Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Juniper Report Q1 Revenue of $567 Million, up 26%

Juniper Networks reported Q1 revenues of $566.7 million, compared with $449.1 million for the first quarter of 2005, an increase of 26 percent. Net income on a GAAP basis for the first quarter of 2006 was $75.8 million or $0.13 per share, compared with a GAAP net income of $75.4 million or $0.13 per share for the first quarter of 2005.

"The first quarter reflected the continuing acceptance of Juniper's product portfolio with both our enterprise and service provider customers," commented Scott Kriens, chairman and CEO, Juniper Networks. "We will intensify our focus on execution in order to capitalize in an environment where our capabilities and the market requirements are aligning more clearly than ever before."http://www.juniper.net

KT Deploys Meriton Agile Interconnect Between Optical Rings

Meriton Networks announced a major win to supply its Agile Optical Networking solution for KT's next generation I-WDM (Intelligent WDM) network. Financial terms were not disclosed. The announcement follows other high-profile deployments in BT's 21CN initiative and a California network linking Equinix's Internet Exchanges, among others.

Deployed in the I-WDM network are the Meriton 7200 OSP (Optical Switching Platform) and the 8600 NMS (Network Management System), which by simplifying and automating the complex provisioning of optical services, is allowing KT to provision new services rapidly.

The first phase of the multi-node metro network is being deployed in Anyang, where the equipment is being used to interconnect multiple 2.5 Gbps rings. Key capabilities include wavelength switching, wavelength translation, the option of CWDM and DWDM, and dynamic service provisioning. Future deployments will target other metro areas and 10 Gbps rings.

Foundations for Video Transport Networks
impact of IPTV and other broadband multimedia services on service
provider backbones will be enormous. Driven by changes in consumer
viewing practices, even the very nature of the traffic will change over
time. Service providers should deploy optical wavelength networking deep
into the access network, and only undertake service layer processing
when it adds value.

Interview with Mike Pascoe, President and CEO

  • Overview of Meriton Networks
  • The Mahi Acquisition
  • Agile Optical Networking (AON)
  • Meriton's partnerships
  • Optical networking market share
  • Next generation networks
  • BT's 21CN and the Fujitsu partnership

EarthLink Selects Level 3 for Consumer VoIP

EarthLink selected Level 3 to serve as the underlying provider for its VoIP initiative. Specifically, Level 3 VoIP Enhanced Local service will provide nationwide local voice service to EarthLink as part of a bundled voice and broadband Internet package that includes features such as caller ID, voicemail and 3-way calling bundled with multiple speeds of DSL Internet access. This supports EarthLink's local, long distance and international voice traffic, providing voice origination, voice termination, directory listings, and caller ID. The service also enables EarthLink to connect its customers to the public switched telephone network when they make calls to traditional telephones or mobile devices. Included in the service is Level 3's award-winning E-911 Direct service, which provides industry-leading nationwide coverage for enhanced 911 service.

The deal expands an existing relationship under which Level 3 provides its VoIP Enhanced Local service including local telephone numbers that EarthLink can assign to its voice customers.


DSL Forum TR-101 Enables Migration to Ethernet-based Networks

The DSL Forum published a new Technical Report 101 (TR-101) that enables service providers to evolve their DSL access networks to better support faster rate technologies such as ADSL2plus and VDSL2. In parallel, it specifies the architecture to coordinate service rate management and multicast capability in an Ethernet network without affecting existing services that are currently offered.

The DSL Forum said that by leveraging TR-101, service providers can develop a multi-service end-to-end architecture to support offerings of new secure value-added consumer and business services such as IPTV.

Building on the already approved DSL Forum reports TR-058, TR-059 and TR-092, this newly approved report extends the QoS capabilities of TR-059, with capabilities defined for the Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) and Access Nodes such as DSLAMs that have Ethernet switching and other networking capabilities. It defines the application of Layer 2 virtual private networks (L2VPNs) and multicast replication at the various nodes as well as its operations, administration and management (OAM).

"This latest DSL Forum Technical Report is a significant strategic development that will empower the continued roll out of broadband services to the mass market, over a range of access technologies. The industry's adoption of TR-101 will expedite consumer availability of higher speed services that depend on enhanced internet access products that support high bit rate quality services such as IPTV," said Michael Brusca, chairman and president of the DSL Forum.


Cingular Adds 1.7 Million Net Subscribers, Strong Results

Cingular Wireless added 1.7 million net subscribers in Q1, giving it a total base of 55.8 million cellular/PCS subscribers at quarter's end. This compares to 1.4 million net additions a year ago.

