Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sprint's Spark LTE Network Now in 27 Markets

Sprint's Spark network upgrade, which aggregates the company’s 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz spectrum, continues to progress and is now available in 27 markets across the country.  Sprint currently has 22 devices on the market with Spark-compatible aggregation capabilities, including the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport, LG G3, and HTC One (M8) Harman/Kardon edition.

Sprint’s replacement of its entire 3G and voice network is largely complete and network performance metrics continue to improve. Sprint also hit its mid-year target for 4G LTE coverage, as the company now covers approximately 254 million people in 488 cities across the country including Pittsburgh and Buffalo, N.Y..

In addition, Sprint HD Voice service is also now available nationwide. Over 16 million customers currently have HD Voice-enabled devices.

In its newly released quarterly financial report, Sprint posted a net loss of 220,000 customers in the quarter, compared to a net loss of 383,000 customers last quarter and 520,000 customers in the prior year period. Sprint blamed the postpaid net losses of 181,000 on elevated churn levels related to service disruption associated with the company’s ongoing network overhaul.

http://www.sprint.com

Iridium Selects Radisys' T-Series ATCA for Ground Station Network

 Iridium Communications, which operates a global mobile voice and data network powered by 66 low-Earth orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites, is to use Radisys’ T-Series commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms to upgrade its ground station infrastructure associated with its next generation global satellite constellation – Iridium NEXT.

Iridium NEXT, scheduled to begin launching in 2015, will deliver more bandwidth and higher data speeds to serve the rapidly-expanding demand for truly global mobile communications. In preparation for the launch of Iridium NEXT, the ground station upgrade is recently complete – across six global ground stations, and the gateway infrastructure.

The Radisys T-Series platform is based on an open standards-based ATCA platform architecture that utilizes merchant silicon and open source software. Radisys said it developed the T-Series platform to be in service for a minimum of seven years. The modular, high-availability platform can be used for a number of applications.

“We are delighted to be working with Iridium on this exciting global communications project,” said Keate Despain, vice president, business development and platform product line management, Radisys. “Our T-Series platforms possess all the necessary qualities to ensure that Iridium enjoys a cost effective, flexible and reliable deployment for Iridium NEXT. This will enable the next generation satellite constellation to stand up to the challenge of delivering effective mobile communications for the entire world with the latest market-leading technology.”

“Iridium NEXT will provide more services at faster speeds, substantially enhancing opportunities for our partners and customers,” said Scott Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Iridium. “Two things were important to Iridium in selecting the Radisys T-Series platform for the Iridium NEXT ground station infrastructure upgrade. First, we needed a platform that was supported by a multi-vendor open ecosystem to ensure its longevity. Being tied to one vendor’s proprietary solution simply wasn’t an option. Second, we needed a platform that provided improved price-performance to enable us to reach our technology and business objectives.”

http://www.radisys.com/
http://www.iridium.com/About/IridiumNEXT.aspx

Cavium to acquire Xpliant for Ethernet Switching Silicon for SDN

Cavium agreed to acquire Xpliant, a start-up working on high performance, high density switch silicon for approximately $90 million in cash, stock and prior equity investments. Cavium was a financial backer of Xpliant and invested $15 million in the company.

Xpliant, which is based in San Jose, California has developed a family of switching silicon solutions featuring 10G/40G/100G port speeds and port densities supporting throughput ranging from multi-hundred gigabit to multi-terabit. The company claims its innovations in switching architecture will enable increased intelligence and flexibility beyond what is available today in commodity Ethernet switch silicon while delivering market leading bandwidth, throughput and scalability along with unprecedented flexibility/programmability.

Cavium said the addition of Xpliant’s family of switching solutions, which are critical building components for next generation infrastructure, will be highly synergistic with its existing infrastructure product offerings such as ThunderX, OCTEON and LiquidIO families. This family of switching solutions will enable Cavium to significantly increase its share of BOM in the data center, service provider and enterprise markets. Additionally, these products will allow Cavium to offer complete end to end solutions for compute, networking and storage, optimized for best performance, cost and power for next generation virtualized software defined infrastructure.

“Xpliant as developed a disruptive family of switching silicon solutions for next generation software defined networks,” said Syed Ali, President and CEO, Cavium. “This product line significantly expands our addressable TAM and will be an exciting addition to our portfolio of solutions for the data center, service provider and enterprise markets. The Xpliant line of products is highly synergistic with Cavium’s existing infrastructure products and will enable Cavium to deliver highly optimized end to end solutions to our customers. We are extremely pleased with the strong customer engagements and traction which are an excellent validation of Xpliant’s technology and products”.

http://www.cavium.com
http://www.xpliant.com


Australia's NBN Co Extends Managed Service Deal with Ericsson

Australia's National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) will continue its fixed wireless managed service partnership with Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and has expanded the partnership to include operation of the ground component of the Long Term Satellite Solution (LTSS) and customer service activation. Ericsson will continue to be responsible for the operation of the fixed wireless network, and will take on the additional responsibility of managing the satellite ground systems when launched. Financial terms were  not disclosed.

