Monday, October 31, 2011

JDSU Reports Sales of $420.8 million, Impact from Thai Flood

JDSU reported quarterly sales of $420.8 million and net loss was $(5.8) million, or $(0.03) per share. This compares to net revenue of $471.8 million and net income of $9.3 million, or $0.04 per share for the prior quarter, and net revenue of $405.2 million and net income of $0.1 million, or breakeven earnings per share for the same period last year.


Communications Test and Measurement revenue of $185.2 million decreased by 12.4% compared to the prior quarter and increased 1.3% compared to the same period last year. Revenue from this segment represented 44.0% of total net revenue.


Communications and Commercial Optical Products revenue of $180.3 million decreased 10.9% compared to the prior quarter and increased 7.3% compared to the same period last year. Revenue from this segment represented 42.8% of total net revenue. �


Advanced Optical Technologies revenue of $55.6 million decreased 5.3% compared to the prior quarter and decreased 8.1% compared to the same period last year. Revenue from this segment represented 13.2% of total net revenue.


For the current quarter ending December 31, 2011, the company expects non-GAAP net revenue to be in the range of $375 to $405 million, lowered by $35-$45 million due to the flooding in Thailand.


“I am very pleased with our operating results during this period of macroeconomic uncertainty,�? said Tom Waechter, JDSU's President and Chief Executive Officer. “Although revenue levels are being restricted by these global headwinds, the mix of our highly innovative and differentiated products continues to grow with a favorable impact on gross margin. This combined with strong cost controls allowed us to significantly exceed expectations for operating margins. I am also happy to announce that all JDSU, Thailand employees are safe from the flooding in southern Thailand and we have added additional employees there to help meet our customer's needs as best as possible under these difficult conditions.�?http://www.jdsu.com

Zayo to Deploy Cyan Z-Series P-OTS in Manhattan

Zayo has selected the Cyan Z-Series platform for an upgrade to its Manhattan n network. The deployment will enable Zayo to offer more advanced Ethernet and wavelength services to financial institutions as well as wholesale packet services to large carriers and wireless operators.


The Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP) has been deployed in multiple Zayo markets over the past two years -- demonstrating carrier class reliability, scalable Ethernet services, along with valuable service management and SLA reporting capability in the Cyan360 Software portfolio. Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.zayo.com http://www.cyaninc.com

Mindspeed Introduces Comcerto Processor for Connected Homes

Mindspeed Technologies has extended its line of Comcerto 1000 SoC processors with a new device aimed at Service Offload Platform (SOP) boxes for the connected home. Mindspeed said SOP will make it possible for service providers to deliver value-added connected home applications without requiring the installation of enhanced set-top boxes (STBs) or multi-function broadband home routers (BHRs).


Mindspeed's single-core M83160 and dual-core M83240 processors are the first in a family of Comcerto 1000S application-specific SoC processors optimized for the cost, speed, bandwidth and compact footprint that are required for powering this new type of CPE hardware. SOP Boxes are expected to be roughly the same size as an external hard drive. Key features will include dual-core redundancy to ensure mission-critical service reliability, and both IPSec and secure sockets layer (SSL) hardware encryption to support secure transfer of user and usage information. ,The boxes will also feature an Ethernet connection to the router and a number of USB ports to accommodate various application client devices. The Comcerto 1000S processors will be supported by Mindspeed's OpenMind ecosystem, which includes a complete OSGi and Java application-development framework to speed SOP Box development for a wide range of connected home applications.
http://www.mindspeed.com

Calxeda Unveils ARM-based “EnergyCore�? Server-on-a-Chip

Calxeda, a start-up based in Austin, Texas, unveiled its ARM-based “EnergyCore�? Server-on-a-Chip designed for a new generation of high-density servers. HP is using the processors for its Project Moonshot.


Calxeda's EnergyCore processor SoC, which derives from earlier generations of ARM-based mobile processors, features a supercomputing-class 80-Gigabit fabric switch and an integrated management engine with power optimization software. It includes a full complement of server I/O features and a large 4MB ECC L2 cache, enabling a complete server node that consumes only 5 watts, including 4GB of ECC memory and a large capacity SSD.


“All the stars are in alignment: Web 2.0 data-driven businesses, cloud computing, open source portable software, power consumption at crisis levels and the emergence of server-class performance of ARM processors,�? said Barry Evans, CEO and co-founder of Calxeda. “We believe a new era of energy-efficient servers is now dawning for scale-out workloads, and today we are introducing the foundational architecture that will enable this breakthrough. While we are proud to launch our Calxeda EnergyCore processors, we are even more thrilled with the many partners who are joining us on this journey.�?http://www.calxeda.com

  • Calxeda was founded in January 2008 and has raised $48 million in venture funding, Investors include ARM, Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners and Highland Capital Partners.


  • Calxeda is headed Barry Evans, who previously was the VP and GM of Marvell’s Application Processing Business Unit in the Cellular and Handheld Group (acquired from Intel). Mr. Evans was responsible for the Xscale processor (ARM-based) SoC product line. Before that, he was at Intel.

Video: Sprint's Iyad Tarazi on LTE-Advanced, VoLTE and Clearwire TD-LTE



In this interview taped at 4G World in Chicago, Iyad Tarazi, Sprint's VP of Network Development and Engineering, discusses the move to LTE and the newly announced agreement with Clearwire.


Key points covered:


LTE Rollout Phase 1 -- the LTE rollout is underway with the Network Vision program, which will touch every cell site over the next 2 years. This phase of the rollout will use the 1900 MHz spectrum and extend to 270 million POPs.


LTE Rollout Phase 2 -- expected in Q2 2013 will leverage features of Release 10, including interference management, capacity improvements, spectrum management, and possibly carrier aggregation. This phase of the rollout could also add the 800 MHz spectrum from the iDen network, as well as the 1.6 GHz spectrum from LightSquared.


The Clearwire Partnership -- WiMAX and the Clearwire relationship has been very good to Sprint, but it is time to look to LTE. The companies are in tentative agreement that the future is LTE and will work together to make FD-LTE and TD-LTE operate in a seamless network. That means developing a chip ecosystem, network interfaces and interworking between the two LTE networks, allowing for the 2.5 GHz spectrum to be accessible to Sprint customers.


Small Cells -- the HetNet architecture will be critical because mobile broadband traffic is increasingly an in-door experience. Hotspots can be very effective in addressing the indoor mobile broadband trend.


VoLTE -- Sprint will continue to invest in next gen voice, even on the CDMA network. The reason to deploy VoLTE will be to simplify the consumer experience. VoIP over LTE is likely at Sprint in the first half of 2013 to a subset of LTE handsets. There are likely to be multiple ways of supporting voice streams.

http://www.convergedigest.com

IEEE Begins 1588-2008 Certification Program

The IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP), in conjunction with Iometrix, is launching an 1588-2008 Certification Program for equipment and component manufacturers.


“With this announcement, IEEE 1588-2008 vendors can now take the first step in verifying their solutions against standards-based certification procedures,�? commented Lloyd Green. Marketing Director, ICAP. “Certification will provide the assurance to mobile operators that IEEE 1588-2008 certified products have been validated and approved against stringent conformance criteria, easing deployment interoperability and functionality concerns.�?http://www.ieee-isto.org/icap-program

Novatel Wireless Posts Q3 Revenue of $113 Million

Novatel Wireless reported Q3 revenue of $113.3 million, a 50 percent increase from the prior year primarily due to the continued market reception of the company's 4G LTE mobile broadband devices and its acquisition of Enfora, as well as significant revenue from embedded solutions provided to original equipment manufacturers. GAAP net income was $4.5 million and includes a tax benefit of $11.2 million primarily related to the release of uncertain tax positions for certain years for which the statutes of limitations have expired.


"Our third quarter results reflect the significant progress we are making in our business," said Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "We are diversifying our product lines with M2M Asset Management Solutions and Services, as well as Embedded Solutions for both our mobile computing and M2M businesses. In the third quarter, these product categories accounted for more than $20 million, or 17.7 percent, of consolidated revenue. http://www.nvtl.com

HP Aims Project Moonshot for Super Density Server Racks

HP unveiled its "Project Moonshot" -- an initiative to completely redesign server architecture to achieve new efficiencies in density, performance and energy usage. The effort leverages the newly unveiled Calxeda EnergyCore processors. Compared to today's blade servers, the big aims of Project Moonshot call for:



  • 89% less energy

  • 94% less space

  • 63% less cost

  • 97% less complex.


Project Moonshot will pack as many as 288 servers into a 4U chassis, enabling thousands of servers per telco cabinet. The servers will leverage common power, cooling, storage and management.


HP will open a Discovery Lab in Houston in early 2012 to test which applications benefit most from the new density.


http://www.hp.com/go/moonshot

Obama Nominates Washington Insiders for the FCC

President Obama nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai as FCC Commissioners. Both nominees are Washington insiders with existing connections to current commissioners.


Jessica Rosenworcel, who would replace Michael Copps when his term ends in December, is the Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. She has worked for Senator Jay Rockefeller IV since 2009. Rosenworcel worked at the FCC from 1999 to 2007, serving as Legal Advisor and then Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Michael J. Copps (2003-2007), Legal Counsel to the Bureau Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau (2002-2003), and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Policy Division of the Common Carrier Bureau (1999-2002). She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Ajit Varadaraj Pai, who would take the seat abandoned by Meredith Baker who took a job as a lobbyist for Comcast, is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Jenner & Block LLP. Previously, Pai worked in the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, where he served as Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and Special Advisor to the General Counsel. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. http://www.whiteshouse.gov

  • In May 2011, just months after voting to approve the Comcast-NBC Universal merger, FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker has resigned to take up a new job as senior vice president of governmental affairs for Comcast. In announcing her decision to take up the new post, Baker did not address the apparent conflict of interest.


