Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TeliaSonera IC Deploys 100G+ with NSN

TeliaSonera International Carrier has deployed a new 100G overlay network across Europe.

Specifically, the carrier has deployed a new 100G DWDM network based on Nokia Siemens Networks' hiT7300 platform that is operating with coherent CP-QPSK technology. The CP-QPSK modulation format is also used for TeliaSonera’s existing network to improve performance. Nokia Siemens Networks also provides a full set of care services including software maintenance, help desk as well as spare part management services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The new overlay network with our latest technology is fully integrated with Juniper routers to offer a seamless service portfolio to TeliaSonera’s subscribers. It will initially have 40 and 100GE (gigabit Ethernet) capacity with the potential to be upgraded to 400G and beyond,” stated Mikko Lavanti, head of optical networks customer sales and support at Nokia Siemens Networks.

“The increased adoption of bandwidth-hungry applications requires capacity upgrades,” said Mattias Fridström, vice president, head of technology, TeliaSonera International Carrier. “We share a long-standing relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks and are very satisfied with its installed base in 10G and 40G wavelengths across the European segment of our global network. Its leading technology for high capacity networks is exactly what we required for this major transition in our network." 
http://www.nsn.com http://www.teliasoneraic.com 

PureWave Selects Tail-f for Small Cell LTE

PureWave Networks has selected Tail-f Systems' ConfD software to build the on-device management system for its Constellation family of LTE small cell base stations.

ConfD auto-renders all critical northbound interfaces (CLI, Web UI, NETCONF, SNMP and a RESTFul API) from a single data model. It includes an embedded database, transaction management, and support for high-availability deployments.

PureWave’s Constellation small cell LTE base stations promise peak data rates of up to 1Gbps of LTE capacity and offer an array of advanced options, including multi-channel and multi-frequency support, advanced SON and traffic shaping. 
http://www.pwnets.com http://www.tail-f.com 31-Jul-12

Procera Tracks Streaming from London 2012

After a slow start, streaming of Olympic events picked up on Sunday, according to Procera Networks. 

The company cited significant spikes in streaming traffic in the U.S. and the UK that is tied to Olympic events. The company notes that the iPhone 4 reigns as the king of usage, significantly ahead of Android competitors in amount of streaming traffic consumed. http://blog.proceranetworks.com/ 

National LambdaRail & CENIC on Healthcare

National LambdaRail (NLR) and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) announced that they will partner in the delivery of ultra-high bandwidth services to healthcare organizations in California and Arizona.

Last week, NLR announced a partnership with AT&T on communication services for healthcare organizations, first in California and ultimately across the United States. The addition of CENIC to the partnership creates very comprehensive connectivity within the California and Arizona healthcare community.

"This is another vital step towards an integrated health information infrastructure for the United States,” said NLR Chairman and CEO Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. “These key partnerships for high volume, high speed data services to all medical institutions, put us well on the way towards making genomically-informed, evidence-based medical care a reality. Whole genome sequencing data can be deployed quickly to the service of clinical decision making at the point of care." 
http://www.nlr.net 31-Jul-12

  • Earlier this year, National LambdaRail transferred its Network Operations Center (NOC) to the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). In addition to optical layer services, CENIC will now be responsible for switch, router and engineering support desk NOC services and, in a recently expanded agreement, CENIC will deliver network design engineering capabilities for NLR.

IEEE 802.11 Adds QoS for Audio/Video Streaming, Prioritized Mgt Frames

The IEEE announced two significant improvements to 802.11 standards.

IEEE 802.11aa-20121 supports more robust audio and video streaming for IEEE 802.11 applications. The new spec adds several QoS features, including group-addressed transmission service, stream classification service, management of overlapping networks and support for the IEEE 802.1Q Stream Reservation Protocol. The IEEE said these enhancements for the 802.11 MAC (Medium Access Control) layer are intended to deliver a host of benefits, including improved management of audio/video stream quality, link reliability and application performance in instances such as when channel capacity is insufficient or when WLANs overlap on the same radio channel. IEEE 802.11aa is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

IEEE 802.11ae-20122 improves network performance by prioritizing management frames sent on an IEEE 802.11 wireless link. This new spec defines a mechanism for prioritizing management frames and a protocol for communicating prioritization policy. IEEE 802.11ae enables a more sophisticated prioritization capability that balances the need to move both network management information and data traffic and yields improved performance of IEEE 802.11 networks and the applications that use them. IEEE 802.11ae is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store. 
http://standards.ieee.org 31-Jul-12

Australia's Optus Picks NSN for 4G Modernization

Optus, one of the leading mobile operators in Australia, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as a partner for its key network modernization, including refarming the 900 MHz GSM frequency band, and providing infrastructure and services for LTE in Sydney and Perth. In addition, as part of this agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole LTE core provider for Optus. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its Single RAN platform, based on its compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The company is also providing its Evolved Packet Core platform including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). Optus’ LTE, GSM and 3G networks will be monitored, managed and optimized by Nokia Siemens Networks’ unified network management system, NetAct.

In addition to Optus’ in-house services capability, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Optus with a range of services, including network implementation, spectrum refarming, radio planning, optimization, project management, and care including spare part management, software maintenance, third-party software support and training.

"Spectrum is a scarce resource, so operators are seeking ways to make the best use of it. With this deal, Optus will re-use its existing spectrum to modernize its radio network and also offer 4G services cost-efficiently in one of the largest spectrum migration programs globally,” said Stephen McFeeley, head of Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our mobile broadband offering, based on the Liquid Core and Liquid Radio architectures, will assist Optus in managing the dynamic capacity and technology demands in one of the most advanced mobile broadband markets."

"Our major mobile network initiatives, including network enhancements, U900 MHz spectrum migration program and 4G services rollout aim to provide the best possible experience for our customers,” added Günther Ottendorfer, Managing Director, Networks at Optus. "Nokia Siemens Networks is a key network partner in supporting these initiatives." 
http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com 31-Jul-12

IBM Introduces Next Gen Intrusion Protection Appliance

IBM introduced a network security appliance that delivers a more granular view of a company's security posture and a simplified security management interface.

The IBM Security Network Protection XGS 5000 is described as a next-generation intrusion protection system designed to defend against evolving security threats, including those posed by social media sites and malicious websites. It builds on the core security features found in IBM Security Network Intrusion Prevention System, including helping protect against "zero-day" exploits, by adding new levels of visibility and control over the network, applications, data and users to help improve security by helping prevent misuse and identify previously undetectable threats.

IBM is also incorporating global threat intelligence from X-Force, including a Web filter database of over 15 billion URLs – capable of monitoring and categorizing millions of Web servers and applications each day to provide protection against the changing threat landscape.

