Sunday, November 20, 2011

Australia's NBN Co. Hires BT Exec to Serve as COO

Australia's NBN Co named Ralph Steffens as its first Chief Operating Officer. He will have overall responsibility for construction of the National Broadband Network as well as deployment planning, network operations and IT.


Born in Germany, Mr Steffens joins NBN Co from the UK where he was, until recently, Managing Director, Service Delivery, for BT Group plc, where he oversaw the upgrade of Britain's broadband infrastructure. Prior to this, at COLT Telecom, he delivered a 15,000km Pan European telecommunications network across 12 countries.
http://www.nbncom.com

Telefónica and China Unicom to Use Each Other's POPs

Telefónica and China Unicom reached a strategic agreement to use Points-of-Presence (POPs) on each other's networks. Specifically, Telefónica will be able to use PoPs on China Unicom's network in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, France, and Sweden. China Unicom in turn will be able to enhance their network with PoPs set up on Telefónica's network in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


The deal represents a further step forward in the strategic alliance signed by the two companies in 2009http://www.telefonica.com
  • In January 2011, China Unicom and Telefónica will deepen their cooperation by investing the equivalent of US$500 million in the other party through the purchase of each party's shares.


  • In 2009, China Unicom and Telefonica invested US$1 billion in the other party's shares and entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement.

Brocade Reports Upturn for its Ethernet Business

Brocade reports financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended October 29, 2011: .revenue of $550 million, representing an increase of over 9% quarter-over-quarter and up slightly year-over-year, and resulting in a diluted loss per share of $(0.01) on a GAAP basis and diluted earnings per share of $0.16 on a non-GAAP basis.


"Brocade achieved outstanding results in Q4 that were led by record revenues for our Ethernet business, fast adoption of our 16 Gbps Fibre Channel products, improvements in profitability, and a record cash flow quarter from operations," said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade. "These strong performances demonstrate that we are executing well on our long-term strategy. Looking at FY 12, we plan to leverage this momentum along with our highly differentiated innovation strategy, expanding product portfolio, and our strong routes to market."


During the fourth quarter, Brocade generated strong operating cash flow of $206 million, repurchased 46.5 million shares of common stock, over 9% of the outstanding shares, valued at approximately $200 million, and paid down $50 million on its existing term loan balance.


Revenue for Brocade's Storage business, including products and services, was $361.3 million in the fourth quarter, up 8% sequentially and down 4% year-over-year. The higher sequential revenue for Storage reflected strong demand across all Storage product families including the ramp of its next-generation 16 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Fibre Channel products which reached approximately $40 million in the quarter.


Revenue for Brocade's Ethernet business, including products and services, was a record $189.2 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 12% quarter-over-quarter and an increase of 11% year-over-year. The year-over-year growth in Ethernet was driven primarily by Service Provider and Enterprise customers, with revenues from those customers up 18% from the prior year. The Federal Ethernet business was down 14% year-over-year, but up 39% sequentially, as Federal orders improved in the fourth quarter. Revenue for the Ethernet business for the full fiscal year 2011 was a record $670 million, up 11% compared to fiscal 2010, driven by growth in Service Provider and Enterprise customers.
http://www.brocade.com

CableLabs Opens in San Francisco

CableLabs opened a new office in San Francisco. The new office will serve as a base of operations for specific engagements aligned with the intersection of IP communications and broadband application technologies.


Comcast Senior Vice President of Engineering John Carney, who is working on behalf of CableLabs through 2012, is assisting in the establishment of the office and is leading programs related to the new facility. Working closely with Carney is CableLabs' Senior Vice President of Technology Development Jean-François Mulé, who will lead the San Francisco office's technical staff in support of these and other CableLabs programs. CableLabs expects to add software engineers and technology specialists to this office through the remainder of the year and into 2012. http://www.cablelabs.com

Sprint Wholesale Offers 4G Fixed Business Access

Sprint Wholesale Solutions announced the availability of 4G Fixed Business Access, a business grade solution that MVNOs can offer to SMB customers. Sprint 4G averages download speeds between 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of over 10 Mbps and is available to 120 million people in 71 markets across the United States.


“We are the first national wireless carrier in the U.S. to offer this solution to our wholesale customers, allowing them to embolden their customer base of SMB and home offices with data access at 4G speeds.�?
Small branch or remote offices can enjoy the power and security of a business-class router and convenience of a wireless connection to the Internet, without on-site IT management. Sprint Wholesale MVNO customers can deliver corporate security policies, failover technology and 3G/4G access for virtually anytime Internet connectivity to small, remote and temporary offices at a fraction of the cost of most current solutions.http://sprint.com/wholesale

Mobile Applications to get a Rating System

On Tuesday, CTIA-The Wireless Association will announce a mobile application rating system with the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). http://www.ctia.org

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Australia's NBN Co. Hires BT Exec to Serve as COO

Australia's NBN Co named Ralph Steffens as its first Chief Operating Officer. He will have overall responsibility for construction of the National Broadband Network as well as deployment planning, network operations and IT.


