Monday, February 28, 2011

Verizon Expands IPv6 Dedicated Internet Services

Verizon has added IPv6 support to its Internet Dedicated Services across the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Verizon's global Internet services will accept IPv6 data in several formats, including native or pure IPv6; dual stack, which can handle IPv4 and IPv6 concurrently; and IPv6 traffic within IPv4 packets, which is known as tunneling. The company later this year will continue to roll out IPv6 capabilities across Canada and Latin America as well as on its global Private IP service, an MPLS-based virtual private network.

"This is another important milestone for the Verizon public IP backbone, our customers and the global Internet community," said Farooq Muzzafar, vice president of public and private IP communications solutions for Verizon. "As an early proponent and adopter of IPv6, we want to help ensure the Internet continues to deliver on its promise to keep us all connected to each other and to the information that sustains and enriches our everyday life at work, at home and everywhere in between."

Skype Partners with Citrix for Business Services

Skype plans to introduce Web and audio conferencing capabilities enabled with GoToMeeting technology from Citrix. This will expand Skype's business offerings by providing the collaboration features of GoToMeeting.

The Web and audio conferencing features are expected to supplement the Skype for Business desktop experience, which already offers Skype users instant messaging, voice and video calling, group video calling, conferencing, file sharing, etc/ Adding the GoToMeeting capability will also allow Skype's business users to quickly set up online audio conferencing meetings that users can join via Skype or through public switched telephone network (PSTN) phone numbers.

Mashable: Google Finds 21 Free Android Apps with Malware Root Access

Google has pulled 21 free apps from the Android store after being informed by third parties that the apps contained malware capable of giving hackers root access to the victim's device. Mashable reports that malicious apps were downloaded by about 50,000 users.

Infonetics: 2G/3G Remains the Main Game

The number of 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile subscribers is forecast to reach 7 billion by 2015, however the vast majority will continue to be on the 2G/3G infrastructure, according to a new report released by Infonetics Research.

After plunging in the second half of 2010, the GSM RAN market bounced back (up 38% in 4Q10 over 3Q10), fueled by the start of major 2G capacity upgrades in China and India as well as modernization projects in Europe. The report takes a comprehensive look at the mobile and wireless equipment markets, including vendor market share, forecasts, and LTE and WIMAX deployment trackers by service provider and country.

"At the end of the day, 2G/3G remains the major mobile infrastructure event, dollar-wise. In 2010, the global 2G/3G/4G infrastructure market declined 10.7% to $42.4 billion, dragged down by 2G, but is expected to rebound by 9.7% this year, driven by large-scale 2G capacity upgrades, 2G network modernization, and 3G coverage optimization. It's only in 2015 that 4G (LTE and WiMAX) will have a more significant impact when a new global procurement cycle starts," predicts Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for mobile infrastructure.

"WiMAX likely will become established as the solution of choice for niche applications, such as supporting the smart grid, public safety, private citywide communications segments, as well as more basic broadband needs. With the high volume of LTE news, people tend to overlook the fact that the WiMAX equipment market, which jumped 85% in 2010 to $1.7 billion, remains bigger than the LTE market, and continues to show healthy growth," notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.

Some other key findings:

LTE network equipment, including E-UTRAN (eNodeB) macrocells and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) equipment, jumped 704% in 2010 over 2009

Infonetics forecasts the 4G infrastructure market to hit $16 billion by 2015, driven by LTE and WiMAX investments

Ericsson is the #1 LTE infrastructure vendor, followed by Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks

Samsung remains the top-selling WiMAX vendor, followed by Huawei, Alvarion, and Motorola

Motorola and Cox Test 356 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 RX48 Return Path

–Motorola Mobility and Cox Communications announced a record 356 Mbps for return path data transmission. The test used an ultra low noise, high performance Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 RX48 return path receiver module operating within a Motorola BSR 64000 CMTS Edge Router. The record of 356 Mbps for a 5-85 MHz return path was set by transmitting across twelve return path channels of which six channels employed 256QAM modulation.

Typical HFC networks today have two or three upstream channels delivering an aggregate of 40-70 Mbps.

In addition to establishing the world record at 5-85 MHz, a maximum transmission rate of 141 Mbps was also achieved over a 5-42 MHz return path using six return path channels. Three of these channels were able to operate using 256 QAM modulation, as opposed to 64 QAM maximum in use today, which is also believed to be a record. For the first time, cable operators can use the 5-42 return path to provide 100 Mbps dedicated to business customers and simultaneously provide residential customers with the return path bandwidth necessary to meet their growing needs.

"The RX48 and these tests demonstrate that Cox's HFC networks are much more future proof than many have believed," Jay Rolls, senior vice president of technology, Cox Communications. "We also increasingly need to be able to segment our business and residential customers, visibility into which is provided by the 5-85 MHz return spectrum utilizing 256QAM. Our networks have the capability to support much higher data speeds than today without the need to replace any of the amplifiers, taps or cables."

Motorola said its RX48 provides between 33% and 50% higher data rates possible in the return path than previously possible based on its low noise receiver and hardware based DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding capabilities. For example, with a 5-42 MHz return path connected to the RX48, it will be possible for the first time for cable operators to support 100 Mbps dedicated for business services in only three bonded return path channels instead of four, leaving three return path channels available for residential data services, all supported using only a single RX48 port in the CMTS.

Overture + Hatteras Merger Targets Carrier Ethernet Acceleration

Overture Networks and Hatteras Networks agreed to merge, creating a larger and more competitive supplier of Carrier Ethernet products. Hatteras is a leading supplier of Ethernet over Bonded Copper solutions, while Overture is the frontrunner in Ethernet over TDM and recently introduced a set of Ethernet over Fiber platforms. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Both companies are venture-backed, privately-held start-ups based in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park.

Going forward, the combined company will use the Overture Networks' name. Jeff Reedy will continue to serve as chief executive officer of Overture Networks. Kevin Sheehan, who formerly served as chief executive officer of Hatteras Networks, has been appointed president of Overture Networks.

In a conference call, Reedy and Sheehan said the merger was driven by a desire to scale-up the operations to meet the rising demand for Carrier Ethernet solutions by Tier 1, 2, and 3 carriers both domestically and overseas. The companies both report record revenue for 2010. They noted non-overlapping customer bases and product portfolios. The combined entity will have about 200 employees.

"We have a unique opportunity to build a great company with the innovation and scale to bring a complete set of products and services to our customers," said Jeff Reedy, chief executive officer, Overture Networks. "Our two companies have grown up together as neighbors, and we have come to appreciate each other's strengths and at times envied the other's successes. Having each completed record setting years, the time is right to join together and establish a dominant force in the market."

"The unification of our two highly successful and profitable companies with a shared customer focus and leading-edge product portfolios will be extremely beneficial for the communications service provider industry around the world," said Kevin Sheehan, newly appointed president of Overture Networks and former chief executive officer, Hatteras Networks.

  • In November 2010, Overture Networks introduced two new products, the ISG 400 and the ISG 4800, for enabling carriers’ migration to an all-optical Ethernet network. The ISG 4800 is a 10 Gigabit Carrier Ethernet Edge Platform with a rich feature set, operational flexibility and carrier class reliability, while the ISG 400 supports the delivery of Carrier Ethernet over TDM. Both offer a wide range of network interfaces for delivering Carrier Ethernet services over existing DS3 or SONET/SDH infrastructures.

  • Hatteras' flagship HN6100 is a modular, multi-service Ethernet platform that enables carriers to offer any service, over any media, via any port or slot from a single chassis. Its portfolio also includes the HN500, a cost-effective Ethernet-over-Time Division Multiplexing (EoTDM) demarcation device, which allows bonding of multiple PDH signals (T1 or E1) into a single Ethernet connection for delivery of 10 Mbps of Ethernet service capacity; as well as the HN4000 for facilitating high-speed symmetrical bandwidth up to 100 Mbps and Ethernet services over copper.

Finisar Introduces First EPON Stick for DPoE Specification

Finisar introduced its EPON (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) Stick, offering pluggable transceiver optics and a complete EPON MAC with DPoE provisioning within an SFP package. This allows an operator to insert the EPON Stick into any SFP host and operate a single demarcation device on the customer premise.

The EPON stick interoperates with other EPON equipment based on CableLabs DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications. In addition to EPON and DPoE compatibility, the EPON Stick supports SFF-8472 digital diagnostics and other extended capabilities.

"We are proud that Finisar's EPON Stick is the first in an MSA SFP footprint compatible with EPON and DPoE," said Dr. Jianhui Zhou, vice-president and general manager of Access Products at Finisar. "It offers operators the advantages of automated provisioning with DPoE, while still allowing the flexibility of using a wide variety of Ethernet network interface devices, integrated access devices, switches, and routers.

SAIC Wins Cybersecurity Contract with U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Center

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) to provide technical services in support of cyberspace operations. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a two year base period of performance, three one-year options, and a total contract ceiling value of $219 million for all awardees, if all options are exercised.

