Thursday, October 29, 2015

5G Trial Hits 19.1 Gbps Using Nokia's cmWave technology

Nokia Networks and SK Telecom reported an over-the-air transmission speed of 19.1 Gbps.

The joint 5G trial in South Korea used Nokia's cmWave technology, 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), 8x8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) transmission and 400 MHz of bandwidth. This capacity would enable over-the-air delivery of a full-HD movie in a matter of seconds.  

Some highlights of the trial from Nokia:

  • Demonstrates access point sending downlink transmission over the air and receiving it at the mobile terminal
  • Evaluates radio channel performance at cmWave frequency band
  • Provides runtime feedback while moving the mobile terminal or blocking paths between the access point and the terminal

"With the world's first demonstration of the cmWave technology, we have reached a significant milestone towards realizing 5G. The 19.1Gbps transmission speed we achieved almost meets one of the key capabilities of 5G defined by the ITU-R. SK Telecom will continue to work closely with Nokia Networks to maintain this momentum towards creating a new era of communications," stated Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer, SK Telecom.

Nokia Unveils 5G "System-of-Systems" Architecture

Nokia Networks unveiled its programmable 5G architecture with the ability to reshape radio and core networks in real time to adapt to changing demands.  The goal is to enable Network-as-a-Service for operators to offer network functions to other industries. The announcement outlines key principles of this architecture and its suitability to address a variety of 5G use cases. In a nutshell, Nokia will leverage the concept of network slicing...

SK Telecom and Nokia Collaborate on 5G

SK Telecom and Nokia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development and verification of 5G mobile technologies. The companies will conduct joint research on core 5G technologies such as the gigabit-level data communications and cloud-based virtualized base stations. They plan to establish a test bed at SK Telecom’s R&D Center in Bundang, Seoul. One area of R&D will be cmWav

Verizon Expands Secure Cloud Interconnect in Asia

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is adding HP and Verizon Cloud to its Secure Cloud Interconnect service, essentially doubling the size of its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region to 12 locations and five cloud providers.

The company previously offered access to Amazon (Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo) and Google (Hong Kong, Singapore) and Microsoft (Hong Kong) at six locations.

“With Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect service we can now take full advantage of the cloud given the richness and reliability of the solution,” said Mok Jooyoung, IT director of technology division, Giosis. “Knowing Verizon’s Private IP network has an expansive Asia-Pacific footprint and its performance stellar made Verizon the ideal provider to meet our stringent requirements to provide our online shoppers with a first-class customer experience.”

AWS Enables Direct Connect to its GovCloud

Amazon announced first availability of Direct Connect to its AWS GovCloud (US) region.  The first direct connect is from Equinix SV1 & SV5, San Francisco, CA.

AWS Direct Connect is recommended when working with large data sets, for real-time data feeds, and for hybrid environments with regulatory restrictions requiring the use of private connectivity.

France's RENATER Selects Coriant Universal Transport Platform and hiT 7300

RENATER, the French national telecommunications network for technology education and research, has selected Coriant to deploy a new 100G-capable end-to-end packet optical transport network .

Spanning approximately 15,000 kilometers of fiber optics and 75 points of presence, the RENATER transport infrastructure connects over 1,400 sites via campus, metropolitan, and regional networks and provides bandwidth and IP services that support a broad community of education and research institutions in France, as well as throughout Europe and the world.

The Coriant solution, which includes the Coriant mTera Universal Transport Platform (UTP) and Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform, met RENATER's stringent network architecture requirements with features such as hybrid Optical Transport Network (OTN) and packet switching, flexible protection and restoration, and coherent 100G optical transport. Management of the mTera UTP and hiT 7300 network nodes will be supported by the Coriant Transport Network Management System (TNMS), an end-to-end management platform that simplifies service provisioning and reduces operating expenses.

"Our customers continue to experience increased demand for fast, reliable, and high-capacity connectivity to support a wide range of critical research and education applications, including bandwidth-intensive data transfer, video conferencing, and grid computing," said Patrick Donath, director of RENATER. "In bringing new and more robust capabilities to our underlying transport infrastructure, we were looking for a highly flexible technology solution with the ability to efficiently and cost-effectively meet current as well as future capacity requirements – and Coriant proved the most capable and trusted solutions provider."

Nokia Reports Quarterly Results, Confirms ALU Purchase On Targe

Nokia Corporation reported Q3 net sales of EUR 3.0 billion (EUR 3.1 billion in Q3 2014), down 2% year-on-year (down 10% year-on-year on a constant currency basis).  Non-IFRS diluted EPS in Q3 2015 was EUR 0.08 (EUR 0.09 in Q3 2014), a decrease of 11% year-on-year.

Quarterly net sales for Nokia Networks decreased 2% year-on-year (11% year-on-year decrease on a constant currency basis), as strong net sales growth in Greater China partially offset decreases in North America and Europe. On a sequential basis, strong net sales growth in Greater China also helped to offset the impact of industry seasonality.

Rajeev Suri, Nokia's President and CEO, stated: "Nokia's third-quarter can be summarized in two words: progress and performance. Progress in moving the Alcatel-Lucent transaction closer to completion and solid performance across all of our businesses.  The performance at Nokia Networks was the highlight of the quarter, and allowed us to raise our full-year outlook for that business. Even if I am not pleased with the overall sales development, our strong profitability is testament to the strength of our operating model. We said earlier in the year that we would redouble our efforts to ensure our cost structure was aligned to market conditions, and the success of those efforts is very clear in our results. Nokia Technologies also had a solid quarter, with year-on-year growth in licensing revenues. Our commitment to bringing innovative new products to market was apparent with the announcement of the OZO virtual-reality camera. OZO has been extremely well-received and will be launched officially before the end of the year."

