Thursday, July 24, 2008

Meru Networks Develops "RF Barrier" to Defend WLAN Perimeters

Meru Networks introduced IEEE 802.11-based "RF Barrier" technology for proactively defending wireless networks against eavesdroppers and "parking lot" attackers who attempt to record and observe network traffic from outside a building's perimeter. The system uses specially adapted WLAN radio at the network's edge to block specific radio-frequency (RF) signals from the corporate network as they exit the building, without disrupting internal WLAN operation. This limits an attacker's ability to eavesdrop on data and perform offline analysis.

Meru's RF Barrier is formed by placing the company's wireless access point along the inside perimeter of a building, and an advanced external antenna outside the perimeter. RF Barrier technology inspects the traffic in real time to determine which part belongs to the WLAN (and is therefore designated as sensitive) and uses the external antenna to block outbound traffic at the RF layer. Would-be attackers are limited in their ability to see useful packet information about the internal network. Because RF Barrier uses directional antennas and selective enforcement technology, it has no impact on signals within the building or from other networks.

RF Barrier builds on Meru's existing security solution, which provides security across all four of the major areas subject to active wireless threats: perimeter defense, connection defense, network defense and remote threat defense. Other components of the Meru security portfolio are:

  • Rogue prevention, which detects and identifies rogues based on the wired network to which a rogue is connected as well as its over-the-air signaling.

  • AirFirewall, based on Meru physical security technology that can eliminate, rather than just contain or mitigate, rogue access points and evil twins attackers

  • Per-user, per-application stateful firewall to allow policy enforcement based on both the user's identity and the nature of the traffic

  • Signature-based firewalling, for enforcing policies on peer-to-peer applications such as Skype, as well as application flows within end-to-end encrypted VPN tunnels

  • Location-based policy enforcement, which implements security decisions based on the location from which an unauthorized user is accessing the network

  • Voice and video security, which prevent the introduction of local or network-wide vulnerabilities in the presence of voice, video or heavy data traffic

  • FIPS 140-2-certified algorithms, with military-grade encryption and key negotiation, including EAP-TLS and AES-CCMP using 802.11i

  • Secure remote access points, which extend enterprise security policies and network to the home offices of telecommuters and hotel rooms for mobile employees.

SingTel Signs Major US studios for Early Content Release

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has signed deals with three major U.S. studios -- Disney-ABC International Television, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution - that will make it possible for its mio TV service to screen over 50 top U.S. series as early as 24 hours after their U.S. premiere.

SingTel claims its will be the first IPTV operator in the world to offer such a volume of top US series within a day of their US telecast on a subscription-based model, and this will provide the first exhibition of such licensed series in Singapore.

This service, called Season Pass, will launch this September and the availability of programming will follow the US TV calendar. mio TV will offer the latest seasons of popular American TV series debuting in US from September this year such as Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Criminal Minds, Prison Break, Bones, 24, Ugly Betty, Without a Trace, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Supernatural, Samantha Who? and many more.

SingTel had 45,000 mio TV customers as at 30 June 2008.
  • In September 2007, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it provided key network integration services for SingTel's recently launched pay TV service, mio TV, which debuted on 20-July-2007. mio TV is based on a combination of Alcatel-Lucent's services integration solution and the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV and multimedia platform. Alcatel-Lucent also provided a complete services integration solution that brings together the network infrastructure, software platforms and integration skill sets.

Huawei Develops 100G WDM Prototype

Huawei Technologies announced a 100 Gbps WDM prototype platform. Huawei said its design will support a transmission distance of up to 2,000 km without using electrical regenerators, while offering a migration path from 10G/40G technologies. Commercial availability dates were not disclosed.

"The successful development of 100G WDM technologies reflects Huawei's strength in the optical network domain," said Christian Chua, president of Huawei' s Transport Network Product Line. "Huawei will continue to invest in long-haul high-speed transport technologies, promote the development of 100G WDM technologies, and will strive to alleviate the bandwidth pressure facing telecom operators today."