    Meredith Attwell Baker, a Republican, was nominated for a seat on the FCC by President Barack Obama on June 25, 2009. Previously, she served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).


    In written statements posted on the FCC website, all four of the other FCC commissions expressed their congratulations and admiration for Baker.


    In approving the Comcast-NBCU mega-merger, the FCC and the Department of Justice imposed a number of conditions and commitments which generally will remain in effect for seven years. Among these, online video distributors (OVDs) are guaranteed the ability to obtain Comcast-NBCU programming. Comcast must also offer standalone broadband Internet access services at "reasonable" prices and of sufficient bandwidth so that customers can access online video services without the need to purchase a cable television subscription from Comcast.


    Sprint Establishes Mobile Security Council

    Sprint has established a Mobile Security Council to bring together key players in the mobile ecosystem to address protection, safety and security needs important to consumers and businesses. Charter members of the council are Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, Lookout, Motorola Mobility along with its subsidiary 3LM, and Samsung.


    Initial objectives of the Mobile Security Council:



    • Assess the current mobile security landscape and define an ideal state of security across the industry.


    • Influence baseline security standards for the industry (device, software and network).


    • Increase the level of awareness of security issues and options for the end user.


    • Encourage strong participation and buy-in from industry players.


    The council will meet quarterly. http://www.sprint.com

    Opnext Posts Quarterly Sales of $86M, Notes Disruption from Flooding in Thailand

    Opnext reported quarterly sales of $86.0 million, down 7.6 percent sequentially and down 0.5 percent compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2010. Revenue from sales of 40Gbps and above products decreased 6% compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2011 as lower sales of 40Gbps line-side modules and subsystems were partially offset by higher sales of 40Gbps and 100Gbps client-side modules. EBITDA was negative $1.5 million compared to positive $2.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 and negative $6.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.



    "While reduced demand for 40G line-side modules and subsystems limited revenue in the September quarter, I continue to be pleased with our operational progress," said Harry Bosco, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Opnext. "Cash used in operations was less than $2.0 million and we again delivered positive Adjusted EBITDA despite lower revenues and a stronger Japanese yen. "Following the flooding in Thailand, Opnext is executing business continuity contingency plans, expanding the capacity at our manufacturing facility in Totsuka, Japan for our 10G products while moving some capacity to our contract manufacturers in China and our facility in Fremont, California," http://www.opnext.com

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Cavium Posts Q3 Revenue of $67.7 Million

    Cavium Networks reported Q3 sales of $67.7 million, a 5.4% sequential decrease from the $71.6 million reported for the second quarter of 2011 and an increase of 22.7% from the $55.2 million reported for the third quarter of last year. Net income for the third quarter of 2011, on a GAAP basis, was $6.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2011, and a net income of $5.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share in the third quarter of last year.


    Though revenues this quarter were in line with the updated financial outlook we provided in September, they were weaker than originally expected, in the enterprise market as well as recognized software services revenue. Sales into the enterprise market were affected by a larger than expected impact of a hub transition at one of our major customers as well as lower demand from other enterprise customers as they adjust their supply chain inventory due to the softer demand environment�?, said Syed Ali, President and CEO of Cavium. http://www.cavium.com

    Novatel Wireless' MiFi Shipments Hit 3 Million

    Novatel Wireless announced that shipments of its MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot have surpassed three million devices since product introduction in 2009. The devices are currently sold by 25 carriers worldwide. The company owns significant intellectual property and holds numerous U.S. and international key patents and patent applications around core elements of the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot family of products.


    "Three years ago we introduced the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and revolutionized the way people access the Internet, from anywhere, anytime," says Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "The MiFi system architecture brought a new user-experience to mobile broadband consumers, with one click connect and no software to install. It also allows carriers to reach a wider, more diverse subscriber base with innovative service opportunities. We are very pleased to have achieved this milestone – illustrating our significant market and product leadership for mobile hotspots."http://

    Aviat Networks Appoints President & CFO

    Aviat Networks appointed Edward J. ('Ned') Hayes, Jr. as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Previously, Hayes spent the last five years as the chief financial officer at Pillar Data Systems, Inc., an enterprise data storage company, until its recent acquisition by Oracle Corporation. Before joining Pillar Data, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Quantum Corporation, a $1B data storage company publicly traded on the NYSE. Mr. Hayes also served as president and chief executive officer of DirecTV Broadband, Inc., an internet service provider and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Telocity.
    http://www.us.aviatnetworks.com

    Leap Wireless Gains Momentum in Q3, First LTE Deployment Later this Year

    Leap Wireless reported Q3 revenue of $717.3 million, up 19.4% over the same period last year. Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) for Q3 was $154.3 million, a 25.2 percent increase over the third quarter of 2010.


    Leap Wireless saw 666,000 gross customer additions for the quarter, ending the period with 5,755,000 customers. The company also reported approximately 666,000 gross customer additions for the quarter. The Company also reported a net gain of approximately 73,000 voice customers and a net loss of approximately 64,000 broadband customers, resulting in a net gain of approximately 10,000 customers, compared to a net loss of approximately 200,000 customers in the third quarter of 2010. Churn for the quarter was 3.8 percent, down from 5.5 percent for the third quarter of 2010. Third quarter voice churn was 3.4 percent, down from 5.2 percent for the third quarter of 2010.


    "Our third quarter results reflect the benefits of the devices, service plans and nationwide 3G voice and data network coverage that we have introduced," said Doug Hutcheson, Leap's president and chief executive officer. "Our voice net additions improved by more than 245,000 customers year-over-year, reflecting continued improvements in gross customer additions and voice churn of 3.4 percent, a 180 basis point improvement year-over-year. In addition, ARPU increased to $41.25, reflecting the adoption of smartphones and Muve Music™ devices and related service plans by a third of our voice customers.


    Leap Wireless also confirmed plans to deploy LTE across approximately two-thirds of its current network footprint over the next two to three years, with a commercial trial market scheduled to be launched in late 2011. The Company plans to cover approximately 25 million POPs with LTE network technology in 2012. Aggregate capital expenditures for LTE deployment are expected to be less than $10 per covered POP, excluding capitalized interest.


    The company noted that its operating markets have an average of 23 MHz of spectrum, including an initial reserve for LTE.
    http://www.leapwireless.com

    Mendix Raises $13 Million for PaaS

    Mendix, a start-up based in Boston, raised $13 million in series A funding for its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

    the Mendix Agile Business Platform helps companies rapidly develop, deploy and integrate applications at a fraction of the time of existing tools and platforms. Mendix applications can then be deployed in the cloud, on mobile devices or locally at the customer's site.


    The funding was led by Prime Ventures, with HENQ Invest following on its earlier seed investment.


    To date we have always organically achieved triple-digit growth on the results of delivering business value and solving real pain-points for our clients,�? said Derek Roos, CEO of Mendix. “Our customers are looking to increase their business agility and turn to Mendix to jump-start their productivity and app deployment. The partnership with Prime comes at the right time for us to accelerate our abilities to meet this demand and act quickly in sales, marketing and product innovation.�?http://www.mendix.com

    Integra Telecom Expands Ethernet Portfolio with ADTRAN

    Integra Telecom, which operates in 11 states across the western U.S., has partnered with ADTRAN to bolster its Ethernet Services. Specifically, Integra is deploying the ADTRAN Total Access 5000 to bring Ethernet Services to nearly 300 central offices using Ethernet over TDM (EoTDM) technology.
    The ADTRAN platform provides support for Ethernet over direct fiber, optical wavelengths (C/DWDM), copper (e.SHDSL, ADSL2+, VDSL2), SONET, and TDM (DS1/E1, DS3). Financial terms were not disclosed.


    “Integra's ability to extend a network-wide deployment for end-to-end Ethernet Services using MEF certified solutions brings a great deal of value to our customer base,�? said Craig Heidgerken, vice president of engineering at Integra Telecom. “Our customers are looking for private, carrier-grade Ethernet access to all of their locations--regardless of whether they reside in a downtown area, in the suburbs, or a more remote location. With the added deployment flexibility of the ADTRAN solution, we can now exceed our customers' expectations for high-bandwidth access.�?http://www.adtran.com

    Cavium Posts Q3 Revenue of $67.7 Million

    Cavium Networks reported Q3 sales of $67.7 million, a 5.4% sequential decrease from the $71.6 million reported for the second quarter of 2011 and an increase of 22.7% from the $55.2 million reported for the third quarter of last year. Net income for the third quarter of 2011, on a GAAP basis, was $6.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2011, and a net income of $5.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share in the third quarter of last year.


    Though revenues this quarter were in line with the updated financial outlook we provided in September, they were weaker than originally expected, in the enterprise market as well as recognized software services revenue. Sales into the enterprise market were affected by a larger than expected impact of a hub transition at one of our major customers as well as lower demand from other enterprise customers as they adjust their supply chain inventory due to the softer demand environment�?, said Syed Ali, President and CEO of Cavium. http://www.cavium.com

    Novatel Wireless' MiFi Shipments Hit 3 Million

    Novatel Wireless announced that shipments of its MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot have surpassed three million devices since product introduction in 2009. The devices are currently sold by 25 carriers worldwide. The company owns significant intellectual property and holds numerous U.S. and international key patents and patent applications around core elements of the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot family of products.


