Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LSI and IP Infusion Team on Mobile Backhaul and Carrier Ethernet

IP Infusion has collaborated with LSI to develop an advanced carrier-grade solution for mobile backhaul and Carrier Ethernet. The solution combines LSI's multicore communications processors and IP Infusion's ZebOS Network Platform and is standards-compliant and pre-tested for interoperability.

Cisco Ships its 30 Millionth IP Phone

Cisco recently shipped its 30 millionth IP phone to one of the world's largest financial institutions -- HSBC. The company released its first IP phone 12 years ago.

Portugal Telecom Tests 10G GPON with Alcatel-Lucent

Portugal Telecom will conduct a trial of symmetrical 10 Gbps GPON technology in conjunction with Alcatel-Lucent. The 10G GPON technology will be able to co-exist with standard GPON on the same access network - meaning that the existing optical fibre outside plant is not impacted when the massive usage of the technology occurs.

"Portugal Telecom has been leading systematically in services and technology innovation, strongly investing in fiber-to-the-home - using GPON technology - to enable its customers to enjoy the highest bandwidths with the best quality of service," says Alfredo Baptista, CTO of Portugal Telecom. "However, as services and bandwidth requirements keep on evolving rapidly, it is fundamental to continue to assess and evaluate the latest innovations -- such as the symmetrical 10G GPON technology that Alcatel-Lucent is providing for this trial."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

The Carlyle Group to Privatize CommScope

The Carlyle Group has agree to acquire all of the outstanding shares of CommScope for $31.50 per share in cash -- a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion. The deal will result in CommScope becoming a private company. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

CommScope, which includes brands such as Andrew, SYSTIMAX and Uniprise, offers a range of telecom infrastructure products.

"As a private company, we believe CommScope will have greater flexibility to focus on our long-term strategic direction as a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. Carlyle understands our industry and our business well, and will be a tremendous asset as we build upon our leadership position and continue to implement our strategic plan to deliver enhanced value to our customers around the world," stated Eddie Edwards, CommScope's president and chief operating officer.

Verizon Business Integrates Carrier Ethernet into Managed Services Portfolio

Verizon Business is adding Global Managed Ethernet to its Managed Services portfolio, enabling multinational organizations to place Verizon Ethernet services in a managed network environment containing just those services, or in combination with other network services for a complete end-to-end, global managed network solution.

The new capabilities allow the combination of MPLS and Ethernet services in a fully-managed, end-to-end solution. Supported flavors of Ethernet are Ethernet Private Line Service (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line Service (EVPL) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS). To ensure network management for Ethernet WAN circuits, Verizon Business is using an IP SLA mechanism from Cisco to monitor performance of each connection.

"For the first time, our customers can combine the power of MPLS and Ethernet in a fully managed end-end-to-end global networking solution," said Anthony Recine, vice president of networking and communications solutions for Verizon Business. "Together our Private IP and Ethernet services deliver an ideal business communications platform to handle big-bandwidth applications in a similar fashion, no matter where they are located around the world."http://www.verizon.com

Starbucks Expands Mobile Wallet Program in NY

Starbucks is expanding its Starbucks Card Mobile payment test to nearly 300 company-operated stores in New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. The Starbucks Card Mobile App for BlackBerry smartphones, iPhone and iPod touch devices enable customers to pay electronically.

"Mobile technology is part of our customers' daily routine and with the expansion of mobile payment in our test cities, we're seeing more and more customers using their smartphones as their mobile wallets," said Brady Brewer, vice president Starbucks Card and Loyalty.

ASSIA Secures $20.8 Million for Dynamic Spectrum Mgt

ASSIA, which supplies software for Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) of DSL networks, has secured $20.8 million in strategic investment financing. New investors Telefonica, AT&T, and Sandalwood Partners join current investors Mingly China Growth Fund, SFR Development, Sofinnova Partners, Stanford University, Swisscom Ventures, and T-Ventures. ASSIA previously announced an early close of $10 million in this financing round.

"ASSIA is pleased to have additional telecommunications service providers close this financing round to accelerate ASSIA's next-generation products to market. These strategic investments are an endorsement of ASSIA's solutions and recognize the successful deployment of ASSIA's first generation of software products," said Dr. John Cioffi, Chairman and CEO. "ASSIA welcomes our new investors and thanks current investors for their continuing support."http://www.assia-inc.com

  • ASSIA stands for Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment Incorporated.

  • ASSIA is headed by Dr. John Cioffi, a veteran of the DSL industry, having served as founder, CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Amati prior to its acquisition by TI in 1997. Dr. Cioffi also held a tenured endowed professorship at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1985-2009, where he is now an active Professor Emeritus with small research efforts there in broadband access.

Sprint Adds 644,000 Total Wireless Subscribers

Sprint Nextel added 644,000 wireless subscribers in Q3, its best total company wireless subscriber net additions since 2006. This includes a positive net postpaid subscriber growth of 354,000 for the Sprint brand. The company cited growing demand for smartphones like Samsung Epic 4G and HTC EVO 4G.

