Sunday, August 3, 2008

LG-Nortel Acquires Novera Optics for WDM PONs

LG-Nortel closed its acquisition of Novera Optics Inc., a developer of fiber-optic access solutions that extend carrier Ethernet services from optical core networks to customer premises, for approximately $16M in cash, plus up to an additional $10M to Novera security holders based on achievement of future business milestones over the next 18 months.

Novera has developed an FTTx architecture based on Wavelength Division Multiplexing Passive Optical Network (WDM-PON) technology. To date, over 150K commercial lines have been deployed in South Korea using Novera's wavelength-locked WDM-PON technology. Each ONT/ONU is interchangeable which reduces management, installation and inventory cost.

"Novera's goal has always been to develop technologies that make it easier for carriers to deliver Ethernet-class FTTx services to their customers," said John Barton, president and chief executive officer of Novera. "Our technology is a natural complement to Nortel's and LG-Nortel's Carrier Ethernet solutions. Nortel's strong technology base and extensive distribution channels will ensure that service providers around the world can use our WDM-PON technology to more easily deliver high-speed FTTx services to their own customers."

Novera Optics, which was founded in 1999, is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.http://www.lg-nortel.com

TANDBERG TV Supplies HD MPEG-4 AVC Encoders for NBC's Olympic Coverage

TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson, is supplying its MPEG-4 AVC video processing solutions to NBC during the network's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

This is the first Olympics where MPEG-4 AVC will be used for HD content contribution and NBC will deploy a variety of TANDBERG Television products at the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Beijing and in the US including HD encoders, professional receiver/decoders, multiplexers, modulators, IP adapters and other control equipment.http://www.tandbergtv.com

MobiTV Surpasses Four Million Subscribers

MobiTV has surpassed four million subscribers for its mobile television and radio service. MobiTV is currently available on more than 15 carrier networks, including Sprint, AT&T Wireless, Alltel, Telus, Rogers and Bell Canada among others. MobiTV was first launched in November 2003.

Broadcom Announces $1.0 Billion Share Repurchase Program

Broadcom's Board of Directors has authorized a new program to repurchase shares of Broadcom's Class A common stock having an aggregate value of up to $1.0 billion, depending on market conditions and other factors. Repurchases under the program may be made at any time during the period commencing July 31, 2008 and extending through and including July 31, 2011.

Since 2005, Broadcom has previously spent $2.43 billion to repurchase stock prior to the program announced today.

Motorola Centralizes Remote Management for Enterprise Mobile Devices

Motorola's Enterprise Mobility business released its Mobility Services Platform 3.2, offering enhanced management capabilities to maximize enterprise mobile device uptime and utilization among mobile workers.
The solution can be used to control up to 100,000 mobile devices across an enterprise's network. Network administrators can wirelessly provision mobile computers from virtually any location without having to physically handle devices when updating operating systems, firmware, applications and security to meet the latest IT compliance policies. For enterprise devices that are either lost or stolen, MSP 3.2 can lock down or wipe the device of key information based on local policy or remotely from the management console.

MSP 3.2 also provides access to a robust set of monitoring and analysis tools to improve enterprise mobile device reliability both inside and outdoors. It can collect enterprise device metrics including available memory and storage, battery usage, power cycles, scans, and wireless network signal quality.

MSP 3.2 is now shipping on Motorola MC35, MC50, MC70, and MC75 Enterprise Digital Assistants (EDA), MC3000 and MC9000 mobile computers, and Motorola Micro Kiosk self-service devices. Additionally MSP 3.2 supports a wide array of non-Motorola mobile devices such as mobile printers, signature capture pads and registers to ease device management for the network administrator.

Motorola Hires Qualcomm Exec to Head Mobile Devices Business

Motorola has appointed Sanjay Jha as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Motorola and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola's Mobile Devices Business. Jha, age 45, most recently served as chief operating officer of Qualcomm, where he was responsible for overseeing corporate Research and Development and QUALCOMM Flarion Technologies (QFT). Jha also served as president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), Qualcomm's chipset and software division and the world's largest fabless semiconductor producer for the last five years.

Juniper Enhances Access Control Solution

Juniper Networks introduced the next generation of its Unified Access Control (UAC) 2.2 software and the Juniper Networks Infranet Controller 4500 (IC 4500) and Infranet Controller 6500 (IC 6500) hardened, centralized policy management servers. The goal is to extend access control deeper into existing network and security infrastructure, providing an extensive set of endpoint security checks and features.