The appliance allows customers to:
  • Discover which applications and Web sites are being accessed
  • Identify misuse by application, Website, and user
  • Enforce security policies with granular, intelligent application-level controls.
This visibility is increased via integration with IBM's Advanced Threat Protection Platform, which utilizes anomaly detection and event correlation capabilities to better address more complex attacks such as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). 

"The escalation of targeted attacks and rapid adoption of mobility, cloud and social media requires companies to take a new approach to securing the enterprise," said Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems Division. 

Telecom Argentina Posts Steady Growth

As of the end of June 2012, Telecom Argentina had 20,965,000 mobile customers, up 8% YoY, including roughly 18.7 million in Argentina and 2.2 million in Paraguay (including WiMAX). The overall subscriber base mix continued to improve with 32% being postpaid (+14% vs. 1H11). The company had 1,594,000 broadband access lines, up 9% over a year earlier.

Telecom Argentina reported a Net Income of P$1,294 million for the six months period ended June 30, 2012, or +1% when compared to the same period last year. Net income attributable to Telecom Argentina amounted to P$1,275 million (+1% vs. 1H11).

During 1H12, consolidated Revenues increased by 21% to P$10,380 million (+P$1,796 million vs. 1H11), mainly fueled by the Mobile Services, Broadband business and Fixed Data. Moreover, Operating Profit amounted P$1,882 million (-P$47 million vs. 1H11).

During 1H12, the overall traffic of voice minutes increased by 8% vs. 1H11. SMS traffic (incoming and outgoing charged messages) continued to increase, although at a slower pace of growth, due to other Internet alternatives provided by Personal. The traffic climbed to a monthly average of 5,401 million in 1H12 from 5,291 million messages in 1H11 (+2% vs. 1H11). Due to this increase in traffic and VAS usage, Average Monthly Revenue per User ("ARPU") increased to P$54,6 during 1H12 (+13% vs. 1H11).

In 1H12 Telecom Argentina launched cloud computing services for corporate ICT allowing virtual access to data center resources. 

isco, EMC and VMware Deliver Virtualized Data Center for Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport, which handles more than 21 million passengers each year, has implemented a virtualized data center using technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware.

The private cloud is built on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), Cisco Nexus® switches, EMC VNX storage system and VMware vSphere server virtualization software.

By centralizing and virtualizing different projects and applications to create virtual network resources, the airport expects to reduce its energy consumption and cooling costs by approximately 20 percent. So far, approximately 80 percent of its environment has been reduced which is estimated to reflect the removal of 70 physical servers from operation. 
http://www.cisco.com http://www.vmware.com 31-Jul-12

HomeGrid Forum Describes G.hn Interference Mitigation Techniques

The HomeGrid Forum published a whitepaper describing G.hn Interference Mitigation Techniques from neighboring PLC (Power Line Communications) networks in high-density environments such as Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDU) buildings. Such interference causes significant quality issues including IPTV freezing or failure, VOIP call interruptions, loss of data or even complete loss of network connectivity.

G.hn’s Neighboring Domain Interference Mitigation (NDIM) technology automatically mitigates interference between G.hn PLC networks using a range of measures, enabling near 100% network capacity for each network regardless of the number of nearby G.hn networks.

The White Paper, entitled: “PLC Neighboring Networks – How G.hn solves PLC’s Neighboring Networks Problem,” - explains the problems of both low and high level interference in neighboring networks, particularly in MDU environments where many PLC networks are installed nearby.

The whitepaper is posted online. 

Level 3 Extends Voice Services to Alaska and Hawaii

Level 3 Communications has expanded its voice service portfolio to Alaska and Hawaii. This brings Level 3's U.S. coverage to all 50 states. Level 3 currently offers local telephone number coverage to 87 percent of the U.S. population, more than any other domestic carrier. http://www.level3.com 31-Jul-12

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NTT DOCOMO's Smartphone for Beginners - Raku-Raku

NTT DOCOMO introduced the Raku-Raku SMART PHONE, the first smartphone designed for users who are new to touchscreen operations.

The Raku-Raku offers a 4-inch display with a simplified menu and large fonts for increased clarity and ease of use. The touch screen mimics the impression of a conventional phone key, allowing users to first confirm where their finger is touching by highlighting the contact point and then requiring them to press more strongly to actually select the menu button or icon. The device confirms the selection with a slight vibration and click. The menu has three large, easy-to-understand buttons for phone, email and phonebook-and also includes three programmable one-touch speed dial buttons.

Corning's Telecom Sales Rose 10% Sequentially in Q2

Last week, Corning reported its telecommunications segment sales were $559 million, a 10% sequential and 2% year-over-year increase. The sequential gain was driven by stronger optical fiber and cable products and enterprise network solutions sales. North America and China were the most robust geographies for Corning’s Telecommunications segment.

Looking forward, Corning said that it expects telecommunications segment sales to be consistent with the previous quarter and consistent with normal seasonal trends. Corning expects sales of optical fiber and cable in China to remain strong.

Analog Devices Intros Programmable Dual Clock for OTN

Analog Devices introduced a fully-programmable, jitter-attenuating, dual-clock translator IC for optical transport network (OTN) applications and high-density line cards. The AD9559 quad-input multiservice line card adaptive clock translator simultaneously supports different standard frequencies for wired communications applications, including synchronous Ethernet, SONET/SDH, 1/10/100G Ethernet, Fiber Channel, and other applications that require low jitter, flexibility and fast time-to-market.

The AD9559 translator IC synchronously converts any standard input frequency to any standard output frequency at up to 1.25 GHz with sub-400-fs RMS (root mean square) total jitter over a 12-kHz to 20-MHz integration bandwidth. The AD9559 replaces two synchronous timing devices with a single IC, helping designers with board space constraints and cost optimization.

Rostelecom Acquires Sky Link to Expand its Spectrum

Rostelecom, Russia’s national telecommunications operator, has acquired Sky Link CJSC, which currently owns licences in 76 Russian regions. The licenses cover over 90% of the total Russian population, which includes Moscow, St. Petersburg and several other major Russian cities. Sky Link’s licences enable the Company to provide services using CDMA-450 and UMTS-1900/2100 technologies in 65 regions, CDMA-450/2000 in 3 regions, GSM-1800 in 45 regions and GSM-900 in one region.

Alexander Provotorov, President of Rostelecom, commented: "The strategic acquisition of Sky Link enables us to strengthen our competitive position and increase the value of our Company. This was the last asset available in the market that could offer such extensive network coverage and unique frequencies. Sky Link is also the fourth operator to have obtained the remaining 3G frequencies in Russia. In addition, the consolidation of Sky Link’s assets marks an important landmark in our complex reorganisation process, which merges Svyazinvest with Rostelecom. The aim of this process is to eliminate any cross-ownership between the two companies, to simplify our shareholder structure and help attract interest from a broader range of investors."

