Thursday, February 7, 2008

Devicescape Enhances its Software Client to Automate Wi-Fi Access

Devicescape Software released the second generation of its Wi-Fi client software, expanding coverage by allowing devices to instantly access potentially millions of free and open hotspots. Devicescape 2.0 now provides connections to free or open hotspots, subscription networks, and home and other personal Wi-Fi networks.

Devicescape eliminates the need to launch a browser to enter user names and passwords. Once the client application is downloaded, and the consumer has registered for the free service, the device automatically connects with available networks.

Devicescape 2.0 works with Windows laptops, Nokia series 60 devices, Nokia Internet Tablets, Mac OSX, Apple iPhone and iPod touch, and will be available shortly for Windows Mobile Smartphones.

For device manufacturers, Devicescape provides a Wi-Fi solution that immediately connects any device to millions of hotspots around the world, without the consumer having to do anything. Devicescape has also launched a developer community and is offering SDK source code.
  • Devicescape, which is based in San Bruno, California, is backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, JAFCO Ventures, August Capital, Concept Ventures and Applied Materials.

Alvarion Unveils SentieM for Mobile WiMAX

Alvarion unveiled its "SentieM" technologies designed to comply with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard and WiMAX Forum Mobile WiMAX specifications, while optimizing the benefits of technologies such as MIMO, Beamforming and SDMA, as well as introduce new capabilities to enhance the overall solution value for operators.

The enhancements aim for better coverage, capacity and throughput per user to operators using Alvarion's end-to-end Mobile WiMAX 4Motion solution. SentieM includes Advanced Antenna and Radio Resource technologies in addition to Distributed Network capabilities, improving the economics for operators and the quality of service for subscribers.

SentieM technologies include:

  • On-demand Collaborative MIMO and Beamforming -- enhances coverage and boosts capacities by intelligently utilizing air interface and radio resources.

  • Subscriber independent SDMA technology directing the radio interface at users that create the most efficient network -- extends cell capacity to any device on the network.

  • Self-learning algorithm for rate adaptation that modifies itself according to variations in the channel's condition -- provides better performance and maximizes capacity.

  • Distributed radio architecture -- enables all base stations to coordinate and negotiate with each other, resulting in less delay, less latency and fast response time.

  • Hierarchical ASN-GW network architecture -- provides network survivability with localized mobility, a key factor when designing and deploying a WiMAX network.
  • High-quality voice service by optimizing scheduling -- allows a higher capacity of users on the network, adaptively managing the air interface and providing superior voice services which are near wire-line in quality.

Wind River Systems Touts Carrier Grade Linux

Wind River Systems announced that it has become the first commercial vendor to meet the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 4.0 requirements specified by the Linux Foundation. Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition 2.0, adheres to the most recent CGL specification and is available immediately to Wind River customers for project development.

The CGL 4.0 specification defines approximately 250 individual requirements divided into seven key categories for equipment providers: availability, clustering, serviceability, performance, standards, hardware and security. Requirements in each category are then split into priority levels of mandatory, desired and roadmap. The CGL specification, which started in 2002, has undergone several updates, and is now the standard choice for ATCA-based network equipment. It is also designed to support all hardware capabilities to create a foundation for a complete Carrier-Grade solution.

ZTE USA Launches First Handset for U.S. Market

ZTE released its first handset for the U.S. market. The ZTE C88, which is now available for purchase through MetroPCS stores, operates in the PCS and Cellular bands (1900 and 850 MHz) .

Freescale's Michel Mayer Steps Down as CEO

Michel Mayer has decided to step down as chairman and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor. The company and its board of directors have initiated a search for a new CEO. Mayer will continue in his current role until a successor has been identified and will remain chairman of the board until the transition is effective. Mayer joined Freescale in May, 2004 and led the company through its transition from a semiconductor division of Motorola to a public company following an initial public offering in July 2004. In December 2006, Freescale became the largest leveraged buy-out (LBO) in the history of the technology industry.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent Posts Revenue of EUR 5.23 billion, up 18% year-over-year

Alcatel-Lucent reported Q4 2007 revenue of Euro 5.23 billion, up 20% sequentially and 18% year-over-year. Adjusted operating income was Euro 303 million or 5.8 % of revenues. There was a reported net loss (group share) of Euro (2.58) billion or Euro (1.14) per diluted share, including an impairment charge of Euro (2.52) billion.

For the full year 2007, Alcatel-Lucent recorded revenues of Euro 17.79 billion, down 2.5% at current rate, up 2.1% at constant rate.

Patricia Russo, CEO commented: "As we have said, 2007 was a transition year for the company as we executed our integration plans in a difficult market environment. Notwithstanding these challenges, the performance of our wireline, enterprise and services business has been solid. On the other hand, the slower-than-expected ramp up of revenues in WCDMA and NGN/IMS, two areas in which we have been investing, has severely impacted profitability...

"While the long term prospects of our industry remain good, the macroeconomic environment has created uncertainty in our markets in the last few months. Our initial projections for 2008 indicate that the global Telecommunications equipment and related services market should be flat to slightly up at constant EUR/USD rate and slightly down at current rate."

Some highlights:

  • The Carrier business segment recorded a strong double-digit growth, up 16.2% year-over-year at current exchange rate, driven by wireline and wireless. Wireline revenues wereEuro 1,691million compared to a pro-forma3 Euro 1,470 million a year-ago, an increase of 15%.

    Broadband access revenues were down year-over-year in the fourth quarter, as the decline in DSL lines (-5% to 8.3 million) was not yet fully compensated by the ramp-up in G-PON. For 2007, 33.3 million DSL lines were delivered, up 8%.

    Revenues for the wireless business segment were Euro 1,570million compared to a pro-forma Euro 1,249 million in the year-ago quarter, an increase of 26%, driven primarily by higher sales in GSM and WCDMA.

  • The Services business segment also registered a strong 27.0% growth.

  • The Enterprise business segment was up 3.8%.

Qualcomm Announces Multiple HSPA+ Trials in 2008

Qualcomm announced that multiple network operators have committed to trialing HSPA+ technology this year. Carriers expected to trial Qualcomm's HSPA+ technology include Hutchison 3G, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Telstra.

Qualcomm's HSPA+ is a seamless upgrade from HSPA, delivering up to 28 Mbps mobile broadband and dramatic increases in network capacity without the need for new spectrum. The trials will use Qualcomm's Mobile Data Modem (MDM) MDM8200 chipset. Key features being trialed include 64-QAM HSDPA for 21 Mbps downlink data rates and 2x2 downlink MIMO for 28 Mbps downlink data rates.

Qualcomm to Ship First Multi-mode LTE Chipsets in 2009

Qualcomm has expanded its device chipset roadmap to include Long Term Evolution (LTE). The company announced three multi-mode Mobile Data Modem (MDM) chipsets that will support LTE, as well as other 3GPP and 3GPP2 standards:

  • MDM9200 chipset designed to support UMTS, HSPA+ and LTE

  • MDM9800 chipset designed to support EV-DO Rev. B, UMB and LTE

  • MDM9600 chipset designed to support UMTS, HSPA+, EV-DO Rev. B, UMB and LTE

All three MDM9xxx-series chipsets will offer full backward compatibility. The chipsets will support FDD and TDD duplex modes, different carrier bandwidths and will be capable of supporting peak data rates of up to 50 Mbps on the downlink and 25 Mbps on the uplink.

Qualcomm said these new chipsets will allow UMTS and CDMA2000 operators to upgrade seamlessly to future LTE services while preserving backward compatibility to their existing 3G UMTS and CDMA2000 networks. The LTE solutions are scheduled to sample in the second quarter of 2009.

Consortium of Nine Carriers Back I-Me-We Cable System

A consortium of nine leading global telecom carriers met in Rome to sign a formal Construction and Maintenance Agreement for a new high-capacity fiber-optic submarine cable that will stretch from India to France via the Middle East. The cable system, known as I-ME-WE (India, Middle East, Western Europe) is the fifth in the series of similar cable systems which includes the SEA-ME-WE series.

Parties to the agreement include Bharti Airtel (India), Etisalat (UAE), France Telecom (France), Ogero (Lebanon), PTCL (Pakistan), STC (Saudi Arabia), TE (Egypt), TIS Sparkle (Italy) and VSNL (India).

The I-ME-WE cable system is being designed to provide up to 3.84 Tbps and span almost 14,000 kilometers. The companies hope to have the cable in service by late 2009.

KKR to Invest US$250 million in India's Bharti Infratel

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), a leading private equity firm, has agreed to invest US$ 250 million in Bharti Infratel.

KKR's investment is in addition to the US$1 billion in Bharti Infratel pledged in December 2007 by leading international investors Temasek Holdings, The Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), Goldman Sachs, Macquarie, AIF Capital and Citigroup & India Equity Partners (IEP).

Bharti Infratel owns over 20,000 sites and holds an approximately 42% stake in Indus Towers, the recently announced joint venture between Bharti, Vodafone and Idea, which has over 70,000 sites. Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers will provide passive infrastructure services to all wireless telecom operators in India on a non-discriminatory basis. Sharing of passive infrastructure results in capex and opex savings and higher capital efficiency for all wireless operators, enabling quicker roll out of services, especially in rural areas, thus benefiting millions of people across India.

Bharti said the investment reinforces the confidence of leading global investors in the Indian telecom sector, which is now the fastest growing telecom market in the world, and the Bharti Group. It is also an endorsement of the Indian Government's visionary policy on sharing of passive infrastructure.http://www.bhartiairtel.in
  • KKR's list of current investments in the networking space includes Aricent, Avago, NXP, YAGEO, NuVox, pages jaunes, 7, and Zhone Technologies, amongst others.

Exalt Announces Wireless Backhaul with Native IP and TDM

Exalt Communications, a start-up based in Campbell, California, announced the launch and general availability of its split-mount Exalt EX-s series of licensed wireless backhaul solutions.

Exalt, which was founded in 2004 by former executives at Western Multiple, developed customized silicon capable of transporting native TDM and native IP over broadband wireless links. The silicon enables software configurable channel bandwidth and modulation, thereby eliminating the need for field replaceable plug-in modules and minimizing downtime. Exalt employs highly efficient modulation at up to 128 QAM to enable the maximum possible transmission capacities over the smallest available spectrum.

The software upgradeable capacity also enables operators to follow a "pay-as-you-grow" model as they expand and modernize their networks. The family of products also offer multiple software configurable interface options, including 4xT1/E1 up to 16xT1/E1, DS3, E3, 10/100BaseT, and 1000BaseT with Ethernet networking features including advanced QoS and VLAN support.

With the addition of the new EX-s series of radios, Exalt's portfolio now covers the most popular licensed and licensed-exempt bands ranging from 2GHz to 40Ghz in three configurations: all-indoor, all-outdoor, and split-mount.

Exalt EX-s indoor units (IDU) are capacity, bandwidth, and frequency independent, and auto-configure to the correct frequency, transmission requirements, and capacity as controlled by band-specific outdoor units (ODU) in all popular FCC part 101, LMDS, and ITU/ETSI licensed bands from 6 GHZ to 40 GHz as well as license-exempt bands from 2.4GHz to 5.8GHz.

Among its applications, Exalt supplies a 4.9 GHz wireless backhaul solution for public safety and video surveillance.

Nokia Siemens Networks Supplies WCDMA/HSPA to Russia's MegaFon

Nokia Siemens Networks announced a contract valued at EUR 320 million with MegaFon, a Russian mobile operator in GSM 900/1800 band. The contract includes the supply of WCDMA/HSPA technology and related 3G Core network upgrades to various regions of Russia.
This is a three-year frame agreement until the end of 2010.

Clearwire Selects Beceem's WiMAX Chipset

Beceem Communications announced the selection of its latest chipset for mobile WiMAX devices as one of the chipsets that
Clearwire is working with for its mobile WiMAX trial in Portland, Oregon. Beceem's chipset solution is powering a family of PC peripheral WiMAX devices to provide a true mobile broadband Internet experience on laptop computers.

The trial in Portland is one of the largest mobile WiMAX network trials in the country, encompassing approximately 145 square miles and more than 40 base stations.

