Sunday, July 27, 2008

Chile's GTD Selects Alcatel-Lucent for GPON in Santiago

Chile's Gtd Group will begin deploying a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) GPON network in in Santiago's prestigious Santa Mar�a de Manquehue district, with other neighborhoods of Chile's capital city following shortly after. Gtd Manquehue will deploy the Alcatel-Lucent 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU) and the Alcatel-Lucent 5520 Access Management System for element management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We selected GPON technology so we can offer our customers unlimited triple play and advanced business services backed with a richer quality of experience, which we think will better serve our residential and business customers and give us a competitive advantage in this market", said Alberto Dom�nguez, General Manager of Gtd Manquehue. "Alcatel-Lucent's worldwide leadership in broadband and their experienced local services teams will help Gtd Manquehue successfully deploy this new fiber infrastructure, the first of its kind in Chile ".

Celeno Raises $16 Million for WiFi Silicon

Celeno Communications, a start-up based in Israel, raised $16 million in Series C funding for its semiconductors for multimedia WiFi home networking applications.

Celeno's high-performance, standards-based WiFi System on a Chip enables robust, whole-home multimedia and entertainment distribution over wireless home networks. Celeno said its unique technology boosts standard WiFi performance, achieving improvements of up to 10 times the range and as much as twice the throughput of 802.11n draft 2.0 solutions. Celeno's system-on-a-chip (SoC) leverages Beam Forming MIMO and "Channel Aware" technologies, enabling interference-free, HD-quality video throughout the entire home.

The funding was led by Cisco. Miven Venture Partners and the company's previous investors, Greylock Partners and Pitango Venture Capital, also participated in the oversubscribed round. Total investment in the three-year old company now exceeds $30 million.

XO Holdings Secures $780 Million in Financing

XO Holdings has raised $780 million through the issuance of two new series of preferred stock in order to retire senior debt, fund future growth initiatives and provide ongoing working capital for the business. XO Holdings is the parent company of XO Communications and Nextlink.

As a result of this fundraising, all the company's indebtedness for borrowed money, amounting to approximately $395 million under its Senior Secured Credit Facility as well as approximately $78 million under its $75 Million Senior Note issued in March 2008 (both figures inclusive of accumulated interest), has been retired in full. The remaining $307 million of proceeds, plus any proceeds from shares purchased by minority stockholders and reduced for transactional expenses, will be used to fund the company's long-term strategic growth plan which will accelerate revenue growth and improve operational efficiencies, as well as provide working capital for its businesses.

Alcatel-Lucent and Airvana to Develop CDMA IMS-Femtocell

Airvana and Alcatel-Lucent are collaborating on an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) femtocell for CDMA/EV-DO network operators. Femtocells are cellular access points that use a subscriber's existing broadband connection to provide enhanced voice, video and data services, especially in the home, using existing mobile devices.

Under a new development agreement, Airvana will enhance its femtocell offerings with new interfaces to enable smooth integration with Alcatel-Lucent's IMS core. This agreement builds on demonstrations of combined, femto-based, in-building solutions by Alcatel-Lucent and Airvana at the CTIA Wireless 2008 trade show and exhibition in Las Vegas earlier this year.

The combined solution -- which integrates IMS core network elements from Alcatel-Lucent with Airvana's HubBub femtocell access point -- can support seamless inter-working between the CDMA macro network and the IMS-supported femtocells, and will help minimize any impact on the existing network in terms of performance, complexity and the costs associated with managing the network.http://www.airvana.com

Atheros Posts 13th Consecutive Quarter of Revenue Growth

Atheros Communications reported Q2 revenue of $121.5 million, compared with $114.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2008 and $100.8 million reported in the second quarter of 2007. GAAP net income was $10.1 million or $0.16 per diluted share. This compares with GAAP net income of $3.4 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2008. GAAP net income in the second quarter of 2007 was $9.3 million or $0.16 per diluted share. Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $276.6 million at June 30, 2008, up $21.1 million from the prior quarter.

"We are pleased to report another very strong quarter, our 13th consecutive quarter of revenue growth," said Craig Barratt, president and CEO. "We experienced broad-based growth across our PC OEM, Networking and Consumer channels and continued growth of our Ethernet and Mobile WLAN product revenues. Revenue from our 11n products grew more than 50 percent sequentially, while our 11g products continued to be a significant contributor to our overall results," Dr. Barratt said.

Motorola to Acquire AirDefense for Wireless LAN Security

Motorola agreed to acquire privately held AirDefense, which specializes in WLAN security, for an undisclosed sum.

AirDefense, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, develops Wireless Intrusion Prevention Solutions (WIPS) and premium software applications. The solutions enable corporations to secure their networks against wireless security threats and comply with regulatory and industry standards. AirDefense capabilities include rogue wireless detection, policy enforcement and intrusion prevention, both inside and outside an organization's physical locations and wired networks. The company claims nearly 800 government agencies and blue chip customers.

