Monday, August 27, 2007

Optimum Lightpath Offers Broadcast Video Transport over Metro Ethernet

Cablevision Systems' Optimum Lightpath division has launched a Broadcast Video Transport (BVT) service as part of its Metro Ethernet Intelligent Transport Services portfolio. The service, which is aimed at media companies, supports compressed, uncompressed, analog, digital, and high-definition video applications that require "Broadcast Quality" transportgiven its sensitivity to packet loss, transit delay and jitter.

Optimum Lightpath's BVT is a MEF 9 and 14 certified service with standard attributes that include Dedicated Access Termination; Guaranteed Bandwidth [CIR]; Quality of Service; and Network Path Protection with <50ms Resiliency.

The service runs over Optimum Lightpath's intelligent, carrier-class Metro Ethernet network, which spans more than 2,700 route miles throughout northern New Jersey, Connecticut and the New York metropolitan area.

The company said its BVT over Metro Ethernet also features the standard attributes of Metro Ethernet, including point to point connection provisioning, guaranteed network reliability, dedicated bandwidth, and simplified pricing.

SEC Charges Former General Counsel of KLA-Tencor and Juniper

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed fraud charges against Lisa C. Berry, who is accused of routinely backdating option grants from 1997 to 2003, first as General Counsel of KLA-Tencor Corporation and then as General Counsel of Juniper Networks. The Commission alleges that Berry's misconduct caused the two companies to conceal hundreds of millions of dollars in stock option compensation expenses relating to undisclosed in-the-money options provided to company executives and employees.

Sycamore Enhances Circuit/Packet eXchange (CPX) Module

Sycamore Networks announced enhancements to its Circuit/Packet eXchange (CPX) module set, including a doubling of performance and scalability. The CPX solution is designed for migrating from TDM to IP in transmission networks.

The module is interoperable with Ethernet/PPP-compliant routers and SS7 signaling network elements. It aggregates circuit traffic onto higher-speed uplinks in traditional DCS grooming fashion; it also routes downstream traffic from multiple networks into a statistically multiplexed packet-switched uplink to optimize bandwidth in the packet network.

Sycamore's DNX 11/88 multiservice cross-connect system equipped with a CPX interface now supports up to 1024 DS0s or 32 T1/E1 virtual WAN connections. The new CPX software release also delivers improved link utilization and reporting features that enable network operators to simplify performance management and improve capacity planning. Sycamore said these enhancements provide the tools to more effectively monitor SS7 and IP traffic loads and proactively preempt network congestion and traffic bottlenecks as the network scales.

Pyro.TV Integrates Video App in Facebook

Pyro.TV has integrated its video channel service as an application within Facebook.

With Pyro.TV, Facebook users create their own personal Internet TV with custom channel line-up, called My Channels. Facebook users can also display and promote their My Channels through a multi-channel video player, embedded in their Facebook profile.

Pyro.TV provides a syndication channel for media companies and independent publishers.


Juniper Reaches Final Settlement with SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) authorized a final settlement with Juniper Networks regarding the previously-disclosed SEC inquiry into the company's historical stock option granting practices. Without admitting or denying the allegations in the SEC's complaint, Juniper Networks has agreed to settle the charges by consenting to a permanent injunction against any future violations of the antifraud, reporting, books-and-records and internal control provisions of the federal securities laws. No monetary penalties were assessed against the company.

Nsight Telservices Deploys Nortel for IPTV

Nsight Telservices, a midwestern U.S. regional telecommunications provider, has deployed Nortel's end-to-end IPTV solution. The new IPTV service will be available to Nsight Telservices subscribers in Northeast Wisconsin in September.

Nortel's IPTV solution includes Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, Nortel Application Switch 2424, Nortel VPN Router 600, as well as elements from a best-in-class IPTV ecosystem. The IPTV ecosystem includes Avail Media Connect and Edge platforms for the provision of content, Minerva Networks' iTVManager middleware and Widevine Technologies' content protection.

Nortel will also provide Nsight Telservices with Global Services for IPTV including project management, engineering, integration, installation, technical support and assisted operation.

Service Electric Cablevision Deploys Harmonic

Service Electric Cablevision, which was founded in 1948 -- making it the first cable operator in the U.S., has deployed Harmonic's Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG) edgeQAM with Privacy Mode encryption for its video-on-demand (VOD) service.

Harmonic's family of edgeQAM solutions includes its NSG 8108 and 9116 models as well as a universal edgeQAM, the NSG 9000. The NSG 9000 supports a wide variety of applications, including switched digital video, broadcast, on-demand, modular CMTS and DOCSIS 3.0 video delivery.

Service Electric Cablevision offers video, voice and data triple play services to nearly 85,000 subscribers.

