub applications in the network. The energy-efficient, 2RU device offers 10 Gbps switching and routing capacity. It is further supported by a long list of Ethernet OAM (operations, administration and maintenance) and packet connectivity features to provide services with carrier-grade reliability and manageability for the service provider. The Tellabs 8611 switch will be available in the third quarter of 2011.

"The Tellabs 8609 and 8611 access switches expand the Tellabs 8600 product family by offering a significant leap in node throughput, Ethernet port density and multiservice switching and routing capabilities," said Mika Heikkinen, vice president and general manager, Tellabs managed access products. "The platform also shares common hardware components, resulting in 2 scalable and compact form factors operating in a low energy footprint, and enabling customers to realize a cost-efficient total investment for 3G, 4G and LTE."

Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring Delivers 100 Mbps Boost to DSL

Ikanos Communications introduced its "NodeScale Vectoring" technology for mitigating crosstalk in copper access network and thereby enabling 100 Mbps DSL performance and above on loops within typical distance ranges. Other impediments including AM radio signals, power lines, lightning and other atmospheric elements inject even more noise into the copper network.

Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring technology employs advanced algorithms and compression in high-performance central office silicon to relieve these sources of noise in the copper binder. Unlike line card vectoring, the Ikanos NodeScale Vectoring technology cancels noise across an entire network node from 192 to 384 ports or more.

The company calculates that its method can double the performance of VDSL at most loop lengths, achieving 150 Mbps rates at 300 meters, and 100 Mbps at 500 meters.

Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring complies with the International Telecommunication Union standards group (ITU-T) G.vector standard (G.993.5), which provides for dynamic spectrum management level 3 (DSM-3) through the use of advanced crosstalk cancellation techniques.

"Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring technology will deliver the performance of fiber at one-tenth the cost of fiber-to-the-home," said John Quigley, CEO and president at Ikanos. "With NodeScale Vectoring, we believe that service providers will save billions of dollars on broadband deployments by delivering high-speed, highly reliable Internet access and premium services over their existing copper infrastructure."

The complete Ikanos system includes NodeScale Vectoring compatible line cards, Vector Computation Engines and G.vector-ready customer premises equipment. The system can be deployed flexibly to increase the performance of existing VDSL nodes, as part of ADSL network upgrades and in copper plants that previously served only plain old telephone service (POTS). Since the same Ikanos chipset supports vectored and non-vectored deployments, upgrades can occur on a line-by-line basis for a pay-as-you-go vectored network deployment.

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies LTE Public Safety Net in Colorado

Alcatel-Lucent has supplied LTE gear for an emergency communications demonstration network in Boulder, CO, which is being managed by the Public Safety Communications Research program, which was established by the US Department of Commerce.

"The demonstration network developed by the joint NIST-NTIA Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program is an important part of the strategy for a nationwide interoperable Public Safety Broadband network in 700 MHz. Here in the Boulder area, we will provide a common field environment for manufacturers, carriers, and public safety agencies to test and evaluate advanced broadband communications equipment and software tailored specifically to the needs of emergency first responders." explained Derek Orr, Program Manager, NIST/OLES, Public Safety Communications.

In addition Alcatel-Lucent -- in cooperation with the Alexandria Police Department -- recently conducted a live demonstration of data capabilities for first responders using the LTE Public Safety Broadband (PSBB) spectrum. This was the first live application of PSBB radio spectrum in the United States.

Brunei Picks Huawei for FTTH

Telekom Brunei Berhad, the only fixed network operator in Brunei, has selected Huawei as the exclusive supplier for the Brunei Next Generation Broadband Network FTTH project.

The network will cover four major areas in Brunei and will offer subscribers a maximum data transfer rate of 150 Mbps. Huawei will deliver an end-to-end turnkey services package that includes active and passive equipment, holistic ODN (Optical Distribution Network) network designs, and construction management. This project will be carried out in four phases and the resulting network will serve over 40,000 subscribers in Brunei after its completion.

Arbor: Google Represents 6.4% of all Internet Traffic Worldwide

Based on its traffic forensics, Arbor Networks calculates that Google now represents an average 6.4% of all Internet traffic. In a blog posting, Craig Labovitz notes that Google continues its rapid growth trajectory -- the is only one global Tier1 provider that still carries more traffic than Google, that Google now has direct peering (i.e. not transit) with more than 70% of all providers around the world, and that Google is employing global content caches to lighten its traffic loads.