SSC Pacific is the Navy's premier research, development, test, and evaluation laboratory for C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance).

CENX Looks to Aggregate Wireless Backhaul Access Providers

CENX announced plans to serve as aggregation points for various Ethernet wireless backhaul access providers, eliminating the need by the wireless carriers for costly and cumbersome Ethernet backhaul service integration.

In addition to serving as the aggregation point, CENX will enable end-to-end service inventory and monitoring, regardless of the backhaul operating model (wholly-owned vs. shared infrastructure), the myriad of backhaul access providers or the diverse backhaul technology (switched vs. dedicated) or media (e.g., fiber, microwave, copper). CENX said it will thus provide wireless carriers with a normalized view of the operating state of all its backhaul services on per service basis.

"Wireless carriers continue to tell us that delivering the bandwidth required in the wireless backhaul space is the single biggest challenge in the industry. Ethernet is the recognized solution for opening up bandwidth, and CENX creates and manages a ubiquitous Ethernet wireless backhaul platform specifically designed to meet wireless carriers' technical and operating requirements," said Herb Hribar, CEO of CENX. "CENX also addresses the critical unmet need in the network sharing models: Independent service management for each carrier across a shared network. CENX delivers superior value, cost savings and time-to-market benefits to wireless carriers, as well as extraordinary Carrier Ethernet knowledge and leadership."

Sunday, February 27, 2011

XO Launches Enterprise Cloud Communications

XO introduced an Enterprise Cloud Communications service that allows businesses to accelerate the deployment of IP and unified communications, simplify the management of their IP communications needs, and reduce the capital investments and operating costs of their enterprise-wide communications.

XO Enterprise Cloud Communications integrates IP telephony features, local and long distance calling, enterprise-wide HD voice and video, network services, and IP phone sets in a communications as a service, per-user pricing model. All of the applications reside in the cloud.

"XO Enterprise Cloud Communications represents the next evolution of our award-winning IP communications portfolio which today supports 30,000 business customers and more than one million end users," said Mike Toplisek, chief marketing officer for XO Business Services at XO Communications. "This solution is ideal for mid-market businesses and larger enterprises with distributed operations by helping them solve important business issues of controlling costs, improving employee productivity and increasing their competitiveness in the market."

Xtera Adds 100G to its Optical Transport Platform

Xtera Communications announced 100G channel cards for its new Nu-Wave Optima optical transport platform, which features a common, integrated set of modules for long-haul, regional, and metro applications.

The Nu-Wave Optima platform leverages a toolkit of technologies that consists of all-Raman, hybrid EDFA/Raman amplifiers, 10G and 40G interfaces using a variety of modulation formats, next generation ROADMs, and line monitoring technologies.

Xtera said its new 100G optics, when combined with its Raman technology, enables a record 15 Tbps to be carried over a single fiber. The company recently demonstrated 8 x 100 Gbps transported over an extended unrepeatered span of 440km with a loss in excess of 76dB, in effect doubling the capacity that could be achieved using 10G. In addition, the interleaving of 10G signals with 100G signals on a 50GHz grid was also demonstrated, showing the feasibility of seamless upgrade to 100G on existing systems.

The 100G line cards for all applications of the Nu-Wave Optima platform will be available to the general market in June 2011.

Deutsche Telekom will Offer SES ASTRA's Satellite TV

SES ASTRA and Deutsche Telekom announced a partnership in Germany to combine ASTRA's broad satellite free-TV offer with Deutsche Telekom's IPTV product Entertain. The offer will include all free-to-air, TV and radio channels in Standard and High Definition (HD) on ASTRA including HD+ as well as the typical Entertain services like Video on Demand, a TV archive and an Electronic Programme Guide. Entertain Sat also comprises time shift functions and hard disk recording with 500 GB memory. Flat rate telephony and Internet will also be included. Entertain Sat will be available for households all across Germany with a DSL connection of at least 3 Mbps.

HD+ is a platform launched by SES ASTRA in Germany for access to free-TV programmes in HD. The HD+ offer currently comprises eight German private free-TV programmes in HD: RTL HD, Vox HD, RTL2 HD, ProSieben HD, Sat.1 HD, kabel eins HD, Sport1 HD and sixx HD.

SES ASTRA is the leading Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite system in Europe. The satellite fleet currently comprises 16 satellites which deliver services to more than 125 million households and transmit more than 2,600 television and radio channels.

Deutsche Telekom Outlines 2011 FTTH & LTE Plans

At the opening of this year's CeBIT, Deutsche Telekom outlined a number of network initiatives, including fiber optic expansion and LTE rollout in Germany.

In 2011, Deutsche Telekom expects to bring fiber connections to 160,000 households in ten German cities. The network will be capable of speeds of up to 1 Gbps downstream and 0.5 Gbps upstream in the near future. Selected districts of the cities of Braunschweig, Brühl, Hanover, Hennigsdorf, Neu-Isenburg, Kornwestheim, Mettmann, Offenburg, Potsdam and Rastatt will be wired with fiber-optic lines in 2011.

Pilot fiber optics projects were launched in Hennigsdorf and Braunschweig in 2010. In addition, VDSL is available in 50 German cities and more than 60 percent of households in Germany can surf at transmission speeds of six to 16 Mbps.

However, for a widescale rollout, Deutsche Telekom said investment-friendly regulations are required.

"Our decision to expand the fiber-optic network in Germany proves our commitment to our home market. With today's launch of the expansion programme, we are systematically executing our strategy," said Niek Jan van Damme, the member of the Board of Management at Deutsche Telekom AG responsible for business in Germany.

"We have to work together with owners on the expansion and move toward the gigabit society together. This will increase not only the living value of a property, but also its attractiveness," says Niek Jan van Damme. In particular, modern, investment-friendly regulation is needed to speed up expansion of the FTTH networks. "It must be possible to use all existing infrastructure, such as cable conduits from other grid industries or even building networks, to save costs and capture synergy potential. We also have to avoid a patchwork of local fiber-optic networks in Germany, which means the industry has to agree to mutual, open network access," says Mr. van Damme.

In wireless, Deutsche Telekom is pursing HSPA+, LTE and Wi-Fi offload initiatives.In August 2010, Telekom added the first LTE mobile base station in Germany to its network, in Kyritz in Brandenburg. In addition, in the past year, the company boosted large parts of its HSPA/UMTS network to a top speed of 21 Mbps, while increasing coverage by over ten percent, now reaching 83 percent of the population. Marketing of the matching data rates will begin in the second quarter.

In 2011, Telekom plans to upgrade its HSPA/UMTS network once again, doubling available bandwidth in the entire network to up to 42 Mbps by the end of the year.

For LTE, the company will use the 1.8 and 2.6 GHz frequency bands to eventually offer rates of up to 100 Mbps. This new technology will be provided to selected business customers in the early summer of 2011, as part of friendly-user tests. In addition, Cologne will receive near-total LTE coverage, based on the 1.8 and 2.6 GHz frequency bands, and made available to consumers.

Telekom will also be expanding its public Wi-Fi HotSpots, which are currently available at nearly 8,000 locations in Germany. Among other advances, Telekom will equip additional ICE trains from Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa aircraft with WLAN technology, providing a seamless high-speed network on many travel routes to business customers in particular.

Vitesse to List on NASDAQ

Vitesse Semiconductor announced that its common shares have been approved for listing on the NASDAQ Global Market and will commence trading on March 2, 2011 under the symbol "VTSS."

Cortina Announces Quad 10G EDC Device

Cortina Systems
introduced its CS4317 Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) PHY -- quad 10G device. It integrated MAC layer security, IEEE 1588 v2, and support for 10G SFP+ and IEEE 802.3ba 40G and 100G interfaces. The device is offered in a 17 mm × 17 mm package, which is the smallest in the industry.

The device supports a variety of 10G and 40G (4 × 10G) line-side optical modules, as well as both passive and active copper interconnects. The CS4317 Quad EDC PHY provides Electronic Dispersion Compensation capability on the receive SFI interface that exceeds the requirements of IEEE 802.3aq 10GBase-LRM, SFF8431 linear interface, 10GBase-ZR, and IEEE 802.3ba nPPI specifications.

The device supports 10G/8G/4G/2G/1G FC data rates and Fibre channel rate negotiation. The device also supports the CR4 and CR10 auto negotiation and training as specified by IEEE 802.3ba. The device is fully autonomous and does not require external processors to control the initial convergence or the dynamic adaption of the dispersion compensation. The CS4317 supports both serial XFI and RXAUI host interfaces, and is compliant to the IEEE 802.3ba nAUI specifications.

Sampling is underway.

"The 10G market is ramping, and the 40G and 100G market growth demands support for the IEEE 802.3ba specification," said Scott Feller, product line director at Cortina. "To enable next generation 10G, 40G, and 100G networks from routers to NIC cards to storage boxes, Cortina has integrated features such as MAC Security and IEEE 1588 v2, and support for RXAUI, XFI, and nAUI host interfaces, as well as all line-side optical and copper interface types into the CS4317 device."