UTStarcom to Divest IPTV Business

UTStarcom will divest its IPTV business into a privately-held, standalone company. Jack Lu will leave UTStarcom to lead the IPTV equipment business. In addition, UTStarcom will seek to accelerate the growth of its media operational support services business. http://www.utstar.com

AuthenTec for Fingerprint Sensors

Apple agreed to acquire AuthenTec, a specialist in mobile biometrics, for approximately $355 million.

AuthenTec provides smart fingerprint sensors and modules. The company also offers a comprehensive embedded security portfolio that includes IP security (IPsec) and SSL toolkits, DRM content protection, semiconductor IP and security processors.

AuthenTec claims nearly 200 foundational technology patents related to fingerprint biometrics covering fingerprint sensors and sensor packaging, software and end use. Top tier customers include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Fujitsu, HBO, HP, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Samsung, Sky, and Texas Instruments. AuthenTec is based in Melbourne, Florida.

Vodafone Egypt Picks Ericsson for Radio Upgrade

Vodafone Egypt has selected the Ericsson RBS 6000 base station for an upgrade of its radio access network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vodafone Spain Offers "joyn" Rich Communications to Competitors

Vodafone Spain has been offering a whole Rich Communication Suite to other operators in order to better compete with OTT providers. The umbrella name for the brand is joyn and the deployment in Spain is the world’s first joyn network. It offers users a combination of IM chat, video and file sharing services that are native on new smartphones or available as a downloadable client for those already in the market.

Vodafone Spain worked with Ericsson to develop the Rich Communication Suite evolved (RCSe) platform that joyn is based on. Ericsson supplied hardware, software and services, including Ericsson’s Messaging in One product which was adapted to meet the GSMA specification and then implemented as the joyn platform.

Vodafone said the ability to provide feature-rich services will bring users back to the network and in time will enable new revenue-generating services. The carrier noted interest in joyn from aroung the world, including New Zealand, India, China, the US, Canada, Turkey and Korea.

AT&T Looks to Repurchase More Shares

AT&T's Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 300 million additional shares, representing approximately 5 percent of AT&T shares outstanding, with no expiration date. This authorization is in addition to the 300 million share repurchase authorization approved by the Board of Directors in December 2010.

"This action allows us to continue returning cash to our shareholders through dividends and buybacks while maintaining a strong balance sheet and investing in the future of our business," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer.

Under the December 2010 authorization, AT&T had repurchased 143.5 million of its shares for about
$4.6 billion through June 30, 2012. Including dividends, the company returned nearly $10 billion to shareholders in the first half of 2012.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tellabs Reports Q2 Revenue of $288 million

Tellabs reported Q2 revenue of$288 million, compared with $317 million in the year-ago quarter. There was a net loss of $5 million or 1 cent per share in the second quarter of 2012, compared with a net loss of $29 million or 8 cents per share in the second quarter of 2011.

"In the second quarter, Tellabs grew revenue sequentially by 12%, generated $32 million in cash from operations, and improved margins and profitability," said Dan Kelly, Tellabs acting CEO and president. "We won new business and delivered major product releases. While we see a challenging
economic and industry environment ahead, our goals are to help customers succeed and to improve
Tellabs' profitability."http://www.tellabs.com/investors

MetroPCS Surpasses 700,000 LTE Subscribers- now 8% of Customers

MetroPCS delivered improved financial performance despite a net loss of 186,000 subscribers in Q2 as the cost of operating its network decreased.

Roger D. Linquist, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MetroPCS, said, "During the second quarter, we focused on generating Adjusted EBITDA and cash flow versus subscriber growth as we position for our anticipated launch of†4G LTE For All by the end of the third quarter... Looking towards the remainder of 2012, we believe demand for high-speed wireless broadband service will increase and we will be well positioned to meet that demand with our 4G LTE network, which now serves approximately 8% of our subscriber base. With our plan to manage our current spectrum holdings, we believe our subscribers' current and future anticipated data demands will be met. Importantly, we should have a full 10MHz dedicated to 4G LTE in most major metropolitan areas by the end of the year. "

Some notes:

  • Net loss of 186,062 subscribers in Q2

  • Quarterly churn of 3.4%, down 50 bps from the second quarter of 2011

  • Quarterly ARPU of $40.62, an increase of $0.13 over second quarter 2011

  • Surpassed 700 thousand 4G LTE subscribers, representing approximately 8% of total subscribers

  • Total subscribers at the end of the quarter numbered 9,292,251

  • Average revenue per user (ARPU) of $40.62 for the second quarter of 2012 represents an increase of $0.13 when compared to the second quarter of 2011.

  • Cost per user (CPU) decreased to $18.40 in the second quarter of 2012, or a 3% decrease over the second quarter of 2011, driven by a decrease in retention expense for existing customers as well as a decrease in long distance cost and taxes and regulatory fees. These items were partially offset by an increase in costs associated with the 4G LTE network upgrade and roaming expenses associated with Metro USA.

Ixia Posts Revenue of $92.3 Million

Ixia posted Q2 revenue of $92.3 million, compared with $69.0 million reported for the 2011 second quarter and $85.6 million reported for the 2012 first quarter. Second quarter 2012 revenue includes approximately $3.9 million attributable to the recently acquired Anue Systems for the period following the June 1, 2012 closing date. Net income (GAAP) was $26.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared with net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the 2011 second quarter.

"Our solid second quarter results were driven by healthy demand for our high-speed Ethernet, LTE and Wi-Fi products," commented Vic Alston, Ixia's president and chief executive officer. "We are very pleased with the momentum of our organic business -- on a standalone basis we generated record revenue and non-GAAP operating profit in the quarter."

Radisys Reports Q2 Revenue of $77.6 Million

Radisys reported Q2 revenues of $77.6 million and non-GAAP revenue of $77.7 million. Second quarter GAAP net income was $1.3 million or $0.05 per share and non-GAAP net income was $5.2 million or $0.17 per diluted share.

Commenting on the second quarter results, Mike Dagenais, Radisys' Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our second quarter non-GAAP earnings came in towards the higher end of our expectations. A favorable ATCA customer mix combined with strong Software-Solutions revenue, which was over 20% of total revenue, enabled non-GAAP gross margins of over 37%, our highest level in many years. When combined with tight expense controls, we were able to achieve our expected earnings target despite the lower than expected overall revenue levels."

The company noted 24 new wins across 21 different customers, 9 of which were new to Radisys. The design wins were a healthy blend between ATCA and Com Express; Com Express in particular had very strong wins across many applications including medical imaging, military communications, and photo radar. http://www.radisys.com

NETGEAR Posts Q2 Revenue of $321 Million, up 10% YoY

NETGEAR reported Q2 2012 net revenue of $320.7 million, as compared to $291.2 million in the comparable prior year quarter, 10.1% year-over-year growth. Net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, for the second quarter of 2012 was $21.5 million, or†$0.56 per diluted share.

Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR commented, "Despite the challenging macro environment in Europe, we are pleased that we finished the second quarter with double digit year-over-year worldwide revenue growth. We increased our R&D spend and we are excited about the 26 products introduced in Q2 as well as the new products planned for the rest of the year.† We continued to see strong revenue growth and market share gain in Asia Pacific, the fastest growing region in the world."http://investor.netgear.com

Facebook Hits 955 Million Users

Some key operational metrics from Facebook:
  • Monthly active users (MAUs) were 955 million as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 29% year-over-year.

  • Daily active users (DAUs) were 552 million on average for June 2012, an increase of 32% year-over-year.

  • Mobile MAUs were 543 million as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 67% year-over-year.

"Our goal is to help every person stay connected and every product they use be a great social experience," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "That's why we're so focused on investing in our priorities of mobile, platform and social ads to help people have these experiences with their friends."

Verizon Completes Acquisition of HUGHES Telematics

Verizon Communications completed its previously announced acquisition of HUGHES Telematics Inc.(HTI), providing the company with much greater resources for the delivery of automotive and fleet telematics and machine-to-machine services.

"Machine-to-machine services are beginning to play a vital role reshaping the business landscape and setting new consumer expectations about establishing valuable connections in their vehicles, their homes and the world around them," said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.† "This powerful combination will create a springboard for our clients to expand their business models and strengthen their customer relationships by creating new opportunities for connected services that address the increasingly sophisticated consumer and enterprise."†
  • Earlier this year, Verizon launched a new practice focused on developing telematics solutions that leverage the company's cloud and information technology (IT), security, global IP network and communications, and mobility and M2M technology platforms.

  • Hughes Telematics, Inc. (HTI) was founded in 2006 as a private company with initial financial backing from Apollo Management, one of the world largest private equity firms. Apollo Management maintains an investment portfolio of telecommunications and satellite companies including Hughes Communications.

  • In April 2009, HTI merged with Polaris Acquisition Corporation resulting in a publicly traded company on the OTC under the symbol HUTC.

Motorola Mobility to Relocated to Downtown Chicago

Motorola Mobility will relocate its headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois to downtown Chicago's Merchandise Mart in summer 2013. †Motorola Mobility will become the landmark building's largest tenant and will occupy nearly 600,000 square feet on the top four floors and the rooftop.

"Today marks a homecoming for a company that was founded in Chicago over 80 years ago and continues to innovate to this day," said Mayor Emanuel. "Motorola Mobility joins a growing group of industry-leading companies that see Chicago as a global leader of talent development and business growth, and the company will bring jobs and economic opportunity to our city."

FCC Officially Launches "Connect America" Fund

The first phase of the FCC's "Connect America Fund" is underway with about $115 million in public funding being allocated to bring broadband to nearly 400,000 residents and small business owners in 37 states.

Many projects are now receiving funding and are expected to begin immediately/ All projects must be completed within three years.

The FCC estimates that nearly 19 million residents currently lack access to broadband.

"I'm pleased to announce today that nearly 400,000 residents and businesses in rural communities who currently lack access to high-speed Internet will gain access within the next three years," stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
  • The Connect America Fund has the following mission: (1) preserve and advance universal availability of voice service; (2) ensure universal availability of modern networks capable of providing voice and broadband service to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions; (3) ensure universal availability of modern networks capable of providing advanced mobile voice and broadband service; (4) ensure that rates for broadband services and rates for voice services are reasonably comparable in all regions of the nation; and (5) minimize the universal service contribution burden on consumers and businesses.

    CAF will eventually replace all of the existing high-cost support mechanisms. The annual funding target is set at no more than $4.5 billion over the next six years. The goal is to help make broadband available to homes, businesses, and community anchor institutions in areas that do not, or would not otherwise, have broadband, including mobile voice and broadband networks in areas that do not, or would not otherwise, have mobile service, and broadband in the most remote areas of the nation. The CAF plans to adopt incentive-based, market-driven policies, including competitive bidding, to distribute universal service funds more efficiently than previously.

Sprint Nextel Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results and Updates Full Year Forecast

Sprint Nextel posted better financial results for Q2 2012 thanks to postpaid ARPU growth of $4.31 -- the largest quarterly year-over-year increase on record for the U.S. wireless industry. Overall, there was a net loss of $1.4 billion and a diluted net loss of $.46 per share for the second quarter of 2012 as compared to a net loss of $847 million and a diluted net loss of $.28 per share in the second quarter of 2011. Wireless service revenues came in at $7.3 billion during the quarter.

"The Sprint platform achieved best ever postpaid ARPU and customer churn that, combined with disciplined customer acquisition and cost management, contributed to our Adjusted OIBDA* of $1.45 billion," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "Based on this performance, we are raising the 2012 Adjusted OIBDA* forecast to between $4.5 billion and $4.6 billion."

Some highlights:
  • Sprint platform postpaid net additions were 442,000, up 68 percent sequentially driven by best ever quarterly churn performance of 1.69 percent./li>
  • The Nextel postpaid recapture rate is 60 percent./li>
  • Sprint recorded nearly 1.5 million iPhone sales in the second quarter with 40 percent going to new postpaid customers./li>
  • CAPEX was $1.2 billion in the quarter, compared to $640 million in the second quarter of 2011 and $800 million in the first quarter of 2012. Wireless capital expenditures were $1 billion in Q2, compared to $546 million last year $710 million in Q1. During the quarter, the company invested $704 million for Network Vision and approximately $230 million in data capacity related to both legacy network and Network Vision equipment./li>
  • 9,600 Nextel sites have been taken off air to date -- earlier than previous guidance./li>
  • Leasing agreements are done for more than 12,700 Network Vision sites and zoning requirements are completed for nearly 13,900 sites. In addition, nearly 6,300 sites are either ready for construction or already underway and more than 2,000 sites are on air and meeting speed and coverage enhancement targets. Sprint expects to bring 12,000 sites on air by the end of 2012 and to complete the majority of its Network Vision roll-out by the end of 2013./li>
  • The subscriber base has hit 56 million customers, including nearly 32.6 million postpaid subscribers (29.4 million on the Sprint platform and 3.1 million on the Nextel platform), 15.4 million prepaid subscribers (14.1 million on he Sprint platform and 1.3 million on the Nextel platform) and approximately 8.4 million wholesale and affiliate subscribers, all of whom utilize the Sprint platform./li>
  • Wireless cost of service increased approximately 2 percent year-over-year primarily due to higher costs associated with increased data volume and Network Vision related expenses, partially offset by lower service and repair expenses. Wireless cost of service was flat sequentially, primarily due to lower service and repair expenses, offset by seasonally higher roaming expenses./li>
  • Wireline revenues of $1 billion for the quarter declined 9 percent year-over-year primarily as a result of an intercompany rate reduction based on current market prices for voice and IP services sold to the wireless segment as well as the migration of wholesale cable VoIP customers off of
    Sprint's IP platform. Sequentially, second quarter wireline revenues were flat.

