Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sequans Makes NYSE Debut

Sequans Communications, a supplier of LTE and WiMAX silicon, completed an initial public offering of American Depositary Shares (ADSs), representing 7,700,000 ordinary shares, at a price to the public of $10.00 per ADS.

The company's shares are now trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SQNS.

Trading closed on Friday at $8.25

Sequans is based in Paris.


Fujitsu to Build Open, Wholesale FTTH Network in UK

Fujitsu UK announced plans to build an open access, wholesale FTTH network serving 5 million homes in rural Britain. The network would be an alternative to BT Openreach but use the company's existing underground ducts and telegraph poles. The FTTH network would use Cisco gear.

Fujitsu said some of the funding for this project could come from the £530 million earmarked by the UK Government to drive investment in superfast broadband in rural communities.

Virgin Media and TalkTalk have each confirmed their intention to buy wholesale access via this network to deliver services in remote parts of the UK. The network will also be open to other service providers on wholesale terms.

Virgin Media's CEO, Neil Berkett, said: "Virgin Media's involvement in this ground breaking project is part of our on-going drive to rapidly create a step change in the UK's digital evolution. Fujitsu's vision and global expertise provides an opportunity to change the game in terms of broadband provision in parts of the UK that are otherwise being left behind. We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make the ambition of a digitally-enabled society a reality beyond the country's cities and towns."http://www.fujitsu.com/uk/news/pr/fs_20110413.html

Infonetics: IP/Ethernet at 89% of all Mobile Backhaul Spending

The mobile backhaul equipment market grew 10.3% in 2010 over the previous year, to $6.84 billion worldwide,
according to a recently released Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services market share and forecast report from Infonetics Research.

Infonetics cites the addition of almost 1.5 billion mobile subscribers and 1.6 billion mobile broadband subscribers between 2011 and 2015 as the key driver. This growth will require more base stations, more cell site connections, higher backhaul capacities, and equipment for each cell site connection.

Infonetics also finds that Ericsson increased its lead in mobile backhaul microwave radio equipment revenue share, posting its best quarter in at least 2 years. As of the second half of 2010, Alcatel-Lucent, Tellabs, Cisco, and Huawei together own over 3/4 of the fast-growing Ethernet cell site routers and gateways segment.

"As operators refresh their 2G networks and transition to 3G, they almost universally adopt IP/Ethernet as the mobile backhaul solution to lower the costs of growing mobile data traffic, using IP as the base technology for 3G, LTE, and WiMAX networks. And the momentum is growing: 89% of the money spent on mobile backhaul equipment in 2010 was for IP/Ethernet gear, with the fastest growth happening in Ethernet cell site routers and gateways and Ethernet packet microwave equipment," explains Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

Orckit-Corrigent Expands R&D in India

Tel Aviv-based Orckit-Corrigent has established a new research and development branch in Chennai, India. The new facility includes multiple research labs and has been established to strengthen research and development efforts of Orckit-Corrigent's Packet Transport Network (PTN) solutions for Indian customers, as well as to extend the company's global R&D efforts.

Motorola and Huawei End Legal Tussle

Motorola Solutions and Huawei Technologies agreed tp settle all pending litigation.

Motorola Solutions has agreed to withdraw its claims and dismiss, with prejudice, Huawei as a defendant in the Motorola v. Lemko, et al. litigation pending in the Chicago federal district court.

For its part, Huawei has agreed to withdraw its claims and dismiss, with prejudice, its lawsuit against Motorola Solutions and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) in the Chicago federal district court. This allows Motorola Solutions to transfer its commercial agreements with Huawei to NSN for a fee, and allows NSN to receive and use Huawei confidential information to service the networks Motorola deployed worldwide using Huawei's products and technologies.

The companies noted that under a ten year partnership begun in 2000, Motorola resold certain Huawei products under the Motorola name. Over the next ten years, Motorola purchased $880 million in technology from Huawei that covered core networks and radio access networks.

"We regret that these disputes have occurred between our two companies. Motorola Solutions values the long-standing relationship we have had with Huawei. After reviewing the facts, we decided to resolve these matters and return to our traditional relationship of confidence and trust. I am pleased that we can again focus on having a cooperative and productive relationship," said Greg Brown, President & CEO of Motorola Solutions.

"With the resolution of these cases, and the misunderstandings put to rest, Huawei is pleased to move forward with its efforts to provide innovative solutions to its customers," said Guo Ping, Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President of Huawei.