"WIPS solutions have gained significant traction as Wireless LANs have become pervasive in industries from the federal government to financial services," said Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager, Motorola Enterprise Wireless LAN division. "Industry compliance requirements such as Payment Card Industry Data Security (PCI DSS) and heightened security awareness have fueled the need for comprehensive compliance, enforcement, forensics and reporting, which is offered by AirDefense solutions. This transaction is a tremendous opportunity for Motorola to enhance its WLAN portfolio by utilizing AirDefense's relationships and further integrating WIPS security solutions into our WLAN infrastructure offering. Together, we are a leader in helping businesses truly realize the vision of a secure and reliable all-wireless enterprise."http://www.motorola.com

Reliance Globalcom Upgrades Metros with Juniper MX-Series

Reliance Globalcom is upgrading its metro networks in the U.S. with Juniper's MX-series Ethernet Services Routers and M120 Multiservice Edge Routers to support 10 GbE services. Specifically, Reliance Globalcom is deploying the Juniper Networks MX-series Ethernet Services Routers with its Managed Metro Ethernet service to seamlessly link multiple enterprise LANs within a single metro over Ethernet-based metropolitan fiber networks. The MX-series delivers up to 960 Gbps of switching and routing capacity to Reliance Globalcom's network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The upgrade extends MPLS and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) to the network edge, improving network performance and ensuring scalability to address forthcoming demands for additional capacity.

Reliance Globalcom has been using Juniper gear as a key part of its core network in all international PoPs. The new Juniper equipment will be integrated into the existing Juniper-based global Ethernet VPLS platform. The network is capable of scaling to support VoIP, high-definition video conferencing, backup and recovery, electronic trading and other multi-media business applications. The new network also ensures carrier-class service reliability, which is essential to enterprise and financial services customers.


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Verizon Sees Strength in Wireless, DSL Declines as FiOS Grows

Verizon Communications reported total operating revenues of $24.1 billion in the second quarter 2008. This is a 3.7 percent increase compared with the second quarter 2007, or an increase of 4.9 percent when adjusted for the spin-off of the Wireline segment's non-strategic local exchange and related business assets in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont (non-GAAP). Total operating expenses increased 2.4 percent to $19.6 billion, comparing second quarter 2008 with second quarter 2007. Verizon reported 66 cents in diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the second quarter 2008, compared with 58 cents per share in the second quarter 2007.

At the end of Q2, Verizon's total debt was $43.1 billion, compared with $35.8 billion at the end of the first quarter 2008. In the second quarter, the company made final payments of approximately $8.5 billion for licenses won in the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction and purchased $4.8 billion of Alltel Corp. debt in connection with the pending acquisition of Alltel.

Some highlights for the quarter:


  • Verizon Wireless reported 1.5 million total net customer additions, essentially all were retail post-paid. Retail gross customer additions were up 3.2 percent over the prior year.

  • Total churn was down year over year at 1.12 percent, a record low for the company. Among the company's retail post-paid customers, churn was even lower at 0.83 percent, also a record low.

  • Wireless continued its double-digit revenue growth, with total revenues of $12.1 billion, up 11.8 percent year over year. Service revenues were $10.5 billion, up 11.6 percent year over year, driven by customer growth and demand for data services. ARPU levels (average monthly revenue per customer) increased year over year for the ninth consecutive quarter. Total service ARPU of $51.53 was up 0.9 percent year over year driven by total data ARPU, which was up 31.3 percent.

  • Verizon Wireless' data revenues grew 45.3 percent over the prior year, contributing nearly $2.6 billion. The company had 49.6 million retail data customers in June (approximately three-quarters of its retail customer base), a 25.6 percent increase over the prior year.


  • Verizon Wireline expanded penetration of FiOS services. Sales penetration rates (percentage of potential customers who buy the service) increased for both FiOS Internet (available for sale to nearly 8.4 million premises) and FiOS TV (available for sale to 7.0 million premises).

  • Verizon's FTTP network, which delivers FiOS Internet and FiOS TV services, passed 11.0 million and 9.6 million premises, respectively, throughout the company's entire service territory by the end of the quarter.

  • FiOS Internet penetration averaged 23.5 percent across all markets, up from 18.7 percent in last year's second quarter. FiOS TV penetration averaged 19.7 percent across all markets, up from 13.3 percent.

  • Verizon added 176,000 net new FiOS TV customers, for a total of nearly 1.4 million FiOS TV customers as of the end of the quarter.

  • Verizon added 187,000 net new FiOS Internet customers. The company had nearly 2 million FiOS Internet customers at the end of the quarter, nearly doubling the number of FiOS Internet customers since the end of second quarter 2007. Verizon added its 2 millionth FiOS Internet customer earlier this month.

  • Total broadband connections were 8.3 million, a net increase of 54,000 over the first quarter 2008. This includes a decrease of 133,000 DSL-based Verizon High Speed Internet connections, which was more than offset by the increase in FiOS Internet customers. The 8.3 million is an 11.5 percent year-over year increase, excluding broadband connections in 2007 in the three New England states that have since been spun off.

  • Wireline data revenues -- which now represent 41.8 percent of total wireline revenues -- were $5.1 billion, an increase of 16.1 percent compared with the second quarter 2007. This includes revenues from consumer broadband services, wholesale data transport and Verizon Business data services.

  • Broadband and video revenues from consumer customers totaled more than $1.0 billion in the second quarter, representing year-over-year growth of 52.9 percent.

  • Growing revenue from broadband and video services drove consumer ARPU in legacy Verizon wireline markets (which excludes consumer markets served by the former MCI) to $63.76, a 10.4 percent increase compared with last year's second quarter. The ARPU among FiOS customers was more than $130 per month.

  • Verizon Business had total revenues of $5.3 billion, or growth of 0.9 percent compared with last year's second quarter.

  • Sales of strategic services -- such as IP, managed services, Ethernet and optical ring services -- continued to drive growth at Verizon Business. These services generated $1.5 billion in revenue, up 18.7 percent from second quarter 2007.

  • Wireline total operating revenues were $12.1 billion, a 1.8 percent decrease compared with the second quarter 2007. Wireline total operating expenses decreased 1.7 percent over the same period.

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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.