Intel Completes McAfee Acquisition

Intel completed its previously announced acquisition of McAfee. The deal was first announced in August 2010.

Intel said this acquisition provides it with the means of tackling security and the pervasive nature of computing threats in an entirely new way. The first fruits of this deal will come to market later this year.

McAfee will continue developing and selling security products and services under its own brand.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, McAfee reports into Intel's Software and Services Group. The group is managed by Renée James, Intel senior vice president, and general manager. McAfee's president, Dave DeWalt, will report to James.

Level 3 and Saudi Telecom Announce CDN Alliance

Level 3 Communications announced a strategic long-term agreement with Saudi Telecom (STC) to enable international IP and content distribution services in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East. The agreement will provide US and European CDN with access to a new broadband market in the Middle East across both STC's and Level 3's international networks.

In addition, Level 3 is providing STC with increased IP connectivity in the form of multiple 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) ports at various points of presence (PoPs) across Europe.

ADVA's Agile Core Express Integrates 100G, ROADMs, GMPLS

ADVA Optical Networking introduced Agile Core Express functionality for its FSP 3000 platform, enabling service providers to use their optical transport network more flexibility and on-demand while supporting 100 Gbps transmission speeds. The agility is created by allowing the IP/MPLS layer to communicate with the optical transport layer.

ADVA's Agile Core Express is defined by three elements:

  • 100 Gbps coherent transmission technology. ADVA is adding 100Gbps with coherent intradyne detection, eliminating the need for dispersion compensation up to 2,500km. Hybrid Raman/EDFA amplification maximizes OSNR performance. The new 100 Gbps "pipes" are not only bigger, but smarter as well, as the service manager has full control over the links.

  • ROADM technology. ADVA's multidegree Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) solution is based on modular building blocks that support colorless, directionless, contentionless and gridless configurations. Customers can opt to deliver any transport service on any port, over any wavelength, to any direction in a network. Integrated amplification provides lowest nodal loss and highest transmission performance. Like the 100 Gbps technology, the ROADM is fully integrated into the control plane, allowing the service manager to dynamically alter paths as needed.

  • End-to-end GMPLS Control Plane. ADVA Optical Networking has fully integrated the 100Gbps and ROADM technologies with a powerful control plane that provides full visibility at the routing layer and full control of the transport layer. This enables end-to-end provisioning as well as fast and dynamic reaction to bandwidth requirements originating from the IP/MPLS layer.

"Networks have become a critical element to life and business, for end users, enterprises and those service providers delivering the capacity," explained Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer of ADVA Optical Networking. "We have one of the most mature control plane implementations in the industry, an extremely flexible ROADM architecture and have introduced new state-of-the-art 100G transmission technologies – the right ingredients to provide efficiency, scalability and automation in the core of the network. We are proud to deliver agile core transport functionality with our FSP 3000 platform, addressing critical needs in the backbone networks of our customers."

The solution is expected to be commercially available in Q3 2011.

  • ADVA's FSP 3000 is a multi-service metro and regional transport platform supporting optical access, backhaul and wavelength services. It is also used for private enterprise networks over dark fiber. As a WDM system, it offers up to 80 protected wavelength carried over various topologies.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

AT&T Launches Location-based Shopping Alerts with Placecast

AT&T will begin offering a location-based, opt-in shopping alert service that delivers special offers to consumers via their mobile phones when they are near a participating store or brand. The service works by creating a "geo-fence" – a virtual-perimeter around a retail location, event, or any geographic area – in order to deliver appropriate location-specific messages. Participating consumers receive relevant marketing messages when they are inside a geo-fence.

The service will initially be available to AT&T customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. Initial sponsors will be HP, Kmart, JetBlue, SC Johnson, Kibbles 'n Bits, Nature's Recipe and the National Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign.

AT&T is working with Placecast, a start-up based in San Francisco and New York, to launch the service.

The companies said that messages can be enhanced with information such as weather, traffic, and local shopping area details to more effectively engage consumers.

"We are proud to take mobile marketing into the future with this unique offering that is being embraced by consumers and brands alike," said Greg McCastle, senior vice president of AT&T Advanced Ad Solutions. "ShopAlerts by AT&T enables brands/advertisers to help link consumer engagement with activation and ultimately to the point of sale."

"Kmart has embraced technology to enhance our customer's experience and maintain our value proposition," said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer of Kmart. "ShopAlerts allows us to deliver this value directly to our customers through innovative technology."
  • In May 2009, Alcatel-Lucent and 1020 Placecast, a start-up based in San Francisco specializing in location-based advertising, announced a partnership to launch a hosted location-based service for wireless network operators. As part of this service, 1020 Placecast leverages its unique ad engine to weave location information into highly relevant SMS or MMS messages delivered on an opt-in basis to mobile users. Alcatel-Lucent, leveraging its Geographic Messaging Services Platform (GMSP) as a hosted service, tracks opt-in subscribers' locations on behalf of the service provider and pushes mobile content to the subscriber when and where is appropriate - based on the advertising campaign developed and managed by the 1020 Placecast platform.

    Alcatel-Lucent's GMSP leverages algorithms developed at Bell Labs to create a "geo-fence" around a particular mobile user or physical location. This enables messages, promotions and ads to reach subscribers at the most appropriate time and place. When a mobile phone user crosses a given "fence," it triggers the delivery of an SMS text message or multimedia message that is relevant to that individual and that location, such as a promotion for a particular store, or the presence of a friend or associate in the area.

    The companies said their network service can support millions of subscribers tracked within millions of geo fences.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Golden Gate Capital Signs Acquisition Deal with Conexant

Gold Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital, has signed a definitive merger agreement with Conexant Systems. Gold Holdings will purchase all of the outstanding shares of Conexant common stock at a price of $2.40 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 2011.

Golden Gate Capital manages more than $9 billion in capital and has completed over 13 going-private transactions in the technology sector since its inception in 2000. The firm is based in San Francisco.

Deutsche Telekom's 2010 Revenue Increases 0.4%

Deutsche Telekom's net revenue for 2010 increased by 0.4 percent to EUR 62.4 billion excluding the UK. The company turned an adjusted net profit of EUR 3.4 billion, on a par with the 2009 figure. Unadjusted for special factors, net profit stood at EUR 1.7 billion, a substantial increase from EUR 0.4 billion in the previous year. Adjusted EBITDA was EUR 19.5 billion in the financial year just ended, matching the forecast made at the start of 2010 (excluding the deconsolidated T-Mobile UK that accounted for around EUR 0.5 billion). At EUR 6.5 billion, free cash flow was considerably higher than the EUR 6.2 billion originally expected.

Deutsche Telekom asserted that business in its home market of Germany was strong, with mobile Internet, smartphones, broadband lines and IPTV as the growth drivers.

Some highlights:

Cash capex totaled EUR 8.6 billion, around 7 percent less than in 2009.

Deutsche Telekom also invested an additional EUR 1.3 billion in new spectrum acquired in the frequency auction in Germany.

In Germany, Total revenue from the German mobile communications business was almost 2 percent up year-on-year at EUR 2.1 billion in the fourth quarter. Service revenues increased to an even larger extent, by 3.4 percent. Excluding the effects from the reduction in termination charges, service revenues increased by around 5 percent. The share of smartphones sold rose sharply, accounting for 50 percent of all terminal devices sold in the fourth quarter. This is more than 20 percentage points higher than in the prior-year quarter. The fastest-growing group by some margin was devices with the Android operating system.

At EUR 25.1 billion, total revenue from the German business was just slightly down on the prior year by 1.1 percent. However, in the fourth quarter of 2010, total revenue increased by 0.6 percent to EUR 6.4 billion. For the full year 2010, adjusted EBITDA remained stable at the prior-year level and amounted to EUR 9.6 billion.

Revenue in the fixed-network segment decreased by just 0.7 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared with around 3 to 6 percent in the preceding quarters.

In Greece, the economic downturn continued in the financial year under review, which also affected OTE's business, with double-digit percentage declines in revenue and earnings in the fourth quarter.

The number of broadband customers in the Europe segment increased by 12 percent in 2010 to a total of 4.6 million. The number of users of IPTV rose by more than 50 percent to 654,000. In mobile communications, the proportion of new contracts with smartphones doubled to more than 30 percent in the fourth quarter.

T-Mobile USA served 33.73 million customers (as defined in Note 3 to the Selected Data, below) at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, down from 33.76 million at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and 33.79 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009. In the fourth quarter of 2010, net customer losses were 23,000, compared to net additions of 137,000 in the third quarter of 2010 and 371,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009. Contract customers were the primary driver for the sequential and year-on-year change in net customers. Contract churn was 2.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from 2.4% in the third quarter of 2010 and consistent with the fourth quarter of 2009.

