Monday, July 28, 2008

ST-NXP Wireless to Begin Operations

NXP -- the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips -- and STMicroelectronics announced the closing of the deal bringing together key wireless operations of both companies into ST-NXP Wireless, a deal they announced on April 10th, 2008. At the closing, STMicroelectronics took an 80% stake in the joint venture and contributed $1.55 billion to NXP, including a control premium. The new organization will start with a cash balance of about $350 million.

The joint venture launches as a solid top-three industry player with a complete wireless product and technology portfolio and as a leading supplier to major handset manufacturers who together ship more than 80% of all handsets.

"The wireless industry is undergoing a major change. Semiconductor companies are coming to play an ever more important role, contributing an ever larger share of the product value chain to handset makers, who expect us to deliver leading-edge solutions across the full spectrum of mobile applications," said Alain Dutheil, Chief Executive Officer of ST-NXP Wireless.

Hitachi and Airvana Enter Development Agreement for CDMA Femtocells

Airvana announced an agreement with Hitachi Communication Technologies to create and deliver customized versions of Airvana Femtocell products for the Japanese market. The solution will inter-work with Hitachi Com core network products.

Airvana's contribution to the solution includes its HubBub CDMA femtocell, which supports both 1x-RTT and EV-DO services; its Universal Access Gateway, a carrier-class femtocell network gateway; and its Femtocell Service Manager, a scalable auto-configuration and remote management system. Hitachi Com brings its carrier-grade Femtocell Convergence Server that allows operators to connect femtocells to an existing mobile switching core, leveraging features and supplementary services that operators have developed over the years to provide service parity between the macro-cellular and femto-cellular networks.

MRV Posts Revenue of $148 Million, up 45% YoY

MRV COMMUNICATIONS reported Q2 revenue of $147.6 million, above previously stated guidance and an increase of 45% over revenue of $102 million in the second quarter of 2007. Strong growth was driven by a 28% increase in the network equipment segment, a 17% increase in the network integration segment and 112% in the optical components segment. Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2008 was $273.2 million an, increase of 43% from the six months ended June 30, 2007.

MRV said its Network Equipment segment posted the strongest growth in recent history and its best quarter ever with $33.6 million in revenue, compared with $26.4 million in the same quarter of the previous year. For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, MRV Network Integration reported $61.6 million in revenue and Optical Components reported $56.2 million in revenue.

"We are very pleased with our achievement of obtaining significant growth while improving the health of our operational structure," commented Noam Lotan, President and Chief Executive Officer of MRV. "Growth was driven by both our fiber optic group and strong growth for our network equipment division, which traditionally has been our higher margin business segment. We have an innovative product roadmap specifically focused on carrier access and aggregation, packet optical transport and wireless backhaul, which is clearly supporting our mission and contributing to our success."

Vonage Names Former Cingular Exec as CEO

Vonage has appointed Marc Lefar as its new CEO, replacing interim CEO Jeffrey Citron, who had assumed the additional role in April of 2007. Citron will assume the role of non-executive Chairman of the Board and serve as a consultant on long-term strategy. Lefar previously served as Chief Marketing Officer of Cingular Wireless, (now AT&T Mobility). After leaving Cingular, Lefar founded Marketing Insights, a technology and media consultancy. Prior to joining Cingular, Lefar was Executive Vice President, Marketing and Value-Added Services at Cable & Wireless Global.

BT Acquires Ribbit for Telco 2.0 Platform

BT has acquired Ribbit Corporation, a Silicon Valley-based start-up that developed a "voiceware" platform that combines telephony and the Internet, for $105 million in cash.

Ribbit's open platform which enables developers to create new and innovative voice applications and services. For example, using Ribbit, developers have integrated voice into and built voice applications that run directly from Facebook or iGoogle. Ribbit said it has attracted thousands of developers since its launch earlier this year. The company is currently testing a consumer application scheduled for general release later this year.

The foundation of the platform is the Ribbit SmartSwitch, a multi-protocol carrier-grade, CLASS 5 soft switch and an open Flash/Flex-based API .

BT said the acquisition will accelerate its strategy to transform itself into a next- generation, platform-based, software-driven services company. Specifically, the acquisition of the Ribbit platform will complement BT's existing capability in the software platform space with its award-winning Software Development Kit (SDK) initiative. BT's SDKs enable developers to integrate new applications with BT's services using a single line of code. Ribbit, which will maintain its management team and identity, will extend its global footprint by becoming part of BT.