Philippine Carrier Deploys Ellacoya for Traffic Management

Innove Communications, a leading integrated communications provider in the Philippines, has deployed Ellacoya Networks' broadband service optimization system to gain visibility into the traffic on its network. The platform provides Innove the ability to manage that traffic on a per-subscriber and per-application basis. It will be used to monitor and manage quality on the network as well as to provide the basis for new revenue streams.

The Ellacoya solution, consisting of e30 and e100 network platforms and a rich suite of applications, is a carrier-class system that identifies traffic by application and subscriber; and then gives operators the tools to analyze the resulting data through a web-based reporting environment.

The deployment of the Ellacoya solution was carried out by CommVerge Solutions. CommVerge Solutions has been reselling and supporting Ellacoya's broadband service optimization solutions as part of its solutions for broadband providers since 2005. The companies have entered into a non-exclusive agreement under which CommVerge resells Ellacoya's solutions to broadband providers in Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

Infinera Selects Jazz's SiGe BiCMOS Process for 100 Gbps ICs

Infinera utilized Jazz Semiconductor's 0.18-micron Silicon Germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS process to enable the 100 Gbps IC used in its Digital Optical Networks architecture. The platform is built upon Jazz Semiconductor's 0.18-micron Analog/RF CMOS baseline process and includes four layers of metal. This process includes two bipolar (NPN) transistors, 3.3V CMOS, lateral and vertical PNP transistors, 2fF/µm² MIM capacitors, resistors (poly, Nwell and metal), and high-Q inductors. Options include deep trench isolation, Schottky diode, high-performance varactors, triple well, a stacked 4fF/µm² MIM capacitor, four layers of metal, and thick top metal.

Earthlink to Cut 900 Jobs in Restructuring

Citing weakness in its subscription model, Earthlink announced a corporate restructuring that includes the elimination of approximately 900 jobs. The company will close its Orlando, FL; Knoxville, TN; Harrisburg, PA and San Francisco, CA offices and substantially reduce its presence in Pasadena, CA, and Atlanta, GA. EarthLink expects to record facility exit and restructuring costs of $60 - $70 million associated with the plan.

Earthlink said it now expects industry-wide gross subscriber additions to decelerate in 2008, resulting in fewer gross subscriber additions for EarthLink. The company no longer will seek to add "new subscribers that do not yield a positive lifetime value for our shareholders." Additionally, as subscriber growth slows, the company expects to realize fewer migrations from narrowband to broadband.

EarthLink expects that as it reduces its marketing efforts aimed at acquiring new customers who have high early life churn characteristics, its overall churn will come down over time as its longer tenured existing customers become the predominant part of its base.

Additionally, EarthLink is modifying its previously issued revenue, adjusted EBITDA and net loss guidance for the third quarter and full year 2007. For the third quarter of 2007, EarthLink now expects revenue of $290 - $300 million. Excluding the one-time facility exit and restructuring charges, the company now expects adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure, see definition in "Non-GAAP Measures" below) of $30 - $35 million and a net loss of $(33) - $(43) million. For the full year 2007, Earthlink now expects to end the year with approximately 3.9 million subscribers, with revenue of $1.190 - $1.210 billion. Excluding the one-time facility exit and restructuring charges, the company expects full year 2007 adjusted EBITDA of $135 - $145 million and a net loss of $(79) - $(109) million.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom to conduct Share Buy-back

Chunghwa Telecom, the incumbent operator in Taiwan, announced a share repurchase or buy-back program. The company expects to repurchase 250 million ordinary shares, representing 2.35% of the company's total outstanding shares. The range of the repurchase price will be from NT$38.36 to NT$85.23 per share. Repurchased shares will be deregistered in the future.

Chunghwa also announced plans to review its real estate holdings, which include approximately 410 hectares across Taiwan. The company will then release unused lands gradually to a new property management subsidiary to develop these assets.

Huawei Builds WiMAX 802.16e Net for Saudi Telecom

Saudi Telecom has selected Huawei Technologies to deploy a WiMAX 802.16e-based network covering major cities including Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Huawei will design and deploy an end-to end WiMAX 802.16e network including Base Station, Access Service Network Gateway, Network Management System, as well as an Authorization, Authentication and Accounting system.

Huawei's end-to-end WiMAX solution integrates key technologies such as orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), enabling high-quality network coverage and bandwidth capacity.

Quorum Develops TD-SCDMA + GSM/GPRS/EDGE Transceiver Chip

Quorum Systems, a start-up based in San Diego, unveiled an ultra-low-power, multi-band, multi-mode radio frequency (RF) transceiver. The new "Sereno" QS3200 adds TD-SCDMA support to the company's already existing 2G/2.5G/3G RF transceiver family. The chip is built on a single-die and integrates TD-SCDMA + GSM/GPRS/EDGE capabilities.