Overall monthly subscriber churn of 1.9 percent, its lowest ever. This represents an improvement of 30 basis points over the year-ago first quarter and a sequential improvement of 20 basis points. Postpaid churn improved by 30 basis points both year-over-year and sequentially to 1.6 percent, another record low.

Gross additions were 4.7 million, which was flat versus the year-ago first quarter and compares to 5.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Average revenue per user (ARPU) in the first quarter of 2006 was $48.48, which was down 2.3 percent from the year-ago first quarter (when ARPU declined 3.3 percent year over year) and down 0.8 percent
versus the fourth quarter of 2005.

Cingular's data ARPU was $5.22, up more than 41 percent over the year-ago first quarter and nearly 11 percent sequentially. The company's Business Markets Group signed more than 800 new and renewed high-end service contracts in the quarter.

Capital expenditures for first quarter were $1.4 billion. These were driven by, among other developments, continued progress in merger integration, the rollout of UMTS/HSDPA 3G technology, and improvements in network coverage and quality in markets around the country.


Motorola "MeshConnex" Supports 802.11s Standard

Motorola confirmed that its "MeshConnex" technology will add support the final IEEE 802.11s meshing standard via an over-the-air software download. The 802.11s standard was created to define common features and ensure interoperability between mesh equipment vendors.

MeshConnex is Motorola's high performance, mesh networking technology implementation and powers a wide variety of the company's products, including its Mesh Enabled Architecture and MOTOMESH multi-radio broadband systems. MOTOMESH networks support both unlicensed WiFi and licensed 4.9GHz public safety access in the same wireless network, and has been the solution of choice for more than a dozen municipalities since its launch in January 2005. The MeshConnex software engine is also being incorporated into other Motorola products aimed at addressing new and existing mesh networking applications.

Motorola has been an active contributor to the 802.11s mesh standard and is currently represented on the chair of the IEEE's ESS Mesh Networking Task Group (IEEE 802.11 TGs); the group responsible for the development of the draft 802.11s mesh networking standard. Motorola also serves on other key IEEE Standards Association committees, including the Standards Board of the IEEE-SA and IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group, and is expanding its standards work beyond traditional air interface standards to drive Seamless Mobility in areas such as user interaction, applications and manageability.


Japan's ACCA Selects Alcatel for WiMAX Trial in Tokyo

ACCA Networks selected Alcatel's "Evolium" WiMAX radio solution for a WiMAX trial in the Tokyo area. y. It will be Alcatel's first WiMAX reference in Japan based on the 802.16e-2005 WiMAX standard.

The WiMAX trial network will be deployed in June 2006. ACCA will, in particular, validate the integration of WiMAX services in its existing DSL portfolio, with a first set of applications including video streaming, high- speed Internet access and VoIP.

ACCA Networks currently operates an ADSL and optical fiber broadband access service for more than 1.3 million end users.


UPC Reports Fast Growth in VoIP in Europe

UPC Broadband, the European broadband division of Liberty Global, Inc., has reached the milestone of deploying voice service to over one million telephony subscribers within its European footprint.

UPC's telephony deployment count has doubled over the last 15 months and has been driven by the accelerated growth of UPC's VoIP-based Digital Telephony service.

UPC Broadband is using Nortel's PacketCable and EUR-PacketCable-qualified Communication Server 2000-Compact softswitch and AudioCodes' Mediant 5000 Cable Access Gateway. The network also includes SIP-based Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapters (E-MTAs) to deliver primary line VoIP along with high-speed Internet access.

ARRIS is also a strategic supplier, providing headend and customer premises cable telephony solutions including its integrated cable modem and telephony adapters from the ARRIS Touchstone product line.

UPC is one of the industry's first cable operators to deploy SIP-based E-MTAs, laying the foundation for new feature-rich voice and multimedia services - such as presence, instant messaging, video and mobility - and taking the first step towards the IMS architecture.

UPC initially launched its Digital Telephony service in the Netherlands, Hungary, France and Switzerland, and, more recently in Austria, Poland and Romania, expanding its footprint to seven European markets. During 2006, UPC's VoIP telephony service will be offered in the Czech and Slovak Republics and in Ireland. The networks of UPC Broadband in Europe currently pass approximately 18 million homes in Europe of which 9.3 million are ready to receive telephony service.