    "Three years ago we introduced the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and revolutionized the way people access the Internet, from anywhere, anytime," says Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "The MiFi system architecture brought a new user-experience to mobile broadband consumers, with one click connect and no software to install. It also allows carriers to reach a wider, more diverse subscriber base with innovative service opportunities. We are very pleased to have achieved this milestone – illustrating our significant market and product leadership for mobile hotspots."http://

    Aviat Networks Appoints President & CFO

    Aviat Networks appointed Edward J. ('Ned') Hayes, Jr. as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Previously, Hayes spent the last five years as the chief financial officer at Pillar Data Systems, Inc., an enterprise data storage company, until its recent acquisition by Oracle Corporation. Before joining Pillar Data, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Quantum Corporation, a $1B data storage company publicly traded on the NYSE. Mr. Hayes also served as president and chief executive officer of DirecTV Broadband, Inc., an internet service provider and executive vice president and chief financial officer of Telocity.
    http://www.us.aviatnetworks.com

    Leap Wireless Gains Momentum in Q3, First LTE Deployment Later this Year

    Leap Wireless reported Q3 revenue of $717.3 million, up 19.4% over the same period last year. Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) for Q3 was $154.3 million, a 25.2 percent increase over the third quarter of 2010.


    Leap Wireless saw 666,000 gross customer additions for the quarter, ending the period with 5,755,000 customers. The company also reported approximately 666,000 gross customer additions for the quarter. The Company also reported a net gain of approximately 73,000 voice customers and a net loss of approximately 64,000 broadband customers, resulting in a net gain of approximately 10,000 customers, compared to a net loss of approximately 200,000 customers in the third quarter of 2010. Churn for the quarter was 3.8 percent, down from 5.5 percent for the third quarter of 2010. Third quarter voice churn was 3.4 percent, down from 5.2 percent for the third quarter of 2010.


    "Our third quarter results reflect the benefits of the devices, service plans and nationwide 3G voice and data network coverage that we have introduced," said Doug Hutcheson, Leap's president and chief executive officer. "Our voice net additions improved by more than 245,000 customers year-over-year, reflecting continued improvements in gross customer additions and voice churn of 3.4 percent, a 180 basis point improvement year-over-year. In addition, ARPU increased to $41.25, reflecting the adoption of smartphones and Muve Music™ devices and related service plans by a third of our voice customers.


    Leap Wireless also confirmed plans to deploy LTE across approximately two-thirds of its current network footprint over the next two to three years, with a commercial trial market scheduled to be launched in late 2011. The Company plans to cover approximately 25 million POPs with LTE network technology in 2012. Aggregate capital expenditures for LTE deployment are expected to be less than $10 per covered POP, excluding capitalized interest.


    The company noted that its operating markets have an average of 23 MHz of spectrum, including an initial reserve for LTE.
    http://www.leapwireless.com

    Mendix Raises $13 Million for PaaS

    Mendix, a start-up based in Boston, raised $13 million in series A funding for its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

    the Mendix Agile Business Platform helps companies rapidly develop, deploy and integrate applications at a fraction of the time of existing tools and platforms. Mendix applications can then be deployed in the cloud, on mobile devices or locally at the customer's site.


    The funding was led by Prime Ventures, with HENQ Invest following on its earlier seed investment.


    To date we have always organically achieved triple-digit growth on the results of delivering business value and solving real pain-points for our clients,�? said Derek Roos, CEO of Mendix. “Our customers are looking to increase their business agility and turn to Mendix to jump-start their productivity and app deployment. The partnership with Prime comes at the right time for us to accelerate our abilities to meet this demand and act quickly in sales, marketing and product innovation.�?http://www.mendix.com

    Integra Telecom Expands Ethernet Portfolio with ADTRAN

    Integra Telecom, which operates in 11 states across the western U.S., has partnered with ADTRAN to bolster its Ethernet Services. Specifically, Integra is deploying the ADTRAN Total Access 5000 to bring Ethernet Services to nearly 300 central offices using Ethernet over TDM (EoTDM) technology.
    The ADTRAN platform provides support for Ethernet over direct fiber, optical wavelengths (C/DWDM), copper (e.SHDSL, ADSL2+, VDSL2), SONET, and TDM (DS1/E1, DS3). Financial terms were not disclosed.


    “Integra's ability to extend a network-wide deployment for end-to-end Ethernet Services using MEF certified solutions brings a great deal of value to our customer base,�? said Craig Heidgerken, vice president of engineering at Integra Telecom. “Our customers are looking for private, carrier-grade Ethernet access to all of their locations--regardless of whether they reside in a downtown area, in the suburbs, or a more remote location. With the added deployment flexibility of the ADTRAN solution, we can now exceed our customers' expectations for high-bandwidth access.�?http://www.adtran.com

    AT&T Readies Two Android LTE Smartphones

    AT&T introduced two new Android smartphones for its LTE network: the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The HTC Vivid, powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and a brilliant 4.5-inch qHD display, is priced at $199.99 with a two-year commitment. The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and a 4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display(800x480 pixels), costs $249.99 with a two-year commitment.


    In addition, the company will be activating LTE service on Nov. 6 in Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, Ga. This brings AT&T's 4G LTE network to a total of 9 markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, and it plans to reach 15 markets and 70 million Americans by year-end 2011. http://www.att.com

    BT Accelerates FTTH Rollout - Recruits Military Personnel

    BT is accelerating its rollout of fibre broadband services. The company now plans to deliver fibre broadband to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014, one year ahead of its original target of 2015. To help achieve this, BT will recruit a further 520 engineers to assist with the deployment, most of whom will be ex-armed forces.


    “Our roll-out of fibre broadband is one of the fastest in the world and so it is great to be ahead of what was an already challenging schedule. The acceleration reflects the success of the programme to date and is testament to the hard work and innovation of our people.. We are investing when others are merely talking about it," stated Ian Livingston, CEO of BT Group.


    “Thousands of our engineers are busy installing fibre broadband across the UK at an astonishing pace. The recruitment of an additional five hundred engineers will help us go even faster and ensure we are ready to help supply other areas should we win BDUK funds. We are proud that most of these jobs will be filled by ex-armed forces personnel.�?


    BT noted that its roll-out of fibre broadband is well underway, with six million premises already having access to the technology. That figure will leap to ten million in 2012 and then two thirds of premises by the end of 2014. BT's network can be used by all companies on an open wholesale basis and so underpins a fully competitive marketplace. http://www.btplc.com

    • In October, BT's Openreach division significantly cut prices for pole and duct access as well as breaking down many of those products into their component parts. Other carriers are encouraged to use such infrastructure to deliver fibre broadband to rural areas. Openreach said its new prices are significantly lower – in some cases more than 60 per cent lower - than the draft ones issued in January when there was a limited understanding of the costs and challenges incurred with providing such access.


    • Also in October 2011, Openreach, the wholesale access division of the BT Group, launched its initial 110 Mbps Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) service and announced plans to boost this capacity to 300 Mbps starting next year. The company's first commercial FTTP connections are launching in Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes, Highams Park in North London, Chester South, St Austell and York this month. Trials of 1 Gbps connections are also underway. Openreach also revealed a third boost for broadband speeds by saying it now has approval from the relevant authorities to roughly double the speeds delivered by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) broadband. This development will see FTTC downstream speeds roughly double from up to 40Mbps to up to 80Mbps.

    SolidFire Raises $25 Million for SSD for Cloud Providers

    SolidFire, a start-up based in Boulder Colorado, raised $25 million in second round funding for its all-solid-state (SSD) primary storage systems for cloud service providers,


    SolidFire has developed a Flash based storage node and an Element Operating System to solve the unique technical and economic requirements of primary block storage in the cloud. Storage systems (clusters) are built through the combination of multiple SF3010 Storage Nodes over a 10 Gb iSCSI Ethernet grid.


    NEA, Valhalla Partners, and Novak Biddle participated in the round. This brings total funding for SolidFire to $37 million. http://www.solidfire.com

    T-Labs Expands its Research Focus

    "Innovation" has been added to the name of Deutsche Telekom's T-Labs division to indicate a new direction. The new focus of the work at T-Labs is on the development of applications and services for interactive media and new telecommunications applications, as well as in the areas Connected Home, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Smart Grid and Mobile Payment. It will continue focusing on cloud applications, the development of broadband networks and the optimization of Telekom's infrastructure. In addition, Heinrich Arnold has been appointed manager of the new T-Labs.


    Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) currently has approximately 360 employees from 20 countries at sites in Berlin, Darmstadt, Bonn, Los Altos (USA) and Beer Sheva (Israel), T-Labs is therefore now officially called Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs).


    http://www.laboratories.telekom.com/ipws/English/Pages/Willkommen.aspx

    Russia's TransTeleCom Chooses Juniper Edge Routers

    Russia's TransTeleCom has selected Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers to provide the Ethernet bandwidth required to ensure high-speed connectivity while delivering innovative applications and services such as IP-VPN, L2-VPN, video conference across Russia and IP-transit to its subscribers across 75,000 km of cables running along railway lines and 1,000 access nodes. http://www.juniper.net

    Radisys Teams with Cavium on Ultra-High Capacity DPI

    Radisys introduced an AdvancedTCA product based on the new Cavium NEURON Search Processor.