Juniper Networks UAC 2.2 delivers centralized policy management when deployed with Juniper Networks NSM and Secure Access SSL VPN appliances, enabling customers to deliver uniform remote and local access control policy implementation and enforcement across the distributed network. It is based on open industry standards, including those defined by the Trusted Network Connect (TNC) Work Group of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). It supports the TNC Statement of Health (SOH) standard protocol, which extends UAC support to the Microsoft Windows Statement of Health (SOH) and Embedded NAP Agents, allowing customers to interoperate with Juniper Networks UAC through the Microsoft Windows Vista and/or Windows XP (SP3) clients.

UAC 2.2 software is free of charge to customers with active maintenance contracts. For new customers, the list price for UAC 2.2 software begins at US $1,500 for a 25 simultaneous endpoint device license.

The IC 6500 delivers double the capacity of the previous generation Infranet Controllers with support for up to 30,000 simultaneous endpoint devices in a single multi-unit cluster.

Juniper Debuts Network and Security Manager

Juniper Networks introduced a Network and Security Manager (NSM) to deliver unified management functions across Juniper routing, switching and security network infrastructure. Specifically, the new NSM offers centralized management for Juniper Networks J-series services routers, EX-series Ethernet switches, Secure Access SSL VPN and firewall/VPN and Intrusion Detection and Prevention appliances, and the newly announced Unified Access Control (UAC) solution.

Juniper said its NSM offers secure centralized device and policy management, comprehensive monitoring, reporting tools, and tools for investigating potential security threats in the network - all from a single user interface.

In addition to centralized management for Juniper Networks J-series services routers, EX-series Ethernet switches, Secure Access SSL VPN and firewall/VPN and Intrusion Detection and Prevention appliances, and UAC solution, new features and benefits include:

  • Consistent monitoring across Juniper network and security products

  • Implementation of policy changes network-wide to mitigate threats

  • Policy versioning with rollback capabilities

  • Efficient network-wide control with centralized management

  • XML schema-based management architecture for extensibility

  • Open, standard northbound SOAP/XML API for ease of integration

  • Role-based administration

In addition, the latest NSM capabilities enable customers to centrally manage their Juniper Networks Adaptive Threat Management and Access Control Solutions. Juniper Networks Adaptive Threat Management Solution is a dynamic and high-performance security solution that leverages interoperability between security components to provide network-wide visibility and control in order to adapt to changing risks. Juniper Networks Access Control Solution delivers a comprehensive network access control (NAC) security solution that protects vital network resources and applications by provisioning secure local access across the distributed enterprise.

MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition Supports Cavium

MontaVista Software's Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) 5.0 now supports Cavium Networks' OCTEON CN58XX, CN56XX, CN52XX, CN50XX, and CN38XX processor families, enabling embedded developers to use the MIPS64-based OCTEON architecture to create high performance multicore applications.

"MontaVista customers using Cavium OCTEON multicore processors include many of the world's largest manufacturers of network equipment," said Dan Cauchy, senior director of market development, carrier and mobile products for MontaVista Software. "

XO Launches Wholesale Ethernet Hub

XO Communications has launched an Ethernet Hub service for domestic and international carriers seeking to expand the reach of their Ethernet services in the United States.

Unlike services that are oversubscribed, XO Ethernet Hub offers dedicated access to XO's extensive Ethernet footprint, including Ethernet over Copper, through a single connection.

XO said the Ethernet over Copper delivery option is one of the service's key advantages as it goes beyond the traditional fiber network and expands customers' reach to nearly 4 million commercial buildings nationwide.

XO's Ethernet Hub supports a variety of Ethernet bandwidth options, ranging from 5Mbps to 10Gbps. XO's Ethernet Service also supports 802.1Q, VLAN stacking and jumbo frames -- all aimed at providing carriers the most cost-effective, accessible and scalable way to reach their customers with Ethernet services.

Qwest Offers End Point Security for Teleworkers

Qwest Communications International introduced two new services to help enterprises unify the management of endpoint security so that employees can work beyond a traditional walled environment without compromising office security or compliance. The new Qwest Comply and Qwest Teleworker services, which are part of the Qwest Mobility suite of services, help customers integrate all endpoint enforcement, remediation, VPN client integration and desktop encryption in a single, location-agnostic solution. Qwest is partnering with Fiberlink, a provider of secure mobility for the enterprise. Key features of the Fiberlink platform include a software agent for all connectivity options, and a web-based management center for IT policy configuration and enforcement, management of mobile security applications and compliance controls. On-demand access options are provided through the Fiberlink aggregate footprint, which includes more than 71,000 global WiFi hot spots and more than 1,500 hotels worldwide.