Sprint also announced the expansion of its LTE network to Baltimore, Maryland; Gainesville, Georgia; Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas; and Sherman-Denison, Texas.

Google Rolls Gigabit Fiber for Kansas City

Google launched its first fiber access service in Kansas City.

Google Fiber promises access download speeds of up to 1 Gbps in select neighborhood where an economically viable number of residents pre-register their commitment to enroll in the service.

Google Fiber marks the company's commercial debut as a broadband ISP and as a paid-TV operator.

Google Fiber TV will carry hundreds of channels (including local stations) tens of thousands of shows on demand in HD. The service will be match with a DVR with eight tuners and 2TB of storage. Gigabit + Google Fiber TV will cost $120 per month.

Gigabit Internet: Will offer 1 Gbps Internet download speeds and will include a gigabit-enabled network box with advanced WiFi and 1TB of cloud storage on Google Drive. Gigabit Internet will cost $70 per month.

Free Internet: Google will provide a 5 Mbps connection for zero monthly charge, however there will be a $300 construction fee (which can either be paid at once, or in $25 monthly installments).

Three Big Internet Outages for Thursday

Three major Internet services suffered apparently unrelated outages on Thursday, July 26th.
  • Google Talk

  • Windows Azure in Western Europe

  • Twitter.


Alcatel-Lucent's Q2 Hit by Delayed Carrier Spending

Citing delayed carrier spending and deteriorating macroeconomic environment, Alcatel-Lucent reported disappointing financial results for Q2 2012 as the company generated revenues of Euro 3,545 million, up 10.6% quarter-over-quarter and down 7.1% year-over-year on a reported basis. Gross margin came in at 31.7% of revenue for the quarter, compared to 34.9% in the year ago quarter and 30.3% in the first quarter 2012. There was a net loss of Euro (254) million or Euro (0.11) per share. This includes a Euro (176) million financial charge pre-tax, or Euro (108) million after tax.

Alcatel-Lucent announced 5,000 job cuts as part of an accelerated restructuring program.

"The second quarter performance confirms our strong positions in many attractive market segments including IP, Next-Generation Optics and Broadband Access, all of which are key investment areas that support our High Leverage Network Strategy," stated Ben Verwaayen, CEO Alcatel-Lucent.

"However, despite having demonstrated our ability to deliver operational profitability, it is clear from the deteriorating macro environment and the competitive pricing environment in certain regions challenging profitability that we must embark on a more aggressive transformation. We are therefore launching today The Performance Program to accelerate our transformation and reduce costs by Euro 1.25 billion by the end of next year in order to keep ahead of market realities. These times demand firm actions."

Some notes:

The growth rate in the IP business was more than offset by the double digit declines in both Wireless, resulting from a higher comparison base and moderate or delayed spending from service providers, and Optics.

Wireline posted a strong sequential increase and is further reducing the pace of its year-over-year decline rates, highlighting continuous increased demand in fiber access.

Software, Services & Solutions (S3) segment was declining at a high single digit rate, with Services business being almost flat.

Revenues for the IP division were Euro 473 million, a 16.5% increase from the year-ago quarter. Growth continued in the Americas and Asia Pacific regions and was joined this quarter by growth in the EMEA region as well. Revenues for the Optics division were Euro 542 million, a decrease of 16.0% from the year-ago quarter. The terrestrial optics business witnessed a high-single digit rate of decline, thanks to resilience in next-gen products which partially offset the secular decline of legacy optics.

Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 877 million, a decrease of 18.7% from the year-ago quarter. Moderate or delayed spending of service providers drove declines in 2G and 3G technologies. Sequentially, CDMA stabilized in the US, and witnessed some good growth in China from network expansions. The LTE business more than tripled compared to the year-ago quarter. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vitesse Intros SynchroPHY for 1GE, 10GE and 10GE OTN

Vitesse Semiconductor unveiled its SynchroPHY portfolio of 1 GigE, 10GE and 10GE OTN PHYs. The chips feature Vitesse's VeriTime, its patent-pending distributed timing technology that delivers high accuracy IEEE1588v2 timing for IP Edge networks, the SynchroPHY portfolio offers the industry's broadest and most scalable solution supporting timing needs for Ethernet, microwave and OTN networks.

"Our SynchroPHY family enables sub-10 nanosecond accurate timing through a simple upgrade of PHYs in existing routers and switches," said Richard Interrante, product marketing director at Vitesse. "With Vitesse's unique architectural approach, VeriTime-enabled solutions achieve the in-line speed and scalability crucial to the functionality of 4G service provider networks."


AppliedMicro Unveils World’s Fastest CMOS Transmitter ICs for 100Gbps

AppliedMicro a CMOS transmitter chip that paves the way for wide-scale deployment in 100G DWDM Optical Transport Networks (OTN) as operators increasingly seek higher bandwidth solutions and greater network density.

AppliedMicro’s S28032 DQPSK Mux chips supports line rates up to 31.8Gbps per channel, which allows for 7%, 15% or 20% forward error correction (FEC) overhead. The device is currently sampling with AppliedMicro's early access partners, who are passing traffic error-free in the lab in preparation for field trials. The company's expect carriers and network operators will see next generation DWDM systems featuring the S28032 early in 2013.

"Our previously announced Gearbox product set the bar for performance in 100GBASE-LR4 applications, supporting ODB (optical duo-binary) pre-coding for metro networks," said George Jones, Vice President of Connectivity Solutions at APM. “Our new S28032 extends AppliedMicro’s leadership position in 100G CMOS PHY products to the DWDM network for metro, regional and long-haul 100Gbps applications."


Comcast Doubles Speeds of Two Tiers at No Additional Cost

Comcast is doubling the speeds of two of its existing Internet speed tiers in certain markets at no additional cost. Specifically, Xfinity Blast! customers will now get download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (formerly 25 Mbps), and Extreme 50 customers will now receive speeds of up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps). This is the seventh time since 2002 that Comcast has increased speeds for its customers.

Comcast also announced plans that it will begin to launch Xfinity Platinum Internet with downloads of up to 305 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 65 Mbps.


Telefónica Group Reaches 312 Million Accesses, up 6% YoY

Driven by continued growth in Latin America, the Telefónica Group now has a global customer base of 312 million accesses, up 6% over the same point last year. Mobile broadband accesses rose 51% to 44.9 MBB accesses at the end of the first half, signalling a penetration rate of 18% in the mobile customer base (243.5 million, +7%). Contract mobile accesses grew +8% year-on-year to 78.5 million, while fixed broadband and pay TV accesses stood at 18.4 million and 3.3 million, respectively.

"Telefónica’s second quarter results showed an improvement quarter-on-quarter, especially at OIBDA level.�?, thanks to the strict cost containment measures, while at the same time highlighting “the strong diversification of our business�?, which remains key to growth, “with an increasing contribution from Telefónica Latinoamérica to consolidated results," stated Telefónica chairman, César Alierta.

