Friday, October 5, 2012

FCC Warns on Illegal Signal Jammer Offered on

The FCC published an official citation against an individual for advertising an illegal signal jamming device on in violation of Section 302(b) of the Communications Act and FCC rules.  

The FCC states that jamming devices, such as cell phone jammers and GPS blockers, "pose serious risks to critical public safety communications and can prevent individuals from making 9-1-1 and other emergency calls."  Advertise jamming devices for sale to any consumer in the United States through Craigslist or through any other means is also illegal.

Oclaro Cuts Guidance Citing Challenging Conditions and Slower 40/100G Take-up

Oclaro trimmed its financial guidance citing dontinued challenging market conditions in the segments of the optical communications space.  The company now expects revenue of approximately $149 million in its first fiscal quarter ending September 29, 2012, compared to the low end of its guidance of $154 million, previously issued on July 31, 2012

Oclaro also cited slower than expected recovery of customer share of certain products to pre-flood levels, including certain data communications products; and slower than expected ramp of new products, in particular certain customer-qualified new 40G and 100G products.

"We are disappointed that the revenues for the first quarter of our 2013 fiscal year are below guidance," said Alain Couder, Chairman and CEO of Oclaro. "Following the merger, our integration activities are on track to execute our synergies, and our customer relationships are strong. We expect these factors to strengthen our future performance and expect revenues to be up in the December quarter."

  • Oclaro and Opnext completed their merger on July 23, 2012, creating a leader in key components for core optical networking for long-haul, regional and metro DWDM, and positioned to become a leader in data communications for enterprises and data centers, as well as industrial and consumer laser diodes market.
  • Oclaro was formed in 2009 through the merger of Bookham and Avanex Corporation, both suppliers of optical networking components. Its product set includes tunable lasers, modulators, dispersion compensation components, wavelength selective switches, modules and sub-systems. In mid-2009, the company acquired the Newport Spectra Physics high power laser diodes business. 
  • Opnext was established in September 2000 from the spinoff of Hitachi's Fiber Optic Components Business Unit. The new company was funded by the Clarity Group and Marubeni Group. The Opnext product line includes transceivers, pluggable modules (XENPAK, X2/XPAK, XFP, SFP+, SFP), TOSA/ROSA, and communications laser diodes and photodiodes; 40G muxponders, transponders, regenerators, tunable dispersion compensators, PMD compensators, and shelf controllers; and red laser diodes and infrared laser diodes.
  • Financially, the merger is expected to have a positive impact on gross margins and on operating margin. Both companies have been moving to an outsourcing model. Oclaro recently signed a definitive agreement to transition its internal assembly and test to Venture in Malaysia. On a non-flood basis, about 30% to 35% of Oclaro’s, and about 40% to 45% of Opnext’s assembly and test are with Fabrinet.

WSJ: Huawei Mulls I.P.O.

Huawei is considering the possibility of an initial public offering of shares, maybe even in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal.  The article cites discussion with investment bank, but said no decision has been taken.

RainStor Raises $12 Million for Big Data Compression

RainStor, a start-up based in San Francisco and Gloucester (UK) raised $12 million in Series C funding for its  database solutions for Big Data.

RainStor provides a database, which through compression technologies enables the enterprise to manage and analyze petabyte scale data sets. RainStor uniquely provides analytic and query access via standard SQL, popular BI tools and native MapReduce when running on HDFS.

The new funding came from Credit Suisse and Rogers Venture Partners. Existing investors Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, Storm Ventures and The Dow Chemical Company also participated in the round.

tw telecom Delivers Ethernet and 10G Wavelength

tw telecom won two contracts valued at up to $11.67 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for secure Internet connectivity and wavelength services in support of the Trusted Internet Connectivity (TIC) strategic initiative.

tw telecom will deliver Ethernet Internet Services and 10 Gig wavelength services for mission critical medical and health-related data connectivity to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Indian Health Services (IHS) in Washington D.C., Atlanta and Albuquerque.

Digital Realty Opens Another Data Centre in London

Digital Realty has opened its new Digital Chessington data centre in South West London.
The Tier III facility now offers two 1,440 KW "Turn-Key Flex" data halls to lease, with three additional facilities currently in development that will bring the total capacity at the site to 7,200 KW.

The facility ensures robust power supplies from a dedicated 18MVA electricity sub-station based on-site.  Digital Realty also noted the facility provides built-in air conditioning infrastructure that can natively support both enclosed hot- or cold-aisle cooling with outside-air free-cooling.

Digital Realty said 33% of the first hall was pre-leased, indicating a healthy market demand.

  • Earlier this year, Digital Realty Trust announced plans to acquire three data centres in London from Sentrum for US$1.1 billion. The three data centres comprise approximately 70,700 m² of gross space.