Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NSN Tracks a 54% Rise in Mobile Data in India over 7 Months

Mobile data traffic in India spiked 54% between December 2011 and June 2012, according to a newly released MBit Index report from Nokia Siemens Networks.

The report aggregates real data traffic across all the 2G (GSM and EDGE) and 3G multivendor networks managed by Nokia Siemens Networks for operators in India. The company currently provides 30% of the total 2G and 3G networks in India which provide services to about 300 million subscribers. This large sample size, amounting to a third of India’s 2G and 3G mobile networks.

The report further reveals that data traffic generated by 3G services has increased by 78% while that of 2G services has increased by 47% during the same period.

"Our report highlights India’s enormous appetite for consuming data services on the go and hence the need to provide high quality mobile broadband services to satisfy users," said Sandeep Girotra, head of India region at Nokia Siemens Networks. "2G has been relatively successful in driving mobile broadband use in India, but we are now witnessing 3G pushing the mobile broadband use to unprecedented levels."

Alcatel-Lucent Offers API Consulting Services

Alcatel-Lucent is launching a new consulting and professional services practice to help service providers adopt a lifecycle methodology for application programming interfaces (APIs). The goal is to provide expertise and technology to streamline the creation, deployment and management of network-based services.

"APIs are the glue that ties together all the elements of the data economy – apps, the cloud and big data. But launching and supporting a dynamic API strategy is not easy - these programs need to be monitored, nurtured and directed as they evolve over time. Operators need to offer a program that lowers the barrier to entry for developers and creates a more supportive environment. Our methodology and related services are designed to address the pain points affecting developers when designing, implementing and integrating APIs," stated Laura Merling, Senior Vice President, Application Enablement at Alcatel-Lucent.

Apple Plans Massive Data Center in Oregon

Apple is planning to build a massive data center in Prineville, Oregon, in proximity to Facebook's main data center, according to city documents reported by The Bend Bulletin. The facility reportedly will be over 500,000 square feet (46,451 m2) located on 160 acres of land. This would be equivalent in size to Apple's flagship data center in Maiden, North Carolina.

Marvell's Revenue Rises 2% Sequentially to $816 Million

Marvell Technology Group reported revenue of $816 million for the second quarter of its fiscal 2013, a 2 percent sequential increase from $796 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, ended April 28, 2012, and a decrease of 9 percent from $898 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, ended July 30, 2011.

GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $93 million, or $0.16 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $95 million, or $0.16 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, and $192 million, or $0.31 per share (diluted), for the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

"Our results in the second quarter were affected primarily by the slowdown in the macro-economic environment that impacted our storage and mobile end markets. However, our SSD, 500 gigabyte per platter HDD and wireless connectivity products grew double digits sequentially and our networking end market continued to outperform on the strength of new products and share gains," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Despite the soft near-term demand environment, we are maintaining good profitability and continue to deliver shareholder value through our share repurchase and dividend programs."

PICMG Adopts 40 Gbps AdvancedTCA Spec

The PICMG standards organization officially adopted the AdvancedTCA 3.1R2 specification, which quadruples the system bandwidth that can be achieved in AdvancedTCA systems to 40 Gbps.

The new specification allows a single chassis to handle data transfers up to 10 terabits per second for full mesh designs.

"The 40-gigabit fabric interface defined in PICMG 3.1R2.0 is the natural evolution for AdvancedTCA platforms," said Doug Sandy, Chairman of the PICMG 3.1R2.0 committee and CTO of the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power. “It guarantees backward compatibility and interoperability, and offers a significant bandwidth improvement for next-generation data-hungry applications."

The new specification is available in print and electronic formats.


Brocade Reports Strong Results, Sales up 10% YoY

Brocade reported revenue of $555.3 million for its third fiscal quarter of 2012, representing an increase of 10% year-over-year and 2% quarter-over-quarter. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.09, up from break-even EPS in Q3 2011.

"Fiscal Q3 was a great quarter for Brocade. With continued differentiation in our products and focused execution across our organization, we were able to overcome many issues in the current challenging macroeconomic environment. As a result, our financial performance in the quarter exceeded our expectations for revenue, operating margin and earnings per share," said Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade.

Some highlights:

Storage business revenue, including products and services, was $377.6 million, up 13% year-over-year and down 6% sequentially. Storage product revenue increased 17% year-over-year and decreased 6% sequentially, in a seasonally soft quarter for the company. Brocade's 16 Gbps Fibre Channel products represented nearly 30% of director and switch revenue in the quarter.

Ethernet business revenue, including products and services, was $177.8 million, up 5% year-over-year and up 24% quarter-over-quarter. Revenue growth for the Ethernet business was driven by an increase in Federal sales, which were up 40% year-over-year and 108% quarter-over-quarter. Enterprise business revenue was up 2% year-over-year and up 21% quarter-over-quarter as the Brocade ICX products continue to ramp. Service provider business revenue was up slightly quarter-over-quarter and down 5% year-over-year.

Michael Klayko Steps Down as CEO of Brocade

Michael A. Klayko will resign as CEO of Brocade pending identification of a successor.

Michael Klayko, CEO of Brocade, stated, "Decisions like these are never easy, but I believe it is the right time. The Company is in a great position financially, and our product pipeline will continue to strengthen and clearly separate Brocade from other networking providers. Until a successor is identified, I remain focused on my role as CEO and on continuing to execute our strategy."

Brocade's Chairman, Dave House, said, "We want to thank Mike for his more than seven years of service as CEO. He has led us through two major acquisitions and has positioned us as a technology leader and world-class provider of networking solutions. We wish him the best and appreciate his continued service to Brocade as the Company works to identify the right leader to assume his role."

  • Brocade acquired McDATA in 2006 and Foundry Networks in 2008.

Conditional Approval for Verizon Wireless + CableCo Spectrum Deal

Verizon and cable operators made a number of concessions in order to gain preliminary approval from the U.S. Department of Justice for their proposed spectrum and co-marketing deal. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his support for the amended agreement.

In December 2011, Verizon Wireless announced a deal to acquire 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, for $3.6 billion. The transfer of licenses will require approval from the FCC and review from the Department of Justice. The companies also announced several agreements to resell each others' services. The cable companies will have the option of selling Verizon Wireless' service on a wholesale basis. Furthermore, the companies will form an innovation technology joint venture to develop technology that better integrates wireline and wireless products and services.

To gain DOJ approval, the companies have agreed to a proposed settlement forbids Verizon Wireless from selling cable company products in FiOS areas and removes contractual restrictions on Verizon Wireless’s ability to sell FiOS, ensuring that Verizon’s incentives to compete aggressively against the cable companies remain unchanged.

In addition, under the proposed settlement, Verizon Wireless’s ability to resell the cable companies’ services to customers in areas where Verizon sells DSL Internet service ends in December of 2016 (subject to potential renewal at DOJ's sole discretion), thereby preserving Verizon’s incentives to reconsider its decision to stop building out its FiOS network and otherwise innovate in its DSL territory.

The DOJ is limiting the duration of a technology joint venture that the companies had planned to set-up to develop wireless + wireline solutions. In addition, the companies are limited in the exchange of competitively sensitive information.
  • In June 2012, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless announced a sale and exchange deal covering certain Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses in 218 markets across the U.S. Some of the spectrum contemplated in this transaction included licenses that Verizon is purchasing from SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap, and the agreement is contingent on the closing of those transactions and is subject to regulatory approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice.

China Mobile Updates on TD-LTE Scale Deployments

In its 1H2012 financial report, China Mobile confirmed that it has successfully completed TD-LTE trial in "6+1" cities and commenced an expanded build-out of the technology. China Mobile has also carried out two-way roaming trials between Hangzhou's TD-LTE network and Hong Kong's LTE FDD networks.

By the end of this year, China Mobile aims to deploy 20,000 TD-LTE base stations in 13 cities. The goal is to have 90% effective coverage in key areas of Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

In 2013, the number of TD-LTE base stations will reach 200,000 to achieve contiguous outdoor coverage in data hotspots of prefectural level and above cities.