Born in Germany, Mr Steffens joins NBN Co from the UK where he was, until recently, Managing Director, Service Delivery, for BT Group plc, where he oversaw the upgrade of Britain's broadband infrastructure. Prior to this, at COLT Telecom, he delivered a 15,000km Pan European telecommunications network across 12 countries.
http://www.nbncom.com

Telefónica and China Unicom to Use Each Other's POPs

Telefónica and China Unicom reached a strategic agreement to use Points-of-Presence (POPs) on each other's networks. Specifically, Telefónica will be able to use PoPs on China Unicom's network in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, France, and Sweden. China Unicom in turn will be able to enhance their network with PoPs set up on Telefónica's network in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


The deal represents a further step forward in the strategic alliance signed by the two companies in 2009http://www.telefonica.com
  • In January 2011, China Unicom and Telefónica will deepen their cooperation by investing the equivalent of US$500 million in the other party through the purchase of each party's shares.


  • In 2009, China Unicom and Telefonica invested US$1 billion in the other party's shares and entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement.

Brocade Reports Upturn for its Ethernet Business

Brocade reports financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended October 29, 2011: .revenue of $550 million, representing an increase of over 9% quarter-over-quarter and up slightly year-over-year, and resulting in a diluted loss per share of $(0.01) on a GAAP basis and diluted earnings per share of $0.16 on a non-GAAP basis.


"Brocade achieved outstanding results in Q4 that were led by record revenues for our Ethernet business, fast adoption of our 16 Gbps Fibre Channel products, improvements in profitability, and a record cash flow quarter from operations," said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade. "These strong performances demonstrate that we are executing well on our long-term strategy. Looking at FY 12, we plan to leverage this momentum along with our highly differentiated innovation strategy, expanding product portfolio, and our strong routes to market."


During the fourth quarter, Brocade generated strong operating cash flow of $206 million, repurchased 46.5 million shares of common stock, over 9% of the outstanding shares, valued at approximately $200 million, and paid down $50 million on its existing term loan balance.


Revenue for Brocade's Storage business, including products and services, was $361.3 million in the fourth quarter, up 8% sequentially and down 4% year-over-year. The higher sequential revenue for Storage reflected strong demand across all Storage product families including the ramp of its next-generation 16 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Fibre Channel products which reached approximately $40 million in the quarter.


Revenue for Brocade's Ethernet business, including products and services, was a record $189.2 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 12% quarter-over-quarter and an increase of 11% year-over-year. The year-over-year growth in Ethernet was driven primarily by Service Provider and Enterprise customers, with revenues from those customers up 18% from the prior year. The Federal Ethernet business was down 14% year-over-year, but up 39% sequentially, as Federal orders improved in the fourth quarter. Revenue for the Ethernet business for the full fiscal year 2011 was a record $670 million, up 11% compared to fiscal 2010, driven by growth in Service Provider and Enterprise customers.
http://www.brocade.com

CableLabs Opens in San Francisco

CableLabs opened a new office in San Francisco. The new office will serve as a base of operations for specific engagements aligned with the intersection of IP communications and broadband application technologies.


Comcast Senior Vice President of Engineering John Carney, who is working on behalf of CableLabs through 2012, is assisting in the establishment of the office and is leading programs related to the new facility. Working closely with Carney is CableLabs' Senior Vice President of Technology Development Jean-François Mulé, who will lead the San Francisco office's technical staff in support of these and other CableLabs programs. CableLabs expects to add software engineers and technology specialists to this office through the remainder of the year and into 2012. http://www.cablelabs.com

Sprint Wholesale Offers 4G Fixed Business Access

Sprint Wholesale Solutions announced the availability of 4G Fixed Business Access, a business grade solution that MVNOs can offer to SMB customers. Sprint 4G averages download speeds between 3-6 Mbps, with bursts of over 10 Mbps and is available to 120 million people in 71 markets across the United States.