    The new solution is based of the Radisys ATCA-7240, a versatile full-duplex 40G packet processing module that provides a complete line-rate solution for applications such as Serving Gateways (SGW), Session Border Control (SBC), Security Gateways, DPI, Edge Routers, Media Gateways and Mobility Management Entity (MME) network elements found in the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The ATCA-7240 provides the ability to offload L2-L4 Access Control List (ACL) and Longest Prefix Match (LPM) lookups in a deterministic fashion from the data processing blocks thereby accelerating complex search requirements and making the ATCA-7240 an ideal fit for high-speed networking applications such as packet classification, access list control and intrusion detection.


    "As telecom equipment providers develop high-performance applications for LTE networks, they need state-of-the-art, industry standard building blocks that help them get to market faster," said Venkataraman Prasannan, General Manager, ATCA at Radisys. "Utilizing the breakthrough DPI silicon technology from Cavium, the Radisys ATCA-7240 will provide the industry's highest performance, most cost effective packet processing and network search capabilities." http://www.radisys.com
    http://www.cavium.com


    Cavium Ships 64-core NITROX III Security Processor

    Cavium has begun shipping its new NITROX III security processors, which integrate 16 to 64 purpose-built security RISC cores and multiple compression engines to deliver up to 200K SSL ops, 40Gbps SSL and IPSec and 20Gbps compression processing along with virtualization hardware with a PCI-Express Gen 2 16-lane interface.

    Cavium calculates that the level of performance in these new processors is up to 5 times greater than alternative multi-chip solutions within the same power envelope.

    http://www.cavium.com


    Juniper Networks Expands Mobile Security Partnership with Samsung

    Juniper Networks announced an expansion of its partnership with Samsung to deliver mobile security, secure connectivity and device management capabilities for enterprise customers of Samsung high-end smart mobile devices, starting with GALAXY Note, GALAXY SII and GALAXY Tab 10.1.


    The companies said their expanded partnership builds on existing efforts to provide Juniper Networks Junos Pulse and Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite full line of features and services on select Samsung mobile devices, enabling reliable, secure mobile remote access (via SSL VPN), application and threat protection, and mobile device management and control.


    "Our partnership with a major mobile device manufacturer, such as Samsung, enables us to jointly deliver on critical and innovative functionality enabling the highest value for our joint customers," said Sanjay Beri, vice president and general manager, Junos Pulse Business Unit, Juniper Networks. "Juniper and Samsung are committed to a partnership wherein the two companies will continue to deliver secure, business-ready solutions enhancing security posture for enterprises and enabling new differentiated offerings for service providers."


    Junos Pulse provides full Layer 3 SSL VPN functionality enabling secure anytime anywhere access to any network accessible corporate application and resource. In addition, the latest version of Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite includes the ability to automatically remove malicious applications from Samsung GALAXY Note, GALAXY SII and GALAXY Tab 10.1. Also, it can automatically revoke applications, without user intervention or control that an enterprise IT administrator may want to prohibit from corporate-issued or employee-owned devices which access their business data or network. http://www.juniper.net

    Southern Cross Cables Upgrades with Ciena

    Southern Cross Cables will increase capacity on all of its network segments between Australia, New Zealand and the United States, including one that spans more than 8,000 kilometers, using Ciena's 40/100G coherent optical solutions. The upgrade also includes implementation of Ciena's multi-protocol switching platform to enhance the network's survivability, efficiency, and intelligence. Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.ciena.com

    Infonetics: 100G ramp-up will be faster than 40G

    Infonetics Research is predicting that the global market for 10G, 40G, and 100G optical transceivers will grow to $2.6 billion by 2015, more than doubling from 2010, when the market was $1.2 billion. Already, optical transceiver revenue is up 35% in the first half of 2011 (1H11) compared to the first half of 2010 (1H10).
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    Some highlights from the company's latest 10G/40G/100G Optical Transceivers Market Size and Forecast:



    • By 2015, the 40G and 100G segments of the market together will make up 40% of total optical transceiver revenue.


    • Revenue for 40G long reach transceivers jumped 93% from 2H10 to 1H11, and overall 40G port shipments grew 29%, with a surge in 40G coherent shipments by network equipment manufacturers (NEMs).


    • Ciena, Cisco, and Alcatel-Lucent are ramping up production amidst an aggressive pricing push to grab coherent footprint


    • Growth in the 100G market will outpace growth in the 40G market starting in 2013 as multiple suppliers transition to production; pricing for 100G products is expected to compare favorably to 40G by 2013 and at these prices, customers show a preference for 100G technology.


    • NEMs developing their own 100G solutions control 70%+ of the optical equipment market share, leaving long reach transponder vendors to fight for the remaining 30% of the market.

    http://www.infonetics.com

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Harmonic Sees Rebound in Q3

    Harmonic reported net revenue for the third quarter of 2011 of $138.9 million, up from $104.8 million in the third quarter of 2010. International sales represented 51% of total revenue for the third quarter of 2011. Total bookings in the third quarter of 2011 were approximately $141.4 million, up from approximately $107.5 million for the third quarter of 2010. The company reported GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2011 of $3.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $0.4 million, or ($0.00) per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, GAAP net income was $4.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to $9.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the same period of 2010.


    During the third quarter, we were pleased to see our domestic business rebound, up 24% from the previous quarter,�? said Patrick Harshman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “For the first nine months of 2011, our video processing revenue grew 23% from the same period last year. During the third quarter, we built on this momentum by introducing powerful new video products that will enable our global customers to move forward on a range of new Internet, multiscreen and traditional video services. We remain focused on further capitalizing on our broad technological and market leadership and profitably growing our business.�?http://www.harmonicinc.com

    Last Week's ITU Telecom World Attracted 6,5000

    Last week's ITU Telecom World in Geneva attracted a global audience of 6,500 people, include 332 government leaders who participated in the invitation-only Broadband Leadership Summit. The culmination of the event was a global Manifesto for Change that recognizes the importance of broadband for socio-economic development.


    The next ITU Telecom World event will be held in Dubai, UAE, in Q4 of 2012.
    http://www.itu.int

    Magnus Mandersson Appointed Executive VP of Ericsson

    Magnus Mandersson has been appointed Executive Vice President of Ericsson as of November 1, 2011. Mandersson is currently Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, a position he will remain in. He joined Ericsson in 2004 to run Ericsson's Managed Services business globally and is now head of Ericsson's overall services offering around the world.
    http://www.ericsson.com

    CALIENT Looks to Data Centers for its MEMS Photonic Switching

    CALIENT Technologies, which developed a unique photonic switching capability using 3D MEMS, Inc., raised a $19.4 million round of venture financing from a combination of new and existing internal investors. The new funding will be used to expand into data center and cloud computing markets and to finalize development of its new portfolio of 3D MEMS photonic switching systems and modules for OEMs and system integration partners.


    The company plans to market a new family of modular photonic switching systems and subsystems targeted for enterprise and cloud data centers as well as existing applications such as subsea cable and government networks.


    “CALIENT is excited to have the funding to complete our strategy of expanding our product line, moving into new markets and partnering with global vendors to provide best-in-class solutions,�? said Atiq Raza, chairman and CEO of CALIENT. “There are many new trends as a result of the demand for high bandwidth applications and we are now in a position to take advantage of these opportunities and grow our business. Data centers and cloud computing networks in particular are exciting new opportunities for us due to the unprecedented growth in server deployments and the resulting explosion of bandwidth requirements.�?

    http://www.calient.com

    • CALIENT’s technology is based on its patented deep-silicon plasma etch process technology that is used to make 3D MEMS mirrors. The company is based in Santa Barbara, CA.

    Infineta Targets New Data Center Migrations

    To address the huge logistical challenge of migrating to a new data center, Infineta Systems, a start-up based in San Jose, California, has introduced a WAN optimization service built around the company's flagship Data Mobility Switch (DMS).


    With the large number of aging corporate data centers across the country, Infineta predicts a growing need to migrate existing applications with very large data sets to new and more efficient facilities or into a service provider's cloud infrastructure. Data migration projects typically must be completed quickly and so maximizing WAN resources will be critical.


    Infineta's new DMA service accelerates traffic over WAN links at up to 10 Gbps rates, while expanding WAN capacity by 5-10X and guaranteeing network capacity for critical inter-data center traffic flows. The company calculates that its DMA service offering can cut data migration completion times by 80% or more without incurring capital expenditures. For example. an enterprise migrating 500 TB of data from a Northern California data center to a new facility in Virginia over a 1 Gbps WAN can reduce their migration time from 6 months down to a few weeks by utilizing the DMA service. Further savings are realized by retiring the Northern California data center faster, curtailing staff and equipment expenditures, and not having to provision additional WAN bandwidth. http://www.infineta.com

    • In June 2011, Infineta Systems began shipping its Data Mobility Switch (DMS) designed for optimizing and accelerating "Hyper-Scale" WAN links, such as data center to data center high-bandwidth connections.


      Unlike existing WAN optimization platforms, Infineta has developed a customized "Velocity Dedupe Engine" in programmable logic (FPGAs), providing high throughput while incurring extremely low latencies and maintaining very high data reduction efficiency. The company measures a 5-10x bandwidth capacity gains, IP traffic acceleration, and critical application prioritization and assurance over multi-gigabit WAN links. This would mean a 1 Gbps link would perform like a 5 Gbps link, thanks to the data de-dupe and the other acceleration techniques. The DMS can be configured to guarantee minimum data rates for individual classes of service, enabling customers to carve out "protected circuits" for their bandwidth intensive, latency sensitive applications over their existing WAN links. Similarly, an OC12 (622Mbps) circuit can be turned into a 3 Gbps link, and an OC48 (2.54Gbps) circuit into a 10Gbps link.