T-Systems saw continued revenue growth and a clear improvement in earnings in the fourth quarter. Total revenue increased by 3.8 percent year-on-year, 9 percent of which was driven by international business. Revenue generated outside the Group climbed by almost 6 percent, primarily due to increased demand for cloud services and growth in the systems integration business. Total revenue increased by 2.9 percent year-on-year to EUR 9.1 billion in 2010.

KDDI Debuts First WiMAX Phone in Japan

KDDI and Okinawa Cellular Telephone announced the "htc EVO WiMAX ISW11HT" -- the first WiMAX compatible Android smartphone for Japan.

KDDI said the handset allows up to 40Mbps data downlink speed. It also has "Wi-Fi tethering" function to serve as a wireless LAN router. Up to eight wireless LAN compatible devices such as portable game players and note PCs can be connected to the Internet. With Android 2.2, it offers comfortable maneuvering and viewing of Flash web pages.

KDDI offers server pricing plans, including a packet flat rate plan. "+WiMAX" monthly usage fee of 525 yen (including tax) is charged in the month where customer used WiMAX.

China Mobile Adds 5.2 Million in January 2011

China Mobile continues its rapid growth with addition of 5,263,000 users in January 2011, bringing its total customer base to 589,280,000. This compares to 5,115,000 additions in January 2010 and 4,378,000 in December 2010.

Telefónica's Grows 7% in 2010, Reaches 288 Million

Telefónica's global revenues grew 7.1% in 2010 to 60,737 million euros (+9.9% in 4Q), driven by Latin America (+13.3%) and Europe (+12.7%) and the growing contribution of its mobile data business (close to 9,300 million euros, +19.3% year-on-year organic growth). The number of access lines (mobile and fixed) also grew by 7.2% and the company now has 287.6 million accesses worldwide. In 2010, the Company registered organic net adds of 19.2 million accesses. In Spain, despite the fierce competitive environment, net adds in the last year were six times the gains registered in 2009 in comparable terms.

The company credits its regional diversification: Telefónica Latinoamérica and Telefónica Europe (not including its home market of Spain) represent 68% of the Group's consolidated revenue and generate over 60% of consolidated OIBDA.

Some additional highlights:

Telefónica now has 22.2 million mobile broadband clients (+63.9%), and 17.1 million retail fixed broadband internet accesses (+27%). In addition, as a result of the Group's bundling strategy, 89% of the retail fixed broadband accesses in Spain, and 86% of broadband accesses in Latin America form part of a duo or trio package.

Mobile accesses at the Telefónica Group stood at 220.2 million at the end of 2010, a year-on-year growth of 8.9% (both in organic and reported terms). Organic net additions reached 18.2 million in 2010 (1.3 times those recorded in 2009). The focus on high-value customers has been reflected in a significant increase in contract net additions compared to 2009: 53% of organic net additions corresponded to this segment, compared to 38% in 2009. This has left a total of 69.0 million contract customers (+15.9% year-on-year in organic terms), which represents over 31% of the Group's total mobile accesses (+3 percentage points year-on-year organic).

The strong adoption of mobile broadband services, together with the launch of new and more segmented price schemes has allowed the Group to increase its number of mobile broadband accesses to more than 22.2 million by the end of 2010 (+63.9% year-on-year). This represents a penetration over the total mobile access base of 10.1%, 3.4 percentage points higher than at December 2009.

Retail fixed broadband accesses reached a total of 17.1 million (+27.0% year-on-year in reported terms, +10.9% organic). Net additions picked up in the fourth quarter to reach 422 thousand accesses. In 2010, net additions stood at 3.6 million accesses (1.5 million in organic terms). Brazil was once again the driver of the Group's growth in this type of access, with Telesp registering 681 thousand net additions, a record-high figure in the Company's history.

Bundled voice, broadband, and television services remain key to Group strategy and especially to churn control. In Spain, 89% of retail fixed broadband accesses are bundled as part of either a dual or triple play offer, while in Latin America the figure stands at 86%.

The number of pay-TV accesses stood at 2.8 million in 2010, an 8.9% increase in organic terms on December 2009 (+12.0% reported). Fixed telephony accesses totaled 41.4 million, down 2.7% year-on-year in organic terms, although the rate of decrease was slower in the fourth quarter than in previous periods. In reported terms, the number of accesses rose 1.8%.

The average number of employees in 2010 was 269,047 (13,896 employees more than at December 2009), mainly due to the larger workforce at Atento. Excluding Atento, Telefónica Group's average workforce rose 2% year-on-year to 128,012.

At the close of 2010, OIBDA stood at 25,777 million euros, with year-on-year growth of 14% and an OIBDA margin of 42.4%. Operating cash flow stood at 14,933 million euros for the year.

Telefónica invested over 10,800 million euros in 2010, including the spectrum and license acquisitions carried out in Germany and Mexico. In Spain, despite the difficult economic climate, the company increased its investment by 8.4% to 2,021 million euros, consolidating its solid leadership position in the market and its commitment to the country.

FBI Tracks Growing Internet Crime Wave

In 2010,

the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received the second-highest number of complaints since its inception in 2000 and also marked a major milestone in receiving its its two-millionth complaint. On average,
IC3 receives and processes 25,000 complaints per month.

The most common victim complaints in 2010 were non-delivery of payment/merchandise,
scams impersonating the FBI (hereafter "FBI-related scams") and identity theft. Victims of these
crimes reported losing hundreds of millions of dollars. Of the 303,809 complaints received in 2010, IC3 referred 121,710 to law enforcement.

IC3 serves as a conduit for law enforcement to share information and pursue cases that often span jurisdictional boundaries. The 2010 report has just been posted online.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Verizon's Instant Results" LTE Commercial

DOCOMO Rolls out Three Mobile Devices for New BeeTV

NTT DOCOMO introduced three mobile devices:

The MEDIAS N-04C is the world's thinnest 3G smartphone, measuring just 7.7 mm, and weighs only 105 grams. It is equipped for popular services such as mobile wallet (Osaifu-Keitai) and One-Seg mobile digital terrestrial television, convenient infrared-based data exchange, etc.

The Xperia arc SO-01C is powered by Android 2.3 and will achieve a maximum downlink of 14 Mbps. It is the first handset compatible with DOCOMO's enhanced extra-high-speed downlink service, which is set to launch in HSDPA service areas this June.

The Optimus Pad L-06C is powered by the Android 3.0 operating system for tablet PCs. The model, which only weighs 620 grams, features a high-resolution 8.9-inch display and dynamic stereo speakers for "mobile-theater" experiences.

All three models are compatible with the BeeTV video distribution service for Android smartphones that will launch on March 24.

SandForce Debuts 2nd Gen SSD Processors

SandForce, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, released its second-generation SF-2200 and SF-2100 SSD Processors optimized for SSDs deployed in client computing applications.

The SandForce SF-2200 processors feature a 6 Gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) SATA host interface, a sustained sequential read/write performance of up to 500 Megabytes per second (MB/s), and its "DuraClass" technology. The SF-2100 processors feature a 3 Gb/s SATA host interface, read/write performance up to 250 MB/s, and the same DuraClass Technology.
  • In September 2010, Sandforce raised $25 million in Series D funding for its SSD (Solid State Drive) processors. SandForce's chips are designed to overcome data retention issues associated with NAND flash memory, making it possible to build SSDs that deliver unprecedented performance over the life of the drive with orders-of-magnitude higher reliability than enterprise-class HDDs (Hard Disk Drives). The new funding was led by Canaan Partners. Existing investors who also participated include DCM, Storm Ventures, Translink Capital, LSI Corporation & UMC Capital.

MetroPCS Reaches 8.1 Million Users

MetroPCS Communications ended 2010 with over 8.1 million subscribers. The Company reported full year net income of $193 million, or $0.54 per common share, which includes approximately $59 million in net charges and gains recognized on FCC license exchanges consummated during the year.

On a non-GAAP basis, excluding the loss on extinguishment of debt and gains on FCC license exchanges, net income would have been $252 million, or $0.70 per common share.

"We generated record full year net subscriber additions of over 1.5 million during 2010 and full year consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $1.18 billion; also a record for the Company. Introduced at the beginning of 2010, adoption of our Wireless for All service plans primarily drove these record results and also contributed to a 190bps decline in full year churn to 3.6%. Our focus on execution, combined with the success of our Wireless for All initiatives, drove approximately 23% year over year subscriber growth and 23% year over year consolidated Adjusted EBITDA growth. Importantly, over the past five years, we have generated impressive results with a CAGR of 29% subscriber growth and 31% Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA growth, both significant accomplishments for a wireless company," said Roger D. Linquist, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MetroPCS.