The company also credited greater efficiency in its home market, where Telefónica España delivered OIBDA of 1,718 million euros between April and June, an increase of 3% compared to the previous quarter, with significant margin growth (45% in 2Q2012 vs. 42.8% in 1Q2012).

CapEx for the first six months of the year totaled 3,658 million euros, 4.7% lower than in the same period of 2011. In 2011 this item included the cost of spectrum acquisition in Brazil and Costa Rica. Therefore, in organic terms, CapEx rose year-on-year by 9.2%. The Company continues to devote the bulk of its investment to growth and transformation projects (81% of total investment), fostering the expansion of high speed broadband services, both fixed and mobile. The CapEx over sales ratio (excluding spectrum investments) was 11.8% in the first half of 2012.

Broadcom Intros 5G WiFi Combo Chip for Smartphones and Tablets

Broadcom has begun sampling its "5G WiFi" combo chip for smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and other mobile devices.

5G Wi-Fi is the 5th generation of Wi-Fi based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard. It significantly improves the wireless range in the home while supporting 3X faster speeds.

The new BCM4335 integrates a complete, single-stream 5G WiFi system – including the MAC, PHY and RF – with Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and software on a single silicon die. The platform-agnostic design and integration of the MAC, PHY and RF allows the BCM4335 to be added to any smartphone or tablet regardless of the application processor used. The chip uses the 40nm CMOS process. It also introduces the newest version of Broadcom's wireless coexistence technology. Handset makers can use this technology on 4G LTE cellular platforms to minimize the possibility of radio interference between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE, which operate in adjacent radio frequencies. Broadcom's Global Coexistence Interface supports the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's LTE coexistence scheme and can be applied to future Broadcom LTE platforms, as well as 4G cellular platforms from other vendors.
  • 802.11ac. leverages 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is 2 times wider than current 802.11n solutions.


Akamai Posts Revenue of $331 Million, up 20% YoY

Akamai Technologies posted Q2 revenues of $331 million, a 20 percent increase over second quarter 2011 revenue of $277 million. Net income (GAAP) was $44 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, an 8 percent decrease from second quarter 2011 GAAP net income of $48 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, and a 2 percent increase from first quarter 2012 GAAP net income of $43 million, or $0.24 per diluted share.

"Akamai's very strong second quarter results were driven on the top line by increased adoption of our cloud infrastructure solutions as well as continued growth of content delivery solutions," said Paul Sagan, President and CEO of Akamai. "Our bottom line performance was the result of significant benefits we have begun to realize from improvements we are making to scale our network operations."http://www.akamai.com

BT's Profit Grows as Revenue Declines 6% YoY

BT's overall revenues declined 6% YoY in its most recent fiscal quarter to GBP 4,484 million. CAPEX increased significantly over the same period last year as the company continued its fibre rollout. Nevertheless, earnings per share increased thanks to greater efficiency at the company. There were good performances in BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach while BT Global Services (-9% YoY) was impacted by the tough conditions in Europe and the financial services sector.

"Our financial performance allows us to keep investing for the future. Our engineers are rolling out fibre at pace bringing fibre broadband to over 2m more homes and businesses in the quarter and it's now available to over 11m premises. Our investment plans are creating around 2,000 jobs in 2012 by recruiting engineers to support our fibre plans and opening four new UK call centres. We continue to make good progress with our investments in the faster growing economies."http://www.btplc.com

LSI Sees Flash Adoption Across Clients and Data Centers

LSI reported Q2 revenues from continuing operations of $660 million, in line with guidance, compared to $501 million generated from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2011, and compared to $622 million generated from continuing operations in the first quarter of 2012. Second quarter 2012 GAAP** income from continuing operations was $59 million or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2011 GAAP income from continuing operations of $28 million or $0.05 per diluted share.

"We are pleased with our performance in the second quarter as we delivered strong growth and further expanded our profitability in a challenging macroeconomic environment," said Abhi Talwalkar, LSI's president and CEO. "Demand, particularly for our flash-related products, was driven by rapid adoption across client and datacenter computing where customers are increasingly turning to LSI to enhance or accelerate application performance."http://www.lsi.com

AppliedMicro Ships 2 Millionth 10G OTN Port

The market for Optical Transport Network (OTN) systems is accelerating. AppliedMicro announced a milestone -- the shipment of two million 10G OTN ports to network equipment suppliers. The company reached the milestone less than 18 months after it achieved one million 10G OTN port shipments on March 7, 2011.

AppliedMicro is now shipping its 4th generation family and its OTN products include Rubicon, Yahara, Pemaquid, PQx and its 100Gbps SoftSilicon OTN Processors.

“The demand for 10G OTN is growing at a healthy rate, creating a sustainable market where technology advances at the same pace,�? said Francesco Caggioni, AppliedMicro’s Director of Strategic Marketing. “The milestone of two million OTN ports shipped allows AppliedMicro to maintain its leadership in this market. As demand remains high for our 10-Gigabit solutions in both the transponder and LAN/WAN/OTN Carrier Ethernet markets, our 40G and 100G OTN solutions are now in customer labs and early field deployment will soon expand our company’s footprint. Interestingly, the rapid growth of 10G OTN ports has been bolstered by its increased use in edge routers, a market that AppliedMicro pioneered more than 4 years ago.�?

  • In February 2012, AppliedMicro announced the industry's first standard Optical Transport Network (OTN) multiplexer to enable 100 Gbps OTU4 linecards. The new TPO415/C415 device facilitates the switching of any client and any rate traffic in Terabit-per-second Packet-Optical Transport Systems (P-OTS). The TPO415/C415 contains a flexible OTU4 multiplexer with support of any size and combination of ODU0/1/2/3/4 and ODUflex containers. The device offers a 100G capacity ODU Segmentation And Reassembly (SAR) engine compliant with OIF-IA standards. It also offers a 100G capacity ODUk/ODUflex packet mapper for support of hybrid OTN and packet switching. Additionally, an advanced software Application Programming Interface provides large efficiency for software integration AppliedMicro said these capabilities will enable a new generation of terabit-class Packet Optical systems which leverage the new OTN networking layer and replace SONET/SDH to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the Internet by several orders of magnitude. In addition to IP transport, the new OTN layer will transport more specialized services such as Fibre Channel and video and allow for migration away from old SONET/SDH networks.

Monday, July 23, 2012

TI Posts Revenue of $3.34B, Sees Cautious Market

Texas Instruments posted Q2 revenue of $3.34 billion, net income of $446 million and earnings per share of 38 cents.  EPS includes 6 cents of charges associated with the company's September 2011 acquisition of National Semiconductor and restructuring.