Going forward, the company also plans to develop and offer a VoIP/SIP-based converged product portfolio over a single IP network to both fixed and wireless networks. UPC plans to introduce integrated fixed-mobile services in Switzerland and other key markets using SIP softswitch platforms.ttp://www.arrisi.comhttp://www.lgi.com

Qualcomm Posts Revenues $1.83 Billion, up 34%

QUALCOMM reported quarterly revenue of $1.83 billion, up 34 percent year-over-year and 5 percent sequentially. Net income was $593 million, up 11 percent year-over-year and down 4 percent sequentially. Diluted earnings per share were $0.34, up 10 percent year-over-year and down 6 percent sequentially.

"QUALCOMM's record revenue this quarter was driven by greater overall CDMA handset shipments and record demand for our chipsets," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, CEO of QUALCOMM. "I am pleased that demand for our chipsets was spread across our broadly segmented products with particular strength in higher tier chipsets for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and WCDMA/HSPDA and in the lower tier MSM6000 chipsets for CDMA2000 emerging markets."http://www.qualcomm.com

Lucent to Market Telefónica's IPTV middleware

Lucent Technologies will assume responsibility for the future development and deployment of Telefónica's "Imagenio" IPTV middleware platform, including the ongoing introduction of new features and capabilities.

Under an agreement reached with Telefonica, Lucent will also market the platform to the broader, global service provider community. In support of this effort, Lucent will establish IPTV research and development centers -- linked to Bell Labs -- in the Spanish cities of Madrid and Huesca (Aragon), as well as in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo for Latin American markets. In addition, Lucent Worldwide Services, the company's services arm, will serve as the prime network integrator for Telefónica's end- to-end, multivendor IPTV solution, initially in markets including Brazil, Chile, the Czech Republic and Spain. The project will be extended to include additional countries in the future.

Telefónica's "Imagenio" IPTV middleware platform -- originally developed in-house by Telefonica -- currently powers its IPTV service in Spain, providing all-digital, DVD-quality delivery of TV and audio content. Lucent will help expand and enhance the Imagenio middleware, developing and testing new features, including new IP Multimedia TV services that leverage the strengths of IMS. IP Multimedia TV services "blend" traditional TV and video capabilities with telephony and Web features to create interactive applications such as Web browsing, video conferencing and personal, portable TV services that can be delivered to subscribers anytime, anywhere. Lucent also will integrate the middleware platform into its portfolio and market the platform to service providers worldwide.

Telefónica's "Imagenio" IPTV is currently supporting 250,000 customers.

http://www.lucent.comhttp://www.telefonica.esLucent supplies its Stinger DSL broadband access concentrator to Telefónica.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Vitesse Places Chief Executives on Leave, Opens Investigation

Vitesse Semiconductor's Board of Directors announced that Louis R. Tomasetta, the company's CEO, Eugene F. Hovanec, the company's Executive Vice President and Yatin Mody, the company's Chief Financial Officer, have been placed on administrative leave.

Vitesse has appointed a Special Committee of independent directors to conduct an internal investigation relating to past stock option grants, the timing of such grants and related accounting and documentation. The Special Committee is being assisted by independent outside legal counsel.

Vitesse said it is too early to determine whether it will need to restate its financial results for prior periods.

Chris Gardner has been appointed Acting President and CEO. Mr. Gardner joined Vitesse in 1986. He served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2000 to June 2002. Since June 2002, Mr. Gardner has served as Vice President and General Manager of the Network Products Division. http://www.vitesse.com

Netopia and Verifone Partner on Merchant Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Netopia has integrated its Wi-Fi Hot Spots with VeriFone payment systems to provide merchants with a flexible hot spot solution. The solution allows merchants to determine who can access the wireless network, how long they can stay connected, and whether Wi-Fi access is free of charge or available for a fee. And they can change the parameters of access to support marketing initiatives or respond to usage patterns. Merchants generate a receipt on their VeriFone payment system with a unique access code for each patron. Netopia Hot Spots are also the only hot spots to offer family-friendly surfing, which enables merchants to prohibit patrons from accessing Web sites with objectionable content to maintain a retail environment appropriate for all ages.


AT&T to Offer Akimbo in Homezone TV Service

AT&T will offer the Internet-based Akimbo video-on-demand service as part of its upcoming AT&T's Homezone TV service, scheduled to launch later this summer.

AT&T plans to offer the content available from Akimbo's library of more than 10,000 television programs and movies-on-demand. Akimbo said it is currently adding more than 150 new mainstream and niche titles in 85 different categories per week.