The new agreement makes Ericsson the primary service partner for both NBN Co's fixed wireless and satellite services, which are planned to cover over 1 million households.

NBN Co expects new activations for high-speed broadband services in rural Australia to reach 12,000 to 15,000 installations per month at its peak in 2016.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1841831

  • In February 2014, Australia's NBN Co awarded a key contract to Optus to operate two purpose-built satellites that aim to deliver high speed broadband across rural and remote Australia.  Under the contract Optus will provide tracking, telemetry and control services in connection with NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service. The two satellites currently under construction are scheduled to launch in 2015. The contract has a five year term, with options to extend for up to 15 years.

Inphi to Acquire Cortina's Interconnect & Transport Business

Inphi Corporation, which supplies high-speed, mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications, data center and computing markets, agreed to acquire Cortina Systems' High-Speed Interconnect and Optical Transport product lines for $52.5 million in cash and $73.5 million in stock. The acquisition does not include Cortina’s Access and Digital Home business, which is currently scheduled to be divested prior to the acquisition close and will continue as an independent company.

Inphi said the acquisition will solidify its position as a leading-edge supplier of optical and networking interconnect solutions while further extending its product portfolio for the fast growing enterprise and cloud data center markets. Inphi’s Networking Interconnect products with their leadership in 100G SerDes and CDR, will be complemented with 10G/15G/40G PHY interconnects, thus completing a high growth product portfolio and creating a market leader for high speed networking interconnects.

http://www.inphi.com/
https://www.cortina-systems.com

A10 Reports Revenue of $45.1 million, up 50% YoY

A10 Networks reported that total Q2 revenue grew 50 percent year-over-year to $45.1 million, compared with $30.1 million in the second quarter of 2013. A10 Networks second quarter 2014 GAAP net loss was $1.3 million compared with a net loss of $10.2 million in the second quarter of 2013.

“Our strong 50 percent year-over-year revenue growth demonstrates the progress we have made in growing our market footprint and diversifying our customer base,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “U.S. revenue more than doubled year-over-year and grew 44 percent over the first quarter, however, total revenue was slightly below our guidance as a result of lower service provider spending in Japan where several deals pushed into future quarters.

http://www.a10networks.com

Cavium Reports Q2 Revenue of $91 Million, up 22% YoY

Cavium posted Q2 revenue of $90.7 million, an 8.9% sequential increase from the $83.2 million reported in the first quarter of 2014 and a 22.2% year-over-year increase from the $74.2 million reported in the second quarter of 2013.

Net loss (GAAP) was $11.0 million, or $(0.21) per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to the company of $2.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2014. Gross margins were 62.6%.

http://www.cavium.com/newsevents-Cavium-Announces-Financial-Results-for-Q2-2014.html

Ruckus Wireless Hits Q2 Revenue of $81 Million, up 27% YoY

Ruckus Wireless posted Q2 revenue of $81.0 million, an increase of 26.8% from the second quarter of 2013. GAAP net income was $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared with $0.7 million for the second quarter of 2013. GAAP operating income was $4.1 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared with $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2013.

"We are very pleased with our execution in the second quarter as we continue to capitalize on the market needs for carrier-class Wi-Fi. Momentum was strong across both our service provider and enterprise businesses. We delivered strong financial results, reporting revenue, gross margins and EPS above guidance," said Selina Lo, president and chief executive officer, Ruckus Wireless. "Our Smart Wi-Fi technology continues to differentiate us against our competitors, our new products are gaining traction and we are seeing new market drivers that will further our momentum."

http://www.ruckuswireless.com

Swisscom Marches Forward with Vectored VDSL

Swisscom announced a broadband milestone: over a million homes and businesses already connected to ultra-fast broadband network.

At the beginning of 2014, Swisscom started to roll out VDSL vectoring technology into those areas where Fibre to the Curb had been installed/  Across Switzerland, Swisscom has switched 200,000 homes and businesses over to vectoring, which makes it one of Europe's top providers. The roll-out of Fibre to the Street (FTTS) has already been completed in ten municipalities, for example Croy (VD), Wila (ZH), Iragna (TI), Prêles (BE) and Rothenthurm (SZ). The network is currently being rolled out to over 100 further municipalities.

Thanks to FTTS, broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps can now be achieved. Swisscom is also collaborating with Huawei to develop G.fast, a successor technology to VDSL.

http://www.swisscom.ch/en/about/medien/press-releases/2014/07/20140730-Netzausbau-Ultrabreitband.html

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