Telefónica Forecasts 1-4% Annual Growth for 2010-2013

At its annual shareholder meeting, Telefónica predicted that it will outperform its major international competitors in subscriber and financial metrics as it grows at an annual pace of between 1% to 4%. This includes outpacing France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, BT, Vodafone and AT&T in terms of organic revenue growth, largely due to Telefónica's operations in Latin America. Strategic alliances with China Unicom and Telecom Italia are also predicted to be drivers of new growth in the years ahead.

Some highlights from the first day of the event:

The total number of accesses (wired subscriber lines + mobile users) in all its markets is expected to rise from 287.6 million in 2010 to 340 million users by 2013.

Telefónica expects Latin America will grow faster than other regions.

The main pillars of growth will be mobile broadband (expected growth of 30-35%), fixed broadband (expected growth of 4-7%), Apps & OTT (expected growth of 20%), Capturing the remaining mobile and fixed voice opportunities (access and voice revenues expected to decline 1-3%).

Mobile broadband penetration was about 10% at the end of 2010 and is expected to reach about 30% by the end of 2013.

For fixed broadband, Telefónica will continue "massive" deployment of ADSL (under 25 Mbps) across the majority of its footprint, and selective deployment of ultra-broadband (over 25 Mbps) in selective regions.

The Group's overall efficiency continues to improves. As measured by OPEX+CAPEX / Number of Accesses, efficiency improved by 8% from 2008 to 2010.

CAPEX will reach a cumulative 27 billion euros cumulatively over the 2011-2013 period.

The company aims to keep OPEX+CAPEX / Revenues at about 4%.

The company's integrated backbone capacity increased 2.2X from 2008 to 2010.

More than 50% of the company's mobile data traffic is video already.

Telefónica believes in tiered pricing for mobile data traffic, but will take steps to increase usage of mobile data, new services and applications. The tiered pricing may be specific service tariffs for applications (email, chat, social networking), buckets of MB or GB, speeds such as 2/7/14 Mbps, or time of day (MB used are divided in half during off peak hours). Tiered pricing is already being put in place in each market.

Telefónica is looking at both NFC and CDN mobile services.

By 2013, Telefónica expects to deploy a CDN spanning 35 countries.

The number of online payments that the company gets from its subscribers increased by 5X from 2008 to 2010.

The company bolstered its shareholder remuneration policy, confirming a payout of €1.75 per share in 2012 and a minimum annual dividend of €1.75 per share from 2012.

Telefónica expects an OIBDA margin at the upper 30s range, with limited erosion from 2010.

http://www.telefonica.com http://www.telefonica.com/ext/investor_conference/en/agenda_presentations.shtml
  • In February 2011, Telefónica announced that its global revenues grew 7.1% in 2010 to 60,737 million euros (+9.9% in 4Q), driven by Latin America (+13.3%) and Europe (+12.7%) and the growing contribution of its mobile data business (close to 9,300 million euros, +19.3% year-on-year organic growth). The number of access lines (mobile and fixed) also grew by 7.2% and the company now has 287.6 million accesses worldwide. In 2010, the Company registered organic net adds of 19.2 million accesses. In Spain, despite the fierce competitive environment, net adds in the last year were six times the gains registered in 2009 in comparable terms.

    Mobile accesses at the Telefónica Group stood at 220.2 million at the end of 2010, a year-on-year growth of 8.9% (both in organic and reported terms). Organic net additions reached 18.2 million in 2010 (1.3 times those recorded in 2009).

Airspan Picks NetLogic Multi-Core Processors for 4G LTE Base Stations

Airspan Networks has selected NetLogic Microsystems' XLP multi-core, multi-threaded processors to power and boost the performance of its Air4G family of 4G LTE base stations.

NetLogic said its processor is ideally suited for LTE base stations because it combines quad-issue, quad-threading and superscalar out-of-order execution with a high-performance floating point unit and a low latency tri-level cache architecture to deliver significant data plane and control plane performance.