The service will have an online guide that enables AT&T Homezone subscribers to view a comprehensive listing of all Akimbo videos and movies. To help subscribers find videos that match their interests, the on-screen guide features a video search function, full program descriptions and video previews. Customers can also access the guide remotely from an Internet-connected computer to browse and download programs so that new shows are available for viewing when they get home.

AT&T Homezone, currently in trial in several states, will integrate AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet and AT&T DISH Network programming to provide video on demand, digital video recording, and Internet content, including photos and music, via a new set-top box. AT&T Homezone will be available to customers who purchase both AT&T | DISH Network satellite television and AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet services.

"Our agreement with Akimbo is yet another milestone as we prepare to launch our AT&T Homezone service - an entertainment service that we believe will be more powerful and compelling than anything offered on the market today," said Scott Helbing, chief marketing officer-AT&T Consumer. "Consumers want better solutions and more choices for entertainment, and we're committed to delivering that."http://www.TheNewATT.comhttp://www.akimbo.com
  • In March, Akimbo Systems announced a deal to make select titles from HDNet's library of HD content available for download through the Akimbo Service for Windows XP Media Center Edition. Co-founded by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, HDNet features up to 20 hours of new original programming each week, all produced in the highest quality 1080i HDTV format.

  • Akimbo is based in San Mateo, California and is funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sprout Group and Zone Ventures.

Nanochip Secures $10 Million for MEMS Storage

Nanochip, a start-up based in Fremont, California, has secured $10 million of a $15 million Series C financing round for its development of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) silicon data storage chips for the consumer electronics market.

Nanochip is developing a new class of ultra-high-capacity MEMS-based storage chips. The company said these new chips -- with bit-densities enabling the storage of tens of gigabytes per chip -- use a nano-probe array technology that goes far beyond the expected limits of conventional lithography used in present semiconductor memory chips. Nanochip is designing a family of removable, rewritable data storage products for use in a wide range of future consumer electronics products that will require data storage capacities that exceed the physical limitations of today's semiconductor memory technology.

The funding was led by Intel Capital, a new Nanochip investor. Five million dollars of additional funding in this round is being left open for other interested investors. Also participating in the Nanochip C Round is JK&B Capital, a venture capital firm that led the B funding round. http://www.nanochip.com

Oracle Outlines Roadmap for Telecom Service-Oriented Architecture

Oracle outlined its roadmap for a standards-based Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for the telecommunications industry. The plan is to help service providers, network operators and system integrators to evolve current silo-based network investments into a service-oriented architecture (SOA) supporting IP-based services. Enterprises could also deploy the Oracle SDP as a foundation for VoIP, mobile and real-time applications.

The Oracle SDP extends the company's Fusion Middleware for network-centric applications. Key functionality includes:

  • IMS Support: Oracle SPD includes a SIP Application Server, Presence Server, Proxy Registrar and Location for a complete IMS-ready Infrastructure. Oracle acquired the SIP Infrastructure as part of its Hotsip acquisition.

  • Support for Legacy Networks: Oracle SDP provides a programming environment that extends J2EE for asynchronous, event-based programming that is crucial to support and leverage existing legacy telecommunication networks. It supports the industry standard Java API Parlay X Web Services standards. Oracle has acquired Parlay and SLEE technology as part of its acquisition of Net4Call, a Norway-based provider of carrier-grade Parlay infrastructure software.

  • Network Adaptation Layer: Oracle SDP provides a rich set of adapters to connect the SDP to existing network elements and telecommunications equipment enabling service providers to rapidly roll out new services while protecting their existing investments.

  • Messaging: Oracle SDP provides facilities to access content from Mobile Devices across a variety of standard protocols including SMS and MMS.

  • Carrier-grade Communication Infrastructure, including Oracle Database 10g, Real Application Clusters and Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for supporting scalable, always-on, real-time services. This is particularly relevant in a telecom environment where end-to-end service availability across middleware and database tiers is critical.

Oracle SDP -- Future Functionality Plans:

  • Call Control, and Charging Facilities: To provide call control capabilities that are intended to work across IMS and Legacy networks as well as a charging enabler to quickly integrate SDP with billing systems.
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  • Device Management and Device repository: To provide support for standards-based device management, and a comprehensive device repository.
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  • Out of the Box Services: To include a suite of services such as mobile content delivery, VOIP and virtual PBX that can be immediately deployed for faster Return on Investment.

Oracle said it is uniquely positioned to combine its identity management and middleware expertise to bring to market an SDP that would allow operators to provide highly personalized services to their customers based on customer profiles and preferences. It aims to enable a single J2EE-based programming environment to provide support across next generation and current generation networks and OSS/BSS integration, thereby simplifying service development, integration and management for developers.

"Our vision is to address market needs and provide customers with a comprehensive, scalable, IP-based services platform," said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies. "We are building the ideal platform for developing and deploying new telephony services that deliver value over today's networks, both wireline and wireless, as well as for the converged networks of the future."http://www.oracle.com
  • Earlier this month, Oracle agreed to acquire Portal Software, a global provider of billing and revenue management solutions for the communications and media industry, for approximately $220 million in cash.

    Portal offers a billing and revenue management solution based on an object-oriented architecture built on Oracle that can bill and manage all communications services including wireline, wireless, broadband, cable, voice over IP, IPTV, music, and video. Its customer list includes AOL Time Warner, China Mobile, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, NTT, Reuters, Sirius Satellite Radio, Softbank BB, Sony, Telecom Italia Mobile, Telefonica Mexico, Telenor Mobil, Telstra, Vodafone, and XM Satellite Radio. The company reported $126.8 million in revenue for fiscal year 2004.

  • In February, Oracle acquired Sweden-based HotSip AB, a provider of telecommunications infrastructure software and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) enabled applications for IP telephony, presence, messaging and conferencing on new converged networks. Financial terms were not disclosed. Hotsip offers convergent off-the-shelf applications as well as an open Service Creation Environment (SCE) for building new customized SIP and web applications. The company's core product is its Hotsip Multimedia Communication Engine (M2CE), a carrier-grade Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server.

Envivio Adds MPEG-4 Decoders for SD and HD

Envivio introduced its first professional decoder for high definition (HD) content and a new decoder supporting mobile and standard definition (SD) content.

The D1 and D5 join Envivio's 4View Broadcast Series of MPEG-4 professional decoders, providing real time decoding and confidence monitoring of content as it passes from production through distribution and is repurposed for delivery over mobile, IPTV, enterprise and broadcast networks.

The 4View D5 professional MPEG-4 AVC decoder supports both SD and HD content and decodes HD in both 720p and 1080i video resolutions. The system includes IP and DVB-ASI inputs with digital HDSDI outputs and offers broadcast quality audio featuring MPEG-4 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC-LC) and HE-AAC with parametric stereo. 4View D5 may be deployed with any open standards-based MPEG-4 encoding systems and are compatible with ATSC, ISMA, DVB AVC, and DVB-IPI. The system is scheduled for full availability in the third quarter of this year.

The 4View D1 is a professional SD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Main Profile decoder. The system also supports AVC Baseline Profile as well as ASP and SP video decoding, and MPEG-4 AAC/HE-AAC audio decoding. In addition to high- resolution broadcast applications, 4View D1 supports a non-scaled output option to allow mobile video streams to be displayed in their native resolution. The system is scheduled for full availability in the second quarter of this year. http://www.envivio.com

Nokia Expands Mobile Infrastructure R&D in China

Nokia will expand its R&D operations in Chengdu, China. The facility , which was established in August 2005, started as a focused R&D unit for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based communications applications. In order to have more direct responsiveness to emerging customer needs in this market, Nokia has decided to further expand the Chengdu R&D Center scope, engaging in development of systems such as carrier grade platform middleware, WAP gateways for mobile browsing, intelligent packet core subsystems and increasing multimedia applications development effort.

"The Chinese mobile market is seeing tremendous growth and digital convergence is coming to the mobile mass market in China. The expansion of our Chengdu R&D Center will significantly strengthen our product creation responsiveness to evolving customer requirements in China," says Jouni Pirhonen, Head of Nokia Chengdu R&D Center.


Tut Systems Offer Power-over-Broadband Solution for Hotels

Tut Systems introduced a networking platform that delivers both power and broadband connectivity up to 75 Mbps over standard telephone wiring in multi-tenant dwelling units, hotel complexes, and campus networks. While specifically designed to deliver multiple channels of high-definition television over IP networks, the product line also enables campus wide deployment of VoIP phones, wireless access points, and IP-enabled security cameras.

Tut Systems said that by delivering both power and broadband connectivity across a single in-house telephone line, its new T2 product can eliminate the cost, installation, and maintenance issues associated with standard DSL-like systems that require local power.

T2 provides power through a proprietary process over existing telephone lines to the wall plate. It also features application-level security and privacy.

Initial deployments of T2 systems have been completed in the US, Europe and Japan.