XO Expands Wholesale VoIP Services with Acme Packet

XO Communications has expanded its installed base of Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) to support its wholesale service provider VoIP customers. Launched in 2005, XO's wholesale VoIP services enable service providers to originate and terminate customer voice calls throughout the United States with a single connection to the XO IP network.

Acme Packet's Net-Net SBCs are used by XO Communications to facilitate interoperability between peering networks and to provide protection of XO's VoIP infrastructure. Acme Packet's Net-SAFE security architecture provides denial of service attack protection, topology hiding and access control to protect XO's network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ip.access and Mavenir Partner on Femtocells Services Beyond FMC

ip.access, which supplies picocell and femtocell infrastructure solutions, is working with Mavenir Systems, a start-up specializing in service delivery network technology, to deliver new "femtozone" services for mobile phones.

The companies point to the possibility of femtocell services beyond improving mobile voice and data quality in homes . Femtocells hold the promise of enabling brand new services on mobile phones . Typical examples would include parents being able to receive SMS alerts when family members enter or depart the home, presence information updating automatically on social networking sites, and subscribers having a virtual home number which rings all mobiles, traditional phones or PC clients currently in the femtozone at home.

The partnership between the companies involves the integration of Mavenir's Femto Zone solutions, based on the Intelligent Convergence Engine (Mavenir ICE) technology, with ip.access' Oyster 3G femtocell system. Both companies' technologies are currently in trials with operators globally.http://www.ipaccess.com

Verizon Chooses Corning ClearCurve Fiber for FiOS MDUs

Verizon Communications has purchased Corning's ClearCurve rugged drop cable solution for the roll out its FiOS services in multiple-dwelling units (MDUs). Verizon qualified the ClearCurve technology as an optimal solution for MDU applications following a successful series of field trials. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Corning's ClearCurve product helps overcome the installation challenges by providing a bend-resistant fiber optimized for the strenuous deployment conditions in apartment buildings and condominium complexes.

Corning said ClearCurve fiber is hundreds of times more bendable than standard single-mode fiber. The fiber uses Corning's "nanoStructures" technology, enabling the fiber to be bent around very tight corners with virtually no signal loss while maintaining backward compatibility. This enables the fiber to be handled in any way that copper communication cables are handled, such as pulling through wall studs and stapling to wood.

Acme Packet Reports Q4 Revenue of $31.4 million, up 32% y/y

Acme Packet reported Q42007 revenue of $31.4 million, an increase of 32% compared to $23.7 million in the same period last year. Earnings before taxes for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007 grew to a record $8.7 million, an increase of 29% compared to $6.7 million in the same period last year.

Total revenues for fiscal year 2007 were $113.1 million, an increase of 34% compared to $84.1 million last year. Earnings before taxes grew to $30.9 million, an increase of 22% compared to $25.4 million last year.

"Our strong fourth quarter results further demonstrates our position as the leader in the session border controller market," said Andy Ory, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acme Packet, Inc. "By adding over 120 new customers in 2007 our solutions have now been deployed at nearly 500 customers including 82 of the 100 largest service providers in the world. In 2008, we look to leverage our incumbency in the service provider market and expand our presence in the adjacent enterprise, contact center, and wireless markets to drive market share gains and growth in both revenue and earnings."

2008 Outlook: Acme Packet expects total revenues for fiscal year 2008 to range between $142 million and $147 million. In fiscal year 2008, the Company expects GAAP net income to range between $0.28 and $0.32 per share on a diluted basis and non-GAAP1 net income to range between $0.38 and $0.42 per share on a diluted basis.

Tekelec Posts Q4 Orders of $186 Million

Tekelec reported Q4 2007 orders of $186.2 million, up 34% compared to $138.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2006 and up 71% compared to $109.2 million for the third quarter of 2007. The book-to-bill ratio was 1.62 for the fourth quarter of 2007. Revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $115.2 million, down 8% compared to $125.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2006. Backlog as of December 31, 2007 was $417.0 million compared to $346.1 million as of September 30, 2007 and $389.6 million as of December 31, 2006. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2007 of $10.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $9.4 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2006.