Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ADTRAN Posts Record Sales of $165 Million, up 33% YoY

ADTRAN reported record Q4 2010 sales of $165,329,000 for the quarter, up 33% compared to $124,231,000 for the fourth quarter of 2009. Operating income increased 71% to $44,857,000 for the quarter compared to $26,236,000 for the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income increased 93% to $35,960,000 for the quarter, compared to $18,615,000 for the fourth quarter of 2009. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, increased 93% to $0.56 for the quarter, compared to $0.29 for the fourth quarter of 2009.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, "Our fourth quarter results highlight the demand that has been building in our business as quarterly and yearly sales both achieved new record levels. Most notably in the quarter, total sales of our three growth categories increased 50% over the fourth quarter the prior year. This performance included individual records in each of these categories. Broadband Access saw growth of 75% over the fourth quarter the prior year led by expanding deployments of our Total Access 5000 platform and related services revenue. Our Internetworking category grew 37% over the fourth quarter the prior year as we continued to see growth across all of our distribution channels. Optical Access grew 24% over the fourth quarter the prior year, indicative of the strength we saw across all of our mobility products. We believe increasing customer investments are aligned well with our strategic areas of focus and that we are positioned well for long term growth."http://www.adtran.com

DOCOMO, China Mobile and KT Talk Collaboration

NTT DOCOMO, China Mobile and KT announced a broad-based business tie-up. The three companies will consider opportunities for collaboration, particularly in view of dramatic changes occurring in the mobile market, including the further globalization of corporate activities and the sharply rising popularity of smartphones. Specific areas to be looked at include international roaming, enterprise services, LTE and other network technologies, smartphones and common platforms.

Juniper Appoints VP pf Enterprise Marketing

Juniper Networks named Brad Brooks as vice president of worldwide enterprise marketing and solutions, reporting to Lauren Flaherty, executive vice president and chief marketing officer. Brooks joins Juniper from Microsoft, where he served as corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Marketing and Product Management.

O2 Plans Free Wi-Fi Service Across UK

Telefónica O2 UK unveiled plans for a "market-changing," free, public Wi-Fi network across UK. O2 Wifi will operate a series of premium hotspots managed through partnerships with key venue owners.

O2 said its aims to at least double the number of premium hotspots currently offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud combined by 2013. It will begin rollout immediately by replacing its existing 450 Cloud hotspots in its retail and office estate.

Access to the hotspots will be free to both O2 and non-O2 mobile customers. All hotspots will be premium public hotspots, as opposed to using residential connections with limited bandwidth.

In addition, O2 announced plans to increase investment in its mobile network by 25% in 2011.

"Building networks is a core capability. We have pioneered the explosion of mobile data over the last three years and know better than anyone where people are accessing data. O2 Wifi hotspots will bring high quality public Wi-fi access to the majority of mobile users," said O2's New Business Development Director Tim Sefton. "Only 20% of people who have access to free public Wi-Fi on O2 tariffs actively use it despite the majority of devices being Wi-Fi enabled. We know that Wi-Fi as a technology has great potential and can be a very fast service, however customers are discouraged by barriers which include complexity in activation, uncertainty of where Wi-Fi is free and the variable quality of the current experience.

The announcement comes as BSkyB reportedly is negotiating to acquire The Cloud. This deal would provide Sky's 2.8 million fixed line broadband customers with access to The Cloud's European network of 22,000 hotspots.http://www.o2.co.uk/

ip.access Intros S Class Office Femtocell for 8 Users

ip.access introduced an "S" class 3G femtocell designed for use in smaller offices and shops. The new S class supports up to eight simultaneous users along with some carrier management capabilities. The new S class femtocell is designed for use in smaller offices and shops and can support up to eight simultaneous users.

It is based on the technology used in AT&T's 3G MicroCell femtocell. Unlike residential femtocell units, however, the S class femtocells can be configured for open access, two-way handover with the macro network and real-time alarms, making them ideal for targeted deployment in high traffic or high value locations such as busy retail stores and offices. The first operator trials are underway.

