Monday, February 21, 2011

Facing Govt Opposition, Huawei Drops Bid for 3Leaf Systems

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

NTT Data Acquires Singapore's Cornerstone Asia Tech Pte.

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

Alcatel-Lucent Uses Smartphones for 4G Packet Data Diagnostics

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

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

Verizon Wireless Employs Tektronix for LTE Monitoring

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

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

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

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

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

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

HP Aligns with Mformation for Mobile Device Management

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

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

LightSquared Raises $586 Million for its LTE+Satellite Rollout

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

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

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

Interoute Acquires KPN's Dark Fibre Network in Germany

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

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

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

TI and MIT Research Ultra Low Power 28nm Mobile Processors

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

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

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

Cisco Names Gary Moore Chief Operating Officer

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

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

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

Amazon Launches Unlimited Movie Streaming Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conexant Gets Higher Bid from Golden Gate Capital

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

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

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

Juniper and NSN Announce Carrier Ethernet Transport 2.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

Europe India Gateway Submarine Cable Ready for Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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