      Whereas branch WAN optimization tackles the ‘north/south' traffic between data centers and remote offices, Infineta said its platform scales for the "east/west" between clouds in geographically divergent locations. The DMS switch accepts inputs up to 10 Gbps. The box is initially configured for lower speed inputs (2 Gbps), but the full performance can be unlocked via license upgrades.

    • Infineta was co-founded by Raj Kanaya (CEO) and Dr. K.V.S. Ramarao (CTO). Kanaya previously was VP of product strategy and alliances for the Application Networking Group at Citrix Systems. He joined Citrix though its acquisition of NetScaler where he served as VP of product management. Dr. Ramarao previously served as Chief Platform Architect for the Application Oriented Networking BU at Cisco Systems. Before that, he was founder and CTO of both Conformative Systems (acquired by Intel) and Sariga Networks.

    Europe's Radio Spectrum Policy Pushes 800 MHz for Mobile Broadband

    The EU agreed a new European radio policy that aims to spur the roll-out of mobile broadband services by requiring Member States to authorise the use of the "digital dividend" 800 MHz band for wireless broadband by January 2013 in all but exceptional circumstances. The agreement will also lead to the creation of an inventory of spectrum use in the Member States, which will be essential to ensure the most efficient allocation of scarce spectrum resources for wireless services in Europe.


    The Radio Spectrum Policy Programme will begin in early 2012 and run through to the end of 2015 but its principles and objectives are of a permanent nature and will not expire in 2015. Key elements include:

    • creating an European radio spectrum inventory and putting in place a process for determining usage efficiency together with a commitment to examine the need for further harmonised spectrum for wireless broadband based on this inventory;


    • fostering the deployment of wireless broadband by setting tight deadlines for authorising the use of several harmonised spectrum bands for electronic communication services;


    • making at least 1200 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband services in the Union by 2015, following an assessment based on the new spectrum inventory;


    • defining concrete steps to ensure and promote competition in the single EU telecoms market, avoiding possible distortions arising from the excessive accumulation of spectrum in the hands of certain operators;


    • promoting more flexible spectrum management, encouraging in particular collective and shared use of scarce spectrum;
    • meeting the spectrum requirements of EU policies in sectors such as transport, energy, earth observation and monitoring, civil protection, wireless microphones and cordless cameras, and the Internet of Things;


    • and underlining the need for enhanced EU coordination in international spectrum negotiations.

    Huawei Demos Ultra-long Haul 100G in Russia

    Huawei has collaborated with Transtelecom, Rostelecom, Vimpelcom, and Megafon in testing and demonstration of a 2000 km ultra-long haul (ULH) 100G coherent WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) system at Huawei's 100G testing center in Russia. Huawei was able to show that its solution could transmit 100 Gbps services in combination with existing 10 Gbit/s and 40 Gbit/s services over a regeneration-free transmission distance of more than 2000 km.


    Huawei said its 100G ULH coherent WDM system is now fully mature and ready for deployment.


    http://www.huawei.com

    Cablevision's Q3 Revenues Rise 8% to $1.666 billion

    Cablevision, which serves the greater New York metro area, reported an 8% YoY rise in Q3 revenue to $1.666 billion Consolidated adjusted operating cash flow (“AOCF�?) was essentially flat at $539.3 million and consolidated operating income decreased 11.7% to $272.4 million, all compared to the prior year period.


    Cablevision now has 3,626,000 total customers. Video customers number 3,264,000; high-speed data customers number 2,949,000; and voice customers number 2,984,000.


    High-speed data subs increased by 17,000 in the quarter and voice lines grew by 38,000. Video customers declined by 19,000 in the quarter for the total company.


    Cablevision now has 560,000 unique Apple devices using its optimum app.


    Cable Television third quarter 2011 net revenues increased 9.1% to $1.490 billion, AOCF decreased 1.1% to $550.6 million and operating income decreased 12.0% to $322.0 million, all compared to the prior year period. The increase in revenue compared to the prior year period was due primarily to the addition of Bresnan in the results for the third quarter 2011.


    For third quarter 2011, Lightpath net revenues increased 6.2% to $77.5 million, AOCF increased 16.9% to $33.4 million and operating income more than doubled to $11.5 million, each as compared to the prior year period. The improved results were driven primarily by a 17.9% increase in revenue from Ethernet services, offset in part by higher operating expenses to support the increase in Ethernet installations. http://www.cablevision.som

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    ZTE Reports 26.5% Revenue Rise in 2011

    ZTE Corporation reported operating revenue rose to RMB58.29 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 26.5 per cent year-on-year. Net profit attributable to parent company shareholders for the same period was RMB1.07 billion, a year-on-year decline of 21.5 per cent. The decrease is mainly attributable to increased financial expenses. Basic earnings per share for the period were RMB0.31.


    Revenue from terminal sales increased 53.4 per cent year-on-year, driven mainly by growth in sales of 3G and CDMA terminals, and GSM handsets and data cards. Revenue attributed to telecommunications software systems, services and other products saw year-on-year growth of 28 per cent as a result of an increase in fixed terminals and services sales. The company also reported year-on-year growth of 15 per cent in carrier network revenue. This increase is attributed to increased sales of ZTE's wireline products, optical communications systems, domestic sales of GSM/UMTS system equipment and international sales of its CDMA system equipment.
    http://www.zte.com.cn

    ARM Discloses First Details of ARMv8 Architecture

    ARM unveiled its next generation chip architecture embracing 64-bit processing and extended virtual addressing.


    The ARMv8 architecture consists of two main execution states, AArch64 and AArch32. The AArch64 execution state introduces a new instruction set, A64 for 64-bit processing. The AArch32 state supports the existing ARM instruction set. The key features of the current ARMv7 architecture, including TrustZone, virtualization and NEON advanced SIMD, are maintained or extended in the ARMv8 architecture.
    http://www.arm.com/

    NETGEAR Continues Fast Growth - Up 28% YoY

    NETGEAR reported net revenue for the third quarter ended October 2, 2011 of$301.8 million, as compared to $236.0 million for the third quarter ended October 3, 2010, and as compared to $291.2 million in the second quarter ended July 3, 2011. Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, for the third quarter of 2011 was $26.7 million, or $0.70 per diluted share.


    Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR commented, "We are extremely pleased with our Q3 2011 financial performance amid a challenging macroeconomic environment. Our Retail Business Unit revenue was up 18% sequentially, and up 10% over the prior year quarter, while the Commercial Business Unit revenue was up 18% sequentially, and up 21% over the prior year quarter. As expected, the Service Provider Business Unit revenue was down 21% sequentially, reflective of a one-time order from a major service provider in the previous quarter. On a year-over-year basis, service provider revenue was up 85%.:http://www.netgear.com

    Motorola Mobility Posts Q3 Financials, Xoom Tablet Sales Fall Flat

    Motorola Mobility reported net revenues of $3.3 billion in the third quarter of 2011, up 11 percent from the third quarter of 2010. The GAAP net loss in the third quarter of 2011 was $32 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to a net loss of $34 million, or $0.12 per share, in the third quarter of 2010.


    Mobile Devices net revenues in the third quarter were $2.4 billion, up 20 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. The GAAP operating loss was $41 million compared to an operating loss of $43 million in the year-ago quarter.


    The company confirmed the shipment of 100,000 Xoom Android tablets in Q3, down significantly from earlier quarters.


    Home segment net revenues in the third quarter were $825 million, down 10 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $54 million, compared to $49 million in the year-ago quarter.


    The company believes the acquisition by Google to be on track for closing later this year or early next year. Motorola Mobility will hold a special meeting of stockholders on Nov. 17, 2011, to seek stockholder approval of the proposed merger with Google.

    http://motorola.com/mobility
    • Apple shipped over 11 million iPad2s in Q3.

    PMC-Sierra Posts Q3 Revenue of $173 Million, up 7% YoY

    PMC-Sierra reported Q3 revenue of $173.3 million, a sequential increase of 1% compared with $171.0 million in the second quarter of 2011, and 7% higher than net revenues of $162.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. GAAP net income was $47.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income in the second quarter of 2011 of $16.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.


    “Our third quarter results were solid given the difficult economic environment,�? said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC. “While macro concerns impact our near-term outlook, PMC is well-positioned to deliver the infrastructure required to support explosive traffic growth on storage, mobile and optical networks.�?http://www.pmc-sierra.com

    AppliedMicro Positions 64-bit ARM "X-Gene" for Next Gen Infrastructure

    AppliedMicro introduced its "X-Gene" 64-bit, multi-core ARM architecture for next-generation infrastructure, including cloud computing, wireless infrastructure, enterprise networking, storage and security applications.


    The new X-Gene multi-core processors leverage high-performance ARMv8 compliant cores operating at up to 3.0 GHz and are designed for full CPU and I/O virtualization in next generation of cloud computing.