UK's City University Installs Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600

City University, which has over 10,000 students at its campus in London, has installed the Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 (ERS 8600) at the core its new LAN. The switch supports up to 384 one-gigabit or 24 ten-gigabit ports. The ERS 8600 provides QoS capabilities as well as non-stop operation through Nortel's Split Multi-Link Trunking (SMLT) technology, which provides sub-second redundancy for link and switch. Nortel Ethernet Switch 5520 is used for the server stacks and edge devices providing high-density Gigabit desktop connectivity and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability.

Nortel Secure Network Access allows students to use their normal windows login but actually be authenticated to the University network at the same time. Nortel Enterprise Network Management System enables network administrators to identify and resolve problems and performance bottlenecks before they impact network services.

SES ASTRA Selects Harmonic's Electra 7000 Encoders

ASTRA Platform Services GmbH (APS), a subsidiary of SES ASTRA , has selected Harmonic's DiviCom Electra 7000 high definition (HD) encoders and DiviTrackIP statistical multiplexing for a network upgrade designed to substantially enhance and expand its HD MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) service.

APS operates one of Europe's most modern satellite broadcast centers, transmitting over 200 television and audio channels to subscribers throughout Europe from its headend in Germany.

SES ASTRA is Europe's leading satellite broadcaster, delivering services to more than 117 million direct-to-home and cable households. Harmonic's high performance encoding and IP-based statistical multiplexing solutions enable APS to combine multiple MPEG-4 AVC HD channels in a single pool, resulting in more efficient use of network capacity and reduced operational complexity. In addition, APS is now able to multiplex standard definition (SD) and high definition channels together in a shared statistical multiplex pool, resulting in greater flexibility and scalability of the channel line-up.

Fujitsu Expands Manufacturing Capacity in Texas

Fujitsu Network Communications is expanding manufacturing capacity at their Richardson, Texas, headquarters. Fujitsu is shifting manufacturing of key optical and electronic components from Europe and Japan to the U.S. In the process, 67 new professional and production jobs will be created in North Texas.

Fujitsu said it is transferring manufacturing of optical and electronic assemblies for its FLASHWAVE 4500 Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) and FLASHWAVE 7500 Re-configurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) from Japan. Manufacturing of broadband and fiber access products from Europe are also being transferred to Richardson. In addition, hard disk drive logistics are being consolidated from a third party vendor. The transfer process for these manufacturing processes began in the first quarter of 2008, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Fujitsu is currently the eighth-largest employer in Richardson with approximately 1,500 employees on its 143-acre campus.

Metalink Considers its Strategic Options, Including Possible Sale

Metalink, a supplier of DSL and 802.11n silicon solutions, said it is evaluating number of strategic and financial options for the future, including a potential sale of the company. In parallel, Metalink is implementing measures to reduce its ongoing operating expenses. Metalink is also actively involved in capital raising activities, including through a private placement. This is Metalink's second cost reduction plan, following a plan which was announced in March 2008. The current plan aims to reduce operating expenses to approximately $6.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 (excluding one time charges, such as restructuring and severance costs, and stock-based compensation expenses).

AT&T Plans $400 Million Fiber Investment in Alabama

AT&T announced plans to invest approximately $400 million over the next several years in fiber network upgrade in Alabama. The announcement follows a recent decision by the Birmingham City Council to approve an agreement with AT&T that will enable AT&T to provide these IP services to local consumers. That same day, the Jefferson County commission approved a similar agreement. They join 34 communities across the state in approving similar agreements with AT&T, including Hoover, Bessemer, Midfield, Helena, Bay Minette, Vestavia Hills, Clanton, Tuscaloosa County, Jasper, Madison and Albertville.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thomson Appoints Alcatel-Lucent Exec as CEO

Thomson announced the appointment of Frédéric Rose as its new CEO. He will also join the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Thomson, Mr Rose has been President of Alcatel-Lucent's Europe, Asia and Africa Region and a member of Alcatel-Lucent's Executive Committee. Prior to that, he was President of Alcatel-Lucent's Asia Pacific region, Mr. Rose managed a diverse team of 15,000 staff operating across 18 countries and led the region to achieve double-digit growth during his tenure. He also held the position of President of Alcatel Shanghai Bell.