Chunghwa Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent for GPON

Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest telecommunications provider, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to build the country's first GPON. Commercial operation of the initial phase of Chunghwa's GPON network is set to commence by Q3 of 2011.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU) for the delivery of ultra-high-speed services to both residential and business users. The GPON platform will be complemented by the Alcatel-Lucent 5520 Access Management System (AMS) – Alcatel-Lucent's next-generation element management system that covers the entire ISAM product portfolio, encompassing DSL as well as fiber-based access. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide its professional services expertise – including software integration, as well as network management system installation and commissioning.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Grows 2.1% for 2010

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom's total consolidated revenue for the full year 2010 increased by 2.1% year-over-year to NT$202.49 billion, of which 44.0% was from the mobile business, 12.1% was from the Internet business, 34.9% was from the domestic fixed business, 7.7% was from the international fixed business, and the remainder was from others. Despite the National Communications Commission (NCC) tariff reduction that became effective from April 1, 2010, Chunghwa maintained its growth pattern, due mainly to an increase in mobile VAS, handset sales and internet services.

For the mobile business, total revenue for 2010 amounted to NT$89.04 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 2.9%, which was mainly due to growth in mobile VAS revenue relating to smartphone promotions and handset sales.

Chunghwa's Internet business revenue increased by 3.5% year-over-year to NT$24.48 billion in 2010, mainly attributable to growth in the number of broadband subscribers and the migration of ADSL subscribers to fiber solutions.

For 2010, domestic fixed revenue totaled NT$70.69 billion, representing a decrease of 1.1% year-over-year. Local and Domestic Long Distance (DLD) revenues decreased by 2.9% to NT$32.25 billion and 10.2% to NT$6.65 billion year-over-year, respectively. The decrease in local revenue was mainly due to mobile and VOIP substitution. The decrease in DLD revenue was also a result of mobile and VOIP substitution, as well as reflecting the mandated tariff reduction.

Broadband access revenue, including ADSL and FTTx, increased by 2.1% year-over-year to NT$20.32 billion. Although ADSL access revenue decreased as more ADSL subscribers migrated to fiber solutions, the decrease was fully offset by growth in FTTx access revenue.

International fixed revenue increased by 2.6% to NT$15.64 billion, primarily due to growth in leased line revenue.

France Telecom-Orange Reaches 209.6 Million Users

France Telecom-Orange was serving 209.6 million mobile and fixed access lines as of the end of 2010, up by 6% for the year. Consolidated revenues rose 0.6% in 2010, excluding regulatory effects, to 45.503
billion euros, with a second-half increase of 1.2% driven by all countries.

In its home market, the company captured an estimated 36% share of 4th quarter net additions in the ADSL market; and in mobile, its customer market share was 46.6%. However, margins slid -0.9 percentage points, reaching 34.4%, with a total restated EBITDA of 15.642 billion euros.

The company said it achieved many of its goals for 2010 as net debt was reduced, social factors inside the company were ameliorated, and the company's international presence was strengthened despite the turbulent economy.

France Telecom noted its recent alliance with Deutsche Telekom, saying it was looking at possible network sharing, a joint Wi-Fi network for offloading mobile traffic, and other project of joint interest. In a webcast conference, company executives also discussed an increased FTTH push in France as well as LTE rollout after mid-year 2012.

"The Group's strong performance in 2010 signals we are on the right track with our new business plan
Conquests 2015. Thanks to the collective commitment of all our colleagues we have restored both energy and
ambition to our commercial offering while also meeting all our financial objectives.
"For example in France our quadruple play offer, Open, met with great success and as a result our share of
new ADSL subscriber wins," stated France Telecom CEO Stéphane Richard.

Some highlights:

  • Mobile services customers reached 150.4 million at 31 December 2010 (excluding MVNO customers), for year on-year growth of 9.1% and 12.5 million net additions in the period. The majority of this growth was in Africa
    and the Middle East, where total customers reached 59.0 million at 31 December 2010, up 23.1% year on year
    (+11.1 million net additions). France added 595,000 customers, reaching 26.9 million customers at 31
    December 2010, a 2.3% increase. The customer base in Poland grew significantly, with 618,000 additional
    customers in 2010, and Armenia continued to grow rapidly, with 403,000 additional customers for the year.
    The Group added 3.2 million contract customers, bringing the total to 51.2 million with year-on-year growth of
    6.6%, led by the success of smartphones.

  • Fixed broadband services customers totaled 13.7 million at 31 December 2010, for a year-on-year increase of 3.4%
    and 455,000 additional customers, of which 274,000 in France and 188,000 in Africa and the Middle East (Egypt,
    Tunisia, Jordan and Senegal). The share of net additions in France grew significantly for the second consecutive
    4 New operations in Africa: Kenya, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Central African Republic and Uganda.
    6 quarter thanks to new offers and strengthened sales activities, with an estimated 36.0% share in the 4th quarter
    versus 28.2% in the 3rd quarter.

  • Digital TV (IPTV and satellite) customer increased notably, with 4.1 million subscribers in Europe at 31 December 2010, a 28% increase (902,000 additional customers), primarily in France and Poland.

  • Revenues in France rose 0.8% in 2010, with the second half (+1.3%) marked by very strong sales of mobile
    services (+6.9%) led by data services and handset sales, and the rebound of ADSL continuing in the 4th
    quarter, with the share of net additions improving significantly for the second consecutive quarter to an
    estimated 36.0%, after reaching 28.2% in the 3rd quarter;

  • in Spain, the improvement seen in the previous quarters continued, producing annual growth of 2.8%, due to
    steady growth in mobile services (+3.6% for the year) and improvement in fixed services sales, which were up
    1.9% in the 2nd half;

  • in Poland, the success of segmented offers in mobile services resulted in renewed growth of the customer base
    (+4.5% at 31 December 2010) and a 4.3% increase in revenues in the second half ;

  • in the Rest of World segment, Africa and the Middle East (excluding Egypt) showed continued strong growth at
    +8.8% for the year, with new operations in Africa4 up sharply (+37%); Europe rose 0.9% for the year on continued
    strong growth in Belgium (+5.6%), while Romania showed improvement (-7.8%) after the sharp downturn in the
    previous year (-16.7%);

  • the Business segment's downturn in revenues was limited to 3.6% in the 2nd half on improved services sales
    (deployment of service platforms and solutions) and the rebound in network equipment sales.

Intel's Thunderbolt offers Two 10 Gbps Bi-Directional Channels

Intel unveiled its Thunderbolt, a new high-speed PC connection technology that is featured on Apple's new line of MacBook Pro notebooks and a coming wave of higher performance peripherals.

Thunderbolt (formerly codenamed Light Peak) combines high-speed data transfer and HD video connections over a single cable. Thunderbolt uses two communications protocols -- PCI Express for data transfer and DisplayPort for displays. It can support two 10 Gbps bi-directional channels for a total throughput of 40 Gbps.

DisplayPort can drive greater than 1080p resolution displays and up to eight channels of audio simultaneously. Thunderbolt technology is compatible with existing DisplayPort displays and adapters. All Thunderbolt technology devices share a common connector and can be daisy chained.

Initially, Thunderbolt uses copper cables with a reach of 3 meters. It provides up to 10W of power. Intel also plans to introduce fiber-based Thunderbolt connectors, and these are expected to support distances of tens-of-meters.

Unlike with USB, Thunderbold is a proprietary technology and Intel is the only silicon vendor supplying the controller chip for Thunberbolt. Intel said it will continue to support USB 3.0, which offers peak connection speeds of 4.8 Gbps. Thunderbolt is expected to appeal to HD media enthusiasts.

Intel said it expects a range of Thunderbolt technology-enabled products will come to market, including computers, displays, storage devices, audio/video devices, cameras, docking stations, etc. Companies that announced Thunderbolt technology-based products are Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise, and Western Digital.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CTIA WIRELESS 2012 Show Set for New Orleans on May 8 - 10

The International CTIA WIRELESS 2012 show has been booked for May 8 – 10 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year's event, which is expected to host 40,000 attendees, is slated for March 22-24, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Broadcom Debuts First Dual-Port 10GBASE-T Adapter with Full Offload

Broadcom unveiled the first dual-port 10GBASE-T adapter with full offload capabilities. The PCI Express adapter supports both networking and storage traffic over a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connection.

Based on Broadcom's proven BCM57712 MAC and BCM84823 PHY components, the new 10GBASET adapter is the first technology to bring full offload capabilities to 10GbE and the first to integrate TCP/IP and iSCSI offload on a 10GBASE-T medium. Tight integration between the MAC and PHY layers and end-to-end interaction between the server and switch provides optimized performance and flexibility.

Huawei Prevails in IPR Case Against NSN

The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a preliminary injunction in favor of Huawei that prevents Motorola from transferring Huawei's confidential information to Nokia Siemens Networks. The order also requires Motorola to hire a qualified third party to ensure Huawei's confidential information is securely removed, and also allows Huawei to audit NSN's record of service it performs on Motorola-branded system that include Huawei products.

Huawei said its is pleased with the court's decision and that this legal episode gives it confidence to increase its investments in the U.S.