Sprint announced third quarter consolidated net operating revenues of almost $8.2 billion, a net loss of $911 million and a diluted loss per share of 30 cents. The company generated $384 million of free cash flow in the quarter, and maintained a strong liquidity position with approximately $4.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter.

"Driven by record customer satisfaction, and the performance of iconic devices like the EVO and Epic, Sprint's momentum continued this quarter," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "The Sprint brand gained postpaid customers for the fourth consecutive quarter as, for the second consecutive quarter based on porting data, more customers switched to Sprint from our competitors than switched from Sprint to our competitors. In addition, our last two quarters have been all-time bests for postpaid churn. We also saw improvement sequentially in prepaid net adds and our lowest prepaid churn in almost five years."http://www.sprint.com

ZTE Reports 7.5% Rise in Nine-Month Revenue

ZTE reported a 7.51% increase in operating revenue to US$6.87 billion for the nine months ended 30 September 2010. In the same period, net profit attributable to shareholders of the parent company grew 14.21% to US$203.1 million year-on-year. The company noted that revenue from terminal products grew by 30.53% due to China's expanding 3G market, the popularity of Android handsets in Europe and the U.S., as well as the data card products.
  • In August, ZTE Corporation reported interim first half 2010 revenue of US$4.524 billion, up by 10.89% year-on-year. The net profit grew by 12.02% to US$129.143 million in the six months ended June 30, 2010 based on Hong Kong financial reporting standards. Basic earnings per share amounted to US$0.047. ZTE's international revenue rose 19.58% year-on-year to USD2.246 billion, accounting for 49.65% of its total operating revenue. Revenue contribution from the European and US markets amounted to 18% of total revenue for the first time. The year-on-year revenue contribution from these two markets increased by 45%.

Ciena Supplies 40G in VietNam

Vietnam Telecoms National (VTN) will deploy Ciena's coherent 40G optical networking solution to support growing capacity demands on its nationwide optical backbone. VTN, which is an exclusive state-owned subsidiary of Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT), is upgrading an existing network based on 10G links.

Ciena said its 40G solution was selected because of its coherent and electronic dispersion compensation technology, which allows VTN to upgrade its existing 10G national backbone across country sites to 40G with the simple addition of transponder cards and no re-engineering of existing fiber routes or additional equipment required. The solution also provides investment protection as it can easily scale to 100G in the same manner as capacity demands increase.

du Implements GENBAND's IP Switching

du, the UAE's integrated telecom service provider, has expanded its next-generation fixed network with GENBAND's IP Switching solutions to offer more reliable and advanced Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) communications.

MRV Announces 10 Gigabit, High Density Physical Layer Switch

MRV COMMUNICATIONS introduced a high-density 10 Gigabit physical layer switch that can be used to automate topology management in test labs and data center network monitoring applications. The High Speed Media Cross Connect (HS MCC) system fills the requirement for greater number of 10G ports in one system, by providing 144 simultaneous bi-directional, uni-directional or multipoint mappings. It uses a 10.7 Gbps switching matrix allowing 10 Gbps signals to be switched over a single path across the backplane vs. grouped and switched on multiple paths as is typical in traditional physical layer switch design.

Sierra Wireless Adds Automotive-grade Wireless Modules

Sierra Wireless introduced a suite of embedded wireless modules designed specifically for automotive manufacturers. The units, which could be used for in-vehicle wireless connections to enable telematics, navigation, and infotainment applications, are built to withstand extreme temperatures, thermal shocks, constant vibration, and humidity over many years.

Sierra Wireless expects telematics, infotainment, navigation assistance and remote vehicle diagnostics to become standard features in new cars within the next few years, requiring reliable built-in connections to cellular networks. To date, Sierra Wireless has delivered more than two million wireless modules to auto manufacturers and first-tier suppliers, including the largest automotive companies in the world.

Broadcom Introduces DOCSIS EoC for EPON

Broadcom introduced a customized DOCSIS Ethernet over Coax (EoC) for Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) solution in support of China's Next Generation Broadcast (NGB) initiative. The highly integrated DOCSIS EoC for EPON solution that will allow Chinese cable operators to take advantage of the benefits of DOCSIS while providing an economical architecture for implementing triple play services to MDUs throughout the country.

The Broadcom DOCSIS EoC for EPON solution is a family of products, includingCMC, DOCSIS 2.0 and 3.0 cable modem and STB system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions, that are designed to transition DOCSIS customer premises equipment (CPE) from the MDU coaxial network to the EPON fiber network. The solution features Broadcom's TurboQAM technology that supports downstream speeds up to 400 Mbps, which is a 25 percent improvement, and upstream speeds up to 160 Mbps, which is a 33 percent improvement over downstream and upstream speeds in support of the DOCSIS 3.0 standard.

The solution also provides advanced ingress and impulse noise mitigation technologies for S-CDMA (synchronous code division multiple access) transmission mode. Broadcom's S-CDMA Ingress Noise Cancellation or SINC technology allows operators to maximize use of the reverse path bandwidth for DOCSIS EoC applications for delivering fast, reliable and interactive services.