NextWave to Sell Some AWS Spectrum for $150 Million

NextWave Wireless signed agreements with four parties to sell a portion of its AWS license portfolio, representing 63% of its total AWS MHz-pops, for a total of $150.1 million.

The agreements call for NextWave to sell 599 million MHz-pops of AWS spectrum at an average price of $0.25 per MHz-pop.

NextWave said its cost basis for the licenses being sold is $75.2 million or $0.126 cents per MHz-pop.

NextWave's remaining U.S. spectrum assets include 2.8 billion MHz-pops of 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum, 972 million MHz-pops of 2.5 GHz BRS/EBS spectrum, and 348 million MHz pops of AWS spectrum. In addition the company has 5.9 billion MHz-pops of spectrum in Europe, Canada, and South America.
  • In July 2008, NextWave Wireless signed agreements with four parties to sell a portion of its AWS license portfolio, representing 63% of its total AWS MHz-pops, for a total of $150.1 million.

    The agreements call for NextWave to sell 599 million MHz-pops of AWS spectrum at an average price of $0.25 per MHz-pop.

    NextWave said its cost basis for the licenses being sold is $75.2 million or $0.126 cents per MHz-pop.

    NextWave's remaining U.S. spectrum assets include 2.8 billion MHz-pops of 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum, 972 million MHz-pops of 2.5 GHz BRS/EBS spectrum, and 348 million MHz pops of AWS spectrum. In addition the company has 5.9 billion MHz-pops of spectrum in Europe, Canada, and South America.

  • In April 2008, NextWave announced that it had retained Deutsche Bank and UBS Investment Bank to sell its U.S. spectrum assets. The company has also retained Canaccord Adams to sell its Canadian spectrum assets.

  • Also in April, NextWave Wireless announced its NW2000 Wave 2-ready family of second-generation mobile WiMAX chipsets designed for high-volume, small form-factor wireless broadband subscriber stations, including CPE modems, PC card modems, laptops, multimode/smartphone handsets and mobile multimedia terminals.

Deutsche Telekom Activates Ericsson's 40 Gbps DWDM

Deutsche Telekom has commercially started Ericsson's Marconi MHL 3000 multihaul WDM solution in its German core network. This step follows in-depth testing, optimization and systems integration. Ericsson's Marconi MHL 3000 MultiHaul WDM platform is now deployed nationwide with 40 Gbps functionality. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson has been one of Deutsche Telekom's suppliers of WDM equipment since 2005.

Ericsson said its Marconi MHL 3000 solution enables Deutsche Telekom to implement a highly efficient IP network with 40 Gbps connections on the existing ROADM infrastructure. The platform can deliver up to 80 channels. Different modulation formats are used to provide the optimum cost performance depending upon the network application.

Juniper Appoints Kevin Johnson as CEO

Juniper Network appointed Kevin Johnson as its new CEO, replacing Scott Kriens who will continue as chairman of the board and will remain active in the areas of strategy and leadership development.

Johnson joins Juniper Networks from Microsoft, where he served in a range of strategic executive assignments over the course of his 16-year tenure, most recently as president of the Platforms and Services Division. Under his leadership, the division achieved record breaking results with over $20 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2008. In addition to leading the Windows business, Mr. Johnson focused on building Microsoft's position as a leader in online advertising and evolving its "software + services" strategy.

"The Juniper team has been at the heart of the success we have realized since the founding of the company in 1996, and Scott has been at the center of that team with me since those early days," commented Pradeep Sindhu, founder and chief technology officer of Juniper Networks.

Ixia Reports Q2 Revenue of $45.9 Million, Record Bookings

Ixia posted Q2 revenues of $45.9 million, which compares to $41.7 million in the immediately preceding first quarter of 2008 and $43.0 million in the second quarter of 2007. Net income (GAAP) was $1.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2007.