"Home femtocells are fast becoming an integral part of operators' network strategies, but some of the heaviest data usage occurs within offices and public indoor locations. Now, with our S class and E class nano3G products we can provide easy, open access, solutions that both improve the service for end users and ease network congestion for the mobile network operator," said Dr Andy Tiller, SVP of Product Management & Marketing at ip.access.http://www.ipaccess.com/

Canada's WIND Mobile Implements HD Voice

Canada's WIND Mobile, which launched its network just over one year ago, is implementing Wide Band AMR, otherwise known as HD Voice, using Huawei's technology. Specifically, Huawei's core network is customized specifically to support enhanced voice frequency range from 200-3400Hz to 50-7000Hz.

"Our shared commitment to providing the latest technology innovations to our customers made Huawei the clear partner to drive our business forward," said Marius Armeanca, CTO, WIND Mobile. "Huawei was instrumental in helping us create a technology that will do for phones what high-definition did for television. With the customized Wide Band AMR Service, our customers will realize superior voice quality and an improved overall experience." http://www.huawei.com http://www.windmobile.ca/

PMC-Sierra Relocates HQ to Sunnyvale, California

PMC-Sierra has relocated its corporate headquarters from Santa Clara, California to Sunnyvale, California. The new facility provides PMC-Sierra with increased capacity, upgraded lab space, and new amenities for employees.http://www.pmc-sierra.com

ARRIS: 16X DOCSIS Bonding Yields 800 Mbps Downlinks

ARRIS and SK Broadband Inc. have bonded 16 downstream channels to deliver data throughput speeds of up to 800 Mbps. The testing occurred in SK Broadband's labs using an ARRIS C4 CMTS with Software Release 7.4 and an SK Broadband 16x4 modem.

"The ability to deliver 800 Mbps will enable cable operators to offer service that is competitive with operators using Fiber to the Premises and Passive Optical Networks," said ARRIS CTO Ken Wright. "By delivering this service over existing Hybrid Fiber Coaxial infrastructure, cable operators will be able to deliver a competitive service offering without making substantial investments in network upgrades."

"This is a very exciting technical milestone to have reached," said ARRIS VP Product Management Todd Kessler. "Data speeds about which we only once dreamed are becoming available to consumers and SK Broadband is leading the way. ARRIS has a long history of technological innovation as well as a commitment to open standards and multi-vendor interoperability, and this is a natural extension of our previous channel bonding deployments and a direct example of our commitment to the fast-developing broadband markets of Asia."http://www.arrisi.com/get/c4

Accedian Offers GPS and SynchE Support for its MetroNID

Accedian Networks announced several key features that enhance the synchronization and clock distribution capabilities of its MetroNID and MetroNODE 10GE demarcation units, including support for new GPS and Synchronous Ethernet options.

MetroNID GPS is designed to assure real-time services with an embedded GPS receiver that provides highly accurate clock synchronization for 1-way measurements of delay and delay variation of Ethernet links. It works with both indoor and outdoor antennas, tracks up to 12 satellites, and raises alarms if the GPS signal is lost.

The Synchronous Ethernet enables the deployment of the MetroNID with Synchronous Ethernet-enabled equipment to distribute synchronization and timing information across the network.

Other updates in Release 5.1 for the MetroNID include enhanced service creation capabilities that enable EVC creation based upon arbitrary lists of a full complement of CE-VLANs, in any combination. For the MetroNODE 10GE, Release 5.1 features a 4-port CE model, RFC 2544 test suite and environmental alarms. Both MetroNODE 10GE and MetroNID also now include RADIUS authentication enhancement and unified firmware.http://www.accedian.com

Juniper Gains U.S. FIPS Security Certification

More than 20 of Juniper Networks' routing, switching, security and access control products have recently completed the rigorous testing and certification procedures pursuant to the U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) and international Common Criteria standards that are considered prerequisites in many of the world's defense, civilian government and public sector network acquisitions. Newly certified are various members of Juniper Networks J Series Services Routers; M Series Multiservice Edge Routers; T Series Core Routers; MX Series Universal Edge Routers; EX Series Ethernet Switches; SRX Series Services Gateways; the LN Series Mobile Secure Router; and IC Series Unified Access Control (UAC) Appliances.http://www.juniper.net

CipherOptics Changes to Certes Network, Plans Virtual Security Appliance

CipherOptics has changed its name to Certes Networks, launched a re-branding initiative, and moved its corporate headquarters from Raleigh, North Carolina to Pittsburgh, PA.

Certes Networks also outlined its plans for providing a secure LAN extension from the data center to both public and private cloud infrastructures. Specifically, Certes plans to support secure connectivity to the cloud with a virtual appliance that can secure data among virtual machines in the cloud. The solution will use core technology from its CipherEngine encryption product and its low-latency appliance. General release of the solution is planned for the second half of 2011.

Certes said it believes its capability to support secure connectivity, bundled with a solution for secure and transparent migration from the data center to cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), will align with broad market adoption of the technology and will help enable the use of regulated data in cloud-based virtual environments.

"We are excited to announce our new name, Certes Networks," said Thomas Gill, the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Derived from the French and Latin words for truth, certainty, and assurance, the new name better reflects our commitment to providing the highest levels of data security without compromising network and application performance, and is better suited to the full breadth of the markets and technologies we support."http://www.certesnetworks.com

  • Certes Networks is headed by Thomas J. Gill, who formerly served as Chief Executive Officer and President of FORE Systems, a pioneering company in ATM switching.

  • Earlier this month, CipherOptics raised $21 million for its scalable network encryption. CipherOptics offers policy and key management solutions along with wire-speed encryption appliances for securing networks without changing the underlying infrastructure or application performance. The new funding round was led by existing investor Adams Capital Management and included new investors Blue Heron Capital, Intuitive Venture Partners, Next Stage Capital, Kestrel Asset Management and other individuals joining Origin Partners and Axiom Venture Partners as investors.

NTT Com Builds "Universal One" Service Linking Enterprises to Clouds

NTT Communications
is preparing to launch a "Universal One" service in Japan in the coming months that links cloud services with the private networks of its enterprise customers. NTT Com said its coming service would address the number one concern of enterprise cloud services to date, namely, reliability in providing continuous access to cloud resources. To address this, NTT Com will provide redundant access lines, enabling enterprises to rapidly deploy cloud-based networks on a reliable, low-cost, scalable basis.

Universal One will offer broad flexibility in terms of location, operations, layers and even the type of cloud they use (see attachment). Services will be available in four different levels of quality and cost, starting at Y16,800 per month for a layer 3 network in Japan.

Key features of Universal One will include:

  • Comprehensive services, which previously had to be segregated according to the customer's network layer and type of access line.

  • Four plans offering different levels of quality and cost, from premium service for top-level reliability and quality to best-effort service for basic-level bandwidth.

  • Easy three-step process for selecting the most appropriate plan, bandwidth and options.

  • No need to design or construct network to access cloud services.

  • a high-function Universal One terminal enables end-to-end management for strengthened network reliability and business continuity.

  • All service plans include a backup access line to assure network availability.

  • In addition to seamless interconnection of layer 2 and layer 3 networks, connection to NTT Com's BizCITY cloud services (some available only in Japan) is provided at no extra charge.

  • One-stop management-from Universal One terminal to cloud-helps to lower costs significantly compared to complicated conventional networks.

  • the global deployment will unify domestic and foreign networks operating on different specifications; enable universal management and billing; create seamless global networks that support multinational business operations.