France Telecom Confirms Stephane Richard As Chairman and CEO

The Board of Directors of France Telecom formally confirmed Stephane Richard to the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 March 2011. He replaces Didier Lombard, who has served in these roles since 2005.

Stéphane Richard, 48, graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA). In January 2003, Stéphane Richard was appointed as Executive Vice President of Veolia Environnement and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Transport. From May 2007 to June 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff for the French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment. Until 2007, he was a board member at France Télécom SA, UGC SA and Nexity SA.

Juniper's QFabric Scales the Data Center

Juniper Networks unveiled its QFabric architecture for collapsing multilayer data center infrastructure into a single, any-to-any fabric that unifies networking, storage and cloud computing resources.

QFabric, which is the result of the company's three-year, $100 million "Project Stratus," is composed of three components that create a high-performance, low latency fabric. The QF/Node acts as the distributed decision engine of the fabric; the QF/Interconnect is the high speed transport device; and the QF/Director delivers a common window, controlling all devices as one. The architecture breaks new grounds in its data plane, control plane and management structure. It also leverages custom 40nm ASICs to achieve extremely low latencies.

Initially, QFabric scales to 6,000 network nodes, allowing any network interface within the network to connect to any other interface in a single hop. Juniper achieves this 6,000 port switching fabric by decoupling the line cards on the central fabric and moving them out into the network using dual-homed fiber connections. The entire 6,000 node network is a single switch and can be managed as such.

Juniper believes that collapsing the traditional three-layer network down to a single, high-performance layer, will deliver exponential improvements in data center speed, scale and efficiency. The company calculates that the QFabric architecture is up to ten times faster, uses 77 percent less power, requires 27 percent fewer networking devices, occupies 90 percent less data center floor space, and delivers a nine fold reduction in operating resources than the nearest competitive offering.

"Data center compute and storage technologies have advanced over the last decade, and the legacy approach to networking has not kept pace," said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks. "As cloud computing and the mobile internet accelerate, demand is intensifying for a quantum leap forward in data center capabilities. With QFabric, Juniper is transforming data center economics by introducing the only network fabric that is able to eliminate multiple layers of cost and complexity."

The first product in the QFabric set is a top-of-rack QFX3500 switch, which is now commercially available. It is also capable of operating as a stand-alone 64-port 10Gigabit Ethernet switch with FCoE and Fiber Channel gateway functionality. The QFX3500 offers the fastest unicast and multicast performance in the industry. The QF/Interconnect and QF/Director will be available for order in Q3.

The New York Stock Exchange has committed to teh QFabric architecture.

Additional Juniper partners include IBM, NetApp, CA Technologies and VMware.
  • In May 2010, Juniper Networks outlined its new "3-2-1" data center network architecture aimed at improving latency, increasing density, boosting security, lowering power requirement and simplifying management. Juniper outlined a plan to leverage a "Virtual Chassis" fabric technology to reduce from three to two layers, and then collapse to one layer via Juniper's "Project Stratus" fabric in the future. Data centers typically have access, aggregation and core switching layers. Juniper currently collapses the aggregation and core layers into a single switch. The Virtual Chassis creates a single, logical switching fabric across multiple racks in the data center, so that a pool of compute resources can be more effectively virtualized. Juniper estimates that its Virtual Chassis will let administrators move virtual machines between 10x faster than current approaches. Ultimately, Juniper's Project Stratus seeks to collapse data center switching into a single, logical layer linking potentially thousands of servers.

Verizon Wireless to Offer Public Safety Roaming over its LTE Network

Motorola Solutions and Verizon Wireless have formed and an alliance focused on mobile broadband for public safety customers across the United States. The alliance allows public safety agencies to supplement their mission critical core platforms with the rich media services and the increased capacity and coverage of Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network. This will allow first responders who travel off of the Public Safety LTE network, to have interoperability and secure roaming onto the Verizon Wireless public LTE network.

The companies said they will offer public safety agencies access to real-time management and control, enhanced nationwide roaming, and site sharing of existing mobile broadband sites for rapid deployment and economies of scale.

Motorola Public Safety LTE devices will be tested, pre-certified and pre-registered by Motorola Solutions
and Verizon Wireless to provide reliable interoperability between an agency-owned Public Safety LTE system and
the nationwide Verizon Wireless network.

"We are committed to investing in the development of critical innovations -- based on a fully standards-compliant LTE architecture -- to offer economies of scale and meet the unique public safety functionality requirements. Motorola Solutions' Public Safety LTE solution includes innovative multiband LTE devices and real-time device management and control. When combined with the extensive network coverage and site sharing offered through Verizon Wireless, we'll deliver an incomparable solution which will bring tremendous benefits to the public safety community including interoperability and secure public/private roaming," stated Bob Schassler, senior vice president, Radio Solutions, Motorola Solutions.

"Verizon Wireless' advanced wireless networks will complement Motorola's private network solution to help public safety agencies run their operations more efficiently and effectively. The advanced capabilities of 4G LTE, which Verizon Wireless is aggressively deploying across the United States, will allow agencies to leverage more applications and rich media services that were previously unavailable or too cost-prohibitive to implement in a wireless environment. 4G LTE brings a true mobile broadband experience to these public safety agencies -- and allows them to do the same type of work inside a police cruiser as they currently do in an office," said Mike Lanman, president, enterprise and government markets, Verizon Wireless

  • In his recently announced National Broadband Initiative, President Obama called for an investment of $10.7 billion for public safety networking. This would consist of $3.2 billion to reallocate the "D Block" (which is a band of spectrum that would be reserved and prioritized for public safety and not auctioned as called for under existing law); $7 billion to support the deployment of this network; and $500 million from the WIN Fund for R&D and technological development to tailor the network to meet public safety requirements.

  • In January 2011, the FCC adopted new rules that requires all 700 MHz public safety mobile broadband networks to use a common air interface, specifically LTE, to support roaming and interoperable communications. The action builds on the technical requirements that state and local 700 MHz broadband waiver recipients are already subject to in the early buildout of their regional public safety broadband networks. The FCC is also seeking public comment on additional rules to enable nationwide interoperability.

  • In November 2010, Motorola demonstrated live over-the-air (OTA) broadband video in the 700MHz Public Safety spectrum band. The exercise, which was conducted at the 2010 Motorola Digital Users Group Conference, showcased a compact USB device based on commercial silicon supporting the Band Class 14 Public Safety spectrum band. The demonstration also highlighted dynamic prioritization and preemption for safeguarding LTE capacity for critical resources during an emergency response.

    Motorola's portfolio of LTE devices will include portable data adaptors, vehicular modems and multimedia handhelds among others. Motorola has also developed real-time video intelligence that adjusts video to best match real-time wireless LTE bandwidth capabilities with the device screen size.

3 Minute Video: Rethinking Data Center Switching


Andy Ingram discusses key innovations behind Juniper's QFabric

Calix Completes Acquisition of Occam Networks

Calix completed its previously-announced acquisition of Occam Networks. The merger consolidates two leading suppliers of broadband access equipment in the North American market.

The combined company claims over 900 customers globally, including 72% of the U.S. local exchange carriers. It has over 600 fiber access customers and 400 commercial video customers. It is also a major player in Broadband Stimulus projects.

"The combination of Occam and Calix can be summed up in one word: Acceleration," said Carl Russo, president and chief executive officer of Calix. "By combining Occam Networks' expertise in IP and Ethernet, Calix's strength in fiber access, and both companies' experience in copper access, we believe this merger will accelerate our pace of innovation within the now expanded Calix Unified Access portfolio. We expect that our innovation will in turn accelerate our customers' ability to meet the emerging needs of the broadband subscriber, while also making communications service providers more efficient. We are extremely excited about this combination, and look forward to extending a warm welcome to the hundreds of new customers who are now joining the Calix family."

Blue Coat: Social Networking Becomes Malware Vector

Social networking has become a leading source of malware, according to a newly released 2011 Blue Coat Web Security Report. In particular, social network phishing and click-jacking attacks were the two most common types of attacks through social networks in 2010.

Blue Coat said this shift of phishing attacks to social networks is particularly driven by the attempt to obtain user credentials that can also provide access to banking, financial and other online accounts that use shared passwords.

"Today, dynamic Web links are the most powerful tool cybercrime has, and static Web ratings that require update cycles are too slow when the bad guys can harvest users within minutes," said Steve Daheb, chief marketing officer and senior vice president at Blue Coat Systems.

Blue Coat develops its security reports by analyzing data from its WebPulse service, which weekly rates nearly three billion requests in real-time, to provide a comprehensive overview of the changing ways in which people are using the Internet and the new methods cybercrime is using to target their attacks.


Vertical Systems: Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard

The leading global providers of Ethernet services are Orange (France), Colt (U.K.), Verizon (U.S.), NTT (Japan), AT&T (U.S.) and Global Crossing (U.S.), according to Vertical Systems' bi-annual Global Provider Leaderboard. The report ranks companies with four percent or more of retail Business Ethernet ports installed at sites outside of the provider's primary home country.