    AppliedMicro said its server-on-a-chip will combine multiple ARMv8 compliant 64-bit cores and a high-performance terabit coherent fabric with on-chip 10-Gigabit LAN, storage and WAN physical layer IP. It will also feature a 100-Gigabit per second inter socket communications interface to extend coherency to multi-chip configurations. The SoC design uses server-class dynamic power management during the idle state to achieve an unprecedented level of standby power of less than 300mW. The company expects first samples in the second half of 2012.


    AppliedMicro also confirmed TSMC as its fab partner.


    "The current growth trajectory of data centers, driven by the viral explosion of social media and cloud computing applications, will continue to accelerate," said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, President and CEO of AppliedMicro. "In offering the world's first 64-bit ARM architecture processor, we harmonize the network with cloud computing and environmental responsibility. Our next-generation of multicore SoCs will bring in a new era of energy efficient performance that doesn't break the bank on a limited power supply. In doing so, AppliedMicro becomes a more complete cloud computing technology provider for one of the hottest growth drivers in the industry." http://www.apm.com

    Cool Demo: Cavium's Small Cell Base Station


    Cavium's recently introduced small cell “Base Station on a chip�? is being used to deliver eight simultaneous connections, including streaming of five HD videos, at the maximum possible data throughput.
    This demonstration platform, which was shown at the 4G World show last week in Chicago, consists of a commercially available 4G/LTE client, an OCTEON Fusion Technology based eNodeB base station, Cavium's FusionStack eNodeB software, and a commercial 4G/LTE EPC (Evolved Packet Core) solution.
    The demo shows how an LTE base station can be shrunk to the size of an iPad. http://www.cavium.com

    • In October, Cavium introduced its small cell "Base Station-on-a-chip" family for LTE and 3G networks.

      The new OCTEON Fusion series, which builds on the company's established L2-L7 presence in existing wireless infrastructure, combines Octeon's MIPS64 based multi-core architecture with purpose-built Baseband DSP cores, extensive LTE/3G hardware accelerators and digital front end (DFE) functionality into a single chip. This enables very small footprint designs, including picocell and micro base stations, with a minimal bill-of-materials (BOM) and power envelopes.


      Significantly, the new OCTEON Fusion can be used for small cell LTE base stations scaling from 32 users to 300+ users and up to dual 20MHz carriers, making it a more powerful small cell base station solution than its competitors.

    Motorola Solutions Reports Strong Q3, Raises Outlook

    Motorola Solutions reported Q3 sales of $2.1 billion, up 10 percent from the third quarter of 2010 and driven by solid demand in all regions across both its Government and Enterprise segments. GAAP operating earnings in the third quarter of 2011 were $253 million or 12 percent of sales, compared to $211 million or 11 percent of sales in the third quarter of 2010. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.45, compared to a GAAP loss of $0.04 in the third quarter of 2010.


    “Our customers continue to invest in solutions that increase revenues and improve operating efficiency,�? said Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions. “In addition to our robust growth this quarter, we returned significant capital to shareholders. We repurchased $744 million of stock, initiated our dividend and generated very strong operating cash flow.�?


    Government segment sales were $1.4 billion, up 9 percent from the year-ago quarter. Enterprise segment sales were $726 million, up 13 percent from the year-ago quarter.


    Motorola Solutions also raised its expected full-year revenue outlook to approximately 7 percent growth with operating earnings of approximately 16.5 percent of sales. Fourth-quarter sales are expected to grow between 2 and 3 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2010 and approximately 7 percent compared with the third quarter of 2011. http://investors.motorolasolutions.com

    FCC Transforms USF/ICC Into "Connect America Fund"

    The FCC voted unanimously to approve significant reforms to the Universal Service fund and Inter Carrier Compensation (ICC), while creating a new "Connect America Fund" aimed at extending broadband to rural areas of the country.


    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski described the vote as " a once-in-a-generation overhaul of universal service, keeping faith with the nation's long commitment to connecting all Americans to communications services."


    The FCC estimates that approximately 500,000 jobs will be created over the next six years by expanding high-speed Internet access to over 7 million Americans living in rural areas. For the first time, the FCC also made mobile broadband into an independent universal service objective.


    Some highlights of the reforms:


    Puts the country on the path to universal broadband within a decade.


    The Mobility Fund will expand advanced mobile broadband access to tens of thousands of road miles, including dedicated support for Tribal areas.


    Intercarrier compensation reform aims to eliminate hidden costs in consumer bills, providing economic benefits to long distance and wireless consumers across the nation of $2.2 billion annually in the form of lower prices, better value for the money, or both.


    The FCC estimates consumers may pay, on average, an additional 10 to 15 cents a month on their bills. No additional charges can be imposed on consumer phone bills that are at or above $30 a month (inclusive of most fees consumers pay on their bills), nor can such charges be imposed on low income consumers served by the FCC's Lifeline program.


    The budget for the Connect America Fund is set at $4.5 billion per year. Market-based mechanisms, including
    competitive bidding, will be used to distribute money more efficiently.


    Intercarrier Compensation Reform includes new rules to address "phantom traffic," i.e., calls for which identifying information is missing or masked in ways that frustrate intercarrier billing. Specifically, the new rules require telecommunications carriers and providers of interconnected VoIP service to include the calling party's telephone number in all call signaling, and require intermediate carriers to pass this signaling information.


    The initial ICC reforms focus on reducing terminating switched access rates, which are the principal source of arbitrage problems today. The approach seeks to promote migration to all-IP networks while minimizing the burden on consumers and staying within the universal service budget.
    unaltered, to the next provider in a call path. http://www.fcc.gov

    Sony to Buyout Ericsson's Share in Sony Ericsson

    Sony will pay EUR 1.05 billion in cash to acquire Ericsson's 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB. The mobile handset vendor will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony when the deal closes in January 2012.


    Sony said it plans to rapidly integrate smartphones into its broad array of network-connected consumer electronics devices - including tablets, televisions and personal computers. http://www.sonyericsson.com

    • In 2001, Ericsson and Sony merged their mobile phone businesses worldwide and they have run it as a 50/50 venture ever since.

    PCTEL Works with LightSquared on GPS Interference Solution

    LightSquared is working with PCTEL, a developer of antennas, to resolve concerns over high precision GPS receivers. Specifically, PCTEL has developed an antenna that will allow existing high precision users to retrofit their GPS devices to make them compatible with LightSquared's network. This antenna provides high precision GPS users with another in a series of solutions to make their equipment LightSquared-compatible. The design will be tested by Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs.


    LightSquared noted that PCTEL is the third company to collaborate with it on a solution to high-precision GPS interference issues.


    Earlier this month, GPS device maker Javad GNSS announced the design of antennas that can be retrofitted onto existing devices and the development of new receivers that are compatible with LightSquared's network. Additionally, Partron America has created a filtering component that costs only $6. http://www.lightsquared.com http://www.pctel.com

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    Juniper Delivers OpenFlow Application in Junos SDK

    Juniper Networks is releasing the source code that drives its OpenFlow application, built on the Junos Software Development Kit (SDK), to its developers in order to expand the available toolset for enhancing network flexibility and programmability.

    The Junos SDK allows developers to build custom applications that run on top of Juniper's single operating system, Junos, to expand or create new functionality on Juniper Networks switching and routing solutions. The OpenFlow application works within the Junos SDK to change the control plane to create more dynamic network programmability. The new levels of programmability enabled by OpenFlow simplify control of network devices and allow more rapid innovation of intelligent applications and solutions across the entire network infrastructure.


    "Juniper is making the OpenFlow application available to an SDK developer community that includes more than five hundred organizations in order to get working code into the hands of customers so they can explore how OpenFlow and network programmability can impact networks everywhere,�? said Mike Marcellin, vice president of systems strategy and marketing at Juniper Networks. “Our priority is making the networking infrastructure more efficient and effective for customers, and OpenFlow is an important step on the path to greater programmability.�?http://www.juniper.net/developer

    MetroPCS to be First with VoLTE

    MetroPCS will be among the first mobile operators to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE), said Ed Chao, Senior Vice President, Corporate Engineering and Network Operations, speaking at 4G World in Chicago. Mavenir Systems and Acme Packet are VoLTE solution suppliers for MetroPCS. The VoLTE deployment is part of the carrier's strategy to optimize its scarce spectrum resources, as VoLTE is significantly more efficient than the existing CDMA network. http://www.convergedigest.com
    http://www.mavenir.com/

    Puerto Rico's Open Mobile Picks Ericsson for LTE

    Puerto Rico's Open Mobile has chosen Ericsson to supply, deploy and manage its nationwide network. Under the deal, Ericsson will roll out a complete 4G/LTE solution. Ericsson will assist the operation of Open Mobile newly deployed LTE network. This is Ericsson's first full-scope contract for an LTE network combined with MPLS enabled Mobile Backhaul.
    http://www.ericsson.com

    Equinix Ups 2011 Guidance as Data Center Expansions Continue

    Equinix reported revenues of $417.6 million for the third quarter, a 6% increase over the previous quarter and a 26% increase over the same quarter last year. This result included $17.9 million in revenues from ALOG (ALOG Data Centers do Brasil) for the quarter. Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services were $397.4 million for the third quarter, a 6% increase over the previous quarter and a 26% increase over the same quarter last year. Non-recurring revenues were $20.2 million in the quarter.


    "Equinix achieved strong results in all three regions and we are on target to surpass our 2011 financial objectives,�? said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. “We plan to make additional investments in Platform Equinix so that we may continue to deliver value to our customers around the globe. Our goal is to generate over $3 billion in annual revenues in 2015, while creating significant returns for our shareholders from these investments."