Quorum's QS3200 simultaneously supports dual-band (1900MHz and 2000MHz) TD- SCDMA/HSPDA Category 10 and Quad-band (USGSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900) GSM/GPRS/EDGE. Compared with solutions in the market today, Quorum said its device removes as many as four chips from the radio bill-of-materials (BOM), without the need for costly modules.

Quorum is currently working with baseband partners and expects platform reference designs utilizing the QS3200 to be available in mid-2008.

http://www.quorumsystems.comTime division-synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA) is a 3G mobile telecommunications standard specific to the People's Republic of China. TD-SCDMA is based on spread spectrum technology and uses the time division duplex (TDD) mode, which transmits uplink and downlink traffic in the same frame in different timeslots.

NEC Electronics unveils ARM processor Cores for Networking

NEC Electronics unveiled two 32-bit ARM processor cores that can be used with its system-on-chip (SoC) design methodology to develop high-speed solutions for networking, wireless, digital consumer, imaging, storage, automotive and industrial applications.

NEC Electronics describes its90-nanometer (nm), 700 MHz (931 MHz under nominal process conditions) dual-core implementation of the ARM11 MPCore multicore processor as the highest-performing ARM processor core on the market, and its ARM926EJ-S processor core as the industry's fastest at 130 nm, clocking in at 400 MHz (532 MHz under nominal process conditions).

Motorola Sues Aruba Networks for Wireless Patent Infringement

Motorola and its subsidiary companies Symbol Technologies and Wireless Valley Communications filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Aruba Networks claiming infringement of patents related to wireless local area network (WLAN) technologies.

Motorola said two of the patents in this lawsuit relate to WLAN switching architecture technology, where both Symbol Technologies and Wireless Valley have been pioneers. Wireless Valley developed a predictive design approach, a three dimensional representation of an environment, and site specific information in the design, implementation and management of wireless networks in and around buildings. Two of the patents in the lawsuit relate to WLAN site planning and RF management.

Tellabs 8800 Multiservice Router Gains RUS Compliance

The Tellabs 8800 Multiservice Router (MSR) series recently gained acceptance by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) program. Now independent telcos can get low-interest government loans for deployments of the platform.

The Tellabs 8800 MSR is a next-generation router that integrates carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS, ATM, SONET and TDM technology on a single, unique platform.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

QUALCOMM Announces $1.1 Billion Stock Repurchase

QUALCOMM announced that it has repurchased and retired approximately 29 million shares of common stock during July and August 2007 for approximately $1.1 billion under its $3.0 billion stock repurchase program. Approximately $1.5 billion remains authorized for repurchase in future periods, net of put options outstanding, under the stock repurchase program announced on May 22, 2007.
  • Since fiscal 2003, QUALCOMM has returned approximately $6.3 billion of capital to stockholders, including approximately $2.3 billion in dividends and approximately $4.0 billion through the repurchase of approximately 101 million shares of its common stock.

Spreadtrum Announces AVS Audio/Video Decoder Chip

Spreadtrum Communications, a wireless baseband chipset provider based in Shanghai, announced the commercial release of its AVS audio/video decoder chip. AVS is the audio and video coding- decoding standard independently created by China.

Spreadtrum said its new SV6111 product includes all of the decoding functions required by the AVS standard, while at the same time supporting MPEG-2 specifications. The device supports real time decoding in both high definition and standard definition modes, and contains key functions designed to support both current and future digital TV set-top boxes (STB). Applications include IPTV, cable digital TV, digital satellite TV, and DMB-T transmission standards.

AT&T Adds Big Ten Football to U-Verse Line up

AT&T announced the availability of the Big Ten Network football coverage across all U-verse markets. The Big Ten Network will showcase more than 400 live events, original programming and conference football games in standard and High Definition (HD).

Fujitsu Launches Transmitter Modules for W-CDMA Mobile Phones

Fujitsu Media Devices (FMD), a leading manufacturer specialized in devices for mobile phone equipment, introduced three compact, high-performance transmitter modules for high power efficiency for W-CDMA mobile phones. The modules serve Band I, Band II and Band V. FMD is also planning to develop transmitter modules for Bands IV and VIII in an effort to further strengthen its product lineup.

FMD said its use of a proprietary duplexer and filter enables an optimal design and the world's highest level of power efficiency (27%). The transmitter modules support three output power modes: High power, Middle power, and Low power. In the FMD design, the transmitting circuit components of the mobile phone -- the power amplifier, SAW filter, and SAW duplexer -- are built into a single unit, thus the transmitter modules can achieve a compact size of 7.0 mm × 4.0 mm (with a maximum height of 1.2 mm). This enables a nearly 30 percent decrease in the circuit area when compared to modules configured using conventional discrete components. The transmitter modules support High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), which serves as the base for 3GPP Release 5, for downlink speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps.