Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Telefônica | Vivo Picks Ericsson for LTE in Brazil

Ericsson announced a major win to supply Vivo's 4G/LTE network in the North and Mid-Western regions of Brazil, as well as the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia and Sergipe. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vivo is Brazil's largest operator serving 75.7 million mobile subscribers.

The 4G/LTE network will use Ericsson's RBS 6000 multi-standard radio base stations.

This marks Ericsson's second LTE win in Brazil.

Tilera Debuts 64-bit, 9-Core Processor for Network Appliances

Tilera unveiled a 64-bit 9-core processor targeted at applications in networking, multimedia, storage and general purpose computing.

The TILE-Gx9 integrates a high-performance memory controller, Ethernet and PCI Express interfaces, and available crypto and compression engines to reduce both system cost and circuit board area. The multicore performance enables the device to power 10 Gbps routers and firewalls.

The TILE-Gx9 is fabricated in a 40 nanometer technology.  Its 3 x 3 array of three-issue, 64-bit cores are connected through Tilera’s patented iMesh on-chip network that supports an advanced virtual memory system.  Each core includes 32 kilobytes (KB) of L1 I-cache, 32 KB of L1 D-cache and 256 KB L2 cache, with 2.3 megabytes L3 coherent cache across the device. Maximum processor utilization is ensured with an on-board 72-bit DDR3 memory controller that supports up to 1600 Mt/s speeds and 64 GBytes total capacity.

“We are seeing enormous market traction and design win activity with our 16 and 36-core TILE-Gx processors, unseating embedded processors and other difficult-to-program devices,” said Devesh Garg, president and CEO at Tilera.

Funambol Secures Funding for White Label Personal Cloud

Funambol  (pronounced Fu-NAHM-bol), a start-up offering white-label personal cloud solutions for mobile providers, announced $5.75 million in new funding.

Funabol believes the market for personal clouds is transitioning from 'silos' such as iCloud, Google Drive and MS SkyDrive to services that seamlessly support multiple brands to enable users to store all of their content in one cloud for convenience. Funabol's solution help consumersto keep their digital life in sync, including support for pictures, videos, files, music, contacts and calendars, while supporting multiple brands of devices. The providers are also realizing the business case for significant financial returns resulting from reduced customer churn, increased customer acquisition and new revenue streams.

 "Major global mobile providers are seeking a white-label personal cloud solution, and we are delighted to work with them to grow their customer acquisition and retention capabilities," said Amit Chawla, Funambol CEO.

The new financing came from Nexit Ventures and Castile Ventures and HIG Growth Capital.

  • Funambol is based in Foster City, California.  The company is headed by Amit Chawla (CEO), who previously was CEO of enterprise mobility specialist Agito Networks, which was acquired by ShoreTel.  Prior to Agito, he was CEO of NexVerse Networks, where he spearheaded the merger with a division of ECI Telecom to form Veraz Networks.

Vodacom Launches LTE in Johannesburg, South Africa

Vodacom Group switched on its commercial LTE network in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The LTE service will initially be accessible via approximately 70 base stations in Johannesburg. Vodacom said its network transformation project aims to have 500 sites enabled for LTE by the end of the year as the rollout expands to other cities.  Vodacom has some 9,000 base stations in its network. Ninety percent of  3G base stations are 21.6 Mbps enabled, and almost 80% are 43.2 Mbps enabled. Vodacom will begin selling its first LTE devices from its shops later this month.

"Vodacom was the first network in SA to test LTE more than two years ago, and since then we've been busy upgrading base stations and our fibre-optic transmission network in preparation for today. It's great to claim another South African first for Vodacom with the launch of LTE services to the public, and it's even more pleasing that we've done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world. South Africa has joined an exclusive club with the fastest connectivity the world has to offer," stated Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub. 

Colt Builds Pan-European vCloud Linking its Data Center

Colt, which operates 20 data centres (one in development) and a fiber network spanning 43,000km across 22 countries, has deployed a pan-European vCloud based on the new VMware vCloud Suite 5.1.

The deployment, which is the largest and most extensive vCloud Datacenter Service estate in Europe, enables customers in any Colt country to access enterprise cloud services from Colt data centres in the UK, France, Spain and Germany.

In addition to the native vCloud capabilities, Colt is launching complementary backup and disaster recovery services for vCloud, designed specifically to address the needs of its channel partners.

"We were the first European-based partner with a VMware vCloud Datacenter Services offering and we have worked closely with VMware’s development teams to ensure the latest vCloud software release meets the specific needs of our enterprise customers and partner community,” said Mark Leonard, Executive Vice President, Colt. “VMware’s recognition of the customer need for heterogonous infrastructure and its commitment to an open API-centric strategy means our enterprise customers will be able to build solutions from a broad service portfolio. Also, based on feedback from our resellers, we are seeing real demand for new channel-friendly solutions for vCloud backup and disaster recovery. These new offerings will help resellers operate their own services in this area."

Cisco and NetApp Offer ExpressPod Data Center Package

Cisco and NetApp introduced a prepackaged and tested solution for small and medium-sized organizations that are beginning to virtualize their networking, storage, and computing environments.
The ExpressPod integrates Cisco UCS C-Series servers, NetApp FAS2220 or FAS2240 storage, and Cisco Nexus 3048 switches with infrastructure management. In addition, now features support and validation for VMware vSphere on NetApp Data ONTAP 8 operating in Cluster-Mode for supporting larger data centers. The storage pool resources can be dynamically allocated and securely isolated to support multi-tenancy. 

DragonWave Posts Revenue of $44.2 Million

DragonWave reported revenue of $44.2 million for the quarter ended 30-Aug-2012, compared with $13.6 million in the same period last year and $13.0 million in the preceding quarter.  Revenue through the Nokia Siemens Networks channel totaled $32.3 million in the quarter.

“We continue to advance our strategic priorities,” said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen.  “Our partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks is still in the integration phase and involves a wide range of activities, including access to a wide range of major global operators.  Following the June  1, 2012 closing of the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks’ microwave transport business, we rationalized our operations and reduced costs; we will continue to manage our cost profile to achieve profitability as we gain greater visibility into revenue opportunities.”

ASSIA Launches Wi-Fi Management Service for Carriers

ASSIA, which supplies high-performance software tools for dynamic spectrum management (DSM) of DSL and Wi-Fi, is introducing a residential Wi-Fi management service to help carriers resolve in-home networking problems.

ASSIA's new Expresse Wi-Fi provides advanced diagnosis and automatic, proactive repair capabilities of in-home Wi-Fi networks,  including the real-time calculation of throughput, latency, and connectivity.  The service provider is able to leverage long-term cloud-based statistical analysis of home Wi-Fi performance for better, more efficient optimization and troubleshooting.

The system works by integrating a lightweight Expresse Wi-Fi software agent into the Wi-Fi CPE platform supplied by the network operator.  This can be deployed in the field through a standard firmware upgrade. The cloud-based service can integrate with any OSS/BSS system through Web services.  ASSIA said its solution is available for licensing to any customer premises equipment (CPE) vendor.  ASSIA provides Expresse Wi-Fi as a cloud-based service. The product is expected to be generally available in late 2012. 

“Consumers around the world expect a seamless Wi-Fi experience. Although the networks are in place and billions of devices are in use worldwide, many consumers are still disappointed with their home Wi-Fi performance,” said Dr. John Cioffi, chairman and CEO of ASSIA.  “ASSIA is delighted to deliver a product that closes that gap by levering our broadband management expertise derived from the 65 million connections we currently manage globally.”

Lantiq Hits 250 Mbps over Copper with Reverse Powered Fiber to the Distribution Point

Lantiq, in partnership with Aethra Telecommunications, an access network equipment supplier, introduced a reverse powered Fiber to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) broadband access solution that uses standard fiber and copper wire to deliver aggregated data rates up to 250 Mbps over 200m twisted-pair copper line lengths.   The idea is to use fiber drop points on a neighborhood pole or in a building basement to provision multiple customer end-points for an enhanced VDSL2 service supporting triple play broadband services, including multiple HD TV channels over IP.

The solution leverages Lantiq’s ultra-low power FALC-ON GPON and VINAX V3 VDSL2 chipsets and patent-pending reverse power feeding circuitry developed by Aethra Telecommunications.

Lantiq and Aethra Telecommunications will demonstrate their FTTdp solution at Broadband World Forum (BBWF), October 16-18 in Amsterdam.

Actelis' CEO Steps Down

Vivek Ragavan has resigned as president and CEO of Actelis.
Tuvia Barlev, Actelis' co-founder and former CEO, will take over the company's operations as executive chairman during the search for Ragavan's replacement. 
Barlev served as president and CEO of Actelis from 2002 to 2010 and, since then, has served as chairman.

  • Vivek Ragavan joined Actelis in 2010.  He previously served as CEO at Atrica and Redback Networks. Other executive positions held by Ragavan include CEO of Siara Systems, president of the residential broadband group at ADC Telecommunications, and vice president of engineering at General Instrument.

ADTRAN Posts Q3 Revenue of $162 Million

ADTRAN reported Q3 revenue of $162,125,000 compared to$192,194,000 for the third quarter of 2011. Net income was $9,272,000 for the quarter compared to$36,213,000 for the third quarter of 2011. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, were $0.15 for the quarter compared to $0.56 for the third quarter of 2011.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “This quarter’s performance came in line with our revised expectations. Although current market conditions limit near term visibility, we are confident that our market share position and globalization efforts will lead to significantly better performance in the future.”

NSN's Service Management Can Now Predict Problems

Nokia Siemens Networks is launching a new Service Management Capability that helps mobile operators to predict and prevent service degradation and reduce complaint calls to customer care departments.

The new Service Operations and Management solution, which is offered to mobile operators either on-site or as a managed service from NSN, combines insights related to service performance with operations functions to manage mobile broadband services and tackle service degradation before subscribers experience poor quality.

NSN is providing the outsourced edition from its new Service Management Capability Center (SMCC) in Noida, India.

Calxeda Raises $55 Million for its ARM Data Center Processors

Calxeda, a start-up based in Austin, Texas, raised $55 million in new funding for its ARM-based “EnergyCore” Server-on-a-Chip designed for a new generation of high-density servers.

Calxeda said its new chip will deliver as much as a ten-fold improvement in energy efficiency compared to today’s commodity X86-based servers. “

New investors include Austin Ventures and Vulcan Capital, plus additional participation by the firm’s existing investors.

"This significant infusion of capital will accelerate the exciting trajectory we’ve been on for the past four years," said Calxeda co-founder and CEO Barry Evans. "Businesses require a more efficient solution for the Web, Cloud, and Big Data. That is what Calxeda is now delivering and this funding will enable us to go bigger and faster."

  • Calxeda's EnergyCore processor SoC, which derives from earlier generations of ARM-based mobile processors, features a supercomputing-class 80-Gigabit fabric switch and an integrated management engine with power optimization software. It includes a full complement of server I/O features and a large 4MB ECC L2 cache, enabling a complete server node that consumes only 5 watts, including 4GB of ECC memory and a large capacity SSD.
  • Calxeda was founded in January 2008.
  • Calxeda is headed Barry Evans, who previously was the VP and GM of Marvell’s Application Processing Business Unit in the Cellular and Handheld Group (acquired from Intel). Mr. Evans was responsible for the Xscale processor (ARM-based) SoC product line. Before that, he was at Intel.