    The company also updated its guidance.


    For the full year of 2011, total revenues are expected to be greater than $1,600.0 million. Total year cash gross margins are expected to range between 65% and 66%. Cash selling, general and administrative expenses are expected to approximate $320.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the year is expected to be greater than $730.0 million. Capital expenditures for 2011 are expected to be in the range of $645.0 to $665.0 million, comprised of approximately $115.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures and $530.0 to $550.0 million for expansion capital expenditures.


    For the full year of 2012, total revenues are expected to be greater than $1,870.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the year is expected to be greater than $850.0 million. Capital expenditures for 2012 are expected to be in the range of $700.0 to $800.0 million, comprised of approximately $120.0 million of ongoing capital expenditures and $580.0 to $680.0 million for expansion capital expenditures.
    http://www.equinix.com

    NetLogic Sees Q3 Sales Rise 3% to $107 Million

    NetLogic posted Q3 2011 revenue of $106.8 million, a 3.0% sequential increase from $103.7 million for the second quarter of 2011 and a 6.8% increase from $100.1 million for the third quarter of 2010. Third quarter 2011 net income (GAAP) was $7.2 million or $0.10 per diluted share. By comparison, GAAP net income was $5.2 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2010.


    "This was another positive quarter for NetLogic Microsystems,�? said Ron Jankov, president and CEO. "In addition to solid financial results, during the third quarter we marked another significant milestone in our roadmap with the announcement of the XLP®II processor, the industry's most advanced multi-core processor leveraging the advanced 28 nanometer process node. This ground-breaking new processor demonstrates our continued commitment to technology leadership and further highlights the tremendous execution capability and expertise of our team."http://www.netlogicmicro.com/

    UN Commission Sets Global Broadband Targets

    The United Nations' Broadband Commission for Digital Development published a set of four ambitious goals that it is urging countries around the world to adopt:


    Making broadband policy universal. By 2015, all countries should have a national broadband plan or strategy or include broadband in their Universal Access / Service Definitions.


    Making broadband affordable. By 2015, entry-level broadband services should be made affordable in developing countries through adequate regulation and market forces (for example, amount to less than 5% of average monthly income).


    Connecting homes to broadband. By 2015, 40% of households in developing countries should have Internet access.
    Getting people online. By 2015, Internet user penetration should reach 60% worldwide, 50% in developing countries and 15% in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).


    "These targets are ambitious but achievable, given the political will and commitment on the part of governments, working in partnership with the private sector," said Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General, who serves as co-Vice Chair of the Commission alongside UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. The Commission is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim Helú, Chairman and CEO of Telmex and América Mov�l.
    http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2011/42.aspx

    Nokia Debuts its First Windows Phones - No Mention of LTE

    Nokia marked a significant step in its new direction with the introduction of its smartphones powered by Windows Phone.


    Social networking is at the heart of the new Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range.


    "Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We're driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones," said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. "From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I'm incredibly proud of these new devices - and the people of Nokia who have made this happen."


    The Nokia Lumia 800 features a bold design, vivid colors (cyan, magenta and black), one-touch social network access, Internet Explorer 9, a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display, a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies. No mention of LTE.


    The o-nonsense Nokia Lumia 710 offers exchangeable back covers, instant social & image sharing, IE9, and the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 710 will be approximately 270 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.
    http://www.nokia.com

    Sprint and Clearwire to Extend Partnership into LTE

    Sprint will continue to work with Clearwire as the companies roll out their respective LTE networks.


    In its quarterly conference call, Sprint executives confirmed a non-binding cooperation agreement with Clearwire to work together on the technical specifications of the Clearwire LTE network. Specifically, the cooperation extends to the design and operations of the network. Sprint wants to ensure seamless handoffs in service layer control that meets its customer experience requirements. The agreement will cover the cell site selection and timing of site builds and involves working with OEMs to design devices and to include certain chipsets in devices. Further discussions are underway.


    Sprint will be using FD-LTE while Clearwire has chosen TD-LTE technology. Devices would need to operate using both LTE flavors.


    On the financial side, Sprint reported revenues of $8.3 billion and Adjusted OIBDA of $1.4 billion. Adjusted OIBDA grew sequentially and year-over-year driven primarily by strength in postpaid ARPU and continued growth in the prepaid wireless customer base.


    Some highlights:


    Postpaid wireless ARPU increased $3 from the year-ago period and the prepaid subscriber base has grown 23 percent since the third quarter of 2010.


    The company achieved its best total company wireless net subscriber additions in more than five years. The company added nearly 1.3 million total net wireless subscribers, primarily driven by 304,000 net postpaid additions for the Sprint brand, net prepaid additions of 485,000 and net wholesale and affiliate additions of 835,000.


    The iPhone has surpassed initial expectations. The iPhone is expected to be accretive for Sprint, and iPhone users
    are expected to be among Sprint's most profitable customers.


    Sprint expects the customer lifetime value of an iPhone customer to be at least 50% greater than a typical smartphone user. The carrier is counting on lower churn from iPhone users.


    Costs related to Network Vision and the iPhone will impact cash by roughly $5.5 billion, partially offset by the benefits generated from Network Vision and the iPhone of $1.1 billion.


    As part of Network Vision, Sprint will be decommissioning of over 25,000 iDEN sites.


    As of Sept. 30, 2011, the company's total liquidity was approximately $5 billion, consisting of $4 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $1 billion of undrawn borrowing capacity available under its revolving bank credit facility. The company's next scheduled debt maturities of $2.3 billion are due in March 2012.
    http://www.sprint.com

    Akamai Posts Q3 Revenue of $281.9 million, up 11% YoY

    Akamai Technologies posted Q3 2011 of $281.9 million, an 11 percent increase over third quarter 2010 revenue of $253.6 million, and a 2 percent increase over second quarter 2011 revenue of $277.0 million. Net income (GAAP) was $42.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, a 6 percent increase from third quarter 2010 GAAP net income of $39.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, and a 12 percent decrease from second quarter 2011 GAAP net income of $47.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.

    "We are pleased with Akamai's performance in the third quarter, as more customers adopted the Akamai Platform for their online businesses," said Paul Sagan, president and CEO of Akamai. "We have continued to develop the platform of choice for businesses seeking to capitalize on opportunities in mobile, cloud, security, and video, as well as manage the risks of the hyperconnected world." http://www.akamai.com

    LSI to Acquire SandForce for $370 Million -- SSD Processors

    LSI agreed to acquire SandForce, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, for $322 million in cash, net of cash assumed, and assume approximately $48 million of unvested stock options and restricted shares held by SandForce employees.


    SandForce is a leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs). Flash storage processors provide the intelligence required to deliver the performance and low-latency benefits of flash storage in enterprise and client applications. With market-proven, differentiated DuraClass™ technology, SandForce flash storage processors improve the reliability, endurance and power efficiency of flash-based storage solutions.

    LSI said the acquisition improves its competitive position in the fast-growing server and storage PCIe flash adapter market, where the WarpDrive family of products from LSI already uses SandForce flash storage processors. The complementary combination of LSI's custom capability and SandForce's standard product offering propels LSI into an industry-leading position in the rapidly growing, high-volume flash storage processor market space for ultrabook, notebook and enterprise SSD and flash solutions.


    "Flash-based solutions are critical for accelerating application performance in servers, storage and client devices," said Abhi Talwalkar, LSI president and chief executive officer. "Adding SandForce's technology to LSI's broad storage portfolio is consistent with our mission to accelerate storage and networking. The acquisition represents a significant, rapidly growing market opportunity for LSI over the next several years."http://www.sandforce.com
    http://www.lsi.com
    • In February 2011, SandForce 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

    • 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.

    Sandvine: Netflix Accounts for 33% of Peak Traffic in U.S.

    Netflix alone accounts for 32.7% of peak downstream traffic in the U.S., a relative increase of more than 10% since spring, according to Sandvine's newly released 10th Global Internet Phenomena Report: Fall 2011.


    Some other major findings from the report include:


    Within fixed networks in the United States, Real-Time Entertainment applications are the primary drivers of network capacity requirements, accounting for 60% of peak downstream traffic, up from 50% in 2010. Rate-adaptive video represents the majority of video bandwidth, with Netflix alone representing 32.7% of peak downstream traffic, a relative increase of more than 10% since spring.


    We have entered the “Post-PC Era�?, as the majority of Real-Time Entertainment traffic (55%, by volume) is destined for game consoles, set-top boxes, smart TVs, and mobile devices being used in the home, with only 45% actually going to desktop and laptop computers over North American fixed networks.


    Video in mobile networks continues to gain momentum. In North America, Real-Time Entertainment is now 32.6% of peak downstream traffic, while in Asia Pacific it is 41.8%. The largest contributor is YouTube, and other applications like peercasting PPStream and Netflix are making inroads.


    Mobile Marketplace traffic accounts for 9.4% of peak downstream usage in APAC and 5.8% in North America, led in both cases by Apple and Google. Applications like Skype and WhatsApp Messenger, that replace the traditional revenue sources of voice and texting, are being installed by growing numbers of subscribers.


    In North America on fixed networks, mean usage remained generally flat at the high end (22.7 GB from 23.0 GB reported in May) and median usage dropped to 5.8 GB from 7.0 GB. This shows that while subscribers aren't using more traffic overall the usage gap between heavy and light users is broadening and that more data is being used during the small peak period window. In Asia-Pacific fixed networks, median monthly usage is 17.7 GB, which is the largest we have observed.


    “The fact that more video traffic is going to devices other than a PC should be a wake-up call that counting bytes is no longer sufficient for network planning. Communications Service Providers need to have detailed business intelligence on not only the devices being used but also the quality and length of the videos being watched so they can engineer for a high subscriber quality of experience and not simply adding capacity through continuous capital investment,�? said Dave Caputo, CEO, Sandvine.
    http://www.sandvine.com

    Broadband Forum Issues First GPON ONU Certifications

    The Broadband Forum announced that seven products have now passed its new GPON ONU Certification Program and achieved full certification. The seven vendors whose products have achieved the first G-PON certifications are: Alcatel-Lucent, Broadlight, Cambridge Industries Group, Huawei, PMC-Sierra, PT Inovacao and Tecom.


    Enrollment in the certification program is now open to G-PON ONU products with Ethernet interfaces and is based on the Broadband Forum's OD-247 test plan. It tests conformance to TR-156 using OMCI as defined in the ITU G.988, which are the most critical standards to interoperable implementations. http://www.broadband-forum.org

    Infinera Sees Possible Impact of Flooding in Thailand

    Flooding in Thailand is impacting the operations of component and service suppliers to the optical industry, and Infinera is planning for some supply chain disruption. Fabrinet, one of Infinera's contract manufacturers, reported this week a significant escalation of the impact of the flooding on its facilities in Thailand. Based on the information available at this time, Infinera said it currently estimates the potential negative impact to its December quarter guidance to be in the range of 5-15% of revenues. http://www.infinera.com

    ADTRAN Advances its Optical Networking Edge

    ADTRAN has broadened its Optical Networking Edge (ONE) portfolio to support scalable, multi-ring architectures and extend optical networking.


    ADTRAN's Optical Networking Edge (ONE) integrates network access and aggregation with optical edge metro transport using the company's flagship Total Access 5000 platform. This is achieved using a mini-ROADM transport module card with advanced network management capabilities.


    The new enhancements combine Packet Optical Transport System (P-OTS) with Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) and Ethernet LAN (ELAN). This enables the operator to extend resilient any-to-any Ethernet services across middle mile networks.


    "ADTRAN's ONE solution provides unmatched network edge scalability that can now be extended to middle mile applications for delivery of both legacy and innovative new business and residential services, as well as handle the increasing traffic from 4G/LTE mobile services,�? said Mano Nachum, packet optical networking product line manager, ADTRAN's Carrier Networks Division. "Our customers rely on ADTRAN as their strategic network evolution partner and we are committed to delivering the solutions that enable them to grow in a capitally efficient and operationally simplified manner with best-in-class technologies."

    Separately, ADTRAN announced that Consolidated Telephone has chosen to expand their existing Total Access 5000 infrastructure with ONE to provide an edge-optimizes Packet Optical Transport Solution. Consolidated Telephone serves business and residents in central Nebraska. http://www.adtran.com

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Tellabs Revenue Falls to $314 million

    Tellabs reported Q3 2011 revenue of $314 million, compared with $430 million in the year-ago quarter. North American revenue declined to $151 million, and revenue outside North America rose to $163 million.


    For the third quarter of 2011, Broadband segment revenue was $170 million, down 15% from the yearago quarter. Transport segment revenue was $87 million, down 49%. Services segment revenue was $57
    million, down 6%.


    On a GAAP basis, Tellabs recorded a net loss of $138 million or 38 cents per share in the third quarter of 2011, compared with net earnings of $57 million or 15 cents per share in the third quarter of 2010. The loss was primarily driven by a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $83 million; a non-cash in-process R&D impairment charge of $20 million; and previously announced restructuring charges of $20 million.



    “We're disappointed by third-quarter revenue in North America,�? said Rob Pullen, Tellabs president and
    chief executive officer. “Yet we're encouraged by the continuing growth of our business outside North
    America, which generated more than half of Tellabs' quarterly revenue for the first time.�?http://www.tellabs.com

    PCTEL Acquires Envision Wireless

    PCTEL, which develops antenna, scanning receiver, and network solutions, acquired the assets of Envision Wireless, an engineering services business based in Melbourne, Florida. Envision focuses on the RF issues pertaining to in-building coverage and capacity and its target market is relevant to PCTEL's antenna and scanning receiver businesses. The company provides value-added analysis of collected data. They provide services to the public cellular carriers, network infrastructure providers, and real estate concerns. Financial terms were not disclosed.
    on.

    “In-building represents one of our key, vertical antenna markets,�? said Marty Singer, PCTEL's Chairman and CEO. “Additionally, our scanning receivers are widely used by network engineers in resolving in-building design issues. We plan on expanding Envision's current operation and leveraging their activities into sales of both antennas and scanning receivers,�? added Singer.
    http://www.pctel.com

    F5 Posts Revenue of $314.6 million

    F5 Networks reported revenue of $314.6 million for its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, up 8 percent from $290.7 million in the prior quarter and 24 percent from $254.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010. For fiscal year 2011, revenue was $1.15 billion, up 31 percent from $882.0 million in fiscal year 2010.


    “In the first full quarter that VIPRION 2400 was generally available, demand for the new mid-range chassis exceeded our expectations. During the fourth quarter, we also saw strong demand for VIPRION 4400, our high-end chassis, particularly among our Telco customers.�?


    GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $67.6 million ($0.84 per diluted share) compared to $62.5 million ($0.77 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2011 and $48.2 million ($0.59 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter a year ago. GAAP net income for the year was $241.4 million ($2.96 per diluted share) versus $151.2 million ($1.86 per diluted share) in fiscal year 2010.
    http://www.f5networks.com

    Bytemobile Publishes Mobile Video Analytics Report

    Demand for higher-quality video resolution is growing steadily in mobile networks worldwide, according to Bytemobile newly released Mobile Analytics Report. Some key findings:

    • On average, mobile subscribers consume their total daily video content in a single session.


    • Video users click through multiple videos before terminating their session.


    • On average, mobile video subscribers watch 10 videos sequentially.


    • Across geographies, subscribers on un-optimized networks view approximately 60 seconds of each video clip, while subscribers on optimized networks watch 90 seconds.


    • On an average day, 17% of total laptop subscribers consume video content, compared to 11% of total iPhone subscribers and 7% of total Android subscribers. Less than one percent of feature phone subscribers attempt to consume video content.


    • During off-peak network hours, an individual subscriber will consume twice as much video content in a single session than they would during peak hours.


    • demanding higher-quality videos across all device types.


    • Form factor, screen size and user interface impact mobile video consumption.


    • Depending on network conditions and time of day, mobile videos stall between 5 percent and
      40 percent of the time.


    • Video optimization technology reduces stalling by 30-50 percent.
    http://www.bytemobile.com

    Broadcom Posts Q3 Revenue of $1.96 billion -- Up 8.4% YoY

    Broadcom reported Q3 2011 revenue of $1.96 billion, an increase of 8.4% compared with the $1.81 billion reported for the third quarter of 2010. Net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the third quarter of 2011 was $270 million, or $.48 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $328 million, or $.60 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2010.


    "Broadcom delivered record revenue and cash flow in Q3 with strength across all of our end markets - Home, Hand and Infrastructure," said Scott McGregor, Broadcom's President and CEO. "While our outlook reflects potential industry softness, our long-term strategy is to continue to outgrow the overall semiconductor market with product innovations that drive new market growth and value."http://www.broadcom.com

    DragonWave Debuts its "Avenue" Microcellular Solution

    DragonWave introduced its "Avenue" backhaul solution for small cell base stations.

    DragonWave's new product accommodates a wide range of 3G or 4G microcellular RAN access units and leverages an integrated backhaul antenna array supporting up to three simultaneous backhaul beam paths using frequencies ranging from 2 GHz to 80 GHz to deliver 1.2 Gbps of aggregate, full-duplex capacity. Alternatively, the Avenue can be backhauled via fiber or DSL.
    RAN base stations integrated into the Avenue can be backhauled over distances up to 4 km/2.5 mi. The Avenue's ultra-high capacity enables the support of a wide range of network topologies (self-healing rings, constrained meshes, point-to-point/daisy-chaining or multi-point).

    DragonWave said it engineered the Avenue to deliver the highest levels of spectral efficiency and reliability for carrier-grade delivery of advanced applications and services. http://www.dragonwaveinc.com.

    Alcatel-Lucent Builds 4G Consumer Communications Solution

    Alcatel-Lucent has developed an application for 4G that integrates voice and video-calling, instant messaging and group calling and across a variety of devices - smartphone, tablet or PCs.


    Alcatel-Lucent's new 4G Consumer Communications Solution uses flash-capable web browser technology to enable consumers to connect via video using virtually any PC or mobile internet device, so they don't need to figure out whether the person they are calling is using a compatible video service or device as they do today. Significantly, the solution leverages Alcatel-Lucent's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) to ensure the quality of experience for various communications and social services.


    Sandip Mukerjee, President, Advanced Communications Solutions at Alcatel-Lucent said: "By greatly simplifying access to the range of available communication formats and devices, Alcatel-Lucent's 4G Consumer Communications solution creates a ‘new conversation experience' that makes every contact as easy and reliable as a voice call. This improved experience will be welcomed by anyone who has ever suffered the frustration of juggling the multiple ways they connect with the people in their lives. Now subscribers just place the call in whatever format they choose and enjoy the service." http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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