NTT Com plans will begin accepting applications for Universal One in Japan in April. The service will launch in global markets sometime in September or thereafter.http://www.ntt.co.jp

XO Deploys BridgeWave's FlexPort for Wireless Links

XO Communications has deployed BridgeWave's FlexPort80 links to provide high-speed wireless network connectivity for customers not directly connected to the XO nationwide fiber network. FlexPort's single all-outdoor solution eliminated the need for XO Communications to allocate or lease rack space inside cabinets or in buildings. Alternative microwave solutions required two separate radios in order to provide less than full-rate gigabit connectivity.

XO Communications holds licenses for 28-31 Ghz broadband wireless spectrum in 75 markets across the U.S.

BridgeWave's FlexPort80 offers full-rate gigabit speeds, as well as the ability to support both native TDM and IP traffic without the mandate for pseudowire or other third party devices.http://www.bridgewave.comBridgeWave Communications, which supplies high-capacity, full-rate gigabit millimeter wave (60 GHz and 80 GHz) products, has expanded its FlexPort product family into the microwave domain. BridgeWave's FlexPort µWave microwave radio is a compact, all-outdoor unit capable of transmitting full-rate gigabit Ethernet. It features BridgeWave's Ethernet switching, digital modem and signal processing technologies and achieves full-rate gigabit transmissions in the lower frequency spectrum from 11 to 38 GHz. TheFlexPort family was designed for network operators wanting to either migrate to next-generation 4G networks from their existing 2G/3G networks, or for new service providers building "greenfield" WiMAX or LTE networks. The new FlexPort µWave offers a cost effective migration path from initial medium capacity (300Mbps) transport, to full-rate gigabit access and backhaul connections without the added expense of a second tower climb.

T-Mobile Austria Upgrades to HSPA+ with NSN

T-Mobile Austria has upgraded to HSPA+ to enable mobile data speeds of up to 21 Mbps. Nokia Siemens Networks has provided the improvement with its HSPA+ network software. The upgrade shortens voice and data call set-up and response times (latency) while increasing data speeds and improving smartphone battery life.
A further upgrade to 42 Mbps is planned. The software includes features that allow T-Mobile Austria to automate network processes and lower operating costs. In addition to this, Nokia Siemens Networks' NetAct software and Self Organizing Networks (SON) will enable the operator to constantly monitor the networks, simplify operations and enjoy additional cost savings.http://www.nsn.com

Ceragon to Acquire Nera -- Short and Long-haul Microwave Backhaul

Ceragon Networks agreed to acquire Nera Networks AS (NAS), a supplier of long-distance microwave radios, for approximately $48.5 million on a cash-free/debt free basis from Eltek ASA.

Ceragon said the deal offers a long-range radio portfolio, as well as substantial presence in Latin America and Africa, advancing its goal of becoming the leading supplier of wireless backhaul solutions. Nera's geographic focus complements Ceragon's position in Europe, Asia and North America, and adds experienced, professional services staff and capabilities around the world.

Nera Networks, which has its headquarters in Bergen, Norway, traces its history back to 1947. The company has about 800 employees with regional offices in Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Asia (through Nera Telecommunications Ltd., a separate company listed in Singapore).

The acquisition will be funded through a combination of cash on hand and approximately $35 million of bank debt. The transaction is expected to be accretive on a quarterly basis by the end of 2011.

"This is a very important step for both our companies, and one which will allow us - together - to immediately become the premier microwave backhaul specialist at a crucial juncture for the industry," said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon Networks.http://www.ceragon.com http://www.neraworld.com

Pacific Crossing Appoints Sumimoto as CEO

Pacific Crossing, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications, has appointed Mr. Takahiro Sumimoto as its new Chief Executive Officer. Sumimoto was recently a Vice President of NTT America, Inc. and also serves on the Board of Directors of Pacific Crossing.

Pacific Crossing's 21,000km fiber optic system consists of four fiber-pairs organized in four segments connecting four cable landing stations near major metropolitan areas in the United States and Japan.