"We are very pleased with our second quarter results, especially given the ongoing uncertainty with the economy. We achieved record bookings this quarter, driven by our worldwide accounts as we continued to diversify and grow our customer base. We increased bookings over the first quarter in all of our major geographic regions and customer segments due in part to the recent investments we have made in our sales and marketing teams," commented Atul Bhatnagar, Ixia's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Telefónica Selects Ericsson as Prime Integrator for Latin America

Telefónica's has selected Ericsson to serve as its prime network integrator for its fixed and mobile operations across Latin America. Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide business consulting services including financial-risk evaluation and revenue assurance life-cycle management, supported by technical analysis. Ericsson will also provide systems integration services such as design, adaptation and integration of customized Revenue Assurance solutions for Telefónica's Latin American operations. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson said its services will enable Telefónica to gain greater control of its operations and prevent the recurrence of inconsistencies that adversely affect revenue.

Qualcomm Reports Revenues $2.8 Billion, up 19% YoY

Qualcomm reported quarterly revenue of $2.8 billion, up 19 percent year-over-year and 6 percent sequentially. Net income reached $748 million, down 6 percent year-over-year and 2 percent sequentially. Diluted earnings per share came in at $0.45, down 4 percent year-over-year and sequentially.

The company held cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of approximately $11.2 billion at the end of the third quarter.

"We are pleased to report another strong quarter as the migration to 3G-enabled products continues to accelerate," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chief executive officer of Qualcomm. "We delivered record revenues, up 19 percent year-over-year, and our pro forma earnings per share were at the high end of our prior estimate.

Nokia and Qualcomm Reach Agreement, Settle All Litigation

Nokia and Qualcomm reached an agreement covering various standards including GSM, EDGE, CDMA, WCDMA, HSDPA, OFDM, WiMAX, LTE and other technologies. The agreement will result in settlement of all litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia of its complaint to the European Commission.

Under the terms of the new 15 year agreement, Nokia has been granted a license under all Qualcomm's patents for use in Nokia's mobile devices and Nokia Siemens Networks infrastructure equipment.

Further, Nokia has agreed not to use any of its patents directly against Qualcomm, enabling Qualcomm to integrate Nokia's technology into Qualcomm's chipsets.

The financial structure of the settlement includes an up-front payment and on-going royalties payable to Qualcomm. Nokia has agreed to assign ownership of a number of patents to Qualcomm, including patents declared as essential to WCDMA, GSM and OFDMA. The specific terms are confidential.

"We believe that this agreement is positive for the industry, enabling the market to benefit from innovation and new technologies," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO of Nokia Corporation. "The positive financial impact of this agreement is within Nokia's original expectations and fully reflects our leading intellectual property and market positions."

Separately, Qualcomm issued a statement raising its fiscal 2008 revenue and earnings guidance. Qualcomm now anticipates its Q4 revenues to be approximately $2.5 to $2.7 billion, with pro forma diluted earnings per share (EPS) to be approximately $0.49 to $0.51. The company anticipates the shipment of approximately 84 to 87 million Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chips during the quarter, compared to approximately 68 million MSM chips shipped during the year ago quarter. We estimate June quarter shipments of approximately 114 to 118 million CDMA devices (CDMA2000 and WCDMA) at an estimated average selling price of approximately $215 per unit. Approximately 89 million CDMA devices were shipped in the year ago quarter.

"Global demand for 3G continues at a rapid pace as consumers, operators and manufacturers benefit from a wide variety of competitively priced, feature-rich devices," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chief executive officer of Qualcomm. "In calendar year 2008, we continue to see approximately 30 percent year-over-year growth for CDMA-based device shipments. The fundamental drivers of our business remain strong, and we are raising our fiscal 2008 revenue and earnings per share estimates."