“We are the first national wireless carrier in the U.S. to offer this solution to our wholesale customers, allowing them to embolden their customer base of SMB and home offices with data access at 4G speeds.�?
Small branch or remote offices can enjoy the power and security of a business-class router and convenience of a wireless connection to the Internet, without on-site IT management. Sprint Wholesale MVNO customers can deliver corporate security policies, failover technology and 3G/4G access for virtually anytime Internet connectivity to small, remote and temporary offices at a fraction of the cost of most current solutions.http://sprint.com/wholesale

Mobile Applications to get a Rating System

On Tuesday, CTIA-The Wireless Association will announce a mobile application rating system with the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). http://www.ctia.org

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ASSIA Tunes its DSL Optimization with Test Tools

ASSIA has enhanced its flagship DSL Expresse toolset for optimizing the performance of DSL networks with a new release that includes a mobile application that enables field technicians to quickly see the performance characteristics of selected subscriber lines.


ASSIA DSL Expresse 2.5, integrates with standards-based DSL equipment, uses the new iPhone/iPad app to for on-the-go troubleshooting of DSL transmission quality, stability, and overall network performance. The DSL diagnostics are measured on the network side from the central office or aggregation platform down through the copper infrastructure to the subscriber. Moving beyond the PHY layer, DSL Expresse also now delivers Layer 2 monitoring and analysis with customized reports.


In addition, ASSIA's new DSL Expresse version features a VDSL Predictor that identifies DSLs that are prime candidates for conversion to VDSL. The algorithm is able to predict VDSL performance based on prior ADSL to VDSL migrations and comparable line performance for ASSIA customers. http://www.assia-inc.com

NetScout Acquires Simena for Packet Flow-based Monitoring Switch

NetScout Systems has acquired privately-held Simena, a developer of high performance, low-latency IP packet flow-based network monitoring switching technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Simena enables IT organizations and service providers to aggregate, filter and control network traffic for data, voice, and video monitoring and cybersecurity deployments. The Simena switching technology aggregates, load-balances and disseminates network traffic and offers 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching capabilities. The company is based in Sterling, Virginia.

NetScout said Simena's technology will further strengthen its Unified Service Delivery Management strategy – extending the company's pervasive visibility capabilities by enabling fine-grained packet-flow control for monitoring environments to better leverage critical network monitoring points. http://www.netscout.com

U.S. Cable Operators Target Better Energy Efficiency

U.S. cable industry today announced a new initiative dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of consumer set-top boxes and other devices and developing advanced cable-enabled services designed to promote innovative consumer energy conservation measures.


CableLabs plans to open a new Energy Lab as part of a new initiative by U.S. cable operators to focus on power efficiency. The initiative will develop specifications for both cable video devices and network support systems. Among other things, these specifications will enable the manufacturing of devices that have “sleep�? capabilities to reduce power consumption when subscribers are not actively watching television. After successful field testing of set-top boxes with next generation power management semiconductors, cable operators will begin promoting the deployment of these devices as part of their ongoing efforts to provide functional, reliable and energy efficient services.


The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CableLabs said that cable operators providing service to approximately 85 percent of U.S. cable customers have committed to ensure that by the end of 2013 at least 90 percent of all new set-top boxes they purchase and deploy will be ENERGY STAR 3.0 devices.


“This important energy initiative will build upon the industry's exemplary record of improving the energy efficiency of successive generations of video devices and services without government intervention, and more importantly it will chart our energy conservation course for the future,�? said Michael Powell, NCTA President & CEO. http://www.ncta.com

América Móvil and AT&T Sign Strategic Accord

América Móvil and AT&T announced a strategic accord to explore ways of delivering enhanced communication services to multinational companies throughout Latin America.


The memorandum of understanding calls for the two companies to develop means of expanding and enhancing the coverage of their respective IP networks, to deliver the most sophisticated services and solutions to multinational companies in and from emerging markets. AT&T would be able to deepen its existing reach in Latin America using America Movil networks in 15 countries throughout the region. America Movil would benefit from being able to use AT&T's global network infrastructure to provide global IP-based services to its customers in the United States and the rest of the world.


América Móvil currently serves more than 300 million fixed and mobile accesses in the Americas. Its network assets reach across 18 countries in the Americas and includes more than 294 million fiber route kilometers, internet data centers in each of the major metropolitan markets, fixed broadband data and hybrid-fiber coax networks passing more than 42 million households, and 5 satellites in orbit providing broad coverage for the PayTV service.


"We are pleased with the proposed expansion of our long standing and trusted relationship with AT&T," said Isidoro Ambe Attar, Chief Executive, Telmex Corporate and Global Services. "We have been working side by side for 20 years, sharing technology and operational expertise. Our proposed strategic agreement further reinforces our commitment to offer the best and broadest services to our customers." http://www.att.com http://www.americamovil.com

  • As of September 30, 2011, América Móvil had 241.5 million wireless subscribers and 56.4 million fixed revenue generating units in the Americas.

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