Airspan's Air4G base station integrates capabilities such as MIMO and advanced Frequency Domain Scheduling. These capabilities enable higher throughput and capacity and better use of the spectrum which all translate to an improved user experience at a lower operator cost. It is available with two to four transmitters and two to four receivers and can be deployed with a remote radio head (RRH). The Air4G products operate in the 700 MHz, 1.4 GHz, 2.3-2.7 GHz and 3.3-3.8 GHz bands.http://www.netlogicmicro.com http://www.airspan.com.

nTelos Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's EV-DO and IP/MPLS Backbone

nTelos Wireless, which serves the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. has selected Alcatel-Lucent to expand and upgrade its existing wireless broadband network in Hagerstown, MD. The deployment includes Alcatel-Lucent's EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology, a high performance IP mobile backhaul network using the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, and professional services.

nTelos Wireless received funding for this project under the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utility Service (RUS) broadband stimulus program.

Alcatel-Lucent has been the exclusive provider of CDMA technology throughout nTelos' markets in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and North Carolina since 2007.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

FBI Acts Against Coreflood Botnet

The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI took action to disrupt the Coreflood botnet, which is believed to have infected some 2 million Windows PCs with keylogging software and other malware.

Specific actions include:

  • The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut has filed a civil complaint against 13 unnamed perpetrators engaged in wire fraud, bank fraud, and illegal interception of electronic communications.

  • Search warrants were obtained for computer servers throughout the country, and a seizure warrant was obtained in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut for 29 domain names. Five command and control servers that remotely controlled hundreds of thousands of infected computers were seized, as were 29 domain names used by the Coreflood botnet to communicate with the C & C servers.

  • Investigators obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO), authorizing the government to respond to signals sent from infected computers in the United States in order to stop the Coreflood software from running, thereby preventing further harm to hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting users of infected computers in the United States.

Microsoft announced the addition of Win32/Afcore (Coreflood) malware detection in its Malicious Software Removal Tool to help minimize the malware's future impact. Microsoft also created a website to provide information and tools to help people get rid of botnet malware in order to regain control of their computers.

"Botnets and the cyber criminals who deploy them jeopardize the economic security of the United States and the dependability of the nation's information infrastructure," said Shawn Henry, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. "These actions to mitigate the threat posed by the Coreflood botnet are the first of their kind in the United States and reflect our commitment to being creative and proactive in making the Internet more secure."http://newhaven.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel11/nh041311.htmhttp://www.microsoft.com

Juniper Releases MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways

Juniper Networks introduced its MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways for delivering secure network connectivity for mobile devices.

The new MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways, with the Junos Pulse client, deliver mobile, remote network access with Juniper's SSL VPN and local access with Unified Access Control (UAC) technologies in a modular, purpose-built chassis. Key features include:

Application Density— The MAG Series supports SSL VPN and network access control (NAC) applications.

Massive Scalability — Designed for use by SMBs to large enterprises, the MAG Series supports anywhere from 100 to 40,000 concurrent Junos Pulse Secure Access Service remote and mobile access users, and from 200 concurrent guest users to 60,000 NAC users.

Personality Switching — The Junos Pulse Secure Access Service and Junos Pulse Access Control service application modules can change personality, allowing administrators to reconfigure from securing one mode of access to another.

Cross-platform — Support for many types of mobile devices — notebooks, netbooks, smartphones, tablet devices, etc. and nearly any operating system (Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, Linux, Apple iOS, Google Android, Nokia Symbian, Microsoft Windows Mobile, and so on).

Leverage Existing Infrastructure — The MAG Series and its application services leverage existing security infrastructure — from existing backend data stores and directories, to 802.1X switches and access points, as well as deployed Juniper Networks firewalls and security gateways — to deliver secure, identity- and role-enabled network and application access control, regardless of the user's location, saving SMBs and enterprises time, and simplifying network administration and maintenance.

Orange Business Wins Global Network Deal with NZ Govt

Orange Business Services has won a new contract to deliver global networking services for New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The MPLS VPN network will connect New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with relevant government agencies and global offices across 56 sites in 52 countries. Service supported include secure voice, video, remote access, mobile working and unified communications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orange Business Services already counts 10 other foreign ministries as customers.


AboveNet and Equinix Complete Interoperability Tests with EANTC

AboveNet completed an interoperability test across Equinix's Carrier Ethernet Exchange (ECEE) platform between London and Frankfurt. The tests, which were carried out by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), validated AboveNet's compliance with MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) standards for quality and interoperability.

By adding two new Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange locations in Europe to its existing US connections provides an even wider audience access to AboveNet's extensive Ethernet, VPN and IP suite of products.http://www.above.net