Nokia reported significant progress towards the closing of its transaction with Alcatel-Lucent. The companies have received all the necessary regulatory approvals to proceed with the public exchange offer. The Nokia Board of Directors has recently called for an Extraordinary General Meeting, to be held on December 2, to request shareholder approval for the transaction. Nokia now expects the deal to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.

Nokia also announced a planned EUR 7 billion program to optimize its capital structure and return excess capital to shareholders. This program would consist of approximately EUR 4 billion in shareholder distributions and approximately EUR 3 billion of de-leveraging. In addition, Nokia today accelerated its annual operating cost synergy target related to the Alcatel-Lucent transaction. Nokia now targets to achieve approximately EUR 900 million of operating cost synergies in full year 2018, compared to its earlier target to achieve approximately EUR 900 million of operating cost synergies in full year 2019.

The operating cost synergies are expected to be derived from a wide range of initiatives related to operating expenses and cost of sales, including:

  • Streamlining of overlapping products and services, particularly within the planned Mobile Networks business group;
  • Rationalization of regional and sales organizations;
  • Rationalization of overhead, particularly within manufacturing, supply-chain, real estate and information technology;
  • Reduction of central function and public company costs; and
  • Procurement efficiencies, given the combined company's expanded purchasing power.

ALU Posts Q3 Revenues

Alcatel-Lucent reported group revenues, excluding Managed Services and at constant perimeter, of Euro 3,429 million, up 7% year-on-year, with notable strength in next-generation revenues, which grew 23%. At constant exchange rates, group revenues were down 5%, while next-generation revenues were up 11%. The weight of next-generation revenues continued to progress, representing 77% of revenues compared to 66% in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin reached 34.5% of revenues, expanding 50 bps year-on-year, driven by a higher proportion of software sales, notably in IP Platforms, and improved profitability in certain businesses.

Some highlights:

  • Core Networking segment revenues were Euro 1,608 million in Q3 2015, an increase of 11% year-over-year at actual rates and 2% at constant rates. Adjusted operating income totalled Euro 151 million, or 9.4% of segment revenues in Q3 2015, up from Euro 123 million and 8.5% respectively in Q3 2014, essentially driven by improved profitability in IP Platforms.
  • IP Routing revenues were Euro 649 million in Q3 2015, an increase of 9% at actual rates and flat at constant rates, when compared to Q3 2014. The business witnessed contrasting trends, with continued strong performance in EMEA and CALA almost entirely offset by softness in other geographies, notably in Japan. Revenues from non-telco customers grew at a double-digit pace year-over-year, at constant exchange rates, and now represented more than 15% of total IP Routing sales.
  • The 7950 XRS IP Core router now has a total of 50 wins to-date, with 6 new wins in Q3 2015, including Telefonica.
  • Virtualized routing momentum continues, with 15 new customers for the VSR in Q3 2015, bringing the total to 31 deployments and over 80 trials.
  • Nuage added 5 new customers, bringing the total to 30 wins, including being recently named in an ecosystem of partners that will develop an NFV proof of concept for Telstra in Australia.
  • IP Transport revenues were Euro 556 million in Q3 2015, up 6% at actual rates and 1% at constant rates, compared to the year-ago quarter.
  • IP Platforms revenues were Euro 403 million in Q3 2015, a year-on-year increase of 25% at actual rates and 11% at constant rates. Revenue growth in IP Platforms was driven by continued strength in IMS for VoLTE, notably in North America, where sales almost doubled year-over-year.
  • Access segment revenues were Euro 1,811 million in Q3 2015, flat year-over-year at actual rates and a decrease of 11% at constant rates.
  • North America revenues increased 4% at actual rates year-over-year and declined by 13% at constant rates, as growth in IP Platforms and resilience in IP Routing was not enough to offset weakness in other businesses. Revenues in Europe increased 12% year-over-year (10% at constant rates), driven notably by strength in IP Routing and IP Transport. Asia Pacific posted an 8% year-over-year increase in revenues at actual rates and a 2% decrease at constant rates, reflecting slight growth in China that was more than offset by weakness in other countries, notably Japan. In Rest of World, revenues decreased 5% year-over-year (down 7% at constant rates), as flattish revenue performance in CALA was not enough to compensate declines in MEA.

A10 Posts Q3 Revenue of $51 Million, up 17% YoY

A10 Networks reported Q3 revenue of $50.8 million, up 17 percent when compared with $43.4 million in the third quarter of 2014. There was a net loss (GAA) for the third quarter 2015 of $9.0 million or $0.14 per share, compared with a net loss of $12.3 million or $0.21 per share in the third quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $4.4 million or $0.07 per share, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $8.8 million or $0.15 per share in the third quarter of 2014.

"We delivered record revenue for the second consecutive quarter and achieved better than expected bottom line results,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “Our security focused portfolio, encompassing our standalone high-end Thunder TPS appliance and Thunder ADC with advanced security features such as SSL Insight and web application firewall, continues to gain traction with customers and partners. We are encouraged by our momentum as we enter the fourth quarter and will remain focused on executing our growth strategy, furthering our technology leadership, and expanding our addressable markets.”