Michael Boustridge, President, BT Americas said: "The Ribbit platform makes it simpler, cheaper and faster to build communications functionality into applications, enabling developers to introduce new revenue-generating voice services in hours, rather than weeks. By combining the Ribbit platform with BT's existing web services, we have the potential to deliver some of the world's finest applications for communications innovation benefiting consumers and businesses alike."

  • Ribbit Corporation was founded in February 2006 and funded by venture capital firms Alsop Louie Partners, Allegis Capital, KPG Ventures and Peninsula Ventures.

Alcatel-Lucent Posts Q2 Revenue of EUR 4.101 billion, up 6.1% sequentially

Alcatel-Lucent reported Q2 revenue of EUR 4.101 billion, up 6.1% sequentially but down 5.2% year-over-year. At constant Euro/USD exchange rate, revenues grew 1.7% year-over-year and 8.5% sequentially. The adjusted2 gross profit was EUR 1,433 million or 34.9% of revenues, compared to an adjusted2 gross profit of EUR 1,447 million or 33.4% of revenues in the year ago-quarter.

During the second quarter of 2008, the CDMA activity declined at a higher pace than the company had planned. This was due, to a large extent, to a strong reduction in the capital expenditure of a key customer in North America.

Some highlights from the period:


  • For Q2, revenues for the Carrier operating segment were EUR 2,811 billion compared to EUR 3,104 million in the year-ago quarter, a 9.4% decrease at current exchange rate and a 3% decrease at constant rate.

  • Fixed access revenue decreased at a double-digit rate, due to the ongoing decline in new subscribers to copper-based broadband access.

  • Alcatel-Lucent shipped 7.7 million xDSL ports in the quarter, down 20% from the demanding basis of the year-ago quarter but up 16% sequentially. The year-over-year decline in xDSL revenue was only partially compensated by the very strong growth in FTTx revenue.

  • In data networking, growth in edge routing was softer this quarter than in the first one, which is essentially attributable to a demanding year-over-year comparison as well as the timing of deliveries at certain large customers. The ATM switching business continued on its structural decline path in the second quarter 2008, albeit at a more moderate rate than in the first quarter.

  • Optical networking enjoyed strong double-digit growth this quarter, essentially driven by submarine activities and wireless transmission while terrestrial optical networks grew at a mid single-digit rate.

  • In mobile networks, the GSM business grew at a double-digit rate in the second quarter, which was driven by network expansions in China, India, the Middle East and Africa. W-CDMA revenue grew very strongly, benefiting from the ramp-up in revenues at several key clients, including AT&T Mobility, Bouygues and SFR and sustained growth at other accounts such as Orange, SKT and KTF. CDMA revenue declined sharply year-over-year, hurt by the significant reduction in the capital expenditure of a key customer in North-America.

  • Core switching activities contracted at a moderate rate in the second quarter, as the ongoing decline in legacy TDM voice was almost entirely offset by the strong, double-digit growth in Fixed and mobile NGN. It must be noted that our NGN activity is now close in size to our TDM activity.

  • Applications activities grew in excess of twenty percent the second quarter, a sharp contrast to the moderate growth rate achieved in the first quarter, due to a pick-up in revenues from Messaging applications and a stabilization in our legacy IN (Intelligent Networks) business.

Enterprise Operating Segment

  • Q2 revenues for the Enterprise operating segment were Euro 386 million compared to Euro 376 million in the year-ago quarter, an increase of 2.7%at current exchange rate and of 7% at constant rate. Adjusted2 operating income1 was Euro 29 million, or 7.4% of revenues compared to Euro 23 million or 6.1% in the year ago quarter.

  • Enterprise Solutions grew in the high single-digit range, with a particularly strong performance in data networking but also good growth in IP Telephony. The division also showed progress in Security solutions, driven by recent successes in firewalls and additional orders for its Laptop Guardian product. From a geographic standpoint, growth remained solid in North America and was strong in APAC.

  • Genesys, the contact centre software activity, enjoyed another quarter of double-digit growth, driven by a strong performance in Europe and good resilience in North America.

Services Operating Segment

  • Q2 revenues for the Services operating segment were Euro 818million compared to Euro 750 million in the year-ago quarter, an increase of 9.1% at current exchange rate and of 16% at constant rate. Adjusted2 operating income1 was Euro 71 million or 8.6% of revenues compared to Euro 29 million or 3.9% of revenues in the year ago quarter.

  • Operations grew very strongly, as a result of some of the very large contracts won in 2007 and in 2008. Alcatel-Lucent announced two large managed services contracts in the second quarter, including Reliance Communications in India and Sunrise in Switzerland.
    Network integration also enjoyed another quarter of very strong growth which was driven by several large and complex projects for the design, integration and optimization of networks in Asia and North America.