Key results of Vertical's latest Global Provider share analysis:

  • The Global Provider Leaderboard expanded to a total of six companies in 2010, up from five at the end of 2009.

  • Global Crossing joined the Leaderboard for the first time in 2010 at the number six position.

  • Use of Ethernet Exchanges for multinational enterprise connections was negligible in 2010.

  • Companies not represented on the Leaderboard account for 47% of total Ethernet ports delivered by Global Providers in 2010.

    "Enterprises that depend on global IP/MPLS VPNs are hitting the bandwidth limits of T1/E1 connections. Global Ethernet providers are responding with E-Access services that provide native Ethernet access to IP/MPLS VPNs at speeds ranging up to 100 Mbps and higher," said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "During 2010, many Ethernet service providers expanded their metro fiber footprints, both domestically and out-of-county. What sets the Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard companies apart is first, their commitment to the multinational business market, and second, the rollout of Layer 2/Layer 3 connection capabilities across all country markets served."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Facing Govt Opposition, Huawei Drops Bid for 3Leaf Systems

Huawei reportedly has abandoned its bid to acquire 3Leaf Systems, a former U.S.-based supplier of enterprise data center technology. Last week, the Department of Commerce's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ruled against the acquisition on national security grounds. Huawei had originally bid to acquire the intellectual property of the bankrupt 3Leaf Systems last May, but objections were later raised and the company was blocked from transferring the intellectual property.
  • In August 2010, a group of eight U.S. senators published a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper to raise their concern Huawei Technologies as a potential supplier to Sprint Nextel. Specifically, the senators claim that Huawei maintains close ties with China's military and poses a national security risk to the United States.

NTT Data Acquires Singapore's Cornerstone Asia Tech Pte.

NTT Data will acquire Singapore-based Cornerstone Asia Tech Pte., which specializes in providing business intelligence (BI) / business analytics (BA) consulting services and IT solutions in Southeast Asia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent Uses Smartphones for 4G Packet Data Diagnostics

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a Smartphone Wireless Network Analyzer Methodology (SWNAM) that gathers and analyzes 4G packet data to provide an instant picture of network activity. Essentially, SWNAM turns a smartphone into a remote monitor for identifying and reporting packet loss and other issues which impact service quality, while aggregating it into a central data correlation tool.

SWNAM monitors the network from the smart-phone user's view -- from the outside, looking in -- as opposed to the traditional approach which is to only monitor diagnostic data from inside the network core, looking out towards the end user. Alcatel-Lucent said this allows operators to proactively collect critically needed diagnostic data to detect, troubleshoot and resolve any problems which compromise the service experience.

Verizon Wireless Employs Tektronix for LTE Monitoring

Verizon Wireless is using Tektronix Communications' Iris suite of solutions to support the monitoring of its LTE services. The system will provide deep, end-to-end visibility into the LTE network and service performance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tektronix's Iris suite provides real-time and historical information for service troubleshooting and performance monitoring needs. Key elements include:

  • GeoProbe G10 a high-speed, high-density 10GE probe that features a distributed architecture optimized to handle high -bandwidth IP traffic.

  • Iris Analyzer toolset -- Includes Iris Protocol Analyzer (PA), Iris Session Analyzer (ISA) and Iris Traffic Analyzer (ITA), which provides L2 to L7 troubleshooting by characterizing IP traffic by links, applications and servers.

  • IrisView -- Easy-to-use, configurable software framework that provides a single, integrated platform for all applications, including feeds to customer experience management (CEM) systems and third party OSS, BSS applications.

  • Iris Performance Intelligence -- Provides end-to-end analysis and reporting capabilities coupled with a flexible and powerful KPI/KQI modeling engine that allows operators to better link desired business outcomes to events that occur at the network level.

HP Aligns with Mformation for Mobile Device Management

Mformation Technologies, which develops mobile device management (MDM) solutions, has expanded its relationship with HP and is now HP's preferred MDM solution provider. The expanded cooperation between Mformation and HP covers the complete end-to-end needs of mobile operators and enterprises for the management of mobile devices and services.

HP is now offering a cloud-based solution for enterprise MDM. The companies are now expanding their MDM solution set for both cloud-based and in-network deployments, targeting both service providers and enterprises. The two companies plan to promote solution offerings worldwide, leveraging deployments in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mformation and HP will address opportunities in high-growth markets such as the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

LightSquared Raises $586 Million for its LTE+Satellite Rollout

which is building a wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network across the U.S., closed on $586 million of debt, led by UBS AG and JP Morgan. The company said the funding will be used for general corporate purposes, which include constructing its LTE-wholesale network. Over the last seven months, LightSquared has raised more than $2 billion in debt and equity.

"We're excited about our prospects of bringing the next generation of mobile broadband to millions of Americans, fulfilling the promise of the National Broadband Plan using exclusively private money," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chief executive officer of LightSquared. "Our investors share our belief that now is the time for a wholesale model to succeed, as we will bring desperately-needed 4G capacity to businesses, consumers, government and public safety users through a wide variety of retail partners which will sell services based on our integrated terrestrial and satellite network. "

  • Earlier this month, LightSquared crossed another milestone in its bid to launch a nationwide, wholesale-only, integrated wireless broadband and satellite network. The company has completed post launch testing and acceptance of the SkyTerra 1 satellite and Space-Based Network (SBN) from Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems.

Interoute Acquires KPN's Dark Fibre Network in Germany

Interoute Communications has acquired KPN's 3,600 km dark fibre network in Germany linking the main commercial hubs of Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, as well as six additional cities including, Dusseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Kehl. The 3,600 kilometer dark fibre network comprises 2 ducts, 96 fibre pairs and 27 ILAs. As part of the deal, KPN will lease back 4 to 5 fibre pairs from Interoute to support KPN customers in Germany. In addition, Interoute will acquire KPN's existing fibre customers.

The deal adds resiliency, diversity and density to Interoute's existing facilities, which are already among Europe's most advanced and densely connected voice and data network.

Gareth Williams, Interoute CEO, commented, "We are constantly looking at ways to enhance our network, extending its reach and technical prowess. By acquiring a network that takes a different path through Germany, we've not only added an extra layer of network resilience at a pivotal position within Europe, but we've doubled our network size in Germany."

TI and MIT Research Ultra Low Power 28nm Mobile Processors

Texas Instruments and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a joint research paper detailing design methodologies for a 28-nanometer (nm) mobile applications processor.

The paper, which was presented at the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), demonstrates that a DSP is capable of scaling from high-performance mode at 1.0 volts down to an ultra-low power (ULP) mode at 0.6 volts (V). This DSP is one of the first system-level, low voltage, 28nm designs for the mobile device market, demonstrating TI's continued commitment to enabling lower power and extended battery life in mobile devices running advanced applications.

"As the multimedia and computing capabilities of TI's OMAP platform-based smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices increase, there is a continually expanding gap between performance demands and battery capacity," said Gordon Gammie, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at TI and ISSCC presenter. "TI believes that 28nm process technology advancements, developed in tandem with TI and MIT's low power circuit and methodology collaboration, gives us the right knowledge base to successfully meet the next-generation processing demands within the future mobile power envelope."

Cisco Names Gary Moore Chief Operating Officer

Cisco announced the appointment of Gary Moore as Chief Operating Officer, a new position within Cisco, reporting to John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco. Moore will assume responsibility for engineering, marketing, operations and services organizations. Moore will be responsible for the alignment and prioritization of company investments and ensuring operational excellence across the company.

Prior to this appointment, Moore was responsible for leading the overall strategy and execution for Cisco Services. In that role, his team of over 10,000 employees was comprised of subject matter experts and consultants who help customers' businesses work smarter. Services at Cisco have an annualized revenue run rate of more than $8 billion.

Moore joined Cisco in 2001 from the network consulting company Netigy Corporation, where as CEO he expanded the business globally through 22 months of continuous revenue growth. Before Netigy, he had a 26-year career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), where he held a number of executive positions.

Amazon Launches Unlimited Movie Streaming Service

Amazon began offering an unlimited movie streaming service to U.S. customers who enroll as Amazon Prime members. For a $79 annual fee, members get on-demand streaming from a library of several thousand films and TV shows to Internet-enabled Blu-ray players or TV sets. They also get free 2-day shipping for physical goods purchased at Although Amazon's catalog of on-demand titles is smaller, the new service is seen as competition to Netflix's subscription-based streaming model.

Germany's Amprion Selects ECI for Next-Gen Evolution and Smart Grid Optimization

Amprion, an ultra-high voltage grid operator in Germany, has chosen ECI Telecom's BroadGate solutions to support its energy mission-critical operations.