"TI revenue in the second quarter was about as we had expected," said Rich Templeton, TI's chairman, president and CEO.  "Our Analog and Embedded Processing segments grew sequentially, while our Wireless segment declined.   "Although we believe customers and distributors have low inventory levels, the global economic environment is causing both to become increasingly cautious in placing new orders.  Our backlog grew last quarter but orders slowed in the month of June and our backlog coverage for September is lower than normal.  As a result of this increased uncertainty, we currently estimate that our revenue in the third quarter will be about even with last quarter and below our seasonal average growth rate."


Cisco Eliminates 1,300 Jobs

Cisco will eliminate 1,300 jobs -- roughly 2% of its global workforce -- as a cost-cutting measure.

Cisco's next quarterly financial report is expected August 15.

  • In July 2011, Cisco announced a workforce reduction of approximately 6,500 employees, including approximately 2,100 employees who elected to participate in a voluntary early retirement program.

Ciena Supplies Metro Net for Israel Credit Cards

Cal (Israel Credit Cards Ltd) has selected Ciena and its partner Telrad to build a high-capacity, low-latency private optical network connecting its new data centre in Yehud to its main facilities in Giv’atayim. The metro network uses Ciena’s 4200 Advanced Services Platform to support two 10G Ethernet and four 4G Fibre Channel connections between the data centres. Cal has leased two dark fibre links between its sites to be used as active-active links, for which Ciena’s technology provides a very low latency solution.

Riverbed Hits Q2 Revenue of $198 Million, up 9%

Riverbed reported GAAP revenue for Q2’12 of $198 million, an increase of 9% compared to $182 million in the first quarter 2012 (Q1’12) and an increase of 17% compared to $170 million in the second quarter 2011 (Q2’11). GAAP net income for Q2’12 was $18 million, or $0.11 per diluted share.

“We executed well in the second quarter, driving stronger sales of our new Steelhead and Cascade platforms, demonstrating continued demand for performance-improvement technologies," said Jerry M. Kennelly, Riverbed president and CEO. “Revenue grew across all major geographies and revenue growth accelerated across our core product offerings. Looking forward, we believe our expanded product offerings and partnerships will further extend our reach to new customers and market segments."


Juniper Posts Revenue of $1.07 Billion, Down 4% YoY

Juniper Networks' Q2 revenue increased 4% sequentially, and decreased 4% on a year-over-year basis, to $1,074 million. GAAP net income came in at $58 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $103 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012.

"Juniper's second quarter results delivered sequential top line growth as a result of our focus on execution," said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks. "New products continued to gain traction in the marketplace with key customer wins across our portfolio. In a challenging macro environment, we remain focused on our operational execution, delivering great products, driving revenue and managing our cost base."

ZTE Lands US$281.5 million Contract with China Telecom

ZTE announced a contract valued at US$281.5 million contract for the largest share in China Telecom’s 2012 CDMA Purchase Project. Through this project, ZTE will gain a cumulative share of 43.5 per cent of China Telecom’s CDMA network. ZTE will supply its Uni-Ran solution and relevant services in over 220 cities of 27 provinces across China.

“We’re very pleased to join hands with China Telecom to promote healthy development of the CDMA field,�? said ZTE Vice President Fan Xiaobing. “ZTE’s Uni-Ran solution will enhance network services and compliment China Telecom’s operations, filling the network evolution needs.�?http://www.zte.com.cn

Broadcom Posts Record Revenues of $1.971 billion – Up 9.7% YoY

Broadcom reported record net revenue for the second quarter of 2012 of $1.971 billion, up 7.9% compared with the $1.827 billion reported for the first quarter of 2012 and an increase of 9.7% compared with the $1.796 billion reported for the second quarter of 2011. Net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for the second quarter of 2012 was $160 million, or $.28 per share (diluted).


VSS Monitoring Scales its Packet Broker for Network-wide Visibility

VSS Monitoring introduced a new suite of network packet brokers (NPBs) that leverage a unique fabric-system approach for interconnecting network monitoring and security systems.

The new VSS Monitoring product family, called vBroker, delivers network-wide link-layer visibility and access to a broad set of network monitoring and security systems. This significantly reduces the capital costs of ensuring link visibility and analysis tool access across the network.

The new "vMesh" architecture can seamlessly interconnect up to 256 VSS Monitoring NPBs and more than 10,000 ports, delivering the greatest scalability and link-layer visibility in the industry, whether across multiple data center racks, physical locations or entire geographies. vMesh leverages VSS Monitoring’s proprietary vStack protocol to provide end-to-end visibility and data access – at the link-layer – across the entire network.

The new hardware includes the vBroker 200 and vBroker 300 appliances, which support traffic filtering/grooming and offloading of packet processing to increase tool system capacity and efficiency. The vBroker 300 Series provides the industry’s highest capacity in a 1RU format – 560 Gbps – and up to 56 ports per appliance, while the vBroker 200 Series provides the flexibility of a modular chassis in compact 1RU or 2RU form factors.

VSS Monitoring is also introducing a new management console, called vMC, that lets customers manage all or multiple VSS Monitoring NPBs using a single “pane-of-glass" to deploy, provision, and make drag-and-drop configuration changes for the full topology and perform bulk software updates. Customers can also create advanced charts and graphs at a group or network-wide level.

"Service providers and enterprises alike are challenged with ensuring continuous application performance, threat mitigation, and service availability, and are turning to us to support the latest set of network tool systems, including new security services that protect data, mitigate loss of control due to cloud and mobility initiatives, and ensure compliance. With our unique systems approach, we enable customers to start small and scale to meet their growing needs." http://www.vssmonitoring.com

CenturyLink To Accept FCC Connect America Funds

CenturyLink confirmed that it will accept $35 million from the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF) to deploy broadband service to 45,000 homes in unserved rural areas. The company was eligible for nearly $90 million in CAF Phase I funding, but decided that restrictions on the use of the CAF 1 funds made further deployment uneconomic.

"CenturyLink is excited to be able to work with the FCC to bring broadband services to thousands of homes for the first time. In addition to the incremental CAF funding, we are investing millions of dollars of our own money to bring robust broadband services to more customers because we believe these services will bring essential educational and economic opportunities to high-cost, rural areas of the country," said Steve Davis, CenturyLink executive vice president for public policy and government relations. http://www.centurylink.com

Huawei's 2012 H1 Sales Zoom to CNY102.7 Billion, Up 5.1%

Huawei reported revenue for the first half of 2012 of CNY102.7 billion, an increase of 5.1% over the first half of 2011. Operating profit was CNY8.79 billion with the operating margin at 8.6%, an increase of 20.3% against 2011 H2 and a decrease of 22.0% from 2011 H1.

The company asserted that it continues to maintain robust growth momentum although the global economic situation and telecom equipment market remains a significant challenge.

"In 2012, Huawei outlined our new pipe strategy and we will focus even further on this approach moving forward to ensure more effective growth and greater efficiency to drive continued improvements in operating performance," said Ms. Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Huawei. "We are relatively optimistic about our operating performance and profitability for the remainder of 2012."

Huawei noted that it has now deployed 38 of the 80 commercial LTE networks launched worldwide . These networks now cover footprints of 200 million people.

Meraki Adds Layer 7 Visibility to Cloud-managed Switches

Meraki has enhanced its MS-series cloud managed access switches with Layer 7 visibility capability, which provides a view into application traffic at the network edge.

Meraki, who pioneered application visibility in wireless LANs, is ushering in a new generation of switches with rich, fine-grained layer 7 visibility into the applications, users, and devices. For example, a quick search in the Meraki dashboard reveals how iPad utilization compares to Android tablets, which port the CEO's phone is connected to, and how much bandwidth is being consumed by video.

Meraki's layer 7 application visibility comes to the entire line of MS series switches via a firmware update, and requires no additional appliances or management software. Moreover, Meraki's switches analyze traffic while maintaining full non-blocking gigabit performance (up to 176 Gbps per switch), and ultra-low latency for voice quality.

Parks Associates: AsiaPac to overtake North America in LTE Subscriptions

The Asia & Pacific region is poised to overtake North America this year in number of 4G/LTE subscribers, thanks to large gains in South Korea and Japan, according to a new report from Parks Associates. The reports finds that the region will claim over 53% of all 4G/LTE subscribers by the end the year, helping push the total number of subscribers over 560 million globally by 2016.

"Fifteen carriers in Asia & Pacific now have live LTE services, with affordable pricing models that prompt robust subscriber growth in this region," said Harry Wang, Director, Digital Health and Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. "Mobile operators worldwide have committed to 4G/LTE as the network technology of the future, but financial conditions, handset costs, and spectrum license availability will all influence the pace and scope of regional deployments."

"Deciphering optimal mobile data pricing schemes is an important piece of operators' monetization efforts, and many are experimenting with their mobile data pricing plans," said Jennifer Kent, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. "Verizon Wireless recently introduced its ShareEverything plan, which allows users to share one data quota across multiple mobile broadband devices. Share data plans should encourage subscribers to add more mobile devices, while offering unlimited text messaging mitigates the threat of third-party messaging services like Whatsapp."


NTT DOCOMO Xi LTE Service Subscribers Top 4 Million

NTT DOCOMO has passed the 4 million subscriber mark for its X (pronounced 'crossy') LTE service.

In the past six weeks, the carrier has added over 1 million LTE subscribers, indicating that the service has entered a fast growth phase. The pace of new subscriptions nearly doubled after the introduction in summer 2012 of a Xi-compatible smartphone lineup that offered more variety to meet customer needs.

Last month, DOCOMO announced flat-rate billing plans for Xi compatible smartphones, tablets and other data communication devices from October 1. The new offerings are lower cost than existing plans and are expected to benefit light users who do not download large-sized data such as video content.


AT&T: Smartphone Penetration at 62%, Wireless Margins Up

Driven by its highest margin for wireless services yet, AT&T reported consolidated revenues of $31.6 billion, up 0.3 percent versus the year-earlier period. Second-quarter 2012 net income attributable to  AT&T  totaled $3.9 billion, or $0.66 per diluted share, up from $3.6 billion, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter.

"We executed well across the business and posted another strong quarter with growing revenues, expanding margins and double-digit earnings growth," said Randall Stephenson,  AT&T  chairman and chief executive officer. "Our mobile Internet leadership continues, with solid gains in smartphones and tablets, plus our wireless margins have never been better.�?


  • Total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 4.8 percent year over year to $16.4 billion.

  • Wireless service revenues increased 4.3 percent, to $14.8 billion, in the second quarter.

  • Wireless data revenues increased by $1.0 billion, or 18.8 percent, from the year-earlier quarter to $6.4 billion.

  • Wireless operating income margin was 30.3 percent versus 26.9 percent in the year-earlier quarter, and  AT&T 's wireless EBITDA service margin was 45.0 percent, compared with 41.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011. 

  • Postpaid subscriber ARPU increased 1.7 percent versus the year-earlier quarter to $64.93, which is the highest in the industry.

  • There was a net increase in total wireless subscribers of 1.3 million in the second quarter to reach 105.2 million in service. This includes postpaid net adds of 320,000. Prepaid net adds were 92,000, connected device net adds were 382,000 and reseller net adds were 472,000.

  • Postpaid, prepaid and total churn reached their lowest levels ever – 0.97 percent, compared to 1.15 percent in the year-ago second quarter and 1.10 percent in the first quarter of 2012. Total churn was 1.18 percent versus 1.43 percent in the second quarter of 2011 and 1.47 percent in the first quarter of 2012.

  • AT&T  sold 5.1 million smartphones in the second quarter.

  • Smartphones represented 77 percent of postpaid device sales. At the end of the quarter, 61.9 percent, or 43.1 million, of  AT&T 's postpaid subscribers had smartphones, up from 49.9 percent, or 34.1 million, a year earlier.

  • AT&T 's ARPU for smartphones is twice that of non-smartphone subscribers, and about 88 percent of smartphone subscribers are on FamilyTalk or business plans.

  • In the quarter, the company activated 3.7 million iPhones, with 22 percent new to  AT&T .

  • Approximately 27 million, or about two-thirds, of all smartphone subscribers are on tiered data plans, compared to 45 percent a year ago, and about three-quarters of these have chosen the higher-tiered plans.


  • Total second-quarter wireline revenues were $14.9 billion, down 0.8 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and down slightly sequentially. Second-quarter wireline operating expenses were $12.9 billion, down 1.3 percent versus the second quarter of 2011 and down 1.9 percent sequentially.

  • Total business revenues were $9.1 billion, down 1.5 percent versus the year-earlier quarter.

  • Revenues from strategic business services — including Ethernet, VPNs, hosting, IP conferencing and application services — grew 13.5 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, continuing strong trends in this area.

  • Revenues from residential customers totaled $5.5 billion, an increase of 1.7 percent versus the second quarter a year ago — their strongest growth in more than four years.

  • Consumer broadband, video and voice over IP revenues now represent 57 percent of wireline consumer revenues, up from 50 percent in the year-earlier quarter.

  • Total  AT&T  U-verse subscribers (TV and high speed Internet) reached 6.8 million in the second quarter.  AT&T  U-verse TV added 155,000 subscribers to reach 4.1 million in service.

  • AT&T  U-verse High Speed Internet delivered a second-quarter net gain of 553,000 subscribers to reach a total of 6.5 million, helping offset losses from DSL. Overall,  AT&T wireline broadband connections decreased 96,000, partly due to seasonality.

  • More than 50 percent of U-verse broadband subscribers have a plan delivering speeds up to 12 Mbps or higher, up from 39 percent in the year-ago quarter.
  • http://www.att.com