Qwest Comply simplifies the management of industry and/or enterprise policies and security applications. It monitors and flags applications that are out of company compliance and then fixes missing or out-of-date software, bringing it into compliance. Qwest Mobility will encrypt all hard-drive data making it unusable by thieves and locks down sensitive data to mitigate risk.

Qwest Teleworker simplifies access virtually anywhere while protecting company assets. Qwest Teleworker includes all the features of Qwest Comply plus the added benefit of enabling access to company networks whether the employee is at home or on the road. It also controls connectivity and helps manage security software on laptops for virtually anywhere, anytime productivity with optional VPN client integration.

Video: Dell'Oro's Five Year Optical Transport Forecast

Total worldwide Optical Transport equipment revenue is forecasted to exceed $13 billion in 2012, in large part due to strong growth in the WDM segment, according to a newly released Optical 5-year forecast report by Dell'Oro Group.

Dell'Oro Group forecasts WDM equipment by port and wavelength shipments. In the DWDM Long Haul segment, Dell'Oro Group forecasts 40 Gbps wavelengths to become a significant portion of DWDM Long Haul sales, contributing almost 30 percent of revenues in 2012.

"WDM equipment that is used for networking the metro and interconnecting the metro to the long haul is forecast to be the strongest area of optical transport deployment over the next five years," said Jimmy Yu, Director of Optical Transport research at Dell'Oro Group. "We anticipate revenues from WDM Metro sales to grow over 80 percent from 2007 levels, as broadband access continues to migrate to higher speeds and users consume more bandwidth watching videos and sharing pictures," added Yu.

1. How healthy
is the global Optical Transport Market? 
Which geographic regions are hot?

2. Metro vs. Long-haul Markets

3. Are the new product categories (ROADMS, Carrier Ethernet switches, etc)
now displacing legacy gear, (SONET ADMs, etc)?

4. How fast is the 40G market emerging? 

5. Which companies are positioned for leadership in 40G?

LiMo Foundation Builds Momentum for Linux Mobile

LiMo Foundation, a global consortium of mobile leaders delivering an open handset platform for the whole mobile industry, announced 11 new member companies: Cellon, Esmertec, Freescale Semiconductor, Longcheer Holdings, MIZI Research, Movial Corporation, PacketVideo Corporation (PV), SK Innoace, Telecom Italia, VirtualLogixTM Inc. and ZTE Corporation.

Some of the new LiMo members previously participated in the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum, which announced in June 2008 that it would fold activities into LiMo in order to accelerate the emergence of common mobile Linux specifications and implementations and to bolster the emerging mobile Linux developer community creating new mobile applications, services and end-user experiences.

Indosat Installs Mobile Softswitch with NSN

Indosat, Indonesia's leading communications services provider,

has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' mobile softswitching solution to allow it to meet future capacity demands and offer customers reliability and added-value services. To ensure network efficiency and stability, Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide a broad range of services including replacement and relocation of old equipment, network design, new equipment implementation and project management as well as training and maintenance for all products and solutions included in the deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Arjun Trivedi, Head of sub-region Indonesia for Nokia Siemens Networks, said: "The Indonesian telecommunications market is seeing tremendous traffic growth. Our future-proof technology is designed to meet a demanding mobile environment as users become more data-hungry. Our reliability, combined with a best-in-class services capability, will allow Indosat to meet market demand and work towards an all-IP environment -- the ideal platform for today and tomorrow."

Thursday, July 31, 2008

FCC Rules Against Comcast in Net Neutrality Case

The FCC ruled that Comcast's management of its broadband Internet networks contravenes federal policies that protect the vibrant and open nature of the Internet. Specifically, the FCC concluded that by monitoring the content of its customers' traffic and selectively blocking certain peer-to-peer connections, Comcast unduly interfered with Internet users' right to access the lawful Internet content and to use the applications of their choice.

The issue was first brought to light by Comcast subscribers who noticed that they had problems using peer-to-
peer applications, such as BitTorrent, over their Comcast broadband connections. The FCC noted that when challenged on the issue Comcast recast its public position several times. Furthermore, evidence suggests that Comcast's practice of blocking traffic has been widespread and that it interferes with peer-to-peer traffic regardless of the level of overall network congestion at the time and regardless of the time of day.

The FCC also noted that Comcast has an anticompetitive motive to interfere with customers' use of peer-to-peer applications. Such applications, including those relying on BitTorrent, provide Internet users with the opportunity to view high quality video that they might otherwise watch (and pay for) on cable television. Such video distribution poses a potential competitive threat to Comcast's video-on-demand ("VOD") service.

The FCC said it intends to exercise its authority to oversee federal Internet policy in adjudicating this and other disputes regarding discriminatory network management practices with dispatch, and its commitment in retaining jurisdiction over this
matter to ensure compliance with a proscribed plan to bring Comcast's discriminatory conduct to an end. Under the plan, within 30 days of release of the Order Comcast must:

  • Disclose the details of its discriminatory network management practices to the

  • Submit a compliance plan describing how it intends to stop these discriminatory
    management practices by the end of the year

  • Disclose to customers and the Commission the network management practices that
    will replace current practices

To the extent that Comcast fails to comply with the steps set forth in the Order, interim injunctive relief automatically will take effect requiring Comcast to suspend its discriminatory network management practices and the matter will be set for hearing.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin stated: "The specific practice Comcast was engaging in has been roundly criticized and not defended by a single other broadband provider. If we aren't going to stop a company that is looking inside its subscribers' communications (reading the "packets" they send), blocking that communication when it uses a particular application regardless of whether there is congestion on the network, hiding what it is doing by making consumers think the problem is their own, and lying about it to the public, what would we stop? Failure to act here would have reasonably led to the
conclusion that new legislation and rules are necessary."

In response, Comcast issued the following statement:

"We are gratified that the Commission did not find any conduct by Comcast that justified a fine and that the deadline established in the order is the same self-imposed deadline that we announced four months ago. On the other hand, we are disappointed in the Commission's divided conclusion because we believe that our network management choices were reasonable, wholly consistent with industry practices and that we did not block access to Web sites or online applications, including peer-to-peer services. We also believe that the Commission's order raises significant due process concerns and a variety of substantive legal questions. We are considering all our legal options and are disappointed that the commission rejected our attempts to settle this issue without further delays."

Huawei Shows Lower Energy Base Stations

Huawei Technologies is showcasing its "green" CDMA end-to-end solution. Huawei proposes that by adopting the latest 4th Generation Base Transceiver Stations (BTS' s) and ALL IP technology into the CDMA development area and by using "green" BTS' s, core networks with multi-network convergence design, green site accessory facilities solutions, and environment protecting energy solutions, operators are able to reduce CO2 emissions and the environmental impact of their CDMA systems. The company claims its CDMA solution uses 30% fewer BTS sites.

Sky Dayton to Leave Earthlink's Board

Sky Dayton will retire from Earthlink's Board of Directors in October. Mr. Dayton is EarthLink's founder and served on the Board of Directors of EarthLink (and its predecessor EarthLink Network) since 1994.

Brightcove Expands in Japan, Partners on Internet Olympic Coverage

Brightcove has appointed Hisashige Hashimoto as general manager of its Japan-based subsidiary.

Brightcove also announced that Web TV distribution giant, PRESENTCAST, has selected its Internet video platform for, the exclusive online video portal in Japan for coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. is backed by all of Japan's commercial television broadcasters.

Mr. Hashimoto joins Brightcove after two years as president and chief executive officer of Paygent, a mobile auction escrow service he launched in 2006 and grew to 2,000 customers before leaving in 2008. Prior to Paygent, Mr. Hashimoto worked in three different senior management positions for Macromedia KK, helping lead the Education, Channel Marketing, and Platform Product Marketing divisions. Before Macromedia KK, Mr. Hashimoto spent 14 years with Mitsui & Co., Ltd.http://www.brightcove.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Orange Reaches 174 Million Accesses

France Telecom group's consolidated revenues for the first half 2008 rose to EUR 26.304 billion, a 3.9% increase on a comparable basis following a 3.6% increase in the second half of 2007. This improvement concerned mature Western European markets, which were up 3.0% on a comparable basis. Revenues in developing markets were up by 11.2% in the first half 2008. On an historical basis, growth in the first half 2008 was 1.5%, including the unfavourable impact of exchange rates (-€336 million), the disposal of the mobile and Internet operations of Orange Netherlands, and the acquisition of in Spain on 31 July 2007.

For Q2 , France Telecom's consolidated revenues were €13.276 billion, a 4.1% increase on a comparable basis, compared with a 3.7% increase in the first quarter. Growth from mature Western European markets continued to improve, rising 3.4% in the second quarter 2008 compared with 2.5% in the first quarter.

Some highlights:

  • Personal Communication Services saw revenues climb 7.3% in the quarter on a comparable basis, higher than the 6.8% growth achieved in the first quarter, also on a comparable basis. The improvement in the second quarter was primarily related to strong growth in contract customers in France and the United Kingdom. At the same time, Poland and the emerging markets continued their steady growth, despite the impact of lower prices.

  • The Group had 113.8 million PCS (mobile) customers at 30 June 2008, excluding MVNOs, up 13.2% year on year on a comparable basis (13.3 million customers added).

  • The number of mobile broadband customers nearly doubled in one year to 21.0 million at 30 June 2008 (of which 9.0 million in France), compared with 10.8 million at 30 June 2007 (of which 5.2 million in France).

  • The MVNO customer base in Europe rose to 2.3 million at 30 June 2008 (of which 1.6 million in France), compared with 1.4 million one year earlier on a comparable basis (of which 1.1 million in France).

  • Home Communication Services (HCS) posted a 0.7% increase in revenues on a comparable basis, up slightly from the first quarter which itself was stable compared to the previous year. The continuous growth of ADSL broadband benefited Home Communication Services, particularly in France, rising to 12.2 million customers in Europe at 30 June 2008, with more than 500,000 new customers added in the first half 2008.

  • Revenues from ADSL broadband services4, up 29%, very largely offset the downward trend in traditional telephone services. ADSL broadband revenues represented 24% of total HCS revenues in the first half of 2008, compared with 19% in the first half of 2007.

  • The number of Liveboxes rose 42% in one year, with 7.1 million units leased in Europe at 30 June 2008, up from 5.0 million at 30 June 2007 on a comparable basis.

  • There were 5.7 million VoIP customers at 30 June 2008, up from 3.5 million at 30 June 2007, an increase of 61% year on year (figures on a comparable basis).

  • Revenues from traditional calling services dropped 17.9% on both an historical basis and a comparable basis, due to the rapid growth of Voice over IP services.

  • ADSL digital TV services (IPTV) had a total of 1.54 million subscribers in Europe at 30 June 2008, compared with 872,000 one year earlier, a 76% increase in one year.

  • Enterprise Communication Services revenues were up 3.9% in the second quarter 2008, after rising 2.0% in the first quarter (on a comparable basis). This reflects a gradual slowing of the downward trend that has characterized traditional telephony and data services. At the same time, sales of ICT services2 continued to grow steadily and were up 11.3% in the first half 2008, outperforming the market.

  • Capital expenditure on tangible and intangible assets (CAPEX) rose to €3.134 billion in the first half of 2008, a 5.6% increase on an historical basis and a 5.2% increase on a comparable basis.

Telefónica Group Now Serving 245 million Access Points

Telefónica reported financial results in line with the growth targets for both the Group as a whole and for the different geographic areas (Spain, rest of Europe, and Latin America), leaving it on track to meet the financial targets announced for 2008. Telefónica achieved overall revenues of EUR 28.149billion in the first six months of 2008, for a year-on-year increase of 1.2%. Changes in the consolidation perimeter subtract 2.8 percentage points to revenue growth, while the impact of foreign exchange rates reduced the growth by another 2.8 percentage points. Year-on-year revenue growth was 1.2% in the April-June 2008 period.

Some highlights:

  • Total accesses (wireless + wireline across all regions) rose 15.2% compared to June 2007 to 245.1 million, due to the high commercial activity recorded across markets. This growth was underpinned by the increase in wireless (+19%), broadband (+25.1%) and pay TV (+57.4%) accesses.

  • By type of access, Telefónica Group's mobile accesses stood close to 182.7 million at the end of June, with around 15 million additional customers (+54.3% year-on-year) in the six-month period. The main contributors were Brazil (nearly 7 million customers, around 3 million stripping out the incorporation of Telemig in April 2008), Mexico (1.6 million), Peru (1.3 million) and Germany (1.1 million).

  • Retail Internet broadband accesses stood at close to 11.5 million, with a year-on-year rise of 25.1%, driven by the growing penetration of voice, ADSL and Pay TV bundles. Accesses in Spain reached over 5 million (+18.3% year-on-year), 5.5 million in Latin America (+26.1% year-on-year), and 917,000 in Europe (+69.7% year-on-year). Net adds in the first half of 2008 totaled 1.1 million accesses, of which 390,923 were in Spain, 489,981 in Latin America and 247,026 in Europe.

  • Pay TV accesses stood at over 2 million at end of the first half of the year, up 57.4% on the prior year, due to net adds of close to 280,000 accesses in the first half (+25% compared to the same period of 2007). The Company currently offers Pay TV services in Spain, the Czech Republic, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Brazil.