  • Growth in professional services -- which includes the integration of software applications either from Alcatel-Lucent or third parties - was more moderate this quarter than in the first one, which is mainly due to a much more demanding comparison basis. For the first half, however, this business grew in the high single-digit range. Finally, Maintenance returned to growth this quarter, due to sustained growth in multivendor maintenance combined with an unusually strong quarter in legacy maintenance.

  • The segment enjoyed a material improvement in profitability year-over-year, due to a very favorable mix, a material increase in the gross margin in Network operations, Network integration and Professional services and an overall better absorption of fixed costs.

NTT Communications Deploys Juniper T1600 Core Routers

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has deployed Juniper Networks' T1600 core routers to scale the capacity of its global IP network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies said a key considerations for the T1600 selection included the non-disruptive upgrade path from the T640 to the multi-terabit capacity and energy efficiency advantages of the T1600.

NTT Com began its global IP network service in July 1997 with 45 Mbps bandwidth between Japan and the U.S. In 2000, NTT Com acquired a Tier-1 Internet service provider, Verio, and expanded the bandwidth between Japan and the U.S. to over 1 Gbps. NTT Com has been continuously upgrading its global Tier 1 IP backbone both in bandwidth to support end users' broadband Internet usage, and in direct connections to major ISPs in Asia, the U.S., Europe and the South West Pacific.

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Juniper Names Vice President, U.S. Enterprise Sales

Juniper Networks Appointed Philip O'Reilly to the position of senior vice president of U.S. enterprise sales. A seasoned leader, Mr. O'Reilly joins Juniper Networks from Solunet, where he served as CEO. Prior to Solunet, O'Reilly was chief financial officer and vice president of business development for Datavon, a VoIP service provider in Texas.

Alcatel-Lucent Chairman Serge Tchuruk and CEO Pat Russo Resign

Alcatel-Lucent announced the resignations of its non-executive Chairman Serge Tchuruk and CEO Pat Russo.

Specifically, Serge Tchuruk has decided to step down on October 1, 2008 and Pat Russo has decided to step down no later than the end of the year. At the Board's request, she will continue to run the company until a new CEO is in place to effect a smooth transition and maintain the continuity of the company's business.

The company's Board will commence a search for a new non-executive Chairman and CEO immediately. The Board is also initiating a process to change the composition of the Board to a smaller group that will include new members. Henry Schacht also announced that he will resign from the Board immediately believing that, being a former CEO, he should not remain beyond the transitional stage of the merger. Mr. Schacht was the CEO of Lucent Technologies prior to Ms. Russo becoming CEO in January 2002.

"The merger phase is now behind us. I am proud that Alcatel-Lucent has become a world leader in a technology which is transforming our society. It is now time that the company acquires a personality of its own, independent from its two predecessors. The Board must also evolve and the Chairman should give the first example, which I have decided to do," said Serge Tchuruk.

"I am very pleased with the progress we are making especially in light of a difficult market environment," said Pat Russo. "Our strategy is taking hold and our results are demonstrating good operational progress. That said, I believe it is the right time for me to step down. The company will benefit from new leadership aligned with a newly composed Board to bring a fresh and independent perspective that will take Alcatel-Lucent to its next level of growth and development in a rapidly changing global market. I have every desire to ensure a smooth transition of leadership within the company and I have informed the Board of my determination to work closely with them until the end of the year or sooner if a successor is named, and we are in agreement on this approach. I have great confidence in Alcatel-Lucent and believe this to be a company with tremendous potential," said Russo.
  • Prior to the merger, Serge Tchuruk was Chairman and CEO of Alcatel, a position he held since 1995. Prior to joining Alcatel, from 1990 to 1995, Serge Tchuruk held the position of Chairman and CEO of Total, which he turned around into one of the world's leading oil and gas companies. From 1986 to 1990, Serge Tchuruk was Chairman and CEO of Orkem (previously called CDF-Chimie), a European chemical company involved in petrochemicals and specialty chemicals.

  • Prior to the merger of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, Patricia Russo was Chairman and CEO of Lucent. She helped launch Lucent in 1996 and spent more than 20 years of her career managing some of Lucent's and AT&T's largest divisions and most critical corporate functions. She served as Lucent's CEO since January 2002. Before joining AT&T in 1981, Patricia Russo spent eight years in sales and marketing at IBM. Patricia also served as president and chief operating officer at Eastman Kodak Company before returning to Lucent as CEO.

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.