Level 3 Reports Communications Services Growth of 9% YoY

Level 3 Communications reported Q2 consolidated revenue was $1.09 billion for the second quarter 2008, an increase of 4 percent compared to $1.05 billion for the second quarter 2007. First quarter 2008 consolidated revenue was $1.09 billion. The net loss for the second quarter 2008 was $33 million, or $0.02 per share, including a $96 million, or $.06 per share gain on the sale of the company's Vyvx advertising distribution business.

Core Communications Services revenue, which includes Core Network Services and Wholesale Voice Services, was $972 million in the second quarter 2008, an increase of 9 percent over $888 million in the second quarter 2007.

"Our strong second quarter results reflect Core Network Services growth and our continued focus on reducing network costs and operating expenses," said James Crowe, president and CEO of Level 3. "We generated positive Free Cash Flow and now expect to be Free Cash Flow positive for the remainder of the year. And as previously announced, we expect to be Free Cash Flow positive for the full year 2009."11 million.

Juniper Posts Q2 Revenue of $879 Million, Up 32% YoY

Juniper Networks reported Q2 revenue of $879.0 million, up 32% from Q2 2007, and GAAP net income of $120.4 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. Juniper's operating margin for the second quarter of 2008 rose to 18.3% on a GAAP basis from 13.0% in the same quarter a year ago. Non-GAAP operating margin for the second quarter of 2008 rose to 23.6% from 20.4% in the second quarter of 2007.

'We're very pleased with the solid results we have delivered for the first half of 2008,' stated Scott Kriens, chairman and chief executive officer, Juniper Networks, Inc. 'This is a testament to the strength of our product cycles, the power of our portfolio strategy and the expanded opportunities made possible by the early success of the EX-series, which together serve to underscore our improved outlook for the second half of the year.'

Microsoft to Acquire DATAllegro for Data Warehousing Appliance

Microsoft agreed to acquire DATAllegro, a supplier of data warehouse appliances, for an undisclosed sum.

DATAllegro has specialized in large-volume, high-performance data warehouse appliance installations that boast some of the largest data volume capacities in the industry -- up to hundreds of terabytes on a single system. DATAllegro clients span such markets as retail, telecommunications and manufacturing. The company is based in Aliso Viejo, California.

Microsoft said it is focused on delivering not just a database, but a data platform. A leader in data warehousing and business intelligence (BI), Microsoft SQL Server includes comprehensive, tightly integrated functionality for data management as well as advanced BI out of the box. SQL Server delivers on Microsoft's vision for pervasive BI by providing capabilities for large-scale data warehousing, rich interoperability with Microsoft Office, and enhanced functionality for Microsoft's BI solutions. SQL Server is a key element of the broader Microsoft Application Platform, a portfolio of technology capabilities and core products that help organizations develop, deploy and manage dynamic applications and IT infrastructure.

"Microsoft SQL Server 2008 delivers enterprise-class capabilities in business intelligence and data warehousing, and the addition of the DATAllegro team and its technology will take our data platform to the highest scale of data warehousing," said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Data and Storage Platform Division at Microsoft.http://www.datallegro.com
  • In May 2008, DATAllegro announced the closing of its “Series D�? round of funding totaling $19.6 million. The round was led by an affiliate of the Hillman Company. All other venture capital groups from previous rounds of funding, including Adams Capital Management, Focus Ventures, Intel Capital, JAFCO Ventures, Palomar Ventures and Venrock Associates, met or exceeded their pro rata.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cisco to Acquire Pure Networks for Home Network Mgt Software

Cisco agreed to acquire Pure Networks, a Seattle-based start-up specializing in home networking-management software, for approximately $120 million.

Pure Networks' home networking-management solution allows users to easily set up and manage a home network and connect a range of devices, applications and services within a home. Pure Networks currently partners with Cisco to provide the software infrastructure and tools used to create the Linksys Easy Link Advisor (LELA) which allows a consumer to more easily set up, organize, manage, secure and use a home network.

Following the acquisition, Pure Networks' employees will remain in Seattle and be integrated into Linksy.

Cisco said the acquisition reflects its "build, buy, and partner" strategy to expand existing product categories and enter new markets.