Texas Instruments Posts Strong Q3, up 30% YoY

Texas Instruments reported Q3 2010 revenue of $3.74 billion, up 30% over the same period last year and up 7% sequentially. Net income came in at $859 million and earnings per share of 71 cents.

"Our strong performance was driven by growth in all of our segments," said Rich Templeton, TI chairman, president and chief executive officer. "TI's continuing transformation to a company focused on Analog and Embedded Processing delivered new highs for both gross and operating margins. Strong earnings per share demonstrate the combined impact of solid profits and our diligence to return excess capital to our shareholders through stock repurchases.

NSN Says "Phantom DSL" Reaches 825 Mbps over 400 meters

Nokia Siemens Networks achieved DSL tops speeds of 825 Mbps over 400 meters of bonded copper lines and 750 Mbps over 500 meters. The next-gen DSL tests involved the creation of a virtual - or "phantom" - channel to supplement the two physical wires that are the standard configuration for copper transmission lines. The company is showcasing its Phantom DSL prototype at this week's Broadband World Forum 2010 in Paris.

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to make Phantom DSL an integral part of its hiX 562x/3x DSLAM products.

Lantiq Debuts Latest ADSL Chipset

Lantiq has begun sampling its latest generation chipset for ADSL linecards. Implemented in 65 nm process technology, the new GEMINAX XXS V3 chipset packs up to 36-channel data pump in a 17 x 17mm BGA package. This paves the way for systems with 96 or more channels on a single linecard. Current ADSL chipsets typically feature 72 channels. The footprint is also about 30 percent smaller than existing solutions. The data pump of the GEMINAX XXS V3 is based on the same hardware platform as Lantiq's recently announced VDSL2 chipset, VINAX V3. With nearly identical ADSL/2/2+ firmware and API, system vendors have the unique ability to reuse for ADSL and VDSL linecard development. Lantiq has also driven down power consumption, enabling system manufacturers to build ADSL systems that are about 20% below the EU Code of Conduct (CoC) limits for broadband infrastructure equipment.

"Small size and easy integration translate to higher density line cards while low power consumption reduces the operating costs for our customers," said Hubert Christl, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lantiq's Access Networks Business Unit. "Our chipset integrates Metallic Line Test (MLT) functionality which allows operators to seamlessly and cost-effectively perform continuous testing of all-digital loops without disturbing the DSL service or affecting transmission performance."

The GEMINAX XXS V3 supports all international standards for ADSL / ADSL2 / ADSL2+.

Yota Selects Bridgewater for WiMAX in Nicaragua

Yota has selected the Bridgewater Service Controller (AAA) anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker to support the rollout of its new national WiMAX service in Nicaragua. The network launched on July 1st in the capital city of Managua, with further expansion to León, Granada and Masaya planned in 2010..

Yota, a Bridgewater customer in Russia since 2008, is also planning to deploy the Bridgewater Service Controller to support the launch of WiMAX services in Peru in 2010.

Orange Business Selects GENBAND for SIP Capabilities

Orange Business Services - Trading Solutions, which provides voice and electronic trading infrastructure for financial firms, selected GENBAND to deliver an end-to-end SIP-based communication tool kit for its MPLS-based network. The deployment will use GENBAND's A2 Converged Application Server, which delivers a suite of unified communications (UC) functions and enhanced service customization over multiple IP access networks.

Ceragon Posts Record Revenue

Ceragon Networks reported of Q3 2010 revenue of $62.3 million, up 39% from $44.7 million for the third quarter of 2009 and up 2% from $60.9 million in the second quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $4.6 million or $0.13 per basic share and diluted share. Net income in the third quarter of 2009 was $1.1 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share.

"In Q3, we again reported record revenues, higher gross margin and improved operating margin," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. "With new security procedures now in place, business from India is beginning to return to normal. Our book-to-bill ratio in Q3 was about one and, excluding India, it was higher. As a result of strong demand throughout the world, we now expect to achieve annual revenue growth toward the upper end of our target range of 30-35% for the full year."

Video: What's Next for Carrier Ethernet?

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