The rollout includes BroadGate All-Native Packet Optical Transport (BG) family, including several hundred BG-64 platform. The BG-64 is a compact, all-native packet optical transport platform offering native support of both TDM and Ethernet, reduced footprint, minimized power consumption, and optimized operational expenses. The BG-64 also supports the specific requirements of utilities with strict reliability and resilience features necessary to support mission critical operations.

ECI is working on this project with 3M Services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Amprion is Germany's largest , servicing more than 27 million customers over 11,000 kilometers of ultra-high voltage lines.

Conexant Gets Higher Bid from Golden Gate Capital

Conexant Systems received a revised written proposal from an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Conexant common stock at a price of $2.40 per share in cash.

On January 9, 2011, Standard Microsystems Corporation (SMSC) offered to acquire each share of Conexant common stock $1.125 in cash and a fraction of a share of SMSC common stock equal to $1.125 divided by the volume weighted average price of SMSC common stock for the 20 trading days ending on the second trading day prior to closing, but in no event more than 0.04264 nor less than 0.03489 shares of SMSC common stock.

Conexant's board of directors, in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, determined that the Revised Proposal is a "Superior Proposal" as such term is defined in the SMSC Agreement. Conexant notified SMSC of its determination on February 21, 2011. SMSC now has four days to respond with a follow-up offer.

Juniper and NSN Announce Carrier Ethernet Transport 2.0

Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper Networks, which established a joint venture last year, announced Carrier Ethernet Transport 2.0 (CET), an updated architecture for delivering business and residential services as well as fiber mobile backhaul over the same network.

CET 2.0 includes two new Ethernet access switches, which are Nokia Siemens Networks' A-Series 1200 and 1210, offering higher capacity and lower cost to the Ethernet access network. It also includes new features for Nokia Siemens Networks' ASPEN network management system. ASPEN has also added a Connection Analyzer, which tracks performance and enables fault isolation, enabling the service provider to monitor performance and availability according to the service level agreements. In addition, it features alarm management capabilities that are unique to the packet based networks.

"Service providers worldwide are facing huge pressure to balance capacity and cost in their networks. Our joint solution is significantly lowering cost and simplifying the overall service management for carrier Ethernet," said Dror Nemirovsky, head of packet networks business at Nokia Siemens Networks."

Dell'Oro: Optical Transport Market Exceeded $12 Billion in 2010

Worldwide optical market revenues grew to over $12 billion in 2010 due to a robust market demand for DWDM systems in both metro and core applications, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group. The report shows that the market leaders in DWDM and 40/100 Gbps wavelengths during 2010 and the fourth quarter were Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, and Huawei. The majority of 40 Gbps wavelengths shipped in 2010 were DQPSK line cards, followed by DPSK, and then coherent DP-QPSK.

"Demand for DWDM systems exceeded our expectations for the year," said Jimmy Yu, Sr. Director of Optical Transport research at Dell'Oro Group. "In particular, the growth of 40 and 100 Gbps DWDM wavelength or line card shipments was far greater than what we expected. In 2010, 40/100 Gbps wavelength shipments grew more than 160 percent. By the fourth quarter, these high speed wavelengths contributed over 25 percent of total DWDM market revenues, and over 40 percent of long haul market revenues. We forecast this trend to continue in 2011," added Mr. Yu.

Europe India Gateway Submarine Cable Ready for Service

The Europe India Gateway Submarine Cable, a new international fibre optic submarine cable system that links the United Kingdom, Bude, with Gibraltar, Portugal, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and India, is ready to enter service along certain segments.

EIG will offer up to 3.84 terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity along a key route connecting Europe with India via the Mediterranean Sea. The $700 million high-capacity fiber-optic cable is described as one of the most advanced submarine cable systems in the world.

The EIG Consortium formally accepted delivery of more than 11,300 kilometers (7,021 miles) of the total 15,000 km (9,320 miles) EIG cable system. The accepted cable system routes are: London to Bude, U.K.; Bude to Portugal to Gibraltar to Monaco to Libya; Monaco to Marseille, France; and Saudi Arabia to Djibouti to Oman to United Arab Emirates to India. The group also accepted 11 of 13 cable landing stations. The only remaining segment to be completed for the EIG is in Egypt where there are two landing sites.

Verizon announced plans to extend its global mesh architecture to this cable.

"With the increasing demand for our strategic services and IP-based solutions, this EIG cable system is critical to support our customers' high-bandwidth communication needs," said Ihab Tarazi, Verizon vice president of global network planning. "This cable activation also shows our customers our strong network investment commitment around the globe. Virtually anywhere our Verizon enterprise customers do business in the world, they can count on us to use our outstanding network capabilities to deliver their communications solutions."

The EIG Consortium members are: AT&T; Bharti airtel; BT; Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.; Cable&Wireless Worldwide; Djibouti Telecom; du; Gibtelecom; Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company; MTN Group; Omantel; PT Comunicacoes, S.A.; Saudi Telecom Company; Telecom Egypt; Telkom SA Ltd; and Verizon.

The suppliers for the EIG cable system are Alcatel-Lucent and Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (TE SubCom).http://www.verizon.com

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dell'Oro Ups Forecast for 10 Gbps Ethernet Controllers and Adapters

Sales of 10 Gbps Ethernet controllers and adapters rose 57 percent versus the year ago quarter, to just under $100 million during the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the Dell'Oro Group. The Controller and Adapter report, which tracks sales and shipment performance of the top 9 manufacturers, reflects how the 10 Gbps LOM market is transitioning, particularly as Hewlett-Packard shifts its blade server business from Broadcom to Emulex.

"What really took us by surprise was the strength in network adapters rather than LAN on Motherboard, or LOM," said Tam Dell'Oro, President of Dell'Oro Group. "Intel and Solarflare just about doubled their adapter shipments quarter-over-quarter, while Emulex's were up over 60 percent, and all this is on the older generation servers that support 50 Gbps of in/out throughput. What do you suppose will happen when the next generation servers with over 100 Gbps of throughput start shipping?" added Dell'Oro.

CSR to Acquire Zoran - Combining Connectivity with Imaging

CSR has agreed to acquire Zoran Corporation in a deal valued at US$679 million. This represents a premium of about 39% over Zoran's closing price on 18 February 2011.

CSR, based in Cambridge, England, is a leading global provider of personal wireless technology and its product portfolio covers Bluetooth, GPS, FM and Wi-Fi. As at 1 February 2011, it employed approximately 1,500 people and in the year to 31 December 2010 generated gross profits of US$376.6 million on revenues of US$800.6 million.

Zoran, which is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, provides imaging and video technology for digital camera, home entertainment and multifunction printer products. In 2010, Zoran had total pro forma revenues of $441 million. The company has about 1,550 employees.

The companies said their merger will enable them to supply differentiated, integrated technology that addresses the rapidly growing market for connected, location-aware multimedia devices including handsets, digital cameras and home entertainment equipment. The companies are anticipating new growth opportunities within global consumer markets, such as Internet enabled, location-aware digital cameras and the next generation of home entertainment products and peripherals.

Arbor Issues Middle East Internet Scorecard

Arbor Networks published an analysis of Internet traffic volumes for several Middle Eastern nations last week. Arbor uses real-time data from the 110 Internet providers around the world to identify possible ongoing Internet traffic manipulation in Middle East countries with active protest movements. In a blog posting, Arbor's Craig Labovitz observes that the sudden drop in traffic in some countries with on-going protests is more likely caused by regime filtering rather than broken circuits.

Infonetics: Carrier Ethernet Switch and IP Router Market Grow 21% in 2010

The carrier Ethernet switch and IP router market grew 20.5% to $12.8 billion in 2010 over 2009, led by North America, according to a new report from Infonetics. In 4Q10, sales of IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet switches are up 15.2% from the previous quarter, and up 23.4% from the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile, multiservice ATM switches continued their inevitable decline, down 48% to $308 million in 2010. Cisco increased its worldwide IP router and carrier Ethernet switch revenue 21.6% in 2010, pushing their 2010 market share to 42.5%.

Significantly, Infonetics noted that Alcatel-Lucent climbed to No.2 in the IP router market.

"Alcatel-Lucent has been steadily taking IP router market share for the past 3 years, to the point that, even though they only play in the edge router segment, they are now #2 worldwide in the total IP edge and core router market. ALU had its best-ever quarter in IP edge routers, with revenue up 56% sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2010, pushing them above Juniper, which also posted solid growth," notes Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Huawei Signs LTE Deal with Etisalat

Etisalat has awarded an LTE supply contract to Huawei for its network rollout in the UAE. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mr. Marwan Zawaydeh, Chief Technology & Information Officer, at Etisalat, commented: "In line with Etisalat's commitment to elevate our customers' broadband experience in the UAE, we are pleased to have selected Huawei as the strategic partner to build the new nationwide LTE network. The advanced technology will deliver a better surfing experience, higher resolution on streamed mobile content and improved interactivity along with other wireless applications which require high bandwidth requirements."